Nat'l Annual AMSA Conference Info

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AMSA’s 59th Annual Convention

– Win Back Our Profession –

Join the largest gathering of physicians in training in the world as we make medicine ours

Keynotes Include:

Jim Yong Kim, M.D., Ph.D.

Director; François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health

Chair; Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Chief; Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Dave Logan, Ph.D.

Co-founder and senior partner of CultureSync, a consulting firm specializing in cultural change, strategy, and negotiation.

Founder of USC’s Masters in Medical Management degree program and former Associate Dean, Marshall School of Business at USC.

Co-author of four books, including Tribal Leadership.

Convention can be funded!

Apply to present a poster, key deadline January 12 - many schools will fund students presenting at national medical meetings! -

Apply to serve on an AMSA committee, key deadline January 12 - if selected, AMSA will waive your registration fee! -

Contact your chapter officers and regional leaders for more information on funding opportunities - see

Note: Selected national leaders are funded to convention! If you have a question as to whether you are funded, let know! If you WANT to become a national leader and be funded to (and help construct) AMSA’s 60th Annual Convention in March 2010, see

Pre-Convention Patient Safety and Medical Quality Symposium

On Wed., March 11, AMSA will host a multi-disciplinary pre-conference symposium on patient safety and medical quality. From the safety of our operating rooms and clinics, to educating our patients about their health and health care, to providing evidence-based screening and low cost - high impact interventions, this is a do-not miss event. For application process details, please see

Pre-Convention IFMSA Exchange Summit

On Wed., March 11, AMSA will host a summit for current IFMSA exchange officers and any chapter leader interested in establishing an IFMSA exchange at their chapter. By participating in this summit, you would be positioned to coordinate exchanges with students from anywhere in the world with a medical student association – and make it possible for you and your colleagues to study medicine for a month abroad! For application process details, please see

Rally and Lobby with AMSA’s Physicians-In-Training

AMSA is about ACTION, and Thursday March 12 will bring us to the streets of DC and into the halls of congress with our rally and lobby day. First come together on the steps of Capitol Hill to make our voice hear to our nation’s leadership. Then continue the experience and lobby with your individual Senator and/or Representative and advocate for change!

Convention Programming – Vanguard Sessions and Inspiring Speakers!

AMSA’s national committees and interest groups have organized more than 100 programs to educate, empower and excite. Come and engage with our national leadership around international health opportunities, the global HIV/AIDS pandemic, health quality, pharmaceutical policy, careers in health policy, reproductive rights, social responsibility, alternative medicine, student wellness, LGBT health, curriculum reform and so much more; there’s something for everyone! Check out for a tentative schedule of events.

Clinical and Career Planning Workshops

Convention will feature career sessions that include test preparation, becoming a resident, specialty choice topics. Also, come join in the ever-popular clinical skills workshops including suturing, casting, AED and airway management. Friday night’s Residency Fair & Specialty Showcase will bring representatives from dozens of residency programs and medical specialties who will speak with you about their fields. In addition, represent your medical school at the Medical School Fair, and bring the next generation of AMSA members to your school!

Special Premed and Resident Programming

Premeds have dedicated sessions addressing choosing medical schools and medical admissions, as well as the opportunity to meet with school representatives at the 11th annual Medical School Fair. Medical school students and residents can look forward to coverage of hot topics in residency training and the practice of medicine.

House of Delegates

A vital part of the health and evolution of our organization is AMSA’s House of Delegates, where chapter delegates set AMSA policy by voting on resolutions submitted by AMSA members. Chapter delegates also vote in the national office candidates who will lead our association. You will also hear official reports by the executive director, national president and treasurer. Key deadlines are coming up January 12! Please see for all of the details!

Leadership Opportunities

There is no better place than AMSA to become a leader in medicine today. As the nation’s largest, independent student-run organization, AMSA offers an unprecedented number of leadership positions for medical students. National opportunities are available in community and environmental health, global health, health policy, humanistic medicine, LGBT health, medical education, minority health, premedical leadership, women’s health and many other areas. Become a member of AMSA’s Board of Trustees, Board of Regional Directors, or Action Committee Executive Board to lead the national priorities of the association. Key deadlines are coming up January 12! Please see for all of the details!


Convention is about learning and networking but also about having fun with your colleagues. Make sure to head out to our mixers and social events each night. And don’t miss Friday night, when AMSA will host the nationally renowned music and comedy troupe, The Capitol Steps.

Special Events

You definitely won’t want to miss these special events:

• AMSA’s Exhibit Hall

• 14th annual Poster Session

• 11th annual Medical School Fair

• 6th annual Residency and Specialty Fair

• 6th annual Art Exhibition

Refer to AMSA’s Web site for detailed programming information and updates:

Brian Hurley

National President

American Medical Student Association

1902 Association Drive

Reston, VA 20191

phone: (703) 839-8402

mobile: (571) 213-0070

fax: (703) 620-5873


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Join us for our National Convention

March 12-15th 2009 Washington D.C.

Hi everyone:

I posted this elsewhere, but if you can’t do anything but attend the medical school fair on Saturday, it will be a great experience for you.