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Meet The Board Series: Rita Akumuo, Convention Planning National Committee Co-Chairperson

Posted By Administration, Sunday, September 23, 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 Rita Akumuo, who serves as a Convention Planning National Committee Co-Chairperson for the 2018-2019 administrative year!

 

Email Address: convention@snma.org

Born and raised in Camden, N.J., Rita attended Syracuse University, where she graduated with degrees in three majors: nutrition science, neuroscience and biology. Rita then went on to receive her master’s degree in medical science at Drexel University in May 2016. Currently a third-year medical student at Drexel University College of Medicine, Rita is pursuing a Women’s Health Track with a distinction in Urban Health and Equity. Extracurricularly, she will be serving her third term in her school’s Student Government Association, moving up from co-class president to Executive Vice President. In addition, she will be continuing her work with Drexel’s free health clinic program as well as sit on the board for this year’s Racism in Medicine held in the greater Philadelphia area. In her free time, she kick boxes, practices yoga, and performs research in two labs in the Philadelphia area. Rita’s career interests include pediatric endocrinology, pediatric nephrology, and pediatric ENT. She would also like to go into academia and continue performing research in pediatric endocrinology.

 

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: Kiara Smith, Convention Planning National Committee Co-Chairperson

Posted By Administration, Sunday, September 23, 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 Kiara Smith, who serves as a Convention Planning National Committee Co-Chairperson for the 2018-2019 administrative year!

 

Email Address: convention@snma.org

Kiara Smith is originally from Madison, GA. Kiara attended Mercer University, where she received her degree in Chemical Commerce. Upon completion, she matriculated into medical school at Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, where she is currently a 3rd year. Kiara has served as the Co-President of the Temple Chapter of the SNMA and has also acted as a PREP coordinator for incoming underrepresented first-year medical students. She has also served as OHEDI ambassador and is committed to service at the local Salvation Army through Red Shield. She also participates in kidney transplant and community organ donation research through Temple University. In her spare time she enjoys painting, crafting, exercising, and over indulging in reality television. Her career interests are in Internal Medicine or OB-GYN. She does hope to remain in the academic setting and serve an underserved population. Kiara is super excited to be able to plan the 55th anniversary of SNMA, and contribute back to an organization that has given her so much in her journey through medicine. 

 

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: Kethelyne Beauvais, Community Service National Committee Co-Chairperson

Posted By Administration, Saturday, September 22, 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 Kethelyne Beauvais, who serves as a Community Service National Committee Co-Chairperson for the 2018-2019 administrative year!

 

Email Address: communityservice@snma.org

Kethelyne spent most of her childhood in Alexandria, Virginia and received her Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and French at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA. She is currently entering her fourth year of medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School as part of the MD class of 2019. There, she is also a part of the inaugural Medical French Program. She is interested in pursuing a career in Family Medicine and during her free time she enjoys watching films, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family. Since starting medical school, she has been heavily involved with the SNMA.  She is inspired by the SNMA’s mission to support current and future underrepresented minority medical students, address the needs of underserved communities, and increase the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent and socially conscious physicians, and hopes to continue giving back to the community during her Family Medicine Residency and beyond. 

 

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: Chidimma Acholonu, Community Service National Committee Co-Chairperson

Posted By Administration, Saturday, September 22, 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 Chidimma Acholonu, who serves as a Community Service National Committee Co-Chairperson for the 2018-2019 administrative year!

 

Email Address: communityservice@snma.org

Chidimma Acholonu is a fourth-year medical student from Blackwood, NJ who attends Morehouse School of Medicine. She received her B.A. in Biology and Psychology from Rutgers University and her Master’s in Public Health from The George Washington University. At her institution, Chidimma participates in the H.E.A.L. Student Run Clinic and she is an Associate Editor for the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is interested in a career in Pediatrics and in her free time, she likes to sing karaoke as well as watch and play sports.

 

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: Shihyun Kim, Academic Affairs National Committee Co-Chairperson

Posted By Administration, Friday, September 21, 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 Shihyun Kim, who serves as an Academic Affairs National Committee Co-Chairperson for the 2018-2019 administrative year!

 

Email Address: academicaffairs@snma.org

Shihyun Kim is a third-year at the Howard University College of Medicine. He also obtained his B.S. in Biology from Howard University as a member of the 6-year accelerated B.S./M.D. program. Shihyun was born in Ulsan, Republic of Korea and lived in India, Russia, and Ukraine before moving to America to pursue higher education. He is keeping an open mind heading into third year and hopes to utilize his unique background to reach patients from various populations. Shihyun currently serves as Vice-President of the Howard University College of Medicine Student Council, where he applies the valuable leadership skills he picked up as a National Future Leadership Project Fellow from the previous year. He served as a YSEP co-coordinator on a chapter level and as a Senator for the College of Medicine at the Howard University Student Association. Shihyun loves to cook and play basketball despite not having any vertical to show off. 

 

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: Taylor Carter, Academic Affairs National Committee Co-Chairperson

Posted By Administration, Friday, September 21, 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 Taylor Carter, who serves as an Academic Affairs National Committee Chairperson for the 2018-2019 administrative year!

 

Email Address: academicaffairs@snma.org

Taylor Carter is a fourth-year medical student from Edmond, OK who attends the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine, where she participates in the six-year medical school program. The six-year program is unique in that students are admitted directly from high school to obtain both their bachelor’s degree and medical doctorates. She will graduate with both her Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts and her Doctorate in Medicine in 2019. At UMKC, she is very involved in several different activities. She sits on the council of selection as a student representative and also serves on the Diversity Council. She has also served on the executive board of her school’s SNMA chapter for over three years; this year she is honored to serve as co-president. She is also a recent inductee into the Missouri Delta Chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha. She has an interest in Academic General Surgery and in her free time, she enjoys taking walks, trying new foods, practicing yoga and watching all things Shonda Rhimes.

 

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: Petria Thompson, Region X Director

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 20, 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 Petria Thompson, who serves as the Region X Director for the 2018-2019 administrative year!

 

Email Address: region10director@snma.org

Petria Thompson is currently a fifth-year M.D./Ph.D. student and Gold Humanism Honor Society member at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry with Highest Honors from Emory University and served as a Post-Baccalaureate Cancer Research Training (CRTA) Fellow at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) before matriculating to medical school. In her spare time, she can be found at one of the numerous concert venues in Music City or hiking trails in state parks. After graduating from VUSM, Petria plans to pursue a career as a surgeon-scientist.

 

Passionate about uniting people to achieve common goals, Petria dedicates herself to working to advance diversity and inclusion in medicine through awareness, advocacy and community service within Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Petria has held several leadership roles with Student National Medical Association (SNMA), including President and Vice President of the Vanderbilt Chapter and Community Service Chair and Secretary for Region X. With SNMA, she organized a lecture series for Health Disparities Week focused on Mental Health in African-American, LGBTQ, and Asian-Pacific Islander communities and promoted community service initiatives focused on health education. She is excited to continue her work with SNMA as the Region X Director.

 

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: Elise Mike, Region IX Director

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 19, 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 Elise Mike, who serves as the Region IX Director for the 2018-2019 administrative year!

 

Email Address: region9director@snma.org

Elise was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up in St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands. She was a Robert W. Woodruff Scholar at Emory University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and minored in Philosophy. After college, Elise received post-baccalaureate funding from the NIH to conduct cardiovascular research at Baylor College of Medicine. She is currently a student in the MD/PhD program at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York. She recently completed her PhD research, which was focused on the pathogenesis of neuropsychiatric manifestations in systemic lupus erythematosus, a disease that predominantly affects Black women. Elise has been a leader in SNMA at the local, regional, or national level for the last 5 years.  At Einstein, she is involved in strengthening diversity initiatives, and she works closely with the administration to support the college’s goals of inclusivity. Further, she founded the White Coats 4 Black Lives chapter at Einstein to encourage the Einstein student body to combat racism as a public health issue. Elise is also active in several New York city initiatives to combat racism in health care and promote advocacy and social justice in medicine. In her free time, Elise enjoys working out, cooking, and traveling.

 

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: Sahlia Joseph-Pauline, Region VIII Director

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, September 18, 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 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! 

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: 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! 

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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