SALUD Summit 2023

March 24-28, 2023
Washington, DC

With support from the
Georgetown University School of Medicine
and the
Association of American Medical Colleges

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The Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) is proud to announce the 1st Annual SALUD (Student Advocacy, Leadership, Unity, and Diversity) Summit, ​to be held in Washington, DC on March 24-27, 2023. This year’s event kicks off our transition to the Spring event SALUD Summit, a move away from the Fall event, Policy Summit. Moreover, this event represents the latest product of a grassroots, student-driven movement that began in the 1960’s, aimed at improving healthcare policy for underserved communities in the United States.

LMSA and its antecedent organizations were created to increase the number of Latina/o/x, Hispanic, or of Spanish Origin + (LHS+) individuals in medicine; to provide them and their peers with the educational resources and programming necessary to promote their success; and to increase access to excellent and culturally relevant healthcare for what is now the largest non-white ethnic group in the United States. LMSA events address these objectives by exposing attendees to critical issues affecting healthcare and medical education, and by providing attendees with opportunities to further develop as physicians, leaders, and advocates for the patients they serve.

The annual LMSA SALUD Summit aims to bring high school students, pre-medical undergraduates, medical students, residents, and practicing physicians together in order to discuss how to best meet the needs of the underserved communities we encounter. The Summit serves as a forum for many key topics in healthcare, from chronic disease and medical Spanish to healthcare policy and allyship. In addition, the Summit consistently exposes attendees to workshops and panels covering strategies for success for applying to and thriving in medical school, clinical skills, and student leadership training. Through this year’s summit theme, El Pueblo Unido, we hope our attendees will further develop the knowledge and leadership skills necessary to bring about positive change for our patients and our profession, especially during these unprecedented times.

Make sure to register ASAP! See below for information regarding regular and late registration. For any questions or concerns regarding this event, please reach out to

COVID-19 Provisions

COVID-19 Provisions

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues in the U.S., LMSA is actively monitoring federal, state, local, and institutional public health guidelines to ensure a safe and successful National Conference. At this time, SALUD2023 will take place primarily in person. Virtual participation is discussed below.

Please note: LMSA and the venue will require all in-person attendees to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19. We strongly encourage attendees to upload a copy of their Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 vaccination card during registration. Otherwise, proof of vaccination must be displayed at time of check-in. Additionally, universal masking will be required throughout SALUD2023, unless otherwise directed by federal, state, or local authorities.

LMSA reserves the right to refuse entry to or remove individuals who do not comply with these requirements. For those unable to travel or meet the vaccination requirement, SALUD Summit will offer the following options for virtual attendees:

  • Live-streamed keynote lectures registrants
  • Recorded workshops and breakout sessions for registrants

The Exhibitor Fairs will exclusively take place in person, unless otherwise determined by event organizers.All attendees are encouraged to download the LMSA Hub app to their mobile devices in order to access all of SALUD2023 on the go.

Summit 2023 Venues


On Friday, March 24, 2023, the SALUD Summit Welcome Social will be held at:

Northside Social Arlington, located at 3211 Wilson Blvd, Arlington VA 22201.

On Saturday, March 25, 2023, SALUD Summit programming will take place at:

Georgetown University School of Medicine, located at 3900 Reservoir Rd NW, Washington, DC 20007.

Instructions for reaching the registration table are below:

Registration will begin at 7:00 am on 3/25/23 and will be at the Georgetown University School of Medicine campus in the Med-Dent building 1st floor at the North East entrance.

On Sunday, March 26, 2023, SALUD Summit programming will take place at:

The Association of American Medical Colleges, located at 655 K Street, NW, Suite 100 Washington, DC 20001-2399.

Please bring your conference badge and proceed to the second floor to check in with LMSA event organizers.

On Monday, March 26, 2023, SALUD Summit programming will take place at:

Capitol Hill (more information to follow soon)



To accommodate attendees and exhibitors at discounted rates, LMSA has secured a housing block at the Hyatt Centric Arlington, located at 1325 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209.

Rooms are $179/night and can be reserved using this link:

If any questions arise, please call Hyatt directly at (703) 525-1234.


Tentative Agenda: All events and times are subject to change. Space is limited for Friday, Sunday and Monday programming so remember to RSVP to them when you register!

Workshop Tracks

Summit Workshop Tracks

SALUD2023 will proudly be offering 3 separate workshop tracks with different speakers for each workshop hour depending on the track. Final list of speakers to be announced!

  • Diversity and Unity Track: Hear from speakers about how to maximize DEI efforts and programming and policy at your schools and institutions.
  • Leadership Track: Learn valuable leadership skills from professionals in the medical and public health fields.
  • Policy and Advocacy Track: Gain first hand experience on policy writing such as op-eds and briefs as well as how to best advocate for the communities we serve.

Attendees may move between tracks throughout the event.


Dr. Lorenzo Antonio Gonzalez

Lorenzo Antonio Gonzalez is the National President of the Committee of Interns and Residents
(CIR-SEIU), the largest physician labor union representing training physicians and fellows throughout the

Most recently, he is the graduate of the inaugural AMA + Satcher Leadership Institute’s Medical
Justice in Advocacy Fellowship and completed his training as the Chief Resident for Harbor UCLA’s Family
Medicine Residency.

Katherine Cruz

As a legislative analyst at the AAMC, Kat helps cover the diversity and health equity portfolio. She also helps run the Health Professions and Nursing Education Coalition (HPNEC), which consists of over 90 health organizations and student groups that advocate for the education, training, and well-being of our nation’s health students and workforce.

Prior to the AAMC, Kat worked as a policy associate at the Research-to-Policy Collaboration, and as a program coordinator at the American Heart Association.

Kat holds a Bachelor of Science and Arts in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin and is currently working towards her Master of Science in Public Health in Health Policy at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Franklyn Rocha-Cabrero M.D.

Franklyn Rocha-Cabrero M.D. is an attending physician board certified neurologist, avid writer, active community leader, educator and CEO/Owner of Imperium RevDoc (IRD) Neuroanalysis.

 Dr. Rocha Cabrero is a first-generation student and physician. He completed his adult neurology residency at Jackson Memorial County-University of Miami Hospital in 2021. He pursued his fellowship training in clinical neurophysiology with focus on epilepsy and intraoperative monitoring at the University of California-Irvine (UCI) in Orange, California.

He has been extensively involved in organized medicine leadership, health policy, and community organizing at multiple local, state and national levels.

Summit Exhibitor Fair

SALUD2023 Sponsor & Exhibitor Fair

Exhibitors and Sponsors, registration for the SALUD Summit Exhibitor Fair is now open!

The event will take place in person on Saturday, March 25 2023 from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm in Washington D.C. at the Georgetown University School of Medicine campus.

Register by Feb 10th 2023 to receive early bird pricing! Tables are limited. Once registered, submit your exhibitor material as soon as possible in order to ensure your benefits are met.

Sponsorship Tiers (and benefits)

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to

Research Symposium

The SALUD Research Symposium

LMSA student members will have the opportunity to showcase their ongoing research projects at the SALUD2023 Research Symposium, scheduled for Saturday March 25, 2023.

Important Dates:

  • Abstract submission deadline: February 1, 2023 EXTENDED to February 15th, 2023, 11:59 PM EST
  • Poster presentation status: We will notify you via email if you have been selected to present on a rolling basis.
  • Poster Presentation: March 25th, 2023 3:00 PM EST – 5:00 PM EST

Awards & Prizes available for:

  • Pre-Health Student Category: 1st place and 2nd place
  • Medical Student Category: 1st place and 2nd place

If you have any questions, please reach out to Sinibaldo Romero Arocha at We look forward to reviewing your abstracts.

Gala & Graduate Ceremony

SALUD Summit Gala

Join us for our Gala & Graduate Ceremony during SALUD2023! This is a wonderful opportunity to congratulate our graduating medical students as they prepare to join the medical workforce as physicians. During the Gala, LMSA also announces recipients of our scholarships and awards, making the evening a fantastic celebratory event.

The Gala will take place on Saturday, March 24, 2023, starting at 7pm Eastern. The formal Gala program, lasting until 10pm, will be streamed for virtual attendees. Informal dancing, networking, and photos will continue from 10pm to 12am (location TBA).

Admission to the Gala requires the purchase of a Gala ticket add-on during registration. Make sure to add one to your Cart along with your SALUD2023 registration!