association holds conference
Local Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine students participated in the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference held at the medical school.
The conference was a collaborative effort by region 3 director, Elizabeth “Ellie” Boyle, a fourth-year medical student, and members of the school’s AMWA student chapter including: Jessica Knapp, president; Jenna Marinock, vice president; Brittney Ehrlich, treasurer; and Hannah Bohr, historian. Tupper is association secretary.
Barbara Barnes, M.D., associate vice chancellor for industry relations and continuing education, health sciences, and associate dean for continuing medical education with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, was the keynote speaker.
Also featured was Baylor Scott & White University Clinic’s Rachel Bramson, M.D. a board-certified family physician and educator who specializes in the doctor-patient relationship, communication skills and the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety and depression; Shubhra Shetty, M.D., regional associate dean and professor of medicine at the medical school; and Karen Arscott, D.O., associate professor of medicine and AMWA Region 3 board member.
Rosemary Leeming, M.D., a distinguished surgeon who, in 2016, was named Geisinger’s first female chief medical officer, closed the conference.
Several MD and Master of Biomedical Sciences students including: Elham Noori, Michie Manlusoc, Kristin Feickert, Emily Corcoran, Amalie Kropp, Melanie Kusakavitch, Jessica Majekodunmi, Jaclyn Podd, and Sofia Wehabey, participated in the conference on Sept. 15 which provided networking opportunities and career strategies and negotiation skills to advance careers.
“I learned so much at the conference,” said Elham. “I feel more confident with myself,” added Michie.
“Mostly I learned to march forward and not to operate from a place of fear and to be confident enough of my own self-worth to negotiate powerfully,” said Kristin.
The medical school’s AMWA chapter also held a feminine hygiene products drive leading up to the conference. The students assembled tote bags containing the donated items for the Catherine McAuley Center.
Tunkhannock Area School District third-grader Olivia Thomas will offer her paintings, notecards, posters and more at NOTE Fragrances during Scranton’s First Friday today.
Olivia lives in the Endless Mountains and loves raising chickens. Her family began keeping the birds as a way to reduce the high tick population in the region. Her father, Eric, suffers from a severe case of Lyme disease contracted from a tick bite.
Her flock has grown from a few chickens to more than 40 feathery friends. Olivia sells the chicken eggs, along with her arts and crafts, to save for future educational costs since the disease has taken such a toll on her father.
Olivia will speak with her customers, describe her art and discuss her chickens on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. Her silkie chicken will also be with her to greet the revelers at NOTE, 401 Spruce St., Scranton.