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#SNMAExcellence Series: Simon Ndley, MD

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Welcome back to our #SNMAExcellence Series!

In this series, we are going to be routinely featuring both SNMA chapters and members that have displayed excellence through academic endeavors, community service, leadership roles, and/or research activities. If you feel that you or your chapter represents the excellence that the SNMA upholds on a daily basis, go on ahead and fill out this form! #SNMAExcellence

 

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Name: Simon Ndley, M.D.

Hometown: Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

Undergraduate Institution: University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

College Major: Major – Biochemistry; Minor – Sociology

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

Favorite Quote: "Anxiety is just suffering early.”

Contact Information: Ndley007@umn.edu


Our third feature in the #SNMAExcellence series is Simon Ndley, M.D., a Pediatrics intern training in the University of Minnesota Pediatric Residency Program! Dr. Ndley attended the University of Minnesota Medical School, where he was an active member of the SNMA not only on the local level, but on the regional and national levels as well by serving as the Region II Director! As the Region II Director, he helped to fortify his region’s presence in the organization as well as his chapter’s presence in its surrounding community. He also played a large role in helping direct the future of the national organization during his two-year position while at the same time taking advantage of the many benefits that the organization has to offer, those of which include companionship with like-minded individuals, mentorship from experienced professionals, and valuable lessons in leadership, communication and balance, amongst other things. With all that he has learned and accomplished as a student-leader in medical school, Dr. Ndley is sure to achieve amazing things as he continues to forge his path in medicine! #SNMAExcellence

 

Where are you currently at in your career path and why did you decide to pursue this career path?

I am currently a Pediatric intern with the University of Minnesota Pediatric Residency Program. I have aspired to be a physician for as long as I can remember. When I was young, I was my father’s right-hand man around the house. I would help him fix everything that needed to be fixed, from the broken television to the cracked stair rail. It was something I loved to do. When I learned that a physician, in many ways helps “fix” people, I was fascinated by the thought.

How is your chapter exhibiting #SNMAExcellence?

The Twin-Cities Chapter has been a consistently strong chapter in Region II. I am proud of the continued work that we do in our local community. We continue to grow a strong presence in Region II, with members seeing the value of the SNMA and getting more involved as regional members. We have consistently had at least 3 members on the Regional board over the past 3 years. We have also garnered significant support from our home institution and have repeatedly been able to send a growing number of students to partake in AMEC and experience all the SNMA has to offer.

What is your biggest accomplishment in medical school to date?

My biggest accomplishment would have to be finishing medical school and matching into residency. We should all have faith in ourselves that if we start this journey towards medicine, we have the strength, will and intelligence to see it through. However, looking back at the various things I had to endure during my time in medical school, it is a very rewarding experience seeing that hard work pay off and being able to matriculate to the next step.


How has the SNMA impacted your medical school experience?


SNMA has provided a family for me, consisting of like-minded individuals with similar backgrounds doing AMAZING things. It provided a sense of comfortability and belonging in a medical community. I am grateful for the time I spent with my chapter, region, and national board!

If you could go back and have a chat with your college freshman self, what would you tell him?

I would tell him to follow your own path and do not be distracted by others. You can and should seek advice, guidance, and support, but the way you will achieve your goals is individualistic to you. Just because someone else did things a certain way, does not mean you have to. Take comfort in that. Use their experiences as guides, not gospel.

What is a major challenge you have had to overcome and how did you do so?

Being a part of a program such as medicine is a large undertaking. It is important to recognize that medical school is a heightened level of academic rigor that can have an impact on your mental health. It is important to be cognizant that certain coping mechanisms for stress may not be appropriate anymore. Be honest with yourself and utilizes the resources available to you to make sure health and wellness is also a priority of yours!

What advice would you give to someone getting ready to start their application process to medical schools?

Submit your application as early as you can. Most schools admit on a roll-in basis. You give yourself the best chance of acquiring an interview spot if you apply earlier rather than later. Also, your path to medical school is yours. I encourage you to continuously work with a premed advisor and be confident with your application before you apply. If that means some gap years, then so be it. Medicine will always be there and you will hopefully acquire more experiences that will better you as a physician and person.

Did you take some time off before medical school? If so, what did you do during that time?

Yes, I took one gap year. I worked as a Freshman Admissions Counselor for the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities Admissions Office. I contacted and built relationships with prospective students to assist in their U of M – Twin Cities college preparations. I also planned engaging events throughout the year to facilitate prospective students and maintain their interest in the U of M. There, I practiced my empathetic and communications skills as I worked with students and their families. I learned many tools that have prepared me for a career in medicine.

What is it like attending school in your city?

Minnesota is great. Come here.

 

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#SNMAExcellence Series: Yamira Bell

Posted By Administration, Friday, July 13, 2018

Welcome back to our newly-installed #SNMAExcellence Series!

In this series, we are going to be routinely featuring both SNMA chapters and members that have displayed excellence through academic endeavors, community service, leadership roles, and/or research activities. If you feel that you or your chapter represents the excellence that the SNMA upholds on a daily basis, go on ahead and fill out this form! #SNMAExcellence

 

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Name: Yamira Bell

Hometown: Easton, PA

Undergraduate Institution: Columbia University

College Major: Evolutionary Biology

Medical School: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Favorite Quote: "But be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." - Romans 12:2

Contact Informationyamirabell@snma.org

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Our second feature in the #SNMAExcellence series is Yamira Bell, a fourth-year medical student attending the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine who is also the new SNMA-Kaiser Permanente Fellow! The inaugural SNMA-Kaiser Fellowship she received is a unique position for a physician-in-training student to spend a year augmenting their formal medical training with the opportunity to delve deeply into critical issues affecting access to affordable, quality healthcare, global health equity, diversity in the healthcare workforce, and medical professionalism. She is an MD/MPH candidate, a decision that she recently made after coming to the conclusion that she needed to learn more about the methods in which systemic issues within communities could be solved. She is also an active member of the SNMA, having participated in various community outreach programs with her chapter and attending both regional and national events in order to not only expand her network, but also further cultivate her leadership skills. She hopes to use the lessons that she learns from her integrated studies and from her experiences in the SNMA-Kaiser Fellowship to help directly influence positive changes in the lives of many people throughout her future career! #SNMAExcellence

 

Where are you currently at in your career path and why did you decide to pursue this career path?

I am an MD/MPH candidate, in my fourth year of medical school. I recognized that there were very few black or AA doctors in my community. As I further understood the implications, I decided to pursue an MD because I wanted to be part of changing that narrative. In the middle of my third year I felt like my medical education was not complete. I did not feel like I had the tools to solve the greater systemic issues, so I decided to pursue an MPH to learn how to effectively treat communities.

How is your chapter exhibiting #SNMAExcellence?

My chapter exhibits #SNMAExcellence because we are all about serving and interacting with our community. We connect with other minority professional groups/organizations coming together to celebrate our excellence, grieve, party, and brainstorm solutions to our community specific problems. We have multiple community outreach programs. Our most unique program is Healthy Minds, an after-school mentoring program developed by Pitt SNMA students that provides underserved youth in Pittsburgh an opportunity to learn about other important aspects of their health!

What is your biggest accomplishment in medical school to date?

Completing third year. It was a doozy!


How has the SNMA impacted your medical school experience?

My SNMA chapter has been a huge support system. Upperclassmen have provided me with invaluable guidance and many of my friends from other classes, I met through SNMA. Because of SNMA, I have had the privilege of serving as a leader and growing my leadership skills in a safe environment on both the regional and chapter levels. Finally, by attending national events, I have been able to grow my social and professional networks simultaneously while reconnecting with old friends. SNMA has truly shaped every aspect of my medical experience and I am excited to be able to further my participation within this organization.

What did you do the summer before you started medical school?

The summer before medical school, I did the prologue pre-matriculation program offered by my medical school. It was a great opportunity to get some free books, get acclimated to my living environment, make some friends, and get just enough of a glimpse of what lay ahead.

What were some of your involvements in college? Have those involvements helped you in any way in medical school?

In college I ran track. This gave me an appreciation for working out and being in shape. Not that I am now, but it is definitely always something I am working towards. Also, at times, running has served as a respite from the stress of school.

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Meet the Board with Tiffani Houston, PhD

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, January 23, 2018
The 2017 SNMA Annual Medical Education Conference (AMEC) was held in Atlanta, GA. It was at this convention that Dr. Tiffani Janae Houston, PhD was appointed to the position of Internal Affairs Committee Co-Chairperson. Dr. Houston most recently finished her two-year term on the Board of Directors (BOD) as the Region III Director. She first joined the BOD for the 2014-2015 administration when she was appointed to the position of National Diversity Research Co-chairperson. There she helped to restart the SNMA’s Satcher Fellowship and the Obstacles and Opportunities project, which she continues to lead today. It is truly a distinct honor for Dr. Houston to be appointed to her position.

About Tiffani

Tiffani was raised in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. Her parents are Mr. Ronald Houston and Mrs. Rosilyn Houston of Birmingham, Alabama. In 2006, Tiffani graduated from Frisco Centennial High School in Frisco, Texas as a member of the inaugural senior class. Tiffani earned her Bachelor's degree in Biology, with minors in Chemistry and Spanish from the University of North Texas (UNT) in Denton, Texas. In 2010, after serving as a substitute teacher in special education for the Lewisville Independent School District, Tiffani joined the MD/PhD Dual Degree Program at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA). She is currently a third year medical student after completing her PhD in the Departments of Urology and Cellular and Structural Biology in the lab of Dr. Rita Ghosh where she studied environmental causes of cancer. After earning her MD and PhD degrees, Tiffani aspires to join a Pediatric residency program and later complete a Fellowship in Medical Genetics. Her ultimate goal is to establish a career in academic medicine where she will treat children in the comprehensive setting and direct a research program focused on disease prevention and molecular epidemiology. Tiffani has earned accolades including fellowships from the Greehey Endowment of Pediatric Cancer Research, numerous NIH research grants, and travel awards to prestigious conferences to present her research. In her free time, Tiffani enjoys the theatre, museums, and live music. She also loves to spend quality time with her family, friends, and pets.

Position: Internal Affairs Committee Co-chairperson
Hometown: Dallas/ Fort-Worth, TX
Medical School: Long School of Medicine
Medical Interest(s): Neonatology, Developmental Pediatrics, or Hospitalist


When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
  • Business woman, architect, or actress
What are some of your favorite hobbies?
  • Watching Netflix, listening to political podcasts, playing Spades Online, enjoying craft beer and cocktails, and reading historical fiction novels.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
  • Telepathy
What’s your favorite thing about the SNMA?
  • Community
What is one of the ways that serving on the SNMA Board of Directors has impacted you?
  • Developed my confidence, leadership, and business skills
What goal(s) does the Internal Affairs Committee aim to achieve this year?
  • Increase Board efficiency and making sure members better know how to make a difference in the organization that will ultimately impact those we serve in the community.
What skills would be useful to have if joining your committee?
  • Organization and effective communication
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Meet the Board with Natalie Lisa Margaret Ramsey

Posted By Publications Committee, Friday, November 10, 2017
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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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Meet the Board with Jeniffer Okungbowa-Ikponmwosa

Posted By Publications Committee, Wednesday, November 8, 2017
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The 2017 SNMA Annual Medical Education Conference (AMEC) was held in Atlanta, GA on April 12th - 17th. It was at this convention that Ms. Jeniffer Okungbowa-Ikponmwosa was appointed to the position of Health Policy and Legislative Affairs 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 Jeniffer

Jeniffer was born in Edo State in Nigeria and raised in Toronto, ON, Canada. She attended St. Edmund Campion Catholic Secondary School in Brampton, ON. Upon completing high school, she attended the University of Michigan-Flint where she earned her Bachelors in Science.Jeniffer also obtained a Masters in Public Health from the University of Michigan while simultaneously completing her first two years of medical school.

Best Oral Presentation at the 2017 Medical Equity’s Health Equity Research Conference
Position: Health Policy and Legislative Affairs Chairperson
Hometown:Edo State, Nigeria and Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Medical School: Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Medical Interest(s): OB/GYN, Preventative Medicine

When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
  • Physician
What are some of your favorite hobbies?
  • Traveling and Fashion Design
What’s your favorite thing about the SNMA?
  • Being inspired by people who I can relate to.
What goal(s) does the HPLA Committee aim to achieve this year?
  • To develop our members' advocacy skills through partnering with other organizations and educating our members through webinars.
What skills would be useful to have if joining your committee?
  • 1.) Time-management 2.) Taking initiative 3.) Adaptability 4.) Planning 5.) Organizing
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Meet the Board with Anthonia Ojo

Posted By Publications Committee, Monday, November 6, 2017

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The 2017 SNMA Annual Medical Education Conference (AMEC) was held in Atlanta, GA on April 12th - 17th. It was at this convention that Ms. Anthonia Ojo was appointed to the position of Academic Affairs 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 Anthonia

Anthonia is from San Antonio, TX and is daughter to Dr. Anthony and Lilian Ojo. She graduated from Health Careers High School where she fostered her interest in a career in medicine. She went on to receive her undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis. She is currently a third-year medical student at Eastern Virginia Medical School. One of her key interests includes mentorship for minority students interested in medicine and she plans to pursue a career in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Position: Academic Affairs Chairperson
Hometown: San Antonio, TX
Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School, Class of 2018
Medical Interest(s): OB/GYN, Global Health

When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
  • I wanted to be a teacher. I thought they were the smartest people I knew (after my parents).
What are some of your favorite hobbies?
  • You can usually find me at the gym, at a Les Mills BodyPump class. My other hobbies include running, bachata, and traveling.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
  • The ability to fly.
What’s your favorite thing about the SNMA?
  • My favorite thing about SNMA is the people and the network. The friends I have made in SNMA are some of the hardest working and most successful people I know. They are also humble and care very much about reaching back to help other students achieve the same success. I enjoy the community of love, support, and striving for excellence.
What is one of the ways that serving on the SNMA Board of Directors has impacted you?
  • Serving on the BOD has strengthened my leadership skills. I've learned to put ideas into actions in more direct ways. I have also enjoyed working with other members who are passionate and committed to the organization. We are able to accomplish great things and everyone in the room is always thinking of how to make SNMA better and bolder.
What goal(s) does the Academic Affairs Committee aim to achieve this year?
  • Our goal for this year is to expand our partnerships with board preparation companies. We are also trying to include some resources for post-baccalaureate medical education and professional development. We are excited about the work we are doing for AMEC educational sessions so stay tuned for that!
What skills would be useful to have if joining your committee?
  • Anyone who has ever studied for a test or looked for a scholarship has the skills to join and enjoy serving on the Academic Affairs Committee. Our activities focus on developing and maintaining resources to assist SNMA members in their educational endeavors. This includes building partnerships with board preparation programs, maintaining a resource for scholarships and academic opportunities, and assisting with regional and national conference education planning. Your input can be instrumental in guiding the success of SNMA members.
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Meet the Board with Sergeine Lezeau

Posted By Administration, Saturday, October 28, 2017
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The 2017 SNMA Annual Medical Education Conference (AMEC) was held in Atlanta, GA on April 12th - 17th. It was at this convention that Ms. Sergeine Lezeau was appointed to the position of Publications Co-Chair.  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 Sergeine

She is the daughter of Registered Nurse Eveline Lezeau, BSN and Computer Programmer Joseph Lezeau, who immigrated to the United States from Haiti to pursue their college education. Early on, they instilled in her the values of higher education, Haitian culture, and maintaining a spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ. Sergeine and her younger brother, Jovin Lezeau, grew up embracing these ideals in South Florida, where she completed the International Baccalaureate program at Lincoln Park Academy before joining the Gator Nation in 2008. Sergeine graduated in 2011 from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in Anthropology and a minor in Spanish. A year later, she catapulted her medico-scientific journey at Florida Atlantic University as a Biology Honors Research student identifying correlations between the latent HIV reservoir and HIV patients. Currently, she is a member of the class of 2020 at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) in Auburn, Alabama. She serves as Vice President for VCOM's Hispanic Community Medical Outreach student organization and helps raise funds for VCOM's medical mission trips to underserved Hispanic countries. Aside from engaging in research, leadership, and volunteering, she also enjoys teaching her peers and mentoring first-year medical students. Such experiences have inspired Sergeine to become a physician with an academic appointment and to serve as the Dean for Diversity of a medical school one day.

Position: Publications Committee Co-Chair & JSNMA Editor-in-Chief
Hometown: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Class of 2020
Medical Interest(s): Internal & Emergency Medicine     
 
When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?     
  • The next Judge Judy
What are some of your favorite hobbies?
  • Latin dancing, traveling, playing piano, writing/editing of course
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?     
  • Teleporting everywhere to avoid traffic, accidents, speeding tickets, TSA, travel costs, and to be able to sleep in longer
What’s your favorite thing about the SNMA?    
  • Its self-empowering nature through the conferences, board meetings, and the many diverse opportunities year-round.
What is one of the ways that serving on the SNMA Board of Directors has impacted you?
  • In just 5 months, being on the board has already made a lasting impression upon my success. When I have a meeting or interview, this is what impresses them the most on my CV, despite having research experience and a leadership position at my school because this sets me apart the most.
What goal(s) does the Publications Committee aim to achieve this year?      
  • To strengthen the solidarity of our members and highlight their powerful voices, especially given the current political climate of our nation.  We are providing SNMA members with opportunities to interact more with other members as well as with SNMA leaders via social media to strengthen our bond. We are also equipping members with more platforms to express themselves as reflected by the JSNMA cover contest and themes this year such as Addressing Racial Bias in Medicine, which will be published this Fall so stay tuned to see what your friends and colleagues in SNMA had to say!!
What skills would be useful to have if joining your committee?      
  • Video editing, being Social Media savvy, creative brainstorming, interviewing skills, providing feedback on journal submissions, and editing journals. However, our committee encourages any SNMA member with simply an interest in social media advertising, reading, and/or writing to join here today!   
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