Monday, May 10, 2010

Stritch Medical Student Organization Named National Chapter of the Year

The Loyola Student National Medical Association honored for dedication, commitment to the needs of medical students of color

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- The Loyola Student National Medical Association (SNMA) has been awarded the P.R.I.D.E. Chapter of the Year Award at the SNMA Annual Medical Education Conference.

"I am glad to share the good news that our SNMA chapter received a national award for all the many services and leadership accomplishments they have achieved in this academic year," said James G. Mendez, assistant dean for student affairs, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. "Our students continue to do great and meaningful work and represent Stritch well on both the local and national stage."

The P.R.I.D.E. Chapter of the Year Award is given annually to the chapter that best exemplifies the founding principles of the SMNA, the nation's oldest and largest student organization focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of color. Those are:

* Perseverance in academic achievement;

* Recruitment and retention of minority students;

* Intensity of advocacy and leadership;

* Dedication to service and humanity and

* Enthusiasm for SNMA.

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The 34-member Loyola SNMA was recognized for include starting a weekly tutoring program for elementary students, coordinating a letter-writing campaign in support of national health-care reform, executing a series of Black History Month programs, organizing the Taste of Loyola fundraiser and participating in the March for Health Equity in Selma, Ala.

Membership in the SNMA is open to all students. Its programs address the health needs of underserved communities and communities of color. In addition, SNMA is dedicated to ensuring that medical education and services are culturally sensitive to the needs of diverse populations and to increasing the number of African-American, Latin and other students of color entering and completing medical school. Membership includes more than 8,000 medical students, pre-medical students, residents and physicians in the United States and in the Caribbean.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.