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IUSM-NW student earns honors from American Medical Women’s Association

Dana Jones’ poster presentation on women’s health issue wins first place

Wednesday Mar 30, 2016

Dana Jones, a third-year medical student at Indiana University School of Medicine – Northwest, has been recognized for her work in women’s health research, earning a first place prize for her poster presentation, titled “Pregnancy and an Expanding Right Breast Mass” from the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA).

Jones, a native of Gary, graduated from IU Bloomington, studied in Indianapolis and ultimately returned to her hometown to earn her medical degree and hopes to one day practice in her local communities.

It was through her rotation with Anthony Gentile, M.D., an obstetrician/gynecologist in Munster, that Jones discovered a love for women’s health and a fascination with the pregnancy process.

“My desire to do procedures and empower women collided. I wanted to attend the 101st anniversary meeting of AMWA, an organization comprised of health professionals who are dedicated to advancing women in medicine and woman’s health,” Jones said. “There was an opportunity to submit a report for a poster presentation and eligibility for Young Women in Science Awards. So I sought out an interesting clinical case that highlights how fascinating I find OB/GYN to be.”

Jones was privileged to work under Kandice Ludwig, M.D., an assistant professor of surgery at IU School of Medicine in Indianapolis, who helped her through the process. She, also, had the support and encouragement from the administrative staff from the IU Norhtwest Campus.

Jones’ poster is about a young pregnant female with a lactating adenoma, a benign mass that can occur during pregnancy from hormonal influence and can grow to a substantial size. Mammogram and ultrasound are less reliable during pregnancy. Therefore, it was biopsied and ultimately removed.

“Words can’t describe the joy and honor I experienced when my name was called for first place prize,” Jones said. “I believe that winning first place was confirmation from others that I am on the right track.”

Jones said she is passionate about inspiring young people to explore their dreams in medicine.

“I want to encourage everyone to let your determination and passion guide you to pursue your dreams no matter the obstacles.”

Read more about Dana Jones’ and her pursuit of medicine here.

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