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Our Mission

Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is 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.

SNMA chapters based at allopathic and osteopathic medical schools throughout the nation, and some colleges, implement our programs and activities locally. SNMA programs are designed to serve the health needs of underserved communities and communities of color. In addition, SNMA is dedicated both to ensuring that medical education and services are culturally sensitive to the needs of diverse populations and to increasing the number of African-American, Latino, and other students of color entering and completing medical school.

From the President

Courtney Johnson - SNMA President

Greetings SNMA Family!

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2014 – 2015 administrative year of the SNMA. This year not only marks the beginning of the next 50 years of our organization but also includes the celebration of our 50th Anniversary Founding Day on October 4, 2014. I am anchored in humility and thrilled with excitement to serve you all as your National President.

Our programmatic theme for this year, "Back 2 the Future," focuses on honoring our illustrious past, expanding our service to the underserved within our underserved communities while also building a better SNMA for the future through improved incorporation of technological services. The core tenants of Academic Excellence, Community Service, and Advocacy will remain true through our programmatic initiatives. From the BASE Program Comeback, to the introduction of LGBT and Immigrant health education and community service, National Advocacy Forum Day, and AMEC 2015 you can look forward to a combination of progressive programming as well as our signature core events. In all that we do we will stay true to our mission by improving our academic support services to you, serving new and old underserved communities, and preparing you-—our members to be culturally competent, socially conscious and clinically excellent physicians for your future patients from all backgrounds.

There are many ways you can join us this year and take part in our programmatic efforts. Reach out to your local or regional leadership for more information about upcoming programs and initiatives. Consider joining a National Committee to assist with planning on the national level this year. Or come join us April 1-5, 2015 in New Orleans, LA for our very anticipated Annual Medical Education Conference!

The last 50 years of the SNMA was so eloquently written, but there is more for us to do. Please join me in forging the path for the beginning the next 50+ years of the SNMA. Colleagues, I look forward to your brilliance, engagement, and can't wait to celebrate our successes in the near future.

Yours in SNMA,

Topaz Sampson

SNMA National President, 2014-2015

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