Centennial Meeting April 2015


With over 500 attendees, AMWA’s Centennial Meeting drew physicians, residents, and students from all over the world from destinations as far as South Korea and Nigeria. The meeting began with a visit to the home of AMWA founder, Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen in Michigan where visitors learned more about the history of this fascinating pioneer woman physician and her family. In Chicago, a Career Development Pre-course provided practical strategies and hands-on advice for women at all stages of their careers.

Meeting highlights included inspiring keynotes by Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, Dr. Mae Jemison,Dr. Nancy Snyderman, and a host of distinguished speakers including best-selling author Nicholas Kristof, past or current presidents of Planned Parenthood (Cecile Richards), American College of Physicians (Dr. Molly Cooke), American College of Surgeons, (Dr. Patricia Numann), and American Bar Association (Laura Bellows), Dr. Janine Clayton (Director of the NIH Office of Women’s Health Research), breast surgeon advocate Dr. Susan Love, and three time Olympic medalist Katie Hoff. Leaders in academia included 4 women medical school deans — Dr. Deborah C. German, Dr. Debra A. Schwinn, Dr. Cynda Ann Johnson, and Dr. Linda Brubaker and a host of senior ranking medical professionals. Overarching themes of women’s empowerment, leadership, innovation, and health were woven throughout the weekend along with a call to action to aid victims of human trafficking. There was something for everyone – from the pre-medical student to the retired physician and a blending of the different specialties, backgrounds, and ages that make up the fabric of AMWA. Networking and mentoring sessions provided opportunities for collaboration; old friends reunited and new friendships were made. The sense of fellowship among those present was palpable as was the energy and vitality to launch AMWA’s next 100 years of history.

Please view AMWA’s Centennial Book here

Special Speakers

Mae Jemison

Mae C. Jemison, MD

First Woman of Color in Space, Principal – 100 Year Starship

S G Murthy

Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA

Vice Admiral (VADM)
Surgeon General


Katie Hoff

Three Time Olympic Medalist
USOC SportsWoman of the Year (2005, 2007)
USA Swimming Female Athlete of the Year (2005-7)

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Nicholas Kristof

Pulitzer Prize Winner
Best-selling Author
A Path Appears (2014)
Half the Sky (2009)



2Ingrid M. Allard, MD, MSEd

Associate Dean for Community Outreach and Medical Education
Albany Medical College


3Nassim Assefi, MD

Director of Stage Content, TEDMED




4Holly G. Atkinson, MD, FACP

Director, Human Rights Program, Mount Sinai Global Health
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Preventive Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

5Laurel Bellows

Founding Principal, The Bellows Law Group P.C.
Immediate Past President, American Bar Association


6Janet Bickel, MA

Leadership and Career Development Coach

7Linda Brubaker, MD, MS

Dean and Chief Diversity Officer
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine



8Nancy R.G. Church, MD, FACOG

Managing Physician of Wellness Connections, LLC

9Janine Austin Clayton, MD

Director of the Office of Research on Women’s Health, National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Associate Director for Research on Women’s Health, National Institutes of Health (NIH)


10Molly Cooke, MD, MACP

Professor of Medicine, University of California San Francisco
Immediate Past President, American College of Physicians

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Health Care Attorney
Mackarey & Davidson, PC


H FronekHelane Fronek, MD, FACP, FACPh

Professional Physician Coach

11Diana J. Galindo, MD, FACP, AGSF

Clinical Director of the Department of Geriatrics  at Cleveland Clinic  Florida
Past President of AMWA, 2007


12Deborah C. German, MD

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine
University of Central Florida

13Gretchen Green, MD, MMS

Attending Radiologist, Greensboro Radiology, PA
Acting Chair and Vice Chair, Board of Directors, National Women’s History Museum


14Marianne M. Green, MD, FACP

Associate Dean, Medical Education and Competency Achievement
Director, Honors Program in Medical Education
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Farzanna_Haffizulla_MD_FACP (2)Farzanna S. Haffizulla, MD, FACP

President, AMWA
Host-Anchor-Medical Correspondent, Mission Critical Health


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Three Time Olympic Medalist
USOC SportsWoman of the Year (2005, 2007),
USA Swimming Female Athlete of the Year (2005-2007)

15Holly J. Humphrey, MD, MACP

Ralph W. Gerard Professor in Medicine
Dean for Medical Education
Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago


Mae JemisonMae C. Jemison, MD

First Woman of Color in Space, Principal – 100 Year Starship

17Charles C. Jett

Managing Director of Critical Skills Group, Ltd


C Johnson Photo VT43119_2011161614-CompCynda Ann Johnson, MD, MBA

President and Founding Dean
Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

18Paul Kirchgraber, MD, MBA, FCAP

Vice President, Global Testing Services, Medical & Technical Affairs,
General Manager of the Americas, Covance Central Laboratory


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Best-selling Authors

Grey Background HeadshotSusan M Love, MD, MBA

Chief Visionary Officer of Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation


19E. Connie Mariano, MD, FACP

President and Founder, Center for Executive Medicine
Former Whitehouse Physician

20Saralyn Mark, MD

Senior Policy Advisor
Executive Office of the President
White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Senior Medical Advisor NASA


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Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
Associate Dean for Medical Education and Innovation
Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

S G MurthyVivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA

Vice Admiral (VADM)
Surgeon General

Connie Newman July 2014Connie Newman, MD, FACP

Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism
New York University School of Medicine

21Nawal M. Nour, MD, MPH

Director, Global Ob/Gyn and African Women’s Health Center
Director, Ambulatory Obstetrics at Brigham & Women’s Hospital
Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School


22Patricia J. Numann, MD, FACS

Lloyd S Rogers Professor of Surgery Emeritus,
SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York
Past President, American College of Surgeons

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Associate Dean for Student Affairs

Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Biomedical Sciences
Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine


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Associate Director for Scientific Initiatives,

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Cecile RichardsCecile Richards

President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
and Planned Parenthood Action Fund


24Debra A. Schwinn, MD

Dean, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
Professor of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Biochemistry
The University of Iowa

25Nancy L. Snyderman, MD

Chief Medical Editor, NBC News


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Kate Campbell Stevenson

Actor / Producer / Educator

26Kimberly Templeton, MD

Director, Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program
Professor of Orthopedic Surgery & Health Policy & Management
University of Kansas Medical Center


27Maureen Thalmann

Freelance Writer & Local Historian

Kanani TitchenKanani Titchen, MD

AMWA Immediate Past Resident President


28Marc M. Triola, MD, FACP

Associate Dean for Educational Informatics
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Institute for Innovations in Medical Education
NYU School of Medicine

29Nutan Vaidya, MD

Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Talent Recognition and Enhancement; Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University


CAW 2013Carol Warfield, MD

Distinguished Lowenstein Professor of Anesthesia
Harvard Medical School

photoNorma Jo Waxman, MD

Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine Faculty, The Bixby Center for Global and Reproductive Health University of California San Francisco


AMWA Centennial Brochure

AMWA100 Program Booklet

AMWA Committee Meetings Schedule

Click here for CME Certificate information

Van Hoosen Farm Tour
Career Development Pre-Course                                                                                                                                           Work/Life Balance Panel (open to all)

Main CME Program
Women’s Empowerment Reception
AMWA History Program

Main CME Program
AMWA Awards Luncheon
AMWA’s Centennial Gala

Main CME Program
The meeting will conclude around 1 pm Sunday.  Attendees are encouraged to stay for a special concluding ceremony on Sunday.

Throughout the conference, there will be multiple opportunities for networking and mentoring, gathering with old friends and meeting new friends. There will also be docent-led walks to the site of AMWA’s founding in 1915.

Annual Awards Luncheon

Recipients of AMWA’s prestigious awards will be honored at the annual AMWA Awards luncheon.

Women’s Empowerment Reception

Meet local and national women leaders at this networking reception.

AMWA History Program

Learn more about AMWA’s founder, Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen, and the history of the organization. Kate Campbell Stevenson will present a special live performance as Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen.

Van Hoosen Farm Tour

Van Hoosen Farm Flyer

The home and farm of Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen and her niece Sarah Van Hoosen have been preserved as a historical museum in Rochester, Michigan.

In honor of AMWA’s Centennial, come visit the Van Hoosen farm, see Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen’s office, and the famous couch upon which she made her decision to study medicine. Stroll around the property, enjoy the artifacts on display, and then travel down to Chicago as Dr. Van Hoosen did for so many years. Transportation from the Detroit Metropolitan Airport and to the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago is included.

For more information about the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, please click here.


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Thursday, April 23, 2015

7:00 am Pick up Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport
8:00 am Arrive Van Hoosen FarmPanera Breakfast Buffet
8:30 am Petticoat Surgeon: The Extraordinary Life of Bertha Van HoosenMaureen Thalmann, Freelance Writer & Local Historian
9:30 am Tour of the Van Hoosen home and farm
10:30 am  Artifacts Display
11:30 am Load Buses to drive to Chicago. Box lunch on the road.

Schedule subject to change

Hotel Information

The Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport
2501 Worldgateway Place
Detroit, MI
Mention American Medical Women’s Association

Career Development Pre-Course

Thursday, April 23, 2014 12:30-5:00pm

Cost $50

CME available

Love what you do and get paid for it!

Women are entering the medical profession at numbers almost equal to men but lag behind in positions of leadership. What holds you back and “Why Do I Feel Like a Fraud?” Helane Fronek, MD, Professional Physician Coach, explains how we let our inner voice defeat us and how we can retrain ourselves to be successful.

Many women physicians contemplate taking time off to raise a family, or pursue other interests, but when the time comes to get back into the workforce, how do we retrain and get back into the practice of medicine and how do we avoid burnout? “Work Force Re-entry: The On Ramps and Off Ramps of Your Career presented by Kim Templeton, MD will address these sometimes abrupt changes in our career. Dr. Templeton has been active in her state medical organization and licensing board and understands the issues. She will review the consequences of taking time off as well as the steps needed to avoid burnout.

Right out of training women physicians earn about $18,000 less than men. Over your career that is >1 million dollars that is lost income. Paul Kirchgraber, MD, MBA is a leader in medicine and business and has developed negotiation skills and techniques that you need to put to use! These simple tools will help you become an effective negotiator whether it is for your salary, your research needs, or dealing with your boss, colleagues, and perhaps your spouse or teens!

Is your career on the right track? Do you like the direction it is going? Learn about “Critical Skills, Career Crises and the ‘Doom Loop’” from Mr. Charles Jett.   An elegant yet simple career management tool will be discussed by its creator along with the various inevitable career crises that all individuals face from their first job up to and including retirement.

H FronekHelane Fronek, MD, FACP, FACPh

Professional Physician Coach

26Kimberly Templeton, MD

Director, Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program
Professor of Orthopedic Surgery & Health Policy & Management
University of Kansas Medical Center


Paul Kirchgraber, MD, MBA, FCAP

Vice President, Global Testing Services, Medical & Technical Affairs,
General Manager of the Americas, Covance Central Laboratory

17Charles C. Jett

Managing Director of Critical Skills Group, Ltd




AMWA Centennial Meeting Poster Abstract Submission

Thank you to everyone who presented a poster at the Centennial Meeting! All abstracts can be found in our Centennial Poster Presentation Abstract Booklet.

Thank you for your interest in attending and presenting a poster at the AMWA Centennial Meeting in April 2015! The submission deadline has passed. If you have submitted an abstract, please allow 4-6 weeks for abstract review and to receive your submission status update.

Please see the abstract submission information and requirements below. Poster abstract submissions are accepted through the online submission form. The submission deadline is February 20, 2015 for all divisions (student, resident and physician). Acceptances will be sent within 4-6 weeks of submission. Decisions will be made on a rolling basis.

Submission categories include: Clinical care – best practices, Clinical care – case study, Research – human subjects (clinical), Research – bench, and other.

All poster presenters are eligible for Young Women in Science Awards, which will be presented separately for the student and resident divisions.  Additional information specific to the student division and resident division awards is available at the above links.

  • Abstracts and posters may NOT be duplicates of submissions from previous AMWA conferences.
  • Each presenter may submit only 1 poster abstract for consideration.
  • All author names and email addresses are required and ALL authors must sign off on submission for the abstract to be eligible for consideration. An email will be sent to each author for their electronic signature at the bottom of the abstract submission form.
  • Submitting author must be available to present at the conference on Saturday, April 25, 2015.
  • Poster abstract must be 300 words or less (author names do NOT count toward word limit), and should be structured as follows:
    • For Scientific Research: Authors’ names (ex. Smith, Jane, L.), Hypothesis, Methods, Results, Conclusions
    • For Clinical Cases: Authors’ names (ex. Smith, Jane, L.), Case, Conclusions, Clinical Significance

Questions? Email conference@amwa-student.org

Centennial Gala

Palmer House Hilton
17 E Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603
7:30pm (black tie optional)

Held at the elegant and historic Palmer House Hilton the Gala was a time to reflect upon all of AMWA’s achievements over the past century. The first class of AMWA Fellows were inducted. The first African American Woman in Space, Dr. Mae Jemison, was presented with the AMWA Presidential Recognition Award and delivered the keynote address.

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Accreditation Statement

CME Statement: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of Indiana University School of Medicine and the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA). The Indiana University School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement

Indiana University School of Medicine designates this live activity for up to 25 PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty Disclosure Statement

In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Standards for Commercial Support, educational programs sponsored by Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) must demonstrate balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor. All faculty, authors, editors, and planning committee members participating in an IUSM-sponsored activity are required to disclose any relevant financial interest or other relationship with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial product(s) and/or provider(s) of commercial services that are discussed in an educational activity.

Note: While it offers CME credits, this activity is not intended to provide extensive training or certification in the field.

Meeting and Course Description

This conference will convene leading academic physicians, scientists, students, and prominent policy makers to discuss advances in women’s health, new concepts in mentorship, and career advancement for women in medicine. The conference will address how advances in medical technology and affordable care will affect the treatment of patients in the future.

Meeting and Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, attendees should be able to:

1. Incorporate guidelines on organ systems into clinical practice to improve management of diseases;

2.Discuss screening guidelines for early detection of osteoporosis and diabetes;

3. Discusscurrent guidelines for screening and management of

reproductive health;

4. Define warning signs for cardiac disease in women and identify patient approaches for health lifestyles;

5. Describe the role of gender in management and prevention of disease;

6. Implement mentoring among physicians and learners to generate more physicians practicing medicine;

7. Define human trafficking, and identify economic, political, social, and cultural factors that contribute to human trafficking;

8. Support the mentoring and career development of women in medicine.

CME Sponsored by Indiana University School of Medicine


Work-Life Balance Panel

Farzanna_Haffizulla_MD_FACP (2)Farzanna S. Haffizulla, MD, FACP

President, AMWA
Host-Anchor-Medical Correspondent, Mission Critical Health

Heather BrownHeather Brown

President-Elect Residency Division

23Samia Osman

MS-III at Harvard Medical School
AMWA, National Student Recruitment Chair and Former National Student Treasurer


Several AMWA items are available for pre-order. Indicate on your registration form which items you’d like to order and you will receive them at the meeting.

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Student Division Sweatshirt

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24 oz. Acrylic Tumbler

AMWA Travel Mug Stainless Steel Travel Mug


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Centennial Poster



Residency Division Call Bag


PATH (Physicians Against the Trafficking of Humans) Merchandise


pathhoodieFleece Jacket – $40.00

pathtshirtT-Shirt – $15.00

paththreequarter3/4 Sleeve – $18.00

pathbagTote – $10.00

pathpenPen – $2.00




Click here to view a summary of the Centennial Meeting!

Click here to download a copy of the Student Guide to the Centennial Meeting!


Centennial Program Poster