Humble Beginnings

The SNMA Pre-Medical Conference is the brainchild of URMC alumnus, Clifford Pierre, MD (Class of 2014).  His vision to empower high school and college students with the resources they need to become tomorrow's leading physicians has blossomed into an extraordinary one day conference. Starting in 2010, the conference has positively impacted over 400 high school and college students. 

Previous Conference Chairs:

  • 2010/2011 - Clifford Pierre '14
  • 2012 - Kimberly Thoms '14 & Myra Mathis '15
  • 2013 - David A. Paul '15
  • 2014 - Kristina Warner '16
  • 2015 - Brittany Moore '18
  • 2016 - Jordan Powell '19 & Steven Park '19
  • 2017 - David Powell '20 & Shekinah Vaughn '20
  • 2018 - Shaunpaul Jones '21, Alejandra Rodriguez '21, Racquel Whyte '21 

Key Note Speakers:


Addisu Mesfin, MD.

Associate Professor- Orthopaedic Surgery
University of Rochester


Dr. Gina Cuyler

Assistant Professor Clinical Medicine
University of Rochester


Brenda D. Lee, M. E.d
Associate Dean for Medical Education and Student Affairs
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry


Dr. Hilda Hutcherson
Associate Dean of the Office of Diversity
Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons


Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Oncology
Director of Pituitary Tumor Center
Johns Hopkins Hospital 


Dr. Erika Augustine, 03'
Assistant Professor, Department of Child Neurology
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry


Dr. Timothy Benson 00'
Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry,
Medical Director of The McLean Residence at the Brook
Harvard Medical School


Dr. Cheryl Kodjo
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Previous Conference Activities:

MCAT help - sponsored by Kaplan
ACT/SAT help - sponsored by Kaplan
Physician Networking Luncheon
Interaction with physicians
Medical School Admissions Panel
Medical Student information panel
Mock "Problem Based Learning" Modules
Personal Statement Workshop
Intubation Lab
Heart Sounds Lab
Suturing Lab
Keynote Address