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

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Cherilyn Cecchini, National Secretary

The year is absolutely flying by and it amazes me that it is already mid-September. As a second year, things have kicked off quickly and we have already finished our first course in Pathology and Pharmacology at JMC. Within my branch at Jefferson, we have planned a Philadelphia Area Wellness Conference to be held on September 29, 2012.  We are featuring various speakers who will address topics about healthy nutrition, exercise, and how to maintain a sense of confidence as a female medical student. I am excited to be a part of these AMWA efforts locally and to assist AMWA on a national level as Secretary. I am always available via email, so be sure to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns!




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News of AMWA's 98th Anniversary Annual Meeting!
By: Mariyam Kuruvilla & Emily Suh, Conference Chairs

The American Medical Women’s Association is proud to announce the 98th Anniversary Annual Meeting will be held in New York City on March 15-17, 2013 at the historic New York Palace. Bringing together physicians and medical students from all over the United States, special emphasis will be placed on mentorship and networking among this diverse group of women in medicine. Educational opportunities for physicians, medical students and residents alike will include presentations by nationally recognized leaders in medicine in addition to experts on a variety of topics such as finance, medical writing, family life, and leadership.

The annual Gala dinner will take the form of a yacht cruise, with breathtaking views of the New York City skyline, jazz accompaniment and a selection of gourmet food. Students and residents will have the opportunity to present their research projects, which will conclude with the distribution of several prestigious awards. Finally, student elections will take place on Sunday March 17th as we conclude the conference.  Look out for upcoming information on AMWA student board positions and submission deadlines.

AMWA Mentoring Program!
By: Preethi Raghu, Program Chair

Are you looking for a mentor’s guidance as you build your career? Are you interested in sharing your personal and career journey to motivate others? If so, please sign up for our AMWA Mentoring Program!  The AMWA Mentoring Program links medical students and residents to physician mentors based on backgrounds, interests, and medical specialty.  Our mentoring program is constantly being improved based on your feedback, so please utilize this valuable resource available for national members only. 

Sign up to be a mentee, mentor, or both here! Already have an exceptional mentor?  Nominate them for an award here! Interested in helping with our national mentoring initiatives?  Email us here to join our mentoring task force.  We need the opinions of motivated AMWA students, residents, and physicians!

Apply for a Membership Fee Waiver!

We at national AMWA know that the cost of joining medical school organizations can add up, so we'd like to help. Supporting your membership in national AMWA is important to us, which is why AMWA awards six scholarships to waive the cost of national membership in AMWA ($75.00 value per person for ALL of your years in medical school). Go here to apply and learn more!

The current application cycle extends from August 1 to September 30, 2012. The deadline is quickly approaching! Please email with any questions.

Women's Health in the Commonwealth of Kentucky
By: Audra Jacqueline Ryan, MD/MPH

After years of failed attempts, it appears that healthcare reform in the United States is finally moving forward.  With the passage of the Affordable Care Act in March 2010 and the June 2012 Supreme Court decision that upheld the constitutionality of the individual mandate, most Americans will now be required to have health insurance and have federally protected rights to be covered by insurance despite pre-existing conditions.  We as doctors must be informed about the developments in health policy that will certainly affect our future careers and patients. Therefore, I encourage you to refer to the Kaiser family foundation’s website for an excellent summary of the bill here, or the US government’s website on healthcare reform here, or my Master's essay here.

Treasurer's Corner: AMWA Fundraising Tips
By: Neha Deshpande, Treasurer

One great event to kick-off the school year is a white coat embroidery fundraiser. Not only can this raise funds for your AMWA student branch, but it can increase the recognition and awareness of your group on your campus. The AMWA branch at Harvard medical school recently organized a very successful embroidery fundraiser.  All the first-year medical students were contacted with the option of having their names embroidered on their white coats. All coats were collected at the medical student education center. AMWA members then arranged a time for coat pick-up at the student activities fair, where students also learned more about AMWA, its mission, and how to become a branch member. The funds that were raised will be used towards branch recruitment and networking programs. Great work HMS AMWA!  

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