American Medical Women’s Association

 Advancing Leadership Development
for Women in Medicine

March 25 – 28, 2021 (up to 24.75 credits)

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The AMWA Meeting features professional development CME sessions, clinical updates, poster sessions with judging, virtual exhibits, mentoring, networking, awards recognition, and more.  Some modules will be available throughout the year.

Keynote Faculty


Barbara Ross-Lee, DO, FACOFP

President-Elect, American Osteopathic Foundation

Mary Owen, MD

Director, Center of American Indian and Minority Health
Assist Prof, Department of Family Medicine and Biobehavioral Health
University of Minnesota Medical School




Paul Farmer, MD, PhD

Kolokotrones University Professor, Harvard University
Chair, Dept of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Chief, Division of Global Health Equity, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Co-founder and Chief Strategist, Partners In Health


Mona Hanna- Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP

Founder/Director, Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative


Core Faculty

Women Dean Leaders in the US


Archana Chatterjee, MD, PhD

Dean, Chicago Medical School
Vice President for Medical Affairs, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science


Pamela Davis, MD, PhD

Dean Emerita
Prof of General Medical Sciences, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine


Deborah Deas, MD, PhD

Vice Chancellor, Health Sciences
Dean,  School of Medicine
University of California, Riverside


Deborah German, MD

Vice President for Health Affairs at the University of Central Florida
Founding Dean of the UCF College of Medicine


Marjorie Jenkins, MD, MEdHP, FACP

University of South Carolina School of Medicine Dean
Chief Academic Office for Prisma Health-Upstate


Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD, FACOG

President and Dean, Morehouse School of Medicine


Elaine Wallace, DO, MS, MS, MS, MS

Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine


Amanda Wright, DO

Interim Dean
Assoc Prof Family Medicine
Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine



Women Leaders in Medicine


Heather Gantzer, MD, MACP

Internist, Park Nicollet Clinic
Nocturnist, Methodist Hospital Service, St. Louis Park Minnesota
Chair, Board of Regents, American College of Physicians


Nancy Klimas, MD

Endowed Chair, Department of Clinical Immunology
Director, Institute for Neuro-Immune Medicine
Assist Dean for Research, Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine, Nova Southeastern University
Director, Environmental Medicine Research and Clinical Program
Miami VA Medical Center


Jessica Mega, MD, MPH

Chief Medical and Scientific Officer, Verily Life Sciences



Susan Love, MD, MBA

Founder and Chief Visionary Officer, Dr. Susan Love Foundation for Breast Cancer Research






Allyship, Racism, Oppression, and DEI


Charlene Dewey, MD, MEd, MACP

The Joseph A. Johnson, Jr., Distinguished Leadership Professor
Assistant Dean for Educator Development
Director of the Educator Development Program
Director, Center for Professional Health
Chair, Faculty Wellness Committee
Prof of Medical Education and Administration
Prof of Medicine and Public Health


Wendi Wills El-Amin, MD

Assoc Dean of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Assoc Prof, Family and Community Medicine and Medical Education
Southern Illinois University Medicine


Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil

Newman Family Professor, Deputy Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology
Director, Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine, University of Michigan


Linda Chaudron, MD, MS

Prof, Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynecology,
Director, Paul M. Schyve, MD Center for Bioethics
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry


Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH

Chief Health Equity Officer, Group Vice President, American Medical Association


Michele Harper, MD

Emergency Room Physician in New Jersey
Author of The Beauty in Breaking


Humans Before Heroes: Addressing Physician Mental Health


Loice Swisher, MD FAAEM

Co-chair, AMWA Humans Before Heroes Initiative


Dr. Templeton is a leading advocate for women's health.

Kimberly Templeton, MD

Co-chair, AMWA Humans Before Heroes Initiative


Mona Masood, DO

Founder, Physician Support Line


Jessica Gold, MD, MS

Assist Prof and Dir of Wellness, Engagement, and Outreach, Department of Psychiatry, Washington University in St Louis


Eileen Barrett, MD, MPH

Assoc Prof of Medicine, University of New Mexico


J. Corey Feist, JD, MBA

Co-Founder, Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation


Physician Fertility


Hina Talib, MD

Assoc. Professor, Pediatrics & Ob/Gyn & Women’s Health Division of Adolescent Medicine
The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, Albert Einstein College of Medicine


Cindy Duke, MD, PhD

Founder & Medical Director, Nevada Fertility Institute
Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Nevada School of Medicine


Torie Comeaux Plowden, MD, MPH

Chief, Gynecologic Surgery and Obstetrics Department, Womack Army Medical Center
Associate Professor-Ob/Gyn, USUHS


More faculty coming soon!



Registration Prices
Physicians:  Member $150 / Non-member $250  (Physician non-member prices include free year of membership)
(Not an AMWA member?  Join at with code FirstTimeMD)
(A portion of the CME content is available to access for up to one year)
Residents:  Member $30 / Non-member $50
Medical Students:  Member $25 / Non-member $40
Pre-meds:  Member $25 / Non-member $40
Gala-only: Member / Non-member $25
Refund Policy

Refund requests for the virtual conference will incur a $30 administrative fee. After 2/24/21, no refunds will be granted. Registration is transferable.

Mobile Meeting App

The Whova networking mobile app will be used at the meeting. Attendee profiles will automatically be compiled by the Whova team and consists of only public information readily available on the web. E-mail addresses will not be published. Messages sent through the app will be sent to the attendees email. Registrants of the meeting agree to allow their name and email address be released to Whova.

Photo/Video Release Policy

Registration implies agreement with AMWA’s photo/video release policy which allows the AMWA photographer, videographer and invited media contacts to photograph or videotape participants at the meeting and publish the footage in future print and electronic promotional and archival materials related to the meeting.

Pre-Conference Networking Sessions

The Magic of Coaching Webinar Series

This webinar series will bring out skills that show up powerfully and create influence.

Module recordings will be emailed to all conference registrants. Networking event registration will be emailed to physician registrants. Please click each event title to read the description.

Going Beyond Medicine, 3/8 8 PM EST

Advocacy Tips for Busy Physicians, 3/15 8 PM EST

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow, 3/22 8 PM EST



Thursday, March 25, 2021 will present a series of workshops at no added cost to attendees. Topics include Reporting of Research Results by Sex/Gender, Curating Your Time for Wellbeing and Productivity, Negotiation, Physician Infertility, and more!

Enduring Modules

Enduring modules will be available one month before the meeting and can be accessed for up to one year. Topics include How to Create Your Own Brand, Advocacy Tips for Busy Physicians, Medicine and Merit: An Approach to Overcoming Systemic Bias, Gender Inequity, and Discrimination, and more!

Access Modules here.

2021 Poster Awards

Faculty Posters People’s Choice Award

P7  Hicks K, Eisenhart I, Barrett E. “Examination of sexual misconduct questions on physician licensing applications.”

Resident Posters

Clinical Case

#1 R4  Heddens E, Stampler K, Datwani H. “An Incidental Finding of a Rare Extra-Ovarian Granulosa Cell Carcinoma.” 

#2 White D, Parada A. “Lessons from Rural New Mexico: Using Telehealth for Patient Safety.” 

#3 R7  Abuelroos D, Kolderman N. “Laparoscopic Port-Site Metastasis from Endometrial Carcinoma.”

Original Research

#1 R2 Kuwahara RK. “Establishing Prescription Drug Affordability as a New Vital Sign: Policy and Practice-Based Opportunities to Routinely Assess Medication Affordability at a Federally Qualified Health Center.

#2 R6 Chen IL, Koleilat I, Choinski K, Phair J, Hirschtritt ME. “Gender and Racial/Ethnic Representation Among Psychiatry and Non-Psychiatry Residency Applicants, 2008-2019.”

#3 R10 Peters GW, Kuczmarska-Haas A, Holliday EB, Puckett L. “Lactation Challenges of Resident Physicians- Results of a National Survey.”

Medical Student Posters

Clinical Case

#1 M22 Snyder K, Gidley S, Smith T, Mehta R. “More Than Just a Nosebleed: A Case of Newly Diagnosed Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia in Pregnancy”

#2 M83  Inman H, Contreras CF, Thyen A, Sears C. “Forging a Path for Women with Rare Diseases: A Case of Sarcoid-Lymphoma Syndrome”

#3 M39 O’Connell KA, Min MS, Kassamali B, Mazori D, Cobos G, Merola J, Vleugels RA, LaChance A. “Delay in diagnosis of dermatomyositis in a skin of color patient”

Original Research

#1 M132 Alzouhayli S, Peoples A, Saymuah S, Bell C, Sandhu M. “A Student Led Intervention: Integrating Anti-Racist Social Justice Content into Medical Education”

#2 M2  Kaushal S, Williams C, Newman C, Templeton K, Hardigan P, Haffizula A, Haffizulla F. “Assessment of Burnout: A Pilot Study of International Women Physicians.”

#3 M1  McAmis NE, Mirabella AC, McCarthy EM, Cama CA, Fogarasi MC, Thomas LA, Feinn RS, Rivera-Godreau I. “Assessing healthcare provider knowledge of human trafficking.”


The poster deadline has closed for students.  Physician and resident deadline is March 1.

Poster sessions will be held virtually with poster viewing available leading up to, during, and after the meeting.  

If you are a poster presenter, instructions will be emailed on how to submit a video presentation. Student and resident posters will be judged. If you have questions, please contact

General Information

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

Posters that align with AMWA’s priority topics are especially encouraged:

Sex and Gender Specific Medicine
Gender Equity
Work-Life Issues (including physician infertility)
Physician Wellness & Burnout (including medical humanities)
Medical Education & Training
Public Health Initiatives:  Gun Violence Prevention, Opioid Addition / Pain Management, Human Trafficking, Obesity, Cervical Cancer Eradication, Women’s Health

Submission Guidelines:

  • The abstract must be 2000 characters or less (including characters, excluding title and author names). No graphics are allowed in the online submission form.
  • There is a one-time, non-refundable $49 poster application fee
  • Poster abstract must be 300 words or less (author names do NOT count toward word limit)
  • 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 submitting author must be available to present at the conference.
  • Please enter your abstract information as accurately as possible, as it will not be able to be changed after submission of this form.


  • For Research Abstracts: Background/Purpose, Methods, Results, Conclusions
  • For Quality Improvement or Innovation Abstracts: Background, Intervention/Innovation, Results, Conclusion
  • For Clinical Cases: Case Description, Conclusions, Clinical Significance


When is the deadline to submit an abstract?

The poster deadline has closed for students.  Physician and resident deadline is March 1.

Does my faculty advisor have to be an AMWA member?

No, your faculty advisor does not have to be an AMWA member.

Submit Posters


Purchase Gala-Only Ticket


Paul Farmer, MD, PhD

Kolokotrones University Professor, Harvard University
Chair, Dept of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Chief, Division of Global Health Equity, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Co-founder and Chief Strategist, Partners In Health


Mona Hanna- Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP

Founder/Director, Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative


Awards Ceremony

Performances from Studio AMWA, Music and Medicine, and more!

Live Cooking Demonstration with Dr. Linda Shiue, author of Spicebox Kitchen: Eat Well and Be Healthy with Globally Inspired Vegetable-Forward Recipes.

Buy ingredients for the recipes and cook along with us all weekend!  Learn more.  Virtual book signing!

Silent Auction

Check out our auction items- all-inclusive trip packages good for up to 3 years and a rare 1914 copy of Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell’s autobiography Pioneer Work in Opening the Medical Profession to Women. Bidding for the Annual AMWA Silent Auction starts Friday, March 19!

Place Your Bid Today!

Student Division

The AMWA Annual Meeting presents opportunities to share your research, network with peers, find mentors, and get involved in a national association with a century-old legacy. Take advantage of our dedicated student track!

Please visit the premedical conference page for more information.

Premedical Agenda

All times are in EST.
Although there are only two formal breaks in the schedule, we encourage that you take the time you need to eat and rest. You are welcome to come and go throughout the day.
The agenda below displays the premed-specific events. However, you are welcome to attend any event that peaks your interest throughout the conference.

Thursday, March 25, 2021
2:00 – 4:00 pm:
Exhibitor Hours

Friday, March 26, 2021
11:00 am – 12:00 pm, 5:00 – 6:00 pm:
Exhibitor Hours

Saturday, March 27, 2021
10:30 – 11:30 am, 5:00 – 6:00 pm:
Exhibitor Hours

Sunday, March 28, 2021
10:00-11:00: Emerging Ideas for AMWA Branches — Branch Presentations
11:00-11:50: Thriving in a Male-Dominated Field — Robin West MD, Monica Pearl MD
12:00-12:50: Medicine as a Business — Taryn Rose MD, Leyda Bowes MD
1:00-1:15: BREAK
1:15-2:00: Explorations in Medicine — Martha Hernandez MD, Amanda Marshall-Rodriguez MD, Shannon Hawkins MD, PhD
2:00-2:50: Physician Panel — Tonia Farmer-Pitts MD, Laura Vater MD, MPH, Renée Rodriguez Paro MD, Fatima Fahs MD, Crystal Higginson MD
3:00-3:45: Emotional Intelligence in Medicine — Joann Farrell Quinn, PhD
3:45-4:00: BREAK
4:00-4:50: Medical Student Panel — Sabina Spigner, Alyssa Brown, Kelly Cheung, Rose Caston, Kamilah Evans
5:00-5:45: Gap Year Panel — Bryn Vance, Arany Uthayakumar, Priyanka Pandey, Rachel Mernoff
5:00-5:20: Specialties: GI/ERCP; Hepatobiliary surgery — Cindy Harris MD, Trang Nguyen MD
5:20-5:40: Specialties: ER/Toxicology; Anesthesiology — Kris Nanagas MD, Bui Tran MD
5:40-6:00: Specialties: Orthopedic Surgery — Tosca Kinchelow MD
6:00-6:20: Specialties: Ophthalmology, OB-Gyn — Sara Wester MD, Ivette Couret MD
6:15-7:00: Two Doctor Families — Heather Williams MD, Charlotte Orr MD

Visit the Premedical Conference Page for more information about the speakers!

Graduate Medical Education (GME) Symposium

We are thrilled to present the Fourth Annual GME Symposium. This year’s symposium will feature the panel discussion, Fertility & Family Building for Trainees: Let’s Get this Conversation Started & Keep it Going.

Read more about our GME initiative.


Order a special AMWA meeting welcome gift, graduation cords, bulk lapel pins, sweater fleece jackets, books, and short/long sleeved T-shirts during registration or HERE.

Welcome Package


Paint Night




CME – up to 23.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™


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 enduring activity for a maximum of 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Indiana University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 15.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) policy ensures that those who have influenced the content of a CE activity (e.g. planners, faculty, authors, reviewers and others) disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial entities so that IUSM may identify and resolve any conflicts of interest prior to the activity. All educational programs sponsored by Indiana University School of Medicine must demonstrate balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor. *Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) defines a commercial interest as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients.



Diamond $20,000+
Gold $10,0000+
Silver $5,000+
Bronze $1,000+

Sponsors will be recognized in digital and print programs and receive complimentary registration to the meeting.



Virtual exhibit: $550 (for profit), $300 (non-profit)

Deadline to Register: March 15, 2021

Virtual exhibits will be launched 4 weeks prior to the meeting and will remain on the virtual meeting page after the meeting. Each exhibit will include:

  • A short video or graphic
  • Up to 3 links to program or product information
  • OPTIONAL Scheduled opportunities to present to meeting attendees (exhibitors must use their own meeting platform (e.g. Zoom)
    • Thursday 2pm-4pm
    • Friday 11am-12pm, 5pm-6pm
    • Saturday 10:30am-11:30am, 5pm-6pm
    • Sunday 10am-11am

Questions? E-mail

Preview our current exhibitors and stay tuned for live exhibitor updates!


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Submit a congratulatory ad to celebrate a family member, friend, or colleague. For examples of previous ads, please see the program book from last year.

Program Book Ad (quarter page)
Program Book Ad (half page)
Program Book Ad (full page)
Digital Bag Insert $200
Meeting mobile app banner ad $300

Specs for program book ad:

Full Page: trim = 8.38 in x 10.75 in, live = 7.88 in x 10.25 in, bleed = 8.63 in x 11 in
Half Page: live = 7.88 in x 5 in
Quarter Page: live = 3.5 in x 5 in

All advertisements and exhibitor registrations will occur through our registration portal.


Paint Night

An annual tradition since 2017 has been paint night at the AMWA meeting. Order a paint kit from AMWA or bring your own supplies. Join us on Friday, March 26, 7pm ET for a night of painting and mingling with members. And don’t forget to participate in the Studio AMWA #WhiteCoatChallenge – using the back of their coats as blank canvases or places to express their passions, challenges & hope through inspirational messages. Learn more here.

Paint Night