UMKC SOM plays host to medical women’s association regional conference

The UMKC School of Medicine chapter of the American Medical Women’s Association played host to the organization’s regional conference on Nov. 12. Pictured are UMKC AMWA President and National AMWA Region 7 Director Sanju Eswaran, right, and UMKC AMWA Vice President AnnaMaria Maples.

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.