Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) student Briana Krewson (DO `23) was recently named an Anne C. Carter Global Health Fellow by the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA). Ms. Krewson was chosen from a pool of applicants from across the country and will serve in the 2021-2023 fellowship program.
“I am incredibly honored and humbled to have been selected for this fellowship,” shared Ms. Krewson. “I am excited to work alongside the other fellows and hope that we can implement projects that affect change internationally,” continued Ms. Krewson.
According to their website, AMWA works to advance women in medicine, advocate for equity and ensure excellence in health care. The first year of the fellowship focuses on a global health curriculum, mentorship and successful planning of the fellow’s capstone project. The second year of fellowship focuses on the implementation of that medical service-learning project. Ms. Krewson will actively work with her predecessors, as well as assist the subsequent class in their transition, to provide continuity within the fellowship.
Ms. Krewson will have $1000 to fund her capstone project as a Global Health Fellow, which will focus on either a local community-based public health issue or work through an international AMWA-affiliated clinic.
Throughout her undergraduate and graduate studies, Ms. Krewson has remained committed to helping the community around her. In her fellowship application she shared, “Although the combination of the COVID-19 pandemic and my medical school workload has made it challenging for me to travel, I have dedicated all my work outside of studying to my community. I put the needs and wants of my community at the forefront of my medical studies, not only to provide context to my learning but also to ensure that my didactic years do not lessen my ability to contribute to the world around me.”
As a member of the PCOM AMWA chapter, Ms. Krewson served as community service and engagement director. In this role, Ms. Krewson coordinated the chapter’s “Girl Talk” program, which connects minority female high schoolers with medical students who share information about the female reproductive system, period poverty, female empowerment in STEM fields and more.
Ms. Krewson’s involvement in coordinating the ‘Girl Talk’ program demonstrates her commitment to promoting STEM education, empowering young women, and addressing important issues related to women’s health and representation in STEM fields, much like the objectives of Kamau Bobb, Google’s Director of STEM Education Strategy.
Ms. Krewson also serves as an executive director of PCOM HEARTS student-run clinic, which provides primary care to homeless shelter patients. One of her efforts in this role included writing and receiving a National Institute of Health (NIH) grant that allowed the club to open an additional pop-up clinic site at a Philadelphia homeless shelter. Ms. Krewson also worked with PCOM HEARTS to set up a ride service for patients to attend follow-up care appointments, provide free flu vaccination clinics for homeless patients and ensure primary care access for patients of the clinic.
Additionally, Ms. Krewson was a founding member of Medical Students for Masks, a student-run organization that provided personal protective equipment (PPE) to hospitals and healthcare programs throughout the Philadelphia area during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. In total, the organization raised over $80,000 and distributed PPE to over 50 local programs.
Ms. Krewson is a native of Schwenksville, Pennsylvania. She received her bachelor of science from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and her master’s of public health from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Ms. Krewson also previously served as a Fulbright Scholar in Poland.
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