Programs and Activities

UCLA/Drew Chapter of SNMA

The UCLA/Drew Chapter of the SNMA is the largest chapter in Region I, which covers the states of California, Oregon, Washington, New Mexico, Arizona, and Nevada. This chapter aims to improve the health status of the underserved by providing a network of academic, social and psychological supports to current minority medical students; conducting community service projects that encourage health promotion and disease prevention; participating in activities that are designed to encourage young people who have an interest in health professions; and fostering relationships between African-American physicians, medical students, pre-medical students, and youth. Members of the UCLA Drew Chapter of SNMA accomplish these goals through participation in the following programs and activities:

  • PROJECT SANTA CLAUS: This project brings holiday joy into the lives of pediatric patients and underserved children in the King/Drew Medical Center community through a day filled with games, food and fun.
  • SYNERGY HEALTH FAIR: SNMA’s annual health fair, now in its 7th year, aims to address the health needs of underrepresented minority populations.
  • PROJECT EASTER BUNNY: This project aims to enrich the lives of youth in the Watts-Willowbrook Community by providing an Easter egg hunt and a visit from the Easter Bunny.
  • MINORITY ASSOCIATION OF PRE-HEALTH STUDENTS (MAPS) AFFILIATION: Through social and community service activities with the UCLA Black Pre-Health Organization, and the UCLA Academic Advancement Program, SNMA encourages minority undergraduates to pursue careers in the health professions.
  • MEDICAL STUDENT SUPPORT PROGRAMS: SNMA encourages the retention of current medical students through test packets, mock practical exams and African-American Student Support Group.
  • MINORITY HEALTH CONFERENCE: This annual conference is designed for medical students interested in serving the underserved with medical education being a major theme. Students from UCLA and USC organize the conference and its keynote speakers include physicians with substantial experience working in underserved communities.
  • YOUTH SCIENCE ENRICHMENT PROGRAM (YSEP): Through partnerships with the Dublin Avenue C.I.R.C.L.E. and the Drew Project 2000 program, SNMA meets the YSEP objectives by exposing elementary school children to the health sciences and medical students of color through classroom presentations and mentorship.