Check out the July 2012 edition of AMWA Student NewsFlash!
Student NewsFlash
July 2012

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Cherilyn Cecchini, National Secretary

The summer is moving at lightning speed and I must say that I am both excited and nervous to start my second year of medical school.  For the summer, I have been volunteering at a Therapeutic Day Program working with mildly learning disabled children, which has been both rewarding and challenging.  I am sure that many of you are experiencing feelings of nervousness about beginning either your first or second year and I want to let you all know that I am here as a resource if you have any questions about expectations for the upcoming year! For the third and fourth years, I wish all of you the best of luck as you start your rotations! Please do not hesitate to contact AMWA with any concerns or questions that you may have.  AMWA is here to support you and to serve as your ultimate resource!

Remember, I am always available via email and I love to read highlights about accomplishments and events that are happening at each branch! Please send any updates about your branch so that you may receive well deserved recognition!

Spotlight on Region 2: Albert Einstein COM!
By: Amanda Wingle, Region 2 Director

Looking for new ideas for recruitment this upcoming Fall? Check out the amazing efforts of one local branch: AMWA at Albert Einstein is currently focusing on expanding their branch, and they have some fantastic ideas for recruitment! Secretary, Marika Osterbur, described their approach as “two-sided,” with different events geared toward the incoming first years and current students. For example, in May 2012, they held an ice cream social for the members of the Class of 2015.  To attract women in the upper classes, they are planning on starting a mentoring program, where they assign first year students to upper class students in a mentor-mentee relationship. They are also planning on having a "career women" lecture and lunch series where topics such as salary negotiations, families and careers, and "what not to wear" are discussed.
For the incoming first years, the Einstein AMWA branch will be quite the presence at Class of 2016 orientation, wearing bright pink shirts with the AMWA logo and a women in medicine sign.  In addition, they are planning on organizing a girls night in the city to show the new students around NYC. Finally, there will be an informal meeting for first year students on campus where they will chat about AMWA's upcoming events. 

Our Bodies, Ourselves Launches "Our Bodies, Our Votes" Campaign

The makers of the wildly popular Our Bodies, Ourselves books have brought their political voice to the table by commencing a political movement they are calling "Our Bodies, Our Votes." Their goal is to educate and involve men and women in the politics that affect women’s reproductive health issues. Read about the movement and legislation that affects women’s health care here.

Faces of AMWA
Do you want to learn more about the physicians who shaped AMWA over the years?  Are you interested in applying your writing skills to help AMWA document its journey?  Faces of AMWA is an online interactive exhibit showcasing the achievements of past and present AMWA physicians (check it out here!).  Any AMWA member is welcome to contribute to this exhibit by writing up a short summary of an assigned AMWA physician’s life.  Your work will be invaluable as we compile the inspiring stories that exemplify AMWA's success. Please pass on this wonderful opportunity to your AMWA branch!  Email us with any questions.

Be One Teach One!

Are you interested in reaching out to high school girls in your community?  AMWA’s Be One Teach One (BOTO) program is a structured way to conduct workshops, mentoring sessions, and information sessions for girls in your area.  Initially developed and implemented by students Risa Siegel and Siatta Dunbar at Touro, BOTO has been established as an excellent way to create a supportive environment for girls in the community.  If your branch is interested in creating a BOTO program, please email us for the materials.

Apply for a Local Branch Grant

Calling all local branch leaders! We at national AMWA know you work hard to put on events that benefit your branch members and make real contributions to women's health. Providing support to your branch is important to us, which is why AMWA awards three grants (up to $300 each) during the fall semester to fund your events. Click here to apply and learn more!

The upcoming application cycle extends from August 1 to September 30, 2012. Please email us with any questions.

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