Current Fundraising Efforts for AWHS
By: Dyani Loo, M.D.
In World War I, it was the norm in the United States, as in the allied countries, to deny medical women any active role in the war effort. In July 1915, Dr. Rosalie Morton lectured on this to 300 women physicians - which sparked a flame leading to the birth of the American Women's Hospitals Committee which had a two-fold mission at that time - the relief of suffering through medical care and the advancement of women in the medical profession. Since then, AMWA and American Women's Hospitals Service (AWHS) has furthered its mission to relieve suffering by supporting 6 independent clinics in the US and 4 overseas as well as providing travel grants for medical students' work abroad.
We urge our AMWA branches to join us in our endeavors to maintain our support for these wonderful clinics! Please “like” our Facebook page and browse to learn more about AWHS and the clinics we support. When you are looking for fundraiser ideas and organizations to support - look close to home! AWHS is AMWA's charitable arm! Please contact the AWHS committee to get involved and conduct a fundraising drive. Any member donations or fundraising efforts (big or small) will go a long way to make a difference!
Member Spotlight: Kate Pryor
Kate Pryor is an MS1 at Duke as well as 2013-2014 AMWA National Student Advocacy Chair and Vice President of her local chapter. She became involved in AMWA by working with the 2012-2013 National Advocacy Chair, Alisa Eanes. Together, they updated AMWA’s position papers on dozens of topics including career and education, health, bioethics, policy, reproduction, and how the ACA will improve women’s health. At the moment, she is updating AMWA’s statements on the Violence Against Women Act to reflect February’s extension, screening protocols for cervical cancer to include the USPSTF’s newest guidelines, and position paper on emergency contraception to highlight April’s federal ruling. Earlier this year, she designed and distributed a survey exploring gender bias in the medical school interview process and is preparing the results. Preliminary results suggest that during medical school interviews many women are presented with the idea that they cannot be fully committed to both a family and a career in medicine.
Kate shares the goal of increasing regional and national collaboration between AMWA chapters and looks forward to working with national members and chapters interested in advocacy projects. Contact Kate to share your ideas and get involved!
Pardon Our Dust!
AMWA is currently in the process of converting databases to improve functionality. An e-mail was recently sent regarding account log in to our "Member's Only Portal". Did you know that through this, you can learn more about your membership status, profile, view the searchable member directory, and more? I encourage everyone to log-in and verify your account information - especially your graduation date as this is when your AMWA student membership will automatically expire. You can also set up your account if you have not yet done so. Any questions - please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay Involved in AMWA as You Transition to Residency!
Current special for Graduating Seniors to purchase Residency Membership for only $50 (this is half of the original price and covers the entire duration of Residency Training). Offer valid until 6/30/13. While we are waiting for the online join application to become available - a paper copy can be accessed here and returned via fax, email or mail.