Student National Medical Association

Our Mission

Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students, addressing the needs of underserved communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent and socially conscious physicians.

SNMA chapters based at allopathic and osteopathic medical schools throughout the nation, and some colleges, implement our programs and activities locally. SNMA programs are designed to serve the health needs of underserved communities and communities of color. In addition, SNMA is dedicated both to ensuring that medical education and services are culturally sensitive to the needs of diverse populations and to increasing the number of African-American, Latino, and other students of color entering and completing medical school.

Our Goals

  • To serve as a credible and accurate source of information relevant to minority issues in the field of medical education.
  • To encourage and foster the development of minority faculty in order to increase the presence of minority mentors and biomedical researchers in academic health centers.
  • To evaluate and cultivate the necessary measures to eradicate practices in the field of health profession education that compromises the goal of providing quality education to minorities and women.

Our Constitution & Bylaws

The Constitution and Bylaws outline governing principles, structure, and organization of the Student National Medical Association.

Student National Medical Association
Annual Medical Education Conference

Each year, the Annual Medical Education Conference (AMEC) attracts students from all levels of medical education and is consistently the largest gathering of underrepresented minority medical students in the nation. With a slate of workshops and programs focused on the academic and clinical success, development, and preparedness of our cohort of physicians-in-training, AMEC will not only prepare premed and medical students in their journey to become socially competent and clinically excellent physicians but will also provide a unique opportunity to network with students and physicians from all over the country.

We will address topics on leadership in healthcare, health policy, health disparities, and activism in underserved communities. The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted what we have long known: that social determinants of health and disparities in healthcare impact our communities in the US and globally. It is important now more than ever to come together as social justice-minded emerging physicians to become refueled, rejuvenated, and ready to transform the future.

The conference program features several tracks for the general audience, premed students, medical students, 4th Year and Beyond (for our more senior medical students and residents), plus sessions focused on physician-researchers, advocacy, and pipeline programs. This program will bring you two dynamic plenary sessions, engaging breakout sessions, multiple networking opportunities, and an impressive exhibit hall, with more than 200 medical and educational organization exhibitors.