The Medical School’s chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) was named best chapter in the nation at the association’s national Medical Education Conference March 30 in Louisville, Kentucky.
The chapter, led by co-presidents Courtney Furlough and Kelsey Comeaux, bested more than 150 student chapters throughout the nation based on its service projects throughout the academic school year.
The chapter’s successful events included hosting a premedical conference that was attended by 100 undergraduate students to learn about the Medical School and the application process. The group also held its first SNMA Focus Week, hosting a service event each day of the week, which included working at the H.O.M.E.S Clinic, Palmer Way Station, and a Doctor’s Day Out at Pershing Middle School. Organizing a “Healthy People” health fair for the homeless at St. John’s United Methodist Church and hosting the Regional Retreat for SMNA Chapter Officers in June 2012 rounded out the year.
“Our chapter’s goals are to participate in service projects to help the underserved community; support and mentor undergraduate students; and collaborate and support nearby SNMA chapters,” Comeaux said. “We’ve been successful by collaborating with each other, taking years past successful events and expanding them, and having a passion for serving our community.”
The chapter’s faculty adviser is Dr. LaTanya Love, assistant dean for admissions and student affairs.
“We plan to continue our service and hope that we can only become better each year,” Comeaux added.
Founded in 1964, the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is the oldest and largest student-run organization focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of color. Membership includes more than 6,000 medical students, pre-medical students, residents, and physicians.
-Darla Brown, Office of Communications, Medical School