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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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