• Student Liaison to the Student National Medical Association

    This page provides details on the responsibilities, eligibility requirements, and amount of travel associated with this position. If you would like to apply for this position, please check the opportunity summary box to determine whether applications are currently being accepted. 

    In 2003, the AAFP Board of Directors approved the creation of a student liaison to the Student National Medical Association (SNMA). Established in 1964 by Howard University College of Medicine students and Meharry Medical College students, the SNMA is the nation’s oldest and largest organization focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of color. SNMA is committed to assuring that students of color are encouraged to consider and prepare for medical and scientific careers.

    SNMA programs and activities are implemented by local chapters based at allopathic and osteopathic medical schools throughout the country. These programs are designed to:

    • Serve the health needs of underrepresented communities
    • Assure that medical services are sensitive to the needs of culturally diverse populations


    • Disseminate information through SNMA regional directors about relevant AAFP activities
    • Provide quarterly reports to SNMA’s External Affairs Committee on AAFP activities of interest to students
    • Attend the FMIG Network Student Leader Orientation
    • Give an annual report during the National Congress of Student Members during AAFP’s National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students
    • Participate in monthly conference calls with FMIG Network student leaders

    Opportunity Summary

    Term: January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021
    AAFP/SNMA collaboration, FMIGs
    Time Commitment: Substantial (meetings, communication)
    Travel: Yes

    Meet Current Student Leaders
    Read Annual Reports

    Questions? Contact AAFP Leadership staff at getinvolved@aafp.org

    Eligibility Criteria

    • Medical student in good academic standing
    • Member of the AAFP
    • Member of the SNMA
    • Interested in promoting family medicine in medical schools through SNMA and FMIG activities
    • Able to attend the AAFP National Conference and the SNMA Annual Medical Education Conference

    Time commitment away from medical school: Approximately 12-14 days (includes weekends) for travel and attendance at meetings

    Funding: The AAFP will provide funding to attend the annual SNMA meeting and AAFP's National Conference according to AAFP policy.

    Application details: Required elements of the application include: Letter of Interest; Letter of Chapter Support; Faculty Letter; Participation Form (to be signed by dean of medical school); and a Photo. Letters and forms can be uploaded or requested through the online application system. All materials must be received by the AAFP by the application deadline. For detailed information on application materials, visit the How to Apply page. Once you're ready to begin your application, click the Apply Now button on the sidebar of this page. The application system allows users to save and return to their application before submitting it. Please note: it is important to connect with your local AFP chapter as soon as possible to express your interest in this position.

    Meeting Schedule

    MEETING DATES Location
    FMIG Network Student Leader Orientation January 2021 (TBA) Leawood, KS
    SNMA Annual Medical Education Conference Spring 2021 TBA
    National Conference July 28-31, 2021 Kansas City, MO