Latino Medical Student Association

Motivated by the growing need for underrepresented physicians of color and inspired by the missions of the Latino Medical Student Association and the Student National Medical Association, we are a group of students committed to combating inequities in our profession and in our community. 

Within the Yale medical community, we build mentorship connections across various stages of professional development -- from the undergraduate to the faculty levels -- by collaborating with the Yale Minority Association for Pre-Health Students (MAPS), the Minority Housestaff Organization (MHO), and the Minority Organization for Retention and Expansion (MORE).

In our community, we participate in service activities including science enrichment and career exposure programs for inner-city students of color, pipeline programs for underprivileged students interested in health professions, tobacco use prevention programs, and an annual community health fair. Beyond this, our members have demonstrated interest in additional community engagement and stand in leadership positions at Yale's student-run free clinic, on our annual Hunger and Homelessness fundraising committee, and in various global health initiatives.

At present, several of our members serve in leadership positions on both regional and national levels of the SNMA and the LMSA. We are thrilled to support one another as we challenge health inequity both within and beyond our New Haven home. 

Our clerkships and elective rotations take us from our major medical centers, to community based hospitals and clinics, to homeless shelters and neighborhood health-care vans-all within the same week, often within the same day! I can't imagine a better collection of experiences for doctors in training. Our clerkships and elective rotations take us from our major medical centers, to community based hospitals and clinics, to homeless shelters and neighborhood health-care vans-all within the same week, often within the same day! I can't imagine a better collection of experiences for doctors in training.

Julian Martinez, Yale University, YSM '99