SNMA Service Projects
The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) at UT Southwestern Medical Center has continued with its second year of community service in the Dallas County area with Girls, Inc. Girls, Inc. is an elementary, junior, and high school program that targets minority females in low-income areas. Girls, Inc. has requested volunteers to participate in mentoring and with any other activities that cannot be fully supported by their limited staff. UTSW-SNMA members participate in the program every Tuesday and Thursday.
Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program [HPREP]
The aim of HPREP is to provide minority students with exposure to careers in the health professions. The basic program consists of seven to eight Saturday morning sessions that last for four hours. Minority physicians and medical students lecture on various issues in the forefront of medicine, and then break into smaller discussion groups. Tours of an area medical center, other facilities, and workshops on study skills are integral components of the program
Each February, UT Southwestern Medical School sponsors a pre-medical conference that places special emphasis on the successful matriculation of minority pre-health profession students into nursing, medical, and allied health study programs. The Conference lasts an entire day and covers numerous topics pertaining to the application process, interviews, MCAT preparation, and the ancillary things that can be done to increase an applicants marketability to medical schools. UTSW-SNMA and LASO facilitate the conference and UTSW-SNMA and LASO members participate in registration, guided tours of Parkland Memorial Hospital, "Outbreak" – small group sessions, and a panel discussion.
Medical Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPS)
Through partnership between local SNMA chapters and undergraduate pre-health, the Medical Association of Pre-Health Students [MAPS] hopes to increase the matriculation of MAPS students into professional health-related programs by providing information, materials, and mentorship opportunities. Facilitation and organization of interactions between pre-health membership and the educators/administrators of institutions training health care professionals is encouraged. UTSW-SNMA is the affiliated sponsor for Paul Quinn College, Texas Christian University, and Baylor University.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases Lecture Series
UTSW-SNMA has worked with several schools within the Dallas Independent School District to educate high school students about the most common STDs in the country as well as the STDs that have a high prevalence in the Dallas County area. UTSW-SNMA members facilitate several hour-long presentations using slides with an accompanying script provided by UTSW. The interactive series provides information to the students on safe sex, the key signs and symptoms of STDs, and contact information for area clinics.
Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Mentor Program
The Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program is a multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary, community-based program designed to address the primary health care workforce needs of medically underserved communities. Center staff work in collaboration with academic (UTSW-SNMA members) and community partners in the four programmatic initiatives relating to health careers promotions (UTSW-SNMA), community-based education, practice entry and support, and community health initiatives.
UTSW-SNMA continues to raise funds for a family each year during the Christmas holidays. The funds are used to purchase gifts for the family and groceries for the holiday season. The gift-wrapping meeting, which is the last meeting of the year, is a festive occasion that brings medical/graduate students, MAPS students, and faculty together to celebrate the holiday season.