Check out the April 2014 edition of AMWA Student NewsFlash!
Student NewsFlash
April 2014
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Calling all branch presidents: we hope that you'll forward these AMWA Student NewsFlashes to your local branch members!


Mica Esquenazi, National Student Secretary

I am thrilled, humbled, and honored to serve AMWA this year as the national secretary. To give you insight into my vision of the importance of the role of secretary- I am going to kick off my "Note from the Editor" with a story from 1873 which I included in my speech during elections. Sparked by a controversial book that claimed the physical demands of menstruation made the higher education of women dangerous, the Harvard medical faculty included a new topic in their yearly essay competition. “Do women require bodily and mental rest during Menstruation, and to what extent?” The essay submissions were anonymous, so, Dr. Mary Putnam Jacobi, an avid medical writer and OB/GYN, submitted a writing piece. Her essay used empirical evidence to support her assertion that the menstrual cycle did not render women any less capable of attaining higher education than men. The power of Dr. Putnam Jacobi’s pen created a major milestone for the field of medicine. As AMWA secretary, I aim to use the power of the keyboard to continue the rich traditions of furthering the agency of women in medicine. I approach the role of AMWA secretary with three major goals: firstly, capitalizing all network and collaboration opportunities, secondly, maintaining efficient board communication, and thirdly, ensuring versatility to accommodate to the varied needs of AMWA members.

Feel free to contact me!

AMWA April Advocacy Calendar

>Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month
>Women's Eye Health and Safety Month
>April 21-27: National Infertility Awareness Week
>April 3rd: Happy Birthday Jane Goodall!

Welcome to the new National AMWA Leadership!
We are happy to introduce and congratulate the new AMWA National and Regional board members. Contact these women at any time to give feedback, ask questions, or get involved. Check out the full list of the regional and national leaders here.
AMWA Executive Board 2014-2015
                                                 Jackie Wong            Fatima Fahs
                                                 Mica Esquenazi            Amanda Xi

99th National AMWA Conference Photos
Cherish your memories from the 99th National AMWA Conference with these photos. To access meeting photos, click here. For gala photos, click here and use the password "womensmuseum". These photos will soon be featured on the AMWA website.
Courtesy of Mary Ellen Morrow and Rodney Baily.
Free new medical translation app for AMWA members
As part of AMWA’s partnership with Canopy, the winner of multiple awards from the NIH to bridge the language gap in healthcare, we are excited to announce exclusive student member pricing to help you improve your medical Spanish skills and get bilingual certification:

Get a free trial of Canopy Medical Spanish Training Platform, and special member pricing if you choose to purchase the entire program.

If you are already a bilingual English-Spanish healthcare provider, certify your Medical Spanish ability today by taking the National Certification for Bilingual Healthcare providers exam with special member pricing for AMWA members.

To get the app, click here or search for "canopy" on the App Store and use access code "AMWAvip" after you downloadIf you have any questions, contact:

Opportunities to Get Involved in AMWA
Looking for new and exciting ways to get involved in AMWA? Don't see anything for you? Peruse our many committees and contact us to get involved. Keep up to date on the newest opportunities below!"

Social Media Committee
Check out Arianna Huffington's Instagram post from the
99th National AMWA Conference with some of our 2013-2014 AMWA Leaders

Want to help AMWA and have your voice hear?  AMWA is taking over social media via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and blogging! Those on the social media committee have the opportunity to raise money for AMWA initiatives, expand their network, and stay in touch with inspiring women in medicine. We have also launched the AMWA blog. Write for the AMWA blog on a topic of your choice and submit to the blog coordinator. Contact Cecily Koppuzha to get involved with these great initiatives!
Human Trafficking Initiative
AMWA has identified human trafficking as a pressing issue to be addressed.  Interest in this prevalent issue has resulted in Dr. Kanani Titchen's IRB approved study to identify healthcare worker's knowledge of the topic, workshops on identifying and assisting trafficked victims, a discussion with Rachel Lloyd (author of Girls Like Us), and currently a position paper.  For more information on the initiative click here.

Undergraduate Division Opportunities!
Attention ALL writers and creative minds! The AMWA Undergraduate Divison would like to start a Premed Newsletter! We are looking for creative and motivated individuals to serve as editors. We hope to have the first issue ready in the coming months. Please e-mail Lotiffa Colibao if you are interested or have any questions.
Region 6 Update

The newly formed Indiana University School of Medicine-Terre Haute student branch of AMWA has focused its volunteer efforts on improving the health of the community, especially for those with limited access to medical resources. The IUSM-TH campus has a history of partnering with the community in overcoming barriers to health and reversing unhealthy habits through health education at the annual, medical student-organized Terre Haute Community Health Fair. This year marked the 10th anniversary for the event, and AMWA recognized this as an opportunity to solidify our branch, advance our volunteer goals, and diversify the free services available at the health fair. AMWA collaborated with Women’s Wellness on Wheels, a mobile health clinic operated by the IU National Center of Excellence (IUNCOE) in Women’s Health that aims to raise awareness and improve the status of women’s health in Indiana through education and screening. AMWA student members from the MS2, MS3, and MS4 classes assisted Dr. Rohr-Kirchgraber, AMWA President-Elect and Executive Director of the IUNCOE in Women’s Health, to provide comprehensive screenings for over 50 visitors. Each screening included BMI, blood glucose, and blood pressure tests, followed by a 5-10 minute motivational counseling session on their physical and mental health. Through this experience, medical students engaged with community members to practice clinical skills, while learning about the psychosocial and economic dimensions of illness.


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