Subhjit Sekhon, a fifth-year medical student, has been appointed to serve on the National Committee for the American Medical Women’s Association’s Medical Student Division.
Serving as the recruitment chair for the medical student division, Subhjit will work with regional directors to identify schools that currently don’t have an AMWA student chapter, establish new chapters of the organization and work on updating recruitment materials for the student group.
AMWA is the oldest multispecialty organization dedicated to supporting women in medicine and women’s health.
Sekhon was chosen for the post from a pool of applicants from across the country. She has been a member of the UMKC chapter of the medical women’s organization for three years and has served as co-treasurer and co-community service chair.
She also serves as an ambassador of the Centennial Congress for the Medical Women’s International Association. An offshoot of AMWA, the organization represents women doctors from all six continents.
The UMKC School of Medicine chapter of the American Medical Women’s Association played host to its regional conference on Nov. 20. More than 80 students and faculty from six Midwest medical schools participated in the event focusing on advancing women in medicine.
The conference featured lectures and discussions led by members of the UMKC School of Medicine faculty and a speaker from Mercy Clinic in Springfield.
Fifth-year medical student Sanju Eswaran serves as AMWA Region 7 director and UMKC chapter president. Eswaran led the event planning along with chapter vice president AnnaMaria Maples, a fifth-year student; secretary Laura Meidl, a fourth-year student; and faculty advisors Fariha Shafi, M.D., and Carol Stanford, M.D.
Eswaran said the organization’s goal is to promote women in medicine and improve women’s health. The association provides a platform for health care workers to learn about situations at home and arrange for educational experiences centered on issues pertaining to professional women, she said.
“One of our interests is helping women with career building and development. We teach women the essential elements to acing an interview and prevailing in competitive specialties. We also strive to educate health care workers on domestic violence and helping a severely underserved community whose main members are women.”
Ameilia Sorensen, M.D., adjunct professor of orthopaedic surgery served as keynote speaker for the conference. Other UMKC faculty speakers included Lynn Rawson, M.D., assistant professor of surgery; Dale Jarka, M.D., assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery; Stanford, associate professor of medicine and docent; Brenda Rogers, M.D., associate professor and associate dean for student affairs; and Shafi, associate professor of medicine and docent.
Also speaking at the conference conference was Melinda Crocket-Maples, M.D., Mercy Clinic.