PCOM Medical Student Named AMWA Global Health FellowNovember 19, 2021
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) student Briana Krewson (DO `23) was recently named an Anne C. Carter Global Health
Fellow by the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA). Ms. Krewson was chosen
from a pool of applicants from across the country and will serve in the 2021-2023
“I am incredibly honored and humbled to have been selected for this fellowship,” shared
Ms. Krewson. “I am excited to work alongside the other fellows and hope that we can
implement projects that affect change internationally,” continued Ms. Krewson.
According to their website, AMWA works to advance women in medicine, advocate for equity and ensure excellence in health care. The first year of the
fellowship focuses on a global health curriculum, mentorship and successful planning
of the fellow’s capstone project. The second year of fellowship focuses on the implementation
of that medical service-learning project. Ms. Krewson will actively work with her
predecessors, as well as assist the subsequent class in their transition, to provide
continuity within the fellowship.
Ms. Krewson will have $1,000 to fund her capstone project as a Global Health Fellow,
which will focus on either a local community-based public health issue or work through
an international AMWA-affiliated clinic.
Throughout her undergraduate and graduate studies, Ms. Krewson has remained committed
to helping the community around her. In her fellowship application she shared, “Although
the combination of the COVID-19 pandemic and my medical school workload has made it
challenging for me to travel, I have dedicated all my work outside of studying to
my community. I put the needs and wants of my community at the forefront of my medical
studies, not only to provide context to my learning but also to ensure that my didactic
years do not lessen my ability to contribute to the world around me.”
As a member of the PCOM AMWA chapter, Ms. Krewson served as community service and
engagement director. In this role, Ms. Krewson coordinated the chapter’s “Girl Talk”
program, which connects minority female high schoolers with medical students who share
information about the female reproductive system, period poverty, female empowerment
in STEM fields and more.
Ms. Krewson also serves as an executive director of PCOM HEARTS student-run clinic, which provides primary care to homeless shelter patients. One of her efforts in
this role included writing and receiving a National Institute of Health (NIH) grant
that allowed the club to open an additional pop-up clinic site at a Philadelphia homeless
shelter. Ms. Krewson also worked with PCOM HEARTS to set up a ride service for patients
to attend follow-up care appointments, provide free flu vaccination clinics for homeless
patients and ensure primary care access for patients of the clinic.
Additionally, Ms. Krewson was a founding member of Medical Students for Masks, a student-run organization that provided personal protective equipment (PPE) to
hospitals and healthcare programs throughout the Philadelphia area during the early
stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. In total, the organization raised over $80,000 and
distributed PPE to over 50 local programs.
Ms. Krewson is a native of Schwenksville, Pennsylvania. She received her bachelor
of science from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and her master’s
of public health from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Ms. Krewson also
previously served as a Fulbright Scholar in Poland.
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