Women's Issues Section Meeting- 2018 Annual
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Meeting to discuss section initiatives, updates, planning, etc.

When: 06/29/2018
From 10:45 AM to 11:30 AM PST
Where: Sierra J
Marriott Marquis San Francisco
780 Mission St.
San Francisco, California  94103
United States
Presenter: Dr. Rashmi Halker, Chair
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Women’s Issues SIG meeting agenda
June 2018


1.      The Women’s Issues SIG has a two-fold purpose: 1) furthering our awareness of women’s issues as they pertain to migraine and other headache disorders, and 2) the development of a Women’s Leadership Program for AHS members.

2.      Women’s SIG research:

a.       If you have a specific interest in research as it pertains to women’s issues in migraine and other headache disorders, please email Rashmi Halker at halker.rashmi@mayo.edu as it would be ideal to form a smaller group to take the lead on such research projects.  Please also email me if you have specific projects in mind and would like the help and support of the Women’s Issues SIG.

b.      Paper to identify areas in need of further research: things that we do routinely in clinical practice that need better clinical evidence. Drs. Jelena Pavlovic and Rebecca Burch have volunteered to do this. Updates?

c.       A small group has been finalizing a questionnaire to send to AHS members regarding their patient preconception counseling practices.  This is being finalized.

3.      Women’s Leadership development:

a.       We’d like to create monthly webinars with various experts discussing specific topics

b.      Half-day Women’s Leadership Forum at June meeting:

                                                              i.      What worked?  What needs improvement?

                                                            ii.      What topics would you like addressed at future sessions?

1.      Specific topics that Women’s SIG members would like addressed, either during the half day session or through webinars:

a.       Negotiating contracts, salary

b.      Public speaking/presenting tips

c.       How to nominate someone for a leadership position, how to write letters to support someone’s nomination for a leadership position

d.      How to manage conflict

e.       Mentorship vs sponsorship: how to be a good mentor and how to seek out sponsors

f.        Understanding finance as it relates to your career

g.       When and how to say no

h.      How to be a good moderator of panel discussions

c.       It will be worthwhile to create a shared google drive or other database where relevant articles can be kept and shared

d.      Informal Women’s Reception at Scottsdale meeting planned

4.      AMF/Patient education

a.       There are several topics that can be updated to educate patients:

                                                              i.      Migraine management during pregnancy and lactation

1.      Oral magnesium during pregnancy

                                                            ii.      Update on migraine & OCP use: systematic review by Dr. Huma Sheikh, no large studies exist regarding exogenous estrogen less than 50 mcg that reported stroke risk in women with migraine – need studies to support this

                                                          iii.      We are looking for volunteers to take this on

5.      Update on Women’s Health Science Award

a.       Idea created to promote awareness of issues surrounding women’s health and headache

b.      Will also give prominence to the Women’s Issues SIG (and therefore all SIGs)

c.       Award proposal has been written and submitted to AHS Executive Board.  We are currently awaiting a decision.