Ideas to Action: AMWA 2018 Conference

Alex Hernandez, M.D. Class of 2019

To build community across all levels of medical training, a small group of medical students revived the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) at OHSU in 2016. AMWA has grown to support career development, gender equity research in medical education, and advocacy at the institution and state level.


Last year we hosted our first conference dedicated to the power of narrative, “Strength Through Stories.” Recognizing that many have a vision for creating positive change, we developed this year’s AMWA West Coast Regional Conference, “Ideas to Action,” to focus on improving health care for vulnerable populations, translating evidence into practice, and disseminating knowledge and expertise.

As a medical student in the MD/MCR pathway, and as a member of the conference organizing committee, I’m beyond excited about the lineup for the conference. The overarching theme of the conference embodies my career goal of blending research and medicine with a focus on underserved populations. The process of building this conference from the ground up has been empowering, and I am consistently inspired by the work ethic and creativity of my colleagues.

From developing the conference theme, to designing the “Ideas to Action” logo, to building out our session learning objectives, it has all come from a core group of dedicated AMWA student leaders. This conference promises to be a great learning experience and networking opportunity and has something for health professionals and researchers at every level of training.

Our keynote speakers are three accomplished women in medicine, working to create change in their respective fields:

  • Dr. Honora Englander is an associate professor of medicine, OHSU School of Medicine. She co-founded and directed Care Transitions Innovation (C-TRAIN) and is the Director and Principal Investigator for the Improving Addiction Care Team (IMPACT).
  • Dr. Meghan Lane-Fall is assistant professor of anesthesiology and critical care at Perelman School of Medicine. She is the founding co-director of the Center for Perioperative Outcomes Research where she works to improve the quality and safety of health care for hospitalized patients.
  • Dr. Jane Van Dis is co-founder and CEO at Equity Quotient. She is a nationally recognized expert in gender equity in the workplace. Through Equity Quotient, she works with health care organizations to create address inequity and improve workplace culture.

In addition to our keynote speakers, we have brought together experts in community-based participatory research, global health, evidence-based systems change and more from our own OHSU family. With an eye to research and patient care, we incorporated a stellar group of presenters with years of experience working with different vulnerable populations both in and outside of Portland.



One response to “Ideas to Action: AMWA 2018 Conference

  1. AMWA is such an important group for the future of medicine. In order to tackle the most challenging medical problems in the future, we need to make sure that ALL creative people have an equal opportunity to help. It’s so great seeing that OHSU started AMWA back up again. Keep up the good work! I can’t wait to see what comes of this in the coming years.

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