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See the Health Journalism 2011 program, speakers

Pia Christensen

About Pia Christensen

Pia Christensen (@AHCJ_Pia) is the managing editor/online services for AHCJ. She manages the content and development of healthjournalism.org, coordinates AHCJ's social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

We have been frantically updating the schedule this week for AHCJ’s annual conference with the names of speakers who will be there and the panels that will be offered in Philadelphia.

A Philadelphia-area and national programming committee helped review and distill the hundreds of session suggestions that we got from from AHCJ members and others. They also helped find great moderators and speakers.

There are sessions on public health issues, local hospital quality and finances, ethics and conflicts of interest in medicine, fraud in medical research, special events planned for our many freelance members, receptions and presentation of the Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism.

Take a look at the schedule and then make your plans to come to Philadelphia for Health Journalism 2011, April 14-17.

For those of you on Twitter, the hashtag is #ahcj11. Last year we saw more than 2,200 tweets about and from the conference, so we expect to see lots of action there again this year.

Giffords’ neurosurgeon to deliver keynote speech at Health Journalism 2011

Pia Christensen

About Pia Christensen

Pia Christensen (@AHCJ_Pia) is the managing editor/online services for AHCJ. She manages the content and development of healthjournalism.org, coordinates AHCJ's social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

G. Michael Lemole Jr., M.D., the neurosurgeon who treated U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords after she was shot in Tucson on Jan. 8., will be the keynote speaker at Health Journalism 2011.

G. Michael Lemole, M.D.
Lemole

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Other confirmed speakers include Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., director of the National Institutes of Health, and Donald M. Berwick, M.D., M.P.P., administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, who will take part in separate Newsmaker Briefings.

Health Journalism 2011Take a look at the topics to be covered at the best annual training event in health journalism, then register and make your hotel reservations. AHCJ’s annual conference will be April 14-17 in Philadelphia. Along with Newsmaker Briefings, it includes panels, workshops, field trips and networking opportunities for reporters interested in health and health care. The Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism will be presented.

Unprecedented number of fellowships available

Journalists covering rural health, working beats other than health, those working for the ethnic media and journalists in California, Missouri, New York and Oregon can apply for fellowships to attend the conference. Deadline: Feb. 23

NIH, CMS chiefs to speak at Newsmaker Briefings

Pia Christensen

About Pia Christensen

Pia Christensen (@AHCJ_Pia) is the managing editor/online services for AHCJ. She manages the content and development of healthjournalism.org, coordinates AHCJ's social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., director of the National Institutes of Health, and Donald M. Berwick, M.D., M.P.P., administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, will speak in separate Newsmaker Briefings at Health Journalism 2011.


Collins and Berwick

Berwick, who oversees programs that provide care to nearly one in three Americans and formerly headed up the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, will speak at the conference’s official kickoff session on Thursday, April 14.

Collins, who oversees the 27 institutes and centers of NIH and who led the effort to successfully map the human genome, will speak Friday, April 15.

Health Journalism 2011

The annual conference of the Association of Health Care Journalists will take place April 14-17 in Philadelphia. Along with Newsmaker Briefings, it includes panels, workshops, field trips and networking opportunities for reporters interested in health and health care.

Unprecedented number of fellowships available: Journalists covering rural health, working beats other than health, those working for the ethnic media and journalists in California, Missouri, New York and Oregon can apply for fellowships to attend the conference. Deadline to apply: Feb. 23

Multimedia piece explores Philly’s medical history

Pia Christensen

About Pia Christensen

Pia Christensen (@AHCJ_Pia) is the managing editor/online services for AHCJ. She manages the content and development of healthjournalism.org, coordinates AHCJ's social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

“Now, why Philly?”

That’s how the first stop begins on the interactive map for Marketplace’s “Philadelphia: The Birthplace of Healthcare” but it also could be a question about AHCJ’s 2011 conference.

The answers are remarkably similar.

Philadelphia has played a large role in the development of health care in this country. Some of the notable events, from the Marketplace piece:

  • Benjamin Franklin helped launch the pharmaceutical industry there.
  • Philly resident Philip Physick, inventor of dozens of surgical instruments, also invented an economic instrument that enabled surgeons to get paid.
  • An idealistic eye doctor there at the turn of the century helped launch what’s now a multi-billion dollar screening industry.

Marketplace’s project, which includes an interactive map timeline that leads you to audio and video pieces, provides an interesting tale of health care in that city. Hear about the surgical amphitheatre where people paid to watch surgery and how the first HMO came about. Find out how an eye doctor became responsible for the screening trend.

Most surprising is the use of puppets, a canoe and music to tell the stories.

Health Journalism 2011 set for Philadelphia

Pia Christensen

About Pia Christensen

Pia Christensen (@AHCJ_Pia) is the managing editor/online services for AHCJ. She manages the content and development of healthjournalism.org, coordinates AHCJ's social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

Put AHCJ’s annual conference on your calendar: April 14-17, 2011, in Philadelphia.Liberty Bell

The program will include dozens of panels, field trips, newsmaker briefings, Freelance Pitchfest, world-class speakers, 2010 Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism luncheon and a number of other special events. Expect sessions on covering health care, health research, public health, health policy, consumer health and the business of health.

Local and national planning committees have begun gathering conference ideas for review. The organization has negotiated a  a discounted hotel rate of $149 a night at the Sheraton Society Hill.

More details will be available in the weeks ahead, but set these days aside now for the best annual training event in health journalism.