MSM's Presence and Mission on Full Display at 113th National Medical Association Convention



The 113th Annual National Medical Association (NMA) Convention and Scientific Assembly took place in Detroit from August 1 - 5, 2015. The convention featured African-American physicians and other health professionals participating in the scholarly exchange of medical advances, discussing health policy priorities, and sharing experiences through networking opportunities.


Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) had a major presence at the NMA convention, hosting several high-profile events, speeches and exhibit booth forums. The following is a list of MSM's 2015 NMA events:


  • Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice's speech "The Nation's Health Professions Workforce and the Role of Minority Health Profession Schools"
  • House of Delegates Session no. 2 conducted by Dr. Montgomery Rice
  • Altering the Course: Black Males in Medicine Town Hall, in which Dr. Montgomery Rice was one of the six featured panelists
  • Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice's "Meet the President"
  • Surgeon General Summit, which featured an introduction of Dr. David Satcher by MSM President Emeritus Dr. Louis Sullivan and Satcher's speech "Effects of Behavior, Lifestyle and the Environment on the Health of Individuals and Communities" and book signing
  • Dr. David Satcher's speech "Leadership and the Quest for Health Equity"
  • Satcher Health Leadership Institute presents Alzheimer's Solution: Does Race Matter? featuring Dr. David Satcher's "A National Push - The Alzheimer's Solution" and Dr. Glenda Wrenn's "The Alzheimer's Solution and Mental Health Equity"
  • Fast Forward - Advancing Healthy Outcomes discussions featuring Dr. Cheryl G. Franklin's "Building Bridges Between Healthcare and Health," Dr. Herman Taylor's "Translating Discovery into Health Equity," and Drs. Rita Finley and Meryl S. McNeal's "Preparing Future Health Leaders & Learners"
  • MSM Welcome Reception
  • MSM Alumni Dinner
  • MSM Alumni Focus Groups 1-3
  • The President's Ball (tribute to NMA President Dr. Dusty Sanders)


About the National Medical Association

The National Medical Association (NMA) is the collective voice of African American physicians and the leading force for parity and justice in medicine and the elimination of disparities in health.


The National Medical Association (NMA) is the largest and oldest national organization representing African American physicians and their patients in the United States. The NMA is a 501(c) (3) national professional and scientific organization representing the interests of more than 50,000 African American physicians and the patients they serve. NMA is committed to improving the quality of health among minorities and disadvantaged people through its membership, professional development, community health education, advocacy, research and partnerships with federal and private agencies. Throughout its history the National Medical Association has focused primarily on health issues related to African Americans and medically underserved populations; however, its principles, goals, initiatives and philosophy encompass all ethnic groups.