We are excited to present you with the Spring 2012 issue of the JSNMA. The theme of this issue is, Targeting Youth to Improve Sexual Health Outcomes a topic that is dear to the heart of the publications committee. With the harrowing numbers of youth in our community affected by STI’s, we felt it necessary to highlight the efforts of many to inform and empower youth regarding sexual health. Also in this issue is a section specifically for our MAPS members, a dedicated body of premedical students that are an intrinsic part of our SNMA membership. Last, this issue features some of our SNMA regions exciting activities from this past year in the regional reports.
Region X Overview from the Regional Director, David Foster.
Region IX Overview from Bisi Lawal, Region Director.Region IX includes all New York and New Jersey chapters of the SNMA. Our members are some of the most dedicated and passionate in the country. We work to address disparities in health care, minority medical education and the needs and progression of a historically underserved population. Region IX members strive for excellence in everything as exemplified in our motto, “Go Hard or Go Home”. Here is a glimpse of what we have accomplished for and with our communities in 2011-2012.
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
Region V encompasses 12 SNMA and 17 MAPS chapters in the Great states of Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. It is my pleasure to bring to you the theme for the 2011-2013 terms: “N. Joy S.E.R.V.I.C.E.”
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 Overview from Jessica I. Edwards, Region Director.
Region III is composed of the great states of Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Colorado and New Mexico.Over the past few years, Region 3 has adamantly pushed for increased diversity among medical students in the southern states as well as increased knowledge of min
Conference Overview from the Region I Director, Uchenna B. Okoye
National President Michael Knight outlines his Executive Agenda for 2011-2012, “We will aim to envision our organizational future, engage our membership, and empower our communities”
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.