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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. 

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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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