Pritzker Student Elected to SNMA Board of Directors

Adding to the prolific leadership among the Pritzker School of Medicine’s student body, third-year student Isaiah Selkridge recently won election to the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) Board of Directors as Diversity Research Committee (DRC) Co-Chair.

Selkridge, a native of the Bronx, New York and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (Biology), was elected to the position at the 2022 SNMA Annual Medical Education Conference (AMEC) held in Orlando in April. SNMA’s National Committee Chair’s help plan AMEC each year and develop programing for the annual gathering of current and future underrepresented minority medical students. AMEC will be held in Hartford, Connecticut in 2023 from April 5-9.

The new national position comes after years of institutional leadership for Selkridge. In 2020-2021 he served as Co-President of the SNMA chapter at Pritzker as well as Co-Director of the Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPREP), which was founded by SNMA and connects local high schools students interested in health careers to opportunities for learning and development. Selkridge also served on the Executive Board of one of Pritzker’s five student-run free clinics as well as the Chicagoland Free Clinics Consortium (CFCC), which connects student-run free clinic leaders from medical schools around Chicago.

Selkridge currently serves on the Community Initiatives Committee of the UChicago Graduate Council, the student government of the University of Chicago’s 8,000+ graduate student community. The Community Initiatives Committee works to build community among students outside the classroom or lab. Selkridge is also a Research Coordinator for the Medical Careers Exposure & Emergency Preparedness (MEDCEEP) program, which was founded by Pritzker Alumnus and University of Chicago emergency medicine physician Abdullah Pratt, MD.

In addition to his new role on SNMA’s national Board of Directors, Selkridge has also been elected as the National Liaison of the SNMA Orthopedic Surgery Interest Group.

The Pritzker chapter of SNMA has a strong track record of regional and national leadership within the organization. Also at AMEC in April, current Pritzker SNMA Co-President Rimel Mwamba and Co-Vice President Tecora Turner were elected to the Region II Executive Board as Research Liaison and Political Advocacy Liaison, respectively.