Sun • Sep

Sunday, September 23, 2018



The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY 10029


Free for medical students and health professionals with current ID, advance registration required

This event is sold out. We apologize for any inconvenience.


The Advocacy in Medicine (AIM) Conference will bring together healthcare-advocates and trainees from various local institutions interested in health advocacy for full day of talks, interactive panels, breakout sessions and networking. The conference opens with keynote speakers addressing the role of physician advocacy followed by an interactive Q&A panel discussion with physicians on advocacy, activism, and their personal career trajectories. The afternoon will be dedicated to small workgroups with the opportunity to focus on skill-building or topic-focused content.

Keynote Speakers

Demetre Daskalakis, MD, MPH
Deputy Commissioner, NYC Department of Health

Kamini Doobay, MD
Resident Physician, Emergency Medicine
NYC Coalition to Dismantle Racism in the Health System

Abdul El Sayed, MD
Michigan Gubernatorial Candidate 2018


Robert Rock, MD
Resident Physician, Family Medicine
Co-Founder of the US Health Justice Initiative at Yale

Linda Prine, MD
Medical Director, Reproductive Health Access Project

Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, RN, FNP
President, NY State Association of Nurses

Skill-Building Sessions

Curriculum Reform, Media, Lobbying, Organizing an Action, Civil Disobedience

Topic-Focused Sessions

Gun Violence, Single Payer, LGBTQ+ Healthcare, Segregated Care, Abortion Access, Opioid Epidemic, Criminal Justice Reform, Immigration & Refugee Health

This event is free for medical students and health professionals with current ID. Breakfast, lunch and networking cocktails will be served thanks to the generosity of our organizers and sponsors. Register early as space is limited!


AIM's Mission

  • Educate: Provide the skills to integrate advocacy into all scopes of future healthcare practice
  • Connect: Bring together healthcare-advocates and trainees from various local institutions interested in health advocacy
  • Act: Create a sustainable student alliance to organize future healthcare professionals to bring about change


The AIM: Advocates in Medicine Conference is delivered in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Center for Health Equity and The New York Academy of Medicine, and is organized by a committee of medical students from Weill Cornell Medicine, NYU School of Medicine, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, CUNY School of Medicine, NY Medical College, SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.