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Minority Association of Pre-medical Students

Dr. Jeffrey Sterling founded the Minority Association of Pre- Medical  Students as a pre-medical student at Northwestern University in order to increase the pipeline of minorities into all health professions, inclusive of medicine, nursing, public health, health care administration and entrepreneurship. MAPS was nationally recognized in 1989 and spread throughout the nation with over 250 active chapters today. 


Minority Association of Pre- Medical  Students, or MAPS, represents the undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students of SNMA. MAPS members are considered national Associate members and make up more than one third of SNMA's membership. Associate members are eligible for most all SNMA national benefits. Pre-Health and Post-Bac students are encouraged to start MAPS chapters at their respective institutions.


Associate Members of SNMA attend some of the strongest and most influential undergraduate institutions and constitute a large percentage of our membership body. Our members are active in all fronts; we are creating diversity and making strides in all aspects of medicine and patient care. SNMA has a great interest in increasing the number of physicians of color entering the workforce and know that our pre-medical students are our future colleagues and successors. Through community service and dedication to eliminating ethnic health disparities, we strive to provide ourselves and those around us with a larger sense of being. We stand strong in the light of the many that struggled before us, and are hopeful that we make each step easier for those who come after us. We are leaders in our communities.

Known for our mentorship and pipeline outreach, SNMA is dedicated to ensuring that the needs of pre-health students are met. SNMA is founded upon the great principles of educating and preparing our members to be the best in the healthcare field and that mentality extends to our pre-health  members. We  wish you the best in your academic endeavors. Achieve your goals, move on to graduate school, and become the excellent healthcare providers that our community so desperately needs. We are also hopeful that you share the knowledge gained from participation in SNMA activities with your peers.


Committee Leadership


The MAPS Committee serves as an extension of the Pre-Medical Board Member. It works with the National President and the Pre-Medical Board Member in order to expand the pre-medical audience through outreach, event planning, speaking engagements, and information distribution. The MAPS Committee also maintains regular communication with MAPS chapters through mailing, newsletters, and electronic resources, and oversees the collection of MAPS chapter reports and other documentation. As a team, we ensure Associate membership awareness of the MCAT awards, scholarships, events and other pre-medical opportunities.  


Come out and be the  VOICE  and guiding  FORCE  for minority pre-med students across the nation. 



Pre-Medical Board Member


Vice Co-Chair



Publications Coordinator



Vice Co-Chair



Publications Coordinator



Mentorship Coordinator


National MAPS Committee GOALS

  • To provide underrepresented pre-health students with knowledge, skills and experience that are both pre-requisite and concomitant to professional participation in health care fields

  • To improve minority student matriculation into all profession health related programs, with an emphasis on medicine 

  • To encourage culturally conscious physicians by increasing awareness of issues that underrepresented communities face

Join the National MAPS Committee and be the VOICE and guiding FORCE for premedical students of color across the nation!

Announcements & Resources

MAPS Chapters

MAPS chapters are spread throughout the country at undergraduate institutions around the nation. They are well integrated into SNMA's infrastructure, participating in regional and national events. MAPS chapters are self-governing under the guidance of regional and national bylaws. Several entities within SNMA is dedicated to the needs of pre-medical  students. Do  you have ideas for a monthly MAPS initiative? If so, send an email to .


Starting a MAPS Chapter


If you would like to start a MAPS Chapter at your local institution, please follow the guidelines outlined by the Power Point below:


How to Start a MAPS Chapter Powerpoint


Every MAPS Chapter has to submit an update form in order to remain active each year. Newly established MAPS Chapters must also submit this form in order to become nationally recognized. Once completed, ensure that you cc’d National Headquarter, Regional MAPS liaison and . Please find the form below: 


Application to start a MAPS chapter / Update form


Along with the MAPS Chapter Application form, every newly established must chapter must submit a Regional Certification Certificate found below: 


Regional Certification Certificate 


Every MAPS Chapter must also submit a Chapter Report form due quarterly on January 15th, April 15th, July 15th and October 15th in order to remain in good standing: 


Chapter Report Forms


Please find below a general flyer for SNMA/MAPS: 


MAPS General Flyer