Check out the April 2012 edition of AMWA Student NewsFlash!
AMWA Student NewsFlash
April 2012
Inside this issue...


Keep an eye out for highlights from the 97th Annual Meeting in the May Newsflash!

AMWA's Bed and Breakfast Program is in full swing! Click here for more information.

Please continue to send financial questions and concerns to Kam Lam so that she can forward them to our financial expert Stephen Dunbar to answer in upcoming editions of AMWA Student NewsFlash.

Calling all branch presidents - we hope that you'll forward these AMWA Student NewsFlash newsletters to your local branch members monthly. Thanks for your help with spreading the AMWA love far and wide!

Note from the Editor

Cherilyn Cecchini, National Secretary

I am incredibly excited to serve as National Secretary for the upcoming year! My experience at the 97th Annual Meeting in Miami was absolutely incredible.  I am grateful to have had the opportunity to meet so many inspirational women in medicine and I am looking forward to cultivating these relationships.  Hope that you are all enjoying the warm weather! Lauren Wolchok was certainly an outstanding Secretary, as well as an incredible role model, and I hope to successfully follow in her footsteps!
Spotlight on...NYMC!

Karem Alvarez, NYMC AMWA Co-President
NYMC AMWA is a very active branch. This year alone they assisted the Westchester Medical Center HIV Clinic in order to purchase Ensure for their patients, while also sponsoring the school’s Powder Puff football game and co-sponsoring a showcase film, Give Me a Shot of Anything: Housecalls to the Homeless. The NYMC AMWA branch is also proud to announce that an annual $500 scholarship fund for female high school students interested in the medical field will be awarded for the first time this year. In addition to sponsoring many events, NYMC AMWA hosts two major school events; the Gender Equity Award and a Families in Medicine Guest Panel.
AMWA is able to participate in these events with the help of student government and their own extensive fundraising efforts. NYMC AMWA fundraises by selling used medical school books for other students about 8 times per year. The students simply fill out a digitized form of all their book titles and desired prices, while AMWA takes care of the rest. If you would like to replicate their form in your AMWA branch, you can find it here. This year has been one of their strongest fundraising years, and their efforts have resulted in the ability to partially sponsor five students to attend the AMWA national conference. If you wish to learn more about NYMC AMWA, please visit their website.

INVITATION: Voter Turnout Training Events in 13 States

Samuel Lehman, Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator

The AAUW Action Fund in-state voter education and voter turnout trainings are just around the corner! Thirteen states are hosting these day-long training events, and would like to invite you and your state volunteers, grassroots, and leaders to attend. The trainings are free of charge, and lunch is provided.
Participants in the sessions will learn effective strategies for planning a campaign, targeting potential voters, voter education and registration, and the use of social media and traditional media to broadcast your campaign’s message – all with a focus on women of the Millennial generation (age 18-30). Discussions will focus on critical issues like birth control, college affordability, jobs, and health care to drive women to the polls, and lay the groundwork for get-out-the-vote efforts through Election Day 2012.
The training sessions are part of AAUW’s It’s My Vote: I Will Be Heard, a nonpartisan voter education and turnout effort aimed at maximizing the electoral power of women in the 2012 election.Your organizations’ members, leaders, and staff are invited to attend these trainings and become part of the coalition working on the ground in each of these states.
Feel free to circulate these fliers (see the links below) – one for each state – to your membership and encourage them to RSVP and attend.
Florida, April 20
Illinois, April 27
Massachusetts, April 21
Michigan, May 4
Missouri, May 4
Nebraska, April 20
Nevada, April 26
Virginia, April 20
If you have any questions, please contact Dawn Aldrich: 202-785-7793.

Region 7 Holds Its Annual Conference

Julie Stuppy, Region 7 Director & AMWA Missouri Branch President
On March 17-18, 2012 Region 7 of the American Medical Women’s Association held their regional conference at the University of Missouri Columbia (MU) School of Medicine. Saturday morning activities included the Motherhood in Medicine panel with two medical students (Maggie Miller and Rebekah Nevel) and a family medicine attending (Dr. Erika RIngdahl) from MU, skills labs for intubation, Foley catheter insertion, venipuncture and ABG  draws. The lunchtime hour included a lecture from Dr. Diane Sanford about mindfulness and stress relief in medical school. In the afternoon, students were able to practice suture and knot-tying skills with two of MU’s general surgery attendings and learn labor and delivery techniques. Sunday morning activities included two lectures, tips for financial aid management in medical school with MU Financial Aid Advisor, Cheri Marks and the basics and warning signs of eating disorders with MU Adolescent Medicine Specialist, Dr. Melissa Lawson. Approximately 15 people were in attendance throughout the weekend, mostly students and staff from MU. The students from MU were also happy to welcome one visitor from the University of Iowa School Of Medicine who joined us for the weekend of events.

The Region 7 Director and AMWA Mizzou Branch President, Julie Stuppy would like to thank all of the skills lab instructors, panel members, and presenters who generously gave of their time to help with the various parts of the conference. She would also like to extend a big thank you to MU’s Simulation Center for allowing MU’s AMWA organization to host this conference in their facility and for the assistance they provided in making this event possible. Lastly, she would like to thank the national AMWA organization for awarding an event grant to help pay for conference expenses and the student members of the MU AMWA branch for their assistance in planning the conference.

UNC AMWA Mentoring Program Kick-off Celebration

Marni Siegel, Event Coordinator

Sarah Frush, Co-chair
UNC AMWA held their first chapter event on Thursday, February 9!  Over 60 individuals attended the event, which was held in the lobby of the Lineberger Comprehensive Center at UNC-CH.  Flowers and balloons adorned the event room.  The evening included catered dining along with wine and the the opportunity for medical students participating in the mentoring program to meet their mentors.  Dean Roper, CEO of UNC Healthcare and Dean of the School of Medicine, attended the event, along with several other administrators.

The event was an absolute success and almost every single participant attended in addition to greater than half of the faculty advisors.  The feedback was excellent and the branch looks forward to continuing the tradition and continuing to promote successful mentor-mentee relationships!
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