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October 18–20, 2013


Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Dayton, OH 45435

Conference Registration:

  • Early bird registration ends September 7, 2013
  • Regular registration September 8–
    October 4, 2013
  • Late registration October 5–14, 2013
  • On-Site registration October 18, 2013,
    5–6:30 p.m.

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Host Hotel and Registration:

Holiday Inn Fairborn
2800 Presidential Dr., Fairborn, OH 45324
Phone: (937) 426-7800


This conference will enhance the leadership ability of medical students, offering them substantive knowledge in transforming healthcare, promoting health policies and practices and exploring the need for leadership in medicine. Each workshop is designed to provide each student with the proper leadership skill sets needed as a physician-leader in the clinic and beyond into the community. The following workshop categories will be covered at the conference:

  1. Leadership Development that will provide attendees with essential core competencies for physician-leaders.
  2. Cultural Competence, Diversity and Inclusion that exposes attendees to racial/ethnic disparities and cross-cultural care and prepares attendees for the diverse patient population in America.
  3. Healthcare Policy and Advocacy, which will give attendees insight into the policies that affect their present and future along with the tools/resources to support the efforts initiated by medical students in order to have a voice in their future.
  4. Medical School 101 will prepare undergraduates and high school students for their journey to becoming physicians.
  5. Team-based Learning will be presented to expose future medical students to the impact it has on the academic performance.

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Student National Medical Association
Region V Fall Conference Schedule

Friday, October 18, 2013

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Preconference Registration

1–4 p.m.

Preconference Clinical Simulation Workshop
Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center Simulation Center

  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • GI Endoscopy and Bronchoscopy
  • Arthroscopy
  • Endovascular Surgery
  • Cardiac Catheterization 

5 p.m.


6:30 p.m.

Meet & Greet

7 p.m.

Opening Ceremonies
White Hall

Keynote Address: The Importance of Purpose, Unity, Leadership, Service, and Engagement in Medicine"

Rhea Rowser-Smith, M.D.
Dr. Rowser-Smith is a 1996 graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. In 1999, she completed her family practice residency training at Miami Valley Hospital. In 2000, she completed a primary care faculty development fellowship at Michigan State University. She served on the faculty at the Miami Valley Hospital Family Practice Residency for 10 years, where she saw patients and educated future family medicine physicians. In 2009, she cofounded Horizons Family Medicine in Dayton.

9 p.m.

Casino Night


Student National Medical Association
Region V Fall Conference Schedule

Saturday, October 19, 2013

6 a.m.

Zumba and Health & Wellness Event

7 a.m.

Breakfast* & Registration

8 a.m.

Opening Remarks

8 a.m.


9 a.m.

Workshop I for Medical Students

Open Discussion: Mentoring the Next Generation of Physicians

Raymond Clarke, M.D.
Dr. Clarke is an associate professor of pathology at Northeast Ohio Medical University, Pathology Residency Program director at Akron City Hospital/Summa Health System, and chair of the Department of Pathology Summa Health System.

Advocacy in Medicine — Issues for AMA, the OSMA, and the SNMA

Evangeline Andarsio, M.D.
Dr. Andarsio is OSMA District Two councilor, alternate delegate of the AMA, delegate of the OSMA, member of the Montgomery County Affordable Care Act Taskforce, director of the Miami Valley Hospital Professional Physician Formation Program, and codirector of the Healer's Art Program at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

Debra Dixon
Ms. Dixon is the Region V political action liaison and an MSIII at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Business in Medicine

Arvin Nanda, D.O.
Dr. Nanda is a family physician in Dayton, Ohio.

Acquire the knowledge and skills you need to lead in the changing health care environment. Maximize your potential to create value across the health care industry. Acquiring targeted business knowledge and skills will enhance your credibility, enabling you to stand out as a physician-leader poised to transform your organization and the industry in changing times.

Workshop I for Premedical Students

Financing Medical School

Michelle Feichtner, manager of financial aid, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

If you want to be a doctor or physician scientist, you've made good career choices, both socially and financially. Although medical school is expensive, there are options when it comes to financing your education. The key to affording medical school is educating yourself about the available financial options for funding your medical education program.

Medical School Applications, What They Didn’t Tell You

Jacqueline Neal, director of the Pre-Health Advising Program, Wright State University College of Science and Mathematics

9 a.m.

Residency/Medical School Fair Begins

10 a.m.

Workshop II for Medical Students

Leadership Beyond the Clinic

Rosalyn P. Scott, M.D., professor of surgery, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine; founding member of the Association of Black Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeons and Society of Black Academic Surgeons

Disciplinary expertise and credibility are necessary but not sufficient for successful leadership. At some point after achieving the rank of associate professor or equivalent, those with leadership aptitudes and aspirations will need to broaden their organizational perspectives, visibility and executive skills.

Dealing with a Rougher Patient Population: Physician's Role in Breaking the Cycle

Shaun Hamilton, M.P.H., manager of supplier diversity, Premier Health

This presentation examines the undeniable health issue of adolescent/young adult violence. We explore the demographics, statistics and contributing factors that lead to acts of violence. Despite how bleak the situation may appear, there is hope.

Global Health in Medicine

Sylvia Esser-Gleason, D.O., emergency medicine physician
A practicing emergency medicine physician for more than 25 years, Dr. Esser-Gleason founded Project Congo, a U.S.-based charity working to send food, medical equipment, supplies and medications to East Central Africa. This presentation will examine how physicians can incorporate global health into their practice and create sustainable projects using local resources.

Workshop II for Premedical students

Pre-med 101

Gary LeRoy, M.D., associate dean for student affairs and admissions and associate professor of family medicine, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

Interview Strategies

Kathleen Scheltens, Ph.D., director of premedical programs, University of Dayton

11 a.m.

Workshop III for Medical Students

Motivational Interviewing

Paul Hershberger, Ph.D., professor of family medicine and director of behavioral science, Family Medicine Residency Program, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

The leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the United States are chronic illnesses, and behavioral factors play a major role in both prevention and management of these conditions. A vital role for physicians is working with patients on adopting and maintaining healthy lifestyles. Motivational interviewing is a widely used and patient-centered approach to working with patients on making behavior changes. This workshop will provide a review of motivational interviewing and the opportunity for brief practice of the interaction style.

Providing Care Across the Spectrum of Sexual Orientation

Valerie Houseknecht, M.D., assistant professor of psychiatry, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

This workshop examines the intricacies and challenges of caring for patients of varied sexual orientations.

Workshop III for Premedical Students

The Impact of Team-Based LearningTM on Medical Student’s Academic Performance

Dean Parmelee, M.D., associate dean for academic affairs, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

Dr. Parmelee, who is responsible for medical student education at Boonshoft School of Medicine helped to develop Team-Based Learning™ (TBL) for medical and health sciences education and has conducted numerous faculty development workshops in the United States and abroad on the subject. This brief workshop will be an actual TBL session. Participants will need to have read a very short description of TBL before the session. Everyone will take a brief Readiness Assurance Test as an individual then as a member of a team, following which, teams will tackle one or two tougher questions about Team-Based Learning™. We will discuss how medical school courses can be greatly supplemented by well-done Team-Based Learning™.

Outthinking the MCAT

Aaron Palmer, MSII, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Examkracker professor (2012-2013), Kaplan professor (2011-2012)

A brief summary of the changing MCAT, what this means when you take it and how to personalize your approach to getting the score you deserve.




Workshop I for High School Students

So You Want to Be a Doctor 101

Gary LeRoy, M.D., associate dean for student affairs and admissions and associate professor of family medicine, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

1 p.m.

Workshop II for High School Students

Financing Your Undergraduate Education

Michelle Feichtner, manager of financial aid, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

Do you want to find money for college? This presentation will cover the types of financial aid assistance that are available and how to apply. We will go over useful Internet sites and tools. The main objective is to help dispel the myths of financial aid.

1:30 p.m.

Tours of Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

2 p.m.

Panel Discussion for High School Students

3 p.m.

Residency/Medical School Fair Ends

3:30 p.m.

Community Service Activity

6:30 p.m.

Mix & Mingle

7 p.m.

Region V Executive Banquet
Holiday Inn Fairborn (2800 Presidential Drive)

Keynote Address: Leadership in Medicine: Going Beyond the Clinic

John Polk, M.D.
Dr. Polk is the assistant dean for student affairs at Boston University School of Medicine and a member of the Group on Diversity and Inclusion of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

11 p.m.


Social Event
Holiday Inn Fairborn (2800 Presidential Drive)

Enjoy good company and music at the Region V hotel party, featuring one of Dayton’s premiere DJs.


Student National Medical Association
Region V Fall Conference Schedule

Friday, October 18, 2013

11:30 a.m.


11:30 a.m.

SNMA Regional Business Breakfast Meeting


Hotel Checkout

*Attendees staying at the Holiday Inn will have breakfast vouchers for the hotel.