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UNC’s chapter of LMSA’s primary goal is to gather students of all backgrounds at the under-graduate and graduate levels alongside physicians, to work together on improving the health of the Latino community. We would love to hear from you and talk with you about how you can get involved. Check out our webpage on Student Life.


To improve the well-being of the Latino community locally, throughout the state of North Carolina, and globally through continuous efforts abroad.


  • Construct a community between undergraduate students, medical students and physicians interested in Latino health.
  • Further the recruitment and retention of underrepresented students in medicine
  • Educate the general body of medical students on Latino health issues
  • Advocate for the rights of Latinos in health care
  • Grant leadership and volunteering opportunities

Chapter History

Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) was created to represent, support, educate, and unify US Latino(a) medical students, as well as students who are interested in Latino healthcare. The network of latino/a medical students is made of 5 regions: Midwest, Northeast, Southwest, West, and Southeast region. The UNC LMSA chapter was founded in 2013 with the goal of gathering students of all backgrounds at the undergraduate and graduate levels alongside physicians, to work together on improving the health of the Latino community in North Carolina and beyond. This includes supporting students in direct efforts such as community service initiatives and indirect efforts such as drafting policy resolutions to present at national meetings. LMSA encourages student-led efforts that positively impact our community and that develops and refines our personal aptitudes and skills.


Contact Information
Co-Presidents Elyssa Alvarez (she/her)
Gerber Irance Abrego Lopez (he/him)
Vice President Jose Ibarra (he/him)
Treasurer Shannon Parness (she/her)
Pulsos Chairs Adrian Othon (he/him)
Nina Daneshvar (she/her)
Community Outreach Pierina Parraga (she/her)
Marketing Chair Isibel Caraballo


Events and Socials

National Hispanic Heritage Month
“Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402. The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.” – The Library of Congress,
Undergraduate Cadaver Tour
Every year, LMSA hosts a cadaver tour for LMSA+ members, our undergraduate group. The purpose is to increase interest in medicine among undergrads, to provide more exposure to what medical school is really like, and to give them a chance to connect with medical students, who present their own cadavers and are also available to answer questions.
National Conference
In Late Spring, LMSA hosts an annual National Conference. It’s a fantastic opportunity to connect with medical students from schools across the country and learn about what LMSA is doing on a national level. We always want to send LMSA members every year, but space and money is limited, so we prioritize sending our most active and hardworking members first.
National Hispanic Medical Association
Every Spring, NHMA hosts a national conference, which we always try to attend. NHMA is the adult version of LMSA, in essence. Its members are all physicians, though LMSA members can attend the conference due to the close connection the two organizations share. Attending the NHMA is a great networking opportunity, getting to meet and talk with a wide variety of physicians and medical students.
Southeastern Regional Conference
The Southeastern Regional Conference is our home conference. We attend every year and even hosted the conference during our first year. As with the other conferences, this is a great networking opportunity, though at this conference, we get the chance to closely connect with the other regional LMSA chapters. Below is a photo from the 2015 Regional Conference, which was held in Puerto Rico.
Hispanic Educational Summit
In the Fall, a local high school hosts a Hispanic Educational Summit. We attend every year with the aim to inspire high school students into going to college and possibly medical school. We want them to know and see that they too can do what we have done, that they can succeed like we have.
Charlas with El Centro Hispano
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Doctors for Diversity
LMSA along with SNMA, AMWA, MESA and QSA joined together in an event to embrace the need for diversity recognition and exploring how the phrase “cultural competency” is different for everyone.
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High School Social

Remember that phase you had in high school? LMSA joined the Latino Business and Law Student Associations at UNC to bring it back! Amid black eye-liner, backwards baseball caps and peace signs, LMSA was able to connect with the various latino students on campus, listen to our favorite high school songs, and reminisce about the good ol’ days.

Cinco De Mayo with SNMA
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