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Your Story Matters

On behalf of the Publications Committee of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA), we would like to share with you the complete four interviews of this year's "Your Story Matters" interview series. This year's interviews were geared towards the lack of diversity and inclusion of black bodies in allopathic and osteopathic medicine; specifically black males. It is the hope of the committee that with this series, we can effectively and critically address barriers that prohibit black males from staying the course to pursue medicine, the lack of representation in academic medicine of black physicians, programs that cater to minority students that can aide in preparing them for the rigors of medical school, and the need of mentorship to guide others on how to successfully matriculate and graduate from medical school.

Left to Right:

Dr. David Malebranche, MD, MPH - Internal Medicine Physician at WellStar Health Services and Infirmary Physician at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center in Marietta, GA

Dr. John Ogunlade, DO - Neurosurgery Resident at Riverside University Health Systems Medical Center in Southern California

Dr. Kyron Tamar, MD, FACS - Board Certified General Surgeon

Dr. David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D. FAAFP, FACPM, FACP - 16th Surgeon General of the United States and Founding Director & Senior Advisor of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine

Jasmin Scott-Hawkins

The Publications Committee proudly introduces Your Story Matters, in which SNMA members chronicle their paths into various fields of medicine. Jasmin Scott-Hawkins (below), MS4, highlights her journey towards choosing a career in psychiatry. You will learn how Jamsin became interested in psychiatry and her views on the stigma of mental health in the U.S. Jasmin is National Co-chair of the SNMA Publications Committee.

Ashley Matthew

Check out the National Institutes of Health (NIH) blog, "LabTV: Curious About Drug Resistance of Hepatitis C Virus," that features Ashley Matthew, SNMA Speaker of the House of Delegates. In the accompanying video (below), Ashley talks about her journey in medicine and research, her continued interest in the fields and her love for SNMA.