July, 2017 Student Newsflash
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July 2017 Student Newsletter
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Interested in making AMWA's next
Annual Conference
a great success?

Consider joining the Conference Planning Committee,
email Keri Jones and Victoria Silverman at

Would you like to help coordinate a session during the Annual Conference, please email Allison Ikeda at
This was the first year the AMWA student division was represented at the AMA Annual Conference, held on June 8-10th in Chicago, IL. The AMWA AMA Delegate Najah Khan and Alternate Delegate Pooja Yesantharao were both present. AMWA supported the MSS resolutions "Defending Federal Child Nutrition Programs" and "Sexual Assault Survivor's Rights," both of which were adopted by the MSS assembly. Congratulations, Najah and Pooja!

AMWA's Advocacy Committee is currently recruiting members for the AMA Resolution Task Force, a group to discuss creation of policy and resolutions for advocacy. To sign up for the task force please use this link.

National Advocacy Day is currently being organized, a collaboration with the AMWA physician division requiring budget planning as well as coordination of the day's events. If you would like to get involved with AMWA's first National Advocacy Day Committee, please sign up with this link.  If you would like to contribute ideas and help to select the ideas chosen for National Advocacy Day, please do so here.

If you have any questions please contact the National Advocacy Chair at

The Regional Directors are uniting AMWA's missions of supporting women's health together with supporting women's education through a year long service project for Days for Girls. Many young women around the world are not able to fulfill their potential because they do not have a way to manage their monthly menstrual cycles, Days for Girls is an international non-profit working to change this.

Days for Girls has developed a simple solution by creating kits, crafted and perfected with years of feedback, that dramatically decreases school dropout rates of menstruating girls. These kits contain brightly colored, washable feminine hygiene products that last about 3 years each as well as educational materials. Ranging from germs and handwashing, to preventing violence and human trafficking: each girl is given education about her body, health and safety as well as instructions on how to use the kits. Whether distributed in rural Appalachia, US Prisons, or schools in Sub-Saharan Africa, the educational component can have the most impact.

Each region of AMWA will collaborate to make kits, fundraise, and bring access to feminine hygiene into the spotlight. For more information on this project or information on how you can donate to the cause please contact Kaitlin Parks at
Meet one of AMWA's Anne C. Carter Global Health Fellows

Rachel McDiehl

Rachel McDiehl is a fourth year medical student at Emory University School of Medicine and a second year AMWA Anne C. Carter Global Health Fellow. She recently completed a year in Kampala, Uganda where she worked with local and US mentors on a variety of maternal health projects. While in Uganda, she analyzed breastfeeding and infant outcomes in the setting of postpartum long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) implants, explored the relationship between stillbirths and antenatal care, and facilitated the roll-out an SMS based prenatal education curriculum, called SMS Maama. Rachel is looking forward to pursuing a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology following completion of her final year of medical school.

Attention fourth year medical student members!
Are you looking for short term housing or need to sublet your place while on away rotations? We are creating a space to help members find housing. If you are looking for someone to sublet your space or need short term housing, click on the link below and list your place or housing needs. Follow the directions on the sheet. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to e-mail Please keep the link among AMWA members and don't post any personal information you would not like to be public.

Attention all student members!

Work alongside AMWA physician members to create meaningful contributions toward your passion areas and interests by joining one of AMWA's many Committees and Working Groups!

See here for a full list of opportunities
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Thank you!!
New AMWA gear coming this summer - stay tuned!
Other AMWA merchandise available now

Send your t-shirt design ideas to Anne Drolet at
Find your local AMWA branch and get involved this month!

National Health Observances during the month of June include:

Cord Blood Awareness Month
International Group B Strep Awareness Month
Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month
National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness & Prevention Month
July 28 - World Hepatitis Day

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