WASHINGTON, April 16 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The National Network of Latin American Medical Students (NNLAMS) cordially invites members of the community to attend their 3rd Annual National Health Conference held in conjunction with the 12th National Hispanic Medical Association Conference on April 17 to April 20, 2008. The conference will take place in Washington D.C. at the Washington Hilton located at 1919 Connecticut Avenue NW. The theme of this year’s conferences is ” Healthcare Reform & Health Disparities: A Priority for Hispanic Communities”.
Our goals for this year’s conference is to further encourage collaboration amongst Latino healthcare professionals, provide networking and mentoring opportunities for medical students and continue to address the healthcare needs of our communities. The conference will feature workshops, panel discussions, a residency fair and a medical school recruitment session. We will also be providing our 2008 Residency guide featuring various residency programs from multiple specialties across the country as well as the experiences and advice for applying and matching into various medical specialties.
Our keynote speaker will be Elmer Huerta, M.D., M.P.H. He is the current and first Hispanic president of the American Cancer Society. He is the founder and director of the Cancer Preventorium at the Washington Cancer Institute at the Washington Hospital Center. He has dedicated a large part of his career to involvement in the Spanish-speaking community through research and education. His radio show Taking Care of Your Health is the only nationally syndicated Spanish-language radio show that focuses on disease prevention and the promotion of health that is also produced by a Latino physician. His other accomplishments include testifying before Congress about minority health issues and he is also a founding member of the American Legacy Foundation and Intercultural Cancer Council. Dr. Huerta attended medical school at the University of San Marcos in Peru. He pursued his residency in internal medicine at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore and then continued on to his oncology fellowship at John Hopkins Oncology Center where he also obtained a degree in public health.
The National Network of Latin Medical Students is an organization comprised of five regions across the United States representing active Latino students currently attending medical school. Our mission is to unify all Latino medical students into one organization,
that provides a voice for underrepresented medical students, actively promotes the recruitment and retention of Latino medical students, educates students on Latino health issues, advocates for the rights of Latinos in healthcare and provides leadership opportunities as well as promotes volunteerism in the community.
For more information on this year’s conference, please review our website at www.nnlams.com and the NHMA website at http://www.nhmamd.org . For further questions, you can contact our conference chair, Anika Backster, at: contact@ NNLAMS.com .