National Representative: Karen Poirier-Brode MD (United States)

The American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) addressed several critical issues this quarter.

  • Physician Fertility. A recent New York Times article covered AMWA’s groundbreaking first-ever summit focused on the impact of fertility issues on medical women held June 2021.
  • Gender Equity. During September, Women in Medicine Month, AMWA partnered with the #GiveHerAReasonToStay in Healthcare gender equity campaign. We urge our international partners to share this campaign on social media. AMWA planned several events to highlight this issue with webinars addressing CV-19 sex differences, racism, voting advocacy, women breaking barriers, etc.
  • Co-Vid 19– AMWA continued the One World, One War Against COVID-19: Women Physicians Come Together series. We participated in a National Immunization Awareness Month campaign and supported COVID-19 vaccine mandates for all health care workers. We also promoted community vaccination. Thanks to our international partners for helping AMWA raise over $23,000 for COVID-19 relief in India and assisting our efforts in Nepal.
  • Leadership – The AMWA ELEVATE program introduces an elective program in leadership skills. Learn more at Join our webinar with Dr. Karen Nichols, author of a new book on physician leadership (see below).
  • Sex and Gender Specific Health. AMWA is again cosponsoring the Sex and Gender Health Ed Summit, Nov. 12-24. 2021 with a special screening of the film Ms. Diagnosed. Early bird registration is 50% off. AWMA welcomes international participation at this virtual event.
  • Physician Mental Health. AMWA is leading the #Light4Docs campaign on Sept. 17, 2021, Physician Suicide Awareness Day. Light a candle and post on social media.
  • International Medical Graduates. AMWA supports international medical graduates as they work to become U.S. physicians. For information on the IMG initiative, please visit Save the date for AMWA INNOVATES 2022 Virtual Annual Meeting March 24 – 26, 2022.

Check out AMWA’s new exhibition and film on the Elizabeth Blackwell Medal and past awardees. Dr. Padmini Murthy, MWIA Secretary-General, is featured.

Members in the News:

  • Dr. Suzanne Koven has written, “Letters to a Young Female Physician”
  • Dr. Jagsi, AMWA Women in Science Awardee, wrote, “Promoting Equity for WIM — Seizing a Disruptive Opportunity” – NEJM Perspective.
  • Dr. Rorro is among the authors of the anthology “Becoming Doctors: 25 Years Later.”
  • Dr. Karen Nichols has written, “Physician Leadership: The 11 Skills Every Doctor Needs to be an Effective Leader.”
AMWA Annual Meeting 2022 Notification
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AMWA Annual Meeting 2022 Notification

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