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Underrepresented Medical Students

The following organizations are available to increase diversity and awareness for all Johns Hopkins medical students.

The Student National Medical Association (SNMA): As the oldest national, student-led organization supporting underrepresented minority medical students in the United States, the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) serves the needs of Black, Latino, and Native American Students through monthly meetings faculty forums, community activities and recruitment of prospective students. Information on the Johns Hopkins University Chapter

The Black Graduate Student Association at Johns Hopkins: The purpose of the Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA) is to provide a support network whose ultimate aim is to promote the academic success of African, African American and Afro Caribbean graduate students at Johns Hopkins University.

The Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) is a network of students, alumni, and health professionals whose mission is to promote the development of Latino students through educational, volunteer, professional and networking opportunities to foster diversity, higher education, and the improvement of the Latino community. For more information about Johns Hopkins LMSA Chapter, please visit our Facebook page or contact us at For more information about the national LMSA organization.

Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA): The JHUSOM APAMSA chapter is part of a national organization of medical and pre-medical students committed to addressing the unique health challenges of Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) communities. In addition to education and service events, we also host a variety of cultural, advocacy, social, and mentoring events to increase awareness of APIA issues and build community at the medical campus. Please see the MedWiki to find current board members and their contact information.

South Asian Medical Student Association (SAMSA): The South Asian Medical Student Association (SAMSA) strives to foster dialogue about South Asian health issues, enrich and participate in the diverse community at Hopkins, and organize cultural events for both South Asian and non-South Asian health professionals. To meet its goals, SAMSA hosts two annual panels to discuss pertinent health topics relevant to South Asians, like mental health, cardiovascular disease, and nutrition in South Asian communities. SAMSA also organizes cultural events like Diwali-week events, trips to Navratri Garba dance festivals, potlucks, and movie screenings. To learn more about SAMSA, please visit their Facebook page.

Biomedical Scholars Association is a tri-school organization that supports minority graduate students and postdoctoral fellows academically, professionally, and socially within the Johns Hopkins Medical Institute community. We have members in the Schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing.

Middle Eastern Student Association (MESA): The Middle Eastern Student Association (MESA) is group of trainees and faculty whose goal is to celebrate middle eastern culture and add to the diversity at Johns HopkinsThis group will provide a non-religious and non-political platform through which middle eastern students create and build personal and professional relationships. The mission of this group is to foster personal development and excellence through volunteering, mentorship and networking.

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