Student Leadership Elections and Selections Information, 2017-2018

AMWA’s student division grows and advances only through the efforts of dedicated student leaders like you! Each national leadership position varies greatly with respect to responsibility and time commitment, however, each requires a passion for advancing women in medicine, as well as excitement for and dedication to AMWA.

We are now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 National Leadership positions (here)! Last day to submit applications is January 3rd, 2017!

Please note that this year, leadership positions will be either elected or appointed. We will be conducting elections via an online ballot in order to allow the opportunity for all of our members to participate in voting. Polls open February 1st and close February 28th. The appointments will be made by the Executive Council.

All applicants for all positions must attend the Annual Meeting in March 2017 at which the results will be announced. Also feel free to contact us or the person who currently holds the position in which you are interested here. For questions on application, election, and appointment process, please feel encouraged to contact our President-Elect, Allison Ikeda. AMWA is your organization and we invite you to shape its future!

Apply here!

If you are an undergrad AMWA student interested in running for a Premed position please visit the Premed Elections Page.

Election & Appointment process

  • Please note: National and regional leaders will be elected ONLINE this year.
  • The following positions will be open for election:
    • National President-Elect (2 year term)
    • National Secretary
    • National Treasurer (2 year term)
    • Regional Directors (Region 1-9)
  • Note: The position of President will be filled by the outgoing President-Elect.
  • Each AMWA student member with the exception of the outgoing President and President-Elect, will receive an online ballot and have one vote for each leadership position.
  • Each AMWA student member may run for only one leadership position.
  • A brief message from each candidate along with a photo will be available online. Candidates for executive roles (President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer) will have the opportunity to create a 2-minute video speech. These time limits will be strictly enforced.
  • Voting will run via online ballots from February 1st – February 28th, 2017. Results will be announced at the Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 1, 2017.
  • The following positions will be appointed:
    • Advocacy Chair
    • Awards Chair
    • External Relations Chair
    • Fundraising Chair
    • Global Health Chair
    • Programs Chair
    • Recruitment Chair
  • Appointments will be made by the Selection Committee, which is composed by the Executive Committee and veteran leaders who are not applying for any positions.

Available leadership positions

  • Executive Council:
    • President-Elect
    • Secretary
    • Treasurer
  • Advocacy Chair
  • Awards Chair
  • External Relations Chair
  • Fundraising Chair
  • Global Health Chair
  • Programs Chair
  • Recruitment Chair
  • Regional Directors (Regions 1-9)

National and regional leaders comprise the Student Division and are responsible for ensuring that all national leadership objectives are achieved. All leaders may be dismissed if they miss more than three conference calls.

These positions and their responsibilities are described in further detail below. 

Roles & Responsibilites

All leadership roles include the following bulleted responsibilities, but are by no means limited to them. All leadership roles also include responsibility for answering all emails received at the appropriate email account and attending scheduled conference calls (8-10 per year).


  • Serve on the AMWA Board of Directors and attend the AMWA Interim and Annual Meetings
  • Chair the Student Division
  • Maintain communication with AMWA headquarters; national, regional, and local leaders; and other key partners. Provide strategic guidance for the student division and larger organization. Support and inspire student leadership


  • Serve as President the following year
  • Attend the AMWA Interim and Annual Meetings
  • Maintain communication with national, regional, and local leaders and other key partners
  • Supervise maintenance of all forms of AMWA student internet presence
  • Coordinate national and regional elections at the Annual Meeting


  • Attend the AMWA Annual Meeting
  • Work with Recruitment Chairs and Regional Directors to coordinate the collection of local branch leadership information at the beginning of each academic year
  • Compile and send out the monthly Student Newsflash
  • Schedule, set agendas, and take minutes for monthly conference calls


  • Attend the AMWA Annual Meeting
  • Oversee national fundraising and grant-writing
  • Liaise with AMWA headquarters to track student funds
  • Work with Awards Chair to disburse scholarships and grants

Advocacy Chair

  • Serve on the physician Policy and Advocacy Committee
  • Identify relevant opportunities to lobby and raise awareness on behalf of AMWA and the issues and policies supported by AMWA

Awards Chair

  • Publicize, coordinate efforts to select, and notify recipients of AMWA awards, scholarships, and branch and regional grants
  • Maintain a close working relationship with the Treasurer

External Relations Chair

  • Maintain and establish contact with other medical student organizations; renegotiate Memorandums of Understanding; organize cross-advertising
  • Work with Recruitment Chair to create materials (flyers, presentations, etc.) and organize advertising to recruit new AMWA members
  • Identify opportunities to increase awareness of AMWA within medicine and the general public

Global Health Chair (2 – one of whom will be selected from current Anne C. Carter fellows)

  • Serve on the physician Global Outreach Committee
  • Identify ways that AMWA can contribute to Millennium Development Goals
  • Organize all aspects of the Anne C. Carter Fellowship
  • Develop international rotation opportunities for AMWA members with AWHS

Program Chair

  • Create project kits to allow successful branch programs to be replicated across the nation
  • Maintain the Branch Programs Handbook
  • Contribute national event reminders and branch programming ideas to the Student Newsflash

Recruitment Chair

  • Coordinate all aspects of new membership recruitment each fall
  • Organize all AMWA promotional item  requests; coordinate item distribution
  • Nurture the development of new local branches and continue enrichment of existing local branches

Regional Director

  • Update and maintain region’s local leadership contact information
  • Organize new branches at medical schools that do not have an active branch
  • Hold a regional conference, regional retreat, or other event at some point in the year with the help of the Regional Event Grant.
  • Generate and distribute a quarterly regional student newsletter
  • Region 1 – CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, and VT
    Region 2 – NJ and NY
    Region 3 – DE, MD, PA, VA, and DC
    Region 4 – FL, GA, NC, and SC
    Region 5 – AL, LA, MS, TN, and the Caribbean
    Region 6 – IL, IN, KY, MI, OH, WV, and WI
    Region 7 – AR, IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, OK, and SD
    Region 8 – AZ, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, TX, UT, WY
    Region 9 – AK, CA, HI, OR, and WA