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Office of Student and Resident Diversity

Office of Student and Resident Diversity

Latino Medical Student Association

LMSA Board

LMSA Board 2014

What is LMSA?

The Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) is a network of students, alumni, and health professionals who are interested in the health and well-being of the Latino community, dedicated to providing social and professional support for Latino students, and committed to increasing cultural awareness within our medical school community. LMSA was founded in 1986 to increase the number of Latinos and other underrepresented students in medical schools throughout the country. It is our belief that allowing a diverse array of students into medical school will ensure that all sectors of society receive quality access to healthcare. Through our outreach and community service efforts, we continue to inspire hundreds of students to become culturally competent physicians who are determined to serve all sectors of society. With these thoughts in mind, we continue to work towards strengthening our efforts in developing future physician leaders who will continue to open the doors of opportunity.

Should I join LMSA?

Anyone, Latino or not, is welcome to participate. If you are interested in working with underserved populations as a medical student/future physician, and/or if you want to reduce healthcare disparities through cultural awareness and community service involvement, then this is the group for you. We work closely with SNMA (Student National Medical Assocation) at the UC Davis School of Medicine who also have similar goals, to carry out many community service activities, high school outreach programs, health fairs, and other events that focus on working with underserved populations in the local community.

What are some of the things LMSA does?

Some of the events and programs we plan include:

  • Salud! (A medical Spanish program designed to enhance the Spanish skills of medical students)
  • Cultura Sana (A week long educational series of talks and events about Latino health, usually held in early fall)
  • Cesar Chavez week (A week long educational series of talks and events focusing on Cesar Chavez and his impact on rural healthcare, usually held in spring).
  • Mentorship activities with UC Davis undergrads in the Chicanos in Health Education group.
  • Outreach activities to pre-medical students in local community colleges · Rural health fairs (usually in summer)
  • Rural health fairs (usually in summer)

We also have the opportunity to attend LMSA regional conferences all across the state, where we get to meet with other medical students from other LMSA chapters to discuss important events in the Latino community, ways to improve diversity in the medical community, and chances to meet and network with other prominent physicians and leaders in the community.

Socially, we host quarterly BBQs with SNMA, happy hour mixers, and dancing nights (ie. Salsa and more!). We pride ourselves on the close “family” feel we have, rather than on being just a school organization.

If you would like to be involved with LMSA at UC Davis School of Medicine or if you have any questions or inquiries, please send an email to


Latino Medical Student Association Board

LMSA Board 2014

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