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Minority Men in Medicine targets undergraduate pre-health minority men in an effort to provide mentorship and guidance to this under-represented community.

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Each month SNMA holds a round table discussion where housestaff and local physicians speak. These discussions expose students to different medical specialties and address the concerns of minority students in medicine. These interactions help create a support network between medical students and area physicians.


Minority Men In Medicine is an auxiliary of the Student National Medical Association.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

[toastmasters] 2/12 Open House - Please talk this up

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Room 527 Health Sciences Library


Tom Kost, former Director in Molecular Discovery Research at GlaxoSmithKline, will present concepts that professionals and graduate students should consider when preparing and giving scientific or technical presentations. Kost will give a 30 minute presentation and answer questions from the audience. Portions of a Toastmasters meeting will be demonstrated, also: speech evaluation and short impromptu speaking practice.


Light refreshments will be provided.


Toastmasters prepares you to give presentations with confidence, think quickly and clearly, and become a strong leader.

BELL TOWER TOASTMASTERS Club 1048, District 37

Chapel Hill, NC - Meets Every Tuesday 12:00pm - 1:00pm.
Room 227 Health Sciences Library, South Columbia Street, UNC at Chapel Hill Campus

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Lupus: the great imitator



Posted: 18 Apr 2013 08:05 AM PDT

katherine_greenImagine yourself as a young woman who by all accounts appears healthy. One day you experience flu like symptoms, see your physician, and are sent home with the usual: sleep, hydrate, take two of these, and you get better. But do you? Some time passes and you become sick again, this time with a different gamut of symptoms including recurring infections, joint pains, headaches, fatigue, depression, rashes, etc.  As a result, you find yourself in and out of this complicated domestic health care delivery system, seeing one physician/specialist after another and are left with little to no answers.

Fast forward a few years. You're now in your mid-twenties and have found a personal physician who took the time to listen to your story of diverse symptoms. After reviewing our current symptoms, laboratory tests, and medical history, you finally have the answer to the question you've been asking yourself for years: Why am I always sick? You have systemic lupus.

What is lupus? It is Mysterious. Debilitating. Insufferable. Undiscriminating.

Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can often appear asymptomatic. It evolves over time and manifests with various, signs, symptoms, and clues, which eventually signal its presence. It's also known as the "imitator disease", because the symptoms often point to any number of other diseases. From on-set of initial indicators, to an eventual diagnosis, the process can take anywhere from 3-7 years. People of all races and ethnic groups can develop lupus. Lupus strikes mostly women of childbearing age (15-44). However, men, children, and teenagers develop lupus too. Women of color are 2-3 times more likely to develop lupus.

Can you live a "normal" life with lupus? Sure, but the first step is receiving a diagnosis so you can effectively manage your disease. Lupus is a disease of flares (the symptoms worsen and you feel ill) and remissions (the symptoms improve and you feel better). Lupus can range from mild to life-threatening and should always be treated by a doctor. With good medical care, most people with lupus can lead a full life. But a large subset of people with lupus are underprivileged, underserved, and often times have limited resources, such as health insurance or means to obtain health coverage. With extreme cases of lupus, work is difficult and without a support network comprised of family, a community, and/or employment, many people are left without medical attention.

When I started working with The Lupus Foundation of America, DC/MD/VA (LFA-DMV) my knowledge of lupus was limited. I have been in the Public Health sector for the larger part of my professional career and lupus was not really on my radar. I didn't realize what a mystery this disease in fact was until I started working with the organization. I am a firm believer that health care is a right not a privilege. Upon becoming part of this small chapter team, it became readily apparent what an impact this group of people makes in the lives of 80,000 individuals affected by lupus living in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. We are the only chapter that has a Patient Navigation program that includes support and resources to anyone affected by lupus in our service area at no cost to the individual. A number of the people who seek our help at LFA-DMV are underinsured or uninsured. Many are newly diagnosed, scared, and looking for answers and help.

Lupus is a multifaceted disease that can attack any organ system in the body including the skin, lungs, heart, brain, and kidneys. There is no known cause and no known cure. Research and awareness is needed, as only one drug has been approved specifically for lupus in the past 50 years. Lupus doesn't have to remain a mystery, nor an unknown. Through advocacy and awareness, we can bring this dark disease to light and work towards finding a cure. With all the benefits of the Affordable Care Act kicking in next year, more people will have access to care and resources, but lupus needs a bigger voice. I ask you to join me, and advocate for those that need a voice NOW and help us solve this mystery. The largest lupus awareness event in the area is taking place on Saturday, April 27th. You have the opportunity to walk with us down Pennsylvania Avenue and take steps towards a cure. This powerful event unites members of the lupus community and gives hope to those fighting this disease. Get involved today!

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Katherine Green is a Health Care Advocacy and Communication Consultant with Strategic Partnerships, LLC. Among other health agencies and nonprofits she currently is working with the Lupus Foundation of America, DC/MD/VA. Some of her previous achievements include working with PATH, Malaria Vaccine Initiative on the clinical management team. The RTS,S malaria vaccine  candidate which the team worked on reduces malaria by approximately one-third in African infants. In addition, she worked with the Centers for Disease Control on developing systematic questions about gender and sexuality used by The National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) and other national health initiatives.

Link to Disruptive Women in Health Care

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Watch Your Mouth

ABC News: Watch Your Mouth! http://goo.gl/mag/EX7m4JR

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

In memoriam: Zora Brown



In memoriam: Zora Brown

Posted: 26 Mar 2013 06:55 AM PDT

zora_brownEarlier this month, the world lost a great advocate for cancer research and awareness: Zora Brown. Brown, who was a trustee for the Foundation for the Prevention and Cure of Cancer at the American Association for Cancer Research, struggled with multiple bouts of breast and ovarian cancer. She drew on her own experiences in her advocacy for women, especially African-American women, with cancer.

In a statement from AACR, CEO Margaret Foti said, "There is a hole in our hearts as we mourn the loss of Zora Brown, who despite her many years of dealing with two cancers and multiple relapses, maintained an amazing and courageous spirit that inspired everyone around her…. In her memory and honor, we will do our utmost to work even harder to expedite the prevention and cure of this disease that takes the lives of so many."

Read the full statement by AACR here.

Disruptive Women salutes Zora Brown for her tireless advocacy and generous spirit.Link to Disruptive Women in Health Care

Monday, March 11, 2013

Summer Scholarships and Opportunities!

Traci L. Wilson-Kleekamp, Director of Diversity & Outreach Initiatives. University of Missouri, School of Medicine Box# MA202D Dean's Office, Columbia, MO 65212. 573/884-0323 (direct) 573/239-0858 (cell)

Just a quick reminder – applications must be received by this Friday, March 15, 2013

Program Summary

The Office of Research at the University of Missouri School of Medicine  coordinates a summer research program for undergraduates enrolled at other institutions outside of the State of Missouri.

The objective of the program is to recruit underrepresented and underserved students to the medical school with the goal of improving diversity and inclusion in the clinical medicine workforce.

The program runs for nine weeks (Wednesday May 29, 2013 – Friday, July 27, 2013), with travel days being Tuesday, May 28, and Saturday, July 27.  

Students selected for the program live in on-campus, air-conditioned housing (double rooms), and receive a full meal plan, covered by the program.

Summer interns also are provided with funds to cover one hour of academic/research credit, travel to and from Columbia, and a stipend of $3,400.

Students will work on their own research project under the guidance of an MU School of Medicine faculty mentor and present their results at a poster forum at the end of the summer (July 26). 


To download the application and for more information about eligibility, please visit: http://medicine.missouri.edu/internship/



Other Resources and Opportunities

1. Wake Forest University has an opportunity for minority students to attend its MBA program for FREE, and so far, the response has been very poor. Please pass along this opportunity to your friends, families. This is a great school and a tremendous opportunity to attend a top graduate school. See the details below, the contact person is: Derrick S. Boone, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Marketing, Rm. 3139 Worrell Professional Center, Babcock Graduate School of Management - Wake Forest University_ WINSTON_SALEM N.C 27109-8738 email:
derrick.boone@mba.wfu.edu or visit www.wfu.edu phone# toll free (866) 925-3622

2. Black Male Teachers needed. Do you know any Black Males who are seniors in high school who want to go to college out of state for FREE? The CALL ME M ISTER program offered by 4 historically black colleges in South Carolina, Benedict College, Chaflin University, Morris College, and South Carolina State University - visit the
www.callmemister.clemson.edu/index.htl details online application or call 1.800.640.2657

3. Harvard University is offering free tuition to families of HONOR STUDENTS whose income is less than $125,000 per year. Visit
www.fao.fas.harvard.edc or call 617.495.1581.

4. Syracuse University School of Architecture is desperately seeking young women and men of color interested in pursuing a 5 yr. professional degree in Architecture. Contact: Mark Robbins, Dean School of Architecture, 201 Slocum Hall, Syracuse , NY 13244-1250 (315) 443-256

5. A free pair of eyeglasses from Target for any child ages 12 and under brings a valid prescription for glasses from their doctor. You can find stores with optical departments

6. APPLY NOW - If you have/know young adults between the ages of 18-31 with a High School Diploma. Can earn up to $100,000 and earn benefits. The Federal Aviation Association is taking application for Air Traffic Controller School visit the website

Reposting from African Diaspora Forum  via our sister: Elizabeth Natasha Ngonzi


Saturday, February 16, 2013

Clinical Skills TBL workshop Feb 21st - Invitation

My name is Askia Dunnon. I am now a second year medical student at UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine and serving as the co-chair of Minority Men in Medicine student group. The Minority Men in Medicine is a medical student ran organization focused on mentoring and recruiting minority males into higher education and the healthcare professions.
We are holding a clinical skills Team Based Learning workshop on February 21st from 5pm until 6pm on UNC's Campus, Bondurant Hall (room TBA) inviting  high school students/undergrads/med students/graduate students/lab techs etc. It will be a small venue including a few medical students to assist as you  work through clinical cases under the supervision of a physician. The purpose is to demonstrate critical thinking and team work.  Also, below is a list of some of our planned events for the Spring semester.
If any students are interested they can sign up on the registration link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFFLcmtnaWdmT21LTnBWd05aMTk0X2c6MQ#gid=0
In our last meeting we had an intimate meeting of undergrads and medical students from UNC. We were fortunate to have some very influential people stop by: Dr. Cedric Bright, Assistant Dean of the Office of Special Programs and Admissions and Dr. Seun Omofoye, a 1st year Neurosurgery Resident and co-founder of MMM. Both gentlemen shared some pearls of wisdom with the group. There was pizza and drinks and we discussed some future plans. Topics discussed included the indispensability of perseverance, our various paths to medicine, MCAT prep, studying skills in general, t-shirts, and the future plans detailed below.
  • Feb 7th - Study Hall (study skills for undergrads)
  • Feb 21st - TBL clinical skills (Dr. McNeal-Trice, et al) "learning as a team"
  • April 4th - Volunteer Oppurtunity, Details in the works
  • April 18th - End of Year mixer - Stay tuned!
  • TBA - Mixer with Minority Women in Medicine, UNC Chapter
Askia K.B. Dunnon, MS
Doctor of Medicine Candidate, 2015
UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine
(c) 252.412.7214

Sunday, January 27, 2013

MMM T-shirt design

Do you have artistic skills? Know someone who does? Join our T-shirt design contest and get your logo immortalized. The Minority Men in Medicine will be posting the submissions on our website and judging the design in two weeks! The design should be simple and encompass the vision of MMM: to increase the presence of URM males in various fields to meet the needs of our ever evolving population. Our approach is three-fold: to INCREASE the number of minority professionals, PROMOTE men's health, and to ADVOCATE for public health/human rights issues locally and abroad ...
We look forward to seeing your creative efforts. And spread the word!
Askia K.B. Dunnon
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - School of Medicine
M.D. Candidate, 2015

UNC-Student National Medical Association
From: Dunnon, Askia Khalfani
Sent: ‎January‎ ‎26‎, ‎2013 ‎10‎:‎15‎ ‎AM
To: UNC 2nd Year Medical School Students
Subject: Minority Men TBL workshop
Guys, you are invited to participate in the Minority Men in Medicine's clinical skills TBL workshop for high school, undergrads and medical students held on Feb 21st at Bondurant Hall, room TBA. To register please follow the link http://bit.ly/W6yL68
To find out more about who and what we are see our blog (http://uncmmm.blogspot.com) and our new national page(http://www.minoritymen.org/about.php#.UQPx1h3onSg)
Askia K.B. Dunnon
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - School of Medicine
M.D. Candidate, 2015

UNC-Student National Medical Association