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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.


How she leads: 24 female MDs talk about life as the boss
Dr. Josephine Young is one of 24 female M.D.s whose life stories appear in "Lessons Learned: Stories From Women in Medical Management." It's a fascinating and timely book, chronicling the victories, setbacks and personal growth of an ambitious cohort. The book's overriding message: the path to success isn't a straight line. Everyone in Lessons Learned has worked through trouble at some point, becoming a stronger manager and a more resilient person by doing so.
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  AMWA News

Congratulations to AMWA's newly elected officers!
Farzanna Haffizulla, MD     President Elect
Roberta Gebhard, DO        Secretary

New Board Members:
Beatrice Desper, MD
Elinor Christiansen, MD
Suzanne Harrison, MD, FAAFP (returning for a second term)

Thank you for your time, your service and your dedication to AMWA.

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AMWA's 98th Anniversary Meeting in New York has sold out to capacity!

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

We are looking forward to seeing all of you who have registered for the upcoming AMWA Meeting on March 15-17, 2013. Though the conference registration has closed, there is still availability for tickets to the 98th Anniversary Gala for a special dinner cruise along the Hudson River. Dr. Rita Charon, Executive Director of the Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, will be speaking on patient stories, followed by a mentoring session among physicians, residents and students. This is one evening you won't want to miss! Details: open bar, dinner, dancing.

To register, please visit

AMWA: Policy a threat to end-of-life options in Montana
HB505 is an extreme bill that would take away a right recognized by the Montana Supreme Court: the right for a dying patient to choose a peaceful death if facing a dying process the patient finds unbearable. Doctors could go to jail for up to 10 years for providing aid in dying to suffering terminally ill patients.
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Rochester Hills Museum to celebrate Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen's birthday
Rochester Hills Museum
The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm in Michigan will celebrate the 150th birthday of Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen on her birthday, Tuesday, March 26 at 7 p.m. Admission is free and birthday cake will be served after the presentation. Maureen Thalmann will provide a presentation on her life as a surgeon, teacher, professor, author, doctor, reformer and world traveler and she will make a major announcement about Dr. Van Hoosen at this event. At her death, Dr. Van Hoosen was one of the most well-known and longest-practicing women physicians in the world. She grew up on the Van Hoosen Farm where the seeds of learning and science were instilled. She attended school at the Stoney Creek Schoolhouse in Rochester Hills and in Pontiac before receiving her medical training and degree from the University of Michigan. Bertha delivered her niece, Sarah Van Hoosen Jones at the Van Hoosen Farmhouse in 1892 launching the life of a world renowned animal scientist. To register for this program call 248-656-4663 or
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  Scholarships & Funding

LULAC health fellow Super Madres Campaign in partnership with Pew Charitable Trusts
In an effort to combat major disparities in health outcomes for Hispanics in the United States, LULAC in partnership with Pew Charitable Trusts, has spearheaded the Super Madres Campaign to educate LULAC members on the dangers of antibiotic use in food animal production; engage and train key LULAC leaders to work directly with elected officials and community leaders to elevate the campaign's message and weigh in with members of Congress; and use LULAC's political influence, organizing capacity and direct access to Congressional Hispanic Caucus members and other members of Congress to garner support and pressure the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Congress and the White House to issue and finalize strong guidance and/or legislation as it relates to antibiotic use in food animal production, including reauthorization of the Animal Drug User Fee Act, Delivering Antibiotic Transparency in Animals Act, Guidance 213 and the Veterinary Feed Directive.
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Federal dollars launch national family medicine residency program
The Health Resources and Services Administration recently awarded a $4 million grant to the Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education in Scranton, Pa., to fund a new graduate education model that aims to help address America's shortage of primary care physicians.
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Women taking the GMAT in record numbers
Bloomberg Businessweek
The number of women taking the GMAT is on the rise, with China leading the way, according to the Graduate Management Admission Council. A record 122,843 GMAT tests were taken by women in the 2012 testing year, representing 43 percent of the total. That bests the previous record of 106,800 set in 2011, when 41 percent of tests were taken by women.
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HSHPS Graduate Fellowship Training Program — Application open
Looking for a PAID fellowship? Interested in learning about Hispanic and other minority health issues?
Hispanic-Serving Health Professions School's Graduate Fellowship Training Program is offering PAID 10-week placements at the Department of Veterans Affairs and UNPAID placements at the HHS/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Click here for more information.

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  Policy & Advocacy

Prevention can mean no babies with HIV
CNN (commentary)
Mary Guinan is a physician and former associate director for science at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She was a member of the first CDC Task Force to investigate and identify the AIDS epidemic.

Dr. Guinan writes: "Despite the existence of this treatment, babies are still born infected with HIV in the United States and worldwide. Prevention strategies are rarely perfect. That is why we need to have a Plan B for babies with HIV infection — and the findings of Gay and her colleagues might be just that. The potential impact of this discovery will be far greater in developing countries — especially in Africa, where thousands of HIV-infected babies are born each year."

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Nurse practitioners, doctors in tug-of-war over patients
Bloomberg Businessweek
The nation's 155,000 nurse practitioners are caught in a tug-of-war with doctors over who will provide basic primary care for the 30 million U.S. citizens set to get health insurance under the 2010 Affordable Care Act. The nurses say they can do their jobs just fine without doctor supervision, and they're lobbying lawmakers in as many as 34 states to get restrictions lifted.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Women in math, science, medicine: Still work to be done (The Huffington Post)
Award-winning author publishes new book on Elizabeth Blackwell, MD (AMWA)
Doctors question routine tests and treatments (Reuters)
Residency rules: Shift limits dissed (MedPage Today)
Solving primary care physician shortage by turning PCPs into anesthesiologists (Forbes)

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Healthcare hiring strong despite looming sequester cuts
HealthLeaders Media
The healthcare sector created 32,000 jobs in February despite the specter of 2 percent Medicare cuts mandated by sequestration, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. Within the healthcare sector there was a gain of 14,000 jobs in ambulatory healthcare services, which include physicians' offices and outpatient care centers. Hospitals and nursing and residential care facilities each created 9,000 jobs for the month.
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Secretary Sebelius touts science achievements for Women's History Month
Sebelius said: "I want to acknowledge the thousands of women who work throughout the Department making sure that groundbreaking biomedical research moves forward, that life-saving vaccines are getting to the public, that community health clinics are accessible to families who have nowhere else to go, that drugs are safe, that our seniors get the healthcare they need, and that our young children at risk get the Head Start support that is vital to their future success in school."
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  News in Women's Health

No survival gain with new combo in cervical cancer
MedPage Today
A platinum-free regimen for advanced cervical cancer failed to improve survival compared with standard therapy, but did show potential as an alternative treatment, according to a new study. The chemotherapy doublet of topotecan and paclitaxel resulted in a median overall survival of 12.5 months compared with 15 months for patients who received a cisplatin-paclitaxel doublet, but the difference did not reach statistical significance, researchers reported.
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