Register for 2015 Regional Conference in Puerto Rico

February 28th – March 1st at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Carolina, PR

Welcome to the Latino Medical Student Association Southeast Regional Conference

We are very excited to invite you to our 7th Annual Regional Conference hosted by San Juan Bautista School of Medicine at Carolina, PR. This event will be held on February 28th – March 1st, 2015 and will bring together health professionals and students from across the southeast region.

The theme of the conference is “But You Don’t Look Latino/a.” Through various workshops, keynote addresses, and forum discussions, we will strive to create an understanding of the importance of health issues in the Latino community, the impact of cultural competency on healthcare, as well as diversity in the field. As we are all very excited to host this event, we hope that you will join us in La Isla del Encanto: Puerto Rico.

Conference Workshops & Speaker Profiles

iLatino: The Post-Latino World of Medicine

Dr. TalamantesDr. Efrain Talamantes, MD
LMSA CEO/Founder

Dr. Talamantes is an internal medicine physician who completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California, Los Angeles in psychobiology. Dr. Talamantes received his medical degree from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and obtained a master’s degree in business administration with a focus on organization and management at the Emory University Goizueta School of Business in Atlanta, Georgia. As chief executive officer and president of the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) he was the founder and creator of

Subsequently, Dr Talamantes completed his Internal Medicine Residency training at the University of California, Davis in Sacramento, California where he participated in the Transforming Education and Community Health (TEACH) program, a primary care training program for residents interested in caring for the medically underserved. Dr. Talamantes is the co-founder of, a national online mentoring community for aspiring healthcare professionals, and is involved in various mentoring initiatives throughout the country to enhance leadership and diversity in the healthcare workforce.

Dr. Talamantes completed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at UCLA & Veterans Affairs with a master’s in health policy and management at the Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA, while learning community-based participatory research principles and conducting research to improve diversity in the healthcare workforce and increasing health insurance coverage access for immigrant communities. Dr. Talamantes received the 2014 Society of General Internal Medicine Mack Lipkin Sr. Associate Member Scientific Presentation Award on “Community College Pathways: Improving the U.S. Physician Workforce.” As a UCLA NRSA Primary Care and Health Services Research scholar he is developing new system-level models of care delivery to enhance coordination of care for low-literacy and aging populations, with a focus on reducing kidney transplantation disparities while addressing social determinants of health.

Building the Next Generation of Academic Physicians

Michelle QuinterosMichelle Quinteros, MS
Executive Director

Michelle Quinteros de Czifra holds an M.S. in Systems Engineering and Engineering Management from The George Washington University (GWU); graduate certificate in Emergency Management and Public Health from GWU; and a B.A. in Latin American Studies/Spanish Language and International Relations from American University. As Executive Director of Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools (HSHPS), she works to improve the health of Hispanics through academic development, research initiatives, and training. Additionally, she serves as the Principal Investigator on several HHS, OMH, and VA grants and coordinates several activities including: The National Mentorship Program,Graduate Fellowship Training Program, Faculty Development Workshop, and How to use Data to Improve Hispanic Health Workshop. Most recently, she has participated in a initiative titled Building the Next Generation of Academic Physicians of Einstein’s HispanicCenter of Excellence.

Personal finance 101 for medical students

Dr Daniel Turner-LloverasDaniel Turner-Lloveras, MD

Dr. Turner-Lloveras is a National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholar working as a primary care doctor for the most underserved of Los Angeles, California. His other clinical responsibilities include working as a locum tenens hospitalist in the Southern California area. Over the past several years, Dr. Turner-Lloveras has published articles and chapters in clinical textbooks as well as original manuscripts in leading cardiovascular and general medicine journals on topics including Latino health, global health,and cardiovascular disease. In addition to his clinical work and research he is fascinated with health innovation/ technology and has worked helping develop health related startups.

What is Your Brand? How to sell Yourself

Dr. Elliot MelendezDr Elliot Melendez, MD
Division of Medicine Critical Care
Division of Emergency Medicine
Boston Children’s Hospital

Dr. Meléndez, a Puerto Rican from the Bronx, and a graduate of the Harvard Medical School’s (HMS) Class of 1999, currently provides care to children at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH). Getting his start in medicine came with a twist, having started his educational career as a high school drop. Despite this, he attended Lehman College – City University of New York, graduating cum laude. He attended HMS, graduating in 1999 with cum laude in a special field. He did his pediatrics training at Boston Children’s Hospital, and went on to do two subspecialty fellowships, those being Pediatric Critical Care and Pediatric Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Meléndez serves as the associate director of quality and safety in Division of Medicine Critical Care and oversees multiple quality and safety initiatives. He is active in clinical research and quality improvement in children presenting with severe sepsis and shock, and is a member of a national collaborative to improve sepsis management. His academic work revolves around the study of specific biomarkers in sepsis to assist in prognosticating outcomes. He is also a member of the Diversity and Cultural Competency Council. He has been honored with multiple teaching and mentoring awards, and most recently by the “Milagros para Nino’s” Award for clinical excellence.

Finally, Now What? Transitioning to Your Career in Medicine

St. Barnabas Hospital
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. Salcedo received her medical degree and master of public health from George Washington University. After medical school, Dr. Salcedo became a Fulbright Scholar where she conducted research on the growing prevalence of childhood obesity in Spain. Subsequently, she completed her residency in Pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center. During residency, she was selected as a New Century Scholar for the Academic Pediatric Association (APA) while also serving as Chair of the Council of Residents and Board Member of the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA).

Dr. Salcedo is a community-academic pediatrician at St. Barnabas Hospital, Albert Einstein College of Medicine where she is committed to implementing childhood obesity prevention programs in underserved areas of the Bronx. Dr. Salcedo is also dedicated to strengthening leadership and professional development for young physicians as the Northeast Regional Chair of NHMA’s Council of Young Physicians and as an active member of the Young Physicians’ Leadership Alliance for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Achieving Minority Health Equity

Julio Dicent TaillepierreJulio Dicent Tallipierre, MS 
Team Leader, Initiatives and Partnerships Unit
Office of Minority Health and Health Equity
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Julio Dicent Taillepierre is the Team Leader for the Initiatives and Partnerships Team of the CDC Office of Minority Health and Health Equity in the CDC Office of the Director.  In this capacity, he provides technical leadership for the agency on the development of health equity program development efforts and agency language access capacity building initiatives.  He also oversees several agency-wide initiatives related to national public health pipeline programs, public communication efforts, and bi-national health equity collaborations with Brazil.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Dicent Taillepierre was a Public Health Analyst at the CDC National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention – Division of HIV and AIDS Prevention.  In this capacity he was the Branch lead for HIV Prevention Community Planning activities, and the lead for HIV capacity building efforts targeted to Hispanic-serving community-based organizations.  He oversaw national HIV awareness campaigns targeted to men who have sex with men, migrant farmworker populations and Hispanic/Latinos.

International Surgery: Far Beyond the 9 to 5

Dr KhambatyFatima M. Khambaty, MD
General surgeon, Mid Atlantic Permanente Group (MAPMG)
Assistant Chief, Department of Surgery

Dr Khambaty is a California native transplanted many times over who began her medical career at Ponce, Puerto Rico in 1996 where she first learned about the beauty of La Isla del Encanto and the wonders of King’s Ice Cream. She completed a surgical residency at Howard University Hospital, Washington DC in 2005 during which she began regularly volunteering as a surgical resident overseas in sub-Saharan Africa. Following residency, she joined as a staff surgeon at the Northern Navajo Medical Center, a Navajo reservation-based hospital which gave her a unique exposure to rural surgery within a little-known culture in the Four Corners area of the United States. She then moved to Eritrea, East Africa to work for a Virginia- based non-profit organization, Physicians for Peace in 2007.

In Eritrea, she was a staff surgeon at two public hospitals in the capital city, Asmara, and helped to start and run the first general surgery residency program in the country. She subsequently returned to the United States in 2010 to complete a fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery at George Washington University, Washington DC. She now works for Kaiser Permanente in Washington DC and indulges in surgical mission work and generalized globetrotting whenever possible. Aside from her love for surgery, she keeps balanced by swimming, cooking and spending time with her friends and family.

Se Habla Español: Speaking the same language is only the beginning in culturally competent care.

CuetoV_HeadshotVictor Cueto, MD
Resident Physician
Internal Medicine-Pediatrics
Jackson Memorial Hospital
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Dr. Cueto is dedicated to addressing the health care needs and health disparities of underserved communities. He received his medical degree from the Drexel University College of Medicine and is currently completing his residency training in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami. His research interests and community involvement are centered on community health education, health literacy, cultural competence, undergraduate medical education, workforce diversity and quality improvement.

He is currently working on a funded quality improvement study addressing pediatric emergency room discharge instructions. He completed a research internship with Building the Next Generation of Academic Physicians (BNGAP) Initiative. He has been honored with an AMA Minority Scholars Award, the Maurice C. Clifford MD Leadership Award and an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. He serves as a physician advisor to the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) Southeast Region. He is also the current Chairman of the Council of Residents & Fellows and a Board Member of the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA).

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This conference will focus on diversity and cultural competency in medicine by dismantling the idea that Latinos look and practice medicine the same. There is much linguistic and geographical diversity to be appreciated and respected that can be utilized to bring harmony within the Latino health care provider community.

Unfortunately, the weight of providing health care to the exponentially growing Spanish speaking population cannot be shouldered alone by Latino physicians; there must be support from non-Latino physicians as well. This conference will open the dialogue by inviting those who are committed to the Latino community to become more acquainted with the intricacies of this vibrant patient population.

We hope to bring together healthcare professionals who share our interest in addressing healthcare disparities through innovative and collaborative efforts.

Date: February 28th – March 1st, 2015
Venue: Embassy Suites Hotel in Carolina, Puerto Rico
Address: 800 Tartak St. Carolina, PR 0079 

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Dr-Amador-keynoteJuan Amador, CAE
Director, Diversity Policy and Programs
Program Leader, Group on Diversity and Inclusion
Association of American Medical Colleges

Juan Amador is a director in the Diversity Policy and Programs (DPP) department of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). In this role, Mr. Amador directs the development of programs, tools, and resources that advance diversity and inclusion for the faculty, staff, residents, and students at U.S. medical schools.

Mr. Amador also provides strategic vision and programmatic leadership for the AAMC Group on Diversity and Inclusion (GDI). He works directly with deans, faculty, and other leaders in academic medicine to develop solutions to the challenges of integrating of diversity and inclusion throughout academic medicine. He advocates for interventions that advance the inclusion of underrepresented populations in academic health centers. He is also responsible for implementing learning and leadership opportunities that help members grow in their professional roles, enhance their career development, and strengthen their leadership competencies.

Mr. Amador previously managed the AAMC Minority Student Medical Career Fair, which is an annual event that allows high school and college students to learn about medical school admissions requirements, listen to panel discussions about the pathways to becoming a physician, and meeting admissions, diversity affairs, and financial aid officers during a recruitment fair.

Mr. Amador has over 15 years of experience in recruitment and outreach to special populations, strategic planning, developing partnerships, and facilitating the work of national committees. Prior to joining the AAMC, Mr. Amador worked for the National Prevention Information Network (NPIN) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He earned his B.A in Health Science and Policy at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and he is a certified association executive.


Einstein_160John Paul Sanchez MD, MPH
Assistant Dean, Diversity and Inclusion
Assistant Professor, Emergency Department
Office of Diversity and Community Engagement
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Principal Investigator, Building the Next Generation
of Academic Physicians Initiative,

Dr. Sánchez has worked extensively to promote diversity and inclusion in the physician and academic medicine workforces. Dr. Sánchez serves as P.I. of the Building the Next Generation of Academic Physicians (BNGAP) Initiative; developed in partnership between Einstein’s Hispanic Center of Excellence (HCOE) and AAMC Diversity Policy and Programs. BNGAP’s mission is to help diverse medical students and residents become aware of academic medicine as a career option and to provide them with the resources to further explore and potentially embark on an academic medicine career. He also serves as Chair of the Council of Young Physicians and Board Member of the National Hispanic Medical Association, and as Executive Secretary for the Hispanic Serving Health Professions Schools.

Dr. Sánchez is the Past-Chair of the Einstein LGBT Steering Committee, of the Office of Student Affairs at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Einstein); a committee charged with promoting a supportive climate for LGBT students (including M.D., Masters, Ph.D. and Post-Doctoral students) at Einstein. He led the committee in developing a graduate level Safe Zone Program and in integrating LGBT content in medical and resident education. In 2012, he joined the Board of the Center for LGBTQ Studies of the City University of New York (CUNY) to help the Center in broadening their educational and research activities to include health related content. Additionally, he serves as Course Director for a LGBT Health course offered to college students at CUNY.

Dr. Sánchez received his medical degree from Einstein, completed his residency training at Jacobi/Montefiore, and is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine. He also holds a Masters of Public Health, with a concentration in the epidemiology of infectious diseases, from the Yale School of Public Health. He is of Puerto Rican ancestry and was raised in the Bronx, NYC.



The Embassy Suites Hotel

Embassy Suites San Juan offers great value with a free cooked-to-order breakfast each morning and complimentary Evening Reception*. Meet with friends and enjoy a relaxing coffee in the lush atrium. Stay connected to the office, family and friends with complimentary WiFi, and keep up your gym routine in the fully equipped fitness center. Arrange a tour of nearby Old San Juan at our Tour Desk or spend the day relaxing with a spa service. In the evenings, sip cocktails at the Oasis Casino and Lounge with live entertainment on weekends.

No passport is required for US citizens to visit Puerto Rico, making Embassy Suites San Juan an easy getaway.


The Embassy Suites Hotel is located at 800 Tartak St. Carolina, PR 00979, 3 minutes East of the Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport, just off East Highway 26 /Roman Baldorioty de Castro Expressway going towards San Juan.  Google Directions here

Follow sign Hwy 26 ”Oeste” towards San Juan/Isla Verde Baldorioty de Castro Expressway stay in right hand lane pass under Hwy 187, take next right hand turn, hotel parking garage will be visible on your right.
Distance from Hotel: 0.5 mi.
Drive Time: 3 min.
Taxi: $12

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