September is the AMA’s Women in Medicine (WIM) Month, which serves to showcase the accomplishments of women physicians as well as highlight advocacy affecting female physicians and health issues impacting female patients.
This year’s theme is Women in Medicine: Trailblazers, Advocates and Leaders. To celebrate the importance of current and future female physicians, the Medical Association of the State of Alabama will be following the AMA in recognizing female leaders in Alabama medicine.
Throughout the month, we will be sharing inspiring stories of the numerous accomplishments of women physicians as well as highlighting specific advocacy-related efforts of those who have played a vital role in shaping the practice of medicine in Alabama.
Over the years, the Medical Association of the State of Alabama has proudly had 3 females serve as President. Today, we are even more proud to have two women in leadership roles, with Aruna Arora, M.D. serving as President-Elect and Amanda Williams, M.D. as Vice President.
When asked about her career path and the impact women can have on the profession as whole, Dr. Williams said, “I can’t imagine any other career. Caring for patients and working to improve healthcare in my community brings me so much joy and fulfillment. It’s exciting to see so many women choosing medicine as a career – diversity in any arena leads to increased innovation, improved decision making and a broader spectrum of talent.”
For Dr, Arora the desire to effect positive change in patients and policies is what led her to serve. “Active involvement in organized medicine at the local and state levels fueled my desire to promote the very changes I would like to see in medicine. Holding a leadership position as a female physician creates a more diverse – but unified – voice and leads to more vetted solutions that represent the House of Medicine as a whole.”
Show your support for Women in Medicine by posting photos of yourself at work or in the classroom using the hashtag #WIMMonth. Also, be sure to check out our Facebook and share the various pictures and stories we have posted.