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Patch Adams keynotes AMA student conference at MSU Secchia Center

February 1, 2013
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Patch Adams keynotes AMA student conference at MSU Secchia Center
The MSU College of Human Medicine works to develop “exemplary physicians and scholars” and champions inclusive medicine. Photo via fb.com

Grand Rapids will become home to more than 200 medical students from all over the country Feb. 1-2 for the annual American Medical Association-Medical Student Section regional meeting.

Students will pour in from Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and other parts of Michigan for the two-day conference held downtown at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel on Friday and the MSU Secchia Center on Saturday.

The conference will feature world-class keynotes, medical networking and clinical-skills simulations and is hosted by Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine.

In the video below, AMA student leaders discuss their experiences with the association.

This year's speakers include several industry leaders: Patch Adams, portrayed by Robin Williams in the 1998 biographical film; MSU College of Human Medicine Dean Marsha D. Rappley, M.D., chair-elect of the Association of American Medical Colleges Council of Deans; Ardis Dee Hoven, M.D., chair-elect for the AMA; and Jeff Rich, executive director at Gunderson Lutheran Envision Program.

The event will host a mini medical school, where students can hone their skills by working with medical professionals on the Secchia Center’s simulated patient mannequins, FAST protocol with an ultrasound unit and cardiology examinations.

Students can also participate in a Get FIT community service event through Catherine’s Health Center on Saturday.

The full schedule for the weekend is available at the AMA-MSS Region website.

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