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Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine students received the MAPS Chapter of the Year award, the Chapter of the Year for MAPS Region 8 and the National MAPS Member of the Year award.

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s (GCSOM) chapter of the Minority Association of Premedical Students (MAPS) won the 2017-2018 Student National Medical Association (SNMA) national MAPS Chapter of the Year award. The group also won Chapter of the Year for MAPS Region 8, which includes Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia. The national Chapter of the Year prize is awarded to one chapter chosen from more than 100 chapters across the nation and the Caribbean that is involved in MAPS on the local, regional and national levels. The regional award is given to an outstanding chapter in a multi-state area. The chapter honored also complies with SNMA’s community service protocols, implements new and unique activities that enhance the chapter’s community service involvement and seeks mentoring from medical students and professionals.

The certificate awarded to the Geisinger Commonwealth students will be permanently displayed in the school’s Medical Sciences Building in Scranton. 

Also at the conference, Sotonye Douglas of Brooklyn, New York, president of the GCSOM MAPS Chapter, received the 2017-2018 SNMA National MAPS Member of the Year award. This award recognizes one individual out of thousands of MAPS members across the nation and Caribbean who is involved in MAPS on the local, regional and national levels. The winner implements new and unique activities that enhance the chapter’s community service involvement and is involved as a role model to others through mentoring and outreach. 

Members of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (MAPS)/Association of Multicultural Students in Medicine (AMSM) traveled to the SNMA conference to accept the awards and to network with both their peers and professionals in attendance. The conference was held March 28-April 1 in San Francisco.

“I am humbled and honored to have been named National MAPS Member of the Year. As president of the GCSOM chapter, I am proud of our group’s accomplishments, which include the school’s first Freedom Seder, advocating for funding for students to attend leadership and networking conferences, taking part in the school’s Super Science Saturday for Girls and creating ‘Pillows for Heroes’ for local children. Winning the Chapter of the Year award testifies to the hard work of both the MAPS and the AMSM executive boards. I am glad we were all honored together. I would like to thank faculty and staff at GCSOM, especially Dr. Vicki T Sapp, Dr. Diana Callender and Ida Castro for all of the help and mentoring they have provided through the year,” said Ms. Douglas.

The AMSM Executive Board members are:

  • President - Sotonye Douglas
  • Co-Vice Presidents - Cameron Rutledge and Kwame Quaye
  • Treasurer - Christina Michel
  • Secretary - Amitha Sundaram
  • Diversity and Inclusion Liaison - Tiffany Atabansi
  • Institutional Advancement & Communications Chair - Vanessa Nansamba 
  • Student Engagement Committee Members - Cedric Jean-Philippe and Yvonne Maosa 
  • Community Service Committee Members - Cynthia Okpala, Tutu Olowu and Jodell Cherubin  

The Executive Board for MAPS includes:

  • President - Sotonye Douglas
  • Vice President - Cameron Rutledge 
  • Treasurer - Christina Michel
  • Secretary - Amitha Sundaram
  • Diversity and Inclusion Liaison - Tiffany Atabansi
  • Institutional Advancement & Communications Chair - Vannessa Nansamba 
  •  Student Engagement Committee Members - Cedric Jean-Philippe and Yvonne Maosa 
  • Community Service Committee Members - Tutu Olowu and Jodell Cherubin 

SNMA chapters are based at allopathic and osteopathic medical schools throughout the nation. SNMA programs are designed to serve the health needs of underserved communities and communities of color. In addition, SNMA is dedicated both to ensuring that medical education and services are culturally sensitive to the needs of diverse populations and to increasing the number of African-American, Latino, and other students of color entering and completing medical school.

SNMA’s Annual Medical Education Conference (AMEC) is the organization’s premier event where more than 1,200 medical and pre-medical students gather at the nation's most diverse medical education conference.

 

About Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (Geisinger Commonwealth) is a member of the Geisinger family. Geisinger Commonwealth offers a community-based model of medical education with campuses in Atlantic City, Danville, Doylestown, Sayre, Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. Geisinger Commonwealth offers Doctor of Medicine (MD), Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) and Professional Science Master's (PSM) degrees. The school’s innovative curriculum, focused on caring for people in the context of their lives and their community, attracts the next generation of physicians and scientists from within its region, as well as from across the nation. The school also has more than 500 residents and fellows in 31 accredited residency programs and 27 accredited fellowships. Geisinger Commonwealth is committed to non-discrimination in all employment and educational opportunities. For more information, visit www.geisinger.edu/gcsom, or connect with us on FacebookInstagramLinkedIn and Twitter.

About Geisinger
Geisinger is committed to making better health easier for the more than 1 million people it serves. Founded more than 100 years ago by Abigail Geisinger, the system now includes 10 hospital campuses, a health plan with more than half a million members, a Research Institute and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. With nearly 24,000 employees and more than 1,700 employed physicians, Geisinger boosts its hometown economies in Pennsylvania by billions of dollars annually. Learn more at Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

GCSOM students win 2018 SNMA awards
Seen with their 2017-2018 Student National Medical Association (SNMA) National MAPS “Chapter of the Year” award are from left, first row: Sotonye Douglas, president (with flowers); Amitha Sundaram, secretary; Cynthia Okpala, community service committee member; Christina Michel, treasurer (holding certificate); Tiffany Atabansi, diversity and inclusion liaison; Cameron Rutledge, vice president; and Vannessa Nansamba, institutional advancement and communications chair. Second row, from left: Yvonne Maosa, student engagement committee member; Kwame Quaye, vice president; Cedric Jean-Philippe, student engagement committee member; Tutu Olowu, community service committee member; and Jodell Cherubin, community service committee member. Because MAPS is an organization created for pre-medical students, GCSOM student leaders founded Association of Multicultural Students in Medicine (AMSM) in order to include GCSOM medical students in MAPS activities. Some of the founding members of AMSM are seen, as is the MAPS executive board.
Sotonye Douglas, MBS '18
Sotonye Douglas, president of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s (GCSOM) chapter of the Minority Association of Premedical Students (MAPS), displays two awards the chapter won at the recent Student National Medical Association (SNMA) Annual Medical Education Conference in San Francisco. The Geisinger Commonwealth chapter won the “MAPS Chapter of the Year” award and Ms. Douglas, a master of biomedical sciences (MBS) student at GCSOM, was honored with the “MAPS Member of the Year” award.

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