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American Medical Women's Association - AMWA West Virginia University School of Medicine Chapter



Section 1.

The name of this organization shall be the West Virginia University School of Medicine Branch of the American Medical Women’s Association, Inc.

Section 2.

The purposes shall conform to those of the American Medical Women’s Association: To bring together those in medicine and health-related fields to promote women’s health and to support members’ professional and personal development.


Section 1.

Active membership classes

  1. Regular. Active regular membership is open to all who share AMWA’s concerns for the improvement of the health of women.
  2. Student. Students enrolled in accredited medicine and health-related graduate programs are eligible for active student membership. Students enrolled in undergraduate degree programs who share AMWA’s concerns for the improvement of the health of women are also eligible for active student membership.
  3. Resident. Graduate medical trainees are eligible for active resident membership. 

Section 2.

National voting eligibility is limited to those in active membership classes.

Section 3.

No person shall be in good standing or qualified to exercise any privileges of membership in the branch or in the national association when in default of dues payment.


Section 1.

The officers shall be President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Community Service Chair. The Executive Board shall consist of the elected officers and the chairpersons of standing committees.

Section 2.

Officers shall be elected in May of each year by the branch members. Officers shall assume the duties of their respective offices at the end of the meeting at which they are elected. The names of officers and committee chairs shall be forwarded to the Regional Director immediately after election has taken place and appointments made.


There shall be at least 4 meetings each year. Reports shall be made by officers, standing and special committees. Officers shall be elected, chairperson named and ratified, and the business of the branch transacted. Special meetings may be called at any time by order of the president, or at the written request of 5 members. At all meetings, 10 members shall constitute a quorum.


Student AMWA branches are officially registered with their medical institution as an organization and are therefore covered by the financial reporting of this institution. Each individual AMWA local branch is not permitted to use the national AMWA tax-exempt identification for financial purposes.


It is permissible to conduct email voting on emergency matters in between meetings of the branch.


To be eligible for membership in the American Medical Women’s Association, a branch must have a minimum of 5 active members of the American Medical Women’s Association.


The rules contained in Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised, shall govern the actions of this branch in all cases in which they are not inconsistent with these bylaws and the Constitution and Bylaws of the American Medical Women’s Association.


These Bylaws may be amended at any regular meeting by a majority vote of the members present, provided a quorum is present, and provided that notice has been given to members at least 30 days prior to the meeting. Branch Bylaws may be changed by a vote of 2/3 of members present if a quorum is established.

These Bylaws duly shall be sent to the National Office for approval of the Student President of the American Medical Women’s Association, Inc. One copy shall be returned to the branch and one copy retained in the National Office for permanent records.

These Bylaws were adopted by West Virginia University School of Medicine Branch of the American Medical Women’s Association on this the 8th day of September, 2016.

AMWA Mission Statement

The American Medical Women's Association is an organization that functions at the local, national, and international level to advance women in medicine and improve women's health. We achieve this by providing and developing leadership, advocacy, education, expertise, mentoring, and strategic alliances.

WVU Chapter

The WVU chapter of AMWA has played a committed role in organizing lectures and discussions pertinent to the advancement of medical education, primarily focusing on issues concerning women's health. In addition, the WVU chapter of AMWA participates in philanthropic activities to benefit the greater Morgantown area. Activities include:

  • M1 vs. M2 Flag Football Tournament for Bonnie’s Bus
  • The Shoebox Project
  • WVU School of Medicine T-shirt Sales
  • Relay for Life
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Your Involvement

We look forward to your involvement throughout medical school. Suggestions of current women's issues concerning you, your friends, and family are always welcome. We aim to provide you with the knowledge to empathize with and better care for your female patients as well as yourself throughout your medical career.

For more information concerning the WVU Chapter of AMWA contact: 

2020 - 2021 Officers


Katherine Beard - keb0058@mix.wvu.edu

Vice President

Nizmi Ponery - np0064@mix.wvu.edu


Katherine Gnegy - kmg0035@mix.wvu.edu


Vanessa Gipson - vg0018@mix.wvu.edu

Community Service Chair

Sarah Tolaymat - satolaymat@mix.wvu.edu

Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Jenna Sizemore – jsizemo3@hsc.wvu.edu

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