On Saturday, February 20, the Latino Medical Student Association’s (LMSA) 43rd Annual Regional Conference is being hosted for the first time at Dartmouth. Open to all, the event will be held at the new Williamson Translational Research Building at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
“Fortaleciendo Raíces: Uniting efforts in the changing face of healthcare” will bring together high school students, premedical college students, medical and graduate students, residents, practicing physicians interested in serving the healthcare needs of the Hispanic community, and others interested in addressing Latino health disparities.
Adrianna Stanley and Fernando Vazguez, both second-year Geisel students, established the medical school’s new chapter of the LMSA, and organized the conference.
Featured speakers include Kenneth Dominguez, MD, MPH, a medical epidemiologist in the Center for Disease Control (CDC). He was instrumental in co-organizing the CDC’s first Hispanic/Latino Health Workgroup focused on improving Hispanic health in the United States. Dominguez specializes in biomedical interventions to prevent HIV/AIDS transmission among all age groups. The morning keynote speaker, Dominguez will discuss the latest trends in Latino health.
Chidi Achebe, MD, MPH, MBA, received his medical degree from Dartmouth in 1996. An advocate for addressing the health-care disparities and needs of inner-city populations, he is chairman and CEO of AIDE (African Integrated Development Enterprise), which provides integrated, patient-centered, cost-effective and sustainable health care services to underserved communities in Nigeria. Achebe will talk about medicine as a civil right.
Conference workshops will cover a wide range of topics, including rural medicine and Dartmouth’s Migrant Health Program, Latinos as leaders in medicine, women in medicine, and the role of underrepresented minorities in academic medicine. There will also be resources for high school and college students interested pursuing a career in health care.