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SNMA Joint Statement on Recent Events

Posted By Adeiyewunmi Osinubi, Sunday, July 5, 2020

Solidarity Statement on Recent Events

Greetings SNMA Family,

We, the members of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA), in support with the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), Association of Native American Medical Students (ANAMS), Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA), Medical Student Pride Alliance (MSPA) and Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA), as current and future medical students are saddened and appalled by recent events against the Black/African American community. We mourn the wrongful deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and thousands more, and grieve with their families as they navigate these tragic circumstances. We stand with the Black/African American community in solidarity against the acts of police brutality that have been occurring across the nation. These incidents reflect a pattern of racism which has been ongoing since the inception of the United States.

In recent times, we have seen migrant children of color separated from their families and housed in cages along the US-Mexico Border, body bags instead of PPE sent to Native American clinics, and racist acts against Asian Americans as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is an epidemic. These acts, unmet by justice, continue to plague communities of color. Therefore, we denounce all incidents of violence and racism against Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).

As the next generation of physicians aimed at addressing the health and medical issues of underrepresented communities, we recognize that health is multifaceted and includes socioeconomic and psychosocial wellness. The SNMA recognizes that racism is a public health issue, and therefore, affects all communities, regardless of race, ethnicity, documentation status, or socioeconomic background. Systematic racism, defined as a system of advantage based on race, drives economic instability, health inequity, mass incarceration, and food insecurity, which are just some of the significant contributors to disparate health outcomes seen in those with hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and now COVID-19. Racism affects not only communities of color but the entire healthcare system. Health inequities strain the resources of our medical system and affect how medicine is both regarded and carried out in every community. Now more than ever, it is crucial that we counteract the effects of racism on our most vulnerable communities to end all health disparities.

During this time, it is also important to address the violent actions against communities of color including Black/African Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Hispanics/Latinx by law enforcement and the majority. The SNMA has used its collective voice to release a statement on police brutality;  a tactic of the justice system that utilizes fear to suppress and control the masses of Black and Brown bodies. Violence against BIPOC communities unmet with justice not only destroys lives but perpetuates grief, stress, and mental trauma. As future physicians who take an oath to serve these communities, we acknowledge that our silence is not acceptable and stand alongside these communities in denouncing violence against minorities.

In an effort to highlight the importance of structural humility and social consciousness, we realize that systematic racism directly impacts our mission. As an organization, we have addressed cultural and structural competency. We are committed to increasing the number of culturally competent physicians. In the last year, 1,626 Black/African American students matriculated into medical school. As per the AAMC (AAMC, 2019), out of a total of 21,863, only 7.4% of medical school matriculants were Black/African American. As per the US Census Bureau (Bureau, 2019) 13.4% of the United States population is considered Black/African American but this also does not reflect the numbers unrecorded. In reflection of these numbers, we must work harder to ensure our communities are represented appropriately in medicine to provide care to members of our community.

In an effort to address racism, violence, and health inequity, we call institutions which hold chapters of our organization to action. We acknowledge and applaud institutions who have already taken a stand against racism; institutions such as the University of Michigan, the University of Washington and the University of Louisville School of Medicine who have made statements of solidarity, created anti-racism reading lists and promote the cessation of bias in their curriculum and on their campuses.  Now more than ever, we recommend that your institution echo these efforts by following the steps listed in our Call to Action and utilizing the following Resources to help combat the growth of racism as a public health issue:

CALL TO ACTION

Institutional Statement of Recognition

  • Any institution which holds an SNMA chapter is called to release a statement recognizing the current events, its effects on the student body, and denouncing violence against people of color. In addition, institutions should work with the local SNMA chapter to identify opportunities to support students locally.

Review of Training on Behalf of Student Safety

  • A review of the training conducted for security personnel at your institution to remove the role of implicit bias and structural racism among your security force.

Review of Medical Education and Bias Practices

  • Integrate structural racism as a public health issue into all medical school curriculums from small group to simulation. This curriculum change must transcend one day events and address how racism is interlaced within and beyond medical education.
  • Utilize resources such as the “Racial Justice Report Card" by White Coats for Black Lives to evaluate metrics such as institutional curriculum, student and faculty diversity student safety, and racial integration of clinical care sites.
  • Offer regular opportunities for conversations on topics such as race and other structural societal issues led by faculty to create a safe space for students to discuss and learn.
  • Require implicit bias training for ALL faculty, staff, and clinicians who engage with students as well as provide transparency to students regarding the expectations of administration. The identification of those who complete these courses should also be provided to students to increase the awareness of their completion.

Provision of Trauma-Informed Support

  • Provide easy-to-access resources for students in need of support as they cope with the trauma of these recent violent acts. Examples of these resources range from mindfulness applications to therapy coverage for students.

Review of Hospital Practices

  • Hospital security should be provided by unarmed and un-uniformed mental health or social work professionals with training in nonviolent de-escalation and restorative justice. 
  • Hospital security should not be provided by members of the police force or sheriff’s office.
  • Hospital policy and training for staff should prioritize the protection of patients’ rights and clarify the legal requirements of healthcare workers’ cooperation with law enforcement, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
  • Hospitals should keep publicly available records of all incidents in which law enforcement were called to the hospital, including aggregated de-identified data on the race, gender identity, and immigration status of the patients or families involved in the incident.

RESOURCES

Resources for Engaging in Anti-Racism Work and Practicing Solidarity

Resources for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) to Engage in Self-Care

Ways to Support Current Developments in Minneapolis

We, as future physicians of various backgrounds and cultures, recognize the opportunity we have as professional students. It is our desire that we utilize this privilege to change the systems which work to suppress the minoritized communities in which we live, care for, and respect. It is this charge that endows our duty to do all we can to stand together and end violence against BIPOC and racism as a public health issue.

In Solidarity,

           

Osose Oboh, MPH

57th SNMA National President

 

  This statement is supported by the following organizations:

Association of Native American Medical Students

American Medical Student Association

Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association

Medical Student Pride Alliance

Student Osteopathic Medical Association

  

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SNMA See Us Campaign

Posted By Adeiyewunmi Osinubi, Sunday, July 5, 2020

Greetings SNMA Family,

I hope this message finds you safeI can only speak from my experience, but it feels like I’ve been trying to run up a mountain and every time I get my breath back, a gust of wind comes and knocks the air right out of my lungs. From Covid-19 forcing a pause in our medical education and impacting our ability to physically come together at AMEC for the first time in over 56 years, to learning about the pandemic’s disproportionate effect on Black/African-American communities, to hearing about the slaughter of Black/African-American people in the United States, I have been at a loss for words.

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Image created by Chenelle Roberts (@bychenelle on Instagram).

Every day my emotions shift from rage to sadness to despair to panic. I have not been able to study or perform at my best. I tried running to release my anxiety, but the murder of Ahmaud Arbery plagues my mind and has kept me glued to the couch with nagging doubt: What if I am next?

I know that I am not alone in my feelings, or the ways in which I have tried to process these recent events. But there is one thing that has reassured me that our future is still filled with hope. I am apart of an organization of beautiful black and brown people who are dedicated to being the change they want to see. I have found encouragement and hope in you all and your ability to use your voice to speak out against the atrocities we continue to see. I am reminded that we are all members of an organization that has STOOD UP and SPOKEN OUT against the mistreatment of African-American/Black people for decades. 

We have used our collective voice to publish statements against gun violence anpolice brutality in our communities, statements declaring that racism IS a public health issueand statements expressing the importance of educating the future physician workforce on cultural and structural competency We will not stop until we see the change that we seek.

Today, we as the SNMA stand with the families who are mourning. We will always use our voice to speak out against social injustice.

 

We intend to address these issues as a collective in a few ways:

 

The SNMA “See UsThis campaign aims to give imagery behind the fact that racism is a public health issue in the United States. The recent murders of our Black sisters and brothers are a clear reminder that this nation is built on the backs of the oppressed and the belief that some humans are of less value than others. We are living in the aftermath. As future physicians, we will be treating patients who have been negatively impacted by these traumatic experiences. We stand united at the forefront of defending unity, defending humanity! The SNMA has been committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students and addressing the needs of underserved communities since its inception and will continue to do so.

  • Call to Action: Share this collage or a black and white image of yourself with your story, your feelings. We want to hear your voice and your perspective. Engage with us. Tag @snma_official on Instagram and @SNMA on Twitter so we can share your images and stories.
  • Suggested hashtags: #SNMASpeaks #RacismIsAPublicHealthIssue #HealthDisparities#MedEd #SeeUsAsHuman #AhmaudArbery #BreonnaTaylor #SeanReed #GeorgeFloyd #TonyMcDade

Safe Space Sundays: This program was created in order to provide a place for our membership to come together monthly and discuss the issues that we are dealing with whether it is personal or professional. The first call is happening this Sunday, May 31st 7pm ET/4pm PT. 

Joint StatementWe are working with other organizations that support minority communities (LMSA, APAMSA, ANAMS, AMSA, etc.that will be developed to demonstrate our stance and declare that "We stand in solidarity, together. We are not okay. We will not be silent."

Juneteenth EventOn Friday, June 19, 8pm ET/5pm PT, we will host a webinadiscussion on the history of Juneteenth, the ins and outs of allyship, promoting racial healing and how to use your voice. Please look out for information about our speakers and how you take part in the discussion.

FundraiserWe will also release an exclusive Juneteenth t-shirt with proceeds benefitting our community service efforts, specifically those focused on Violence Prevention in line with our Community Service Protocol

Economic BLACKOUT on July 7th, 2020 with others across the country to have collective financial impact.

The SNMA is always open to new ways in which we can lend a hand, so please reach out with thoughts and ideas you might have to make an impact. If you are looking for more ways to get involved, please join our national committees and subcommittees who are doing the work on behalf of our organizationemail vicepresident@snma.org for more information. Below are a few committees responsible for our national programming regarding the current issues.

 

  • Mental Health Initiatives Subcommittee: Please see below for mental health resource list and an SNMA Reading List created after our “Coping with Covid” event to share with anyone who wants to educate themselves on the historical context behind racism and health disparities.
  • Health Policy and Legislative Affairs
  • External Affairs 
  • Community Service

My prayers are with the families of those who lost loved ones, both to senseless violence and Covid-19, and with all of you who have been affected by these traumatic experiences. To my extended SNMA family, I see you, and I am grieving with you. There is work to be done, and with your help, I believe the SNMA can continue to be a loud and strong voice in bringing about change.

In Solidarity,

Osose Oboh, MPH

57th SNMA National President        

 

Student National Medical Association

5113 Georgia Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20011

Telephone: (202) 882-2881

Fax: (202) 882-2886

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AMEC Online News

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 8, 2020

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AMEC has gone digital! SNMA is hosting its AMEC 2020: ‘The 2020 Vision: Dynamic leaders for a Health Revolution’ as a virtual conference and exhibit fair, April 16-19, 2020, in partnership with the American Medical Student Association (AMSA). We are all in this together, and we want you to join us in this exciting, innovative and collaborative approach to AMEC this year!
 

As we’ve shifted from in-person to digital, there’s a cost-saving to you. The new fees are $50 for members and $139 for non-members. Not a member? Sign up HERE

 
Working in partnership with AMSA, the AMEC Online will enable SNMA to utilize the latest in online platforms to host our organization’s workshops, programs, and innovative virtual exhibit fair tailored specifically for SNMA members and attendees. The professional exhibit hall will be on April 17 at 12-9 pm ET and the pre-medical exhibit hall will be on April 18 at 12-9 pm ET.

Already registered for AMEC 2020? You'll be automatically registered for AMEC Online and refunded the difference in ticket fees.*

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Sneak peak into the Virtual Conference Experience

  • Workshops- Attend AMEC workshops on a sleek, easy to navigate platform built for large conferences. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions via video or chat as well as engage with other attendees in the workshop via chat.
  • Networking- Similar to a professional “Chat Roulette” interface, the Networking segment is where attendees randomly meet with each other one-on-one over live video. During one-on-one Networking meetings, attendees can click Connect. If both people click Connect, a connection is made, just like exchanging business cards. At the end of an event, attendees see their new connections and contact information for easy follow-up. Different themed networking events are scheduled including speed mentoring, open networking, speed dating, and more!
  • Live global chat, polling, and direct messaging- There are multiple chat modes at an event. First, there is the live global event chat where everybody is messaging everybody. Second, there are the session chats where each session has its own group chat. Third, there are private DMs between users. Want to have your own meetings or get together with your SNMA Family? Set up a video chatroom, catch-up with old friends, make some new ones, have a watch party, have a game night, or good ol' fashioned 1-1 meeting. Bond with your nationwide family as you want to.

Brought to you from our friends at AMSA

Join AMSA & SNMA for Advocacy Day during the joint Convention! Raise your voice with our elected officials to advocate for our future patients. Advocacy Day brings together passionate student-advocates with policy leaders to receive advocacy and issue training before meeting with Congressional offices. This year we'll be taking virtual meetings with Congressional staff to discuss the medical student perspective on the coronavirus crisis and gun violence epidemic. You must be registered for the AMEC or the AMSA Conference to attend. To register visit snma.me/amec2020 Deadline for Advocacy day is 4/8 at 5 PM EST.
Another unique opportunity that you can participate in is AMSA's SIM Challenge, a virtual challenge using the Body Interact Clinical Education Platform , allowing you and your team to collaboratively complete patient clinical scenarios – all from your separate computers! To learn more and register for the challenge click HERE or to see a demo of the SIM software click HERE. This is only available to SNMA and AMSA Members that are medical students (non-member attendees and non-medical attendees may not participate). This Challenge comes with cash prizes (1st- $300, 2nd- $200 and 3rd- $100). 
Register for Advocacy Day

We are currently recruiting volunteers to judge basic science, clinical, and social/behavioral posters for pre-medical and medical student presenters, and would love for you to join our team! Abstrasts, posters, and pre-recorded presentations will be provided ahead of time and time for live Q&A and feedback will be Friday, April 17th. For details of the role and time commitment please contact diversity@snma.org.
Register today

The MAPS Committee is holding Mock  Interviews, Personal Statement Reviews, Speed Mentoring during  AMEC Online. Since we are virtual, we would like to expand this opportunity to more premedical students, thus we are currently recruiting medical school students and physicians to hold some of these. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign-up using the form below. Number of students and time slots will be assigned based on your availability.

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* You will have the option to opt out of AMEC Online and obtain a refund.

 

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5113 Georgia Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20011

Telephone: (202) 882-2881

Fax: (202) 882-2886

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SNMA Strongly Supports No Cost of COVID-19 Testing and Management

Posted By Administration, Monday, March 16, 2020
















FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, March 16, 2020

Contact: Omonivie Agboghidi, National President

Email: president@snma.org

SNMA Strongly Supports No Cost of COVID-19 Testing and Management

Washington, DC – The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is the largest and oldest student-led organization in the United States dedicated to supporting medical students of color and addressing the needs of marginalized communities. The recent outbreak of a new strain of coronavirus, a family of viruses that infect the respiratory tract and include the “common cold,” has created what the World Health Organization (WHO) calls a “controllable pandemic” – a global yet containable outbreak. As of Sunday, March 15, 2020, the WHO reports 153,517 laboratory-confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases worldwide, with a death rate of approximately 3.74% (5,735 deaths). Outside of China, where COVID-19 was first detected, the number of laboratory-confirmed cases is 72,469, with a death rate of approximately 3.49% (2,531 deaths).[1] Efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 have minimized the extent of its spread, however, limited knowledge of the virus warrants proactive measures to ensure equitable access to medical care for marginalized and vulnerable patients in the United States. The SNMA urges federal and state legislators and health departments to immediately institute policies and protocols aimed at widespread and expeditious management in the form of prevention, testing, hospitalization, and rehabilitation at no cost to all patients that are or will be impacted by COVID-19, regardless of their insurance or documentation status.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), older patients and patients with severe chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes are most vulnerable to developing serious illness if infected by COVID-19.[2] Non-White racial and ethnic populations are known to be disproportionately impacted by these chronic conditions.[3] For patients without health insurance, the out-of-pocket cost for screening suspected cases of COVID-19 is, at minimum, $1,331 per person.[4] This value does not include the cost of COVID-19 diagnostic testing, isolation for suspected cases, loss of income during isolation, medically-necessary hospitalizations for presumptive cases, management of exacerbated comorbidities and complications from infection, or preventative vaccination if one becomes available. Since there are currently no uniform coverage requirements set by the US government, many health insurance payers and plans are opting to only voluntarily cover copays for COVID-19 testing and telemedicine appointments, but not treatment for those who test positive.[5]

Low-income, uninsured, underinsured, and immigrant patients, populations which are also disproportionately non-White, are most vulnerable to the high out-of-pocket costs for COVID-19 testing.[6] Fear of lost income during quarantine or the cost of testing and treatment, compounded with fear of repercussions as a result of immigration status, is deterring patients from seeking medical care despite experiencing symptoms suspicious of COVID-19 (i.e., fever, cough, shortness of breath, etc.). This is an additional source of anxiety and mental illness exacerbation for many. Thus, patients marginalized by race/ethnicity, income status, and/or immigration status will precipitously be burdened by the healthcare requirements and resulting financial consequences of the current COVID-19 pandemic if the US government and healthcare system does not take immediate action to protect them. The cost of this testing is further complicated by the fact that only 40% of Americans can pay an unexpected $1,000 expense such as an emergency room visit or car repairs from their savings.[7]

As future health professionals, we have a duty to advocate for equitable protection and care for our most vulnerable patients, particularly in this time of crisis. Each minute of delay in acting is not worth the lives lost to this pandemic that could have been prevented. The SNMA firmly supports the following recommendations to counteract the impending burden that will disproportionately impact the populations we serve:

  • Full coverage for preventative services, testing, quarantine, treatment, recovery, and complications arising from COVID-19 or suspected infection regardless of documentation or health insurance status.
  • Increase funding for and expansion of Medicaid to help strengthen individual states’ capacities to respond to COVID-19.
  • Suspend the operation of the “public charge” rule for the duration of the crisis and ensure that no medical services utilized during the crisis apply to any reinstated rule.
  • Expedite review of proposed federal bills aimed at addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, such as the No Cost for COVID-19 Testing Act introduced by Congresswoman Kim Schrier, MD (WA-08).

For more information on these recommendations and others, please see the March 12, 2020 Health Affairs publication titled, “Health Care Priorities For A COVID-19 Stimulus Bill: Recommendations To The Administration, Congress, And Other Federal, State And Local Leaders From Public Health, Medical, Policy And Legal Experts.”[8]

References:

  1. World Health Organization (WHO). Coronavirus Disease (COVID-2019) Situation Report-53.; 2020. https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/20200312-sitrep-52-covid-19.pdf?sfvrsn=e2bfc9c0_4. Accessed March 13, 2020.
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). People at Risk for Serious Illness from COVID-19. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html. Published 2020. Accessed March 13, 2020.
  3. Weinstein JN, Geller A, Negussie Y, Baciu A. Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity. National Academies Press; 2017. doi:10.17226/24624
  4. Kelly C. Rep. Katie Porter gets CDC chief to agree to pay for coronavirus testing - CNN Politics. CNN. https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/12/politics/katie-porter-cdc-coronavirus-testing-white-board/index.html. Published 2020. Accessed March 13, 2020.
  5. America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). Health Insurance Providers Respond to Coronavirus (COVID-19). https://www.ahip.org/health-insurance-providers-respond-to-coronavirus-covid-19/. Accessed March 13, 2020.
  6. Artiga S, Orgera K, Pham O. Issue Brief: Disparities in Health and Health Care: Five Key Questions and Answers.; 2020. https://www.kff.org/disparities-policy/issue-brief/disparities-in-health-and-health-care-five-key-questions-and-answers/. Accessed March 13, 2020.
  7. Garcia, A. Survey: Most Americans Wouldn't Cover A $1K Emergency with Savings.; 2019. https://www.bankrate.com/banking/savings/financial-security-january-2019/. Accessed March 14, 2020.
  8. Forman H, Fowler E, Ranney M, et al. Health Care Priorities for A COVID-19 Stimulus Bill: Recommendations to The Administration, Congress, And Other Federal, State and Local Leaders from Public Health, Medical, Policy and Legal Experts. Health Affairs. doi:10.1377/hblog20200312.363618.

 

In Solidarity,


Omonivie H. Agboghidi

56th SNMA National President










































































Student National Medical Association

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Washington, DC 20011

Telephone: (202) 882-2881

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AMEC 2020 COVID-19 Update

Posted By Administration, Friday, March 13, 2020
Updated: Friday, March 13, 2020

AMEC 2020 Update

Statement on Coronavirus Outbreak

As of March 13, 2020


The leadership of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) has decided to forgo its on-site 2020 Annual Medical Education Conference (AMEC) in Cleveland, OH and is replacing with a virtual conference experience including a virtual exhibit fair that will be determined and communicated in the coming weeks. SNMA made this decision considering the increased concerns and recent occurrences related to the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 as well as the restricted travel impacting several organizations attending this year’s AMEC.

 

Over the past two weeks, SNMA leaders have been monitoring communications from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding health risks related to COVID-19. In addition to the many individuals across the country who have tested positive for COVID-19, the CDC along with the Ohio Department of Health and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health reported that thirteen individuals within the state tested positive for the disease and others throughout the state are currently being tested for the disease. In response, Governor of Ohio Mike DeWine has declared a state of emergency, issued an executive order banning all mass gatherings of more than 100 people state-wide, and encouraged alternatives to large gatherings including more online events. Also, at the urging of local health authorities, several universities within the state including some in the Cleveland area have decided to temporarily close and switch to online-only classes.

 

The difficult decision to forgo our on-site AMEC 2020 was made to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of our attendees, membership, and partners, and to ensure the quality of the workshops and other events of the Annual Convention. Although this measure is unfortunate, it also gives our organization the opportunity to be innovative and to create solutions that bring the most value to our attendees, membership and partners. To that end, SNMA is currently considering alternatives for the conference including a virtual conference and details will be shared with conference attendees in the coming weeks.

 

We look forward to bringing the 56th Annual Convention to our members and partners in the weeks to come. We appreciate your understanding and support as we work through the next steps.

For more information and updates on the novel coronavirus, please follow the below links:

World Health Organization

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Please visit www.snma.org or contact conferences@snma.org for updates and answers to frequently asked questions about the convention.

 


In Solidarity,


National Chairperson of the Board of Directors | SNMA, 2019-2020

MD Candidate | Howard University College of Medicine
chair@snma.org
617-872-7124 (C)

 



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Member Excellence Awards

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Make sure you get your nominations and applications in by March 20, 2020 for the AMEC 2020 Member Excellence Awards. We know that our members, chapters, and advisors have done extraordinary things this year! Be sure to visit the link to see if you qualify for any awards! We would love to see more of our members be recognized for upholding the mission of SNMA! http://bit.ly/snmaawards

 

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U.S. Senate Proposed Elimination of the Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) SNMA President's Statement

Posted By Administration, Friday, November 8, 2019
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Omonivie H. Agboghidi

SNMA National President

 

U.S. Senate Proposed Elimination of the Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP)

SNMA President's Statement



November 8, 2019



Dear SNMA family and friends,

Our mission is simple. The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students, addressing the needs of underserved communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent and socially conscious physicians. The Senate Appropriations Committee has drafted legislation that proposes funding cuts to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Title VII and Title VIII programming. These funding cuts directly jeopardize our mission, strip underserved communities of resources, and most importantly disrupt vital pipeline efforts necessary to develop needed minority health professionals.

The Student National Medical Association stands in strong opposition to any funding cuts that jeopardize HRSA Title VII and VIII health professions diversity and workforce development programs.

The Senate has proposed the elimination of Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP), a federally funded program that has been around since 1972. This pipeline program focuses on developing underserved and minority students to enter various health fields such as nursing, medicine, dental medicine and other various allied health fields. Most importantly, this program seeks to increase proportionately the representation of minority and disadvantaged populations in these professions. HCOP focuses on three key milestones of education: high school completion; acceptance, retention and graduation from college; and acceptance, retention and completion of a health professions program. HCOP programs can be found all over the United States from HBCU institutions like Morehouse College to PWI institutions such as the University of Connecticut (UCONN) And my own Alma Mater, the University of California, Berkeley. To many students, these programs provide them with the only opportunity of exposure to the health profession field. Like many devastated students nationwide, I am a graduate of the HCOP program and can attest to the many benefits that the HCOP program offers. I know for a fact that without HCOP I wouldn’t have had the professional development to create a half a million dollar chronic disease management program immediately after graduating from college, the preparation to apply to medical school, the support to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Health and ultimately the mentorship that helped develop me into a student leader willing and competent to serve as your National President!

On November 21, 2019 funding for HCOP will run out and without Title VII and Title VIII these programs will end. You can learn more about the legislation and how it is moving through the legislature here.

Protect this funding. Denounce all funding cuts. Make your voice heard. Sign the AAMC petition. The proposed legislation cuts funding for a variety of health sector agencies and departments and most importantly threatens grants and scholarship programs directly focused on filling gaps in our healthcare workforce.

Sincerely,



Omonivie H. Agboghidi

SNMA National President

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Enhanced Student National Medical Association Career Center now LIVE

Posted By Administration, Monday, July 22, 2019

The improved SNMA Career Center is the most effective way to connect employers to qualified diverse medical students and professionals across all disciplines and career stages. Powered by YourMembership, the leading provider of job websites and career centers for organizations that serve specialized members, the mobile-responsive platform of the SNMA Career Center makes accessing the career center effortless across all internet-enabled devices.

SNMA’s Career Center provides great value to job-seeking medical professionals as well as students seeking different opportunities. Student National Medical Association members are able to post multiple resumes and cover letters, or choose a career profile that leads employers directly to them. SNMA’s Career Center provides multiple opportunities to bring jobs directly to job seekers by uploading public resumes and utilizing Job Alerts. When a resume is set as “public”, employers have the ability to view the candidate’s resume. When they are interested in reaching out to the candidate, the employer completes a contact request form. If the candidate is interested in the company, their contact information is released to the employer. If not, they reject the request which keeps the anonymity of the candidate. Opportunity Alerts also assist in making opportunity searching convenient and accommodating to medical professionals busy schedules. When set up, opportunity seekers receive an email every time an opportunity becomes available that matches their desired interests and locations. Opportunity-seeking SNMA members are also free to search the opportunities database with robust filters to focus on the specific interests. Along with seamless searching for opportunities, members also have access to SNMA Career Center career resources. They can access resume writing tips, interview tips, sample resumes, answers to experts frequently asked questions, and more.

 

SNMA Career Center provides many benefits to employers in order to help them recruit the top diverse medical students and professionals for their organizations. Employers are able to include their open positions in a semi-monthly email sent to all of SNMA’s members and opportunity seekers, allowing them to reach both active and passive opportunity seekers by putting open opportunities  directly in the inboxes of qualified SNMA members. Along with giving an avenue for members to find their perfect opportunity, employers are also able to search the anonymous resume bank of qualified candidates. This puts the employer in control of finding quality talent as opposed to waiting for quality talent to find them.

 

For more information and to start the journey to enhance your career or organization, please visit the SNMA Career Center: snma.me/careercenter

 

Tags:  #FutureDoctors  #SNMA  #SNMAExcellence  alumni  jobs  research  summer opportunities 

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#ShiftingTheNarrative Shirt Fundraiser

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 29, 2019
Updated: Monday, April 29, 2019

 

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There are people of color in medicine. People who are intelligent and qualified to have their seat at the table. People who are working hard to make the path easier for the students coming after. We are here #ShiftingTheNarrative!

The Student National Medical Association and Melanin Doc have teamed up to raise money for the SNMA! We both work to further the stories of students of color and we want to share yours! Purchase a shirt, take a selfie and share your story with us on social media using the #ShiftingTheNarrative hashtag to inspire others! We are building a legacy y'all!

You can purchase a shirt using the link below! Shirts will only be available for a LIMITED TIME, so get yours TODAY!

https://www.customink.com/fundraising/shiftingthenarrative

Tags:  #Excellence  #FutureDoctors  #Healthcare  #Inspiration  #Leadership  #LeadwithSNMA  #MedicalSchool  #Medicine  #MedStudent  #Melanin  #MelaninDoc  #Mentorship  #MinorityDoctors  #Motivation  #Physician  #PreMed  #ShiftingTheNarrative  #SNMA  #SNMAExcellence  #Underrepresented 

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Collaborative Medical Student Organizations Response to Texas Tech's Decision to Eliminate Race from Medical School Admissions

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 18, 2019
Updated: Thursday, April 18, 2019


On Tuesday April 9, 2019, Texas Tech University Health Center Sciences Center came to an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights to cease using race or national origin as one of the many factors involved in their admission process. As organizations who support, encourage, and uplift students who are underrepresented minorities, we are concerned with the outcome of future admissions cycles for underrepresented minority applicants going forward and fear this decision could have damaging effects on the health of communities of color. Previous literature has estimated that programs that banned race-conscious admissions led to a 17% decline of underrepresented students of color enrolling in medical school at public institutions in those states, underlining the consequences that the Texas Tech decision and similar policies will have on the diversity of future in-coming medical school classes and the health of their surrounding communities.1

 

Diversity is important not only for the medical community but for the ever-changing patient population these future physicians will be treating. The US. Census has predicted that by 2020 more than half of all youth under the age of 18 will be part of a racial or ethnic minority, and by 2060 the minority population in the United States will be 56% of the entire population.2 This majority of people of color will become the majority of our nation’s working age population, voting basis, consumers and tax base. Our medical provider workforce should reflect this changing landscape, yet we are still behind these numbers: in 2018-2019, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) reported that 8,014 accepted medical students reported being a racial or ethnic minority compared to 11,198 white accepted medical students.3  It is important that future physicians both identify with these racial/ethnic minorities and have some experience in caring  for these changing populations, which can best be achieved by  diverse medical school classes.

 

There are many reasons to actively recruit a diverse physician workforce. Minority physicians are more likely to treat minority and underserved patient populations, and affirmative action in medical school admissions has been shown to increase medical practice in these areas. 4-8  Medical students find that training at diverse medical schools made them more comfortable treating a diverse patient population and increased their concern for health equity and access to care for underserved populations.9 Previous literature has found that the majority of medical students support using race as a factor in the admissions process. Furthermore, patients report greater satisfaction with healthcare when they see a physician with the same racial background, emphasizing the need for a diverse physician workforce that reflects our diverse communities.10

 

Race conscious admissions that strive to increase diversity in medical schools are supported by the American Medical Association.  In  November 2018, American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates’ approved  the amendment to Strategies for Enhancing Diversity in the Physician Workforce (D-200.985)  which affirms the AMA will  oppose legislation that would undermine institutions’ ability to properly employ affirmative action to promote a diverse student population. The AMA has previously supported creating a diverse medical student population, noting that “racial diversity is a vital component of a successful medical education and that medical school admission officers should be allowed to consider applicants’ race in order to achieve the school’s educational goals.” 11The vice chancellor of the Texas Tech University System, mentions the university "strongly believes that diversity in academic medicine is not only a necessity at [the medical school] but is a necessity nationally as well.12 By pressuring medical schools to eliminate race or national origin from their admission process, the U.S. Department of Education jeopardizes medical schools’ ability to reach their educational goals.

 

At a time where physician shortages are becoming a pivotal concern, we should make sure our matriculants into medical school are being exposed to a diverse medical school class. This diversity will not only enhance their medical education but will prepare them for our changing nation that is in need of well-rounded physicians.

 

American Medical Student Association (AMSA)

Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA)

Student National Medical Association (SNMA)  

Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA)



References:

  1. Garces, L. M. & Mickey-Pabello, D. Racial Diversity in the Medical Profession: The Impact of Affirmative Action Bans on Underrepresented Student of Color Matriculation in Medical Schools. The Journal of higher education 86, 264 (2015).
  2. William H. Frey analysis of U.S. Census Population projections,  2018
  3. Association of American Medical Colleges Table A-14.2: Race/Ethnicity Responses (Alone and In Combination) of Acceptees to U.S. Medical Schools, 2014-2015 through 2018-2019
  4.  Kington, R, Tisnado, D, Carlisle, DM. Increasing racial and ethnic diversity among physicians: an intervention to address health disparities? The Right Thing To Do, The Smart Thing To Do: Enhancing Diversity in the Health Professions. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press; 2001:57-90.
  5.  Walker, KO, Moreno, G, Grumbach, K. The Association Among Specialty, Race, Ethnicity, and Practice Location Among California Physicians in Diverse Specialties. J Natl Med Assoc. 2012;104(0):46–52.
  6.  Marrast, LM, Zallman, L, Woolhandler, S. et al. Minority Physicians’ Role in the Care of Underserved Patients: Diversifying the Physician Workforce May Be Key in Addressing Health Disparities. JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(2):289-291.
  7. Smedley, B. D., Stith, A. Y., Colburn, L., Evans, C. H. & Medicine (US), I. of. Increasing Racial and Ethnic Diversity Among Physicians: An Intervention to Address Health Disparities? (National Academies Press (US), 2001).
  8. Lakhan SE. Diversification of U.S. medical schools via affirmative action implementation. BMC Medical Education. 2003;3(1).
  9. Whitla, D. K. et al. Educational benefits of diversity in medical school: a survey of students. Acad Med 78, 460–466 (2003).
  10. Cooper-Patrick, L. et al. Race, Gender, and Partnership in the Patient-Physician Relationship. JAMA 282, 583–589 (1999).
  11. American Medical Association , Strategies for Enhancing Diversity in the Physician Workforce  D-200.985
  12. Jaschik,S OCR Tells Med School to Stop Considering Race in Admissions, Inside Higher ED, April 2019 https://www.insidehighered.com/admissions/article/2019/04/15/texas-tech-medical-school-under-pressure-education-department-will

Tags:  AMSA  APAMSA  LMSA  Medical School  Race  SNMA  Texas Tech 

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