Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA)

The purpose of UMB LMSA is to address the health needs of the Latino community, as well as to promote cultural awareness, diversity and inclusion at the University of Maryland School of Medicine through social, cultural, educational, political, and other activities. Immediate Objectives 1. Recruitment and admission of Latinos who exhibit the potential to benefit their community into health professions programs. 2. Retaining our members in the health professions programs by providing academic and social support activities and by fostering close ties among members. 3. Educating ourselves in areas of concern to Latino communities, which may not be part of the health professions or allied health school curricula, such as preventive and community medicine, politics of health care systems, mechanics of urban city primary care, and family practice. 4. Orientation of our members towards actively accepting our principles of unity and aims of our organization. 5. Community involvement for the purpose of strengthening working relationships with community groups and the overall aim of benefiting the community. 6. Support and encourage prospective applicants to health professions school throughout the admissions process. Writing and circulating our ideas and fostering the refinement and development of research skills among our members. 7. Encourage the development of courses, which better prepare our members to become high quality health care providers serving our community. 8. To educate and sensitive the entire medical community to the specific needs and differences of the Latino regarding health and human well-being. Long Term Objectives 1. Improve the health care delivery to Latino communities. 2. Be advocates of the rights of Latino patients. 3. Participate in the planning and implementation of research activities designed to identify the health care needs of our community. 4. Networking with other organizations to achieve common objectives.

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