Kristin Williams Elected to SNMA Board of Directors
Third-year medical student Kristin Williams is not one to sit idle. Throughout her time at Einstein, Kristin has taken part in a variety of organizations and activities, including the College of Medicine’s Student Mental Health Center Advisory Board, its WellMed committee, White Coats for Black Lives, the ECHO Free Clinic, and a local pipeline program called the Bronx Community Health Leaders. She also has served as co-president of the Einstein Student National Medical Association (SNMA) chapter. And, she recently established Einstein Future Advocates in Medicine (FAM) within Einstein’s Community-Based Service Learning program, which works with the Bronx Community Health Leaders to provide mentorship to pre-health students in the Bronx.
Recognizing her leadership skills and contributions, last April, members of SNMA’s Region IX—which includes chapters of the SNMA and the Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (MAPS) at colleges, universities, and medical schools in New York and New Jersey—elected her as their Region IX director. In that role, through 2021, Kristin will serve as a voting member of the association’s board of directors, as well as on the national community service committee and on the Pipeline Mentoring Institute Council. She earned the honor during the 2019 SNMA annual Medical Education Conference, held in Philadelphia. Her selection to the board was in line with the conference’s theme: “The Call for Excellence: Improving the Future of Medicine through Leadership, Service, and Activism.”
Reaching for One’s Goals
Kristin is interested in a career in family medicine with a focus on social medicine, women’s health, public health, and health disparities. She also is passionate about activism and advocacy in medicine and hopes to serve in academic medicine and healthcare administration in the future.
“The SNMA and other pipeline programs have been a great source of support to me throughout my journey to becoming a physician,” she said. “I’m honored to be able to give back to this great organization as a member of the board. And, as a native New Yorker, I’m excited to serve as regional director to the SNMA and MAPS chapters in New York and New Jersey, helping students in this area reach their ultimate goals.”
Kristin grew up in South Jamaica, Queens and attended the Bronx High School of Science. She graduated from Wellesley College in 2016, with a BA in psychology and a minor in biological sciences. During that time, she was one of the founding members of the Wellesley College chapter of MAPS (Minority Association for Premed Students).
About the SNMA
The SNMA achieves its mission by creating programming initiatives to support current and future underrepresented minority medical students. Members simultaneously address the needs of underserved communities. The SNMA also works to increase the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent, and socially conscious physicians.
About the Annual Medical Education Conference
Consistently the largest gathering of underrepresented minority medical students at any time of the year in any place in the nation, this year’s event was attended by more than 2,000 medical and pre-medical students, physicians, exhibitors, administrators, government officials, and observers, who enjoyed a wide range of educational and networking events.
Posted on: Wednesday, February 19, 2020