Center of Excellence in Diversity in Medical Education

Medical Student Groups

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The Student National Medical Association (SNMA)

SNMA is the oldest and largest medical student organization dedicated to people of color.  We are committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students, addressing the needs of underserved communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent and socially conscious physicians. We do this through fun and culturally uplifting campus activities as well as community service outreach.  All are welcome to join! 

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The Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA)

LMSA is a network of students, alumni, and health professionals whose mission is to promote the development of Latino students through education, volunteerism, and professional networking opportunities that foster diversity, higher education, and the improved health of the Latino community. To this end LMSA promotes:

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The 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 premedical 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 powwow (attendance 30,000) by coordinating the first aid booth and assisting the Arbor Screen Team in screening individuals for cholesterol, blood pressure, and glucose levels.

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The 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. Stanford's APAMSA chapter organizes annual conferences, performs free health screenings at local community events and brings speakers to campus about Asian health. We also host social events for our members with other campus organizations and neighboring schools. For more information on APAMSA activities please visit

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