Town Point Club Reception: New Minority Medical Students at EVMS

On September 19, 2017, there was a reception co-sponsored by The Department of Diversity and Inclusion, The Student National Medical Association Chapter of EVMS and The Greater Norfolk Medical Society of South Hampton Roads. The goal was to provide a venue conducive to socializing between established minority physicians and the minority medical students at EVMS. Notably, there was an increase in the number of minority students accepted into the first year for the class of 2021, including seven African American males.

Everybody enjoyed meeting the new students and we had new minority faculty members and practitioners in attendance as well.

 

 

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Graduates’ Reception

A reception to honor the graduating minority medical students was held at Town Point Club on March 27th in the evening. This event was held after the match program so that all of the students in attendence knew which residency program they would be attending in July. This event was a fun time for all involved.

4th Annual Mentoring Match

One February 18, 2017 the 4th Annual Mentoring Match event was held at EVMS. Once again, GNMS cosponsored the activity. Many minority medical students and physicians were in attendance. A few of our members participated on a panel discussing pertinent issues that related to minorities in medicine. The event provided ample time for mingling and mentoring as well.

 

SOS

The members of region 6 of the SNMA solicited support of it’s regional meeting by asking local medical societies to submit a “SOS” (story of success) of one of our members for their conference bulletin. The story would be placed as an ad that was purchased by the society. The “SOS” representing our medical society was submitted by our own Dr. Adrienne Coqueran. Please click here to read her story. 

“Cocktails with a Cause” Membership Drive

In order to solicit more members the medical society decided to have a membership drive activity. The Town Point Club in Norfolk was the perfect setting. There were 40 plus in attendance which included medical students from EVMS, local physicians and members of the medical society. Dr. Stafford Brown planned and executed this worthwhile social activity that occurred on October 13, 2016  and our membership was increased.

Below is shown a photo of some of the medical students and a few of our members.
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Healthcare Update

September 11, 2016 was the date of a “Healthcare Update”panel presentation.The event was cosponsored by the medical society, Fort Norfolk Plaza Medical Associates and the James Newby Jr. M.D. Foundation. The activity was held at First Baptist Church South Hill under the leadership of Reverend Michael Tolliver. There were ten participating physicians representing multiple subspecialties.

Each physician gave a ten minute update on a particular topic within their respective specialty and the audience was encouraged to ask any questions they had. This was truly a beneficial event for all involved.

 

Career Exploration Day

On March 19, 2016 some members of the medical society participated in a career day for  students at Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk. This event was co-sponsored by EVMS M. Foscue Brock Institute for Community and Global Health. Dr. Angela Parson and Dr. Mark Innis participated on a panel during the opening session. The discussion was well received by the students. After the opening, students circulated to various stations including “Ask the Expert”,manned by Dr. Adrienne Coqueran, Dr. Richard Wright and Dr. Angela Mercer. EVMS medical students were in attendance as well and assisted as volunteers.

The 3rd Annual Mentor Match Event

On January 11th, some of the doctors from the Greater Norfolk Medical Society met with first year minority medical students and pre-medical students from Hampton and Old Dominion Universities. The purpose was to meet and expose the students to various medical specialties through networking with the doctors in attendance.

Students individually met with the physicians and will be paired up for a year-long mentoring program.

This was held at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Lester Hall, and was developed by the Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion and Dr. Angela Mercer, President of the medical society.IMG_0768