Shonte McKenzie, Juliet Okoroh, Angela Asemota, John McNeil
Members of the UCSD chapter of SNMA (Student National Medical Association)
attended the Annual Medical Education Conference in Chicago this spring where they accepted the award
SNMA Chapter of the Year. This meeting is the largest gathering of minority medical students
in the country and is designed to nurture future leaders, facilitate networking, provide continuing
education, and enhance career development.
Angela Asemota, MS III, President of the SNMA UCSD chapter was the prime mover for the UCSD chapter
meeting and worked tirelessly to put on the event that lead to UCSD's SNMA award.
Angela had this to say about her experience in Chicago: "It was amazing to meet so many medical
students working toward the same goal and to address the many questions pre-medical students had
about UCSD School of Medicine."
Juliet Okoroh, MS II, added, "The SNMA was an eye-opening experience that allowed me to network with
members from different regions. I was genuinely inspired by the . . . guest speakers as well as
stories from residents."
Both students expressed the desire to use this experience to find ways to increase minority student
enrollment at UCSD and on campuses across the country.