Graphic for 2020 Medical Student Advocacy and Region Conference (MARC).

Thank you for spending a weekend in our nation's capital to advocate for the future of medicine. During the 2020 American Medical Association Medical Student Advocacy & Region Conference (MARC), attendees:

  • Participated in interactive sessions about current legislation affecting students and learned how to be a successful advocate.
  • Spent a full afternoon on Capitol Hill and met with U.S. senators and representatives.
  • Networked and socialized with students from across the country to discuss region business, advocacy and leadership opportunities.
  • Received a professional headshot for free.

Meeting documents

Staying healthy

We know that many are concerned by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. Prevention is the best approach. For that reason, AMA MARC was a handshake-free meeting.

General preventative measures include:

  • Hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoiding contact with people who are sick
  • Staying at home when you are sick
  • Covering your face when coughing or sneezing
  • Throwing any used facial tissues in the trash
  • Frequently disinfecting surfaces you may touch

For more information please visit the AMA COVID-19 resource center.


Medical students standing in front of the Capitol building.

MARC - Students with umbrellas on the Capitol steps

Medical students gather in front of Capitol Hill for the all MARC attendee photo before the advocacy day begins.

Med students outside Capitol during the 2020 Medical Student Advocacy & Region Conference (MARC)

Medical students climb the steps of Capitol Hill headed to a visit with their state representative.  

Med students climbing the steps to the Capitol during the 2019 Medical Student Advocacy & Region Conference (MARC)


2020 AMA MARC March 5–7, 2020

Thursday, March 5

3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Conference registration

4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Opening and welcome

4:45 pm - 7:00 pm
Keynote and congressional addresses

Joining us will be: Sen. John Barrasso, MD (R-Wyo.); Rep. Brad Wenstrup, DPM (R-Ohio); and Rep. Kim Schrier, MD (D-Wash.)

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Education on the issues

This interactive session will focus on the health policy issues that students will support on Capitol Hill.

Friday, March 6

8:00 am - 9:00 am
Session on effective lobbying techniques

Receive expert training for Capitol Hill visits from Christopher Sherin of the AMA Division of Congressional Affairs, with time for Q&A.

9:00 am - 9:40 am
All-attendee medical student picture on Capitol Hill

Depart for the Hill and gather at the steps of the Capitol for a group picture in our white coats. Picture will be taken promptly at 10:40 a.m.

10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Capitol Hill visits

Please arrive early to your scheduled meeting. Dining options are available in the Capitol, House and Senate buildings and in the L’Enfant Plaza.

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Professional headshots

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
"Power to Heal" documentary viewing

Explore the struggle to secure equal and adequate access to health care for all Americans.

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
AMA Medical Student and Advocacy Region Conference reception

Saturday, March 7

8:00 am - 9:00 am
Breakfast with COLA

Join the AMA Medical Student Section Committee on Legislation and Advocacy (COLA) to review issues affecting the health of the nation.

9:00 am - 10:10 am
Region breakout meetings

Discuss business, organize local community service efforts, and highlight student members within the region who are moving medicine.

9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Professional headshots

10:10 am - 12:50 pm
Education programming

Topics include immigration and health, AI and medicine, and health policy and children.

12:50 pm - 1:00 pm
MARC closing remarks

Travel Info

480 L’Enfant Plaza SW

Washington, DC 20024