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


The Foundation for Women's Wellness (FWW), a small 501(c)3 nonprofit public charity, has two women's health fellowship awards to give this summer.  Applicants may be assisting with a women's health related medical research study or conducting work on their own.  Check here for more information.

The Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) is proud to announce its 5th Annual Medical Student and Resident Poster Competition. It is designed to facilitate interaction and idea exchange between students interested in surgery, surgical residents, and faculty members of various institutions. Ten medical students and ten residents will be invited to present their research posters at the AWS 30th Anniversary Conference on Sunday, October 23, 2011 (held in conjunction with the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress).  Check here for more information and submit your abstract by July 15, 2011 at 5PM EDT.

American Society of Plastic Surgeons invites AMWA members to attend their conference Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 in Denver, CO. Register before Aug. 31 and attend for free. Check here for more information, and contact Lauren Wolchok, National AMWA Secretary, for registration materials.

New look and content on the AMWA Student website! Check it out!  Learn exactly why AMWA continues to be relevant, get in touch with leadership, apply for awards and scholarships, and take advantage of AMWA opportunties for you or your branch!

Becoming a member of National AMWA is easy and comes with tons of benefits. Also, now is the perfect time to work on applications for membership waivers, tuition scholarships, and branch and region grants!  Please note the new period for accepting applications is August 1 - September 30.  More info can be found here.

Please continue to send financial questions and concerns to Kam Lam, AMWA Awards chair, 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!

Letter from the Editor

Lauren Wolchok, National Secretary

I can hardly believe that it's already time to start my rotations on the wards!  I'm feeling both excited and nervous as I embark on my clinical years, and I bet that many of you are feeling similarly as you begin or look forward to beginning that next step on the way to becoming a physician.  I hope you feel, as I do, that you can count on your colleagues in AMWA at the local, regional, and national levels for support and mentorship.  We're here for you and are currently hard at work contacting local branches, recruiting new members, preparing for truly powerful programming, and even planning conferences because we want to hit the ground running in the fall, supporting and inspiring women students.  We’re excited to keep you in the loop with our schemes and dreams and timely announcements for special opportunities (conferences!) that await you in the coming months.  And, as always, please do keep the emails coming – I’m honored to help promote your region, your branch, and you.  I'm always thrilled to share your accomplishments and your inquiries with our AMWA community!

Spotlight On... University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

 Neelima Navuluri, UTHSCSA Branch Co-President, and Jennifer Saenz, Region 5 Director

Upon hearing Dr. Renu Weiss, a University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) alumna, speak last fall about her role at The Banyan, a global nonprofit organization, the women of the UTHSCSA AMWA branch found themselves inspired by her work and her passion and started to explore options to experience some small part of it.  The Banyan is an organization based in Chennai, India that helps rehabilitate homeless women with mental illnesses and provides a variety of different resources to help them become independent. UTHSCSA AMWA's goal became to create a sustainable project in collaboration with The Banyan that provides UTHSCSA students the unique opportunity to shadow an alumna and serve a vulnerable community of women in India.  A group of four UTHSCSA AMWA members are now in the process of planning their first trip to The Banyan in December 2011 for approximately two weeks. They will spend half their time in clinic with Dr. Weiss and the other half working on projects,  implementing a fundraiser, reflecting on their experiences, and exploring options for the sustainability of this project.  They will be fundraising throughout the year to help raise money for The Banyan and for travel expenses. They have kicked off this year's fundraising with a summer t-shirt sale and are planning more fun and creative events for the fall. The t-shirts cost $15 each and all proceeds go toward The Banyan project; contact Neelima Navuluri at if you're interested in purchasing one or with support, advice, for questions.

Images: (top) the women of UTHSCSA AMWA, (bottom left) UTHSCSA AMWA co-presidents Neelima Navuluri and Allyson Lemay, (bottom right) UTHSCSA t-shirt fundraiser for The Banyan.


AMWA Advocates for Health Policy
Adrienne Clark, National AMWA Student President

Are you passionate about health policy?  So is AMWA!  AMWA sponsors or signs on to statements, letters, and legal briefs every week.  We endorse the efforts of organizations such as Futures Without Violence, the National Women's Law Center, and Planned Parenthood as they are happening and in ways that signify meaningful support. 
On July 3, we signed onto a statement generated by the National Women's Law Center to the Centers for Medicare applauding CMS's attempts to ensure that Medicaid beneficiaries -- most of whom are women -- have access to critical care.  These proposed regulations, as written, take an important first step in addressing access issues.  By expanding their reach to managed care organizations, requiring that data be analyzed and reported out by the gender and other characteristics of beneficiaries, the final regulations could be an even stronger way of ensuring access to care. Issues of access to care are particularly important to women who constitute a majority of Medicaid beneficiaries and those likely to care for beneficiaries.
We appreciated the opportunity to comment on the Proposed Rule entitled "Medicaid Program: Methods for Assuring Access to Covered Medicaid Services," published in the Federal Register on May 6, 2011 (76 Fed. Reg. 26342).[1]  The proposed rule would create a process for states to use to evaluate their fee for service Medicaid provider payment rates to determine whether such rates provide "equal access" to services through Medicaid under Section 1902(a)(30)(A) of the Social Security Act (hereinafter Section 30(A)).  
Read more about AMWA's other endorsements at here.  AMWA is a vibrant advocacy organization, and we encourage student members to be a part of our efforts!

Remember to Update Your AMWA Portal Account to Continue Receiving AMWA Membership Benefits
Message from the National AMWA Executive Committee

To better serve you, we have created a new members-only section of our website.  If you have not yet logged into our website, please log in now to make sure that your membership information, particularly your graduation date, is correct. 
We want to make sure you can take advantage of national, regional, and local events and opportunities and apply for student-only grants and scholarships! 
To log into the AMWA Members Only site:

  1. Please visit the AMWA Member’s Only site. Under the Don’t Have an Account Yet? heading, select Sign Up for an Individual Account.
  2. Input your email address, first name, and last name as prompted and select “Create an Account”
  3. Your last name, first name, city and email (if available) should display; select the result that details your information.  Select continue and move on to step 4. If you do not see your name, skip to step 6.
  4. An e-mail will be sent to you with “Update Account” in the subject line.  Once you have updated your password, you will be taken to the main page of the portal. Take a moment to review your record to ensure all contact information is up to date.
  5. If you do not see your name listed as noted in step 3, select “None of these individuals are me. Complete the requested information paying close attention to the required fields, indicated by a red asterisk. 
  6. Select View My Membership Profile.  If there are no records to display, this means that you are not in our system as a member.  If you believe this is an error, email  To join AMWA, go back to the main portal screen and select Join/Renew My Membership.
To update your graduation date:
  1. Selected View My Membership Profile
  2. Under the heading of What would you like to do?, select Edit Demographics
  3. Update information as appropriate
  4. Select confirm

AMWA Accolades

We recognize and congratulate the amazing accomplishments of these AMWA members and branches across the country, and we'd love to share yours!  Email AMWA Secretary Lauren Wolchok to be included.
  • National Student AMWA Past President, Misty Richards, was recently featured on NBC's TODAY Show. Watch the clip!
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