Health and Humanities Workshop

Thank you to everyone who joined us for lunch with Distinguished Bowman and Gray Professor Jane Thrailkill as we explore the art of using literature to capture patient narratives. What is an illness metaphor? How does a patient express pain through the spoken and written word? How can we glean a better understanding of the patient experience through literary analysis in conjunction with our medical lens? These are questions that we explored in an interactive literary session with Dr. Thrailkill.



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Mentor Social

Thank you so much to everyone who came out to the mentor social. We were joined by several of our faculty mentors (the complete list of mentors can be found here), and had opportunities to discuss many topics, including grant submission, the importance of getting feedback on your grants, implicit bias and hurdles women in science still face, and the return to medical school. We always appreciate our mentors taking the time to join us, and plan to have a similar event in the spring.


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Miss Representation

Thanks to everyone who came out to watch and discuss the documentary Miss Representation on July 19th! What an incredible film and conversation.

For those who could not make it, check out The Representation Project for information on this documentary, their new film, The Mask You Live In, and other great resources.

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3rd Annual Symposium for Advocates of Women Physician Scientists

Please join us for the 3rd Annual Symposium for Advocates of Women Physician Scientists, to be held in Charleston, SC at the Medical University of South Carolina on Saturday, May 14, 2016, from 8 am to 5 pm. The symposium will be followed by an optional networking happy hour and dinner, so we encourage you to plan to stay for the evening.

Please register for the Symposium HERE by April 15th.

Please contact Jamie Mills ( with any questions or concerns.

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Women in Science Symposium, April 6th

Hey Everyone! Please check out the Women in Science Symposium April 6th 8am -12:30pm. It looks like it is going to be a fantastic event!

Event flier HERE.

Please register for the symposium at by April 1st.

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UNC & Duke Advocates for MD-PhD Women in Science thank the Kenan-Biddle Partnership for their support!


Melodi, Amy, and Audrey presenting at the Kenan-Biddle Poster Session. Kate created the group’s poster.

On October 27th the UNC & Duke AMPWIS leadership had the opportunity to thank the Kenan-Biddle Partnership donors in person at the annual Poster Session. It was a fantastic experience to meet the individuals who support our joint endeavor, and we hope to have the opportunity to work with them all in the future.

Our project’s poster can be found HERE.

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Working with Policymakers

As both physicians and scientists, we will all be in positions to use our expertise to make positive social change through our research, our delivery of patient care, and through political activism.

If you are interested in learning how to become involved in public policy, please join UNC and Duke AMPWIS on October 29th at 7pm at Kelly Orgel’s home. We are honored to have NC Representative Verla Insko, and former NC Senator Ellie Kinnaird  join us for the conversation to educate us all on how to work with policymakers for political change.

Event page HERE. Event flier HERE. We hope you can join us for this incredible opportunity!


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NIH Women in Science Newsletter Highlights AMPWIS!

The NIH Working Group on Women in Biomedical Careers sponsors a Women in Science Newsletter featuring recent research, a scientist spotlight, an institutional spotlight & current news and reports. In the September issue UNC was highlighted as an institution working towards equality through the BIRCWH program, UNC AMPWIS, and UNC WISE! Way to go UNC!!

You can find the September 2015 Advances & Insights: Women in Science Newsletter HERE.

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Excellent Discussion on the Equal Rights Amendment!

Thanks to everyone who came out yesterday for a lively discussion on the history of the ERA, the reawakening of the movement, and what it would mean if the ERA were to be ratified as part of the constitution. Thanks particularly to UNC’s own Dr. Rachel Seidman, who expertly provided the movement background and led the discussion.

The Equal Rights Amendment

  • Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.
  • Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.
  • Section 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.
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Second Annual Southeast Symposium for MD-PhD Women in Science – A great success!

Second Annual Southeast Symposium for MD-PhD Women in Science hosted at Duke - Group Photo of students from 6 universities

Second Annual Southeast Symposium for MD-PhD Women in Science

Hosted by Duke AMPWIS on May 16, 2015, the second symposium was a phenomenal day of career development and networking. With 27 students from 6 different MD-PhD programs (UNC, Duke, MUSC, UVA, VCU, Johns Hopkins), it was great to see both new and returning faces from last year’s symposium. Attendees learned how to build high valued relationships, a formula for success as a physician scientist and as a women in power, practiced their elevator pitches, presented their exciting research, and received a book on effective leadership. We are already excited for next year’s Symposium at MUSC on May 14, 2016!!!

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