National Primary Care Week

Check back soon for more information on 2019 National Primary Care Week!

October 1-5, 2018

National Primary Care Week (NPCW) 2018 will be held October 1-5, 2018. The theme for this year is “A Call to Primary Care,” with a focus on the role of primary care physicians in their communities. We will touch on topics such as firearm safety, the 2018 midterm elections, and additional ways in which physicians can positively influence their communities.

The topics for National Primary Care Week 2018 are:

Maternal Mortality & Pre-Natal Care

Call your representative to fight for mothers and children. See below for a script you can use so they know where you stand in the fight for maternal health. Make a change on this day by letting your voice be heard! Find your senator or find your representative.

Firearm Safety

Call your representative to join the fight for gun reform on this day. Find your senator or find your representative. Use the script below or prepare your own to make your voice heard!

Learn more about youth firearm safety:

Mental Health

1 in 5 Americans have a mental health illness. However, 1 in 2 do not receive treatment, and 3 in 5 U.S. counties do not have a psychiatrist.

Mental illness and mental health also has a large impact among LGBTQ individuals. Whether we identify ourselves among the LGBTQ community or not, it is important for all of us to learn more about how we can provide comprehensive and safe care for all of our future patients.

Women in Medicine

Half of the entering class of 2017 in U.S. medical schools is female; however, challenges still exist for women in medicine. Join us on this day in honoring women in medicine!

How to Improve Women’s Health Care with Dr. Ronda Carter

Dr. Ronda Carter, professor at Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine, joined us on Day 4 of National Primary Care Week to speak on how to improve women’s health care as well as took questions from attendees. Thank you for joining us in celebrating women in health care, Dr. Carter! See here for a recording of the live event.

Women Leaders in Medicine Award

AMSA launched the Women Leaders in Medicine award in 2008 to recognize women physicians and educators changing the face of medicine through their lives, professions or teaching and deserve recognition for their accomplishments and dedication to fostering tomorrow’s women leaders in medicine.

Many of our past award recipients have considered their Women Leaders in Medicine award a truly meaningful honor because it comes directly from the voices of students. At AMSA, we hope to give back some recognition to these amazing women in addition to generating awareness about the importance of fostering leadership in medicine that promotes healthy change and equality in care and professional opportunity for all physicians-in-training.

Opioid Addiction

Everyday more than 115 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids. Opioid overdose is the leading cause of death for Americans under 50 years old. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services declared the opioid crisis a national public health emergency in 2017.

Be on the lookout for daily questions on AMSA’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages during NPCW 2018, and use the hashtag #NPCW or #NPCW2018 to join the conversation. Questions? Reach out to

View information from past years of National Primary Care Week

View the 2016 Webinars

View the 2015 Webinars (Climate Change and its Impact on Health Care)

View the 2014 Webinars (Rural Health & Primary Care)