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


Calling all branch presidents: we hope that you'll forward these AMWA Student NewsFlashes to your local branch members!
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Komal Paladugu, National Student Secretary

Being a part of AMWA, inherently we are all incredibly driven and productive young women.  Constantly caught in a juggling act of classes, extracurricular activities, volunteering, and finding time to stay sane, managing a delicate balance is a fine art. As part of National Women's Health Awareness week, I'd like to encourage you all to take a minute to step back  and make time to take care of yourself.  Treat yourself to a healthy and delicious meal, take that yoga class you've always wanted to take, and most of all, protect your mental health by creating positive ways to manage stress. That being said, unwind from a long day by enjoying the May issue! Any ideas for improvement? Feel free to contact me!

AMWA May Advocacy Calendar
  • American Stroke Month
  • Lupus Awareness Month
  • Arthritis Awareness Month
  • Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month
  • National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month
  • Preeclampsia Awareness Month
  • May 12: Fibromyalgia Awareness Day
  • May 12: Mother's Day
  • May 14: National Women’s Check-Up Day
  • May 12-18: National Women’s Health Week
  • May 13-19: National Alcohol & Other Drug-Related Birth Defects Week


Artifact of the Month: AWH Hospital No. 1
By Dyani Loo, M.D.

See how American Women's Hospitals Service started-- our new series highlights the student research being done to preserve stories about the advancement of women in medicine and the overseas medical projects and clinics supported by AWHS over the last century.  AWHS is a key figure in women’s history with historical materials housed at the Legacy Center, Archives & Special Collections in Philadelphia.  Our student members are working to help process these materials in order to keep these stories alive for new generations.

In 1917 the Medical Women's National Association (which was later renamed AMWA) established a war service committee in order to create a census of the medical women in the country and to plan how to apply their resources to the war effort.  World War I had already entered into its third year, women at that time were not accepted by military branches of the government, and the government had no plan to organize them for war service.  The war service committee, adopting the name American Women’s Hospitals, decided that they wanted to take charge by providing individual medical service abroad and also by establishing military hospitals overseas.  Continue reading about the effort here.

AWHS Clinic Spotlight: Clinic Nepal
By Dyani Loo, M.D.     

Established in 1997, Clinic Nepal supports over 50,000 people in Megauli, Chitwan District, Nepal through different projects, holistically providing basic medical care, education, sanitation, livelihoods and more in order to improve community health.  In addition to its main Friendship Clinic, Clinic Nepal also runs health camps that offer both medical and dental treatment to the even more remote areas of Chitwan.  The clinic also contributes to overall community stability with projects like their kindergarten programs and children's home.

The founding of Clinic Nepal and its many projects are an inspiring example of the power of individuals to make a substantial difference.  Their efforts every year bring hope to the thousands of vulnerable patients and children who are protected by their safety net.  Continue reading about Clinic Nepal and its founder, Hari Bhandary’s story of how it all began here

Raffle Winner: Nicole Mensah
Nicole Mensah is a 2nd year student at Indiana University School of Medicine. She moved to the States from Toronto, Ontario to pursue a career as a physician. Nicole has a special interest in pediatrics and hopes to get involved with global health policy in the future. She was introduced to AMWA by Dr. Rohr-Kirchgraber, who has proved to be a very nurturing and valuable mentor. The two have been working on a research project concerning Eating Disorders in Adulthood and aim to further define the disease progression in this subgroup of patients.  Nicole found the AMWA conference to be a very inspiring event and hopes to encourage many of her classmates to attend future meetings!

The X Conference 2013

‪‪The Society for Women's Health Research (SWHR) invites AMWA Student members to their 4th annual State of Women's Health Research Conference!  The X Conference will cover a range of topics concerning basic science, medicine, and health policy to transform women's health.  The two-day world-class X Conference will be held from July 18-19, 2013 in Washington, DC.  Take advatange of this amazing opportunity at a discounted student rate of $50.  To learn more about the revolutionary X Conference and register click here.  Remember to show your support by putting "AMWA" as your affiliation! support by putting "AMWA" as your affiliation!‬

Get Involved with National Women's Health Week!

Did you know that May 12-18th is National Women's Health Week? Join AMWA and the Office on Women's Health in celebrating and spreading awareness of Women's Health Issues! Planning an event with your AMWA branch? Be sure to register it on the OWH page. You can also use this resource to see what events are happening in your area or via webinar.

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