Region IV: Empowering the Community Through Education and Service

This year Region IV has had an assortment of major activities! We started off 2011 with our 2nd Annual Region IV Leadership Institute on August 20th at the University of Central Florida in Orlando Florida, where we provided our chapter leadership with the motivation, information and skills to fulfill duties as leaders in their chapters and communities.  RLI workshops provided innovative ideas, networking opportunities and leadership strategies for chapter leaders to uplift their chapters, schools and communities.

Region IV has been working hard to perpetuate the SNMA spirit of student leadership and community involvement. These principles, along with Medical University of South Carolina chapter’s mission of serving their community, are what shaped the foundation for the theme of the 2011 Region IV Conference, “Empowering Our Community through Education and Service” graciously hosted by the MUSC in Charleston, SC November 18th-20th.  In my opinion empowering is not giving people power; we already have plenty of power in the wealth of our knowledge and motivation to do great things! I define empowering as letting this power out…..and in this case out into our communities! This year’s conference included phenomenal workshops that challenged us to think about our roles as future physician-leaders. Speakers motivated us with the responsibility to think beyond ourselves and remain dedicated to eliminating health disparities no matter what our individual career paths may be. We networked with medical and premedical students, residency programs, and research centers enabling students to not only positively represent our institutions, but also develop relationships with individuals who continue to serve as resources for our professional success. Keeping in line with the theme of our conference, we worked in conjunction with a local organization, Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center, which is dedicated to providing resources to abused children in the Charleston area.  We collected three huge boxes of toys to donate to the center which definitely put a smile on their faces!

The last week in March we will have our 1st Region IV Spring Community Service week called “Region IV Back to the Basics”. This week will consist of a Haiti drive for the Good Samaritan Orphanage, Voter Registration Drive and Health Policy information fair, Stroke Prevention Health Fair, Community Service with a SNMA Sister Organization and Build a BASE (Brotherhood Alliance for Science and Education) program.  All chapters are encouraged to participate during that week to show regional unity, but in their own unique ways locally.

We will end this eventful year at the Annual Medical Education Conference in HOTlanta.  Since it is in Region IV we will be large and in charge this year!!!  Hopefully the legacy of Region IV leadership will continue and several members of Region IV will take the next step of leadership, running for regional and national offices and committee chair positions.

Cherece Grier
MD Candidate, East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine
Email: region4director@snma.org

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