The Baystate Women in Medicine and Science (BWIMS) Professional Development Scholarship is a monetary award to help providers who identify as women to advance their academic careers and/or organizational leadership.
The scholarship may fund a variety of activities including, but not limited to, travel to present at conferences, enrollment in courses, or purchase of materials to support professional endeavors. The scholarship may also cover conference-related childcare expenses. It is, however, not intended to support professional membership or licensure fees.
Apply for the BWIMS Scholarship
The application period is currently closed. Please check back in March 2024.
Physicians or advanced practitioners who identify as women and who are active medical staff at any Baystate Health entity are eligible to apply. Graduate medical trainees (i.e., residents and fellows) are also eligible. Prior winners may reapply for new projects. A single person must apply for and receive the scholarship, but the proposal may include support of a team initiative. Medical students are not eligible.
- Current CV
- Brief proposal statement (less than 500 words) about candidate’s proposed professional development activity. Proposal must include a statement of support from the candidate’s Department Chair or Service Line Leader [e.g., "I have received approval for this proposal from the Chair of my Department"].
Review and Award Process
The BWIMS Scholarship Subcommittee will score applications based on the following criteria:
- Quality of application
- Benefit to the applicant
- Benefit to the organization
BWIMS is supported by the Office of Faculty Affairs at UMass Chan Medical School-Baystate and Baystate Health’s Medical Staff Office. BWIMS serves as an institutional resource by providing a forum to promote policies, practices, and programs that support women’s organizational advancement. Its goals are to promote academic and leadership advancement of physicians, faculty, advanced clinical providers and scientists who identify as women; to optimize the recruitment and retention of diverse talent; and to ensure access to effective mentors and opportunities for skill development.
(Updated May 2023)
2023 Scholarship Winners
Jessica Dorne, PA - Ob/Gyn
Funding for the North American Menopause Society's Certified Menopause Practitioner exam.
Sarah Kleinschmidt, MD - Emergency Medicine
Attendance at the Massachusetts Medical Society course "Training Physician Leaders to Advance a More Just Workplace."
Past Scholarship Winners