History of OWIMS Mentoring Program
Since 1997, the Wake Forest School of Medicine (WFSM) Office of Women in Medicine and Science (OWIMS), formerly known as Women's Health Center of Excellence for Leadership, Research, Education, has had at its core a robust tradition of providing professional development for women faculty. With the missions "to foster, facilitate and enhance the recruitment, retention, professional development and promotion of women faculty, house staff and students", OWIMS continues to empower women in academic medicine.
The longest running program in OWIMS repertoire is the Women Junior Faculty Mentoring Program, which addresses general career development needs of women faculty at the instructor and assistant professor level. Since 1999, 177 mentees have participated in this formal program and 117 women and men at the associate professor and professor level have served as mentors. Mentoring relationships, tailored to mentees' individual needs, are maintained until mentees are promoted to associate professor. The program also offers learning and networking opportunities such as after-hours journal clubs, workshops, webinars and socials.