SNMA 2012-2013 Officers
VMS 1 Liaison
To The Vanderbilt University SNMA Chapter,
As a proud member of Vanderbilt University’s Student National Medical Association (SNMA) it is my honor to represent our chapter as president for the current 2012-2013 academic year. SNMA works to support current and future underrepresented minority medical students, address the needs of under-served communities, and increase the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent, and socially conscious physicians. Working toward eliminating disparities in the field of healthcare, the significance of what SNMA symbolizes for the progression of diversity as well as the medical community is a distinction I do not take lightly. As a strong presence throughout the education and continuation of medicine, I believe we embody an entity greater than just a simple campus organization.
During my time here at medical school, it has become apparent to me how blessed we truly are to don the white coat. We have created a support system, to be handed down year after year; we have created a diverse community of talented individuals all the while being built around academic success. In our success we have made our predecessors before us proud and I hope to continue this tradition.
Through SNMA we serve as educators and advocates for the underrepresented and underserved. We strive to bridge the gap between medical students and physicians and aim to endorse networking and mentorship whenever possible. To those who we mentor, our chapter acts not only through community service but also through pipeline programs. Through our MAPS undergraduate mentoring program, as well as local high school students through our Vandy Vision program we are able to create a support group to blaze a path for those who follow. We leave a lasting legacy as we forge through the much awaited dynamic future of our healthcare and I encourage everyone to join us in our journey.
Vanderbilt SNMA President, 2012-2013
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WPLN Nashville Public Radio - 1/17/2013
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Nashville Post - 1/17/2013
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The Reporter - 6/29/2012