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Meet the Board with Natalie Lisa Margaret Ramsey

Posted By Publications Committee, Friday, November 10, 2017
The 2017 SNMA Annual Medical Education Conference (AMEC) was held in Atlanta, GA on April 12th - 17th. It was at this convention that Ms. Natalie L. M. Ramsey was appointed to the position of Diversity Research Committee Co-Chairperson. At the 2017 AMEC, medical students and professionals gathered to attend a wide range of educational and networking events. It is consistently the largest gathering of underrepresented, minority medical students at any time of the year in any place across the nation.

About Natalie

Ms. Ramsey grew up in Canarsie, Brooklyn, NY with her older sister Nicole, parents Jennifer and Howard, and maternal grandmother, Jean Stephens. Her mother immigrated to the United States from St. Vincent & the Grenadines to pursue a career in nursing. Her father grew up between Harlem, Manhattan, NY and Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY and became a respiratory therapist. Her parents’ journeys out of poverty and in to healthcare careers inspired both Natalie and her sister to aspire to work in and for underserved communities through medicine and biomedical research. Natalie attended the prestigious Bronx High School of Science where she was fortunate enough to be exposed to teachers who believed in her and was awarded opportunities to participate in research and to attend MIT’s MITES (Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science) program. Natalie’s experience at MITES helped develop her own confidence in her academic future and deepened her burgeoning interest in biomedical research. Natalie went on to attend Howard University as a Biology major where she graduated with honors. Natalie cherishes her time spent at Howard University. It was at Howard that she was enlightened, empowered, and emboldened to actively reject self-doubt and to embrace self-determination. After graduating from Howard, she began clinical research at the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Currently, she is in her fifth year in the MD/PhD program at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine where she is involved in local and national organizations with missions aligned with that of the SNMA. Natalie’s own goals and principles are directly in line with the mission of SNMA, and as such, she is humbled by the opportunity to serve on the SNMA Board of Directors.

Position: Diversity Research Committee Chairperson
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Medical Interest(s): Undecided; Research area: translational work in microbiology and immunology

When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
  • Initially a ballerina, then a lawyer and/or physician.
What are some of your favorite hobbies?
  • Travel when time and coins permit, brunch, chocolate.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
  • Shape shifting
What’s your favorite thing about the SNMA?
  • It creates a network of peers, mentors, and role models in the field of medicine for disenfranchised population(s) that due to slavery, Jim Crow, P.I.C., etc. lack generational knowledge and connections. SNMA serves as an extension of family and community where young black students can see themselves reflected in the profession they aspire to join.
What is one of the ways that serving on the SNMA Board of Directors has impacted you?
  • Serving on SNMA's Board of Directors has helped me to further grasp the power of SNMA and the importance of forging this community for ourselves and improving it for future generations of URM physicians.
What goal(s) does the Diversity Research Committee aim to achieve this year?
  1. Recognize and celebrate past Satcher Fellows and PRI Fellows.
  2. Create a webinar series and strengthen our partnership with APSA.
  3. Increase awareness of and exposure to the different fields of research (basic, translational, clinical, community based participatory, medical education, public health, stewardship, etc.) and their importance in medical careers.
What skills would be useful to have if joining your committee?
  • Experience with organizing and coordinating academic events, marketing/PR, time management, fundraising/grant writing,
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