January, 2017 Student Newsflash
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January 2017 Student Newsletter
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Happy New Year from AMWA!!!

Conference Registration,
Spring Awards Upcoming Deadlines,
Introducing Studio AMWA's Collaborative Art Projects,
and more!



March 30-April 2, 2017 in San Francisco, CA

Register HERE!!!

AMWA Award applications being accepted
NOW through January 31st!!! 

Scholarships up to $1,000 and opportunities for peer-reviewed publications are available now! Tell us about your leadership skills, how you have overcome adversity, or about your passion for Health, Fitness, and Wellness!

Don't miss your chance to apply!  

Find applications for the Medical Education Scholarship, Haffizulla Family Scholarship, Linda Brodsky Essay Scholarship and more on our website

Email Madeleine Manka, AMWA Student Awards Chair with questions.



in Residence


Check out Shilpa Darivemula,
our amazing
Artist in Residence! 


A fascination for science and a love for conversation directed Shilpa towards medicine, while her training in Kuchipudi, one of seven classical dances from India, drove her towards movement.

Captivated by the power of dance, Shilpa has developed projects to use it as a tool for community development, spending her summers in college teaching dance to inner-city youth, interning in Dance Movement Therapy at a local hospital, and even teaching refugee women to share their traditional dances in a weekly women’s group.

She currently attends Albany Medical College as a second-year medical student and continues to merge medicine and dance by working with artists and school administration in utilizing the arts to increase social and self-awareness in her community.

Read more about our Artist in Residence Shilpa HERE!
StudioAMWA wants you to join in these upcoming projects!
"Superwomen in White Coats"

Studio AMWA and Doctors Who Create would like to have medical schools design a white coat with what the coat means to them.  Each school that participates must send photos of the drawings and coats to by March 17, 2017. The top 5 schools with the most creative coats will be asked to bring their coats to the National Conference and have them displayed in a public art gallery on both Studio AMWA and DWC websites.

For More info click HERE!

"On the Path to Becoming Physicians":
AMWA's Magical Music Medley Project

Studio AMWA asks student and physician members to lip sync a short, fun video to one of the four designated Disney songs along with a group song at the end.
All submissions are due by March 17, 2017.

For More info click HERE!

Last chance to submit your entry for the
AMWA T-shirt design contest!

We are creating a NEW custom designed AMWA t-shirt and thought, who better to design it than you!!!

We are looking for designs that are a creative tribute to women in medicine. Submission deadline is January 31st.

If your t-shirt is selected you will win a free t-shirt, an additional prize, & recognition at the national conference!

*You do not have to attend the conference to win. A maximum of 3 submissions per person. 
Please see the rules below regarding the guidelines for designing your submission: 
(1) No more than 2 colors can be used.
(2) Designs must contain the AMWA logo somewhere on the shirt (see attached file HERE).
(3) If possible, please remove white backgrounds from your files so that we can superimpose the design on other colors of tshirts. If you don't know how to do this then it's ok, just leave a white background!
(4) Please submit your design as a .jpeg or .png by 1/31/2017 to

*For any additional questions regarding designs/submissions, or contest guidelines, please feel free to contact the conference co-chairs at



Our Regional Directors and their leadership teams managed to organize some amazing events!  
Check out some of the highlights from the Region 3 Conference!

 The AMWA Region 3 Conference

was simply amazing!

The AMWA Region 3 Conference took place on Saturday, Oct. 29th 2016, at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. About 50 medical students from VA, PA, MD, and DC attended. After breakfast and a short welcome from the Region 3 Director, the conference started with the keynote speech by Dr. Carol Ziminski, the first female chief resident of the Hopkins Osler Internal Medicine service.

Participants then broke into small group sessions to discuss the topic of female leadership. Dr. Sheila Hofert then led participants in an interactive session on wellness, including a guided meditation session.  Participants then made 60 chemotherapy care packages for women with breast cancer.

Following lunch, a medical student panel focusing on how to navigate your specialty selection took place with students applying for internal medicine, surgery, OB/GYN, urology, and pediatrics present. Dr. Estelle Gauda then led an interactive Negotiation Skills workshop in which participants discovered their preferred negotiation style and practiced negotiation in small groups.

A panel of 5 female physicians, representing internal medicine, surgery, OB/GYN, family medicine, and anesthesiology, described their journeys in their respective specialties and current leadership positions, discussed issues related to work life balance in their fields, and gave general advice to the medical students in attendance. The conference concluded with a short presentation by the regional director about national AMWA initiatives and the benefits of national membership, and was shortly followed by a networking event at a local restaurant.



Best wishes to you this new year from your AMWA Student Leadership Team!

   Find your local AMWA branch and get involved!!!
Start 2017 off right!!!

National Health Observances during the month of January include:

Cervical Health Awareness Month, 
National Birth Defects Prevention Month, Thyroid Awareness Month, and
National Stalking Awareness Month
with Folic Acid Awareness Week January 8th-14th,
and National Drugs and Alcohol Facts Week on January 23rd through the 29th.

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