Founded in 1964 at Meharry Medical College and Howard University College of Medicine, the Student National Medical Association is the oldest and largest independent, student-run organization focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of color. SNMA has grown to over 5000 members throughout the United States and the Caribbean. Our mission is to address community health issues impacting underserved Americans and to increase minority representation in health professional fields.
Through our signature MAPS, HPREP, and YSEP programs, SNMA members work with students from elementary school through college to introduce them to science and serve as mentors. In this way, SNMA strengths the educational pipeline that leads from elementary school to medical school.
Please visit the National SNMA site for more information about the national organization, leadership, and programs.
The Student National Medical Association is committed to increasing the number of culturally capable and sensitive physicians. Over the years the University of Virginia School of Medicine has made strong efforts to build and support a diverse minority class. With this new pool of fresh minds and the innovative ideas, the UVA Student National Medical Association (SNMA) chapter has developed into a family committed to accomplishing the aims of the national organization on a local level. Continue to browse our website to learn more about what the UVA Chapter of the Student National Medical Association is doing within the school and community.