Check out the May 2012 edition of AMWA Student NewsFlash!
Student NewsFlash
May 2012
Inside this issue...


Becoming a member of National AMWA is easy and comes with tons of benefits.

Please continue to send financial questions and concerns to Neha Deshpande so that she can forward them to GL Advisor financial expert, Taylor Sauer, 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!

Note from the Editor

Cherilyn Cecchini, National Secretary

Within the very first few weeks of serving as national secretary, I have already witnessed the tremendous camaraderie and mentorship that takes place within this amazing organization.  I am currently a first year medical student at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA.  Having been raised by a single mother, I feel passionately about maintaining adequate represenation for women within all fields, especially medicine.  I am inspired by the amount of assistance and support that my fellow members of AMWA have already provided to me.

My goals as secretary include providing prompt responses to your questions or concerns while ensuring clear, concise communication.  I hope to accurately reflect student interests within each NewsFlash! Please share your achievements and highlight all of your accomplishments by emailing summaries and photos of your events.  Reach out if you need assistance when striving to complete a goal! Let me know if you need any contact information or guidance when approaching a new task within your branch.

I am hoping to add a "spotlight" on an outstanding individual member from a different AMWA branch each month.  If you would like to nominate a member, feel free to contact me with her name, her email address, and your reason for wanting to highlight her AMWA-zing achievements!  I also plan to continue featuring AMWA-zing branch programming! A significant amount of the NewsFlash content relies on your participation and you are encouraged to contact me via email as often as you would like! I am looking forward to reading about your stories and sharing these moments with the entire AMWA student body.


97th Annual Meeting a Success!

Despite the threatening distraction of warm weather, the 97th Annual Meeting held in Miami, Florida at the Sofitel Hotel was an absolute success! More than 175 students attended the conference from around the world.   
Keynote speakers at the conference included Gloria Steinem, founder of Ms. Magazine and well-known feminist, along with Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, founding director of the Institute for the Study of Health and Illness and clinical professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Check out photos from the conference here!

Conference highlights also included:

  • Marcia Shew, MD, MPH addressed controversies surrounding the Human Papillomavirus Vaccine
  • Dr. Lila Nachtigall tackled the question surrounding the potential role of hormones and hormone replacement therapy in women's health
  • Carolyn Meltzer, MD, FACR detailed the recent advances in imaging
  • Randolph Nesse, MD's presented on, Medicine without Evolution is like Engineering without Physics
  • Dr. Hilit Mechaber presented strategies and tools to move beyond the glass ceiling
  • Student Poster Presentation
  • AMWA Mentorship Breakfast
  • AMWA Awards Gala
  • Suturing Skills Workshop
  • AMWA Student Programming featured how to manage medical debt, presented by Taylor Sauer, Regional Manager of GL Advisor & much more....
To read more about the 97th Annual Meeting, click here!

Introducing the 2012-2013 AMWA Student Division National Leaders

Executive Committee

Linda Wang, President 
Marissa Orenstein, President-Elect
Cherilyn Cecchini, Secretary
Neha Deshpande, Treasurer
To read more about the Executive Committee, click on their photos above!

National Committee Chairs
Alisa Eanes, Advocacy Chair
Sruthi Renati, Awards Chair
Mariyam Cherry (Kuruvilla), Conference Chair
Emily Suh, Conference Chair
Sarah Xu, External Relations Chair
Savitha Bonthala, Global Health Chair
Kimberly Faldetta, Global Health Chair
Preethi Raghu, Program Chair
Kathryn Winn, Recruitment Chair

Regional Directors
Kathy Zhao, Region 1
Amanda Wingle, Region 2
Victoria Greenberg, Region 3
Alejandra Alvarez, Region 4
Neelima Navuluri, Region 5
Kathryn Spectorsky, Region 6
Emily Corcoran, Region 7
Kara Melmed, Region 8
Lauren Wolchok, Region 9

UCLA Recognized Locally & Nationally
By: Lauren Wolchok, Region 9 Director

UCLA counts itself as lucky to have a strong AMWA community. The David Geffen School of Medicine (DGSOM) at UCLA was recently recognized nationally as the outstanding branch of Region 9 as well as locally by UCLA's Student Affairs Office and Medical Student Counsel with the National Representation Award, which AMWA earned for the second time. Outgoing co-presidents Sarah Young and Ying Zhang accepted the award at the Second Year Banquet.  Last year's leadership did a fantastic job of keeping the branch active and engaged in the UCLA community, while Adrienne Clark, Immediate Past President, and Lauren Wolchok, Immediate Past Secretary, both of UCLA, served on the national AMWA Executive committee in 2011-2012. Jessica Ferguson and Katherine Huang will be leading DGSOM AMWA this year and have already gotten a head start on recruiting new members at the Second Loo Weekend Activities Fair. In addition, undergraduate students at UCLA have an active AMWA branch led by co-presidents Manwinder Kaur and Harman Rahal. The undergraduate and DGSOM branches are looking forward to collaborating on programming and events next year.

AMWA Albany Branch Takes Action Against Breast Cancer
By: Neena Jube and Kate Iwamoto; AMWA Albany Medical College Co-Presidents
This spring, Albany Medical College's AMWA branch organized a raffle held at Social Rounds for the Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser. In collaboration with Social Committee, AMWA raised money for Capital Region Action Against Breast Cancer (CRAAB!). CRAAB! is a nonprofit organization located in Albany that provides support services and educational programs to those affected by breast cancer, while also advocating for breast cancer research.  CRAAB! will further promote breast cancer awareness in the Capital Region.

AMWA Launches Updated Website
Be sure to visit the updated website and learn more about our added Member Benefits!  
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