Medical Student Division


Medical student initiatives are divided into the following key areas: Global Health; Engagement; Professional Development; and Advocacy.

Global Health

The mission of our Global Health division is to connect AMWA medical student members with resources for service and advocacy in global health.

According to the World Health Organization, Global Health implies “consideration of the health needs of the people of the whole planet above the concerns of particular nations.” We at AMWA Global Health are committed to empowering women medical students to aid underserved communities throughout the world and to advocate for better health practices in any community where there is a need. Please visit the Global Health webpage here. If you have any questions, please email our Global Health Chair.


Information about Medical Student Mentorship activities can be found on this webpage.

Faces of AMWA

AMWA is developing an online exhibition, Faces of AMWA, to chronicle the achievements of notable AMWA members past and present. Be involved and receive credit as a contributor! We need your help to research the personal lives and professional accomplishments of these inspiring  women physician-leaders!

Direct Benefits:
  • Recognition at AMWA Annual Meeting
  • Name listing as contributing researcher for the exhibit
  • Interest in the history of AMWA and women in medicine
  • Commitment to writing a one-page biographical sketch of historic female physicians, with appropriate citations.

All work will be computer-based and can be done from home or your campus library. Would you like to be involved? Please contact our National Medical Student Program Chair for more information!

Professional Development

IGNITE: Let us empower YOU

Created by women physicians for women medical students recognizing the unique challenges they will face. IGNITE is a program curated for the current medical student with interactive lectures, brief high-yield topic discussions, and one-on-one coaching from national experts on issues not addressed in traditional medical school curriculums. For more information, or to register for this free program, please visit the webpage here.


AMWA is dedicated to the advancement of women in medicine and to improving women’s health via advocacy for women in the legal, social, and educational realms. AMWA provides a voice and an outlet for us as future physicians to make an impact on our role as professionals within our national healthcare system, as well as the health and well-being of all of our patients, especially the unique concerns of women.

The goals for Advocacy are focused around three principles: awareness, discussion, and action.

  • Awareness: AMWA Advocacy will serve as a major information outlet for members, providing education on current events surrounding advocacy for women in medicine and women’s health, in addition to updates on healthcare reform, healthcare disparities, and advocacy events occurring regionally and nationally.
  • Discussion: Often times as a medical student it may feel as though you are merely a spectator of the legislative process and any reforms enacted that will affect both you and your patients. AMWA Advocacy seeks to generate discussion among its medical student members about issues that concern us and stimulate a call to action. Specifically, AMWA Advocacy will work to develop an easily accessible forum where members can feel free to raise awareness in their peers and generate brainstorming on ways that AMWA can help make a difference.
  • Action: Most importantly, Advocacy looks to get medical student members involved. Medical student members will be able to use AMWA to easily contact their respective members of Congress and make their opinion heard. AMWA Advocacy facilitates this process through Letter-Writing Campaigns that focus on particular issues throughout the year. Advocacy will motivate and support regional and local student leaders in the education of their colleagues on activist issues and the organization of events that stimulate activism in our communities. Advocacy will also recruit student members to AMWA projects that focus on issues of national importance.

Please send any comments, questions, or concerns to Visit the Medical Student Advocacy webpage to learn more. Thank you!

AMWA Advocacy Calendar


  • Cervical Health Awareness Month
  • National Stalking Awareness Month
  • National Birth Defects Prevention Month
  • National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
  • January 6-12, 2013: National Folic Acid Awareness Week
  • January 22, 1973: Supreme Court Decision on Roe V. Wade was issued


  • International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month
  • National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month
  • February 24-March 2, 2013 is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week
  • February 3rd: Happy Birthday Elizabeth Blackwell
    • Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States. She graduated on 23 January 1849 from Geneva Medical College.


  • National Endometriosis Awareness Month
  • Women’s History Month
  • March 8th is International Women’s Day
  • March 10th is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
  • March 23rd, 2010: the Affordable Care Act passed


  • Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month
  • Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month
  • April 21-27: National Infertility Awareness Week
  • April 3rd: Happy Birthday Jane Goodall
    • Goodall studied social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees in Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania for 45 years. She is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and has worked extensively on conservation and animal welfare issues.


  • American Stroke Month
  • Lupus Awareness Month
  • National Arthritis Awareness Month
  • National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month
  • National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month
  • Preeclampsia Awareness Month
  • May 12: Fibromyalgia Awareness Day
  • May 12: Mother’s Day
  • May 14: National Women’s Check-Up Day
  • May 12-18, 2013: National Women’s Health Week
  • May 13-19, 2013: National Alcohol & Other Drug-Related Birth Defects Week
  • May 27: Happy Birthday Rachel Carson
    • Carson was an American marine biologist and conservationist whose book Silent Spring and other writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement.


  • National Scleroderma Awareness Month
  • National Congenital Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month
  • June 7: Happy Birthday Virginia Apgar
    • Apgar is the developer of the Apgar score, a method of assessing the health of newborn babies that has drastically reduced infant mortality all over the world.


  • International Group B Strep Awareness Month
  • July 25: Happy Birthday Rosalind Franklin
    • Franklin’s work led to the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA. She used x-ray diffraction to study DNA, RNA, coal, viruses, and graphite.


  • National Immunization Awareness Month
  • National Breastfeeding Month
  • August 1, 2012: The “Contraceptive Mandate” of the Affordable Care Act came into effect. It mandates that all new health insurance plans cover access to preventive health care services including mammograms, FDA approved contraceptives, STI testing and counseling, breastfeeding support, domestic violence screening and counseling without deductible, co-pay or cost-sharing.
  • August 1-7: World Breastfeeding Week
  • August 15, 1896: Happy Birthday Gert Corti
    • Gerty Cori was the first American woman to win a Nobel Prize in science (1947) for discovering the enzymes that convert glycogen into sugar and back again to glycogen.


  • Women in Medicine Month
  • Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
  • September 14, 1879: Happy Birthday Margaret Sanger
    • Sanger is widely considered the founder of the modern reproductive rights movement. She was a birth control advocate, nurse, and sex educator who opened the first birth control clinic in the United States and founded Planned Parenthood.
  • September 25: National Women’s Health and Fitness Day
  • September 27: RAINN Day (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network Day)


  • National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • October 19: National Mammography Day


  • National Family Caregivers Month
  • November 1st, 1848 : The first medical college for women opened.
    • Twelve women enrolled in the New England Female Medical College in Boston to study midwifery, but two years later the college began offering a full medical curriculum. It merged with the Boston University School of Medicine in 1874.
    • November 7th: Happy Birthday Marie Curie
      • Curie is the only woman ever to win two Nobel Prizes. In 1903 her discovery of radioactivity earned her the Nobel Prize in physics. In 1911 she won it for chemistry.


  • December 1: World AIDS Day

You can find more information about many of these dates here.