Latino Medical Student Association

Membership Eligibility: Sidney Kimmel Medical College Only  

Membership Dues or Fees: No fee for the Jefferson chapter. Students have the option to pay $90 for national membership dues to be considered an official member of LMSA nationally.

Description:The Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA), formerly known as the National Boricua Latino Health Organization (NBLHO), is a student group representing medical, graduate and health professions students from the northeast region of the United States. The organization’s mission is to recruit Latinos into higher education, educate the public and one another about Latino health issues, advocate for increased Latino representation in medical, graduate and health professions schools, and promote awareness about social, political and economic issues as they relate to Latino health. It also serves to create a social network for Latino students and an environment for academic support. As NBLHO, this group was formed in 1970 at Harvard Medical School in response to the need for Latino medical students to organize and address the rampant discrimination experienced both inside and outside these educational institutions in addition to addressing the disparate health care given to Latino communities. Today, LMSA-Northeast has approximately 35 active medical school chapters and over 200 medical student members. The northeast region consists of Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia and Washington, DC. Members of this organization seek progressive and equitable institutionalized changes and advocate for human rights as they apply to health care for the Latino community. Members network with other organizations at the local and national level to achieve common objectives. In addition, the organization serves to educate and sensitize the entire medical community to the specific needs and differences of the Latino patient regarding health and well-being. LMSA collaborates closely with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to promote lectures about issues important to Latino health and co-sponsors programs to further promote sensitivity and awareness during Latin Heritage Month and Diversity Week.


Organization Email:

Student Organization Advisor:  Andres Fernandez, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Neurology Clerkship Program,  901 Walnut Street, Suite 602, COB Bldg., Philadelphia, PA 19123 | (215) 955-1891