The Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) of USC was one of the earliest chapters established within the original CMSA. Keck-LMSA has remained one of the most active chapters within the USC community, as well as the surrounding community. Keck-LMSA has a well-documented history of developing and promoting educational programs to improve the health status of underrepresented minorities. LMSA created Educación Primero in 2000 to encourage elementary students in the underserved Los Angeles area to pursue science, higher education, and careers in medicine. The number of Latinos entering medical school has been decreasing over the past 10 years, although the number of Latino in the country continues to rise. In an effort to address this disparity, LMSA’s program strives to increase the number of Latino students in the pipeline to medical school by extending our outreach efforts to the elementary schools. Our goal is to plant the seeds of education as early as possible. Keck medical students serve as both mentors and role models to the students at Eastman Avenue Elementary School in East Los Angeles. Currently, Educación Primero works with 100 5th graders from 5 different classes.
Keck-LMSA also maintains a close relationship with surrounding undergraduate universities by providing mentors to students from USC, Cal State LA, Occidental, and Cal State Long Beach.
Co-Chairs: Antonio Olivarez & Maria Sandoval: email@example.com
Medical Student Representatives: Antonio Olivarez: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Latest Quarter Report: Summer (May 2012-July 2012)
Cinco de Mayo Fundraiser – May
We held this event in the quad of our campus to celebrate the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo. We sold tamales during lunch, pan dulce during breakfast, vendors sold artwork and jewelry, held a raffle, best salsa competition, and live mariachi music.
LMSA/SMNA BBQ – May
An end of the year BBQ was held to celebrate with the graduating seniors and to hand out awards.
CSULA Health Fair – May
LMSA volunteered at a health fair put on by CSULA’s chapter of CCM in Hollywood.