OSU-COM student appointed as SNMA Board of Directors
Monday, August 23, 2021
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At this year’s virtual Student National Medical Association Conference, Tomi Adewumi — Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine fourth year student — was appointed International Affairs Committee Co-Chair, a member of the organization’s Board of Directors.
“I was truly humbled and excited to have been appointed to this position,” Adewumi said. “I previously served as OSU Center for Health Sciences’ SNMA Chapter President for the 2019-20 term, during which we were able to serve the community and provide support for minority premedical and medical students through several programs.”
Adewumi earned a bachelor’s degree in physiology from LAUTECH in his home country of Nigeria before earning masters’ degrees in biomedical sciences and health care administration from OSU-CHS. He’s now just started his fourth year of medical school at OSU-COM.
During his term as president, OSU’s SNMA Chapter won the region’s Chapter of the Year award for the first time.
“It was a reflection of the collective dedication and effort of all SNMA members and the support of our faculty and staff,” he said. “That position gave me an opportunity to sharpen my leadership skills to better serve the goals of SNMA.”
It also opened the door to his appointment as co-chair of the International Affairs Committee, where Adewumi will work to shed light on health care disparities to SNMA members and help the organization develop successful global health interventions.
“My duties also include educating the membership about international health crises, providing resources for international medical students and fostering long-lasting relationships with SNMA’s international affiliations,” he said.
Our hope is to intensify the international efforts of SNMA more than ever and to strengthen the international affairs of the organization and board.
Adewumi said he also hopes to increase support for international medical students and graduates as they make their way toward reaching their goals.
“SNMA is the oldest and largest student-run organization in the United States," he said. "The goals of SNMA align perfectly with my personal goals as a future physician — actively supporting current and future underrepresented minority students across the nation; addressing the needs of underserved communities; and developing culturally competent physicians. I believe that to achieve these goals, everyone has a part to play and this position opens an opportunity for me to play my part in helping the organizations achieve these goals.”