Topaz Sampson will lead national student- run organization
Sampson, now a third-year medical student at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, was selected the 2013-2014 president-elect of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA), the Boonshoft medical student selected president-elect of Student National Medical Association oldest and largest student-run organization focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of color.
The nonprofit organization is committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students, addressing the needs of underserved communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent, and socially conscious physicians.
“The mission of the SNMA is one that resonates within me,” said Sampson, who served as president of her first-year medical school class. “As we enter into the 50th anniversary of the founding of the SNMA, the SNMA should reflect on this mission and ensure that we stay true to our purpose.”
Sampson served as the webmaster and social chairperson of the Wright State chapter of the SNMA and as the SNMA Region V webmaster. She also was selected as one of 20 SNMA Future Leadership Project Fellows.
In addition to her work with SNMA, Sampson volunteers monthly at Reach Out of Montgomery County. She served on the student committee for the selection of the dean of the medical school and a student committee for the selection of the medical school’s academic advisor.