Grenada Conference Program of Events


Saralyn Mark, MD, an endocrinologist, geriatrician and women’s health specialist, was the first Senior Medical Advisor to the Office on Women’s Health within the Department of Health and Human Services and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).  Dr. Mark is responsible for the development and analysis of initiatives and programs on emerging technologies, public health preparedness, physician workforce issues, sex and gender-based medicine and women’s health on Earth and in space.

As a pioneer in women’s health, she designed the first women’s health fellowship in the United States, helped create the National Centers of Leadership in Academic Medicine, the National Centers of Excellence in Women’s Health in academic and community health centers across the country and landmark educational campaigns on critical health issues. Dr. Mark is now President of SolaMed Solutions, LLC. In this capacity, she serves as a medical and scientific policy advisor to organizations and agencies including the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, NASA, academia, industry, and non-governmental and professional society organizations.

She is an alumna of the New York University School of Medicine and Barnard College of Columbia University and completed her residency, fellowships and first academic appointment at the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF). She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Wayne State University.


Addressing Top Questions from IMGsCertification by The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) is the standard for evaluating the qualifications of physicians educated outside the United States. ECFMG Certification also is a requirement for IMGs to take Step 3 of the three-step USMLE and to obtain an unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States. Hear from the Assistant Vice President of ECFMG and get your top questions answered in this session. Assistant Vice President, Communications & Outreach at ECFMG, Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates
Specialty Spotlight: NeonatologyExplore this subspecialty of pediatrics with Dr. Anthony Orsini, who in addition to working with premature and/or ill infants also provides training to residents around the country in compassionate communication. Gain insight on successfully navigating the toughest conversations about the most delicate patients. Anthony Orsini, DO, Orlando Health; Founder, Breaking Bad News Foundation
MCAT Strategies That WorkGet ready to crush the MCAT with strategies that boost your motivation and allow you to rely on what you know. Hear from the MCAT experts and develop your own plan to move forward and reach your goal: med school!Kaplan Test Prep
What’s Your EQ?Have you ever had a conversation go so wrong that you can’t even imagine what happened? Do you know why other people respond to you the way they do? Take the time to explore your EQ – emotional intelligence – and learn how to better connect with those around you. It’s a must-have skill for docs, but one that you won’t learn in med school!Kevin O’Connor, CSP
Presenting the PatientYour classmates are watching. The attending is waiting. Do you know best practices for presenting a patient on rounds? Talk with a family medicine clerkship director and get prepared for what many med students find the most jittery-inducing experience of their training.Nicole Bentze, DO, Clerkship Director for Family Medicine, Florida State University
It’s Not All Species Specific: ZoonosesBacterial, viral, and parasitic diseases capable of being transmitted from vertebrate animals to humans present complex public health issues. Examine the various zoonoses, their methods of transmission, and more in this fascinating session.
Good Docs Doing Bad ThingsThe Atomic Age included testing on African Americans without their consent. The “study” of Hepatitis included infecting developmentally delayed children with the virus. And physicians performed heinous experiments on thousands of Jews during the Holocaust. How did docs turn away from their oath in order to carry out these unethical acts? Explore the history – and current issues – in this fascinating session.Rebekah Apple, MA, DHSc, Director of Student Affairs and Programming, AMSA National
Surviving Med SchoolAnxiety, exhaustion, and worry can become all-consuming in the med school experience. Hear from AMSA’s National President and consider strategies for survival! You’ll have the chance to think about what works – and doesn’t work – for you, and get suggestions from your peers.Joey Johnson, DO, President, AMSA National
Breaking Bad NewsDelivering bad news is never easy, but being on the receiving end is even harder. Patients and families never forget the way they learned the worst. Participate in this riveting session focused on preparing you to share difficult information with patients and families.
Critical Residency Interviewing SkillsThere are lots of ways to leave a good impression during a residency interview … and plenty to leave a bad one, too. Gain skills to address the tough questions, answer with confidence rather than arrogance, and find out what you want to know about the programs without asking in a way that alienates your interviewers. Nicole Bentze, DO, Clerkship Director for Family Medicine, Florida State University
Issues in Tropical Medicine and Global HealthMalaria. HIV. Sanitation. Tuberculosis. The issues in tropical medicine and global health continue to grow. Hear from the experts about how these concerns affect families, fertility, and more, and consider whether a career in this field is for you.
Residency Round TableTalk with current residents about their specialties of choice and how they decided on their career path. What obstacles did they have to overcome? What do they find most challenging? Most rewarding? Sit in on this session and get your questions answered.
Residency: The IMG AngleWhat do program directors seek in foreign medical graduates? How can you best position yourself to get that coveted spot? Talk with experts in graduate med ed about their perspectives and experiences, and benefit from their insight.Nicole Bentze, DO, Clerkship Director for Family Medicine, Florida State University; Anthony Orsini, DO, Orlando Health; Founder, Breaking Bad News Foundation
Who Are You, and Why Does it Matter in Residency?The one thing that always remains within our control: how we react to circumstances. Do you know your strengths and challenges relative to the situation around you? Discover methods to make your residency a success – and make sure you know how to communicate that plan during interviews. AMSA’s customized self-awareness assessment will be administered online prior to the conference to ensure you are able to maximize what you learn.Joshua Caulfield, IOM, Executive Director, AMSA National


Explore St. George’s University

Explore the beautiful campus of St. George’s University, find out what sets the school apart, and talk with administration about life in the West Indies.


Clinical Skills Sessions

Take part in a variety of clinical skill building sessions like suturing, sim lab activities, and more.