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Johns Hopkins Features SNMA BASE Program in Magazine Cover Story

Posted By DaShawn A. Hickman, Friday, October 17, 2014

DaShawn A. Hickman - Region V Director and Regional Director to the Executive Committee of the SNMA B

The SNMA Chapter at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is attracting attention. Highlighted recently in the university’s Dome magazine, the chapter is featured for its outstanding work through the Brotherhood Alliance for Science Education (BASE) program. Mentors, like Robert Wardlow who appeared in a photo on the magazine’s cover, work with young men, particularly those from nearby Paul Laurence Dunbar High School.

 Johns Hopkins recognizes that the SNMA and its programs, including BASE program have been instrumental in attracting minority students and boosting enrollment. In fact, the school has seen enrollment increase by 45 percent for minority first year medical students and 38 percent among all medical students since 2009. These shifts show that the SNMA is improving outcomes among underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities, such as African-Americans, blacks, Hispanic, Latino and Native Americans.

 The BASE program is devoted to encouraging minority men, while increasing the recruitment, admission and retention of young minority males in higher education and the medical fields. BASE strives to unite minority males around common goals and build relationships that foster a sense of brotherhood. The program focuses on mentorship, community service and empowerment, and motivation for worthwhile and attainable goals.

 Although BASE is geared towards young men and many of its mentors are men, the JHU chapter also has female mentors among its more than 100 members, like Nancy Abu-Bonsrah, who are dedicated to helping participants reach their goals.

 BASE is a part of SNMA’s Pipeline Programs that include Pre-medical Minority Enrichment and Development (PMED), Minority Association of Pre-medical Students (MAPS), Health Professions Recruitment Exposure (HPREP) and Youth Science Enrichment Program (YSEP).

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 Submitted by DaShawn A. Hickman, Region V Director and Regional Director to the Executive Committee of the SNMA Board of Directors

Tags:  #AMEC2015  #IheartSNMA  #SNMA50th 

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Members Show Love for their Communities and SNMA

Posted By National Community Service Committee, Friday, October 10, 2014

Jennifer McLeod - Community Service Co-Chair              Ciera Sears - Community Service Co-Chair 

Throughout the month of October SNMA chapters continue to give back to their communities as a part of our National Community Service Initiative. Last week, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine teamed up with Habitat for Humanity to build a house in Spartanburg, South Carolina. SNMA members ran clinic at the St. Louis University School of Medicine student-run clinic. Charles Drew Minority Pre-health Society volunteered at the soup kitchen. Meharry Medical College’s SNMA participated in the Nashville AIDS Walk and donated over $400 to AIDS research. Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine's SNMA chapter is expanding the Allen Neighborhood Center's Community-Supported Agriculture project so that they can provide fresh produce to an additional 30 families next spring.           

As our month of service continues, we encourage chapters to share their news and photos using #SNMA50th, #SNMAservice and #SNMAthrowback. Tag us on your posts this month and throughout the year or email:

Be a part of the I<3SNMA campaign and share your memories and thoughts on Facebook and Twitter, #IHEARTSNMA. The campaign kicked off last week as several members posted why they love SNMA, qualifying them to win one of the I<3SNMA t-shirts awarded to the first 20 people to post on Twitter. If you missed a chance to win a free I<3SNMA t-shirt, they will be sold at AMEC 2015. Below are a few I<3SNMA posts:


Megan Dee@pickymice Oct 3

I would like to give thanks to the organization for helping create a wonderful environment for students to achieve their dreams #IHEARTSNMA 

Gill@FellasLOVECoolG Oct 3

Freshman year I went to an EVMS conference w/ my MAPS chapter. We went to a cadaver lab and I held a human heart in my hand <3 #IHEARTSNMA

Jully@juelsengels Oct 4

#IHeartSNMA because it gives me a reason to believe that medicine can not only SAVE lives but also CHANGE lives. #SNMA50

Danielle Ward@minoritydoctor Oct 4

#IHeartSNMA because it has connected me with so many amazing people, gives me a sense of belonging, and is helping me achieve my dreams :-)

Look for upcoming “Grand Rounds” on SNMA programs, AMEC 2015 in New Orleans preview and much more. If you have an idea for “Grand Rounds,” email:

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Submitted by National Community Service Committee Co-Chairs

Jennifer McLeod, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Ciera Sears, Howard University College of Medicine

Tags:  #SNMA50th  #SNMAservice  #SNMAthrowback 

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