Check out the February 2013 edition of AMWA Student NewsFlash!
Student NewsFlash
February 2013


  • Don't forget about FREE housing through our Bed & Breakfast program when you travel for residency interviews or conferences!
  • Calling all branch presidents: we hope that you'll forward these AMWA Student NewsFlashes to your local branch members!


Cherilyn Cecchini, National Secretary

I hope that you are all managing to stay warm and dry as we enter the middle of February! The Philadelphia weather has been quite chilly for the past few months and I am ready for spring! I am happy to announce the launch of our new AMWA membership pin, designed and executed by J.Brandt Recognition. The sterling silver pin design features a beautiful caduceus along with the AMWA logo and is the perfect size to wear on the lapel of your white coat!  You may consider purchasing pins to use as new member incentives or as gifts for an outstanding AMWA member or physician! Price per pin is discounted at $14.00, with free shipping and handling costs, courtesy of AMWA!

If interested in purchasing pins for your local branch, please fill out the form here indicating how many pins you would like to purchase at your branch.  Please make checks payable to "American Medical Women's Association" and mail them to: 

12100 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 130
Reston, VA 20190

Please submit your order no later than February 15, 2013. The delivery time is approximately 6 weeks upon the receipt of purchase order, but it will be well worth the wait! Feel free to contact us here with any questions you may have.

AMWA February Advocacy Calendar

  • International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month
  • National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month
  • February 24-March 2, 2013 is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week
  • February 3rd: Happy Birthday Elizabeth Blackwell
  • Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States. She graduated on 23 January 1849 from Geneva Medical College.

Featured AMWA Leaders

AMWA Leaders are featured in Breakthroughs with Martin Sheen. To learn more, visit the website here and click on the AMWA logo under topic lists.

Outstanding Resident Mentor Award

Please nominate an outstanding resident for the Charlotte Edwards Maguire, MD Outstanding Resident Mentor Award!  Deadline Feb. 28, 2013.  Email 4 to 8 sentences about why your nominee deserves this award. The award recipient will receive $500 if she is a national AMWA member or $400 plus AMWA membership for non-member residents. Contact us here for more information.

Membership Specials!
If you are currently an MS4 or graduating medical student, join the Residency Division now for just $50!  (Normally $100.)  See here.  Offer lasts through Match Day, March 15, 2013. 
Residency Division ELECTIONS! 
The following positions are available for the 2013-2014 year: President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, Advocacy Chair, Awards Chair, Student Liaisons (2)*, Recruitment Chair, Global Medicine Chair, Resident Conference Chairs (2). *to be filled by two MS4 students, so current MS3 students are eligible. All other positions available to graduating MS4's and residents. Direct emails here for more info.





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Apply Now: Heller Outstanding Branch Award
Application Cycle: January 1-February 15

This award is given 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.  Branch presidents may self-nominate their local AMWA branches. Download the application here.Email applications here.  All applicants will receive email notification of receipt of their application. Awards will be announced at the upcoming Annual Meeting. Congratulations to the 2011-2012 winner, the AMWA branch at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine!

Albany AMWA Hosts Interpersonal Violence Awareness Week
By: Amanda Wingle, Region 2 Director

Albany Med's Interpersonal Violence Awareness Week was held in January. On Monday, Christin Guilder, from the Albany County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center spoke about Compassionate Care for Sexual Assault Victims. On Tuesday, Sexual Violence Activitist, James Landrith, tackled the topic of Male Survivors and the importance of gaining allies in the medical community.  Wednesday's event featured how to talk to a sexual assault victim, presented by Dr. Chame Blackburn, AMC Emergency Medicine Physician.  At the end of the week, Intimate Partner Violence and the Law were covered by Mary Lynch and Alicia Ouellete from Albany Law School. Lastly, Female Survivor's Stories were shared by RAINN Speaker, Shikema Monique Clark, to close out the event! Overall, it was a fantastic and extremely inspirational week!

Anne C. Carter Global Health News
By: Dyani Loo, Anne C. Carter Global Health Fellow

The AMWA Carter Fellows are proud to partner with the Engeye Clinic in Ddegeya, Uganda to enhance global health experience and encourage cross-country collaboration.  This clinic is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote health and education in rural Uganda by enhancing access to healthcare for all Ugandans. This year, two of our fellows, Olivia Chang (MD '13) and Dyani Loo (MD '13) traveled to the Engeye clinic.  They completed projects on consolidating clinical protocols for commonly encountered diseases and laboratory quality assessment.

This year, at the AMWA Annual Meeting, the Carter fellows will have an information booth to provide additional information regarding the Anne C. Carter Global Health Fellowship. As a fundraiser for the Engeye Clinic, they will also be selling hand-crafted goods made by the local women of Ddegeya  including shoulder bags, skirts, headbands, and make-up bags made of traditional African fabric. Please stop by!

AMWA Helps Host The Perry Outreach Program!
By: Amanda Wingle, Region 2 Director

Something amazing happened on Saturday, January 12th during the Perry Outreach Program in Rochester, NY. Thirty six local women high school students immersed themselves in the challenging fields of Orthopaedic Surgery and Engineering and accomplished things they never thought possible. Fewer than 7% of all practicing orthopaedic surgeons and doctoral-level engineers are female, but you wouldn't have thought that by the way these students dove right in! Students repaired a broken femur using an "ex-fix," learned to suture, and performed a spinal fusion. They also designed an orthopaedic implant and reconstructed a knee. Throughout the day, they interacted with leaders in the orthopaedic surgery and engineering communities, including the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC).

Spotlight on UCSD AMWA!
By: Lauren Wolchok, Region 9 Director

Bake Sale to End Violence Against Women
This holiday season was marred with the brutal rape and murder of a young Indian medical student in New Delhi. UCSD AMWA members were outraged by these events and felt it crucial to increase local awareness for this issue while also raising funds to bring an end to such tragedies. AMWA members paired up with UCSD's Ob/Gyn student interest group to host a bake sale which raised $450. Funds were donated to Global Women's Fund and earmarked to India, to advance the rights of women and girls by increasing the resources for and investing in women-led organizations and women's collective leadership for change. UCSD AMWA members are presently working with AMWA National to release a statement reiterating our position against violence against women.
Why Women Still Can't Have It All
Anne-Marie Slaughter's hotly debated Atlantic monthly article was the centerpiece of UCSD AMWA's quarterly mentorship event which was generously co-sponsored by the UCSD Women's Center. The evening began with dinner, then small group discussions and finally a large group discussion with nearly three dozen faculty and students. The group discussed how they define "having it all" and shared numerous personal work-life struggles that they have encountered. The most powerful aspect of the event was the wide array of professional and personal experiences that were represented. Faculty and students discussed the need to have the flexibility to pursue interests outside of work, no matter what that might be. Faculty shared the importance of having time for everything from childrearing to pursuing a career as an artist. The overwhelming sentiment of the evening was that we must all demand the right to have it all; and while this is defined uniquely for each of us, it is critical for all of us. 

U of HI AMWA Hosts Successful Panel
By: Crystal Lam, Co-President of WIG at JABSOM

On November 5, 2012, WIG of JABSOM brought in 3 speakers to share personal stories and advice to inspire, empower and assist women. The first speaker was Dr.Maryellen Markley, who is a fund development and strategic planning consultant for non-profits, a former Executive Director for Hawaii Services for the Disabled, and founder of the Hyperbaric Medicine Center which is the only hyperbaric program in Hawaii to treat medically fragile children.  

The second speaker was Elizabeth "Annie" Hiller who is one of the youngest women ever to become an honored "Weinberg Fellow", and is the Executive Director of PROJECT VISION HAWAII, a mobile vision and retina screening units that works with the District 50 Lions Clubs to serve populations across the state.  She is the co-founder of the remarkable initiative "WE...a hui for health" which is a unique collaboration of more than 30 medical non-profits that work together to serve the poor and disabled in Hawaii.  

The third speaker was Dr. Karen Thompson, who is a pediatric pathologist who practices at the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children in Honolulu.  She is also an Associate Professor of Pathology at the John A. Burns School of Medicine and the Faculty Advisor for our Women's Interest Group.  They reminded students of the obstacles women face in the workplace, how to create a tightknit family by networking with women and all the successes women can achieve.  They also taught students how to balance personal and professional life!

AMWA Lotus House Holiday Party at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
By: Kelly Grannan, UM AMWA Chapter

As part of AMWA’s dual mission to promote professional development of women in medicine as well as advocate for issues in women’s health, the UMMSM AMWA branch has formed a partnership with the Lotus House women’s shelter and primary care clinic. This partnership benefits students through clinical experience and the opportunity to build connections with both residents and staff in this community. Residents of the shelter receive healthcare services through the clinic, and other resources through annual fundraising efforts and donations. Our branch believes that this relationship is not limited to clinical exchange and donations.

The inspiration and goal of this event was to engage both students and shelter residents in an informal social environment. In our holiday party, students, staff, and residents could enjoy each other’s company and tell their stories without the confining roles of a clinical environment. Branch volunteers baked over 300 cookies, our funding purchased decorating supplies, utensils, non-alcoholic beverages, and decorations, and our party took place on a warm Wednesday afternoon in the shelter’s outdoor space.

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