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Making a Difference: International Issues in Women’s Health

The AMWA Region 2 conference was a great success and educated both students and faculty on global health challenges, resilience, leadership, and obesity.

The Region 2 Conference at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, “Making a Difference: International Issues in Women’s Health”, on October 1, 2017 was excellent and provided education in the areas of women’s global health, wellness, and leadership. Reid Mergler, AMWA Region 2 Director, did outstanding work in organizing the conference. More than 80 medical students from 12 medical schools in New York State, New Jersey and Pennsylvania attended. Assisting Reid were Hilary Friedlander (Secretary of AMWA Student Division), and Einstein’s AMWA chapter president, Isha Kachwala and vice president, Miriam Tarrash.

The agenda follows:

  • Resilience and Prevention of Burnout: Dr. Abigail Winkel, NYU Ob/Gyn Residency Program Director
  • Sex Trafficking: Dr. Kanani Titchen, Co-Chair, PATH (Physicians Against Human Trafficking)
  • Human Rights Violations, Female Genital Cutting: Dr. Holly Atkinson, Clinical Professor, CUNY School of Medicine and Dr. Deborah Ottenheimer, Associate Director of the Human Rights Program, Mt Sinai
  • Breastfeeding as Chronic Disease Prevention: Dr. Camille Clare, Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion at New York Medical College, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Obesity and its Effects on Reproductive Function: Dr. Connie Newman, President-elect, AMWA and Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, NYU School of Medicine
  • Women in Leadership: Dr. Nadine Katz, Assistant Dean for Faculty Development, Ob/Gyn, Albert Einstein
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