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The Mental Health Equity Program (MHEP) in the UNC Department of Psychiatry sought, planned and hosted the Student National Medical Association’s (SNMA) National Leadership Institute (NLI) from Sept. 22 – 24 on the UNC medical school campus.

NLI is a three-day conference that supports the mission of SNMA, which includes fostering the development of underrepresented medical students, addressing the needs of underserved communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent and socially conscious physicians. 

There were approximately 75 attendees, which included pre-medical and medical students from around the country. Content was provided by 52 speakers and facilitators, including UNC-Chapel Hill medical students, residents and faculty. Sessions covered many topics to enhance participants’ academic competitiveness, such as financial literacy, leadership skills and mental well-being.

From left to right: Karon Dawkins, MD; Enioluwafe Ojo, MD, MPH; Lisa Luo, MS; Anthony Kulukulualani, MD; Leighia Alston; Tyehimba Hunt-Harrison, MD, MPH; Michael Zarzar, MD; Winston Li, MD

MHEP is very appreciative of the participation and sponsorship provided by seventeen departments, residency programs and fellowship programs within the UNC School of Medicine, in addition to our partnership with the Student National Medical Association. 

The digital program booklet can be viewed here: