OMA sponsored the third national meeting of the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) in February, 2011 which was hosted by Harvard Medical School. BIDMC's OMA was well represented in many breakout discussions through out the day of the conference. OMA also hosted 25 LMSA students to a two hour simulation session in the BIDMC's Simulation and Skills Center (SASC).
For the last three years, OMA has sponsored under-represented minority high school students to a day of tours through many BIDMC departments including a hands-on SASC event which has been extremely well received.
In the fall of 2009, OMA was thrilled to host the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) National Leadership Institute/Board of Directors "meeting from September 25-27, 2009. SNMA is the nation's oldest and largest independent, student-run organization focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of color. SNMA membership includes more than 8,000 medical students, pre-medical students, residents and physicians. Approximately 100 students attended the September meetings at BIDMC and received lectures on Knowing vs. Understanding: How do you learn, with Dr. Rich Schwartzstein; Thoughts on Selecting a Residency Program, with Dr. Carrie Tibbles; and How Scientists Think, with Dr. Steve Freedman. SASC ran multiple medical simulations in which the students practiced their trauma, suturing and minimally invasive surgery skills. Paul Levy, President and CEO of BIDMC and Beverly Edgehill, CEO of The Partnership also joined the students for a closing celebration and dinner.
OMA also appointed Dr. Alden Landry as the Director of Outreach. Dr. Landry has been actively working with the Hyde Park High School program where he coordinates high school student group visits to BIDMC. He is also actively involved with SNMA's Health Professions Recruitment Program (HPREP). HPREP is a pipeline program that introduces Boston-area minority high school students to careers in the health professions and prepares them with the skills necessary to succeed in such fields. Dr. Landry also serves as a representative of BIDMC's OMA at the annual SNMA and LMSA National Conferences.