Our mission is to aid in the successful participation and equality of women in the fields of medicine and the sciences by advocating for women’s leadership in education, clinical, administrative and research experiences that will empower current and future women in medical and science related fields at the University of Arizona.
WIMS aims to empower current and future women in these fields by building a supportive community that will cultivate the professional development of current and future leaders in medicine and science.
WIMS creates educationally provoked discussions that identifies and addresses the barriers that women face when pursing a career in medicine and science. By creating intellectually stimulating discussion that allows for the development of initiatives, and strategies that will advocate for equity and opportunity for women in sciences. WIMS aims to develop support and awareness of the current success of women in medicine and science which will aid in networking and mentoring among members and professional physicians and scientists.
WIMS holds workshops, seminars, panel discussions, and mentoring events that will promote such topics as but not limited to: career development, application processes, current and future opportunities, involvement, and career paths within medicine.
WIMS promotes community service that supports local, national, and international programs that support the empowerment of women everywhere.
Women in Medicine and Science was founded January 2016 after Eleni H. Moschonas realized that there was a need for a club that advocates and empowers undergraduate women who want to dedicate their lives to science and medicine. WIMS started with 30 members (2016) and has grown in one year to over 100 dedicated members from various disciplines of science. Women in Medicine and Science holds monthly meetings on various topics from guest speakers who discuss their own journey into their career to meetings that discuss various barriers that women in science may face and how we, as a diverse but united front can advocate for change. Women in Medicine and science also organizes community service projects and outreach events so that we can empower members of the Tucson community. Such events include the WIMS Project Period and Project Period Pouch drive, the WIMS Diamond Children outreach program to the WIMS Health Initiative which are public meetings that discuss various diseases and health related topics that may be considered taboo or difficult to discuss to advocate and eliminate barriers that prevent access. We are grateful for all the support WIMS has received through the University of Arizona and Tucson community at large.