Congratulations to Dr. Shannon Findlay on winning the 2016 AWAEM Outstanding Resident Award! Dr. Findlay is an Emergency Medicine Chief Resident at the University of Iowa, graduating in June 2017. She the recipient of this award for her outstanding clinical skills and dedication to advancing the awareness of human trafficking.
Upon graduating from college, Dr. Findlay spent six years teaching English in Japan. While there, she became aware of the tremendous problem that human trafficking poses and the exploitation of young girls and women in the sex trade. Upon returning in Iowa to begin medical school, she focused her community outreach and advocacy efforts on promoting women’s health and ending human trafficking.
Dr. Findlay has developed her own educational module on the topic which has been presented nationally and is also one of the lead authors for the ACEP committee dedicated to developing guidelines for emergency practitioners to recognize human trafficking. In the words of one of her fellow residents, “Dr. Findlay is deeply genuine in her passion for women’s rights and the problem of human trafficking. Despite her numerous achievements and accolades, Dr. Findlay remains quietly humble about her own accomplishments while maintaining a tenacious, dogged, tireless fight for the issues and people she is advocating for, always keeping the focus on them and away from herself.”
Congratulations Dr. Findlay.