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New Leadership on SNMA Board

Posted By Cynthia Bell, Tuesday, April 21, 2015

AMEC 2015 in New Orleans is a fond memory for many of us. The election of officers has taken place. A hardy welcome to the SNMA 2015-2016 Board of Directors. Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students, addressing the needs of underserved communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent and socially conscious physicians. The following board members are list by position, name and school.

 

Position

Name

School

Chair of the Board

DaShawn Hickman

Case Western Reserve University SOM

President

Anthony Kulukulualani

Tufts University School of Medicine

President-Elect

Christen Johnson

Wright State University- BSOM

Vice-President

Cortlyn Brown

Yale University School of Medicine

PMBM

Kevin Anderson, Jr

Duke University School of Medicine

Treasurer

Adeolu Aromolaran

Yale School of Medicine

Secretary

Dantwan Smith

Ross University School of Medicine

Speaker of the House

Ashley Matthew

University of Massachusetts Medical School

Parliamentarian

Jacob Marshall

Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Immediate Past Chair

Brittney Phillips

Howard University College of Medicine

Immediate Past President

Topaz Sampson

Wright State University Boonshoft SOM

Regional Directors

Region I Director

Amarachi Okoro

University of Los Angeles, Los Angeles

Region II Director

Nailah Cash-O'Bannon

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Region III Director

Tiffani Houston

University of Texas HSC at San Antonio

Region IV Director

Camilla Mills

Morehouse School of Medicine

Region V Director

Martha Dua-Awereh

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Region VI Director

Robert Wardlow

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Region VII Director

Asia Matthew

University of Massachusetts Medical School

Region VIII Director

Katrina Castille

Drexel University College of Medicine

Region IX Director

antoinette Leonard-Jean Charles

Touro College Of Osteopathic Medicine

Region X Director

National Committee Chairs

Academic Affairs

Rachel Odeyemi

Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine

Hope Taitt

SUNY Downstate COM

Community Service

Thayne Dalrymple

Univeristy of North Carolina School of Medicine

Shakirat Salvador

Florida State University College of Medicine

Diversity Research

Abner A Murray

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Debra Dixon

Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of CWRU

External Affairs

Brittany L. Jackson

Howard University College of Medicine

HPLA

Jara Crear

Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University

Valerie A. Pierre

Creighton University School of Medicine

Internal Affairs

Adesuwa Ighodaro

Yale School of Medicine

Tsion Aberra

Yale School of Medicine

International Affairs

Nkiru (Kiki) Osude

U. of Missouri-Kansas City Sch of Medicine

Membership

Michele Holman

The Commonwealth Medical College

 

Kimberly Dike

Drexel University College of Medicine

Osteopathic

Danielle M. Ward, MS

GA-PCOM

Kristyn J. Smith

Rowan Univeristy School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM)

Publications

Jasmin Scott-Hawkins

Wright State University Boonshoft SOM

Comfort Elumogo

Case Western School of Medicine

Jonathan Batson

Barry University

Professional Board Members

PBM to EC

Courtney Scrubbs DO, JD

Locke Lord LLP

PBM

Candrice R Heath, MD

Mt. Sinai-St. Luke's-Roosevelt Dermatology

PBM

Jennifer Walton, MD, MPH

Nationwide Children's Hospital, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

 

 

 

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National Chair and President Reflect on Successful Year

Posted By Cynthia Bell, Thursday, April 2, 2015

Brittney Phillips 

Brittney Phillips Reflects on SNMA Accomplishments and What the Future Holds

It is truly a bittersweet feeling to have my term come to a close as National Chairperson. I’m really going to miss working with this board next year and appreciate the wealth of knowledge and experiences that serving as chair has brought me this year.  I am however, really excited to see what the new administration will bring the organization and am confident that SNMA is left in more than capable hands.  

Serving this year during the 50th anniversary of the SNMA and witnessing the 50th Founders Day Celebration and the I Heart SNMA Campaign simultaneously at chapters across the nation has me still in awe of the talents and power of our membership. I am so proud of what we have accomplished over the last 50 years and am eager to see what comes in the next 50.

Your board has worked hard all year to make the SNMA a better place than when we started a year ago.  One thing we accomplished is incorporating new board training modules into the National Leadership Institutes so that we are more prepared and better capable to serve both now and in the future. We also are completing a series of technological innovations, which have provided chapters with official email addresses and will speed up the process of documentation and day-to-day workings of the organization.

Additionally, we increased our social media presence on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram in order to stay connected with our members across the country. We love hearing from members and if you see any of us at AMEC feel free to say hi and share any comments, questions, or suggestions that you may have.  

It has been a pleasure serving you this year! Enjoy AMEC and celebrate the end of another successful administrative year!

 

National President Prepares SNMA to Serve a Diverse Community

 "Wow, I really did it! And I think I did a decent job too!” These are some of my thoughts during AMEC 2015.

 My dream of being the National President manifested itself three years ago during AMEC 2012 in Atlanta. I vividly recall watching the then Board of Directors taking pictures and celebrating the completion of a successful year. I remember seeing past National President Michael Knight being congratulated on executing a phenomenal conference and triumphant programmatic year. I remember thinking "Hmmm, I wonder if I could do that?” Fast forward to the 50th Anniversary AMEC 2014 where I was so blessed to have been installed as the "Royal President” by Princess A.K. Ocansey of Ghana. What an experience!

As National President, I wanted to dispel the notion that the SNMA is simply "The black people club.” At my own institution and many SNMA chapters struggle to attract non-African American members interested in the good work we do in advocacy, service and pipeline programs. My desire was to use technology and social media to propel the SNMA mission to more than just our own membership.

I am very proud of our service to the underserved and felt more people should know about it. I wanted to celebrate the programs that were already created and liked to think that there is a treasure chest of excellent programming from past administrations and if I could revitalize one it would be a testament to the work that has been done in the previous 50 years.

Lastly, I focused on SNMA’s celebration of 50 years of diversifying the face of medicine and my administration launching SNMA into the next 50 years. Watching SNMA’s 50th year historical review, I considered how the organization would be remember the next 50 years. I developed a Back 2 the Future executive agenda that would keep our mission at the forefront. I chose the LGBT and Immigrant/Refugee population and from another angle of marginalized groups, I couldn’t ignore the lack of minority men in medicine. In prior administrations the Brotherhood Alliance for Science Education (BASE) was born although only being done at a few medical schools. My goal was for the SNMA to revisit this program, partner with the institutions successfully running BASE to develop an updated curriculum that chapters nationwide could implement through our pipeline initiative.

Lastly, I wanted to improve the use of social media. Our members were not only on Facebook, but on Twitter and Instagram, but I wanted to attract non-members, such as other organizations, potential sponsors, and future supporters of the SNMA by displaying our work. Internally, we encouraged the board and members to use Your Membership to create member profiles and targeted messages were sent specific member categories. We launched the SNMA’s Instagram page, showcasing our dedication to service on Founders Day and national day of service where chapters shared pictures serving underserved communities. That was great!

Lastly, I wanted to reach the membership on a more day-to-day basis so through Twitter I have constantly engaged members about what was going on in 160 characters or less. My @SNMANatlPrez account has increased in followers over 12% is getting the attention of other doctors, organizations and more members. Emphasis on marketing communications that supports our vision has increased visibility for the SNMA. The Grand Rounds Blog has provided the BOD and members with a sounding board to share more of their roles and the projects.

I am so blessed for a forward thinking vision in which the membership supported through the execution of the programs set forth this year. Hopefully, some of the strides will continue in coming years. My goal was to make the SNMA better than when I found it and I think it is a fair statement to say this goal was accomplished.

 

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Congratulations Graduating Seniors on Your Matches

Posted By Cynthia Bell, Friday, March 27, 2015

 

Match Day, the third Friday of March, has come and gone. Many SNMA members and other graduating medical students nationwide have been match to residency programs. Below are graduating seniors who have updated the YM profile to notify us of their recent match.

 

If you have NOT let us about your match, simply go into Your Membership (YM) and update your profile. The match option is near the bottom of your profile. An updated match list will be circulated following AMEC 2015.

Congratulations and we’ll see you at AMEC 2015 in New Orleans. 

SNMA Member                                 Facility

Osasumwen Asemota                       Nassau University Medical Center

Ashley S. Balentine                           USC Anesthesiology 

Bralin J. Bean                                    Belle Glade, Florida - Family Medicine 

Damian Campbell                              University of Texas at Austin Dell Children's Medical

 Child Neurology

Nejlah M. Clark                                  Newark Beth Israel (Emergency Medicine) 

Lauren Cooper                                  University of Chicago Medical Center 

Omotore F. Eruvwetere                     Anesthesiology- Ochsner Health System

Shanté Hill                                         University of South Alabama Medical Centers 

Armetria Humphrey                            Loyola Cook County- Family Medicine 

Osato I. Iyamu                                    Yale Internal Medicine Primary Care 

Nicole M. Jackson                              Boston University Medical Center - Family Medicine 

Stephanie E. Kuntz                            Orange Regional Medical Center-Middletown, NY 

Ebony M. McKinnies                          LSU SOM New Orleans- Neurology 

Alicia Morehead-Gee                         University of California San Francisco 

Rose A. Parks                                     Crozer-Keystone Health System 

Marc Parris                                        Anesthesia & Pediatrics, University of California, Irvine 

H. Westley Phillips                             Neurosurgery-New York University 

Tricia Prince M.S.                               PM&R 

Jjais Richards                                    Loyola Pediatrics Residency Program 

Topaz Sampson                                 Baylor Hospital (Houston)

Rodrick L. Stewart                             University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

 Shadyside Hospital Family Medicine   

Tulani K. Washington-Plaskett           Morehouse School of Medicine 

George S. Yankey                              Duke University Medical Center                             

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Congratulations Graduating Seniors on Your Matches

Posted By Cynthia Bell, Friday, March 27, 2015

 

Match Day, the third Friday of March, has come and gone. Many SNMA members and other graduating medical students nationwide have been match to residency programs. Below are graduating seniors who have updated the YM profile to notify us of their recent match. Congratulations and we’ll see you at AMEC 2015 in New Orleans.

SNMA Member                                 Facility

Osasumwen Asemota                       Nassau University Medical Center

Ashley S. Balentine                           USC Anesthesiology 

Bralin J. Bean                                    Belle Glade, Florida - Family Medicine 

Damian Campbell                              University of Texas at Austin Dell Children's Medical

 Child Neurology

Nejlah M. Clark                                  Newark Beth Israel (Emergency Medicine) 

Lauren Cooper                                  University of Chicago Medical Center 

Omotore F. Eruvwetere                     Anesthesiology- Ochsner Health System

Shanté Hill                                         University of South Alabama Medical Centers 

Armetria Humphrey                            Loyola Cook County- Family Medicine 

Osato I. Iyamu                                    Yale Internal Medicine Primary Care 

Nicole M. Jackson                              Boston University Medical Center - Family Medicine 

Stephanie E. Kuntz                            Orange Regional Medical Center-Middletown, NY 

Ebony M. McKinnies                          LSU SOM New Orleans- Neurology 

Alicia Morehead-Gee                         University of California San Francisco 

Rose A. Parks                                     Crozer-Keystone Health System 

Marc Parris                                        Anesthesia & Pediatrics, University of California, Irvine 

H. Westley Phillips                             Neurosurgery-New York University 

Tricia Prince M.S.                               PM&R 

Jjais Richards                                    Loyola Pediatrics Residency Program 

Topaz Sampson                                 Baylor Hospital (Houston)

Rodrick L. Stewart                             University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

 Shadyside Hospital Family Medicine   

Tulani K. Washington-Plaskett           Morehouse School of Medicine 

George S. Yankey                              Duke University Medical Center                            

 

If you have NOT let us about your match, simply go into Your Membership (YM) and update your profile. The match option is near the bottom of your profile. An updated match list will be circulated following AMEC 2015.

Look for upcoming “Grand Rounds” containing more information about member benefits, SNMA programs, alumni activities and much more. If you have an idea for “Grand Rounds,” email marketing@snma.org

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What does SNMA mean to me?

Posted By Cynthia Bell, Thursday, March 5, 2015

One of my most poignant memories during medical school came one evening as I was studying for a neurology exam. By far one of the most challenging courses for me that semester, I had scored poorly on the midterm. In fact, I flat out failed. At that devastating moment in my academic career, I questioned my intelligence. Was I even smart enough to be in medical school?  Did I belong here? Had I made the wrong decision? What was I doing wrong? 

I had made a few mediocre grades in the past, but usually anything less than a solid B required reinforcements—study groups, tutors, whatever it took. As I sat at my table looking down at piles of notes, highlighters, diagrams and slides, I had no idea where to start and wanted to give up. 

Then I thought, if I quit what will I do about SNMA? I was the chapter president. I had to go to the annual conference, right? Yes, and no. As I sat there wallowing in self-pity, I gave myself a severe reality check. This journey was not about me. It was about all the giants on whose shoulders I was standing, about the sacrifices that my parents and grandparents made for me to be there. It was about all the people who were definitely smarter than me, but weren’t afforded the opportunity to attend medical school. It was about making a commitment to the students behind me, to be able to share my story of how to persevere when times get rough. It was about finishing the course so I could be the voice of the silenced and the ignored. 

I was SNMA. I am SNMA. So I, made a cup of coffee, picked up my highlighters and decided to pass the next test, and the next one, and the one after that. For me, SNMA reminded me of my purpose

I have wanted to be a doctor since I was little, seven to be exact. I dreamt of being the kind of doctor that took care of babies, which at the time I thought meant I would be a pediatrician. Who knew, instead I would find the road to obstetrics and gynecology. I am currently practicing with a hospital-based group near Norristown, PA and I have served as a Professional Board Member for SNMA for the past four years. I knew SNMA would be a significant part of my life as soon as I stepped into my first meeting. The leaders modeled the medical student and rising physician that I wanted to be. 

SNMA proved to be pivotal in all aspects of my training and I attempted to participate on all levels, local, regional and national. I served as chapter president, assistant regional director and on the national membership committee. We were greatly honored to host the regional conference at my home institution during my fourth year and I knew then it would only be a matter of time before I returned to serve the organization in a professional capacity. 

AMEC is just around the corner, April 1-5 in New Orleans. Don’t miss your opportunity to attend 2015 AMEC and stay active with SNMA. Sunday, March 8th is the deadline for online registration, so register today!!! To get the AMEC group discount rate at The Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Orleans, make your hotel reservation by March 6th. 

 

Look for upcoming “Grand Rounds” containing more information about member benefits, SNMA programs, alumni activities and much more. If you have an idea for “Grand Rounds,” email marketing@snma.org

 

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Why AMEC 2015 is Where You Need To Be

Posted By Cynthia Bell, Thursday, February 26, 2015

 If you have registered for SNMA’s 2015 Annual Medical Education Conference (AMEC), then I look forward to seeing you there. If you are still waiting and deciding if you should register or not, let me give you several reasons why you should waste no more time and register.  SNMA is the nation’s oldest and largest student organization dedicated to addressing the needs of underrepresented communities, supporting the nations current and future physicians, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent, and socially conscious physicians.  Here are a few reasons why you should attend AMEC 2015.

Reason 1–AMEC is the largest gathering of minority premeds, medical students, residents, and physicians in the United States. This is an opportunity to meet many of your colleagues that are working to become the next generation of great physicians. Both medical schools and residency programs are coming to AMEC to recruit the talented students of SNMA.

Reason 2–Although AMEC is the largest gathering of minority premeds, medical students and physicians, what is even more impressive is what happens at the conference. As its name states, AMEC is about education. Inspirational speakers from across the nation come to impart their knowledge of medicine, leadership, advocacy and research to name a few topics.  Notable speakers have included Dr. David Satcher and Dr. Levi Watkins and students have always been inspired to learn from them. Keep an eye on the www.snma.org  for the preliminary conference program to be posted with highlights of this year’s conference.

Reason 3–Students will have an opportunity to make decisions about the future of the organization through the House of Delegates (HOD).  While HOD only meets once a year, it is the highest governing body of the organization and the Board of Directors (BOD) answers directly to the HOD. It is in this arena that students can ask questions of the SNMA officers and learn more about what it means to be an officer.  Additionally, the HOD will elect members of the next SNMA administration including the president, vice president and professional board members.  These members will continue to work during the year on your behalf to bring SNMA members extraordinary programing.

Reason  4–The last reason why you should register for the conference is that the people you meet will not only become colleagues, but they will become your family. I have great friends across the country that I can contact to discuss medical school, residency, and beyond; I owe that to SNMA. 

I look forward to seeing them again at this year’s AMEC.  If you see me at conference, stop and say hello, I would love to meet you or take a moment to chat with a friend.

Don't forget that the deadline to register for the 2015 AMEC in New Orleans is Saturday February 28th. So register today at: http://www.snma.org/amec.php. Late fees will begin on March 1 and the the last day for online registration is March 8th. To ensure the AMEC group discount rate at The Hyatt Regency Hotel, make your reservation by March 6th. 

Look for upcoming “Grand Rounds” containing more information about member benefits, SNMA programs, alumni activities and much more. If you have an idea for “Grand Rounds,” email marketing@snma.org. 

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AMEC Registration Extended to February 28th

Posted By Cynthia Bell, Friday, February 13, 2015

The deadline to register for the SNMA’s annual conference, AMEC, in New Orleans has been extended to Saturday February 28th. So register today! Late fees will begin on March 1 and the the last day for online AMEC registration is March 8th.

To ensure the AMEC group discount rate at The Hyatt Regency Hotel, make your reservation by March 6th.

This year’s conference has something for everyone – renowned speakers, medical education, exhibits, community service, mentoring, networking and lot of fun. Click here to view the 2015 AMEC video. “Unsilencing the Unheard and the Underserved” is the AMEC 2015 theme that will explore the health disparities of LBGT, immigrant/refugee health, and the lack of minority men entering the field of medicine that has reached a crisis level. 

Look for upcoming “Grand Rounds” containing more information about member benefits, SNMA programs, alumni activities and much more. If you have an idea for “Grand Rounds,” email marketing@snma.org.

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Seventh Annual NAF Conference Focuses on Advocacy

Posted By Cynthia Bell, Thursday, February 5, 2015

     

Join the HPLA Committee in its efforts to increase awareness of current efforts to advocate for minority and underserved communities during the 2015 National Advocacy Forum (NAF) which will be held on March 8-9 in Washington, DC. “Back to the Basics: Advancing Policy and Leading Communities” is the theme of our seventh annual NAF conference, hosted by the Health Policy and Legislative Affairs (HPLA) Committee.

The two-day forum is designed to educate, challenge and build advocacy skills. Participants will visit members of Congress and hear from a host of speakers on topics that will include an overview of health policy, advocacy for medical student education, medical practice and policy, making your message matter, community engagement, public health research, diversity in medical education and much more. 

Registration closes on February 15, so click here today to register. For more information, click here or contact healthpolicy@snma.org.

Look for upcoming “Grand Rounds” containing more information about AMEC 2015, SNMA programs, alumni activities and much more. If you have an idea for “Grand Rounds,” email marketing@snma.org.

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Register Today for AMEC!!!

Posted By Cynthia Bell, Tuesday, January 27, 2015

SNMA’s annual conference, AMEC, is Just Around the Corner on April 1-5 in New Orleans. This year’s conference has something for everyone – renowned speakers, medical education, exhibits, community service, mentoring, networking and lot of fun. Click here to view the 2015 AMEC video.

“Unsilencing the Unheard and the Underserved” is the AMEC 2015 theme that will explore the health disparities of LBGT, immigrant/refugee health, and the lack of minority men entering the field of medicine that has reached a crisis level.

Members are encouraged to register early to get the regular AMEC registration rates that are in effect through February 14. Otherwise, late fees begin on February 15th. The Hyatt Regency Hotel will honor the AMEC group discount rate through March 6. Remember, the last day for online AMEC registration is March 8.

If you are interested in taking the mock exams provided by Kaplan, you must sign up and pay by February 15.

Look for upcoming “Grand Rounds” containing more information about member benefits, SNMA programs, alumni activities and much more. If you have an idea for “Grand Rounds,” email marketing@snma.org.

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Donate to SNMA Today!!!

Posted By Cynthia Bell, Monday, January 19, 2015

Now that the holidays are past and we are now settling into the new year, do take a moment to remember SNMA’s rich history of service and the need to continue to serve the health needs of underserved communities and communities of color.

This year and beyond, service to our community will continue to be the focus of SNMA and you can help. Generous donations from supporters like you will make it possible for SNMA to conduct pipeline programs for elementary and high school students and to provide scholarships for pre-med and medical students of color.

Remember SNMA throughout the year. We have a range of giving levels that make it possible for you to contribute to at a level that is works for you.

Donate to SNMA today!!! It’ll make a difference.

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