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From the President

Courtney Johnson - SNMA President

Greetings SNMA Family!

It is with pleasure that I welcome you to the 2015 – 2016 administrative year of the SNMA. As the year begins, I am both humbled and thrilled to serve as your National President. We have exciting programmatic initiatives for this year that I hope you are able to take advantage of as you become more involved with the SNMA.

Our programmatic theme for this year, "The New Face of SNMA," focuses on the rebranding of our organization through reinforcement and renovation of current initiatives. These will include reviving our social media presence, reconnecting with our alumni, redeveloping our leadership skills, and revisiting our mental health protocols. The core tenants of academic excellence, community service, and advocacy will permeate through all of our programmatic initiatives. Members can look forward to a combination of progressive programming, as well as our signature core events as we continue to diversify the medical field and our very own organization. More information about these presidential initiatives can be found here.

There are many ways you can join us this year and take part in our programmatic efforts. First, reach out to your local or regional leadership for more information about upcoming programs and initiatives. You should consider joining a National Committee to assist with programmatic planning on the national level. Most importantly, join us from March 23-27, 2016 in Austin, Texas for our highly anticipated Annual Medical Education Conference!

Historically, the SNMA has been a pillar in supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students, addressing the needs of underserved communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally compettent and socially conscious physicians. Please join me in this year's programmic efforts so that as a team we can succeed in upholding this valuable mission of our organization. As colleagues, I look forward to your brilliance, engagement, and passion as we work together to celebrate our successes in the near future!

Yours in SNMA,

Anthony Kulukulualani

Student National Medical Association National President, 2015-2016

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