Thank you for making the 4th annual LMSA Southeast Regional Conference at the University of Miami such a huge success!!!! We had over 60 medical and premedical students and residents attend and take part in the day’s events which included workshops on MCAT prep, mock interviews, student panels, and advocacy and research talks. The day also held several motivating keynote speakers including Dr. Luis Alfredo Palacio Gonzalez, former president of Ecuador, and a pioneer in medical education in his country, as well as this one. We also heard from Dr. Samuel Arce, Vice Chairman of NHMA, who has occupied the position of Assistant Director for the Family Practitioner program at Jamaica Hospital. Our third keynote speaker, Dr. Sonjia Kenya, actively tackles health disparities in chronic diseases and was recognized as one of Miami’s top 20 leaders under 40 years old by the Miami Herald. Along with the various networking opportunities available through out the weekend, students also had the chance to participate in a poster presentation session on Saturday, and a hands on educational community service project on Sunday.
Once again, the entire LMSA SE board thanks you for taking the initiative towards becoming leaders in your own communities and taking advantage of the programming we had to offer. Stay tuned for next year’s conference date and location which will be a joint Regional and National venture.
LMSA Southeast is composed of ten states (divided into northern and southern sections.)
The northern section of our region covers North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The southern section of our region covers Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, and Mississippi. We have also recently incorporated Puerto Rico and the Caribbean medical schools.
As regional partner of the Latino Medical Student Association we enjoy the opportunity to collaborate with medical students nationwide to foster a diverse array of pre-medical and medical students, provide a voice for Latino medical students within the region, and emphasize the importance of volunteerism through community outreach.
We strive to promote compassion and service, academic excellence and leadership opportunities among our regional members. The sense of national unity among the regions is a priority to us. By contributing to national unified efforts by all 5 regions we hope to enhance the mission of the network. Our goal is to equip our members with the tools to successfully give back to the community as tomorrow’s physicians.
Through mentorship and scholarship opportunities we can enhance student exposure to the many aspects of medicine at the pre-medical and medical student level. We seek to engage students in research and clinical arenas via efforts from faculty mentors to guide the future generation of Latino physicians.
With these thoughts in mind, we continue to work towards strengthening our efforts with the 5 regions in developing future physician leaders who will give back to the community and pave the way for future generations.
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