Check out the January 2014 edition of AMWA Student NewsFlash!
Student NewsFlash
January 2014


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Komal Paladugu, National Student Secretary

 Hey everyone, welcome to the new year from AMWA! The beginning of the new year breeds the opportunity for a fresh start to achieve goals we haven't managed to in the past.  In recognition of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, make the resolution to learn more about these pervasive issues that face this subset of underrepresented. Learn about the prevalence of this issue, how it affects the men, women, and children that work in the industry, how you can recognize it, and what you can do to make a change. AMWA recognized that need for assistance and is currently working longitudinally through the physician, residency, and student divisions to make a change.  For more information on AMWA's initiative against human trafficking and to get more involved, check out "Opportunities to Get Involved in AMWA". We've told you one of our goals, what are yours for the new year?   

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AMWA January Advocacy Calendar

  • Cervical Health Awareness Month
  • National Stalking Awareness Month
  • National Birth Defects Prevention Month
  • National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
  • Jan. 6-12, 2013: National Folic Acid Awareness Week
  • Jan. 22,1973: Supreme Court Decision on Roe V. Wade was issued

AMWA Upcoming National Conference!

The American Medical Women's Association is holding the 99th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC on March 14-16th, 2014 at the Ritz-Carlton.

The weekend features a great line-up of speakers who are covering a wide range of issues such as the Affordable Care Act, use of technology in medicine, developments in women's health, strengthening mentorship, and nurturing career development. Don't miss notable speaker Ariana Huffington of the Huffington Post at the Gala! Find out more details on the weekend's jam packed program.

In addition, we encourage all our Student Members to apply for leadership positions. Each national leadership position involves different time commitments and expertise; for a detailed explanation of each position, please visit our elections page. All applications must be submitted through the online application by January 31, 2014 11:59pm EST. Please feel free to contact the current AMWA leaders on our AMWA leadership page to ask them more about their experiences or about the requirements of their positions.

National Chair Update
by Carey Wickham, Awards Chair

National Student AMWA is proud to offer two very special awards this cycle!  I would like to highlight both the newly revitalized Linda Brodsky MD Essay Award and the Heller Outstanding Branch Award.  Applications for both of these awards will be accepted by email at until February 15, 2014.
Linda Brodsky MD Essay Award, honors the women who have mentored, inspired, and encouraged young students to become physicians.  Dr. Linda Brodsky, a pediatric otolaryngologist in Buffalo, NY, and lifetime member of AMWA, has been a role model and mentor to many physicians throughout her career.  More information and the essay prompt are available on our website.  The award recipient will be presented with a $500 scholarship provided by Dr. Roberta Gebhard, DO, at the Annual Meeting and will have their essay published on the AMWA website. Deadline is February 15, 2014.
The Heller Outstanding Branch Award aims to recognize the AMWA student branch that has made exceptional strides in their activities for the year, including recruitment efforts, service projects, and professional activities. A grant of $250 is awarded to further branch efforts and programming. The Branch Award recipient will also be announced at the upcoming Annual Meeting. Application cycle is open until February 15,2014.
My endeavors this past year as the AMWA National Student Awards Chair have challenged me to grow both personally and professionally.  Reading through our Award and Scholarship applications, I am inspired by the character and accomplishments of the many outstanding women of AMWA.  Working with the inspiring physicians and future physician leaders on various committees and the Regional, National, and Executive Boards of National AMWA has been an unbelievably rewarding experience, and I strongly encourage anyone thinking about running for leadership positions at the upcoming Annual Meeting or getting involved in one of the numerous AMWA committees to GO FOR IT!

Region 6 Update
by Allison Wilcox, Region 6 Director

Region 6 had an outstanding fall semester. AMWA members at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine volunteered with the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance at their "Turn the Village Teal" event, which serves to educate the community about ovarian cancer. They also held a "Flashback Friday Skate Night," which raised money for the Beaumont Hospital Sharing and Caring Program, a patient driven volunteer network committed to helping breast cancer survivors on their journey to recovery. The Indiana University School of Medicine at South Bend's AMWA branch held their fourth annual "Stache Bash." The event raised $3500 for St. Margaret's House, a local day center for women and children that provides food, toiletries, clothes, educational classes, and a support system for its participants. In December, the AMWA branch at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University sponsored a screening of Saving Face, a documentary about the victims of domestic acid attacks in Pakistan and the efforts of doctors, lawyers, and politicians who are helping them to bring their attackers to justice and resume their lives. Finally, each of these branches, as well as many others in Region 6, continue to strengthen their local communities of women in medicine, holding potluck dinners, panel discussions, and other social events. We are looking forward to more great work in 2014!
 AMSA Annual Convention

American Medical Student Association (AMSA) invites you to the 64th Annual Convention and to join your peers in New Orleans on March 6-9, 2014. This year promises to be the best meeting ever, with notable Keynote and Thought Leaders, Networking and Professional Development Opportunities, and Innovative Hands-On Programming.
As a student led organization, we understand that you may be tight on funds. However, the money you invest today will kick-start your professional career. To help with funding, AMSA has the following programs:
To register and get more information on the 64th AMSA National Conference, click here!
RD Grants and Elections

Perk up MS4's! Though graduating medical school and moving on you can still be involved in AMWA.  The residency division is looking for new leaders for the upcoming year! The universal application for leadership positions and awards is online and live. To apply for a position or award, access the application here.  Questions? Feel free to contact RD President, Dr. Kanani Titchen.  
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:
  • Human Trafficking Initiative-- AMWA has identified human trafficking as a pressing issue to be addressed.  Interest in this prevalent issue has resulted in Dr. Kanani Titchen's IRB approved study to identify healthcare worker's knowledge of the topic, workshops on identifying and assisting trafficked victims, a discussion with Rachel Lloyd (author of Girls Like Us), and currently a position paper.  For more information on the initiative click here.  If you are interested in participating contact Marissa Orenstein.
  • Gun Violence Collaboration-- Working with Doctors for America, AMWA is supporting a petition to Washington D.C., in the wake of the tragedy in Newtown CT.  The petition AMWA is supporting reads, in part "We, the undersigned doctors, nurses, medical students, and nursing students urge you to pass gun safety legislation immediately and present the nation with a comporehensive plan to curtail gun-related violence".  Click here to learn more about the petition and to sign! If you would like to lead this effort, contact Marissa Orenstein for more information.
  • Traveling Exhibit-- Leading up to AMWA's centennial year, help coordinate an AMWA display at various institutions. Contact Marissa Orenstein for more information.
  • Don't see anything for you? Peruse our many committees and  contact us !



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