Welcome to the AMWA Medical Student Division Election 2024-2025!

Thank you for taking the time to select our next leaders! We have some wonderful candidates. Please review the applicants below and vote! If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our president elect, Emily Forester, at president.elect@amwa-student.org.

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President Elect Candidates:

Amalia Bay

Primary Goal: Cultivate a nurturing community: enhancing communication between regions & promoting wellness

Highlighted Qualifications: I took $500 to $6,000+ for a 150+ in person conference, with fun workshops, and brand new AMWA swag

Biosketch: As a medical student at the Warren Alpert Medical School (AMS) of Brown University in the dual degree Primary Care and Population Medicine MD/ScM program, having served in a variety of AMWA leadership roles, I’m dedicated to creating more spaces for supporting women in medicine. I guided a large northeast conference committee of colleagues from across the to ensure satisfaction of the interests of the projected 150+ attendees! I helped to revive the Harvard Medical School and Geisel School of Medicine’s branches, thereby increasing strength in numbers of our network. Locally, on the Brown board of the AMS Latinx Medical Student Association (LMSA) I facilitated the connection with AMWA for Latinx History Month to create a platform for conversations about unjust care for Latina [women] patients. I initiated a program at a local underserved middle school for students URiM, which aims to reduce the intersectional issues that add to the already difficult burden for women in medicine. I am grateful for the opportunity to have collaborated with AMWA in so many different capacities and look forward to continuing to illuminate our network by innovating strategies to unite our regions.

2024 AMWA Election Video – Amalia Bay

Jennifer Uyere

Primary Goal: Promoting, growing, and positively fostering the AMWA Student Division. Providing support to the various chapters, encourage students to get involved, and help light the same fire that was lit in me when I became a part of AMWA. Looking for innovative and exciting ways to increase involvement and make a positive impact. 

Highlighted Qualifications: An AMWA chapter president; Helped plan and successfully carryout various seminars, conferences, community educational events, fundraisers, and health fairs; Volunteered on the Education Committee for the AMWA IMG Division; Attended the 2023 Annual AMWA Conference.

Biosketch: Hello, my name is Jennifer Uyere, I’m an MS3 at UAG. I’m proudly of Nigerian and Mexican descent and was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. I earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science, both in Biology from California State University, Los Angeles. During my undergraduate and graduate years, I was an NIH scholar, which allowed me to partake in research, that focused on elucidating the virulence and pathogenicity of Candida albicans. Prior to medical school, I worked at two, large hospitals in Los Angeles, California as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist. During my first year, I had the opportunity to participate in UAG AMWA events and quickly found that I identified with its mission and became a national AMWA member. During my second year, I was elected UAG AMWA President and proudly lead the organization to receive recognition on campus, in the community, and at international conferences for its achievements. In addition, during my leadership, the UAG chapter increased from 15 members to over 200 members. Moreover, I’m interested in pursuing a career in Emergency Medicine or Surgery. In my free time, I love to spend quality time with family and friends, volunteer with Guimedic Medical Humanitarian Organization and Soroptimist International, travel, and try new places to eat. I’m very excited at the opportunity to serve as the President Elect for the AMWA Student Division and I greatly look forward to a positive and fruitful term.

2024 AMWA Election Video – Jennifer Uyere

Sarah Osborn

Primary Goal: To increase AMWA’s impact by increasing membership, outreach, advocacy, and women empowerment.

Highlighted Qualifications: I served as my chapter’s co-president and am involved with national committees & initiative projects

Biosketch: Sarah Osborn (she/her/hers) is currently in dedicated for Step 1 but will start her third year in May at St. George’s University School of Medicine. Sarah first got involved with AMWA through her chapter, where she served as Assistant Vice President of Communications and then as Co-President. During her time as co-President, her chapter served the community by providing free breast exam clinics, fundraising for breast cancer treatments and mammograms, and hosting a women empowerment day for the Program for Adolescent Mothers. She also empowered the women at her chapter through their mentorship program and programming events such as IUC workshops. On a national AMWA level, she serves on the Research Committee, Advocacy Committee, Sex and Gender Health Collaborative, and Gun Violence Committee Podcast. In addition to being involved with AMWA, Sarah is in her school’s honor program, Iota Epsilon Alpha International Medical Honor Society, and is a Peer Academic Group Facilitator. She is also involved with AMSA and has taken multiple Scholars Programs. Outside of medicine, she owns her own jewelry business, Kitty Marie Designs, and you will often find her creating new pieces. In her free time, you will find her cooking, baking, crafting, and traveling.

2024 AMWA Election Video – Sarah Osborn

Taylor Goss

Primary Goal: To utilize advocacy & national/regional events to increase membership engagement & recruitment 

Highlighted Qualifications: My history as a National AMWA President for premed division; project management & leadership skills

Biosketch: Taylor Goss, MPH, MBE, is a rising third-year medical student at Penn State College of Medicine. She holds bachelor’s degrees in Biomedical and Health Sciences from the University of Central Florida, received her Master of Public Health in Health Policy & Management with a certificate in Comparative Effectiveness Outcomes Research from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and completed a Master of Bioethics from Harvard Medical School. Before medical school, Taylor worked as a Senior Associate for a patient engagement and advocacy consulting firm advising biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies on incorporating the patient voice into drug development. She has been involved with AMWA since 2017, founding a premedical branch at her undergraduate institution, recently finishing a term as President of her medical school branch, and serving on Premedical National AMWA leadership as Regional Director, President-Elect, and President. Throughout graduate school, Taylor has remained involved in AMWA through research with the Opioid Addiction in Women task force. Overall, her research has included menstrual health equity, opioid addiction in women, patient perspectives on cell and gene therapy, and adolescent health behavior indicators. Taylor is passionate about mentorship and is interested in pursuing clinical ethics consultation in her future practice.

2024 AMWA Election Video – Taylor Goss

Treasurer-Elect Candidate:

Marlana Tuccillo

Primary Goal: My goal is to help create an atmosphere of support, strength and community for women in medicine. 

Highlighted Qualifications: My work as a practice manager contributes heavily to my organization, financial skills, and strengthened my leadership abilities. 

Biosketch: Marlana is a second year Medical Student at Rowan-Virtua College of Osteopathic Medicine. She has a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences and a B.A. in Russian Studies from the University of South Florida. Before beginning medical school, she spent several years managing a busy Interventional Anesthesiology practice. 

Originally from a small island in South-East Alaska, Marlana has a passion for rural, community-centered medicine. She has started a Medical American Sign Language Club which includes an integrated ASL curriculum for student doctor’s to better serve signing populations.

A passion for Women’s Health currently drives her research interests in preventative breast health and reproductive health at Rowan-Virtua. Outside of medicine, she enjoys being outdoors, photography, and spending time with her husband and their new daughter.

2024 AMWA Election Video – Marlana Tuccillo

 

Secretary Candidates: 

Ana Victoria Guimaraes

Primary Goal: To ensure AMWA continues to be a well-connected community of brilliant women who build each other up throughout their careers. 

Highlighted Qualifications: My work with national and community organizations is what refills my cup and gives me a sense of accomplishment. 

Biosketch: Ana Victoria Guimarães (she/hers) is a third-year student at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She received a Bachelors of Arts at Brown University in Health and Human Biology as well as Francophone Studies in May of 2020. Ana’s involvement in AMWA began as her medical school’s chapter secretary, a role she held from 2022-2023. Since then she has continued to find various AMWA initiatives to stay involved with. Her passions include maternal-child health, mentoring students of minority backgrounds who are interested in medicine, and making health education more accessible.

She is originally from Miami, Florida and proud to be a latina in medicine. Outside of her training, Ana enjoys exploring the food scene in Providence, salsa dancing, and spending time outdoors. 

2024 AMWA Election Video – Ana Victoria Guimaraes

Chloe Maye

Primary Goal: Foster connection among our members by providing up-to-date news on the Student Division’s activity.

Highlighted Qualifications: I was Secretary for my undergrad’s SGA and Greek Council and worked to make information accessible.

Biosketch: Chloe Maye is a third-year medical student at Kansas City University in Joplin, MO. Originally from Bartlesville, OK, Maye began her undergraduate education at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, MO with the promise of acceptance into KCU’s Joplin campus upon her graduation in 2021. Since matriculating to KCU-Joplin, Maye has served in leadership roles for several student organizations, including as Co-President of her school’s AMWA chapter. She is currently working towards her MPH in Health Policy and Administration through University of Nebraska Medical Center, which she hopes to use to better advocate for her patients in the future. Additionally, Maye accepted a Clinical Anatomy Research Fellowship this year through KCU-Joplin which allows her to teach, work on research, and take advanced courses in surgical skills, imaging, and learning theory. In her free time, Maye enjoys volunteering, reading, spending time with her fiancé and friends, cuddling with her dog, and doing arts and crafts.

2024 AMWA Election Video – Chloe Maye

Krupa Patel

Primary Goal: To foster a collaborative culture that shares opportunities and celebrates our members’ achievements

Highlighted Qualifications: AMWA National Secretary: Premedical Division – sent newsletters to 5K+ members (↑ open rate by 215%)

Biosketch: Krupa Patel (she/her/hers) is a first-year medical student and current AMWA President at the University of Michigan Medical School. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience from U of M, where she led the undergraduate AMWA chapter. Over her two-year term as President, she spearheaded the organization’s involvement with reproductive justice. With fellow AMWA members, she founded the non-profit Lunar Doula Collective, the only pregnancy loss doula program in Michigan. For her work, she was awarded both the National AMWA Premedical Branch Member Award and Most Impactful Diversity and Inclusion Advocacy Initiative Award. After graduating, Krupa was elected as National Secretary for the Premedical Student Division where she composed monthly newsletters for chapters across the country and set a record open rate.

Outside of AMWA, Krupa is the founder and President of two organizations at her medical school: Medicine in Motion and the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society. She is passionate about orthopedic surgery, healthcare innovation, and burnout management. She also volunteers for a local Adaptive Sports Program, which connects athletes of all abilities. Outside of medicine, Krupa enjoys playing volleyball, fusion cooking, and fluid painting.

2024 AMWA Election Video – Krupa Patel

Samantha Cooper

Primary Goal: To continue to keep AMWA Medical students well informed about events, research, scholarships, etc. from the medical student, pre-medical student, and national level, as well as assist in showing off our member’s works and assisting in their career-building.

Highlighted Qualifications: I have served as the AMWA Medical Student Secretary for the 2023-2024 school year, during this time I have worked on connecting more with each National and Regional Board member to find out what important information should be broadcasted to our members as a whole.

Biosketch: Samantha Cooper, (she/her/hers) is a third-year- medical student at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, with a minor in Chinese and English from Allegheny College in May of 2020. She was introduced to AMWA by a close friend and became passionate about advocacy. Throughout her first and part of her second year of medical school, Samantha worked on the subcommittee for Social Media as well as Outreach chairs, during the end of her second year and throughout her third year she has served as the National Board Secretary.

In addition to her academic and AMWA pursuits, Samantha also holds positions in her school’s Anatomy Club, Pediatric Society, and Osteopathic Student Organization. She has also volunteered through a Medical Student Advocate program, which looks to support and empower patients to address social needs that affect their health but are not direct medical care. Samantha also works at the campus gym where she helps to organize the social media platform, as well as teach fitness classes to fellow students. Outside of school, Samantha loves hiking, taking her new dog on walks, and taking cat naps with her kitten!

2024 AWMA Election Video – Samantha Cooper

Prachi Khanna

Primary Goal: To empower future women physicians by improving access to opportunities and highlighting member achievements.

Highlighted Qualifications: Passionate advocate for gender equity: founded Dell’s AMWA chapter, served on faculty panel, & fight for greater accommodation for women’s needs in academia

Biosketch: Prachi Khanna is a passionate third-year medical student running for AMWA Secretary and Recruitment Chair. After recognizing the lack of women physician support systems, Prachi founded her medical school’s AMWA chapter to cultivate a culture of mentorship, resilience, and empowerment for future women physicians. As an advocate for women in medicine, Prachi has voiced undergraduate medical education concerns to Dell’s faculty Women’s Equity in Leadership Council, established a recurring hygiene supply within her school’s bathrooms, and proposed a state resolution to address period poverty for healthcare workers.

Prachi believes in proactively spotlighting and amplifying women’s voices in medicine. Through her leadership roles, community involvement, and advocacy, Prachi believes in taking action now to equalize the playing field for women in medicine. If elected, Prachi pledges to uplift women in medicine by streamlining AMWA communications and highlighting chapter achievements nationally. Her vision is to foster connectivity amongst members to mentor the next generation of women physicians, while fighting for equality.

2024 AMWA Election Video – Prachi Khanna

Advocacy Chair Candidates: 

Anahi Ibarra

Primary Goal: To advocate for wellbeing initiatives and fertility treatment options that promote career sustainability and further the mission of AMWA.

Highlighted Qualifications: Awarded scholarship to develop climate forward policies and initiatives with UC Regents Board of Directors

Written message for AMWA members: A year ago, I had the privilege of hosting a panel of five female physicians who all had unique pathways to creating a family, from parenting while in residency to repeated IVF failed treatments, this panel covered a wide spectrum of topics. We had over 100  women medical students, residents and faculty show up. In a raw, honest and unhinged way, they all shared the, often hidden, struggles of juggling personal family life and a blooming career. That event elucidated the importance of both elevating the challenges of being a female doctor in the field, and also creating opportunities and spaces for community and advocacy around these issues.  These are my goals and hopes for AMWA. Experiences like this, where trainees from medical students to residents and faculty were brought together, remind why I want to be involved in AMWA. The tight knit community and mentorship present at all levels of my training is something I have benefitted from. I would be honored to move into a bigger leadership role. To the AMWA member,  I hope to relentlessly advocate for the student and physician perspectives and promote initiatives that are centered on workforce sustainability, and health equity in the workplace.

Biosketch: Anahi Ibarra attained her bachelors in Biochemistry, and Masters in Public Health from UC San Diego and is currently a first year medical student at the UCSD School of Medicine. During her gap years, Anahi worked on workforce initiatives to diversify and expand the field of psychiatry hosting talks with renown physicians from around  the country, advocating for legislature and local initiatives relevant to mental health and conducting research around burn out among residents. Most recently, she was funded to deploy a pilot study that fosters compassion and resiliency among medical students. In her spare time, Anahi loves to do yoga, go on beach walks and spend time with family.

Chloe Maye

Primary Goal: Meet the needs of our members and future patients by championing healthcare initiatives.

Highlighted Qualifications: I am completing my MPH in Health Policy and Administration so I can work in health policy someday.

Written message for AMWA members: I am running for two positions in AMWA: Secretary and Advocacy Co-Chair. Regardless of the position, my vision for AMWA remains the same. AMWA stands as a beacon of light for women in medicine, illuminating the issues we face both as physicians and as patients. To this beacon of light, we, as student physicians, are called like ships in the night to reinforce AMWA’s hopes for the future and take part in the fellowship that the organization provides. However, without strong leadership, this beacon will dim, causing women physicians everywhere to miss out on the camaraderie that AMWA brings in a sometimes isolating world. If elected to serve on the AMWA Executive Board, I will use my leadership, communication, and problem-solving skills to ensure that our members remain connected and understand the strength and opportunities that come with being a woman in medicine.

Biosketch: Chloe Maye is a third-year medical student at Kansas City University in Joplin, MO. Originally from Bartlesville, OK, Maye began her undergraduate education at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, MO with the promise of acceptance into KCU’s Joplin campus upon her graduation in 2021. Since matriculating to KCU-Joplin, Maye has served in leadership roles for several student organizations, including as Co-President of her school’s AMWA chapter. She is currently working towards her MPH in Health Policy and Administration through University of Nebraska Medical Center, which she hopes to use to better advocate for her patients in the future. Additionally, Maye accepted a Clinical Anatomy Research Fellowship this year through KCU-Joplin which allows her to teach, work on research, and take advanced courses in surgical skills, imaging, and learning theory. In her free time, Maye enjoys volunteering, reading, spending time with her fiancé and friends, cuddling with her dog, and doing arts and crafts.

Courtney Thornton

Primary Goal: To create programs for local and national involvement with health care advocacy through AMWA.

Highlighted Qualifications: I am most proud of my research in expanding reproductive rights and implementing this research to promote legislative change in my state.

Written message for AMWA members: AMWA has been one of the most important organizations of my medical school experience, and has provided me the mentorship and opportunities to excel as a woman in medicine. In return, I hope to advance the mission and vision of AMWA by recruiting more student involvement and voicing our organization’s position on the nation’s most pressing healthcare issues. I believe advocacy is an essential component of our roles as future physicians, and my experience drafting public health policy, leading research in reproductive health care, and participating in advocacy projects related to intimate partner violence and gender health equity will help me fulfill my role as AMWA’s advocacy chair.

Biosketch: Courtney Thornton (she/her/hers) is a third year medical student at the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) and received her Bachelor’s degree in biology from Concordia University in Irvine, CA. Prior to medical school, Courtney worked with the Southern Nevada Health District during the COVID-19 pandemic to develop public health policies for schools and sport teams. She has been a member of AMWA since 2021 and served as UNLV’s chapter president organizing community events to support reproductive rights and gender health and equity. Courtney remains an active member of AMWA and continues her advocacy work with AMWA’s Domestic Violence Prevention Committee. Her research focuses on expanding reproductive health rights in the state of Nevada as well as antibiotic stewardship and high value care practices. In addition to these activities, Courtney also enjoys reading, backpacking, and paddle boarding with her dog.

Emily Chestnut

Primary Goal: Using my experience in health promotion, I will exemplify AMWA’s dedication to preventative health. 

Highlighted Qualifications: With four years of preventative health research with the CDC, I am well versed in health promotion.

Written message for AMWA members: In the words of Maya Angelou, “ In diversity, there is beauty and there is strength.” AMWA embodies this thought, serving as a hub for women across the country to network, plan, and care for one another. As a first-generation student from an especially rural community, I bring a great understanding of inequalities, disparities, and biases that women endure professionally and personally. Without family members in the field or mentors, the culture of medicine has proven difficult for me to navigate at times. AMWA has brought me into contact with physicians and students who have been able to mentor and support my passion for advancing rural health research through health promotion and advocacy. In the advocacy role, I look forward to utilizing the skills I learned throughout my four years working with the CDC on a preventative health project focused on HIV/AIDS in rural communities. I bring a wealth of unique, effective tools and techniques for increasing community involvement and advocacy for preventative health. I look forward to sharing these strategies with my AMWA family and overseeing their implementation for pertinent causes throughout the country. 

Biosketch: Emily is a first-year medical student at Indiana University School of Medicine. She received her Bachelor’s of Biological Sciences at The University of Alabama, where she also studied Spanish Language and Culture. She is passionate about rural health and preventative health, as well as patient advocacy for those who do not utilize English as their first language. Emily spent four years conducting public health research for The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The University of Alabama, studying HIV/AIDS transmission and stigma in rural African-American communities. Emily has been an active AMWA member since 2019 and serves as the Founder and President of the Surgery Student Interest Group at Indiana University School of Medicine – Terre Haute. Emily is also the first-year campus representative for the Independent Student Analysis committee, playing a crucial role in maintaining her school’s accreditation by the LCME. Emily is currently involved in Otolaryngology and transplant surgery research, front-running projects that analyze health outcome discrepancies between different racial/ethnic/geographic groups. Her hobbies include cooking and trail running.

Iulia Dobrin

Primary Goal: I want to increase avenues for students to take action and keep building on AMWA’s current advocacy.

Highlighted Qualifications: I was AMWA’s premedical national advocacy chair, leading an advocacy committee in multiple projects.

Written message for AMWA members: As an advocacy chair, I’d hope to use my experience leading interdisciplinary groups and my background in journalism and policy writing to increase student involvement with AMWA’s advocacy. I hope to do this through nonpartisan education about healthcare issues on 2024 ballots, student-written pieces about healthcare policies, and discussion amongst students on how we want to organize action.

I led the premedical advocacy committee when I served as AMWA’s premedical national advocacy chair. Together, we increased awareness about reproductive justice issues on the ballot and researched low-cost healthcare clinics across the nation. As a public policy student and leader at my school’s newspaper, I dedicated my undergraduate years to learning about health disparities and elevating marginalized community voices. I have volunteered extensively in rural and urban health centers with patients that have complicated relationships with the healthcare system. I also work as a DEI ambassador at my medical school, supporting diversity programming and ensuring an inclusive environment for all students.

As AMWA student members, we are in an incredible position to use our platform to advocate for  nationwide change. I hope to promote medical students’ perspective in AMWA to help create a more equitable healthcare system for our future careers.

Biosketch: Iulia Dobrin (she/her/hers) is a first year medical student at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine (OUWB SOM). She received her Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy, with a concentration in health policy, and a minor in Biochemistry from the University of Michigan. She joined AMWA in undergrad and has been involved with the organization since. She served as AMWA’s premedical national advocacy chair in 2022-2023 and was awarded the Eliza Lo Chin Unsung Hero Award for her work in this role. She also serves as one of the Advocacy and Outreach M1 representatives for her school’s AMWA chapter. In addition to AMWA, Iulia serves as a DEI Student Ambassador at her school. Iulia is particularly interested in promoting reproductive justice, disassembling systemic barriers to healthcare access, revising labor policies that disproportionately affect women’s and minority communities’ health, and increasing healthcare affordability. 

Iulia appreciates the AMWA community for providing her meaningful relationships with driven women who inspire her to become a passionate, intentional leader in medicine. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies, reading, and having ice cream nights with her roommate.

Pooja Prasad

Primary Goal: Expand AMWA’s work with national reproductive health organizations such as Take Back the Night. 

Highlighted Qualifications: My advocacy in trauma-informed sexual assault care, highlighted by creating a class on the topic.

Written message for AMWA members: The importance of developing leadership skills has imprinted on me in my time in medical school. Particularly as a female student, I recognize the importance of advocating for oneself in the professional setting and feel we do not receive enough training in medical school on this subject. Through AMWA, organizing panels of female physicians has helped me see the importance of female medical students visualizing their potential in our field. In a career where we are often asked to sacrifice, hosting these panels has shown me that we can ask for more from superiors, start an independent practice, and balance work and family. As an AMWA Advocacy chair, I hope to support AMWA members in developing their leadership and advocacy skills. I’d like to connect the AMWA Reproductive Health Coalition with more national organizations such as Take Back the Night, a sexual assault awareness initiative with whom I worked with to host an event on trauma-informed care for sexual assault. Like Take Back the Night’s candlelit walks, I want to host national advocacy days for AMWA, where students could host panels with professionals involved in reproductive justice, or volunteer with Planned Parenthood.

Biosketch: Pooja Prasad is a second-year medical student at the UConn School of Medicine. She is interested in pursuing OB/GYN in residency. Her research interests include how we evaluate women’s pain in a medical setting. She presented her clinical research on development of a non-invasive blood test for fibroid screening at the 2023 Discover Brigham Conference and has published work on biomarkers for pelvic pain among youth with endometriosis. 

As a board member of UConn Med’s AMWA chapter, she has harnessed her interest in women’s and reproductive health by collaborating with Take Back the Night and UConn emergency medicine residents to create a school event on trauma-informed care in the ED. She had the opportunity to transform this event into a class she will teach during the UConn Med M1 curriculum to inform the broader student body about this important topic. 

As a teacher through Hartford Health Education, she teaches 4th-6th graders about various health topics and serves as a student interviewer for incoming medical students at UConn—mentorship through teaching is a special interest of hers. She is currently helping to organize a Northeast regional AMWA conference in collaboration with AMWA leaders at neighboring medical schools.

Sarah Osborn

Primary Goal: To increase AMWA’s impact by increasing membership, outreach, advocacy, and women empowerment.

Highlighted Qualifications: I served as my chapter’s co-president and am involved with national committees & initiative projects

Written message for AMWA members: AMWA is impressive, and it gives me the opportunity to be involved with advocating and changing the world for the better. I have a lot of hopes and goals for AMWA. My main goal is to increase AMWA’s impact. One way I plan to do this is by getting more of our student members involved in initiative projects. AMWA has such a vast range of initiatives that everyone can find something to advocate for, and by doing so, we will impact the nation and grow into better physicians. I also want to increase AMWA’s involvement in different advocacy projects. One opportunity I want AMWA to be more involved in is hosting pop-up clinics in underserved areas. These clinics would perform breast exams, pap smears, and general checkups for women. This would further AMWA’s women’s health mission and give our student members hands-on opportunities. I am qualified for this position because of my involvement at the local and national levels of AMWA. I served as my chapter’s Co-President, and am serving on different national committees and initiative projects. I plan on giving AMWA members more virtual and in-person opportunities to get involved with advocacy to change lives.

Biosketch: Sarah Osborn (she/her/hers) is currently in dedicated for Step 1 but will start her third year in May at St. George’s University School of Medicine. Sarah first got involved with AMWA through her chapter, where she served as Assistant Vice President of Communications and then as Co-President. During her time as co-President, her chapter served the community by providing free breast exam clinics, fundraising for breast cancer treatments and mammograms, and hosting a women empowerment day for the Program for Adolescent Mothers. She also empowered the women at her chapter through their mentorship program and programming events such as IUC workshops. On a national AMWA level, she serves on the Research Committee, Advocacy Committee, Sex and Gender Health Collaborative, and Gun Violence Committee Podcast. In addition to being involved with AMWA, Sarah is in her school’s honor program, Iota Epsilon Alpha International Medical Honor Society, and is a Peer Academic Group Facilitator. She is also involved with AMSA and has taken multiple Scholars Programs. Outside of medicine, she owns her own jewelry business, Kitty Marie Designs, and you will often find her creating new pieces. In her free time, you will find her cooking, baking, crafting, and traveling.

Skyy Wheat

Primary Goal: Promote compassionate and effective care for patients to help communities and individuals better their health. Use advocacy work and legislation to fight for change and provide a better future for our patients.

Highlighted Qualifications: Served as the undergraduate president of a community service based sorority (of which I am still a member) that focuses on serving women, children, and racial minorities; Member of the Student National Medical Association which serves to advocate and serve minorities.

Written message for AMWA members: I am many things. One of the most important of the things that I am is a woman. Women have been seen as less than and treated unequally for an immeasurable amount of time. Yes, things have improved but women are still treated as less than when we have endure the most.  Women over time have had to come together and fight for the equity that we deserve. The American Medical Women’s Association is another example of powerful women coming together for the greater good of one another.  The American Medical Women’s Association shows the greatness and progress that can happen when women come together. My hopes for AMWA are to continue to amplify the voice that the organization has and to get more students involved in advocacy work. As a student one may think that their voice is small but I believe when we come together we can make major changes and have a great impact. I have served in a number of leadership roles throughout my educational career. As a leader I attempt to utilize members strengths in order to help the group to meet a common goal. I also attempt to find new and unique ways to serve communities by talking to those within the community concerning what they need. I plan to use this same framework if elected as an Advocacy co chair.

Biosketch: Skyy Wheat is a Third Year Medical Student at VCOM- Louisiana Campus.  She graduated from Jackson State University in Jackson, MS as a Biology Major where she was a Presidential Scholar and served in various organizations. When she enrolled as a student at VCOM one of the first organizations that she joined and became active in was her local chapter of AMWA. She is excited for the future of AMWA and to continue towards attempting to improve the experiences of women throughout their life time.

Tamryn Hall

Primary Goal: To lead initiatives that increase participation in improving women’s health within rural communities

Highlighted Qualifications: As a site leader, I currently advocate for the medical students on rotation at our clerkship site. 

Written message for AMWA members: My journey into medicine is fueled by a deep passion for women’s health, with a commitment to shaping and enhancing their care. MWA stands as the starting point for my aspirations to contribute to the advancement of women’s healthcare. I aspire to collaborate with like-minded individuals to drive improvements in medicine and elevate the quality of care for women. I hope to bring advocacy initiatives to more rural communities and work towards making healthcare for women accessible and burden-free. Having been a member of the D.O. council for my school and the current site leader for my rotation, I have demonstrated my passion for advocating for others and needs are met. As a member of the e-board, I aim to build upon existing initiatives, utilizing them as a foundation to foster participation and inspire new ideas. 

Biosketch: Tamryn Hall is a third-year medical student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic (PCOM), the South Georgia campus in Moultrie. She received her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from Georgia State University, followed by a Master of Public Health in Health Behaviour from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is passionate about contraceptive access and menstruation, preventative medicine, women’s mental health, and improving quality access to women’s healthcare. Growing up as an immigrant inspired her to work towards breaking down barriers to healthcare for women, whether it was inside or outside the patient room. She collaborated with the community of Moultrie as a member of the e-board of the D.O. Council for PCOM South Georgia, to encourage medical students to participate in the local Community Health Fair and to help educate on preventative medicine. She is an AHEC Scholar and works to improve inter-professional relationships between various healthcare providers to ensure the best overall care for the patient. Outside of medicine, she loves to read, watch movies, and spend time with her husband and dog, Molly Boo.

Taylor Goss

Primary Goal: To utilize advocacy & national/regional events to increase membership engagement & recruitment

Highlighted Qualifications: My history as a National AMWA President for premed division; project management & leadership skills

Written message for AMWA members: My history with AMWA goes back to 2017 and has led to some of the most meaningful mentorship experiences of my life. An AMWA keynote speaker once said, “While we reach up with one hand, we must always remember to pull up with the other.” It is that central mission of uplifting others in medicine that makes AMWA such a special organization to be a part of. My main goal for AMWA is to see that continue and expand through the increased recruitment and involvement of members. During my time as AMWA premed president, I led the creation of a menstrual equity taskforce that reached branches across the country and succeeded in increasing engagement and membership. Advocacy is more important than ever in our current healthcare landscape, and I have used my existing relationships with AMWA physicians in my current role as Advocacy Chair to help implement a new program for Congressional outreach. Since my time as premed President, I have furthered my leadership skills through my time working in healthcare consulting, where I brainstormed solutions for business goals and led project teams to successful implementation of those solutions. I hope my experience can help support and organize AMWA efforts.

Biosketch: Taylor Goss, MPH, MBE, is a rising third-year medical student at Penn State College of Medicine. She holds bachelor’s degrees in Biomedical and Health Sciences from the University of Central Florida, received her Master of Public Health in Health Policy & Management with a certificate in Comparative Effectiveness Outcomes Research from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and completed a Master of Bioethics from Harvard Medical School. Before medical school, Taylor worked as a Senior Associate for a patient engagement and advocacy consulting firm advising biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies on incorporating the patient voice into drug development. She has been involved with AMWA since 2017, founding a premedical branch at her undergraduate institution, recently finishing a term as President of her medical school branch, and serving on Premedical National AMWA leadership as Regional Director, President-Elect, and President. Throughout graduate school, Taylor has remained involved in AMWA through research with the Opioid Addiction in Women task force. Overall, her research has included menstrual health equity, opioid addiction in women, patient perspectives on cell and gene therapy, and adolescent health behavior indicators. Taylor is passionate about mentorship and is interested in pursuing clinical ethics consultation in her future practice.

 

Award Chair Candidates:

Careen Biniamin

Primary Goal: Raising more awareness about AMWA’s mission through collaboration with other e-board members

Highlighted Qualifications: Having served as AMWA’s awards chair for the 2023-24 cycle, I have learned how to properly and effectively fulfill the duties of this role

Written message for AMWA members: As an Egyptian, Coptic Orthodox woman, I have been a part of minority groups my whole life. Parts of my identity have made it difficult for my family to support my decision to pursue medicine growing up as it’s not “ideal for a woman.” This encouraged me to seek advice from other women physicians which, over time, sparked my interest in advocating for women in medicine. I hope to use my personal experiences to raise awareness for women in medicine and help others realize that we can fulfill our personal aspirations without sacrificing other aspects of our identity. 

I am running for AMWA’s Awards Chair position for a second year because I truly enjoyed carrying out the tasks and responsibilities that this position entails. I also loved reading about our members’ experiences through many incredibly well written essays. I believe over the past year I have acquired the necessary skill set to ensure that all duties are carried out smoothly and effectively, however, I also believe that there is always room for improvement. Therefore, for this next cycle, I plan to seek out and contact sponsors to come up with even more scholarship opportunities for our members in addition to promoting already existing awards. I am eager to continue collaborating with the awards committee and the rest of the e-board to help ease our members’ financial burdens.

Biosketch: Careen Biniamin is currently a 3rd year medical student at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Florida where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology. During her time in medical school, she has been involved in various interest groups and organizations, including her local AMWA chapter, to further hone her leadership skills. She has also been the chair of the Health and Wellness committee at Morehouse since her first year there. She passionately advocates for mental health awareness and enjoys collaborating with the rest of the committee to plan and execute many events that promote student health and wellness. For the past year, she has served as AMWA’s national student awards chair and has gained a lot more experience delegating tasks and effectively communicating with others as head of the awards committee. She hopes to continue fulfilling AMWA’s mission and goals through this position!

Varshini Babu

Primary Goal: Organized and fair evaluator of awards and will work towards upholding AMWA’s mission and vision

Highlighted Qualifications: Created the first Emerging Epidemiology Leader Award for underrepresented high school students

Written message for AMWA members: As someone with the MPH, I am passionate about equity not only for my patients, but equity in opportunities to enter the field of medicine. I am excited to use my knowledge, resources, and efforts to help those around me also achieve their aspirations through AMWA. Thus, my goals and hopes for AMWA include working to advance equity within the medical profession for female medical students and physicians through initiatives that create camaraderie within the medical profession. My qualifications include previous experience being a leader of student groups throughout my professional education including Dance for Health Clinic, Student Curriculum Council, and Giving a Boost. Moreover, as an Epi Gives Back Scholarship Committee member, I have helped to create the first annual Emerging Epidemiology Leader Award for underrepresented high school students with a commitment to public health ideals. I plan on not only contributing to the projects and initiatives that are currently in place, but to also spearhead initiatives, including potentially creating an award for first generation medical students. AMWA served as an incredibly valuable resource for me in my journey to medicine, and I hope to serve as a leader to provide the same support to my peers.

Biosketch: Varshini is a first year medical student at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences with a Minor in Chemistry and a Certificate in Conceptual Foundations of Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh in 2021. She obtained her Master’s of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2022. Then, she worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Pitt’s Emphysema COPD Research Center before entering medical school. Currently, Varshini serves as the leader of a variety of organizations including Dance for Health Clinic, Student Curriculum Council, and Giving a Boost, among others. In her free time, Varshini enjoys dancing, playing basketball, and solving puzzles.

 

External Relations Chair Candidates: 

Usha Modukuru

Primary Goal: I hope to portray AMWA as reliable to organizations and provide opportunities to the AMWA students.

Highlighted Qualifications: I have interacted with clubs leaders to maintain collaborations in my prior leadership positions.

Written message for AMWA members: AMWA is great organization that prioritizes opportunities to get involved with and spread awareness of topics within women’s health. My significant interest in women’s health has me excited to join AMWA national to get involved further than just through my school AMWA organization. This will help me learn more about ways to get involved with women’s health as well as how to speak to others about the topic. I hope to ensure to organizations that AMWA is a professional and extraordinary group to collaborate with. This leads me to my next goal of identifying more opportunities for AMWA national students that I can work to establish. I am confident in my curiosity as well as my communication and organizational skills to be fit for this position. I have used these tools to find opportunities for students in the past and establish appropriate collaborations with other groups. Reading through contracts as a club leader in my undergraduate and medical school years has helped me identify terms that are beneficial and reasonable to both AMWA students as well as to members of the other organization. My curiosity will help me seek out relevant organizations to reach out to. Thank you!

Biosketch: Usha Modukuru (she/her) is a third year student at the Rowan-Virtua School of Osteopathic Medicine. Usha joined AMWA in her school chapter first in 2021. Since, she has become the Senior Community Service Chair of AMWA at Rowan-Virtua SOM. She organized women’s health related community service events to provide beneficial experiences for both women and medical students. Usha continues to be an active member of the organization today. Aside from her AMWA involvement, she enjoys learning about intersections with women’s health such as Maternal-Fetal medicine. In her free time she likes to crochet, watch movies, go on hikes, and spend time with family and friends.

 

Global Health Chair Candidates:

Alekhya Gunturi

Primary Goal: To implement a online mentorship network for students hoping to pursue global health initiatives.

Highlighted Qualifications: My research year focuses on improving gynecologic oncology fellowship programs and cancer prevention in lower resource settings globally.

Written message for AMWA members: My academic interest in obstetrics and gynecology, coupled with my research interests in global surgery and preventative medicine, compelled me to dedicate a year to improving gynecologic oncology outcomes in lower resource settings. This experience has broadened my clinical and cultural perspectives, as well as demonstrated the global need for medical education and organizational aid in fostering healthy communities. Given AMWA’s historic role and expertise in empowering women globally, it would be an incredible learning opportunity to work with members in improving women’s health initiatives around the world.

As global health chair, I hope to organize an online lecture series on various women’s health topics, such as gynecologic cancer management and prevention, for a diverse range of audiences, including my medical school colleagues and AMWA members. Additionally, AMWA has wonderful mentorship pipelines, through which I would like to organize meetings and panels for medical students and AMWA members interested in global health work. It is often complex to plan clinical work and research abroad, and I believe it would be immensely helpful to create a network where individuals can learn how to design thoughtful projects, navigate cultural differences, or even coordinate travel logistics.

Biosketch: Alekhya is currently a third year medical student at the Boston University School of Medicine. She is originally from Bucks County, PA and moved to Boston to pursue an undergraduate degree in Medical Sciences at Boston University. Throughout her academic career, Alekhya has had a strong interest in oncological research – she initially studied immune checkpoint inhibitor development and toxicity, but her interests have now transitioned to global gynecologic oncology research focused on fellowship development and community education.

Alekhya is dedicated to improving cancer preventative practices for women in lower resource settings, and as such, is involved in AMWA’s Cervical Cancer Prevention taskforce. She is working with the Global Initiative Against HPV and Cervical Cancer outreach committee to design education and prevention lectures about gynecologic cancer for a variety of audiences. Her career and research goals involve applying into obstetrics and gynecology and pursuing a global surgery fellowship afterwards.

Outside of her training, Alekhya enjoys spending time painting, reading, and practicing archery. She is an avid dancer and has been learning Indian classical dance for the past 15 years.

Emily G Evangelista

Primary Goal: To build an inclusive community of passionate, invigorated women passionate about global health.

Highlighted Qualifications: A second year Anne C. Carter fellow, and podcast founder, I am appropriately situated to have an immediate impact on the program’s success and growth.

Written message for AMWA members: As I continue to traverse my journey in medicine, I have come to realize just how special it is to be a woman in this field. While each of our experiences is unique, much of our stories we share with other female medical professionals. As such, I feel being part of an inviting and inclusive organization of women in the field such as AMWA allows us to build a community around our shared experiences. Having female mentors, friends, teachers and colleagues is important to me to see what is possible. As coined in Dr. Atul Gwande’s “Better” I hope to become a “positive deviant of medicine”. As a part of the student leadership at AMWA, I hope to help us all at AMWA find our own ways using our guiding principles of mentorship, equity, diversity, integrity, inclusion and collaboration to be positive deviants in our own special ways. 

I am currently a third-year medical student, second-year Anne C Carter fellow and the AMWA Health, Equity and Reflection podcast host. I hope to be global health chair next year in order to continue to build community and passion through the Anne C Carter fellowship program. 

Biosketch: Emily is a medical student in the class of 2025 at USF Morsani College of Medicine. Emily graduated with her B.S in Biology & M.S in Biotechnology & Innovation at Northeastern University. Emily’s global health journey began when she traveled to Durban, South Africa with her mentor Dr. Julia Toman as a part of an effort to build a multidisciplinary, bi-directional collaboration between USF and The Nelson Mandela School of Medicine. As a part of this team, researching the health disparities contributing to the high burden of Juvenile onset Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis (JoRRP) in the region. This experience sparked a passion for global surgery and passionate, collaborative, sustainable medical outreach. As such, this experience inspired Emily to apply for the AMWA Anne C. Carter global health fellowship, which has allowed her to continue her research with her colleagues in South Africa. As a fellow, Emily also pioneered the HER (Health, Equity, & Reflection) podcast feature of the fellowship. Emily is additionally the president of USF’s wellness council and passionate about medical student mental and physical health. Emily’s personal hobbies include running, writing, her Great-Dane (Bandit), and spending time outdoors.

Jade Tso

Primary Goal: To foster a community of empowered female-identifying future global health leaders through the Anne C. Carter Fellowship.

Highlighted Qualifications: As a recently graduated AMWA Global Health fellow, I understand what it takes to be successful in this role. As chair I hope to help other fellows reach their full potential as well.

Written message for AMWA members: I am passionate about creating communities where women-identifying future leaders can feel empowered to hone their skills and learn from one another. As someone who recently graduated from the AMWA Global Health Fellowship this past month, I understand the value of having this community and the resources to conduct an independent project as a part of the fellowship. Additionally, I have almost a decade of experience as a student in global health–including research, coursework, and working as a Program Manager for a global health non-profit and co-director of a free student-run clinic for low-income and uninsured Asian immigrants. I have been incredibly fortunate to have had the best mentors and I can only hope to pay it forward by mentoring the next generation of global health leaders through the AMWA fellowship! My goal as Global Health Chair would be to continue growing the fellowship by fostering a strong sense of community and mentorship, introducing guest speaker events, and increasing global health advocacy opportunities. Additionally, through one on one mentoring sessions, I would help each of the fellows with brainstorming their independent projects and help connect them to resources. 

Biosketch: Jade Tso is medical student at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine, where she is a part of the honors research pathway. As an undergraduate at Duke University, she began a community-based nutrition project in Argentina and conducted research on mosquito-borne diseases in Costa Rica. She spent 6 years organizing with the grassroots advocacy arm of Partners in Health and served on the National Steering Committee for Partners in Health Engage from 2018 to 2021. She began working at Advance Access & Delivery in 2019 as the Zero Tuberculosis Initiative’s Data for Action Fellow before acting as Program Manager. While in medical school, Jade served as the co-director of a student run clinic for low-income and uninsured Asian immigrants in Sacramento. As a former American Medical Women’s Association Global Health Fellow (2021-2023), Jade worked on a pilot project implementing a stomach cancer screening program and assessing barriers to care for endoscopy in Roatan, Honduras. An aspiring “attorney for the poor” and global surgeon, Jade is passionate about framing healthcare as a human right and proving that high standards of care can be provided in low resource settings.

Jane Mundadan

Primary Goal: Served as the global health chair for the past year. I would like to continue growing the Anne C Carter fellowship by expanding the network of global health mentors. I would like to make the fellowship more accessible to more medical students by building workshops at conferences and creating a social media presence. I want to continue expanding our new podcast that features our fellows, current projects and their mentors. 

Highlighted Qualifications: I believe that my work in the past year as global health chair is my strongest qualification. This past year presented challenges when various resources were deleted during an email and drive transfer. I took swift action to re-establish the Carter fellowship manual and global health resources for this year. I believe that this skill is essential in being the global health chair, whether that is for problem solving or for networking with physicians and researchers around the world in order to help organize intricate projects that require constant communication and collaboration. 

Written message for AMWA members: I have had the privilege of being involved with AMWA since 2020. The women I have encountered in AMWA have taught me resilience and skills that I will bring with me both in and outside of the clinical setting.  I have been able to push my limits and work on larger projects, collaborating with physicians and medical students on a global scale. I also have been able to fine tune my problem solving skills and can say that it has helped me become well adept to change; an ability I will need in the ever evolving field of medicine. I want to be an advocate for global health and I believe that leading the fellowship is the perfect avenue for that. In addition to continuing to expand the global health fellow network, I hope to make more effort to display the work nationally.  Additionally, I would like to do more fundraising for our fellows so that they can expand their projects as needed. I believe that I am a strong candidate for this position given my past year in this role. I believe that I have nurtured relationships with each fellow and created a foundation for continued growth and success.

Biosketch: Jane Mundadan is a third-year medical student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Binghamton University in New York where she majored in Economics and Finance and minored in Biology. Her dedication to global health initiatives began during her time at the Anugraha School for underprivileged children in Thodupuzha, Kerala, where she worked closely with students with mental disabilities. This passion was reinvigorated during her time at New York Presbyterian where she conducted activities centered around community integration skills for patients with various diagnosed psychiatric conditions. There, the stark contrasts in these programs’ abilities to rehabilitate stigmatized populations both locally and globally reinforced her desire to address the healthcare disparities that plague these communities.

Jennifer Uyere

Primary Goal: Promoting, growing, and positively fostering the AMWA Student Division. Providing support to the various chapters, encourage students to get involved, and help light the same fire that was lit in me when I became a part of AMWA. Looking for innovative and exciting ways to increase involvement and make a positive impact. 

Highlighted Qualifications: An AMWA chapter president; Helped plan and successfully carryout various seminars, conferences, community educational events, fundraisers, and health fairs; Volunteered on the Education Committee for the AMWA IMG Division; Attended the 2023 Annual AMWA Conference.

Written message for AMWA members: During my first year, I had the opportunity to participate in UAG AMWA events and quickly found that I identified with its mission and became a national AMWA member. At the end of my first year, I was elected Vice President of UAG AMWA and later assumed the presidency when the President could no longer perform her duties and left the organization. During my presidency, I lead the organization to receive numerous recognitions on campus, in the community, and at international conferences for its achievements. In addition, during my leadership, the UAG chapter increased from 15 members to over 200 members. I’ve always loved to serve as a leader for the dissemination of resources and information because I believe that when people work together for a common goal the experience is much more rewarding. Most recently, I served as the chapter President for Soroptimist International, an organization focused on motivating and creating access to higher education for women and girls in my local community. Currently, I have the privilege of serving as an ambassador for my school, in which I help guide and mentor premeds applying to medical school. If elected, I look forward to promoting, growing, and positively fostering the AMWA Student Division. I greatly appreciate your support!

Biosketch: Hello, my name is Jennifer Uyere, I’m an MS3 at UAG. I’m proudly of Nigerian and Mexican descent and was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. I earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science, both in Biology from California State University, Los Angeles. During my undergraduate and graduate years, I was an NIH scholar, which allowed me to partake in research, that focused on elucidating the virulence and pathogenicity of Candida albicans. Prior to medical school, I worked at two, large hospitals in Los Angeles, California as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist. During my first year, I had the opportunity to participate in UAG AMWA events and quickly found that I identified with its mission and became a national AMWA member. During my second year, I was elected UAG AMWA President and proudly lead the organization to receive recognition on campus, in the community, and at international conferences for its achievements. In addition, during my leadership, the UAG chapter increased from 15 members to over 200 members. Moreover, I’m interested in pursuing a career in Emergency Medicine or Surgery. In my free time, I love to spend quality time with family and friends, volunteer with Guimedic Medical Humanitarian Organization and Soroptimist International, travel, and try new places to eat. I’m very excited at the opportunity  to serve as the President Elect for the AMWA Student Division and I greatly look forward to a positive and fruitful term.

Maya Roytman

Primary Goal: My primary goal for AMWA if elected for Global Health chair is to increase awareness and promotion of available global health funding opportunities from AMWA and to create a social media narrative series for prior AMWA global health recipients to share their stories and experiences. 

Highlighted Qualifications: As a student who has served in AMWA leadership at my local undergraduate branch (branch co-founder and co-president) and for two years on the national leadership board for the premedical division (co-conference chair, 2021-2022 and mentorship chair, 2022-2023), I am driven to promote AMWA’s initiatives and to continue to contribute in a leadership role in the organization that has given me so many phenomenal mentors, future colleagues, and best friends.

Written message for AMWA members: AMWA, to me, means a welcoming community that supports each and every one of its members to thrive personally and professionally. AMWA helped me find a community of “my people”, both at my local university branch and on the national level. I have been extensively involved in AMWA as a premed at the national level, ranging from being co-Chair of the Dance, Theater, and Medicine Committee, premedical chair of the Physician Infertility Initiative, as well as serving as Co-Conference Chair of the Premedical Division (2021-2022) and as Mentorship Chair of the Premedical Division (2022-2023). In undergrad, I was also involved in my school’s Public Health Club and chapter of Partners in Health Engage, where I learned key skills related to global health advocacy and education. As Global Health Chair, I aim to increase visibility and awareness of AMWA’s global health fellowship opportunities and to create a visual narrative series of past recipients to promote AMWA members’ shared commitment to global health equity. I aspire to a career in women’s health, global health advocacy, and ethics, and would be honored to bring my leadership experiences and passion for AMWA to the role of Global Health Chair of the Medical Student Division. 

Biosketch: Maya Roytman is a MD/MA in Bioethics and Health Policy candidate at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, and is part of the Community and Global Health Honors program at her school. She is passionate about medical education, women’s health, global health equity, and surgical ethics. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies, reading, and traveling.

 

Programming Chair Candidates:

Amalia Bay

Primary Goal: Cultivate a nurturing community: enhancing communication between regions & promoting wellness

Highlighted Qualifications: I took $500 to $6,000+ for a 150+ in person conference, with fun workshops, and brand new AMWA swag

Biosketch: As a medical student at the Warren Alpert Medical School (AMS) of Brown University in the dual degree Primary Care and Population Medicine MD/ScM program, having served in a variety of AMWA leadership roles, I’m dedicated to creating more spaces for supporting women in medicine. I guided a large northeast conference committee of colleagues from across the to ensure satisfaction of the interests of the projected 150+ attendees! I helped to revive the Harvard Medical School and Geisel School of Medicine’s branches, thereby increasing strength in numbers of our network. Locally, on the Brown board of the AMS Latinx Medical Student Association (LMSA) I facilitated the connection with AMWA for Latinx History Month to create a platform for conversations about unjust care for Latina [women] patients. I initiated a program at a local underserved middle school for students URiM, which aims to reduce the intersectional issues that add to the already difficult burden for women in medicine. I am grateful for the opportunity to have collaborated with AMWA in so many different capacities and look forward to continuing to illuminate our network by innovating strategies to unite our regions.

Lindsay Weinberg

Primary Goal: My primary goal if elected is to expand current programming involving mentorship and outreach

Highlighted Qualifications: Throughout my first two years of medical school I helped plan and organize multiple community health clinics

Written message for AMWA members: I am eager to contribute as the programming chair and provide opportunities for more members to be involved in AMWA initiatives. During my term, I hope to grow programming involving mentorship and outreach. Throughout my first two years of medical school, I helped organize community health clinics for children with autism and their families. In addition to providing healthcare, these clinics consisted of further educating families about autism as well as the importance of maintaining their own well-being while caring for children with autism. As a second year medical student, I was on the board of my school’s surgery interest group. In that role I helped plan skills labs for students to practice suturing and casting. I am also a mentor through my school’s mentorship program and have seen the positive outcomes that result from supporting our peers. These experiences have prepared and inspired me to participate in programming on a larger scale. I am especially interested in furthering current AMWA outreach programs focusing on underserved populations. I would also like to work with other executive board members to expand AMWA mentorship programming. I am excited to be able to help establish more opportunities for AMWA members to be involved and connect with each other!

Biosketch: Lindsay Weinberg is a third-year medical student at the University of Medicine and Health Sciences currently rotating through her clinical clerkships in Florida and Michigan. She graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Physiology. She is involved in research assessing the difference in management of patients with COVID-19 at a local community hospital in comparison to CDC recommended guidelines in the post pandemic period. Lindsay has a love for advocacy, community service and student mentorship. Through the UMHS AMWA chapter she has participated in several community health clinics and has been involved in mentorship. Lindsay is eager to expand current AMWA initiatives specifically those focused on outreach and advocacy involving underserved populations. In her free time she enjoys finding new recipes to cook or bake and spending time outside walking on local trails, especially with friends and their dogs!

 

Recruitment Chair Candidates:

Nicole Eng

Primary Goal: For universal recognition of who we are and what our mission is no matter where we are.

Highlighted Qualifications: My history of developing strong bonds and foundations with womens and girls focused groups. 

Written message for AMWA members: I believe AMWA is the perfect opportunity to lay the foundation to create strong bonds and robust connections among women working in medicine. I think that it is so important to create inclusive supportive spaces – whether it be work, at the gym or even at home. Creating a welcoming environment for everybody is essential for people to perform at their best level and be their best selves. It is important to me that I am part of the people working towards that mission so that all women feel welcome in medicine. My goals for AMWA extend beyond creating a welcoming environment and to create connections for women in medicine; I aim to cultivate a network empowering women to voice their ideas and have access to help from others who support their endeavors. I would like to see every institution having an AMWA presence or an AMWA chapter and to gain connections with other organizations. I envision a future where being involved in this organization is not just attending required meetings or events, but becomes like a community. In my elected role, I aspire to expand AMWA’s reach by disseminating our mission to institutions, igniting growth, inclusivity, and community. 

Biosketch: Nicole (she/her/hers) is a medical student at Rowan-Virtua SOM in New Jersey. She has been involved in her school’s AMWA chapter since she began medical school. She loved helping plan various AMWA events and fundraisers such as a Women in Medicine panel and selling Breast Cancer awareness pins. Along with her membership in AMWA’s Rowan-Virtua SOM chapter, she is also a student ambassador for the school. She loves talking to prospective medical students about her school and about her medical school journey so far. Outside of school Nicole enjoys being outside taking walks, playing volleyball, going to trivia, and spending quality time with friends and family. She is excited and looking forward to working with AMWA.

Prachi Khanna

Primary Goal: To expand the membership of AMWA and facilitate the development of supportive communities for women.

Highlighted Qualifications: Passionate advocate for gender equity: founded Dell’s AMWA chapter, served on faculty panel, & fight for greater accommodation for women’s needs in academia

Written message for AMWA members: Hi everyone, my name is Prachi and I’m a third-year medical student at Dell Med School at the University of Texas at Austin. I’m running for the position of AMWA secretary and Recruitment Chair. My passion for empowering women in academics began when I was young. I was interested in science and technology and joined summer robotics programs but was shocked to find myself as the only girl. In middle school, I was able to join our school’s all-girls robotics team and, for the first time, was able to witness the power of women together in academics. Not only did we compete in a male-dominated field as the only team of women, but we succeeded. That fueled my desire to continue to be a part of strong communities of women, and, today, has driven me towards serving as a leader and paving the path for other women. 

When I started at my medical school two years ago, I was shocked to learn that there were no support systems in place to help women in medicine, and I instantly got into action by joining faculty councils and seeking institutional support to create a Women in Medicine/AMWA chapter at Dell. I am interested in continuing this passion at a national level as AMWA secretary or recruitment chair where I hope to focus on streamlining communication and expanding our member base. Through the online platforms and monthly newsletters, I hope to expand access to opportunities, highlight member and chapter accomplishments, and most importantly attempt to strengthen the community of women in AMWA. My goal is for every member to feel connected, empowered, and capable of creating change so that we can create an equitable future for women in medicine. 

Biosketch: Prachi Khanna is a passionate third-year medical student running for AMWA Secretary and Recruitment Chair. After recognizing the lack of women physician support systems, Prachi founded her medical school’s AMWA chapter to cultivate a culture of mentorship, resilience, and empowerment for future women physicians. As an advocate for women in medicine, Prachi has voiced undergraduate medical education concerns to Dell’s faculty Women’s Equity in Leadership Council, established a recurring hygiene supply within her school’s bathrooms, and proposed a state resolution to address period poverty for healthcare workers.

Prachi believes in proactively spotlighting and amplifying women’s voices in medicine. Through her leadership roles, community involvement, and advocacy, Prachi believes in taking action now to equalize the playing field for women in medicine. If elected, Prachi pledges to uplift women in medicine by streamlining AMWA communications and highlighting chapter achievements nationally. Her vision is to foster connectivity amongst members to mentor the next generation of women physicians, while fighting for equality.

Vikasni Mohan

Primary Goal: To recruit medical students to become AMWA members and create a supportive and uplifting community.

Highlighted Qualifications: I am the current Region 4 Director and have served as AMWA’s premedical division recruitment chair.

Written message for AMWA members: I joined AMWA in undergrad and since then have loved the supportive and uplifting community that is AMWA. I want to be involved in AMWA to bring the same supportive and collaborative community to other medical students and to advocate for issues that are important to all of us as medical students and future physicians, which I have enjoyed doing so as the current Region 4 Director.

If elected I plan to recruit medical students to join AMWA and provide a way to get involved with AMWA’s mission and initiatives. I would like to make it easier for everyone engage with AMWA by streamlining the opportunities available and the benefits of joining the AMWA community. I would also like to promote events between different AMWA branches and encourage a culture of collaboration and empowerment. I believe I have the experience and skills that will allow me to be a great recruitment chair since I previously served as the AMWA national premedical recruitment chair and have experience with outreach and recruitment of new members. As your recruitment chair I hope to foster a supportive environment to help grow AMWA and involve more medical students in AMWA’s mission and community.

Biosketch: Vikasni Mohan is a second-year medical student at the University of Miami in the MD/MPH program. She graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Medical Geography. She currently serves as the medical division Region 4 Director (2023-2024 term), and has previously served as national AMWA’s premedical Region 4 Director (2019-2020), Treasurer (2020-2021), and Vice President of Recruitment (2021-2022). Through her experience in both the medical and premedical divisions, Vikasni has helped organize regional conferences and mentorship and has helped guide other regional directors in planning their conferences and recruit new AMWA members. 

Currently at the University of Miami Vikasni is the assistant director of mentorship and is heavily involved in planning mentorship programs and opportunities for medical students at her school. Vikasni is also involved in researching the impact of workplace exposures on the health of female firefighters, as well as researching gender disparities in academic medicine. Vikasni is passionate about gender equity, environmental health, and quality improvement. Vikasni’s hobbies include reading, photography, trying new restaurants, and traveling, and she enjoys spending time with friends and family.

 

Philanthropy/Fundraising Chair Candidates: 

Ananya Sharma

Primary Goal: Expand impact; advocate intersectionality—disability/mental health, period equity, anti-child marriage

Highlighted Qualifications: My purpose as an Indian sister to my Autistic brother: fight against confining generational stigmas

Written message for AMWA members: I am a daughter to a remarkable immigrant woman who co-runs a household, engages in physician advocacy, and most notably is a compassionate mother to her autistic son. As a debater, I experienced sexist microaggressions. Subsequently, I began to run “feminist” arguments, establishing the fundamental value I held as a debater—embracing my core identity. My life experiences have inspired my purpose to use my womanhood to drive my ambitions: AMWA is a collaborative filled with like minded women. 

I will increase opportunities for advocacy and co-create accessible service projects in which all AMWA members can contribute. Beyond contributing a current perspective and passion for change, I will expand this space of converse—advocating for disparate causes, expanding the scope of events. Change begins with conversation: building a community where women from all walks of life—whether it be experiencing disability, domestic abuse, child marriage, poverty or racism—can advocate sets the foundation for a team, breaking healthcare’s generational confines of sexism, encouraging all women to contribute to tomorrow’s medicine. I have led and planned events, fundraisers, and panel discussions for UMKC’s AMWA, UMKC’s ASHA for Education, UMKC’s Physicians for Mental Health, Autism Ambassadors, Empowerment Club, Sanjeevani4U, and 60010 Feeds Kids.

Biosketch: Ananya Sharma is a First Year in the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Six Year B.A./M.D. Program majoring in Bachelor of Liberal Arts with a minor in Chemistry. She is the First Year Representative for UMKC’s American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) and ASHA for Education, and she is a project manager for UMKC’s Physicians for Mental Health (PMH). She is the founder and host of her podcasts—The Desi Reality and The Desi Reality: Medicine—where she advocates for South Asian mental health, LGBTQ+ rights, anti-child marriage, anti-rape culture, anti-domestic abuse, and more. She is also engaged in multiple science research projects. Having a distinct passion for service, Ananya is a triage and Help a Life Organization (HALO) Volunteer at the Sojourner Health Clinic (a local free care clinic). Outside of her distinct passion for physician advocacy, Ananya is on the competitive Bollywood fusion dance team Kansas City Chakra. Ananya is incredibly passionate about mental health, menstrual-equity, and highlighting the intersectionality between feminism and disability. She is very thankful to be a part of the AMWA community and looks forward to contributing to make an impact!

Sabra Hanna

Primary Goal: Provide value to our members with merchandise that creates excitement to invest in AMWAs mission.

Highlighted Qualifications: I have sold over 150 pieces of apparel, generating $4,000 of income to our student chapter

Written message for AMWA members: In all my organizations leadership roles, philanthropy has been a core value. I have a passion for creating apparel, and in the past five years I have sold hundreds of pieces of apparel that generated income to allow reinvestment into our student organizations. These investments allowed these organizations to send students to national conferences through travel grants, provide award scholarships, and allowed opportunities for the organization to invest in itself. My goal for AMWA would be no different. This would include creating charitable events, drives, and merchandise that represent, enhance, and advance AMWA’s mission to advance women in medicine, promote advocacy, and ensure excellence in health care through policy and innovation.

Biosketch: Sabra Hanna is a second-year osteopathic medical student at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Monroe, Louisiana. She received her Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. During her time at ULM, she served in multiple leadership opportunities including as the President of the Medical Laboratory Science Society and the Secretary for the Louisiana Society for Clinical Laboratory Science Student Forum. Following graduation, she moved to Little Rock, Arkansas to begin her career at Arkansas Children’s Hospital as a clinical laboratory scientist. She served in the Ascending Professional position in the American Clinical Laboratory Science Society-Arkansas. At VCOM-Louisiana, she serves as the Vice President of the American Medical Women’s Association and the Community Service Chair for the Student National Medical Association. She is involved in research at the ULM School of Pharmacy. Her passions include national advocacy for women in medicine, student mentorship, and philanthropy. In her free time, she enjoys cooking classes, sketching, and hiking with her bernedoodle, Ollie.

 

Social Media Co-Chair Candidates: 

Alexandria Sobczak

Primary Goal: Create eye catching and fun social media posts which engage the AMWA community

Highlighted Qualifications: This past year I was a member of the social media committee for AMWA and helped create posts

Written message for AMWA members: Since my first year of medical school, I’ve been a member of AMWA. As a female athlete prior to medical school, I’ve always had a passion for working within a team of women. Instantly, I knew this community was one I wanted to be involved in. I have a passion for uplifting women in the workforce, especially medicine. As an aspiring future radiologist, organizations such as AMWA are extremely important to empower women in male dominated specialties. If given the opportunity to be elected, I will connect female medical students with opportunities to engage with an array of specialties and female providers. I believe social media can be an asset in spreading exposure to different career opportunities for the future of women in medicine. 

Biosketch: Alex Sobczak is a third year medical student at NSU KPCOM. Prior to entering Nova, she graduated from the University of Michigan where she was  a four year collegiate softball player. Since entering medical school, Alex has had a passion for mentoring other students, specifically women pursuing medicine.  As the previous Physician Liaison for NSU KPCOM’s AMWA club, she sought out opportunities to connect students with leaders in medicine and empower future female physicians. Currently, Alex serves on the social media committee for AMWA and enjoys creating fun posts for upcoming events. Outside of medicine, Alex loves adventure and can be found hiking, running, or exploring what South Florida has to offer. During her time in medical school, she has ventured across the country to seek out several hiking and outdoorsy excursions, with her favorite being climbing Half Dome in Yosemite National Park.

Areeha Khalid

Primary Goal: I aim to utilize our social media to highlight women in medicine’s voices and AMWA’s causes.

Highlighted Qualifications: I have ten years of experience running social media accounts for various organizations.

Written message for AMWA members: The goals of AMWA as an organization are important to me personally because I have experienced firsthand how both patients and peers treat women in medicine differently compared to our cisgender men counterparts. Medical school was the first time I had access to a formal space where I could connect with other women experiencing similar situations and advocate for equity together through my school’s AMWA chapter. I believe social media has the potential to extend that formal space further and connect with people globally to spread awareness, share information, and inspire the next generation of women physicians. I have seen this potential firsthand as the Student Coordinator for an undergrad mental health advocacy group, where I utilized Instagram to deliver health education content virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. My team and I created weekly posts on a variety of health topics from “How to Access Mental Health Resources Virtually” to “How to Date Yourself,” which became among the most-liked posts on our organization’s Instagram. I am running for Social Media Chair, where I aim to channel my goals and past experiences into posts that highlight voices and support our communities.

Biosketch: Areeha Khalid is a second-year medical student at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. She graduated from the University of Chicago in 2022 with a BA in Biology and Comparative Human Development, and received departmental honors for a thesis on the conceptualization of mental illness by Muslim Americans. As an undergraduate, she was involved in mental health and diversity advocacy, as well as both clinical and social science research. Currently, she serves as the president of the AMWA-CCOM chapter, where her goals are to create open spaces for women and gender minorities in medicine to lift each other up on-campus. She is also a coordinator for a student-run free health clinic, and involved in neurotoxicology research. Outside of medicine, her interests include reading, plants, and graphic design.

Gillian McCarthy

Primary Goal: A goal to make AMWA social media more interactive by proposing instagram “take overs” and interactive posts.

Highlighted Qualifications: I am an active member of this committee, I enjoy creating flyers for AMWA social media and I help post to the AMWA twitter.

Written message for AMWA members: Involvement in AMWA is important to me because it provides us with a valuable platform to connect with women in medicine and to work together in achieving AMWA’s mission. My goals for the AMWA social media committee is to continue to maintain our social media presence, expand our following and increase our engagement. I would like to implement ways to make AMWA social media pages more interactive by proposing instagram “take overs” and interactive posts and stories. As a current member I have found the social media committee a great opportunity to connect with medical students from various medical schools and would love to be able to facilitate this connection for future committee members. Currently, I am a AMWA social media committee member and I help post to the AMWA twitter (X) page.

Biosketch: Gillian McCarthy is from Northfield, New Jersey. She is a first year student at Rowan-Virtua School of Osteopathic Medicine where she is currently serving as the first year representative for the Rowan Student American Academy of Osteopathy, Rowan Student Pediatric Medical Association and Project R.E.A.C.H. She is passionate about working with underserved communities and is a member of the Community Health Worker Service Corps to provide health screenings in local underserved communities. She is excited to work as an AMWA social media co-chair and looks forward to expanding AMWA’s social media presence!

Naomi Marie Watkins-Granville

Primary Goal: Provide new and innovative ways to engage with all generations of AMWA supporters via social media

Highlighted Qualifications: Two year history of Marketing and Social Media work for TBC and former AMWA chapter President

Written message for AMWA members: We have made a lot of progress as women in medicine, there is still a lot of work to do. Therefore, prospective and current women medical students are looking for and to highly supportive entities such as AMWA. Social media is a powerful tool that can provide reassurance, information, and overall support to women in medicine.

One idea I have for the social media position is to do a monthly feature of an AMWA undergraduate member. It would be a great way to bridge the gap and highlight prospective medical professionals who are following through with AMWA’s mission. It would also help support at every level of training. An additional idea would be to hold giveaways with AMWA merchandise to those who follow and engage with AMWA social media pages. This can help increase the follower count as well as be a marketing tool when people wear AMWA merchandise. 

My experiences with Social Media and Marketing, AMWA past President and current 3rd year rep have helped me hone my skills of flyer making, promotion, increasing engagement on social platforms, and more. It would be my pleasure to transfer these skills to help support the amazing work and legacy of AMWA.

Biosketch: Naomi Marie Watkins-Granville (she/her/hers) is a current 3rd year medical student at Rowan-Virtua School of Osteopathic Medicine. As a first year, she was the Jr I.D.E.A Council Representative for Rowan-Virtua SOM chapter of AMWA. As a second year she was the President for her AMWA chapter and she is currently the 3rd Year Representative. She is also Co-Founder and Secretary of a social service organization called Brown Girl Society, Inc. that provides various community outreach and service events such as feminine hygiene care drives and bra drives. Naomi also participates at Rowan as a Student Ambassador, Teaching Assistant, and Tutor. Furthermore, Naomi is currently the 1st Vice-President of the Student Government Association at Rowan. In her spare time, she likes to lift weights, try new restaurants, play basketball, and be outside with her dog. 

Yasmine Bazzi

Primary Goal: To increase viewer interactions through data driven decisions by an introduction of content formats (live Q&A sessions with female medical professionals, interactive posts, collaborations & networking opportunities, etc.) 

Highlighted Qualifications: Former AMWA president at NSU-KPCOM, M1 representative of AMWA, attended many AMWA conferences in undergrad, majored in Women & Gender studies with a focus of women in medicine. Experience in previous social media chair positions. 

Written message for AMWA members: My experience as former president for the AMWA NSU-KPCOM chapter had a profound influence on me. To be a part of an organization that emphasizes the importance of women in healthcare is a privilege. These past few months I worked under the social media co-chairs. I assisted with the  creation of the new ‘Tuesday Takeover’ on instagram through researching and crafting their stories. Additionally, I helped with the design of flyers to promote upcoming events. With this experience, my connection with AMWA and what it stands for solidified. 

My key focus is to amplify the voice of all women in healthcare, with an emphasis on diversity and intersectionality of individuals within our organization. This would include: shedding light on the achievements of members, platforms that aid complex discussions, and an option for anonymous question submissions that provide a safe space. This approach aims to deeply engage our audience, fostering a sense of community. 

Social media should be used as a form of connections. As women in medicine, we sometimes feel inferior to equal opportunity to find research, conferences, and connections to residency programs. I hope to create an accessible platform for women to form connections in our field. We are a community of women that provide a helping hand and learn through advice; our instagram should mirror that. 

As mentioned earlier, to be a part of AMWA is a privilege; a privilege I would be honored to keep. 

Biosketch: Yasmine Bazzi (She/Her/Hers) is a third year medical student at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a BA in Women’s and Gender Studies and a minor in Psychology. During her pre-clinical years at NSU-KPCOM, she served as M1 representative and then President of the AMWA division. She helped aid in their very first breast cancer awareness month where her team raised over two thousand dollars through the organization of bake-sales, creation and sales of T-shirts, and donations for the cancer walk. She organized large-scale events with the Rivkin Center to spread awareness about breast and ovarian cancer, put together a panel of women in the workplace for a Q&A session, organized an IUD workshop, volunteer opportunities at the Lotus House, education on period poverty, etc. 

Additionally, Yasmine served as community outreach chair for the Student Cardiology Association organization (SCA), Treasurer of the Muslim Association of Students in Healthcare (MASH), and Social Media Chair of Middle Eastern/North African students in Medicine (MENA in Med). She hopes to match into Internal medicine and continue to implement her knowledge and experience of AMWAs mission into her future career as a woman in medicine. 

Her hobbies include photography, piano, travel, baking, trying new food spots, and spending time with her family.

 

Conference Co-Chair Candidates:

Courtney Chau

Primary Goal: Create meaningful learning, networking, and presenting opportunities for AMWA student career growth.

Highlighted Qualifications: I was the Premedical Conference Co-Chair (2020-2021) and assisted admin at the 2023 conference.

Written message for AMWA members: My name is Courtney Chau and I am delighted to be running for the Conference Co-Chair position. Since 2019, AMWA has been a pivotal part of my journey in medicine, offering me opportunities to pursue my passion in medicine, meet other students along the way, and connect with lifelong friends and mentors. The AMWA Annual Conferences have been integral to these experiences.

My goal as Conference Co-Chair is to meaningful learning, networking, and research presentation experiences that contribute to the career and personal growth of our AMWA members. I am dedicated to connecting with you all to create a conference that serves you. I plan to incorporate specialty-specific networking opportunities and opportunities for you all to be involved in the conference planning process.

In regard to my qualifications, I planned the 2021 conference as Premedical Division Conference Co-Chair, with the help of my Co-Chair and our conference committee. I have a deep understanding of the conference planning process and hope to employ it to create a better conference experience than my last.

I would be honored to serve as your incoming Conference Co-Chair. Thank you so much!

Biosketch: Courtney Chau is a first year medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She attended the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned her B.S. in Nutritional Sciences: Toxicology and completed minors in Global Public Health and Data Science. Her previous roles in AMWA have included Premedical Division President + President-Elect (2022-2023, 2021-2022), Premedical Division Conference Co-Chair (2020-2021), Domestic Violence Prevention Committee Co-Chair (2021-Present), and Internship Program Coordinator (2020-2022). She has been a member of AMWA since 2019 and has dedicated much of her time over these years to advancing AMWA as an organization by both being involved in leadership and administrative roles. Courtney appreciates how AMWA creates a space for women in training to advance their leadership skills and connect with other trainees and physicians. Some of Courtney’s favorite memories during her undergraduate education were AMWA events and she remains close friends with many of her AMWA colleagues.

Gabriella Adams

Primary Goal: If elected, I’d like to encourage and enable young women to pursue their academic interests.

Highlighted Qualifications: I have extensive research experience as well as recent experience organizing a large 5k event. 

Written message for AMWA members: I want to support other women in pursuing their scholarly activities to not only help them explore their interests but also encourage more equal representation in medicine. I would best be able to realize this goal by serving as an AMWA Conference Co-Chair in the AMWA Student Division. Through this role, I hope to encourage young women to conduct research on their academic interests and enable them to share their unique ideas with like-minded individuals across the country. I plan to accomplish these goals by planning and coordinating seminars and speaker series that will allow AMWA members to develop skills useful in addressing many of the issues we currently face in women’s healthcare and medicine in general. I’d also organize a workshop series to guide AMWA members through each step of the research process so they can return home with the knowledge necessary to confidently lead their research projects. As someone highly interested in research herself, I have nearly five years of experience conducting studies in a variety of fields including chemistry, health professions education, and surgery. I am also highly capable of organizing large-scale events and am currently serving as Volunteer Coordinator for a large upcoming 5k run.

Biosketch: Gabriella Adams (she/her) is a first-year medical student at Eastern Virginia Medical School. She was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and moved to Norfolk, Virginia at the age of eight where she was raised with her four siblings. Gabby was always interested in science and knew she wanted to be a physician from a young age. She attended Old Dominion University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry with a minor in psychology in May 2021. After graduation, Gabby spent two years working as a medical assistant in neurosurgery and conducted research in the health professions education department at her current institution. As a medical student, she currently serves as a Continuity Coordinator at the EVMS HOPES Clinic, a student-run free clinic that provides primary and specialty care to the community. She also volunteers her time as an MD Admissions Ambassador and Volunteer Coordinator for an upcoming 5k event dedicated to raising awareness about mental health in her local area. In addition, Gabby currently conducts research with CHKD Plastic & Oral Maxillofacial Surgery as well as with the EVMS Otolaryngology Department. Apart from her academics, Gabby enjoys hiking, beach-going, and spending time with her fiancé and dogs.

Mentorship Chair Candidates: 

Alexandra Varnum

Primary Goal: To continue to build a strong mentorship program, fostering support and guidance for empowerment.

Highlighted Qualifications: AMWA chapter president: committed to advancing women in medicine, fostering collaboration

Written message for AMWA members: As an active AMWA member and former chapter officer, I’ve experienced firsthand the empowering network and resources that define our community. My commitment is to foster a collaborative and supportive environment within AMWA, leveraging my experiences to contribute to its enriching atmosphere. I aim to connect with women in medicine and amplify the strength that arises from our collective efforts. Eager to collaborate with the mentorship committee, my goal is to provide valuable resources and establish a robust support system for women at various stages of their medical journeys. I hope to contribute to the AMWA community that uplifts and empowers each member, fostering growth and success in our diverse pursuits within the field of medicine.

Biosketch: I am a third-year medical student at the University of South Florida, currently on a research year in the field of andrology with the goal of pursuing a career in urology. My enthusiasm for connecting with fellow women in medicine brought me to actively participate in AMWA when I started as a first-year medical student. Recognizing the collaborative environment they foster and the valuable resources they provide, from mentorship to research guidance, I am committed to contributing to the dynamic AMWA community. Serving as Co-President of USF’s AMWA chapter has given me firsthand experience of the positive impact this organization has in fostering camaraderie and professional development among medical students. As I navigate my path towards a career in urology, I’m excited to continue drawing from my experiences and insights to contribute to the collaborative and supportive atmosphere within AMWA, aiding in the growth and success of aspiring women in medicine.

Ana Victoria Guimaraes

Primary Goal: To ensure AMWA continues to be a well-connected community of brilliant women who build each other up throughout their careers. 

Highlighted Qualifications: My work with national and community organizations is what refills my cup and gives me a sense of accomplishment. 

Written message for AMWA members: I would like to help lead AMWA’s student division because I feel that I have already gained so much from being a member myself. Through my involvement in AMWA I have met mentors, found opportunities for personal growth, and been involved in public health projects. It is a wonderful community to be a part of, and I see running for the Student Division leadership team as a way to pay it forward. 

As the rate of female-identifying medical school enrollees continues to grow across the country, I see this as a great opportunity for AMWA to continue to expand its network. My main goal for AMWA is to reach more young medical professionals around the country so that we can foster friendships, mentorship, and sponsorship through real-time and virtual connections. 

Amongst my previous appointments is my time as AMWA chapter secretary at my institution, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University (more commonly referred to as AMS). In this role I worked closely with our Office of Women in Medicine and Science to plan initiatives that would engage pre-med and medical students as well as clinicians and physician scientists. Some of our most popular events included a regular book club, mentorship nights, conversations with grassroots activists, and personal growth training sessions. 

As a member of the leadership team, communications and mentorship will be at the top of my agenda. I hope to make AMWA’s many resources and initiatives easily available to our student members so through their partnership with AMWA they can find opportunities that fit their interests beyond their home institutions. 

Biosketch: Ana Victoria Guimarães (she/hers) is a third-year student at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She received a Bachelors of Arts at Brown University in Health and Human Biology as well as Francophone Studies in May of 2020. Ana’s involvement in AMWA began as her medical school’s chapter secretary, a role she held from 2022-2023. Since then she has continued to find various AMWA initiatives to stay involved with. Her passions include maternal-child health, mentoring students of minority backgrounds who are interested in medicine, and making health education more accessible.

She is originally from Miami, Florida and proud to be a latina in medicine. Outside of her training, Ana enjoys exploring the food scene in Providence, salsa dancing, and spending time outdoors.

Aparna Naik

Primary Goal: My goal for AMWA is to build the AMWA organization by expanding the mentorship program.

Highlighted Qualifications: As founding NoordaCOM AMWA President, I spearheaded a women’s health fair and mentorship program. 

Written message for AMWA members: I have the experience of serving as founding President of the NoordaCOM AMWA chapter. My executive board and I spearheaded several events such as a women’s health fair, annual donations to local women’s shelters, mentorship program, and a Women in Medicine panel discussion with female physicians. Throughout my time in medical school, I have held leadership positions in several organizations such as Family Medicine Interest Group, Dermatology Interest Group, Utah Medical Association, and have successfully organized events. My interests include mentorship of pre-medical and medical students, advocacy, and medical education. I am passionate about reducing healthcare disparities, helping those who are underserved, and advocating for women as leaders in the medical field. My goal is to advance the professional development of the people around me and AMWA members. As mentorship chair, I hope to grow the current AMWA mentorship database through networking and advertising on social media, continue initiatives to get members connected, and provide valuable resources and support to AMWA members. I am excited to connect members with mentors to help with career guidance, and build the AMWA organization as a whole! 

Biosketch: Aparna Naik is a third-year medical student at the Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine. She served as the founding AMWA president of the Noorda COM AMWA chapter, spearheading several events such as a women’s health fair, annual donations to local women’s shelters, and a Women in Medicine panel discussion with female physicians. Her interests include mentorship of pre-medical and medical students, advocacy, and medical education. Her goal is to advance the professional development of the people around her as well as AMWA members. This year as mentorship chair, she hopes to promote initiatives to get members involved and connected. She is passionate about reducing healthcare disparities, helping those who are underserved, and advocating for women as leaders in the medical field. In addition to her involvement in AMWA, Aparna has held various positions in her school’s Family Medicine Interest group, Dermatology Interest Group. If elected as mentorship chair, Aparna is excited to connect members with mentors for guidance, provide valuable resources, and support AMWA members. In her free time, Aparna enjoys pickleball, singing, photography, and trying new restaurants.

Azlan Tubbs

Primary Goal: Inspire, elevate, and connect women nationally to form encouraging and beneficial support networks

Highlighted Qualifications: Recognize value of mentorship from experiences in women’s engineering, math, and medicine groups

Written message for AMWA members: Before medical school, I was a math major in a male-dominated engineering university. Our amazing organizations for women in STEM showed me the value of women supporting women, including the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) with over 800 student members. I became president of SWE, leading an officer team of 22 women and mentoring many more.

Being involved in SWE led me to seek an organization that would support, inspire, and advocate for women in medicine, and I found AMWA though a Google search in 2020. Meeting AMWA’s physicians and students through monthly events, mentorship program, and annual conference empowered me to pursue medicine. To share this encouragement, I created an AMWA branch and mentorship program at my college. 

AMWA is an important space for women in medicine. As a branch mentor and national mentee, I see both sides of students’ needs and can help mentors and mentees thrive. My goals include arranging speakers from a variety of specialties and backgrounds, maintaining and improving the mentorship program with more opportunities, and connecting medical students, premedical students, and residents. I hope to connect AMWA members across the country to inspire, support, and excite them about their futures as women in medicine.

Biosketch: Azlan Tubbs (she/her/hers) is a first-year medical student at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine. In May 2023, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics and Statistics and minors in biology and chemistry from Colorado School of Mines. In college, Azlan was president of her school’s Society of Women Engineers collegiate section and the Society for Women in Mathematics, and she has been a member of AMWA since 2020. In 2021, she founded a premedical branch of AMWA at Mines and started a mentorship program for Mines’ engineering students with medical aspirations. She is passionate about elevating and inspiring women in medicine, STEM careers, and the community. She enjoys participating in advocacy initiatives and mentorship opportunities. In her free time, Azlan enjoys practicing piano, reading, painting, and spending time with family and friends.

Haleh Matinrad

Primary Goal: I aim to expand AMWA members’ networks locally and nationally to foster meaningful connections.

Highlighted Qualifications: As co-director of the Wellness Distinction, I’m prepared to organize diverse activities and events.

Written message for AMWA members: My participation in AMWA is rooted in my experience at an all-girls high school, fueling my dedication to empowering women. As a seasoned mentor since college and a current resource for my pre-medical mentee through AMWA, I bring valuable leadership experience, including roles as the PM&R Interest Group lead, co-director of the Wellness Distinction, clinical student lead for the Sports Medicine Interest Group, Social Committee member on Medical Student Government, and Learning Community group lead. In these capacities, I organized professional events with invited speakers and facilitated personal wellness and networking events.

If elected as Mentorship Chair, my overarching goals include furthering this mentorship program and ensuring AMWA members have access to essential professional resources. I aim to provide valuable connections and networking opportunities for each member’s professional growth. My vision includes hosting tailored workshops on effective mentorship, expectations as a mentee, and creating a web connecting members at different levels with similar interests or backgrounds. I am committed to creating networking opportunities both locally and nationally, enhancing AMWA members’ connections across the country. Through these initiatives, I aspire to contribute to the mission of AMWA as Mentorship Chair, creating an empowering space for women in medicine.

Biosketch: Haleh is a current third year medical student at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. She is originally from California and spent a year after college working as a medical scribe in a PM&R office prior to medical school. She is interested in a career in Family Medicine and in pursuing a Sports Medicine Fellowship after residency. Her participation in a three year sports medicine internship at UCLA and interest in longitudinal relationships and preventative medicine laid the foundation for her interest in this field. Haleh is an active member of the AMWA chapter at SLU among other extra-curricular activities including peer tutoring, volunteer personal statement editing, tutoring at the juvenile detention center, research in lower limb loss rehabilitation, and leadership roles in class council and various interest groups. In her free time, Haleh enjoys rock climbing, cooking, bullet journaling, working on puzzles, and cultivating her jungle of indoor plants!

Sanjana Davuluri

Primary Goal: I aim to expand mentorship opportunities primarily through a Big/Little program, talks and workshops.

Highlighted Qualifications: I’ve previously served as an academic/social mentor, and am currently mentoring pre-health students.

Written message for AMWA members: Women have long been underrepresented in medicine, especially in leadership positions. As an aspiring woman physician, I want to help close this gap and support women in medicine. Mentorship is a cornerstone for personal and professional growth, so establishing meaningful connections within the medical community is pivotal for the success of aspiring healthcare professionals. My commitment to AMWA is centered around fostering a culture of mentorship and support, and creating an environment where students can access the guidance and resources necessary for a fulfilling medical career. I hope to set up a Big/Little program and host webinars about topics like family planning alongside a medical career. Further, I would collaborate with other AMWA committees to plan workshops and create templates on obtaining professional medical opportunities.

As an undergraduate, I was a calculus and biology mentor, and part of a women’s mentorship program. In cultural organizations, South Asian performing arts groups, a DEI committee and a health council, I’ve served as president/captain and advisor. Currently, I’m historian of my AMWA chapter and involved in community outreach with pre-health undergraduates at Rowan. I believe the skills I’ve gained through these experiences will help me serve as an effective Mentorship Chair.

Biosketch: Sanjana Davuluri (She/Her) is a first-year medical student at Rowan-Virtua School of Osteopathic Medicine with a Master of Health Science degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She is part of the 2024 AMWA Internship Program and Historian of her school’s AMWA chapter, through which she has worked on coordinating a Mothers in Medicine panel and safe space nights for female-identifying survivors of domestic abuse in Philadelphia. At Rowan-Virtua, she also serves as ASCO Representative for the Hematology/Oncology Society, Website Manager of FIMRC, and Community Outreach Chair of the Rowan Community Health Center. Sanjana is very passionate about community service and has been actively involved in COVID-19 vaccine clinics, Project REACH and teaching in the anatomy lab for high school and undergraduate students. She is currently involved in research at Wills Eye Hospital and Shriners Children’s Hospital. In the past, she has traveled to Panama with Global Medical Brigades, led leadership boards of cultural and performing arts organizations, and served as an academic and social mentor. In her free time, Sanjana enjoys Bharatanatyam (Indian classical dance), reading and working out.

 

Research Chair Candidates: 

Aishwarya Iyer

Primary Goal: Empower a community of aspiring, future, and current physicians with a passion for research

Highlighted Qualifications: My passion for service and my team-based approach to addressing any issue, concern, or initiative

Written message for AMWA members: As an aspiring physician-scientist, I resonate with AMWA’s commitment to inclusivity and empowerment of women in medicine. My goals for AMWA are to expand this sense of community to those with a like-minded passion for research. As the 2023-2024 Research Chair, we recently hosted a well-attended workshop on “How to Pursue Research Opportunities in Medical School”. My goals for AMWA this year are: (1) collaborate with different subcommittees to execute research-related events, including abstract writing workshops, and (2) to increase awareness that AMWA is a national resource to aid students with research projects that align with the organization’s goals/values. Through these avenues, I hope for AMWA to promote opportunities advance inclusion of and increase retention of women in research and research-related initiatives, to ultimately build and sustain collaborative research connections that would be beneficial for personal and professional development. 

Regarding personal qualifications, I current conduct and collaborate on multidisciplinary research projects with investigators domestically and internationally. In parallel with my physician-scientist training, I have served in numerous leadership and advocacy roles, including as university-wide student government president, a co-creator of a climate change and health MS4 elective in the UMSOM curricula, and the member of UMSOM LCME ISA Executive Board.

Biosketch: Aishwarya Iyer (she/her) is an MD/PhD candidate at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM). During her pre-clinical years, she was co-president of two medical student organizations, advocated for Climate Change and Health curriculum development, and volunteered as a CURES scholars program mentor to engage West Baltimore middle school students with STEM-focused after-school activities. During her PhD training, she was selected as a T32 Trainee (NIH/NIDDK), wrote/contributed a book chapter with the goal of inspiring young women to pursue STEM (Lessons Learned: Stories from Women Leaders in STEM), and secured a pilot research grant, while effectively managing campus-wide leadership and advocacy positions of Secretary, President, and then Student Advisor, of the University-wide Student Government Association. In these roles, she collaborated with multiple departments and organizations to create initiatives addressing food insecurity, sustainability, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Her involvement in AMWA began as the 2023-2024 Student Division Inaugural Research Chair.

Aishwarya is currently pursuing her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with the goal of becoming a clinician-scientist interfacing biophysics and medicine to develop targeted therapeutics. In her free time, she loves to bake, train for half-marathons, try different restaurants, spend time with her fiancé and dog!

Emily Tran

Primary Goal: As AMWA Research Chair, I aim to provide accessible, interactive, comprehensive research education. 

Highlighted Qualifications: My research journey overall and as a primary author has made me teachable, dedicated to problem-solving, and proactive in seeking guidance.

Written message for AMWA members: Throughout my undergraduate and graduate education, I’ve been a committed national AMWA member, as its mission to advance and empower women in medicine to achieve their highest potential has always resonated how I feel about my own journey as well as what I want for my peers in a field historically known to be difficult to navigate for women. Inspired by the strides we’ve made to highlight accomplished women in the field, my goal within AMWA is to enhance members’ confidence in engaging with its enriching and educative initiatives. If elected as Research Chair, I aspire to organize accessible events and publish user-friendly guides to demystify the research process, particularly for those finding it challenging as terminology and baseline knowledge can be intimidating. I aim to create a welcoming space where all members, regardless of research background, can easily understand and engage with information. My qualifications include publishing research items as a primary author, such as case reports and review articles. Having navigated my own research journey with incredibly supportive mentorship, I’ve become well equipped to teach others, making the process of conducting and funding meaningful research easily approachable for those, like me, who initially may find it intimidating.

Biosketch: Emily Tran is a dedicated medical student at Rowan-Virtua School of Osteopathic Medicine, born and raised in Philadelphia. Her journey with the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) began during her undergraduate years at Rowan University, where she actively participated in the pre-medical chapter. In medical school, Emily has served on the executive board for the OBGYN society of Rowan-Virtua SOM and contributed to the AMWA Student Division Advocacy Subcommittee. Beyond academic pursuits, Emily is a compassionate advocate for healthcare accessibility. She has spearheaded a mobile telemedicine clinic focused on delivering free or affordable Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) and psychiatric healthcare to underserved populations. Emily’s commitment to community health aligns with her fervor for addressing healthcare disparities. Outside of medicine, she enjoys exploring nature. During her free time, she indulges her love for hiking along long nature trails, seeking and enjoying picturesque views as well as spending her time relaxing through activities and finding restaurant spots throughout Philadelphia.

Joanna George

Primary Goal: My goal is to create a research opportunities/awards directory and offer skill-building events! 

Written message for AMWA members: Hello AMWA members! I think the most valuable thing to tell you about myself is what I’d like to do for YOU. If elected Research Chair, I would love to achieve the following:

1) Creating a directory (organized by local, national, specialty or interest specific opportunities, etc.) so you can identify research opportunities/awards which fit your skills and interests

2) Hosting skill-building events with topics like getting involved if you’ve never done research before, applying for national grants, presenting a case study, and writing an abstract.

3) Highlighting the amazing research conducted by our fellow members!

4) Offering research mentorship for students who would like assistance in writing their personal statement or reviewing their application for a research opportunity/award 

5) Recruiting more members so that this committee is more robust and includes a diverse group of researchers and their experiences! 

I served on the AMWA Research Committee last year, which enabled me to identify potential areas for future growth! I also have research experience in diverse areas including gerontology, spiritual care in clinical settings, microbiology and cell biology, meta-analyses in clinical research quality, and oral history. I’m excited to use these experiences to help you to meet your research goals! 

Biosketch: Joanna George is a second-year medical student from Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is involved in research with the Vassar Research Team, Elder Care Research Network, OSU Alliance on Aging, and the OSU Medical Humanities Research Group. She is passionate about helping fellow students get involved in research! Her interests involve storytelling, swimming and spending time in nature.

Margi Desai

Primary Goal: Creating opportunities to engage in research and collaboration for AMWA members

Highlighted Qualifications: Experience with leadership and the journey to finding research opportunities

Written message for AMWA members: Being involved in AMWA is more than a commitment; it is a shared journey toward advancing medical equality and opportunity. I believe in the power of collaboration to transform our field. As an active member, my goal is to cultivate a community where opportunities are created and innovative ideas flourish.

My aspiration is to foster an environment that caters towards those who need a platform to showcase their hard work or seek guidance on how to find research opportunities. I believe in encouraging collaboration and knowledge exchange among AMWA members. With an understanding of the barriers to research facilitation and experience as a leader, I bring a unique blend of skills to create a platform for you to build your experience, seek guidance, and showcase your hard work.

If elected, I plan to create opportunities for collaboration on research with other AMWA members. This includes setting up an event specifically for research networking, so that those who have a hard time finding research may do so, and advocating for professional development. If given the opportunity, I aim to help you access the tools you need to succeed.

Biosketch: Excited to run for the Research Chair position at the American Medical Women’s Association, I am a passionate medical student dedicated to creating opportunities in research development. Pursuing my medical degree at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, I have actively engaged in both leadership in my local AMWA chapter and research.

As a medical student, I recognize the crucial role research plays in shaping our field and understand the struggle one may have in seeking research opportunities. My goal is to minimize this struggle by creating a platform for members to seek guidance, collaborate on research projects, and showcase their discoveries. My vision as Research Chair involves fostering a culture of inclusion, enabling aspiring researchers to thrive within AMWA. I am eager to establish mentorship programs and facilitate research networking events to give members the tools they need to succeed.

My commitment to the intersection of medicine and research, coupled with a fresh perspective as a medical student, uniquely positions me to contribute passionately to AMWA’s research initiatives. If given the chance, I would love to pave the way for research education and opportunity for AMWA members.

 

AMA-MSS Delegate Candidates: 

Danielle DuPuis

Primary Goal: To leverage health policy advance to gender health equity and trainee success and wellbeing

Highlighted Qualifications: Author of multiple health policy resolutions for AMA Michigan State and UofM Student Government

Written message for AMWA members: As an AMWA member of five years, I have long witnessed the propensity that this organization possesses to empower female healthcare professionals, students, and patients alike through cultivating community. Our community is uniquely positioned to enact evidence-based change for trainees and patients alike. If chosen to be the AMA-MSS Delegate, I will work to create space and education for AMWA members to write and support public policy resolutions because I believe that every member’s perspective holds immense value in shaping our healthcare system, regardless of policy experience. As a former delegate and resolution author for the AMA Michigan State Medical Society and the UofM Student Government, and former AMWA Region 4 Premedical Director, I hope to leverage my lived experiences in both spaces and policymaking skills to amplify the voices and values of our members in policymaking at the national level to shape the future of patient care.

Biosketch: Danielle DuPuis is a second-year MD/ Master of Public Policy student at the University of Michigan Medical School. She is passionate about advocating for gender and Indigenous health equity in clinical, public policy, and research spaces. She is an advocate for clinician and patient voices in health policy decision making at both institutional and state levels as the medical student representative at her university and as a medical student delegate at Michigan State Medical Society conferences. She is a lifelong musician and enjoys writing music, discovering the best hiking locations in the midwest, improving her latte art, and spending time with her family.

Rianna McNamee

Primary Goal: Expand our influence on the policy-making process & our relationship with the AMA-MSS. Represent the voices of every member of our organization and push our advocacy topics to the forefront of discussion of the AMA.

Highlighted Qualifications: Active member of the AMA; Member of the AMWA Advocacy Committee; Rowan-VirtuaSOM-MSS Delegate and the New Jersey MSS Region 6 Delegate in the AMA House of Delegates; Experience voting and testifying my position in AMA-MSS assembly; Experience writing and reviewing policy

Written message for AMWA members: I am drawn to organizational medicine because of the opportunities to influence medicine at regional and national levels. It is important for me to be a part of AMWA because I find it necessary to stand with a professional organization that centers itself on women’s best interests, both as physicians and people. While women have come a long way in medicine, we have a long way to go, and I am fully invested in the mission of AMWA to further advance women in medicine, support equity for all, and to ensure excellence in healthcare. I am qualified for the role of AMA-MSS Delegate because I am very involved in the AMA and am currently the Rowan-VirtuaSOM-MSS Delegate and the New Jersey Region 6 Delegate for the AMA HOD. I have experience testifying on the assembly floor and voting on resolutions, and I want to use these experiences to enrich AMWA’s voice in the AMA.

I believe that AMWA has the opportunity to bring a unique view to the assembly floor as an organization that is made by women physicians for women physicians. The AMA has great respect for external organizations such as AMWA, and I know that I could provide a powerful and persuasive voice for our policy points. By working closely with our Advocacy Committee as a current member, I will make sure that our goals are represented in assembly.

Biosketch: Rianna McNamee (she/her) is a current second-year medical student at Rowan-Virtua School of Osteopathic Medicine. She is involved in her local AMWA chapter as secretary and is a member of the Advocacy Committee on a national level. Rianna is also involved in AMA where she is president of her local chapter, is a member of the national Committee on Disability Affairs, and is a MSS Region Delegate. At Rowan-VirtuaSOM she is also involved in tutoring, and is a teaching assistant. Rianna is a former Division 1 volleyball player who enjoys staying in shape and coaching club volleyball in her free time.

Samantha DiFulvio

Primary Goal: Continuing AMWA’s advocacy for policy benefitting diverse populations, especially female physicians

Highlighted Qualifications: Ensuring student voices are represented and informing student policy as class president

Written message for AMWA members: AMWA has a rich history of advocacy within the AMA, pushing forward policy relating to the specific concerns of women and female-identifying physicians. We supported policy benefiting diverse populations at the 2023 AMA MSS Interim Meeting, and my goal is for AMWA to expand upon its intersectional approach to policy at future sessions. 

My experiences with advocacy span policy, leadership, and community involvement; I have provided testimony for resolutions at the AMA MSS Interim Meeting, represented student perspectives on curriculum and well-being as class president, and evaluated community after-school programming for the betterment of disadvantaged Las Vegas youth.

I plan to actively support fellow AMWA members in their advocacy initiatives, encouraging their participation in AMA. As class president, AMWA vice president, and an active member of our chapter’s AMA, I have had the opportunity to see a multitude of student perspectives on a variety of healthcare issues. I have learned so much from my peers and I hope to continue assisting them through this AMWA delegate role to push for their causes. I am committed to providing resources, information, and a collaborative environment as AMWA delegate.

Biosketch: Samantha “Sam” DiFulvio is a second-year medical student and outdoor enthusiast at Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno before returning to her hometown, Las Vegas, to study medicine.

Sam serves as president for the class of 2026, a role in which she liaises between students and administration to represent student opinions, foster wellness, and cultivate an environment of trust.

She is actively involved in AMA and AMWA, having served as chapter Vice President of the latter. In this position, Sam organized events benefitting local groups that support women in crisis and provided mentorship to undergraduates. She also facilitated a campus “Lunch and Learn” where students engaged in thoughtful discourse about physician roles in reproductive justice. This event allowed for students of diverse opinions to communicate openly and learn from one another. 

Sam is passionate about empowering women in healthcare decision-making, driving her to participate in organizing a focus group on medical knowledge of alternative birthing methods. She is committed to raising awareness about gender disparities in healthcare access, treatment, and research. She intends to advocate for policy changes to close these gaps.

Serena Schein

Primary Goal: Gather AMWA opinions to advocate and relay information from AMA-MSS for a beneficial partnership.

Highlighted Qualifications: I hope to employ skills learned as a Girl Scout delegate at a national convention for my state.

Written message for AMWA members: It is important for me to be involved with AMWA because my journey of leadership and service began in a women-led, community-oriented organization: Girl Scouts. As an aspiring physician, I want to keep fighting for equity in all encounters and focus my career on service-oriented care; working with AMWA provides me the tools and opportunities to do so.

My goals and hopes for AMWA include finding resources and participating in outreach to determine the needs of the organization and see outcomes that better the lives and educations of our members. 

My qualifications to serve as your AMA-MSS Delegate are previous positions including VP of Membership and Standards Chair for Alpha Phi Omega, president of Lock and Chain Sophomore Honorary, National Outreach Director for Giving a Boost, and Arizona delegate for the National Girl Scout Convention. As a delegate, I worked within a team to gauge the interests and needs of those I was representing to vote on issues that would impact the organization as a whole. 

The fielding of new ideas, desires, and opinions from AMWA members to be advocated for and brought to the attention of AMA is what I will do in my elected role.

Biosketch: Serena Schein is a medical student in the 2026 class of Saint Louis University School of Medicine. Although originally from Arizona, Serena received her B.A. in Biology with minors in Dance and Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis. Her passions for service and advocacy started with her lifelong commitment to Girl Scouts and has grown through activities and positions such as crisis counseling, Alpha Phi Omega, City Dance, and development lead during changes to SLU’s Health Resource Center. Serena is also enthusiastic about mentorship and is an MCAT tutor, peer academic tutor, medical education distinction candidate, National Outreach Director for Giving a Boost, and admissions committee member for Saint Louis University. She is thrilled to continue serving women and her communities through AMWA as she pursues a meaningful career in medicine.

 

Regional Director Candidates: 

Region 1 Candidates:

Angela McCarthy

Primary Goal: Strengthening connections through more frequent virtual meetings and an active regional LinkedIn group

Highlighted Qualifications: Strong leadership experience as President of multiple organizations at UConn SOM

Written message for AMWA members: As Region 1 Director, I will be dedicated to strengthening connections across our region. By leveraging my extensive leadership background and passion for event planning, I am confident I will lead the region successfully. My goal is to enhance ties between chapters through a bi-weekly virtual fireside chat series, covering vital topics like residency and medical school applications, and the often-overlooked skill of building a professional online presence. 

To highlight the importance of a robust online profile for women in medicine, I’ll host an event at the regional conference, complete with a photographer for professional LinkedIn photos and a presentation on crafting an impactful profile on LinkedIn, Twitter, and other platforms. I will also establish a dedicated LinkedIn group for the region, providing a space for regular communication beyond annual conferences. This group will serve as a forum for idea exchange, allowing us to gather effective strategies from various institutions and connect women with mentors outside of their home institutions. Let’s use AMWA and the power of technology to forge connections that not only enhance our academic journey but also propel us toward success through our careers!

Biosketch: Angela McCarthy, a second-year medical student at the University of Connecticut, is a dynamic leader dedicated to empowering her peers. As one of the leads of the UConn AMWA chapter, she plays a pivotal role in uniting and inspiring female medical and pre-medical students at UConn. Angela holds key leadership positions as the President of the Bioethics and Medical Humanities Interest Group and co-President of the Surgery Interest Group, showcasing her commitment to diverse aspects of medical education. Angela is active in the research community works on projects with the NYU Division of Nephrology, NYU Division of Medical Ethics, Hartford Hospital Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, and UConn Department of Surgery. Notably, she pioneered the development of a curriculum on artificial intelligence and language learning models for first and second year medical and dental students at UConn. Angela’s dedication extends to ethical considerations in healthcare, as demonstrated by her membership on the UConn John Dempsey Hospital Ethics Committee. Aspiring to become a physician and ethicist, Angela envisions a future as a female leader who uplifts and empowers her peers throughout her career.

Region 2 Candidates:

Aarti Mehta

Primary Goal: I aim to provide HS/College students with research, shadowing, and hands-on opportunities, to foster leadership and impact women’s health

Highlighted Qualifications: I have an educational background in women’s health, professional insights from previous experiences, and firsthand experiences. 

Written message for AMWA members: Becoming involved with AMWA holds profound personal significance due to my experiences within my traditional Indian Household. Growing up, I had to witness and experience the challenges of deconstructing the societal stereotypes associated with being a woman pursuing a medical career. Despite these hardships, I have drawn remarkable resilience from this journey. Outside of personal experiences, I have gained professional insight from working in an urgent care setting at City MD and a women’s health clinic in New York City, where there was limited female presence in sensitive environments. Identifying with women’s struggles in the medical field today, advocating for equity and inclusion is critical. 

Within AMWA, I aim to achieve four primary goals:

    1. I aim to encourage women within the medical community through skiIl-building workshops and seminars to develop leadership skills and break down current stereotypes.
    2. I want to prioritize education and exposure by creating platforms for high school and college students, revealing the reality of the medical journey.
    3. I want to eradicate present inequalities by providing practical strategies and acting as a liaison for career opportunities.
    4. I aim to establish a communicative and supportive community through networking events and mentorship programs, ensuring professional growth. 

Biosketch: Aarti Mehta (she/her/hers) is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) student at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM), born and raised in Westchester, NY. After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from the University of Delaware, Aarti continued her research position with the Women’s Cardiovascular Research Team. Her study of racial differences in Endothelial dysfunction in postmenopausal women and the role of endogenous Endothelin-1 showcased her immense commitment to understanding and addressing women’s critical health issues. Following this endeavor, she joined City MD, collaborating with MDs, DOs, PAs, and NPs to deliver personalized and effective care to marginalized communities in an urgent care setting. After a year of gaining valuable experience from CityMD, Aarti moved to Maze Health, where she actively addressed men’s and women’s infertility and sexual health with practitioners through a holistic approach using psychological and diverse medical practices. Outside of her academic and professional pursuits, Aarti enjoys classical Indian dancing and loves exploring new New York City restaurants. 

Alex Schick

Primary Goal: To continue advocating for Women’s Health and Women in Medicine by fostering networking and mentorship between AMWA chapters in Region 2, organizing an annual Region 2 conference, and providing other opportunities for advocacy, leadership, and career development for AMWA members. 

Highlighted Qualifications: Vice-President of medical school, President of AMWA Chapter, High School Mentorship Program Founder

Written message for AMWA members: My name is Alex Schick, M2 at the University of Rochester. My passion for advocacy for women in medicine was inspired by my great-grandmother, one of the first female physicians in a rural town in New York. Growing up, I heard stories of the obstacles she faced to be respected and taken seriously as a female physician. I became involved with AMWA to help address inequities that women continue to face and to build community with other women in medicine. As President of my school’s AMWA chapter, I’ve fostered a strong community of medical students, residents, and attendings through mixers, speaker events, and organizing a local Women in Medicine conference. I’ve worked to build and lead similar supportive communities for women in the past, such as establishing a global online community for women in academia during the COVID-19 pandemic, which grew to include 8,000 members, and have vast experience organizing events and collaborating across groups as Vice President of my medical school. As Regional Director, I will create a similarly strong and supportive community of women in medicine by organizing a regional conference and providing opportunities for collaborative advocacy, leadership, and networking between schools in the NY/NJ region.

Biosketch: Alex Schick is a second-year medical student at the University of Rochester. Alex has been a member of AMWA since 2020, when she joined as a premedical student. She now serves as President of her school’s AMWA chapter, where she has helped grow the chapter and hosted events such as AMWA Student-Faculty Mixers, a Women in Medicine-themed mini-speaker series, and is currently organizing an inaugural Women in Medicine conference to expand networking opportunities for students and physicians in the Western New York area. 

Alex is passionate about education and advocacy in medicine. Beyond AMWA, she is Vice-President of her student body, and a founder of the Meliora Educational Pathway Program, a NYS STEP program which aims to increase diversity in medicine through early exposure, hands-on learning, and mentorship of area high-school students by medical students, residents, and physicians. She is also a founder of GLAD, a Deaf Health group allowing students to learn sign language and about Deaf health disparities and culture. She also is a leader of the Rochester Medical Accessibility Coalition, advocating for patients and medical students with disabilities. 

In her free time, Alex enjoys spending time with her cat, Fern, reading, and exploring local coffee shops.

Alexa Simonetti

Primary Goal: To inspire younger generations and assist in the progression of women across all fields of medicine.

Highlighted Qualifications: Masters in Biomedical Sciences, Rowan-Virtua Student Ambassador, 3 Year Captain of collegiate soccer team

Written message for AMWA members: As a premed and medical student, I have struggled to find female mentorship. As a member of AMWA, I hope to create a national community of women in medicine who will be my future colleagues, and are dedicated to improving the advancement of women in medicine. My qualifications for the position of Regional Director include my time as a 3 year captain of my collegiate soccer team, where my responsibilities involved organization and coordination of team events, relaying information, and advocating for the needs of my teammates to my coaches. In my role as regional director, I plan to establish personal relationships with everyone in my division, as well as the other regional directors. If I am elected you will not only be gaining a colleague, but a friend as well. I will listen to the needs of those in my region and promise to give my best effort at obtaining those needs for you. I will implement an organized system keeping all members connected to facilitate teamwork and allow for innovation, advancement, and easy access to networking within AMWA. I look forward to the opportunity to serve AMWA and participate in the progression of women in medicine!

Biosketch: Alexa Simonetti is a first year medical student at Rowan-Virtua School of Osteopathic Medicine in New Jersey. She is a student ambassador for Rowan, where she participates in touring prospective students and discusses her love for medicine and experience in medical school. Prior to matriculation, Alexa received her Masters in Biomedical Sciences. Alexa played collegiate soccer and was a campus captain for the Hidden Opponent, which was a mental health non-profit specifically for student athletes. Since graduating, Alexa developed a love for running marathons, and now combines her love of running with fundraising for different organizations such as St. Judes Children Hospital, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and For the Kids (FTK). She recently ran the New York City Marathon and fundraised over $1000 for FTK. Alexa is also an avid reader, and her favorite book series is A Court of Thorns and Roses. She hopes to use her position in AMWA to connect and create friendships with women in medicine at a national level. Alexa believes it is imperative for women to support other women in order to grow our presence in fields historically dominated by men.

Nadia Fedoryka

Primary Goal: My goal is to continue to unify and support branches in AMWA and expand programming to underrepresented areas.

Highlighted Qualifications: I am a very organized, motivated, and task-oriented individual who is enthusiastic about taking on this role.

Written message for AMWA members: My hope is for AMWA to continue to be and grow as an institution that connects, supports, and advocates for women in healthcare. Supporting women and their goals has always been a priority for me. From being heavily involved in the Women’s College at my undergraduate institution to being the Senior Community Service Rep for my AMWA branch, elevating the recognition of the contribution of women, especially women in medicine, is necessary and meaningful work. If I am elected as Regional Director for Region 2, my first priority would be to collaborate with the branches to create a conference that advances all women in medicine – physicians, medical students, pre-medical students, and patients. This conference would focus on networking and mentorship as well as be a platform for female patients to share their experiences and how we, as future providers, can improve them. I have experience in creating events of this size as Chairwoman of the Douglass Student Recruitment Network, where I organized the schedule, recruited for panels, and marketed open houses. Also, in this position, I will work to create relationships between branches so we can collaborate and share resources about different educational and community outreach opportunities and work with students at institutions with no branch to establish a new branch so that every student who wants to be a part of AMWA can do so.

Biosketch: My name is Nadia Fedoryka, and I am a second-year medical student at Rowan-Virtua SOM. I attended Rutgers University – New Brunswick and graduated in 2021 with a major in biology and minors in women’s and gender studies and economics. I have always had a passion for advocating for women and women’s health care. I have been involved with AMWA at my branch as Senior Community Service Representative, organizing community service events focused on supporting women in the local area. My passions also include mentorship and teaching in the roles of tutor, learning group leader, and admissions ambassador. South Jersey is my home, and I plan to practice here eventually. I love getting involved in the community as a volunteer for the Special Olympics and as a Community Health Workers Service Corps member, where we perform health screenings in Atlantic City. Outside of school, I am involved with animal rescue, where I foster kittens and help a pit bull rescue with social media work. I also enjoy spending time with my friends and family, cross-stitching, and hiking.

Region 3 Candidates:

Julia Kooser

Primary Goal: I will promote reproductive healthcare access, such as facilitating schools providing menstrual cups or condoms. 

Highlighted Qualifications: I am very outgoing and have extensively been involved in organizing and advocacy.

Written message for AMWA members: Woman face unique obstacles in medicine. These obstacles inform how we practice medicine, and allow us to be more compassionate and kind to our patients. 

Biosketch: My name is Julia Kooser and I am a second year student at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. At my undergraduate institution, the University of Pittsburgh, I developed a passion for promoting access to reproductive healthcare, and volunteered to escort patients at the local Planned Parenthood clinic. In this position, I aim to continue to advocate for reproductive healthcare access, and allow people to make informed, autonomous decisions regarding their healthcare treatments.

Region 4 Candidates:

Sanjukta Dutta

Primary Goal: Elevate AMWA’s impact through unified regional leadership to connect and empower women in medicine.

Highlighted Qualifications: As a club president in college, I hosted an event that was voted Program of the Year by the student body!

Written message for AMWA members: As someone who is dedicated to fostering collaboration and driving impactful initiatives, I am excited to apply for the role of Regional Director of AMWA national. My nontraditional journey in medicine has fueled my passion for advocating women’s empowerment, as I have seen the ways gender disparities affect women across science, business, and medicine. Being involved in my medical school’s chapter of AMWA has been crucial to me because it provides a platform to connect with other women in medicine so that we can empower and support each other within this field that has not always been friendly to women. My goals as Regional Director include fostering a vibrant network and organizing events where we can learn from each other’s communities. My prior experiences rooted in community leader equip me to lead and collaborate effectively. If elected, I aim to create an inclusive and supportive environment, ensuring every member feels valued. I look forward to doing my part to advance women in medicine and shape a future where gender disparities are a thing of the past. I appreciate your consideration and look forward to contributing to AMWA national.

Biosketch: Sanjukta Dutta is a second-year medical student at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in the MD/MBA program. She received her B.S. in Molecular Biology from Northeastern University in 2018, after which she spent a few years working in cancer research and biotechnology prior to starting medical school. 

Sanjukta spent her college years volunteering as a high school health teacher, educating teens about reproductive health and contraception, and empowering them to make decisions that are right for them. Currently, she serves on the executive board of the University of Miami’s AMWA chapter and helps organize events such as self-defense classes aimed at providing women and gender nonconforming individuals the tools to feel safe in any environment. Sanjukta is passionate about eliminating gender disparities in medicine, quality improvement, and community leadership. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, doing yoga, and spending time with her loved ones.

Region 5 Candidates:

Zainab Imami

Primary Goal: Helping future female physicians build a network to feel confident in medical practice and advocacy

Highlighted Qualifications: Each organization in which I have participated or lead has shared the goal of women’s empowerment

Written message for AMWA members: When running for the position of AMWA President at Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine, my goals revolved around two major themes: promoting learning and leadership opportunities for women in medicine and advocacy for female patients. These remain my ultimate goals, and I believe that the role of Regional Director fundamentally requires this mindset. Within this role, I hope to establish and solidify a community of future physicians who will one day work together so that when they are practicing, they are confident in their abilities to treat and advocate for their patients. Along with my responsibilities as President of AMWA at ACOM, I am also a member of the Domestic Violence Prevention Committee. I also served as Secretary, President, and a Chapter Leadership Consultant for the organization Changing Health, Attitudes, and Actions to Recreate Girls – the latter being a position very similar to that of a Regional Director. I hope to have the opportunity to help local chapters professionally thrive and to empower the leaders every step of the way to shape the future of women in medicine.

Biosketch: Zainab Imami is a second year student at Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM). Combining her passion for physical health and women’s empowerment, she hopes to practice Sports Medicine on female athletes and, in the true spirit of Osteopathic Medicine, work on incorporating a holistically healthy lifestyle to improve athletic performance as well as quality of life. She was inspired during her time working with Changing Health, Attitudes, and Actions to Recreate Girls (CHAARG), a women’s health and wellness organization at over 100 universities across the country, where she served in various leadership positions including the President of the University of Michigan chapter. During her time as the President of AMWA at ACOM she led the organization of a Women in Medicine panel to expose fellow students to various opportunities and provide them with physician mentors in the local community and hosted a hygiene drive for the local women’s shelter, House of Ruth. Lessons she learned through her experiences, including the importance of investing in one’s community and being truly passionate about one’s work, motivate her to accomplish her goals within this field and to continue making this an empowering space for all women in medicine.

Region 6 Candidates:

Addison Sparks

Primary Goal: My primary goal for AMWA is to promote underrepresented women through networking and education. 

Highlighted Qualifications: I serve on the University of Toledo’s EM Residency Diversity Committee, which fosters inclusion and cultural competency in the program.

Written message for AMWA members: As a six-year member of AMWA in the premedical and medical student divisions, I have found that it is imperative to advocate for yourself and your position. Only two generations ago women faced tremendous adversity to become physicians. Today, it is still necessary that we demonstrate superior knowledge and skill to prove ourselves, particularly for women of color. I am a lifelong member of AMWA because I support empowering colleagues to be brilliant, culturally competent physicians who provide excellent care and push the frontiers of medicine. 

I have led several initiatives at our student-run free clinic to increase diversity and inclusion and decrease barriers to healthcare. Studies show that patients receive better care when their physician looks like them – therefore, we consistently recruit students and volunteers of color. I also serve on the Diversity Committee for the emergency medicine residency, where we ensure that the program is an inclusive environment and host lectures on cultural competency. 

As the Region 6 Director, I am passionate about promoting inclusive healthcare in the Midwest. I will work with chapter presidents to create networking and mentoring programs and design a conference to empower women to thrive as physicians-in-training in the Midwestern culture. 

Biosketch: As a third-year medical student at the University of Toledo, Addison has demonstrated a strong passion for serving and empowering the underserved through her work at the CommunityCare Clinics. As Executive Director of this student-run free clinic, Addison led initiatives to provide in-person interpretation for all languages, recruit students and physicians of color, remove transportation barriers through free bus and rideshare fares, and provide equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to underserved communities. Addison presented at the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics’ annual symposium about recruiting volunteer students and physicians to free clinics, highlighting the importance of diversity in the workforce and promoting volunteer retention. In the hospital setting, Addison is passionate about addressing barriers to care and ensuring that patients with limited English proficiency can communicate their needs effectively. As a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society, Addison strives to treat her patients with dignity and foster an inclusive environment amongst her colleagues. In her free time, Addison serves as a peer mentor to medical students and as an ESL tutor, encouraging English learners to improve their conversational skills. Addison is excited to continue her medical training as an emergency medicine physician in an underserved region.

Layan Safi

Primary Goal: Champion an unwavering commitment to health equity for all individuals; Expand advocacy programming for women’s health, physician well-being, and inclusive patient-centered care; Commit to ensuring outreach efforts extend to underserved communities. 

Highlighted Qualifications: Research manager at the University of Chicago department of Pathology, which allowed me to understand the importance of meticulous organization and effective communication. This also instilled in me strong interpersonal and advocacy skills.

Written message for AMWA members: As an aspiring member of the AMWA leadership, my foremost objective is to cultivate an environment where each member feels empowered to take proactive roles and broaden their expertise in the domains of women’s health and physician well-being. Furthermore, I hope that leaders and members of the AMWA continue to advocate for underrepresented and underserved communities in the field of healthcare. To achieve this, I am committed to fostering an environment of cohesion and accountability. With my background and experience, including my roles as a Gender and Sexuality Program Assistant, a resident assistant, and as a nursing assistant volunteer in a low-income pediatric clinic, I am well-prepared to champion this cause. These roles have equipped me with a diverse skill set, including project management, team leadership, and patient care, which will be instrumental in my service as a regional director. In my role, I will adeptly manage administrative tasks, mirroring the organizational acumen I demonstrated as a program assistant. This administrative foundation is pivotal for the success of our organization’s operations. I am particularly enthusiastic about the prospect of learning from our member’s experiences and advocating for their needs during our meeting. Meetings which will allow me to provide a forum for collaboration, idea-sharing, and aligning our goals with the mission of the organization.  

Biosketch: Layan Safi is a first-year medical student at the Rosalind Franklin University Chicago Medical School (CMS). She received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Neuroscience with minors in Chemistry and Psychology from Macalester College in 2021. Following graduation, she took gap years to conduct research in immunology and pathology with a specific interest in health disparities, where she became a laboratory manager at the University of Chicago. 

As a child of immigrants, Layan is passionate about examining the role of health inequity in clinical outcomes, particularly for immigrant women. In high school, she won a state-wide best legislation award advocating for universal healthcare. Since then, she has served as a member for several organizations dedicated to ending food insecurity in low-income communities, advocating for Muslim Women in healthcare, and expanding healthcare in underserved areas. She is passionate about gender equality, environmental justice, and improvement of health access. In her free time, she likes spending time with her family, reading, and watching action movies.

Urvi Savant

Primary Goal: To promote mentorship and help future doctors become community educators with the annual conference.

Highlighted Qualifications: As a young girl, I valued POC role models in medicine and hope to support diverse mentorship.

Written message for AMWA members: I found my passion for women’s health education in medical school, while working with clients in local domestic violence shelters and helping close friends find emergency reproductive care. Having witnessed the shortcomings of reproductive health education firsthand, I leaped at the opportunity to address these gaps through AMWA. With AMWA, I’ve become a better patient educator and advocate. Through leadership, I hope to help others develop these skills. I want to create connections between AMWA chapters, start regional community education initiatives, and support mentorship for girls interested in medicine.

During college and after, I was a founder of the Health Disparities Book Club, where I facilitated discussions about health equity. As current president of my local AMWA student chapter, I have planned hygiene product drives to benefit local survivors of DV, and events where medical students teach Girl Scouts first aid skills. These roles have taught me to be flexible, organized, and inclusive of every voice at the table. I hope to apply these skills to the role of Regional Director, to plan an education-focused regional conference, and to bring local AMWA initiatives in the Midwest to a wider audience.

Biosketch: Urvi Savant is currently an M2 student at WMed in Kalamazoo, MI. She grew up in an immigrant family in Massachusetts and was fascinated by life sciences from a young age. She graduated with a major in Chemistry and minor in Spanish from Smith College, MA, where she was an active student leader in her residential house and multiple student organizations. From volunteering in local free clinics as a teenager to participating in research about neglected tropical diseases, Urvi has a longstanding interest in serving underrepresented communities. Before entering medical school, she spent a year working on breast cancer clinical trials, which further sparked her interest in women’s health and education. Currently, she serves as the president of her local AMWA student chapter and works closely with a local domestic violence shelter to provide resources to the local community. She is interested in a future in obstetrics and gynecology or in oncology and hopes to be an educator as well. Outside of academics, Urvi is a trained classical dancer and enjoys choreographing original pieces. Her hobbies also include baking, embroidery, and adding to her ever-growing candle collection.

Region 7 Candidates:

Katie Mand

Primary Goal: Develop flourishing partnerships with AMWA chapters in my constituency; Create enriching and informative events for the women at each medical school; Design and orchestrate a regional conference that represents/embodies the spirit of my corresponding AMWA chapters; Create a digital system to interact personally with each chapter

Highlighted Qualifications: Chair of Professional Development at my med school AMWA chapter; Founded Spark Tutoring and Mentorship, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, which provides teaching and mentoring strategies to support disadvantaged and first-generation female, medical and pre-medical students across three different states.

Written message for AMWA members: I am interested in joining the AMWA e-board as a regional director because it would be the next step in evoking my passion of supporting the growth of women in all spheres of their life, to create a lasting and broad impact across the country. Through founding, Spark Tutoring and Mentorship, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, committed to supporting women at all steps of their medical journey, to organizing a Presenting Your Best Self Conference, an event designed to help women learn skills in professionalism and communication, I have gained the necessary skills to excel in my ability to serve as Regional Director for AMWA. As a regional director I aim to develop flourishing partnerships with AMWA chapters in my constituency; my goal will be to help each group of students thrive in creating enriching and informative events for the women at each medical school. I also hope to design and orchestrate a regional conference that represents and embodies the spirit of my corresponding AMWA chapters.

Biosketch: As a medical student at the Mayo Clinic Alix school of Medicine, Katie Mand served as the Chair of Professional Development. During her tenure, Katie organized a 7-session coaching series in which women physicians mentored and coached female medical students on different topics of interest including professionalism, communication with attendings, and self-care in medicine. She also designed and established the “Presenting Your Best Self” conference at the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine where students had the opportunity to hear from women leaders in the field of medicine, develop skills pertinent to carrying out a successful medical career, and learn from other women mentors in the community, including Mrs. Arizona 2023. Her leadership role at her AMWA chapter then inspired her to c create Spark Tutoring and Mentorship, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, that teaches and mentors disadvantaged and minority women at all stages of their medical journal. These experiences have continued to ignite Katie’s passion for supporting women across all spheres of their lives, and she remains determined to carry out her goal of broadening the positive impact she can make for women across the country.

Lorraine De Velez

Primary Goal: Identify and develop creative solutions to address collective needs of the medical student division

Highlighted Qualifications: I serve as the Region 7 Director and successfully hosted a Regional Conference that improved chapter relations

Written message for AMWA members: Committed to continued professional and personal growth, I constantly reflect on how I can improve as an individual. If re-elected as Regional Director, I aim to apply what I have learned from currently serving in this role, as well as the feedback I have received, to adjust my leadership approach and more effectively meet my responsibilities. 

Equipped with the experience of planning the 2023 Region 7 Conference, I am confident that I can adeptly lead a team in planning, financing, and executing the next Regional Conference. In addition to inviting notable speakers, organizing a research poster competition, and designing practical workshops, I plan to focus on increasing access to travel and lodging for those in need of these accommodations.

Recognizing the positive impact a support system can have on one’s wellbeing, academic success, and professional trajectory, I always seek to foster a strong sense of community in the spaces I navigate. As such, I intend on exerting significant effort in scheduling quarterly all-lead meetings with chapter leadership to not only address any challenges they are facing, but also hear about notable achievements (either by the chapter or an individual member), new initiatives, and opportunities for networking or career development.

Biosketch: Lorraine de Velez (she/her) is a fourth-year student at Saint Louis University School of Medicine who intends to pursue residency in Internal Medicine. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree at New York University and her Master of Science degree at Tufts University School of Medicine. Throughout her first and second years at medical school, Lorraine has been instrumental in improving AMWA members’ experiences by creating opportunities for professional skill development, career exploration, as well as faculty and peer mentorship. During her third year, she served as the Region 7 Director of AMWA’s Medical Student Division and hosted the 2023 Regional Conference. Passionate about women’s advancement in medicine, Lorraine continuously endorses AMWA during admissions events at her home institution and is volunteering as a mentor for international students interested in pursuing a career in healthcare. Outside of school, you will likely catch her hiking with her dog, exploring National Parks, camping, or running another marathon.

Region 8 Candidates:

Amirtha Shekar

Primary Goal: Facilitate early exposure for female trainees to gain confidence and knowledge to enter any field 

Highlighted Qualifications: I am savvy when it comes to seeking advice and resources beyond what I have access to

Written message for AMWA members: Being a first-year medical student, I am uniquely positioned for this role as my goal first semester has been to expose myself to diverse experiences in medicine, from attending weekly research meetings to joining early morning rounds in the cardiac ICU. Although I’m often the least experienced team member, I’ve learned I can make myself useful in small ways. This speaks to my commitment to learning through involving myself deeply in whatever I am passionate about; doing so has taught me what it is like feeling out of place and awkward. I vividly remember attending a plastic surgery interest meeting and looking around the room, realizing I was the only woman. The intimidation I felt opened my eyes to how many more rooms other women had been in where they experienced the exact same thing. My hope for AMWA is to help women overcome these uncomfortable situations so they can be one of the many as opposed to one of the few in a field. I envision doing this through having female physicians talk about their early experiences in a raw fashion, such as starting a podcast featuring women sharing moments of intimidation and awkwardness early in their careers. 

Biosketch: Amirtha Shekar is a first-year medical student at the University of Texas Health and Science Center-Long School of Medicine. Interested in pursuing surgery, Amirtha has involved herself in various scholarly projects with the Cardiothoracic Surgery department, such as exploring post-operative fever and changes in resident training overtime. Her interest in scholarly work began at Rice University, and as a recent graduate, Amirtha coauthored a publication on ribosome biogenesis in cancer proliferation. Amirtha’s academic interest also includes women’s health, and she is currently a clinical lead for an HPV awareness program where her team presented its HPV education initiative findings at a national Public Health conference in 2023. Beyond academics, Amirtha is an avid oil painter, a passion she has nurtured for over 15 years and has spread to others as an instructor during her free time– this experience has defined her desire to enter a field where she can continue to use her hands. Her mission in medicine is to leave a lasting legacy for other women to identify with–her unconventional path into medicine, she hopes, will be an inspiration to others to also pursue their dreams and leave an impact on as many women in the field as possible.

Region 9 Candidates:

Tori McDonald

Primary Goal: My primary goal is to support Region 9 students in their pursuit of improving lives and careers of women in medicine.

Highlighted Qualifications: I currently am serving as the Region 9 Director and been a part of the organization for 7 years.

Written message for AMWA members: As the current Region 9 Director, I have had the honor of serving in this for the last year. I have continued to be inspired by my fellow members on the executive board this year. Being a part of AMWA for the last 7 years has been incredible for networking and continuing to pursue my passion for women’s health and empowerment in the medical field. 

Over this past term, I have had success in this role by planning a conference for the spring and adding a new chapter. I also recognize that I have the capacity to learn from this first year and make improvements to promote continued growth as women in medicine. My goal for this next term is to gain more engagement from chapters so I optimize how I can serve them. I would love the opportunity to improve the way that I serve the medical students of Region 9. I am confident in my ability to build upon the successes of this term and serve this region in their pursuit of advancing AMWA initiatives.

Biosketch: Tori McDonald (she/her) is a medical student at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences. She was the founding member of her AMWA chapter at the University of Portland and was able to bring several of AMWA’s initiatives to fruition in the Portland area. She started the Pilots Matter, Period petition on her campus in undergraduate and presented the HPV and Cervical Cancer Prevention lesson to several middle school classes. Tori was also an ambassador for the MWIA Centennial Conference in New York where she connected with several AMWA leaders. While in medical school, she has remained an active member of AMWA by being a part of her Women in Medicine Club at PNWU and by participating in the National Mentorship Program. As a first-generation medical student and health care professional, her hope is to provide resources to those navigating the medical admissions process on their own.

Throughout her work and education, she has developed her passion for youth education and women’s health and works hard to improve the lives of the communities that she is a part of. Outside of school, work and volunteering, she enjoys cooking, baking, watching movies and spending time outside with her friends and family.