Check out the June 2012 edition of AMWA Student NewsFlash!
Student NewsFlash
June 2012

  • Take advantage of your benefits as an AMWA member! Learn more here
  • Don't forget about FREE housing through our Bed & Breakfast program when you travel for residency interviews!
  • 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!


Cherilyn Cecchini, National Secretary

I can hardly believe that I have just finished my first year of medical school at Jefferson! A piece of me feels as though the year was neverending, while another portion of me felt as though it flew by.  I am so grateful for the opportunity to study medicine while attending Jefferson and living inthe heart ofPhiladelphia.  The connections that I have made with my classmates and with fellow female colleagues through the AMWA Jefferson branch are undeniably priceless. Now, I have set out to enjoy my "last summer," as everyone describes it.

I continue to encourage you to contact me with any questions or concerns that you may have. Please send updates and highlight your accomplishments by emailing summaries along with photos of your events.  Let me know if you need any contact information or guidance when approaching a new task within your branch.

As stated in the May NewsFlash, 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!  You will find the first "spotlight" in this month's NewsFlash! 


Student Spotlight: Q&A with Victoria Greenberg
Victoria Greenberg currently serves as the Region 3 Student Director. She served as the Co-President for Jefferson Medical School's AMWA student branch during the 2011-2012 academic year. She attended college at the University of Maryland, College Park.  

How did you become interested in AMWA?
I remember attending AMWA’s recruitment event, the s’mores night, and hearing all the girls talk about their passions for medicine and reform, and they all seemed very spirited and truly interested in AMWA. It was very refreshing and I felt comfortable pretty quickly. I then decided to look into AMWA by reading up on the national website. From then on, I felt like I had to join!
What has been your biggest success to date involving AMWA?
I think our most successful event was the recent Miss Representation screening. We often have lunchtime talks, so it was nice to get a group together to watch a well-made documentary. Afterward, we had a really great discussion and it made me so proud and happy to observe everyone contributing. One girl mentioned that she didn’t really consider herself a feminist, but was surprised by how much she identified with the film. 


Apply for a Medical Education Scholarship!
We at national AMWA know that the cost of a medical education can be daunting and so we'd like to help. Supporting your medical education is important to us, which is why AMWA awards four $1000 scholarships each year to AMWA members who are currently enrolled in medical school. Click here to apply and learn more!

The upcoming application cycle extends from August 1 to September 30, 2012. Please email us with any questions.

Donate to the American Women's Hospital Service

AMWA's charitable arm, the American Women's Hospitals Service (AWHS) supports healthcare in underserved communities around the world.  One of the key programs of AWHS is the Overseas Travel Grant, which helps fund travel for medical students working abroad in areas of need.  In honor of the 95th Anniversary of AWHS, we encourage all students to donate $9.50 to help keep this program going.  Even donations of a small amount can go a long way in making a difference.  

To learn more about how to donate, please click here!

Bring ScholarLocker to Your School
ScholarLocker is a free and private website for sharing advice and educational resources. Started by Harvard medical students, the site is now at 25 US medical schools and counting. Check out our website here. If you want ScholarLocker at your school, please email Kiran (HMS-IV) here and join our growing network! 

Women In Medicine Planning Annual Conference

An organization named Women in Medicine was created in 1984 as a medical education retreat for lesbian physicians, partners, and their children.  Members of the WIM community have worked to organize an annual retreat that focuses on strengthening networking and personal growth within the lesbian physician community. The 30th Anniversary meeting will be held in Clearwater, Florida Wednesday, June 26 to Sunday June 30, 2013. If you are interested in going or would just like to connect with other Lesbians in AMWA, please email us.





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