The AMWA Mission
The American Medical Women’s Association is an organization which functions at the local, national, and international level to advance women in medicine and improve women’s health. We achieve this by providing and developing leadership, advocacy, education, expertise, mentoring, and strategic alliances.
AMWA has been changing the face of medicine for nearly 100 years. No matter where you go, AMWA has an extensive network of women in medicine both locally and nationally. With these friends and professional contacts in AMWA you will have a powerful local and national network for personal and professional growth. AMWA continues to develop and encourages women to work together to advance their careers. AMWA established the Networking Alliance which pulls together all organizations representing women in medicine including women in specialty organizations.
Physicians Against the Trafficking of Humans (PATH) Toolkit
Toolkit: created by Michelle Lyman, Kashmira Chawla, and Carmen Hans
In 2014, AMWA founded Physicians Against the Trafficking of Humans (PATH) to help educate physicians, residents, and medical students about issues surrounding human sex trafficking.
In 2012, AMWA President, Dr. Gayatri Devi, identified human sex trafficking as an important issue for the organization to address. This led to the formation of the Human Trafficking Committee by Dr. Suzanne Harrison and Dr. Holly Atkinson (co-chairs). The committee authored AMWA’s position statement in this area. Dr. Kanani Titchen, then AMWA Resident Division President, conducted a survey to identify healthcare providers’ knowledge in this area and found that knowledge to be significantly lacking. These findings led to the creation of a series of educational videos and an interactive website to educate medical professionals about sex trafficking victims. PATH has also conducted webinars and supported local conferences on the issue of human sex trafficking. More about the history of PATH click here.
These videos are available for viewing and are accredited for 1.00 AMA PRA Category I credits by Indiana University School of Medicine. Click here for the course Doctors: Learn How to Recognize Victims of Child Sex Trafficking.
Please join the PATH on-line community to learn more about what you can do to stop human sex trafficking in your community. To get involved, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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