AMSA Advocacy Leadership Summit

Building the next generation of physician leaders through advocacy and community organizing.

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Richmond, VA

November 10, 2018

A documentary screening of Big Pharma: Market Failure and a brief discussion will be held at 5:00 pm on November 9, 2018 at the McGlothlin Medical Education Center at VCU. This pre-summit event is optional. A Health Activist Social will be scheduled to follow. Students will have the opportunity to connect with public health experts and other medical professionals that are making changes in this field. 

This event has passed. Thank you to those who attended and helped make this event such a success!

AMSA is committed to developing medical-trainee activists that use their voices to challenge the status quo and advocate for policies that provide our patients with better health outcomes. We are seeking 30 health professional students interested in becoming instruments of social change in their communities. The Advocacy Leadership Summit will be a training ground for students that want to develop knowledge and skill in organized medicine. This summit will deliver keynote lectures and small-group training in the fundamentals of advocacy and coalition building.

At AMSA’s Advocacy Leadership Summit students will:

  • Learn effective communication skills for organizing and team-building
  • Develop successful campaign strategies to address high prescription costs
  • Distinguish key constituents for a campaign including targets, allies, opponents, and other influencers
  • Understand the legislative process and determine critical points where advocacy efforts can influence this process

For more information, contact AMSA Education & Advocacy Fellow Avanthi Jayaweera at


The registration fee is $29 for members and $40 for nonmembers. The registration fee includes refreshments and meals on Saturday. The registration fee does not include travel or housing.

We would like to thank the AMSA family and OATs (Old AMSA-types) whose generous support helped make this event possible. Because of their generosity, health professional students are able to register for this event at significantly discounted rates.


Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

1201 E Marshall Street
Richmond, VA 23298

All activities will take place on the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine Campus in the McGlothlin Medical Education Center (MMEC) located at 1201 E Marshall Street, Richmond, VA, 23298.


If you’re traveling to Richmond on November 9, our student host program may have an opportunity for you to cut down on your travel expenses! Our local AMSA at VCU SOM Chapter will be coordinating student hosts on a volunteer-basis to host attendees for Friday and/or Saturday night. We do not hold our student hosts responsible for attendee transportation to/from the airport or additional nights of housing. Please email if you’re interested.


8:30am – 9:00am Registration & Breakfast
9:00am – 9:50am Opening Remarks & Introductions
9:50am – 10:50am Keynote Address: The Power of Physician Activism
10:50am – 11:00am Break
11:00am – 12:00pm Panel Discussion: Getting Started as Health Justice Activists
12:00pm – 12:50pm Lunch and “Being the Doctor You Want to Be” Presentation
12:50pm – 1:00pm Break
1:00pm – 2:00pm Prescription Drug Pricing in the United States
2:00pm – 2:50pm Panel Discussion: Tracing Big Pharma’s Influence in Medicine & Congress
2:50pm – 3:00pm Break
3:00pm – 4:15pm Breakout Sessions for Advocacy Skills Training:
Face-to-Face with Legislators: How to Make Your Message Count
Strategies to Influence Legislators through Social Media and Writing
4:20pm – 5:00pm Closing Discussion & Next Steps

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