Mentorship, Annual Conference, Involvement and More!
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March 2018 Pre-Med Newsletter
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Advocacy Corner

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention reports that female physicians die by suicide at a 400% higher rate than females in other professions, while males only have a 70% higher suicide rate than males in other professions. Physicians may not be aware of their condition, or might be afraid to seek treatment due to a fear of possible repercussions on their ability to practice medicine. Additionally, due to a lack of dialogue there is perhaps a stigma surrounding the issue. That’s what we are trying to change.


We want to hear your stories as a premed, as a patient, as an observer, as a caretaker, or even as a peer. You can choose to submit these stories anonymously if you'd like. Ultimately we hope to share these stories on our social media and raise awareness to this issue.

You Can read more about this from this article written by a member of AMWA’s Save a Life Taskforce:  Female Docs Afraid to Admit Seeking Mental Health Care

If you would like to read more about mental health in medicine, reach out to our advocacy chair Yasamin.
Branches, remember to make sure all your members are compliant with AMWA membership! This is especially important now during application season, in case AMWA is contact to verify your membership.
Mentorship Webinars
The Pre-Medical Division and Mentorship Committee are putting together a list of upcoming webinars, and we want to know what you would like to see! Let us know what topics you want to know more about whether you are starting college, applying to medical school, navigating your post-bacc years, or prepping for the MCAT. You can submit your suggestions here.

We can't wait to hear what you suggest!
University of Florida First Annual Conference
The University of Florida AMWA branch hosted its first annual conference on February 10th! The conference featured Keynote Speaker Dr. Marian Limacher, Principal Investigator for the Women's Health Initiative and Dean of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development at UF's College of Medicine (UFCOM). 

Following this was a UF College of Medicine Admissions Panel with Dr. Shireen Madani Sims, Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Clerkship Director at UF Health as well as Madi Turcotte and Emily Welch, Co-Presidents of UFCOM's AMWA Branch. 

There was also an MCAT Strategies Workshop and MCAT Raffle held by Princeton Review, an AMWA Partner, and a Clinical Skills Workshop hosted by UFCOM AMWA medical student members that included how to conduct a physical exam and individual practice supervised by the medical students. 

Lastly, there was a medical student panel and physician panel addressing topics such as having kids during medical school, work-life balance, managing stress in medical school and while being a physician, and more. Panel members included first through fourth-year medical students and Dr. Maureen Novak, Dean of Medical Education at UFCOM. 

You can learn more about putting together a branch conference at our annual meeting during the branch presentations!
Meet our Officers: Sneha Chaturvedi
Sneha is the secretary for the Pre-Medical Division. She is currently a sophomore at Washington University in St. Louis, majoring in neuroscience and minoring in studio art. She hopes to become a MD/PhD and combine neurosurgery with neuroscience research in the future. In addition to being a national leader, she is a part of the AMWA Preventive Medicine Task Force. Sneha joined AMWA her junior year of high school and attend the centennial conference in Chicago. "AMWA provided me with an amazing network of passionate, dedicated women in medicine. The women I've met, from pre-medical students to physicians, have all inspired me to continue pursuing my career goals. They have also taught me the importance of advocacy and making a mark on the world, which I carry with me always." 

When asked for advice she would give to younger women, she replied "There may be moments where you feel like a career in medicine isn't for you. Or maybe you will feel overwhelmed and wish you were interested in a different career path. That's ok and normal. Remember what drives you to patient care, and let that be your guide. " 
Make sure your branch is active this month!
March includes 
National Kidney Month
Save Your Vision Month
Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month
National Endometriosis Awareness Month
and much more! Find out here.
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