Community service is at the heart and soul of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA). Established in 1964 by medical students from Howard University and Meharry medical schools, the SNMA boasts over 40 years of service to underserved communities and medical students. The University of Maryland Chapter of SNMA is primarily focused on educating, serving and empowering underserved communities through health education, screening, and youth enrichment programs. The youth enrichment programs include: Minority Association of Premedical Students (MAPS), where SNMA members act as mentors to pre-medical undergraduates and post-baccalaureate students in efforts to increase the medical school matriculation rates of underrepresented minorities. Health Professions Recruitment Exposure Programs (HPREP) Youth Science Enrichment Program (YSEP) HIV Intervention/Prevention Corps (HIP Corps), which is a culturally sensitive HIV/AIDS prevention education and community outreach program. In addition to these programs, the SNMA is committed to providing academic and social support to its members ensuring that medical education and services are culturally sensitive to the needs of diverse populations and to increasing the number of African-American, Hispanic, and other students of color entering and completing medical school.
Email Chapter President Vince Hill at Norman.Hill@som.umaryland.edu for more information.