Medical Student Leadership Elections and Selections Information

Voting for AMWA Student Elections is open until February 27, 2021 at 11:59 PST.  You must be an AMWA student member to vote.  The ballot is available here.

Below are elections statements and biosketches for candidates.  Please review them to inform your voting.

Executive Positions

Campaign videos for executive positions (president-elect, treasurer-elect, and secretary) are available at this link.

President-Elect

Jennifer Talbott

Bio-sketch: Jennifer Talbott is a first-generation med student and biracial White/Filipina woman who grew up in conservative, rural Ohio. Issues of race, gender, and justice have always been on her mind. After graduating college, Jen served in the Peace Corps in Paraguay, was elected regional director, and worked on the Gender and Diversity committee. In medical school, her work has focused on: founding and presiding over her campus’s AMWA chapter and increasing mentorship and professional development opportunities for female students; creating and disseminating national human trafficking curriculum; and promoting justice in issues like abortion, sex education, and family leave for med students. In 2020, she was awarded a National Excellence in Public Health Award by the USPHS Professional Advisory Committee for these efforts.

Jen decided to pursue an MPH at Columbia University this year because she realized health mostly happens outside of the clinic and OR. She plans to weave public health and medicine together to advocate for women. Jen will graduate from Mayo Clinic Arizona in 2022 and match into OB/GYN. When she is not working or studying, she likes loooong naps with her cat, Eliot, wine nights with friends (still fun over zoom!), and hikes in Phoenix.

Brittany Deanna Kurita Gratreak

Bio-sketch: “Britt Gratreak (she/her) is an MD/PhD student at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson, Arizona. She is a first year graduate student in the lab of Dr. Kristian Doyle, where she researches the immunology of stroke recovery. She completed her associate degree at Portland Community College and transferred to Portland State University where she completed her Bachelor of Science in Biology and honors research thesis in the laboratory of Dr. Kenneth Stedman in Portland, Oregon. She identifies as disabled, queer, and a classic cat lady.

She is dedicated to mentoring fellow nontraditional and disabled students and strives for more equitable admissions practices in medical school. She hopes that one day, disabled premedical students will never be made to doubt whether they can go to medical school due to their disability, and will instead feel supported and encouraged by the profession to become physicians. She has been in awe of AMWA since she was a premedical student and is eager to pay it forward and uplift others through AMWA leadership.”

Alexandra Pincus

Bio-sketch: “Alexandra Pincus is an MD/PhD student at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). She graduated from Scripps College in Claremont, California with a major in Biology and a minor in French, then worked at the National Institutes of Health in Washington DC studying molecular mechanisms of alcohol abuse disorder. She currently studies lung diseases at the intersection of neuroscience and immunology under the mentorship of Dr. David Jacoby. She worked with her fellow medical students to re-launch the OHSU branch of AMWA, and served as Operations Manager on the Executive board before becoming Region 9 director. She has helped to create peer mentorship programs with undergraduates in Portland, organized a series of community events with faculty and residents to facilitate mentorship for medical students, presented research on gender inequality in medical education, and helped create and organize the first annual student-run conference of the OHSU AMWA branch. She was a founder of the Women’s Leadership Development Program, a curriculum for women entering medical school to affirm and empower their leadership potential, which has been honored with awards at the local and national level. One of her greatest joys is working with programs that affirm, engage, and empower her community of women leaders. In her free time she loves to read, rock climb, and enjoy really good french cheese.”

Angela Ho

Bio-sketch: “Angela Ho (she/her) is a first-generation medical student at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. She was born and raised in California and graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a B.S. in Human Biology. Angela currently serves as the President of the American Physician Scientists Association Research Club, Research Chair of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association local chapter, and Outreach Committee Medical Student Chair of AMWA’s Infertility Initiative. Given she is the first in her family to pursue a career in medicine, she is passionate about mentorship and serves as a mentor in various organizations such as MiMentor and Med Mentors Program. She also started and currently leads an initiative called Diversity In Medicine in which medical professionals share their unique journeys to medicine in the hopes that their struggles can be a part of someone else’s survival guide. For more information on this initiative, see articles here: https://angelalho.com/diversity-in-medicine/
Some fun facts: Angela is a Virgo, travel addict, and adrenaline junkie. She enjoys painting and blogs during her free time. ”

Abigael Amheiser

Bio-sketch:  Abigael Amheiser is a DO student at the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM). She received a Bachelor of Science in pharmaceutical sciences at The Ohio State University. She was drawn to AMWA because it reflected her passion for providing tools for leadership and educating students about gender equity. While president of her local chapter, she was able to see her members grow in leadership through new initiatives. She wants to continue to create opportunities related to female leadership development for medical students as a mean to develop gender equity in the medical workforce. At KYCOM, she was president of her local AMWA chapter and a leader of the SOMA Overdose Prevention Task Force. In her spare time she enjoys cooking and listening to podcasts.

Julia Burns

Bio-sketch: Julia Burns, MS (she/her/hers) is a current osteopathic medical student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). Her passion for community and inclusion has led her to empower many communities. While attending Muhlenberg College, this passion fueled undergraduate involvement and presidencies in Best Buddies and Habitat for Humanity. Upon graduation, she received the Community Award at Honor’s Convocation. While pursuing her MS 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 President, she invested in this community, supporting her fellow leaders in initiative and programming. She was recently awarded the PCOM 2020 President’s Leadership in Diversity Award. She also helped with this year’s AMWA Mid-Atlantic Region 3 Conference bringing her experience to Region 3. Although her pursuit into a specific specialty is still unclear, her desire to create and empower an inclusive community will always remain. Apart from her academic pursuits, Julia is also a PCOM DO Ambassador and mentors PCOM MS students. 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).

Kristi Bears

Bio-Sketch:  Kristi is a first-generation, second year medical student at the University of Florida College of Medicine. She received her BS in Health Science from the University of Florida in 2019. Kristi is currently involved in the AMWA medical-premedical mentorship program and is conducting research on gender bias in house staff evaluations across procedural and non-procedural specialties. Apart from AMWA, Kristi is a member of her class Executive Board, the Co-President of the Anesthesia Interest Group, Executive Director of Florida Clinics Collaborative, and a State of Florida Certified Domestic Violence Advocate. Her current specialty interests include neuroanesthesia and neurosurgery. In her spare time, she enjoys going yoga, drawing in her sketchbook, and playing with her two cats, Luschka and Purkinje.

Mallory Rowley

Bio-sketch: Mallory Rowley is a second-year medical student at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York. She first became interested in medicine—and involved with AMWA—while working as an assistant to breast surgeons at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center where she found lifelong mentors. She serves as co-president of her school’s chapter of AMWA and was a former regional director for the AMWA pre-medical division. She also founded and leads the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery interest group at her school as she aspires to become a pediatric craniofacial surgeon. In her spare time she enjoys playing the piano and guitar, drawing, and exploring the outdoors.

Camille Briskin

Bio-sketch: Camille graduated from Brown with a degree in Neuroscience and has always been interested in the intersection between health and human behavior. Before coming to NYMC, she was involved in psychophysics research at Brown looking at the effects of contrast on visual perception. She then moved to New York City to work as a clinical research coordinator at Memorial Sloan Kettering in the immunotherapeutics core where she helped implement the first inpatient clinical trial in the service. Looking to explore the industry side of medicine, she became an analyst performing market research at a biotech startup, Kallyope, which is studying the gut-brain axis as a method of treating a variety of different diseases. Camille believes in the importance of student and physician well-being and strives to reduce burnout by focusing on healthy coping mechanisms and lifestyle choices that promote resiliency. She is interested in OBGYN, psychiatry, and women’s health. Her personal interests include running, cooking, and dreaming about the day when she can finally get a dog.

Treasurer-Elect

Ashley Anderson

Biosketch: Ashley Anderson is a 3rd year MD/PhD student at Oregon Health and Science University, studying hybrid cell biology and the mechanisms by which hybrid cells contribute to metastatic disease development in patients with colorectal and pancreatic cancer. She obtained her B.S in biology from the University of Portland with a focus in neuroscience and spent several years in the research realm before applying to medical school. Ashley has served as the treasurer for the OHSU AMWA branch for the past two years and also volunteers her time as a ChemoPal mentor with the Children’s Cancer Association. Ashley loves working with children and has a deep appreciation for mentoring aspiring young scientists. Outside of academics, she enjoys spending her free time with her family and friends outside in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and exploring the amazing food & coffee scene Portland has to offer.

Syeda Akila Ally

Bio-sketch: Born and raised in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Syeda Akila Ali is a second-year medical student at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. She moved to the U.S. to attend college at The University of Chicago. Witnessing the drastic differences in mortality and morbidity that surgical care could provide motivates Akila to pursue surgery.

Akila worked in Chicago’s public health agency for 3 years, where, she partnered closely with persons with disabilities and individuals returning from incarceration. “Nothing About Us, Without Us” – she learned from her community partners – and it galvanized her to pursue medicine and transform the current healthcare system.

Rooted in the community, Akila has worked with UChicago’s Program on Medicine and Religion, MedGlobal, and Chicago Public Schools to conduct health education and interventions in mosques in Chicago, refugee camps in Bangladesh, and disadvantaged schools in Dhaka and Chicago. Her experience in combatting health injustices also sustain her passion to advocate for herself and other women of color pursuing surgery.

Outside of medicine, you can find her strolling independent bookstores on an adventure to read 1000 books (65% there)!

Board Positions

Awards Chair

Rachel Lockard

Election Statement: I want to be involved in AMWA leadership because of its mission of promoting gender equity in medical training and employment and health equity in the delivery of care. Women in medicine have been my strongest advocates so it would be an honor to be a formal part of this community. One of my hopes for the future of AMWA is to ensure access to our gender nonconforming, nonbinary, and/or trans peers.

Since my tenure as Board President of student-run Bridges Collaborative Care Clinic, I have created a program to fund student scholarship for students to be able to travel to, or virtually attend, conferences and present on the programs and services they’ve created. As the Awards Chair, I hope to focus on highlighting the incredible work students have contributed in justice and equity to address racism in their home institutions and beyond. So much of this work is uncompensated and AMWA has the potential to remedy that. A not insignificant amount of equitable access to medical education and participation in research is access to financial resources and I would love to be part of an organization working to mediate that burden. ”

Bio-sketch:  Rachel Lockard is a second year medical student at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). Prior to matriculation she graduated with a B.S. in Neuroscience from University of Portland and Master’s in Public Health in Health Management & Policy from OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. Her work has centered on addiction medicine, mental health, and access to care for chronically marginalized persons with a current focus in qualitative research. For the past two years she has been Board President of the interdisciplinary student-led Bridges Collaborative Care Clinic, providing health and social services to unhoused Portlanders. In her free time, Rachel is usually walking her dog, cooking, and being a vocal advocate for humane drug and housing policy.

Juliana Gomez

Election Statement: Having been involved in mentoring students for careers in medicine and in surgery, women working together and supporting other women is incredibly important to me. I would love to be involved with AMWA throughout my medical career and learn more about how to work within the organization with other members of the AMWA team. My goals within the award chair position would include performing all required duties and thoughtfully inform individuals of any awards perhaps through collaboration with the media team. I would look forward to working with the treasurer to distribute funding effectively.

I am a first-year medical student at Wayne State University and a first-year resident in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital. I completed undergrad at Florida Atlantic University in 2015, dental school at New York University 2019 and later a 1-year internship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at University of Florida-Jacksonville. I have mentored dental students with the Women in OMS Mentorship Program of the Resident Organization of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial surgery, and undergraduate students while at NYU and at Wayne State. I am excited to work with and learn from other women in medicine.

Bio-sketch: Juliana Gomez is a both a first-year medical student at Wayne State University School of Medicine and a first-year resident in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital. She completed undergraduate studies at Florida Atlantic University in Jupiter, FL in 2015, dental school at New York University College of Dentistry in New York, NY in 2019 and later completed a 1-year internship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at University of Florida in Jacksonville affiliated with the UF College of Medicine. Her academic interests include tissue engineering for reconstructive surgery, head and neck oncology and microvascular reconstruction and has mentored graduate and undergraduate students via resident and medical school organizations.

Aratanxa Dave

Election Statement: As women empowerment is now a global movement, I believe equality should exist especially in a noble field like medicine. There are many examples where women are discriminated against. For instance, I have come across instances where pregnant students/residents/attendings are not treated like they are “capable” for tasks or certain questions regarding marital status/family planning are asked and used against female applicants. There also still exists a pay gap. These are issues that are not openly discussed. Hence, I would like to serve as a part of this organization because it provides a place for women to have their voices heard. As a future awards chair, I would like to help provide opportunities or future female physicians in fulfilling their education and career. This position would allow me to recognize exceptional women and empower their achievements. I believe I am qualified for this position as I have held leadership positions in the past. My most recent position was during COVID-19. I was the Director of Volunteer Coordination in NYC and MI COVIDSitters, two branches of a non-profit organization to help essential workers with daily household tasks, especially childcare. I am experienced in leading a team and being a reliable team member of a larger organization.

Bio-sketch: Aratanxa Dave is a 3rd year medical student at Ross University School of Medicine. She received her B.S. in Neuroscience from Muhlenberg College in 2016. In the community, she is passionate about volunteering and recently served as the Director of Volunteer Coordination in NYC and MI COVIDSitters, a national non-profit organization for essential workers and their families during COVID-19 pandemic providing free childcare, pet sitting, errands, groceries, online tutoring, COVIDCompanion (online buddy system), and online recreational activities (acting/art classes, summer camp). At AMWA, she aims to empower and recognize women for their achievements. In her free time, she enjoy working out and spending time with family/friends.

Maria Perez

Election Statement:  I have been a part of AMWA since 2015 when I first co-founded an AMWA branch at my undergraduate university. Since then, I have also been involved in AMWA National leadership both at the premedical and medical student levels. This organization has supported me and enhanced my education, network, and given me a lifetime of opportunities. I hope to continue being a part of this amazing organization in order to help more women excel in the field of medicine and become more confident in themselves. This last year, I was Region 5 Director, and I was able to engage with students both at the national and international level. I am confident that my previous experiences have given me a solid foundation to serve in this chair capacity. As Awards Chair, I hope to continue growing my leadership skills and be able to connect and help student members on another level.

Bio-sketch:  Maria is a second-year medical student at St. George’s University School of Medicine. She graduated with a B.S. in Health Science from California Baptist University. While at California Baptist University, she served as the founding president of the American Medical Women’s Association – CBU Chapter in 2015; and was also an ambassador for the College of Health Science. During her time at CBU she also engaged in several global health initiatives which led her to China, Peru, and Mexico, where she got to work on various health-related projects. Maria has also been a part of various research projects regarding minority populations in medicine and is a published first-author. This last year, Maria served as the AMWA Region 5 Director. Maria’s passions include advocating for women’s health, working to minimize health disparities, and increase diversity in medicine. She hopes to dedicate this coming year to her research and inspiring more young women to become involved in AMWA. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, going to the beach, and reading. As a first-generation college student and the first in her family to pursue medicine, she is eager to learn and to be able to work with women, as well as minority populations both locally and globally.

Jahanvi Joshi

Election Statement: As a woman in my family to go for further education and into healthcare, I faced a steep learning curve. Even with my parents’ support, I was on my own for many challenges during undergraduate studies and then medical school. This has led to a strong drive to make a difference in my community and with my peers. As a medical student at American University of Antigua, I volunteered at Health Fairs educating communities regarding healthy lifestyles and doing hands on blood pressure and sugar level checks. Being a volunteer in an internal medicine clinic in Philadelphia or a language interpreter at hospitals while at Temple University, and being a part of the multicultural club during high school and medical school, are experiences that taught me the value of diversity. Being on AMWA will give me an opportunity to meet and collaborate with medical students, build a stronger network, and make a positive future impact. My goal for AMWA is empowering women from diverse backgrounds by educating them on health issues and preventative medicine.

Bio-sketch: Jahanvi Joshi is a third year medical student at American University of Antigua. She got her Bachelors in Science in Biology and minored in Public Health at Temple University in Philadelphia. She moved to United States when she was 14 years old. Jahanvi experienced that women in her family were not able to continue their education and saw them sacrifice their dreams. This made her realize that empowering each other, supporting in career and life choices, and educating are the tools to obtain equality. Her hobbies are listening to music, traveling, dancing and spending time with friends in her free time.

Social Media Chair

Sophia Proschel

Election Statement: I believe that AMWA is a valuable platform for women in medicine to mentor and connect with one another. Though there exist many national medical organizations, AMWA is unique in that it has a focus on highlighting and empowering women in ways that many other groups do not. Even as a 3rd year medical student, I have already seen the ways in which healthcare and medical education do not always play fair–there is a still a great need to advocate for equity. Building a community of women (and men!) who recognize this is powerful, and we need to get the message out. I am highly organized and have a good working knowledge of many social media platforms and the ways in which they can be utilized to bolster an organization. I currently serve as my school’s AMWA chapter President, and in this role have organized and promoted a variety of events and fundraisers. As AMWA Social Media Chair I hope I can continue to forward and promote our mission in any way that I can. I very much look forward to learning from and collaborating with my fellow members on this endeavor!

Bio-sketch: Sophia Proschel is an MD student at Wright State Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester with a focus in microbiology and psychology. As a current 3rd year student she serves as President of WSU’s AMWA chapter, and is passionate about fostering mentorship between local female physicians and medical students. She also volunteers as a student leader at a local clinic, which provides free women’s health services and other medical care to the community. Originally from upstate NY, in her free time she enjoys hiking and the outdoors, and never misses the chance to watch a good sci-fi movie with friends.

Kelby Hunt

Election Statement: As the Premedical Division Social Media Chair for the 2020-2021 term, I have seen how deeply the events of the past year weighed on students, both in undergraduate and graduate education. Having a platform to advocate and inspire through, but also to spotlight the resilience, individuality, and compassion of women in medicine, has proven to be one of the highlights of my 3+ year involvement with AMWA. Since my sophomore year, when I founded and became president of my AMWA branch and served as a Centennial Conference Ambassador, to today, an AWHS Social Media Committee Member, and concluding my term as the Premedical Social Media Chair, AMWA has been an avenue for connection, education and mentorship. In my time as the premedical chair, the @AMWApremed Instagram has seen a 200% increase in followers, been rebranded in accordance with AMWA guidelines, and has launched numerous successful campaigns and highlight projects. As Medical Social Media Chair, I will continue to work closely with the incoming premedical chair and others on the social media team to elevate the student division’s presence online, especially through growth of the @AMWAstudents twitter and coordinated posts on the @AMWAdoctors and @AMWApremed page.

Bio-sketch:  Kelby is an incoming MS1. An Australian native, she moved to the United States in 2017 to begin her undergraduate studies at the University of Puget Sound in Washington, studying Biology and an Interdisciplinary Emphasis in Bioethics. Kelby founded the AMWA Puget Sound branch in 2018, and served as President throughout undergrad. She was an Ambassador for the MWIA Centennial Conference hosted by AMWA in NYC, serves on the American Women’s Hospitals Service Committee, and is concluding her term as the Premedical Social Media Chair after being part of the Social Media Committee for two years. She is passionate about maternal and pediatric health, and is especially interested in the effects of maternal psychosocial stress on birth outcomes. In her free time, Kelby loves to spend time outdoors, and is currently learning how to snowboard (there wasn’t much snow in Australia!)

Swati Mahapatra

Election Statement:  Being a member of AMWA has helped me gain exposure to different fields and more importantly, different ways of practicing. This was largely done with the panels that my local AMWA hosted, and now even more recently, through the webinars that AMWA has been hosting online. As social chair, I want to increase engagement with AMWA members and promote these events so that our region’s members get the most out of them. There’s also a lot of online content from women physicians on instagram, twitter, and now tiktok. I would love to get AMWA representation in these fields to further the mission and recruit more like minded individuals.

Bio-sketch: Hi! My name is Swati Mahapatra and i’m an OMS3 at UIWSOM. When i’m not at school, i’m a dog-mom, newly turned plant mom during the pandemic, and amateur cook. I love interacting with women physicians on instagram, especially with the recent advent of misinformation online. It’s important to showcase physicians who are leading the way for us in this field and highlighting disparities and changes for awareness. As your social chair, I hope to share individuals that are furthering the AMWA mission as well as highlighting our region activities.

Elizabeth Kim

Election Statement: Hello! I’m Elizabeth Kim, a M3 student at CUNY School of Medicine in New York City. Currently, I am part of the AMWA Student Social Media team and work to broaden our Twitter and Instagram presence. I’ve specifically worked on the weekly Student Spotlights which amassed significant interest on the social media platforms. I’m running for the Social Media Chair position because I believe AMWA can be more proactive with their social media presence and ignite larger interest in the medical community. By opening up conversations, showcasing some of our wonderful members or by raising awareness to important issues, my job as the Social Media chair can help play a large role in solidifying AMWA’s mission of advocating and supporting women in healthcare.

Bio-sketch: Elizabeth Kim is a 3rd year medical student at CUNY School of Medicine in New York City. She is currently attending the 7 year BS/MD Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education program. In medical school, she is the school delegate for the American Society of Anesthesiology Medical Student Component and vice-president of her school’s Anesthesiology Interest group. After her M2 year, she decided to pursue a research year in Anesthesia with a focus in Obstetrics and started volunteering with the Make-a-Wish Foundation. In AMWA, she is currently part of the AMWA Student Social Media Team and helps grow their Instagram and Twitter presence. Elizabeth is a native New Yorker and can be found learning how to do latte art, playing tennis, and baking cakes for her friends!

Andrea Anampa-Guzmán

Election Statement: I want to support AMWA´s mission to advance women in medicine, advocate for equity, and ensure excellence in health care. I serve as part of the Social Media team of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the Clinical Problem Solvers. I think my experience in the Twitter Group of AMWA gave me great knowledge about the different activities of AMWA. I think my experience as an international medical student can bring different ideas to the table. I plan to increase engagement of AMWA members in the different activities that the organization offers and increase international opportunities for members.

Bio-sketch: Andrea Anampa-Guzmán is a medical student at Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima, Peru. She took a break from her medical studies to perform a research rotation at the University of Pennsylvania. Andrea is interested in research, medical education, hematology, and oncology. She loves writing non-fictional stories. Her works have been published by the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ACP). Andrea spoke about medical education in Latin America for Elsevier and her resilience story living with OCD for ACP. Andrea serves as a Social Media committee member of ASCO. She is a team member of the Clinical Problem Solvers. This organization aims to create a culture of compassion and community to disseminate and democratize the stories and science of diagnostic reasoning. Andrea has published 20 scientific papers and participated in a book chapter about lung cancer. She has won the Medical Student Investigator Award of her school on three occasions and the trainee competition of the American Society of Hematology in 2020. After medical school, Andrea plans to move to the US with her husband and specialize in medical oncology.

Mentorship Chair

Marlin Amy Halder

Election Statement: Medicine is a demanding profession, and as a first-generation aspiring doctor, I owe a lot of my success to the guidance I have received from my female mentors. When I became involved with AMWA in my first year at OUWB, I was drawn to its mission of advancing women in medicine and inspiring future female leaders in healthcare. AMWA is an organization that draws upon experiences of strong female leaders so that it can be of help to us in every stage of training. I have served as a mentor and a mentee. As participant of AMSA’s Reproductive Health Mentorship Sprint, I have gained some valuable experience as to how to build a successful relationship. In my elected role, I plan to expand the AMWA mentorship goal by connecting with local organizations such as K-12 school programs, and other premedical organizations such as Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) to connect those of us in medicine who are willing to serve as a mentor to those who are seeking mentors. I also would like to start a program where female residents/attending can serve as a mentor for those who just started medical school and have specific questions.

Bio-sketch: (Marlin) Amy Halder is a third year MD student at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in Rochester, Michigan. Amy is a first generation college student who had many mentors to help get to where she is now. She has been involved in AMWA since her first year of medical school, when she served as a mentor in the mentorship committee for the local chapter. She has maintained communication with aspiring pre-medicine students and guided them by being on panels and being accessible for questions. She has also served as the president of the OB-GYN interest group and secretary/community health chair of AMSA chapter at her institution. She is an aspiring primary care physician who enjoys spending her free time with her family and friends, reading, and pretending to a chef!

Andrea Done

Election Statement: In my time as President of AMWA at RVUCOM-SU, I’ve started a mentoring partnership with a few schools around the state of Utah. The goal of our program is to help students who do not have mentors in their journey to professional school. Our mentors give advice on the application cycle, MCAT, and overall answering any questions they may have. The program currently has 30 mentor-mentee pairs that I oversee and have personally matched based on interests and preferences. My goal as mentoring chair is to continue supporting our mentors and mentees. I want to ensure there is effective communication between them and that mentees are not afraid to reach out and ask their questions. I would also like to do a mentor spotlight once a week on Instagram and/or AMWA website. Interests mentors would answer a couple of questions and give tips on successful mentoring relationships. My hope is that other mentors can learn from these and implement them in their own mentoring partnership. I would also like to add more mentoring resources (videos, infographics, etc.) and, if possible, have virtual meetings between mentors and mentees so they have the opportunity to network with other members.

Bio-sketch:  Andrea is currently a second-year medical student at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine- Southern Utah (RVUCOM-SU). She received her BS from Weber State University in 2016 and her MS from Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2019. She will be a pre-doctoral osteopathic fellow at RVUCOM-SU during her third and fourth years. Andrea has a passion for mentoring and teaching and is currently a mentor for Prescribe It Forward and RVUCOM-SU’s MSBS program. She is also an Osteopathic Principles and Practice (OPP) tutor for first-year students and is in the Academic Medicine and Leadership track. As president of AMWA, she started a mentorship program between pre-med AMWA members around the state of Utah and RVUCOM-SU’s medical students. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, making OPP videos, and spending time with her husband, 3 sons, and rescue puppy.

Morgan Levy

Election statement: AMWA provides mentorship and friendships for women in medicine at all levels. A strength of mine is connecting with mentors and building strong relationships with them, and helping others connect with mentors of their own. In AMWA, many opportunities exist to meet women in medicine, but leveraging them to find mentors is challenging. As the Mentorship Chair, I plan to continue specialty exploration webinars, assist with utilization of the mentorship database, match students with mentors at the annual meeting, and host discussion calls on mentorship topics. I believe my current leadership roles in AMWA allow me to contribute unique skills to this position. As the current Chief Data Officer of the AMWA Social Media Committee, I have developed skills in creating a professional social media account and leveraging social media for mentorship. The effective use of social media as a medical student presents many opportunities, and I am excited to bring this toolset to other students. Additionally, on the executive team of the fertility committee I work with physicians at all stages of training which has provided insight into challenges faced by women in medicine. I am excited for the opportunity to enhance the mentorship experience for AMWA members.

Bio-sketch: Morgan Levy is a first year medical student in the MD and Master’s in Public Health Program at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She graduated from Lafayette College in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, with a minor and honors in Psychology. Prior to medical school, Morgan served as an AmeriCorps member at Zufall Community Health Center in roles including implementing vaccination clinics, and enrolling patients in health insurance. Morgan became involved with AMWA after serving as an MWIA/AMWA Conference Ambassador in 2019, inspired by the unique, powerful community of women in medicine that the organization fosters. Currently in AMWA, Morgan is the Medical Student Executive Chair of the AMWA Physician Fertility Committee, and the Chief Data Officer of the AMWA Social Media and Branding Committee. Her current extracurricular involvement includes serving as a Reproductive Health Advocate, and conducting research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Morgan is passionate about gender equity in medicine, reproductive health, infertility, and gynecologic cancers and plans to pursue a career in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Morgan’s hobbies include kickboxing, cooking, reading, and hanging out with her cat, Kacey. Connect with Morgan on Twitter @morganslevy.

Elizabeth Klein

Election Statement: The AMWA community is an invaluable resource for women in medicine as we navigate the common challenges of this field. The camaraderie developed among the membership through mentorship and networking is one of the great strengths of our community. As Medical Student mentorship chair, I will build upon the committee’s current efforts to connect women across regions, career stages and specialties. Using the AMWA mentorship database currently in development, I will spearhead new initiatives to create mentorship cohorts – consisting of a pre-medical student, medical student, resident physician, and attending physician – to foster stronger relationships amongst women in our network. In addition, I will create more specialty-specific mentorship opportunities, including informational webinars and mentee-mentor pairings. Furthermore, I will work with chapters’ leadership to plan in-person regional mentorship events for members in close geographic proximity. Throughout my term, I will collect feedback from AMWA members to improve our mentorship initiatives to meet the needs of our membership. In this role, I hope to establish stronger connections amongst women in all stages of their medical careers and cultivate more personal relationships amongst the membership so we may support one another in both our careers and personal lives.

Bio-sketch:  Elizabeth Klein is a first-year medical student at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She graduated from Cornell University in 2018 with a B.A. with Distinction in Biology and Society, then worked in clinical research in Transplantation and Infectious Diseases and Immunology at New York University Grossman School of Medicine prior to beginning medical school. During the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, Elizabeth served as NYU’s lead clinical research coordinator for the NIAID-sponsored Adaptive COVID-19 Treatment Trial (ACTT) and Phase 1 Pfizer/BioNTech Vaccine Trial to test novel, experimental COVID-19 treatments and vaccines. At Brown, Elizabeth serves as a mentor to pre-medical students at her alma mater and in the AMWA network, conducts clinical research, and is an active member of the Division of Women in Medicine and Science. Elizabeth is driven to expand connections amongst women at all stages of their medical careers and recognizes the tremendous value of women mentors in medicine. In her free time, Elizabeth can be found exploring the restaurants and beaches of Rhode Island and catching-up on the latest Netflix blockbusters.

Jasmin Custodio

Election Statement: AMWA has been an important network for me since before my medical school career started. It’s important for me to be involved as a women who has experienced gender bias in hospital settings and as someone who has had strong female mentors. My goal as Mentorship chair is to broaden the AMWA community and strengthen connections between students and physicians. My hope is to inspire those who are just starting their medical career to utilize AMWA Mentorship to help guide them and make them feel connected in a time that feels so alone right now. As current Co-President of Women in Medicine (WIM) division at St. George’s University, I feel as I am qualified for the role. In WIM I have helped pilot our own mentorship program in an online platform, organized several meetings, and planned events that involve community. My plan if elected is to build the current mentorship program to allow more access by all regions and utilize zoom platform to have more face to face mentorship networking opportunities

Bio-sketch: I am a 2nd year medical student and have been involved with Women in Medicine at my university since before I started medical school. I have been blessed to have worked in different aspects of medicine from being a CNA at 18 then as a cytology tech, ER scribe, Medical assistant, Lead phlebotomist, joining several medical and surgical missions, and volunteering. Through all my work I have had strong female mentors that have inspired me to do more than just treat patients. Being part of Women in Medicine and AMWA has allowed me to do more good in different communities

Tasha Renee Wilson

Election Statement:  It is important for me to be involved in AMWA because I believe that being a part of community of women leaders in the medical field will help shape and mold me into the kind of leader that I aspire to be. I have always found it encouraging and motivating to surround myself with like minded individuals who help to bring the best out of each other. AMWA affords women in medicine that special environment and the presents several opportunities for professional and personal growth.

If elected to the role of Mentorship Chair, I will uphold the current standards and encourage relationships and communication between mentors and mentees. I would also like to encourage more physicians and students to take part in this benefit and build stronger relationships and networking circles. This can be done with a social media push and other communication. I also see opportunity to expand this feature of AMWA membership at my medical school, SGU. I imagine that this opportunity exists at other medical schools as well, so I would like to delve into this possibility during my tenure. Mentors help mentees rise to their better-selves. I want that for myself and others.

Bio-sketch:  Tasha is a third year medical student at St. George’s University School of Medicine, Grenada. She received her BS in Movement Science from The University of Michigan, where she was a BIG TEN Champion student-athlete (specialized in 100mHH, Long Jump, Triple Jump, and Heptathlon) and Co-Captain of the Women’s Track and Field Team. She continued her studies at Barry University in Miami Shores, FL where she obtained a MS in Biomedical Sciences. She has research publications focused on the biomechanics of human movement and gastrointestinal disorders and her extracurricular involvement include AMSA (Former SGU-Chapter President and Paul R. Wright Chapter Success Award Recipient, Just Medicine Campaign), SNMA (Publications Committee), SGU-Student Government Association (President’s Choice Award Recipient). Her outlet from medicine is family time and liturgical dance (combination of ballet and modern to spiritual based music).

She is currently enjoying clinical rotations in her home state of Florida where she one day hopes to implement preventative healthcare practices and policies in underserved and minoritized communities with a focus on cardiovascular health and metabolic diseases. Tasha believes mentorship in medicine is a necessity as it helps shape confident, humble and influential future physicians. Mentors help mentees rise to their better-selves. I want that for myself and for others.

Angela Ho

Election Statement: AMWA provides a space where women in medicine can build connections, educate, and empower one another. As the current Outreach Committee Medical Student Chair for AMWA’s Infertility Initiative, I have worked closely with other female colleagues and physicians to raise awareness about issues that women in medicine face. As a first-generation medical student, I had zero guidance to medical school so mentorship is something that I’m very passionate about. I currently serve as a peer mentor at TouroCOM and in multiple organizations such as MiMentor Organization and Med Mentors Program. As Mentorship Chair, I plan to use my experience to foster a sense of support and community amongst pre-medical and medical students. I hope to provide more opportunities for women in the earlier stages of their medical training to connect with physicians – to gain professional support, personal mentorship and tools for career and leadership development. To accomplish this, I will work closely with the AMWA team to continue advancing the needs of fellow women in medicine. I look forward to advocating for, educating, and empowering each other as we continue to pave the path for future women in medicine.

Bio-sketch: “Angela Ho (she/her) is a first-generation medical student at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. She was born and raised in California and graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a B.S. in Human Biology. Angela currently serves as the President of the American Physician Scientists Association Research Club, Research Chair of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association local chapter, and Outreach Committee Medical Student Chair of AMWA’s Infertility Initiative. Given she is the first in her family to pursue a career in medicine, she is passionate about mentorship and serves as a mentor in various organizations such as MiMentor and Med Mentors Program. She also started and currently leads an initiative called Diversity In Medicine in which medical professionals share their unique journeys to medicine in the hopes that their struggles can be a part of someone else’s survival guide. For more information on this initiative, see articles here: https://angelalho.com/diversity-in-medicine/
Some fun facts: Angela is a Virgo, travel addict, and adrenaline junkie. She enjoys painting and blogs during her free time. ”

Bethanne Venkatesan

Election Statement: For over a hundred years, AMWA has continued to advocate for the needs of women at all stages of their medical training and provide them with a support system of other like-minded women. While pursuing my physics degree, I recognized how pivotal these support systems, or lack thereof, can be in empowering women who still feel unwelcome in their lecture halls and labs. As the first in my family to pursue medicine, having dedicated mentors has allowed me to be bold and unapologetic in my ambitions. Understanding the value of these relationships, I have actively sought out positions in college and medical school where I could be a part of connecting students to mentors and providing them with resources for professional development. I chose to apply for this position because I have a passion for providing avenues for these vital relationships for women in medicine. As Mentorship Chair, I would work to continue expanding the current mentorship program to reach women on every campus who desires a mentor in medicine and build a system where members can search for mentors in their specific fields of interest.

Bio-sketch: Bethanne Venkatesan is a second-year MD student at Sidney Kimmel Medical College. Before attending medical school, she received her BS in Biomedical Physics from Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. At Lipscomb, she was the student leader of a health professional alumni mentorship program. While coordinating this program, she discovered her passion for connecting students with mentors and the resources they need to chase their dreams. At SKMC, she dedicates her time to developing new resources for her peers as a liaison for MD Compass, a co-curricular career development program, and a Wellness Committee. For the last year, she has also served as the AMWA Treasurer in the SKMC chapter. Bethanne is interested in places where medicine and physics intersect and currently envisions herself as an Interventional Cardiologist.

Brandi Hull

Election Statement: As a future woman physician I feel it is important to come together with other women physicians to represent ourselves in our field and community.

Bio-sketch:  Brandi Hull is a 2nd year medical student at Touro University Nevada College of Medicine in Henderson, NV. She received her bachelors in Molecular Biology from California State University Monterey Bay. She received a Masters of Science in Biotechnology in 2016 and her 2nd Masters at Touro Nevada in Medical Sciences in 2018. She is involved in immunology research at Touro and enjoys mentoring people interested in the scientific and medical field.

Kristi Bears

Election Statement:  AMWA has been a guiding light for me as a first-generation student and the first to attend medical school in my family. The women of AMWA have not only led and empowered me but have provided me with the platform to empower those who have come after me, and I strongly believe in the importance of AMWA’s mission to continue to expand the ever-growing pipeline of female physicians.As a pre-medical student, I co-founded and served as a Past President for the pre-medical branch at the University of Florida. During my year as President, I more than doubled branch membership and attendance at our annual Women Rising in Medicine Conference. I also served as a pre-medical division regional director, and I am currently involved in the AMWA premedical-medical mentorship program at my university. The creation of our premedical-medical mentorship program was a long-term goal of mine as branch President that came to fruition this year.

It would be a privilege to continue the legacy of our mentorship program to further extend its reach to aspiring female physicians. If elected, I hope to diversify webinars considering current racial injustice and to generate a toolkit for male mentors on addressing gender bias.

Bio-Sketch:  Kristi is a first-generation, second year medical student at the University of Florida College of Medicine. She received her BS in Health Science from the University of Florida in 2019. Kristi is currently involved in the AMWA medical-premedical mentorship program and is conducting research on gender bias in house staff evaluations across procedural and non-procedural specialties. Apart from AMWA, Kristi is a member of her class Executive Board, the Co-President of the Anesthesia Interest Group, Executive Director of Florida Clinics Collaborative, and a State of Florida Certified Domestic Violence Advocate. Her current specialty interests include neuroanesthesia and neurosurgery. In her spare time, she enjoys going yoga, drawing in her sketchbook, and playing with her two cats, Luschka and Purkinje.

Sarah Hershberger

Election Statement:  I was raised within an Amish community where cultural factors discouraged the pursuit of higher education, especially for women. I would not be a medical student or a first-generation high school graduate if I had not been fortunate enough to find my mentors. Mentorship was the defining factor that allowed me to think of myself as “capable” of becoming a physician. Serving as the AMWA Mentorship Chair is how I hope to continue honoring those that helped me while also extending a branch to those behind me in their journeys within medicine.

My goal is for us to prioritize an intersectional approach in our support for women in medicine. To diversify our medical community, we need to initiate outreach to all interested students at a younger age, not just to the students who can afford to attend college and pay for the membership fee. I would like to maintain our current mentorship initiatives while also extending our program to encompass students who may not know how to access higher education yet. I have led mentoring initiatives ranging from elementary-aged students up to fellow medical students. My additional qualifications include experience with community outreach, policy advocacy, and organization leadership.

Bio-sketch: Sarah Hershberger (she/her) is a medical student at Pennsylvania State University in Hershey, PA. She attended Marian University in Indianapolis, IN for her undergraduate career, where she received her BS in biology and BA in psychology. Sarah has been involved in AMWA throughout her years in medical school, serving as the President of Penn State’s branch and on the Region 3 Conference Committee. Sarah has prioritized being an active mentor for students from nontraditional or disadvantaged backgrounds since she was in high school, volunteering for both local and national programs such as Peer Helpers and Facilitators, College Mentors for Kids, Bridge Mentoring, and AMWA’s mentoring program.

She is also passionate about the intersections of women’s health issues, including the influences of socioeconomic status, racial and ethnic groups, and gender and sexual identities. This has directed her research experiences and her position as the Advocacy Chair for the Penn State Chapter of Medical Students for Choice. Her additional interests pertain to the role medical professionals have in achieving health equity, participating in the medical humanities, and advancing medical communication within underserved communities.

Camille Briskin

Election Statement: I am deeply passionate about gender equity – everyone should have the opportunity to realize their full potential and have an equal voice. I would love for AMWA to foster more interconnectedness between medical school chapters to both diversity AMWA initiatives and enhance collaboration and support. As a Co-President of the New York Medical College chapter of AMWA, I have been working with Dr. Padmini Murthy to establish a Female Physician Mentorship Program and gained invaluable insight from Irene Kalbian, a current AMWA Mentorship Chairs. I worked in academic and private healthcare settings prior to attending medical school and therefore have experience networking both as a student and employee. As a member of our Student Senate, I have successfully advocated for 2 major administrative changes that had tremendous positive impacts on the student body. I have also helped women practice for professional school interviews. As a Mentorship Chair, I want to expand networking opportunities within AMWA and increase education regarding how to network, how to find the right mentor, and how to be a great mentor. Positive mentor experiences can transform one’s trajectory and I believe it is a vital component in helping women navigate both professional and personal aspirations.

Bio-sketch: Camille graduated from Brown with a degree in Neuroscience and has always been interested in the intersection between health and human behavior. Before coming to NYMC, she was involved in psychophysics research at Brown looking at the effects of contrast on visual perception. She then moved to New York City to work as a clinical research coordinator at Memorial Sloan Kettering in the immunotherapeutics core where she helped implement the first inpatient clinical trial in the service. Looking to explore the industry side of medicine, she became an analyst performing market research at a biotech startup, Kallyope, which is studying the gut-brain axis as a method of treating a variety of different diseases. Camille believes in the importance of student and physician well-being and strives to reduce burnout by focusing on healthy coping mechanisms and lifestyle choices that promote resiliency. She is interested in OBGYN, psychiatry, and women’s health. Her personal interests include running, cooking, and dreaming about the day when she can finally get a dog.

Programming Chair

Jocelyn Nicole Wensel

Election Statement:  I firmly believe in all women in STEM feeling fully represented and finding their calling within healthcare, medicine and the sciences/research. As part of my roles with SNMA (Region 1 RALD intern), my role as a committee leader for the SOMA Research Task Force, and as part of my involvement with SNMA at my institution, I am trying to create a national resource for minorities with learning disabilities in STEM. I think working in leadership in AMWA could help increase my awareness of how to be an advocate for my patients and coworkers as part of a future interprofessional integrated healthcare team.

Bio-sketch:  As a mutli-ethnic woman from Eugene, OR -a medically underserved community – I strive to continue to educate myself in how to be a culturally competent, empathic, clinically skilled, provider and academic physician. My interest in research and team based learning and integrated care has caused me to pursue the various roles I am involved in including being the Region 1 Regional Alliance for Leadership Development Intern for SNMA, being an integrated medicine scholar through AMSA, being a fellow in the UNM Emergency Medicine Academic writing internship, being a SOMA Research Task Force committee leader, and the schools Internal Medicine Club Vice President as well as the Scholarly Affairs Officer of our Psychiatry Club.

Lauren Jones

Election Statement:  Over the past several years that I have been involved with AMWA, I have been constantly amazed by the tremendous power that women have to teach, motivate, and uplift each other. As Vice President of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine’s AMWA Chapter this past year, I had the opportunity to coordinate a 4-part virtual networking series, with the goal of connecting student members to outstanding female physicians. Throughout the series, I was inspired by the ability that women have to share their stories to teach and motivate each other. During the series, I gave a presentation concerning the process of achieving equity for women in medicine. During my research for the presentation, I was astounded by the many barriers that female physicians face such as a nearly 30% pay gap, widespread discrimination and harassment, as well as systemic bias. Despite these obstacles, women continue to join the field in record numbers. This alone shows the strength and resolve that women possess and fills me with hope for the progress of our place in the field as top-tier leaders, mentors, and teachers. Our collective voice is strong, powerful, and is a crucial tool to progress. AMWA and its numerous campaigns such as #HerTimeIsNow are vital to achieving equity. As programming chair, I would be honored to help continue the momentum that AMWA has in empowering women and working towards institutional and systemic change that will pave the way towards gender equity in medicine.

Bio-sketch:  Lauren Jones is a second-year osteopathic medical student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). She was first involved with AMWA as a post-baccalaureate student at the University of Pennsylvania, where she served as communications chair and then secretary of the pre-medical division chapter (Penn Future Women in Health). During that time, the chapter won 3 AMWA National awards. Then as a PCOM student, she was selected to be a part of the executive board as the first-year liaison and was subsequently elected to the Vice President position. As Vice President, she started a monthly journal club to promote women in academic medicine and women’s health research. The journal club featured women faculty, physicians and prominent alumni that shared their experiences and/or research related to the monthly topic. Additionally, she has worked on campaigns related to celebrating Women’s History Month as well as Women in Medicine Month. This winter, she coordinated a 4-part virtual networking series to connect students to a diverse group of outstanding female physicians as well as to provide information regarding special topics related to women in medicine such as achieving equity and work-life homeostasis. Lauren is passionate about clinical research, equity for women in medicine, community service, and female empowerment to bring about change.

External Relations

Noor Meer

Election Statement: As a current medical student and future physician, I constantly advocate for open communication, synergy and teamwork. I believe the role of External Relations Chair is one of the most vital to exist. How does AMWA prosper? An immense part of it is through the direct relationship we have with other organizations and companies. The value of networking is what pushed us all to where we are today, and to carry that responsibility forward for the year would be a valuable asset to both AMWA and all the ties we have with other groups; a position I can confidently say I will be elated to fulfill. For instance, in times of financial hardships, especially amid a global pandemic, partnerships and discounts through AMWA could mean more to members than they’ve ever envisioned. This role is crucial during these unprecedented times. The value of collaboration, integrity, inclusion, etc. that AMWA holds for us all, is a vital key to the advancement of women in medicine.

Bio-sketch: “Noor Meer (she/her) is an MD student at St. George’s University SOM in Grenada, West Indies. She received her AA in Liberal Arts from Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, at 17 years old and her BS in Biology from Adelphi University in Garden City, NY shortly after. Noor’s goals include becoming an OB-GYN and completing a fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine. She is a strong advocate for female reproductive health and plans on furthering her career by traveling globally to underserved regions in order to provide medical care to patients with high-risk pregnancies.

In addition to her roles as a medical student and AMWA leadership, she is conducting campus-wide research at her school to assess and implement more stable lesson plans to educate medical students on maternal mortality, a rising problem in the US and worldwide that is seldom covered within the basic sciences curriculum. In her free time, Noor enjoys reading, spending quality time with her cat, Neeli, and trying out new plant-based recipes.”

Bukola Toyobo

Election Statement: Hello AMWA,

Part of my vision for AMWA is to use my background and skillset to assist in diversifying the face of medicine and empowering the next generation of healthcare leaders. I have worked with women of all ages for the last seven years and strengthened my communication and leadership skills. This started with encouraging and mentoring middle school girls to enter scientific fields. In medical school, my goals shifted to supporting medical students to negotiate & advocate for oneself, seek mentorship & sponsorship, and enter leadership roles. Currently, as AMWA’s region 3 director, I work to connect and advance female medical students in the Mid-Atlantic region including through our most recent conference on self and community development.

As external relations chair, I hope to develop our external AMWA relationships with other organizations including AMA and AMSA, as well as companies, like Kaplan. With this platform, I hope to expand AMWA members benefits. I am excited to serve as your external relations chair through partnerships offering resources for us as women in medicine to be empowered and strategic in our goals.

Bio-sketch: Bukola is a third-year medical student at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine (PSCOM). She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Pennsylvania State University in 2016. Bukola served as AMWA co-president of PSU and region 3 director, where she worked with her teams to expand AMWA membership and create innovative workshops to support women in medicine. She is proud of their projects with physician mentorship, domestic violence awareness, and networking events, including mentorship and sponsorship. She led the development of a 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 (AAMC) to facilitate the session.

In addition to her involvement with AMWA, Bukola served as admission chair for the Medical Student Admission Committee. She 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, running, and cooking. She has lived and traveled to many countries in Europe and Africa.

Afeerah Ahmad

Election Statement: I became involved in the American Medical Women’s Association seven years ago, initially during my undergraduate years at Drexel, with the national AMWA pre-medical division, and currently at Rowan SOM.

AMWA raises awareness for women’s health by holding community service events, mentorship programs, and inviting speakers to discuss their expertise. Serving as my chapter’s Treasurer, Vice President, and President at Drexel and social media chair on a national level showed me a well-rounded view of leadership roles and allowed me to make even a small difference for future women in medicine. The leadership, support, and camaraderie I felt by fellow women in medicine is unparalleled and empowering; I am eager to maintain my involvement as a medical student and professional.

As external relations chair, I plan to serve as the face of AMWA while maintaining relationships with partners such as MedSchool Coach, Osmosis, Scholar Rx, and Sketchy Medical. I strive to advocate for the medical students of AMWA to achieve their highest potential in academic success by maintaining strong partnerships, discounts, and support. Furthermore, I plan to expand our contact with other national organizations such as AMSA, AMA, AOA, and SOMA to collaborate with their partners and members.

Bio-Sketch: Afeerah Ahmad is a first year medical student at the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine. She graduated from Drexel University with a B.S. in Biological Sciences. She has served as Drexel University’s Treasurer, Vice President, and President, social media chair of the national AMWA Premedical Division, and Rowan SOM’s first year representative. At Rowan SOM, she also is an active member of the American College of Osteopathic Neurologists and Psychiatrists where she hosts monthly journal club meetings, actively volunteers in the COVID-19 vaccination clinic, and will soon begin volunteering at free clinic, Puentes de Salud, in Philadelphia. She will be pursuing a summer research project pertaining to child abuse and maltreatment rates prior to vs during the pandemic. As external relations chair, she looks forward to advocating for AMWA’s student members by expanding partnerships with board-prep companies along with other national organizations. In her spare time, she enjoys singing and spending time with her family and friends.

Alice Zhou

Election Statement:  I sincerely believe in AMWA’s mission of advancing gender equity in the field of medicine. Before medical school, I served on the executive board of my local GlobeMed chapter, where I spearheaded initiatives to combat poverty and illiteracy amongst rural women in Peru. Working closely with CHOICE Humanitarian, I saw the sheer impact of gender and health inequities that exist globally. Due to this experience, along with my personal experiences of growing up in a traditional household where I was constantly dissuaded from pursuing medicine, I have become passionate about working to advance gender equity in all settings.
Currently, I serve on the executive board of the Johns Hopkins AMWA chapter, where I helped plan our “Sexism on the Wards” event. In the past, I have served as president of PennKDSAP, an organization that hosts health screenings in underserved communities in Philadelphia. A key component of my role was building relationships with local communities, other campus organizations, and our partnering hospital. As External Relations Chair, I will use my past experiences to strengthen partnerships with other professional organizations. I also hope to work closely with the Advocacy Chair to partner with community-based organizations as a way to extend AMWA’s reach.

Bio-sketch:  Alice Zhou is an MD student at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She received her BA in Biochemistry and her MS in Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania. Alice currently serves on the executive board of the AMWA chapter at Johns Hopkins. Within her local community, Alice volunteers with the Baltimore Neighbors Network where she connects local Baltimore residents with resources and offers social solidarity during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through her role as External Relations Chair, Alice is excited to advance AMWA’s mission by building and strengthening partnerships with other professional and community-based organizations. During her free time, Alice enjoys baking, playing the guitar, and traveling.

Advocacy Chair

Miranda Guerriero

Election Statement:

“This past year I served the Student Advocacy Committee as a Subcommittee Chair. I wrote statements on Environmental Health and helped create by-laws of the Committee. As a Legislative Liaison I have a background in advocacy at all levels.

As Committee Chair I want members and chapters to be able to engage with organizations they care about and to advocate for change on a community, state and/or federal level. I plan to reach out to chapters to serve as a mentor, help them to connect with organizations, draft resolutions, and arrange meetings with leaders and legislators. Another goal I have for the committee is to help members be advocates of patient education. Featuring examples of discussions with patients on topics such as nontraditional medicine, home care, clinical trials or support groups in the newsletter or on social media will help members become patient educators and advocates.”

Bio-sketch: Miranda Guerriero is a third year medical student in the Rochester, NY region. At LECOM at Seton Hill she served as Vice President of the Student Osteopathic Medicine Association (SOMA) chapter and Executive Board Member of Evidence Based Medicine Club. She has recently submitted publication on depression and dementia, has contributed resolutions to SOMA and is a Legislative Liaison with the National Alopecia Areata Foundation. She has accepted an internship with the Robert Graham Center in Washington DC to study Public Health Policy in the Fall of 2021. Miranda is always seeking new ways to empower patients, mobilize the community and answer questions of medicine.

Leah Chase

Election Statement: I have had the privilege of serving on my local AMWA chapter’s executive board since my first month of medical school, and within this chapter, I found a community of women who really cared about helping each other and empowering everyone around them. Of course AMWA is about equity, mentorship, and advocacy, but to me it really represents a place of friendship and understanding. Even as a student, I’ve had multiple personal experiences of sexual harassment in the workplace–being called “hot” by my boss, being inappropriately touched, being denied learning opportunities because of my gender. As hard as it is to speak up about these things, I know that the community of women in AMWA is someplace I can go to process and for advice on how to take action. As Advocacy Chair, I want to help chapters not only talk about the difficult issues, but go one step further and put on workshops (whether it’s how to tackle sexual harassment, help applying for leadership positions, or practice negotiating for equal pay) to encourage active, experiential learning.

Bio-sketch: Leah Chase (she/her/hers) is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota and is a current second-year M.D. student at The University of California, Irvine. She received a B.S. in Bioengineering from Stanford University. She is passionate about health equity and advocacy for underrepresented groups. At UCI, she is a LEAD-ABC scholar (Leadership Education to Advance Diversity — African, Black, Caribbean), a Los Angeles Albert Schweitzer Fellow, and holds multiple positions in Student Government. She helped implement a new Confronting Anti-Blackness thread in UCI’s curriculum, leading a cultural humility simulation exercise and a standardized patient session on racial perceptions of pain. She is also on the executive board committees for her school’s chapters of AMWA, Student National Medical Association (SNMA), UCI Outreach Clinic, Technology in Medicine, and Global Surgery Student Alliance (GSSA).

Jennifer Talbott

Election Statement: Hello everyone, my name is Jen Talbott, and I’m a 4th year med student at Mayo Clinic Arizona and an accelerated Masters in Public health student at Columbia University. If I’m not elected as President, I would love to serve you in another capacity as advocacy chair.

I want to promote AMWA as an advocacy organization, and us students as women advocates. I have a wealth of leadership and advocacy experience, through my service in the Peace Corps working with teenage girls, through evaluating national Human Trafficking curriculums and leading national workshops to educate healthcare providers, through the policy work I did for the Women in Medicine committee of the AMA med student section, and through my work as founder and president of my school chapter of AMWA. I think AMWA’s advocacy efforts could be strengthened by: providing guidance, training opportunities, and materials to students advocating in their communities; strengthening existing partnerships and creating new ones with national and state-based advocacy organizations; and finally by continuing to promote AMWA Student’s online and social media platform.

Bio-sketch: Jennifer Talbott is a first-generation med student and biracial White/Filipina woman who grew up in conservative, rural Ohio. Issues of race, gender, and justice have always been on her mind. After graduating college, Jen served in the Peace Corps in Paraguay, was elected regional director, and worked on the Gender and Diversity committee. In medical school, her work has focused on: founding and presiding over her campus’s AMWA chapter and increasing mentorship and professional development opportunities for female students; creating and disseminating national human trafficking curriculum; and promoting justice in issues like abortion, sex education, and family leave for med students. In 2020, she was awarded a National Excellence in Public Health Award by the USPHS Professional Advisory Committee for these efforts.

Jen decided to pursue an MPH at Columbia University this year because she realized health mostly happens outside of the clinic and OR. She plans to weave public health and medicine together to advocate for women. Jen will graduate from Mayo Clinic Arizona in 2022 and match into OB/GYN. When she is not working or studying, she likes loooong naps with her cat, Eliot, wine nights with friends (still fun over zoom!), and hikes in Phoenix.

Kathleen Lundeberg

Election Statement: I have been part of AMWA since my premedical years, and it has always been a line of hope for women in medicine. My medical school did not have a chapter when I first started, so I helped create one at my medical school. I also organized and co-hosted Women-in-Medicine panels, Sexual Harassment Seminars, and created other safe spaces. I am a passionate individual who hopes to match into OB/GYN, and I believe my training in the treatment of addiction, a family member with Cervical Cancer, and a specific interest in advocating for Women of Color represent my dedication for and will drive me in this position as Advocacy Chair. Thank you for your consideration!

Bio-sketch:  Kat is a third year osteopathic medical student at PNWU in Yakima, WA, who is also a second lieutenant in the US Air Force via the HPSP. She has always been dedicated to advocacy and creating opportunities for her community. Her career goals are to match into OB/GYN this year in the Military Match.

Kristy Leker

Election Statement: As Advocacy Committee Chair, I hope to build upon the foundation created by the former Chair with events that allow our members to become actively involved. As the current Social Media Chair for the Advocacy committee, I have worked to increase our Twitter presence by promoting important issues each month with each week focusing on education, discussion, journal readings, and initiatives that all our members can partake in. For example, in February we will be promoting healthy relationships and educating about Intimate Partner Violence prevention. During my tenure, I plan to create a recurring event that features a panel of advocate physicians to share their varied experiences and guide us on how to create sustainable change. I believe it is imperative to create an event that urges medical students to become active citizens today. As VP of my AMWA Chapter, I have already created and organized a similar panel that discusses the effect of bias on health care through an intersectional lens. I also currently serve as a member of the Clinical Grants Sub-committee for AWHS. As your AMWA Advocacy Chair, I will work tirelessly to create sustainable resources that inspire future physicians to become advocates for change.

Bio-sketch: Kristy Leker (she/her) is a third-year medical student at Ross University School of Medicine. Originally from California, she obtained her undergraduate degree in Physiology and Neuroscience with a minor in Law and Society at UC San Diego in 2015. As she worked as an EMT and began her Infectious Disease research in Dr. Obonyo’s lab at UCSD, she began volunteering with survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence. After becoming certified in Crisis Intervention, she served as a Sexual Assault Response Team Advocate and a Prevention and Education volunteer. She obtained a Master of Public Health in Infectious Disease Epidemiology at Boston University in 2018 and continued volunteering at the Women’s Lunchplace in Boston. Kristy’s passion for preventive medicine, disease transmission within vulnerable populations, women’s health, and inequities in healthcare are the driving forces behind her pursuit for a career in medicine. While serving on her AMWA chapter’s executive board, she created an intersectional panel discussing the effects of bias in healthcare. She is a strong believer in grassroots activism and believes it’s imperative for a physician to be an advocate for change. Fun fact: Kristy loves movies, hiking, and hopes to visit all 50 states (only 9 left)!

Rachel Anderson

Election Statement: 106 years ago when AMWA was founded, only 2.9% of medical graduates were female and only 1 medical school was accepting female students. Over these past 106 years, AMWA’s efforts have played an integral role in getting us to where we are now – with females representing more than half of medical graduates. It excites me to see AMWA continue this fight for gender equity while expanding its role further to allow us the opportunity to unite on issues that matter to us, even when those issues do not directly affect us. AMWA gives us a chance to find things we’re passionate about, find others who are passionate about the same things, and collaborate to make an impact – in our institutions, in our communities, and in the medical field as a whole.

Over the past 3 years, AMWA has afforded me the opportunity to serve in a variety of leadership roles that have strengthened my passion for advocacy. As advocacy chair, I hope to streamline efforts by creating bylaws that outline a democratic process for position statement approval, allowing the voices of all members to be heard. We will advocate for equity, diversity, inclusion, justice, and so much more.

Bio-sketch: I am an MS3 at UMass Medical School, excited about pursuing a career in Family Medicine. I enjoy cooking, outdoor activities, snuggles with my cat, and relaxing floats on my raft. I serve as the Student Chair for the Global Initiative Against HPV and Cervical Cancer (GIAHC – an AMWA partner), a group that empowers young leaders in the medical field and beyond to be advocates for HPV and HPV-related cancer prevention through research, fundraising, outreach, and collaboration with global partners. I’ve applied these concepts in my own community by performing needs assessments on barriers to cervical cancer screening and setting up infrastructure to address these barriers. I serve as the Education Chair for AMWA’s Physicians Against Trafficking Humans Student Group, where I am advocating for the inclusion of labor trafficking in educational materials. In my own institution, I’ve trained over 600 providers on how to appropriately recognize and respond to human trafficking. In terms of advocacy experience, I’ve served as co-leader of the gender equity branch of AMWA’s student advocacy committee, in addition to serving as a district delegate and Women’s Health student representative for the Massachusetts Medical Society.

Catie Waldron

Election Statement: I believe it is important to be a part of this organization, because female empowerment is vital in the medical community. There are countless times where women are overlooked or passed over for their male counterparts due to patriarchal ideology ingrained in our healthcare system. We as women should encourage one another to be the best versions of ourselves. I am thankful that AMWA has given me the courage to be the loudest one in the room and the knowledge that my ideas are worth hearing. My hope for AMWA is for members to gain the confidence in themselves while encouraging others to do the same. I have served as both the Vice President and President of my chapter. I have, also, worked on the Mid-Atlantic Conference Planning Committee. While President, I have lead many advocacy initiatives including a breast cancer awareness event, social media features of local female physicians, and continued support of a local domestic violence shelter. I have gained great perspective from my research project highlighting the opioid epidemic in pregnant women. As Advocacy Chair, I hope to continue supporting women and marginalized communities and using my knowledge to spread awareness on a national level.

Bio-sketch: 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 has, also, served on the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference Planning Committee. She is passionate about women’s health, domestic violence advocacy, and providing care to patients in underserved communities. She is a member of the core team for Marshall Medical Outreach, a medical student run mobile clinic that provides free healthcare services to patients in the community. She is, also, a co-investigator of a research project focusing on pregnant women in a buprenorphine assisted recovery program and post-partum contraceptive options. She is interested in OBGYN. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her dog, Lizzie.

Briana Krewson

Election Statement:  AMWA is the organization that makes me feel heard as a female in medicine; connecting me to female mentors, encouraging my career and personal growth, enhancing my leadership skills, and uncovering my purpose in my community. As a part of AMWA, I hope to contribute to the organization’s mission and legacy by advocating for those who do not have a voice. My qualifications for Advocacy Chair include my experience as Community Service Director at AWMA PCOM, where I led our Girl Talk program to connect minority female youth with female medical students to educate about reproductive rights, sexual health, etc. I also executed our Women’s Health Series. Additionally, I serve as Director of PCOM’s student-run clinic, providing free primary care for homeless residents. Before medical school, I advocated in food insecurity, environmental health, and sexual violence/assault. If selected for this position, I will work within the established pillars AMWA advocates for, encouraging national, regional, and local AMWA advocacy themes that would be accessible and implementable for all chapters. Some examples of projects I would pursue include advocating through social media, an “advocacy actions” newsletter, a current-events journal club, a virtual book club, and hands-on opportunities within each region.

Bio-sketch: Briana is a second-year medical student at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Neuroscience from Franklin & Marshall College in 2017, where she researched neurodegenerative disorders in the Mennonite population. After college, Briana taught English in Poland for a year with the Fulbright Program, and travelled through Europe extensively. Upon returning to the USA, Briana earned her Master’s in Public Health degree from Dartmouth College (where she also learned to ski), after which she lived in subarctic Canada to research native food access for indigenous populations. During medical school, Briana has spent a majority of her time outside of the classroom directly in the community, for which she was awarded the PCOM Service Award. She served as the Community Service Director at AWMA PCOM chapter and Director for her school’s student-run clinic (PCOM HEARTS), Chair of PCOM’s Student Organization Council, and President of her school’s Primary Care Progress. During the pandemic, Briana founded an organization called Medical Students for Masks, which grassroots-fundraised to purchase and distribute PPE to local healthcare providers during the PPE shortage. In her free time, Briana is an avid gardener, runner, yogi, hiker, traveler, and dog-lover!

Hayden Greene

Election Statement: AMWA emboldened my existing passion for utilizing my voice to advocate for women’s health. Through encouragement from like-minded women in the AMWA community, I’ve put that advocacy into action towards focusing on issues women in medicine face. My involvement with FSUCOM’s AMWA chapter allowed me to facilitate dialogue between students, faculty and experts to increase awareness and education surrounding eating disorders, while also discussing the ramifications they have on women’s mental and physical health and how clinicians can better serve this patient population. If elected to serve as your Advocacy Chair, I will work with AMWA members to develop a position paper centered around policy for eating disorder prevention. While eating disorders as a mental illness are not exclusive to women, I believe this issue is too pervasive in our society to overlook AMWA’s ability to facilitate change in conjunction with current initiatives. Additionally, I’d like to use my platform to create a lecture series surrounding intimate partner violence, providing resources for women to seek help and protection. Lastly, I will use my voice to represent issues that AMWA students around the country are passionate about and work with those individuals to bring their ideas into fruition. Thank you for your consideration!

Bio-sketch: Hayden is a rising third-year medical student at the Florida State University College of Medicine. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from Florida State University in 2015. Following graduation, she worked at an assisted-living facility, specifically with memory- and cognitively impaired individuals. In 2017, she completed a Master of Science in Medical Sciences from the University of South Florida. Following completion of her graduate program, she pursued research investigating Angelman syndrome, working to uncover a potential biomarker and therapeutic interventions aimed for clinical trial. These efforts brought her publications in various journals. Following her return to FSU for medical training in 2019, Hayden pursued leadership roles within the college, serving as President of the Student Interest Group in Neurology, Service and Community Outreach Chair within her AMWA chapter and a Teaching Assistant in the anatomy course for first-year medical and Physician Assistant students. As part of the executive committee for her AMWA chapter, Hayden facilitated projects at the College of Medicine to promote awareness, advocacy and education on eating disorders, mental health, breast cancer and infertility in physicians. In her free time, Hayden is a self-proclaimed amateur chef, fitness enthusiast and enjoys the outdoors.

Alana Parker

Election Statement: Representation is first and foremost the most significant reason AMWA is important to me. Watching women in medicine use their voice to not only work with their patients but to uplift and collaborate with their peers has inspired me to do the same. When I first embarked on my medical school journey, I was exposed to the many shortcomings of the healthcare system. I was unsure however, on how I could institute change and more unsure of whether my voice even mattered.The process of overcoming my insecurities revealed to me the significance my perspective has to offer. As advocacy chair, I would foster a welcoming environment to ensure everyone recognizes the importance of their unique perspective. Along with that, I would focus on expanding the Doctor-Patient Rights Project because I believe advocacy is achieved best with a collaborative effort. By working with patients and physicians to collect their stories, we would be able to pinpoint particular patterns in these interactions. We would have the ability to advocate for specific changes and ensure a better outcome for our future patients. More importantly however, we would undo cycles of repetitive actions that are detrimental to doctor-patient relationships.

Bio-sketch: Alana Parker is a third year MD student at the CUNY School of Medicine in New York. She completed her B.S. in Biomedical Science at the Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program. She is the co-founder of MoHo Dance LLC, a mental health awareness company that focuses on highlighting the significance of mental health wellness, particularly through the expressive arts. During medical school, she co-founded several chapters of nationwide organizations on her medical school campus, including the NAACP and White Coats for Black Lives (WC4BL). She served these organizations not only as a founding member but as a student leader. Alana went on to become Vice President of the NAACP and a PR Representative of WC4BL. Alana’s passion for advocacy is not only seen in her dedication on-campus, but in her research as well. She worked as a Rudin’s Fellow, to create health education sessions for high schoolers in her home community to provide a safe space for teenagers to receive health education. Alana used her free time to stay active by serving as the Captain of the CCNY Cheerleading Team. Currently, you can find her playing video games, streaming with her friends or baking.

Adrienne Visani

Election Statement: I’m excited to be considered for Advocacy Chair because, although a lot of good advocacy work has been stretched thin during the tumultuous past year, I am encouraged by our power in numbers. I’ve been proud to join fellow students to respond to 2020’s unique crises: I was a COVID Response Team leader, coordinated our campus-wide campaign to pass Medicaid Expansion in Missouri, and helped establish our White Coats 4 Black Lives chapter. As Co-President of WashU’s AMWA, I learned to strengthen existing initiatives by collaborating with others involved in similar work. I’ve attended AMA and Missouri State Medical Association conferences, testified on and authored policy, and am familiar with how the Medical Student Section operates. Since AMA-MSS’s Women in Medicine Committee dovetails nicely with AMWA’s policy goals, I’d make it a priority this year to join forces with them. Finally, on my clinical clerkships this year I’ve identified so many patient care policy gaps. I’ve been working on one with a Missouri legislator, but it’d be great to swap ideas with medical students who may have more time. As Advocacy Chair, I’d like to host a policy idea forum so that AMWA members can work together on common issues.

Bio-sketch: Adrienne Visani is a rising 4th year medical student at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis. Originally from Denver, Adrienne received her BS in Neuroscience from the University of Southern California and studied abroad at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Before medical school, she spent 2 years doing research on MRI and PET imaging in Alzheimer’s disease at the University of California San Francisco. At WashU, she served as 2019-2020 Co-President of the AMWA chapter. She has done advocacy work with the AMA and Missouri State Medical Association, authoring policy on Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Correctional Facilities and working with a Missouri state legislator to expand Expedited Partner Therapy for STIs. She is passionate about health equity, serving as a Team Leader for WashU’s COVID volunteer response and helping coordinate the school’s campaign to expand Medicaid in Missouri. She has also prioritized service to her school, co-leading her Academic Society and serving on Second Look, First-Year Orientation, and Dismantling Racism in the Curriculum committees. Adrienne also loves traveling, museum-hopping, experimenting in the kitchen, reading, and being outdoors–whether its hiking, camping, cycling, or simply enjoying St Louis’s incredible Forest Park.

Pankhuri Walia

Election Statement:  In my short time of being a member of AMWA, I have received ample advice, support, and information on topics I have been curious about. This organization has connected me to people nationally even during this global pandemic. Now, I am looking forward to the chance to expand and contribute to the diverse opportunities available for its members. I want to help connect people with their passion projects, support other people’s ideas, and give a voice to a community or idea in need of attention.
Wellness is a broad topic that can mean something different for everyone. If there is a gap to the path to wellness,
I want to be the person to assist in bringing those ideas and desires to life. Women’s health and wellness used to be overlooked for far too long. Thanks to AMWA, we are making a difference with every member involved.

Bio-sketch:  My name is Pankhuri Walia and am the advocacy chair for the 2020-2021 year. I am a first-year medical student at PCOM. My involvement with AMWA began in my school’s chapter where I serve as the treasurer. Prior to medical school, I graduated from Villanova University in 2019 with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Spanish before conducting research at Tufts University in an addiction medicine lab. I’ve always been passionate about women’s health and advocacy. I am excited to work with other wonderful people with the shared goal of helping women across the globe voice their opinion and be heard, earn equal rights, and maximize their potential.

Yeonsoo Sara Lee

Election Statement: Being mentored by female physician-researchers, nurses, and faculty was my gateway into medicine. My first job was as a researcher in women’s health. Here, I learned about health disparities, equity, and what it means to build community with female leadership. These are exactly the reasons that I became involved in my school’s AMWA chapter, and why it is important for me to be involved in AMWA, especially in advocacy. I hope to use this position to harness my own reflections on what it means to a woman of color in medicine and why it is important to push for systematic change in our institutions for diversity, inclusion, and equity—to lead for diverse, inclusive, and equitable care for all. In the past, I have canvassed for local and national candidates for office, and learned about grassroots advocacy in my local community for climate health. I have researched in women’s disparities and written calls to action in publications and in letters to elected officials. I hope to use these skills and passions in AMWA advocacy campaigns in developing more guides for medical students/professionals on important issues like trauma-informed care, and Black maternal health. Thank you for your consideration.

Bio-sketch: Yeonsoo Sara Lee is a first-year medical student at the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine (MCASOM) – AZ. She is a class representative and a member of the select FOCUS 2+2 program, which focuses on global medicine and health disparities. She earned her undergraduate degree in ecology and evolutionary biology at Yale University in New Haven, CT, where she was a four-year varsity athlete in women’s rowing. At MCASOM, she is a curriculum reviewer selected by the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council to promote equity, improve representation, and minimize unintentional reinforcement of bias in school education.

She is especially passionate about women’s health and health equity research, having worked previously as a research fellow in urban slum health in Salvador, Brazil, and as a Research Assistant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the Division of Women’s Health during her transition to medicine as a non-traditional medical school applicant. During this time, she canvassed for local and national political candidates, and was involved in grassroots movements in climate change. She continues her research in women’s health in areas of menopause and human trafficking, and as Advocacy Chair, is dedicated to AMWA’s missions of patient advocacy and gender equity in medicine.

Kara Renner

Election Statement: The short time I have been with this organization has allowed me to create meaningful and impactful relationships with women that I otherwise would have never met. I have been awarded the opportunity to lead and mentor in ways that I could not have anticipated before AMWA, and I am grateful every day for this group of strong women leaders and role models, being a first-generation medical student. This organization can impact women in our field significantly, and create a community of collaboration, empathy, and outreach. It would be my goal, as advocacy chair, to create ways to have positive impacts on the communities that we serve. Community engagement and advocacy should be something that physicians are comfortable diving in to when presented the opportunity, and I think programming around this topic could be beneficial in empowering women physicians to be that leader in their community that creates real and sustainable change for the populations that they serve. Through my specialized program, I have had extensive training on engaging with community organizations, providing inclusive and trauma informed care, and initiating advocacy efforts in our community to make sure that the most vulnerable members of our communities are receiving healthcare.

Bio-sketch:  Kara Renner is a second year medical student at the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. She was born and raised in Akron, Ohio and lived there with her two brothers and parents until she moved to Columbus for her undergraduate education. She completed her undergraduate degree in 2019 at the Ohio State University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience with a concentration in behavioral and psychiatric neurosciences. She is currently a part of an accelerated medical program where she will complete three years of medical and clinical education followed by a Family Medicine residency with the Cleveland Clinic. She is currently working as a pre-resident at the Lakewood Family Health center where she leads quality improvement initiatives surrounding preventative health interventions, and community engagement projects surrounding underserved women and children’s health in Cleveland and the surrounding cities. Her healthcare passions include women’s and behavioral health, health policy, reproductive rights advocacy, trauma informed care, helping underserved communities, and preventative medicine. She has served as a peer mentor in AMWA for the past year and has been a pre-medical panelist speaker. She is also currently creating an AMWA chapter at her medical school.

Jessica Hyde

Election Statement: As a first generation medical student, I recognize the importance of the mentors that have assisted me through my medical education journey and the role they will play throughout my career. This mentorship is especially meaningful coming from fellow women. It is important to me to give back by serving those who will come after me, my peers, and the women who have come before me. I am an advocate for women helping other women succeed in their endeavors and believe a collaborative network of female physicians can have a tremendous impact on patient care.
I am passionate about advocacy for patients and physician wellness. As an aspiring OB/GYN, I have had the opportunity to travel to my state capitol building with ACOG to speak with legislators and advocate for various topics in womens’ health. I am a staunch promoter of womens’ health initiatives, and I have also served on my medical school’s wellness committee. As Advocacy Chair, I hope to connect members to opportunities in general advocacy, those more tailored to specific interests and specialties, and promote individual wellness. I also hope to connect members with experience in advocacy to those newly interested to make the experience less daunting.

Bio-Sketch:  Jessica Hyde is a third year medical student at Kansas City University. In 2014, she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Health Science with minors in Biology and Disability Studies. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist who is passionate about public health with a special interest in womens’ health. She currently serves as the Treasurer for her medical school class and enjoys advocating for her classmates. She is currently researching the impact of COVID-19 and the integration of virtual components into the clerkships of medical students. In her free time she likes to try new activities, including working as an Election Judge for the 2020 election, making anatomy-themed sugar cookies, volunteering in her community, and exploring local restaurants and breweries (pre-pandemic).

Caroline Twum

Election Statement: I am proud to say that I am a first generation Ghanaian-American, a child of immigrants and I will be the first doctor in my family. AMWA is a sisterhood that reflects community, support, and diversity. AMWA has provided a space for me to connect with women of different ethnicities and backgrounds and provided an avenue to pursue my life long mission of service. I am secretary of AMWA at the PCOM SouthGA chapter and have also organized the Ghanaian Women’s Association of Georgia(GWAG), the Millennials chapter which has raised funds to provide medical equipment for women and children in Ghana.

I hope to embody the AMWA mission “to advance women in medicine, advocate for equity, and ensure excellence in health care.” I want to advocate for all women and especially women of color including those living in rural areas. I seek to amplify the voices of the unheard by promoting patient-centered care and creating spaces for initiatives pertaining to black maternal health, mental health, and physician wellness. I desire to bring my passion of speaking for the voiceless to the role of advocacy chair for this organization and to play a role in the development of the community.

Bio-sketch:  Caroline Twum is first-generation Ghanaian American and an alumna of the University of Georgia where she studied Biological Sciences. She is currently a second year medical student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Caroline is not only passionate about medicine but also content creating and fashion blogging where she focuses on styling and accessorizing for millennial women in collaboration with different brands on social media. Blogging gives her a creative outlet to tap into throughout her journey in medical school and beyond. She plans to specialize in either internal medicine or emergency medicine, but still remains open to the many opportunities and possibilities that medicine provides. Caroline hopes to one day open a clinic in her father’s hometown of Wenchi in the West African country of Ghana.

Amani Masoud

Election Statement: Advocacy leads itself to growth. Without advocacy, we would not have grown to be a country that allows women to own property. Without advocacy, we would not have grown to be a country that allows women to vote for change nor a country that allows women to join the workforce. We have had tremendous growth in the last several hundred years and it is essential that we continue advocating for important rights. Generations of women have made AMWA an organization that has empowered and advocated for women in and outside of medicine.

As AMWA’s advocacy chair I hope to honor this legacy by continuing to advocate for growth. I hope to advocate to continue closing the gender pay gap and to advocate for efforts to reduce maternal mortality in the United States which has been deemed a health crisis. The track set for me by generations of women before me is the one I intended to follow, and I hope that I can pave the path for AMWA members after me so we can continue making tremendous growth towards equal rights and improved health outcomes.

Bio-sketch: Amani Masoud is a student at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine. She attended Benedictine University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Medical Humanities and master’s degree in Integrative Physiology. Amani’s interest in the ethical approach of practicing medicine expands beyond her studies; she helped create a one-of-a-kind patient care navigator program at a busy emergency department in her home state. As a patient care navigator, Amani helped over 1,200 patients establish with a primary care physician and find a medical home in their community. At the same time, Amani was leading the emergency department’s sizable scribe team and carried this position until starting medical school. In medical school Amani served as her class’ AMWA first year liaison. This year Amani transitioned into the role of AMWA co-president where she organized events that highlighted female mentorship, growth and achievement. Her research interests encompass her value for humanitarianism in healthcare; she has engaged in projects investigating health issues facing refugees and patient comfort levels during medical examinations. Recently, Amani was certified COVID-19 contact tracer and has joined her university’s contact tracing team. Outside academic and professional life, Amani has a keen interest in food photography and enjoys developing new nutritious recipes.

Dyuti Kumar

Election Statement: As a determined woman entering healthcare, I’ve interacted with physicians to gain insight. During one interaction, a physician equated my youth with inexperience and suggested he’d prefer a candidate with a “cool story”. I felt indignant but focused on creating my story, one that uplifts all women with me.
My goals for AMWA are building solidarity amongst women in healthcare and reaffirming unwavering confidence in women towards their aspirations, irrespective of unfair judgement. Alongside AMWA’s advocacy and philanthropy, I want to inspire a secure network for women in their time of need.
I’m an MS1, actively advocating for change through the Student Government Association. Additionally, being the class coordinator to 1100 students, I ensured students’ concerns reached administration. In India, I’ve organised interactive hygiene awareness camps in rural areas and I never hesitate to voice/take action on pressing matters.
Being a physician, one faces the dilemma of when the white coat comes off. Research suggests women are judged more critically than men for having a lifestyle outside of the work environment. In addition to the discrimination, a prevalent wage gap and sexism that prevails in situations such as matching into competitive specialties has fuelled my passion for advocating such matters.

Bio-sketch: I am from Mumbai, India. I led as the Head Girl of my high school, organising interactive events and supervising hundreds of students in time of need. I have enjoyed being a part of debates and theatrics while pursuing my creative interests in arts. One of the most rewarding experiences has been organising a hygiene awareness camp in the villages in India and painting schools for the schools that cannot afford it. My passion for medicine was sparked when I observed my fathers’ appendicitis surgery in 6th grade. I have recently finished my undergraduate in Pre-Medicine at St. George’s University, where I am now a medical student. I have taken part in the Student Government Association, serving as the class coordinator to 1100 students, advocating their issues for change to the Deans’. Presently, I am engaged in conducting weekly learning sessions for pre-med and medical students. If I am not doing any of the above, I have a book in my hand or waiting for my research on assistive devices for neurological disorders to publish (my first publication!).

Recruitment Chair

Alexandra Calderon

Election Statement: More women than men are now enrolled in US medical schools. Coupled with the growing number of people enrolling from underrepresented groups, so too will the faces in medicine change. It is no doubt an exciting time to be joining the medical community. Yet while we may begin seeing ourselves more accurately reflected in the future of medicine, we cannot assume that this will quickly ameliorate the many barriers we have overcome to advance the important role of women in medicine. That is why AMWA continues to play such an integral part of leading this change. Through AMWA, we cultivate a culture of leadership and camaraderie together as we navigate through an institution that, while continuously evolving, was not inherently erected for our easy successes. Through its numerous resources and network, AMWA can connect us to one another and to the opportunities we have worked so hard to deserve. I strongly value the importance of these invaluable connections. As Recruitment Chair, I would proudly continue our work to ensure that women at medical schools not already affiliated with AMWA understand that we are here to provide our unconditional support if or when they should ever be in need of it.

Bio-sketch: My name is Alexandra Calderon and I am a third-year medical student at UC Davis School of Medicine. My family and I immigrated from El Salvador when I was a child and I am a first-generation college graduate. I earned my BA in English Literature from CSU East Bay in 2011. There, I pursued a Master’s in both English and Molecular Biology. I served as a volunteer for the Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Cancer Clinic in Oakland and as a hepatitis/HIV counselor and coordinator for the Berkeley Free Clinic. I developed a passion for women’s health working as a perinatal health worker for county as well as a family planning manager at Planned Parenthood. Recently, I served as co-director of the women’s clinic at Joan Viteri Memorial Clinic and was awarded an Emerging Scholars research grant from the Society of Family Planning. As AMWA co-president at my school’s branch, where I helped my team coordinate numerous lectures, guest speaker series, career advancement workshops, and mentorship opportunities. My professional goals are to continue building upon my passion for women’s health and reproductive rights. Outside of academics, I relish the comforts of home and enjoy winding down with my husband and two dogs.

Kathleen Lundeberg

Election Statement: I have been part of AMWA since my premedical years, and it has always been a line of hope for women in medicine. My medical school did not have a chapter when I first started, so I helped create one at my medical school. I also organized and co-hosted Women-in-Medicine panels, Sexual Harassment Seminars, and created other safe spaces. I am a passionate individual who hopes to match into OB/GYN, and I believe my training in the treatment of addiction, a family member with Cervical Cancer, and a specific interest in advocating for Women of Color represent my dedication for and will drive me in this position as Advocacy Chair. Thank you for your consideration!

Bio-sketch:  Kat is a third year osteopathic medical student at PNWU in Yakima, WA, who is also a second lieutenant in the US Air Force via the HPSP. She has always been dedicated to advocacy and creating opportunities for her community. Her career goals are to match into OB/GYN this year in the Military Match.

Alexandra Mulliken

Election Statement:  AMWA is important to me because it provides a space for women physicians and future-physicians to explore their similarities and differences. These differences, ranging from age, ethnicity, spiritual beliefs, and interests, allow us to learn from one another. But our shared experience of being women ultimately brings us together. This juxtaposition makes for an powerfully diverse group of influential women. My goal for AMWA is to raise awareness of the organization and to get a diverse group of women involved. I want every female medical student to feel like she has a place in AMWA, whether it’s presenting at a conference, joining an advocacy committee, or connecting with peers across the country and world. I spent a year as president of my medical school’s chapter of AMWA, during which I expanded our membership significantly and developed a new relationship between our chapter and our regional AMWA division. If elected, I will ensure that every local chapter is connected with it’s regional division, and that previously inactive chapters become involved in more regional and national events. I will encourage individuals to join AMWA by showing that the organization caters to all interests, including service, advocacy, networking, and mentorship.

Bio-sketch:  Alexandra (Allie) Mulliken is a second year student at the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) in Augusta. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Women’s Studies. Between undergraduate and medical school, Allie completed a year-long clinical research fellowship in Orthopaedic Traumatology in her hometown of Baltimore, Maryland. In 2020 she served as the president of MCG’s chapter of AMWA and helped establish MCG SAVES (Sexual Assault & Violence Education and Support), a new organization that strives to educate medical students about sexual violence and provide advocacy to survivors. In the past Allie has worked as a home health aide for the elderly and volunteered to teach reading skills to first graders. She currently volunteers as a mentor for pre-medical students and helps run an opioid prevention project at a local middle school. She is passionate about research, and completed research programs in both endocrinology and cancer in the underprivileged, indigent, and disadvantaged in summer 2020. Allie enjoys reading, yoga, and connecting with medical students and physicians from across the country.

Caren Stuebe

Election Statement: I believe in providing a platform for women to raise and grow their voices, and space to help others do so. I have three sisters, and the privilege of parents who unequivocally supported our passions. This motivated me to build up women in my community. I researched post-postpartum PTSD, volunteered as a Girls on the Run coach, served as Diversity and Inclusion logistics co-chair and President of Women in Medicine at Texas A&M COM, and continue to advocate for equality on the Anti-Bias Curriculum Committee. I intend to expand my passion for empowering women and encouraging their leadership as the AMWA Recruitment Chair. It’s difficult to visualize the leader, physician, and advocate you could be, if you don’t have examples to draw from. I would highlight AMWA’s resources – in mentorship, leadership, etc. – through social media videos and email bulletins, encourage AMWA mentors to advertise at home institutions, and directly interact with AMWA chapter and similar student organizations nationwide. I will highlight AMWA’s mission to all, not just those who identify as female. Female empowerment requires everyone, and I am committed and passionate about expanding AMWA’s platform for the advocacy and support of women, and a safe space for all.

Bio-sketch: Caren Stuebe is a second-year medical student at Texas A&M College of Medicine on the Dallas campus. She received a B.A. with Honors in Neuroscience from Boston University where she rowed on the Division I women’s crew team, volunteered with Health Leads, and researched diabetic retinopathy, postpartum PTSD, post-traumatic headache treatment, and noninvasive brain stimulation in schizophrenics. She received a M.S. in Physiology from Georgetown University where she volunteered with One Tent Health and as a Girls on the Run community coach. Caren is an aspiring neurosurgeon interested in continuing advocacy and policy work, and at TAMU COM is the AANS Chapter President, on the Anti-Bias and Pre-Clerkship Curriculum Committees, Surgery Interest Group Co-President, and was President of Women in Medicine last year. She is a PEERS research mentor and Medical Scholar Research Explorer, and conducts research focused on sex-based differences in glioblastoma multiforme. Extracurricular interests include running, reading, and enjoying art and food with family and friends. Caren looks forward to contributing to the empowerment, education, and leadership of women in medicine by encouraging the involvement of all in working with the AMWA.

Lekha Yesantharao

Election Statement: Having studied engineering in undergrad and having led Columbia’s Tau Beta Pi (TBP) Engineering Honor Society chapter, I know first-hand the challenges of being a woman and leader in a male-dominated field. As the aspiring AMWA Recruitment chair, I want to help create and perpetuate a supportive network that women in medical schools around the nation are aware of and are excited to actively participate in. I have ample experience with similar ventures; as President of Columbia’s TBP chapter, supported women studying engineering at Columbia through collaborations with Society of Women Engineers to host career-oriented panels and networking events; these events were also utilized as platforms to increase membership and representation in TBP. As the current co-president of the Hopkins AMWA chapter, I have experience with advertisement and recruiting as well. I want to use similar strategies to increase AMWA membership; I will work with other chairpersons to incorporate recruitment into all AMWA events, such as regional conferences (perhaps creating a Q&A session for schools in the region that do not have an AMWA chapter but are interested in starting one) and fundraising events. I thus want to be involved in AMWA because it is incredibly important to create an inclusive space for women to connect with each other, grow both personally and professionally, and advocate for and amplify our voices in medicine.

Bio-sketch: Lekha is a first-year medical student from Houston, Texas studying at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She received a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Columbia University in May 2020, where she conducted research in systems biology and neuronal disorders, sang on an Indian-American fusion a cappella team, and became an expert at navigating the surprisingly sparse Taco Bell locations around New York City. As part of her capstone engineering design project, Lekha worked throughout her senior year to design and build a self-cleaning tool to attach to laparoscopes to increase surgical efficiency and improve outcomes. In medical school, Lekha has sought to continue pursuing her passion for the intersection of engineering and medicine, working on surgical ergonomics. She is also co-President of the Johns Hopkins AMWA chapter and a board member of the Women in Surgery group. Outside of medical school, Lekha loves singing, eating Taco Bell, and watercolor painting.

Krisha Gupta

Election Statement: The first time I attended an AMWA event as a pre-med student, it felt like a burden had been lifted from my shoulders. I had known for a long time that I wanted to pursue medicine, but there were a lot of fears weighing on me about being able to have the family I wanted while working in this field. Although I have physicians in my family, not a single one is female. My mom told me that when she thought about pursuing medicine, that idea was quickly shut down because as a woman she had a “duty to her family.” Conversations like this made me feel like it was a choice between one or the other: medicine or a family. That pivotal AMWA event had a panel of female physicians discussing how they managed a work-life balance. Without those role models, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I want to join AMWA as the recruitment chair to help empower women to chase their dreams. We can do anything we put our minds to and for me, AMWA helps remind me of that every day.

Bio-sketch: Krisha Gupta is a second-year student at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine pursing a DO and a MPH. She received a BS in Biochemistry and minors in Anthropology and Health Disparities in Society from the University of Florida in 2019. Her family and personal experiences with chronic illness both played a huge role in her decision to pursue medicine. She is passionate about education, advocacy, and mentoring and especially loves to work with children. She spends her summers working with kids with type 1 diabetes at Florida Diabetes Camp and mentors students throughout the year. Although she isn’t 100% sure about what specialty she wants to pursue, she knows that it will involve advocating for underserved patient populations, mentoring future healthcare professionals, and developing community health education programs.

Global Health Chair

Noor Meer

Election Statement: My passion for medicine stems directly from my sentiment for women’s health advocacy. As a future physician, I aim to directly provide the same support, bliss, and expertise to countries in need, especially in female reproductive health. I powerfully believe that it is vital for women to be involved in medicine as physicians, patients, and every role in between. I’ve been on multiple ends, and am currently in medical school to become an OBGYN and MFM specialist, especially as an AMWA member, for this exact reason. Fulfilling the role of Global Health Chair gives me the opportunity to work closely to ensure that the recipients and program reach their full potential in order to provide extensive value to global communities with their allocated health projects. I spent my first two years of medical school in Grenada, West Indies, experiencing firsthand the positive chain of effects that come from global medical projects. I would be honored to carry out the exact role I am working towards for my career; working with the program to help fellows experience the drive that comes from changes in culture, location, healthcare, social issues, etc. This is what the future of women in medicine looks like.

Bio-sketch: “Noor Meer (she/her) is an MD student at St. George’s University SOM in Grenada, West Indies. She received her AA in Liberal Arts from Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, at 17 years old and her BS in Biology from Adelphi University in Garden City, NY shortly after. Noor’s goals include becoming an OB-GYN and completing a fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine. She is a strong advocate for female reproductive health and plans on furthering her career by traveling globally to underserved regions in order to provide medical care to patients with high-risk pregnancies.

In addition to her roles as a medical student and AMWA leadership, she is conducting campus-wide research at her school to assess and implement more stable lesson plans to educate medical students on maternal mortality, a rising problem in the US and worldwide that is seldom covered within the basic sciences curriculum. In her free time, Noor enjoys reading, spending quality time with her cat, Neeli, and trying out new plant-based recipes.”

Victoria Ly

Election Statement: The narrative of women in medicine is changing. It is important that I actively contribute to the force of women who are addressing the gender gap to ensure our work progresses. Being a first-generation college graduate and the first to enter the healthcare profession in my family, I was unaware of the landscape and issues faced by women in medicine until I experienced impactful mentorship by female physicians before entering medical school. Now I understand more of the challenges and my role in all of it. My goal is to uplift the stories of women across the world to educate others of our experiences and empower others to feel strong, seen, and supported in their aspirations, much like how I felt thanks to my mentors. In my role, I will maintain the current expectations and grow the position through education and outreach concerning global health issues and perspectives. I am qualified to serve in this role because I have medically served domestically and internationally, notably in Nicaragua, and soon in Guatemala. I have held several leadership positions which have taught me the importance of collaboration and communication in accomplishing goals and will keep that key in making achieving the mission.

Bio-sketch: Victoria (Vicky) Ly (she/her) is a first-year osteopathic medical student at William Carey University. She graduated with a BS in Public Health and minors in Anthropology and Sociology from Saint Louis University in 2015. She is a native of the Midwest (STL!) but loves to be close to an ocean. She has medically served internationally in Nicaragua with Global Brigades and is planning to serve in Guatemala with a local organization to bring emergency and preventative medicine services to communities with lack of access and inability to afford care. As a medical student she has been passionate about nutrition, community health, and health equity in marginalized groups. Outside of academics, Vicky enjoys boxing, traveling, crafting, and spending time with loved ones.

Skylar Braga

Election Statement: I think often about a younger version of myself who sought out powerful women. For women in the field of medicine and for young girls with bright aspirations, public representation and leading by example are imperative. AMWA creates a united network; lifting others up as we ourselves rise. This is a personal mission of mine and having this position would allow me to reach more young women. During the current pandemic, we have witnessed the significance of global health. It has demonstrated the world’s unity through vulnerability but has also highlighted the strengths of differing health systems. We learn best from experience, from our own mistakes and others. Thus, I believe it is crucial to expand our views of medicine to a global level. My hope is to create a more systematic and clear-cut way for interested individuals to learn about and be involved with global medicine; whether it’s access to supplemental curriculum and talks, or actual trips. As the past secretary of AMWA for my school’s chapter and coach for Girls on the Run, I have experience leading groups with the intention of empowerment and education. Additionally, as a member of WVU SOM’s Global Health track, my curriculum includes courses accredited by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, ensuring my unique experience is both enriching and legitimate.

Bio-sketch: Skylar Braga grew up in southwestern Pennsylvania before moving to Cleveland to attend Case Western Reserve University. At CWRU she obtained her BA in biology with minors in chemistry and psychology, all while competing in Division III track and field. She became a first-generation medical student after matriculating into West Virginia University School of Medicine. She is now a third-year medical student completing her core rotations. After exposure to the unique health disparities of West Virginia, she was inspired to seek out disparities within the global health community.

Pooja Pandita

Election Statement:  AMWA is a community that includes women in all phases of the medical career path that values collaboration, diversity, and integrity. From the beginning, AMWA stood out to me due to the strength of the organization, numerous popular events, and efforts to mentor students. If selected as Global Health Chair, my goal for AMWA is to create more global outreach and expand our influence in the student division through executing programming and advocacy efforts in issues of global health. I have served as Philanthropy Chair at my medical school’s AMWA chapter for the past two years and have organized community and educational events while also assisting with planning of the national conference. I believe that I am qualified to serve as Global Health Chair because of my participation in a medical brigade to Guatemala and experiences in India where I witnessed disparities in access to health care, nutrition, and education. My time abroad gave me first-hand experiences to empower others to act locally while thinking globally, and I hope to incorporate this while implementing programs that increase the wellness of a global community. I aspire to become a committed, empowering, and open-minded individual who will have effective leadership in public service.

Bio-sketch: Pooja Pandita is a third-year medical student at Indiana University School of Medicine, where she is pursuing an MD and Scholarly Concentration in Public Health. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience and minors in Chemistry and Spanish from Indiana University Bloomington. She values community engagement and health advocacy. Apart from AMWA, she serves as a Clinic Manager at the Student Outreach Clinic, which is a student-run free clinic that provides primary care-based medical services. Through experiences abroad in Guatemala and India, Pooja has witnessed the dilemmas underserved countries face to provide adequate health care, and these opportunities left her passionate about global health. In her free time, Pooja is a devoted reader, tennis enthusiast, and avid traveler.

Christina Falcone

Election Statement: I joined AMWA the summer before my first year of medical school because I recognized the significance of learning about advocacy and mentorship from inspirational women. As the first person in my immediate and extended family to pursue medicine or healthcare, I knew I wanted to find examples of strong, capable women who are also leaders in medicine. One goal I have for AMWA is to compile a list of impactful COVID-19 research articles published by AMWA members to show the vital role women physicians and scientists play in the fields of public health and infectious disease. I believe I am qualified to be involved with AMWA because I enjoy teaching and motivating those who come after me. I am currently the President of the SUNY Downstate AMWA chapter, and I have extensive leadership experience both in academia and the healthcare space. I have led undergraduate research mentoring clubs, sat on advisory councils for graduate research interns, and participated on the training team for an independent healthcare review company. If elected as Global Health Chair, I plan to increase overall awareness and engagement in global health through incorporating collaborative, inter-professional approaches to education, fellowship, and service for AMWA members.

Bio-sketch: Christina Falcone, MS, is a first-year medical student at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn, New York. She is the current president of the Global Health Club at SUNY Downstate, as well as the president of SUNY Downstate’s AMWA chapter. Originally from Los Angeles, she attended UCLA studying neuroscience with a minor in Italian and went on to earn her Master of Science degree in global medicine from the USC Keck School of Medicine.
Christina’s commitment to global health has manifested in many ways. During her master’s program, she was selected to participate in a global health field study at the United Nations and UNICEF Headquarters in New York City. She met with delegates from around the world to discuss issues like refugee health, human rights of child soldiers, and global immunization campaigns. She has a strong background in the many challenges facing underserved populations globally, and desires to give people the tools to advocate for themselves not only in America, but also through other global institutions. Christina is currently pursuing the Global Health longitudinal curricular pathway at SUNY Downstate, and remains very grateful for the opportunity to navigate medical school through the lens of global health.

Andrea Anampa-Guzmán

Election Statement: I want to support AMWA´s mission to advance women in medicine, advocate for equity, and ensure excellence in health care. I serve as part of the Social Media team of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the Clinical Problem Solvers. I think my experience in the Twitter Group of AMWA gave me great knowledge about the different activities of AMWA. I think my experience as an international medical student can bring different ideas to the table. I plan to increase engagement of AMWA members in the different activities that the organization offers and increase international opportunities for members.

Bio-sketch: Andrea Anampa-Guzmán is a medical student at Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima, Peru. She took a break from her medical studies to perform a research rotation at the University of Pennsylvania. Andrea is interested in research, medical education, hematology, and oncology. She loves writing non-fictional stories. Her works have been published by the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ACP). Andrea spoke about medical education in Latin America for Elsevier and her resilience story living with OCD for ACP. Andrea serves as a Social Media committee member of ASCO. She is a team member of the Clinical Problem Solvers. This organization aims to create a culture of compassion and community to disseminate and democratize the stories and science of diagnostic reasoning. Andrea has published 20 scientific papers and participated in a book chapter about lung cancer. She has won the Medical Student Investigator Award of her school on three occasions and the trainee competition of the American Society of Hematology in 2020. After medical school, Andrea plans to move to the US with her husband and specialize in medical oncology.

Syeda Akila Ally

Election Statement: My mother could not complete high school, and yet she toiled everyday so that her daughters could achieve their dreams. As a medical student, I lead with the same compassion, empathy and justice – whether it is advocating for decolonization of curriculum or building morale of teenagers. Growing up in Bangladesh, this is my motto: People are disenfranchised when they are not included in decisions about them. As women in medicine, I’m sure this line resonates with you! I have held several roles in the UICOM AMWA chapter (M1 rep, Community Outreach), and am excited for this opportunity.

As a financially-disadvantaged student, and a recent immigrant from the global south, I am passionate about transforming global health – to fund, and amplify diverse projects and voices, especially those of our Black, Latinx, indigenous, and LLMIC colleagues. Alongside concentrating in a global medicine scholarly program, I currently partner with Global Student Surgical Alliance and Federation of African Medical Students’ Association on several projects – ranging from global medical student wellness to refugee health. As the Global Health Chair, I will leverage my 3 years of work experience in Chicago’s public health agency, where I secured and managed over $1.5M in funding.

Bio-sketch: Born and raised in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Syeda Akila Ali is a second-year medical student at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. She moved to the U.S. to attend college at The University of Chicago. Witnessing the drastic differences in mortality and morbidity that surgical care could provide motivates Akila to pursue surgery.

Akila worked in Chicago’s public health agency for 3 years, where, she partnered closely with persons with disabilities and individuals returning from incarceration. “Nothing About Us, Without Us” – she learned from her community partners – and it galvanized her to pursue medicine and transform the current healthcare system.

Rooted in the community, Akila has worked with UChicago’s Program on Medicine and Religion, MedGlobal, and Chicago Public Schools to conduct health education and interventions in mosques in Chicago, refugee camps in Bangladesh, and disadvantaged schools in Dhaka and Chicago. Her experience in combatting health injustices also sustain her passion to advocate for herself and other women of color pursuing surgery.

Outside of medicine, you can find her strolling independent bookstores on an adventure to read 1000 books (65% there).

 

Regional Directors

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Region 3

Olivia Britton

Election Statement: I moved to Washington, DC and started medical school in the middle of the pandemic, and I felt lost. Joining the Georgetown AMWA branch allowed me to meet more of my classmates and students in other classes. Since I am not currently allowed to be in clinical settings, the events I attended took the place of clinical work and inspired me. The mentorship I have received and connections I have made have been invaluable, and I hope to contribute this organization to provide opportunities for growth, connection, and support to other women in medicine.

In high school and college, I held leadership positions in various groups which helped me gain leadership experience. My time management and organizational skills served me well, and I developed strong communication skills. Currently, I serve as the Co-President of Georgetown’s AMWA branch and a board member for Georgetown’s Arts and Medicine organization.

As the Regional Chair, I would take advantage of the virtual environment to connect branches at different medical schools in Region 3. Extending that connection to regional pre-medical schools might encourage mentorship opportunities or lead to a structured mentorship program. I am excited about the opportunity to plan a regional conference!

Bio-sketch:  Olivia is a first-year medical student at Georgetown University School of Medicine. She is from Denver, Colorado and graduated from the University of San Diego with her Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Neuroscience and a minor in Chemistry. Before entering medical school, Olivia worked as a Behavioral Health Technician in the eating disorder medical stabilization unit, adult psychiatry unit, and adolescent psychiatry unit at Denver Health and Hospital Authority.

Olivia is the current co-president of Georgetown’s AMWA branch and is on the board of Georgetown’s Arts and Medicine organization. She is Student Ambassador for the medical school. She loves coffee and rainy days. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, yoga, and singing.

Julia Burns

Election Statement: Hello AMWA members! Over the past two years, I have served as the AMWA Chapter President at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). The favorite part of my role as Chapter President was to collaborate with others to serve our community. I have worked with different PCOM Departments, my executive board, and Philadelphia communities to create programming for a diverse number of communities. Our teamwork has led to a myriad various program such as a Women’s Health Symposium and a monthly program that works with Black youth in Philadelphia to educate and empower on all things female. You all are extremely talented and leaders in your own right! I would be honored for the opportunity to support and lead with you. I hope to provide a unique perspective and expertise to help our National Division function more efficiently and allow us time to be create and innovate. I truly believe the role of President-Elect is to be your advocate. Part of my vision is to try to learn from all of you, connect you to resources, and empower us as a collective. I want to take your ideas and bring them to our National executive board and beyond!

Bio-sketch: Julia Burns, MS (she/her/hers) is a current osteopathic medical student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). Her passion for community and inclusion has led her to empower many communities. While attending Muhlenberg College, this passion fueled undergraduate involvement and presidencies in Best Buddies and Habitat for Humanity. Upon graduation, she received the Community Award at Honor’s Convocation. While pursuing her MS 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 President, she invested in this community, supporting her fellow leaders in initiative and programming. She was recently awarded the PC

OM 2020 President’s Leadership in Diversity Award. She also helped with this year’s AMWA Mid-Atlantic Region 3 Conference bringing her experience to Region 3. Although her pursuit into a specific specialty is still unclear, her desire to create and empower an inclusive community will always remain. Apart from her academic pursuits, Julia is also a PCOM DO Ambassador and mentors PCOM MS students. 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 4

Brooke Hartenstein

Election Statement: AMWA’s mission of advancing women in medicine and advocating for equity in health care is as important as ever. I believe in this mission and want to work towards these goals through undertaking active leadership in a national role. I hope to serve as Region 4 Director. As Director, I would recruit ideas from chapters to plan a regional conference that is meaningful to everyone. Additionally, I would continue the initiative launched last year to provide specialty webinars to help less resourced schools get exposure to medical specialties. I would also like to launch additional educational seminars. Currently, I am working with FSU’s AMWA chapter to host a “Stroke in Women” event and to develop an advocacy series featuring women physicians living with chronic conditions.
I would work with local AMWA chapters to support and expand the mentorship and shadowing programs between medical and undergraduate students. At FSU, I launched a collaborative mentoring program with nursing, physician assistant, and medical students which paired 110 undergraduates with a graduate student in their prospective field of interest.
If elected, I would be excited and dedicated in my commitment to this position and our amazing community of women. Thank you for your consideration!

Bio-sketch: Hello! My name is Brooke Hartenstein and I am a medical student in the class of 2024 at the Florida State University College of Medicine. I received my BS in Biological Sciences and was pursuing my MS in Medical Sciences prior to being admitted into medical school. In college I was very involved in research where I studied therapeutic interventions to improve motor and cognition performance in individuals with Parkinson’s disease. My work and interest in Parkinson’s disease has continued in medical school and I am currently working with faculty at FSU and Rush to investigate gender and racial disparities within PD.
Throughout my undergraduate career to now, I have held numerous leadership and service positions where I have had the opportunity to be an active member and voice within my community. As the first woman in my family to pursue a career in health care, I feel extremely proud and honored to be where I am today. With that pride comes a sense of duty to help raise the voices of other women in my field. If given the opportunity to serve as the Region 4 Director, I hope to help further AMWA’s mission to advance women in medicine.

Monali Shah

Election Statement:  Involvement in organizations that focus on leadership, compassion, and advocacy for women has always been important to me. I founded the AMWA Chapter at our school and currently serve as President. Starting this organization immediately prior to a pandemic has presented with multiple challenges, however it has allowed our leadership to creatively plan and execute multiple virtual and socially-distanced events! Through our chapter in Moultrie, I developed and implemented a local physician shadowing and mentoring program, hosted multiple physician speakers, conducted an IUD Insertion Workshop, and directed multiple fundraising efforts to community charities.

If chosen to serve as the regional director, I would strive to unite the Southeast chapters to focus on physician-student mentorship efforts and region-wide community service opportunities. My main goal would be to expand the mentorship network of women throughout the southeast region and organize a network for research involvement. I also hope to dedicate significant effort towards hosting a Regional Conference with women physician leaders in medicine with a focus on diversity and inclusivity. Additionally, I plan to have interactive events for our regional members to expand the opportunities that a career in medicine provides, such as medical device seminars and advocacy efforts for our region!

Bio-sketch: Monali is a rising third-year medical student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Moultrie, GA. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. During her time at Georgia Tech, she served multiple leadership positions including Chair of the Student Advisory Board, Chair of Service for the Women in Science & Technology, and Director of Engineering World Health. She also completed a Minor in French Language Studies. Following graduation, she worked as an engineer at Medtronic and Smith & Nephew, with a focus on Clinical Affairs and medical device innovation. At PCOM, she currently serves as the founder and President of AMWA, and the National Liaison of the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians. She is also involved with research with Emory St. Joseph’s Surgical Oncology Department. Her passions include healthcare innovation and technology, advocacy for women in medicine, and medical student wellness. In her free time, she loves to nap, spend time outdoors, and play with puppies!

Region 5

Christine (Christy) Collins

Election Statement: Women contribute enormously to every aspect of medicine, and I am continually encouraged by the immense talent of the female medical providers I meet. AMWA is a great opportunity for women in medicine to band together and share our unique talents, joys, struggles, and challenges. As student director of Region Five I would leverage the creativity and talents of the female medical students and providers in our region so that we may continue to be one another’s advocates, further improve our care of patients, and work against the inequities that still exist for women in medicine. Having taught a “Women in Medicine” class for UAB medical students multiple times, I have gained a unique perspective regarding female medical student needs, networked with physicians to set up mentoring opportunities, and helped organize logistics and fundraising for numerous AMWA regional conferences. As Region Five Student Director I would work to increase participation and engagement from medical students and schools in the region, disseminate information about existing opportunities for connection and learning, and promote our region on a national stage, continuing in service of our members and ultimately in service of our patients.

Bio-sketch: After completing an undergraduate degree in Comparative Literature and Cultures at the University of Alabama, I taught middle school for two years with Teach for America in Birmingham while earning a master’s of secondary education from Samford University in the evenings. I continued to teach and coach for two more years in Edinburgh, Scotland and in Atlanta before deciding to pursue medicine. I completed a post-baccalaureate pre-medical program at the University of Virginia and worked as an orthopaedic scribe for a year before enrolling in medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. At UAB I have been president of the Orthopaedics Interest Group and Wilderness Medicine Interest Group, Educational Chair for AMWA’s student group, and taught a course for fellow medical students about the challenges faced by women in medicine and how to best support one another throughout your career. I have a great husband, two cats, and am restoring a >100 year-old home in my free time. I also love to cook, play soccer, rock-climb, and am learning carpentry. I hope to pursue a residency in orthopaedics upon graduation.

Maria Perez

Election Statement:  I have been a part of AMWA since 2015 when I first co-founded an AMWA branch at my undergraduate university. Since then, I have also been involved in AMWA National leadership both at the premedical and medical student levels. This organization has supported me and enhanced my education, network, and given me a lifetime of opportunities. I hope to continue being a part of this amazing organization in order to help more women excel in the field of medicine and become more confident in themselves. This last year, I was Region 5 Director, and I was able to engage with students both at the national and international level. I hope to continue the bonds that I have built over the last year with the branches within in my region. I would love to continue serving Region 5 and helping more medical schools within the region start a branch.

Bio-sketch:  Maria is a second-year medical student at St. George’s University School of Medicine. She graduated with a B.S. in Health Science from California Baptist University. While at California Baptist University, she served as the founding president of the American Medical Women’s Association – CBU Chapter in 2015; and was also an ambassador for the College of Health Science. During her time at CBU she also engaged in several global health initiatives which led her to China, Peru, and Mexico, where she got to work on various health-related projects. Maria has also been a part of various research projects regarding minority populations in medicine and is a published first-author. This last year, Maria served as the AMWA Region 5 Director. Maria’s passions include advocating for women’s health, working to minimize health disparities, and increase diversity in medicine. She hopes to dedicate this coming year to her research and inspiring more young women to become involved in AMWA. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, going to the beach, and reading. As a first-generation college student and the first in her family to pursue medicine, she is eager to learn and to be able to work with women, as well as minority populations both locally and globally.

Region 6

Marlin Amy Halder

Election Statement: Being in the hospital grounds as a third year, I have realized that proper communication is key to make sure everything runs smoothly. I have learned a lot as the President of Ob-Gyn interest group in my M2 year. With the added experience of being a fourth year soon, I am excited to apply for the Region 6 Branch director position. I am looking forward to planning a regional conference in August-December, 2021 that supports AMWA’s mission of advancing women in medicine, especially focusing on work-life balance. I am excited to work with pre-med and medicine regional directors to set up mentorship and shadowing opportunities as well.

Bio-sketch:  (Marlin) Amy Halder is a third year MD student at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in Rochester, Michigan. Amy is a first generation college student who had many mentors to help get to where she is now. She has been involved in AMWA since her first year of medical school, when she served as a mentor in the mentorship committee for the local chapter. She has maintained communication with aspiring pre-medicine students and guided them by being on panels and being accessible for questions. She has also served as the president of the OB-GYN interest group and secretary/community health chair of AMSA chapter at her institution. She is an aspiring primary care physician who enjoys spending her free time with her family and friends, reading, and pretending to a chef!

Abigael Amheiser

Election Statement: I found my passion for team development and leadership while working in healthcare. Prior to medical school I fomented initiatives that standardized patient care and enforced OSHAA compliance as a nationally certified pharmacy technician. I am an Ohio State graduate with a Bachelor of Science in pharmaceutical sciences. I then went on to attend the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) where I became president of KYCOM AMWA and a leader of the SOMA Overdose Prevention Task Force. I was drawn to AMWA because of its mission statement: to advocate for gender equity. AMWA provides resources that will support me throughout my entire medical career, and I deeply believe that AMWA is the best investment in my future. While president of my local chapter, I have created initiatives that allowed my members to participate in leadership. In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have become the largest active club on campus, leading two events per month. If I am elected AMWA Region 6 Director, I will work to create and share similar initiatives with our members. I want to help push AMWA further toward our goal of developing gender equity through student leadership that will inspire growth into physician leadership.

Bio-sketch:  Abigael Amheiser is a DO student at the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM). She received a Bachelor of Science in pharmaceutical sciences at The Ohio State University. She was drawn to AMWA because it reflected her passion for providing tools for leadership and educating students about gender equity. While president of her local chapter, she was able to see her members grow in leadership through new initiatives. She wants to continue to create opportunities related to female leadership development for medical students as a mean to develop gender equity in the medical workforce. At KYCOM, she was president of her local AMWA chapter and a leader of the SOMA Overdose Prevention Task Force. In her spare time she enjoys cooking and listening to podcasts.

Haley Cropper

Election Statement: Due to the high burn-out rate of female physicians, it is essential to empower women across all levels of training. I am proud of AMWA’s advocacy and fight against the obstacles women in medicine encounter. As the 2020 President of the UIC-AMWA chapter, I worked hard to ensure AMWA’s resources were extended to our members. I built upon AMWA’s mission by hosting physician panels, writing newsletters, and creating a mentorship program with our undergraduates. I particularly focused on addressing Intersectional Feminism, which was defined by Kimberle Crenshaw as a framework for understanding how a person’s identities (gender, race, sexuality, ability, etc.) interact to create their lived experience. After all, feminism is about supporting ALL women.

If selected as the Region 6 Director, I will provide space for everyone to be heard and represented. I will plan a regional conference with the theme of Intersectional Feminism, communicate with each chapter to advertise events at their schools, and host leadership training classes. Through all of this, I will provide opportunities to highlight the accomplishments and barriers that we face as dynamic individuals. By celebrating every woman and their many identities, we can encourage excellence through our careers in health care.

Bio-sketch: Haley Cropper (she/her) is second-year MSTP student at University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. Before joining UIC-COM, she received her Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology Cognition Neuroscience at the University of Michigan, and spent 2 years doing neuro-radiology research at Stanford University. Here, she developed novel positron emission tomography (PET) tracers to study neuroinflammation in chronic pain, Multiple Sclerosis, and Alzheimer’s Disease. Through her training, Haley hopes to improve the lives of people with neurological diseases by becoming a physician-scientist that treats and studies neurodegeneration. Haley is also passionate about advocating for gender equality and supporting women in medicine. She served at the President of the UIC AMWA chapter from January 2020-2021, where their group organized events under the theme of Intersectional Feminism. She cannot wait to continue this work on the regional level as the Region 6 Director in 2021. In her spare time, Haley loves to bake, hike, and complete crossword puzzles!

Christi Brown

Election Statement: As the current Region 6 Director for AMWA Medical Student Division, I have had the honor of connecting with each AMWA chapters’ leadership within my region. This past year, our region teamed up with the Women in Medicine Summit to provide powerful and inspiring resources to our AMWA participants. With this Summit being virtual, we were able to reach out to more members, creating a greater impact for women in medicine. My focus is to continue this collaboration and enhance it further.

My goals this year include establishing a Region 6 Executive Board where chair members will be able to meet consistently to represent their chapters, share ideas and work on community service initiatives together. I will work to provide further opportunities such as a Leadership Retreat where AMWA chapter leaders can share their chapter’s successes and receive valuable tools to take back to their campus.

Region 6 has grown tremendously this past year in collaboration and I would be honored to continue this role. Through AMWA, we can influence our future as women in medicine and I hope to enhance this potential by continuing to be your Regional Director.

Bio-sketch: Christina M. Brown is a third-year medical student at Rush Medical College in Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from Aurora University with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science and Bachelor of Science in Biology with minors in Business Administration, Psychology, and Physiology. During her undergraduate career, she founded the Aurora University Science Organization, which made her realize how underrepresented women are in science and medicine. She also worked as a Patient Care Technician at Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital, where she floated to various units, sparking her passion for hospital medicine. She has served as the co-president of the Rush AMWA chapter and is the current Region 6 Director for AMWA Medical Student Division. She has enjoyed her role this past year and worked on helping promote AMWA events throughout the Midwest. In her spare time, she enjoys kickboxing, swimming, and collecting Wonder Woman novelties. She is excited to continue her involvement further with AMWA on a national level to promote their mission of women advancement in medicine.

Region 8

Brittany Deanna Kurita Gratreak

Election Statement: As president of my AMWA branch at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, I navigated the unique challenges of virtual community-building and supporting incoming MS1s during the pandemic. From virtual weekend coffee chats and organizing “How to Survive Medical School” panels, to creating a Discord server to stay connected, I realized how much stress that a consistent virtual community alleviated for all students facing uncertainty. As Region 8 Director, I would love to help create a community between our medical schools that provides a place of support and connection for incoming, current, and alumni students and faculty. I want to pave the way for all regional AMWA members to attend each other’s virtual events with ease and have more social events to network with each other and collaborate on research and advocacy projects. I previously assisted Jennifer Gaertner, the current Region 8 director, with aspects of our regional annual conference in 2020, and the experience was so powerful. We had so much fun, too! I envision organizing more ways for us to all come together, celebrate each other, and stay connected, long after this pandemic is over.

Bio-sketch: “Britt Gratreak (she/her) is an MD/PhD student at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson, Arizona. She is a first year graduate student in the lab of Dr. Kristian Doyle, where she researches the immunology of stroke recovery. She completed her associate degree at Portland Community College and transferred to Portland State University where she completed her Bachelor of Science in Biology and honors research thesis in the laboratory of Dr. Kenneth Stedman in Portland, Oregon. She identifies as disabled, queer, and a classic cat lady.

She is dedicated to mentoring fellow nontraditional and disabled students and strives for more equitable admissions practices in medical school. She hopes that one day, disabled premedical students will never be made to doubt whether they can go to medical school due to their disability, and will instead feel supported and encouraged by the profession to become physicians. She has been in awe of AMWA since she was a premedical student and is eager to pay it forward and uplift others through AMWA leadership.”

Erika Olsen

Election Statement:  Being a part of AMWA is the best choice I made coming into medical school. When I joined the inaugural class at the ICOM, I overlooked the challenges that would come from the absence of upperclassmen to provide mentorship and guidance as I have tried to navigate preparing for boards, clerkships, and the Match. The nationwide community of women that I have been able to connect to by joining AMWA has provided me with not only mentors, but colleagues and friends. As the next Region 8 director, I hope to facilitate more connection amongst pre-medical and medical student members so that we may create a force of women physicians who are ready to change medicine for the better. I believe that this starts well before medical school, and I will work to assist chapters in hosting workshops and events for young women in their communities that build excitement about careers in medicine. I will also work to strengthen the relationships between chapters in the region, to encourage a culture of service, and to help grow the future leaders of AMWA and the medical community. My qualifications include serving as the ICOM chapter’s founding Vice President and as a member of the 2020 Region 8 Conference Planning Committee. I was also the inaugural ICOM SGA Wellness Committee chairwoman for the 2019-2020 academic year and was awarded the Student Humanitarian award in 2020 for my work to promote student wellness. I am currently serving as the Clinic Grant Coordinator on the AWHS committee.

Bio-sketch: My name is Erika Olsen and I am currently an OMS-III at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine in Meridian, Idaho. Originally from Wisconsin, I completed my Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Wisconsin – Madison where I fell in love with research. Prior to starting medical school, I worked as a Clinical Research Associate at the UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital and Hillman Cancer Center, and then as a Quality Improvement Specialist for Clinical Research Services at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center. I am passionate about equality for women in medicine, both as healthcare providers and as patients; I hope to use my research background to advance the care of women in whichever medical specialty I choose to pursue.

I joined AMWA as a first-year medical student and served as a founding member of the ICOM chapter, as well as our chapter’s first Vice President. As Vice President, I helped to establish community service opportunities with a Boise women’s shelter and Planned Parenthood, host networking events to facilitate mentorship of medical students by community physicians, and raise awareness of threats to women’s health, including sexual assault and domestic violence.

In my free time, I enjoy traveling, hiking, re-watching episodes of The West Wing, and paging through cookbooks.

Claire Schenken

Election Statement: Hi! My name is Claire Schenken and I am a second-year student at the Long School of Medicine at UT Health San Antonio. At Long, I work in the Assisted Reproductive Technology laboratory in the OBGYN department and cofounded the San Antonio People Project. I first became involved with AMWA as a first-year liaison and most recently served as president of our student chapter. AMWA has shaped my first 2 years of medical school and through the organization I have found physician mentors, initiated a student mentorship program, connected with new Region 8 chapters, and served my community in the Health Science Center and greater San Antonio via reimagined (virtual!) events and fundraisers.

I was immediately drawn to AMWA as an organization that empowers, supports, and connects women in medicine and I hope to further facilitate this mission at the regional level. As Region 8 director, I will maintain consistent communication with chapters, encourage and provide guidance for membership, and celebrate our members and their commitment to advancing women in medicine.

Bio-sketch:  Claire is a second-year medical student at the Long School of Medicine at UT Health San Antonio. She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Southern California and Master of Public Health from UT Health in Austin, Texas. At Long, Claire serves as a founding member of the San Antonio People Project, an initiative started to share the stories of her community at the Health Science Center and greater San Antonio, and as a lab assistant in the Assisted Reproductive Technology Laboratory in the OBGYN department. She has served as President and MS1 Liaison of Long’s AMWA chapter. Her research interests include adolescent sexual health and attitudes towards oocyte cryopreservation. In her free time, Claire enjoys trying recipes from Half Baked Harvest, exploring San Antonio and going on runs.

Zoie Greenburg

Election Statement: Involvement in AMWA is important to me because I didn’t have female mentors in medicine as a pre-med and I wanted to change that for future generations of female physicians. AMWA has taught me how beneficial it is to connect with like-minded women in medicine. We share similar struggles and victories, and relying on each other for support is powerful in strengthening ourselves and our medical community. I currently mentor AMWA pre-med students from around the state of Utah, and find joy in helping them along their path. I’m also involved with planning the Women’s Influence Conference, a local conference in St. George that empowers women from all backgrounds to be their best selves. I am well versed in logistics and am working alongside faculty and campus administration to facilitate this conference taking place on RVU campus. During the 2019-2020 academic year, I was on the committee to plan the AMWA Region 8 Conference, which was unfortunately cancelled due to COVID-19. I would love the opportunity to see the conference come to fruition as Regional Director. I aspire to help women in medicine build relationships with each other, since we really are stronger when we are together.

Bio-sketch: Zoie Greenburg is a second-year medical student at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Ivins, Utah. She attended Brigham Young University, where she fell in love with learning about the human body and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience. She is passionate about making the medical field more inclusive for patients and providers alike and has been working alongside community members and local physicians to establish a medical student run free clinic for underserved members of the Southern Utah community. She is currently involved with researching the social determinants of health that keep those experiencing homelessness from receiving the medical care they need. Zoie believes that women have an integral role to play in transforming the culture of medicine into a more supportive, uplifting environment and she serves as a mentor for pre-med women across the state of Utah through her medical school’s AMWA branch.

Region 9

Alexandra Calderon

Election Statement: More women than men are now enrolled in US medical schools. Yet while we begin seeing ourselves more accurately reflected in the future of medicine, we cannot assume that this will quickly ameliorate the many barriers we have overcome to advance the important role of women in medicine. That is why AMWA continues to play such an integral part of leading this change. Through AMWA, we cultivate a culture of leadership and camaraderie together as we navigate through an institution that, while continuously evolving, was not inherently erected for our easy successes. AMWA connects us to one another and to the opportunities we have worked so hard to deserve. I strongly value the importance of these important connections, especially having served as AMWA co-president at my medical school. As Regional Director, I would enthusiastically serve as a representative of our medical schools out west and beyond in pursuit of keeping us connected. This is of particular importance now during these unprecedented times, where social distancing in addition to the geographic separation can make us feel all the more isolated. I pledge to do my part to reinforce these invaluable ties that bind us.

Bio-sketch: My name is Alexandra Calderon and I am a third-year medical student at UC Davis School of Medicine. My family and I immigrated from El Salvador when I was a child and I am a first-generation college graduate. I earned my BA in English Literature from CSU East Bay in 2011. There, I pursued a Master’s in both English and Molecular Biology. I served as a volunteer for the Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Cancer Clinic in Oakland and as a hepatitis/HIV counselor and coordinator for the Berkeley Free Clinic. I developed a passion for women’s health working as a perinatal health worker for county as well as a family planning manager at Planned Parenthood. Recently, I served as co-director of the women’s clinic at Joan Viteri Memorial Clinic and was awarded an Emerging Scholars research grant from the Society of Family Planning. As AMWA co-president at my school’s branch, where I helped my team coordinate numerous lectures, guest speaker series, career advancement workshops, and mentorship opportunities. My professional goals are to continue building upon my passion for women’s health and reproductive rights. Outside of academics, I relish the comforts of home and enjoy winding down with my husband and two dogs.

Kalkena Sivanesam

Election Statement: AMWA provides women with something that is much needed in this profession: community. That is so important if we are to break barriers and move forward. It is important to me to be a part of that community, to get the support I need but also provide support to women so we may succeed together. I hope AMWA continues reaching out to as many young female physicians and medical students as possible and bringing them into our community. My experience coordinating such efforts include my program that pairs medical school applicants with AMWA student members to talk about life in medical school. I also spearheaded efforts to create a mentorship program for medical students with female physicians. Additionally, I was a key member of the planning committee for the Region 9 conference this year, working with the current regional director to write grants, secure funding, and coordinate advertising efforts. If elected, I will broaden my efforts so far to include more than just my community and increase my efforts to get more people aware of AMWA and our mission. I will also continue to provide support to female medical students through programs that connect them with senior physicians.

Bio-sketch: Kalkena Sivanesam is an MD student at the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine (ESFCOM). Kalkena has a BS in Chemistry and a BA in Biochemistry and History from the University of Washington. She also has an MS in Chemistry and a PhD in Biophysical Organic Chemistry from the University of Washington. Before starting medical school, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the UW Department of Bioengineering and spent 18 months working as a medical assistant in a low-income women’s clinic in Tacoma, WA. In medical school, Kalkena has founded numerous new clubs including the WSU branch of AMWA and has served as Co-President of the branch for the past year. Kalkena founded the CAMI Project, a mock interview program for ESFCOM applicants that wish to practice their skills before their official interview in the hopes of increasing the diversity of the incoming ESFCOM classes. She has also spearheaded the development of an informal mentorship program at ESFCOM partnering medical students with female physicians in the community to learn more about life in medicine as a woman. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her family including her cute Corgi, bake and watch lots of TV.

Maeve Alterio

Election Statement: Above my desk is a letter board that states “Empowered Women, Empower Women.” It is a constant reminder that as a future female physician I stand on the shoulders of the women who have come before me.

Being a women in medicine is a unique experience where we often face challenges that our male colleagues do not. Involvement in AMWA provides us the opportunity to share our collective experiences and learn from one another how to navigate these challenges with grace.

As Region 9 Director, I will strive to connect women with mentors. This is incredibly important in a COIVD19 world where students are limited in their exposures to specialties. I will also be focusing heavily on the promotion of self-care and mental health awareness as women in medicine often find ourselves striving for perfection in all aspects of life.

I have been fortunate enough to lead a number of different organization. I have been President of the American University Chapter of National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and I was a founding member and officer with the American University Chapter of American Medical Students Association. I currently am Vice President of the Heme/Onc Interest Group at ESFCOM.

Bio-sketch:  I am a Medical Student at the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine at Washington State University. I graduated from American University with a Bachelors of Science in Public Health, and a minor in Biology. While in Washington D.C., I worked as an intern at the Library of Congress in the Music Department. I was an intern with the National Children’s Hospital where I created and taught a health curriculum in historically underserved middle schools in the District. I helped to create a basic healthcare guide for refugees new to Virginia. I also worked as a research assistant in a genetics lab where I worked to sequence human DNA from ancient bones.
As one of the founding members and the Director of Medical Education for the American University chapter of American Medical Student Association I worked to pair undergraduate students with post-baccalaureate students in a mentorship program. I also had the honor of serving as the President of the American University chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. In my free time I love to play with my cat, buy new plants, and dabble in photography.