Patricia Numann, MD '65, the first woman surgeon at SUNY Upstate Medical University and in 2004 was inducted into the International Women in Medicine Hall of Fame. (American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) International Women in Medicine Hall of Fame)
Why Participate in WIMS?
As opportunities have grown, so has the need for support. Although the number of women in academic medicine has increased over the past 10 years, nationwide, women lag behind male counterparts in entering the senior ranks.
WIMS’s network allows women to ask questions and pursue problems in a supportive, informed environment. Members both bring concerns to the table and share their own knowledge and experience.
Currently, there are over 200 women represented by WIMS at SUNY Upstate, although monthly meetings are intimate. The WIMS roster includes full, part time and volunteer faculty at all stages of their careers.
The National Picture
Nationally, 32% of medical faculty are women and they comprise 37% of the new hires. Male faculty achieve tenure at twice the rate of female faculty. Among faculty, 4% of women are at full professor rank compared to 21% of men. Ten of the U.S. medical school deans are women.
About SUNY Upstate
Women make up 154 of the 639 clinical and basic science faculty at SUNY Upstate and 28% of the new hires. Despite the lower proportion of female faculty at Upstate, they are well represented among the SUNY distinguished teaching professors - an honor conferred by the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees. Dr. Elinor Spring Mills, the late Dr. Bonnie St. Andrews, Dr. Patricia Numann and Dr. Lynn Cleary are among the 12 on campus who were awarded the title. In addition, recent hires include a female chair of the Department of Family Medicine and the appointment of a woman to the new post of Vice President for Academic Affairs. Women now make up more than half the entering class at SUNY Upstate's College of Medicine, reflecting the national trend.