Women in Medicine (WIM)

For female medical students participating in their first, second, or third year of allopathic, osteopathic, or naturopathic medical schools in the United States or Canada in 2022–2023, Women in Medicine (WIM) will award two $5,000 LGBTQ Leadership Scholarships.

The scholarships will be given out at the WIM annual meeting, which will take place from August 23–26, 2023. In order to receive their awards, medical students are expected to attend the conference and all of its sessions.
Candidates should have a strong academic record and active leadership experience in the LGBTQ community. Keep reading this blog for more information about this award.

Application deadline for women in medicine  :

The application and all required letters are due March 15.

Please make sure to DOWNLOAD the form to your computer prior to emailing.

WIM Leadership Application 2023 – Download (PDF)

About Women in Medicine:

The History of the Women in Medicine Conference:

Lesley Anderson and Patty Robertson, two lesbian doctors from San Francisco, held the first conference for lesbian doctors in 1984, known as the “Women in Medicine Conference” or “WIM.”

On the Californian Monterey Peninsula, in Asilomar, we held our first Conference. 24 lesbian doctors from throughout the United States and Canada attended the meeting after seeing an announcement in the American Medical News (in an article by Sari Staver).

Since its founding in 1984, WIM has expanded both in terms of membership and diversity, and it is now happy to welcome all lesbian and sexual minority female physicians, medical students, and their female partners to its annual conferences.

The Women in Medicine Conference, which has been held annually since 1984, has aimed to incorporate the following distinctive characteristics in all of our meetings:

  • High-quality continuing medical education, frequently delivered by female experts in their fields.
  • Our programs include a variety of medical disciplines, allowing for broader, cross-disciplinary collaboration that is not common at most speciality conferences.
  • A structure for retreats that accepts lesbian doctors, female doctors from different sexual orientations, medical students, their female partners, and their kids.
  • Hotel accommodations with communal meals for all physicians, medical students, and their families.
  • Inclusion of significant others of physicians and medical students as conference participants.
  • Small groups throughout the conference to increase opportunities for connections with other attendees.
  • A scholarship program for LGBTQ female medical students who would otherwise be unable to attend.
  • A formal mentoring program pairing medical students with attendings in practice and academia.


What is WIM?

The 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization WIM (Women in Medicine) was founded with the goal of hosting an annual Continuing Medical Education Retreat for a community of lesbian, sexual minority, and gender expansive doctors, medical students, and their families.

Will I get CME (Continuing Medical Education) credit for WIM?

The annual retreat is sponsored by the University of Vermont College of Medicine who is fully accredited by the ACCME.

How can I be involved with WIM?

If you are a LGBTQ female physician, resident or medical student, you may volunteer to work on one of WIM’s committees:

  • Program (which determines topics and speakers for each conference)
  • Development (fundraising)
  • Student Scholarship
  • Board member

Please feel free to contact us with any inquiries. If you wish to present at one of our conference, please submit an abstract.

Are donations to WIM tax deductible?

As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, WIM is recognized as a charitable organization, and your donations ARE deductible to the extent allowed by current tax law.

Who runs WIM?

WIM is run by a 30 member all volunteer Board, each member elected for a three year term.

Why can’t I attend WIM? (I’m am a LGBTQ non-physician health care provider)

We recognize that there are other additional connected health care sectors where female LGBTQ healthcare professionals work. Year after year, women from several of these regions have expressed interest in attending our retreat. The WIM is NOT a meeting of LGBTQ healthcare providers, as determined by our Board.

Only doctors, residents, and medical students (as well as their families) are the target audience for our themes, workshops, and overall organization. We make the decision not to put ourselves in a position where we would have to be more.

We created this space (our retreat) to explicitly address issues relating to sexual minority female physicians while understanding that there are many parallels across all sexual minority females in the healthcare industry.
We advise contacting LGBTQ healthcare organizations with considerably broader missions, such as GLMA (the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association).


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