Check out the September 2013 edition of AMWA Student NewsFlash!
Student NewsFlash
September 2013


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Calling all branch presidents: we hope that you'll forward these AMWA Student NewsFlashes to your local branch members!


Komal Paladugu, National Student Secretary

Hello all! As we are immersed in the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, lets remember to reflect on the 12th anniversary of September 11th. Recall where you were when you heard the news, your thoughts of those closest to you and gratefulness if they were safe, and the gratitude to all those risking their lives to save others. Every day in the medical world, our patients and their families experience life-altering news, a moment they will remember distinctly. Imagine how you would want that news to be shared and how your words and actions can impart a positive or negative memory and attitude about their future. So reflect on September 11th about how more kindness and understanding in this world can help break down our barriers, how our differences are what make us unique, and how we can work together to become greater than by ourselves. Make an effort to show compassion to patients and co-workers to help make the world a better place  Any ideas for improvement?  Feel free to contact me

AMWA September Advocacy Calendar

  • Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
  • Sep. 14,1879: Happy Birthday Margaret Sanger!  Sanger is considered the founder of the modern reproductive rights movement. She was a birth control advocate, nurse, and sex educator who opened the first birth control clinic in the United States and founded Planned Parenthood.
  • Sep. 25: National Women's Health and Fitness Day
  • Sep. 27: RAINN Day (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network Day).

AWHS Student & Resident Travel Grants

The AWHS Overseas Assistance Grant program provides travel grants for medical students and residents working in clinics around the world.  Students have traveled to a number of countries ranging from Uganda, Peru to India, Nepal and South Africa. 

The AWHS Overseas Assistance Grant provides assistance with transportation costs up to $1,500 connected with pursuing medical studies in an off-campus setting where the medically neglected will benefit. The grants are awarded to national AMWA student members completing their second, third or fourth year of an accredited U.S. medical or osteopathic medical school or to AMWA resident members.  Applicants must spend a minimum of four weeks and no longer than one year in a sponsored program which will serve the needs of the medically underserved.
The closest deadline is Oct. 5, with decisions by Nov. 20. For more details, additional deadlines, and application click here!

Last Call for AMWA Awards Applications
By Carey Wickham, Awards Chair 

The September 30th deadline is rapidly approaching, so visit the AMWA website and apply today!
  • Membership Fee Waivers -- Covers the cost of a four-year national student membership in AMWA, valued at $75 value per person. Available to prospective members and those who have joined within the calendar year.
  • Medical Education Scholarships -- Worth $1,000 each, the scholarships support our members’ dedication to promoting to mission of AMWA during medical school. 
  • Medical Student Kaplan Scholarships -- AMWA-Kaplan partnership offers scholarships valued at $1,000 each, to be used towards USMLE or COMLEX exam preparation. 
  • Undergraduate Kaplan MCAT Course Scholarship -- AMWA-Kaplan partnership offers a scholarship valued up to $2,099, for MCAT exam preparation.
Contact me with any questions or concerns on the application process or for more information.

AMWA National Conference

Save the date: March 14-March 16, 2014! The 99th annual national AMWA conference will be taking place in Washington, DC at the Ritz Carlton. Come out to meet some of the most avant-garde female physicians and medical students as AMWA takes on key topics of "Successfully Facing Future Challenges and Advances".  Access more information here!

Region 8 Spotlight
By Lisa Wadowski, Region 8 Director

This fall, The University of Arizona COM-Phoenix’s AMWA branch is screening a video on the film “Branded,” a 45-minute documentary film about the realities of sex trafficking in Phoenix. Sex trafficking is one of Arizona’s fastest growing industries, generating millions of dollars every year. One program that helps deal with this important issue and get young sex workers off the streets is “StreetLight USA.” This program is designed to get child victims out of the business of sex trafficking and back to a normal life. The organization addresses child sex trafficking through awareness, prevention, and direct care. After the screening of “Branded”, the producer and former sex worker will talk about the current situation in Phoenix. We will ask students to bring (young) women’s clothing, gift cards, or cash to donate. For more information, please visit Street Light's website.

Opportunities to Get Involved in AMWA

Looking for new and exciting ways to get involved in AMWA?  Keep up to date on the newest opportunities here: 
  • AWHS--Accepting grant proposals with a focus on: sustainability, community involvement, community impact, interest/potential for mentorship, and more. The clinic grant application is available here.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
  • Faces of AMWA Initiative--Faces of AMWA is an online exhibition to chronicle notable AMWA members past and present.  We are still looking for student writers!  If you are interested in writing a one page biographical document for this initiative please click for information on submission and credit for article authorship.  Contact Lauren Nicholls for more information!
  • Social Media--The AMWA Social Media Committee is looking for  several Blog Contributors to manage the AMWA Blog. These positions are flexible and can be tailored to fit within your busy schedule. If you have a burning passion for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or any social media sites, this is a perfect chance to put those skills to good use! For more information, please contact Amanda Xi or Cecily Koppuzha.
  • Undergraduate Expansion-- As AMWA endeavors to expand to undergraduate schools, we can use the help of each and every one of our branches to help mentor undergraduate leaders and help create/sustain an AMWA branch. Please contact Parin Patel for more information.
  • Don't see anything for you? Peruse our many committees and  contact us !

AMSA Conference

AMWA members are invited to attend AMSA's Empowering Future Physicians Conferences!  Register now to get the Early Bird conference rate of only $49! The prices are discounted for members so join today and take advantage of free gifts from our friends at Lippincott Williams & Wilkins and a number of other amazing member benefits. Did I mention that AMSA membership is free for domestic medical students?

The fall conferences are being hosted this year by Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine (October 11 - 13) just outside of Philadelphia, and Morehouse School of Medicine (October 18 - 20) in Atlanta. Both conferences will feature clinical skills workshops (including suturing, heart sounds, and taking a sexual health history); medical school and residency admissions consultations with admissions officers and academic advisors; advocacy skills workshops with Physicians for Social Responsibility; and professional skills workshops (including communication, team-building, and conflict management).

Visit for more details and registration.



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