Welcome to the Student National Medical Association

Penn State College of Medicine Chapter

In 1964, students at Howard and Meharry Medical Colleges, in conjunction with the National Medical Association (NMA), established the Students National Medical Association (SNMA). The SNMA is the oldest and largest medical student organization dedicated to people of color and underserved communities.

The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) was established because of a need to produce competent and compassionate physicians to serve minority and indigent communities. These communities suffer from illnesses and deprivations that are both appalling and unacceptable in comparison to the majority community. SNMA was founded to foster within minority students an obligation to excellence and to produce quality health-care teams armed with the knowledge, skill and insight to practice medicine within underserved communities.  More...

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