On Tuesday night, the pre-General Assembly IFMSA/AMSA conference kicked off in the 13th floor auditorium in Annenberg at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Icahn’s American Medical Students Association (AMSA) chapter is excited to host this year’s pre-General Assembly Conference focusing on global health and advocacy. One hundred medical students from around the world managed to arrive today and listen to organizers Dan Knights, Felicity Jones, Mike Eliasz, Riju Banerjee, and Susanna O’Kula announce the week’s schedule and welcome the delegates to New York.
The Opening Ceremony’s keynote address was delivered by Dr. Richard Hurt of Mayo Clinic, founder and director of the Nicotine Dependence Center. His talk was entitled “How Physician Advocates Can Make a Difference in Public Policy: Using Tobacco as a Prototype’ and he shared his extensive experience as the physician behind a successful lawsuit against US tobacco companies to demonstrate the impact we students can ultimately make as doctors aiming to influence health policy.
Afterward, the delegates headed to the Student Lounge for refreshments and a meet-and-greet with members of Icahn”s AMSA Executive Board. Tomorrow they’ll hear from Werner Obermeyer (WHO/UN) and Mount Sinai’s own Dr. Carol Horowitz before heading out to explore NYC with sites visits including the UN, WTC Memorial, the NY Dept of Health and Mental Hygiene in Long Island City, and Boriken Community Health Center in East Harlem.”
Stay tuned for the next update from second year medical student Susanna O’Kula