2011-2012 SNMA Executive Agenda

Michael G. Knight

SNMA National President 2011-2012
MD/MS Candidate

Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of

Case Western Reserve University


It has been a distinct pleasure to serve the SNMA as the 2010-2011 President-Elect.  Throughout the year, I have worked to expand my knowledge of our organizational infrastructure, engage our membership at regional conferences and events across the country, and lay the groundwork for the 2011-2012 Administration.

During the 2010-2011 administrative year, the SNMA has continued to effect change through community empowerment, advocacy, and service. The 2011-2012 administrative year will be no different, and will continue to propel our organization to unprecedented heights; solidifying our vital role in the medical arena and community at large. We will aim to envision our organizational future, engage our membership, and empower our communities like never before.

Each year, the incoming National President presents Presidential Initiatives that will define the programmatic agenda for the upcoming year. This year, two initiatives have been designed to set the tone of our efforts in 2011-2012.

The first, “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. These are focused meetings designed to provide enrichment for participants in their areas of interest. In contrast to large meetings and conferences, MED Forums are designed to engage a core group of selected SNMA participants (future leaders in medicine) in round table discussions, think tanks, and project design sessions with current leaders in medicine and health related fields. The second component is “Project Success”. This effort is focused on enhancing the academic support provided by the SNMA for its membership. This initiative will seek to expose SNMA members to career options, mentorship opportunities, and resources that promote academic excellence and board examination preparedness.

The second initiative, “The Signature Collection,” is designed to further define the SNMA’s signature programs, and to optimize their effectiveness and prominence. This initiative is focused on continuing our efforts to unify and brand the local implementation of SNMA signature programs. It will work to streamline coordination and support services, and to solidify the “signature” concept of our core programmatic initiatives. The first component is the Pipeline Initiative.  This effort will be focused on the continued development of our Pipeline Mentoring Institute, and will involve a partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, whose programs successfully reach a large group of youth nationwide. This collaboration will enable SNMA chapters to offer their pipeline programming to groups of active youth: our target audience. 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. Through this campaign, we will join multiple organizations and thousands of people through a partnership with the Greater Than AIDS campaign: a movement responding to the AIDS crisis in the United States, and the severe and disproportionate epidemic in the minority community. The final component is the Physician Project. This initiative is focused on advancing the SNMA mission of increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent, and socially conscious physicians in the entire medical student community. It will involve collaborations with external organizations such as the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) and Medical Student Section of the American Medical Association (AMA-MSS). These collaborations will bring the cultural competency information developed by the SNMA to our colleagues in these large medical student communities.

I again express my gratitude for the honor of being able to serve the SNMA as the 2010-2011 National President-Elect. The support that I have received from each member that I have interacted with has been unsurpassed, and I request your continued support as I advance to serve you as your 2011-2012 National President.

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