This year’s Region VI Regional Conference was held at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. The conference began with a Friday evening program featuring keynote speaker, the world famous Pediatric Neurosurgeon, Dr. Benjamin Carson, and a Saturday full of events. A number of events this year were new and unique to the Region VI Regional Conferences. In addition to typical events including Board prep and Clinical skills sessions, this conference had a focus on leadership. Leadership sessions included an SNMA Men’s and Women’s Breakout sessions. The Men’s breakout session featured speakers from Baltimore City designed to engage the men in attendance to want to do something about the state of minority youth in their communities. The Women’s breakout session featured prominent minority female faculty from various programs in Region VI who were able to speak about their unique journey through medicine as minority females. Finally, this year’s conference also made it a point to be just as beneficial to the premedical students involved as the medical students. Premedical student registration was higher than ever at this year’s conference due to a full slate of events designed specifically for premedical students the second day of the conference. This included talks by admissions directors from across Region VI and panel discussions with current medical students about various parts of the medical school application process.
Regional Leadership Institute:
This year’s Region VI Regional Leadership Institute was held at Howard University’s College of Medicine. The RLI was focused on leadership development and activism. Project Build was an innovative activity incorporated this year wherein groups planned fundraising activities on topics like HIV, diabetes, and obesity, which could then be taken back and implemented at schools within Region VI. Clinical skills sessions and an inspiring keynote speech by Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick, Deputy Senior VP for Health Sciences for Howard University rounded out the event. As always, Howard University College of Medicine proved why it is such a strong member of Region VI with a fantastic RLI.
Winter Business Meeting:
This year’s Region VI Winter Business Meeting was held at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Medicine. Although it is one of the newer SNMA chapters within Region VI, VCU’s chapter has flourished under the leadership of its new executive board led by President Priscilla Mpasi. The Winter Business Meeting featured a schedule of events more expansive than had been previously seen at other business meetings. Clinical skills sessions included topics as diverse as Anesthesiology, House Calls, Laparoscopic Surgery, NeuroRadiology, Ultrasound and Obstetrics. Most impressive were the academic sessions of the meeting which included leaders in Health Diversity research and Health Policy makers from Virginia’s capitol, Richmond. The entirety of Region VI is excited about the future growth of a strong new SNMA chapter at VCU!Ross McMillan MD/PhD Candidate, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Region VI Director 2010-2012 Email: email@example.com www.twitter.com/SNMARegionVI
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