Student Association Wins National Diversity Award - Beyond Vital Signs
Student Association Wins National Diversity Award
Saint Louis University’s chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) received the association’s Leadership in Institutional Diversity Award. The SNMA award recognizes a university for serving as an outstanding example of leadership and innovation in promoting and maintaining institutional diversity.
Through their Community Health Coalition initiative, the 40 SLU chapter members work in conjunction with other medical school interest groups to provide underserved neighborhoods with flu shots, blood pressure and head and neck cancer screenings, and to spread awareness about organ donation and HIV. Students also invite notable speakers in the field of medicine to SLU and host numerous events that showcase diversity on campus.
"It's important to know the science of medicine and how to diagnose a patient, but if you can't identify with your patient, you will fail to connect with them on a personal level. This is a significant aspect of the patient-physician relationship," said Arielle Randolph, a second year medical student and co-president of the chapter. "As part of the SNMA mission, we strive not only to reach out to medically underserved communities, but also to talk to our classmates and faculty about diversity on campus and issues pertaining to health disparities."
"The best way for a student to become a fine physician is to be able to serve others," said Michael Railey, M.D., associate professor and associate dean of multicultural affairs. "The work that these students do through SNMA keeps them in connection with the people they are going to serve."
Throughout the year, SNMA hosts diversity awareness initiatives that educate medical students on how to deal with different types of people and also help communities with certain health care needs.