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Something for Everyone

Opening & Awards Ceremony

On Friday, July 16, NMA will officially open its 2021 Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly.

During the Opening ceremony, we will recognize and honor several individuals and societies for outstanding achievements in the field of medicine, health advocacy and/or service to the National Medical Association.    Join us to celebrate and support these awardees and our scholarship recipients.

Our keynote speaker this year is Dr. Reed Tuckson, the co-founder of Black Coalition Against COVID.  Learn more about Dr. Tuckson.

Continuing Medical Education

The crown jewel of the NMA continuing medical education (CME) program is the NMA Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly, reputed as the nation’s foremost forum on African American health.  Be assured that the virtual program will still offer excellent CME sessions that will discuss a variety of medical topics and across multiple specialties. Education sessions will feature a combination of both live webcasts and on-demand virtual content.

125th Anniversary Celebration Continues

2020 marked NMA’s quincentennial!  On Friday, July 16th from 8:00 – 9:30 pm, the 125th Anniversary Planning Committee along with NMA Leadership will conclude NMA’s celebration of over a century of unwavering service and commitment to African American physicians and the patients they serve.  The Committee is hosting its own virtual salon-like party complete with music, poetry, a video montage, story-telling, good conversation and more.   Join us as we raise our champagne glasses in remembrance of our ancestors’ travails, appreciation of our Honorary Chairs, and toast NMA’s bright future.

Support NMA by ordering yours now, while supplies last!

And be sure to share your photos wearing the masks, either on social media or by emailing yfleming@nmanet.org.

Walk a Mile with a Child Goes Virtual

COVID-19 will not stop Walk a Mile with a Child – 2021!  You can help us continue this successful long running event by:

  • Sending us a 60–125 second video of you and/or your family and friends walking and doing any form of exercise
  • Join us for 30–60 second Mind-Body Exercises that will be offered throughout the convention
  • Send us a healthy snack idea to share with attendees.

Send your suggestions and/or videos to yfleming@nmanet.org

CCWP Annual Muriel Petioni, M.D. Awards Program

Sunday, July 18, 1:30 – 3:00 pm EDT

Theme: Sister Fill Up Your Cup: Health, Wealth and Caring for Thyself

The NMA supports and encourages diversity in medicine. The Council on Concerns of Women Physicians (CCWP) was established to address the unique issues, concerns and policies regarding the advancement of women physicians through program implementation and policy development. The CCWP Annual Muriel Petioni, M.D. Award Program has become a highlight event of the NMA Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly. Each year this event is one of the most well attended programs during the convention by both men and women in all medical specialties. Past keynote speakers include: Regina King, Maya Angelou, Phylicia Rashad, Angela Bassett, Dianne Carroll, Patti LaBelle, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Donna Brazile, Dr. Jocelyn Elders, Judy Smith, Anita Hill, Melissa Harris-Perry, and Judge Glenda Hatchett. In addition, the Council recognizes women physicians who through clinical practice, research, community service and activism, strive to eliminate health care disparities, provide people of color with quality health care, and address women’s health and professional issues. NMA members can submit nominations for the Council on Concerns of Women Physician Awards, where award recipients are recognized during the awards program.

Click to view committee member and featured event participant biographies.

Go to the CCWP Awards Nomination Form
Awards Nomination deadline: Sunday, June 27, 2021

ANMA/NMA Prayer Breakfast and Memorial Service

9:30 A.M. EST

Keynote Speaker:
Rev. Kevin U. Stephens, Sr., M.D., JD
Senior Pastor, Christian Unity Baptist Church

The Prayer Breakfast on Sunday, July 18, 2021, from 9:30 am until 11:00 am EST, is designed to invoke the presence of God at the conventions of the National Medical Association (NMA) and the Auxiliary to the National Medical Association (ANMA). This is a time to encourage and pay tribute those who’ve transitioned in the previous year. This year’s program will feature the euphonious sounds of Ms. Kendall Isadore and The Christian Unity Baptist Church. The dynamic Pastor Kevin Stephens, M.D. will bring forth an enlightening sermon focusing on the good work of both the NMA and ANMA. This service is a perfect environment to charge the members of the ANMA and NMA with joining with the faith community in addressing health.

Presentation Theaters

Don’t miss NMA Industry Presentation Theaters. Presentation Theaters are a terrific opportunity to learn about the latest late-breaking studies from industry-experts. This year, Vindico will provide a CME activity on influenza supported by an educational grant from Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, along with our other non-CME presentations on such topics as Asthma, Multiple Myeloma, HIV, and much more from other industry sponsors.


The NMA Staff is working with Sections, Sponsors and others to insert opportunities for you to network with your colleagues and others. Continue to watch for up-to-date information on these and other activities.

NMA’s Postgraduate Section will host its second networking event for Postgrads however, all are welcome. More details to follow and will appear on this page.


What is happening when; and who will be there? Get the latest up-to-date information on how to register for the convention and attend all your favorite events this year.

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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.


Great camaraderie! Also, the ability to increase knowledge in best medical practices in order to improve quality of care for our patients.

– Susanne Tropez-Sims, M.D.