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Greetings!

A warm welcome from the SIU Medicine Alliance for Women in Medicine and Science (AWIMS), established in 2018!  What started as an informal gathering within the Department of Medicine in January of 2015, gradually morphed into a robust, vital organization called Women in Medicine (WIM) that contributed meaningfully to SIU Medicine and to the community.  Our WIM executive committee, with the help of Dr. Wendi El-Amin, soon recognized that our group stood to have substantially more impact if we moved schoolwide and broadened our focus to women in medicine and science.  We could not have made this transition without the support of Dr. Susan Hingle, Dr. Andrew Varney, Dr. Janak Koirala, Dr. John Flack, and of course all of our supportive and encouraging Department of Medicine members.  We are indebted to Dr. Jerry Kruse and Wendy Cox-Largent for their support as well.    

As Director of the AWIMS, my vision is a strong and meaningful alliance among all members of the medical community, with the common purpose of working harmoniously in an equitable environment to support the mission of SIU Medicine.  Housed within the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, the mission of AWIMS is to provide a supportive forum to promote honest discussion and positive change in the realms of gender equity, career advancement, work-life balance, and community service, and to champion professional development and promotion of women in medicine and science.  

Initiatives include:

  1. Education Collaborative with Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  2. Research and Scholarship
  3. Community Engagement Collaborative with the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  4. Mentorship and Career Advancement
  5. Mindfulness and Wellness
  6. Recognition and Awards

Please keep in mind that our organization is open to ALL members of our SIU community, not just women!  We are currently looking for enthusiastic individuals to join this amazing group!  Please think about which of the above initiatives you see yourself championing and email Vidhya Prakash at vprakash59@siumed.edu.  Our goal is to establish committees dedicated to each of these initiatives and select leaders for each committee within the next few months. 

Sincerely,

Vidhya Prakash, MD, FACP

Director, SIU Medicine Alliance for Women in Medicine and Science