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The 2009 Student Physicians for Social Responsibility National Conference

March 12, 2009

Medical students and health professionals from around the nation and the world will be gathering in New York City this April for a groundbreaking conference on how health professionals can help heal our planet.  The Student Physicians for Social Responsibility (SPSR) 2009 National Conference, Prescription for a Healthy and Secure Planet, will take place from April 3rd 5th at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.  The conference will feature many of our nation’s most renowned medical, public health, environment and security experts.  Featured speakers include: Dr. Paul Epstein, Associate Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School, Joe Cirincione, President of Ploughshares Fund, and many more.  In addition to several exciting keynote speakers, plenary sessions, and interactive workshops, the conference will feature a performance of Damaged Care-The Musical Comedy about Health Care in America and also a screening of the film "Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives" followed by a discussion with the producers of the film.

Activists from around the country will be joining to hear the latest challenges and solutions to the critical environmental health and nuclear weapons issues of our day. Topics covered will include: 

  • The public health impact of global warming and how health professionals can respond.
  • How to “green” hospitals and healthcare.
  • Health and the new energy economy.
  • Combating Environmental Toxins.
  • Preventing the use of nuclear weapons through their global elimination.
  • Medical Activism

For more information or to register, either visit our website at, or contact Laicie Olson at or Lauren Zajac and Tova Fuller at