Dear Colleagues and Convention Attendees:

We invite you to join us for the National Medical Association’s (NMA) 115th Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly, July 29 through August 2 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The convention is acclaimed as the nation’s foremost forum on medical science and African American health. In concert with our 26 dedicated Scientific Section Chairs, Convention Committee and staff, we have worked tirelessly to provide you with an extensive array of programs, sessions, and networking opportunities that will meet your professional and personal expectations.

The healthcare landscape will undergo changes in the foreseeable future and these changes are likely to affect our organization, profession and the patients we serve. We have chosen “Empowering African American Healthcare: One Community at a Time” as this year’s conference theme, because we must intensify our 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. We must work purposefully to empower one community at a time.

Three of NMA’s signature programs are offered on Saturday, July 29. You do not want to miss them!

  • Walk a Mile with a Child. Bring your tennis shoes to convention and join us at 8:00 am as we kick off convention and celebrate the 10th anniversary of Walk a Mile with a Child. Walk the mile with NMA leadership, community leaders, children and adults as we focus attention on physical activity, prevention, wellness, and education. This program is conducted in partnership with NMA’s CDC-Pact Initiative, Pediatric Section, Project I.M.P.A.C.T, and the Medical Society of Pennsylvania. Help us show Philadelphia residents that NMA cares about their health.
  • Edward C. Mazique, M.D. Symposium. Since 1988, NMA has conducted an annual health policy forum in conjunction with the annual convention. This symposium was named for a distinguished NMA President who was instrumental in elevating political advocacy as a focal point of the NMA activity – Edward C. Mazique, M.D. NMA has used this forum to educate members about timely national health policy issues and to generate recommendations for the Association so that your voice and NMA’s voice can be heard. Saturday, July 29 at 1:00 pm.
  • Opening and Awards Ceremony. The NMA on a regular basis pays tribute to African Americans who have made outstanding achievements in health and medicine. Historically, we bestow four national awards: Practitioner of the Year, Meritorious Achievement Award, Local Society of the Year Award (small and large society) and Scroll of Merit. Honor these exceptional individuals (and societies) by your presence at the Opening and Awards Ceremony. Tickets for the Welcome Reception, which follows immediately after the conclusion of the Opening, will be distributed at the Opening and Awards Ceremony. Saturday, July 29 at 6:00 pm.

Continuing Medical Education Credits

The NMA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The NMA designates this live activity for a maximum of 40 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

While in Philadelphia, take some time (after sessions) to enjoy the rich mosaic that is Philadelphia – its history, music, arts, culture, and neighborhoods.

See you in Philadelphia!

Richard Allen Williams, M.D.
President, NMA
2017 Convention Co-Chair

Martin Hamlette, JD, MHA
Executive Director
2017 Convention Co-Chair