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AMWA Hosts Historic Panel of Women Medical Student Leaders

In 2022, 6 major organizations are being led by women medical student leaders: American Medical Student Association, Latino Medical Student Association, Student National Medical Association, Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association, Medical Student Pride Alliance, and American Medical Women’s Association Student Division.

This leadership reflects the growing numbers of women entering the medical field. 

Consider the progress over the past century. 100 years ago, women medical students faced significant barriers, given the fall-out from the Flexner Report and the closure of many women’s medical colleges and the fact that many co-educational schools, even if they did admit women, often had a quota that limited the number of women accepted. These numbers remained low until the 1970’s when numbers began to increase after the passage of Title IX, the Higher Education Act, which prevented discrimination on the basis of gender. 

In 2017, for the first time, women entering medical school were a majority. In 2019, the number of women in medical school became the majority

AMWA is particularly honored to host this panel, organized by AMWA Student President Lawren Wooten, that highlights the association leadership of women medical students.

Join us for Women in Medical Student Leadership: A President’s Day Panel and hear firsthand from this talented group of women in a session moderated by Rachel Villanueva, MD, President of the National Medical Association.

Lawren Wooten – President, American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) Student Division

Hannah Hendrix – President, American Medical Student Association (AMSA)

Donna Tran – President, Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA)

Karina Diaz – President, Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA)

Sabina Spigner – Executive Director, Medical Student Pride Alliance (MSPA)

Chantel Thompson – President, Student National Medical Association (SNMA)




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