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The National Leadership Institute (NLI) is held three times per year in conjunction with the Board of Directors Meetings. SNMA and MAPS members from all parts of the country gather for a weekend of educational workshops on leadership training, organizational advancement and project development. During each session, educational tracks are crafted specifically for board members, regional and chapter members at large, and for pre-medical students.

September National Leadership Institute
Registration Deadline: Sep. 14. 2018
Click here to register.
Click here for tentative schedule.





September NLI Guest Speakers


Kara Odom Walker, MD, MPH, MSHS

Secretary, Delaware Department of Health and Social Services

Luncheon Speaker

As Secretary of the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), Dr. Walker runs one of the largest agencies in state government, DHSS has 11 divisions, employs more than 4,000 people and in one way or another affects almost every citizen in Delaware. DHSS provides services in the areas of public health, social services, substance abuse and mental health, child support, developmental disabilities, long-term care, visual impairment, aging and adults with physical disabilities, state service centers, management services, financial coaching, and Medicaid and medical assistance. The Department includes three long-term care facilities and the state's only public psychiatric hospital, the Delaware Psychiatric Center. Dr. Walker is a past national president of the SNMA and played an integral part in the first National Leadership Institute. Click here for Dr. Walker’s bio.

Sulaiman Rahman

Chief Executive Officer


Medical Student Session 


Born and raised in Philadelphia, Sulaiman Rahman, founder and chief executive officer of DiverseForce, is a social entrepreneur and investor. DiverseForce™ is a high tech and high touch solution to professional-workforce and leadership diversity, born in response to an increasingly digital, diverse, and transient talent culture. In today's competitive environment, talent management needs have dramatically changed from employer-focused to employee-centered and has completely outgrown the traditional HR department's scope and capacity. DiverseForce talent community with over 17,000+ subscribers. The core audience consists of college-educated professionals of color between the ages 25-45.

Dr. Tyeese L. Gaines
Owner & Lead Media Strategist
Doctor Ty Media LLC

“Leadership Skill -- Marketing Manifesto: 

Marketing Yourself on Paper and in Person” Session


Dr. Tyeese L. Gaines, owner and lead media strategist for Doctor Ty Media LLC, is a board-certified emergency medicine physician as well as a 16-year news veteran. Dr. Ty has a master's degree in journalism from Northeastern University and previously served as health editor of (Formerly MSNBC) for 3 years.

Dr. Ty is a practicing emergency medicine physician. She completed her residency training at Yale-New Haven Hospital where she was chief resident, and later taught as a clinical instructor. In 2014, Dr. Ty became a fellow in the American College of Emergency Physicians, and in 2011 was honored with a Top 40 under 40 award from the National Medical Association. She also completed her Master of Business Administration degree at University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill last year. Click here for Dr. Gaines' bio.


2018-2019 NLI Dates

  • June 29-July 1, 2018 
    University of Minnesota School of Medicine
    Minneapolis, MN 

  •  September 21-23, 2018
     Christiana Care Health System 
     Wilmington, DE

  • January 18-20, 2019 
     Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt School of Medicine 
    Nashville, TN



Be an NLI Host Chapter

The Student National Medical Association offers the opportunity for your institution to host a National Leadership Institute/Board of Directors Meeting. Held three times a year (June, September, and January), these weekend programs (Friday-Sunday) include opportunities for your campus faculty and affiliated leaders to present topics to our members as well as a chance for you to showcase your institution to this unique student demographic. Medical and pre-medical students from around the country will gather at your institution to engage in leadership development activities.


• Recruitment by your admissions office for pre-medical student attendees
• Residency program exposure to medical student attendees
• Showcase your institution's expertise in leadership training 
• Excellent motivation for your SNMA or MAPS chapter to continue making a difference on your campus and surrounding community

Apply today!

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