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Physician Researcher Initiative (PRI)

Beaker - Physician Researcher Initiative Page

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 NIH-funded initiative, an educational track is offered each year during AMEC.

There are three areas of focus:

  • Expand a list of research opportunities;
  • Establish a mentoring program for students interested in academic medicine; and,
  • Educate the membership regarding academic medicine via articles in the Journal of the SNMA (JSNMA) as well as seminars at the Annual Medical Education Conference (AMEC).

PRI Leadership


Natalie L.M. Ramsey
PRI Dines Fellow/Coordinator
MD/PhD Student
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:
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

* DISCLAIMER: Funding for the Physician Researcher Initiative conferences was made possible (in part) by 1R13RR031450-01 from the National Center for Research Resources and 5R13MD007580-02 from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.