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You're invited to the 2024 Aspiring Black Physicians' Conference: Building Bridges and Navigating Barriers on February 24, 2024!

Join Imani Clinic, UCD’s Health Professions Advising (HPA), and Kaiser Permanente for an inspiring and empowering event aimed at catalyzing the success of Black students pursuing careers in healthcare. 

Our second annual Aspiring Black Physicians Conference will bring together accomplished Black medical professionals and medical students to share their expertise, experiences, and invaluable insights into navigating the journey toward a successful healthcare career. From engaging panel discussions to meeting our keynote speaker, attendees will have opportunities to network, ask questions about admissions and career goals, and meet other aspiring physicians from their communities.


This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Lisa Ann Merritt, M.D., a general physiatrist of 33 years specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the UC Davis Medical Center.


Please join us at the UC Davis Medical School Campus on February 24th, 2024 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided. This event is open to all university and community college students. Students from UC Davis are eligible for free transportation from the Davis city area. 

To register for our conference, please visit this link:

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Lisa Merritt

Dr. Lisa Merritt is a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the UC Davis Medical Center. After completing her undergraduate studies at Georgetown University and her M.D. Degree at Howard University, she trained in family and 

community medicine at the University of California, San

Francisco and completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Baylor College of Medicine. As a physiatrist, she treats neurological musculoskeletal disorders with an emphasis on improving and optimizing function. Dr. Merritt also serves as a member of a variety of organizations including the Board Member Emeritus and Trustee of The John & Mabel Ringling Museum, the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR), the American Medical Association (AMA), and the Gulf Coast Medical Society. In addition to this, she serves as the founder and Executive Director of the Multicultural Health Institute (MHI) and is credited as one of the first preceptors of the Imani Clinic, making her a key part of the clinic’s history. Through these involvements, as well as her work with schools and local community organizations, Dr. Merritt has supported the lives of many. Through her efforts to promote health and wellness, and her mentorship of students, residents, and early clinicians, Dr. Merritt’s legacy lies in supporting future generations of Black and underrepresented medical professionals.

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