National Medical Association Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly

Special Activities

“What better way to get valuable medical updates and CME credits while my whole family can enjoy the associated programs during the annual conventions?  We make this a family experience for learning, visiting different cities, and seeing both old and new friends and colleagues.”

– Wendell Jones, M.D. M.B.A. FACP C.P.E.

Council on the Concerns of Women Physicians (CCWP) Annual Muriel Petioni, MD Awards Luncheon

(Council on the Concerns of Women Physicians Program)

Sunday, August 2, 1:00 – 2:30 pm EST

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 women physicians through program implementation and policy development. The CCWP Annual Muriel Petioni, M.D. Award Program has become a highlight event of the NMA Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly. Each year this event is one of the most well attended programs during the convention by both men and women in all medical specialties. Past keynote speakers include: Regina King, Maya Angelou, Phylicia Rashad, Angela Bassett, Dianne Carroll, Patti LaBelle, Donna Brazile, Dr. Jocelyn Elders, Judy Smith, Anita Hill and Melissa Harris-Perry. In addition, the Council recognizes women physicians who through clinical practice, 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. NMA members can submit nominations for the Council on Concerns of Women Physician Awards, where award recipients are recognized during the luncheon program.

Opening and Awards Ceremony

Friday, July 31: 6:30 – 8:00 pm (EDT)

On Friday, July 31 at 6:30 pm (ET), NMA will officially open its 2020 Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly.

During the opening ceremony we will recognize and honor several individuals and groups of outstanding achievements and/or to the field of Medicine, health advocacy or service to the National Medical Association.

Join us to celebrate and support these awardees.

The Opening and Awards Ceremony is hosted by NMA President Dr. Oliver Brooks and Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Yolanda Lawson and will include:

Opening Keynote Address:


Ms. Stacey Abrams, Author, Nonprofit CEO, Serial Entrepreneur, and Political Leader

  • Presentation of Awards
  • Presentation of Scholarships
  • 125th Anniversary Highlights


NMA Store

In honor of our 125th anniversary, we are bringing back the NMA Store. We plan to offer a variety of items including hats, business card cases, golf paraphilia, shirts, cups, and more.

These items will be available soon with links on this website, and the 125th website. Items will also be available at NMA Central.

Past President’s Leadership Forum

Sunday, August 2, 6:00 pm  (EDT)

In Atlanta, the Past Presidents Council of the NMA will host its third Leadership Forum.  Leadership opportunities abound within the NMA. But too often the path to leadership seems vague and difficult to navigate. The Past Presidents understand better both the path to leadership in the NMA and satisfaction of a job well done.

125th Anniversary

125th Anniversary photographs, PowerPoints, historical facts and  artifacts  will be sprinkled throughout the conference with links to the 125th anniversary website.

President’s Installation Ceremony

Monday, August 3, 6:00 pm (EDT)

Dr. Oliver Tate Brooks our 120th president will past the torch to Dr. Leon McDougle who will be formally installed as the 121st president of the National Medical Association and become the public face of the organization.   The installation ceremony provides attendees an opportunity to thank Dr. Brooks for a job well done and to hear Dr. McDougal’s agenda as he leads the organization into its 126th year.

Dr. McDougle’s first official duty as the president will be to lead the physicians present in renewing their commitment to the practice of medicine by affirming the OATH OF IMHOTEP.

Walk a Mile With a Child

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!   A few early ideas include:

  • Send us a 60-125 second video of you walking or exercising for fitness and health
  • Send a 60-125 second video of you with a “125 Theme” e.g. lifting 125 lbs, doing 125 sit-ups/push-ups. Or express your own creativity.
    • Dancing for 12.5 minutes
    • Yoga for 12.5 minutes
    • Xxx
    • Capoeira (an Afro-Brazilian martial arts that combines dance, music and martial arts

There’s more:

  • Health, Wellness and Environment Health Poster Contest (Link to the poster)
  • Mentoring in Medicine
  • ANMA Project Sun

The Virtual Health Ambassador Program

Download the flyer for The Virtual Health Ambassador Program now.

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My Convention Story by Rose E. Blackburn, M.D., M.B.A.

I rely on the organization’s leadership to convene critical discussions focused on health policy, healthcare reform and the challenges facing physicians not only in clinical practice, but those in leadership in health plans, academia, pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry and public health. NMA convention is also a great time to connect with my medical school alumni, friends and colleagues.

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Highlight from the History of the NMA

In 1909, the first Journal of the National Medical Association was published. The journal published articles about medical practice as well as information about the state of African American doctors in the United States.

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