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    AWS National Medical Student Committee
    AWS National Medical Student Committee
    Aileen Larson is a 3rd year osteopathic medical student at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (PNWU) in Yakima, Washington. She is currently completing her core rotations in Portland, Oregon and is very interested in pediatric surgery and otolaryngology. Aileen grew up in Sandy Hook, Connecticut and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. Aileen and her husband met in college and moved to Portland, Oregon before she attended medical school. Although she was raised in Connecticut, the culture, mentality and natural beauty made her fall in love with the Pacific Northwest. In high school, as an Emergency Medical Technician for Newtown Ambulance Corps in Newtown, Connecticut, Aileen learned the importance of teamwork and volunteering for her local community. This opportunity motivated her to follow a career path in medicine. In undergrad, Aileen also had the privilege of participating on several international medical trips to Central America and Nepal. These trips inspired her to practice medicine abroad in the future. Before attending medical school, Aileen worked as a Cardiopulmonary Technician for The Portland Clinic LLP and a Medical Assistant for ZoomCare in Portland, Oregon. As a medical student, Aileen started PNWU’s Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) Medical School Chapter and served as the National Liaison. She was also the Co-President of PNWU’s Surgery Club, Vice President of PNWU’s Global Health Club and the Campus Liaison for a local non-profit, Pacific Northwest Surgical Outreach. During her time in Yakima, she volunteered at the Union Gospel Mission outpatient medical clinic with an otolaryngologist. Currently, Aileen holds two leadership positions, one as the PNWU Student Representative for the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of Oregon and the second as the West Region Representative for the AWS National Medical Student Committee. Aileen is the first D.O. student to be appointed to the AWS National Medical Student Committee and is excited to be a part of such an inspiring organization and further the mission of AWS.
    AWS National Medical Student Committee
    AWS National Medical Student Committee

    Sarah is a third-year medical student at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. She plans to pursue an integrated residency in plastic surgery and recently completed a research fellowship at Yale’s Department of Pediatric Surgery. 

    As a member of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Medical Student Education (CMSE) for the last two years, she has led the national recruitment and organization of the first CMSE Student Resource Task Force and has managed the publication of several educational resources for aspiring surgeons. Her interest in medical student education has also led her to serve as an author for the 'First Aid for the USMLE Step 1’ review series and she is now a member of their New Educator Scholarship Training program. She also serves as a reviewer for Medical Science Educator, a peer-reviewed journal of the International Association of Medical Science Educators. This year she will serve as the Resource Development Coordinator for the Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) National Medical Student Committee and she is also a member of the AWS Clinical Practice Committee.

    Along with her interests in surgery and medical student education, Sarah is passionate about healthcare policy and reform. She has served on the American Medical Association (AMA) Committee on Global and Public Health, has served two terms on the Committee on Bioethics and Humanities and is actively involved with the AMA Medical Student Section. Her clinical interests are in the investigation of socioeconomic disparities in emergency general surgery outcomes and her basic science interests include intestinal failure and short bowel syndrome, where she studies the role of serotonin and acetylcholine in the regulation of intestinal mucosal homeostasis. She is also a Juilliard-trained violinist and is interested in the role of music therapy in the pediatric population.

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    AWS National Medical Student Committee
    AWS National Medical Student Committee
    Sonam is a third year medical student studying at the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Ontario. She has been serving on the Association of Women in Surgery’s Medical Student Committee since 2013. She is involved in working to expand the reach of the committee internationally and bring AWS to schools located in other countries. She hopes to pursue a career in reconstructive surgery in the future and would like to work and teach in an academic center. She received her undergraduate degree at Western University in London, Ontario. There she majored in human physiology and business administration. Sonam has a particular interest in technology and its use within the medical field. Working with a team of colleagues, she co-founded NEAT medicine (new engineering and technology in medicine) who’s mandate involves showing students the way technology is currently being used in medical practice. NEAT medicine also hopes to promote innovation among students and how problems in the field can be solved with technology and programs. She also serves on her class council, the Aesculapian Society, as Vice-President of Information Technology. During her term, she developed a new website and increased the online presence of the council to expand their outreach to the student body. She has conducted clinical research in the fields of hematology and thoracic surgery. Her most recent work in thoracic surgery involves looking at predictors of prolonged pulmonary air leak and developing a pre-operative scoring system to risk stratify patients for intra-operative interventions. She is currently shifting her research focus to focus more heavily on assessing the use of technical devices in patient assessment. In her spare time Sonam is an avid photographer and rock climber. Her work is displayed on the walls of the Ottawa Hospital and in the White Coat Warm Art Exhibit at the Canadian Conference for Medical Education
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    Student Committee, Association of Women Surgeons

    Shree Agrawal, BS, is a third year medical student at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. After completing her bachelors in science degree in biology from Case Western Reserve University, she performed research on prostate cancer treatment modalities at both the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals of Cleveland. She has continued this research throughout medical school, developing an interest in urology. Shree is passionate about the patient-decision making process and patient education within the scope of prostate cancer. Shree serves on the Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) National Medical Student Committee and is the current leader of the AWS chapter at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Shree hopes for a career in academic surgery to incorporate her passion for medical education and clinical research. In her free time, she enjoys writing, practicing yoga, and boxing.

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    Student Committee, Association of Women Surgeons
    Student Committee, Association of Women Surgeons
    Hilary is a third year medical student at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, who grew up in rural Utah for most of her life. After completing her undergraduate degree, she spent time in Tanzania doing HIV education and prevention, where she then realized she wanted to pursue a career in medicine. She then completed a Master in Public Health in 2012 and shortly after began medical school. She has several surgical interests, including surgical oncology and otolaryngology, and hopes to have a career in academic medicine where she can operate, teach, and conduct research.
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    Student Committee, Association of Women Surgeons
    Student Committee, Association of Women Surgeons
    Jessica graduated with a degree in Chemistry and minors in Biology and Business Administration. Her honors senior thesis involved making a video on "The Future of Healthcare Delivery," where she interviewed nine physicians in Columbia about topics such as the Affordable Care Act, electronic medical records, and what doctors actually think the medical system should be like in the future. A rising second year, Jessica is interested in surgery, particularly otolaryngology, plastics, or ophthalmology. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys running, swimming, and reading .