Each year, more than 4,000 people converge on one city to collaborate, debate, connect — and shape the future of academic medicine. In the past, they’ve heard from leaders on the frontlines of the Ebola outbreak, colleagues who learned powerful lessons in their journeys from physician to patient, and other extraordinary speakers. This year, attendees from all 50 states, Canada, and more than 20 other countries will gather in Austin, Texas, for five days at Learn Serve Lead 2018: The AAMC Annual Meeting.
Here are nine reasons you should be there too.
Friday, August 24, 2018
Learn Serve Lead 2018: The AAMC Annual Meeting takes place Nov. 2-6 in Austin, Texas.
- Join the only meeting for leaders of America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals. LSL participants come from rural towns and crowded cities, from tiny clinics and huge hospital systems. They are researchers, learners, deans, CEOs, faculty physicians, department chairs, admissions directors, and more, but they share one common goal: improving health care for all.
- Hear Anita Hill tackle harassment and inequity. Decades before the #MeToo movement shed light on shameful behavior, Anita Hill, JD, stepped forward with allegations of sexual harassment by Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas. Today, she continues her quest for justice at the helm of the Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace. Hill will consider ways we can turn the dream of equity into reality.
- Get insights into academic medicine’s most pressing topics. From the opioid crisis to emergency preparedness and from curricular innovation to community engagement, LSL speakers will address scores of essential issues. The Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Griffin P. Rogers, MD, will explore the economic and social imperatives of disease prevention. AAMC Chief Policy Officer Karen Fisher, JD, will preview upcoming advocacy issues. And Michael Dill, author of the AAMC annual workforce report, will share what physician shortages mean for vulnerable populations. In all, participants can choose from more than 130 sessions.
- Chat with leading experts and check out cutting-edge products. Test drive a life-size 3D virtual anatomy dissection table or watch a manikin turn into an ultrasound patient. Dozens of exhibitors from associations and businesses that support the academic medicine community will offer insights and materials. You also can connect with knowledgeable colleagues at 80+ networking events and explore hundreds of medical education poster presentations.
- Hear AAMC’s top leaders’ visions for academic medicine. In 2006, during his first LSL address as AAMC President and CEO, Darrell Kirch, MD, thanked listeners for “the enormous and humbling honor of serving you.” In Austin, he’ll offer his thoughts about the future of academic medicine at Town Hall meetings and, in his last address as AAMC president, will examine critical success factors for transforming the field. In addition, AAMC Board President M. Roy Wilson, MD, will share “The Most Important Lesson I Learned in Medical School.” It is, he says, a foundational lesson that has supported him in his current role as president of Wayne State University and throughout his 38-year career as an ophthalmologist, dean, and deputy director of an NIH Institute.
- Learn why grit trumps talent from New York Times best-selling author Angela Duckworth, PhD. Duckworth advanced the provocative notion that grit — passion plus persistence — is more important than IQ, SAT scores, and many other measures for predicting success. In fact, Duckworth herself is a model of determination: When she was a child, her father repeatedly told her she was “no genius,” yet Duckworth went on to win a MacArthur Fellow “genius” grant. She’ll explain how anyone can get the grit they need.
- Catch Austin’s innovation fever. Tech giants Dell, Amazon, and Apple all have offices in the Texas capital, and Austin repeatedly ranks high among cities with high-tech growth. It’s also known as the live music capital of the world, the country’s 8th most educated city, and the birthplace of South by Southwest, a funky arts festival that draws over 25,000 people each year.
- Shatter your assumptions. At LSL, Voices of Medicine and Society speakers are known for their willingness to take bold positions on difficult issues. Are high-tech gadgets cutting the vital physician-patient connection? Come hear Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD, acclaimed essayist on the doctor-patient relationship, answer this key question. Is it true that “No One Cares About Crazy People”? Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Ron Powers, who lost his son to suicide, will delve into this heartbreaking issue. And there’s more…
- Be inspired. At the “Extra Mile” plenary, four physicians will share intimate stories of their long, challenging road to medical school. One is a Kurdish refugee from Syria, another grew up in the foster care system, a third entered medical school at 50 after her husband took his own life, and the fourth survived devastating hunger, rats, and physical abuse. All went on to achieve tremendous success. Their stories will uplift and motivate you to reach your most heartfelt goals.