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Contribute to SNMA Pulse!

In an effort to enhance the overall content of the SNMA Pulse, we’d like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of SNMA, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we’re hoping you’ll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there’s […]

Better care from doctors who are culturally aware

HIV patients from ethnic minorities receive better quality of care from doctors and other primary healthcare professionals who are the most competent at caring for patients from diverse backgrounds – those who are “culturally competent.” These patients also tend to manage both their treatment and condition better, according to a new study by Somnath Saha […]

Latinos likely to skip cancer screening, distrust medical providers

Latinos likely to skip cancer screening, distrust medical providers

Hispanics and non-college-educated patients are almost twice as likely to report feeling used as “guinea pigs” by medical health professionals when compared to non-Hispanic whites and non-Hispanic blacks, reveals data compiled by the Moffitt Cancer Center. That distrust of medical professionals had a direct impact on the number of Hispanics willing to receive cancer screenings, […]

Minorities face surge in Alzheimer’s cases in California

Even when she walked into her first meeting, Debra Johnson wasn’t convinced that a support group could help her family. Her mother, Lucinda Clayton, now 90, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2008 – but in the African American community, Johnson said, people generally don’t like to share concerns about their elders’ dementia. So how […]

Pre-medical Opportunities!

A six week summer program for rising sophomores who are underrepresented in medicine or other disadvantaged criteria at the University of South Florida: http://health.usf.edu/medicine/osde/psep.htm Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship at Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine – with room, board, a stipend AND ” the potential for a guaranteed interview for the entering class at the medical school.” […]

January 2013 National Leadership Institute will be in Las Vegas, NV

The National Leadership Institute (NLI) is held three times per year in conjunction with the Board of Directors Meetings. SNMA and MAPS members from all parts of the country gather for a weekend of educational workshops on leadership training, organizational advancement and project development. During each session, educational tracks are crafted specifically for board members, […]

Cultural, Social Factors Identified As Barriers To Participation By Minorities In Unrelated Stem Cell Donation Registries

New research examining the role of race and ethnicity in an individual’s decision to become a donor for hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) identifies several factors associated with varied participation rates in national donor registries across racial/ethnic groups. Results of this first-of-its-kind study were published online in Blood, the Journal of the American Society of Hematology […]

The Imperative of Diversity

The Imperative of Diversity

Over the next month, nearly 20,000 students will report to M.D. degree-granting medical schools in the United States for their first day of class. This represents an enrollment increase of nearly 25 percent in just 10 years.   One of the goals of many new and expanding medical schools has been to increase the numbers […]

The hardest medical school interview question

Last year, while I was interviewing to get into medical school, one of my interviewers asked me: “What was the most difficult situation you ever faced, and how did you deal with it?”   I started talking. It was not the first time I shared this particular story – or even the first time it […]

Exercise benefits black girls less than whites, study shows

Exercise benefits black girls less than whites, study shows

In a dispiriting finding for African American girls and women, a new study finds that while engaging in high levels of physical activity is a good bet for preventing obesity in white adolescent girls, it does not give their black peers the same benefit.   The study, published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent […]