Stritch Medical Student Organization Named National Chapter of the Year

News Archive May 10, 2010

Stritch Medical Student Organization Named National Chapter of the Year

The Loyola Student National Medical Association honored for dedication, commitment to the needs of medical students of color
MAYWOOD, Ill. -- The Loyola Student National Medical Association (SNMA) has been awarded the P.R.I.D.E. Chapter of the Year Award at the SNMA Annual Medical Education Conference. "I am glad to share the good news that our SNMA chapter received a national award for all the many services and leadership accomplishments they have achieved in this academic year," said James G. Mendez, assistant dean for student affairs, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. "Our students continue to do great and meaningful work and represent Stritch well on both the local and national stage." The P.R.I.D.E. Chapter of the Year Award is given annually to the chapter that best exemplifies the founding principles of the SMNA, the nation's oldest and largest student organization focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of color. Those are: * Perseverance in academic achievement; * Recruitment and retention of minority students; * Intensity of advocacy and leadership; * Dedication to service and humanity and * Enthusiasm for SNMA. The Loyola Student National Medical Association Named National Chapter of the Year – Page 2 The 34-member Loyola SNMA was recognized for include starting a weekly tutoring program for elementary students, coordinating a letter-writing campaign in support of national health-care reform, executing a series of Black History Month programs, organizing the Taste of Loyola fundraiser and participating in the March for Health Equity in Selma, Ala. Membership in the SNMA is open to all students. Its programs address the health needs of underserved communities and communities of color. In addition, SNMA is dedicated to ensuring that medical education and services are culturally sensitive to the needs of diverse populations and to increasing the number of African-American, Latin and other students of color entering and completing medical school. Membership includes more than 8,000 medical students, pre-medical students, residents and physicians in the United States and in the Caribbean.
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine is located in a state-of-the-art educational facility on the campus of Loyola University Medical Center, 2160 S. First Ave., Maywood. The school, which provides instruction to 520 medical students, has been in the vanguard of institutions that have created new, active learning curricula to help students meet the challenges of 21st century health care. An estimated 8,000 to 9,000 students compete each year for 130 openings in the Stritch medical school's first-year class. In addition to the more than 500 students, Loyola's medical educational programs provide instruction and training to an estimated 400 residents and 100 fellows.
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