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AMWA Annual Meeting
The New York
Palace Hotel
New York
March 15-17, 2013

International Congress of the Medical Women's International Assoc.
Seoul, Korea
July 31-Aug. 3, 2013

Honoring the achievements of AMWA members, past and present ...

The assemblage of this pantheon of women leaders in medicine demonstrates a wide variety of experiences and expertise with one uniting them:
The unwavering commitment to make a difference for women, be they physicians or patients.


Where women, education and violence are concerned, progress is not inevitable
The Huffington Post (commentary)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In many colleges there are more women than men, and this is an international trend. In many primary and secondary schools, girls are performing better than boys. More women have advanced degrees than ever before in history. And in even the difficult to crack STEM fields (science technology engineering and medicine), we see progress. Many entering medical school classes are made up of 50 percent women. Many biology departments have almost closed the gender gap. And yet even with that progress in education, violence against women has not abated. There is a global backlash against this progress, this insistence that educated women are also women in the public sphere. More

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Dr. Sonia Marciano to speak on negotiation for career advancement at anniversary meeting
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Learn about valuable negotiations skills to help advance your career at AMWA's 98th Annual Meeting — Strategic Success for Women in Medicine. Dr. Sonia Marciano, clinical professor from New York University Stern School of Business will be speaking on negotiation for career advancement.


Nominations accepted for Alma Dea Morani, M.D. Renaissance Award
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The Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine is currently accepting nominations for the 2013 Alma Dea Morani, M.D. Renaissance Woman Award. This award will honor an outstanding woman physician or scientist in North America who has advanced the practice and understanding of medicine in our lifetime and made significant contributions outside of medicine, for example, in the humanities, arts or social sciences, whose determination and spirit have carried her beyond traditional pathways in medicine and science; and who challenges the status quo with a passion for learning.

AMWA's past president, Dr. Mary Guinan, won the award in 2006, as did Dr. Rita Charon — who will speak at AMWA's upcoming meeting — in 2011.

Click here for more information.

Join us at AMWA's 98th Anniversary Meeting in New York City next March!

Strategic Success for Women in Medicine
March 15-17, 2013
The New York Palace
New York City

This meeting will be the preeminent meeting in the United States for women in medicine. Come and join us for a weekend of education, rejuvenation and reflection at The New York Palace, a stunning five-star hotel in the heart of Manhattan. High-quality CME sessions will keep you abreast of new changes within the field of medicine, with a special focus on gender specific medicine and women's health. You will also gain practical insights regarding medical legal issues, negotiation, career advancement, practice management and career-life balance. There will be abundant opportunities for mentoring and networking. A special dinner cruise along the Hudson River will celebrate AMWA's 98th anniversary in style. Take advantage of the heavily discounted registration fees and save $100 by registering by Jan. 31. Also, book your hotel room now at the discounted rate of $245 per night.

Physician and resident poster competition deadline is Jan. 31!"

Plenary Keynote — Dr. Nancy Andrews, Dean and Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs Duke University School of Medicine

Special guest speaker — Calvin Trillin, New York Times best-selling author and New Yorker staff writer

For more information, including our list of distinguished faculty, or to register, please visit

Nominations sought for National Advisory Council on Maternal, Infant and Fetal Nutrition
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The USDA is soliciting nominations for the National Advisory Council on Maternal, Infant and Fetal Nutrition. This is a fabulous opportunity for physicians interested in breastfeeding, nutrition and maternal fetal health. It is an opportunity to be involved at a national level and to make an impact on the nation. For further information go to, More

  Scholarships & Funding

Grants announced to end violence against abuse of women with disabilities    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Recognizing the pressing need to focus on sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking against individuals with disabilities and deaf individuals due to the proliferation of such crimes, Congress authorized the Education, Training and Enhanced Services to End Violence Against and Abuse of Women with Disabilities Grant Program (Disability Grant Program) in the Violence Against Women and the Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005. Applications due Feb. 26. Click here for more information. More

Group announces prize for scientific contributions to women's health
Society for Women's Health Research    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Society for Women's Health Research and the Medtronic Foundation have established an annual prize of $75,000 to recognize a woman scientist or engineer for her contributions to women's health. The prize encourages women scientists and engineers to work on issues uniquely related to women's health and rewards women who have devoted a significant part of their careers to this area. More

ORWH-coordinated funding opportunity announcements
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The National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women's Health has announced upcoming grants and other funding opportunities. Due dates begin in January. More

  Policy & Advocacy

Idaho deals with gender gap in physician ranks
The Idaho Statesman    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Dr. J'Cinda Bitters is one of the women who make up a new generation of Idaho physicians. The 31-year-old family doctor was surprised when she moved here in 2008. "I came from Texas, where I did not feel a gender gap at all," Bitters said. "It was rare to see male gynecologists." Men make up 63 percent of the active obstetricians and gynecologists in Idaho. A female doctor working in a small town is far from the norm in Idaho — though that's changing. More

Wisconsin medical board proposes tighter rules for doctors
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Wisconsin is one of the few states where a doctor can practice after completing only one year of a three-year residency program. That includes doctors who were kicked out of their residency programs after the first year. The Wisconsin Medical Examining Board has proposed tightening the rules for doctors as part of the first extensive revision of the state's regulations of doctors in decades. More

UCSF faculty strengthen med student relationship through advisory colleges
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The University of California, San Francisco's medical student mentoring program is part of a "broader effort to create and support a culture of mentorship at the university," said Mitchell Feldman, M.D., MPhil, who is the associate vice provost for faculty mentoring and the co-director of the CTSI Mentor Development Program. It is also part of a national trend toward providing more support for medical students. More

  News in Women's Health

OB-GYNs told to look for 'reproductive coercion'
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Women's doctors should be on the lookout for patients whose partners are unduly pressuring them to become pregnant — or even sabotaging their efforts to use contraception. That's the advice from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which just published recommendations for doctors about reproductive and sexual coercion. More

Study: For early cancer, lumpectomy beats mastectomy for survival
HealthDay News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Breast-conserving surgery for early stage breast cancers may result in better survival than mastectomy, according to a new study. For those with early stage breast cancer, "lumpectomy is just as effective if not more effective than mastectomy," said researcher Dr. Shelley Hwang, chief of breast surgery at Duke Cancer Institute in Durham, N.C. More

Smoking deaths now equal in women and men
MedPage Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Smoking continues to kill Americans at a staggering rate, with women now as likely to die from tobacco-related disease as men, two large surveys found. In one national survey, the rate of all-cause mortality was three times higher for smokers than for nonsmokers, with a hazard ratio of 2.8 for men and 3 for women, according to researchers. More

No higher risks after heavy postpartum bleeding
Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Women who bleed heavily after giving birth aren't at any higher risk of most complications during their next pregnancy, according to a new U.K. study. Postpartum hemorrhage — when a woman loses at least half a quart of blood — typically occurs when the muscles in her uterine wall don't contract correctly after childbirth. More

Bottle-feeding urged for US moms with HIV
MedPage Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
American women with HIV shouldn't breastfeed their babies, regardless of low levels of the virus and antiviral treatment, the American Academy of Pediatrics cautioned. The only way to completely prevent HIV transmission through human milk is not to breastfeed, a policy statement from the group pointed out in a new issue of Pediatrics. More


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