Thirteen medical students, faculty and staff from the College of Medicine recently attended the 2013 Annual Medical Education Conference (AMEC) in Louisville, KY in March. The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) was established in 1964 as a subdivision of the National Medical Association (NMA) and is the oldest and largest student-run organization focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of color. Currently, the SNMA and MAPS (Minority Association of Pre-medical Students) have 150 chapters at medical and undergraduate institutions around the nation.
The AMEC Conference, entitled “SNMAinAction: Stepping Up to the Plate, Swinging for Success,” embraced the Student National Medical Association’s mission to support the educational and professional pursuits of current and future underrepresented minority medical students, training clinically excellent, culturally competent, and socially conscious physicians. During the conference, the College of Medicine Offices of Medical Education and Graduate Medical Education shared exhibition booth space to highlight information on undergraduate and graduate medical education. The booth also featured information on the UK SNMA Chapter.
One Hundred Forty-three students from 70 colleges and programs visited the College of Medicine exhibition booth and completed an electronic survey. More than 80 individuals expressed interest in information on the College’s Graduate Medical Education Program.
In addition to meeting and greeting colleagues from a number of undergraduate and medical school programs across the country, College of Medicine faculty and students were also able to attend sessions and workshops that focused on academic success, professional development, community empowerment, and research.
Congratulations to the University of Kentucky College of Medicine’s SNMA Chapter on a very successful event. The planning committee would also like to thank the College of Medicine Dean’s Office for their support of this event.