GE-NHMA Health Professional Student Leadership & Mentoring Program

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The National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA), working with the National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF), will select 50 talented Hispanic medical and public health students to a one year “GE-NHMA Health Professional Student Leadership and Mentoring Program” funded by the GE Foundation.  The goal of the “GE-NHMA Health Professional Student Leadership & Mentoring Program” is to increase the number of Hispanic physicians and public health professionals in primary care.  NHMA will accomplish this through a one year mentorship and leadership program.  This is an outstanding educational opportunity to increase the knowledge of students about the challenges and transformation of health care for Hispanics and other underserved populations.  We hope to inspire future health care leaders for our nation.


NHMA will provide the students with physician or health professional mentors.  In addition to having frequent communication with their mentor, participants will be expected to attend two face-to-face meetings with their mentor:  1) lecture on health care reform and health disparities at our 2013 Fall Regional Events (Sept. – Oct.) and 2) NHMA 2014 National Conference in Washington, DC (March 27-30).  Travel will be covered to the NHMA National Conference.  In addition, students will be expected to complete a 3 day Preceptorship in a community health care setting prior to the NHMA Annual Conference and to maintain a journal of the mentoring experience.

Applicants should be: 1) enrolled full-time in an a medical school (allopathic or osteopathic) or as a graduate student in a public health school in the U.S.; and 2) committed to a public health or primary care career in an underserved Hispanic community. 


Health care professionals interested in being a mentor should send their CV to Veronica Ramirez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by September 9, 2013.

Mentors are expected to attend a face-to-face meeting with their student mentee being held in conjunction with our 2013 Fall Regional Events (Sept. – Oct.). Monthly communication with student mentees (via phone, email, or in person meetings) is also required. Health care professionals in private practice, clinic, and public health settings are highly encouraged to volunteer.


 “I feel the NHMA mentoring program has helped me because it has forced me to think about my future not just as a physician but as a possible supporter to the Hispanic community at large. By this, I mean that no matter what specialty I choose to make my career from, I must consider and try to ameliorate the needs of my community. “ Joaquin Villegas, University of Texas Medical School at Houston – Class of 2016


“Being part of the NHMA mentoring program has been a great opportunity for me to grow personally and professionally and to take my career to the next level. Having a mentor challenge me and encourage me to accomplish new goals has helped me become a better student and candidate for residency programs. My mentor has been a support system for me and I am very thankful to have him as my role model. He has guided me through a new research project, thought me new things about health care, and has opened many doors for me to advance in my career. The NHMA mentoring program is a great way to increase representation of Hispanics in the health care field, and I would encourage all medical students to apply and take advantage of all it has to offer.” Cielo Gnecco, Florida State University College of Medicine – Class of 2016


“As a future Public Health professional, the GE-NHMA Professional Student Leadership & Mentoring Program has provided me with the opportunity to develop my leadership and advocacy skills as well as connect with a physician mentor to further diversify and develop my academic, career goals and objectives. The program also fosters multidisciplinary collaboration among committed Public Health professionals, Physicians and Allied Health Providers in generating innovative approaches to improve the level of access, quality of health care and social policies impacting underserved Hispanic communities.” Araceli Gutierrez, Harvard School of Public Health – Class of 2014


As a first generation Latino in the U.S., I didn't have many role models that pursued higher education and even less that were health professionals. This program is benefiting me a lot because it connects me with a mentor that has gone through the same academic and professional obstacles that I'm going through.” Pedro Alvarez, University of California: Irvine School of Medicine – Class of 2018


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 For more information please contact Veronica Ramirez at (202) 628-5895 or send her an email at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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