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Pipeline Mentoring Institute (PMI)

SNMA YSEP Mentoring

Recognizing that many of the barriers to greater diversity within the medical profession lie within the continuum of elementary through undergraduate education, the Pipeline Mentoring Institute (PMI) seeks to close the gap in preparing URM students for a career in medicine and other health-related professions. Specifically, the PMI focuses on:

  • Improving general study skills,
  • Improving standardized test taking skills and science preparation
  • Establishing pipeline programs
  • Promoting age appropriate, cross-cultural competence and experiences.

Further, the PMI facilitates students' exposure to health careers and professional meetings in their chosen field of interest.

Towards these points, the PMI builds on SNMA's existing pipeline framework. The institute will utilize the grassroots efforts and success of the Minority Association of Pre-medical Students (MAPS), Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPREP) and the Youth Science Enrichment Program (YSEP). These efforts include strengthening the educational pipeline that flows from elementary school into the health professions. By fostering academic and scientific interest in elementary students and mentoring participants as they progress through high school and college, we are already working toward these ends. The PMI will ultimately work to increase the number of culturally sensitive and capable health professionals.

SNMA Pipeline Programs

Pre-medical Minority Enrichment and Development (PMED): Through the PMED Protocol, SNMA members act as mentors to pre-medical undergraduates and post-baccalaureate students in efforts to increase the medical school matriculation rates of underrepresented minorities. Examples of PMED Protocol include hosting pre-medical conferences, clinical skill workshops, and medical student panels. SNMA chapters serve as a vital resource for pre-medical students across the nation.

Minority Association of Pre-medical Students (MAPS): Pre-medical students are also encouraged to form SNMA MAPS chapters at their respective institutions. There are currently over 100 MAPS chapters nationwide which comprise about one third of the SNMA membership. MAPS chapters are well-integrated into the organizational infrastructure, participating in local, regional, and national events. Nationally recognized as Associate membership, MAPS members are eligible for most all SNMA national and regional benefits. The chapters are self-governing in accordance with SNMA regional and national bylaws. Visit the MAPS section

Health Professions Recruitment Exposure Programs (HPREP): HPREP continues to expose high school students to science-related activities while introducing them to careers in the health professions.

Youth Science Enrichment Program (YSEP): YSEP serves to stimulate elementary and junior high school students' interest in science and health.

Brotherhood Alliance for Science Education (BASE): The Brotherhood Alliance for Science Education is devoted to increasing the encouragement, recruitment, admission and retention of young minority males into medicine. BASE seeks to unite minority males around common goals and build relationships that foster a sense of brotherhood among minority males. Among it goals, BASE focuses on mentorship, community service and empowerment, and motivation for worthwhile and attainable goals.

PMI Leadership


Kristina Redd
PMI Fellow
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill