Memorial Sloan Kettering's Program for Women Faculty Affairs (PWFA) was created in 2005 to ensure equal professional development opportunities for female and male faculty.
The goals of the PWFA are to:
- Facilitate recruitment, retention, and promotion of women faculty
- Support representation of women faculty in leadership positions
- Enhance women faculty career development, work-life balance, and wellness
- Monitor progress in achieving program goals.
The PWFA supports faculty professional growth through seminars and coaching on a variety of topics including promotion, negotiation, time management, public speaking, grant writing, scientific presentations, mentorship, childcare, and work-life balance. Athena, an informal networking group created by the PWFA, provides a forum for sharing information, welcoming new faculty, and celebrating achievements.
To foster the training of women in medicine and science, the PWFA offers career development activities for undergraduates, medical and graduate students, residents, postdoctoral researchers, and fellows. Laura Liberman, who serves as director of both the Office of Faculty Development and the PWFA, is the faculty advisor for the Female Association for Clinicians, Educators, and Scientists, a group that supports female students enrolled in the Tri-Institutional MD/PhD program of Weill Cornell Medical College, The Rockefeller University, and the Sloan Kettering Institute.
Currently, women comprise more than 40 percent of the Memorial Sloan Kettering faculty. The representation of female faculty at Memorial Hospital, both overall and in the senior ranks, is significantly higher than the national data reported by the Association of American Medical Colleges. Since the PWFA was created, approximately half of the individuals appointed to the Memorial Hospital faculty have been women.