See what med students and physicians have to say about coming to PremedFest and how AMSA programming has impacted their training!

PremedFest gave me the tools necessary to further my journey to becoming a physician. I thought I knew exactly what kind of doctor I wanted to be and how I would accomplish that, but the various workshops gave me a clearer insight how to achieve my goals. The workshops opened my eyes to the doctor that I wanted to become. I was able to register 33 pre-med students to attend the event from my local chapter and next year I plan to bring even more. Being able to interact with other students from all over the country and learn from their experiences was one of the best aspects of PremedFest. The chance to network with other like-minded pre-meds and physicians in a collaborative environment was invaluable. My fellow students and I also gained valuable tips and skills to use when tackling the MCAT. In addition, I found the suturing workshop very interesting and it gave me an opportunity to see what is to come in medical school. I have attended the last three PremedFest events and every year the event is better than the last. Each year, I have experienced or learned something I did not the year before. My friends and I can’t wait for the next PremedFest to help us on our journey to medical school. Since PremedFest was such an awesome experience, I am definitely attending the upcoming AMSA National Convention and Exposition in Washington D.C.!
– H. Retz

Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend to the 2016 National AMSA PremedFest in Tampa, FL for the first time. It was one of the best experiences that I had in the three years that I have been a member of AMSA! I learned how to suture, met different medical school admissions staff, networked with pre-medical and medical students from different states of the country. In addition, I had the opportunity to learn how to approach the new MCAT and strategies that made me feel more confident about the new MCAT as well. After PremedFest, I feel more confident about the medical school application and the admission process. If you have the opportunity to attend to the next PremedFest, I definitely highly recommend it!
– M. Santana

I have attended PremedFest twice since I joined my AMSA chapter, and I always look forward to the next one. PremedFest is a great opportunity to get out of your comfort zone, meet new people, and of course, have fun! If you are interested in becoming a health professional I would truly recommend attending this conference. You leave with important knowledge in regards to applications, tests like the MCAT, what it means to be a doctor, and many other things that we all know can be very stressful. If you are ready to take a step forward in your path of becoming a physician, attend PremedFest.
– A. Parra

My experience at Premed Fest conference itself was very enjoyable and informative. I feel like I gained a lot from it, especially with all the numerous of opportunities they have. My favorite section was the one about organ donation and having three different speakers come out and talk about their experience. The section about assisting the patient with their own death was very intriguing as well since some people see that as going against medicine. I feel like this workshop will help me on my journey to becoming a physician by seeing the difference of how everyone sees medicine. I would strongly suggest this event to any pre-health or pre-med student.
– A. Bautista

The PremedFest that just passed was the first time I attended, and although it wasn’t long, I felt that it was a rewarding and enriching experience. With a host of workshops and informational sessions touching on a variety of issues in health and medicine ranging from suturing to assisted suicide, I can confidently say there was something to learn for everyone. And it just scratched the surface of what it means to be a healthcare professional. I particularly enjoyed the discussion on the state of health care in Florida because it is a travesty that so many get by with so little in terms of medical care. I would recommend PremedFest to anyone interested in becoming a physician.
– J. Ordonez

This was my second time being part of AMSA PremedFest and it was an incredible conference just as I expected. My weekend in Tampa started with visiting USF Morsani College of Medicine and being part of the tour gave me not just information but also the opportunity to walk through its corridors and rooms of one of the medical schools I will be applying to in the future. The familiarity I got from USF allowed me to feel ready for the conference itself. I learned a lot of current events around the world in healthcare from Scott Darius in the general session. In one of the workshops I learned how important it is to have a dual degree, at least for me, since I already have a degree in health administration and envision opening my own practice. I learned in the Breaking Bad News workshop something that is very underrated in the path to the medical degree, which is the skill to give someone bad news regarding their health or the health of their loved ones. In addition, I learned the basics of interviewing and the dos and don’ts for that well awaited moment. Overall, it was an amazing experience, especially since I enjoyed with my fellow pre-meds, an experience that I would love to be part of again in the upcoming PremedFest.
– M. Schreiber

When I think of my experience at the 2016 National AMSA PremedFest the word “opportunity” comes to mind! I learned how to suture and I was able to put my suture skills into action, and I had the opportunity to meet and introduce myself to medical school admissions counselors. I networked with board certified physicians, current medical students, and pre-medical students from across the country. I learned how to approach the new MCAT exam, and some tips/tricks to strategically approach the medical school application and admissions process. This was definitely an experience that I recommend.
– V. Melus

image02“Pre-med fest is an incredible opportunity to discover the multi-faceted world of medicine.

The practice of medicine is both an art and science, but often becomes skewed to the very technical aspects of the field. Pre-med fest is a venture into the heart and soul of medicine – why we practice, how to better listen to our patients, how to make a difference on the level of patient advocacy and social justice. Plus, you can never go wrong with Patch Adams! Come frolic and learn with us in the beautiful Florida sunshine!”

Aliye Runyan MD
Education and Research Fellow 2012-2014
OBGyn resident, PGY2
Graduate Trustee


image00“Attending AMSA conferences solidified my passion for providing person-centric care while simultaneously improving the healthcare system that renders that care. Nowhere else will you find such focus on the core tenets being a good doctor for yourself, your patients, and your community.”

Richard Bruno, MD MPH
Family & Preventive Medicine Resident,
MedStar Franklin Square & Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health



image01“In order to be in medicine, it is necessary to be well-balanced in all means. This includes balance among the mind, body, spirit, and community, and the AMSA PreMed Fest provides an opportunity to attain that balance. As a premedical student, you often find yourself engrossed in your academics, but I truly encourage you to attend this enriching event. Looking back, I wish I’d had this opportunity as a premed student!”

Ramona Mittal, MBA-HOM
MD Candidate, TTUHSC School of Medicine
AMSA Regional Director Region 4



“As a pre-medicine student not enough emphasis is placed on the practice of medicine. AMSA’s Premed Fest is an amazing opportunity for premed students to learn how to take care of their patients and themselves through introspection and experiential learning.”

Mallika Sabharwal, MD candidate, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
AMSA Public Health Coordinator

“Your medical school experience is what you make of it- immerse yourself in AMSA and take advantage of incredible opportunities to develop into the physician you want to be and the leader the world needs.  Involvement in AMSA opens doors to exciting and formative experiences that will broaden your perspective on the breadth of the field of medicine while making you into an extremely competitive applicant.  I couldn’t imagine applying to medical school without the experiences and value that AMSA involvement provides.”

Teddy Fagrelius, MD
PGY1 Emergency Medicine Resident, Johns Hopkins
Past AMSA Fellow

What we learn in medical education has the possibility to be endlessly fascinating and empowering; however, the process of medical education often leaves students feeling isolated, powerless, and infantilized.  AMSA brings students together to makes sure that you are the subjects–the drivers–of your education, not merely empty vessels drinking from fire hoses.  Come to AMSA’s Premed Fest 2016 today and take charge of your future as medical students and physicians.  

Flávio Casoy, M.D.
Private Practice
Psychiatry and Psychotherapy