Student National Medical Association (SNMA) | Minority Association of Premedical Students (MAPS) | Gender & Sexuality Alliance  | Social Justice Coalition (SJC)

The Office of Diversity & Inclusion is proud to partner with a number of diversity-related medical student organizations.


SNMAStudent National Medical Association (SNMA)

Student National Medical Association (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 chapters based at allopathic and osteopathic medical schools throughout the nation, and some colleges, implement our programs and activities locally. SNMA programs are designed to serve the health needs of underserved communities and communities of color. In addition, SNMA is dedicated both to ensuring that medical education and services are culturally sensitive to the needs of diverse populations and to increasing the number of African-American, Latino, and other students of color entering and completing medical school.

The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) Mentor Program is designed to support underrepresented, minority pre-medical students as they pursue their education. The program provides encouragement to future students through relationships with current medical students.

Mentors encourage and guide the participants, showing them important aspects of life in Medical School, and recommend activities that will help them create a competitive application. At the same time, mentees learn about the admissions process, gaining the skills needed for successful matriculation into Medical School.


Minority Association of Premedical Student (MAPS)

mapsphotoThe Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (MAPS), UVM chapter, serves students from underrepresented groups through mentorship and activities. Group members explore opportunities within the health profession through informational programs, networking, and volunteering.

MAPS organizes several workshops throughout the year,including a simulation center tour, a mixer with SNMA medical student mentors, and sessions which give pre-med students a preview of the admissions process. Membership is open to all undergraduate and pre-medical students.

This pipeline program is sponsored by Student National Medical Association.



Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA)

The purpose of the Gender and Sexuality Alliance is to foster a nurturing and supportive environment for transgender, bisexual, lesbian, gay, and ally students, and to ensure all students have the skills and resources to become skilled health care providers for people of all genders and sexual orientations.

Social Justice Coalition

The UVM College of Medicine Social Justice Coalition (SJC) is an alliance of medical student interest groups (SIGs), who work in conjunction with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, which seek to promote social justice through education, advocacy, and action.

As an organization whose members are future physicians, the SJC will engage the College of Medicine community around issues related to equity, social justice, discrimination and the promotion of cultural competency in medicine. Some of the goals discussed at the SJC Inaugural meeting were to promote collaboration amongst member groups to champion each other's and efforts for each of their different causes, to help the Vermont Integrated Curriculum progress in terms of cultural competency, and provide statements of support to the College of Medicine about initiatives that are seen as important to the mission of inclusion and diversity at UVM COM.

The following groups are current members of the UVM COM Social Justice Coalition:

  • Office of Diversity and Inclusion/Dean's Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (ODI/DACDI)
  • American Medical Association at UVM (AMA)
  • Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA)
  • Student National Medical Association at UVM (SNMA)
  • American Medical Women's Association at UVM (AMWA)
  • Ethics SIG
  • Global Health SIG
  • Medical Spanish SIG
  • Medical Students for Reproductive Justice (MSRJ)
  • Refugee Health SIG
  • Palliative Care SIG
  • Wellness Committee

What is Social Justice?

Social justice is defined as "... promoting a just society by challenging injustice and valuing diversity." It exists when "all people share a common humanity and therefore have a right to equitable treatment, support for their human rights, and a fair allocation of community resources." In conditions of social justice, people are "not be discriminated against, nor their welfare and well-being constrained or prejudiced on the basis of gender, sexuality, religion, political affiliations, age, race, belief, disability, location, social class, socioeconomic circumstances, or other characteristic of background or group membership" (Toowoomba Catholic Education, 2006).