AMA Foundation Awards Research Grants to Study Professional Issues of Women in Medicine

The AMA Foundation and the AMA Women Physicians Congress are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012 Joan F. Giambalvo Scholarship research grants. These research scholarships of up to $10,000 are awarded to advance the progress of women in the medical profession and strengthen the ability to identify and address the needs of women physicians and medical students through the study of professional issues of women in medicine. Five projects were funded in 2012. “Women form onethird of the physician workforce and half of matriculants into medical school,” stated Claudia Reardon, MD, Chair of the AMA Women Physicians Congress. “If we are going to meet the needs of an increasing patient population, we need to invest in research that improves our knowledge of the challenges and opportunities for women in medicine.”

The 2012 recipients are: Linda Brodsky, MD & Roberta Gebhard, DO, Gender Equity Task Force, American Medical Women’s Association, Title: Work Habits of Women Physicians: Request for Planning Grant; Natalie Anne Clark, MD, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI, Title: Conceiving Conception: Fertility Perceptions among American Physicians; Lora C. Denton, MD, FACP, Memorial Health University Medical Center, Savannah, GA., Title: Flexible Work Options: Finding Feasible Solutions to Keep Women in the Workplace; Lisa Kairis, MD Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA Title: Gender Differences in Practice Patterns of Obstetricians/Gynecologists: A Critical Shortage of Female Obstetricians Who Perform Deliveries; Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, Title: Promotion and Retention of Diversity in Medical Education: Gender.

The AMA Foundation, is dedicated to improving public health by raising funds and providing philanthropic support to high-impact health and medical scholarship programs. Visit The AMA Women Physicians Congress consists of the more than 67,000 female members of the AMA and aims to increase the number and influence of women physicians in leadership roles and to advocate for and advance the understanding of women’s health issues. Visit

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