Student National Medical Association Re-Elects Warrior MD Class of 2023’s Candace Acuff to Lead Role – School of Medicine News

Wayne State University School of Medicine student Candace Acuff, MPH, was elected Region 5 director of the Student National Medical Association at the organization’s 2022 Medical Education Conference.

Candace Acuff

Acuff is an MD candidate in the class of 2023. This is her second one-year term in the position of Regional Director. She plans to enroll in general surgery residency programs this year, with an interest in trauma and surgical critical care.

The theme of AMEC 2022 was The Emergence: Achieving Purpose in an Era of Health Advocacy, Equity and Reform. The SNMA is pursuing its mission by creating programming initiatives to support current and future underrepresented medical students. Members simultaneously meet the needs of underserved communities. The SNMA is also working to increase the number of clinically outstanding, culturally competent, and socially aware physicians.

“The Student National Medical Association is an important organization for me to be involved in, as I enjoy being in such a unique space created for minority medical students to develop as leaders, while also nurture the needs of underrepresented minorities in medicine and address medically disadvantaged communities,” she said.

Born and raised in Detroit, it was Acuff’s upbringing in the city that initially sparked her interest and passion for service in medically underserved communities. She attended Spelman College in Atlanta, where she received her bachelor’s degree in biology and also developed a real passion for community service.

Acuff received her Masters of Public Health degree from Oakland University in Rochester. Her background, mainly focused on public health practice, has enabled her to understand the importance of health improvement efforts from the health level of the population, and as a student physician has enabled her to recognize how social determinants of health affect health outcomes in disadvantaged populations.

“I am so grateful to be serving a second term as Region 5 director. It gives me the opportunity to continue developing as a leader while implementing the strategic plan of the largest student-led organization of underrepresented medical students in the country,” she said. “I am proud to have empowered the departments and student leaders within Region 5 to prioritize our organization’s DEI efforts as we engage in outreach, community service and philanthropic efforts to fulfill SNMA’s mission. uphold and implement.”

Since attending medical school, Acuff has remained committed to the advancement of the city and surrounding areas through volunteer work that focuses on health promotion, health education, and community-based health programs. She previously served as the community service liaison for the School of Medicine’s Black Medical Association before assuming her role as director of SNMA Region 5. She is a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society and of the School of Medicine’s Aesculapians Honor Society, a worship organization dedicated to improving the city of Detroit through community service and philanthropic endeavors.

Founded in 1964 by medical students from Howard University College of Medicine and Meharry Medical College, the Student National Medical Association is the nation’s oldest and largest independent student-run organization that focuses on the needs and concerns of medical students of color. Organized with branches throughout the country, SNMA membership includes more than 7,000 medical students, pre-medical students, and physicians. SNMA is committed to increasing the number of African American, Latino, and other students of color entering and completing medical school, and to help eradicate racial and ethnic health disparities. Community service and mentoring programs provide scientific appreciation, healthcare education, mentoring, and academic enrichment to elementary, middle, high school, and college students interested in pursuing health-related careers. For more information, visit

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