The National Medical Association’s (NMA) 115th Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly will be held Saturday, July 29 through Wednesday, August 2 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Nashville’s Meharry Medical College (MMC) will introduce their new Medical School Dean to the global health care community at the event. The convention is acclaimed as the nation’s foremost forum on medical science and African American health. In concert with their 26 dedicated Scientific Section Chairs, Convention Committee and staff, they will provide an extensive array of programs, sessions, and networking opportunities to meet the professional and personal expectations of thousands of healthcare professionals.
The healthcare landscape will undergo changes in the foreseeable future and these changes are likely to affect their organization, their profession and the patients they serve. They have chosen “Empowering African American Healthcare: One Community at a Time” as this year’s conference theme, because they aim to intensify their efforts to develop a cadre of grassroots advocacy leaders that are poised to influence local, state and national health agendas, particularly as they impact upon African American communities. They intend to work purposefully to empower one community at a time.
The NMA’s Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly is acclaimed as the nation’s foremost forum on medical science and African American health. Each year, African American physicians and other health professionals from across the country convene to participate in the scholarly exchange of medical advances, discuss health policy priorities, and to share experience through networking opportunities.
“It is important for doctors to attend the 115th NMA Convention in order to stay ahead of the curve in this rapidly changing healthcare environment,” says Morris Brown, M.D. “The NMA Convention is the most dynamic conference around with the experts and quality CME discussing topics of importance to both clinical medicine and the business of medicine. NMA is where you need to come to stay informed and get prepared for the changes to come over the next several years.”
As usual, Meharry Medical College will be quite active at the NMA. Here’s an overview of Meharry’s schedule of special events. Sunday, July 30, from 7:30-11:30 p.m. is the MMC Dean’s Reception in The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom. Monday, July 31, 10-11:30 a.m. is a Student Mentoring Workshop on “Bullying”; from 1-2 p.m. Dean Mallett and President Hildreth will be at the Meharry booth in the exhibition hall; and from 6-9 p.m. is the Meharry National Alumni Association Scholarship Banquet program at the Courtyard Marriott Philadelphia Downtown, with a Meet the Dean Reception from 6-7 p.m. and the Scholarship Banquet from 7-9 p.m.
Meharry is proud to introduce their new Senior Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean for the School of Medicine, Veronica Thierry Mallett, M.D., at the NMA Convention. Dr. Mallett has been recognized nationally and internationally for her work in the treatment of urinary incontinence and genital organ prolapse as well as her efforts to reduce health disparities. Dr. Mallett obtained her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Barnard University and received her M.D. from Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine; she also holds a master’s degree in Medical Management from Carnegie Mellon University. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery, and has authored nearly 100 articles, book chapters and abstracts.