The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) Region IV Medical Education Conference (RMEC) is an annual conference that allows underrepresented minority medical students, premedical students, and their allies to attend a weekend of innovative programming geared at preparing the next generation of physicians for successful careers in the medical and healthcare fields. RMEC 2023 was held during the weekend of February 3rd at the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM). This year’s conference theme was “R.E.G.I.O.N. IV the Culture: Revitalizing, Energizing, Generating, Innovating Our Narrative IV the Culture” where there was a push to revitalize and energize members to feel empowered to generate and innovate their narrative of what the culture and landscape of medicine should like for them and the future patients that they will serve.
The conference weekend hosted over 60 attendees – ranging from high schoolers and undergraduate students to post baccalaureate and medical students. There were various conference tracks to fit the needs of the attendees – a virtual pipeline high school academy, an international medical graduate (IMG) track, and premedical and medical student tracks. The conference hosted an exhibitor fair with various medical and residency programs – even Caribbean school representation was present! The attendees enjoyed talks about finances, networking, medical and residency school applications, had the opportunity to interact in hands-on skills workshops, and so much more! There were smiles on the speakers’ and attendees’ faces alike! No one wanted the programming events to end as there was such engagement from all parties involved.
Overall, RMEC was a phenomenal weekend and an astounding success with many attendees having increased their involvement in SNMA following the conference and are looking for opportunities to encourage their peers to attend the conference next year! This conference would not have been possible without the help of the ACOM SNMA Chapter, the ACOM administrators and staff, the conference sponsors, exhibitors, speakers, and attendees! A huge thank you goes to all of you for supporting SNMA and Region IV the Culture!