March, 2018 Student Newsflash
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March 2018 Student Newsletter
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Good Luck to all MS4 Students Matching this Month!

AMWA's 103rd Annual Conference, AMWA Events in the Spotlight,
AMWA Raincoat Sale,  and more!
This Month!


Last Chance to Register for AMWA's 103rd Annual Meeting in Philadelphia!

Register now! Please click here for registration and additional information. Please click here for the room sharing spreadsheet. 

The Student Programming Committee is looking for dedicated AMWA members! Available roles include organizing conference volunteers, planning student mixers, coordinating room sharing and planning mentoring sessions for pre-medical students.

For more information or questions, please email Keri Jones and Victoria Silverman at

Students at New York Medical College held a Parks and Recreation themed "Galentine's Day" Card Making Event last month. They made Valentine's Day card kits for friends and families of patients at Maria Fareri Children's Hospital so that they could make hand-made cards for their loved ones.

Students at the University of Nebraska Medical Center held their annual MS3 Student Panel. AMWA members from the third year class volunteered to spend a night with MS1 and MS2 students answering questions on clinical rotations and USMLE Step 1. Pictured below: student volunteers sitting on the panel.
University of California San Diego students held a bake sale last month to raise money for Days for Girls, this year's Interregional Service Project. They raised an incredible $711.60! If you would like to support Days for Girls, you can donate directly through Venmo at @AMWAstudent. Pictures from the bake sale are shown below.
Underrepresentation of Women in Plastic Surgery

Despite comprising half of all medical school graduates, women make up only one third of plastic surgery residents. Roughly three quarters of female medical students report losing interest in surgery during medical school, a significantly higher proportion than their male counterparts.
As part of an effort to assess the factors resulting in under representation of women in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, an IRB-approved survey (link below) has been developed to further understand the specialty decision-making of female medical students. The information gathered will be used to inform efforts to improve representation and diversity in plastic surgery. We hope that you will take the opportunity to respond and share your perspective with us. 

The survey is designed to take 5-10 minutes and can be accessed here.
If you have any questions, please email Jason Green at

New AMWA Chapters

Morehouse School of Medicine
University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine

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

The Diversity & Inclusion Committee aims to recognize the needs of our members by better understanding their cultural and identity backgrounds. Please take a moment to fill out this survey to help the committee assess the diversity of our members.
Hilary Friedlander

It has been my pleasure to serve as your National Student Secretary this year. Every month I am blown away by your commitment to promoting women in medicine through your creative events, inspiring initiatives, and motivational stories. Thank you for allowing me to share them. Best of luck to everyone in the upcoming Match!
Hilary is a fourth-year medical student at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Emory University in 2011 and spent the next three years completing her pre-medical post-baccalaureate certificate at Hunter College in New York City. Hilary served as the president of Einstein's AMWA Chapter followed by Region 2 Director, PATH Education Co-Chair, and most recently as a member of the Executive Committee in her role as Secretary. Her work with AMWA has led to a pilot research project to assess the effectiveness of different educational modalities in introducing sex trafficking education in to medical school curricula. She is a hopeful Ob/Gyn resident and has her fingers crossed for the upcoming match.
Please consider supporting the 2017-2018 Interregional Project, Days for Girls, by donating through Venmo at @AMWAstudent

For more information on Days for Girls please click here.
iGIANT Program and AMWA

The AMWA Student Division is working with the iGIANT program - impact Gender/Sex on Innovation and Novel Technologies.  We are looking for students to help set up roundtables in the following cities:  Las Vegas, Washington DC, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, Detroit, and New York City.  In this role, you will help to identify strategic leaders to invite to the roundtables, to send out the invitation, to monitor and follow up on the RSVP's and to prepare the agenda and attendee lists.  Advantages include working with leaders in many different fields and expansion of your own network. We hope to have dates for these roundtables in the Fall or early Spring.
Please take a moment to review the past roundtables that AMWA has helped coordinate here. If you are interested in getting involved, please email Allison Ikeda,
Find your local AMWA branch and get involved this month!

National Health Observances during the month of March include:

Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month
National Cheerleader Safety Month
National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
National Endometriosis Awareness Month
National Kidney Month
National Nutrition Month
Problem Gambling Awareness Month
Save Your Vision Month
Trisomy Awareness Month
Workplace Eye Wellness Month
Mar 4-11 National Sleep Awareness Week
Mar 6-10 National School Breakfast Week
Mar 8 World Kidney Day
Mar 10 National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Mar 11-17 Patient Safety Awareness Week
Mar 12-18 Brain Awareness Week
Mar 18-24 National Poison Prevention Week
Mar 19-23 National Youth Violence Prevention Week
Mar 20 National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Mar 24 World Tuberculosis Day
Mar 27 American Diabetes Alert Day
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