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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

Additional Links: 
Shameless plug for me and my friend's podcast that has 0 to do with medicine. We study the bible and discuss its application, ways it is confusing to us, and everything in between. Check it out! https://anchor.fm/nameless-christian

 

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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#SNMAExcellence Series: Maseray S. Kamara, MD

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, June 5, 2018

 

We would like to present to you 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: Maseray S. Kamara, MD

Hometown: Woodbridge, VA

Undergraduate Institution: Princeton University

College Major: Molecular Biology

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Favorite Quote: "It always seems impossible until it's done." - Nelson Mandela

Contact Information: maseraykam@gmail.com

Additional Links: Instagram - @drkamara

 

Dr. Maseray S. Kamara is our first feature in the #SNMAExcellence series! Dr. Kamara graduated from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine this May and will be a categorical, general surgery resident physician at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University starting in July! She was recently honored by the United States Public Health Service as the 2018 recipient of the Excellence of Public Health Award on behalf of the US Surgeon General. She was recognized for her community service, leadership, and research which spanned from her Princeton Senior thesis on sickle cell disease in Sierra Leone to organizing water drives for the Flint Water Crisis, to serving as the Issue Editor of the AMA Journal of Ethics 'Clean Water Access and the Roles of Clinicians' issue. She, like many students and physicians in the SNMA, is committed to using her education and talents to serve the medically underserved. In the future, she hopes to practice public health surgery: practicing in a medically underserved area in the US, developing symbiotic partnerships with hospital facilities in a developing country, and writing for both academic and public consumption. #SNMAExcellence

  

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

I graduated from medical school in May 2018 and will be a categorical, general surgery resident physician at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University starting in July! Ultimately, I chose surgery because I am enamored with the ability to apply physiologic and anatomical principles to solve pathologic puzzles that directly impact the lives and medical outcomes of my patients. In the future, I hope to practice public health surgery: practicing in a medically underserved area in the US, developing symbiotic partnerships with hospital facilities in a developing country, and writing for both academic and public consumption.

How is your chapter exhibiting #SNMAExcellence?

The MSU CHM Executive Board puts on an annual Reach Out to Youth event. Medical students host workshops for elementary students (focusing on nutrition and exercise) and their parents (focusing on maximizing the health and education of their children). It's a phenomenal community event that makes me proud to be SpartyMD and a member of SNMA! #SNMAExcellence

What is your biggest accomplishment in medical school to date?

I am absolutely honored to be the 2018 recipient of the United States Public Health Services' Excellence of Public Health Award. I was presented the award by Lieutenant Snyder on behalf of the United States Surgeon General. It was amazing to be recognized for my community service, leadership, and research which spanned from my Princeton Senior thesis on sickle cell disease in Sierra Leone to organizing water drives for the Flint Water Crisis, to serving as the Issue Editor of the AMA Journal of Ethics 'Clean Water Access and the Roles of Clinicians' issue. I, like many students and physicians in the SNMA, am committed to using my education and talents to serve the medically underserved. It was surreal to be recognized for work that I am passionate and excited about, and I hope to continue serving my communities in line with the great legacy of the SNMA.

How has the SNMA impacted your medical school experience?

The Annual Medical Education Conference (AMEC) is an empowering and rejuvenating experience. The formal meetings and topics discussed are uplifting. The fellowship with underrepresented minority pre-medical students, medical students, and physicians from across the nation reminded me that I am not alone in this medical journey - though I may feel that way at times. The display of success in research, business, community service, and leadership served as a mirror of the possibilities for my life. There is power in representation and community, making AMEC a phenomenal conference.

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

As we know, medical school is grueling. It's tough. There are trying days and long clinical and study days. But, it is important that we do the things we love, and TAKE A BREAK. I recharge by talking on the phone (hello, somebody!), bargain shopping (something about the mall is so therapeutic), writing (my journal is the real MVP), listening to motivational YouTube speeches (Auntie Oprah and Eric Thomas hold me down) and bumming it in the living room with family or friends.

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

I am passionate about writing. I want to share my story, as well as the underrepresented stories of others. I want my words to empower individuals and inspire analysis of our society. And, while medical training is fulfilling, I decided to go for it - forget waiting to become an accomplished physician to write about my experiences and connect with people through prose. I decided to actively work towards my dream of writing for public consumption. Since making this commitment, I have written numerous articles which have been published in KevinMD, In-Training Magazine, Doximity, the AMA Journal of Ethics, and more. I even was recognized as In-Training Magazine's Top 10 Article of 2017! I will admit, being "fearless in the pursuit of what sets [my] soul of fire" feels absolutely wonderful! (Adapted from my KevinMD article "Stop letting delayed gratification steal your joy")

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