Every Body Walk! and Make Roads Safe – hyper-Ignite at American Medical Student Association Annual Convention 2013

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Below in timed version and self-advanced version, given at the 2013 American Medical Student Association Annual Convention (@AMSANational), in Washington, DC.

I decided to stray a bit from the Ignite format and instead do what I’m calling a hyper-ignite. 9.5 seconds per slide instead of 15. It’s 33% more efficient! Enjoy, and links to relevant web sites are below the script. Thank you, AMSA students, Make Roads Safe (@Make_Roads_Safe)

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Every Body Walk! & Make Roads Safe – American Medical Student Association National Convention from Ted Eytan

The Script


  1. Hi. I’m Ted. I’m here on behalf of 17,000 physicians and 9 million members who are supporting the American Medical Student Association this year.
  2. I work in the super awesome Center for Total Health, just down the street, on Capitol Hill, which you are most welcome to visit 
  3. Here, we demonstrate what it’s like to train in and practice the best health care, 
  4. And talk about health, too – check out that 80 foot video touch wall.
  5. You’ve probably seen this sign and wondered what the heck it is all about, I’m going to tell you, starting with my story.
  6. When I was in medical school, hoping to become a family doctor, I was taught that the only way to listen to patients was in here – the medical office/hospital
  7. This is the image of being a doctor that I was taught, and the one that still exists in most of health care – only one way to be there for patients
  8. A few public health degrees later, I worked in Health IT, and now, we can listen and learn wherever our patients are
  9. After years of doing this, a discovery, based on listening to our patients when they weren’t in the medical office or hospital – where they live work learn pray and play. 
  10. Which is that health doesn’t happen here. 
  11. It happens here – notice the walking meeting
  12. It happens here
  13. It happens here. Those are solar panels – on the top of this medical office
  14. After learning about our patients outside of the health care system, I learned about the ways we can make sure all the work we do in our hospitals is not wasted – this is our carbon footprint. We’re the first US Health System to have a verified greenhouse gas emission inventory. And we’re to going to reduce it. By 30%, by 2020.
  15. But we’re all doctors, and I’m one, too, proudly a specialist in Family Medicine. So what should you do? We thought of that.
  16. That’s where walking comes in, and here are 3 things I’d like you to do.
  17. FIRST: WALK. Walk with your friends. Walk with your enemies. Walk using this app. When you have a difficult problem to solve with someone, walk with them. FIND the person in this room who you are least interested in spending time with and walk with them.
  18. Trust me, it works. And biology is on your side. When you move, you can manage yourself better, pay attention, and your brain actually grows new cells.
  19. SECOND: Partner with this doctor. Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA is the US Surgeon General. On April 1, she will start a process to create a new call to action around walking.
  20. She was with us 2 days ago telling us how important this is. Look for it, and participate, in the Federal Register, starting April 1, 2013. Why?
  21. It doesn’t matter if you become an endocrinologist or or an otolayngologist, walking helps EVERYTHING. It’s easy to recommend, and easy to do. There are a zillion benefits that will make your job as a doctor easier and more rewarding
  22. THIRD: Partner with this muppet to MAKE ROADS SAFE around the world
  23. Worldwide traffic fatalities will exceed diabetes and HIV in our generation. If we do nothing, 5 million fatalities, and 50 million serious injuries will result. Every 6 seconds, a person is killed or seriously injured on roads.
  24. May 6-12 is Global Road Safety Week. Take a long short walk, register it at mylongshortwalk.org and tweet using the hashtag #walksafe
  25. And by the way, it’s better for your health, too. Do it for that reason alone.
  26. We took a long short walk. We celebrated that we’re fortunate to be able to walk safely. 
  27. If you think this is an international problem, think again. even in the United States, a walk to school can end a child’s life.
  28. Be aware, be a leader, and you can save lives inside the health care system and outside of it, too.
  29. The last thing I want to say is Thank you, good luck, we support you, and we’ll see you next year, if not sooner!
  30. Thrive.



Ted Eytan, MD