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LMSA National Directory Distribution


All chapter leaders should have received an email about filling out the National Directory form. Please fill out the 2022-2023 Chapter Directory by clicking here. All active chapters must complete the form in order to comply with National requirements! Thank you for your dedication and hard work. 

Deadline for Submission: October 14, 2022

LMSA Service Month
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How to Help with
Hurricane Fiona & Hurricane Ian
Our hearts go out to Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, and Florida during this disastrous time in the aftermath of the recent hurricanes. LMSA members from all over the region came together to share ways we can come together, donate, and help! (download flyers to see resources)
Further resources to help out Hurricane Ian:
LMSA National Membership Drive

Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month just got a little sweeter: LMSA National is having a Membership Drive! Sign up today during L/HHM and get discounted member prices! 

Perks of becoming a National Member: 

  • Discounted price to register for the LMSA Northeast Regional Conference (woohoo!!)

  • Access to scholarships (BIG NEWS COMING SOON)

  • Sketchy Medical subscription discount (say lessss)

Officially join the best familia around & become a National Member today!
The 50th LMSA Northeast Regional Conference
Conference registration officially opens MONDAY, OCTOBER 10TH, 2022 AT 5PM EST. Get hyped!!!
Recognizing October 1st: Happy Inaugural National Latino/a Physician Day!
Did you know that only 6% of physicians are Latino or Latina in the United States, despite the country being made up of 19% Latino?

We joined together to recognize & celebrate National Latino/a Physician Day (NLPD) across the country this past October 1st! LMSA Northeast is a proud partner of NLPD. We will continue to celebrate Hispanic & Latina/o/x Heritage Month by encouraging the purchase of NLPD x LMSA National T-shirts to raise awareness and spread the word! 

LMSA Northeast presents:
Tips & Tricks for Residency Interviews

Our amazing Faculty Advisor, Dr. Hernandez-Jones, is giving a "Residency Interviews Tips And Tricks" Zoom webinar. There will be a discussion on how to best prepare for interviews, proper etiquette, how to get the most out of virtual interviews, and more!

Find the Zoom ID on the flyer above or view it on our linktree.

Date: October 6th, 2022 at 8:30PM EST

Meet Residency Programs at Northwell Health!

Northwell Health is holding a virtual event to give medical students the opportunity to learn about their residency programs, meet residents and faculty, engage with leadership from multiple departments, and hear about their commitment to diversity and inclusion. They are also holding a skill-building session on professional identity formation.

Click here to register!  See attached flyer for more information.

Date: October 26th, 2022 at 5PM EST


Recapping Fall HOD:
Congratulations to our Scholarship Winners!

Thank you to everyone who attended Fall HOD at the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University! Special thanks to our wonderful & hardworking Co-Director Elects, Emily Rodriguez & Edeline Sanchez, for their hard work to put together such a successful event!

We would like to recognize our 4 amazing scholarship winners for this year's Fall 2022 HOD. Click below to read more about them! 

  • Women's Health Advocacy Scholarship: Alexandra Portugués, MS-IV/PhD, DUCOM
  • R. Jaime H. Rivera Velez Award for Outstanding Service: Paola Arteaga, OMS-II, TouroCOM-Middletown
  • Residency Application Award: Yanet de la Caridad Gomez, MS-IV, Harvard SOM
  • Essay Scholarship Award: Justin Michael Camacho, MS-II, DUCOM

“This past month, our chapter held an LMSA Movie Night in which we screened the HBO documentary "Clínica de Migrantes - Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness". This documentary is about the Puentes de Salud Clinic, a non-profit organization providing several services to the growing Latinx community in Philadelphia. Following the screening, there was a Q&A segment with Dr. Daphne Owen. Dr. Owen has been part of the Puentes de Salud staff since 2009 and is featured in the documentary. Dr. Owen provided valuable insight on how to balance her work at Puentes and in the hospital as an Emergency Medicine physician. We had a wonderful turnout and look forward to informing our classmates about caring for Latinx patients.

We also hosted a special guest for Medical Spanish. Señora Barbara Diaz has been involved with our LMSA chapter for several years. She recently came to speak to the Medical Spanish class about Latin American culture with a special emphasis on various homeopathic remedies and supplements that are common. We discussed various patient communication techniques and strategies to provide the best care possible. Señora Diaz and the class discussed the importance of establishing trust and rapport with patients from diverse backgrounds. It was an absolute joy to share time with Señora Diaz and we are grateful for her time! We cannot wait for her to visit us again to inform students how Latinx patients use these traditional remedies, and how to have an open mind when they share them with us. We are so proud of our medical Spanish coordinators, Dana Michlin and Jose Arriola, for all the work they are doing.

Lastly, we decided to send 2 representatives to the recent Fall House of Delegates Meeting. It was wonderful to have both Christopher Garrick and Brittany Chavez share their experience with the rest of the chapter.”

Want to be featured as Chapter of the Month? Click here!

Dr. Carlos Rodríguez was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He earned his medical degree from San Juan Bautista School of Medicine in Caguas, Puerto Rico. He completed his emergency medicine residency at Lincoln Hospital in New York. He then went on to complete a medical education fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital while obtaining a Post Master’s Certificate in Evidence Based Teaching in the Health Professions from Johns Hopkins University.

Currently, he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and serves as an Assistant Program Director for their emergency medicine residency program. Since his arrival at Jefferson, he has been involved with the Latino Medical Student Association Chapter at Sidney Kimmel Medical College for which he is currently a faculty advisor. He also serves as the chair of the Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) faculty committee in his department as well as a member of the DEI committee for the Council for Residency Directors in emergency medicine (CORDEM).

Dr. Rodríguez is committed to the education of the medical students and residents he interacts with. He loves to use his time to mentor and help them achieve their full potential. In addition, he enjoys being actively involved with LMSA and using this opportunity to teach and mentor Latinx students and residents.

He is a loving husband and proud father. You can follow him on Twitter: @carlosrodz_em.

Need some motivation? Tune in for Dr. Rodriguez's words of encouragement here!

Who has inspired your medical journey? Nominate a physician here!
LMSA FPAC presents: NEW RESOURCES to Reduce Bias Towards Medical Students from Puerto Rico during Residency Selection Process
  • PDF of PPT Slides on Discrimination Faced by Medical Students from Puerto Rico During the Residency Application Process 
  • Informational Sheet
  • Brief 13 minute Video on Actionable Steps to Reduce Discrimination Faced by Medical Students in Puerto Rico
  • See press release below by LMSA FPAC

PRESS RELEASE – August 30, 2022

Latina/o/x/e, Hispanic or of Spanish Origin+ (LHS+)-Identified Medical Students Continue to Face Unique Experiences of Discrimination During the Residency Selection Process

Between July 19, 2022 - August 22, 2022, the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA), the largest and oldest national organization for the advancement of LHS+ identified students in medicine, launched a national needs assessment to better document experiences of discrimination faced by LHS+ identified medical students when applying to residency programs, especially students matriculated at the four LCME-accredited medical schools in Puerto Rico.  This first-ever needs assessment was in response to personal accounts and an email from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) reminding academic medicine community members that “…the four medical schools in Puerto Rico are fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). Residents of Puerto Rico are U.S. citizens who carry U.S. passports, and graduates from these medical schools are graduates of a U.S. medical school, not international graduates.” (AAMC Announcements and Information - May 9, 2022)  LMSA leaders, in collaboration with the four medical schools in Puerto Rico, and Dowin Boatright, MD, MBA, MHS have been concerned that considering LHS+ identified matriculants of AOA- and LCME-accredited medical schools on the U.S. mainland and in Puerto Rico as “international”, “non-U.S. citizens” or “non-English speakers” is discriminatory and places an inequitable burden on these trainees as they apply for residency positions and strive to become physicians for our U.S. population, which is nearly 18.9% LHS+ identified (U.S. Census Bureau, QuickFacts,, accessed on August 29, 2022)   


When asked – “Did you hear from upper-class persons or medical school graduates that during the residency application process they...”

A high proportion of LHS+ identified medical students, irrespective of medical school location, have heard from upper-class persons that they experienced offensive questions/comments regarding their English proficiency, the medical school they attended, and citizenship status.  The aforementioned forms of discrimination may contribute to increased stress, anxiety, or imposter syndrome among LHS+ identified medical student applicants to residency programs and cause discriminatory rejections when applying to residency programs.  

LMSA Northeast Regional Conference:
Call for Abstracts!
Medical Spanish Opportunities

We are proud to announce two opportunities to work on your Medical Spanish:

1) LMSA x Canopy Partnership: Learn Medical Spanish at your own pace!

Wanting to perfect your Medical Spanish but not sure how you can incorporate it in your busy medical school schedule?

CanopyLearn is the #1 Medical Spanish eLearning Platform used by over one-third of medical schools across the United States.

Canopy’s 40-hour curriculum offers 3 proficiency levels and is specifically designed to fit your busy schedule. CanopyLearn prepares you for real-life, everyday clinical encounters, combining medical terminology, Spanish language foundations, and cultural knowledge together in every lesson. Healthcare providers can also earn continuing education credits with Canopy.

 LMSA is a proud partner of Canopy. Sign up for the classes here for our SPECIAL DISCOUNTED PRICE FOR MEMBERS and start learning medical Spanish with Canopy today!

2) LMSA Chapter at Boston University has generously shared with us their Medical Spanish curriculum

Please see the curriculum in their Google drive. The curriculum writers made this material from scratch so they kindly ask that you credit Boston University Medical Spanish if you end up using their materials. Muchas gracias!

Northeast LMSA Service Database
Don’t forget to fill out the Northeast LMSA Service Database Form!
This form helps us collect information regarding any service efforts local LMSA chapters participate in. We also want to help you promote your service events so that other LMSA members in the region can collaborate with your service projects! If you have any questions, please reach out to
Transitioning Chapter Leadership
If you are on an LMSA Chapter E-board, check out the following ways to connect with us:
  • Onboarding Packet: Filled with information about our Regional LMSA organization and ways you can get involved
  • Chapter Update Form: If your chapter recently transitioned, please fill out our chapter update form so we can stay in contact with you
  • LMSA Chapter Leaders Slack: Join our slack channel where leaders from every LMSA NE chapter come together to share their events! If you are on a LMSA E-board, you can join the slack channel by emailing
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Amazon Smile
Are you a frequent Amazon buyer? Follow this link to add LMSA Northeast to your Amazon Smile account. A percent of every purchase will be donated to LMSA NE so we can make more scholarships for you!
NHMA Membership
Interested in keeping up to date with the latest news and updates in treating the Latinx population, scholarship opportunities, or networking with Latino physicians? Then join our sponsor organization, National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA).  Visit their membership site for more details!
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