Every summer, Meharry Medical College (MMC) has a major presence at both of the two major minority health professionals conventions, the National Dental Association (NDA) in July and the National Medical Association (NMA) in August. Both were held in Orlando, Florida this year.
The NDA’s 105th Annual Convention was held at the Rosen Centre Hotel, July 11 – 15, 2018. The theme was “Remember the Past, Embrace the Present, Enhance the Future” as the Annual Convention provided an exclusive opportunity to engage with oral health professionals; the 1500 –1700 attendees included dentists, dental students, hygienists, dental assistants, corporate partners, sponsors, speakers, dental schools, and dental-related exhibitors. The NDA Annual Convention provided a forum for oral health professionals to learn from one another on how to continue to provide unparalleled service, strengthen collegial relationships, grow the ranks of minority oral health professionals, and secure quality care for the communities they serve.
The National Dental Association (NDA) is a professional association of approximately 7,000 minority dentists based in Washington, DC and operating in the United States, Canada and Latin America. Formed in 1913, it is the largest such association in the world. Since 1976, five Meharry faculty members have served as President of the NDA. Meharry faculty participated and presented in continuing education events, seminars, and programs at the convention.
The Student National Dental Association also held its 46th Annual National Convention in conjunction with NDA. The motto of the SNDA: “We promote, support, and encourage a promising academic and social environment for minority dental students.” SNDA representatives from Meharry’s School of Dentistry participated in research poster presentations, the SNDA Chapter of the Year contest, and competed for elective national offices in the SNDA.
A highlight of the week was the SNDA National Convention Gala and Senior Rite of Passage, this year entitled “A Celebration of Excellence: Welcome to Wakanda” on Saturday, July 14, 2018 in the Rosen Centre Hotel Executive Ballroom, with Formal Attire: All Black.
Meharry Medical College was active at the NDA with their Alumni Association Student Mentoring Workshop; President’s and Dean’s Hour; Meharry Medical College Alumni Reception; and Meharry National Alumni Association Scholarship Banquet on Friday, July 13; and Exhibition each day. Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14.
The NMA’s 116th Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly is acclaimed as the nation’s foremost forum on medical science and African American health. Each year, In concert with their 26 dedicated Scientific Section Chairs, Convention Committee and staff, 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 through an extensive array of programs, sessions, and networking opportunities to meet the professional and personal expectations of thousands of healthcare professionals. The 2018 NMA Theme was “The Urgency of Now: Creating a Culture of Health Equity.”
As usual, Meharry Medical College was quite active at the NMA event, with such activities as the Midnight Meharry Medical College Reception on Sunday, August 12; the Student Mentoring Workshop, Dean’s Question & Answer Session and President’s Hour, National Alumni Association Scholarship Banquet with a Cocktail Reception, Dinner, and Hospitality Hour on Monday, August 13; and Exhibition each day. Sunday through Tuesday, August 14. The NMA ran August 11-15 at the Rosen Shingle Creek.