AMWA Student Region 3

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


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

Julia Burns, MS

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Past Region 3 Director |

Julia Burns, MS (she/her/hers) is a first year-medical student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, with a minor in Sociology from Muhlenberg College. While pursuing her Master of Biomedical Sciences at PCOM, she spent her time bringing her spirit of advocacy and community to the AMWA PCOM Chapter as Chapter President. Over her two year term as Chapter President, she invested in this community, supporting her fellow leaders in initiative and programming, ranging from a Virtual Networking Series, Journal Club, and Girl Talk, which is a program looking to support the growth of black young women in topics of women’s health, body autonomy, and female empowerment. She was awarded the PCOM 2020 President’s Leadership in Diversity Award for this work and her other efforts in cultural competency and humility.

In addition to her her academic and AMWA pursuits, Julia is also a PCOM DO Ambassador and volunteers with through a Medical Student Advocate program, which looks to support and empower patients to address social needs which affect their health, but are not direct medical care. Julia also enjoys baking, whether it’s a quick brownie mix or, her recent accomplishment, cinnamon rolls (which have had received raving reviews from fellow stressed out medical students).

Region 3 Conference: Saturday 2.27.21 – Sunday 2.28.21

More details:


Conference Planning Committee

Bukola Toyobo

Penn State College of Medicine

Past Region 3 Director

Olubukola “Bukola” Toyobo is a third-year medical student at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine (PSCOM) in Hershey, PA. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Pennsylvania State University. At PSCOM, Bukola has served as treasurer and co-president of her school’s AMWA branch and is proud of their projects with community volunteering, physician mentorship, domestic violence awareness, and networking events, including mentorship and sponsorship. She led the development of dialogue for female medical students focused on demystifying the layers of being a woman in medicine. She co-hosted the interactive session and invited Diana Lautenberger, Director of Women in Medicine and Science from the Association of American Medical Colleges to facilitate the session.

In addition to her involvement with AMWA, Bukola served as admission chair for PSCOM Medical Student Admission Committee. She also led a team of volunteers for Primary Care Day, in which she and her team created and implemented a workshop focused on supporting non-traditional pre-medical and medical students in medicine. Outside of medicine, Bukola enjoys traveling, watching movies, cooking, and eating. She has lived and traveled to many countries in Europe and Africa.


Sarah Hershberger

Penn State College of Medicine

Sarah Hershberger is currently a second-year medical student at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. Her hometown is Milroy, Indiana, and she graduated from Marian University of Indianapolis in 2019 with a BS in Biology and BA in Psychology. Sarah has been a member of AMWA for the last year, during which time she has served as the President of Penn State’s chapter. The chapter has focused on developing physician mentorship for students and celebrating women in medicine. Sarah is most interested in health equity and medical communication. Outside of medicine, she enjoys playing tennis, cross-stitching, traveling, and finding any source of live music.


Natalie Rothenberger

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

Natalie Rothenberger  is a second-year medical student currently serving as president of the AMWA branch at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Over the past year, their executive board has partnered with the Women’s Resource Center in Scranton, PA, to raise funds and awareness for their programs working to end sexual and domestic violence. In an effort to build connectedness and empower future female physicians during COVID-19 their board has also hosted virtual roundtables with women physicians across various specialties. She is passionate about advocating for health equity and interested in pursuing a procedural specialty. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, running, and playing tennis.

Khyati Somayaji

Lewis Katz School of Medicine

Khyati Somayaji is a second-year medical student at Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. She is particularly passionate about engagement with the surrounding Philadelphia community and understanding the role of doctors from a patient-centered and public health focus. Khyati loves dedicating her time to community service and research-related projects. Khyati has been co-president of her school’s AMWA chapter and a national AMWA member for about a year now and is fortunate to work with passionate women to make events like Temple’s annual women in medicine panel happen. In Khyati’s free time, she loves to write and is very involved in the Narrative Medicine program at Temple. She is also an avid dancer and loves to bake! Fun fact about Khyati: her birthday is on Halloween so she is always very fond of the festivities!

Catie Waldron

Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine

Catie Waldron is a third-year medical student at Marshall University, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. She is from Huntington, WV and went to West Virginia University, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Health Sciences. She has served as the vice president of her AMWA branch and took over as president in 2020. She is passionate about women’s health, domestic violence advocacy, and providing care to patients in underserved communities. She is interested in OBGYN. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her dog, Lizzie.

2020-2021 Region 3 Branches


  • Drexel University College of Medicine
    • President: TBD
  • Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
    • President: Natalie Rothenberger
  • Penn State College of Medicine
    • President: Sarah Hersheberger
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
    • President: Gabriella Borodyansky
  • Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
    • President: Lakshmi Narayanam
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
    • Co-President: Cecile Truong
  • Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
    • President: Khyati Somayaji


  • The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    • Co-President: Ashley Zhou
    • Co-President: Elisabeth Abeles

Washington D.C 

  • The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
    • Co-President: Elisabeth Davis
  • Georgetown University School of Medicine
    • President: Sarah Cheney
  • Howard University College of Medicine
    • President: Megan Hahn


  • Eastern Virginia Medical School
    • Co-President: Abby Hargis
    • Co-president: Heather Ots
  • Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Virginia Campus
    • President: Ashley Foulkrod
  • University of Virginia School of Medicine
    • Co-President: Natalie Savini
    • Co-President: Rebecca Jacobsen
    • Co-President: Adriana Irvine

West Virginia

  • Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Marshall University
    • President: Catie Waldron
  • West Virginia University School of Medicine 
    • President: Katherine Beard