This artwork is by SNMA Member and Mayo Medical School student, Kayla Nixon. Reaching, an acrylic painting on canvas inspired by the coloring style and elongated figures of artist Ernie Barnes, addresses the pertinent issues in African American society of education, parenting, and the lack of one or both. Stereotypes and media representation are confronted by the uncommon image of a black girl feverishly climbing through shelves of books.
It has been well documented that an ethnically/racially diverse physician workforce is essential in eliminating health disparities which currently exist in this nation. To that end, entities like the Student National Medical Association and the Association of American Medical Colleges have advocated and encouraged medical schools to increase the number of underrepresented minorities (URMs) within each entering medical school class. Additionally there has been a call for an increase in the absolute number of physicians needed to address the healthcare needs of the US population. Attrition rates, specifically among URMs, are of particular concern as this directly impacts the racial/ethnic makeup of the physician workforce. An increase in class size and the formation of new medical schools necessitates adequate support for all students academically, personally, and with regards to other life stressors. However, in the absence of such support, students are more likely to experience burnout or high emotional exhaustion, and consequently increase the rates of attrition.
This year was very unique in the Student National Medical Association (SNMA). It marked the first time in recent history that our members were granted the opportunity to provide feedback on programming. With the help of its programmatic committees (Academic Affairs, Community Service, Diversity Research, Health Policy and Legislative Affairs, International Affairs, and Publications), the SNMA is able to provide a number of tools, opportunities, and events.
Study Indicates Targeted Strategies Needed to Find, Prevent and Treat Breast Cancer among Mexican-Origin Women
Specific prevention and education strategies are needed to address breast cancer in Mexican-origin women in this country, according to a study at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, which was published online in the journal.
When HIV was first recognized in 1981, the face of AIDS was the gay Caucasian male, stigmatizing the gay community as the carriers of this debilitating disease. Over the years, HIV/AIDS has affected everyone from I.V. drug users to babies experiencing their first breaths of life. Recent attention has been given to the increased incidence of HIV/AIDS in the MSM (men who have sex with men) population, a unique challenge compounded by issues already affecting the African-American male in today’s society. However, a new face has emerged alongside the MSM – the heterosexual African-American woman. According to the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), AIDS (and its related health conditions) is currently the leading cause of death in African-American women age 25-34. African-American women in the U.S. are diagnosed at a rate of nineteen times that of their white counterparts.
No two patients are the same. As a result, health care professionals attempt to place patients in discrete categories as a way of reducing variability during the provision of care. These categories can be based on one or more variables, including age, sex and race. While the tendency to categorize patients is useful in customizing the most appropriate care, it can also be discriminatory, especially if patients are grouped inaccurately or if certain groups acquire preferential outcomes.
“As of 2006, 28.8 percent of the U.S. population was black/African-American, Hispanic/Latino, or Native-American, yet these groups accounted for only 14.6 percent of medical school graduates. Nationwide, only six percent of practicing physicians are members of these groups.”