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Learn Serve Lead 2018: The AAMC Annual Meeting

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Nov. 2–6, 2018
Austin, Texas
The Austin Convention Center

Join us for the signature learning and networking event for all who care about the future of academic medicine. This AAMC flagship event is unique in bringing together diverse stakeholders—medical school deans, hospital CEOs, university and hospital administrators, faculty physicians, scientists, researchers, physician residents, and students—to advance new ideas by working and learning together.

Through a variety of learning formats—plenary sessions, lectures, breakout sessions, and focused discussions—you can design your own conference experience. Whether you want to spend time tackling major societal and health care issues or prefer to develop your knowledge and capabilities for teaching the next generation of physicians, you will find the right mix at this conference.

You’ll get exposure to thought leaders from inside and outside the academic medicine community, renew and build connections, and leave inspired. Learn Serve Lead discussions fuel creativity and help you develop new skills that can be implemented immediately at your institution.

Along with more than 4,500 of your colleagues, you will learn from and connect with the academic medicine community unlike ever before. We’re headed to Austin this November and want you to join us there!

Why Attend?

Learn Serve Lead will feature:

  • An expansive program of more than 130 education sessions and 80 networking events.
  • Extraordinary speakers in our plenary sessions and the Voices of Medicine and Society Series will push you to think about challenging issues and possible solutions.
  • A number of author book signings.
  • An exhibit hall with nearly 130 organizations represented and the AAMC Pavilion with information about the many AAMC programs and services.
  • The AAMC Awards Dinner, which celebrates the 2018 AAMC award recipients—individuals who and organizations that have taken an initiative in improving health care for all. (Separate registration is required.)
  • An online orientation for first-time attendees to help them navigate the meeting.
  • An opportunity to facilitate a table discussion on Saturday, November 3.
  • Daily wellness events offered by the AAMC.
  • An opportunity to experience Austin, one of the most exciting cities in the United States.

Plenary Speakers Just Announced:

Making the Equality Dream a Reality—Confronting Bias and Harassment

Anita HillAnita Hill, JD
Professor of Social Policy, Law, and Women’s Studies, and Leader in Civil Rights and Women’s Rights Movements

Possibly best known for being thrust into the spotlight in 1991 amid her allegations against Clarence Thomas while testifying at the Supreme Court confirmation hearing, Anita Hill was a pioneer on matters of equality and discrimination in the workplace.

Today, as a law professor at Brandeis University and as the leader of the Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace, Hill continues her mission and trailblazing efforts by fighting for institutional change to increase parity and protection for women and minorities.

The Extra Mile

Claire PomeroyWill RossSuzanne WatsonHeval Mohammed Kelli


  • Claire Pomeroy, MD, MBA, President, Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation
  • Heval Mohamed Kelli, MD, Katz Foundation Preventive Cardiology Fellow, Emory University School of Medicine
  • Suzanne Watson, MDiv, MD, Resident in Family Medicine and Psychiatry, University of Cincinnati Medical Center
  • Will Ross, MD, MPH, Associate Dean for Diversity and Professor of Nephrology, Washington University in St. Louis

Becoming a doctor isn’t a walk in the park for anyone. But slogging through medical school and residency is the least of the hurdles faced by some doctors-to-be. Four physicians who had to go the extra mile just to get to the starting line will share their inspiring stories: a product of the foster care system who rose to become a medical school dean and president of the Lasker Foundation; a Kurdish refugee from Syria who once worked as a dishwasher and is now a cardiologist at Emory; a former pastor who entered medical school at 50 after her husband took his own life and is now a resident in psychiatry and family medicine at the University of Cincinnati; and a “poorest of the poor” child who survived hunger, rats, and physical abuse to become an associate dean at Washington University in St. Louis. The panelists will discuss their paths to success: about the determination, the pluck, the mettle—and the mentors—that it took to get them where they are today.

Registration and Housing

Registration and housing will open in June.

You must register for the meeting to secure discounted room rates within the official block housing. The AAMC has appointed Connections Housing as its official housing provider.

Schedule At-a-Glance

Click here  for the at-a-glance schedule for Learn Serve Lead 2018. For detailed program information, check back in June!

Interested in Exhibits or Promotional Opportunities?

Whether your organization is interested in strengthening relationships with current clients, getting in front of new prospects, or attracting top talent to your institution, the Learn Serve Lead exhibit hall connects you with key purchasers and decision makers under one roof. Request more information about promotional opportunities and reserve your booth today.

Questions? Contact AAMC’s exhibits manager.

See you in Austin!


If you have any questions concerning Learn Serve Lead, please contact the Learn Serve Lead team.