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NMA Heads for Opryland For the National Medical Association, timing was everything. NMA had been shopping for a new site for its 2001 annual convention after it pulled out of Seattle to protest Washington State's approval of an anti-affirmative-action initiative.

The Opryland Convention Center Hotel in Nashville was soliciting NMA for its 2003 annual convention when the Seattle boycott unfolded and Opryland made an offer that the association just couldn't refuse, according to NMA past

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