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National Chair and President Reflect on Successful Year

Posted By Cynthia Bell, Thursday, April 2, 2015

Brittney Phillips 

Brittney Phillips Reflects on SNMA Accomplishments and What the Future Holds

It is truly a bittersweet feeling to have my term come to a close as National Chairperson. I’m really going to miss working with this board next year and appreciate the wealth of knowledge and experiences that serving as chair has brought me this year.  I am however, really excited to see what the new administration will bring the organization and am confident that SNMA is left in more than capable hands.  

Serving this year during the 50th anniversary of the SNMA and witnessing the 50th Founders Day Celebration and the I Heart SNMA Campaign simultaneously at chapters across the nation has me still in awe of the talents and power of our membership. I am so proud of what we have accomplished over the last 50 years and am eager to see what comes in the next 50.

Your board has worked hard all year to make the SNMA a better place than when we started a year ago.  One thing we accomplished is incorporating new board training modules into the National Leadership Institutes so that we are more prepared and better capable to serve both now and in the future. We also are completing a series of technological innovations, which have provided chapters with official email addresses and will speed up the process of documentation and day-to-day workings of the organization.

Additionally, we increased our social media presence on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram in order to stay connected with our members across the country. We love hearing from members and if you see any of us at AMEC feel free to say hi and share any comments, questions, or suggestions that you may have.  

It has been a pleasure serving you this year! Enjoy AMEC and celebrate the end of another successful administrative year!

 

National President Prepares SNMA to Serve a Diverse Community

 "Wow, I really did it! And I think I did a decent job too!” These are some of my thoughts during AMEC 2015.

 My dream of being the National President manifested itself three years ago during AMEC 2012 in Atlanta. I vividly recall watching the then Board of Directors taking pictures and celebrating the completion of a successful year. I remember seeing past National President Michael Knight being congratulated on executing a phenomenal conference and triumphant programmatic year. I remember thinking "Hmmm, I wonder if I could do that?” Fast forward to the 50th Anniversary AMEC 2014 where I was so blessed to have been installed as the "Royal President” by Princess A.K. Ocansey of Ghana. What an experience!

As National President, I wanted to dispel the notion that the SNMA is simply "The black people club.” At my own institution and many SNMA chapters struggle to attract non-African American members interested in the good work we do in advocacy, service and pipeline programs. My desire was to use technology and social media to propel the SNMA mission to more than just our own membership.

I am very proud of our service to the underserved and felt more people should know about it. I wanted to celebrate the programs that were already created and liked to think that there is a treasure chest of excellent programming from past administrations and if I could revitalize one it would be a testament to the work that has been done in the previous 50 years.

Lastly, I focused on SNMA’s celebration of 50 years of diversifying the face of medicine and my administration launching SNMA into the next 50 years. Watching SNMA’s 50th year historical review, I considered how the organization would be remember the next 50 years. I developed a Back 2 the Future executive agenda that would keep our mission at the forefront. I chose the LGBT and Immigrant/Refugee population and from another angle of marginalized groups, I couldn’t ignore the lack of minority men in medicine. In prior administrations the Brotherhood Alliance for Science Education (BASE) was born although only being done at a few medical schools. My goal was for the SNMA to revisit this program, partner with the institutions successfully running BASE to develop an updated curriculum that chapters nationwide could implement through our pipeline initiative.

Lastly, I wanted to improve the use of social media. Our members were not only on Facebook, but on Twitter and Instagram, but I wanted to attract non-members, such as other organizations, potential sponsors, and future supporters of the SNMA by displaying our work. Internally, we encouraged the board and members to use Your Membership to create member profiles and targeted messages were sent specific member categories. We launched the SNMA’s Instagram page, showcasing our dedication to service on Founders Day and national day of service where chapters shared pictures serving underserved communities. That was great!

Lastly, I wanted to reach the membership on a more day-to-day basis so through Twitter I have constantly engaged members about what was going on in 160 characters or less. My @SNMANatlPrez account has increased in followers over 12% is getting the attention of other doctors, organizations and more members. Emphasis on marketing communications that supports our vision has increased visibility for the SNMA. The Grand Rounds Blog has provided the BOD and members with a sounding board to share more of their roles and the projects.

I am so blessed for a forward thinking vision in which the membership supported through the execution of the programs set forth this year. Hopefully, some of the strides will continue in coming years. My goal was to make the SNMA better than when I found it and I think it is a fair statement to say this goal was accomplished.

 

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Congratulations Graduating Seniors on Your Matches

Posted By Cynthia Bell, Friday, March 27, 2015

 

Match Day, the third Friday of March, has come and gone. Many SNMA members and other graduating medical students nationwide have been match to residency programs. Below are graduating seniors who have updated the YM profile to notify us of their recent match. Congratulations and we’ll see you at AMEC 2015 in New Orleans.

SNMA Member                                 Facility

Osasumwen Asemota                       Nassau University Medical Center

Ashley S. Balentine                           USC Anesthesiology 

Bralin J. Bean                                    Belle Glade, Florida - Family Medicine 

Damian Campbell                              University of Texas at Austin Dell Children's Medical

 Child Neurology

Nejlah M. Clark                                  Newark Beth Israel (Emergency Medicine) 

Lauren Cooper                                  University of Chicago Medical Center 

Omotore F. Eruvwetere                     Anesthesiology- Ochsner Health System

Shanté Hill                                         University of South Alabama Medical Centers 

Armetria Humphrey                            Loyola Cook County- Family Medicine 

Osato I. Iyamu                                    Yale Internal Medicine Primary Care 

Nicole M. Jackson                              Boston University Medical Center - Family Medicine 

Stephanie E. Kuntz                            Orange Regional Medical Center-Middletown, NY 

Ebony M. McKinnies                          LSU SOM New Orleans- Neurology 

Alicia Morehead-Gee                         University of California San Francisco 

Rose A. Parks                                     Crozer-Keystone Health System 

Marc Parris                                        Anesthesia & Pediatrics, University of California, Irvine 

H. Westley Phillips                             Neurosurgery-New York University 

Tricia Prince M.S.                               PM&R 

Jjais Richards                                    Loyola Pediatrics Residency Program 

Topaz Sampson                                 Baylor Hospital (Houston)

Rodrick L. Stewart                             University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

 Shadyside Hospital Family Medicine   

Tulani K. Washington-Plaskett           Morehouse School of Medicine 

George S. Yankey                              Duke University Medical Center                            

 

If you have NOT let us about your match, simply go into Your Membership (YM) and update your profile. The match option is near the bottom of your profile. An updated match list will be circulated following AMEC 2015.

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What does SNMA mean to me?

Posted By Cynthia Bell, Thursday, March 5, 2015

One of my most poignant memories during medical school came one evening as I was studying for a neurology exam. By far one of the most challenging courses for me that semester, I had scored poorly on the midterm. In fact, I flat out failed. At that devastating moment in my academic career, I questioned my intelligence. Was I even smart enough to be in medical school?  Did I belong here? Had I made the wrong decision? What was I doing wrong? 

I had made a few mediocre grades in the past, but usually anything less than a solid B required reinforcements—study groups, tutors, whatever it took. As I sat at my table looking down at piles of notes, highlighters, diagrams and slides, I had no idea where to start and wanted to give up. 

Then I thought, if I quit what will I do about SNMA? I was the chapter president. I had to go to the annual conference, right? Yes, and no. As I sat there wallowing in self-pity, I gave myself a severe reality check. This journey was not about me. It was about all the giants on whose shoulders I was standing, about the sacrifices that my parents and grandparents made for me to be there. It was about all the people who were definitely smarter than me, but weren’t afforded the opportunity to attend medical school. It was about making a commitment to the students behind me, to be able to share my story of how to persevere when times get rough. It was about finishing the course so I could be the voice of the silenced and the ignored. 

I was SNMA. I am SNMA. So I, made a cup of coffee, picked up my highlighters and decided to pass the next test, and the next one, and the one after that. For me, SNMA reminded me of my purpose

I have wanted to be a doctor since I was little, seven to be exact. I dreamt of being the kind of doctor that took care of babies, which at the time I thought meant I would be a pediatrician. Who knew, instead I would find the road to obstetrics and gynecology. I am currently practicing with a hospital-based group near Norristown, PA and I have served as a Professional Board Member for SNMA for the past four years. I knew SNMA would be a significant part of my life as soon as I stepped into my first meeting. The leaders modeled the medical student and rising physician that I wanted to be. 

SNMA proved to be pivotal in all aspects of my training and I attempted to participate on all levels, local, regional and national. I served as chapter president, assistant regional director and on the national membership committee. We were greatly honored to host the regional conference at my home institution during my fourth year and I knew then it would only be a matter of time before I returned to serve the organization in a professional capacity. 

AMEC is just around the corner, April 1-5 in New Orleans. Don’t miss your opportunity to attend 2015 AMEC and stay active with SNMA. Sunday, March 8th is the deadline for online registration, so register today!!! To get the AMEC group discount rate at The Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Orleans, make your hotel reservation by March 6th. 

 

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Why AMEC 2015 is Where You Need To Be

Posted By Cynthia Bell, Thursday, February 26, 2015

 If you have registered for SNMA’s 2015 Annual Medical Education Conference (AMEC), then I look forward to seeing you there. If you are still waiting and deciding if you should register or not, let me give you several reasons why you should waste no more time and register.  SNMA is the nation’s oldest and largest student organization dedicated to addressing the needs of underrepresented communities, supporting the nations current and future physicians, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent, and socially conscious physicians.  Here are a few reasons why you should attend AMEC 2015.

Reason 1–AMEC is the largest gathering of minority premeds, medical students, residents, and physicians in the United States. This is an opportunity to meet many of your colleagues that are working to become the next generation of great physicians. Both medical schools and residency programs are coming to AMEC to recruit the talented students of SNMA.

Reason 2–Although AMEC is the largest gathering of minority premeds, medical students and physicians, what is even more impressive is what happens at the conference. As its name states, AMEC is about education. Inspirational speakers from across the nation come to impart their knowledge of medicine, leadership, advocacy and research to name a few topics.  Notable speakers have included Dr. David Satcher and Dr. Levi Watkins and students have always been inspired to learn from them. Keep an eye on the www.snma.org  for the preliminary conference program to be posted with highlights of this year’s conference.

Reason 3–Students will have an opportunity to make decisions about the future of the organization through the House of Delegates (HOD).  While HOD only meets once a year, it is the highest governing body of the organization and the Board of Directors (BOD) answers directly to the HOD. It is in this arena that students can ask questions of the SNMA officers and learn more about what it means to be an officer.  Additionally, the HOD will elect members of the next SNMA administration including the president, vice president and professional board members.  These members will continue to work during the year on your behalf to bring SNMA members extraordinary programing.

Reason  4–The last reason why you should register for the conference is that the people you meet will not only become colleagues, but they will become your family. I have great friends across the country that I can contact to discuss medical school, residency, and beyond; I owe that to SNMA. 

I look forward to seeing them again at this year’s AMEC.  If you see me at conference, stop and say hello, I would love to meet you or take a moment to chat with a friend.

Don't forget that the deadline to register for the 2015 AMEC in New Orleans is Saturday February 28th. So register today at: http://www.snma.org/amec.php. Late fees will begin on March 1 and the the last day for online registration is March 8th. To ensure the AMEC group discount rate at The Hyatt Regency Hotel, make your reservation by March 6th. 

Look for upcoming “Grand Rounds” containing more information about member benefits, SNMA programs, alumni activities and much more. If you have an idea for “Grand Rounds,” email marketing@snma.org. 

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AMEC Registration Extended to February 28th

Posted By Cynthia Bell, Friday, February 13, 2015

The deadline to register for the SNMA’s annual conference, AMEC, in New Orleans has been extended to Saturday February 28th. So register today! Late fees will begin on March 1 and the the last day for online AMEC registration is March 8th.

To ensure the AMEC group discount rate at The Hyatt Regency Hotel, make your reservation by March 6th.

This year’s conference has something for everyone – renowned speakers, medical education, exhibits, community service, mentoring, networking and lot of fun. Click here to view the 2015 AMEC video. “Unsilencing the Unheard and the Underserved” is the AMEC 2015 theme that will explore the health disparities of LBGT, immigrant/refugee health, and the lack of minority men entering the field of medicine that has reached a crisis level. 

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Register Today for AMEC!!!

Posted By Cynthia Bell, Tuesday, January 27, 2015

SNMA’s annual conference, AMEC, is Just Around the Corner on April 1-5 in New Orleans. This year’s conference has something for everyone – renowned speakers, medical education, exhibits, community service, mentoring, networking and lot of fun. Click here to view the 2015 AMEC video.

“Unsilencing the Unheard and the Underserved” is the AMEC 2015 theme that will explore the health disparities of LBGT, immigrant/refugee health, and the lack of minority men entering the field of medicine that has reached a crisis level.

Members are encouraged to register early to get the regular AMEC registration rates that are in effect through February 14. Otherwise, late fees begin on February 15th. The Hyatt Regency Hotel will honor the AMEC group discount rate through March 6. Remember, the last day for online AMEC registration is March 8.

If you are interested in taking the mock exams provided by Kaplan, you must sign up and pay by February 15.

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Johns Hopkins Features SNMA BASE Program in Magazine Cover Story

Posted By DaShawn A. Hickman, Friday, October 17, 2014

DaShawn A. Hickman - Region V Director and Regional Director to the Executive Committee of the SNMA B

The SNMA Chapter at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is attracting attention. Highlighted recently in the university’s Dome magazine, the chapter is featured for its outstanding work through the Brotherhood Alliance for Science Education (BASE) program. Mentors, like Robert Wardlow who appeared in a photo on the magazine’s cover, work with young men, particularly those from nearby Paul Laurence Dunbar High School.

 Johns Hopkins recognizes that the SNMA and its programs, including BASE program have been instrumental in attracting minority students and boosting enrollment. In fact, the school has seen enrollment increase by 45 percent for minority first year medical students and 38 percent among all medical students since 2009. These shifts show that the SNMA is improving outcomes among underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities, such as African-Americans, blacks, Hispanic, Latino and Native Americans.

 The BASE program is devoted to encouraging minority men, while increasing the recruitment, admission and retention of young minority males in higher education and the medical fields. BASE strives to unite minority males around common goals and build relationships that foster a sense of brotherhood. The program focuses on mentorship, community service and empowerment, and motivation for worthwhile and attainable goals.

 Although BASE is geared towards young men and many of its mentors are men, the JHU chapter also has female mentors among its more than 100 members, like Nancy Abu-Bonsrah, who are dedicated to helping participants reach their goals.

 BASE is a part of SNMA’s Pipeline Programs that include Pre-medical Minority Enrichment and Development (PMED), Minority Association of Pre-medical Students (MAPS), Health Professions Recruitment Exposure (HPREP) and Youth Science Enrichment Program (YSEP).

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 Submitted by DaShawn A. Hickman, Region V Director and Regional Director to the Executive Committee of the SNMA Board of Directors

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Founders Day Celebrated Through Community Service

Posted By Administration, Friday, October 3, 2014
Updated: Friday, October 3, 2014

Topaz Sampson - President              Brittney Phillips  - Chair  of the Board of Directors 

 

October 4th is Founders Day! As a tribute, many of our chapters  will celebrate that great occasion throughout the month of October with a Day of Service. Starting October 4, chapters will give back to their  communities through service activities focused on nutrition, fitness, health screenings and testing, health fairs and community restoration.

Fifty years ago, the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) was created as a division of the National Medical Association (NMA) to actively support medical students and to encourage future physicians in their pursuit of medical careers. Seven years later, SNMA incorporated into its own legal entity. Since our founding by chapters at Howard University College of Medicine and Meharry Medical College, we have grown to more than 5,500 members with 144 chapters in 10 regions nationwide and in the Caribbean.

Our founders identified a real need to support medical students of color and that need still exists today. According to the recent “Diversity in Medical Education: Facts and Figures 2012” released by the Association of American Medical Colleges, in 1982 men surpassed women in applying to medical schools by more than 2 to 1. By 2011, Black women were 65.6% of applicants, but only 34.4% of applicants were Black men. In that same year, just 38.3% of Black applicants to medical schools – both men and women – were accepted. These statistics show that challenges still persist.

Today, SNMA remains firm to its mission. Our accomplishments are many and we are proud of the work that SNMA continues on behalf of its members. We love SNMA and hear often from members and alumni who say how much they love SNMA. As we celebrate Founders Day, we invite you to join the I <3 SNMA campaign today and share why on Facebook and Twitter, #IHEARTSNMA!

Let us know about your chapter’s news and photos of the National Day of Service activities throughout October on our Facebook and Twitter accounts using #SNMA50th and #SNMAservice. Also, be sure to tag us to events that occur throughout the year or email: marketing@snma.org with your chapter spotlights. Starting October 6, you will also be able to stay connect with SNMA on Instagram @snma_official.


Look for upcoming “Grand Rounds” on the I <3 SNMA campaign, SNMA programs, AMEC 2015 in New Orleans preview and much more. If you have an idea for “Grand Rounds,” email: marketing@snma.org

  

Topaz Sampson
National President

 

Brittney Phillips 
Board Chairperson

 

 

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