Monday, June 27, 2016

SNMA National Leadership Institute June 2016 Recap - Washington, DC

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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