Check out the November 2011 edition of AMWA Student NewsFlash!
AMWA Student NewsFlash
November 2011
Inside this issue...


Save the Date for AMWA's 97th Annual Meeting and national student conference on April 13-15, 2012 in Miami, Florida!  This year, the physician and student conferences will be jointly held at the Sofitel Miami.  Student registration cost will be $75, and the annual gala dinner will have a subsidized student rate of $20. Stay tuned for more details.

AMWA relaunches the Bed and Breakfast Program just in time for the residency interview season! Click here for more information.

Prepare for a clinical rotation in the developing world (and earn credit)! JULY 9-27, 2012: GLOBAL HEALTH: CLINICAL AND COMMUNITY CARE (FCM 896A) at the University of Arizona is a full-time (80 class hours) interactive, practical course preparing fourth-year North American clinical medical students, residents and other clinicians for health care experience abroad.  Visiting participants receive 3-4 weeks’ elective credit at their home institution (which must arrange the actual overseas preceptorship).  The class is limited to 24, selected by May 30. Click here for information and application forms, or contact: Ronald Pust, MD or Tracy Carroll, MPH, PT, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Dept. of Family and Community Medicine, P.O. Box 245052, Tucson AZ  85724.

Please continue to send financial questions and concerns to Kam Lam so that she can forward them to our financial expert Stephen Dunbar to answer in upcoming editions of AMWA Student NewsFlash.

Help develop medical education curriculum content on sexual assault by taking AMWA member Amanda Wingle's survey.

Calling all branch presidents - we hope that you'll forward these AMWA Student NewsFlash newsletters to your local branch members monthly. Thanks for your help with spreading the AMWA love far and wide!

Letter from the Editor

Lauren Wolchok, National Secretary

From the east coast to the west coast, there are local AMWA branches out there doing some incredible things, and I'm so excited to be featuring some of them this month.  AMWA members are making real impacts in their communities, supporting women and important causes like breast cancer awareness and homelessness. I love sharing such inspiring news and the schemes of the women behind it. So what world-changing projects and programs are your AMWA branch up to? Who are the women who motivate you?
Run for a Regional/National Leadership Position in AMWA

At AMWA's 97th Annual Meeting April 13-15 in Miami, FL, student members will have the opportunity to run for leadership positions at the regional or national level.  The positions vary in level of responsibility and time commitment, but each helps to advance women in medicine and women's health, and we expect you'll find these positions to be personally rewarding, too.  Visit our website here for more information on the conference and elections, including how to apply and descriptions of each of the available roles.

What Leadership Roles are Available?

The positions of President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, Regional Directors (Regions 1 through 9/10, 1-2 per region), Advocacy Chair, Awards Chair, Conference Chair (2), External Relations Chair, Global Health Chair (2), Programs Chair, and Recruitment Chair will be elected at the Annual Meeting.

AMWA/AMSA Women’s Empowerment Symposium a Success

Nupur Agrawal, AMWA WES Coordinator
The 2011 AMWA/AMSA Women’s Empowerment Symposium (WES) was held on October 14, 2011 as part of the Empowering Future Physicians Conference at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. WES was a unique collaboration between our organization and AMSA to provide a forum for aspiring female leaders to develop and solidify the skills they will need to advance their careers in medicine. Historically, similar forums have focused primarily on empowering only the women in attendance, but this year we placed a unique emphasis on teaching these young women how they can use their positions of influence and power to promote the advancement of other women in our country and around the world. Thus, WES served as a catalyst for generating a chain reaction of empowerment.
Throughout the daylong event, attendees engaged in a variety of seminars and workshops. They interacted with female leaders in the field of medicine, learned about the benefits of having basic economics and management skills in order to make informed decisions about allocating the often limited resources they will have has leaders, and developed strategies for overcoming the numerous impediments women – both vulnerable and powerful – face even today. Based on the feedback from the attendees this year, WES both achieved and surpassed its stated mission: WES became the forum in which young women formed lifelong relationships with mentors and peers and built networks that will form the unshakeable foundations of their careers as leaders in medicine.

Spotlight on... AMWA Branches from Coast to Coast

Lara Reichert, AMC AMWA Co-president
Albany Medical College’s (AMC) AMWA branch did a great job raising awareness and funds during October for Breast Cancer Awareness. As part of a breast cancer awareness week, AMC held a pink ribbon bake sale and pin sale. A local salon came, too, to beautify participants young and old, men and women with pink hair extensions! All funds went toward the AMC team in the local Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. In collaboration with the Family Medicine Group, AMC raised over $2,200 for the American Cancer Society and spent a wonderful weekend morning walking in solidarity with thousands of survivors, friends, family, and physicians from across New York's Capital Region.


Manpreet Kaur, UCLA AMWA Undergrad President
AMWA-UG at UCLA collaborated for the first time with Volunteers of America to mentor girls ages 16 to 21 years old. These young ladies are part of an outreach program that encourages independent and responsible lifestyle. Our members began weekly workshops teaching life skills, interview skills, basic budgeting, coaching, and promoting higher education through one on one workshops Monday nights. Our projects fuse elements of mentor ship and education by balancing socials and lessons. We offer various avenues of guidance and inspiration to illustrate AMWA's principles of female empowerment to women who have been objectified, abused, and neglected throughout their lives. This project has truly made an impact and will surely remain as a part in AMWA-UG at UCLA for years to come.


Celebrate November... Prematurity Awareness Month

Did you know that more than 500,000 babies are born prematurely each year, and that pre-term birth is both the #1 cause of newborn mortality and has long-lasting  health ramifications? And that Vermont is the only state to receive a Grade A for preventing prematurity? The March of Dimes is taking up the cause. Learn more about Preemie Awareness here.
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