Student National Medical Association
Weill Cornell Chapter

The Curriculum

The Curriculum
The SNMA was established to serve the needs of the minority medical student and to produce an increasing number of minority physicians. In addition, the SNMA serves as a gateway of positive interaction with young minority students interested in a career in science and/or medicine. We are the future doctors of tomorrow and, as such, we have an obligation to serve as a resource for our communities.

Since 1974, Weill Cornell has fostered the educational pursuits of minority students interested in a career in medicine. Currently, Weill Cornell Medical College boasts a record of graduating over 400 minority physicians with numbers still rising. In addition, eighteen percent of our student body consists of underrepresented minorities as designated by the Association of American Medical Colleges. This percentage is among the highest in the nation as well as in New York State. Weill Cornell has a reputation of embracing medical students from many different walks of life and strives to diversify its student population in order to reflect the changing healthcare system.

Chapter President:
Nneoma Adaku
Chapter Vice-President:
Francesca Voza

Chapter Contact Information:
Weill Cornell Medical College
Office of Student Affairs
c/o Student National Medical Association
445 East 69th Street, Room 110
New York, NY 10021
National Contact Information:
SNMA National Office
1012 Tenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 371-1616 phone
(202) 371-5675 fax

The Curriculum
Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program
The Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPREP) was developed in 1989 by the Weill Cornell chapter of the SNMA. It is now a national program addressing the issues of declining enrollment rates of underrepresented minorities, specifically in medicine and generally in the health professions. The program exposes high school sophomores and juniors to science-related activities. HPREP also teaches students about specific career fields and the steps needed to become a physician or other health care provider.

During the ten-week program, 10th and 11th grade high school students are exposed to physicians and health care professional from minority groups. These professionals give lectures on a broad range of topics and, in addition, the students participate in small group workshops led by medical students. The participants are also required to submit a short research paper on a pre-approved subject at the conclusion of the program.

For further information on these activities at Weill Cornell, please contact our chapter's coordinators at

Jonathan Galati
Nicole Luche
Jae Seong No
Edwin Rosendo
Iyan Younus

HPREP 2017 Application Packet

Weill Cornell Youth Scholars Program (WCYSP)
Weill Cornell Youth Scholars Program is a three-week summer enrichment program targeting underprivileged and underrepresented high school juniors and seniors who have an interest in science and medicine and use the vast educational resources available at WCMC and NYPH. The WCYSP embodies the idea that early intervention is critical to shaping a student's future, and therefore seeks to endow students with the skills and experience necessary to fulfill their vast potential. It is important to expose students early to the rigors of a medical training since it can help develop the necessary attitudes to an education, interpersonal skills, and self-confidence that a students would need to be successful academically. It is also important to inspire students to set academic and professional goals and encourage them to work cooperatively and think critically. The curriculum consists of basic science lectures (primarily given by medical students, residents, and physicians), faculty spotlight sessions, Problem Based Learning sessions, mentor/mentee sessions, and visit to the anatomy lab. The topics discussing during the lectures included medial ethics, organ systems biology, nutrition, infectious disease, embryology, disease pathogenesis, immunology, and chronic conditions. The WCYSP starts on the first Monday of July and runs four days a week, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

For further information on these activities at Weill Cornell, please contact our chapter's coordinator at

Daniel Kramer

WCYSP 2017 Application Packet

MAPS at Weill Cornell Medical College
The Minority Association for Pre-Health Students (MAPS) is an organization targeted toward undergraduate pre-medical students. The MAPS institution for the Weill Cornell chapter of the SNMA is Barnard College, and through the efforts of these two schools the MAPS program hopes to increase the matriculation of pre-medical students into professional health related programs by providing information, materials, and mentorship opportunities. In 2000, Barnard College was awarded MAPS chapter of the year at the SNMA National Conference in Los Angeles.

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