Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is the nation’s oldest and largest student organization focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of color. Established in 1964 by medical students from Howard University and Meharry Medical Schools, SNMA has contributed nearly 50 years of committed service to communities. SNMA represents thousands of medical and premedical students consisting primarily of African Americans; however, our dedication to minorities in medicine appeals to all groups of students and professionals. Thus, our membership also includes Native Americans, Africans, West Indians, Latin Americans, Asians, Middle Easterners, and Caucasians, all of whom bring a global perspective to the medical education and health care issues that our organization addresses.
The Washington University School of Medicine chapter of SNMA is committed to encouraging minority high school and premedical students to enter health professions by providing them with information and inspiration through minority role models. We focus on two programs:
- Health Profession Recruitment and Education Program (HPREP) — This program is designed for high school students who are interested in entering an allied health care field. Students receive two days of introduction to medical topics such as vital signs, cardiology and respiratory anatomy and physiology, radiology, hypertension, diabetes and medical ethics. They also have the opportunity to interact with medical students, residents and attending physicians who share their stories about why they entered the medical field and offer information about how to get into college and medical school.
- Culinary Medicine — Students educate community members about proper nutrition and the consequences of unhealthy eating and show them how to cook a nutritious meal during the class. We give people the knowledge they need to make informed food decisions as well as the tools to prepare healthy meals.
- Schnucks Screenings — This weekly health screening is run and organized by students as a way to provide healthcare to people in the community. Students perform blood glucose tests and blood pressure readings and encourage those with worrisome findings to establish a relationship with a primary physician for follow up.
- Minority Association of Pre-health Students (MAPS) — MAPS is our link to minority premedical students at Washington University. Medical students serve as mentors, participate in panel discussions and provide information about the MCAT, medical school application processes and classes.