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Hopkins To Host Student National Medical Association (SNMA) Region Vi Annual Conference


DEC. 6, 2005, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University Chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) will host the 2005 SNMA Region VI annual conference on Dec. 10 on Hopkins’s East Baltimore medical campus. This year’s conference will focus on the causes and consequences of the shortage of minority men in the medical profession, as well as their historic contributions to medical knowledge and public health.

Conference workshops and other events will be held in the Carpenter Room, Room 202, Room 215, Room 217, and the Alumni Auditorium in the School of Nursing Building, and in Room 181, Room 182, and the Darner Site Visit Room in the Broadway Research Building.

Three School of Medicine professors and surgeons, cardiac surgeon Levi Watkins, M.D., trauma surgeon Edward Cornwell, M.D., and pediatric neurosurgeon Benjamin Carson, M.D., are to deliver keynote addresses. Watkins was the first African American to become a full professor of cardiac surgery at Hopkins and, in 1980, performed the world’s first human implantation of the automatic implantable defibrillator. Cornwell has earned numerous awards for his teaching and advocacy on behalf of gun and other violence prevention among urban youth. Carson, whose rise from ghetto poverty to surgical renown has been documented in books and documentaries, is well known for his separation of conjoined twins.

A highlight of the conference this year is a “summit meeting” of government officials, community leaders, educators and Baltimore teenagers, titled Dropped Out: Baltimore’s Missed Education, that will focus on Baltimore City’s high school drop-out rate and examine needs, problems, and solutions.

Established in 1964 by medical students at two of the nation’s best known historically black institutions, Howard University and Meharry Medical College, SNMA is the nation’s oldest and largest student organization focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of color. The SNMA currently has more than 5,000 members at 142 academic centers and universities across the country.

To participate in the conference, contact the Region VI director, Emily Haynes, at, or the conference co-chairs, Errol Fields, at, and Rory Goodwin, at, with any questions.


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