Student National Medical Association Hosts Region VIII’s Leadership Institute
October 31, 2023
On October 21, 2023, Drexel University College of Medicine’s Student National Medical Association (SNMA) had the honor of hosting Region VIII’s Leadership Institute (RLI). RLI was originated by our very own Dr. Leon McCrea during his tenure as the SNMA Region VIII director while attending the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. This conference was established to enhance the leadership skills of SNMA and MAPS (Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students) leaders and general members through educational seminars. This year’s theme was “The Transformative Art of Leadership: Changing Values Into Action.” Our keynote speaker, Dr. Yanick Vibert, truly embodied this title by emphasizing the importance of honoring your story, including the highs, the lows and the unforeseen. She highlighted that the hardships we endure on our path to medicine not only make us who we are, but also the physicians we aspire to become. Her speech was both impactful and inspiring, captivating all in attendance.
The conference also included a resident panel with physicians in the following specialties: family medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation, anesthesiology and general surgery. We were honored to have Drexel University College of Medicine and Drexel Pathway to Medical School (DPMS) alumni in attendance, Drs. Aderinsola Aderonmu and Adrian Oppong. The panelists offered wonderful guidance about the resident application process and discussed how we can exercise leadership skills in clinical practice when advocating and caring for patients.
Drexel University College of Medicine’s SNMA Chapter enjoyed hosting all in attendance and was honored to support current and future underrepresented minority medical students.
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