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Student Organizations

Latino Student Medical Association (LMSA)
The Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) unites and empowers medical students through service, mentorship and education to advocate for the health of the Latino community. The mission of LMSA is to unify medical students to promote Latino health.
In 2016, LMSA sponsored a Hispanic Heritage luncheon featuring a lecture by Mr. Manuel Rosa, Director of Community Relations at the NYS Governor’s Office of Faith Based Community Development Services and former Assistant Vice President of the NYC Health & Hospitals Corporation. The lecture was followed by a panel of community activists, scientists and students who discussed critical health issues affecting the surrounding community.
In 2017, LMSA sponsored a lecture conducted by Dr. Orlando Sola, Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center who discussed social advocacy for students and physicians and the history of LMSA. As a clinician with a passion for policy development and a former student activist, he was able to give his perspective on the role of students organizations and their impact on the students and the community at large.

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Daniel Hale Williams Society (DHWS)

D.HaleThe Daniel Hale Williams Society (DHWS) is SUNY Downstate's chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA); an organization dedicated to healthcare education, leadership development, networking, and community outreach. Our chapter is part of Region IX which is one of the largest regions in the SNMA. Region IX encompasses all the medical schools in New Jersey and New York.
DHWS was created with the understanding that medical students, despite their diverse backgrounds, have common needs. It is a democratic organization of underrepresented medical students charged with providing resources and mentorship to its members, and science–related programs and seminars for youth and pre-medical students. DHWS is more than just an organization, they are a family. Members support each other emotionally, as well as, educationally. During the year, DHWS holds monthly meetings to discuss relevant medical school issues and exchange ideas. Prominent physicians and professional guest speakers are often invited to Downstate by DHWS to share their experiences.
Each year DHWS hosts a senior reception. This celebration serves as a special opportunity to highlight the experiences and accomplishments of our graduating seniors over the last four years. In addition, two members of our SUNY Downstate community who have made contributions and provided support to DHWS are honored during the dinner.