"FOCUS is a dean-funded program at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania designed to improve the recruitment, retention, advancement and leadership of women faculty, and to promte women's health research."
Although great strides have been made in recent years in equalizing the percentage of male and female matriculants to U.S. medical schools, women continue to be under-represented in leadership positions, particularly in academic medicine. FOCUS compiles a report every two years to chart the gender distribution of Penn Medicine faculty based on rank, track and department. The goal of these reports are to continue progress in recruiting a diverse faculty and working towards helping faculty reach their full potential.
This certificate program, jointly sponsored by the FOCUS program and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, provides opportunities for training in women's health in the areas of research, clinical practice and community outreach. The program has four major components required for completion of the certificate: Women's Health Intensive Summer Experience, Seminar Attendance, Elective in Women's Health and a Scholarly Pursuit Project.
The American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation in association with the AMA Women Physicians Section (WPS) has established the Joan F. Giambalvo Fund for the Advancement of Women with the goal of promoting women in the medical profession and strengthening the ability of the AMA to identify and address the needs of women physicians and medical students.