Student Clubs Host Experts on Women's Health IssuesSeptember 27, 2021
On Saturday, September 18, and Sunday, September 19, student organizations from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) hosted the fourth annual Women’s Health Symposium on the Philadelphia campus. Leaders from the PCOM American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) chapter, the PCOM
OB/GYN club and the PCOM Oncology club came together to host the event.
“September is Women’s Health Month and we wanted to continue this event that focuses
on bringing together female healthcare professionals, as well as female patients,”
shared Sonya Levine (DO `24), AMWA community service leader. “Our goal in hosting
this event is to improve interpersonal relationships with patients, engage with patients
from different backgrounds, remain inclusive and open-minded, and supplement what
we learn in our didactic years with real-world examples,” continued Ms. Levine.
The two-day event featured five unique sessions focused on different elements of women’s
health. Saturday’s events included a talk given by Abby Match, a Living Beyond Breast
Cancer Young advocate. At 35 years old, Ms. Match was diagnosed with triple-negative
breast cancer. In her talk, Ms. Match shared her journey through breast cancer and
the struggles she faced in her battle. “This talk really stood out to me because Ms.
Match is just a few months out from her treatment,” shared Shuchi Sehgal (DO `24),
president of the PCOM Oncology club. “Often, as medical students, we may not hear
a patient’s story until years after they’ve received treatment. It was very helpful
to hear Ms. Match talk about the importance of listening to our bodies as women and
how physicians should work to understand their patients better, so as to ensure the
best course of treatment,” continued Ms. Sehgal. This event was coordinated by school
psychology student Melanie Singh (PsyD '26).
Saturday also featured speakers that touched on topics in women’s health such as OMM/PCS
treatment for individuals with breasts, and a discussion surrounding the pathology
of sexual assaults, hosted by deputy coroner Hillary Brown MS/FM `18.
Sunday’s events included an Allied Health Panel focused on inter-professional discussion
with non-physician members of the healthcare team. Panelists touched on their role
in a healthcare team and how they each contribute to overall women’s health. Audience
members were invited to come with questions and participate in group discussions.
Ms. Sehgal hosted a talk on Sunday titled “HIV and AIDS: transmission and its impact
on the FSW community.” This discussion focused on a range of topics including HIV
and AIDS transmission and access to healthcare in the female sex working population,
as well as access to testing and healthcare in rural villages and sex work communities
in Uganda and the U.S.
“Having attended this event for the past four years, I was excited to see how it’s
grown and changed,” shared Zoe Beausoleil (DO `24), president of the PCOM OB/GYN club. “Having been remote for most of the past two
years, we were excited to bring the event back to campus and play host to impactful
speakers who touched on a wide variety of topics.”
Additional student leaders responsible for coordinating these events include Sarah
Song (DO `24), Karoline Loretan (DO `24) and Megan Czachor (DO `24).
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