Dear SJB students and faculty,
You're invited to attend the Region 5 American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) Conference at the Luis Muñoz Marín Foundation in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Region 5 includes those medical schools with AMWA chapters in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Puerto Rico, and abroad.
The conference, which will take place on February 7-8, 2020, will be a great opportunity to build bridges and develop connections among members of these different chapters. There will be multiple speakers, including two female general surgeons from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In addition, there will be an opportunity to present your research poster. This is a fantastic way to showcase any work you would like to present and will look great on your resume! Abstracts are due February 1, 2020.
Event and poster submission information can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/amwa-region-5-conference-tickets-83506551343
On the website, you will find links to buy tickets to the conference. You must register for the conference in order to attend.
- $15 for national student members & residents
- $20 for students & residents without national membership
- $20 for faculty members, physicians
To become an AMWA national member please see here.
We had a really great time at the 2018 conference and the 2019 conference so I hope to see you there!
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Hi everyone! Cristina here - AMWA-SJB's founder. I am happy to announce the new leadership board for 2019-2020! As I prepare to graduate, my role this year will be helping Casey transition into her new role as president. She has done an amazing job so far and I'm confident in our new exec team to keep AMWA-SJB going strong!
President: Casey Gilman
Vice President: Nathalie Chang
Treasurer: Mariangely Lopez Serra
Secretary: Lorena Figueredo Rivas
Historian: Natalie Fernandez
Event Coordinator (Conference focus): Monica Santos
Event Coordinator (General Body focus): Gabriela Diaz
Volunteer Coordinator: Gabrielle Rivera
Fundraising Coordinator: Gabriela Rodriguez Bengochea
Public Relations: Dyanet Puentes
MS1 Representative: Maria D. Rodriguez
MS2 Representative: Mayra González
MS3 Representative: Jessica M. Rodriguez
MS4 Representative: Hazel Roxas
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Maricarmen Colón Díaz
By Cristina Font
A huge congratulations to Rosa Lizeth Frias, MS3 at San Juan Bautista School of Medicine, who won the AMBOSS Excellence Scholarship of $500 for her essays about the meaning of excellence and the challenges and opportunities women in medicine face. Rosa has some great advice for medical students as they learn and grow to be excellent physicians:
"To be excellent physicians, I would advise medical students to carry themselves professionally and honestly in all aspects of their lives. It is important to keep evolving and identifying areas of improvement to work on from early on; the sooner you start working on those areas, the sooner you will become a better version of yourself. To do this, focus on the solution, not on the shortcoming as this emphasis puts you in an active position to implement changes.
To provide excellent care to patients, I would advise them to not take shortcuts in patient care, listen to your patients actively and be willing to filter constructive criticism from peers. Recognize that medicine is a team effort, and although physicians have a certain skill set, the skill sets of everyone else in the team are needed in order to achieve the best patient outcomes. Likewise, aim to create an environment where patients do not feel judged and can trust you with the details of their symptoms and background freely, so that you can arrive to the most appropriate diagnosis and can provide the best patient management.
To being excellent role models for all women in medicine, I would advise to recognize that we do not have to wait to be established physicians to have an impact in other aspiring female physicians. At every level of training, it is possible to be a role model for your peers by being open to discussing their aspirations, helping them go through processes you have already been through, connecting them with people who have the expertise they can benefit from, and guiding them to access appropriate resources. When in a position of leadership, it is important to see your team members’ strengths, particularly women’s, as complements to your weaknesses not as threats to your position. Finally, recognize that mentorship is a two-way street with opportunities for learning both from the person you are trying to be a role model for and yourself."
Cristina Font, MS3, SJB AMWA President and National Student Awards Chair, attends the AMWA National Leadership Meeting in Washington, D.C. on March 29-31, 2019.
Laura Franqui Domínguez, MS4 and Jessica Rodríguez Hernández, MS2 attend the AMWA Region 5 Conference in Alabama on February 16, 2019, to present their research projects and represent San Juan Bautista School of Medicine.
At the annual "Feria de Salud", visitors stopped by the AMWA table to learn about the menstrual cycle, menopause, and recognizing symptoms of endometriosis.
Thank you to our volunteers, Christina Amador, Ana Mustafa, and Sara Kurtevski!
Just a quick recap of last night’s social.
Thank you to everybody that made it!
And a special thank you to our event coordinator Sofía Matta for making this possible and for her dedication on this activity! May there be many more! 💛
Paola Colón, Chapter Vice President
Today is National Wear Red Day! The Go Red For Women movement was created by the American Heart Association to raise awareness of heart disease & stroke as the number one killer of women and to encourage women to take charge of their heart health.
We would like to congratulate our new board members! Thank you so much for your leadership and commitment to our growing association!
The final list of members has just been submitted to AMWA national division. We are happy to say we gained 36 new members this summer, making us 42 members total! We would like to thank everyone who joined and invite you to stay tuned for our upcoming announcements about events and activities.
Cristina Font, Chapter President
We are pleased to announce that San Juan Bautista School of Medicine has been approved by the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA), and our school is now an official branch of this organization!
We are happy to announce that AMWA has been approved by San Juan Bautista School of Medicine as a new student organization! A big thank you goes out to Paola Colón, Dyanet Puentes, Karolyna Rey, Hazel Roxas, Lorena Figueredo, and Andrew Blundell for your commitment. As founders of this organization, the seven of us will be working diligently this summer to plan events and activities for the 2017-2018 school year. In the fall, we will hold a formal meeting with elections for the executive board. Stay tuned!
Cristina Font, Chapter President