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January 2021 Newsletter
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Membership Fee Change
As of 2021, the AMWA Premedical Division has transitioned to a yearly membership fee of $20 per year for new members. This new membership rate will not affect older members who previously bought their one-time membership fee for all of their premedical years.
New members who are in their final premedical year can receive $10 OFF of their membership fee. Email for the discount code.
Registration for AMWA's 106th Annual National Conference — AMWA LEADS 2021 — is now open! Come to the virtual conference from March 25-28, 2021 to gain a chance to network with other premedical students, along with medical students, residents, and physicians. Get all of your questions answered at our Medical Student panel, Physician panel, and Gap Year panel! You will have a chance to engage with premedical workshops, medical school admissions representatives, and phenomenal lecture speakers. Finally, explore eight different specialties during our Specialties Presentations with some fantastic physicians!
More details about the agenda and our speakers can be found on the Premedical Conference Page and the AWMA LEADS 2021 Page.

Apply for the conference registration fee waiver! We are covering the cost of this virtual conference for 18 lucky premedical members. To qualify, you must be a national AMWA member. APPLY HERE to be considered for a conference fee waiver! This application is due by January 15th, 2021 at 11:59 PM PT. Please direct all questions to
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Invite male allies to support women in medicine with $28 [or more] to the "He for She" Campaign to reduce the 28% gender wage gap!

Support AMWA's 105 Strong Campaign!
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Start off your 2021 on the right foot by taking time to reflect on what your personal and professional goals are! Register today for the second event in our 4-part Reflection Series with Dr. Kristin Yates on January 18th, 2021 at 7:30 PM EST. We will be discussing the importance of goal setting for trainees pursuing medical careers and there will be plenty of time for interactive discussion and questions.
Registration is required to attend the webinar. Please feel free to send any questions to
Upcoming Research and Career Panels - Don't Miss Out!
Succeeding in Surgical Research 
Jan 27, 2021, 7:30 PM Eastern Time
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Join us in a live research panel discussion with stellar surgical residents who have gone above and beyond in scholarly productivity. You can ask questions directly about research awards and physician-scientist tracks to residents who have published and presented a wide variety of research topics.
Excel in Medical Research
Jan 28, 2021, 7:30 PM Eastern Time 
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Join us in a live research panel discussion with stellar residents who have gone above and beyond in scholarly productivity. You can ask questions directly to research award winners, a physician-scientist track resident, a journal Editor-in-Chief, a captain in military medicine, and residents who have published and presented a wide variety of medical research.
A Breath of Fresh Air in Career Decision Making: the Thrill of Critical Care May be Your Perfect Match!
Feb 4, 2021, 7:30 PM Eastern Time
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Join our panel of 9 distinguished Critical Care Women Physicians who are active members of the American Thoracic Society, Women in Critical Care discuss why critical care medicine is an exciting career to pursue. The panelists are composed of women in all stages of career and many nationally recognized leaders as clinician-educators and research scientists. We hope to engage with medical trainees of all stages in this mentorship panel to discuss exciting career pathways in critical care, in addition to research, academic, and leadership opportunities.
Careers in Global Health, Military, Public Health, Research, and Academia
Feb 17, 2021 07:30 PM Eastern Time 
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Explore the wide range of career options for women physicians! Join our panel of phenomenal women physicians who have diverse career paths, including research, non-profit, academic medicine, private practice, global health, public health, rural medicine, and military medicine. We are inviting all attendees to ask questions during the webinar for the panelists to answer live.
National Mentorship Program
We are thrilled to announce that we have successfully paired individuals who signed up for the National Mentorship Program this year. All mentors and mentees should have received an email containing matches and their contact information! We hope you will greatly benefit from the program and build lasting mentor/mentee relationships. Thank you so much for your participation!
Interested in becoming a leader of the AMWA Premedical Division? Applications for the 2021-2022 term are now open!
Applications close on February 1st, 2021.
You must be logged into your AMWA account in order to access the application.

AMWA Mentorship Committee Presents:
“Mentorship: A Journey and Beyond”

Join Adaira Landry, MD MEd in an upcoming webinar presented by the Mentorship Committee. In this session, you will reshape your mindset on mentoring, build simple strategies for a successful relationship, and discover ways to become efficient with time and energy management.

Read More and REGISTER HERE!

Date: Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 4PM EST

Leader Highlight
Anna Vardapetyan
Anna Vardapetyan is a current undergraduate pre-medical student at the University of California, Berkeley pursuing a degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology and minoring in Data Science. She served as the 2019-2020 National AMWA Premedical Co-Conference Chair planning the 105th Annual Conference in Indianapolis and serves as the Mental Health Committee Head. Apart from AMWA, Anna works as an administrative assistant at a local math enrichment program, conducts research at the Institute of Genomics Institute (IGI), serves as the Social Media Chair for the Armenian Students Association (ASA) and is part of their choir, and teaches elementary school students via BASIS. On the side, she’s worked at the UCSF Interventional Radiology Lab for the past 4 years, presenting her research at national conferences.
She loves AMWA’s mission and strong network of empowering physicians and hopes to use AMWA as the backbone for her future career as an academic physician. She has been moved by the extent and diversity of women in AMWA that are in medicine which serves as her inspiration as she continues to pursue her career as an academic physician.
Some advice she wishes to give to all the aspiring premedical students is to work your hardest, take advantage of the opportunities around you, and never give up. A quote she lives by is “Nothing’s impossible. The word itself says “I’m possible!” (Audrey Hepburn).
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