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UK Hosts Annual Women in Medicine and Science Program

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 2, 2019) — The University of Kentucky College of Medicine will host its fifth annual Women in Medicine and Science Visiting Professor Program this Thursday, Oct. 3.

Also known as “WIMS Day,” this one-day program will feature remarks by Laura Schweitzer, president emerita at Union Graduate College and vice president for both Health Sciences and Biomedical Initiatives at the University at Albany. The program includes keynote sessions followed by a Q & A and additional breakout sessions.           

WIMS' mission is to strengthen the network of women in medicine and science by facilitating opportunities for advancement through engagement, collaboration, mentorship and development.

In 2015, founding chair Dr. M. Elizabeth Oates was asked to revitalize the WIMS program, which is focused on formal mentoring and career development of women faculty. The inaugural WIMS Executive Committee created the structure and included women trainees and students within the College of Medicine.

This event will take place 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, in UK Chandler Hospital Room MN 463 and the Wethington Building Room 127.

WIMS Day is open to all. For the event’s full schedule or more information, visit the UK College of Medicine website.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. The Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for," and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for three straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.