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AMWA

RESIDENT

QUARTERLY
  


Fall 2014

 

In this Issue:

  • Apply for an AWHS Community Project Grant
  • Announcing the 2014-2015 AMWA Member Fitness Challenge
  • Announcing the AMWA Susan Love Resident Writing Competition
  • An Interview with Dr. Susan Love
  • Resident Voices: Physiologic Benefits of Gratitude
  • AMWA and the President's Challenge Advocate Program: Help write a Nutrition and Fitness Guidebook
  • Contribute to the Centennial Cookbook
  • Big Shout Out to Our Resident Division Advisors
  • Ask a Resident
  • AMWA RD National Awards Description
  • Come Write for the ARQ!
  • New ARQ Publishing Guidelines

Apply for an AWHS Community Project Grant
By Dyani Loo
 
The American Women's Hospitals Service will be soliciting applications to fund a new type of grant available to AMWA members. These grants are focused on community engagement and include three medically-related options:
 

  1. Community-Based Research
  2. Sustainable Community Service Projects
  3. Community Advocacy/Education.
 
The primary goals of the Community Project Grants are to:
 
  • Engage young physicians in partnering with under-served communities
  • Increase community outreach and resources
  • Improve access to or quality of care for at-risk populations
  • Maintain community self-reliance by focusing on sustainability
  • Promote awareness of issues with medical care access, resources, disparity
  • Plan for long-term solutions by empowering service providers to explore innovative ideas in addressing these issues

Projects grants will be in the form of grants not to exceed $500, and will be awarded based on criteria including sustainability, benefit to community, engagement of community members, and educational value.
 
Our application is available on our website at:

http://www.amwa-doc.org/our-work/american-womens-hospital-services/community-project-grants/ 
 
For more information or questions please email Dyani Loo at
AWHS@amwa-doc.org
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with selection by committee occurring quarterly. 

Announcing the 2014-2015 AMWA Fitness Challenge
Tara Renna, MD
AMWA Resident Division President

 
We Want YOU!
 
The residency division invites you to participate in the First Annual Resident Fitness Challenge. Physical health is something that we talk about with all of our patients but frequently we are unable to invest time in our own fitness. As fellow residents, we understand the time constraints of being a resident and that dedicating our time to our specialty can come at a cost.
 
With this in mind, we are initiating a challenge for you as we announce the AMWA 2014-2015 goal of promoting women’s wellness. This is an eight week program designed to integrate exercise back into our lives. Every week there will be a challenge to be completed, culminating in a group exercise challenge. One successful resident will be selected from the participants based on completion and creativity to win a FitBit. Please join us in this nationwide initiative; it is free for all AMWA Resident members to participate!
 

For enrollment and more information please email: trenna@amwa-resident.org

Announcing the AMWA Susan Love Resident Writing Competition
ARQ Staff
 
We here at the ARQ are pleased to announce the inception of a writing competition for AMWA-RD members! We hope to be able to showcase the talents of our members, and highlight some of the strong, creative work that we are capable of. We have named this competition in honor of Dr. Susan Love, an accomplished AMWA member who has had an enormous influence on medicine and surgery, and is a prominent author for the lay public on women’s health.
 

About Dr. Susan Love:

Susan Love, MD/MBA is an American female surgeon, author and advocate for preventive breast cancer research. She attended medical school at the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center where she graduated with honors and completed a surgical residency at Beth Israel Hospital in Massachusetts. At the start of her career, she was one of few female surgeons. However, despite the gender-based obstacles she faced early on, she became a trailblazer for women’s health, developing new techniques for breast cancer surgery. In addition she published Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book, which the New York Times called the “bible for women with breast cancer.” She served on the National Cancer Advisory Board under President Clinton in 1998 and helped establish the National Breast Cancer Coalition which influenced the federal government to augment research funding for breast cancer from $90 to $420 million. She serves as the chief visionary officer of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation which is dedicated to identifying where and how breast cancer begins and is engaged in innovative approaches to conducting research in this field.
 


Contest Rules:
 

  • Authors must be AMWA-RD members as of July 1, 2014.
  • The topic of the piece should be about Women and Medicine.
  • It must be prose, and must not be illustrated.
  • The writing submitted must be unique and unpublished in any outlet, including personal blogs.
  • There is a 1000 word limit. The font and text size is up to the author’s choice.
  • All work must be submitted in Word document form.
All submissions must be sent to AMWA.RD.ARQ.Competition@gmail.com by February 1, 2015 at 2359. If there are any questions, please contact the ARQ Chief Editorial Officer, Claire Roden, at Claire.roden@gmail.com.
 

Prizes:

First, second, and third place winners will have their work published in both the ARQ Spring 2015 Issue and will be available in print in the AMWA National Convention booklet in April, 2015.
Winners will receive an
amazon.com gift certificate for $100, $75, and $50 for first, second, and third place prizes respectively.
Each winner will also receive an AMWA tumbler as a gift from the AMWA store.

An Interview with Dr. Susan Love
With Savitha Bonthala, DO
 
We are pleased to announce the new Dr Susan Love writing competition in this issue of the ARQ. For more information about the competition, please scroll to “Announcing the AMWA Susan Love Resident Writing Competition”
 
Dr Savitha Bonthala (SB): Before you started on the path to medicine, did you have a vision of how you wanted your career to go? Was it a straight path or did you have some detours along the way?
 
Dr. Susan Love (SL): When I went to medical school there was a 5% quota on the number of female admissions. In the surgical field, there were even fewer women and they discounted me right off hand. In the early stages of my career, I was striving to get anything. When I finished my surgical residency at Beth Israel, no one offered me a job because they did not want a female surgeon. The only patients I initially got were women with breast problems. Heaven forbid they send a male patient to me for a hernia repair!
 
Very often people ask me why I went into breast surgery: they expect me to say it was my mother’s wish from her deathbed, but it was really sexism. I saw many breast cancer patients who were not appropriately treated or counseled on their diagnosis. What initially started out as a career became a mission. At first, I did not have a plan but there was a clear need for helping women with breast cancer. As a female surgeon in a field with very few women and as a lesbian, it was clear to me in my training that I would never be chief resident or chief of surgery at Massachusetts General. In a sense that was freeing: I had nothing to lose because I had nothing to start with. Being an outsider was a very powerful position.
 

SB: What drew you to breast cancer research?
 
SL: I first practiced in Boston and from there I was recruited to start the breast cancer program at UCLA. After the initial 6 years in California, I found that I needed to figure out what was causing breast cancer. I got to a point where I was talking to patients and ultimately realizing they were not going to do well: it was not because of my lack of skill, but because of a general lack of knowledge. At that point I realized I had to figure out why it was happening in the first place. I have been trying ever since.
 

SB: What obstacles have you faced as a woman in medicine?
 
SL: When I went into medical school there were quotas for female students (5-10%). About halfway through medical school, Title IX went into effect and the first thing that happened was that law schools and medical schools had to drop their quotas. I went to State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center where 10% of our class was female and by 1972 after Title IX our female percentage went to 30% in one year.
 
Additionally, when I wanted to go into surgery it wasn’t encouraged. I remember the chief of surgery telling me he didn’t think any woman should ever become a surgeon. Even in practice I faced discrimination. As I was covering for doctors on the weekend, the patients would often think I was the wife of the surgeon coming in to check on them! I faced a lot of prejudice as a female physician. However, the big revelation in my career was realizing my power didn’t come from the medical establishment. It came from the public, the patients, and the women. As long as I was true to that everything was right.
 

SB: What is the biggest challenge you have faced personally?
 
SL: Two years ago I was diagnosed with AML, which meant becoming  a patient. I went through extensive chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant from my younger sister. Being in that completely powerless situation was the biggest challenge I have ever faced.

 
SB: What is the best advice you can give for young female physicians? How do we become a trailblazer like you?
 
SL: Be true to yourself. We don’t have to do it the same way the boys do it. Be the doctor you are meant to be and not try to do it in the way that’s expected. We can transform medicine by being ourselves. You shouldn’t be doing something that doesn’t feel right or true to yourself.
 

SB: How do you know you have found your life’s purpose or calling?

SL: I think you have multiple callings in different times in your life. At one point, my calling was to be a really good clinician. At another point, it was to explain the science behind breast cancer to the public and also be a researcher. I think you make a mistake when you think there is only one purpose in life.
 
Be open to the opportunities that are available to you at any one time and follow your gut in what you think you should do. The key is not to let anyone else dictate your path for you. The problem I have witnessed, when women first came into surgery is that they were trying to be more macho than men and outdo them by being tougher and working longer hours. But we don’t need to do that. We can bring something different to the table. For me specifically, in breast surgery, it was an understanding of what breast cancer meant to women. If you can be true to yourself, then you can make a difference.
 

SB: As a writer and author do you have any advice for young physicians? 
 

SL: Most of what we learn in medicine is not complicated, but we use a language in medicine that is. We can help others by explaining how science works, that we are making our best guess for the moment, and to ultimately stay tuned for developments. We need to get better at explaining science and research, especially in writing. Medicine has been and continues to be a work in progress. If we can relay that to the public we will get more support from the public. Always remember, the difference between a patient and a doctor is a diagnosis. We sometimes feel that if we are the doctor, it will protect us, but not really. We are all in this together.
Count Your Blessings: Physiologic Benefits of Gratitude
By Preethi Rangachari, MD
 
The effect of anxiety, depression, and Type A personality on cardiac health and acute coronary syndromes (ACS) is well known. A landmark article by Januzzi et al noted that anxiety triples all-cause mortality risk following myocardial infarction (MI) and doubles the risk of a reinfarction in 5 years. In another study, incident depression (i.e. new depressive episode associated with MI itself) significantly increases the risk of future ACS events.
 
The increasing evidence that stress, anxiety, and depression have serious physiologic consequences for cardiac health begs the question whether the opposite psychological state of gratitude can reverse these effects. Per Merriam Webster, gratitude is “a feeling of appreciation or thanks.” UC Berkeley launched a $3 million initiative in 2011 to encourage scientific research into the effects of gratitude, and a diverse array of researchers have taken up the challenge.
 
One such researcher is Dr. Jeff Huffman, from the Cardiac Psychiatry Research Program and the Massachusetts General Hospital. In Dr. Huffman’s initial research projects, he established a positive correlation between optimism, and possibly gratitude, with superior cardiac outcomes. Patients who practiced these psychological states were often more engaged in healthy eating and physical activity after their cardiac event, and often reported an increased sense of well-being afterwards. Dr. Huffman’s second project on patients hospitalized for ACS or decompensated heart failure demonstrated that an 8-week “positive psychology telemedicine intervention” involving worksheets on optimism, kindness, and gratitude every week led to decreased symptoms of depression and anxiety after their cardiac event.
Similarly, Dr. Laura Redwine at UCSD is performing a clinical research project on Stage B asymptomatic heart failure via monitoring walk tests and BNP levels to identify a correlation with practicing gratitude daily.  She has already noted that the ST2 biomarker for heart failure is significantly reduced in the patient group journaling about gratitude for 8 weeks versus those not journaling daily.
 
Despite the mounting evidence that negative psychological states (depression, Type A personality, etc.) jeopardize cardiac health, we are only now beginning to understand that the antidote may be a daily practice of gratitude. From prognosis after ACS events, progression of heart failure, and general anxiety or depression, practicing gratitude daily by journaling or reflection can aid in physiologic improvements. As we hear of intern year blues and resident burnouts – including the recent tragic stories of intern suicides in NYC – we can keep in mind that practicing gratitude every day can positively buffer our emotional and cardiac health.

 
References:
1.  de Jonge, Peter, et al. "Only incident depressive episodes after myocardial infarction are associated with new cardiovascular events." Journal of the American College of Cardiology 48.11 (2006): 2204-2208.
2.  Dubois CM1, Beach SR, Kashdan TB, Nyer MB, Park ER, Celano CM, Huffman JC. “Positive psychological attributes and cardiac outcomes: associations, mechanisms, and interventions.” Psychosomatics. 2012 Jul-Aug;53(4):303-18.
3.  Huffman JC1, Mastromauro CA, Boehm JK, Seabrook R, Fricchione GL, Denninger JW, Lyubomirsky S. “Development of a positive psychology intervention for patients with acute cardiovascular disease.” Heart Int. 2011 Oct 3;6(2):e14.
4.  Januzzi, James L., et al. "The influence of anxiety and depression on outcomes of patients with coronary artery disease." Archives of Internal Medicine 160.13 (2000): 1913-1921.
5.  Wilson, Kathleen L., et al. "The interaction between spirituality and gratitude is associated with lower ST2 in stage B asymptomatic heart failure patients." Psychosomatic Medicine. Vol. 76. No. 3. 530 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA. USA: LW&W, 2014.

AMWA and the President’s Challenge Advocate Program:
Help write a nutrition and fitness guidebook

By The Resident Division Board
 
AMWA has recently applied for the President’s Challenge Advocate Program in promoting awareness and education on health and wellness with the goal of preventing obesity. The Resident Division has been given the responsibility and privilege to provide a section devoted to nutrition and fitness.  Our plan so far has been to produce a nutrition and fitness guidebook that will explain the importance of maintaining a healthy diet and a good exercise regimen.
 
The guidebook will also contain information about:
 

  • Health assessment (i.e. BMI, cardiovascular risk factors),
  • Components of a healthy diet (i.e. protein, carbohydrates),
  • A list of caloric content of food groups and meals based on breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and snacks that will help individuals maintain/reach an ideal body weight,
  • Caloric expenditure from different types of exercise examples,
  • Behaviors that will motivate individuals to achieve and maintain a healthier way of living (i.e. recording calories, pedometers, group support, medical advice), and
  • A section for residents to share their input on what healthy foods and exercise they partake in
 
The guidebook will be distributed as a pocket-size book and an ebook. It is our plan to provide pedometers as an accessory to this book as well as an app that will be accessible to all smartphones and other mobile devices.
 
We are reaching out to all resident members asking if you would like to be involved in helping out in this wonderful plan, and also if you have any further ideas you would like to see done through this plan. We also would like you to please share your thoughts on a healthy diet and exercise regimen for the working professional. If you could please email Vanessa al Rashida at
secretary@amwa-resident.org by September 30th, we would appreciate it very much.
 
 
If you have any questions, please email secretary@amwa-resident.org. Thank you so much for your time and support of the Resident Division and AMWA!

Announcing the AMWA Centennial Cookbook: We Need Your Recipes!
by The AMWA Diversity and Inclusion Section
 
As one of our many contributions to advocate for health, wellness, and preventive medicine, we in the Diversity and Inclusion Section would like to publish a cultural cookbook to commemorate the AMWA Centennial Meeting. Our goal is to have
100 recipes for the long anticipated 100th anniversary of our great organization!
 
So far we have been asking members like you to please send in any cultural recipes (i.e. a family recipe, a recipe that was offered by a patient, a recipe that you found interesting that the author would be ok in us using, etc.) to be added in our cookbook; unfortunately we have received a small number of recipes.
 
We need your help in reaching our goal of 100 recipes! As a way to promote healthy alternatives for the working professional, we are hoping that this cookbook will provide a diverse and educational way to help break the monotony of everyday meals. And at the same time highlight the many different cultural backgrounds that make up our organization and make it outstanding.
 
Here is what we would like for the cookbook (besides cultural recipes):
 

  • Any information created by you that describes the significance, cultural importance, and/or history of certain ingredients in cultural meals (i.e. spices, okra, etc.)
  • Any evidence-based review produced by you that provides the pros and cons of a type of diet (i.e. Vegetarian, Vegan, “American” diet, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Atkins, and even about the so called “air and sunlight” diet that was in the news earlier this year)
 
If there are other things that you think should be added to the cookbook, please let us know. We are open to suggestions!
 
We would like to have all submissions sent in by
Thursday October 30th. Please have your submissions sent to AMWAdiversityandinclusion1@gmail.com as well as a picture of the meal and a professional photograph of the author. Those who send us a submission will be recognized in the cookbook. So please spread the word to your colleagues and others!
 
This published book will be in each registration bag as a free gift to those who attend the AMWA Centennial Meeting in April!
 
 
Please email us at AMWAdiversityandinclusion1@gmail.com if you have any questions. Thank you so much and looking forward to your submissions.

Big Shout Out to Our Resident Division Advisors!
Vanessa al Rashida, MD
AMWA Resident Division Secretary

 

The AMWA Resident Division is comprised of women who come from many different backgrounds, experiences, and accomplishments.  One of our aims of the AMWA Resident Quarterly is to highlight resident members in all of their accomplishments and inspiration to others.  Our advisors this year, Dr. Leah J. Dickstein and Dr. Elizabeth Berdan, have been beyond supportive in our initiatives as a division and among us as individuals.  Without them, we would not have the guidance or assistance needed to better the division.  We wanted to take the time to stop and give a big shout out to these great and wonderful women.  Please read further to learn a little more about our advisors and how to get in contact with them!




Leah J. Dickstein, MD
 

Accomplishments: a blessed personal and professional life with positives & negatives. I have learned to cope well, can & try to continually improve my thinking, planning and behaviors; no one is perfect. My CV was last updated in May 2002 when I retired from University of Louisville; then it was 85 pages.

My family remains no. 1 & 24/8, as do some former students, residents, friends, now new neighbors. I tried to paint artistically, however after 2 attempts, I chose to switch to photography. I received my first camera a $5.00 Kodak box at the end of 6th grade. I have moved on with different ones, still really enjoy pushing the button, it's always in my small handbag.

I grew up on fiction, converted to nonfiction decades ago; it's more interesting. I read and have for decades, the NYTimes obituaries. I learn so much about extraordinary people worldwide. I love talking to people, so residents can call from 7 am 'til 10 pm; an email to choose a best time any day would be great.
 

Some background on Dr D: she is a past president of AMWA(92-93), past president of the Association of women psychiatrists, past vice-president. of the American Psychiatric Association, past AAMC national chair of the Group on Student Affairs. As AMWA President, she led the first women's health and legal representatives from the U.S. to the first world conference on women's health in China in '93. She was also program chair for one of AMWA's national meetings. She led the creation in 1981 of the University of Louisville Medical School Health Awareness Workshop, a 4-day pre-first year of school program addressing topics such as well being, personal relationships, race, culture, gender, ethics, study skills, the arts. Dr. D is Professor Emerita at the University of Louisville School of Medical, is a volunteer Lecturer at Tufts Psychiatry Dept. since '08. She has a treasure trough of experience, knowledge and opinions & is willing to discuss/speak with anyone on any topic about life, work balance, etc. especially about gender issues & work.  If needed, she'll refer you to other experts.  Please email her at ljdicksteinmd@aol.com to select a call time. She looks forward to hearing from you.

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Elizabeth Berdan MD, MS
 
Dr. Berdan was the National Secretary of the Resident Division for the 2013-2014 year.  She is a PGY-8, which includes 3 years as a post-doctoral fellow.  She is currently a Chief Resident at the University of Minnesota.  She will be a Pediatric Surgery Fellow at Medical College of Wisconsin for 2015-2017.  She graduated from Medical College of Wisconsin with her medical degree in 2007.  She is married and has 2 daughters ages 2 and 3 with a wonderful man.  Her hobbies include Martial arts, specifically Jujutsu and Ninpo.  Her interest area is in Academic surgery with a focus on clinical outcomes research.  If you wish to contact her about advice on work, interviews for fellowship, balance between life and work, please email her at
Liz@berdan.us.

Ask a Resident: Become an On-Call AMWA RD Member
Parin Patel, MD
 

Calling all residents and outgoing MS4s: get involved with Resident On Call: Personalized Q&A with AMWA Residents, the new AMWA-Resident advisory line. Resident On Call is a new AMWA program that brings together AMWA's resident and medical student divisions. Every month, an AMWA resident will be taking questions from all AMWA medical students for publication in an online monthly column.
 
 All questions will be screened and those chosen for Resident On Call will be answered through the AMWA blog at
http://www.amwa-doc.org/blog/.
 
To get involved, contact Mica Esquenazi at
secretary@amwa-student.org

AMWA RD Awards

We at national AMWA are honored to recognize residents who have demonstrated leadership, compassion, and commitment. AMWA will be presenting several awards to women currently enrolled in a residency program. Awardees will be chosen based on demonstration of exceptional leadership skills, inspiration and innovation that furthers the mission of AMWA by improving women’s health and/or supporting women in medicine.
 
Through AMWA's prestigious awards and recognition programs, AMWA celebrates the contributions and accomplishments of remarkable American women in medicine. Awards are presented at the AMWA annual meeting.
 
Throughout our 99-year history, AMWA has been dedicated to a dual mission: advancing women in medicine and promoting women’s health. AMWA continues to recognize the contributions and accomplishments of outstanding women in medicine and to encourage the promising young medical professionals of tomorrow through our many awards, grants, and scholarship programs. We are proud to use our resources towards making a difference in the lives of women every day by providing grants to AMWA student branches, supporting physicians-in-training overseas and rewarding students for outstanding service and merit.
 
As you build your medical career, know that AMWA is there to support you not only with scholarship opportunities, but also with mentorship, leadership development, and more. We look forward to your success!

 
Please email bonaminio.dana@gmail.com or president@amwa-resident.com if you have any questions about the below awards.
 
 
Charlotte Edwards Maguire, MD Outstanding Resident Mentor Award
Deadline: January 31, 2015

In honoring the achievements of AMWA’s resident members who have ddemonstrated outstanding mentorship and guidance to AMWA national student members as judged by highest and most active ratings as determined by AMWA student evaluations
 
Criteria:
•An AMWA national resident member
•Must be a part of the Charlotte Edwards Maguire, MD Resident as Mentors Program
•Must be nominated by an AMWA Student member who has engaged in a mentor-mentee encounter with nominee
 
Award: Awardees will be honored during AMWA’s Annual Meeting. The individual award recipient, as well as nominating student members, is strongly encouraged to attend the meeting.
 
Please see website for further details regarding the nomination and selection process.
 


Susan L. Ivey, MD Courage to Lead Award
Deadline: January 31, 2015

In honoring the achievements of AMWA’s resident members, we honor Dr. Ivey’s dedication to the welfare and success of all women physicians in training. Dr. Ivey’s work and commitment to AMWA is a celebration of what women can achieve and contribute to others. Dr. Ivey was the 2006-2007 AMWA National Physician President whose courage led AMWA through financially difficult times. Dr. Ivey has stayed on as vital mentor to AMWA students and residents. As an active advocate for women’s health issues, her work and accolades speak for themselves. We are extremely proud of her accomplishments and acknowledge that without the struggle of women like her, our careers as young women physicians would not be possible.
 
Criteria:
•An AMWA national resident member
•Demonstrated exceptional leadership skills through vision, inspiration, innovation, and coordination of projects that further the mission of AMWA by improving women’s health and/or supporting women in medicine
•Must be nominated by an AMWA national member
 
Award: Awardees will be honored during AMWA’s Annual Meeting. The individual award recipient, as well as nominating student members, is strongly encouraged to attend the meeting.
 
Please see website for further details regarding the nomination and selection process.
 


Elinor T. Christiansen, MD Altruism Award
Deadline: January 31, 2015

In honoring the achievements of AMWA’s resident members, we honor Dr. Christiansen’s dedication to the welfare and success of all women physicians in training. Dr. Christiansen’s work and commitment to AMWA is a celebration of what women can achieve and contribute to others. As an active advocate for universal access to health care, her work and accolades speak for themselves. We are extremely proud of her accomplishments and acknowledge that without the struggle of women like her, our careers as young women physicians would not be possible.
 
Criteria:
•An AMWA national resident member
•Demonstrated altruism by acting unselfishly as an ambassador of the healing arts and AMWA for the continued promotion and success of healthcare and AMWA
•Must be nominated by an AMWA national member
 
Award: Awardees will be honored during AMWA’s Annual Meeting. The individual award recipient, as well as nominating student members, is strongly encouraged to attend the meeting.
 
Please see website for further details regarding the nomination and selection process.
 


Young Woman in Science Award
Deadline: January 31, 2015

Demonstrated exceptional contributions to medical science, especially in women’s health, through her basic and/or clinical research, her publications and through leadership in her field.
 
Criteria:
•An AMWA national resident member


Award: Awardees will be honored during AMWA’s Annual Meeting.

Please see website for further details regarding the nomination and selection process.

                                                                              
Let your voice be heard!
     
                                                       
 
Have something to say? An experience to share? A unique perspective on research, residency, or healthcare? We’re all ears!
 
The AMWA Residency Division Quarterly is a journal for AMWA Residency Division members, and we want to hear your voice and publish your words. We are actively seeking submissions from our members on a range of topics, from your personal experiences in education to opinions about virtually anything connecting to medicine. This is a non-peer-reviewed publication of first-person writing, and we want to give you a place to publish your pieces. We are interested in short essays, poetry, photography, and illustrations.
 
We would also like to act as a place to trumpet our members’ accomplishments. If you have recently had a publication accepted at a peer-reviewed journal, received an award, presented at a conference, won a race, or had any other big achievements, let us know! Send an email letting us know of your successes, and we will publish it in the ARQ with a link or citation of your choice.
 
We are also interested in offering the position of “Staff Correspondent” to one AMWA RD member. Your only obligation is writing a 500-700 word article four times a year, and you get a great title for your résumé. To apply, please send a 200-500-word writing sample on the topic of your choice to
Claire.roden@gmail.com.
 
For the history buffs among us, we would also like to offer the special opportunity to research and write a long-form article on the history of AMWA in time for our 100th Annual Meeting in April, 2015. To apply for this opportunity, please send a 200-500-word scholarly writing sample (with appropriate citation) to
Claire.roden@gmail.com. Excerpts from larger works are acceptable; writing samples from the humanities and social science are greatly encouraged.
 
If you have a thought about medicine, we have a forum to publish it.
 
A little bit of fine print: Deadline for the December issue is 11:59pm on November 15, 2014. There is a limit of 500-700 words.
 
Please send all submissions and questions to
Claire.roden@gmail.com.
 
ARQ Publication Guidelines, 2014-2015
R Claire Roden, MD
 
  1. The word count for all (prose) submissions is 400-700 words.
  2. Types of submissions accepted:
    1. Poetry
    2. Prose or essays
    3. Reviews of books, movies, or other media
    4. Photography or other illustrations
    5. If you would like to submit something outside these categories, please contact the ARQ editor at claire.roden@gmail.com
  3. If there is anything in the submission that is to be read as fact, please include appropriate citations.
    1. Citations do not count towards the word limit.
    2. Please use PubMed citation style.
  4. All submissions are to be original content, and not published through any other organization.
    1. Submissions may be published through multiple outlets if all other outlets have a written agreement regarding publication by outside groups.
  5. Dates for publication during academic year 2014-2015:
    1. For December publication: November 15
    2. For April publication:
      1. All non-conference-related content: March 28
      2. All conference-related content: April 30
  6. We reserve the right to refuse publication.
  7. Please send all submissions to the ARQ Chief Editorial Officer, R Claire Roden MD, at claire.roden@gmail.com
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