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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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