Health Journalism 2013: Highlights

Take part in the largest annual gathering of journalists focused on health and health care.

Sessions are being organized now on the latest in medical research, what’s still ahead in health reform, new public health concerns, clinical changes taking place, understanding the business of health care and more. Along with panels, attendees will be offered workshops, field trips and news briefings.

Donald Berwick
Donald Berwick

David Goldhill
David Goldhill

Pamela Hartzband and Jerome Groopman
Pamela Hartzband and Jerome Groopman

Farzad Mostashari
Farzad Mostashari

Deval Patrick
Deval Patrick

Our spotlight speakers include:

  • Donald M. Berwick, M.D., former president and CEO, Institute for Healthcare Improvement; former administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

  • David Goldhill, president and CEO of GSN (formerly the Game Show Network), and author of “Catastrophic Care: How American Health Care Killed My Father – And How We Can Fix It”

  • Jerome Groopman, M.D., the Dina and Raphael Recanati Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School and chief of experimental medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

  • Pamela Hartzband, M.D., an attending physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and assistant professor at the Harvard Medical School

  • Farzad Mostashari, M.D., Sc.M., national coordinator for health information technology

  • Deval Patrick, now in his second term as governor of Massachusetts

Freelance PitchFest

Attention AHCJ Freelance Writers! Editors from some of the top magazines, newspapers and websites are coming to Boston to meet you! This will give you an opportunity to sit down and discuss your ideas one-on-one with editors from selected publications. On Friday, March 15, writers who have signed up ahead of time will have a limited amount of time with each editor, so come prepared to sell your work. That means you need to arrive with specific pitches for the editors, as well as clips, resume, etc. This has been called AHCJ's version of “speed dating for writers” and we keep things moving to make as many matches with editors and writers possible.

Awards luncheon

Journalists who did the best work of 2012 will be recognized with the annual Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism.


There will be evening receptions on Thursday and Saturday, providing casual opportunities to meet and catch up with your fellow health care journalists.

Membership meeting

Come hear about AHCJ's latest efforts from your elected board.


Join us in the Exhibit Hall for desserts, snacks and great AHCJ prize giveaways.

How-to Sunday

Sessions on the last day of the conference will give you skills and resources you can take home and use right away:

  • Deciphering inspection reports to cover hospital quality

  • Navigating PubMed and

  • Freelance: Continuing to progress in your career

  • Diving into documents: Using 990s and more to cover hospital finances

  • How to cover nursing homes with more depth and data

  • Backgrounding health care workers in your town