AMSA Annual Convention: Largest Gathering of Medical Students Celebrates 58 Years of Student Activism

Houston Mayor Kicks Off Convention by Addressing Physicians-in-Training

Mar 10, 2008, 01:00 ET from American Medical Student Association

    HOUSTON, March 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 1,500 future
 physicians are expected to attend the American Medical Student
 Association's (AMSA) 58th annual convention, set for March 12-16, 2008 at
 the Hyatt Regency Houston in Houston, Texas.
     Premedical and medical students, international medical students,
 residents and interns, physicians and other activists from across the
 country will assemble for "healthcare (r)evolution," a five day conference
 of innovative workshops and organizational policymaking relating to top
 health care issues. This year's convention focuses on a new era of
 physician advocacy -- the evolution of physicians-in-training and their
 impact on the future and the awareness of the profession.
     Pre-Conference Symposium
     On Wednesday, March 12, AMSA will host an all-day conference on health
 effects on the environment. Topics will include climate change,
 environmental justice, occupational medicine, children's environmental
 health, toxics and the precautionary principle, obesity and the built
 environment, international environmental health and improving the
 sustainability of healthcare.
     Keynote Addresses
     Houston Mayor Bill White will open AMSA's convention on Thursday, March
 13 at 11 a.m. On Friday, March 14 at 8 a.m., Dr. Catherine DeAngelis,
 editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Medical Association will
 discuss evidence-based prescribing and the pharmaceutical industry.
     On Saturday, March 15 at 9 a.m., U.S. Secretary for Veterans Affairs
 and former U.S. Army Surgeon General James Peake will discuss his
 experiences spent in public service. Peake is currently responsible for the
 health care of all U.S. veterans. On Sunday, March 16 at 11 a.m., former
 U.S. Surgeon General Dr. M. Joycelyn Elders will address participants.
     Convention Programming
     The program includes over 100 workshops and seminars, ranging from
 topics on pharmaceutical industry marketing, minority health, 2008 election
 issues, immigrant health, healthcare and the aging population, the AIDS
 epidemic and mental health.
     Special events include a rally at Houston City Hall in support of
 immigrant healthcare access, the annual art exhibit, and the annual poster
 session, sponsored by the National Health Service Corps and the AMSA
     AMSA's House of Delegates
     The House of Delegates is a delegation of medical students from each
 local medical school chapter who meet at the annual convention to vote on
 AMSA's policies and to elect national officers.
     You may access the entire convention program online at:
     Media Information
     Members of the media are welcome to attend any AMSA convention event.
 Media must check in at the AMSA registration booth for complimentary press
 credentials. For more information, contact Kim Becker, AMSA Director of
 Public Relations at (781) 223-4042.
     About the American Medical Student Association
     The American Medical Student Association (AMSA), with more than a
 half-century history of medical student activism, 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. With more
 than 68,000 members, including medical and premedical students, residents
 and practicing physicians, AMSA is committed to improving medical training
 as well as advancing the profession of medicine. To learn more about AMSA,
 our strategic priorities, or joining the organization, please visit us
 online at

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