NMA 116th Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly

National Medical Association
Orlando, Florida

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Special Events

Walk a Mile with a Child

Saturday, August 11. 8:00 am – 11:00 am.

Come walk and play with NMA leadership on Saturday, August 11 as we host our 11th annual Walk a Mile with a Child program. Featuring giveaways and lots of new, educational and fun activities for adults and children of all ages.   Contact yfleming@nmanet.org for additional information.


Opening and Awards Ceremony

Saturday, August 11. 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

Join the president and board of trustees chair as they along with NMA’s national and local leadership welcome attendees to the official opening of the 116th Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly. During the opening ceremony individuals of national and international stature whose efforts significantly benefit health and medicine will be recognized with the NMA Scroll of Merit Award. Additionally, four other awards are conferred to honor luminaries and medical societies that have demonstrated exemplary leadership.   These awards include Practitioner of the Year, Distinguished Service, Meritorious Achievement, and Local Society of the Year. The W. Montague Cobb/NMA Health Institute will honor distinguished members of the medical/health community and the Postgraduate Section will recognize the Top Healthcare Professionals Under 40.


Past Presidents Leadership Forum

On Saturday August 11th 2018 from 11 pm to 12:30 pm at the NMA Convention in Orlando, the Past Presidents Council of the National Medical Association with host the first Annual Past Presidents Council Leadership Forum.

Leadership opportunities abound within the National Medical Association. But too often the path to leadership seems vague and difficult to navigate. But you would be amazed at how similar the journey is for members who have successfully achieved local, regional or national office. More importantly what you can do for the health of your colleagues and the African Americans we serve within our community is unlimited; if you decide to be involved. The Past Presidents understand better both the path to leadership in the NMA and satisfaction of a job well done.

ANMA/NMA Prayer Breakfast

Sunday, August 12. – 7:00 am – 9:00 am

The Annual ANMA and NMA Prayer Breakfast and Memorial Service is the time when typically a renowned theologian from the religious community is asked to kick off the conventions with a spiritual and inspiring message.   During the prayer breakfast we also pay tribute to members from both organizations who have died during the previous year.

CCWP Annual Muriel Petioni Award Program

(Council on the Concerns of Women Physicians Program)
Sunday, August 12th 12:30 – 2:30 pm

The NMA 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, Dr. Jocelyn Elders, and Anita Hill. 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.

Exhibit Hall Opening and Reception

Sunday, August 12. 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Relax, Network, Learn, and meet our Authors and Exhibitors on Sunday between 4:00–6:00 pm when we officially open the exhibit hall with a reception that is sure to please everyone—members, fellows, guests, and exhibitors.  Enjoy refreshments, hors d’oeuvres, music, and interact with of representatives from companies, organizations, universities, and businesses who are eager to discuss/demonstrate new, existing and/or innovative products, services and programs with you. We will again raffle off great gifts… However, you must be present to win!

Exhibit Hall Days/Hours:

  • Sunday: 4:00 -6:00 pm
  • Monday: 11:00 – 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 11:00 – 3:00 pm

P.S. As a reminder, no children under age 18 are allowed in the exhibit hall.

President’s Installation Ceremony

Tuesday, August 14. 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Dr. Doris Browne our 118th president will past the torch to Dr. Niva Lubin Johnson who will be formally installed as the 119th president of the National Medical Association on Tuesday. The installation provides attendees an opportunity to congratulate Dr. Lubin Johnson and hear her focus and exciting plans for her presidential year.


President’s Ball

Tuesday, August 14. 8:00 pm – 12:00 midnight

Join Dr. Doris Browne along with the Board of Trustees and past presidents for the President’s Ball. Enjoy an elegant evening of fine dining, dancing and incredible entertainment.

Attire: Black Tie Preferred


Convention Planning Highlights

Special Events

Past Presidents Leadership Forum

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Authors’ Corner

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NIH/NMA Travel Awards Program

Residents, fellows, postdoctoral scientists, and early stage investigators interested in academic medicine are encouraged to apply.  Award includes participation in…

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Call for Award Nominations

Providing public recognition of exceptional achievement and service within the National Medical Association is an important activity of the Association….

Why I Attend Convention

The NMA ANNUAL Meeting is a great way to network with physician colleagues across the United States to network, discuss policy and healthcare legislation, and to learn the latest innovation in medicine in a supportive, fun, uplifting, & exciting environment reconnecting with friends while able to also enjoy family time with Camp NMAzing!!

Carlos J. Vital, M.D.