Student National Medical Association (SNMA)

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The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) was founded in 1964 at Howard University. It is now the largest, national student organization focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of color. Membership includes more than 8,000 medical students, pre-medical students, residents and physicians. Our progam is designed to serve the health needs of underserved communities and communities of color. We also dedicate our efforts to ensuring that medical education and services are culturally sensitive to the needs of diverse populations and to increasing the number of African-American, Latino, and other students of color and entering and completing medical school.
SNMA’s national protocols are entitled “pipelines”; the word chosen literally to demonstrate that we are showing generations below us the path to working in medicine and scientific research. The most prominent of the pipelines here at Stanford is the Young Scientist Exchange Program (YSEP) that occurs every summer on our campus. Students from underrepresented groups descend upon campus for 1 month to experience anatomy courses, research insights, and other classes in the basic sciences. We are hoping to continue this uplifting efforts throughout the year with newer programs such as our Teach Bar and SNMA man-powered Day tours of our illustrious campus.
As of 2010, the Stanford chapter of SNMA is going through a revival. We were a very robust and active chapter 5 years ago when we won “Chapter of the Year”. As the number of participating members dwindled, our organization lost it’s spark. Over the summer, the current presidents focused on identifying and recruiting physicians, residents, and physicians in order to increase the numbers. Many of these parties who previously chose not to engage, are now extremely excited for the upcoming year. In order to keep this momentum going, SNMA will be having more frequent quarterly meetings and more gatherings for the members to learn from and support each other. Furthermore, as the membership gets stronger we will be able to reach out to the surrounding communities. You will notice on our group of activities that we are planning several activities with our undergraduate counterpart, Stanford Black Premedical Organzation, with our neighboring branches at USCF and UC Davis, with the other multicultral groups at Stanford, and with our closest communities in medical and educational need, East Palo Alto and Oakland.

Moving forward,
SNMA Co-presidents 2010-2011


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