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August 2017 Pre-Med Newsletter
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Advocacy Corner: Shot@Life
Hello National AMWA Pre-Medical Members,

Every 20 seconds around the world, a child dies from a vaccine-preventable disease. That amounts to 1.5 million children per year.

Shot@Life, a United Nations Foundation campaign, advocates for the U.S. Government to fund foreign aid - global childhood vaccinations. It partners with WHO, UNICEF, Gavi the Vaccine Alliance, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Walgreens, and others to fund, research, develop, and distribute global childhood vaccinations. 

If you are interested in joining us, I would love to train you as a Shot@Life Champion! We have Champion Leaders all over the U.S.; please let me know if you are interested in hosting a training session for your regional conferences or local branch meetings! I can put you in touch with the Champion Leader closest to you. 

Why join?
 - Take part in saving lives around the world.
 - Learn how to contact your Government Representatives on behalf of worthwhile causes and patients.
 - There are opportunities to advocate, teach, and even travel to Washington DC and lobby for a worth-while cause!!
 - It looks amazing on a curriculum vitae and on medical school applications.

 - There is no cost to you.

If you would like to become a Champion as soon as possible, please click here. When it asks how you heard about it, please write in Rochelle Kinssies.

​My experience as a Shot@Life Champion Leader for South Florida:
I have traveled with to Capitol Hill to speak with U.S. Congressmen/women and their staffers directly. With Shot@Life, I have met with two of Florida's U.S. Representatives, met with many staffers, called, emailed, wrote letters, hosted social media campaigns regarding this important issue, and trained other students to do the same. 

I love making a difference through this organization, and you will too.

Thank you,​
Rochelle Kinssies 
Recruitment Chair, National Pre-Medical Student Division
Benefits of Being an AMWA National Member!
Free on-line course and video assessment – “What Are My Chances? For Medical School Admissions.”  Valued at $47, this program practically pays for the AMWA Membership!
Test Prep Offers

If you would like to register for a KAPLAN MCAT course this year, please contact Haley and Tiffany at If you sign up through us, you can get $600 off an in-person or live online MCAT course from Kaplan. The courses are originally $2499 but will be discounted for us to $1899.

To sign up, please email us with a screenshot of your registration with nationals, your full name, email address, billing address (including zip code), and the MCAT class code you would like to register for (found at Also, feel free to email us if you have questions about this partnership! 

Princeton Review
15% off prep courses for members. Discount does not apply to MCAT Summer Intensive.
10% off one-one-one tutoring for members. Free practice tests for AMWA members.
Invitation to Princeton Review premier webinar series.
Exam Kracker
$250 off all products
Next Test Prep
Offer coming soon!
Altius Test Prep
$225 per full length MCAT practice exam (regular $300)
Gold Standard Multi-Media Education
Extra 10% discount on the Platinum package
Extra 15% discount, plus one month access. 
Tutor the People
$200 discount on any bulk study packages
[coupon code AMWA200]
A reminder that the first cycle of the Pre-medical Education Award is coming up! Here are a list of deadlines of the scholarships that are coming up!

Branch Award: Due by January 20th

Pre-medical Education Award: 
for Juniors, Seniors, or Post-Bacc Students

Application Cycle 1: August 1, 2017 – September 30, 2017

Application Cycle 2: December 15, 2017 – January 31, 2018

Student of the Year: Due by January 20th

Travel Grant: December 22

Our scholarship page can be found here

As a note, we are still updating the website - all of the questions will be identical but the form to submit will be different, so feel free to start working on the questions now! Please email if you have any questions.

AMWA Interim Meeting Registration is Open
September 15 - 17, 2017 at the University of Kansas Medical Center & The National WWI Museum and Memorial. Register here.
Travel Grants for the 103rd Annual AMWA Meeting are Open HERE!
Branches, Get Rewarded for Recruiting!
REMINDER: Every existing and new member of your pre-medical branch must register with national AMWA and complete the one-time payment of $25.00 USD. This payment covers all four undergraduate years. Please check with your existing members to ensure that they are registered nationally and remember to instruct new members as such. If a member has registered with National AMWA in the last 3-4 years, they do not need to register again.

The top two branches to register the most national members by September 30, 2017, will receive an award! The branches in first and second place will receive MCAT test prep by Gold Standard MCAT, the third place branch will receive a free application and personal statement review from Tutor the People that can be raffled off to a member of their branch, and the fourth place branch will receive AMWA swag for their branch! To enter, send an excel spreadsheet listing your new national members (members who register in August or September) to your Regional Director and the National Recruitment Chair by October 5, 2017. Please put first names and last names in separate columns.
Advocacy 101 Webinar
Advocacy 101 Webinar with Libby Benedict set for Friday September 15th at 12:00 pm PST. For more information, email
Region 2 Mentorship Program
The Region 2 (NJ, NY) Mentorship Program is launching soon. The application cycle opens September 1 and will remain open for 4 weeks. Sign up here. Email with any questions.
Meet our Officers: Yasamin Vafai 
Yasamin is our National Pre-Medical Advocacy Chair and Executive Committee Director for the Berkeley chapter. She currently is a senior at UC Berkeley, studying Cognitive Science. She wants to become a physician, specializing in pediatric neurology and hopes to work in policy advocacy as well. Yasamin decided to join AMWA at first because she "was drawn to the culture and the people in the organization"  and believes "AMWA does so much on so many fronts and I'm so glad I decided to check it out in college." In her free time, she enjoys reading books, going on hikes, and crafting!

When asked for advice she would give to younger women, she replied "Be honest with yourself. There will be many times that you will freak out because the road ahead is frankly very hard. But if you are honest with yourself about why you are doing this and stay true to that, it will help push you along. Make sure you really want this and once you know you do then go for it! On that note, don't be afraid to explore other options and take your own path. This might sound cliche, but it's crucial that you check in with yourself along the way and remember why you wanted to do this in the first place."

If she were to meet any iconic woman in history, it would be: "Rosalind Franklin. I remember being in awe with her story and her contributions to the DNA mystery when I first learned about her. She is not credited enough for her work and I'm curious to know what it was like for her to be a female research scientist during her time."

We are very lucky to have her on our team!
Make sure your branch is active this month!
August is 
Children's Eye Health and Safety Month
Neurosurgery Outreach Month
Psoriasis Awareness Month
Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month
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