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Welcome from the President
Greetings SNMA Family,
First and foremost, I hope you are safe and well. My name is Osose Oboh, and I am your National President for the 2020-2021 administrative year.
This administration took office during our first ever VIRTUAL Annual Medical Education Conference. I was sworn in, family all around, using my mother’s old worn bible, held by my sister, as we quarantined. No one expected this turn of events.
I am grateful that God deemed me worthy enough to be the President of this great organization during a time of so much uncertainty, anxiety, and worry. It is a time where we are searching for light when things seem dark and scary. We are searching for community when we feel so isolated. We are searching for hope when there is so much that is unknown.
This year, we are focusing our efforts around the theme “Rooted in Excellence: Staying the Course Despite What Obstacles Arise.” My national programming will be highlighting three key areas: Academic and Professional Development, Mental Health, and Alumni Engagement. I have rebranded all of our academic and professional development related programming under the “Sowing Seeds Program.” The newest addition to this program is the Specialty Series. We will engage our esteemed alumni as panelists, sharing their wealth of knowledge to assist our membership in the pursuit of their goals. With the creation of a new subcommittee focused on Mental Health Initiatives, I aim to create points of access throughout the year for our members to feel equipped and encouraged to navigate issues and avoid burn out. We hit the ground running with our “Coping with Covid” webinar where we brought physician leaders in the fields of medical education, residency programs and psychiatry to share how we as students can best understand and navigate these times.
In light of the current pandemic and the new spotlight that is being cast on health disparities, I will be adding additional programming throughout the year that will provide our members with the knowledge and skills needed to combat the inequities that we see across the nation. Additionally, we will be seeking every opportunity to join in the battle to educate our underserved communities across the nation on COVID19, health disparities, and how they can achieve optimum health.
I hope that you will join in the work that the SNMA leaders around the country will endeavor to do this year. The opportunities to grow and develop professionally within the safe space of the SNMA is one that should be taken advantage of! I am a testament to that fact! From our national committees to our fellowship programs, there is room for you at the table! I am looking forward to working with all of you as we continue to work towards the SNMA mission: 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.
With some creativity, determination, and the help of all of you, we will meet again next year at our Annual Medical Education Conference in Orlando, FL March 31st-April 4th to celebrate the amazing year we have had. I am praying and believing that it will be so.
We are truly ROOTED IN EXCELLENCE!
Yours in SNMA,
57th National President of the SNMA
HOUSE OF DELEGATES
SNMA is a student-governed organization with more than 6,000 members nationwide and in the Caribbean. The ultimate governing body of SNMA is the House of Delegates (HOD), which is made up of all active SNMA members. The HOD convenes annually at the SNMA National Convention, held in conjunction with the Annual Medical Education Conference, to make important decisions about the organization's direction and declarations regarding health policy and the state of health care. The speaker of the house, assisted by the parliamentarian, presides over the HOD.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Board of Directors (BOD) is a smaller group of individuals comprised of HOD-elected officers and appointed committee members. The BOD has an Executive Committee that includes the following national officers: chairperson of the Board of Directors,
president, president-elect, vice president, pre-medical board member, treasurer, secretary, parliamentarian, speaker of the house, ten regional directors, four professional board members, committee chairs, the executive director, and emeritus
members. The BOD meets quarterly to make business and policy decisions in accordance with the SNMA Constitution and Bylaws during the period that the HOD is not in session. The presiding officer is the chairperson of the BOD. The BOD reports
its actions over the course of the year and puts forth mandated items for HOD approval at the National Convention.
SNMA is made up of 10 regions around the country. Each region is overseen by a Regional Director, elected from their respective region. Regional Boards are mainly comprised of the following elected regional officers: Regional Director, Assistant Regional Director, Pre-medical Liaison, Secretary, Treasurer, and Committee Chairs (corresponding to national committees). Each region hosts an annual Regional Conference at which a regional meeting is held. Each region has its own Constitution and Bylaws, which must be held in accordance with and not in violation of the Constitution and Bylaws of National SNMA.
NATIONAL COMMITTEE CHAIRS
Nationwide, members of the Student National Medical Association serve on various national committees that help plan SNMA’s activities and make the Annual Medical Education Conference possible. As the oldest and largest student-run organization,
SNMA seeks to support current and future underrepresented minority medical students, address the needs of underserved communities, and increase the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent and socially conscious physicians. The
SNMA would not be the organization that it is today if it were not for the hard work, dedication and support of its members.
STRATEGIC PLANNING COUNCIL
The Strategic Planning Council (SPC) is made up of elected members and ex-offico members (national president-elect, treasurer, BOD chair and executive director). The SPC meets to discuss the future direction for SNMA and is responsible for updating
the SNMA Strategic Plan and other planning documents, and conducting organizational assessments.
SNMA's National Headquarters is located in Washington, DC. The Headquarters staff is comprised of the executive director, professional staff and volunteers. The executive director is responsible for the daily operations of SNMA and works closely with the Chair of the Board of Directors.