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Past Regional Conferences

2014 Region One Conference

Conference Highlights

Our Keynote Speaker has been confirm as Dr. Vanessa Grubbs from UCSF. Dr. Vanessa Grubbs is a UCSF assistant professor and nephrologist based at San Francisco General Hospital. She completed her undergraduate and medical studies at Duke University before completing an internal medicine residency at the Alameda County Medical Center and a nephrology fellowship at UCSF. Dr. Grubbs also earned a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley in epidemiology.
Much of her work is dedicated to clinical research, including work about chronic kidney disease and end-stage kidney disease. She is part of the Center for Vulnerable Populations in San Francisco County and is also the Director for the UCSF Program in Medical Education for the Urban Underserved (PRIME-US) Capstone course. Dr. Grubbs also devotes time to creative non-fiction writing on topics like kidney donations and undocumented dialysis patients. She leads Writing for Change, a UCSF medical school program for writing and maintains her Twitter @thenephrologist and blog www.thenephrologist.com. Dr. Grubbs is working on her first book.

- As part of our community service during the conference, Nichelle will be holding a free screening of the HBO documentary "The Weight of the Nation" on Friday evening at the Hilton Garden Inn. Click here for more information.

- Kaplan resources for the MCAT will be available. Our Workshops committee is dealing with the final details. We will also have mock interviews for pre-medical students, clinical workshops designed for medical students but available to all, and panels on dual degrees and the application process.

- There will be an opportunity to mingle with, network, and meet current SNMA members and other pre-medical students at a Saturday night social event in the city at Cosmic Bowling.

- There will be an exhibitor fair with confirmed attendance by PASS, Kaiser, Doctors in Training, OHSU, UC Davis, and UC San Diego.

- The first 50 conference attendees will receive free SNMA Region I gear and be eligible for a raffle for more goods at the end of the day (HBO documentary copy for one, Kaplan QBank hopefully as well).

- We will hold a SNMA membership drive at the conference! We will provide information on what it means to be a SNMA member and help people enroll in our online system.

Conference Fees

Student Regular Registration
Student Status
Exhibitor Regular
Exhibitor Registration


Conference Sponsors

OHSU Diversity
Kaiser Permanente
Region I


2013 Region I Conference Schedule
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Regional Conference Flyer
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Sponsorship and Advertising Form
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Exhibitor Welcome Letter
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