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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is SNMA only for students of color?
  2. How do I find my nearest SNMA / MAPS chapter?
  3. Is there a National Headquarters?
  4. Does SNMA offer any conferences on the local, regional or national levels?
  5. How can I join a committee?
  6. Are there any leadership workshops?
  7. Does SNMA offer research opportunities?
  8. Does the SNMA participate in international missions?
  9. Can I make a donation to the SNMA?
  10. Does SNMA offer grants to chapters participating in SNMA protocols?
  11. Is SNMA the student section of the NMA?

1. Is SNMA only for students of color?

SNMA is for all medical students, pre-medical students, and physicians who believe in the mission of the SNMA and would like to help the organization accomplish its vision. For more about our mission click here.

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2. How do I find my nearest SNMA / MAPS chapter?

Your nearest SNMA/MAPS chapter can be found by contacting our membership and chapter services department at snma@snma.org. A list of chapters can also be found here.

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3. Is there a National Headquarters?

SNMA National Headquarters is located at 5113 Georgia Avenue in the Northwest quadrant of the District of Columbia. The building was purchased by the SNMA in 2000 and is the center of the daily operations of the SNMA.

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4. Does SNMA offer any conferences on the local, regional or national levels?

Each year there are several opportunities for SNMA members to interact with each other through Regional Conferences and the National Annual Medical Education Conference. Regional Conferences are held in each of the 10 regions of the SNMA in the fall. The Annual Medical Education Conference is held each year on Easter Weekend. To read more about the Annual Medical Education Conference, click here. For more information about the dates of Regional conferences or meetings, click here.

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5. How can I join a committee?

Interested SNMA members can join National Committees by clicking here. Committee Chairs are appointed each year by the National President-Elect just prior to the Annual Medical Education Conference.

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6. Are there any leadership workshops?

The SNMA is dedicated to cultivating the leadership skills of current and future SNMA leaders. Through the Annual Medical Education Conference and the National Leadership Institute Leadership Development Series, members have several opportunities to hone their leadership skills! Leadership workshops are offered quarterly, please check the calendar of events for specific dates. Click here for more info!

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7. Does SNMA offer research opportunities?

Currently the SNMA offer the David E. Satcher Research Fellowship, the Physician Researcher Initiative, and Wilbert C. Jordan Research Forum. In addition, SNMA members are able to access the organization's compilation of information on research opportunities around the country. Click here for details.

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8. Does the SNMA participate in international missions?

SNMA members are able to give of their time and talents outside the United States through International Missions. Past locations have included Kenya, Ghana, Jamaica, Cuba, Nigeria and Ethiopia. For more information about our future International Missions, click here.

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9. Can I make a donation to the SNMA?

The SNMA is a 501(c)3 organization. For more information about donating to the SNMA, please contact the Executive Director at execdir@snma.org, or click here.

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10. Does SNMA offer grants to chapters participating in SNMA protocols?

SNMA chapters are able to apply for grants to complete SNMA protocol community service projects 2-4 times per year, for more information contact service@snma.org. To read more about the community service grants, click here.

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11. Is SNMA the student section of the NMA?

No. SNMA is an independent entity with separate leadership and operations. The SNMA was originally created in 1964 as the student section of the NMA and therefore shares a similar name. As student members of the NMA, the founders of SNMA turned towards that organization for its structural support. However, on October 4, 1971, SNMA incorporated as its own legal organization and has been functioning independently of the NMA since that time. SNMA currently partners with NMA on a variety of projects focusing on health disparities and the recruitment of underrepresented physicians. More information about the NMA is available at its website: www.nmanet.org.

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