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Join us for the 32nd Annual Midwest Regional Conference
The theme of this year’s conference is “Health Leaders of Tomorrow: Continuando la Lucha por la Equidad”. This conference will focus on the celebrating Hispanic/Latinx leaders and the work that is being done to fight health disparities that affect the Hispanic/Latinx community. The goal of this conference is to empower students to become leaders in their community and bring to attention gaps and barriers in Latinx health. We hope to bring together health professionals, medical students, and physicians in this dual virtual and in-person conference to provide the opportunity to build mentorship, collaboration, and community. The conference will have programming targeted towards premedical and medical students, with speakers who are experts and leaders in healthcare, policy, and advocacy. The poster and oral presentation sessions will provide the opportunity for participants to share their achievements and research findings. We hope this conference not only provides educational opportunities but also celebrates Hispanic/Latinx culture and community.
Proof of Covid-19 vaccination will be required for entry
We have missed hanging out together and cannot wait to see you! As of December 2021, the conference will primarily be in person with online options at a discounted rate.
January 2022 Update: Due to ongoing surge we will be requiring proof of vaccination including booster. In-person events are subject to change as this surge develops. Please email director.midwest@lmsa.
Feinberg campus is conveniently accessible by public transit and train transportation.
LMSA has reserved rooms at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Magnificent Mile
300 E. Ohio Street, Chicago, IL 60611USA
Hotel is within walking distance of the event location.
Agenda & Speakers
Melissa A. Simon, MD MPH is the George H. Gardner Professor of Clinical Gynecology, Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is also the Founder and Director of the Center for Health Equity Transformation and the Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative. She serves as the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement. She is an expert in implementation science, women’s health across the lifespan, minority health, community engagement and health equity. She has been recognized with numerous awards for her substantial contribution to excellence in health equity scholarship, women’s health and mentorship, including her recent election to the National Academy of Medicine. She has received the Presidential Award in Excellence in Science Mathematics and Engineering Mentorship and is a Presidential Leadership Scholar. She is a former member and current consultant to the US Preventive Services Task Force and serves on the NIH Office of Research in Women’s Health Advisory Committee.
Valeria is a general surgery resident at Michigan Medicine. Originally from Acacías, Colombia, she completed her undergraduate education starting in her local community college, the State College of Florida. She obtained a B.A in Biochemistry from the New College of Florida and her medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago where she was an active member and leader of the Latino Medical Student Association. Most recently, she received a master’s degree in Health and Healthcare Research from the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan.
Valeria is completing a post graduate research fellowship as part of the National Clinician Scholars Program, a multi-institutional initiative training clinicians from multiple disciplines as change agents who will drive policy-relevant research and partnerships to improve health and health care. Her research interests include workforce diversity in surgical specialties, disparities in surgical care with a focus on transplantation, and implementation of interventions to increase access and quality of surgical care for minoritized populations. Valeria holds candidate memberships in the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS), the Association for Academic Surgery (ASC), the American College of Surgeons (ACS), the Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (AHPBA), and the Latino Surgical Society (LSS). She is a trainee representative for the ASTS Pipeline Task Force, a member of the ASTS Boldly Against Racism Task Force, and the program lead for the LEAGUES Fellowship, a pipeline program designed for medical students interested in the intersection of racial and gender equity and surgery.
In 2020, Valeria was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Society at the University of Michigan Medical School. She is the inaugural awardee of the University of Michigan College of Medicine Student Diversity Council Dr. Roland Alexander Blackwood Award for Excellence in Mentorship to Diversify the Healthcare Workforce.
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|Indiana University School of Medicine – Office of Diversity|
|Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago (Northwestern/McGaw Pediatrics)|
|Washington University in St. Louis General Surgery Residency Program|
|McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern|
|Rush Medical College AND Rush University Graduate Medical Education|
|Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine|
|University of Illinois College of Medicine|
|Mayo Clinic Family Medicine Residency – Eau Claire|
|University of Iowa Health Care|
|Advocate Aurora Health|