Committee on the Status of Women in Medicine

The Committee on the Status of Women in Medicine (SWIM) was founded in 1979 to address issues related to gender equality at the Yale School of Medicine. SWIM works to raise awareness of issues relevant to women who are faculty at the School of Medicine, and to advocate for women faculty with respect to these issues. SWIM meets regularly with the Dean to address issues and work together on ongoing initiatives critical to ensuring gender equity at the School of Medicine.

Five issues currently are the focus of SWIM initiatives having been identified as critically important to women faculty. These are:

  • The “climate” – building a supportive environment, both professional and social -- for women at Yale
  • Recruitment and retention of female faculty members
  • Compensation equity
  • Mentoring opportunities
  • Childcare availability and affordability

SWIM welcomes participation from all interested faculty members of the medical school. For more information or to sign up to become a member, contact Belinda Ahern at or Marie Robert at or Diane McMahon Pratt at