Female physicians interested in improving their role in the medical community should become involved in women's medical organizations as well as in other established groups, a pediatrician active in the field says.

Constance U. Battle, M.D., FAAP, is president-elect of the American Medical Women's Association (AMWA). With about 9,000 members, the group's main purpose is to serve as "the vehicle for women who have persisted in their careers through adversity and changing goals to take a leadership role in American medicine," she says.

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