Four Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine students accompanied Vicki T. Sapp, PhD, director of student engagement, diversity and inclusion and a faculty member to the Annual Medical Education Conference (AMEC) in Philadelphia, April 17-21.
The conference, entitled, "The Call for Excellence: Improving the Future of Medicine through Leadership, Service, and Activism," included interactive workshops and sessions designed to prepare premed and medical students to become socially competent and clinically excellent physicians. The event also gave students a chance to network with their peers nationwide.
The conference is associated with the Student National Medical Association (SNMA). SNMA is committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students, addressing the needs of underserved communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent and socially conscious physicians. SNMA, now an independent corporation, was founded as a sub-division of the National Medical Association (NMA), the largest and oldest national organization representing African American physicians and their patients in the United States.