DO Students Named to SNMA BoardJune 17, 2020
Two PCOM Georgia students, Kala Hurst (DO ’22) and Aldwin Soumare (DO ’22), have recently been appointed
to the Student National Medical Association Board of Directors.
Hurst was appointed to the position of SNMA Region IV director. In this position,
she will oversee chapters in the states of Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina,
South Carolina and at Caribbean Schools.
She said, “I feel so honored to be a leader in an organization that has so much history
and aligns with my own personal passions. During this tumultuous time, it is even
more important to support and enhance the lives of minority medical students and push
for substantial change that will increase the betterment for all.”
Hurst earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Emory University, Atlanta,
before earning a Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences from PCOM Georgia. While a student at PCOM Georgia, she has coordinated pipeline programs for high school students, led a medical mission trip to Haiti, and served as a student ambassador. She has also served as the president
of the SNMA PCOM Georgia chapter and as the Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students
Liaison for SNMA. MAPS represents the undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students
of SNMA. Her career interests are in internal medicine and dermatology.
Soumare was appointed to the position of National Osteopathic Affairs Committee co-chairperson.
In this position, he will represent, support and encourage osteopathic medical students
across the country through leadership, engagement and responsibility. He said he is
“elated to provide ways for osteopathic medical students to have their voices heard
and represented on a grander scale. This opportunity will create avenues for many
students to be mentored, receive funding for SNMA-related events, and cultivate their
development as future osteopathic practitioners.”
Soumare earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Rutgers University-Newark, and
then attended Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, where he earned a Master of Medical
Science degree. He also earned a Master in Biomedical Professions from Lincoln Memorial
University in Harrogate, Tennessee. Soumare has served as chapter president of the
PCOM Georgia SNMA and then was elected as a MAPS Liaison for SNMA Region IV. Additionally,
he was named PCOM Georgia’s Ambassador of the Year.
Soumare aspires to apply to a neuropsychiatry residency program and hopes to “bridge
the gap and utilize my clinical expertise to help communities of color and be an advocate
He said his opportunities due to SNMA “have extended beyond what I could have envisioned
- from meeting with program directors at prestigious programs to currently engaging
in research at the Harvard Medical School-Massachusetts General Hospital Department
of Psychiatry. The mission to empower underrepresented minorities in medicine and
contribute to underserved communities is a mission that continues to resonate with
me today. I am forever indebted to SNMA for what it means to me and for allowing me
to be a leader,” he said.
Soumare produces a podcast with the purpose of educating and enlightening listeners
about societal and cultural topics and his experiences as a medical student. Therefore,
it seems fitting that he was also recently named one of the co-hosts for the “Lounge,”
the new SNMA podcast. In addition, he curates a blog which highlights his medical
Founded in 1964 by medical students from Howard University College of Medicine and
Meharry Medical College, the SNMA is the country’s oldest and largest, independent,
student-run organization focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of
color, according to a press release. Membership includes more than 7,000 medical students,
pre-medical students and physicians. The organization is dedicated to “increasing
the number of African-American, Latino and other students of color entering and completing
medical school and to assisting in the eradication of racial and ethnic health disparities.”
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About PCOM Georgia
Established in 2005, PCOM Georgia is a private, not-for-profit, accredited institute of higher education dedicated
to the healthcare professions. The Suwanee, Georgia, campus is affiliated with Philadelphia
College of Osteopathic Medicine, a premier osteopathic medical school with a storied
history. PCOM Georgia offers doctoral degrees in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and
physical therapy and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences, medical laboratory science,
and physician assistant studies. Emphasizing "a whole person approach to care," PCOM
Georgia focuses on educational excellence, interprofessional education and service
to the wider community. The campus is also home to the Georgia Osteopathic Care Center,
an osteopathic manipulative medicine clinic, which is open to the public by appointment.
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