Annual Meeting, Artist in Residence, Programming Ideas, Chapter Spotlight & Member Opportunities, Sex and Gender Summit
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November 2015 Student Newsletter
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AMWA's 101st Annual Meeting
March 11-13, 2016
Miami, Florida

Now accepting


2016 AMWA Artist-in-Residence Award is now accepting applications until December 31. The role of the artist in residence is to create an artistic project pertinent to AMWA and women in medicine to then be displayed (or performed) at the following year’s annual meeting. This application is open to all member artists including painters, visual artists, sculptors, dancers, poets, writers, musicians, tailors, filmmakers,  designers, comedians, puppeteers or any other art form. To apply, click here. For more information on Studio AMWA, click here. 



  • ATTENTION: National leadership applications will be accepted starting Nov 16th!
  • Meanwhile, check out our Elections and Appointments page to learn more about each position!

Fundraising Committee

  • The AMWA Fundraising Committee is looking for more members! 
  • Members living in the Miami area are especially needed.
  • If you would like to get more involved with AMWA on a national level, please email Lexi Shepherd ( for more information about joining the committee!

2016-2017 National Conference Co-chairs position

  • Two applicants will be selected to serve as our AMWA national conference chairs for the 2017 Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
  • This highly esteemed position offers you the opportunity to demonstrate and apply the breadth of talents you possess. Given that the chairs will play a vital part of our biggest event of the year, the chairs-designate will be supported with one-on-one mentorship to further refine their leadership skills.
  • Coordinate with AMWA headquarters to plan the Annual Meeting Student Division content and logistics as well as accommodations for student attendees.
  • Serve on the AMWA Conference Planning Committee.
  • Work with the Treasurer to coordinate grant-writing to subsidize costs.
  • More information is available on our application page.
  • For any questions, please email our President-Elect, Samia Osman, at

LGBTQA Student Chair

  • The LGBTQA section of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee is looking for student members including a student chair.
  • Remember the A stands for Allies and we would love to have more committee members from both LGBT groups and Allies.
  • We are working on a position paper for AMWA.
  • We have also gotten an excellent film called States of Grace about a Lesbian physician and her struggle to accept her new disabled body.
  • If you are interested please contact the physician chair: Laurel Waters MD:
We want to hear from you
You, who doubted your specialty choice because of the sexual jokes made in the all-male operating room. 
You, whose medical school interviewer asked, ‘Where are you from?' because they did not believe your South Asian surname matched the U.S. city listed on your application. 
You, whose professor mistook you for a maintenance staff worker for being a casually-dressed black man. 
You, who have survived injustice as a casualty of this systemic disease of bias in medicine.
Our project, Systemic Disease, collects narratives from health professional students across the country to build an online community of support and advocacy for change. We invite you to join the movement to combat this systemic disease, one story at a time.
Join the movement at
Student leaders needed for AMWA Centennial Legacy Quilt (fund-raising) Project.  AMWA will be launching a digital quilt project and student leaders are needed to help upload the information to the AMWA website and overlaying text onto a photo background.  Basic wordpress skills are helpful but not mandatory. Anticipate no more than a few hours of work at the end of every month. You will get a free legacy quilt square to design and upload as you wish and recognition on the AMWA website for your leadership in this area as the AMWA Centennial Digital Quilter.  Please contact
Embrace Your Chapter’s Diversity and Host a Cultural Potluck:
  • In light of Thanksgiving, invite AMWA members to bring one of their favorite dishes from their culture to share with others. Talking about your dish is an instant icebreaker of conversation, especially for members who recently joined AMWA! You never know what you might learn about each other!
Volunteer at a Women’s shelter or Host a Toiletry Drive
  • Baby It’s Getting Cold Outside! As the temperature drops, more homeless people seek shelter. Consider volunteering at a nearby women’s shelter and hosting a toiletry drive prior to the event.
See the full list of Programming ideas here.
Albert Einstein combats Human Trafficking
Inspired by PATH at AMWA's Centennial Meeting, the chapter at Albert Einstein has devoted this year's programming to raising awareness about Human Trafficking by hosting a lecture by Dr. Holly Atkinson, working with clinicians at their free clinic to recognize the signs of trafficking, and planning documentary screenings and dinner banquets on sex trafficking.
UMHS at the Cardin Home
For the past 8 months UMHS has worked with the Cardin Home to provide necessary goods and services for the elderly and disabled. They have held fundraisers such as talent shows, breakfast sales, and bake sales in order to donate essential items to the home with a goal to establish a fund to be able to provide them a monthly donation of these essential supplies.
Kristi Ray
Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Akanksha Arya
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson
Medical School
Rachel McCandliss
Emory University
School of Medicine
Helen Pu
Hofstra North Shore LIJ
School of Medicine
AMWA’s Women’s Health Working Group Student Co-Chairs, Alyssa Herrmann and Amanda Tashjian, from Albany Medical College, presented their project Sex and Gender in Medical Education National Student Survey at the Sex and Gender Medical Education Summit on October 18th-19th.The survey assessed students’ perception of the incorporation of sex and gender based medicine into their curriculum and was completed with classmates Tina Ramineni and Rithika Ramakrishnan and under the direction of Dr. Marjorie Jenkins of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Click for more information about the summit.
Make sure your branch is active this month!
October is Diabetes Awareness Month, Prematurity Awareness Month, National Hospice Palliative Care Month, Healthy Skin Month and Lung, Pancreatic, and Stomach Cancers Awareness Month.

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