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Do women dominate the field of forensic science?
Defying the stereotype that females tend to be squeamish, an entire generation of young women have become entranced by forensic science, inspired in part by characters such as Abby Sciuto on the television drama NCIS. In fact, they've pursued this career in such numbers that — unlike almost every other scientific discipline — one could argue that the booming field of forensic science is a female domain. Has forensic science, in fact, become a woman's field?
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Dr. Callender to head Women's Dermatological Society
Dr. Valerie Callender has been named the president-elect of the Women's Dermatological Society. She is the second African American to be named president and is a graduate of the Howard College of Medicine.
Click here to learn more about Dr. Callender.
AWHS Stories from the Field: Marian Clinic
The Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth founded Marian Clinic in Topeka, Kansas in 1988 in order to provide medical and dental care for the uninsured who live in poverty in the greater Topeka community. The Clinic's patients are primarily adults of every faith who live in families considered to be among the "the working poor," with most having incomes at or below 100 percent of the federal poverty level. The Clinic, supported in large part by its 200-plus healthcare professional volunteers, offers a wide range of services including: medical, dental, medications, women's healthcare, mental healthcare and case management.
The goals of the PASS Program go well beyond helping you to merely pass an exam. We want each and every student who participates in the program to actually master medical information. We want your confidence high, and we want your desire to succeed strong.
AMWA and HealthWomen Extend Partnership
In the Internet age, one thing is certain: there is no shortage of health news and information. Between broadcast news, online news sites and social media networks, there is a wealth of resources available at our fingertips. Despite this increased access to information, there is an increased opportunity for misinformation and more patient confusion than ever before. Many people regularly consult Dr. Google for their health concerns and diagnose themselves before entering the exam room, making the role of healthcare providers (HCPs) as important as ever.
Help improve preventive services
Dr. Farzanna Haffizulla, AMWA's president-elect and chair of the new Preventive Services Task Force invites you to join her efforts in improving the preventive services information flow and in promoting health and wellness in each county and state in the country. Dr. Haffizulla met with Broward County health department director Dr. Paula M. Thaqi, Michael Calderin, director of community affairs, Renee Podolsky, community health director and Ellen Feiler, health promotion and social marketing director on Wednesday, May 1 to elucidate avenues to showcase many vital community programs available to the community.
AMWA's special 98th anniversary membership promotion
From now until June 30, new members can join AMWA at the discounted rate of $98 in honor of AMWA's 98th anniversary year. This is over 50 percent off of the normal membership rate of $225. Take advantage of this great offer and join our wonderful network of women leaders in medicine. JOIN NOW.
National Women's Health Week Colleague Letter, Social Media Toolkit
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health's 14th annual NationalWomen's HealthWeek (NWHW) and 11th annual NationalWomen's Checkup Day (NWCD). Beginning on May 12, Mother's Day, through May 18, OWH reaffirms our commitment to women's health. Women are the foundation of families, and our health affects the well-being of our communities. As caregivers, we often put the health and well-being of our loved ones before our own. That is why OWH takes this time to empower women to make their health a priority.
Click here for a useful social media toolkit.
Medical school enrollment forecast tempered by residency concerns
Medical schools will boost enrollment 30 percent by 2017 to ease the nation's physician shortage, but that won't do much good if the federal government won't provide funding to expand residency slots, a new survey of the nation's medical school deans finds.
Michigan lawmakers push emergency contraception, sex ed bills for 'Women's Health Week'
House Democrats are calling for Michigan to recognize "National Women's Health Week" and urging their colleagues to consider a number of measures related to emergency contraception, sexual education and breast cancer screenings.
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Sex Differences in Phase III Medical Device Clinical Trials — How Are We Doing?
Journal of Women's Health
Researchers conducted a review of all phase III device clinical trials in the United States with adult and senior subjects that were registered and reported results on ClinicalTrials.gov. The search yielded 87 studies sponsored by industry, federal agencies, universities and other private organizations. An overwhelming majority of studies reported the sex of their participants, and the average representation of women in device clinical trials was 50 percent, although it ranged from 18 to 100 percent.
AMWA continues to support work in gender specific medicine through the Sex and Gender Women's Health Collaborative of which AMWA is a founding member organization.
A conversation about digital literacy in medical education
Scope (Stanford Medicine)
A strong advocate for including digital literacy in medical education, self-described "geek medical futurist" Bertalan Meskó, MD, PhD, believes that online communication tools, such as social media, can improve the way medicine is practiced and healthcare is delivered.
Budget request denied, HHS turns to health executives to finance Obamacare
The Washington Post
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has gone, hat in hand, to health industry officials, asking them to make large financial donations to help with the effort to implement President Obama’s landmark healthcare law, two people familiar with the outreach said.
Texas legislators set to restore women's-health budgets
The Texas Tribune via The New York Times
The political fireworks and high-octane drama that accompanied Texas lawmakers' 2011 fight over women's healthcare and abortion have been absent this legislative session. They have been replaced with some semblance of concession, as legislators on both sides of the aisle work quietly to restore financing for women's health services.
Call for awards and nominations
GWIMS and AAMC
The Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS) of the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) is calling for nominations for awards and nominations for members at large on the committee. If you are a faculty member in a AAMC medical school, you are eligible. We would love for an AMWA member to be part of this group. Please look at the requirements and let us know if we can help you apply.
Call for GWIMS Awards
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 GWIMS Leadership Development Awards. The awards will be presented at the November AAMC Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. To learn more about the awards, visit the GWIMS Awards page.
Call for Steering Committee Nominations
The GWIMS Nominations Subcommittee is accepting nominations (and self-nominations) for up to three Members-at-Large to serve on the GWIMS Steering Committee. Visit: Information on Submitting a Nomination to view the instructions.
Call for Poster Abstracts
The theme for this year's GWIMS/COD Poster Session is "Women in Medicine and Science: Collaboration in a Time of Change." We invite submissions that highlight collaborations in academic medicine that are relevant to the GWIMS Mission. Please read the full call for submissions attached for more information. Call information can also be found at www.aamc.org/members/gwims and within the online submission portal.
Vacancy: Office of Grants Management and Scientific Review director
The newly established National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) will catalyze the generation of innovative methods and technologies that will enhance the development, testing and implementation of diagnostics and therapeutics across a wide range of human diseases and conditions. Applicants must possess a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, as well as senior-level research experience or knowledge of research programs moving research from the basic laboratory sciences into preclinical models and clinical trials.
Rutgers gets $12.5 million to bring in medical schools
The Bergen Record
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced a $12.5 million gift to Rutgers University to help pay for the university's complex merger with major parts of the state's medical schools.
Dr. Joyce Brothers dies at 85
The Washington Post
Dr. Joyce Brothers, 85, who held a PhD in psychology and was one of the best known of those who provided the American public with personal counseling through the mass media, died May 13 at her home in Fort Lee, N.J.
Angelina Jolie undergoes preventive double mastectomy
The New York Times
Angelina Jolie writes: "We often speak of 'Mommy's mommy,' and I find myself trying to explain the illness that took her away from us. (My children) have asked if the same could happen to me. I have always told them not to worry, but the truth is I carry a 'faulty' gene, BRCA1, which sharply increases my risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer. My doctors estimated that I had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in the case of each woman."
More moms choosing to give birth at home
Around the country more people are having babies in a seemingly unconventional way. Home births have gone up nearly 30 percent over the last five years according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Little Eli Smittle and baby Bell Bowden are a lot alike. They both live in Conway and weighed more than 8 pounds when born about two months ago. They're also pretty close to perfect according to their moms.
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