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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.


Busting the myths of the emergency medicine gender gap
Emergency Physicians Monthly    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There is still a marked disparity between the number of women in emergency medicine and the percentage of female leaders. This is damaging both to female physicians and to the specialty as a whole. More

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AMWA's 98th Anniversary Meeting — Silent Auction
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Dear AMWA Member:

The Program Committee is pleased to announce a fundraising initiative at the 98th Annual Meeting in New York. A silent auction, featuring donated services and goods from the exotic to the mundane, will tempt attendees to acquire something they desire and at the same time benefit AMWA. The mystery of submitting a silent bid for a "one-of-a-kind" or "hard to get" item will add fun to the meeting.

Do you or someone you know have an item that would generate interest? Examples are:
  • A weekend at a cabin in the woods or on a yacht cruise
  • Box tickets to a premiere concert, theater or game
  • Sports or medical memorabilia
  • A chef's table at an exclusive restaurant
  • A behind-the-scenes tour of a concert hall, ballet company or museum
  • A photo opportunity or meet-and-greet with a celebrity
  • Fine art, folk art or hand-crafted object
Imagination wanted! All proceeds will benefit AMWA and the American Women's Hospitals Service, a program of AMWA. A donation form is attached. You may use the attached letter to solicit donations! Questions? Email:

Congratulations to AMWA board member Dr. Janice Werbinski on being published
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AMWA would like to congratulate one of its board members, Dr. Janice Werbinski, on having her article published in the most recent Journal of Women's Health. Dr. Werbinski is Associate Clinical Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Michigan State University. Click here to read "Embedding Concepts of Sex and Gender Health Differences into Medical Curricula." More

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

Strategic Success for Women in Medicine
March 15-17
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

  Scholarships & Funding

5 early-career women scientists nab Elsevier Foundation awards
Elsevier Foundation via The Medical News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Five medical and life science researchers from Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean Basin today received the 2013 Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early Career Women Scientists in the Developing World for work that could contribute to life-saving knowledge and therapies worldwide. The 2013 winners are being recognized for their research excellence. The prize includes $5,000 and all-expenses paid attendance at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in Boston. More

Diversity and Inclusion Grants program winners announced
Washington University in St. Louis    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A program to encourage and support women pursuing careers in information technology, and another to create a pipeline of outstanding minority and women candidates for School of Medicine faculty positions, are among the projects that received a funding boost from the Diversity and Inclusion Grants program. More

The Dowd Innovation Seed Fund Fellowship
Carnegie Mellon University    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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

  Policy & Advocacy

Female residents face singular challenges balancing marriage, training
The Boston Globe    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Two months after getting married, Dr. Jennifer Lucarelli started an 80-hour-a-week job as a pediatric resident. The 29-year-old quickly realized she would need to adjust her expectations for herself. "You are supposed to be that wife, that cultural ideal who has dinner on the table and is always available to go with him to his work events as the supportive wife," she said. "But I am not always available. And he is often cooking for himself." Male residents also struggle to balance family life with the arduous training required to become a doctor. But Lucarelli said female residents often face singular challenges, because most don't have spouses who stay at home or work less-consuming jobs to run the household and raise the children. More

Medical students urge Congress to preserve GME
American Medical News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Graduate medical education funds often have been the target for cuts during congressional budget negotiations. There's concern throughout organized medicine that talks regarding the automatic budget cuts, which are set to take effect on March 1, through a process known as sequestration, will hurt these programs. A 1997 cap on Medicare-funded residency slots has created additional problems; according to the American Medical Association, medical school graduates in the U.S. will exceed the number of available slots as early as 2015. More

1 more thing for premed students to freak out about
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Lawyers aside, few professions can win accolades from mothers like that of the doctor. The earning potential is high, as is the prestige. Who else, after all, can show up at dinner and claim to have spent her day saving lives? That's the upside, at least. But there's also a downside to heading to medical school these days: Students' odds of getting in a residency program are rapidly shrinking. More

Tips to improving your memory
Katie's Take via Yahoo News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
VideoBriefIt's Monday morning, and the day begins with a moment of panic. "Where are my keys?" As the search begins, the clock is ticking and you're already late for work. After turning over pillows, opening drawers and even checking the trash can, you find them in your bag…where they've been all along. As frustrating as they can be, moments like that are pretty common and probably brought on by stress-induced memory loss. More

Increasing minority representation in nursing
American Journal of Nursing    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The underrepresentation of racial and ethnic minorities in the nursing workforce and in nursing education has proven difficult to remedy. Just over one-third of the U.S. population self-reported as being a minority in the 2010 census. But according to findings from the 2008 National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses, ethnic and racial minorities constituted just 16.8 percent of the nursing workforce. Although those of Asian background were slightly overrepresented, blacks, Latinos and American Indians and Alaska natives were significantly underrepresented, making up more than 28 percent of the population but only a combined 9.3 percent of nurses. More

  News in Women's Health

Midwives push alternative birthing services for parents-to-be
The New Mexican    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Though hospital births are the norm in the United States for the vast majority of expectant mothers, midwifery and home births have gained traction in recent years. A January 2012 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicated the rate of home births rose 29 percent from 2004 to 2009, from 0.56 to 0.72 percent of the total number of births. More

Study: No increased cancer risk after IVF
Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Women getting fertility treatments can be reassured that in vitro fertilization does not increase their risk of breast and gynecological cancers, according to a new study. "The findings were fairly reassuring. Nothing was significantly elevated," said lead author Louise Brinton, chief of the Hormonal and Reproductive Epidemiology Branch at the National Cancer Institute. Still, she added, "We should continue to monitor these women." More

Report: Millions of Americans have an STD
HealthDay News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Here's a new, and sobering, government statistic: Experts estimate that the number of sexually transmitted infections among Americans now totals more than 110 million. In two studies published online in the journal Sexually Transmitted Diseases, estimates of the prevalence and cost of treating STDs are tallied. One of the more concerning findings was that there are nearly 20 million new infections each year, and half of those occur among young people. More


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