Schedule of Events

Schedule of Events

Learn top-notch med school interview techniques, practice splinting and suturing, explore end of life decision-making, and more.

Keynote Speaker

Natasha Nascimento, MPA

Founder and Executive Director, Redefining Refuge


Current research provides estimates of up to 300,000 American children at risk of being trafficked each year within the borders of the United States. In response to this, in 2010, Natasha Nascimento founded Redefining Refuge, a foundation dedicated to advocacy on behalf of children who have survived sex trafficking. In 2013, the foundation opened a therapeutic safe house for these women, which was the first of its kind in the Tampa Bay area.

Redefining Refuge now has active participants spanning from Australia, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and across the United States, who share the foundation’s resolve to become the beginning of an end to an unimaginable injustice, and to ignite the restoration of lives afflicted by human trafficking. The organization was featured on a WEDU documentary highlighting the prevalence of human trafficking in Tampa Bay, and is an active participant in the Tampa Bay Community Campaign Against Human Trafficking, as well as the Abolish Movement spearheaded by the Junior League of Tampa.

Redefining Refuge has presented both the challenges and successes of providing safe housing to minor victims of sex trafficking to the Florida House of Representatives Healthy Families Subcommittee and the Florida Stands Against Human Trafficking Legislative Caucus, and was featured as a Resource Provider during the Statewide Human Trafficking Summit at the University of South Florida.

Nascimento was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences at the University of South Florida and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration at the University of Southern California. For her work in this sector, Nascimento was nominated as a finalist for the WEDU BeMore Awards in the category of BeMore Entrepreneurial.

Sessions & Speakers

Communication that Counts Barriers to communication can feel insurmountable to some physicians. Important information must be shared with patients, but how to do this when time is at a premium, emotions are running high, and communication skills training has been minimal? Participate in this session to learn the best tips for connecting with patients when it matters most.Lindy Davidson, MDiv, PhD, University of South Florida Honors College
Crush the Med School InterviewMaybe there’s no way to completely calm your nerves, but this session will get you moving in that direction. Learn how to put your best foot forward, how to consider a variety of angles, and how to anticipate what will happen during the crucial conversations that stand between you and med school. Explore how you will be evaluated, what the interviewers expect, and what you can do to make sure you’re a standout.
Be one of the first to register for a chance to receive a FREE signed copy of The PreMed Playbook – Guide to the Medical School Interview by Dr. Ryan Gray (limited quantities available).
Ryan Gray, MD, Med School Headquarters
Drugged and Doped in Med School: A Growing ProblemThe competition doesn’t end once you get into med school - there is pressure to perform and outrank classmates in every academic institution. Many students are turning to performance enhancing drugs or other medications to ease their anxiety - without prescriptions. How can you prepare yourself for the steep challenges, and stay healthy while conquering them? Gain strategies in this informative session.Daniel Gouger, MD, Education and Advocacy Fellow, AMSA National
From Community College to Med SchoolFor too long, students have been told it’s impossible to get to med school from community college. The truth is, there are numerous advantages to getting foundational courses done at a community college. Join AMSA National president and premed regional director Haya Al Any as they share their own stories and provide insight to help you get to med school. Joey Johnson, DO, AMSA National President

Haya Al Any, AMSA Premedical Region 2 Director

Genetics: Doc vs Counselor?The popularity of genetic testing has exploded, and with it a plethora of personalized information for people to sift through. Many physicians are taking it upon themselves to perform genetic counseling with patients, even though they have not been trained and admit to not knowing how to address all questions they’re asked. Spend time with genetic counselor Laura Barton and hear how partnerships between genetic counselors and physicians benefit everyone involved, most especially the patients.Laura Barton, MA, MS, Genetic Counselor, Moffitt Cancer Center
Help in Sight: Corneal TransplantsSince 1961, more than 1,500,000 men, women, and children worldwide have had their sight restored through corneal transplantation. And did you know that everyone is a “universal” donor for corneal tissue? That means age, eye color, status of sight, even blood type is not a concern. Participate in this fascinating session to hear how eye donors change lives and provide hope to cure blinding illnesses. Jason Woody, President/CEO of the Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research, Inc.

Robert Perez, Loving Father and Corneal Transplant Recipient

MCAT StrategiesThere are a number of considerations when prepping for the MCAT. How will you manage the time limit? What are the different approaches for various kinds of questions? How can you maximize your knowledge to get the score you want? Hear from experts and learn methods to boost your confidence and improve your results. Joe Hazel, Kaplan Test Prep Pre-Health Faculty
Personal Statement Workshop Maybe you know what you want to say, but aren’t sure how to say it. Or maybe you’ve got a statement so fantastic it should be published - but you want confirmation. This session is designed for anyone thinking about their personal statement, no matter where they are in the process. Learn what to include, what to discard, how to structure it, and when you’ll know it’s perfect. Joey Johnson, DO, AMSA National President

Pratishtha Chhabra, AMSA National Secretary

Power of Post-Bacc ProgramsTaking time after undergraduate school to get another degree can bolster your application to med school and strengthen your study skills. The post-bacc is an opportunity demonstrate your ability to succeed in a fast-paced, competitive academic institution and can also compensate for other areas of application weakness. Is this the right path for you? Pratishtha Chhabra, AMSA National Secretary
Prepare! The Med School PortfolioYou know where you want to go. This session will help you get there. Learn how to evaluate schools to see if offer the right environment for you. Figure out the best time to take each pre-req. Explore options for extracurricular activities, determine who would write the best recommendation for you, and what will make you stand out the most in your application. Joe Hazel, Kaplan Test Prep Pre-Health Faculty
Specialty Spotlight: Determining Criminal Competency - The Psychiatrist’s RoleHow many times have you heard the phrase, “not competent to stand trial?” Explore the unique specialty of forensic psychiatry with a physician who makes those determinations. Dr. Northrup is responsible for declaring civil and criminal competency, sanity, and testamentary capacity. He serves as an expert witness and has testified or provided depositions more than 75 times in the last four years. George Northrup, MD
The OR: Not Just a Man's WorldLess than 20% of surgeons in the US are women. What has led to this underrepresentation? What does the lifestyle of a surgeon mean for women? All students should plan to attend this session - not only women - to hear how this specialty can benefit from changing the demographics, and to learn how you can be a part of those positive changes.
Sharona B. Ross, MD
What Patients Want: Advance DirectivesLess than 40% of Americans have communicated their health care wishes to family members and friends. This means when tragedy or advanced illness strikes, physicians are left wondering what the patient would want. Participate in this session to learn the ins and outs of making your own wishes known, and be ready to talk with patients about what they would want, in the event they couldn’t communicate on their own. Janet Keating, MD, Physician, Suncoast Hospice
When Good Docs Do Bad ThingsAre we better than the worst things we’ve ever done? Can the same be said for physicians who used their knowledge and training to perform scientific experiments without consent? “Do no harm” has often been put on the back burner throughout history. Many of us know about the Holocaust, but that is only one example of physicians abusing their power to the detriment of others. This session will challenge you to explore decision making skills while you review shameful practices of established physicians.Rebekah Apple, MA, DHSc, Director of Student Affairs and Programming, AMSA National

Other sessions you won’t want to miss:

  • Med School Resiliency
  • Suture Clinic
  • The Perspective of a Med School Admissions Professional
  • Splinting Workshop … and more to come!

You’ll also want to participate in the tour of the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine campus, in the heart of Tampa.