Check out the December 2011 edition of AMWA Student NewsFlash!
AMWA Student NewsFlash
December 2011
Inside this issue...


Attend the AMWA National Conference! April 13-15, 2012 in Miami! Click here for information.

Announcing the
Women & Public Policy Summer Internship. May 21 - July 27, 2012. Apply by December 31. Click here for more information.

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

Lauren Wolchok, National Secretary

2011 has been an exciting year to be a part of AMWA. We've watched health reform unfold, with its promise of preventive services for women's health.  We've celebrated and awarded grants to AMWA branches that are positively influencing their communities through programming and fundraisers. We've advocated for women's health by expressing our opinion on policy, shaping clinical practice guidelines, and focusing medical education on women's issues.  We're excited to start setting the tone for 2012, and look forward to seeing you at the national conference! Happy Holidays!
Register now for AMWA's 97th annual meeting and national student conference 

AMWA's national meeting will take place on April 13-15, 2012 in Miami, Florida. Check out the AMWA website for details on the national conference, including online registration and conference agenda. Students gain access to both the professional and student AMWA conference for $75, and travel grants are available. The website also has information for submitting abstracts for the poster session and applying for national/regional leadership positions.

We encourage you to attend and experience the breadth of the women's health field, network with women leaders in medicine, and become involved with AMWA leadership. The conference theme is Achieving Success as Women in Medicine: strategic career and personal development, and k
eynote speakers include Gloria Steinem and Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen.

See you there!

AMWA calls for universal accessibility of emergency contraception 

On December 7, 2011, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius decided not to accept the FDA's expert recommendations to allow Plan B One-Step emergency contraception to be available to all women over-the-counter.  Secretary Sebelius instead decided that women under 17 years old will still need a prescription to obtain Plan B - a decision that has significant implications for the effort to prevent unplanned pregnancies, particularly in teens.

AMWA has spoken out  against Secretary Sebelius's decision, and we urge you to contact the White House and ask that we accept the FDA's recommendation to remove barriers to access the safe and effective Plan B One-Step emergency contraception.  Learn more from AMWA's press release, and contact the White House to express your opinion directly.

AMWA Accolades - fall grant awardees

We congratulate the following student members on winning grants to fund their AMWA membership, education scholarships, and programming at the branch and regional levels! An awards committee directed by Awards Chair Kam Lam reviewed all of the applications and selected the winners from a competitive and universally impressive pool.  We'll feature programming funded with these grants in future editions of the NewsFlash, and stay tuned for more opportunities to apply for grants and awards from AMWA, including travel grants for attending the national conference.

Individual Grants
Milele Bynum - Univ. North Carolina  - membership fee waiver ($75)
Rebecca Estrada - UCLA/CDU - membership fee waiver ($75)
Soorin Kim - Robert Wood Johnson Med. Sch. - membership fee waiver ($75)
Amanda Wingle - Albany Med. College - tuition scholarship ($1000)

Branch Grants ($250 each)
Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University - Katy Kirk 
Wayne State School of Medicine - Alicia Eby
Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami - Libby Patberg
Indiana University School of Medicine - South Bend - Jordan Bradford

Regional Grants ($500 each)
Region 1 (New England)  - Erin Brooks
Region 2 (NY, NJ) - Preethi Raghu
Region 3 (Mid-Atlantic) - Sophia Termini
Region 9/10 (West Coast) - Andrea Jergessen
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