University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

About Women in Medicine

Women Find Collaboration and Success at UW

Women in Medicine - University of Wisconsin

At UW, women physicians lead and succeed at every stage of their careers. Residents work side-by-side with some of the most influential women in medicine in the nation, including preeminent researchers, influential academic leaders, talented medical educators, and physicians who have established groundbreaking clinical programs. Collaborative mentors abound, characterized by both Midwestern approachability and a deep commitment to trainees. Above all, our faculty members are moving the future of medicine forward and bringing our residents with them.

The UW environment creates a culture of success for women in medicine. For example,

  • Many former women residents have been successfully mentored and are now tenured faculty members leading major multidisciplinary research programs. They in turn are now fostering the careers of the next generation of women physicians.
  • Three of the largest divisions in the Department of Medicine are headed by women (General Internal Medicine, Hematology, Medical Oncology and Palliative Care, and Hospital Medicine).
  • Women in our department direct clinical inpatient and outpatient services, fellowships, key portions of the residency program including individual resident mentorship and several medical school courses and mentoring programs.
  • Women faculty members in the Department of Medicine hold four of the seven Vice and Associate Vice Chair positions and key leadership roles in the School of Medicine and Public Health (two Deans) and our affiliated hospitals.
  • Nine of 27 departments in the School of Medicine and Public Health are led by women, exceeding the national average.
  • Research funding to female principal investigators in the department totals over $20 million.
  • Since 2010, two thirds of our chief medical residents have been women.

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