Travel Grant Applications, Awards and Scholarships, Leadership Application Extension, Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Instagram, PreMed Conference Sessions, Updating Nationals, PreMed Symposium, Join AMWA, Branch Programming Handbook, Advocacy Updates, Meet the Branch Director, Save the Date
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January 2016 PreMed Student Newsletter

Travel grant applications for the annual conference in Miami is now up! Apply by January 16th, 2016 at 11:59 EST. Applications can be found here.

Apply for Premed Individual and Chapter Branch Awards! Details can be found here.

National Leadership Applications have been extended. Please check updates here.
Human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery and exists in many forms and present all over the globe.  Hundreds of thousands of men, women and children are being trafficked in the United States alone.  These people do not have the freedom of choice or control over their lives - and healthcare professionals have the chance to intervene with human trafficking.  About 30% of trafficked victims stated that they saw a professional social worker when they were being trafficked.  By educating the healthcare industry of human trafficking, the world can see a reduction in human trafficking.  Please use this educational resource toolkit to learn more about human trafficking & providers' role, various ways to get involved and advocate against human trafficking, and helpful documents to foster a discussion on human trafficking.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at
In this online resource toolkit are:
A Human Trafficking Guidebook (MA General Hospital)
A Screening test (identification tool for healthcare providers) (Simich)
list of contextual statistics on human trafficking
list of discussion questions on human trafficking
A list of insightful documentaries, movies and videos on human trafficking
A list of anti-human trafficking resources (PATHStein)
An advocacy letter to congress on training healthcare professionals on human trafficking

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The itinerary for all premed conference sessions is now up under the "premedical students" tab! Join AMWA students for our Miami conference in March 2016! Registration for is now open. Click here for more details. Please note that these are extra premed sessions and the registration fee covers the rest of the conference as well. 
 Please update nationals with your branch's local 2015-2016 leadership contact information by clicking: 
Interested in hosting an AMWA premed symposium at your campus? Inform other students about AMWA, host medical student and medical school admission panels, and invite vendors to your institution! Please contact for more information and details on how to host your own symposium.
Invite other PreMeds to join AMWA at our new membership rate for $25!!! High school students can now join the division as a part of our division's mentoring initiative. 
Sign up here. 
Our PreMed division is currently building our own branch programming handbook! Please submit a summary of your chapter's activities, events, fundraisers, and more to for your chapter's chance to be in our handbook!

House Resolution 558 - Condemning violence that targets healthcare for women. 

This resolution was written on December 8th 2015 and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.  It condemns violence that targets healthcare for women, based off the idea that women have the constitutional right to make healthcare decisions about their bodies for over 43 years.  The Supreme Court have passed crucial decisions regarding women’s health.  Eisenstadt v. Baird (1972) stated that women have the constitutional right to legally access birth control and Roe v. Wade (1973) stated women have the constitutional right to comprehensive reproductive healthcare.  Despite the judicial decisions, women’s access to healthcare has been threatened with intimidation, threats and violence.  Since 1993, there have been 11 murders and numerous attempted murders at healthcare centers for women.  Similarly, since 1977 there have been almost 7000 violent attacks at health centers for women which include: bombings, arsons, death threats, kidnappings, assaults and more than 190,000 acts of disruption (e.g. bomb threats, harassing calls).  One recent target has been Planned Parenthood - victim of increasing amounts of arson, vandalism and threats - was recently a victim of a mass shooting on November 27, 2015 in Colorado Springs, Colorado in which 3 people were killed and 9 people were injured.  The bill is a call for action for the House to denounce attacks on healthcare centers for women, women healthcare providers, patients and to affirm women have the right to access reproductive healthcare services without the fear of violence, intimidation or harassment. 


To read the entire bill, look here:

Julie Luu graduated from Texas Tech University in May 2015 with a major in Biology and minor in Chemistry. In 2013, she cofounded Texas Tech’s AMWA chapter and also served as her chapter’s Community and Events Advisor for two years. During her term, she headed community service events and successfully established a mentoring and shadowing program involving premed and medical students, physicians, and researchers, in the Lubbock, Tx area. In addition, Julie was an undergraduate leader of The Free Clinic at Lubbock Impact, mentor at Talkington High School, and she was recognized as one of the top 50 graduates of her class as a member of the Mortar Board Forum Chapter. Julie has been a national member for over two years, and she currently serves as the Branch Director for the AMWA premedical division. 
AMWA's 101st Annual Meeting
March 11-13, 2016
Miami, Florida

Make sure your branch is active this month!
It's Human Trafficking Awareness Month,
Cervical Health Awareness Month & National Birth Defects Prevention Month

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