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From the President

Greetings SNMA,

It is an amazing honor and privilege to serve as your National President, and I welcome you to the 2017-2018 administrative year!

This year's executive agenda is focused on Embracing the Diversity of the SNMA, as we have such a unique membership that deserves to be both spotlighted and enriched. We will work on "Filling the Gaps" with a programmatic focus based on strengthening diversity through cultural competency and awareness, and we will "Build the Future" by inspiring our youth to become the empowered physicians of tomorrow.

Additionally, we will show the world that "We Do Exist" by highlighting and recognizing our contribution to healthcare as both underrepresented minority students and physicians. Additionally, it is important that we continue to stress the mission of the SNMA which is supporting current and future underrepresented minority students, addressing the needs of the underserved, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent and socially conscious physicians. My goal is for every member to not only know this mission, but actively take part in upholding it. It is my hope that you all will join me in my efforts this year to succeed in furthering this extremely valuable mission. I look forward to working with you all this year, and seeing all the brilliance, positive collaborations, passion and engagement from our membership.

I am excited for the year ahead and I look forward to seeing the amazing work put forth by our wonderful members. There are many ways to get involved this year, and you can start by reaching out to your local and regional leaders for more information on upcoming programs and initiatives. We would also love to see you serve on one of our national committees, and most importantly, I look forward to seeing everyone at the next Annual Medical Education Conference set to take place in San Francisco, CA March 28 - April 1, 2018!

Thank you for your continued dedication to the SNMA, and I look forward to the amazing year ahead!

Yours in SNMA,
Danielle M. Ward, MS
2017-2018 SNMA National President

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