SNMA is committed to increasing the pipeline of students of color that consider and prepare for medical & scientific careers. Its community mentoring programs provide science-informed guidance and enrichment to younger students interested in pursuing health-related careers. At UCSF, SNMA provides academic preparation, recruitment and retention programming in order to assure the pipeline to medicine is supported.
Enthused by the charismatic Folashade Wolfe-Modupe ‘16, UCSF medical student members of the class of 2016 decided to wear black in solidarity against the system-wide lack of minority physicians and physicians-in-training. This class-wide gesture exemplifies the mature, well-informed and cosmopolitan worldview of our compassionate classmates.
Folashade is in the front row. She is the one with the black rimmed glasses, bright smile and the dreadlocks.
Two words: Free Food!
Several SNMA members traveled to the East Bay/Oakland area to screen Oaklanders for hypertension, and to advise them on how to improve their health. Thanks go to Dr. Staggers and his crew for setting this wonderful opportunity up for us to serve the community!
Danielle Atibalentja (above, to the right), SNMA member, advising an Oaklander on how to maintain his good health.
Samantha Rawlins-Pilgrim (above, to the left), using her well-practiced technique to assess the cardiovascular health of an Oaklander
Folashade Wolfe-Modupe (above, to the left), attentively furthering the community cause for better health.
On October 13th, 2012 UCSF SNMA along with many other community groups took part in the 5th Annual Family Health Fair at the Southeast Community Facility. Our group specifically provided blood pressure screening, advised on how to maintain a healthy blood pressure, and finally educated folks on heart health through demonstrations with human heart specimens. It was great to be part of such a vibrant and fun community event and we cannot wait to be back next year!
The members of SNMA attend the 29th annual Sinkler Miller Medical Association scholarship dinner October 27th at the Oakland Marriot City center. Thanks to our gracious hosts Dr Katrina Peters and Dr. Albert Brooks, both students and the other attendees had a lovely black-tie reception and dinner. Also, congratulations to this years winners: Maisha, Frank and Uche! We are glad to see their contributions and commitment to medicine and the minority community are properly recognized.
Members of Team CAT, representing both the previous members of 2014 and the new members of 2015, drove down February 24th to San Jose to teach medicine at Summit High School. Summit, a brand new high school composed of only 9th graders, was a great opportunity to both teach medicine and biology to high schoolers while simultaneously demonstrating to students that minorities are present and active in medicine. The six of us were paired into organ specific groups (i.e. brain, heart and lungs), and we rotated through multiple rooms to teach about our organ and to share our personally experiences.
The day went quite well. The students were actively engaged, very receptive to learning the material and seemed to enjoy the overall activity. Given the success, we plan to repeat this event in the future.
Black History Month has been chalked full of events, and each has gone swimmingly.
On Valentine’s Day, February 14th, SNMA joined forces with Nursing Students for Choice to promote the importance of safe sex. Given it is also National Condom Day, we distributed condoms, lubricants and pamphlets with information about safe sex to members of the UCSF community. By making ourselves publicly present, not only did we inform others about safe practices, we also helped to cut down on the negative stigma of discussing sex openly; both of which help to minimize any adverse outcomes.
In addition to our Valentine’s Day tabling, the members of SNMA met during lunch over two wednesdays to pay our respects to the recently deceased Whitney Houston and to enjoy the comical teachings of Bill Cosby in the Cosby show.
SNMA also hosted a movie night for the class to screen “Night Catches Us.” The movie tells the story of the main character Marcus. In 1976, after years of mysterious absence, Marcus returns to the Philadelphia neighborhood where he came of age in the midst of the Black Power movement. While his arrival raises suspicion among his family and former neighbors, he finds acceptance from his old friend Patricia and her daughter. However, Marcus quickly finds himself at odds with the organization he once embraced, whose members suspect he orchestrated the slaying of their former comrade-in-arms. In a startling sequence of events, Marcus must protect a secret that could shatter everyone’s beliefs, as he rediscovers his forbidden passion for Patricia. Attendance was great, and the movie even better.
Our other involvements even extended outside of the immediate UCSF community. On February 25th, members of SNMA attended the Black Caucus Gala. The Gala was a formal fundraising event with dinner and dancing with UCSF notables. The following day, on the 26th, SNMA returned to the community for Hypertension Sunday, and outreach event dedicated to teaching the potential health consequences of hypertension and healthy habits to either prevent or control it.
With Kessy and Dawn at the helm, the new SNMA leadership jumped into their roles feet first to promote Black History Month throughout the month of February. As typical with every year during black history month, SNMA has planned various events and activities to raise awareness of the significance, even today, of the underrepresented minorities in medicine. Every Wednesday, SNMA will come together to either promote black history month publicly to the UCSF or simply convene to pay respects to positive role models within the minority community.
At our kick-off event on February 1st, SNMA tabled within the main thoroughfare of the S building to share statistics and facts about minorities in medicine. Even in such a progressive and accepting city as San Francisco, the facts shed light on the dismal truth that there still exists severe disparities within the field of medicine. One such fact demonstrated that although African Americans represent 13% of america, yet only 4% of physicians. By informing the community of this problem, we hope to raise awareness and encourage action to solve such a problem.
In addition to raising awareness about the national disparity, we also chose to bring to light the disparity that exits within our own class. The SOM class of 2014 boasted 16 African Americans while the class of 2015 only has 7! Kessy encourage the members of SNMA to wear black and sit in the front of the class every Wednesday. The purpose was two-fold; It made SNMA more visible to rest of the UCSF classmates and also demonstrated how underrepresented we are given all of us could fit in one row.
We are excited to get the word out, and to show who SNMA is, and what we do.
It’s out with the old and in the with new. It has come that time of the year that the second years disappear in order to prepare for the boards, and hand off the leadership reigns to the new incoming first years. On January 29th, SNMA held its 2013 Leadership Transition meeting at member John Paul Farala’s house. Elections occurred a week prior, and positions were chosen and solidified, so this meeting was meant as an informal means of learning about our respective responsibilities. The MS2’s taught the MS1 the ins and outs of their position, and provided a resource for future consultation.
The event wasn’t exclusively for business. It’s a rare opportunity where the two classes can informally get together and hang out outside of class, so it’s a nice reprieve to be able to casually mingle with others that we may not have known before. We also enjoyed a rich assortment of delicious goods, and some members toted their culinary skills by bringing home-made recipes.
All in all, the event was quite successful. In with the core goals of SNMA, the meeting facilitated a sense of community while also promoting the steps necessary to do what we are obligated to do---become active members in the community and to support the underserved.
On November 12, the UCSF SNMA, along with Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Outreach Dr. Renee Navarro and UCSF pediatrician and mentor Dr. Carol Miller, attended the Sinkler Miller Medical Association (the Oakland NMA) 28th Annual Scholarship Dinner and Dance at the Oakland Marriott City Center. The evening was hosted by its president, Dr. Warren Strudwick, and Dr. Joy Foster. After a brief reception, the dinner and the program started in the ballroom. Many awards and scholarships were given to high school students, medical and nursing students, and medical residents from organizations like Sinkler Miller, the Marquel LeNoir Scholarship, the Physicians Medical Forum, the William Alexander Jackson Ross, Sr. MD Scholarship, the Donald Townsend, MD Scholarship, and the Robert Scott, MD Scholarship. The SNMA would like to congratulate UCSF medical student Evan Shannon (above) on winning the Physician Medical Forum Scholarship. Dinner was followed by a live performance from En Vogue and dancing. As always, the SNMA thanks Sinkler Miller for having us at this wonderful event. Pictures from the event.
The SNMA joined many other vendors inside AT&T Park for the Bay Area Science Festival. The UCSF SNMA (with volunteers from the UCSF LMSA) table gave free blood pressure screenings to children and adults in attendance. Rosny Daniel (above), Evan Shannon, and Lauren Smith, the SNMA Community Action Team, led the event, which also included demonstrations using heart models, cadaveric hearts, artery specimens, and posters. UCSF CTSI and post-doctoral students were also in attendance for their respective programs. Pictures from the event.
The Region I SNMA Board worked for months to organize and run our conference Maintaining the Pipeline: Ensuring Our Success from Pre-Med to MD and Beyond. Over one hundred pre-medical students, medical students (UCSF SNMA pictured above), and professionals came to the David Geffen School of Medicine in Los Angeles for two days of workshops, speakers, and public service opportunities. Read more.
We hope that you will join us at UCLA for our 2011 Annual Conference. The schedule has just been finalized and is available to view here. Session locations can be found on this UCLA Campus Map.
Dr. Juanita L. Watts has dedicated her medical career to the field of women’s health. A board-certified Family Practice physician at Kaiser Permanente’s Glendale Medical Office, Dr. Watts is also Regional Coordinator for Women’s Health for the Kaiser Permanente Southern California, directing on-going efforts to maintain excellent women’s health care services. Her patients reflect the cultural and economic diversity of her community and the health issues facing women.
Dr. Watts’ dynamic personality and unwavering dedication has positioned her as an in-demand speaker, with national television appearances including Lifetime Television’s “Speaking of Women’s Health,” as well as numerous articles including Life After 50 Magazine. Dr. Watts has presented multiple times at the highly-acclaimed Annual California Governor’s Conference on Women and Families – spanning the terms of three governors – as well as the annual “Call to Action” presentations at the Los Angeles County Office of Women’s Health; National NAACP and 100 Black Men Conferences.
Dr. Watts serves on boards such as the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services’ Office of Women’s Health, and has been honored by several organizations including the California State Assembly for Leadership in Women’s Health.
Dr. Watts is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and is a tenured Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Southern California’s School of Medicine for the past 17 years. As a researcher, her focus has been on diabetes and hypertension, both prevalent in women.
Dr. Watts lives her health messages while balancing her medical practice, her community outreach efforts and her family, including her twin college students.
We look forward to hearing her presentation on maintaining the pipeline at this year’s Region I Conference.
The SNMA and LMSA had its annual BBQ with students from the Class of 2015. This informal event introduced new UCSF students to current and former SNMA and LMSA members and physicians in the Bay Area. The event was well attended and held in the home of former SNMA President Eric Seymour. Above, first year student Tarann Henderson chats with former SNMA President Gemayel Lee.
The UCSF SNMA joined the Southeast Health Fair to give blood pressure screenings and education to the residents of Bayview and Hunter’s Point. First-year students joined second-year students (and a UCSF graduate) in discussing overall determinants of health by showing health fair attendees organ specimens and models and by talking about the different ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
The SNMA attended the first Underrepresented in Medicine dinner held at the UCSF Faculty-Alumni House. The evening began with mingling and dinner provided by the organizer Irma Morena. After a while, the formal portion of the evening started with a discussion about mentoring and short taks from Dr. Navarro, Vice Chancellor for Outreach and Diversity, and Dr. Flowers. Special attention was paid to what kind of mentor a student would need based on the kind of person the student is--there is no one-size fits all with mentorship relationships. In fact, individual students can have different mentors for different needs, such as for research, clinical experience, academia, and career planning. Read more.
On September 21, the SNMA hosted a meet and greet lunch with first and second year medical students. The event was well attended by students of both classes as we introduced ourselves to each other and checked-in on how all of our years were going thus far. Second year students imparted advice to the first year students, reminding them to find their own study-groove and understand that any anxiety experienced is not uncommon. An LMSA representative was also in attendance to stress the amount of collaboration that will occur between the two student groups over the year, including the upcoming barbecue on October 1st. We also spent some time discussing the history behind SNMA and some of the activities that we will be conducting this academic year (Rosny Daniel, above, introduced the Adolescent Substance Abuse Program). We look forward to working with everybody in the future!
On September 15th, the SNMA had its first meeting for returning members. Over the summer, various SNMA members worked on UCSF curriculum developing tools for competency based assessment, ophthalmology, and Foundations of Patient Care, the UCSF doctoring course, traveled to China, Ethiopia, Zambia, and Ecuador, taught science to 8th grade students, completed research on adolescent health in Bayview, and completed an intensive care unit sub-internship. After catching up, we discussed our upcoming regional conference in October, fundraising ideas, and social gatherings with new students and the LMSA. We also discussed some ideas to set the SNMA agenda for the coming year and talked about the new Multicultural Resource Center and the upcoming Underrepresented in Medicine Dinner at the Faculty Alumni House.
We look forward to continuing our work form last year and welcoming any new members to our next meeting. Please see the upcoming events box on the right to see where the UCSF SNMA will be next!
|SNMA Region I, Inc proudly presents our Annual Conference:
Maintaining the Pipeline
Ensuring Our Success from Pre-Med to MD and Beyond
October 28, 2011 to October 30, 2011
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Center for Health Sciences
10833 Le Conte Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science/UCLA
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
Register at the SNMA Region I, Inc. Conference Website
On June 6th, the SNMA attended the 1st Annual African American and Latino Nurses Graduation Celebration. The event “unites students, families, and friends through culture and achievement” as MEPN, MS, and Doctoral students are recognized. The evening started with a delicious meal catered by Triple C Catering in the Nursing School Mezzanine. Shauna Dean, the Chair of the Black Nurses Union, and Mayela Gutknecht, organizer of the Latino Nurses Association, welcomed folks at the beginning of the ceremony. That was followed by some brief remarks from Dr. Shirley Manly-Lampkin, Assistant Dean of Academic Services, Dr. David Vlahof, Dean of the Nursing School, and Dr. Susan Kools, professor and member of Diva. Then, each of the graduates in attendance received Kente cloth and Serape graduation stoles from the School of Nursing. The SNMA would like to congratulate all the of graduates for their hard work and we look forward to working with everybody in the near future!
At the national SNMA conference held in Indianapolis in April, many UCSF SNMA members were elected to regional positions. The SNMA would like to congratulate:
Danielle Williams, Regional Parliamentarian
Eric Seymour, Associate Regional Director
Lauren Smith, Regional Community Service Liaison
Marc Parris, Regional Webmaster
Rilwan Balogun, Regional Political Advocacy
Uchenna Okoye, Regional Director
The UCSF SNMA chapter was also named the region’s Chapter of the Year!
During the last weekend of April, UCSF held its annual Accepted Students Weekend. More than one hundred prospective students came to campus for a weekend of activities that included extra-curricular fairs (above), student-hosted dinners, informational sessions, a Mini Med School, and various outings in the Bay Area. Read more.
For the past three months, various SNMA and PRIME-US students, in association with the Center for Educational Partnerships (CEP), mentored high school students from the Phillip and Sala Burton Academic High School with their science symposium projects. UCSF students were assigned three to six students (above) and worked closely with them as they assembled information on topics like myopia, obesity, cholesterol, cancer, and infectious disease prevention. The UCSF students attended open clinics with the students held at the school in the Bayview to assemble the project and remained in contact with each other through phone calls, text messages, and e-mails. The months of meetings culminated with an evening of student poster and pamphlet presentations, along with a student-served dinner and college information session held by Anthea Lim, Psy.D., of the UCSF CEP. Pictures from the event.
On April 23rd, the SNMA represented the UCSF School of Medicine at the annual High School Outreach Conference (HSOC). Over 300 high school students from the Bay Area came to UCSF to participate in workshops run by the SNMA, the Student National Dental Association/American Dental Education Association, the Student National Pharmaceutical Association, the School of Nursing, and the School of Physical Therapy. Read more.
Inside UCSF, a program spearheaded by Anthea Lim, PsyD and Donald Woodson (above), the Deputy Director of the Center for Educational Partnership in the Student Academic Affairs office, is a program that brings college students from California schools to UCSF for a weekend. These students, depending on their interest, spent time with medical, nursing, dental, pharmacy, or research graduate students over the weekend at various panels, dinners, and tours. Read more.
Dr. Marc Nivet, a former philanthropist who recently became the Chief Diversity Officer for the AAMC, joined the Chancellor’s Leadership Team for a diversity panel on April 14th. He started off by discussing his new vision of diversity called “The Way Forward.” He believes that it is time to think about diversity in a new way as healthcare changes in the US. Historically, diversity was based on race on gender, race, and socioeconomic status, all in an effort to right past wrongs--this was the “heart and soul” of the original movement, termed Diversity 1.0. Dr. Nivet believes that we can’t continue to focus on this view of diversity. Unfortunately, today, success is based solely on numbers, something Dean Koda-Kimble expressed frustration over. However, Dr. Nivet did make an effort to note that numbers are still very important, but it should not be the sole determinant of success. Read more.
The High School Outreach Conference (HSOC) at UCSF is an inter-professional collaboration between UCSF dental, medical, pharmacy, nursing, physical therapy, graduate and post-doctoral students. The purpose of HSOC is to expose high school juniors and seniors from diverse backgrounds and/or underserved communities in the Bay Area about the health profession sciences. Last year’s conference was highly successful, drawing out 300+ high school students. SNMA has been representing the School of Medicine in planning for this event and is excited to participate in this opportunity to get Bay Area high schoolers excited about careers in the health care profession! Please join us on the morning of April 23!
The SNMA would like to invite you to attend a panel discussion that will take place on the Parnassus campus on Thursday, April 14, in Cole Hall at noon. At this discussion, Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellman and the UCSF Leadership Team (including Dr. Navarro, the Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Outreach) will discuss diversity, equity, and inclusion. The keynote will be given by Marc Nivet, EdD, the Chief Diversity Officer at the Association of American Medical Colleges. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A session. We hope to see you there!
Simulcast will be available at:
Mission Bay–Rock Hall, Pottruck Auditorium
Mount Zion–Herbst Auditorium
UCSF Fresno–Room 135
654 Minnesota Street–Fox Conference Room
50 Beale Street–McKusick Conference Room, 13th Floor
Dr. Melanie Watkins, a practicing Bay area psychiatrist trained at Stanford and UCSF, will be discussing her book “Taking My Medicine: My Journey from Teenage Mother to Physician” at the Mimosa Champagne Lounge in Oakland on Thursday, March 24th, from 7.00 PM to 9.00 PM. All are welcome to attend. For more information on Dr. Watkins, please visit her website.
On Sunday, March 13th, the SNMA was invited to the Physicians Medical Forum (PMF) Fabulous Sunday Brunch at the Pican Restaurant in Oakland. The PMF invited students and residents from UCSF, UC Davis, Stanford, Kaiser Permanente, and Alameda County Medical Center to meet and network with physicians, faculty, administrators, and other healthcare professionals in the Bay area. All mentors wore color-coded name tags that indicated specialties such as Ob/Gyn, Emergency Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery, Medical Administration, and Family Practice (to name a few) so that students and residents could approach different physicians for networking possibilities. After some mingling, Dr. Kathryn Malone, the current president of the PMF, opened the formal portion of the program before everyone ate their meals, provide with assistance from the Pican managing partner/owner Michael LeBlanc. Of note, Dr. Malone introduced Dr. Zealous Wiley (above), a local gastroenterologist, who spoke briefly about the importance of retaining underrepresented students and physicians in medicine. The SNMA would like to thank the PMF and Pican for allowing us to attend the brunch and look forward to attending future functions, including the Motown and R&B Greatest Hits Party in Berkeley!
The Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) would like to invite you to the Cesar Chavez Blood Drive. It is being held at the UCSF Blood Center at 500 Parnassus (Room MU 09, right next to Subway). It will be open from 8.00 AM to 6.30 PM, Monday through Friday. All donated blood goes directly to UCSF. Click the flyer for more details.
On February 27th, the SNMA, LMSA, and other UCSF classmates, along with the FACES High School program, Alameda paramedics, Minorities in Medicine students, and nursing students, joined the Ethnic Health Institute (EHI) to give hypertension screenings and education to various churches in Oakland (Pill Hill, Grand Lake, East, West, and North Oakland, and Berkeley). Read more.
On February 23, the SNMA and the Office for Graduate Medical Education hosted the Underrepresented in Medicine Dinner on the Parnassus campus. The evening started with music, mingling, and food as medical, nursing, and doctoral students, along with various physician mentors and post-doctoral professionals, filed into the lecture hall. At about 6.30, Dr. Loma Flowers and Dr. Rene Salazar (left) opened the evening with some brief remarks and an introduction to the various mentors in attendance. The microphone was then handed to SNMA co-presidents Jensara Clay and Maisha Davis, who introduced the panelists and framed the discussion for the evening. Read More.
In honor of Black History Month, the SNMA screened the HBO documentary “The Black List” to a group of medical, nursing, and doctoral students. We watched interviews of people like Kara Walker, Valerie Montgomery-Rice, Melvin Van Peebles, Charley Pride, Toni Morrison, Al Sharpton, Richard Parsons, and Colin Powell. Throughout the evening, we engaged in discussion about the contributions, both positive or negative, each of the interviewees made on African American culture. When the evening was over, those who attended decided that the evening was quite informative and that more events like this should happen in the future. The SNMA will make an effort to reach out to more underrepresented groups in all of UCSF, not just the School of Medicine. If you would like to plan any event with the SNMA or know of any events, please contact us at 2011.UCSF.SNMA @ gmail. In the meantime, stay tuned for more inter-professional events coming this year!
On February 19, the SNMA went to the 21st Annual Black Heritage Month Gala held by the UCSF Black Caucus in the Burlingame Marriott. Several medical and nursing students dined with UCSF notables Michael Adams, the UCSF Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Diversity Director, Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellman, Dr. Mark Roach, the UCSF Radiation-Oncology chair, Dr. Talmadge King, the UCSF Chair of Medicine, and the Medical School Dean Dr. Sam Hawgood, just to name a few. Read more.
This Valentine’s Day, the SNMA celebrated International Condom Distribution Day in the Medical Sciences Hallway of UCSF. One of SNMA’s goals is to promote a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships and to educate adolescents and adults about STI/STD and HIV/AIDS prevention and reproductive health. Using resources from the AIDS Health Foundation (AHF), the SNMA handed out more than 500 male condoms, female condoms, lube, and handouts on condom use and STIs, STDs, and HIV/AIDS to students, faculty, and visitors of UCSF. Read more.
On February 12, 2011, the UCSF SNMA participated in the Physician’s Medical Forum (PMF) Doctors on Board Outreach program at the Oakland Marriott Hotel. The PMF, in association with the UCSF PRIME-US program, hosted several high school, college, and post-bac students who were considering the field of medicine. The students were treated to various panels on the field and took part in case studies on congestive heart failure and diabetes. Read More.
In February, the SNMA will be sponsoring or attending many events that you can be a part of. These events include an Underrepresented in Medicine dinner/panel, roller skating (yes, roller skating), middle school substance abuse prevention talks, and more. Head to our February Events page for more details.
On Monday, January 24th, at a ceremony in the UCSF Faculty/Alumni House, Chancellor Sue Desmond-Hellmann named Dr. Renee Navarro the new Vice Chancellor of Diversity and Outreach. Dr. Navarro will be the first African-American to hold a Vice Chancellor position. The SNMA would like to extend its warm congratulations to Dr. Navarro for her accomplishments and commitment to creating and maintaining a diverse environment here at UCSF. Read more.