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Advancing Gender Equity in Medicine

The WSMA will advocate and raise awareness for gender parity, equal pay, and advancement as a fundamental professional standard to ensure equal opportunity within the medical profession in Washington. (Res B-2, A-20)

The WSMA ensure and encourage gender equity in WSMA leadership, HOD reference committees, speakers showcased at WSMA events, articles in WSMA Reports and grants and/or awards. (Res B-2, A-20)

The WSMA endorses the American Medical Association’s policy, “Gender Disparities in Physician Income and Advancement” that reads as follows:

Gender Disparities in Physician Income and Advancement 1. That our American Medical Association encourage medical associations and other relevant organizations to study gender differences in income and advancement trends, by specialty, experience, work hours and other practice characteristics, and develop programs to address disparities where they exist; 2. That our AMA support physicians in making informed decisions on work-life balance issues through the continued development of informational resources on issues such as part-time work options, job sharing, flexible scheduling, reentry, and contract negotiations; 3. That our AMA urge medical schools, hospitals, group practices and other physician employers to institute and monitor transparency in pay levels in order to identify and eliminate gender bias and promote gender equity throughout the profession; 4. That our AMA collect and publicize information on best practices in academic medicine and non academic medicine that foster gender parity in the profession; and 5. That our AMA provide training on leadership development, contract and salary negotiations and career advancement strategies, to combat gender disparities as a member benefit. (Res B-2, A-20)

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Abbreviations for House of Delegates report origination:

EC – Executive Committee; BT – Board of Trustees; CPA – Council on Professional Affairs; JC – Judicial Council; CHS – Community and Health Services

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