Convention Breakout Sessions

Breakout Sessions

Every day doctors face situations for which they haven’t been adequately trained, and which threaten to drain them emotionally. This year’s Convention is dedicated to helping you navigate the unknown before it sneaks up on you professionally. De-mystify the intricacies of social, economic, and personal issues that affect patient care.

Culture Clash: Methods for Respecting Diversity at End of Life How prepared are you to approach patients with various cultural perspectives, traditions and rituals during serious illness? This session will provide you with insight regarding the challenges faced by immigrants, refugees and Indigenous people during end of life. Learn how to respond when honoring the values of others threatens all you’ve been taught in med school.
Design The Ideal Medical School What if you could create your own curriculum and personalized education? What kind of medical school experience would you want? Here’s your chance to design the nation’s first ideal medical school during an interactive workshop aimed at improving the med schools of the future.
FutureHealth Unlimited Take part in competitive round table sessions to come up with health care innovations that can change the world. Join Dr Saralyn Mark, physician advisor to NASA and founder of iGiant, an organization that accelerates research into gender/sex-specific design elements to improve the safety and quality of life for men and women. Unleash your creative, innovative genius to make the world a healthier place in the future!
Good Docs. Bad Behavior. Cutler. Mengele. Wakefield. And more. Skilled physicians have, throughout history, applied their clinical knowledge to obliterate patient autonomy, obscure non-maleficence, and alter the balance of the physician/patient bond. Review the decision-making process of docs who either abandoned or perverted the oath and have created a legacy that you will need to address during your own career.
Let’s Talk About Sex Gwyneth Paltrow is hawking jade eggs for vaginas. Is Hollywood the best place for your patients to learn about sexual health and well-being? Join AMSA’s president-elect in this session that will focus on getting you comfortable talking with patients about marital aids, sex toys, and all things related. Leave your inhibitions at the door, and leave this presentation with the skills to address the most personal issues in a non-threatening, educated manner.
Listening to All: The Hard of Hearing and Deaf Patient Population Participate in this session to learn of the challenges patients who are hard of hearing or deaf face in the health care system. You’ll also gain basic skills in American Sign Language!
Living with the Tiger: Trauma Informed Care “The fight-or-flight response is designed to function short-term, until we get to safety (for example, when coming face-to-face with a tiger in the wilderness.) But some patients live in a constant state of self-preservation, or grew up in a home that required them to always be prepared to fight or fly,” says Heather Forkey, MD. Physicians must be able to sensitively and effectively communicate with these patients, and the methods are not the same as those taught in med school. Take part in this session to learn how and why certain people react the way they do to trauma, and how to improve relationships with patients who have lived – or still live – with the proverbial tiger.
Out of the Dark: Radiology Specialty Spotlight Join radiology residents to explore truths and myths about the specialty, what made them choose that route, and hear about interesting cases.
Outcomes through Insight As of 2016, 18% of the United States population was Hispanic. Hispanics also represent the second largest and fastest growing ethnic group in the nation. How will you ensure you connect with your Hispanic patients in a way that encourages collaboration? Participate in this session to gain a better understanding of the way medicine is perceived by most Hispanics. Information gleaned and methods established by the NeighborhoodHELP program will help you deliver respectful, patient-centered care.
Saving the Sickest: Costs of the ICU Recently, an increasing amount of attention has been placed on the allocation of dollars toward the ICU, particularly for patients at end of life. Few medical students are introduced to this concept, in spite of many wishing to pursue a career in intensive care. Attend this session for a riveting review of the economic impact of ICU stays and how physicians are viewed as a result.
Sex Trafficking: Beyond Rescue Learn skills that will allow you to appropriately respond to identified or suspected trafficking, and enhance your training by knowing how to approach at-risk populations, potential trafficking situations and related trauma.
The Creative Scientist (Is That You?) Med ed has been accused of draining the creativity not only from the learning process, but also from students themselves. What are you doing creatively these days? How closely related is it to Da Vinci’s endeavors? Attend this session for a fascinating exploration of the nine traits linked to creative genius.
The Veterinarian/Physician Connection Maybe you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but new physicians certainly appreciate helpful tips. Collaboration is increasing between veterinary doctors and physicians, and with good reason. Did you know veterinary medicine incorporates many of the same treatments and therapies as human medicine – and for many of the same diseases? This session will demonstrate the similarities between the professions, and how working together, docs and vets can improve the lives of all patients, be they feathered, four-legged, or otherwise. Participants will also have the chance to check out diagnostics and guess the patient species.
What’s App’ening: Smartphone Strategies for Med Students All apps promise expert guidance regarding diagnosis and treatment, but how should med students (and physicians) know which are worth using? Participate in this session to hear a current med student and a resident share their success stories with specific apps. Talk about where to find the most up to date clinical information while you’re on the go, and which apps can help educate patients. Technology is great, but optimization is even better, and this session will show you how to do it!

…and more to come!