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Physician Researcher Initiative (PRI)

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The vision of the SNMA states that the organization is dedicated to increasing the number of minority faculty at US medical institutions; however, our current method of attempting to address this deficit is not a program of action but of passivity. We rely on the fact that inherently some SNMA members will become medical school faculty by their own design and since they are SNMA members we claim them as our contribution. The aim is to actively tackle this issue through the development of infrastructure and opportunities that encourage the entrance of SNMA members into Physician Researcher pathways.

In order to encourage entrance into academic medicine, the Physician-Researcher Initiative was established. Since its start in 2007, the PRI seeks to educate the SNMA membership about careers in academic medicine and to establish a network of mentors in addition to mentoring opportunities that will initiate and enhance students' research experiences. To help achieve this initiative, an educational track is offered each year during AMEC. As part of the PRI track at AMEC, SNMA members and associate members are invited to apply to become a PRI fellow.

PRI Fellowship:

  • This year, PRI Fellowship applications are usually accepted during of each year.
  • The deadline for applying to become a fellow is in December each year.
  • Fellows will be afforded the opportunity to present their research in the Dr. Wilbert C. Jordan Research Forum.
  • Fellows will be able to network with their peers as well as with leading physician researchers.
  • Fellows will learn about grant writing, navigating academic medicine, and the role for physician researchers in combating health disparities.

PRI Leadership


Chidiebere Akusobi
PRI Dines Fellow/Co-Coordinator
MD/PhD Student
Harvard Medical School


Natalie L.M. Ramsey
PRI Dines Fellow/Co-Coordinator
MD/PhD Candidate
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dennis J. Spencer, MD, PhD
R13 Grant Co-Principal Investigator
PGY-2, Physician Scientist Track
Department of Pediatrics, Stanford University

Travelle Franklin-Ford Ellis, MD, PhD
R13 Grant Co-Principal Investigator

Past PRI Dines Fellows/Coordinators:
2015-2016: Natalie L. M. Ramsey, MD/PhD Candidate
2014-2015: T.M. Ayodele Adesanya, MD/PhD Candidate
2013-2014: Vanessa Hux, MD
2012-2013: Ashleigh Bouchelion, MD/PhD Candidate
2011-2012: Latoyia Wilson, MD
2010-2011: Reiesha Robbins, MD, PhD
2009-2010: Dennis Spencer, MD, PhD
2008-2009: Kasey Gildersleeve, MD and Dennis Spencer, MD, PhD
2007-2008: Tamia Harris, MD, PhD