Student National Medical Association

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Student National Medical Association
Formation 1964
Type Student organization, Professional organization
Headquarters Washington, DC
Over 6,000 Medical students, Pre-medical students, Residents, and Physicians
Official language
National President
Christen Johnson[1]

The Student National Medical Association (SNMA), established in 1964, is the oldest and largest independent, student-run organization focused on the needs and concerns of black medical students in the United States. It was established as a subdivision of the National Medical Association in 1964 by medical students from Howard University and Meharry Medical College.[2] The organization 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.[3]


SNMA has over 150 medical chapters, which implement educational, outreach, and mentoring activities consistent with the goals of the organization. Premedical MAPS chapters work with their host SNMA chapters to hold workshops, speakers, medical campus tours, and advising sessions. Chapters belong to one of ten SNMA regions, each headed by a Regional Director. The Regional Director supports chapter programs and oversees a regional medical education conference, as well as other regional activities.[4]

2011-2012 Program Focus[edit]

In Spring 2011, National President Michael G. Knight introduced the 2010-2011 programmatic strategy that is focused on envisioning the SNMA's organizational future, engaging the SNMA membership, and empowering underserved communities.[5]

President Knight launched two Presidential Initiatives for the 2011-2012 administrative year.

  • The “The MED Project”, is designed to develop an SNMA membership base that is engaged, invested in the SNMA, and provided with tools to enhance their personal and professional development. The first component of this initiative involves the Membership Engagement and Development (MED) Forums, which are focused meetings designed to provide enrichment for participants in their areas of interest. The second component is “Project Success", which is focused on enhancing the academic support provided by the SNMA for its membership.
  • The second initiative, “The Signature Collection,” is designed to further define the SNMA’s signature programs, and to optimize their effectiveness and prominence. The first component is the Pipeline Initiative, which is focused on the continued development of our Pipeline Mentoring Institute, and involves a partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, whose programs successfully reach a large group of youth nationwide. The second is the Community Empowerment Initiative. It involves the SNMA Greater Than AIDS campaign, which builds upon our well-established Sexual Health Awareness Protocol and its specific focus on HIV/AIDS education and prevention.

List of National Presidents of the Student National Medical Association[edit]

  • 2005-2006 Kameron Leigh Matthews
  • 2006-2007 Brandi Freeman
  • 2007-2008 Rory Goodwin
  • 2008-2009 Lisa Green
  • 2009-2010 Travelle Franklin-Ford
  • 2010-2011 Bryant Cameron Webb
  • 2011-2012 Michael G. Knight
  • 2012-2013 Nisha Branch
  • 2013-2014 Courtney Johnson
  • 2014-2015 Topaz Sampson
  • 2015-2016 Anthony Kulukulualani
  • 2016-2017 Christen Johnson
  • 2017-2018 Danielle Ward

Annual Medical Education Conference[edit]

AMEC 2012 Logo

The SNMA Annual Medical Education Conference (AMEC) is a focal activity for the national organization. It is held each Spring in various locations around the country. Its purpose is to enhance and facilitate career development, continuing education, and networking among minority medical students. Included in the AMEC is the annual session of the House of Delegates and the election of national officers. The conference attracts over 1,100 students and professionals from across the country, and is consistently the largest gathering of underrepresented minority medical students in the US.[6]

National Protocols[edit]

National protocols are implemented on the local level by individual SNMA chapters.[7] They reflect the community service goals of the national organization.

Pipeline Programs[edit]

  • YSEP (Youth Science Enrichment Program)

This program is focused on working with elementary and junior high school students to spark their interest in science and health.

  • HPREP (Health Professions Recruitment Exposure Program)

This initiative functions to increase the exposure of high school students to science and careers in the health sciences.

  • MAPS (Minority Association of Pre-medical Students)

Pre-medical students are able to form SNMA MAPS chapters at their undergraduate institutions. There are currently over 100 MAPS chapters nationwide that are supported by local SNMA chapters.

Minority Association of Premedical Students[edit]

This initiative of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) represents future underrepresented medical students.

Health Education and Prevention[edit]

  • Sexual Health Awareness
  • Smoking Prevention
  • Tissue & Organ Donation Education Recruitment Program (TODER)
  • Violence Prevention
  • Mental Health: Treatment, Awareness, and Prevention
  • Healthy People 2010 Health Fairs
  • Obesity Prevention


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