Student National Medical Association

Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is the nation’s oldest and largest independent, student-run organization focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of color. Membership includes over 6,000 medical students, premedical students, residents and physicians.

Established in 1964 by medical students from Howard University School of Medicine and Meharry Medical College, SNMA boasts over 40 years of service to underserved communities and medical students. SNMA is dedicated both to ensuring culturally sensitive medical education and services, as well as increasing the number of African-American, Latino and other students of color entering and completing medical school.

By reaching out to disadvantaged and underrepresented premedical students in undergraduate institutions across North Carolina, the Wake Forest School of Medicine chapter of the SNMA strives to encourage academic excellence, cultivate professional skills and provide mentorship and guidance.

SNMA Annual Premedical Student Conference

The Annual Premedical Student Conference provides undergraduate premedical students information and resources about the medical school admission process. It is hosted by the SNMA, Office of Student Inclusion and Diversity, Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity and Northwest Area Healthy Education Center (AHEC).

Activities at this one-day conference are facilitated by members of SNMA, medical students, practicing and admissions faculty and community physicians and include:

  • interactive and informative lecture presentations and panel discussions
  • opportunities for students to interact and network through Q&A sessions, mock interviews and social events
  • tours of Wake Forest School of Medicine
  • an informational fair
  • small group interactive activities to foster the students’ curiosity in the sciences

Speakers and sessions will provide in-depth information on topics such as:

  • curriculum
  • admission requirements
  • MCAT preparation
  • changes to AMCAS
  • interviewing skills
  • medical specialties

The conference is open to all undergraduate, post-baccalaureate and pre-health students and college academic advisors.