About AMWA

About Us

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

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To advance women in medicine, advocate for equity, and ensure excellence in health care.


A healthier world where women physicians achieve equity in the medical profession and realize their full potential.


  • Integrity
  • Equity
  • Diversity
  • Inclusion
  • Collaboration
  • Mentorship


amwaladiesThe 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

Legacy_at_Drexel_web1AMWA 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.