The WIMTC brings together trainees and faculty, across medical specialties to address the needs of women-identifying residents and fellows in the Department of Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.
The Women in Medicine Trainees’ Council (WIMTC) serves as a centralized organization to bring together trainees and faculty of all levels, across medical specialties to address the needs of women-identifying residents and fellows in the Department of Medicine (DOM). The council works to foster discussions about gender in academia, facilitate mentorship relationships, promote gender balance and equity, mitigate gender bias, and promote activities aimed at academic and personal advancement of women in medicine. We host numerous events and initiatives throughout the year and partner with other organizations as well. Our group meets monthly to share ideas and plan upcoming events.
The Women in Medicine Trainees Council will serve as a centralized organization to bring together trainees and faculty across medical specialties in the Department of Medicine to:
Share ideas and experiences related to gender in academia
Foster mentor relationships
Promote gender balance and equity across all providers
Mitigate gender bias
Promote activities aimed at academic and personal advancement of women in medicine
Events & Initiatives
Some of the exciting events and initiatives supported by the WIMTC include:
Mock interviews for women trainees applying to fellowships or jobs
Sessions with women leaders from within Mass General and across the country, focusing on topics such as negotiations and microaggressions
Networking events with other departments’ Women in Medicine organizations at Mass General
Mentorship program involving women physicians of all levels within the Department of Medicine
Designing and implementing a “Gender Bias in Medicine” curriculum within the residency program
Improving lactation room availability and resources for physician parents
Groundbreaking research on gender in medical training, such as the effect of “Doctor” identification badges on the misidentification of women providers working with colleagues at Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Increasing parental leave to eight weeks of paid leave for parents of all genders
Helpful Links & Resources
The Office of Women’s Careers (OWC)
The OWC is a long-established, hospital-wide group focused on gender equity, professional development, and community building among women at Mass General. They publish a regular newsletter of events and hold numerous events, talks, and workshops throughout the year.
Mass General Brigham GME formed a trainee well-being council to focus on the needs of trainees. Several resources such as easy access to mental health care are available to all Mass General Brigham trainees; more information can be found at the well-being website.
The Department of Medicine Diversity and Inclusion Board (DIB) is charged with furthering the fundamental mission of supporting and expanding the representation of individuals regardless of gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or disability within the department.
A team led by investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has identified the key differences in the airway response to allergens between people with allergic asthma and people with allergies but no asthma.