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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.


Women in science are outnumbered and outearned
Mashable    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Fewer women are entering science and technology professions, and a new infographic created for City Town Info may tell us why. Based on data from a recent Women in Global Science and Technology report, the infographic reveals that women are outnumbered and outearned in science, with men taking home an average of $1,117 to a woman's $853 per week. Additionally, there are 3,000 more males in the biological sciences realm. More

  AMWA News

AMWA backs reintroduction of pregnant workers bill
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The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act would require employers to provide reasonable accommodations to those pregnant workers who need them to continue safely working during pregnancy, providing the same rights to workplace accommodations that are currently provided to workers with disabilities. It would ensure that pregnant women are no longer forced to ignore their doctors' advice in order to keep their jobs.

AMWA has signed a letter supporting the bill's reintroduction, and encourages others to sign on by Feb. 15. To sign on, please email Amy Tennenbaum at Click here for more information.

Dr. Amy Paller to speak on inflammatory skin disorders at 98th annual meeting
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We are honored to hear Dr. Amy Paller speak on inflammatory skin disorders at AMWA's 98th Annual Meeting on March 15-17, in New York City. Amy Paller, MS, MD is the Walter J. Hamlin Chair and Professor of Dermatology, Professor of Pediatrics, and Principal Investigator of the NIH-funded Skin Disease Research Center at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine.

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.

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

Take action to prevent gun violence
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Doctors for America is launching its Gun Violence Prevention Month of Action, starting with all of us calling our members of Congress today.

Are you a health care professional? Sign our petition demanding action to prevent gun violence.

Are you a doctor or med student? Submit a blog post about about your experience with gun violence.

  Scholarships & Funding

Texas A&M hosts conference to inspire women in science careers
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Experience is widely recognized as one of the life's most effective teachers and organizers of the upcoming 2013 Susan M. Arseven Conference for Women In Science and Engineering guarantee multiple opportunities to learn from some of Texas A&M University's best in March. Registration currently is open for the popular annual WISE Conference, now in its 21st year and set for Saturday, Feb. 16, in Rudder Tower on the Texas A&M campus. More

SWHR-Medtronic Prize for Scientific Contributions to Women's Health
Society for Women's Health Research, Medtronic Foundation    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. The prize honors commitment to the area of sex differences and work to pass this commitment to collaborators and students as both a role model and mentor. The prize is given to an outstanding scientist or engineer in mid-career whose work has led or will lead directly to the improvement of women's health. The deadline is Feb. 8. More

The Dowd Innovation Seed Fund Fellowship
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Applications are now being accepting from post-graduate researchers in basic STEM disciplines and information technology through the Carnegie Mellon University Institute of Complex Engineered Systems. Each November four fellowships are awarded to researchers from CMU College of Engineering ICES, based on the merit of their "new idea." More

NIDA's Women & Sex/Gender Junior Investigator Travel Award Program
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The Women and Sex/Gender Differences Program at the National Institute on Drug Abuse is soliciting applications for up to 30 travel awards to attend the 75th Annual Scientific Meeting of the College of Problems on Drug Dependence to be held in San Diego, June 15-20. An applicant's CPDD abstract on women or sex/gender differences must be accepted for presentation by CPDD for either an oral session, a poster session or a symposium. The preferred candidate for this award is a researcher who demonstrates commitment to research on women and sex/gender differences in any area of drug abuse, either human and animal. Applicants must fall into one of the following categories: graduate and/or medical student, post-doctoral student, medical resident, and investigator with no more than five years past the doctoral degree or residency. In addition, an applicant must be first author on their CPDD oral or poster abstract. Minority investigators and male investigators are especially encouraged to apply. Federal employees are ineligible. More

  Policy & Advocacy

Woman helps minority girls access careers in science, math, technology
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When Jackie Lomax learned that her daughter wanted to be a dentist, she was thrilled. But soon she found the resources weren't available to help her daughter achieve her dreams. That's why Lomax started Girls 4 Science in 2009. The nonprofit organization helps minority girls from the ages of 10 to 18 develop an interest in science, math and education. It is the only all-girls science program in Chicago. More

HIPAA gets tougher on physicians
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A revised set of federal privacy rules is expected to have a significant impact on the way physicians run their practices. Revised privacy notices will need to be displayed in prominent areas of doctors' offices and on practices' websites. Patients will be able to ask for copies of their electronic health records or restrict the information given to health plans if they self-pay for services. And perhaps most important, practices might be subject to serious fines if any of their business associates cause security breaches. More

Medical school ethics policies may affect how doctors prescribe
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Medical schools' policies about accepting gifts from drug companies may affect doctors' prescribing habits over the long term, new research suggests. Because it has become common for medical schools to implement policies that put restrictions on gifts to doctors from drug and medical device makers, the investigators wanted to find out what effect these policies might have on doctors' prescribing behavior once they graduate. More

Medical clinic workers struggle with burnout
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VideoBriefStaff at community clinics throughout the United States are key players in the push to lower the nation's healthcare spending. They conduct physicals, refill medications and manage chronic diseases for low-income patients, providing the care necessary to keep them from requiring more costly medical treatment. The jobs are demanding — providers spend long hours treating patients who have multiple chronic illnesses and often have gone years without care. Administrators have trouble finding enough doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants to staff their clinics. More

Statement from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on American Heart Month
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HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said: "Feb. 1 marked the beginning of American Heart Month, a time to think about what you can do to take care of your heart. The Department of Health and Human Services is working with public and private partners to help Americans take care of their hearts and raise awareness of heart disease through our various research efforts and programs. Million Hearts is a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017, by educating the public and healthcare professionals and bringing together diverse partners from across the country to fight heart disease and stroke." More

  News in Women's Health

Obama administration revises controversial contraception mandate
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Religious organizations that object to providing birth control coverage under the Affordable Care Act would be allowed to hand that responsibility off to a third party under new rules proposed by the Obama administration. The so-called contraception mandate has already been challenged in court by numerous groups on the grounds that it violates their religious beliefs. Federal health officials said that the new rules are an attempt to address some of those concerns. More

Study: Women who undergo early menopause face heart disease, stroke risk
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A recent study has found that females who stop having their periods before age 46 had a higher incidence of heart disease and stroke. Doctors have long suspected that women who undergo early menopause might be at an increased risk for those medical problems because of their loss of the hormone estrogen. More

HHS proposed rule further modifies contraceptive coverage provision
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For the third time since it first introduced its plans to require women's preventive health services including coverage for contraception under employer-sponsored health plans, the Department of Health and Human Services recently announced a modified set of proposed rules aimed at allaying the objections of religious organizations to the mandate. More


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