Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is the nation’s oldest and largest independent, student-run organization focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of color. Membership includes over 6,000 medical students, premedical students, residents and physicians. Established in 1964 by medical students from Howard University School of Medicine and Meharry Medical College, SNMA boasts over 40 years of service to underserved communities and medical students. SNMA is dedicated both to ensuring culturally sensitive medical education and services, as well as increasing the number of African-American, Latino and other students of color entering and completing medical school.
By reaching out to disadvantaged and underrepresented premedical students in undergraduate institutions across North Carolina, the Wake Forest School of Medicine chapter of the SNMA strives to encourage academic excellence, cultivate professional skills, and provide mentorship and guidance. Through the annual Premedical Student Conference, SNMA’s primary objective is to assist students in becoming more competitive applicants who will matriculate into medical school, and ultimately become competent and compassionate physicians.
SNMA Annual Premedical Student Conference
The focus of the Annual Premedical Student Conference is to provide undergraduate premedical students information and resources about the medical school admission process. Hosted by the SNMA, Office of Student Inclusion and Diversity, Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity and Northwest AHEC, the conference is designed to help students navigate the application process and overcome any obstacles that may arise. Speakers and sessions will provide in-depth information on topics such as curriculum, admission requirements, MCAT preparation, changes to AMCAS, interviewing skills and medical specialties. This one-day conference will be organized into interactive and informative lecture presentations and panel discussions facilitated by members of SNMA, practicing faculty, community physicians and professionals from the Triad area. There will be opportunities for students to interact and network with medical students, admissions faculty, and physicians through Q&A sessions, mock interviews and social events. Activites will also include tours of Wake Forest School of Medicine, an informational fair and small group interactive activities to foster the students’ curiosity in the sciences. The conference is open to all undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, pre-health students and college academic advisors.
Members from region 4 representing 13 schools in the region came to Wake Forest for Regional Leadership Institute.
Dino Vilson conducting a socially conscious ice breaker called "crossing the line".
The SNMA regional board presented our Wake Forest Chapter with a certificate of appreciation for hosting.