Student Division Region 9 Director
My name is Catherine Shea, I am a third year medical student at Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine. I attended Simmons College, a women’s college, in Boston where my passion for advocacy for women and girls was ignited. I began my advocacy work as a mentor with Science Club for Girls, an after-school program in the Boston area that encourages young girls to take an interest in science. I continued my advocacy work in medical school by serving as a chapter officer for AMWA and Medical Students for Choice. My favorite event with AMWA included a “Negotiating the Wage Gap” workshop on effective ways to negotiate a salary and benefits as a female physician. My work with Medical Students for Choice included skills based workshops designed to increase the knowledge of future physicians on family planning options. I also volunteered with the Berkeley Women’s Suitcase Clinic, in which I provided osteopathic treatments to women in a transitional living facility. I remain an active member of AMWA through the student subcommittee of Physicians Against the Trafficking of Humans. My contributions include designing and creating the fliers for the PATH webinar series and organizing a joint clothing drive under PATH’s initiative between the two osteopathic schools in California, Touro and Western University.