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.

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