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The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is the nation’s oldest and largest student organization focused on the health needs and concerns of minority communities. Established in 1964 by the medical students from Howard University and Meharry medical schools, SNMA boasts nearly 50 years of committed service to communities. It continues still to advocate for improved, culturally sensitive health care services and education for neglected or underserved populations. SNMA represents thousands of medical and pre-medical students. Although consisting primarily of African Americans, SNMA’s array of members reflects the organization’s appeal to students and professionals everywhere. Some of our members are Native Americans, Africans, West Indians, Hispanics, Asians, Middle Easterners and Caucasians, all of whom bring a global perspective to education and health care issues that the organization addresses.

The goals of the organization include:

  • to raise the levels of minority student recruitment, admissions, and retention in schools training health care professionals
  • to sponsor programs for minority youth to encourage their entrance into the health professions
  • to eradicate prejudicial practices in the medical education and health care delivery
  • to provide national leadership in the promulgation of legislative policies for the provision of better health care, and
  • to eliminate health disparities among minority communities by disseminating information about general health maintenance and disease prevention.

SNMA membership is open to all who wish to make a difference regarding the medical education and health concerns of people of color. Members at every level receive free copies of the quarterly SNMA Newsletter and SNMA Journal, discounts on SNMA conference travel including car rentals, SNMA merchandise, and eligibility for several scholarships, grants, and loan repayment opportunities in association with Kaplan Test Preparation, National Institute of Health, and National Health Service Corps. Best of all, SNMA affords its members unparalleled leadership, management, and networking opportunities.

Choose to make a difference now, so that there is a clear, positive difference in the delivery of health care in the future. Join the SNMA. Additional information is available at the website,, or contact the National Office to receive more information:

SNMA National Office
5113 Georgia Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20011

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National SNMA Membership: Register Member Type Fee

Chapter Membership: via Venmo ($20 to @UNC-SNMA) or contact our treasurer

SNMA Programs

HPREP: Health Professions Recruitment Exposure Program

Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program “HPREP” is an outreach program designed to provide high school students with the opportunity to interact with medical students, faculty and health professionals.

For more information, See Health Professions Recruitment Exposure Program.

MSTEP: Middle School Science and Technology Enrichment Program
The Middle School Science and Technology Enrichment Program “MSTEP” is an outreach program designed to provide sixth and seventh grade students with the opportunity to interact with medical students, faculty and health professionals.

For more information, See Middle School Science and Technology Enrichment Program.

YSEP: Youth Science Enrichment Program
YSEP targets minority elementary students to stimulate their interest in the sciences and health professions. Medical students lecture on different organ systems and students then find information on diseases affecting these systems using the Internet and present their findings to their peers.

For more information, See Youth Science Enrichment Program.

Minority Men in Medicine (MMM)
Minority Men in Medicine is an organization dedicated to addressing the lack of minority men in health professional fields. Founded at UNC School of Medicine in 2009, MMM has made great strides in connecting current and future health care professionals with the goal of making the medical field more inclusive and representative of all people served. Providing mentorship through networking events, leadership development through community engagement, and build a community through fellowship, MMM brings undergraduate, graduate, health care professional students and professionals together to motivate, guide, and prepare the next generation of health professionals.
Minority Women in Medicine (MWM)
Minority Women in Medicine is an organization dedicated to addressing the lack of minority women in health professional fields. Founded at UNC School of Medicine in 2012, MWM creates programming and opportunities for underrepresented women in medicine to build social capital through engagement with current professionals, as well provide mentorship and support to pre-health students. With a strong emphasis on mentorship, community service, and leadership development, MWM strives to connect undergraduate, graduate, health care professional students and professionals together to motivate, guide, and prepare the next generation of health professionals.
MAPS: Minority Association of Pre-Health Students
The Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students, or MAPS, represents the undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students of the Student National Medical Association. UNC SNMA is proud to support the UNC chapter of MAPS as well as partner with other area MAPS chapters to host networking events, professional development workshops, and academic seminars.
Community Service
To uphold the goal of SNMA, the Community Service committee holds blood pressure screenings and a health fair to increase the awareness of preventable minority health issues such as diabetes, hypertension, and HIV.
Minority Round Table Discussions
Each month SNMA holds a round table discussion where house staff and local physicians speak. These discussions expose students to different medical specialties and address the concerns of minority students in medicine. These interactions help create a support network between medical students and area physicians.
Annual Zollicoffer Lecture & Banquet
The Zollicoffer lecture was established in 1981 to celebrate the legacy of inclusion at UNC School of Medicine. Established in honor of the fourth African-American student to graduate from UNC School of Medicine, Lawrence Zollicoffer, MD, the Zollicoffer Lecture features a nationally recognized minority physician who highlights issues surrounding health disparities or health equity. This lectureship heralds nearly four decades of African-American presence at UNC School of Medicine. The Zollicoffer Banquet is held the evening of the lecture to honor the speaker as well as the recipient of the Zollicoffer-Cross Community Health Fellowship and recognize Living Legends among the medical school community. UNC SNMA is proud to sponsor the annual SNMA Silent Auction each year during the banquet to support a chosen community service organization or project.

For more information, See Annual Zollicoffer Lecture & Banquet.

The Fundraising committee raises funds to support all the programs and activities that SNMA sponsors throughout the academic year. This committee also raises money for local charities for the benefit of the local community.

2023/24 SNMA Officers

PositionOfficer(s)Contact Information
Co-PresidentsSophia McFarlane

Dillon Strepay
Vice PresidentCandace
Community Service Co-ChairsPrincess Onuorah

Courtney Roberts
HPREP CoordinatorsImani Sweatt

Joseph Locklear
MSTEP CoordinatorsAaron Morris

Ariel Harris
YSEP CoordinatorsAyo Matory

Ruthly Francois
MAPS LiaisonsJoseph Locklear

Richard Beckett-Ansa
Fundraising ChairJessica Evans

Taylor Henderson
Social Co-ChairsBrittany Cureton

Dylane Davis
Recruitment LiaisonsTierra Bynum

Princess Onuorah
Minority Men in Medicine (MMM) CoordinatorsNathan Shenkute

Theodore Moore II
Minority Women in Medicine (MWM) CoordinatorsVictoria Person

Dylane Davis
Minority Round Table Co-ChairsImani Sweatt

Ariel Harris
U360 Co-LeadersRuthly Francois

Christina Williams
Advisors and Resources
Yolanda Scarlett, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Director, GI Motility Laboratory

SNMA Region IV Officers

Regional Director — Kendra

Associate Regional Director to the North — Kiera Wallace

Associate Regional Director to the South — Courtney Maddox –

Regional Secretary — Porshaye Watkins –

Regional Treasurer — Brandi Muldrow –

Regional Community Service Liaison — Cassande Besong –

Regional Political Advocacy Liaison — Charlz Bisong Jr. –

Regional MAPS Liaison — Kristen Williams

Regional Parliamentarian — Logan Long  –

SNMA National Resources

SNMA National President
Gabriel Felix
National President
MD Candidate
Howard University College of Medicine

SNMA National Office

Student National Medical Association National Headquarters
5113 Georgia Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20011

Phone: (202) 882-2881

The Zollicoffer SNMA Silent Auction Fundraiser
The Zollicoffer Lectureship was established in 1981 by members of the UNC chapter of the Student National Medical Association with the support of the Dean of the School of Medicine. It was named in honor of Lawrence Zollicoffer, M.D. (1930-1976), the fourth African American graduate of the UNC School of Medicine and founder of the Garwyn Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. The Baltimore community recognized Dr. Zollicoffer as a supporter and activist in the struggle for civil and human rights. Throughout his life, he exemplified qualities which students admire and hope to emulate as future physicians. The Zollicoffer Silent Auction Fundraiser was set up as a way for the SNMA to give back to the community. Each year local businesses, alumni, and friends donate goods and services to be sold at auction. All proceeds from the auction goes to support a non-profit or community program. Your contributions have already made an indelible mark on the lives of those we contact through our many programs and activities.

You can make a donation via Venmo to @UNC_SNMA or by check. Please make all check payable to UNC/SNMA. If you would like to donate goods or services please contact us via email at

External Links

National Organization:
Social Media: UNC SNMA Instagram