By Mona Singh (Friday, Jan 21, 2011)
On February 12, 2011, medical, nursing, dental, pharmacy, and public health professional students — who are all leaders and human rights activists — will convene at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA for the 2011 PHR National Student Conference.
That Saturday will be filled with the excitement that brought so many of us to the health professions: the vision for a more humane and healthier world. Since I began medical school, PHR’s annual national conference has rejuvenated and strengthened my motivation for practicing medicine and making a difference in public service. I invite you to experience the power and camaraderie of our gathering this year!
I’ve just heard that Dr. Jack Geiger — the man who created the community health center model, not to mention one of the founders of PHR — will be there to accept a special award. It will be amazing to hear him speak at the conference. Our Role, Our Responsibility: Defending Health and Human Rights will be your chance to also meet and interact with dynamic, world-renowned human rights leaders, including:
- Howard Zucker, MD, JD, LLM – A senior advisor to the Division of Global Health & Human Rights at Massachusetts General Hospital; formerly Assistant Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) and U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Health.
- Jennifer Leaning, MD, SMH – The Director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University and former PHR Board member who revealed the mass grave at Dasht-e-Leili, Afghanistan, and investigated systematic rape in Darfur, Sudan.
- Ramin Asgary, MD – A professor at Mt. Sinai who has worked with students to establish a new course on health and human rights. Dr. Asgary has worked with asylum seekers and refugees, both in the US and in international humanitarian crises.
- Khassan Baiev, MD – As a wartime trauma surgeon, Dr. Baiev treated thousands of civilians and combatants in Chechnya.
- Mohammed Ahmed Eisa, MD – Awarded the 2007 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award for his clinical and humanitarian work in Darfur, Sudan.
Come to the conference on Feb. 12 to hear about the first-hand experiences of human rights defenders, learn about opportunities for leadership, and develop hands-on advocacy skills.
Demonstrate your passion for human rights and your school’s accomplishments at the Sujal Parikh Memorial Education Expo by showcasing your research, service, group projects, new human rights courses, or photography. From now on, this annual Expo will commemorate and honor Sujal Parikh’s life and work.
You may be able to get sponsorship from your school for presenting at a conference. You can also apply for a scholarship. Get more information on how to raise financial support for your and your chapter’s attendance. There’s less than a month to go, so get your tickets now!
As a member of the Student Advisory Board, I know that this Conference will offer the opportunity to connect with amazing people and hear about new resources to educate your community. Register today, and then invite friends, faculty, residents, colleagues, and others you know will want to attend! Whether you are a leader or member of a PHR student chapter or new to PHR and just passionate about health and human rights, you will be glad you came.
Join us in Boston for a fun, exciting day to help advance a national movement to promote and protect human rights locally and globally, and advocate for a more just, healthier future for all.
Will you be there?
I look forward to seeing you!