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The 2013 Paul Ambrose Scholars Symposium Group Photo

Symposium: June 20-22, 2014

The symposium empowers health professions students by enhancing their leadership skills and teaching them important public health competencies in both an interactive and lecture-style forum. Scholars will gain a deeper understanding of the complexities and varying attitudes toward public health and learn methods to affect change in their own community. Students leave with a deeper understanding of their role in our complex public health system.

Past speakers include prominent United States public health officials such as Surgeons General, Assistant Secretaries for Health and other governmental officials, industry experts, and veteran public health practitioners with expertise in areas including:

  • Evidence-based Public Health Decision Making
  • Health Policy & Media Advocacy
  • Preventive Medicine and Public Health
  • Project Planning
  • Healthcare Reform
  • Leadership and Underserved Medicine
  • Career Opportunities
  • Funding Resources
  • Change Agent Training

Past Participating Surgeons General:

  • David Satcher, MD
  • Richard H. Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS
  • Regina Benjamin, MD
  • Boris D. Lushniak, MD, MPH

APTR directly pays for hotel accommodations on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening of the Symposium, and all scholars are required to stay at the Symposium hotel. Full attendance throughout the duration of the Symposium is required.

Scholars will be responsible for their personal travel arrangements and expenses to Washington, DC for the three-day Symposium. APTR encourages scholars to work with their academic institutions to help sponsor their travel costs.

Community-Based Project

Following the symposium, scholars develop and implement a Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators focused project at their institutions or in their communities. Students enlist a mentor from their institution who has previous knowledge and interest in prevention and public health to guide them in executing the project. With support from APTR, scholars have one year to complete this unique project and receive a mini-grant to assist with project-related costs upon completion.

2012 Report on PASP Community Projects

PASP Reflections

Every year APTR releases a PASP Reflections document with student demographics of that year's Paul Ambrose Scholars class, highlights from the symposium, and a few student testimonials.

2013 PASP Reflections document

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