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SNMA Registers Voters Through Each One, Reach One Campaign

Posted By Health Policy and Legislative Affairs Committee Co-Chairs, Thursday, October 30, 2014


Mid-term elections are just around the corner and the SNMA Health Policy and Legislative Affairs (HPLA) Committee is urging members to get involved in voter registration. Our Each One, Reach One Campaign, does just that, as a part of Rock the Vote, which has registered millions of new voters since 1990.

The 12,000 Americans who reach age 18 each day in the U.S. are poised to make a significant impact at the polls, but they must be registered to vote. Once you register to vote and/or update your voter registration information with your state elections board, the HPLA Committee asks that you reach out and register at least one other person to vote in the upcoming election.

The Each One, Reach One campaign will run through Election Day on November 4, 2014. So, there’s still time for your chapter to register voters. Partner with local media, community organizations and student groups in your area and take advantage of social media.

Each passing day represents an opportunity to get involved. So, take advantage of the HPLA Committee online resource package that contains a wealth of resources to get your chapter started or click here to check out this online registration tool. It’s time for Each One of us to Reach One to Rock the Vote!

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Submitted by Debra Dixon and Jessica Isom, Health Policy and Legislative Affairs Committee Co-Chairs of the SNMMA Board of Directors

Tags:  #SNMA50th #I<3SNMA 

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Early Registration Launched for AMEC 2015

Posted By Convention Planning Co-Chairs, Friday, October 24, 2014


 Our Annual Medical Education Conference (AMEC) is just around the corner. The 2015 conference will be held April 1-5, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.

Our SNMA mission states that we aim "... to increase the number of clinically excellent, socially conscious, and culturally competent physicians." AMEC 2015 will indeed uplift our mission by educating future physicians about the healthcare needs of marginalized groups in the population that need and seek quality healthcare and empower our doctors to effectively provide care to all patient groups. 

With the theme of “Unsilencing the Unheard and the Underserved,” AMEC 2015 will explore the health disparities among the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender populations and Immigrants/Refugees, as well as the crisis of the lack of minority men entering the field of medicine. Emerging and future doctors who attend the conference will have the opportunity to discuss topics about which they would otherwise not have access within the medical school setting. These discussions will enable them as physicians to render suitable and appropriate care to underserved populations. 

Early registration is now in progress with discounts available at all levels of member registration through November 30th. Click here to register for AMEC 2015.

Look for upcoming “Grand Rounds” with more information about AMEC 2015 in New Orleans, member benefits, other SNMA programs and much more. If you have an idea for “Grand Rounds,” email:

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Submitted by Markeiya Polite and Joseph Gallien, Convention Planning Co-Chairs of the SNMMA Board of Directors

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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).

 Look for upcoming “Grand Rounds” on other 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 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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Founders Day Celebrated Through Community Service

Posted By Administration, Friday, October 3, 2014
Updated: Friday, October 3, 2014

Topaz Sampson - President              Brittney Phillips  - Chair  of the Board of Directors 


October 4th is Founders Day! As a tribute, many of our chapters  will celebrate that great occasion throughout the month of October with a Day of Service. Starting October 4, chapters will give back to their  communities through service activities focused on nutrition, fitness, health screenings and testing, health fairs and community restoration.

Fifty years ago, the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) was created as a division of the National Medical Association (NMA) to actively support medical students and to encourage future physicians in their pursuit of medical careers. Seven years later, SNMA incorporated into its own legal entity. Since our founding by chapters at Howard University College of Medicine and Meharry Medical College, we have grown to more than 5,500 members with 144 chapters in 10 regions nationwide and in the Caribbean.

Our founders identified a real need to support medical students of color and that need still exists today. According to the recent “Diversity in Medical Education: Facts and Figures 2012” released by the Association of American Medical Colleges, in 1982 men surpassed women in applying to medical schools by more than 2 to 1. By 2011, Black women were 65.6% of applicants, but only 34.4% of applicants were Black men. In that same year, just 38.3% of Black applicants to medical schools – both men and women – were accepted. These statistics show that challenges still persist.

Today, SNMA remains firm to its mission. Our accomplishments are many and we are proud of the work that SNMA continues on behalf of its members. We love SNMA and hear often from members and alumni who say how much they love SNMA. As we celebrate Founders Day, we invite you to join the I <3 SNMA campaign today and share why on Facebook and Twitter, #IHEARTSNMA!

Let us know about your chapter’s news and photos of the National Day of Service activities throughout October on our Facebook and Twitter accounts using #SNMA50th and #SNMAservice. Also, be sure to tag us to events that occur throughout the year or email: with your chapter spotlights. Starting October 6, you will also be able to stay connect with SNMA on Instagram @snma_official.

Look for upcoming “Grand Rounds” on the I <3 SNMA campaign, SNMA programs, AMEC 2015 in New Orleans preview and much more. If you have an idea for “Grand Rounds,” email:


Topaz Sampson
National President


Brittney Phillips 
Board Chairperson



Tags:  #AMEC2015  #FoundersDay  #SNMA 

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