About AMWA

About Us

AMWA membership is comprised of physicians, residents, medical students, and health care professionals.  AMWA is the only multispecialty organization dedicated to advancing women in medicine and improving women’s health.

VISION

The American Medical Women’s Association empowers women to lead in improving health for all within a model that reflects the unique perspective of women.

MISSION

The American Medical Women’s Association is an organization which functions at the local, national, and international level to advance women in medicine and improve women’s health.  We achieve this by providing and developing leadership, advocacy, education, expertise, mentoring, and strategic alliances.

BACKGROUND

The American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) is an organization of women physicians, medical students and other persons dedicated to serving as the unique voice for women’s health and the advancement of women in medicine. The organization was founded by Dr. Bertha VanHoosen in 1915 in Chicago, at a time when women physicians were an under-represented minority. As women in medicine increase in numbers, new problems and issues arise that were not anticipated. AMWA has been addressing these issues for 95 years.

AMWA LEGACY FUND AND EXHIBIT

AMWA is proud to have established a permanent lobby exhibit at the Legacy Center, Archives & Special Collections on Women in Medicine, the largest collection of material pertaining to the history of women in medicine. Located at the Drexel University College of Medicine campus in the East Falls section of Philadelphia, this is the first public showcase to display AMWA historic documents and photos from the past 96 years. The sunlit lobby features floor-to-ceiling windows, a high tech globe display, and portraits of prominent women in medicine. AMWA’s Legacy Exhibit showcases a unique archival collection, featuring:

  • Glass case displaying objects and documents from the AMWA and AWHS Collections; these are rotated periodically to display more of the collections, as well as for preservation reasons
  • Wall space adjacent to the space displays flat art and framed documents
  • Signage near the case and wall acknowledges AMWA’s gift as well as major donors to the Legacy Fund

Learn more about or make plans to visit this unique collection.

AMWA Board of Directors at Legacy Exhibit Ribbon Cutting- Drexel University, Philadelphia, September 2010.

In the meantime, we are still trying to reach our $100,000 goal to fund this effort. Please consider even a small donation to honor AMWA’s rich history. Donations of $1,000 and above will be individually recognized in the lobby’s “Wall of Fame” display!

Support the Legacy Fund