Check out the November 2013 edition of AMWA Student NewsFlash!
Student NewsFlash
November 2013


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Calling all branch presidents: we hope that you'll forward these AMWA Student NewsFlashes to your local branch members!


Komal Paladugu, National Student Secretary

 Hey everyone!  From working with the  ladies on the board to the guiding support of our physician and residency divisions, this year has been a very enriching experience.  Deciding to attend the national conference last year was one of the best decisions I made. I remember the feelings of rejuvenation and inspiration after being in the presence of such accomplished and driven women.  This year's conference will no doubt be even more robust and will reflect the quickly growing AMWA membership. In addition, this conference will mark the beginning of AMWA's centennial year! I highly encourage everyone to attend the conference to put the faces to the names you've been seeing floating around all year!  National AMWA has made a huge impact on me and I look forward to sharing the experience with you all! Any ideas for improvement?  Feel free to contact me

AMWA November Advocacy Calendar

  • National Family Caregivers Month
  • Nov. 1, 1848: The first medical college for women opened.
  • Nov. 7: Happy Birthday Marie Curie. Curie is the first women to ever win 2 Nobel Prizes for her work in Physics and Chemistry.

AMWA National Conference

The AMWA 99th Annual Meeting will be held at The Ritz-Carlton, in Washington D.C. from March 14th-16th, 2014. This exciting conference will focus on issues vital to the success of women in medicine through discussions on various topics such as the Affordable Care Act, the use of technology in medicine, developments in women's health, strengthening mentorships, and nurturing career advancement. The following three-day meeting will be an inspiring one, filled with addresses from nationally and internationally renowned speakers including physicians, authors and scientists. Want even more information?  Check out our Student Guide to the AMWA Conference put together by our own Conference chairs!  The guide has the insider's scoop on funding options, poster presentations, comments from the current student leadership, advice from physicians and more.

AMWA is now accepting travel grant applications and abstract submissions online for the conference.  Deadline for both applications is January 10, 2014.  Remember to apply early!

Are you a  dedicated member of AMWA and are looking for a way to get more involved?  Consider applying for a position at the student elections being held on March 14th, 2014. 
Applications are being accepted from Dec. 1st, 2013-Jan 31st, 2014.  For more information on positions, roles, and current leadership, check out our page on elections!

One Member in November

AMWA is encouraging each student branch to recruit at least one national member during the month of November.  Direct your new members to join online through our website. In addition to increasing national membership, branches will be entered into a raffle for $200 to go towards your local branch for more events!  Each student member recruited earns 1 raffle ticket and each physician member earns 3 tickets.  Members recruited from August 1st- November 30th, 2013 will be taken into account for the raffle and the branch with the most new recruits will be featured in our very own NewsFlash! Remember to submit the names of your new national members here by December 1st, 2013.

Course on Addressing Sex Trafficking

In association with Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, AMWA  is sponsoring a training course led by Rachel Lloyd, author of Girls Like Us, Dec. 14th-15th in New York City.  This 2 day training course will train health professionals in identifying risk factors for sex trafficking; understanding the health and psychologic consequences of sex trafficking; and knowing the resources available for trafficked victims/survivors. This course is completely underwritten and free of charge for AMWA members  For more information on this event and to register, access the form here!

AWHS Fundraiser

By Kimberly Faldetta, AWHS Student Chair

Help teach your community about global health while raising money for a great cause! The American Women's Health Service (AWHS) is AMWA's global health branch and the main way the AMWA helps women worldwide. AWHS sponsors women's health services in Peru, Uganda, Haiti, Nepal, Tanzania, and several clinics in the United States.
AWHS is reaching out and asking branches to hold fundraisers that center around teaching young people (or each other) about global health and international women's rights. This could be a movie night, international potluck dinner, guest speaker--the list goes on!  In addition to raising awareness about a great cause, the branch that raises the most money will win the AWHS Global Health Education Award. Fill out the following form to enter your branch in the Education Award competition.  Deadline for entry is January 31, 2014.  For more information, feel free to email us

National Chair Update

By Kathryn Anderson, External Relations Chair

As External Relations Chair I have worked further AMWA’s relationships with other organizations and companies. Within the last couple months I have worked with the rest of our executive board to finalize agreements with both AMWA and GL Advisor. GL Advisor is a full-service, financial advisory firm that specializes in assisting medical students and recent graduates with managing their student debt.  AMWA members we now have a $45 discount off of one year of service with GL Advisor! GL  Advisor will be having a session to educate us on the options of loan repayment at AMWA’s 99th Annual Meeting. I encourage all of those attending the national meeting to attend GL Advisor’s informative talk. In addition,  AMWA will now be represented at AMSA’s national conference. Keep an eye out for a joint webinar with AMSA on advocacy topics!

For more information, take a look at our membership benefits. I look forward to continuing to serve as External Relations Chair and working on finalizing relationships with other organizations and companies!


Member Highlight: Meera Thakkar

My name is Meera Thakkar and I am currently a second year student at the University of Illinois-Chicago College of Medicine. I did a BA/MPH combined program at Case Western Reserve University, which allowed me to obtain my bachelors degree in Biology, as well as work on my Masters in Public Health. You can kind of say women’s health and empowerment is my calling. I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome at the age of 19, 7 years after the first onset of my symptoms. I used the opportunity to do an MPH thesis to look at sources of support that young women with PCOS have. It’s a very confusing condition that can be easily overlooked; which is why I want to focus my career around women’s reproductive health and raising awareness of conditions like PCOS. I joined AMWA because I love everything that it stands for: advocacy, empowerment, and education. These are the three principles that I ground my medical career on and we cannot truly be leaders without emphasizing all of these tenets.  I look forward to getting more involved in AMWA and sharing with others this incredible organization and its principles.

Opportunities to Get Involved in AMWA

Looking for new and exciting ways to get involved in AMWA?  Keep up to date on the newest opportunities here: 
  • Bed and Breakfast-- Congratulations to Stephanie Peace from the Univ. of Missouri School of Medicine, for winning the October B&B raffle! With the success of our October B & B promotion, we continue to encourage students to participate as hosts and to utilize it during conference and residency interview travels. log on to the AMWA portal to join as a host and access our member database.
  • Blog Alert-- Did you know that AMWA has a blog? Be sure to check it out here! Our entries highlight medical student experiences in addition to feature stories from physicians. Feel free to send any questions or email any submissions to our coordinator here.
  • Undergraduate Expansion-- AMWA is currently expanding to undergraduate institutions in an effort to increase mentoring programs for budding young women interested in the medical profession. Help us reach out by being a point of contact for an undergraduate institution or helping us identify enthusiastic passionate young women who have an interest in chartering an Undergraduate AMWA branch. Contact Parin Patel for more information!
  • Don't see anything for you? Peruse our many committees and  contact us !



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