STANFORD UNIVERSITY MINORITY MEDICAL ALLIANCE (SUMMA)
32 years of service to the community
Thirty-tw years ago, Stanford medical students decided to organize the Stanford University Minority Medical Alliance (SUMMA) Conference with the goal of increasing diversity in the health professions to better care for underserved communities. The SUMMA annual pre-medical conference is one of the oldest on the west coast and draws hundreds of students from throughout the Bay Area and nation.
SUMMA is a coalition of Stanford medical student affinity groups, including representatives from the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA), First-Generation and/or Low-Income @ Stanford Medical School (FLI@SMS), Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA), Stanford American Indigenous Medical Students (SAIMS), Stanford Arab Leadership and Advocacy in Medicine (SALAM), Student National Medical Association (SNMA), LGBTQ-Meds, Muslim Medical Association (SMMA) and Medical Students with Disability and Chronic Illness (MSDCI). Together, SUMMA provides support to Stanford's diverse medical students as they work toward their degrees and to a future in health care with better outcomes for all patients. SUMMA student group members lead conference workshops and help plan the conference. It is their mentorship and personal journey that we hope will inspire the next generation of leaders in health care.
Office of Diversity in Medical Education (ODME)
Stanford University School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity in Medical Education is committed to increasing the number of underrepresented doctors and health care leaders, ensuring equal access to quality health care for America's increasingly diverse society. The ODME offers programs that support underrepresented students over time -- from middle school, through medical school, residency, and beyond. Our goal is to assist program participants in becoming culturally sensitive leaders in their communities as health care providers, educators, and researchers on minority health care issues.
First-Generation and/or Low-Income @ Stanford Medical School (FLI@SMS)
LGBTQ-Meds is dedicated to raising awareness of queer health issues and promoting equal social and political rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. LGBT-Meds additionally serves as a support group, safe space, and social group for all medical students, undergraduates, faculty and staff, regardless of sexual orientation, who are interested in queer health issues.
Stanford American Indigenous Medical Students (SAIMS)
SAIMS provides opportunities to exchange academic and professional information pertaining to the health care needs of Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiians. SAIMS has traditionally played a large role in recruiting junior college and university level Native American, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian pre-medical students to the Stanford University School of Medicine. Our recruitment efforts include, but are not limited to, participating in the organization of the annual SUMMA conference, speaking at local colleges and high schools, volunteering in Bay Area Indian Health Clinics, and mentoring Stanford undergraduates. In addition, SAIMS recruits speakers to campus in order to raise awareness of traditional perspectives and health issues. Lastly, every Spring quarter, SAIMS participates in the annual pow-wow (attendance 30,000) by coordinating the first aid booth and assisting the Arbor Screen Team in screening individuals for cholesterol, blood pressure, aand glucose levels.
Stanford Muslim Medical Association (SMMA)
The Stanford Muslim Medical Association (SMMA) is a student volunteer organization dedicated to fostering a spiritually nurturing, tolerant, and inclusive Muslim community at the Stanford School of Medicine and affiliated hospitals. SMMA further seeks to engage with the broader Stanford community and critically examine all issues around the practice of medicine as it pertains to the Muslim identity, culture, history, peoples, societies, politics, and the intersections therein. The SMMA is, at its core, a service-oriented group that seeks to maintain regular service activities, active mentorship programs, and educational programming.
Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA)
APAMSA is the nation’s only organization specifically representing East and South Asian American medical students. Our mission is to bring together those who are interested in health issues that affect the Asian-American community so that we may have a strong, collective, public, and political voice. We are interested in directly promoting the health and well-being of the Asian community. Stanford’s APAMSAchapter organizes annual speaker events, provides free health services in the community, and brings speakers to campus about Asian health. We also provide an important forum for APA students to meet, exchange information and experiences and development personally and professionally.
Latino Medical Students Association (LMSA)
LSMA has built a strong academic and social community at Stanford Medical School. Throughout the year, LSMA organizes many programs and events ranging from addressing issues of minority health in our underserved communities to mentoring, outreach and recruitment of Chicano/Latino students. We also promote diversity at the Medical School with celebrations of our culture and traditions. LSMA supports the personal and academic development of its members with opportunities for leadership, attendance at various professional conferences around the country, and a network of students with rich life experiences and fantastic ideas. The LSMA community welcomes all!
Medical Students with Disability and Chronic Illness (MSDCI)
Medical Students with Disability and Chronic Illness (MSDCI) provides a support system and platform for advocacy for students with disabilities and chronic illness. We are also opening the conversation about the difficulties of becoming a healthcare provider while having personal experiences with illness and disease, and how these experiences can better inform our colleagues and patient care.
Stanford Arab Leadership and Advocacy in Medicine (SALAM)
The Stanford Arab Leadership and Advocacy in Medicine organization was created to be an inclusive space for Arab-identifying medical students and health professionals at Stanford. We are dedicated to promoting the health and wellbeing of the Arab community through mentorship, leadership, and advocacy. The Arab Leadership and Advocacy in Medicine organization connects Arab students and faculty, organizes community health outreach and service events, raises awareness about important issues surrounding medical representation, and hosts panels on the health needs of Arab communities across the globe. Alongside those passionate about addressing the health challenges facing Arab communities, we hope to foster a collective space for personal and professional growth.
Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
The Student National Medical Association focuses on community service and educates its members regarding health care issues relevant to underserved communities. Members are committed to the improvement of the health of underserved communities. SNMA is the oldest national minority medical group in the nation. The Stanford chapter is predominately African American.