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: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.