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Meet The Board Series: Sahlia Joseph-Pauline, Region VIII Director

Posted By Administration, 17 hours ago
Updated: Friday, September 14, 2018

 

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Welcome back to our Meet The Board Series!!

 

In this series, we would like to introduce you to the leaders of the national organization who work behind-the-scenes to keep the SNMA running!

 

Our next feature of this series is Sahlia Joseph-Pauline, who serves as the Region VIII Director for the 2018-2019 administrative year!

 

Email Address: region8director@snma.org

Sahlia K. Joseph-Pauline was born and raised in Jamaica, Queens. After graduating from high school, she attended Hampton University, where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology as well as her Master's in Medical Science. Sahlia is currently a 3rd year medical student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and she is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is extremely passionate about mentoring youth and community service, and she often volunteers her time serving the underserved communities within Philadelphia. Aside from volunteering, she enjoys traveling, trying new cultural dishes, watching movies and spending time with family and friends. 

 

Be sure to stay tuned for the next feature of this series! And remember, make sure to visit us at snma.org/membership.php to join the SNMA if you haven't already! 

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Meet The Board Series: Brittany Flemming, Region VII Director, Regional Director to the Executive Committee

Posted By Administration, Monday, September 17, 2018
Updated: Friday, September 14, 2018

 

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Welcome back to our Meet The Board Series!!

 

In this series, we would like to introduce you to the leaders of the national organization who work behind-the-scenes to keep the SNMA running!

 

Our next feature of this series is Brittany Flemming, who serves as both the Region VII Director and the Regional Director to the Executive Committee for the 2018-2019 administrative year!

 

Email Address: region7director@snma.org

Brittany Flemming is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She graduated from Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina in May of 2015 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology. During college, she was a competitive cheerleader and spent time in Europe, studying medical practice and policy in Estonia, Sweden, and Denmark. Immediately after graduating college, she commissioned as a Lieutenant in the United States Air Force and has since completed Officer Training School at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. Since matriculating at UConn School of Medicine in August 2016, she has served as an Urban Service Track Scholar, coordinating various health fairs and healthy eating initiatives in the underserved populations in and surrounding Hartford, Connecticut. As past president of the UConn chapter of the Student National Medical Association, she has been committed to promoting diversity and cultural competency in the field of medicine. She is planning to pursue a career in pediatrics, where her passion for zebras, arts and crafts is best understood!  

 

Be sure to stay tuned for the next feature of this series! And remember, make sure to visit us at snma.org/membership.php to join the SNMA if you haven't already! 

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Meet The Board Series: Adebusola Awosanya, Region VI Director

Posted By Administration, Sunday, September 16, 2018
Updated: Friday, September 14, 2018

 

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Welcome back to our Meet The Board Series!!

 

In this series, we would like to introduce you to the leaders of the national organization who work behind-the-scenes to keep the SNMA running!

 

Our next feature of this series is Adebusola Awosanya, who serves as the Region VI Director for the 2018-2019 administrative year!

 

Email Address: region6director@snma.org

Adebusola “Bussy” Awosanya was elected to the position of Region 6 Director in April 2018. Although she was born in Lagos, Nigeria, she considers the DC Metropolitan area, specifically Prince George’s County, Maryland, as her home. She attended Georgetown University earning her BS in Biology of Global Health. Upon completing that degree, she furthered her education through the George-Squared Program at Georgetown University and George Mason University where she received a graduate certificate in Advanced Biomedical Sciences. She currently attends the Howard University College of Medicine where she is set to graduate with a MD in 2020. Outside of SNMA, Bussy is active in the Class of 2020 Executive Board, HUCM Student Council, and other organizations within the college. She enjoys Netflix, traveling, museums, spending time with family and friends, as well as trying out new restaurants. 

 

Be sure to stay tuned for the next feature of this series! And remember, make sure to visit us at snma.org/membership.php to join the SNMA if you haven't already! 

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Meet The Board Series: Darren Gordon, Region V Director

Posted By Administration, Saturday, September 15, 2018
Updated: Friday, September 14, 2018

 

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Welcome back to our Meet The Board Series!!

 

In this series, we would like to introduce you to the leaders of the national organization who work behind-the-scenes to keep the SNMA running!

 

Our next feature of this series is Darren Gordon, who serves as the Region V Director for the 2018-2019 administrative year!

 

Email Address: region5director@snma.org

Darren Mikael Gordon is a native of Detroit, MI who earned his BS in Movement Science from the University of Michigan. He is currently an MD/PhD candidate at the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences. His career goals include landing a surgical specialty residency and subsequently serving as a Dean of Admissions or a President of a University. He enjoys hanging out with friends and outdoor activities such as kayaking (he actually owns one). He is interested in working with and starting minority outreach programs for students interested in medicine and science careers.

 

Be sure to stay tuned for the next feature of this series! And remember, make sure to visit us at snma.org/membership.php to join the SNMA if you haven't already! 

Tags:  #Excellence  #FutureDoctors  #Healthcare  #Inspiration  #Leadership  #LeadwithSNMA  #MedicalSchool  #Medicine  #MedStudent  #MeettheBoard  #Melanin  #MelaninDoc  #Membership  #MembershipDrive  #Mentorship  #MinoritiesInMedicine  #Minority  #MinorityDoctors  #Motivation  #Physician  #PreMed  #SNMA  #SNMA55th  #SNMAExcellence  #Underrepresented 

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Meet The Board Series: Autefeh Sajjadi, Region II Director

Posted By Administration, Friday, September 14, 2018
Updated: Friday, September 14, 2018

 

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Welcome back to our Meet The Board Series!!

 

In this series, we would like to introduce you to the leaders of the national organization who work behind-the-scenes to keep the SNMA running!

 

Our next feature of this series is Autefeh Sajjadi, who serves as the Region II Director for the 2018-2019 administrative year!

 

Email Address: region2director@snma.org

Autefeh Sajjadi grew up in Santa Cruz, California and received her Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Biology and Global Poverty from the University of California, Berkeley with a focus on comparing healthcare disparities between Latin America and the Middle East. Inspired to combine her trilingual background and love of global health, she further pursued graduate education in underserved medicine with a Master of Science in Medical Sciences from the Ponce Health Sciences University in Puerto Rico. Currently, she is a 3rd year medical student at Creighton University School of Medicine and is hoping to pursue Otolaryngology. At Creighton, she has been honored to be the Health Education Director for the Mayan Community Health Collaborative, a joint effort between medical students and local Mayan Refugees to help bridge gaps in health education and prevention. She has also served as the Acute Care Manager for the local student-run free clinic based out of Siena Francis Homeless Shelter. Lastly, she has been passionate about working with the Douglas County Department of Corrections to provide health education to the local prison population. Besides studying, she grew up an avid snowboarder and mountain biker and loves doing anything outdoors! 

 

Be sure to stay tuned for the next feature of this series! And remember, make sure to visit us at snma.org/membership.php to join the SNMA if you haven't already! 

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Meet The Board Series: Gabriel Felix, National President

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 13, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, September 12, 2018

 

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Welcome back to our Meet The Board Series!!

 

In this series, we would like to introduce you to the leaders of the national organization who work behind-the-scenes to keep the SNMA running!

 

Our next feature of this series is Gabriel Felix, who serves as the National President for the 2018-2019 administrative year!

 

Email Address: president@snma.org

Gabriel Felix is a 4th year medical student at Howard University College of Medicine.  He is originally from Rockland County, New York and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Binghamton University in upstate New York. After obtaining his degree, he worked at Kessler Foundation in West Orange, New Jersey in the Traumatic Brain Injury Research Department. While there he worked on several clinical trials and participated in the organization’s community outreach programs while developing his interests in advocacy for underserved populations. His work cultivated interests in health disparities, mental health, disability research, and leadership development.

In addition to serving as the National President, he has active leadership roles at his medical school campus. He currently serves as the vice-chair for the Council on Honor, Professionalism, and Ethics and is a council member on the Student Grievance Committee. He is also involved with the SNMA at a chapter and regional level. Outside of medical school and SNMA, Gabriel volunteers as a vocalist at his local church and enjoys running, yoga, and kick-boxing.

 

Be sure to stay tuned for the next feature of this series! And remember, make sure to visit us at snma.org/membership.php to join the SNMA if you haven't already! 

Tags:  #Excellence  #FutureDoctors  #Healthcare  #Inspiration  #Leadership  #LeadwithSNMA  #MedicalSchool  #Medicine  #MedStudent  #MeettheBoard  #Melanin  #MelaninDoc  #Membership  #MembershipDrive  #Mentorship  #MinoritiesInMedicine  #Minority  #MinorityDoctors  #Motivation  #Physician  #PreMed  #SNMA  #SNMA55th  #SNMAExcellence  #Underrepresented 

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#SNMAExcellence Series: Oyetewa Oyerinde, MD

Posted By Christel Wekon-Kemeni, Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Updated: Thursday, September 13, 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: Oyetewa Oyerinde, M.D.

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Undergraduate Institution: Howard University

College Major: Sports Medicine Major / Chemistry Minor

Medical School: University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine

Favorite Quote: A black woman is the only type of darkness that can invite light inside without eradicating herself. - Me (I dont really have one essentially ha)

Contact Information: oyetewaoyerinde@gmail.com

Additional Links: IG: @_oyeoye_

 

Our fourth feature in the #SNMAExcellence series is Oyetewa Oyerinde, M.D., an intern completing her preliminary year in Internal Medicine at George Washington University Hospital who will be starting her Dermatology residency at the Harvard Combined Dermatology Program next year! Dr. Oyerinde attended the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, where she was a very active leader in the SNMA on both the local and regional levels. With the organization, she was able to help make a difference in the most vulnerable communities in the city of Chicago while at the same time increasing her network at various SNMA conferences. The SNMA ultimately provided this future Dermatologist with both a home and a family during medical school, something that is echoed by many of the members of this organization! #SNMAExcellence


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

 

I am currently an intern at George Washington University Hospital in Washington D.C. doing my preliminary year in internal medicine. This time next year I will be starting my dermatology residency at the Harvard Combined Dermatology Program in Boston, MA. I decided to pursue dermatology as my specialty because I noticed how few dermatologists were interested in the problems that affect people of color. I noticed that many of the common treatment modalities in dermatology didn't work on darker skin, or coarser hair. I am particularly interested in pigmentary disorders such as vitiligo and how they affect patients psychologically. Dermatology is also a great field because it is so diverse; in a single day you can go from counseling patients about a chronic condition in clinic, to a procedure to cut out a mass from someone's skin, to the hospital for a consult on a recurrent eruption. Most importantly, I think dermatology provides an excellent platform to speak to patients and people in general on self-identity and esteem, while helping to improve their quality of life.

 

How is your chapter exhibiting #SNMAExcellence?

 

My former SNMA Chapter (UIC in Region 2) exhibited excellence in so many ways! We hosted monthly health fairs in underserved areas, served food to women in a shelter on the north side, and regularly passed out care-packages to homeless people throughout the streets of Chicago.

 

What are your biggest accomplishments in medical school to date?

 

My biggest accomplishments during medical school consist mainly of making it through (*praise hands emoji*). In addition, I was heavily involved in SNMA leadership as community service chairperson, Co-president, and M4 representative of my local chapter, as well as community service liaison for Region 2. Perhaps the accomplishment that I am most proud of is a program called "Taboo: An Intergroup Dialogue". During my time as president of my chapter, my Co-president and I created this event to bring together a diverse group of medical students and faculty members to discuss "off limits" topics such as race, religion, and sexuality in a safe environment. This program is now held annually at my school as well as during our region's annual conference. I completed a full year of research in tuberous sclerosis complex at the National Institutes of Health through the Medical Research Scholars Program, and was able to publish multiple manuscripts as well as present at two national conferences. I was awarded membership in the Gold Humanism Honor Society during my 4th year of medical school. Finally I was super blessed and grateful to match at the Harvard Combined Dermatology program for my residency.

 

How has the SNMA impacted your medical school experience?

 

SNMA impacted me by giving me a home and family during medical school. All of my closest friends from those 5 years of my life are involved in SNMA. This organization also provided me a plethora of opportunities to make a difference in the most vulnerable communities in Chicago through community service and leadership. The highlight of each year was attending the SNMA Annual Medical Education Conference and networking with hundreds of other intelligent, compassionate future physicians of color. AMEC has absolutely been one of the most inspiring experiences of my life.

 

What advice would you give to someone looking to pursue a similar path as yours?

 

Advice: I can never over-emphasize the importance of networking and connecting with people. Find mentors that are doing what you want to do, or working where you want to go. If they offer to meet with you or give you of their time, TAKE THEM UP ON IT. Ask people about their journey to career success and listen attentively (people LOVE to talk about themselves). Make good eye contact (try not to be creepy though). Practice a good, firm handshake. After meeting with people, note down their names, any interesting things they said or advice they gave. When you see them again later, tell them a story of how you followed their advice, or ask about any of the interesting patients they talked about. Email people to thank them after meeting with them. Every few months, send them a brief email updating them on your progress or asking how they are doing. Trust me, these are invaluable relationship-creating hacks that have opened major doors for me over the years. Also, don't forget to pay it forward and be willing to connect with mentees and people who are trying to get to where YOU are as well.

 

Do you have any passions outside of school? If so, what are they?

 

My biggest passion outside of medicine is poetry. I am a spoken word poet and try to perform any time I can. I love using poetry to tell my stories, share my heart, and even attempt to share the stories of others who cannot speak for themselves. The most powerful poems I have written have been about ethnic identity as a Nigerian-American, police brutality, love for black men, suicide, colorism, and relationships. I have been blessed to be featured at multiple poetry shows and events since my first feature show in 2016. When I finish performing and someone from the crowd comes to tell me that my words touched them in some way, or helped them with their healing process, I experience the most amazing fulfillment.

 

What do you do to get through the stressful nature of school?

 

The best thing I did to prevent burn-out in medical school (as well as undergrad) is to take 24 hours off EVERY WEEK for guilt-free rest/no work/no studying! Every single week, from Friday at sundown to Saturday at sundown I put down my books and instead focused on reconnecting with family and friends, spending time with God, and/or spending much needed time relaxing and pampering myself. I did this even when studying for boards or difficult exams. Once I was done taking this break, I was rejuvenated and ready to attack the books again.

 

 

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Meet The Board Series: Tiffani Houston, PhD, National Chairperson of the Board of Directors

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Updated: Sunday, September 9, 2018

 

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Welcome back to our Meet The Board Series!!

 

In this series, we would like to introduce you to the leaders of the national organization who work behind-the-scenes to keep the SNMA running!

 

Our next feature of this series is Dr. Tiffani Houston, who serves as the National Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the 2018-2019 administrative year!

 

Email Address: chair@snma.org

Dr. Tiffani Janae Houston is the first-born child of Mr. Ronald Chavis Houston II and Mrs. Rosilyn Elaine Bosley Houston. Tiffani was born in Mission Hills, California on August 30, 1988 and was raised in Dallas, Texas. Tiffani graduated magna cum laude in 2009 with a BA in Biology and minors in Chemistry and Spanish Language from the University of North Texas. Tiffani matriculated into the South Texas Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) in 2010 and earned her PhD in 2017 studying the molecular effects of environmental toxic exposures in urinary bladder cancer. Dr. Houston is a current fourth-year medical student and is applying for a combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency program with ultimate career goals as an established physician-scientist.

Throughout her time in medical school, Tiffani has received the Future Pediatrician Scholarship from the National Medical Association and was a two-time recipient of the Greehey Fellowship in Children’s Health. She has also earned a travel scholarship to attend the Keystone Conference on Transcriptional Regulation and Cancer Epigenetics. Tiffani has been the principle investigator of two NIH grants: R36AG048370 and F31ES025533.

Tiffani’s leadership activities include local contributions to UTHSCSA as well as national service on the Board of Directors for the Student National Medical Association and the Latino Medical Student Association. She has served as a student representative on the MSTP admissions committee as well as the cultural competency committee within the Department of Undergraduate Medical Education at UTHSCSA. She also participated in the Health Care Reform Forum hosted by the Center for Medical Ethics and Humanities at UTHSCSA.

Tiffani enjoys researching, watching, and discussing the Star Trek Universe, dancing Bachata and Meringue, as well as reading historical fiction novels. She also is an animal lover and has been a pet mom to both cats and dogs. 

 

Be sure to stay tuned for the next feature of this series! And remember, make sure to visit us at snma.org/membership.php to join the SNMA if you haven't already! 

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Meet The Board Series: Joyce Jones, National Vice-President

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Updated: Sunday, September 9, 2018

 

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Welcome back to our Meet The Board Series!!

 

In this series, we would like to introduce you to the leaders of the national organization who work behind-the-scenes to keep the SNMA running!

 

Our next feature of this series is Joyce Jones, who serves as the National Vice-President for the 2018-2019 administrative year!

 

Email Address: vicepresident@snma.org

Joyce Jones is a fourth-year medical student at Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS), North Chicago, Illinois. She is pursuing her Medical Degree {M.D.}, with interests in Family Medicine. Jones received a Bachelor’s of Science {B.S.} degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Currently, Ms. Jones is National Vice President of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA). She has held numerous positions with SNMA, including Region II Associate Regional Director, Chicago Medical School Chapter President, and was selected as a Future Leadership Project Fellow in 2016-2017.

With a strong service interest, Ms. Jones served three years as Community Service Coordinator for the Chicago Medical School Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG); is a student member of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) subcommittee for Educational Resources and Infrastructure; was as a Diversity and Inclusion Peer Mentor; and also a RFUMS Student Ambassador. She also volunteers at numerous mobile community care clinics focused on increasing access to care in underserved, low-income, minority communities.

Ms. Jones was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. From age nine, she lived in Highland Park, Illinois where she received her elementary and secondary schooling. In addition to her academic and leadership responsibilities, Ms. Jones enjoys traveling, spending time with family and loved ones, and loom knitting.

 

Be sure to stay tuned for the next feature of this series! And remember, make sure to visit us at snma.org/membership.php to join the SNMA if you haven't already! 

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Meet The Board Series: Toddchelle Young, Pre-Medical Board Member

Posted By Administration, Monday, September 10, 2018
Updated: Sunday, September 9, 2018

 

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Welcome back to our Meet The Board Series!!


In this series, we would like to introduce you to the leaders of the national organization who work behind-the-scenes to keep the SNMA running!


Our next feature of this series is Toddchelle Young, who serves as the Pre-Medical Board Member for the 2018-2019 administrative year!

 

Email Address: premedical@snma.org

Toddchelle graduated from Georgetown University with her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with Population Health Certificate and received her Masters in Public Health in Sociomedical Sciences with a Social Determinants of Health Certificate from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She is currently completing prerequisites to apply to medical school for Fall 2020, having interests in Family Medicine. Toddchelle has been involved in harm reduction outreach, HIV/AIDS and breast cancer research, as well as her most recent international health work assisting with tuberculosis (TB) stigma research in South Africa. She currently works at the National Institute of Health, and will be transitioning to Georgetown University as Director of Research for the Hub for Equity and Innovation in Higher Education. Toddchelle enjoys travelling the world, braiding hair, and mentoring in her free time. She is from New Haven, CT and currently resides in North Bethesda, MD.

 

Be sure to stay tuned for the next feature of this series! And remember, make sure to visit us at snma.org/membership.php to join the SNMA if you haven't already! 

Tags:  #Excellence  #FutureDoctors  #Healthcare  #Inspiration  #Leadership  #LeadwithSNMA  #MedicalSchool  #Medicine  #MedStudent  #MeettheBoard  #Melanin  #MelaninDoc  #Membership  #MembershipDrive  #Mentorship  #MinoritiesInMedicine  #Minority  #MinorityDoctors  #Motivation  #Physician  #PreMed  #SNMA  #SNMA55th  #SNMAExcellence  #Underrepresented 

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