When the National Medical Association was founded at the turn of the 19th century, African American physicians were faced with tremendous obstacles to become educated, to become credentialed, to practice and to provide optimum care for their patients.
Throughout the 20th century, NMA remained the leader in the quest to ensure equality in medicine and access to medical care. Now in the 21st century, the NMA’s mission is just as imperative and just as relevant as it was 125 years ago.
Join us for our 125th anniversary celebration. We are going home to Atlanta, the birthplace of our illustrious organization in 1895. Our Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly will be held Saturday, August 1- Wednesday August 5, 2020. The Continuing Education Program (CME) offers participants 26 medical specialty area (Aerospace Medicine to Women’s Health) of focus and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.
The Hyatt Regency Atlanta is the headquarters hotel and all CME activities will take place at the Georgia World Congress Center.
Greetings from the President
Oliver Tate Brooks, M.D.
Opening & Awards Speaker
Opening & Awards Ceremony Keynote Speaker, on Friday, July 31, will be Stacey Abrams, New York Times bestselling author, serial entrepreneur, nonprofit CEO and political leader.
Symposium Keynote Speaker
Edward C. Mazique Symposium Keynote Speaker, on Sunday, August 2, will be Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Walk a Mile with a Child Goes Virtual
COVID-19 will not stop the 2020 Walk a Mile with a Child event– We’re Going Virtual! You can make our 125th Anniversary and Walk a Mile with a Child a Success by joining us virtually, of course! Additional activities include a Health, Wellness and Environment Health Poster Contest, Mentoring in Medicine, and ANMA Project Sun. Stay tuned, we have lots of und and interesting plans in the works!
My Convention Story by Gary Sheppard, M.D.
It is important for doctors to attend NMA Conventions in order to stay ahead of the curve in this rapidly changing healthcare environment. The NMA Convention is the most dynamic conference around providing a plethora of experts and quality CME discussing topics of importance to both my clinical practice and the business of medicine. If you are interested in value added not just volume added healthcare for the communities we serve, then the NMA is where you need to come to stay informed and get prepared for the changes in healthcare especially as they impact our African American patients. Lastly, I enjoy the convention because it provides me an opportunity to reconnect with old friends and interact with the next generation of physicians.
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Highlight from the History of the NMA
Rebecca Lee Crumpler, MD (1831-1895). The first African American woman physician in the United States.