November, 2017 Student Newsflash
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November 2017 Student Newsletter
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Happy Thanksgiving!

AMWA's 103rd Annual Conference, Abstract Submissions, Travel Grants, Upcoming Leadership Elections, Welcome to New AMWA Chapters and more!


Registration is now open for AMWA's 103rd Annual Meeting in Philadelphia!

Register now! Please click here for registration and additional information. Please click here for the room sharing spreadsheet. 

Student Poster Presentations: Call for Abstracts Now Open! Student poster presentations are often the highlight of the AMWA conference for students, residents and physicians alike. The submission deadline is November 17th. For more information on submission guidelines please click here.

All posters are eligible for the Young Women in Science Award: created in 2008 and funded by Wyeth and Roberta Rubin, the award recognizes outstanding student achievement in basic science and research. These awards are given to the first through third place winners of the student poster presentation at the AMWA Annual Meeting.

The Student Programming Committee is looking for dedicated AMWA members! Available roles include organizing conference volunteers, planning student mixers, coordinating room sharing and planning mentoring sessions for pre-medical students.

Consider joining the Conference Planning Committee, email Keri Jones and Victoria Silverman at and sign up here.
Interested in attending AMWA 103? Apply for a travel grant to help with conference costs!

Apply for a travel grant here.
Upcoming Leadership Elections

Elections for National and Regional Leadership Positions are quickly approaching! If you would like to get more involved with AMWA please consider applying for one of our many leadership positions. Please see here for a list of the current leadership and position opportunities. Feel free to reach out to any current leader for more information on their role and responsibilities.

All applications are due by January 15th. Please submit your leadership application here.

New AMWA Chapters

Central Michigan University College of Medicine
University of Iowa College of Medicine

Interested in establishing an AMWA chapter at your medical school?
Contact Sanju at
Opportunity to Assist in Pre-Medical Mentorship

AMWA's Pre-Medical Student Division is working on a guide for its members with advice on several different topics. They are looking for medical student contributors who are able to help by providing information on the following topics:

How to pick which medicals to apply for
How to pick the best medical school for you
Medical school scholarships, grants & loans
Gap years
Post-Baccalaureate programs
Military medicine

If you feel that you can provide any information on the above topics, please email Sneha Chaturvedi at

2017-2018 Regional Conference Schedule
  • Region 4: November 4th at Florida International University
  • Region 5: February 10th at University of Alabama Birmingham
For more information about any of the conferences, please email the region director directly at "region" + the number region,
2017-2018 Regional Conferences:

Region 2: The Region 2 Conference took place on October 1st at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY. Over 80 medical and pre-medical students from 12 different institutions were in attendance and heard from 7 different outstanding female physicians. The conference focused on issues in global health, wellness and leadership with topics such as "Resilience and Prevention of Burnout," "Sex Trafficking," "Human Rights Violations," "Breastfeeding as Chronic Disease Prevention," "Women in Leadership," and "Obesity and its Effects on Reproductive Function" which was given by AMWA Physician President-Elect Dr. Connie Newman. 
Region 3: On October 14th AMWA Region 3 held its annual Conference in Baltimore, MD. The event had 70 medical students, 2 premedical students, and 13 faculty in attendance. The conference opened with a keynote speech by Dr. Redonda Miller, the first female president of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, and was followed by a panel on unique career paths in medicine (health-tech startup, health policy, health and media, and scientific research), a breakout session on work-life balance and coping mechanisms, and a panel on succeeding in male-dominated specialties. Impressively, AMWA Region 3 raised over $1150 dollars in donations and built 23 shoeboxes for women in homeless shelters for the national nonprofit, Shoebox Project.
Region 6: The Region 6 Conference was held in Chicago, IL on October 20th and 21st. Attendees traveled from Illinois, Michigan, and Indiana. The first speech was by Dr. Nancy Church, who spoke about the utility of robotic instruments in gynecologic surgeries and about the opioid-overuse epidemic.  Attendees participated in a discussion about depression and suicide with the White Coat Project. The keynote speaker was Dr. Neelum Aggarwal.  Her discussion was titled “What is YOUR role in Reducing Health Disparities and Practicing Advocacy as a Female Physician?”. The day also included a networking lunch, information on Days for Girls (raising over $200!),  presentations on student research, and a speech from one of Chicago's most forefront entrepreneurs, Dima Elissa.
Region 7: The Region 7 Conference was held at the Oklahoma State University (OSU) College of Osteopathic Medicine and had over 75 attendees from Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, and Texas. The morning speakers included Dr. Suzanne Ferguson (a founding member of OSU-CHS' AMWA Branch), Dr. Yasmin Sarfraz on "A Global Perspective", and a Specialty Physician Panel representing Plastic Surgery (Dr. Laurie Duckett), Allergy/Immunology (Dr. Jane Purser), Cardiology (Dr. Greta Warta), Psychiatry (Dr. Nicole Washington), and Emergency Medicine (Dr. Lori Whelan). Afternoon speakers focused on tangible skills to develop students' careers through public speaking and writing, and included skills stations on airway management, casting/splinting, and knot-tying. There were opportunities for students to receive personal feedback on CVs and personal statement. Finally, all attendees volunteered in a service project for Days for Girls.
Region 9: The Region 9 Conference was held at Western University of Health Sciences on October 21st. Forty-eight medical students attended from the greater LA area. Physician attendees represented the following specialties: surgery, Ob/Gyn, Pediatrics, OMT, and Family Medicine. Two workshops were held: Dr. Safoui led a suturing workshop and Dr. Nelson held an IUD insertion workshop. Physicians spoke on a panel about adversities they have overcome and their paths to medicine. Students had the opportunity to ask panelists a multitude of questions that primarily focused on women in medicine, overcoming adversity, and wellness.
AMWA Events Around the Country:

AMWA Leaders at the New York Medical College recently hosted a "Women in Surgery" panel where they welcomed several female surgeons to speak about being a woman in a male dominated field. The student and physician attendees are pictured below.
AMWA Leaders at the University of Missouri (MU) held an event recently with several local "Girls on the Run" chapters. They had 6 stations of AMWA MU medical students teaching 5th grade girls what it's like to be a doctor. They were taught how to take blood pressures, use stethoscopes/ophthalmoscopes/otoscopes, do CPR and the Heimlich, put in a G tube, and get reflexes. They also had a short lecture on Elizabeth Blackwell and the history of women in medicine followed by small group discussions on how to achieve your dreams, even if they aren't typical "girl" roles. Pictures of their outstanding event are shown below.
Please consider supporting the 2017-2018 Interregional Project, Days for Girls, by donating through Venmo at @AMWAstudent.
For more information on Days for Girls please click here.
Reid Mergler
Region 2 Director


Reid Mergler is a third year medical student at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the current Region 2 Director. Reid received her Bachelors in Science degree in the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University. While at Cornell she pursued research in women's health with an honors thesis in the Cognitive Effects of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. While studying abroad in Geneva, Switzerland she interned at the World Health Organization in the department of Reproductive Health and Research. During 2015-2016 she was the Shadowing and Research Program Coordinator for the Ob/Gyn Interest Group and the Secretary/PR chair for the AMWA chapter at Einstein.  She currently is the team captain of the Young Leaders Program for the Global Initiative Against HPV and Cervical Cancer (GIAHC). In her free time Reid enjoys running, traveling, yoga and spending time with friends and family.

Find your local AMWA branch and get involved this month!

National Health Observances during the month of November include:

American Diabetes Month
Bladder Health Month
Diabetic Eye Disease Month
Lung Cancer Awareness Month
National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month
National Family Caregivers Month
National Healthy Skin Month
National Hospice and Palliative Care Month
Stomach Cancer Awareness Month
Nov 16 - Great American Smokeout
Nov 19 - International Survivors of Suicide Day
Nov 20-26 - Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Awareness Week
Nov 24 - National Family Health History Day
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