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Past Highlights

My Convention Story

“The scientific sessions provide excellent information on advances in my specialty in an environment conducive to discussing special practice issues important for my patients. Spontaneous engagement and discussions with physicians and other healthcare professionals with similar patient demographics further enhances my learning and engagement during the NMA conference.”

– Roland Matthews, MD

“I rely on the organization’s leadership to convene critical discussions focused on health policy, healthcare reform and the challenges facing physicians not only in clinical practice, but those in leadership in health plans, academia, pharmaceutical/ biotechnology industry and public health. NMA convention is also a great time to connect with my medical school alumni, friends and colleagues.”

– Rose Blackburn, M.D., MBA


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The National Medical Association (NMA) attracts leading African American physicians, physician executives, podiatrists, health professionals, academicians, and scientists from across the country each year to its annual conference.

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About NMA

The National Medical Association (NMA) is the collective voice of African American physicians and the leading force for parity and justice in medicine and the elimination of disparities in health. NMA is committed to improving the quality of health among minorities and disadvantaged people through its membership, professional development, community health education, advocacy, research and partnerships with federal and private agencies.


It is important for doctors to attend NMA Conventions in order to stay ahead of the curve in this rapidly changing healthcare environment. The NMA Convention is the most dynamic conference around providing a plethora of experts and quality CME discussing topics of importance to both my clinical practice and the business of medicine. If you are interested in value added not just volume added healthcare for the communities we serve, then the NMA is where you need to come to stay informed and get prepared for the changes in healthcare especially as they impact our African American patients. Lastly, I enjoy the convention because it provides me an opportunity to reconnect with old friends and interact with the next generation of physicians.

– Gary Sheppard, M.D.