October 21, 2005

Student group’s national meeting kicks off today

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The Vine Hill Community Clinic, operated by the School of Nursing, is in the midst of a growth phase aimed at boosting the number of patients the clinic is able to serve.
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Student group’s national meeting kicks off today

The Vanderbilt University School of Medicine chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is hosting a regional conference Oct. 21 and 22 for SNMA members, non-SNMA medical students and pre-med undergraduates enrolled in six schools spanning Tennessee and Kentucky.

SNMA, founded in 1964 at the Howard University School of Medicine and Meharry Medical College, is the nation's oldest and largest student organization focused on the needs and concerns of minority medical students.

The theme for this year's conference is “Beyond the White Coat: Defining our Obligations as Future Physicians.”

Vanderbilt is joining medical and pre-medical students from the University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, Meharry Medical College, the University of Tennessee at Memphis and East Tennessee State University for this weekend's event.

Emory University Associate Dean and Director of Multicultural Medical Student Affairs Robert Lee, Ph.D., will deliver a special keynote address at the conference.

Vanderbilt faculty speaking at the event include Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Paul Hain, M.D., and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education Bonnie Miller, M.D.

Other speakers include Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt professor of Surgery Steven Stain, M.D.

The conference will end with a closing banquet at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, at the Peabody Rotunda that features a keynote address from Vanderbilt Medical School alum Lawrence Sanders, M.D., MBA. A social activity for attendees will follow at 10 p.m.

On-site registration is 5-7 p.m. Friday and 7-8 a.m. Saturday in the lobby of Light Hall. About 80 registrations are confirmed and late registrations will be accepted, with VMS students and undergraduates receiving a $15 discount on the $55 fee for the weekend of activities.