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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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Seventh Annual NAF Conference Focuses on Advocacy

Posted By Cynthia Bell, Thursday, February 5, 2015

     

Join the HPLA Committee in its efforts to increase awareness of current efforts to advocate for minority and underserved communities during the 2015 National Advocacy Forum (NAF) which will be held on March 8-9 in Washington, DC. “Back to the Basics: Advancing Policy and Leading Communities” is the theme of our seventh annual NAF conference, hosted by the Health Policy and Legislative Affairs (HPLA) Committee.

The two-day forum is designed to educate, challenge and build advocacy skills. Participants will visit members of Congress and hear from a host of speakers on topics that will include an overview of health policy, advocacy for medical student education, medical practice and policy, making your message matter, community engagement, public health research, diversity in medical education and much more. 

Registration closes on February 15, so click here today to register. For more information, click here or contact healthpolicy@snma.org.

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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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Donate to SNMA Today!!!

Posted By Cynthia Bell, Monday, January 19, 2015

Now that the holidays are past and we are now settling into the new year, do take a moment to remember SNMA’s rich history of service and the need to continue to serve the health needs of underserved communities and communities of color.

This year and beyond, service to our community will continue to be the focus of SNMA and you can help. Generous donations from supporters like you will make it possible for SNMA to conduct pipeline programs for elementary and high school students and to provide scholarships for pre-med and medical students of color.

Remember SNMA throughout the year. We have a range of giving levels that make it possible for you to contribute to at a level that is works for you.

Donate to SNMA today!!! It’ll make a difference.

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Member Rewards Program Has Advantages Through Your Membership

Posted By Administration, Monday, December 8, 2014

 

As the Christmas Season gets into full swing, don’t forget to check out the Member Reward Program available to you as a SNMA member through Your Membership (YM). The Member Rewards program gives members exclusive access to elite savings and discounts on thousands of products and services ranging from travel and entertainment to apparel and electronics and much more.

Discounts are available when you sign up with thousands of local and national vendors. Reap the benefits of the Member Reward Program with vendors such as AMC Theatres, Best Buy, Direct TV, Firestone, Macy’s, Men’s Warehouse, Olive Garden, T Mobile, Toyota, Walt Disney World, and many, many more.

In YM, simply click the Member Rewards link within their profile and pay a fee of $19.95 via credit card for one year of access. Then, access the rewards platform by logging into your website and clicking on Member Rewards from your profile menu. You must log into your member community to access the rewards website. Remember, you must also be in good standing with SNMA.

So, join today, browse and save during the holiday season and beyond. SNMA will receive 10 percent of the net revenue for each member that joins.

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Elections Committee Seeks Future SNMA Leaders

Posted By National President-Elect and Elections Committee Chair, Friday, November 21, 2014

 

In The Future of Public Health, it was argued that "today, the need for leaders is too great to leave their emergence to chance." Nearly 30 years later that sentiment is still viable. We all possess innate abilities suitable to be a leader, however, leadership is a process. We can capitalize on these abilities while identifying areas of challenge through the process of leadership.

SNMA believes in the promotion of the professional development of its membership to ensure that members have the greatest potential of serving as future leaders within the medical field and beyond. As such, the National Elections Committee is dedicated to providing leadership development and opportunities to all SNMA members through programmatic initiatives.

One such commitment is the continuation of the Future Leadership Project (FLP) this year. In its fourth cycle, the FLP program is designed for members to effectively learn and actively develop their personal leadership skills and leadership style.

Members can learn more about the program through several leadership workshops at the Annual Medical Education Conference (AMEC) from April 1-5, 2015 in New Orleans, LA. Leadership opportunities and training are also available through our National Leadership Institutes (NLIs). The next NLI, Florida Health Disparities Summit, will be from January 9-11, 2015 at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL.

The existence of SNMA would not be possible without courageous visionary leaders. The sustainability of our organization is dependent on us. As members, it is our duty to continue leading this organization with passion and exuberance.

The National Elections Committee is excited to announce the opening of the General Elections process. Information packets and application can be found here. Members interested in pursuing national leadership are encouraged to complete the National Officer and Committee Interest Form. This provides the Elections Committee the opportunity to identify interested members and offer guidance to them through this process. Please contact the Elections Committee (presidentelect@snma.org) with any questions. We look forward to working with you!

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Submitted by Anthony Kulukulualani, National President-Elect of the SNMMA Board of Directors and Elections Committee Chair

 

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AMEC Early Bird Registration Ends on November 30th

Posted By Convention Planning Co-Chairs, Monday, November 17, 2014

    

Thanksgiving holidays are coming, but don’t sleep-in and miss the November 30th deadline for your chance to register early for AMEC 2015, taking advantage of the Early Bird discounts that are available at all levels of registration for the conference.  As you know, the conference will be held April 1-5, 2015 in “The Big Easy,” New Orleans, Louisiana. 

“Unsilencing the Unheard and the Underserved” is the theme for AMEC 2015, looking at health disparities of LBGT, Immigrant/Refugee Health and the crisis of the lack of minority men entering the field of medicine.  With the focus on SNMA’s mission "... to increase the number of clinically excellent, socially conscious and culturally competent physicians," AMEC 2015 will educate and empower future physicians to deal more effectively with the healthcare needs of these marginalized groups and provide insights for how they can better serve all populations in the future. 

Don’t miss out on all that AMEC has to offer and the promise of lots of fun in “Naw’lins.” Click here to learn more and to register for AMEC 2015.  Or, email SNMA Headquarters at conference@snma.org.

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Submitted by Markeiya Polite and Joseph Gallien, Convention Planning Co-Chairs of the SNMMA Board of Directors

 

 

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Apply Today for Fall and Spring HPLA Grants

Posted By Health Policy and Legislative Affairs Committee Co-Chairs, Thursday, November 6, 2014

   

The SNMA Health Policy and Legislative Affairs Committee (HPLA) invites you to apply for its bi-annual grants to provide financial assistance to SNMA and Minority Association of Pre-medical Students (MAPS) chapters interested in developing policy and advocacy projects. All chapters are encouraged to apply.

Proposed projects should align with the SNMA mission and goals, and should ideally relate to one of the efforts coordinated by HPLA. The areas of focus for this year’s grants are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT), Refugee, and Immigrant Health. Winning chapter will also be asked to prepare a poster for the 2015 Annual Medical Education Conference to be held in in New Orleans from April 1-5, 2014. 

A grant for $100 will be awarded for both the fall of 2014 and spring of 2015. The deadline for applications is Friday, November 14th at 5:00 p.m. EST. To apply, contact the co-chairs of the National Health Policy & Legislative Affairs Committee at healthpolicy@snma.org or click here to access the application.

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Submitted by Debra Dixon and Jessica Isom, Health Policy and Legislative Affairs Committee Co-Chairs of the SNMMA Board of Directors

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