The Multicultural Alliance of Pre-Health Students(MAPS)
The City College MAPS chapter seeks to unite students from all cultural backgrounds, and from all pre-health courses of study (pre-medical, pre-veterinarian, pre-dental, pre-physician's assistant etc.), to eliminate health disparities.
Through our community service and our dedication to eliminating health disparities, we strive to provide ourselves and those around us with a larger sense of being. We stand strong in the light of the many that struggled before us, and we hope to make each step easier for those who come after us. We are the leaders of our communities and voices of reason and change.
MAPS functions locally at City College and nationally in association with the Student National Medical Association (SNMA). MAPS is the pre-health branch of the SNMA and represents the undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students of SNMA. MAPS chapters are spread throughout the country at over 150 undergraduate institutions. They are well integrated into SNMA's infrastructure, participating in regional and national events. MAPS chapters are self-governing under the guidance of regional and national bylaws. City College’s is hosted by the Mount Sinai School of Medicine SNMA chapter.
Student National Medical Association
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. Membership includes more than 8,000 medical students, pre-medical students, residents and physicians. Established in 1964 by medical students from Howard University and Meharry medical schools, the SNMA boasts over 40 years of service to underserved communities and medical students.
To be an official local MAPS member, one must attend at least 66% of MAPS meetings/events, and join at least one service committee (i.e. health fair committee, fundraising committee etc.). To become a national associate member, one can register online and pay a small membership fee: http://www.snma.org/member-registration.php
While it is not required that all MAPS members become SNMA associate members, benefits of becoming an associate member include:
-Eligible for SNMA Scholarships and Awards
-Able to attend Regional and National SNMA Conferences
-Discounts for Princeton Review prep courses and potential opportunities for scholarships or financial aid
-Networking with pre-health and medical students
-Chance to meet recruiters from professional schools ALL OVER the country
-Invited to serve on National SNMA Committees
-Access to academic support/resources
-Connected to the SNMA family and much more!
MAPS hosts various professional development seminars such as talks with medical and physician assistant students, physicians, and public health professionals. MAPS also hosts seminars on various issues related to health disparities and organizes a major health fair every year to help resolve such disparities. A number of dedicated members also receive funding to attend the Student National Medical Association American Medical Education Conference each year. In 2010, the conference was held in Chicago, IL, and thousands of students, health professionals and professional school recruitment representatives were present.