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pipeline programs

Although one-fourth of the nation’s population is of color, less than 10% of its physicians represent that diversity.  Evidently, there is an unmet need stemming from three general weaknesses: 


  1. Passive recruitment and targeted exposure of underrepresented minority (URM) students to this field of study
  2. Inadequate preparation of URM students for the rigorous pursuit of careers in medicine
  3. A lack of a multi-faceted support structure for students already embroiled in these undertakings. 

In order to create a diverse healthcare system, students’ preparation should begin very early in their academic career.  The SNMA prioritizes exposure and education starting in elementary school with continued support throughout the trajectory of medical training through the Pipeline Mentoring Institute (PMI) and the Minority Association for Pre-medical Student (MAPS).  

Email or for more information about the PMI or MAPS, respectively.




T he SNMA-Kaiser Permanente Fellow is a unique position for a new physician or physician-in-training student to spend a year augmenting their formal medical training by delving deeper into critical issues affecting health equity, diversity in the healthcare workforce, and access to affordable, quality healthcare. The SNMA-KP Fellow will work closely with staff and national leaders within the Kaiser network and at the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) to enhance and advance the pipeline of underrepresented students into medicine. Please find the application HERE.


Applications are due July 3, 2020 by 11:59pm EST.

An information session will be hosted on June 3, 2020 at 5pm PST. You can access the slides from that session and/or direct any questions or  comments regarding the fellowship to Kelley Butler at

Minority Association of Pre-medical Students (MAPS)

SNMA is founded on the principles of educating and preparing our members to be the best in the health care field and that mentality extends to our pre-medical members. We are committed to increasing the number of physicians of color entering the workforce and know that our pre-medical students are a key factor.

Our MAPS programming is preeminent within the SNMA mission. Our MAPS members are undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students. MAPS members are undergraduate and post- baccalaureate students who hold Associate membership in SNMA. Our Associate Members attend some of the strongest and most influential undergraduate institutions and constitute a large percentage of our membership. Our members are active in all fronts and we are creating diversity and making strides in all aspects of medicine and patient care. MAPS and related developmental programming program are under the general supervision of the Pre-medical Board Member.

For more information on the work of the MAPS National Committee and resources available to MAPS members. for the listing of MAPS Chapter.

Brotherhood Alliance for Science Education

The Brotherhood Alliance for Science Education (BASE) is devoted to increasing the encouragement, recruitment, admission and retention of young minority males into medicine. BASE seeks to unite minority males around common goals and build relationships that foster a sense of brotherhood among minority males. Among its goals, BASE focuses on mentorship, community service and empowerment, and motivation for worthwhile and attainable goals.

Health Professions Recruitment Exposure Programs

Health Professions Recruitment Exposure Programs (HPREP) exposes high school students to science-related activities while introducing them to careers in the health professions.

Pre-medical Minority Enrichment and Development

Through the Pre-medical Minority Enrichment and Development (PMED) protocol, SNMA members act as mentors to pre-medical undergraduates and post-baccalaureate students in efforts to increase the medical school matriculation rates of underrepresented minorities. Examples of PMED Protocol include hosting pre-medical conferences, clinical skill workshops, and medical student panels. SNMA chapters serve as a vital resource for pre-medical students across the nation.

Youth Science Enrichment Program

Youth Science Enrichment Program (YSEP) serves to stimulate elementary and junior high school students' interest in science and health.

pipeline mentoring institute

Recognizing that many of the barriers to greater diversity within the medical profession lie within the continuum of elementary through undergraduate education, SNMA periodically conducts a Pipeline Mentoring Institute (PMI). Placed under the general direction of the Dines Fellowship, The PMI seeks to close the gap in preparing URM students for a career in medicine and other health-related professions. Specifically, the PMI focuses on:

  • Improving general study skills
  • Improving standardized test taking skills and science preparation
  • Establishing other pipeline programs locally
  • Promoting age-appropriate, cross-cultural competence and experiences in strategic locations with the SNMA chapter network.
PMI activity may at times be based on external funding and may also include targeted activities conducted during the Annual Medical Education Conference.

PMIs are conducted at the local level by individual SNMA chapters that utilize a variety of funding sources. Depending on the participating youth, the medical student mentors utilize components of the Minority Association of Pre-medical Students (MAPS), Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPREP) and the Youth Science Enrichment Program (YSEP) protocols (see national Protocols). This provides the foundation for the PMI, thereby strengthening the educational pipeline that flows from elementary school into the health professions. By fostering academic and scientific interest in elementary students and mentoring participants as they progress through high school and college, the aim of the PMI is to ultimately increase the number of culturally sensitive and capable health professionals.