MW Regional Conference 2014

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Conference Summary

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The 24th Annual LMSA Midwest Regional Conference entitled “Advancing the Front Line: Latino Physicians Across All Specialties” took place on January 18-19, 2014 at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. Approximately 200 people attended the conference, including high school, undergraduate students and medical students, as well as residents, physicians and other professionals. The keynote speaker Dr. Pilar Guerrero, an attending Emergency Medicine physician at John H. Stroger Jr. Cook County Hospital, opened the conference on Saturday morning. In her opening speech, she emphasized the need for future physicians to be exposed to the many opportunities of the medical field including the various specialties, research, academics and policymaking. Dr. Jesus Rivera-Nieves from the American Gastroenterology Association (AGA) and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) then spoke on the need for Hispanic physicians within the field of gastroenterology, and the many opportunities within the field.

The afternoon was full of workshops directed toward the audiences of high school, undergraduate and medical students. Workshops for high school students included a health care team panel with various health care professionals, a tour of the anatomy lab at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, and a motivating talk on how to get the most out of experiences in pre-medical education. Undergraduate students attended workshops that provided information on the application process to medical school, discussed osteopathic medicine and how to succeed in medical school. Medical student workshops spanned a variety of topics from clinically relevant matters such as the importance of shared language in primary care visits and cultural competency in transplantation to health care delivery and health policy including an update on the Affordable Care Act, sharing of experience doing orthopedic mission work in other countries, and a medical school’s experience of accepting DREAMer students. Finally, the conference incorporated hands-on suturing and endoscopy workshops. We are extremely thankful for the AGA and ASGE who hosted the two endoscopy workshops in which students learned how to perform an endoscopy using real endoscopes on pig stomachs!

In the afternoon, there was also an exhibitor fair with medical schools, residency programs, and hospitals reached out to students. The research symposium this year was a great success with submission of approximately twenty poster presentations. Dinner on Saturday was held at Reza’s Restaurant, a Mediterranean restaurant close in location to the conference site. Many attended the dinner and enjoyed networking, relaxing, and eating a great meal at the end of the day.

On Sunday, the community service event took place at St. Pius Church in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. A health fair and blood drive was held, where approximately 50 students volunteered. Community members who had recently attended mass or were at the church for other social events attended the health fair and received a health screening. In addition, a blood drive held by Heartland Blood Centers received a steady flow of donators throughout the day.

2014 LMSA MidWest Conference:

“Advancing the Front Line: Latino Physicians Across All Specialties”

Co-hosted by Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern Family Medicine Residency!

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Click HERE to buy tickets!

We are pleased to announce that the 24th Annual LMSA Midwest Regional Conference will take place on:

  • January 18th-19th 2014 at Northwest Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Location: Robert H Lurie Research Bldg, 303 E Superior St. Chicago IL 60611

Please join us for great speakers, clinically relevant workshops, networking opportunities, and community service! High school students, undergraduate students, medical students, residents, and physicians are all invited!

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Hotel Information

Discounted hotel rates have been arranged at the Omni Chicago Hotel (676 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL), located just a ½ mile from the conference venue. The discounted rate is $125 per night for a room that includes 2 double beds and a sleeper sofa. Please note, that the discounted rate is only valid for Friday and Saturday night.

To reserve your room, call 1-800-843-6664 and ask to make a room reservation under the group Northwestern Latino Medical, or reserve online. When you reserve your room, you will need to provide:

  • Names of each person staying in the room (those not listed cannot check in if they are first to arrive)
  • Anticipated arrival and departure time

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LMSA MW RC Conference Agenda 2014

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Service Day

Hosted by: LMSA, 2014 Midwest Regional Service Day and UIC CHOPS Program
In collaboration w/ Heartland Blood Centers, The National Cesar Chavez Challenge

  • Sunday, January 19: Begins at 9:00am and ends at 2:00pm
  • Volunteer shifts: All day, 9:30a-12p, or 11:45a-2p

There is no additional registration required to participate in the service day. When you purchase your ticket online, you can indicate whether you would like to be involved.

For those who sign up, you will be contacted a week or so before the conference with specific information regarding the service day activities.

For more information, please contact VP of Community Affairs Lindsey Retterath 

Available volunteer roles include:

  • Registration (Fluency in Spanish preferred)
  • BMI Counseling (Fluency in Spanish preferred)
  • Screening and Counseling Stations

Volunteers will be assigned either to the blood drive or health fair.

  • ≤15 at a time will volunteer at the health fair
  • ≥ 2 at a time will volunteer at the blood drive
  • ≤ 3 at a time can donate blood

Contact Lindsey Retterath ( to schedule your shift.

Health Fair:
 In collaboration with the ongoing UIC CHOP program

A Church-Based Health Outreach Project (CHOP) was developed in 2011 by UIC Family Medicine Resident (PGY1) Patricia Chico. The site for the project is Saint Pius V Church on 19th & Ashland in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, which is predominately Latino.

The health fairs are held free of charge on Sunday’s after mass.

Services provided are: Blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, and BMI testing.

In addition to free testing, information on nutrition, free clinics, and other health-related topics are also provided via handouts, posters, and consultation. The educational table also includes free balloon animals for children and a variety of vegetables to encourage better nutrition.

We expect up to 100 community participants from St Pius’ parish and Pilsen.

Blood drive: In collaboration with Heartland Blood Centers

  • Click HERE to schedule your donation appointment
  • Time: 10am – 2pm. Come any time, with your photo ID.
  • Location: St. Pius V Church (1919 S Ashland Ave Chicago, IL 60608)
  • All donors receive a t-shirt & entry into an hourly raffle.

St Pius V Church is located in the Pilsen neighborhood, which has long been home to Latino communities in Chicago. For more information, visit

Heartland Blood Centers will bring 3 beds for donation, and personnel for donations. Two volunteers at any given time will be needed to run blood drive registration and snacks, respectively. Up to 3 people can donate blood at a time.

We are partnering with a national service initiative honoring Cesar Chavez,

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Research Symposium

Event: 2014 LMSA Midwest Regional Conference at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Date: January 18th, 2014

Prizes: 1st place $250, 2nd place $150, 3rd place $100

Who can submit?

  • Any premed, medical student or resident may submit.
  • At least one author must be able to attend the LMSA Midwest Regional Conference to present their poster.
  • All work that pursues meaningful academic inquiry will be accepted. This competition is a forum for students to receive feedback on their work from professionals and peers.

What is the submission process?

  • Abstracts should be submitted to the VP of Academics and Health Policy, Ana Mauro, by the deadline below. Abstracts will be placed into one of the following categories:
    • Basic Sciences
    • Public and Global Health
    • Clinical and Translational research
  • All abstracts will be reviewed by the Academic and Health Policy Committee.
  • Submissions will be invited to display their poster at LMSA Midwest Regional Conference and will receive free admission to conference for abstract authors!
  • Posters will be evaluated by a committee of professionals and peers.
  • Abstracts will also be published in conference program.
Special Registration for research presenters:
As a research symposium participant, you will receive free registration to the conference! Please submit your abstract to Ana Mauro prior to registering so that she may provide you with the free registration code.

Submission Deadline is January 1, 2014

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Sponsors & Exhibitors

On Saturday between 12:00-2:00pm there will be an exhibitor fair taking place. We anticipate approximately 100-150 medical students, 60 pre-meds and 40 high school students to be in attendance. Therefore, we are extending an invitation to any medical schools, residency programs or other organizations that are interested in reaching out to these student groups. This is a unique opportunity for programs to recruit the region’s top student leaders who are passionate about quality patient care and diversity in medicine.

For those who are unable to attend the conference, there are also sponsorships opportunities available. For more information on sponsoring and exhibiting at the conference, please see our information pack.

Download Sponsors & Recruiters Invitation Letter: HERE

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Parking for the conference will be available in the following parking lots

  • $5.75 for 24 hours
  • Parking will need to be paid for in cash at registration, exact change please
  • There are no “in and out” privileges for the parking lots
  • The lots are within walking distance of the conference location
  • Lot C: Huron-Superior Parking (222 E Huron St, Chicago, IL 60611)
  • Lot D: Erie-Ontario Parking (321 E Erie St, Chicago, IL 60611)

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The Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) is a national student-led organization that works to unify Latino medical students and their allies to promote and develop a generation of culturally competent physician leaders who are prepared to serve our country’s growing Latino population. LMSA Midwest began in 1990 at the University of Illinois and has since grown to include nearly 20 active chapters from medical schools in eight states. The enormous growth and success over the years has been the direct result of the hard work of many passionate medical students from across the region who have who have become involved in regional leadership.

Each year at the regional conference during the business meeting, an Executive Board for the following year is elected. As an active member in LMSA, we encourage all medical students to consider running for a position. This is an exciting opportunity for students who are passionate about LMSA and have fresh, new ideas to join the regional leadership team and make an impact.

Any medical student who is a member of LMSA Midwest may run for any and multiple positions on the executive board which include:

  • Co-Presidents (2)
  • Vice President of Budget and Finance,
  • Vice President of Information and Networking
  • Vice President of Community Affairs
  • Vice President of Academic Affairs and Health Policy
  • Parliamentarian
  • Webmaster
  • Premed liaison
  • Director of Communications
  • Regional Conference Coordinator

For more information, please download the Election information document

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