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pipeline programs

The need for more physicians of color to serve in underrepresented communities has become more apparent as health disparities have increased between ethnic groups. Studies indicate that physicians of color are more likely to serve in communities with these disparities. To place healthcare providers in the critical need areas, the U.S. government has funded several programs to address these shortages. Although one-fourth of the nation's population is of comprised of people of color, less than ten percent of its physicians reflect that diversity. There is an unmet need that stems from three general weaknesses.

  1. Active recruitment and targeted exposure of underrepresented minority students to this field of study.
  2. Adequate preparation URM students for the rigorous pursuit of careers in medicine.
  3. A lack of a multifaceted support structure for students already embroiled in these undertakings.

SNMA is committed to help increase the pipeline of students of color that consider and prepare for medical and scientific careers. Our direct and classroom style mentoring programs in science appreciation and education, mentoring, and academic enrichment to elementary, junior high school, high school and college students interested in pursuing health-related careers. Working primarily through local chapters, SNMA is proud to organize and sponsor local pipeline programs that directly serve students of color through education and guidance.

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.