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.

See below for sessions featured March 8-11, 2018, during our 68th Annual AMSA Convention & Exposition!

Clinical Skills: Imaging Interpretation Join physician members of the American College of Radiology and improve your imaging interpretation skills. Take part in ultrasound training and more, and get your questions answered about technology and the specialty. Open to med students only.
Connection Spot Come join AMSA National President, Joey Johnson for a frank discussion about race relations in health care. What are you seeing during your training? What biases are you hearing? How do you react to those uncomfortable circumstances, and how can you change the tide? Take the time to talk with your colleagues about this ever-present issue, and be part of the solution.
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.
Equality in Organ Donation and Transplantation: Successes and Challenges in Minority Communities Almost 60% of those on the organ transplant waiting list are minorities. African Americans face particular difficulty getting life-saving transplants due to challenges in finding well-matched donors, compared to other racial/ethnic groups. Hear from donation and transplant professionals, donor families, and transplant recipients in this riveting session, and explore the uniqueness of donation and transplant in minority communities. 
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!
Global Health: An Essential Primer for Health Care Professionals  The realities of inequities of resources, power, and influence between high-income countries and low- and middle-income countries around the globe can either be reinforced or challenged by partnership dynamics. Hear from experts on how to participate in global health programs and initiatives at the highest ethical level, based on what countries actually need.
Good Docs. Bad Behavior. Forged research linking vaccines to autism, deliberate infection with venereal disease, and Nazi medical experimentation on humans. Learn about skilled physicians who, throughout history, applied their clinical knowledge to obliterate patient autonomy and abandon or pervert the ethical principle of Do No Harm. They forever altered the balance of physician/patient bond, fashioning a dark legacy you will need to address in your own career.
Improving Otoscopy Skills Improve your accuracy in diagnosing ear and eye pathologies in this workshop. You’ll move through simulation stations to identify key anatomical landmarks of the normal tympanic membrane and retina, and learn to identify common ear and eye abnormalities.
Interview Dos and Don’ts You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. Get the perspective of a physician and director of the BS/MD pipeline program at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, and find out how to present yourself in that all-important med school interview!
Leading the Way: Med Students as Patient Navigators The efforts to ensure access doesn’t end when patients get coverage – that’s actually just half the battle. Participate in this session to hear how students at Yale help patients use their coverage more effectively within their local community … and consider how to integrate their model into your own service work.
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.
Maintaining Wellness in Residency Med school challenges the concept of work/life balance, and residency intensifies that challenge. Many interns report how surprised they are at the level of self-learning required in residency, as well. Participate in this session to get recommendations on self-care from a resident’s perspective.
Memory Workshop You’ve probably got an outstanding memory, but there’s always room for improvement, right? Hear from AMSA National President, Joey Johnson and learn strategies and tips that helped him make it through med school.
Out for Blood: Addressing the Nation’s Blood Shortage After the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, citizens lined the streets to donate blood. But in the absence of crisis situations, our national blood supply remains dangerously low. How can med students help address this shortage? This session will be led by a physician and med student, both dedicated to this issue, and give you the opportunity to explore ways for you to make a difference.
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.
Paws Under Pressure: Understanding the Rise in Therapy Animals Animals are increasingly being used to assist patients with a variety of illnesses, from behavioral health issues to diabetic alerts. Join this session to not only meet therapy dogs, but also understand the benefits afforded to patients by their presence and how to minimize associated risks. Note: live dogs will be present in this session.
Picking a Specialty: How Intercultural Competency Plays a Role Intercultural competency is crucial role to providing care that not only heals patients, but demonstrates respect and involves them in their own health. A physician’s ability to relate to patients’ social, economic and personal issues leads to better care, but what role does specialization play? This session will explore how intercultural competency affects patient care across specialties, ways to overcome the gaps, and advice to increase your confidence when selecting a specialty that suits you.
Rx Gone Rogue: Protecting Patients and the US Drug Supply Chain Illegal online pharmacies and counterfeit medication producers are targeting both physicians and patients. Their goals are in direct opposition to yours. Hear recent horror stories from FDA professionals, learn to spot legitimate sources and supply, and become a stronger prescriber for your future patients by attending this riveting, timely session.
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!
What’s the Diagnosis? Virtual Patient Simulation Apply your clinical knowledge, interact with a patient, review medical history, and decide next steps in a consequence-free experience. Participate in this virtual simulation to improve your diagnostic skills.
Writing for Resiliency: Using Social Media to Your Advantage Succeeding in med school and residency requires mastering an internal locus of control while seeking out support from a variety of sources. Med student/blogger/videographer Jamie Katuna has created a community of people who are goal-oriented about reshaping medicine, and has gotten national attention for her work in this area. Hear how you can use social media to connect in meaningful ways, and learn how to respond to those who may demean or undermine your online efforts (read: trolls). This session will help you ensure your social media experiences become a positive force for your own wellness.

…and more to come!