AMWA's 108th Anniversary Meeting/Medical Women's International Association North American Congress

March 23 – 26, 2023 in Philadelphia, PA

AMWA 2023 Annual Meeting

March 23-26, 2023
Philadelphia, PA

Program Book


Thursday, March 23, 2023

1:00-3:00 pm- Pre-conference Workshop: Coaching for Success in Healthcare Leadership

Mindy McManus, MEd, PCC
Assistant Professor in Healthcare Administration at Mayo Clinic

Deborah Munhoz, MS, PCC
Healthcare Leadership Coaching

In order to solve the complex problems in healthcare today, a new way of leading and interacting with others is integral. When a leader transforms the way they approach a conversation from telling to asking, engagement and collaboration increase. This new approach results in enhanced influence and effectiveness as a leader.

3:00-4:00 pm- Break

4:00-6:00 pm- Tour and Reception, Women in Medicine Legacy Archives (Drexel University, College of Medicine – 2900 W. Queen Lane, Philadelphia)

7:30-9:00 pm- Paint Night 


Friday, March 24, 2023


8: 30-9:30 am- Welcome & Open Ceremony

Leading with Diversity

9:00-9:30 am- Keynote Address: Efforts to Address Racial Inequities at Medical Institutions

Joan Reede, MD, MS, MPH, MBA
Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership
Harvard Medical School

9:30-9:50 am- The Benefits of Unique Characteristics in Leadership

Ana Maria Lopez, MD, FACP
Vice Chair, Medical Oncology
Chief of Cancer Services, Jefferson Health New Jersey
Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, NCI Designated

The need for leadership is not limited to the top rungs of our organizations. Leadership impacts all spheres of influence. If you see yourself as a leader, if you’d like to hone your skills, if you’d like to learn more about leadership and leadership styles, come to this session and take your first step towards your leadership vision.

9:50-10:10 am- Be Changed to Make Change: LGBTQ+ Health Equity

Jessica Halem, MBA
Senior Director, Eidos LGBTQ+ Health Initiative
University of Pennsylvania

LGBTQ+ people make up more than 7% of the population and for younger generations, the number is closer to 25%. Yet, less than 1% of NIH funding goes to research of LGBTQ+ populations and is still just HIV-focused. LGBTQ+ people experience greater health risks due to stigma, discrimination, and violence and without joint partnerships and investments from academia, healthcare, business, government, and community sectors, advancements to improve the lives of LGBTQ+ individuals will lag and stagnate. Let’s consider our role in improving healthcare.

10:10-10:30 am- How Canada and Indigenous Peoples are Working Towards Health Equity

Ojistoh Horn, MD
Part-time Faculty Lecturer
Faculty of Medicine
Department of Family Medicine
McGill University

10:30 -11:00 am- Table Talks with Leaders

11:00-11:30 am- Group Discussions

11:30 am-1:00 pm- Lunch Break & Posters in the Exhibit Hall

Transformational Leadership

1:00 pm-1:55 pm- Panel Discussion: Insights from Leaders Across Diverse Healthcare Sectors

Edith Mitchell, MD, MACP, FCPP, FRCP
Clinical Professor of Medicine and Medical Oncology
Department of Medical Oncology
Associate Director, Diversity Affairs
Director, Center to Eliminate Cancer Disparities
Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson

Pamela Davis, MD
Executive Medical Director, US Medical Affairs

Betty Sue Pace, MD
Professor of Pediatrics and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Francisco J. Tedesco Distinguished Chair of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Nancy Spector, MD
Professor of Pediatrics
Betty A. Cohen Chair in Women’s Health
Senior Vice Dean for Faculty
Executive Director, Lynn Yeakel Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership (IWHL)
Executive Director, Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM) and Executive Leadership in Health Care
Drexel University College of Medicine

1:55-2:00 pm- Break

2:00-3:00 pmClinical Hot Topics

Clinical Hot Topics Session A (concurrent)

The New Hot Topic: Family-Forming Benefits
David Adamson, MD

Menopause Management for the General Practitioner
Sara Shihab, MD
Instructor in Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science
Senior Associate Consultant, Women’s Health Center at Mayo Clinic

Osteoporosis: Diagnosis and Challenges
Shweta Akhouri, MD
Assistant Professor, Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

Don’t Drown in Your Email: Digital Efficiency for Physicians
Nina Mingioni, MD
Professor of Medicine
Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University

Women’s Health is Environmental Health
Lisa Nagy, MD,  FAAEM
Boarded in Emergency Medicine and Environmental Medicine
Vice Chairman of the Integrative Medicine Consortium
Member and Communications: The American Academy of Environmental Medicine
President of Educational Non-Profit Preventive and Environmental Health Alliance
Member of NIH roundtable on Building and Health, CDC National Conversation on Chemicals and Health

Clinical Hot Topics Session B (concurrent)

The Crisis in Primary Care in Canada: What Comes Into Focus through a Gender Lens
Bev Johnson, MD, CFFP
Community Family Physician
Nepean Family Health Organization

Constipation in Women: The Many Faces
Cuckoo Choudhary, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Medicine
Thomas Jefferson University

Understanding Mental Health with the Mexican Military; How the Students Became the Teacher
Madeline Teisberg, DO, MS
Lieutenant Commander, Medical Corps, United States Navy
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry
Scientist, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress
Faculty, National Capital Consortium Psychiatry Residency

Understanding and Addressing Sexual Harassment in Academic Medicine
Diana Lautenberger
Director, Gender Equity Initiatives, AAMC

Eating Disorders for the Primary Care Physician: Not a Disease “You Choose”
Ann Contrucci, MD, FAAP
Assistant Professor Pediatrics/Clinical Medicine
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

3:00-3:30 pm- Break in the Exhibit Hall

3:30-4:30 pm- Workshops

Mobilizing AMWA students for Innovation in Medical Education: the National Sex and Gender Student Education Initiative

Sneha Chaturvedi
Medical Student Chair, Sex and Gender Health Collaborative
Washington University School of Medicine

Deborah Gomez Kwolek, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Connie Newman, MD
VP MWIA North American Region
Past President 2018-2019, AMWA
Professor of Medicine, New York University School of Medicine

Janice Werbinski, MD
Associate Clinical Professor Emerita of OBGyn
Western Michigan University Homer Stryker, MD School of Medicine

This presentation (preferably a panel or workshop) will discuss an ongoing AMWA innovative student led project to expand sex and gender curricula nationally in all med schools and many undergraduate institutions. Student members and faculty will be invited to get involved. The faculty speakers listed are all experts in knowledge of Sex and Gender Health, are working in education of medical students and trainees, have performed research in the field, and are seasoned speakers. Two of the presenters (Dr. Kwolek and Dr. Newman) have co-edited the most recently published textbooks in the field:. “How Sex and Gender Impact Clinical Practice” (Jenkins and Newman), “Sex and Gender Based Women’s Health” (Tilstra, Kwolek, et al).

Music, Art and Medicine – Bridging the Connections for Better Health

Mary Rorro, DO
Chair, Music and Medicine Committee, AMWA
Co-Chair Humanities Committee, AMWA
Psychiatrist, Department of Veterans Affairs

Olapeju Simoyan, MD, MPH, BDS, FAAFP, FASAM
Professor of Psychiatry
Drexel University College of Medicine

Martha Sommers, MD
Assistant Professor
Family Physician
Head, Division of Global Health
Department of Family and Community Medicine
Marshall University

Lisa Wong, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Associate Co-Director, Arts and Humanities Initiative at HMS

Music has a therapeutic effect in the context of illness and can also contribute to improved clinical skills, potentially impacting patient outcomes. For example, the sharpened listening skills developed through years of musical training can translate into the ability to hear subtle cardiac murmurs on auscultation. Also, the ability to observe minor differences in texture and color through visual arts training can enhance a physician’s physical diagnosis skills. Music and the arts in general should play a stronger role in medical education and healthcare. This session will feature physicians who incorporate music and the arts into their work and provide a platform for discussing how they do this. There will be opportunities for attendees to showcase some of their work and explore opportunities for collaboration. Dr. Olapeju Simoyan is an addiction medicine physician who has been involved in various medical humanities initiatives involving writing, music and photography. Dr, Mary Rorro is a psychiatrist, vocalist and violist who incorporates music into her work with veterans. Dr. Lisa Wong is a pediatrician and musician and co-founder of the Arts and Humanities Initiative at Harvard. Dr. Martha Sommers is a family physician who has written about using art as a tool to manage pain. 

4:30-5:30 pm- Graduate Medical Education Symposium

Kim Templeton, MD
Joan Lo, MD

ACGME updates
Elizabeth Ames, MD
Chair, ACGME Orthopaedic Surgery RRC

GME Innovation Presentations

Exploring Beads of Privilege
Ana Maria Lopez, MD
Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University

A Culinary Medicine Toolkit for Physicians in Training
Sherry Zhang, MD
Internal Medicine Residency, Kaiser Permanente Oakland

Promoting Equitable Care for Patients with Disabilities and Medical Complexity
Alexandra Schoenberger, MD, MSEd
Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency, University of Cincinnati Medical Center

Using Film to Address Implicit Bias in Medical Culture
Joan Lo MD (on behalf of Jessica Zitter, MD, Highland Hospital)
Kaiser Permanente Northern California

COERG- Encouraging Collaboration Amongst Leaders in Orthopaedic Education
Tyler Kelly, BS
Hughston Foundation Research Fellow 2022-2023
M.D. Candidate | University of South Carolina SOM-Greenville 2024

Resident Wellbeing: Supporting Women Residents as Physicians and Caregivers
Andrea McMillan
Officer of Wellness for Graduate Medical Education
University of Kansas Medical Center

Resident Wellbeing and Red Flags
Kim Templeton, MD
Orthopaedic Residency Program Director
University of Kansas Medical Center
Past-President, AMWA

Dr. Templeton and Dr. Lo

Resident Wellbeing: Supporting Women Residents as Physicians and Caregivers

Andrea McMillin
Director of Accreditation and CLER, GME Officer of Wellness
University Kansas School of Medicine
Graduate Medical Education

4:30-5:30 pm- Workshops

Women Leaders: One World, One War Against COVID-19

Vivien Brown, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Family & Community Medicine, University of Toronto

Roberta Gebhard, DO
Past-President, AMWA
Co-Founder, Gender Equity Task Force (GETF)

Sherry Lai, MD
Professor, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and Chang Gung University

Padmini Murthy, MD, MPH, MS, FAMWA, FRSPH
Professor/ Global Health Director NYMCSHSP
Focal Point SDG 3 HUB United Nations Academic Impact
Chair-Elect Inter Sectional Council American Public Health Association
American Medical Women’s Association Global Health Lead/ NGO Representative to United Nations
1st Vice President Global NGO Executive Committee 2019-22
Sr Fellow Public Private Alliance Foundation

Vidhya Prakash, MD
Professor and Chief Medical Officer
SIU Medicine

The speakers are  global physicians in leadership positions and have been at the helm of addressing the pandemic in their countries . The aim of the workshop, which is a recap of the seminar series organized since 2020, is to address the role played by women physician  leaders during the pandemic and share examples of lessons learned and come up with recommendations on how future pandemic challenges can be addressed.

Humanities and Healing: An Arts in Medicine Journal

Premlatha Amalraj, MD
Federal Regulatory Affairs Coordinator
Swedish Health Services

Gloria Bachmann, MD, MMS
Associate Dean for Women’s Health
Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Caitlin Cavarocchi, MM
Pre-Medical Student, University of Pennsylvania Post Baccalaureate Certificate
Student Chair, Music & Medicine Committee

Mary Rorro, DO
Chair, Music and Medicine Committee, AMWA
Co-Chair Humanities Committee, AMWA
Psychiatrist, Department of Veterans Affairs

The AMWA Music and Medicine Committee presents the Humanities and Healing: An Arts in Medicine Journal project. This journal aspires to enhance wellness on a global basis through highlighting the important role music and the arts plays in our personal and professional lives, and can potentially have in our patients’ lives. The practice of medicine has been fraught with increased stress and demands on our time and services, causing burnout. The arts can serve as an outlet to tap into expressing their emotions.

5:30-6:30 pm- Specialty / Residency Fair

6:30-7:00 pm- Break

7:00-9:00 pm- Women in Medicine Reception – The College of Physicians of Philadelphia & Mutter Museum (19 S 22nd St, Philadelphia)

Saturday, March 25, 2023

8:00-9:00 am- Oral Posters


9:00-9:30 am- Keynote Address: Advocating for Reproductive Justice in a Post-Roe World

Caitlin Bernard, MD, MSCI, FACOG
Assistant Clinical Professor of OBGYN
Indiana University School of Medicine

Advocacy for reproductive justice is essential. There are so many opportunities for advocacy at all levels and within all medical specialties. Each and every one of us advocating for reproductive justice is more essential than ever; together we are also stronger than ever.

9:30-9:50 am- Climate Solutions Are Health Solutions

Mona Sarfaty, MD
Director, Program for Climate and Health, Center for Climate Change Communicatio
George Mason University

Climate change effects place everyone at risk but some are at greater risk.  This includes children, pregnant women, elders, people with chronic conditions, and people who have experienced environmental injustice in the past.  Climate solutions can bring improved health locally, right where solutions are implemented.  This talk will explore both sides of the reality of climate change and offer many personal and joint activities that are contributing to solutions.  

9:50-10:10 am- This is Our Lane: Role of Physicians in Gun Violence Solutions

Ruth Abaya, MD, MPH
Injury Prevention Program Manager, Philadelphia Department of Public Health
Attending Physician, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Division of Emergency Medicine
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania
Practice-based Scholar, CHOP Center for Violence Prevention
Senior Scholar, Penn Injury Science Center
Fellow, Stoneleigh Foundation

Physicians have a unique opportunity to reduce gun violence and its effects in the communities we serve. This begins by recognizing the systemic barriers to save and thriving communities and addressing them in our practice and advocacy. Knowing what strategies are effective to reduce violence and connecting with relevant stakeholders makes our clinical practice stronger.

10:10-10:30 am- Finding your Worth: Women Physicians in the Workplace 

Kim Templeton, MD
Professor and Vice-Chair for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Kansas Medical Center
Associate Dean for CME, University of Kansas Medical Center
Past President, American Medical Women’s Association

What do you do if you see something in the workplace (or in healthcare, in general) that has been a problem for you or others?  How do navigate the system to create change?  It does not take waiting until we have a title or leadership position to start effecting change.  Women physicians bring more than patient care expertise to the workplace- we bring a unique point of view and set of talents that can improve the system- and healthcare- for everyone.

10:30-10:50 am- Table Talk: Advocacy in Action

10:50-11:10 am- Group Discussions

11:10-11:40 am- AMWA Awards Ceremony

12:00-1:00 pm- Lunch in the Exhibit Hall, Committee Open Discussions


1:00-1:55 pm- AMWA Healthcare Innovation Challenge

1:00-1:55 pm- Workshops

Stories Heal and Reveal: A Radical Listening and Reflective Writing Workshop

Marion McCrary, MD, FACP
Clinical Associate, Duke Department of Medicine
Associate Director, Duke GME Coaching
Governor-Elect, North Carolina Chapter American College of Physicians

Riddi Shah, MD, FACP
Locums/Per Diem Hospitalist
Advocate Health Care

Fariha Shafi, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Missouri Kansas City

This interactive workshop will introduce physicians to the innovative tool of narrative medicine which has been proven to aid with burnout prevention for physicians, impact team cohesion, and improve deep listening skill. In groups, sharing of stories leads to a greater connection and a sense of inclusion and belonging. Experience with narrative medicine leads to better healthcare for the patient by enhancing listening skills of the physician, facilitating meaning making in reflection, improving team relationships, and honoring innovation and creativity. It helps us shed our fear of something new and facilitates empathy. Speakers facilitate a current ACP program.

Wellness and Equity Are Key Pillars for Successful Leadership: Lessons Learned in the WEL Program

Haneme Idrizi, MD, FAAP
Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

Katherine Sharkey, MD, PhD, FACP, FAASM
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior
Associate Dean for Gender Equity
Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Witzard Seide, MD FAAP
Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Uniformed Services University

Heather L. Lander, MD
Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
University of Rochester

The WEL Program is a longitudinal leadership training course grounded in the premise that advancement and success of women leaders in medicine cannot occur without attention to equity and wellness. Supported by a grant from The Physicians Foundation, WEL is a collaboration of 10 national medical societies (American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Physicians, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Psychiatric Association, American Hospital Association, American Medical Association, American Medical Women’s Association, National Hispanic Medical Association, and National Medical Association) dedicated to effecting change in medicine and healthcare. In this panel, 4 of the WEL Scholars that represented AMWA will share key takeaways and important skills that they gained by participating in WEL.

1:55-2:00 pm- Break

2:00-3:00 pm- Clinical Hot Topics

Prevention of HPV Related Cancers
Karen Y Choi, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Penn State Health Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA

Care for Incarcerated Women
Gloria Bachmann, MD, MMS
Associate Dean for Women’s Health
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Neurosurgical Emergencies
Lydia Kaoutzani, MD
Neurosurgery Resident
Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University

Gadolinium and Iodine Contrast: What Clinicians Need to Know When Ordering Imaging
Eleanor Chu, MD
Associate Professor of Radiology
University of California, Irvine

Stop the Leak! Management of Female Urinary Incontinence
Ramzy Burns, MD
Chief Urology Resident
Indiana University Health

2:00-3:00 pm- Workshops  (Concurrent)

Making Private Practice Approachable

Segen Chase, MD, FACP
CenterPointe Physicians, PA Co-Owner
Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita

Big Enough to Matter, Small Enough to Win: Removing Barriers to Physicians and Students Receiving Mental Health Care

Susan Thompson Hingle, MD
Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Human and Organizational Potential,
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

Eileen Barrett, MD, MPH
Associate professor of medicine and director of continuing medical education
University of New Mexico

3:00-3:15 pm- DocPreneur Award

3:00-3:30 pm- Break

3:30-4:30 pm- Workshops

Transforming Medicine Through Performing Arts: A Review of Current Programming and Future Directions

Shilpa Darivemula, MD, MS
Clinical Instructor
University of North Carolina
Department of OBGYN
Director of the Aseemkala Initiative

Shreya Srivastava
Medical Degree Candidate, Albany Medical College
MBA Graduate, Clarkson University
Aseemkala Initiative Fellow

We would like to do a panel on the use of dance and theater in medical education and clinical settings, discussing current programs, areas for improvement, and future directions. My main focus will focus on how pairing medicine and dance addresses inequities, the pros and cons of instrumentalizing art, and how medical environments can be seen as places of art. Each speaker will add their expertise to the discussion.

Bringing Healthcare, Education and Hope to Meghauli Nepal

Hari Bhandary
Founder, Clinic Nepal

Laura Helfman, MD
Attending Emergency Physician
Niswonger Pediatric Hospital
Johnson City Medical Center

Clinic Nepal was started as a vision when a young boy realized that his village needed a doctor.  That vision over time led to the creation of Clinic Nepal in Meghauli, Chitwan Nepal which just celebrated it’s 25th year.  Hari Bhandary brought that dream to fruition and has inspired healthcare professionals around the world.  Clinic Nepal is one of the AWHS supported clinics. Hari and Dr. Helfman would like to showcase the work that is done both in healthcare, schools, solar and many other projects that have turned despair into hope.

Reproductive Life Planning

Aurelie Athan, PhD
Associate Research Professor
Clinical Psychology
Teachers College, Columbia University

Torie Comeaux Plowden, MD, MPH

4:30-5:30 pm- Workshops

Factors Affecting Access to Fertility Care and how to Provide Equity in Fertility Care

G. David Adamson, MD, FRCSC, FACOG, FACS
Founder & CEO, Arc Fertility
Clinical Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine
Associate Clinical Professor, University of San Francisco School of Medicine
Past President, American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)

Multiple factors affect access to fertility care. The single most important is affordability, but awareness, knowledge, cultural perceptions and other social determinants of health are also important. This workshop will address all aspects of this topic, referencing personal, national and international publications and experience. The speaker, Dr. Adamson, has extensive experience for over two decades performing research, speaking, publishing and leading national and global initiatives, including with the World Health Organization, on access to fertility care.

Medication Abortion 101

Elana Cohn, MD
Family Medicine Physician, NYC

Claudia Conlon Morrissey, MD, MPH, FAMWA
Senior Associate, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Department of International Health

Caitlin Weber, MD
Family Medicine Physician, NYC

With the reversal of Roe v Wade, women in many states have lost the fundamental right to control their own reproductive destiny. One approach to increasing women’s agency in this repressive environment is through expanding access to medical abortion (MAB). This workshop will:
-Explain what is meant by MAB-Outline the standard protocol
-Examine how medications work to terminate a pregnancy
-Describe side-effects and patient preferences
-Discuss why MAB is a strategically important option for pregnancy termination

The Gender of the Sender: Assessing Gender Biases of Greetings in Patient Portal Messages

Allison Couture, DO, MPA
Assistant Professor
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Dr. Couture conducted a retrospective observational study evaluating patients’ message greeting to their physicians. The purpose was to determine if use of professional titles in patient EHR messages varied by gender of the physician receiving the message and gender of the patient sending the message. Interesting results were found.

4:30-5:30 pm- Committee Meetings

7:00-10:00 pm- AMWA 108th Anniversary Gala: Keynote, Presidential Inauguration, Fellowship Convocation, and Artistic Presentations

Janine Clayton, MD, FARVO (Keynote)
NIH Associate Director for Research on Women’s Health Director
NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health

Elizabeth Garner, MD, MPH
U.S. Chief Scientific Officer
Ferring Pharmaceuticals
AMWA President 2023-2024

Sami Ali
Emergency Medicine Physician
Artist in Residence 2022-2023

Leana Pande
Medical Student, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine
Artist in Residence 2022-2023

Mary Rorro, DO (Violist, Vocalist)
Caitlin Cavarocchi, MM (Vocalist)
Sydelle Ross, MD (Vocalist)
Angela Choi (Violinist)
Sydelle Ross, MD (Vocalist)
Olapeju Simoyan, MD, MPH (Ukulele, Vocalist)
Segen Chase, MD (Violinist)

Sunday, March 26, 2023

7:00-8:00 am- Committee Meetings

8:00-9:00 am- Committee Meetings

8:00-8:45 am- Medical Women’s International Association North American Meeting

9:00-10:00 am- Workshops

Ending Gender-Based Violence and Sexual Harassment: Advocacy Workshop

Eliza Chin, MD, MPH
Executive Director, AMWA

Clarissa Fabre, MBBS (Hons) DCH (LOndon) MRCP (UK)
Past President Medical Women’s Federation UK
Past President Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA)
Past MWIA representative to WHO

Bev Johnson, MD, CFFP
Community Family Physician
Nepean Family Health Organization

Anne Niec, MD
Professor, Department of Pediatrics
McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario

Connie Newman, MD
Adjunct Professor of Medicine, New York University School of Medicine, New York
Past President, AMWA
Vice President MWIA North America Region

Karen Poirier-Brode, MD
MWIA Coordinator
Chair, Studio AMWA

Shelley Ross, MD
Family physician, Vancouver BC Canada

This workshop introduces MWIA, its mission and activities. Founded in 1919, MWIA is an association of women doctors and medical students, from 54 countries representing eight regions.  The Mission is to improve health, especially of women and children.  MWIA advocates for including sex and gender perspectives in healthcare and policies, ending violence against women, upholding reproductive rights, health equity, education of women and girls, and other topics relevant to public health.  The theme for the current triennium 2022-2025 proposed by MWIA President, Dr. Eleanor Nwadinobi, is One Humanity: Health Solutions through our Partnerships. All authors have extensive experience as speakers.

The Neurobiological Cost of Caring and Strategies to Get out of Debt

Jillian Bybee, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Human Development, Michigan State University
Associate Program Director of Wellbeing and Professional Development, Corewell Health Pediatrics Residency Program

Aarti, Kamat, MD

Workplace related distress affects 50% of all helping professionals, including students, trainees, and attending physicians. Women are disproportionately affected, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Both proposed speakers have experienced work-related distress and mental health issues. Dr. Bybee dedicates her academic pursuits to designing interventions to improve physician wellbeing. She has been invited to deliver numerous seminars locally and nationally focusing on healthcare worker wellbeing including secondary traumatic stress, resilience, burnout, and work-life integration

10:00-11:00 am- Workshops

Gaslighting or Imposter Syndrome? How to Tell, What to Do: A Workshop for Women in Medicine

Diane Shannon, MD
Physician Coach, Author, Change Agent

Self-doubt can halt a woman’s advancement in medicine and lead to career dissatisfaction, compensatory overwork, and burnout. Being able to differentiate the underlying causes is critical to avoiding the trap of blaming yourself for externally generated self-doubt (i.e., gaslighting) and moving toward through imposter feelings to self-confidence. In this workshop, we will discuss examples of gaslighting, microaggressions, and gender bias and how to join with others to address these causes of self doubt. We will also discuss imposter syndrome and strategies that are effective in quieting the doubt that imposter syndrome fuels. I will share skills I’ve learned to combat my own self-doubt and that I’ve found helpful when working with women physicians who are held back by a lack of confidence in their abilities and expertise. The speaker is a professional physician coach, a member of the AMWA coaching committee, and experienced in leading workshops and group coaching programs.

Unshaming Women Physicians: Connect to Your Ultimate Power, Intelligence, and Beauty by Releasing Shame

Parastoo Jangouk, MD
Attending Physician
Austin Gastroenterology
Trauma-informed Coach

As female physicians we are mainly functioning from our fight or flight (stress) response. Our stress response is mainly triggered by being shamed at workplace or in our private lives. Shame is considered to be a social process; however, it can be self-inflicted. We shame ourselves when we should ourselves, compare ourselves to other people and disregard our brain diversity. We easily forget that we are all unique individuals with unique brain functions. By showing the audience simple practical steps, I help you notice your brain diversity, process shame through your body and build self-trust. By the end of this workshop the audience should be able to timely recognize and disrupt their stress response, while triggered by shaming. This will be an engaging interactive session. I am a dual board-certified gastroenterologist and internist and trauma-informed certified coach with ASCH level 2 training in clinical hypnotherapy. I have extensive experience in coaching high-performing women to accept their brain diversity to improve their performance and wellbeing. My coaching methodology is trauma-informed with focus on inner child meditation, hypnotherapy, reprogramming, embodiment and somatic work.

Reproductive Health Care across Navy Medicine

Paulette Cazares, MD

Venue Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City
DoubleTree Center City hotel sits along Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts, between the Wilma Theatre and the Academy of Music. Right across from the Kimmel Center, it’s a 5-minute walk from the SEPTA Broad Street Line, which leads to the South Philadelphia Sports Complex. Pets are welcome.

Please book through the link above to help AMWA meet the minimum meeting room block.  Book early before the block fills up. Deadline March 10


Public transportation:  Take the Septa train from the Airport to the Suburban Station (towards Center City).  From Suburban Station, head east on John F. Kennedy Blvd towards 15th Street.  Turn right on S. Broad Street. The Doubletree is on your left at Locust Street and S. Broad Street.  See the Septa Airport schedule here.

Driving: Discounted parking day passes are available for purchase at the registration desk.

From Philadelphia International Airport (20 min drive): Take I-95 North to Exit 17 (PA-611 North/ Broad Street Exit). Continue North on Broad Street for approximately 3 miles. The Hotel is located on the right side, one block past Spruce street at the corner of Broad and Locust Street.

From Baltimore, Washington and Points South: Take I-95 North past the Philadelphia Intl. Airport following the signs to the Broad Street exit. Take Broad Street North and follow Broad Street for about 3 miles. The hotel is on the corner of Broad and Locust.

From New York, New Jersey and points NorthEast (via NJ Turnpike): Take NJ Turnpike South to exit 4 (Philadelphia/Camden Exit). Take 73 North to 38 West. Follow signs to The Benjamin Franklin Bridge . Once over the bridge follow signs for 676 West. Take 676 West to the Broad Street/ Central Philadelphia Exit onto 15th street heading South. Take 15th Street (approx 7 blocks) and make a left turn onto Locust Street. Take Locust one block to Broad Street, the hotel is located directly in front of you at the corner of Broad and Locust Streets.

From Harrisburg, Hershey and points West – Take Pennsylvania Turnpike East to exit 24 (Valley Forge). Get onto 76 E following signs to Central Philadelphia. Take Vine St. (I-676) to Broad St. exit and make a right onto 15th St. Follow 15th St. to locust and make a left onto Locust. Go 1 block to Broad St. and the hotel is on the corner.


Registration Prices 

In Person:

Meeting Only:  Member $500 / Non-member $600 (Non-member prices include free year of membership)

Meeting & Gala Package: Member $585 / Non-member $685 (Non-member prices include free year of membership)

Gala Only: $115

Gala Table Sponsorship (includes 10 guests per table): $1150.00

Students/Trainees (includes on-site Gala and reception, off-site lunch pick-up) :  Member $225 / Non-member $285 (Non-member prices include trainee membership)

Students/Trainees (includes on-site Gala, reception, and lunches) : Member $365/ Non-member $425 (Non-member prices include trainee membership)


Virtual Only (Physicians & Other Health Professionals): Member $150/ Non-Member $250

Student/Trainees Virtual Only: Member $30, Non-Member $50


The Innovation Challenge is included in your ticket if you register for the Annual Meeting! However, if you would only like to tune in for the Innovation Challenge, you can purchase a ticket to the Virtual Watch Party for $25.


Refund Policy

Refund requests for the conference will incur a $75 administrative fee. After 2/1/22, no refunds will be granted. Registration is transferable.

Photo/Video Release Policy

Registration for the meeting indicates agreement with AMWA’s photo/video release policy that allows the AMWA photographer, videographer and invited media to take and share photos and videos of participants attending the meeting and to publish likenesses on the AMWA website and in future print and electronic promotional and archival materials related to the meeting.

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Indiana University School of Medicine and the American Medical Women’s Association. Indiana University School of Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Indiana University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 21.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Sunday, March 26, 2023

8:00-8:20 am- Introduction & Awards

8:20-8:50 am- Mentorship and Mingling

This is a mentoring activity, but with a “speed dating” twist. Pre-medical students will have the opportunity to learn from their medical student peers about how to obtain LoRs, research opportunities, and what to expect when applying to medical school.

8:50-8:55 am- Break

8:55-9:15 am- Zoom Presentation- AMWA Physicians Against the Trafficking of Humans (PATH) with Dr. Zara Siddiqui and Victoria Addis

Physicians Against the Trafficking of Humans (PATH) was founded by AMWA in 2014 in order to educate physicians, residents, and medical students about issues surrounding human trafficking. This presentation will provide information regarding human trafficking and how students can become advocates for those who have been trafficked.

9:15-9:20 am- Break

9:20-10:00 am-

Workshop 1: Knot Tying Clinic with Dr. Kate Stampler

Learn how to successfully complete a two-handed, one-handed, and square knot. This workshop will be hosted by our very own, Dr. Kate Stampler, DO and her residents. Dr Kate Stampler serves as Division Chair of Gynecology and Section Chief of Minimally Invasive Gynecology at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia. She specializes in complex laparoscopic and robotic surgery, with expertise in minimally invasive surgical options for fibroid management, endometriosis, and abnormal bleeding.

Workshop 2: SHINE Like A STAR: Mastering Behavioral & Situational Interview Questions with Dr. Nicole Bentze

This presentation will be given by Dr. Nicole Bentze. Dr.Bentze is a board-certified family physician and Dean of the Sarasota Regional Campus of the Florida State University College of Medicine. This workshop will utilize the STAR technique to learn how to craft answers to various behavioral and situational questions that are becoming more common in medical school and residency interviews.

Workshop 3: Sexual Assault: Caring for Ourselves and Our Patients (Student Presentation)

This workshop will be presented by second year medical student, Amoolya Vayalapalli. Amoolya attends AU/UGA Medical Partnership. This workshop hopes to create an open discussion where we can empower women in the healthcare sector to seek care and to let go of the fear associated with prioritizing themselves first. By taking care of ourselves holistically, can we then begin taking care of our patients’ wellbeing.

Workshop 4: Women in Urology with Dr. Ramzy Burns

Dr. Burns is a PGY5 resident in Urology at Indiana University. She was born and raised in Pennsylvania and completed her undergraduate and medical training there as well. She came to IU for excellent urologic residency training. She is not sure what area of urology she wants to focus on yet, but may consider female, endourology, or pediatrics. She will be discussing her experience as a female physician in a male dominated subspeciality.

10:00-10:15 am- Januu Scrub Giveaway

10:15-11:00 am- Caitlin Bernard – Abortion Rights

Dr. Caitlin Bernard is a physician at Indiana University Health and practices Obstetrics & Gynecology. With the recent attack on women’s rights, Dr. Bernard will present on her experiences and what we, as future physicians, can do to ensure equity and justice for all our patients.

11:00-12:30 pm- Premedical Fair

Nov. 1: Regular submission abstract deadline with regular fee
Nov. 15: Late submission abstract deadline with late fee
Nov. 30: Final Call/Late Breaking abstract deadline with late fee



AMWA membership is comprised of physicians, residents, medical students, pre-medical students, health care professionals, and other supporters. AMWA is the oldest multi-specialty organization dedicated to advancing women in medicine, advocating for equity, and ensuring excellence in health care.

The Annual Meeting is highly regarded for providing opportunities to energize current and prospective members while providing valuable networking opportunities for its participants. Each year our Poster Session has become more robust and reflective of our organization’s mission. Faculty, residents, fellows, and medical and pre-medical students are encouraged to participate in the 2023 Annual AMWA Meeting by submitting abstracts for presentation. We look forward to receiving your submission and returning to in-person meeting activities. We hope to see you in Philadelphia!

Important Guidelines:

  • Each abstract must be submitted using this online application form – submissions via email will not be accepted.
  • Approval must be obtained from ALL authors before the abstract is submitted. A confirmation email will be sent to each author following submission receipt
  • The first author must be the presenting author and an AMWA member AT THE TIME OF PRESENTATION. At least one author must be an AMWA member AT THE TIME OF SUBMISSION. If due to extenuating circumstances at the time of presentation the first author is unavailable, please contact at
  • The abstract must be 2000 characters or less (including spaces, excluding title and author names). No graphics or tables are allowed in the abstract submission.
  • There is a one-time, non-refundable $50 poster application fee. An additional late fee will be added after the initial deadline of November 1st has passed. The abstract submission window will close on November 30th.
  • Categories:
    For Research Abstracts: Background/Purpose, Methods, Results, Conclusions
    For Quality Improvement or Innovation Abstracts: Background, Intervention/Innovation, Results, Conclusion
    For Clinical Case Reports: Case Description, Conclusions, Clinical Significance
  • You will be unable to edit your abstract after submission.  Late breaking data may be added to your final presentation up to the E-poster submission deadline (to be determined).
  • By submitting your abstract to this meeting, you are agreeing that we may distribute your abstract as part of AMWA 108th Annual Meeting content via an online portal or in print if applicable.
  • Previously presented material may be accepted if new data or innovations exist and there are no copyright conflicts.  Please indicate if the material has been previously presented on the online form.
  • No industry-submitted content will be accepted.
  • ALL authors planning to present accepted abstracts are required to register for the meeting and pay the registration fee.
  • Accepted abstracts will all be invited to present in a virtual format and an in-person paper poster presentation (not for judging). Selected abstracts will be invited for an Electronic Poster Presentation (details below).

Abstract Blinding

In selecting abstracts, our goal is to be inclusive and equitable, using a careful review process and limiting presenters to serving as first or second author on a maximum of two accepted presentations. We hope this approach maximizes opportunities for both presenters and institutions and broadens participation for our institutions and members, giving an opportunity for scholarship voice to all our participants.

No identifying features such as names of authors, hospitals, medical schools, clinics, or cities may be listed in the title or abstract text.

Abstract Selection Process

Abstracts will be screened initially to ensure that at least one author on each presentation team is an AMWA member and that all abstracts have been submitted as directed. The selection committee will only evaluate submissions that pass the initial screening. The selection committee then proceeds with the abstract review and ranking process.

Abstracts will be evaluated with AMWA’s priority topics in mind:

  • Public Health Initiatives: Reproductive Justice, Gun Violence Prevention, Opioid Addition / Pain Management, Human Trafficking, Obesity, Cervical Cancer Eradication, Women’s Health
  • Sex and Gender-Specific Medicine
  • Technology & Innovation
  • Gender Equity
  • Work-Life Issues (including Physician Infertility)
  • Physician Wellness & Burnout (including Medical Humanities)
  • Medical Education & Training

Poster Abstracts will be presented as follows:

  • In-person Paper Poster – All accepted posters will have the option to bring a paper poster to present and for display during the duration of the meeting. These posters will not be judged.
  • Electronic Poster – Highly-ranked abstracts accepted for an Electronic Poster Presentation will present their work on the virtual platform and pre-conference recorded videos.  There will not be moderated sessions or physical presentations of E-posters during the meeting. Posters will be viewed by conference participants online and via the conference app.
  • Oral Presentation – The highest-ranked abstracts are selected for an Oral Presentation during the conference. Abstracts submitted with a late fee (after the initial deadline) will not be considered for an oral presentation. The highest-ranked Oral Presentations will be selected for an award at the end of the conference. The first author must be the one who presents the work and must be an AMWA member at the time of the conference.

Nov. 1: Regular submission abstract deadline with regular fee
Nov. 15: Late submission abstract deadline with late fee
Nov. 30: Final Call/Late Breaking abstract deadline with late fee

We encourage you to join us for one of our Virtual Research Series sessions (save the dates!):

September 7: How to prepare an abstract
October 5: Open office hours on abstracts
October 17: Sign-up for 10-minute, one-on-one abstract feedback
January 18: How to prepare a poster
February 8: Open office hours on posters
February 15:  Sign-up for 10-minute, one-on-one poster feedback

All sessions will be held starting at 8 pm ET. Sign up form will be available soon.

Further and final details regarding final video and oral presentation selection will be distributed at a later date. See below.

  • Please allow the Committee time to review your submitted abstract. We assure you that ample time will be allotted to complete your pre-recorded video and to prepare for an oral presentation, if selected. You will receive detailed instructions, deadlines and a final checklist for the final E-poster and pre-recorded video in the acceptance email. We will not respond to inquiries regarding abstract decisions unless you have not received a notification regarding your initial abstract by early February 2023 (excluding late submissions). Abstract decisions will be sent by early February.

Questions? E-mail


Saturday, March 25, 2023

7 pm ET


Gala Keynote Speaker:

Janine Austin Clayton, M.D. NIH Associate Director for Research on Women’s Health Director NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health




6:45-7 pm – Pre-Gala Musical Performances

7:00 pm- Welcome & “Physician, Healers” Anthem (Music & Lyrics by Dr. Mary Rorro)

7:15-7:35 pm- Keynote: Dr. Janine Clayton

7:35-7:50 pm- Musical Performances  (Dr. Sydelle Ross, Dr. Olapeju Simoyan with Ukelele, & Cait Cavaocchi – Vocals, Angela Choi – Violin, Dr. Mary Rorro – Viola)

8:00-8:15 pm- Fellowship Ceremony,  Artists in Residence, White Rose Ceremony

8:15-8:30 pm – Presidential Transition 

8:30-8:45 pm- Presidential Inauguration

9:30 pm- Dancing

American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) Annual Meeting 2023 

Doubletree Center City, Philadelphia

March 23-26, 2023

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Authors Table

AMWA authors are invited to share their work at the Annual Meeting. An Authors Corner (or Table) will be available during all breaks and authors and attendees are encouraged to stop by and speak to, and/or purchase a copy of their book. The author corner will be available during all breaks and starting at 7am every morning. Authors that bring books for purchase are responsible for any sales and for storage of any books.



Saturday, March 25 – 1-3 pm ET

Included in #AMWA2023 Annual Mtg – OR – Join Virtual Watch Party!

Register for #AMWA2023 Mtg    Join $25 Virtual Watch Party for Challenge

The AMWA Healthcare Innovation Challenge aims to increase participation and leadership of women in healthcare innovation. The program provides a venue for women physicians and other women healthcare entrepreneurs  to share their work with each other and the AMWA community.

This year, at #AMWA2023, Five Women Physician Entrepreneurs will pitch their innovation project competing for the grand prize of $10,000, a one-year membership in start-up incubator and an AMWAxCEL Fellowship. 

Additional women entrepreneurs will showcase their work via posters and 2-minute videotaped presentations that will be available for viewing online, with some also presenting in person in Philadelphia. Learn more about AMWA Healthcare Innovation Challenge.

AMWA Innovations in Graduate Medical Education

AMWA will support up to $1000 to cover material supplies for creation of program toolkits that support innovations in graduate medical education. Collaboration across programs and specialties is encouraged. Proposals will be selected to present during the AMWA GME Symposium at the AMWA Annual Meeting or showcase a poster. **NOTE: THIS CHALLENGE IS DIFFERENT FROM THE AMWA INNOVATION CHALLENGE 2023


Preconference Workshop: Thursday, March 23, 1-3 pm ET

Coaching for Success in Healthcare Leadership

In order to solve the complex problems in healthcare today, a new way of leading and interacting with others is integral. When a leader transforms the way they approach a conversation from telling to asking, engagement and collaboration increases. This new approach results in enhanced influence and effectiveness as a leader.

In this two hour live workshop, participants will:

1) Differentiate between mentorship, sponsorship, and coaching

2) Recognize how active listening is key to engagement as a leader

3) Practice asking powerful questions to maximize accountability for self and others


Who should attend this pre-conference workshop?

Any physician or resident who is interested in leadership in any area

Is there an additional cost for this pre-conference workshop?

No, this is included in the total cost of the annual meeting.

Is there a separate registration for this pre-conference workshop?

Yes, there is an area to indicate you are planning on attending and you are encouraged to only check if you are planning to attend as the # will be limited.

Wish you could gain greater insight regarding a question, concern, or opportunity nagging at you?
Here’s How: Annual Meeting Registration includes a Complimentary Professional Physician Coaching Session. Available onsite. Session times are limited so reserve your preferred time now!

Join Us for the Women In Medicine Reception

at the
College of Physicians of Philadelphia
and Mutter Museum

Friday, March 24    |   7-9 pm ET


AMWA is hosting the Women in Medicine Reception
at the “Birthplace of American Medicine”  
at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia  in partnership with the American College of Physicians,
Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) / Drexel University, Women in Medicine Legacy, and the Alliance for Women’s Health & Prevention

AMWA also recognizes the Philadelphia Country Medical Society


The College of Physicians of Philadelphia 

The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, founded in 1787, is one of the oldest professional medical organizations in the country. Twenty-four physicians of 18th-century Philadelphia gathered “to advance the science of medicine and to thereby lessen human misery.”  Today, over 1,200 Fellows (elected members) continue to convene at the College and work toward better serving the public.

Throughout its history, the College has provided a place for medical professionals and the general public to learn about medicine as both a science and as an art. This historic spirit continues in our current mission: advancing the cause of health while upholding the ideals and heritage of medicine.

Our programs and collections reflect our reverence for the past, our commitment to the present, and our vision for the future of medicine and health. 

For more information, visit the College and Mütter Museum websites:  |

AMWA Awards

Over the past 150 years, women physicians have blazed new trails, opened closed minds, lifted downcast spirits, and profoundly impacted medicine in countless ways. Through our awards and recognition programs, AMWA celebrates the contributions and accomplishments of these remarkable American Medical Women.

View the 2023 Awards that will be presented at our 108th Annual Meeting:

2023 Awards Listing  More About AMWA Awards