Welcome back to our #SNMAExcellence Series!
In this series, we are going to be routinely featuring both SNMA chapters and members that have displayed excellence through academic endeavors, community service, leadership roles, and/or research activities. If you feel that you or your chapter represents the excellence that the SNMA upholds on a daily basis, go on ahead and fill out this form! #SNMAExcellence
Hometown: Bronx, NY
Undergraduate Institution: Rutgers University - Newark
College Major: Psychology Major
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - GA
Favorite Quote: "You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take! So take shot whether a swish or miss, and know that you shot it confidently and courageously.”
Email - email@example.com
Additional Links: My Instagram page is @bronxneuro_do. My YouTube channel is called The Ambitions Unlimited Channel and is a vlog about my experiences as a medical student. My podcast is called the Melan-In-White Coats podcast and we talk about our experiences as professional students as well as societal and cultural topics.
Our seventh feature in the #SNMAExcellence series is Aldwin Soumare, a second-year medical student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine – Georgia Campus! As the president of the SNMA chapter at his institution, he has been highly instrumental in creating and sustaining programs not only at his school, but in the community around him as well. Through grit and resilience, he has managed to overcome the challenges he has been faced with during his medical journey and has grown into a stronger person because of them. In addition to his schoolwork and his leadership responsibilities, he has kept up with a podcast and YouTube channel, where he talks about his experiences as a medical student! This future physician has a lot to offer in his feature, which you can read below!
Where are you currently at in your career path and why did you decide to pursue this career path?
I am a second year medical student and I decided to pursue this path because I love the mix of science, application and service. In medicine, I have had an opportunity to develop intimate connections with people and learned how those connections are an important part of practice.
How is your chapter exhibiting #SNMAExcellence?
We have several events planned for the upcoming year which include a night of inclusion, which will be a collaborative session with the office of diversity in which we connect minority and underrepresented students from various professional schools at PCOM-GA. We are committed to increasing the amount of minorities entering medicine and as a result are working on a mentor-mentee system with the local MAPS chapter at Georgia Gwinnett College as well as a panel discussion. Also, we have three speakers coming to speak in the next several months from various professions. Last, we also celebrated World AIDS day by bringing in a speaker and creating awareness around campus.
What are your biggest accomplishments in medical school to date?
My biggest accomplishment has been starting my podcast and YouTube channel while in medical school and somewhat staying consistent with them. Second, being a mentor for the Gwinnett Public School System and trying to inspire the younger generation. Last, being able to connect with medical students/other professional students beyond my school and forming opportunities with them.
How has the SNMA impacted your medical school experience?
Being president of my local chapter has made me learn what leadership is like. I have had to learn to communicate, to be more understanding of different perspectives, and to be more open-minded. SNMA has also inspired me to be a model of success for those coming behind me. The opportunity to evoke change in my community is such a wonderful aspect of this organization. I have enjoyed the endless levels of camaraderie and support I have gained through SNMA. As a result, I am forever indebted to the organization.
What is a major challenge you have had to overcome and how did you do so?
A major challenge I have faced was trying to get into medical school after being rejected twice. On my third attempt, I was exhausted financially and emotionally. I had the idea that that would be my last time but luckily several schools interviewed me. Throughout the process, I had rocky roads toward my goals of becoming a medical student. I completed two masters programs prior to and also took the MCAT three times. I overcame this obstacle by being confident in my abilities as a student and my desire to become a physician. I knew this was the only field I would feel complete in. My conviction to change the world through my practice of medicine was reinforced by the countless patients and physicians I interacted with.
Do you have any passions outside of school? If so, what are they?
My passions are incorporating media with education. For me, my podcast and YouTube channel have allowed me to express myself and connect with people off of my experience. Also I have been involved in Instagram live, where I collaborate with other professional students and we educate pre-med and other students about what medical school/professional school entails. I also enjoy meeting people and writing outside of medicine. It is important to find a balance as medical school can be overwhelming. A balanced physician is the best one because he can navigate his different responsibilities!