About the Conference

Diseases can be created, expanded, or overtreated. 

When symptoms are categorized into a disease state, the idea that a drug is needed to treat it goes unspoken. Some "diseases", including Low-T, osteopenia,  and many psychiatric diagnoses were created by pharmaceutical companies to sell specific drugs. Other conditions, including ADHD and bipolar disorder, were expanded to make more people eligible for drug treatments. 

Come learn about how industry affects medical knowledge at PharmedOut’s 9th conference 

Making Healthy People Sick: Invented Diseases and Overtreatment 

Georgetown University Medical Center, June 14-16, 2023

Special Event with Carl Elliott MD, PhD

June 14, 2023 - 4:00PM - this event is free and open to the public

New Research Building Auditorium, Georgetown University Medical Center 

3970 Reservoir Rd NW Washington, DC 20007 (Entrance 3)

Carl Elliott MD, PhD, professor, philosopher, and author of White Coat, Black Hat: Adventures on the Dark Side of Medicine and Better than Well: American Medicine Meets the American Dream will speak on, "The Debasement Tapes: Degradation, Humiliation and the Unsettling Side-Effects of Dopamine Agonist Drugs."


Please click here for a downloadable PDF of this agenda. 


Registration Rates

$25.00 – Student, resident, fellow

$199.00 – Georgetown affiliates, consumer advocates, non-profit professionals

$299.00 – General Admission

$899.00 – Industry/industry representative

Register early! Conference rates will increase on June 1st

Please note: There are no virtual attendance options. 

Limited sliding scale registrations are available. Please email pharmedout@gmail.com for more information.

Georgetown University Graduate and Medical Students: Please email pharmedout@gmail.com for your registration code. 

Other Students: Scholarships are available. Please fill out this form to apply. 

Government employees: you are eligible for complimentary registration, please email pharmedout@gmail.com for your registration code.

Journalists: you are eligible for complimentary registration, please email Patricia Bencivenga at pab119@georgetown.edu. 


In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by MedStar Health and PharmedOut. MedStar Health is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. 

Credit Designation

This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 12.75 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.