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AMWA board - Call for nominations
The AMWA Governance Committee is currently accepting nominations for positions of President Elect, Treasurer, and at large Board of Directors for the 2014-2015. The completed application is due July 1, 2013 Click here for more information
Members in the news:
Julie Welch, M.D., AMWA Board of Directors Member and Emergency Medicine Physician, has recently been named the Assistant Dean in the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development (OFAPD) at Indiana University School of Medicine. She will expand her role as the AMWA faculty Co-Chair, to include mentoring, the Office for Women, the Women's Advisory Council, and more. The OFAPD is the office that helps support and fund the events for AMWA, including the mentoring mixers, CV prep lecture, and the student presidents' travel to the national meeting in March.
Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, M.D. has been named the Vice Chair of the American Medical Association Women’s Physician Caucus. This 67,000 women physicians group of the AMA was initially founded with assistance from AMWA and Dr. Rohr-Kirchgraber serves as the AMWA official liaison to the board. In this position, AMWA’s voice is added to that of our official AMA AMWA Delegate, Nancy Church, MD OBGYN Chicago.
AMWA's special 98th anniversary membership promotion
In honor of AMWA's 98th Anniversary Year, new members can join AMWA at a deeply discounted rate of $98. 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
Become an AMWA lifetime member
As AMWA’s President-elect, I invite you to join me in becoming a lifetime member of the American Medical Women's Association as we approach our upcoming Centennial year. As I reflect on the growth, transformation and advancement of AMWA, I am confident of our bright future. I have been involved in AMWA since my medical school days and now as your upcoming 99th Anniversary President, I have a vision for AMWA that is studded with enhanced camaraderie, renewed passion and augmented synergy as we approach our goals as an organization. I am proud to be a lifetime member of AMWA and sincerely hope that you will join me. Let us celebrate the first 100 years of AMWA and openly welcome the next one hundred years of AMWA's accomplishments.
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Farzanna S. Haffizulla, M.D.
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Girls Like Us: Fighting For A World Where Girls Are Not For Sale: A Memoir
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In "Girls like us: Fighting for a world where girls are not for sale:
A memoir," author and abuse survivor Rachel Lloyd provides insights
into the hidden world of child sex trafficking. In just 16 chapters,
Lloyd addresses the initial lures of sex trafficking, the traps, the
threats and abuse, the reasons why girls and women stay, the
consequences and rewards of leaving, and the process of healing.
Lloyd enlightens the reader regarding the warning signs that
trafficked victims give - signs that medical personnel are missing
daily. Many of these victims encounter physicians routinely, and
almost all of them go undetected.
US women on the rise as family breadwinner
The New York Times
Women are not only more likely to be the primary caregivers in a family. Increasingly, they are primary breadwinners, too. Four in 10 American households with children under age 18 now include a mother who is either the sole or primary earner for her family, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of Census and polling data released. This share, the highest on record, has quadrupled since 1960.
The shift reflects evolving family dynamics.
Testosterone could combat dementia in women
In a new study, post-menopausal women on testosterone therapy showed a significant improvement in verbal learning and memory, offering a promising avenue for research into memory and aging. Professor Susan Davis has discovered that testosterone therapy may protect women against cognitive decline.
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Dems rebrand minimum wage, sick leave as women's issues to pressure GOP
The Huffington Post
Two years ago, a spat between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio over Planned Parenthood funding sparked a national debate about birth control that helped lead to a historic gender gap in the 2012 elections, with Obama beating Mitt Romney by about 10 points among women voters. Now, Democrats hope to leverage women's support to pressure Republicans on a host of labor reforms, including the minimum wage, paid sick days and fair pay.
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Medical students' prognosis unclear with 'Obamacare'; many don't understand law
The Washington Times
Being accepted to medical school was once seen as a ticket to a prosperous and fulfilling career, but today's students face far less certain futures under Obamacare.
As the Affordable Care Act faces key implementation challenges in the coming year, medical schools have responded to the anticipated spike in demand for healthcare by adding thousands of slots. For educators and students, big questions loom as to what the medical profession holds for America’s next generation of physicians.
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Feds back down on emergency contraception
Ob. Gyn. News
Women and girls of all ages will soon be able to purchase the Plan B One-Step emergency contraceptive pill without a prescription now that the federal government has dropped its legal challenge to making it more easily accessible to minors.
Study finds leptin is important in women's health
The hormone leptin proves to play a role in women’s health and might be used to treat a number of disorders such as bone loss and eating problems. First discovered in 1994, the hormone leptin plays a role in appetite and energy regulation. A team at Harvard Medical...
Work by female scientists gets judged more harshly
Gender plays a role in how researchers perceive the work of other scientists, according to a new study. Researchers at Ohio State University found that scientific studies written by men were viewed as higher quality than identical studies listing female authors. This gender...
Study: Depression in postmenopausal women may increase diabetes, cardiovascular disease risk
The University of Massachusetts Medical School study investigated whether elevated depressive symptoms and antidepressant use are associated with biomarkers for glucose dysregulation and inflammation, BMI and waist circumference.
Without more residency programs, medical school growth won't stave off doctor shortage
Despite the spike in medical school enrollment expected by 2017, the nation faces a critical physician shortfall unless thousands of residency training programs are developed, experts and officials said.
Fueled by the expansion and construction of new medical schools, U.S. medical schools are poised to increase their enrollment 30 percent by 2017, according to a study conducted by the Association of American Medical Colleges.
A global goal on gender equality, women's rights and women's empowerment
The Huffington Post (opinion)
Hardly a day goes by without a news story on some violation of women's rights. In recent months, appalling incidents of violence against women and girls, from Delhi to Johannesburg to Cleveland, have sparked public outrage and demands to tackle these horrific abuses.
In Bangladesh and Cambodia, the shocking loss of life by garment factory workers, many of them women, sparked global debate on how to secure safe and decent jobs in our globalized economy. In Europe, the disproportionate impact on women of austerity cuts, and the use of quotas to get more women on corporate boards continue to make headlines.
Do women know that a healthy diet and exercise can help prevent cancer - and do they follow the recommendations?
Journal of Women's Health
The lifetime risk for cancer is greater than 1 in 3 for women in the U.S., but most women do not make the lifestyle choices recommended by the American Cancer Society to reduce that risk and prevent cancer. A multifaceted new survey determined how women view diet and exercise in relationship to cancer and whether they believe they are engaging in healthy behaviors, and whether their diet and exercise choices really meet the minimum recommendations.
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