Region 9 Director
(October 2022 – March 2023)
Kalkena Sivanesam (she/her) is an MD candidate at the WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. She is a founding member of the ESFCOM branch of AMWA. In this role she has created a mentorship program that pairs faculty with medical students, facilitated numerous lectures by female physicians on the front lines of COVID-19 pandemic and helped organize the 2021 AMWA west coast conference “Strength through Stories: Intersectional Identities, Resilience, and Healing”. She is the founder of the CAMI Project, a mock interview program for applicants invited to interview at ESFCOM, a program that is gaining recognition at the national level. She continues to work with programs and initiatives that support and empower female physicians and student doctors.
Kalkena has completed a PhD in Biophysical Chemistry and a post-doctoral fellowship in Bioengineering. She looks forward to combining her background in science with her passion for patient care in the future. In her free time, she enjoys movies, baking, books and playing tug-of-war with her Corgi, Hardison.