Medical Students Elected to National Leadership PositionsApril 23, 2021
Recently, two students from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) and one student from PCOM South Georgia were elected to national student leadership positions in the American Medical Women’s
Association (AMWA). These students were part of a national application pool of both
allopathic and osteopathic medical students. To be considered, candidates were required to provide a brief written biography,
as well as provide a video or written message outlining why they feel they are qualified
for the role. AMWA’s medical student members were then invited to vote for their preferred
Below are the names and titles of these students, as well as a brief overview of their
positions and goals for these positions.
Lauren Jones (DO ‘23)
As programming chair, Ms. Jones oversees current initiatives and helps develop new
projects administered by the medical student branch of AMWA. She will also serve as
a liaison between the pre-medical, medical and residency branches with the aim of
improving communication and building relationships. Ms. Jones is the immediate past
vice president of the PCOM chapter of AMWA.
In this role, Ms. Jones also hopes to create programming that will address gender
workforce disparities and equity for women in medicine. “As I plan my time as programming
chair, I hope to create and promote initiatives that help women medical students grow,
thrive and succeed in their careers,” shared Ms. Jones.
Julia Burns (DO ‘24)
Region 3 Director
As Region 3 director, Ms. Burns is responsible for the communication efforts of chapters
located in Washington DC, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.
She is also responsible for planning programming and workshops for this region as
well as organizing the region’s annual conference. Ms. Burns shared one of her main
goals in this position is to empower the leaders of AMWA chapters within the region
to succeed. Ms. Burns is the immediate past president of the PCOM chapter of AMWA.
PCOM South Georgia
Monali Shah (DO ‘23)
Region 4 Director
As Region 4 director, Ms. Shah is responsible for the communication efforts of chapters
located in Florida, Georgia, North Caroline and South Carolina. Ms. Shah will also
take on the responsibility of planning programming, events and the region’s annual
“Here in the Southeast, women’s health professional's advocacy has long been an issue.
My hope is to expand mentorship opportunities and chapter involvement to gain adequate
representation for women in healthcare across the Southeast,” shared Ms. Shah. Ms.
Shah is a founding member of PCOM South Georgia’s AMWA chapter.
AMWA brings together women at all stages of the career in medicine. Since 1915, their
mission has been to advance women in medicine, advocate for equity and ensure excellence
in health care.
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