October, 2017 Student Newsflash
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October 2017 Student Newsletter
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Fall Recruitment Updates, AMWA's 103rd Annual Conference, Welcome to New AMWA Chapters, AMWA Global Health and more!
Fall Recruitment Updates

STUDENT MEMBERSHIP DISCOUNT: National Student Membership is now $50 (compared to $75) through October 31st! Please click here to register. This one-time membership covers you for all of your 4+ years of medical training!

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS: Scholarships, leadership opportunities, mentoring, discounts on test prep, textbooks, medical apparel, travel grants, global health fellowships, the opportunity to form lifelong friendships and professional relationships, and more!

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

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.

Consider joining the Conference Planning Committee, email Keri Jones and Victoria Silverman at and sign up here.
Interested in attending AMWA 103? Submit a travel grant to help with conference costs!

Apply for a travel grant here.

New AMWA Chapters

William Carey Osteopathic School of Medicine
Mayo School of Medicine - Scottsdale Arizona
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

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

The Anne C. Carter Global Health Fellowship awards four AMWA student members with a two-year dynamic and multidisciplinary fellowship focused on global health.

The first year focuses on a global health curriculum, local project development, and mentorship.  The second year focuses on in-depth planning and preparation for a medical service learning trip.  The Fellowship culminates in a capstone global health project.  The Fellows selected for 2017-2019 will actively work with their predecessors and assist the subsequent class in their transition.
Fellows will receive $1,000 to fund their local projects and to subsidize expenses for their international trips. Throughout the two-year tenure, Fellows will  serve as active members of the AMWA Global Health Committee.

The application, including letters of recommendation, are due by October 30th.

For more information, please visit the website here.

2017-2018 Regional Conference Schedule
  • Region 2: October 1st at Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Region 3: October 14th at Johns Hopkins University
  • Region 4: November 4th at Florida International University
  • Region 5: February 10th at University of Alabama Birmingham
  • Region 6: October 21st at University of Illinois College of Medicine
  • Region 7: October 7th at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Health Sciences
  • Region 9: October 21st at Western University
For more information about any of the conferences, please email the region director directly at "region" + the number region,
2017-2018 Regional Conferences:

The New England AMWA region held its Region 1 Conference on Saturday, September 23rd at Boston University School of Medicine. Seventy-five medical and pre-medical students from ten different institutions in New England attended the conference to hear from leading women in medicine as they discussed burnout, resiliency, and advocacy. The conference featured a keynote address by Dr. Gail Gazelle and a physician advocacy panel, comprised of seven female physicians from the Boston area. During lunch and after the panel, students had opportunities to discuss topics ranging from gender disparities to self-care strategies with Dr. Gazelle and the panelists. Much of the conference's success can be attributed to Dr. Laura McCann, a long-time AMWA physician member who helps put this conference together year after year. Pictured below: attendees of the Region 1 Conference, bottom right: Region 1 Director Heather Sweeney.
Region 8 held it's annual conference on Saturday, September 16th at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine Phoenix. The conference theme was Women and Mentorship. The conference consisted of a keynote address by the Associate Dean of Curriculum Affairs at UA COM-PHX, a mentorship panel, and a series of lectures on topics such as race, community health, and ethnicity and medicine. A presentation on the AMWA Interregional Collaborative Project, Days for Girls, was also included. The conference's 30 attendees participated in thought provoking conversations and networking opportunities. Pictured below: Region 8 Director Veronica So (5th from left), alongside leaders of UA COM-PHX's AMWA chapter, and conference physician speakers.
AMWA's Annual Interim Meeting was held last month in Kansas City and joined together leaders from all member divisions to discuss the future of AMWA. Topics discussed included women in medicine, gender-based medicine, leadership and AMWA's substantial efforts to prevent human trafficking. Attendees spent time at the National WWI Museum watching the AMWA created documentary on Women Physicians in WWI.  Pictured below from left to right: President-Elect of AMWA Dr. Connie Newman MD FACP FAHA FAMWA, Amanda Xi, Alyssa Rodriguez, Kim Seidel, Victoria Silverman, and Anne Drolet.
AMWA leaders at the Penn State College of Medicine held a Human Trafficking, Sexual & Domestic Violence Symposium on Monday, September 11th. The event was co-sponsored along with several other student groups on campus and was a great success! Pictured below from left to right: Bethany Latten, Marika Pitot, Pardis Pooshpas, Rebecca Speer, and Bukola Toyobo.
New AMWA chapter University of Nebraska Medical Center has been busy - hosting an activity fair, a social event, and a general members meeting all in one month! Below is a photo from their first event of the year and as a chapter! Keep up the great work ladies!
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.
Heather Sweeney
Region 1 Director

Heather is a second-year medical student at Boston University School of Medicine. She's been actively involved on her campus in advocacy for reproductive healthcare access, sexual assault survivors, and improved medical education about racism, poverty, and other social determinants of health. She recognizes that all of these issues deeply affect the health of women and she became involved with AMWA to join a team of inspiring women physicians and medical students who are dedicated to advancing women's healthcare. When she's not getting riled up about the latest current events, she enjoys reminiscing on her more athletic days as a college track athlete, occasionally trying to run and swim without joint pain, and of course, Game of Thrones!
Hurricane Harvey Relief Organizations

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, many families and neighborhoods in southeast Texas are facing unprecedented levels of damage. The process of rebuilding Houston, San Antonio, Galveston, Corpus Christi, and other towns along the Texas coast has begun, but this journey will take years to replace damaged infrastructure. There are many relief organizations that are diligently working to aid in recovery efforts in some of the most affected areas. For a list of organizations with community-specific ties please see 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 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 October include:

Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Eye Injury Prevention Month
Health Literacy Month
Home Eye Safety Month
International Walk to School Month
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
National Bullying Prevention Month
National Dental Hygiene Month
National Down Syndrome Awareness Month
National Medical Librarians Month
National Physical Therapy Month
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month
Sept 2-8 Mental Illness Awareness Week
Sept 2-6 National Primary Care Week
Sept 4 Walk and Bike to School Day
Sept 6 National Depression Screening Day
Sept 12-20 Bone and Joint Health Action Week
Sept 13 Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day
Sept 15-21 International Infection Prevention Week
Sept 15 National Latino AIDS Awareness Day
Sept 16-22 National Healthcare Quality Week
Sept 16-20 National Health Education Week
Sept 16 World Food Day
Sept 19 World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day
Sept 21 National Check Your Meds Day
Sept 22-28 Respiratory Care Week
Sept 22 International Stuttering Awareness Day
Sept 23-31 Red Ribbon Week
Sept 29 World Psoriasis Day
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