NMA 115th Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly

National Medical Association
Orlando, Florida

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Special Thanks

NMA thanks the following individuals who in addition to registering for the 2016 convention also added a donation to the NMA:

John Abu, Susan Baldwin, Bari Ballard, George Barnett, Raynorda Brown, Steven Brown, Kevin Cochran, Julius Combs, Kevin Cowens, Andre Duerinckx, Arthur Fleming, Wendy Green, Hascal Humes, Oscar Jackson, freeman jardan, Kia Jones, Theodore Jones, Donna Kiel, Clarence Lloyd, Christ-Ann Magloire, Wanda Mott, Ernest Myers, M.D., Suzan Neal, Paul Nyongan, M.D., Tracy Pitt, Renee Poole, Annelle Primm, Alandern Pulliam, Kristi Reese, Darryl Roberts, Rufus Rosser, Eddie Swift, Monica Thornhill-Joynes, Dione Williams, Adelaide Willis, Lionel Young


Council on Concerns of Women Physicians

The National Medical Association supports and encourages diversity in medicine. The Council on Concerns of Women Physicians (CCWP) was established to address the unique issues, concerns and policies regarding the advancement of female physicians. The CCWP Annual Muriel Petioni, M.D. Award Program has become a highlight of the NMA Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly. Each year this event is one of the most well attended programs during the convention. Past keynote speakers include Regina King, Maya Angelou, Phylicia Rashad, Angela Bassett, Dianne Carroll, Patti LaBelle, Judy Smith, Donna Brazile and Dr. Jocelyn Elders. It is attended by both men and women in all medical specialties and recognizes female physicians who through research, community service and activism, strive to eliminate health care disparities, provide people of color with quality health care, and address women’s health and professional issues.

CCWP and the NIA Group for Financial Literacy presents: Brian Culbertson’s Napa Valley Jazz Getaway Raffle

Tickets: $20.00

In addition to benefiting two wonderful programs, you could win:

  • 2 Silver Reserved Seats for Saturday and Sunday Outdoor Concerts
  • Attendance at the After Parties at Westin on Saturday and Sunday
  • $500 Visa Gift Card

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Philadelphia Welcome Reception & Dancing

Dance the night away to the music of Tony Grandberry & The BIG FUN Orchestra and mingle with colleagues and representatives from the Philadelphia-area and Southern New Jersey medical schools. Enjoy the tastes, sounds and sites of Philadelphia! (Sunday, July 30: 7:30–10:00 pm)

NMA Paint & Sip 2017

Need a break? Why not run away from CME and HOD to Creativity Central (aka NMA Central) and let’s put the “Art” back in Medicine!

Damien Bain and Fred Sicoli two funny and gifted Philadelphia artists will steer you towards creating your personal Bibb, Catlett, Bearden, or Campbell.

Just bring yourself along with a smile and we’ll provide all the materials, cover ups, snacks and sips.

Date: Monday, July 31
Time: 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: NMA Central/Exhibit Hall
Fee: $5.00

No Experience Needed but RSVP Required

Life in the Cancer Lane – A Play

Join us on Monday, July 31 in the Convention Center’s Nutter Theater for Life in the Cancer Lane, a play written by Barbra Watson-Riley. With honesty, heart and humor, this story is told from the real-life accounts of survivors and their caregivers, examining life after diagnosis and what happens when these women are thrown head first into the Cancer Lane. Whether its the chemo side effects or loss of hair and friends, the play examines the twists, turns and bumps in the road along the breast cancer journey. (Monday, July 31 at 8:00 pm)

From the ANMA President

Dear Friend:

The 2017 Annual Convention of the Auxiliary to the National Medical Association, Incorporated (ANMA) will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania concurrent with the Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly of the National Medical Association, July 29 – August 2, 2017. The ANMA convention social activities and souvenir journal are fun and fundraising activities. Using the proceeds from these activities the Auxiliary, a 501(c)3 organization, awards scholarships annually to worthy medical and nursing school students across the country and provides health education and screening programs through its local auxiliaries in every region of the country.

The purpose of this letter is to invite you to participate in our convention social activities consisting of the 80th Anniversary Dinner Cruise, Annual Scholarship Jazz Luncheon & Fashion Show, and the Bus Tour of Philadelphia and Tea at the Ritz-Carlton. There is limited participation at each activity; so, please register early. You will enjoy these carefully planned activities and the company of old and new friends.

We invite you to join us on Sunday, July 30 for ‘Prayer, Worship and Praise’ at our annual ANMA/NMA Prayer Breakfast and Memorial Service; featuring guest speaker, Rev. Dr. Alyn E. Waller of the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church in Pennsylvania. Rev. Waller is a highly sought after revivalist, vocalist, and lecturer. He is a true visionary of church and community, who serves humanity far beyond the restraints of traditionalism.

The Ticket Request Form is attached. If you are unable to participate but would like to make a contribution to our scholarship and health education programs, please use the Ticket Request Form to do so. If you have any questions, please call me the ANMA Office at 301-495-3779.

Thank you for your consideration of this communication.

Judge Gladys T. Bransford


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Sunday, July 30, 2017, Noon—4:30 pm
Cost: $80 / $90

Philadelphia Historic African American Tour (PHAAT) is approximately three and a halfhours and encompasses African American history from the seventeenth century through the present, entwined with traditional American history. The tour includes oral story telling about specific sites such as the President’s House and the nine slaves which resided there, the discoveries made during archeological digs at the President’s house and the National Constitution Center, Congo Square (enslaved Africans were taken there before their final destination), the London Coffee House (slaves were auctioned at this site), Philadelphia Museum of Art (chief architect was an African American named Julian Abele). PHAAT disembarks once at Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church near 6th and Lombard streets; the guide narrates the history of Methodism and the emergence of African Methodism, history of the seventh ward as W.E.B. Dubois studied in 1896, and much more. This unusual tour of Philadelphia expands American history to include all Americans!

Round-trip transportation provided from the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott Hotel.


Sunday, July 30, 2017, 5:30 pm—9:00 pm
Cost: $130 / $140

Come relax, dine, dance, and enjoy a two-and-a-half hour cruise on the Delaware River in the company of old and new friends at the Auxiliary’s annual Sunday night cruise. The friendly crew will welcome you with a glass of wine, beer, ice tea, or water, as you prepare to experience the beauty of Philly’s historic waterfront, dance to familiar sounds of yesteryears through today, enjoy interactive games, or simply sit on the deck and enjoy a summer’s night on the River. You will appreciate a scrumptious dinner of freshly prepared entrees, salads, and desserts. Throughout the cruise, attendees will have an opportunity to see spectacular views of the Philadelphia skyline with landmarks including the Naval Shipyard, the Ben Franklin Bridge, Battleship New Jersey, the historic Olympia warship and much more. An evening with Spirit is one you’ll remember!

Round-trip transportation provided from the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott Hotel.


Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 1:30 pm—4:00 pm
Cost: $130 / $140

Puttin’ on the Ritz provides an extraordinary afternoon at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Philadelphia in an astonishing environment. The rotunda of the hotel is a reproduction of the Pantheon in Rome. It was built with 9,000 tons of Georgia marble, much from Italy’s Carerra quarry where marble was mined for use in Michelangelo’s statue of “David.” The magnificent surroundings are matched with a full tea typical of the Ritz and consisting of homemade scones, tea sandwiches and miniature pastry delights with a selection of teas and classic champagne cocktails. Convention participants and friends are encouraged to take a few hours from their convention schedules to indulge in a somewhat opulent, fanciful afternoon where ladies and gents may choose to wear hats and where gents may want to carry a walking stick, for the Auxiliary’s Puttin’ on the Ritz.


Monday, August 1, 2017, 11:30 pm—3:00 pm
Cost: $120 / $130

Enjoy an afternoon extravaganza of live cool jazz, “the last word” in fashions by Anne Nambe, tasty food prepared for the Auxiliary’s flagship activity, beautiful ambience, and great company. The annual scholarship luncheon will feature entertainment by guest jazz artists whose music will soothe your soul, beautiful fashions designed to enhance the beauty and brighten the spirit of women of all ages and all sizes, and a brief program to share with the public the services provided by the Auxiliary. Of note is that the fashion show will feature special models, including the immediate past president and president-elect of the National Medical Association and the First Ladies of Faith of Philadelphia.

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Why I Attend Convention

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. 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. If you are interested in value added not just volume added healthcare for the communities we serve than the NMA is where you need to come to stay informed and get prepared for the changes to come over the next several years.

Morris Brown, M.D.