News Release: Emory Healthcare , School of Medicine

Apr. 14,  2010

Medical Volunteerism Conference Held at Emory University

April 16-18 event is a celebration of national & international medical & health volunteerism

News Article ImageFor more information, the conference schedule, and to register for this free event, go to

Health professionals and the general public are gathering at Emory University this weekend for a free conference on medical volunteerism.

The inaugural "International Conference on Medical Volunteerism" (ICMV) is hosted by the Emory School of Medicine and co-hosted by Morehouse School of Medicine, Mercer University School of Medicine, Medical College of Georgia, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Medical University of South Carolina.

The April 16-18 event, billed as a celebration of national and international medical and health volunteerism, will feature keynote addresses, group sessions and brainstorming panel discussions on a variety of topics. Participants will be able to network with the general public, students, nurses and physicians representing all areas of health care.

"We're offering a diverse array of events and presenters in hopes of inspiring more people to volunteer and creating synergies among volunteer organizations and volunteers themselves," says Neil Shulman, MD, associate professor at Emory University School of Medicine and chairman of the Conference Organizing Committee.

"We want attendees to walk away with new, innovative ways and connections to help improve the overall health of the human race, particularly the underserved," Shulman says.

Sessions will provide information about activities such as screenings, free clinics, surgical interventions, public health education and health care provider training, and offer attendees new insights into a range of volunteer opportunities in Atlanta and around the world.

Key speakers include George Lundberg, past editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Medical Association and Allen Dollar, MD, an Emory cardiologist who has adopted children from around the world during his medical expeditions. Participants will also hear from:

  • A senior high school student who has been participating in medical missions to the Dominican Republic every year since the age of 10.
  • A team of volunteers who have gone to Haiti, in a session moderated by Haitian doctors and other Haitian health professionals.
  • A surgeon who gave up his practice to travel to African countries teaching local doctors how to be surgeons.
  • A young doctor from Harvard who is recruiting a community of people to renovate a cluster of warehouse buildings in Atlanta to establish a free clinic. It will be next door to a building for homeless families and another building where low-income inner-city kids are becoming chefs in their free time.
  • A doctor who treats homeless people and leads an international group of physicians who have taken his "street medicine" approach to locations around the world.

For more information, the conference schedule, and to register for this free event, go to

If you are a member of the media and plan to cover this event, please contact Jennifer Johnson at 404-727-5696


The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University is an academic health science and service center focused on missions of teaching, research, health care and public service.

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