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Physician Research Initiative


The Physician-Researcher Initiative (PRI) was initially developed in 2007 to encourage entrance into academic medicine. PRI educates the members about careers in academic medicine, as well as establish a network of mentors that will initiate and enhance students' research experiences.

To achieve this goal, an educational track is offered each year during SNMA’s Annual Medical Education Conference (AMEC) where participants are afforded the opportunity to present their research in the Dr. Wilbert C. Jordan Research Forum to network with peers, as well as with leading physician researchers. Participants learn about grant writing, navigating academic medicine, and the role for physician researchers in combating health disparities.

PRI Leadership
Tiahna Spencer
PRI Dines Fellow Coordinator
MD Candidate
University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Past PRI/Dines Fellows:

2018-2019: Tiahna Spencer, MD Candidate
2016-2018: Chidi Akusobi, MD/PhD
2015-2016: Natalie L. M. Ramsey, MD/PhD
2014-2015: T.M. Ayodele Adesanya, MD/PhD
2013-2014: Vanessa Hux, MD
2012-2013: Ashleigh Bouchelion, MD/PhD
2011-2012: Latoyia Wilson, MD
2010-2011: Reiesha Robbins, MD, PhD
2009-2010: Dennis Spencer, MD, PhD
2008-2009: Kasey Gildersleeve, MD + Dennis Spencer, MD, PhD
2007-2008: Tamia Harris, MD, PhD 


Please stay tuned as we will provide updates on the workshops held during the upcoming AMEC 2020. 
For more information, please contact