Program & Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to welcome some of the finest physicians, public health officials, community activists, educators, association and non-profit executives who will lead you, teach you and challenge you. To inspire your experience in Washington DC, the following keynotes will share their lessons and ideology to help establish a tone at Convention and inspire you to have the very best meeting possible.

Thursday Keynote

Saturday Keynote



Warren Wiechmann, M.D., MBA

Associate Dean of Instructional Technologies at the University of California, Irvine, SOM


Zubin Damania, M.D., aka “ZDoggMD” 

CEO and Founder of Turntable Health, Physician, Rapper


Vivek Murthy, M.D., MBA

United States Surgeon General

Program Tracks

With 5 educational tracks and over 60 diverse sessions, the AMSA National Convention provides original content and encourages you to think outside your routine medical school curriculum.


Professionalism, Wellness & Society

Public Health

Connect and learn to campaign for your patients best interests.

Harness your potential and become the physician you were meant to be.

Embrace your role as a community leader and foster a healthier society.

International Health

Career & Professional Skills Development

Clinical Skills

Transcend borders and gain insights into worldwide medicine.

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Expand your skills as a leader and physician.

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Sharpen your existing skills or learn something new in specially designed clinical sessions.

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Convention Programming At-A-Glance

Thursday At-A-Glance

Thursday, February 26

Highlights Include:

  • Keynote Address: Warren Wiechmann, MD, MBA; Associate Dean of Instructional Technologies at the University of California, Irvine, SOM
  • LGBT Health Achievement Award Presentation
  • Advocacy and Lobby DayBeing a physician means advocating for those that are disempowered and marginalized to improve, not just their healthcare, but their place in society. Join us for Advocacy Day at the 2015 AMSA Annual Convention in Washington, D.C. and meet with your Representative on Capitol Hill. You’ll learn more about the issues you care most about and get your voice heard as a physician-in-training.Sponsored by:  CIR_web
  • Women Leaders in Medicine Award ReceptionJoin us as we recognize women physicians and educators changing the face of medicine through their lives, professions or teaching and deserve recognition for their accomplishments and dedication to fostering tomorrow’s women leaders in medicine.

Friday At-A-Glance

Friday, February 27

Highlights Include:

  • AMSA President Award Presentation
  • Paul R. Wright Chapter Success Award PresentationSponsored by: Wolters Kluwer_horizontal
  • Exhibit HallA Convention favorite, the Exhibit Hall is your one-stop shop for all your needs and the tools you value most as a physician-in-training. Come, see and learn about the medical profession’s products, services and programs. 
  • MCAT JeopardyImpress your friends, intimidate your challengers, and carry your team to victory.Sponsored by: KTP_sta_pos_cmyk_P
  • AMSA’s 20th Annual Poster Session & Project Exhibition PreviewMore than 100 of your colleagues will exhibit their research and projects in basic and translational sciences, epidemiology, community service, grassroots activism, AMSA chapter enrichment, and even creative arts! Preview the posters at your leisure.Prizes from: 1-BoA_logo
  • SimlympicsWatch as teams of four complete in a series of simulated clinical scenarios requiring medical knowledge, clinical skills, teamwork and communication.Sponsored by: US Army_logo_embrodPrizes from: 1-BoA_logo
  • Regional Round TableJoin AMSA members from around the globe to discuss the hottest topics that will come before the 2015 House of Delegates
  • Premedical CaucusPremeds have a vote in AMSA’s House of Delegates! Come to the Premed Caucus to discuss this year’s resolutions. You must be in attendance at the caucus to be considered for the position of premedical delegate or alternate. 
  • House of Delegates Reference Committee Open SessionMembers are invited to present testimony on any resolution and inform Reference Committee deliberations.
  • House of Delegates Business Session & National ElectionsDelegates from AMSA chapters across the country participate in deciding the future course of AMSA. Elections for AMSA’s Board of Trustees will take place during this time. 
  • BLS/CPR for Healthcare ProvidersIn this American Heart Association course on BLS and CPR for Healthcare Providers you will learn how to handle sudden cardiac arrest and other emergencies in the healthcare setting. You will learn proper CPR technique, how to use an AED and how to effectively manage an airway in patients of all ages. This course is designed for healthcare providers of all skill-levels and experience. This course can be used to re-certify existing BLS for HCP certification. 
  • Friday Night SocialsJoin fellow attendees for a night of fun led by our Action Committees, Teams and Campaigns such as Gender & Sexuality, Just Medicine, Health Care for All, Osteopathic Medicine & Integrative Medicine.

Breakout Sessions Include:  

  • Building a Healthy CityAre you puzzled by social determinants of health? Attend this interactive session to learn how the elements of community design – such as roads, sidewalks, grocery stores, and parks – fit together to impact individual and community health. And see for yourself what happens when pieces are missing.
  • FTM: Scouting the UnknownBetter understanding your patients will help you become a better provider. Learn more about what it’s like to go through a gender transition by listening to this man’s story of his transition from female to male.Ryan  Sallans, MA, LGBTQ Inclusion Trainer, Consultant and Author, Ryan Sallans, Inc.
  • Get to Know Yourself and Discover What That Means for Future Interprofessional TeamworkReframe your thinking so you can make a real difference! Consider the impact of expertise silos while identifying your own professional identity and leave with tools for interprofessional teamwork.Angela  Hinzey, Director, ISCOPES, George Washington University
  • Abortion Values Clarification WorkshopAbortion is one of today’s most controversial medical services. Explore your personal values surrounding abortion and how they may impact the care you choose to provide.Lauren Casey, Program Assistant, RHEDI
  • Current Movements to Abolish Torture by Healthcare ProfessionalsThe first and most important duty of a physician is “to do no harm”. And yet, the recent release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s torture report shows that health professionals were deeply and centrally involved in the torture programs operated by the CIA since 9/11. Attend this session to learn about efforts to address this deeply troubling perversion of the physician’s duty.Suresh  Pavuluri, Medical Student, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Public Narratives and Elevator Pitches: Tools for AdvocacyCalling all advocates! Public narratives and elevator pitches can be powerful tools to advocate for yourself and your patients. Sharpen your skills and learn how to prepare and perfect your narrative.Lydia Vyas, MD, Founding President, National Physicians Alliance
  • Case Reports: How To Get Published as a Medical StudentIn academic medicine, the adage goes, “Publish, or perish.” Attend this session to find out what you need to do to get published even before you have earned your medical degree.Corona  Freitag, US Clinical Editor, US Clinical Editor
  • Future of Competency-Based Education and AssessmentIt’s a fact that many of you don’t want to admit: you’ll be taking standardized tests throughout your life. So, let’s figure out together how they really fit into your experiences as a life-long learner. Join this panel presentation on the relationship between competency-based, life-long learning, and standardized assessments.
  • Tale of Two BrainsLeft, right. Facts, feelings. It takes both sides to prepare healers.Salvatore Mangione, Director, Humanities Curriculum and History of Medicine Program, Jefferson Medical College

    Sponsored by: 9-Elsevier_RGB

  • Your Path to Wearing a White Coat – The Personal StatementThe personal statement is your chance to tell admissions officers who you are! Learn valuable tips to writing a personal statement and show admissions officers what you’re made of.Representative, Kaplan Test Prep
  • Panel Discussion Led by the Society of General Internal Medicine
  • Organizational EthicsMedical students receive education on clinical ethics, but how can those principles help with organizational dilemmas, tough decisions and making sense of the healthcare industry?  Attend this session to learn how applying critical thinking skills within an ethical framework can distinguish you as a professional, leader and someone others can trust.
  • Rebekah Apple, Senior Manager, Physician Services and Support, American Association for Physician Leadership®

Saturday At-A-Glance

Saturday, February 28

Highlights Include:


  • Keynote Address: Zubin Damania, M.D., aka “ZDoggMD”; CEO and Founder of Turntable Health, Physician, Rapper
  • James Slayton National Award for Leadership Excellence Presentation
  • AMSA’s National Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence Presentation
  • Exhibit Hall
    A Convention favorite, the Exhibit Hall is your one-stop shop for all your needs and the tools you value most as a physician-in-training. Come, see and learn about the medical profession’s products, services and programs.
  • Clinical Skills
    Clinical Skills opportunities include suturing, casting, airway management and manual vacuum aspiration.
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  • House of Delegates Business Session
    Delegates from AMSA chapters across the country participate in deciding the future course of AMSA.
  • Interview Like a Ninja
    Sign up for a one-on-one private mock interview for medical school entrance or residency program acceptance. This is an amazing opportunity you won’t want to pass up.
    Supported by: 8-Kaiser-Thrive
  • AMSA’s 17th Annual Pre-Health FairPremeds this one is for you. Don’t know how to decide where to go to med school? Talk with the experts from med schools who look forward to telling you all about their programs.
    Sponsored by KTP_sta_pos_cmyk_P


Breakout Sessions Include:

  • Is There a Doctor On Board?
    Pressure is on, all eyes on you. This interactive session will explore what to do in an emergency situation as a medical student.
    Manish Garg, Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine; Associate Director, Residency Program; Assistant Dean, Global Medicine, Temple University School of Medicine
  • Addressing Human Sex Trafficking: The Role of Healthcare Professionals
    Complex barriers inhibit addressing mental health in the wider global context. Join this session for an overview of the issue and consider strategies.
    Gayatri Devi, Past President, American Medical Women’s Association
  • Locked Up and Left Out (Incarceration, Disparities, and Health Care in America)
    Incarceration rates are increasing every year. Why is this the case? Explore disparities individuals face while incarcerated and the issue of re-entry.
  • Preparing for the MCAT
    Test change! Critical thinking! Physics! Biochem! Sociology! Get the scoop on the test and the changes that are just around the corner.
    Sponsored byKTP_sta_pos_cmyk_P
  • First Aid for the USMLE Step 1This high-yield talk from Dr. Tao Le, the series editor for First Aid, will cover the basics of the USMLE Step 1 including an overview of the boards, goal setting, high-yield topics in each subject area, study strategies, review resources, and study schedules.
    Tao Le, MD, MHS, Editor-in-Chief; Founder, MedIQ Learning, LLC
  • First Aid for the WardsThis high-yield talk from Dr. Tao Le, the series editor for First Aid and USMLERx, will cover need to know information on how to become an outstanding medical student on the wards and get outstanding clerkships evaluations. Learn how to effectively work with a medical team, study and learn on the run, avoid the mistakes other students make, and get a gratifying clerkship experience that will enhance your career choice. There will be a Q&A session at the end of the talk.
    Tao Le, MD, MHS, Editor-in-Chief; Founder, MedIQ Learning, LLC
  • Global Health 2035: Bridging the Know-Do GapGlobal Health 2035′ is a landmark Lancet report on the heels of the Millennium Development Goals. This session will discuss Global Health 2035 and give insight on current trends in global health policy, practice and international engagement. The “know-do gap” will be highlighted, as well as local community-based efforts around the world to address it, featuring initiatives run by United Nations recognized NGO Child Family Health International (CFHI). Learn how to choose an international rotation or opportunity that is aligned with best-practices in global health development and the Global Health 2035 vision.
    Representative, Child Family Health International
  • Program Led by the Committee of Interns and Residents
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