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 keynote 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.
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