August, 2016 Student Newsflash
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August 2016 Student Newsletter
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Awards Application Cycle Opens, Global Health Highlights, and Upcoming August Events
AMWA 2016 Interim Meeting
September 16-18, 2016
Indianapolis, IN

Registration is at no cost for both members and non-members

For More information and details on how to register for Interim, click here.
Fall Awards Application Cycle is NOW OPEN!
For additional information and to apply for AMWA grants and awards see the Awards page here
For questions, contact Madeleine Manka, the student awards chair at

On Saturday June 4th, two second year medical students from FSU College of Medicine, Acton Pifer and Meghan Novotny, along with faculty member Dr. Suzanne Harrison participated in Another Cry Youth Foundation’s "Community Family Fun Day" as a part of their “Save Our Youth from Violence” campaign. On behalf of the FSU Chapter of AMWA, they offered blood pressure screenings, patient education, and counseling about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

The Community Family Fun Day brought out nearly one hundred community members from the Southwest Tallahassee area. The Another Cry Youth Foundation also donated fresh fruits and vegetables to the families that attended.  Additionally, the Foundation led a community forum to discuss topics spanning from HIV/AIDS, human trafficking, and narcotics, to gangs and violence within the community, in an effort to begin a discussion as to how community members can break negative patterns and promote overall wellbeing in the area.

AMWA's Global Health Division remains committed to empowering women medical students in aiding underserved communities across the globe and to fiercely advocate for better health practices around the world.
Hildur, Nora, Leandro, and Zuleica walking Canoa streets

AMWA member Alisha Subveri recently had the opportunity to travel to Ecuador for the Ponce Health Sciences University (PHSU) Global Leadership Conference.  
Here is a small excerpt that she wrote about her trip:

"This past June, I was able to attend Ponce Health Sciences University Global Leadership Conference in Ecuador after they had recently suffered an earthquake with a moment magnitude of 7.8 on April 16th of this year. PHSU partnered with Ecuador Awaits, an organization founded by Nora Egeberg and Leandro Villacis, with a mission to offer travelers the unique experience of exploring Ecuador, while helping Ecuadorians through volunteer work.  Volunteers are led to where help is most needed, and work with Ecuadorians on innovative and sustainable projects. During our trip, both organizations had a joint purpose to empower the community of Canoa and assist in their community’s reestablishment."          

To hear more about Alisha's experience, and to find out more about AMWA's Global Health Division, click HERE!
To follow the experiences of the Anne C. Carter Global Health Fellows, click HERE!
Consider joining the
AMWA Social Media Committee!

The social media committee is looking for committed pre-med, medical students, and residents to join! 

Please email Laura Gardner at for more information.

Studio AMWA 

Studio AMWA has a new Artist in Spotlight!
Meet Ariana Ellis!
Ariana is a second year medical student from Northeast Ohio Medical University. She creates not only paintings and drawings, but also music on the piano! We are excited to announce her as our Artist Spotlight for this season!
For more info about Studio AMWA, or to share your artwork with AMWA click HERE

Share your art and creativity with Studio AMWA! 
If you are interested in joining Studio AMWA, please email the Student Chair,
Shilpa Darivemula at
Menstrual Equity Subcommittee and
Refugee Health Subcommittee 

If students are interested in working on menstrual equity efforts including the promotion of free menstrual products on campuses/public restrooms, or have interest in refugee health
please email Samia Osman at
Sanju Eswaran is an MD Candidate at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine. Presently, she is enrolled in the six-year combined BA/MD program and will graduate in 2018.  She hopes to pursue a career in academic medicine, as she has a passion to both teach and practice medicine.

Sanju currently serves as president of her school’s AMWA chapter and previously served two terms as vice president.  As Student Division Region 7 Director, she hopes to be inspired by the vision of female leaders in medicine and to one day inspire future medical students she will come across.

Read more about Sanju here!
  Come on!  Get involved with AMWA this month!

National Health Observances during the month of August include:
National Immunization Awareness Month,
Psoriasis Awareness Month, and
National Breastfeeding Month
with World Breastfeeding Week being August 1- 7th.
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