Samia served as the National Student President at the American Medical Women’s Association, a non-profit organization that functions at the local, national, and international level to advance women in medicine and improve women’s health. With WAPPP’s support, Samia built a virtual platform on the AMWA webpage to promote Sex and Gender Medicine, enabling the medical community and the public to understand how sex and gender are important yet frequently neglected factors that affect health.
This summer, Samia led the launch of AMWA’s Sex and Gender Medicine Initiative online. Using public-friendly language, the platform provides information on differences in symptom presentation, treatment and medication efficiency due to sex and gender. It includes questions patients should ask their doctors throughout their healthcare management, enabling patients to be more involved in their own healthcare. As the preferential use of male tissues in drug development has yet to be addressed, Samia incorporated a drug monitoring system into the virtual platform. This mechanism monitors and provides the most up-to-date gender/sex information on medications, medical procedures, and medical devices. Samia advised AMWA on advocacy strategies that brings sex and gender medicine more salience on the state and national legislative agendas. She developed talking points for advocacy groups to use for their Advocacy Day. The aim of this initiative is to improve health and healthcare for both women and men and everyone in between. It is about patient-centered care. And it is precision medicine.