Holiday Social

Our 2nd annual Holiday Social was held on November 15, 2018. Cosponsors included EVMS, SNMA and Dr. Brian Johnson, as well as our medical Society. The event was held, again, at Virginia Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center.

Medical students and medical masters students from EVMS and Hampton University were invited. The turnout was tremendous!

Community physicians were asked to depart some words of wisdom. Mr. Gemeda, VP of the department of Diversity and Inclusion of EVMS spoke as well as the president of SNMA, Shammah Okai.

The attendance this year surpassed that of last year. Again, there was ample time to enjoy the delicious food planned by Dr. Donna Lapeyrolerie, as well as time to mingle.


6th Annual Mentoring Event

October 20th marked our 6th annual mentoring event with the department of Diversity and Inclusion at Eastern Virginia Medical School. This event was a little different than previous years because it was planned by the medical students and included workshops relevant to enrolling in medical school.

As in previous years, community physicians were asked to give their individual stories and words of encouragement and guidance. Premedical students were invited to attend and participate as well.


5th Annual Mentoring Match

The 5th Annual Mentoring Match was held on February 10, 2018 at EVMS. Similar to last year’s format there was a panel composed of practicing physicians that discussed career planning and each panelist discussed their individual paths toward becoming a physician. The panelist were Dr. Katrina Carter, Dr. Angela Mercer, Dr. Fred Quarles, Dr. Derwin Gray, and Dr. Imhotep Carter. Unlike last year and previous years, there was a second panel.

This panel was comprised of senior minority medical students. Words of wisdom were imparted to the premedical college students that wee in attendance.

Following the panel discussion, all of the attendees and participants formed smaller groups which were called “families”. Each family consisted of premedical students, medical students, residents and/or participating physicians.

Its is hoped that these families will communicate on a regular basis. Thus the line of communication and availability of mentoring would span from the college student to the practicing physician.


Holiday Social


In November, the Medical Society, in conjunction with the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) at EVMS, held a holiday reception. All minority medical students and Medical Master’s students at EVMS and Hampton University were invited.

Our kind and generous cosponsors within the society were Dr. Donna Lapeyrolerie and Dr. Brian Johnson. Dr. Johnson offered to have the event at his new building on Lowery Road in Norfolk, the Virginia Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center.

There was a great turn out and ample opportunities for the doctors to give their inspirational stories as well as mingle and chat with the medical and pre medical students.


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.



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.



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.