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Leaders and representatives from all sectors of the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals convened in Baltimore to discuss the future of academic medicine and how to lead change to improve the health of all. Eliminating health care disparities emerged as a key issue along with an inspiring call for institutions to become more involved in their communities.

Major Sessions

While the Affordable Care Act expanded health care access for more Americans, plenary speakers noted that vulnerable populations still slip through the cracks as the gap deepens between the haves and the have-nots. Medical schools and teaching hospitals were encouraged to raise their voices to advocate for reforms to lower health care costs, increase NIH funding, and achieve health care equity.

  • Eugene Robinson

    Opening Plenary

    • Social Justice: Race, Health, Education, and Culture
    • Conversations about inequality are not comfortable, but academic medical centers need to take on that responsibility, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist said. “Your institutions, many of them, are located in cities that have problems. You’re all these cities have going forward.”
  • Peter Slavin, MD

    Leadership Plenary: Chair's Address

    • Toward a More Just Society and Health Care System: The Role of Academic Medical Centers
    • “We cannot achieve quality without addressing inequality,” Slavin said. He urged medical schools and teaching hospitals to hold themselves publicly accountable by making their data and outcome information transparent and introducing interventions to address disparities.
  • Darrell G. Kirch, MD

    Leadership Plenary: President's Address

    • Crossing the Inequality Chasm
    • “Confronted with the scientific evidence that social inequities lead to poorer health outcomes, we have a clear ethical obligation, as health professionals, to address this issue.” The health of too many people hangs in the balance, Kirch said.
  • Steven Brill


    • A Conversation with Steven Brill: America’s Bitter Pill
    • Brill, author of America’s Bitter Pill, called health care a slow-moving crisis in a democracy that only acts decisively in a crisis. If doctors feel powerless in the system, he added, “Think how your patients feel.”
  • Amy Gutmann, PhD

    Closing Plenary

    • The Art and Science of Leadership
    • With concerns rising about the affordability of higher education, the University of Pennsylvania president said that increasing financial aid must be a priority. "If we can’t show we're serving society, we don’t have a right to exist."


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AAMC Awards

The AAMC honored nine individuals and one teaching hospital for their outstanding contributions to academic medicine at an awards presentation during Learn Serve Lead 2015: The AAMC Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Md.

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  • Baltimore Convention Center
  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • November 6th – 10th, 2015

LSL2015: By the numbers

  • Attendees: 2,936
  • Exhibitors: 90
  • #AAMC15 tweets: 7,561
  • #AAMC15 impressions: 18,158,828

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Learn Serve Lead 2016: The AAMC Annual Meeting will be held in Seattle, Wash., from Nov. 11-15.