Happy Monday! I had the amazing opportunity to spend the
last few days in Washington, DC attending the Student National Medical
Association’s National Leadership Institute, and I couldn’t go without giving a
quick recap on the blog!
|First time at the SNMA Headquarters!|
This was actually my first time in Washington, DC as well as
my first time visiting the SNMA headquarters. I arrived on Friday afternoon,
and the headquarters was my first stop. It was such an amazing opportunity to
be able to see the SNMA staff in their element and physically see where the
majority of the work takes place for the organization. I also enjoyed hanging
out with my SNMA family that I hadn’t seen in a few months.
|At the AAMC Headquarters|
As usual, this NLI had a packed schedule, and I was super
excited for what was in store. My Friday evening was filled with meetings, and
I was up bright and early on Saturday morning for a full day of workshops at
the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) headquarters where the
majority of the NLI was hosted. These workshops included teambuilding exercises,
board governance basics, nonprofit finance workshops, fundraising tips, and
SNMA strategic planning leadership development talks, just to name a few of the
topics covered. I took a ton of notes and really focused on absorbing all of
the information. The workshops definitely helped me feel more confident in my
leadership abilities, and I look forward to incorporating them in the future.
|Gorgeous weather and amazing DC rooftop views|
After the Saturday workshops ended, the AAMC hosted a
beautiful reception of the rooftop of their building. It was really nice being
able to see the views of the city and fellowship with the other SNMA members. On
Sunday morning, we met again bright and early for a morning board meeting and
we got a lot accomplished.
|Happy to meet my mentee!|
Afterwards, NLI officially ended and I was super excited
about was getting the chance to meet one of my mentees who lives in the area.
For the past year, I have served as a mentor to a few pre-medical students
through DiverseMedicine, Inc
, so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to meet one
of them in person. It is such a blessing to be able to help others pursue their
dreams of medicine.
|Aspiring Minority Doctor and Daily Medicine Blog at the White House!|
I also had a few hours to spare until my flight, so being
that it was my first time in DC, I went sightseeing! I was happy to be able to
spend time with my good friend and fellow blogger of Daily Medicine Blog
, and we took
full advantage of the city. I was super touristy and took pictures everywhere!
I’ll post a few at the end of this post because the weather was gorgeous and it
was the perfect time to be out in the city.
|I love the SNMA!!!!|
Overall the June 2016 SNMA NLI was a success and I was happy
to be in attendance. I found out my flight was cancelled as I was out
sightseeing yesterday, so I didn’t get back home until this morning. I’m still
trying to figure out how my flight was cancelled due to “bad weather” five hours
early when it was clear from DC to Atlanta, but I’ll save that rant for another
day, LOL. I was just happy to be able to catch the first flight back this
morning, and make it through traffic in time to be back in class (I was only 30
minutes late, so I call that a success). But that’s pretty much it for the
recap, and I’m headed to bed, so until next time!
|Selfie at the Lincoln Memorial :-)|
|First time at the White House!|
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