Welcome to AMWA at Wayne State!



We are Wayne State University School of Medicine's chapter of the American Medical Women's Association (AMWA).  Through our special events, seminars, and outreach efforts we aim to promote the health of women everywhere and to further the advancement of women in medicine.

Upcoming Events


This is a wonderful opportunity for female medical students to meet and learn from female physicians!
Please click here to learn more and purchase tickets for this year's event.

We are currently sold out of student tickets!
If you are still interested in attending, please email Tanuka Datta at tdatta@med.wayne.edu so that we can place your name on a waiting list.  Thank you!

Date:  Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
Time:  6:00-8:00pm
Location:  Atlas Restaurant
                   3111 Woodward Ave
                   Detroit, MI 48201-2723
                   (313) 831-2241  

National Women's Hall of Fame



        1869-1970; Honored:  1973

Alice Hamilton chose medicine because "as a doctor I could go anywhere I pleased - to far - off lands or to city slums - and be quite sure I could be of use anywhere." She quickly discovered she felt more at home in the laboratory than at the bedside. Her first job, teaching pathology at Northwestern University, gave her the chance to realize her dream to live at Hull House. There she came to know Jane Addams and other reformers who encouraged her to find a way to apply her scientific knowledge to social problems. Alice Hamilton began to investigate industrial diseases. She saw cases of lead palsy and carbon monoxide gassing among workers in the area. Because they were Poles, Italians, or Blacks, their fate had passed unnoticed. Industries denied responsibility, and states had no workmen's compensation laws. Dr. Hamilton conducted pioneering surveys of industrial disease, and found that European countries not only outdistanced the U.S. in research but also legislated sickness insurance programs. She studied the poisons affecting workers in the lead, munitions, and copper industries, traveling the country and touring mines and factories, smelters and forges. Her reports were always meticulously fair and impartial . In 1918 Alice Hamilton was appointed assistant professor of industrial medicine at the Harvard University Medical School. She was the first and for many years the only woman on the Harvard faculty. Though she was treated shabbily, excluded from the faculty club and the commencement procession, her research continued to help promote safety in the American workplace.

Source:  http://www.greatwomen.org/women-of-the-hall/search-the-hall-results/details/2/72-Hamilton