AMWA Annual Meeting

AMWA Annual Meeting

Just shy of 100 years old, but still spry as ever.

The American Medical Women’s Association hosts its 96th annual meeting from March 31 to April 3, 2011, in Washington, D.C., and you’re invited.

The event kicks off on The Hill with Advocacy Day on March 31st. Advocacy training sessions will be offered in the morning, followed by visits with legislative representatives in the afternoon on The Hill. In 2010, AMWA members visited legislative offices on the day the Affordable Health Care Act was signed into law.

Founded by Dr. Bertha VanHoosen in 1915 in Chicago, the AMWA is made up of women physicians, medical students, and other health providers who serve as the voice for women’s health and the advancement of women in medicine. And in light of the recent news stories about the gender pay gap for physicians, they’ve got your back.

The AMWA’s annual meeting is a chance to bring women physicians together to strengthen the community and focus efforts. Events running in conjunction with the meeting include the Annual Women’s Health Congress. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin will be a featured speaker, and FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg will receive the AMWA Presidential Award at the gala dinner on Saturday, April 2.

CME sessions will be running April 1-2 on a variety of topics:

  • reproductive health
  • cardiovascular health in women
  • controversies in mammography
  • obesity management
  • cervical cancer screening
  • osteoporosis  management

In an effort to cultivate the next generation of women physicians, a mentoring reception for AMWA students runs just before Saturday’s gala dinner. This will provide an opportunity for student members to glean advice and guidance on medical career decisions.

AMWA participants are also encouraged to participate in the Dress for Success suit drive, which helps support financial independence for women living in the D.C. area. Dress for Success is a global nonprofit that helps women in need re-enter the work force. Keep in mind that the clothing to be donated – suits, shoes, purses, or jewelry – should be appropriate for the spring/summer seasons.

For more information, visit the AMWA website.