2019 PHR National Student Conference


Fri - Sun, Nov 15 to Nov 17, 6:00pm - 12:00pm


Tosteson Medical Education Center, 260 Longwood Ave, Boston, MA 02115
The Harvard Medical School PHR Chapter is proud to present the 2019 National Student Conference — Foreign Bodies: Fear of the (Un)Known.

General Information:

We welcome you to the 2019 PHR National Student Conference at Harvard Medical School. We are inviting all medical students, physicians, lawyers, and other health care professionals involved in the human rights. The conference will feature speakers involved in multiple areas of human rights, a poster session for students to present their original research, as well as an advocacy event on Sunday.
The cost of attendance is $20 for students and $35 for all other individuals. Please check back shortly for directions and lodging information.


Friday, 11/15
6:00PM - 8:00PM - Poster Session (Link to Abstracts)
7:00PM - 9:00PM - “Flights and Rights”
Saturday, 11/16

8:30AM - 9:00AM - Breakfast/Check-in

9:00AM - 9:10AM - Welcome

9:10AM - 9:30AM - PHR Board Update
        by Alan Jones, MBA (Board of Directors, PHR)

9:30AM - 10:15AM - Attack on Healthcare Workers
        by Susannah Sirkin, MEd (Director of Policy and Senior Advisor, PHR)
        and P. Gregg Greenough, MD, MPH (Research Director, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative)

10:30AM - 11:15AM - Human Trafficking
        by Hanni Stoklosa, MD, MPH (Executive Director, HEAL Trafficking)

11:15AM - 12:00PM - Asylum Panel
        Katherine Peeler, MD (Medical Director, HMS Asylum Clinic)
        Sabrineh Ardalan, JD (Assistant Director, Harvard Immigration & Refugee Clinic)
        Jim Recht, MD
        Matthew Gartland, MD (Director, MGH Asylum Clinic)

12:00PM - 12:30PM - Lunch

12:30PM - 1:30PM - “Birth at the Border” screening and "Talkback" session
        by Ellie Lobovits, MA (Filmmaker & director of "Birth at the Border")

1:45PM-2:45PM - Sexual Violence
        by Thomas McHale, SM (Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones, PHR)

3:00PM-5:00PM - Breakout Sessions:
        Partners in Health
                by Joia Mukherjee, MD, MPH (Chief Medical Officer, Partners in Health)
Mental Health in Asylum
                by J. Wesley Boyd, MD, PhD (Cambridge Health Alliance)
                by the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University
        Climate Change
                by Regina LaRocque, MD, MPH & Gaurab Basu, MD, MPH

5:00PM-5:15PM - Closing Remarks

7:00PM - Night out @ Fenway (Cheeky Monkey)

Sunday, 11/17
9:00AM - 12:00PM - Advocacy Workshops:
        Social Media and Human Rights
                by Samantha Kupferman (Vice President, West End Strategy Team)
        Op-Ed Writing
                by Jennifer Okwerekwu, MD (Cambridge Health Alliance)
        How to Be an Advocate
                by Fiona Danaher, MD (MGH Department of Pediatrics)

Poster Session:

We are pleased to offer the opportunity to share and critically engage in the discussion and developments in the area of human rights. Posters may focus on a broad range of human rights issues including (but not limited to): Asylum Clinic Proceedings, Global Health, Refugee Health, Human Security, Community Development, Democracy, Social Justice.
Posters will be presented to attendees of the PHR National Student Conference Friday, November 15th, 2019 from 6:30pm-8:30pm in the Tosteson Medical Center Atrium at Harvard Medical School. Presenters will have the chance to interact with students, physicians, lawyers, and other health care professionals who are leaders in the human rights arena.
The list of posters can be viewed here.


Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Harvard Medical School
HMS Department of Global Health and Social Medicine
HMS Center for Primary Care
MGH Asylum Clinic
MGH Division of Global Health and Innovation
Vayu Foundation
VFW Brookline
Harvard Student Human Rights Collaborative


Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns by emailing Austin Herbst (austin_herbst at hms.harvard.edu) or Inkyu Kim (inkyu_kim at hms.harvard.edu).