ODMA Affinity Groups
Brown Minority Housestaff Association (BMHA)
President: Drs. Sean Sanker and Alexis Thompson
The Brown Minority Housestaff Association (BMHA) aims to promote the advancement of underrepresented housestaff through mentorship, networking and advocacy. The BMHA seeks to increase the presence of underrepresented faculty and housestaff through active recruitment and community building within Brown, foster the development of professional and social connections that will increase retention of minority housestaff and faculty, and use the strength of a diverse workforce to more effectively meet the needs of a diverse population.
Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA)
2018-2019 Presidents: Gisel Bello, MD '21, Laureano Andrade Vicenty, MD '21
The Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) is a national organization founded to represent, support, educate, and unify US Latino medical students. The Alpert Medical School chapter strives to work toward these objectives in an inclusive environment and encourages students from all backgrounds to join. More specifically, LMSA aims to fulfill its mission through involvement in community service. They aim to improve the health of underserved communities by creating a communication network for medical students, physicians and leaders in our community serving underserved populations, supporting the efforts of other organizations committed to the improvement of healthcare access and quality of care, establishing a support network that will help foster a sense of community among members, and fostering the development of future Latino leaders in medicine.
2018-2019 Co-Directors: Harry VanDusen, MD '21; Adrian Chiem, MD ‘21; Fiona Chen, MD ‘21; Rebecca Raymond-Kolker, MD ‘21
Spectrum provides LGBTQ+ advocacy within the The Warren Alpert Medical School community. By facilitating connections with physician mentors and providing educational opportunities for medical students and other trainees, the organization fosters improvements in medical care for LGBTQ+ patient populations. Further, Spectrum works closely with the AMS administration to develop more inclusive and comprehensive curriculum. The organization also serves to support and celebrate LGBTQ+-identified individuals within the medical school and greater RI healthcare community. Spectrum also helps organize medical and graduate student social events to help foster the greater Brown LGBTQ+ community.
Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
2018-2019 Co-Presidents: Chibuikem Nwizu, MD '21 and Gabriel Onor, MD '21
The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is the nation's oldest and largest student organization focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of color. 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 as well as to increasing the number of African-American, Latino, and other students of color entering and completing medical school. The Brown Chapter of SNMA works toward this goal through programs and initiatives such as community health fairs which include blood pressure and diabetes screenings, bone marrow drives, and an annual on-campus educational event for high school students called Meet the Cadaver.