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Health Policy Scholars Shine at SNMA Conference in Washington D.C.

The Student National Medical Association celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Annual Medical Education Conference (AMEC), held April 16-20, 2014 in Washington, DC. Founded in 1964, at Howard University and Meharry Medical College, the SNMA is firmly committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students, addressing the needs of the underserved community, and to increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent, and social conscious physicians. Meharry Medical College School of Medicine was well-represented at AMEC 2014 sending 14 students to serve as delegates. Three Meharry students, including Health Policy Scholars Tulani Washington-Plaskett and Christopher Watson, presented original research at the conference and fielded questions from scholars and audience members. 

Dr. Wilbert C. Jordan Research Forum Presenters:

Tulani Washington-Plaskett, MS-III

Taryn Smith, MS-III

Christopher D. Watson, MS-III

Additionally, Meharry Medical College was the only school of medicine from its region to win awards at the conference. Meharry's SNMA Chapter won 1st Place for the Community Service Poster Session, presented by Washington-Plaskett and Watson. “Into the Streets: Community Health Outreach in Barbershops and Beauty Shops” was the name of the winning project.  This was a student-led community outreach effort where students partnered with local Nashville barbershop and beauty salons to educate community members about certain health risks that most commonly affect minority. Christopher D. Watson was awarded the Clinical Sciences Membership Scholarship.  

Three Meharry students will serve on the newly elected Region X Executive Board: 

Assistant Regional Director – Christopher D. Watson, MS-III

Regional Treasurer – Zalika Nisbeth, MS- III

Regional Parliamentarian - Estevana Isaac, MS-I

Congratulations to these students and the entire SNMA Meharry Chapter. President Tulani-Washington Plaskett, MS-III and outgoing Regional Treasurer JaMia Washington, MS-III organized a successful year and trip to the conference.