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  • Cancer Survivor Underwater Photoshoot!

    By By Melina Benson
    Chair, AMSA Wellness and Student Life

    I hope to meet you at Annual Convention in New Orleans! In advance of Friday's session entitled, "The Role of Social Communities in Cancer Support", I wanted to share a touching link from HuffingtonPost. The session speakers are the founders of, a searchable online community of cancer patients, survivors, and their loved ones. The site aims to empower people who bear the weight of this diagnosis by facilitating communication between its members. What a great idea, right? Everyone else seems to think so; the site has won multiple accolades.

    Mailet Lopez, founder of, organized a photoshoot by underwater photography Erena Shimoda. The subjects are cancer survivors, and the results are touching and charming. Take a look and allow yourself to step outside of the provider shoes and into the role of a patient embracing freedom.

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  • Are you coming to New Orleans?

    You have to! AMSA's Annual Convention will be March 6-9th and it really is an event you don't want to miss. There are activities for everyone - those who like to have fun (social events and the city of New Orleans), those who like to debate policy (House of Delegates), those who like to network with high level physicians (our amazing speakers & keynotes)......

    SPECIAL FLASH SALE: Register using the promotional code "AMSALUV" by midnight on 2/14/14 and receive Early Bird pricing! (Save $50) 

    The official convention hotel is the Hilton New Orleans Riverside - right in the middle of the action! 

    You will join hundreds of other future physicians and have the opportunity to learn from diverse speaker sessions and world-renowned thought leaders on topics such as gun violence as a public health issue, women’s health issues under the Affordable Care Act, conflict of interest and the relationship between physicians and drug representatives, and advocating for open access. You can also join small classroom clinical skill sessions with topics such as casting, suturing, airway management, and manual vacuum aspiration. 

    Keynote speakers include Dave deBronkart (a.k.a. e-Patient Dave), author, Let Patients Help: ...

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