The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is a national organization founded in 1964 as the student arm of the National Medical Association. In 1971 SNMA became a nationally independent organization focused on the need to produce competent and committed physicians with a desire to work in underserved communities. Currently, SNMA brings together students committed to the health and well-being of underserved populations with a focus on clinical care, academic medicine and service. In 1994, SNMA members founded the Imani Clinic, a student-run facility that provides health care to the Oak Park and South City communities of Sacramento on a weekly basis.

Our Chapter Goals:

  1. To foster community between minority medical students and provide opportunities for student mentorship with faculty/physicians.
  2. To address community health needs through outreach and volunteering in the community.
  3. To encourage minorities to pursue medical education and highlight the importance of cultural competency in medicine. 

If you would like to be involved with SNMA at UC Davis School of Medicine or if you have any questions or inquiries, please visit our Facebook page or the national SNMA website.


    Student Run Clinics

    Imani Clinic

    Imani is a Swahili word meaning faith and it symbolizes the hope students wish to foster within the African-American community. The clinic was established in the Oak Park neighborhood of Sacramento in 1994 after students became concerned about the staggering and persistent morbidity and mortality rates among African-Americans from hypertension, heart disease, cancer and inadequate prenatal care.