AMWA@WMed

AMWA LogoThe medical school’s branch of the American Medical Women's Association - AMWA@WMed - and the AMWA student chapter bring together women physicians and medical students with a focus on promoting education and training on mental and physical health issues while also encouraging women to study and practice medicine, and ensuring them equal opportunity to do so. Additionally, faculty, residents, and students work to further AMWA objectives and support medical relief services. While AMWA is focused on women’s issues in medicine, membership in the national organization and the AMWA@WMed branch is open to all genders.

At 105 years old, AMWA is the oldest multispecialty organization dedicated to advancing women in medicine and improving women’s health. The organization empowers women to lead in improving health for all within a model that reflects the unique perspective of women. It functions at the local, national, and international level to advance women in medicine and improve women’s health, through developing leadership, advocacy, education, expertise, mentoring, and strategic alliances.

Chapter meetings are held at 5:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of even months. Chapter meetings in April, June and August were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information, please contact Drs. Shama TareenLisa Miller, or Jan Werbinski.

AMWA@WMed Events

  • Upcoming Events

    Virtual CME Event on Human Trafficking
    Friday, October 23, 2020, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
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    Call in option: 810.275.0058, Conference ID: 488 458 130#

    The event will feature plenary speaker, Dr. Julia Geynisman-Tan, chair of the AMWA National Coalition of Physicians Against the Trafficking of Humans followed by a panel discussion with Jessica Glynn, Esq., a human rights attorney and senior director of Law and Policy at YWCA of Kalamazoo, and Stephanie Krieger of s7 Consulting, public health and safety communications specialist, criminal justice trainer and previous vice president of the Board and Public Relations & Outreach at Sacred Beginnings, a transitional home for trafficked women. Krieger is also founder of the Upper Peninsula Human Trafficking Task Force.

    In support of improving patient care, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

    Credit amount subject to change.

    Physicians
    Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    First Aid Fanatics with Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan
    WMed Simulation Center, W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus

    • Senior/Ambassador: Saturday, October 3, 2020 (Registration Deadline: September 23, 2020)
    • Cadette: Saturday, October 10, 2020 (Registration Deadline: September 30, 2020)
    • Junior: Saturday, November 7, 2020 (Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 28, 2020)
    • Brownie: Saturday, January 9, 2021 (Registration Deadline: December 30, 2020)
    • Senior/Ambassador: Saturday, January 16, 2021 (Registration Deadline: January 6, 2021)
    • Cadette: Saturday, February 20, 2021 (Registration Deadline: February 10, 2021)
    • Junior: Saturday, March 6, 2021 (Registration Deadline: February 24, 2021)
    • Brownie: Saturday, April 17, 2021 (Registration Deadline: April 7, 2021)
  • Past Events

    Inaugural AMWA@WMED Meeting
    Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 5:30-6:30 p.m. (Meeting Minutes)
    W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus, Classroom 111

    AMWA@WMED Meeting
    Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 5:30-6:30 p.m. (Meeting Minutes)
    W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus, Classroom 111

    Confronting Violence: Improving Women's Lives
    Friday, October 4, 2019
    W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus

    AMWA@WMED Meeting
    Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 5:30-6:30 p.m. (Meeting Minutes)
    W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus, Classroom 111

    AMWA@WMED Meeting
    Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 5:30-6:30 p.m. (Meeting Minutes)
    W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus, Classroom 111

    AMWA@WMED Meeting
    Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
    W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus, Classroom 111

    First Aid Fanatics with Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan
    WMed Simulation Center, W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus

    • Saturday, November 16, 2019
    • Saturday, November 23, 2019
    • Saturday, December 7, 2019
    • Saturday, December 14, 2019
    • Saturday, January 11, 2020
    • Saturday, January 18, 2020
    • Saturday, January 25, 2020


    Webinar: Wealth Steps
    Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
    Tackling the debt monster. In this webinar, we will establish a healthy perspective on debt and discuss the steps to effetively use, reduce, or eliminate it from your life.

    AMWA Leadership Development Conference for Women Physicians
    March 26-29, 2020, Indianapolis, IN

    AMWA@WMED Meeting
    Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
    Canceled due to Covid-19

    AMWA@WMed/WIMS Spring Event on Human Trafficking
    Thursday, April 16, 2020, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus Auditorium
    Canceled due to Covid-19

    First Aid Fanatics with Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan
    WMed Simulation Center, W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus
    Canceled due to Covid-19

  • AMWA@WMed at the National and International Level
    Students at the Medical Women's International Association Meeting
    WMed students at the MWIA Centennial Congress.

    Medical Women's International Association (MWIA) Centennial Congress
    July 2019

    The MWIA Centennial Congress was attended by over 1,000 women doctors from all over the world. WMed was well-represented as students from the MD Class of 2021 - Jessica Sassic, Marie Tysman and Kristina Byers - presented posters. Additionally, Dr. Jan Werbinski was nominated as the president-elect for AMWA and moderated a panel discussion on sex and gender issues. Dr. Tareen served as a judge for the medical student poster session and Dr. Tareen won first place for her poster, "Mother's Mind Matters: Unique Attempt to Provide Urgent Psychiatric Care to Depressed Perinatal Women within an Psychiatry Residency Program."

    Drs. Werbinski and Tareen participated in a special event held for AMWA a the United Nations.

    AMWA Leadership Development Conference for Women Physicians
    March 26-29, 2020, Indianapolis, IN

    Dr. Jan Werbinski Speaks at AMWA Conference
    Dr. Jan Werbinski speaks at the AMWA conference in March.

AMWA for Medical Students

AMWA at national level provided great opportunity to medical students to get engaged in professional development and career building from early on. AMWA provides a broad platform for mentoring and networking at national and international level that allows medical students to cultivate relationship from regional to global level.  AMWA also provides funding opportunities and travel awards to medical students. AMWA also provides our future physicians a prominent outlet for advocacy for women in medicine in different ways. 

AMWA@WMed Medical Student Events Years 1 and 2

The AMWA chapter at WMed includes a faculty mentorship program and first- and second-year students in AMWA work with a faculty advisor to promote networking, mentoring, community health events, fundraising, support and women's health issues. 

AMWA@WMed Medical Student Events Years 3 and 4

During their third and fourth years of medical school, students are encouraged to meet at least quarterly with their mentors. To help with the meetings, a luncheon for mentors and mentees is planned three to four times per year. Students also elect one delegate and four alternates to represent the medical school at AMWA meetings and events. The medical school supports the cost of the delegate and alternative delegate membership in AMWA, and the cost of the delegate (or alternate delegate) representing the medical school at one national AMWA meeting each year.