June, 2017 Student Newsflash
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June 2017 Student Newsletter
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AMWA's 103rd Annual Meeting Save The Date,
Welcome to AMWA's AMA MSS Assembly Delegate and Alternate Delegate,
Congratulations to FSU Students, the Interregional Project and more!

Interested in making AMWA's next
Annual Conference
a great success?

Consider joining the Conference Planning Committee,
email Amanda Xi at

Consider applying to be Conference Co-Chair,
email Anne Drolet at
Congratulations to AMWA's AMA Delegate
and Alternate Delegate!

AMWA Delegate: Najah Khan
AMWA Alternate Delegate: Pooja Yesantharao


Najah Khan is a second year medical student at Texas A&M. She currently serves as the AMWA National Student Advocacy Chair. In addition she also serves as the Texas Medical Association Medical Student Section Ad Hoc Committee member and American Medical Association Medical Student Section HOD Coordination Committee member. She has attended many AMA conferences including annual and interim conferences in 2016 and Medical Student Advocacy and Region Conference in 2016 and 2017.

She has contributed to advocacy through resolution writing including areas related to gender equity, postpartum depression, special education services, nutritional standards in public schools, and sexual assault survivors' rights. She is currently planning AMWA's National Advocacy Day.

Pooja Yesantharao is a first year medical student at Johns Hopkins University. She completed her undergraduate degree at Rice University, studying Biochemistry and Bioengineering, and she received a Master of Science at Stanford University, in Biostatistics and Epidemiology.

She serves as the Advocacy Chair for Hopkins AMWA and is part of  AMWA's National Advocacy Committee.

Congratulations to Sara Ardila and Ally Davis!

Two Florida State University (FSU) students Sara Ardila and Ally Davis were recognized by their medical school for their involvement with AMWA. Sara received the FSU College of Medicine Event of the Year Award for her Region 4 Conference: Igniting a Change. Ally received the FSU College of Medicine Registered Student Group (RSO) Student President of the Year Award. Sara (middle) and Ally (right) are pictured alongside Dr. Suzanne Harrison (left), AMWA Physician President, who received the FSU College of Medicine RSO Advisor of the Year Award. Thank you ladies for your outstanding work!

Days for Girls has been chosen as the
2017-2018 Interregional Project!

Days for Girls provides lasting access to feminine hygiene solutions and health education to girls in need around the world. They are dedicated to creating a more free, dignified, and educated world.

The project initiative was submitted by Region 7 Director Kaitlin Parks. The Regional Directors will work to raise awareness and fundraise for Days for Girls with a culminating event at the annual conference in Philadelphia.

For more information and for ways to get involved please visit the Days for Girls website here
Attention all student members!

Work alongside AMWA physician members to create meaningful contributions toward your passion areas and interests by joining one of AMWA's many Committees and Working Groups!

See here for a full list of opportunities

Congratulations to all of our graduating seniors!

Please take a moment to fill out this mentorship survey, designed to guide MS3 students through the residency application and interview process.

Best of luck in your future endeavors,  stay in touch!

New AMWA Chapters

Medical College of Wisconsin
Medical College of Georgia - Athens Campus

Michigan State University - College of Osteopathic Medicine
San Juan Bautista School of Medicine

Interested in establishing an AMWA chapter at your medical school?
Contact Sanju at

Physicians Against the Trafficking of Humans (PATH) hosted its first SUSTAIN (Stand Up to Sex Trafficking: Awareness, Implementation, and Networking) Training for medical students and resident physicians in the northeast on Saturday, April 29th. The seminar focused on the core facts healthcare providers need to know regarding the intersection of anti-trafficking advocacy and healthcare. Participants observed a presentation cultivated by leading physicians and legal advocates and then had the opportunity to practice their own presentation skills. Speakers included Dr. Holly Atkinson (pictured below), Dr. Kanani Titchen, Dr. Mollie Gordon, Dr. Julia Geynisman-Tan, and Whitney Hood JD. Additional SUSTAIN Trainings are currently being planned for the upcoming year in cities across the country. For more information, and information on how to become involved with the planning committee, please contact Alyssa Davis at


On May 12th, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine held Motherhood and Medicine, a discussion panel focused on balancing career and family. Panelists provided information on how they were able to juggle having children during medical school, residency training, and beyond. Over 30 students attended to learn more about the timing of pregnancy, exposure risks, and discrimination within the workplace.


Join us at the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association Women's Healthcare
Innovation and Leadership Showcase

June 14th, 2017 

Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Piscataway, NJ

The conference will include high-level thought leader perspectives, breakout sessions, and ample networking! In addition, we are looking for 5 student volunteers to assist on-site in exchange for a waived registration fee.

Interested students are encouraged to RSVP ASAP with this form
AMWA Needs Your Help!

Please take a moment to complete this survey about women's health.
It takes less than 10 minutes to complete!

Thank you!!
New AMWA gear coming this summer - stay tuned!
Other AMWA merchandise available now

Send your t-shirt design ideas to Anne Drolet at
Find your local AMWA branch and get involved this month!

National Health Observances during the month of June include:

Fireworks Safety Month
Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month
Cataract Awareness Month
Men's Health Month
Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month
National Aphasia Awareness Month
National Congenital Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month
National Safety Month
National Scleroderma Awareness Month
June 4-10 - Rip Current Awareness Week
June 4 - National Cancer Survivors Day
June 12-18 - Men's Health Week
June 18-24 - National Lightning Safety Awareness Week
June 19 - World Sickle Cell Day
June 27 - National HIV Testing Day

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