Dr. Patch Adams Keynotes AMSA Convention & Exposition

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Largest Gathering of Medical Students Celebrates 61 Years

Now in its 61st year, the American Medical Student Association’s Annual Convention & Exposition is expecting more than 900 future physicians for the four-day event, March 10-13 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia. More than 60 sessions are planned in five focus areas, including career and professional development, advocacy, public health, international health and premedical.

Premedical and medical students, international medical students, residents and interns, physicians and other activists from across the country will assemble for innovative workshops and organizational policymaking relating to top health care issues. The event kicks off with Advocacy Day. Hundreds of students will attend advocacy trainings on global health, LGBT Rights and healthcare reform, and then visit with their representatives on Capitol Hill.

Confirmed keynote speakers include Dr. Patch Adams, a physician and self-proclaimed clown, who has spent more than 30 years advocating to change America’s healthcare system and Ezra Klein, author of the Washington Post’s “Economic and Domestic Policy, and Lots of It” blog. Thought leader sessions will be led by Dr. John Prescott, chief academic officer of the Association of American Medical Colleges, Dr. David Nash, founding dean of the Jefferson School of Population Health, Thomas Jefferson University, and Dr. Gloria Wilder, founder of Core Health, LLC.

Special events include the Pre-Health Professions Fair, Residency Fair & Specialty Showcase and the 16th Annual Poster Session. On Friday, March 11, the fourth annual Raising Our Voices: Women Leaders in Medicine Awards and Reception will honor former Commissioner for Women's Health and Director of the Office of Women's Health Dr. Susan Wood and seven other women leaders in medicine for their passion and commitment to social justice, advancing women and mentoring young leaders in medicine.

“In a world where healthcare is constantly changing and healthcare reform is an every day topic of discussion, it is important that physicians-in-training become advocates for this change,” says John Brockman, AMSA national president. “AMSA’s convention provides future physicians the opportunity to broaden their learning beyond the classroom and to take steps toward becoming socially responsible physicians and leaders in medical education and health care.”

You may access the entire convention program online: http://amsa.org/AMSA/Libraries/Convention/2011ConvProgram.sflb.ashx.

Follow #amsaconv11 on Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates and event happenings.

Media Information
Members of the media are welcome to attend all AMSA convention events. Media must check in at the AMSA registration booth for complimentary press credentials. For more information, contact Kim Cunningham, AMSA Director of Public Relations, at (781) 223-4042 or pr(at)amsa(dot)org.

About the American Medical Student Association
AMSA is the oldest and largest independent association of physicians-in-training in the United States. Founded in 1950, AMSA is a student-governed, non-profit organization committed to representing the concerns of physicians-in-training. To learn more about AMSA, our strategic priorities, or joining the organization, please visit us online at http://www.amsa.org/.

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