NMA Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly

Special Events

Walk a Mile with a Child

Saturday, July 27, 8:00 am – 11:30 am.

Come walk with us Saturday, July 27th on the beach as we exercise our bodies and enjoy the magnificence of the sand, water and waves. Afterwards, come in from the sun for breakfast, a pineapple relay run, limbo contest, hula demonstrations, yoga, and much more. We have once again partnered with Mentoring in Medicine – the outstanding hands-on program that promotes and ignites an interest in health and science and the Auxiliary to the National Medical Association’s Project Sun which encourage healthy living and goal setting.

It’s Free, Fun and Fulfilling for “all” ages.

Opening and Awards Ceremony

Saturday, July 27, 7:00 pm – 8:30 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 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. 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

Saturday, July 27, 11:00 am–12:30 pm

In Hawaii, the Past Presidents Council of the NMA will host its second Leadership Forum.  Leadership opportunities abound within the NMA. 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 Activities

Sunday, July 28, 7:00 am – 9:00 am

The ANMA has developed an array of networking, inspiring, educational, relaxing, and fun events for its members and those attending the National Medical Association annual convention, these activities include:

  • Project Sun, Walk a Mile with a Child and Mentoring in Medicine
    Saturday, July 27: 8:00 am – 11:30 am
  • ANMA Marketplace
    Saturday, July 27: Opening 4:30 – 8:00 pm
    Sunday, July 28 – Tuesday, July 30: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
    Wednesday, July 31: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
  • Annual ANMA and NMA Prayer Breakfast and Memorial Service
    Sunday, July 28: 7:00 am – 9:00 am
  • Sunset Cruise Dinner and Show 
    Sunday, July 28: 5:30 pm until 8:00 pm
    Embark at 4:30 pm.
    Hilton Hawaiian Village
  • Pacesetter Scholarship Luncheon
    Monday, July 29: 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm
    Hilton Hawaiian Village
  • African American Heritage Tour
    Tuesday, July 30: 12:00 noon – 4:00 pm
  • Amazing Spa Treatments
    Daily: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm

CCWP Annual Muriel Petioni Award Program

(Council on the Concerns of Women Physicians Program)

Sunday, July 28, 11:30 – 2:00 pm

Nomination deadline extended to May 15.

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, July 28, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Monday – Tuesday: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Meet our Authors and discuss their books! Interact with exhibitors who are eager to discuss/demonstrate new, existing and/or innovative products and/or services. Attend informative presentations on the latest research findings or products. Relax in NMA Central. Network with fellow attendees. Nosh on tropical delights! Enter our raffle for a chance to win wonderful prizes. Paint your Jacob Lawrence or Romare Bearden at our 3rd annual Paint & Sip.

We officially open the exhibit hall on Sunday at 4:30 pm with a reception that is sure to please everyone—members, fellows, guests, and exhibitors.  Enjoy refreshments, hors d’oeuvres, music, and more!

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

President’s Installation Ceremony

Tuesday, July 30, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm

Dr. Niva Lubin-Johnson our 119th president will past the torch to Dr. Oliver Brooks who will be formally installed as the 120th president of the National Medical Association on Tuesday. The installation provides attendees an opportunity to congratulate Dr. Brooks and hear his focus and exciting plans for his presidential year, which includes the celebration of NMA’s 125th year in Atlanta, Georgia.


President’s Ball

Tuesday, July 30 14, 8:00 pm – 12:00 midnight

Join Dr. Niva Lubin-Johnson 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


Alumni Receptions/Dinners at the Hilton Hawaiian Village

(As of 5/2/19)

Sunday, July 28

    • Meharry Medical Collage and Morehouse School of Medicine Joint Reception: 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM – Rainbow Suite

Monday, July 29

  • Association of Black Cardiologists: 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM – Coral Ballroom 1
  • Harvard Medical School: 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM – Rainbow Suite
  • Howard University College of Medicine: 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM – Village Green (outdoor event)
  • Lewis Katz School of Medicine: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – South Pacific Ballroom 3
  • Morehouse School of Medicine: 6:00 – 9:00 PM – South Pacific Ballroom 1- 2
  • Skin of Color Society: 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM – Kalia Pool (outdoor event)
  • University of Michigan: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Coral Ballroom 2
  • Merrary Medical College: They will be attending the Waikiki Starlight Luau as a group

Planning Highlights

NMA Call for Awards Nominations

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

Past Presidents Leadership Forum

On Saturday July 27, 2019 from 11 am to 12:30 pm at the NMA Convention in Honolulu, the Past Presidents…

CCWP Call for Award Nominations

Since 1999, deserving female recipients have been honored during the Council on the Concerns of Women Physicians Annual Muriel Petioni M.D. Awards Luncheon during the NMA’s Annual Scientific Assembly and Convention. Nomination Deadline extended to May 15.

Why I
Convention by Susanne Tropez-Sims, M.D.

Great camaraderie! Also, the ability to increase knowledge in best medical practices in order to improve quality of care for our patients.