Conventions are great for meeting new people and bonding with classmates.

The national chapter of Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is the oldest and largest student-run organization serving the needs of students of color. Today, its mission has expanded to support current and future underrepresented minority medical students, address needs of underserved communities, and increase the number of clinically-excellent, culturally-competent, and socially-conscious physicians. At Wash U, SNMA has fully embraced this mission through numerous organizations such as Culinary Medicine, HPREP, Schnuck’s screenings, and diversity awareness programs like events during Hispanic Heritage Month and Black History Month. This year, we hosted the SNMA Regional conference, having medical and pre-medical students come to St. Louis for a “Patient Advocacy and Leadership in the Community” day. If you’re interested in public health, diversity awareness, or just a cool organization, definitely get involved in SNMA.

— Abiye I., M1