IU Students Appointed to Student National Medical Association Board of Directors
Butler and Flippin will organize the activities and programming for the SNMA’s 2011 American Medical Education Conference. Each year the AMEC brings together more than 1,500 medical and pre-medical students, physicians, administrators and government officials for a series of educational workshops, clinical skills sessions, test preparation and networking activities.
The programming they plan will reinforce the theme for the conference, "Generation Next: Facing the Crisis, Finding the Cure," which will engage students in the future of American health care relating to research, practice and policy.
This year, Flippin also will serve as co-chair of the 2010 IU School of Medicine Westside Health Fair, one of the largest health fairs for the Indianapolis community.
Flippin's medical interests include global medicine and public health. Following her residency training, she plans to open a family medicine practice dedicated to maternal and pediatric health for the underserved. This is Flippin's first term on the AMEC board.
Flippin, a fourth-year medical student, is an Indianapolis native and the daughter of Carolyn and Darrell Flippin. She graduated from Cathedral High School in 2003 and is a summa cum laude graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana with a bachelor of science.
Butler, daughter of Debra Butler and Sam Freeman, was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Ind. She was the 2003 valedictorian of North Side High School and continued her education at Xavier University of Louisiana.
While attending college, she was a member of the women’s volleyball team and graduated in 2007 summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree. Butler is a third-year medical student and serves as the local SNMA chapter president. Her medical interests include women’s health, pediatrics, and sports medicine.
About the Student National Medical Association
The Student National Medical Association is the nation's oldest and largest independent, student-run organization focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of color. Membership includes more than 8,000 medical students, pre-medical students, residents and physicians. Established in 1964, SNMA is dedicated to both ensuring culturally sensitive medical education and services, as well as increasing the number of African-American, Latino and other students of color entering and completing medical school.