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AMSA Annual Convention: Largest Gathering of Medical Students Celebrates 58 Years of Student Activism
Date:3/10/2008

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

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

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