Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Student National Medical Association


The Student National Medical Association (SNMA), established in 1964 at Howard University, is the oldest and largest student-run organization focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of color. SNMA is a national organization with more than 60 chapters throughout the United States. Our mission is to support current and future underrepresented minority medical students, while addressing the needs of underserved communities and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent and socially conscious physicians.

SNMA has been in existence at Jefferson for more than 41 years. Our chapter strives to provide forums for the discussion of issues, service project development and organizational business. Members participate in the Diversity Council, student interviews, and host minority students for interview day. As a member of the national SNMA, we participates in national protocols, annual conventions and regional meetings. 

Ongoing projects include: 

  • Undergraduate pipeline recruitment programs 
  • Community Service 
  • Lunch time talks 
  • Black History Month Celebrations 
  • National and Regional Conference attendance 

Planned activities include: 

  • Student mentoring program 
  • Martin Luther King Service Day activities MAPS undergraduate chapter