Student National Medical Association

Category: Special Interest

The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is the nation’s oldest and largest student organization focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of color. At Duke, SNMA is committed to increasing the pipeline of students of color that consider and prepare for medical and scientific careers in addition to giving back to communities of color in the Durham area. Advocacy and healthcare education are also central to SNMA’s mission. Our community mentoring programs provide science appreciation and education, mentoring, and academic enrichment to elementary, junior high school, high school and college students interested in pursuing health-related careers to assure the pipeline to medicine is supported at all levels. Our SNMA chapter has several ongoing projects that reflect our mission:

  • Mentoring programs: the Minority Association of Pre-medical Students (MAPS), the Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPREP), and the Youth Science Enrichment Program (YSEP)
  • Saturday health clinics in underserved neighborhoods
  • Annual MLK banquet and scholarships
  • Information sessions for first year medical students
  • Social Events with other SNMA chapters in the state
  • Dinners with the Chair of different departments
  • MAPS programs bi-monthly
  • Health Advocacy and community outreach