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Young MWIA

The Young MWIA’s (yMWIA) full name is Special Interest Group for Young Female Doctors and Medical Students. It is an opportunity for the younger members of the profession to meet and discuss issues relevant to their stage in their careers. More information you will find here.

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March 23, 2019
6th Historic teaser: The 7th decade of MWIA - MWIA Celebrates Diamond (60 years) Jubilee (1979-1988)
MWIA grew in number and became more influential during this decade. The young forum was established in 1982 which is now known as the special interest group for young doctors and medical students. During the decade, two member national  associations celebrated their sliver (25 years) jubilee Finland and Thailand. The MWIA historical records were deposited for the first time in the archives of the Women’s Medical College, Pennsylvania and the first regional conference in the Near East & Africa region took place in Jerusalem, Israel. This decade also witnessed the award of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1983 to Dr Barbara McClintock for her discovery of “jumping genes”. The  full text of the article can be downloaded here.

March 16, 2019
MWIA CENTENNIAL COLLAGE INITIATIVE- FABRIC SQUARE FROM MALIThe Network of Women Doctors of Mali (RFM) shared with us this fabric square submission which is made of cotton, and is woven traditionally in the whole country. This square of traditional fabric was dyed using a traditional technique known in Mali as “Bogolan”. “Bogolan” is traditionally worn by hunters who use it both as camouflage and ritual protection. It is also a customary belief that this fabric has the power to absorb dangerous forces released during childbirth.

The map shown on the front is that of Mali and the colors green, gold and red are the colors of the national flag, which is embroidered by hand. The ideogram that borders the square of fabric expresses the bravery of the women.
More information can be found here.

March 15, 2019
The March MWIA centennial recipe  comes from Thailand
This delicious dish is called Thai Tom Kha Gai (Chicken with galangal in coconut milk soup).This homemade recipe is adapted for modern day lifestyle. In earlier times cooks would do everything without measurements and use fresh coconut milk from scratch. This recipe is adapted by using a measured portion of meat, and canned coconut milk.
You can download the recipe here.

Reminder: Invitation to participate in MWIA centenary fabric collage
Dr. Eleanor Nwadinobi, Chair of the Centennial Public Relations Committee, invites all national associations and individual members (where there is no national association) to make a fabric collage for the Centennial Congress.  Her letter with instructions and a picture of the proposed fabric square is found here.
Submissions are to be made by National Coordinators onsite, at the Conference venue registration desk. Members of the Public Relations subcommittee will be available to receive your entries.  Please indicate to Dr. Eleanor Nwadinobi (elenwad(add) by April 1, 2019 the name and email of the national association member who will be bringing the collage to the Centennial Congress.  For planning purposes, the picture of the collage square needs to be emailed by May 31, 2019. As a frame needs to be purchased to display the collage, this prior notification is essential if you wish your square to be displayed. Kindly note, that bringing the square to the Congress without prior notification will mean that your square will not be displayed due to limited space on the frame size. 

February 15, 2019
The production of our centennial MWIA scarf based on the design of Associate Professor Marina Di Domenico from Napoli in Italy has just started.More information on the design and designer can be found here.
Do you want to get our own centennial scarf?
Scarves can be ordered through a pre-payment during registration for the centennial meeting in New York.
 If you missed out on ordering a scarf during your registration, there is still the chance to order your own scarf now. The cost for a microfiber scarf is 40 USD and the cost for a scarf made of Italian silk is 60 USD.
If you are not attending the centennial meeting, please find someone who has registered and partner with them to order an extra scarf for yourself.
Please note, we can only promise that there will still be scarves available for you to buy when ordered by the end of March; we cannot promise that there will still be scarves available for sale in New York!!

January 27, 2019
Second Special update for the congress is online
The Second Special Update regarding the MWIA Centennial Congress being held in New York City July 25-28, 2019 can be downloaded here
In the first section which provides information about the Congress, there are a number of time-limited opportunities that may interest you.
In the following sections, there are requests of particular interest to the National Coordinators and Presidents of each National Association to provide their information that will then appear in the Congress Report as a permanent record.  This information needs to be with the Secretariat at secretariat(add) by April 1st at the latest. Please take time to note these deadlines.
Should you have any questions about the congress visit the website at www.amwa-doc.orgAny tweets should have the hashtag #MWIA100.
MWIA is looking forward to seeing you in New York City July 25-28, 2019!

A letter from the centennial bazaar subcommittee  can be downloaded here.

October 3, 2018
The next article on our article series as part of our centennial activities is
Compilation of Family Lunch and Dinner Recipes by female physicians and medical students from all over the world”
Our aim is to publish the recipes on the MWIA website as monthly teasers in the run up to our Centennial celebration.
All MWIA members are invited to write and send in one lunch or dinner recipe from their home countries. Kindly send in your recipe with your name and country using the template provided with a PDF picture in high resolution. Easy to make, yet nutritious dishes using readily available ingredients are encouraged. Suggestions should be made for ingredient substitutes where necessary. We encourage creativity and originality.
We are looking very much forward to receiving your recipes!

September, 14, 2018
Monthly article series related to MWIA centennial activities just started!
In the lead up to the centennial congress July 25-28, 2019, the MWIA centennial Public Relations Subcommittee is sending out a monthly article on various activities related to the Centennial, or to the history of MWIA and soon to follow a call for cooking recipes. The first in this series presented the outcome of the Centennial Scarf Competition: “The unveiling of the centennial scarf”

June 2018
Timeline for drafting and approving Resolutions
All resolutions must be submitted at least 6 months before a Congress otherwise they will be carried over to the next Congress. All Resolutions must be completed before the Congress. The only exception is if a time critical matter arises during the Congress and one which the President after consulting with the Exco feels cannot wait until the next Congress.

Resolutions can be come from four sources:  national associations, individual  members where there is no national association, regional congresses and members of the MWIA executive.

The draft resolutions will be circulated with the MWIA members 2-3 page guide for General Assemblies 4 weeks in advance of the Congress. Further information and the template for submitting resolutions can be found here:

June 30, 2018
Information for election of MWIA executive
The deadline for sending the nominations
 for VP´s, treasurer, president and secretary general has been closed now.
A detailed Second Special Update with the slate of officers and further information on the Centennial Congress will be coming out later in the year.

The individual job descriptions of the MWIA officers and VP can be found here:

February 2, 2018
First Special update for the congress is online
It can be downloaded here

MWIA election campaigning, principles and procedures
A  code of conduct of elections are summarized here.February 18, 2018