The UAB Student National Medical Association (SNMA) was honored at the 2018 Student Excellence Awards on April 12, 2018, as the recipient of the 2017-2018 Program of the Year Award. The award recognized the Annual Integrative Healthcare Summit, which enjoyed its 14th year on February 24, 2018. 

Each year, the Integrative Healthcare Summit brings togther high school and college students from within and beyond Alabama, exposing these students to a vast array of healthcare fields and professions. Although targeted at underserved andSNMA Award under-represented minority populations, any student in the relevant age group is invited to attend. The 2018 Summit represented the 4th year that high school students were invited to participate, and included workshops, interactive hands-on sessions, and student-led panels.

"We had a record number of attendees, volunteers, and community affiliates. There were over 20 programs representing dental, medical, nursing, veterinary, allied health, and optometry institutions from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee," say members of the Summit's planning committee. "Our committee worked tirelessly on this event and we are thankful that the Summit is receiving recognition. We are hopeful that the success of this year's Summit will garner more support for future years."

Medical students Alana C. Jones and Alana C. Nichols were present to receive the award.