AMWA Student Region 3

Washington DC, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, & West Virginia

 

The current Region 3 Director is Kelly McDermott. To get in touch with a specific branch, contact Kelly and she can connect you with branch leaders listed below. To explore local and regional events, see the Region 3 calendar below.

Kelly McDermott

Eastern Virginia Medical School

Region 3 Director

region3@amwa-student.org

Kelly is a third-year medical student at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) in Norfolk, Virginia. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2014. After graduation, she worked for a year as an Emergency Department scribe in Portsmouth, Virginia, and then completed a Masters in Biomedical Sciences from EVMS in 2016. During medical school, Kelly worked as a teaching assistant for the Masters Program in the anatomy department. She was a leader in the service-learning program Choosing Healthy Options for Wellness (CHOW) in which she and her classmates created and taught an exercise and nutrition curriculum to patients at local free clinics. Kelly has served as secretary and co-president of her school’s recently established AMWA branch and is very proud of their projects with physician mentorship, domestic violence training and volunteering, and networking events.  In her free time, Kelly enjoys running, biking, yoga, and going to the beach. She is a devoted Red Sox and North Carolina basketball fan.

 

Region 3 Conference: ‘Share Your Story’

The Region 3 Conference planning is underway! The conference will be held Saturday October 25th from 9am – 5 pm and will include educational lectures and interactive sessions with a volunteer event and an evening social networking event.  It will be held at Eastern Virginia Medical School in beautiful Norfolk, VA.  Additional information to come!

For more information and registration, check out website: https://amwamidatlantic2019.weebly.com/

Conference Planning Committee

Genevieve Conway   

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

Ms. Conway has been involved with AMWA as a general member of her school’s AMWA chapter and was recently elected to AMWA President in January 2019. Since then, her executive board has partnered with the Women’s Resource Center in Scranton, PA, to raise funds for their programs and to bring an event series on sexual assault to our school. In addition to this, her AMWA branch participated in the local university’s Take Back the Night event and helped run the Clothesline project at our school. She looks forward to hosting more events this upcoming school year. In her free time, Ms. Conway enjoys running, weight training, spending time with my fiancé, and taking care of her two house bunnies.

 

Cassandra Dao

Eastern Virginia Medical School

Ms. Dao is a current second year medical student and the vice president of her AMWA chapter at Eastern Virginia Medical School.  She was a middle school science teacher in an underserved community of her hometown LA for 3 years.  She is interested in going into academic and community medicine and is passionate about gender equality and equal opportunity.  She loves traveling, cooking and also enjoys the occasional hike.

 

Meghana Jami

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Ms. Jami is a current second year medical student at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She is from Jacksonville, Florida, and enjoys to travel, explore all the new food scenes and restaurants in the city of Baltimore, and spend time with her friends and family! At Hopkins, she is a board member of the Women in Surgery Interest Group, is the Community Engagement Chair of the Hopkin’s AMA Chapter, and is a board member of the South Asian Medical Student Association. She highly values the mission of AMWA, and hopes to help bring together women in the medical field while also encouraging future female medical professionals to strive for their goals!

 

Emily Leboffe

Penn State College of Medicine

Ms. Leboffe is a second year medical student at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, PA.  She took over as her school’s 2019-2020 AMWA branch president and is looking forward to an exciting year! ​She is currently interested in OBGYN, but open to change as she starts rotations. Apart from being a full time student, Ms. Leboffe enjoys running and hiking and has found the Hershey area to be great for both!

 

Kelsey Matta   

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

Ms. Matta is a second year medical student at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in Scranton, PA.  She is interested in becoming an ob/gyn because she wants her career to involve advocacy for women’s health.  In her free time, she likes to read, meditate, do yoga and watch nature documentaries.

 

 Amanda Severn     

Eastern Virginia Medical School

Ms. Severn is a third-year medical student at Eastern Virginia Medical School and is the president of her local AMWA chapter.  She graduated from Montana State University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Cell Biology and Neuroscience, where she became passionate about working with underserved communities. She is committed to empowering others to become leaders in their communities and creating a healthcare system that equally represents all people. She is excited to be a part of the Region 3 Student Board and work with others to advance the mission of AMWA, to better the healthcare field, and to improve patient care.

 

Rachel Wargacki   

Marshall School of Medicine

Rachel Wargacki is the president of the AMWA branch at Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. She is passionate about advocating for victims of domestic violence and volunteers at a shelter in Huntington.  She also enjoys yoga, reading, crocheting, and spending time with her 2 cats.

 

2019-2020 Region 3 Branches

Pennsylvania

  • Drexel University College of Medicine
    • President: Ishani Khatiwala
  • Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
    • President: Genevieve Conway
  • Penn State College of Medicine
    • President: Emily Leboffe
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
    • President: Julia Burns
  • Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
    • President: Laura Gleason
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
    • Co-President: Anjana Murali
    • Co-President: Breanna Nguyen

Maryland 

  • The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    • Co-President: Darya Fadavi
    • Co-President: Harisa Spahic

Washington D.C 

  • The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
    • Co-President: Varsha Parthasarathy
    • Co-President:  Nina Hu
  • Georgetown University School of Medicine
    • President: Priyanka Tripuraneni
  • Howard University College of Medicine
    • President: TBD

Virginia

  • Eastern Virginia Medical School
    • President: Amanda Severn
  • Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Virginia Campus
    • President: Falen Yohannes
  • University of Virginia School of Medicine
    • Co-President: Samhita Nelamangala
    • Co-President: Katya Wentzel

West Virginia

  • Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Marshall University
    • President: Rachel Wargacki
  • West Virginia University School of Medicine 
    • President: Christina Herrold