Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus that only affects humans. Unlike other viruses, it attacks your immune system over time. HIV attacks and destroys the T-Cells or CD-4 cells your body needs to fight infections and uses these cells to reproduce itself. Over time, when there are a minimal number of T-Cells or CD-4 cells in your body, HIV progresses to AIDS.
As a humble physician-author-educator it has been my honor to be invited to speak to our Student National Medical Association (SNMA) in Johnson City. Therefore, it is with humility and respect that I dedicate this: my meager and imperfect paper to our local (SNMA).
The thought, planning, and the actual accounts of my recent medical mission trip to Haiti offered a remarkable experience. I selected key points during this whole humbling process in order to give you a glimpse of our trip to Haiti.
The Student National Medical Association (SNMA), the nation’s oldest and largest independent, student-run organization focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of color is pleased to name Dr. Jo Ann Smoak, as its Executive Director. Dr. Smoak earned both a Masters in Business Administration and a PhD in Public Policy and Public Administration from Howard University, and brings to SNMA over 25 years of experience in financial management and leadership from the corporate, government and non-profit sectors.
Electronic versions of JSNMA back issues through Summer 2008.