Student Division Advocacy Co-Chairs

Emily Chestnut

Emily is a first-year medical student at Indiana University School of Medicine. She received her Bachelor’s of Biological Sciences at The University of Alabama, where she also studied Spanish Language and Culture. She is passionate about rural health and preventative health, as well as patient advocacy for those who do not utilize English as their first language. Emily spent four years conducting public health research for The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The University of Alabama, studying HIV/AIDS transmission and stigma in rural African-American communities. Emily has been an active AMWA member since 2019 and serves as the Founder and President of the Surgery Student Interest Group at Indiana University School of Medicine – Terre Haute. Emily is also the first-year campus representative for the Independent Student Analysis committee, playing a crucial role in maintaining her school’s accreditation by the LCME. Emily is currently involved in Otolaryngology and transplant surgery research, front-running projects that analyze health outcome discrepancies between different racial/ethnic/geographic groups. Her hobbies include cooking and trail running.


Pooja Prasad

Pooja Prasad is a second-year medical student at the UConn School of Medicine. She is interested in pursuing OB/GYN in residency. Her research interests include how we evaluate women’s pain in a medical setting. She presented her clinical research on development of a non-invasive blood test for fibroid screening at the 2023 Discover Brigham Conference and has published work on biomarkers for pelvic pain among youth with endometriosis.

As a board member of UConn Med’s AMWA chapter, she has harnessed her interest in women’s and reproductive health by collaborating with Take Back the Night and UConn emergency medicine residents to create a school event on trauma-informed care in the ED. She had the opportunity to transform this event into a class she will teach during the UConn Med M1 curriculum to inform the broader student body about this important topic.

As a teacher through Hartford Health Education, she teaches 4th-6th graders about various health topics and serves as a student interviewer for incoming medical students at UConn—mentorship through teaching is a special interest of hers. She is currently helping to organize a Northeast regional AMWA conference in collaboration with AMWA leaders at neighboring medical schools.


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