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The UAB School of Medicine chapter of the American Women's Association (AMWA) is aligned with the national mission, "To advance women in medicine, advocate for equity, and ensure excellence in health care." Along with colleagues everywhere, we value "integrity, equity, diversity, inclusion, collaboration, and mentorship."

Our main activity is to offer live programs (panels, working sessions, and keynotes) with speakers from UAB or elsewhere to discuss timely topics that are important for personal and career fulfilment. Each topic is carefully selected to help motivate and educate UAB team members. 

We don't require attendees to be members of AMWA and all are welcome (faculty, fellows, residents, pre-med, medical students, and other healthcare professionals), independent of their gender. We would also like to facilitate mentorship opportunities for women at UAB at all career levels. 

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If you have any questions or concerns, UAB Chapter AMWA President, Marisa B. Marques (Pathology), can be reached at any time by email ( 

Watch Past Zoom Sessions

Please click one of the session topics below to watch full recording. 

Promotion & Tenure at UAB Heersink School of Medicine

Presenter: Scott Ballinger, Ph.D.


Part 2: Trans & Gender Diverse Identities


  • Morissa Ladinsky, M.D. - The critical importance of intersectionality and the impact of health policy for TGNC patients.
  • Shawn Galin, Ph. D - Curricular innovations and approaches to enhance medical education around transgender healthcare.


Part 1: Trans & Gender Diverse Identities


  • Morissa Ladinsky, M.D. - Definitional Overview
  • Hussein Abdullatif, M.D. - Definitional Overview
  • Krishmita Siwakoti, M.D. - Hormone Therapy and Medical Care
  • Brianna Patterson, MPH- Patient perspective


40th Anniversary of the AIDS Epidemic: The Past is Prologue


  • Ellen Eaton M.D.
  • Latesha Elopre, M.D., MSPH
  • Mike Saag, M.D.


Looking Back at Medical School & Residency


  • Brandi McCleskey, M.D.
  • Kierstin Cates Kennedy, M.D., MSHA
  • Rachael Lee, M.D.
  • Erin DeLaney, M.D.


Turning Infertility into Empowerment

Presenter: Britney Corey, M.D., MACM, FACS


Connecting the Dots: How I Got Here and the Women Who've Inspired Me

Presenter: Dr. Desmin Milner, faculty mentor for WIRED


How to Manage Stress & Increase Resilience by Practicing Gratitude

Presenter: Brenessa Lindeman, M.D. MEHP, FACS



10 Ways to Empower Yourself as a Woman in Science & Academic Medicine

Session Leaders

  • Marisa Marques, M.D., AMWA Chapter President
  • Shuko Harada, M.D.
  • Michele Kong, M.D.
  • Chere Stewart, M.D.
  • Jayme Locke, M.D., MPH