TSU-SNMA MAPS trip to Austin

MAPS members during banquet:  Top (Left to Right): Ekemini Bassey, Celestine Obina, Anthony Obi, Franklin Ezeadi, Chima Anugwom Middle (Left to Right): Sydney Haney, Kimberly Doby, Ayman bakhit, Alexina Bosire, Crystal Evans  Bottom (Left to Right: Nancy Osazuwa, Isata Barrie, Dr. Ayodotun Sodipe, Jesse Bell, Olivia Masio

MAPS members during banquet:
Top (Left to Right): Ekemini Bassey, Celestine Obina, Anthony Obi, Franklin Ezeadi, Chima Anugwom
Middle (Left to Right): Sydney Haney, Kimberly Doby, Ayman bakhit, Alexina Bosire, Crystal Evans
Bottom (Left to Right: Nancy Osazuwa, Isata Barrie, Dr. Ayodotun Sodipe, Jesse Bell, Olivia Masio

Texas Southern University’s chapter of Student National Medical Association (SNMA) Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (MAPS) attended the 5th annual Medical Education Conference for the second time March 23-27, in Austin. TSU’s MAPS chapter was able to fully fund 15 students’ travel, registration and hotel costs thanks to support of Texas Southern University’s faculty. Attendees were exposed to diverse career opportunities, network with medical representatives, and build professional and academic skills.

Student National Medical Association (SNMA) was founded in 1964 as a sub-division of the (NMA) after recognizing the need to give active support to medical students and encourage them in their pursuit of careers as physicians. (MAPS) represent the undergraduate and post-bac student-run chapters that extend the mission of SNMA and NMA: increasing the number of African-American, Latino, and other students of color entering and completing health professional schools. Texas Southern University chapter of SNMA MAPS attends AMEC for the second time. SNMA 52nd Annual Medical Education Conference (AMEC) took place March 23-27, 2016 in Austin, Texas JW Marriott. Our MAPS chapter was able to take 15 students fully funded including travel, registration and hotel costs thanks to the support of Texas Southern University’s faculty. This event allowed us to be exposed to diverse career opportunities, network with medical representatives, and build professional and academic skills.

This event included many schools such as Northwestern Medical School, UT Houston, Meharry Medical School, Howard Medical School, Harvard Medical School just to name a few. Below is a testimony from our members that attended the Annual Medical Conference.

“I am grateful having had the opportunity to be surrounded by pre-medical and medical students that encouraged and inspired me each and every day throughout the conference. The fact that I could pick the minds of several physicians and medical school students was a life-changing experience that enabled me to truly believe in my own ability to not only get into medical school, but to become an accomplished neurologist.”-Celestine Obina

“AMEC this year was a phenomenal experience. From speaking with different medical schools and having the opportunity to reconnect with colleagues as well as make new relationships as we all embark our journey made it all the more surreal.”-Anthony Obi