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ORIENTATION TO THE STUDENT NATIONAL MEDICAL ASSOCIATION FOR NEW OFFICERS SNMA BASICS. Official Presentation of the Student National Medical Association Board Approved_______. Congratulations!!!!. Welcome to your new position as an officer of the Student National Medical Association!

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Orientation to the student national medical association for new officers snma basics


Official Presentation of the Student National Medical Association

Board Approved_______


  • Welcome to your new position as an officer of the Student National Medical Association!

  • Your first question is probably, now what do I do?

  • This training module will give you the basics on SNMA: the organizational structure, protocols and…..whatever else

  • Ready? Let’s get started….

Topics to be covered

History, Mission, Vision

Composition and Structure

National Programs and Protocols

Position Statements


Membership Benefits

The Alliance

SNMA Events

Leadership Quiz 1

Topics to be Covered

History mission vision
History, Mission, Vision

  • History

    • Established in 1964 by medical students at Howard University and Meharry Medical College as the student section of National Medical Association (NMA)

    • 1967 became an independent organization separate from the NMA

    • Today is the oldest and largest organization focused on the concerns of medical students of color

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History mission vision1
History, Mission, Vision

  • Mission

    The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students, addressing the needs of underserved communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent and socially conscious physicians.

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History mission vision2
History, Mission, Vision

  • Vision

    • The SNMA commits to the empowerment of its members to take proactive steps to address minority health issues through advocacy and community service. As such, SNMA works to promote the professional development of its members, so that they may have the potential for being the underrepresented minority (URM) health leaders of tomorrow.

    • SNMA URM pre-medical students with knowledge, skills and experiences that are both pre-requisite and concomitant to professional participation in the health care industry.

    • SNMA commits to actively engaging in health advocacy to address inequities in medical education; racial/ethnic health disparities; and injustices in U.S. domestic and foreign health policy. SNMA will work to ensure equity in health care, serve as community health advocates, succeed as leaders in academic medicine, and direct health policy change.

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Composition and structure
Composition and Structure

  • Nearly 5,500 allopathic and osteopathic medical, pre-medical, physician/patron, corporate, and institutional members

  • Over 140chapters nationwide, with new chapters being established internationally

  • 10 regions nationwide spanning the U.S. and Caribbean

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Composition and structure1
Composition and Structure

  • House of Delegates (HOD) – the supreme governing body of the SNMA; meets once yearly at the Annual Medical Education Conference; must approve ALL actions of the BOD and EC

  • Board of Directors (BOD) – governing body when the HOD is not in session; meets quarterly

  • Executive Committee (EC) – governing body when the BOD is not in session; meets monthly

  • National Headquarters (HQ) – clearing house for all SNMA administrative functions

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Composition and structure national headquarters

Executive Director:

Maintains daily operations of Headquarters, supervises all staff, works closely with the Board Chair and National President

Director of Operations:

Coordinates all administrative functions

Director of Programs:

Oversees all SNMA national programming

Membership and Chapter

Services Coordinator:

Maintains membership database and assists chapters

Wallace Davenport, JD, EdD

Annette McLane

Steven Muhammad

Leslie Harter

Composition and StructureNational Headquarters

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Snma contact info
SNMA Contact Info

Student National Medical Association

National Headquarters

5113 Georgia Avenue, NW

Washington, D.C. 20011

(202) 882-2881

(202) 882-2886 (FAX)



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Composition and structure national officers

National Pre-medical Board Member

Professional Board Member


Speaker of the House

Regional Directors

National Chairperson

National President

National Vice President

National President-Elect

National Secretary

National Treasurer

Composition and StructureNational Officers

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Composition and structure regions

Region I: Alaska,Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington

Region II: Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Region III: Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas

Region IV: Alabama, Caribbean, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina

Region V: Indiana, Ohio, Michigan

Region VI: District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia

Region VII: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

Region VIII: Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia

Region IX: New Jersey, New York

Region X: Kentucky, Tennessee

Composition and StructureRegions

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Composition and structure national committees

Academic Affairs


Internet Development

Community Service

Convention Planning

Diversity Research


External Affairs


Health Policy and Legislative Affairs

Internal Affairs

International Affairs



Osteopathic Schools


Composition and StructureNational Committees

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National programs and protocols
National Programs and Protocols

  • Pipeline Programs:

    • YSEP (Youth Science Enrichment Program)

    • HPREP (Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program)

    • MAPS (Minority Association of Pre-medical Students)

  • Prevention and Health Education Programs

    • Sexual Health Awareness

    • Smoking Prevention

    • Tissue & Organ Donation Education and Recruitment Program (TODER)

    • Violence Prevention

    • Mental Health Awareness

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Snma position statements
SNMA Position Statements

  • Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (1990)

  • Cultural Competence (2001)

  • Diversity and Equity in Education (1996/2000)

  • Minority Health Disparities (2002)

  • Police Brutality (2000)

  • Residency Work Hours (2003)

  • Smoking Prevention (1998)

  • Universal Health Care (2001)

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  • JSNMA (Journal of the Student National Medical Association)

  • President’s Newsletter (distributed online)

  • MAPS Newsletter (distributed online)

  • So You Want To Be A Doctor

  • Introduction to Clinical Medicine

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Membership benefits

Journal of the SNMA (JSNMA)

The official SNMA quarterly publication

So You Want to be a Doctor (SYWTBD)

Resource for pre-medical students

Introduction to Clinical Medicine

Resource for medical student members

International Missions

Past missions include Jamaica, Ghana, Haiti, Guatemala

Annual Medical Education Conference attendance

SNMA’s cornerstone event exclusively for members

Eligibility for Leadership Positions

Become an SNMA national, regional, or chapter officer

…and more! (benefits are subject to change on a yearly basis)

Membership Benefits

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The alliance of black student professionals
The Alliance of Black Student Professionals

The philosophy:

To speak with one voice on issues that universally impact the black student professional population and to advocate for societal change toward the benefit of its communities.

“Tomorrow’s Black Leaders Taking Charge Today”

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Current alliance members

National Association of Black Social Workers (NABSW)

National Black Graduate Student Association (NBGSA)

National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA)

National Optometric Student Association (NOSA)

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

Student National Dental Association (SNDA)

Student National Medical Association (SNMA)

Current Alliance Members

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Snma events
SNMA Events

  • National Leadership Institute

    • SNMA’s official Leadership Development Program for all SNMA members

  • Board of Directors Meetings

    • The Board meets quarterly to discuss the business of the SNMA. All SNMA members are invited to attend

  • Annual Medical Education Conference

    • Each Easter weekend, the SNMA hosts this event exclusively for SNMA members. It includes educational workshops, research forum, community service forum, residency and medical school recruitment event, and SNMA awards

  • Regional Conferences

    • Each regions conducts a regional conference for the benefit of its regional members

Leadership quiz 1
Leadership Quiz 1

  • In what year was SNMA founded? Answer

  • Recite the SNMA mission. Answer

  • What is the role of the Executive Director? Answer

  • Name the region corresponding with the states below: Answer

    • Arkansas, Nebraska, West Virginia

  • When does the SNMA National Conference take place each year? Answer

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You now know the basics about snma

Please move on to the next module