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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:


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#ShiftingTheNarrative Shirt Fundraiser

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




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!

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)


  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

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A Snapshot on AMEC 2019

Posted By Administration, Monday, March 25, 2019


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The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is hosting its 2019 Annual Medical Education Conference (AMEC), “The Call for Excellence: Improving the Future of Medicine through Leadership, Service, and Activism” on April 18-21 in Philadelphia, PA. SNMA will be celebrating its 55th anniversary and the program will address topics on leadership in healthcare, health policy, health disparities, and activism in underserved communities. Additionally, students will be provided with a multitude of multidisciplinary opportunities that include the incorporation of technology into medicine, hands-on clinical skills workshops, professional development sessions, and other tools that will allow them to excel as future physicians. Unique in its focus, AMEC is the culmination of SNMA’s extensive work for the year and stands as a benchmark for its achievements in the areas of medical education and community service. The meeting is both well-attended and well-regarded by students, educators, bench scientists, and medical practitioners across the nation.


Community Outreach and Service

During the conference there will be several community service/outreach initiatives occurring that conference attendees will participate in. SNMA will be collaborating with both national and local organizations to reach out to youth in the Philadelphia area to promote healthy attitudes regarding various health topics and increase interest in medicine. SNMA is encouraging conference attendees to bring at least one package of feminine hygiene products with them to AMEC. SNMA will then have volunteers help repackage the items into hygiene kits to be donated to a local women's shelter. There will also be an opportunity on-site to register for a blood and bone drive.


Renowned Speakers

Drs. Joseph W. Semien, Jr., Pierre Johnson and Maxim Madhere - Authors of "Pulse of Perseverance"

Patrice Harris - First Black Woman to be President-Elect of American Medical Association

Eugene Harris, III - Medical Director, Southern Regional Medical Center, Emergency Department and star on "Married to Medicine"

Altha Stewart - First African American President of American Psychiatric Association


Academic and Professional Enrichment for Premedical and Medical Students

Research Poster Forum for pre-medical and medical students across the country to showcase research they've conducted!

Hands on workshops - clinical simulations workshops and orthopedic procedures among others!

Professional and Leadership development workshops - sessions on leadership in medicine, navigating medical school and beyond!

Building the Next Generation of Underrepresented Physicians

Exhibit hall - featuring over 150+ professional and academic institutions from across the country!

Tours of surrounding Philadelphia medical schools for interested premedical students!

Networking with premedical, medical students, and physicians from across the country to build life-long relationships!


We are looking forward to seeing you at AMEC in Philly!!

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Message From The President - USA Today Article

Posted By Administration, Saturday, March 9, 2019
Message From The President



Greetings Members of the Student National Medical Association,


As many of you are aware, USA Today released an article discussing the slow rate of enrollment of African-Americans in medical school in which I was featured.  We are thankful to USA Today for reaching out to the Student National Medical Association to share our opinion on this important topic as our mission is to support current and future underrepresented students in medicine.


I wanted to provide clarification on remarks in the article that are quoted by me.  The article makes mention of my Haitian ethnic background and is followed by a statement that African-Americans might not encourage their children as much. While I discussed my parents’ origins and their encouragement for me to pursue a career in medicine, I did not imply that African-American parents discourage their children from doing the same. In my conversation, I was asked how my parents being from another country influenced my decision to go to medical school and how that might be different compared to other groups.  My speculation was that for children who are immigrants from countries where everyone looks similar, the idea of pursuing careers like medicine are not out of the norm because it is a common sight. In the United States, where physicians who identify as Black make up only approximately 4 percent of the physician workforce, the lack of Black doctors in certain communities may potentially create an environment where children do not have the opportunity to receive the same level of encouragement because of the lack of role models. This may be compounded if guardians or parents have not had interactions with physicians who look like them.  My remarks did not imply that African-American parents encouraged their children less than immigrant parents, unlike what has been paraphrased in the article.


As the article reads, I recognize that the implied comparison between immigrants and African Americans is offensive and I want to apologize for any hurt it may have caused.  I understand that for many, these remarks may have unintentionally triggered a stereotype known as "elevated minority status."  As the National President, I want to make it clear that I fully believe in the mission of this organization and would never make comments that would negatively reflect people of color from any background. 


While I am glad that our organization is gaining recognition and frequently becoming more involved in larger conversations surrounding issues in healthcare inequality, my hope is that I have provided further clarification on what might be deemed inflammatory and echo an inaccurate and hurtful narrative about issues surrounding disparities in the representation of physicians of color.


Yours in SNMA,

Gabriel Felix

National President

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#SNMAExcellence Series: Onome Oboh

Posted By Administration, Friday, February 22, 2019

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


Name: Onome Oboh

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Undergraduate Institution: Xavier University of Louisiana

College Major: Major: Biology; Minor: Chemistry

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Favorite Quote: “You never know what is a blessing and what is a curse, so praise God in all things.” - Nigerian Proverb

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Our ninth feature in the #SNMAExcellence series is Onome Oboh, a second-year medical student at the Michigan State University College of Medicine! Throughout her time as a student-leader in medical school, she has served her community in various ways by not only actively participating in programs such as the Reach Out to Youth pipeline program, but also creating sustainable programs like Med School 101! In addition, she served as the Co-President of her school’s SNMA chapter, as a student ambassador for her school, and is involved in a number of other things that you can read more about in her feature! You’ll definitely want to read all about the incredible life experiences that this future physician had before getting into medical school, as well as the amazing advice that she would impart to her younger self if she could! Link to her feature on our Grand Rounds blog is in our bio!


Where are you currently at in your career path and why did you decide to pursue this career path?


I am currently an M2 and approaching my first round of boards (STEP 1). I honestly don’t think I had any other choice as far was what I wanted to do with my life...I believe in God, and I truly believe it was my calling to go into the medical field at the forefront of patient care.


How is your chapter exhibiting #SNMAExcellence?


This past year, as Co-President of a growing SNMA chapter at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, I have seen our membership increase. Our not only large, but diverse general body is present and active at every general body meeting and community service and pipeline event we have held. This year, I challenged myself to create a sustainable event, and through the support and efforts of my e-board, in Grand Rapids and East Lansing, our Office of Student Affairs, and Office of Admissions, Med School 101 was born. This three-part pipeline program provided an in-depth understanding of the primary medical school application, personal statement writing advisement, advice on finding a principal investigator for research experience, MMI practice, traditional interview practice, and real AMCAS applications from current medical students at CHM to analyze for underserved, under-represented premedical students. This program ended with our annual Cultural banquet on February 2nd, 2019.


What are your biggest accomplishments in medical school to date?


Creating Med School 101 was a passion project, but I am also involved in Reach Out to Youth, a pipeline program for students ages 6-11. ROTY is an annual event, in conjunction with our counterparts at Wayne State SOM. It provides a “mini-med school” experience for these minority children and their parents/guardians. Outside of pipeline events, I am also involved in surgical oncology research, I am a MSU CHM Student Ambassador, I was a part of a medical student-run research project in Ecuador, and I presented some of our findings at the RMEC for Region V in Cincinnati, Ohio. I am also a past CHM Student Council Member and a previous member of the Council on Diverse Education here at MSU CHM.


How has the SNMA impacted your medical school experience?


The SNMA, more than anything else, has given me a community of support and an outlet for my passion for mentorship. The bright minds of this organization are awe-inspiring, and the people I have met through the SNMA have galvanized me and reminded me that I can make a difference in the lives of the populations I hope to serve as a medical doctor, long before I walk across the graduation stage.


Did you take some time off before medical school? If so, what did you do during that time?


I was a SUPER non-traditional student. I took 5 whole years to get into medical school (most of the story is somewhere on my insta feed). In that time, I completed a post-baccalaureate program at UCLA, acted and sang in a broadway-style play at my church, got my Master of Science in Global Medicine at the University of Southern California, went to Brazil to work in a hospital assessing process flows and did a PowerPoint presentation on the US healthcare system to a medical school class there, did clinical hypertension research in black barbershops in Los Angeles, worked as a writer’s assistant to THE Bentley Kyle Evans, and became an aspiring writer.

If you could go back and have a chat with your college freshman self, what would you tell her?

If I could talk to my college freshman self...that’s a big question...I would tell her:

1. It’s ok to be afraid, and it’s ok if other people doubt your abilities. Take the leap and chase your dreams anyway because God has never let you down, even when it looked to you like He did.

2. It’s ok if you are seen as intimidating, it adds more value to the people who see you as strong and VALUE that in you.

3. Learn how to check your peace while chasing your passions. Not every path is meant to be followed. Check your peace before you proceed.

4. You are dynamic, you don’t have to prove that to anyone, not even yourself. Let the Holy Spirit and the gifts God gave you make space for you.

5. Be Humble. If God had put a passion in your heart for being a store clerk for the sake of the kingdom, that pursuit would have been just as important as what you are pursuing now. 

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SNMA Releases Statement on Virginia Governor Ralph Northam EVMS Class of 1984 Yearbook Photo

Posted By Administration, Monday, February 4, 2019

Washington, DC – The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is certain that you are aware of the current controversy surrounding the photograph that surfaced from the Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) Class of 1984 student yearbook involving Virginia Governor Dr. Ralph Northam, a pediatrician. The photo found on the Governor’s page depicts two individuals, one wearing black face and the other in the Klu Klux Klan’s (KKK) signature white hood and robes.


The photo gained attention from numerous media outlets and the initial response of Governor Northam was an apology that included the following direct statement; he apologized stating, “I am deeply sorry for the decision I made to appear as I did in this photo and for the hurt that decision caused then and now.”  This situation and his initial comments caused a media frenzy and heightened scrutiny of the physician and now Governor of the State of Virginia. In response to numerous calls for his resignation from various political leaders, community members, organizations across the nation, and within his own political party, he held a press conference within 24 hours of his initial apology.  During the press conference on February 2, 2019 he stated that he believes he was not one of the persons depicted in the photo that was on his page and he has refused to resign.

Richard V. Homan, President of EVMS has released a statement addressing this photo that is clearly racist.  He apologized on behalf of the school for "past transgressions of your trust” and said he would convene a meeting of school leadership to address the issue.

As an organization whose mission for over 50 years has been to support current and future underrepresented students in medicine, these actions are antithetical to everything the Student National Medical Association stands for. The abhorrent photo is an example of the effects of insensitivity and unawareness at best and at its worst serves as an example of institutional racism and numbness to the discrimination against Black people. It demonstrates that racism can permeate any level of education and highlights the overt prejudice and microaggressions that many of our past and current members face.  

Our SNMA chapter at EVMS has existed for decades and our national officers have been in communication with their leadership.  True to our current and historic role in the education and activism of minority medical students, the SNMA chapter at EVMS is very much concerned about this situation and will be organizing an open forum about this issue for students and faculty.  I commend the chapter’s leadership for organizing to address and rectify issues of racism and discrimination that arise, whether they be from the past or present.

The Student National Medical Association will not excuse or overlook any kind of racism. We stand in solidarity with the staff, students, alumni and physicians from EVMS who have been professionally or personally harmed by this photo and any other actions that threaten a culture of diversity, inclusion, and social equality at their institution. In support of future professionals in the state of Virginia and the noble profession to which we aspire, we stand firm in our belief that the government infrastructure should not stand by in light of past indiscretions. Therefore, the Student National Medical Association demands that Governor Ralph Northam, MD must resign from his position immediately.

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#SNMAExcellence Series: Umaru Barrie

Posted By Administration, Monday, January 28, 2019

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




Name: Umaru Barrie

Hometown: Harlem, NY

Undergraduate Institution: University at Albany, SUNY

College Major: Major: Human Biology and Chemistry; Minor: African Studies and Neuroscience

Medical School: UT Southwestern Medical Center

Favorite Quote: "He who looks for honey must have the courage to face the bees” - African Proverb

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Our eighth feature in the #SNMAExcellence series is Umaru Barrie, a third-year MD/PhD candidate at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center! Throughout his time in medical school, Umaru has work extensively in various areas such as healthcare advocacy, global health, pipeline programs, community outreach and administrative affairs. His expansive involvement at his school, in his own community and in various communities around the world earned him the UT Southwestern Medical Center Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award! In addition to the community service work he performs, he is heavily involved in the SNMA, currently serving as a National Future Leadership Project Fellowship coordinator. He hopes to continue his leadership development in the SNMA as well as to match into an Emergency Medicine residency program before pursuing a fellowship in global health! This future physician has plenty 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 currently a 3rd year MD/PhD candidate. In 7 years, I will graduate with my Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) with distinction in Global Health and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Biomedical Sciences degrees with a distinction in Molecular Microbiology. I will commit to an Emergency Medicine residency and then pursue an international health/global health fellowship. A commitment to being a physician-scientist will make me a world-renowned molecular microbiology expert guiding generations of scientists as a principal investigator, in addition to leading physicians as an attending physician to bolster the understanding of the broader interaction between science and medicine. I will engage in clinical and academic medicine to eventually further pursue administrative positions focused on helping shape the roadmap of medicine and our national strategy to improve community healthcare. Ultimately, working with medical, philanthropic and humanitarian organizations to expand worldwide access while reducing costs of lifesaving medicines and diagnostic tools in the world will give me a global understanding of mechanisms underlying healthcare disparities to drive change.



What are your biggest accomplishments in medical school to date?


In the past two years as an MD/PhD Candidate at UT Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW), I worked on multitudes of endeavors in healthcare advocacy, global health, pipeline programs, community outreach and administrative affairs that correspond to my future career aspirations. I was elected co-president of my medical class of 250 students at UTSW, allowing me to represent my classmates in addressing administrative and academic matters, while creating student-led committees focused on research, student wellness, and interprofessional student education. To engage in global health, I applied and was successfully accepted to the thesis-driven MD with distinction in Global Health Program at UTSW and became an officer for the Global Health Interest Group. I coordinated two spring break medical trips to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and helped to fundraise more than $2,500 for medical supplies, medicines and vitamins for each trip. During the trips, my team treated more than 1000 individuals in five underserved communities in Santo Domingo. Additionally, we provided community health education on water hygiene and proper hydration.


During the summer of 2018, I embarked on a UTSW Office of Global Health-sponsored trip to lead medical research, service, and advocacy efforts targeting key challenges in the Kanungu District of Uganda and establish connections with medical centers in five different countries in Eastern Africa (Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Kenya). In Uganda, I partnered with a Dallas-based philanthropic organization, the Kellermann Foundation (, which owns Bwindi Community Hospital and pursued two different research projects in collaboration with the University of Southampton (Southampton, United Kingdom), Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (Miami, FL) and The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine (Birmingham, AL) focused on Child Mortality: A quantitative and qualitative community health assessment exploring the variables and risk factors related to the trend in mortality from 2008 to 2018 and HIV/AIDS: Identifying Barriers to HIV Management and Treatment in the Kanungu District of Uganda. Both projects directly support the research and information needs of USAID and PEPFAR--Uganda Portfolio.


To stay true to my dedication to begin charity at home, I volunteered more than 200 hours at UTSW’s community health fairs and free clinics. In addition, I provided culturally sensitive health education and tutoring to refugees in Dallas through my organization #refugeeswelcome. Growing up in Harlem, I found it rare to meet doctors who looked like me, thus it was difficult to envision myself as one. Consequently, I now mentor underrepresented high school and undergraduate students interested in science careers through multiple pipeline programs and organize an annual symposium at UTSW introducing high school students to healthcare careers. Furthermore, to foster a community of health advocates, I co-created an integrated medical education elective with the UTSW Student Diversity & Inclusion Office at UTSW, introducing medical students first-hand to healthcare in underserved communities. I plan to expand this elective across American medical schools.


My major community involvement projects for the past two years were the 2017-2018 DFW Albert Schweitzer Fellowship and Hurricane Harvey Relief Project. I worked with the Dallas County Health Department and UTSW to provide volunteer opportunities for students to assist at the “mega-shelter” housing evacuees in Dallas. Together, we coordinated the logistics and onsite point of contacts for more 200 volunteers who put in over 1500 hours. In addition, my relief drive collected more than 500 pounds of donated goods for local Hurricane Harvey donation centers. For my work in the past two years at UTSW, I was awarded the UT Southwestern Medical Center Martin Luther King, Jr Community Service Award.


How has the SNMA impacted your medical school experience?


SNMA at UT Southwestern has been home away from home for me during my medical school experience. It has provided friends, colleagues, support systems, and a network of dedicated individuals who have shown me the power of diversifying medicine. Through events, community service, and networking events, they have created an environment of inclusion for every individual, especially underrepresented minorities on campus. I am grateful for the leadership opportunities such as mentoring high school and undergraduate students, and speaking engagements provided by our SNMA chapter. SNMA has also given me the unique experience of being a part of the National Future Leadership Project, where I serve as a coordinator overseeing the NFLP committee projects. As I continue my medical training, I hope to continue being a part of SNMA and engage in leadership positions.


What advice would you give to someone looking to pursue a similar path as yours?


Applying to MD/PhD programs requires proper planning and careful organization. It takes knowing the most important requirements to being a competitive candidate and pursuing them longitudinally throughout your undergraduate years. Research, Research, RESEARCH! Research is at the forefront of what will make you standout as an applicant. It is a significant requirement! You must have a track record of quality research (basic science, clinical medicine or public health, etc...) done for least a combination of 2 years to become considered a competitive applicant. This is what separates an MD applicant from an MD/PhD applicant. The rest of the requirements (prerequisite courses, good grades, MCAT, clinical experience, and community service) are the same. 


Did you take some time off before medical school? If so, what did you do during that time?


After graduating on May 2014, I traveled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, for a month to do a service-learning trip. During this 5-week humanitarian mission from May 19 to June 14, I engaged in service learning outreach projects at FILSECCAM Schools, where I helped deliver English, Chemistry, Math and Biology lessons to elementary, high school and university students. Among the lessons, I taught the students and teachers how to properly use a microscope and a balance beam weight scale. From June 2014 to June 2016, I enrolled as a trainee in the NIH-funded Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (AECOM). As a PREP Scholar, I worked in Dr. Mahalia Desruisseaux’s laboratory in the Department of Pathology and Medicine exploring neurovascular pathogenesis associated with Trypanosoma cruzi infection. Through the AECOM graduate department, I took graduate courses every semester, and joined the AECOM graduate student committee’s events planning committee where I help plan social events for the PhD and MD/PhD students. I shadowed with the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) Continuity Clinic every Thursday at Jacobi Medical Center and I volunteer as a patient advocate with Einstein Community Health Outreach (ECHO) Free Clinic on Saturdays in order to enhance my clinical skills. 

Do you have any passions outside of school? If so, what are they?

To me, traveling offers an insightful cultural value unwritten in textbooks. It has enabled me to meet new people and to immerse myself in learning their customs, habits and traditions. While in Brazil and Spain, I was able to bond with new friends through lessons in the Portuguese and Spanish language, respectively. There is also an enriching sensation in trying local foods from the gumbo in New Orleans, Paella in Valencia to the attieke a poisson (Cassava and Fish) of Abidjan. Traveling provides a great sense of euphoria. It is an avenue to finding tranquility and escaping from mundane tasks. I can never forget the adrenaline rush of zip lining over the jungle canopy in Dominican Republic, successfully navigating the city of Paris, canoeing in the coral reef park in Key West, or running from bulls in Pamplona. Such experiences evoke feelings of thrill and joy in life’s endless adventures. Traveling to foreign countries promotes service: the beam of satisfaction within from helping build playgrounds for children in Uganda to teaching English to middle school children in Haiti. I discovered a new love for gardening during my assigned role of planting a vegetable garden for a primary school in Uganda. Traveling is also a unique way of bolstering one’s career development. Seeing the world provided me with a plethora of advanced educational tools and resources. I was able to do basic science research in Brazil and Spain. I was able to form networks with scientists and doctors in many areas of the world.

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#SNMAExcellence Series: Aldwin Soumare

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, December 19, 2018

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

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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.”

Contact Information:

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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!

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#SNMAExcellence Series: Corey Thompson

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, November 20, 2018

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



Name: Corey Thompson

Hometown: Columbus, Ohio

Undergraduate Institution: The University of Kentucky

College Major: Major: Biology; Minor: Spanish

Medical School: The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Favorite Quote: "When the power of love overcomes the love of power, then the world will know peace" - Jimi Hendrix

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Phone - (614) 354-2315


Additional Links: @whatsupdoc_21 on Instagram and Twitter | @headsup_osucom on Instagram and Twitter


Our sixth feature in the #SNMAExcellence series is Corey Thompson, a second-year medical student at The Ohio State University College of Medicine! He has been very active with the SNMA at his school as well as with the diverse community that surrounds him. Apart from serving as a volunteer at a spanish-speaking clinic and serving on the executive board of a group called SHINE (Somali Health Initiative and Nutrition Education), he has helped start a program called HEADS UP (Health Education and Development for Underprivileged Populations), an initiative intended to create a pipeline from elementary school to medical school while also improving the healthcare literacy of underserved populations! His passion for service shines throughout his feature, which he interweaves with the strategies he uses to get through the stresses of medical school and the love that he has for his institution!


Where are you currently at in your career path and why did you decide to pursue this career path?

Currently, I am a second-year medical student at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. In truth, I have always wanted to be a physician. However, there were a few key events that further prompted me to pursue the field of medicine. The most powerful of these was the traumatic passing of my grandmother from pancreatic cancer. I was only 12 years old at the time, and therefore did not quite understand what this diagnosis meant. I thought she would get better with treatment, but three weeks to the day after her diagnosis, my grandmother passed away. Before leaving this earth, she let me know how special I was and that she would be watching over me as I achieve my dream of becoming a physician. I stand here today knowing that I am well on my way in doing so, and that she is smiling down upon me.


How is your chapter exhibiting #SNMAExcellence?

The SNMA Chapter of The Ohio State College of Medicine (OSUCOM) exhibits #SNMAExcellence on a daily basis through character, work ethic, mentorship and outreach. Currently on exhibition is a project we have titled, Health Education and Development for Underprivileged Populations, better known as HEADS UP. This project was designed by a group of M1s in our chapter as a means to utilize our platform for community outreach. The primary goal of HEADS UP is improve the healthcare literacy of underserved populations, and create a pipeline from elementary school into medical school. We found the perfect way to launch such a project.


For the past few years, I have been working with youth at a local non-profit organization called Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services (ETSS). It provides services to low income families, most of whom are from the immigrant and refugee communities of Columbus, Ohio. They offer both adult and youth services, but we decided to focus our efforts on the youth in the program. We presented the HEADS UP project proposal to the ETSS Youth Program Director who was both very excited and supportive. ETSS has a Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) for ages 5 -13 with a goal of preventing the learning loss that occurs during summer break, and we knew HEADS UP would be an impactful addition to their program. There are eight sites, so we launched HEADS UP at the largest, which has about 80 first and second generation immigrant students from Ethiopia and Eritrea. We worked with the Site Coordinator to establish a schedule where medical students would provide workshops for the youth participants two days per week for two hours each day. The core HEADS UP group created lesson plans on healthy lifestyle choices, nutrition, diseases, bone and muscle anatomy, heart and brain anatomy, health disparities in medicine, and implicit bias amongst physicians. The goal was to plan workshops that are both informative and interactive, so we have provided several hands-on activities for the children, such as heart and brain dissections and a clinical workshop. Additionally, we arranged to have OSUCOM physicians and faculty as guest lecturers for the children.


Our hope is that this experience ignites a love of science and medicine in these children who may otherwise not have been given this opportunity. Additionally, we want to inspire them by seeing med school students and physicians who look like them. We were even able to have an Ethiopian med school student teach a workshop in the students’ native language, Amharic. We think this exposure, along with our mentorship, will help break down barriers and instill confidence to pursue a career in medicine by humanizing the medical profession and physicians.


The summer HEADS UP project at ETSS has been very successful, but we didn’t do it alone. In the spirit of inclusion and collaboration to strengthen outcomes, our group contacted other nearby SNMA chapter leaders G. Kabwe Chilupe and Kennedy Ovenseri of Ohio University Heritage College of Medicine (OUHCOM) Dublin Campus and Morgan Bryant of Wright State Boonshoft School of Medicine, respectively. By working together, we were able to gather volunteers from each of our SNMA chapters, as well as our general student bodies. This was an incredible accomplishment for us, and most definitely beneficial in providing quality lessons for the children of ETSS. In addition to teaching the kids about medicine and healthcare, it was also vital to highlight the importance of diversity in the medical profession and other STEM professions. For that reason, we made certain that each HEADS UP lecture featured a diverse mix of men, women, minority, and LGBTQ medical students. This provides the children with positive role models and experiences that can truly shape the rest of their lives.


What are your biggest accomplishments in medical school to date?

My biggest medical school accomplishments range from academic successes to my conquering of personal goals. Academically, it has always been my goal to continually improve upon my exam scores at the end of each block. I successfully did so this year and averaged around a 3% increase per exam. This was huge in bolstering my confidence going into second year, and is a testament to the fact that medical school is a marathon… not a sprint! There will be stumbles upon the way but keep working hard and figure out what study strategy works best for YOU! Additional accomplishments include my positions as Student Council President both as an M1 and M2, SNMA Admissions Chair, SHINE (Somali Health Initiative and Nutrition Education) Executive Board, HEADS UP Lead Coordinator, and Clinica Latina Volunteer.


How has the SNMA impacted your medical school experience?

Prior to applying to medical school, I had never heard of SNMA, NMA, or MAPS, most likely because minorities were not very well represented at my undergraduate university. Upon speaking with Dr. Quinn Capers IV (Dean of Admission at OSUCOM) and Dr. Leon McDougle (Chief Diversity Officer at OSUCOM), I was schooled to the mission and purpose of SNMA. Subsequent to those conversations, I have been extremely interested in doing all that I can do as a medical student to further that mission, so SNMA has given me another sense of purpose. I chose to attend AMEC this year in order to gain more knowledge about SNMA on a national level, and it was one of the most fulfilling experiences as a first-year medical student. Some may even remember my Region 5 Chant rendition of the M’baku Challenge Day skit from the movie Black Panther. This conference really put things into perspective for me as it pertains to what is possible when minority students get together and push towards a common cause. Attending AMEC inspired me to create the HEADS UP program, and just maybe as a bonus, help OSUCOM become chapter of the year. I will continue to work with my chapter, as well as surrounding chapters to ensure that SNMA Region 5 continues its excellence and representation on the national level.


What is your favorite thing about your school?

My favorite part about The Ohio State University College of Medicine is the amazing job that our Admissions Committee, led by Dr. Quinn Capers IV, has done over the past couple of years. They have effectively transformed the culture at OSUCOM by putting diversity and inclusion at the forefront of our mission as a medical institution. Historically, there has been a sense of isolation for African American males in professional school, unless it is an HBCU, but I do not feel this way at all! We have over 15 Black males in our class of 200 students, and even more Black females! Approximately 26% of our class is of minority status, thanks to the efforts of OSUCOM, and that number is steadily growing. Not surprisingly, this has resulted in increased academic accomplishments, along with student morale! My hope is that our success sets a precedent for surrounding mid-western schools. We have wonderful medical schools in our region, but in talking to some minority students at these schools, they feel ostracized at times, as if they are merely there to fill a quota. This is not the case at OSU, where the goal is to create a class dynamic that is reflective of the general population in regards to race, ethnicity, gender, etc. I hope that we can provide an example for admissions committees across the Midwest and beyond regarding the importance of a diverse medical class in breeding culturally competent, universally intelligent, and all-around happy physicians. 


What do you do to get through the stressful nature of school?

Medical school is stressful… there is no real getting around that reality. We have all worked most of our life to have this opportunity, and now it is time to find out if we have what it takes to make it. While grades may seem of the utmost importance, it is vital that we place our own health and well-being at the forefront during this period, which includes our mental, physical, and emotional health. If we do not tend to ourselves, I can guarantee that it will be reflected in our grades. There are a plethora of coping strategies, and we must each figure out what works best. Hopefully, by this time we have found an enjoyable hobby that is not too terribly time consuming. For me, those hobbies include creating music/DJing, hiking, playing basketball, and involving myself on campus.


I have always had a passion for music. It allows my mind to drift away from the task at hand, helping me to recharge my battery and get back to it. In the summer before M1 year of medical school, I purchased turntables as a gift to myself and have since been practicing mixing music. In addition to making music, I also enjoy hiking as an escape from school. It is rather hard to do in Ohio, but I have been able to schedule time during the year to fly out to Colorado, Utah, and Oregon. These trips have been amazing for clearing my head and keeping physically fit. Basketball is another physical activity that re-energizes me, but is much easier to manage on a weekly basis. Lastly, I involve myself in organizations on campus such as Student Council and SNMA. Within these organizations I have been able to give back to the community of Columbus, OH. These experiences help me to put things in perspective and give me a daily reminder of WHY I chose a career in medicine.


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