January 11, 2005


This promises to be yet another exciting year for the Stanford chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA). On a national level, SNMA is devoted to addressing the health disparity issues within the African American community and among people of color and the underserved in general. On a local level, we are dedicated to addressing issues that affect our community, our education, our health, and the awareness of all.

We realize the importance of sustaining a pipeline of much-needed minority representation and support throughout all levels of the medical track-from premedical education to residency to medical practice-and, as such, our efforts in the coming year will target this matter. Within our school, we aim to implement a minority faculty mentorship program to join Stanford medical students with mentors. Within the community, we hope to bolster mentorship programs with East Palo Alto middle schools. And nationally, we intend to strengthen Stanford recruitment efforts through increased student and administrative representation at premedical and residency conferences.

Additionally, we are organizing a bone marrow drive to help support a lagging transplant registry for those severely in need.

In the coming year, we will continue to foster collaborative endeavors dedicated to the service needs of various sectors of our community. We will continue to work hand-in-hand with the Center of Excellence (COE) to support educational and mentorship programs for local students at all levels-from middle school to college. We will continue our joined efforts with the Stanford Black Premedical Organization (SBPO). Further, our united support of the Stanford University Minority Medical Alliance (SUMMA) conference-the largest premedical conference on the West Coast-will provide further recruitment, education, and inspiration for health career-oriented minority students.

Through service and commitment, our hope is that SNMA will be the voice of the medical student, the community, and the underserved.

With warmest regards,

Ronnie Sebro,

SNMA President