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Please note that student organizations are grouped by larger categories in which they reside.  New student organizations as of the 2018-19 year are designated by an asterisk.

Art, Music, & Wellness

Bridges
Docapella
UMass Chamber and Jazz

Diversity & Advocacy

AAMC: Organization of Student Representatives
American Medical Women’s Association
Citizen Physicians*
Health Professionals for Human Rights
JewMass
Medical Students for Choice
Organized Medicine
Public Health Interest Group
QMass
Student Exchange Club*
Student National Medical Association
UMass Christian Fellowship
UMass Chan Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA)
White Coats for Black Lives*

Medicine & Surgery

American Association of Neurological Surgeons at UMass
Anesthesia Interest Group
Bioethics
Cardiology Interest Group
Dermatology Interest Group
Emergency Medicine Interest Group
ENT Interest Group*
Family Medicine Interest Group
Geriatrics Interest Group
Global Surgery Student Alliance at UMass
Hematology/Oncology Interest Group
Infectious Disease Interest Group (IDIG)
Internal Medicine Interest Group
Med/Peds Interest Group
OB-GYN Interest Group
Ophthalmology Interest Group
Orthopedic Surgery Interest Group
Pediatrics Interest Group (PIG)
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Interest Group (PM&R)
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Interest Group (PRSIG)
Psychiatry Interest Group
Radiology Interest Group
Sports Medicine Interest Group
Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN)
Surgery Interest Group
Urology Interest Group

Sports & Fitness

UMass F.C.*
UMass Med Dance*

Volunteer & Outreach

ACEing Autism
Advocates for Healthcare Access in Worcester (Worcester Free Clinic Coalition)
Baby Boxes*
Best Buddies
Cardiac Health Outreach Program (CHOP)
Community Canvases
Correctional Health Educators
Cuddle Buddies
Kelley Backpacks
Kidney Companions
Mentors for Young Mothers
North High School Mentorship Program
Power of Presence*
Project Prevail
Refugee Health Interest Group
Worcester Technical High School Mentoring Program
WRAP-Teen Mentoring Program

 

 

Art, Music, & Wellness

Bridges
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, any student in the UMass Medical School Community, including residents and fellows
Student Leader(s): Ryan Barrette
Faculty: Sonia Chimienti, MD
Email Contact: ryan.barrette@umassmed.edu

Description: The vision of the student organization Anonymous Alliance is to promote, celebrate, and grow the inclusive and diverse culture of UMass Medical School. Our mission is to offer opportunities for the community to discuss their unique identities and challenges. This includes monthly, confidential, and welcoming meetings for all students and community-wide events with faculty, administrators, and students to nurture and foster dialogue about race, sexuality, body image, mental health, and other difficult topics people face in school, in the United States and globally. By sharing identities and opinions, students feel supported to continue their individuality as they receive feedback and gain skills in medicine and graduate school.

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Docapella
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): Cole Martens, Laura Schwartz
Faculty: Tracy Kedian, MD
Email Contact: ummsdocapella@gmail.com
Website: https://www.facebook.com/groups/296688647335082/

Description: Docapella is an interprofessional acapella group that seeks to bring healing through song. We believe that the physician is more than a scientist, but also a person and a musician.  The goals of our group are: to bring together UMMS community members of all interests through a capella singing; to bring joy to the UMMS community, including patients; and to use the power of song to promote healing and interpersonal connection.

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UMass Chamber and Jazz
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): Pietro Miozzo, John “Sully” Sullivan, Margaret Xu
Faculty: Cynthia Ennis, DO
Email Contact: margaret.xu@umassmed.edu
Website: https://goo.gl/forms/rO8bOhEKz9wx14Zo2

Description: A friendly group of musicians with backgrounds ranging from enthusiasts to closet concert musicians and interests spanning Bach to rock. Low key and open to all levels of ability! We host informal performances throughout the year for the UMass community at our Café UMass soirées, for which performing is completely optional.

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Diversity & Advocacy

AAMC: Organization of Student Representatives
Membership: School of Medicine
Student Leader(s): Akshay Kapoor
Faculty: Melissa Fischer, MD
Email Contact: akshay.kapoor@umassmed.edu

Description: The Organization of Student Representatives (OSR) represents medical students nationwide and provides an active role for students in advancing the AAMC mission to improve the nation’s health. Additionally, the OSR seeks to ensure that students actively participate in directing their education, preserving their rights, and delineating their professional responsibilities. To this end, the OSR gives medical students a voice in academic medicine at the national level and strives to foster student involvement and awareness in this arena at a local level.

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American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA)
Membership: School of Medicine
Student Leader(s): Susan Jacob, Wendy Ma, Rose Schutzberg, Amanda Whitehouse, Wanlu Xu
Faculty: Luanne Thorndyke, MD
Email Contact: susan.jacob@umassmed.edu
Website: https://goo.gl/forms/BLPPuLFyuTl0ha1J2

Description: From the national branch: "The American Medical Women's Association is an organization which functions at the local, national, and international level to advance women in medicine and improve women's health. We achieve this by providing and developing leadership, advocacy, education, expertise, mentoring, and strategic alliances." Here at UMass Medical School, we hold events throughout the year that foster collaboration between women physicians and women medical students, as well as between female medical students of all class years.

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Citizen Physician
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): Shiv Bhadola, Juliana Dixon
Faculty: Suzanne Cashman, ScD, Jay Himmelstein, MD, MPH
Email Contact: juliana.constanzo@umassmed.edu
Website: https://www.facebook.com/groups/240033626741667/

Description: UMass Citizen Physicians is a chapter within a larger, national organization that is focused on increasing civic engagement and voter turnout amongst healthcare professionals and scientists. Our activities include voter registration drives and policy discussions with faculty who balance civic engagement and healthcare careers.

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Health Professionals for Human Rights
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): Eric Romo
Faculty: Jaime Vallejos, MD, MPH
Email Contact: umasshphr@gmail.com
Website: https://goo.gl/forms/VIMGyJs3s3DDbweT2

Description: Health Professionals for Human Rights (HPHR) is the UMass Medical School student group affiliated with the national organization Physicians for Human Rights (PHR). PHR has the worldwide goal of preventing human rights abuses that cause physical and mental harm to victims. They research, document, and advocated international political groups to put an end to these abuses. HPHR is interested in advocacy and education about this work, as well as national issues including health care equity, health care access, and discrimination. We welcome student involvement from all of the schools at the University of Massachusetts Medical School campus.

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JewMass
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): Melinda Futran, Shani Aharon
Faculty: Jeremy Golding, MD
Email Contact: melinda.futran@umassmed.edu

Description: JewMass serves as a resource for UMass students who are Jewish or just interested in Judaism to celebrate Jewish history and culture. We provide an opportunity to celebrate Jewish holidays, learn about Jewish culture and discuss difficult topics regarding medical ethics from a Jewish perspective. We also coordinate events with other groups and synagogues around Worcester in order to meet other Jewish people in the area.

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Medical Students for Choice (MSFC)
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing
Student Leader(s): Elke Schipani, Michelle Shabo
Faculty: Tara Kumaraswami, MD
Email Contact: elke.schipani@umassmed.edu; michelle.shabo@umassmed.edu

Description: UMass Medical Students for Choice (MSFC) is a chapter of the national MSFC organization, whose mission is to create tomorrow's abortion providers and pro-choice physicians. We provide abortion training, vasectomy skills sessions, shadowing opportunities, and host conversations and film screenings throughout the year to encourage the growth of students as future pro-choice physicians.

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Organized Medicine (OrgMed)
Membership: School of Medicine
Student Leader(s): Akshay Kapoor, Prithwijit Roychowdhury
Faculty: Michelle Pugnaire, MD
Email: organizedmedicineumms@gmail.com

Description: UMass Organized Medicine exists to provide students at the University of Massachusetts Medical School with a voice in the fields of public health and medical policy. We serve as the student representatives from UMass in conferences at the local (Worcester District Medical Society), state (Massachusetts Medical Society), and nationwide (American Medical Association) levels.  The goals of this group are: to create physician leaders and increase medical student voice on pressing health and social issues.

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Public Health Interest Group
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): Nayha Chopra-Tandon
Faculty: Michael Hirsh, MD
Email Contact: nayha.chopra-tandon@umassmed.edu

Description: We aim to help students understand public health in as an essential part of their careers by introducing them to physicians and scientists who work in collaboration with the greater Worcester community. We understand that UMASS has much to offer the community in terms of health promotion, health equity and other services. Many of our students interested in our organization have participated in public health projects prior to coming to UMASS and are curious about what is being done on the UMASS campus. Our aim is to connect students with mentors both at UMASS and around greater Worcester to promote public health.  Our goals and objectives are to increase student exposure to public health, bring mentors and resources here to UMass, and educate students about opportunities.

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QMass
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): John-Marc Austin, Nora Feeney, Cole Martens, Laura Schwartz
Faculty: Yasmin Carter, PhD
Email Contact: qmass@umassmed.edu
Website: https://www.facebook.com/groups/qmassatumass/

Description: QMass is a student interest group committed to making UMMS a more LGBTQIA+-friendly place for students, patients, and community members. We strive to provide resources and community events to build connections, raise awareness, and promote the well-being and acceptance of LGBTQIA+ individuals both within and connected with UMMS.

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Student Exchange Club
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): Elizabeth Chan, Lucinda Chiu, Garrick Gu
Faculty: Guangping Gao, PhD
Email Contact: garrick.gu@umassmed.edu

Description: Student Exchange Club is an organization that welcomes and promotes cultural outreach to the Chinese Exchange Medical Students from Chengdu. We host several events every year like Chinese New Year and the Lunar festival, and will reach out to anyone interested in participating in cultural and informational exchange with the exchange students.

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Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
Membership: School of Medicine
Student Leader(s): Amy Cheung, Skelly Enabulele, Anika Obasiolu, Rose Schutzberg, Vanessa Villamarin, Imani Williams
Faculty: Maria Garcia, MD, MPH
Email Contact: umass@snma.org
Website: https://www.umassmed.edu/snma/

Description: SNMA's mission is to increase the number of underrepresented and minority medical students, and broaden the skillset of our medical graduates to ensure our readiness to address the healthcare concerns of all our communities, including the medically underserved. Our organization gains its strength from the dedication and passion of our members striving to achieve these efforts.

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UMass Christian Fellowship
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): Kathee Liang
Advisor: Vinetta McCann, NP
Email Contact: kevine.cox@hotmail.com

Description: UMass Christian Fellowship is a community of Christ-seeking students, staff, and clinicians at UMass Medical School, Graduate School of Nursing, and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. UCF is a chapter of Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA).  Weekly Bible studies are available through this group.

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UMass Chan Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association
(APAMSA, formerly UMMS Southeast Asian Association)
Membership:
School of Medicine
Student Leader(s): Sendy Ha
Faculty: Deborah-Harmon Hines, PhD
Email Contact: sendy.ha@umassmed.edu
Website: https://goo.gl/forms/sl8vZ6yA7oWkprsw1

Description: UMMS Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA) was formerly known as UMMS Southeast Asian Association. We are a chapter of the national APAMSA organization, representing a group of medical students who come from different backgrounds including Southeast Asia and other parts of Asia. As an underrepresented population in the medical field, we hope to foster important relationships with the different underserved populations in the local area.  APAMSA has a primary goal of educating medical students on various health issues in the Southeast Asian/Asian communities.

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White Coats for Black Lives
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): Zachary Dyer, Tzeidel Eichenberg, Rose Schutzberg, Laura Schwartz, Vanessa Villamarin, Imani Williams, Lulu Xu
Faculty: Carla Carten, PhD
Email Contact: wc4blumms@gmail.com
Website: facebook.com/wc4blumms

Description: We are the UMMS chapter of White Coats for Black Lives, a national organization with the overall goals of: raising awareness of racism as a public health concern; ending racial discrimination in medical care; and preparing future physicians to be advocates for racial justice.  As an organization, we work to educate the students and faculty of the medical school regarding how they can better serve and advocate for racial equality in health care, as well as actively work to address racism as a public health issue.

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Medicine & Surgery

American Association of Neurological Surgeons at UMass
Membership: School of Medicine
Student Leader(s): Oghomwen Igiesuorobo, Christopher Lee, Pawan Mathew
Faculty: Mark Johnson, MD, PhD
Email Contact: oghomwen.igiesuorobo@umassmed.edu

Description: The American Association of Neurological Surgeons at UMass provides opportunities to learn about neurosurgery during both the preclinical and clinical years. This group organizes neurosurgical simulations, information sessions with faculty and shadowing experiences in both the clinic and operating room. Whether or not you are interested in applying to neurosurgery, we encourage you to join us and learn more about this exciting field.

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Anesthesiology Interest Group
Membership: School of Medicine
Student Leader(s): Douglas Choe, Olivia Mallari
Faculty: Theofilos Matheos, MD
Email Contact: olivia.mallari@umassmed.edu

Description: We are the student interest group for anesthesiology and preoperative medicine subspecialties. Our events include skills workshops, discussion panels, as well as talks on interesting topics within the field of anesthesia, such as lethal injection. We also connect students with shadowing opportunities in various subspecialties of anesthesiology.

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Bioethics
Membership: School of Medicine
Student Leader(s): Robert Daly, Colton Michael Conrad
Faculty: Catherine Dube, EdD
Email Contact: umass.big@gmail.com

Description: Bioethics Interest Group aims to provide students with a basic framework for understanding ethics as a practical endeavor central to the practice of medicine through interactive conversations with guest speakers lecturing on a range of topics from palliative care and organ donation to lethal injection and research ethics.  The goals of this group are: to identify the underlying principles related to medical ethics; understand how common philosophical arguments are made to support these principles; evaluate how ethics play a role in various aspects of healthcare from research to practice.

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Cardiology Interest Group
Membership: School of Medicine
Student Leader(s): John-Marc Austin, Sendy Ha
Faculty: Matthew McGuiness, MD
Email Contact: john-marc.austin@umassmed.edu

Description: The Cardiology Interest Group brings together students who are interested in learning more about the medical field of cardiology! We have great opportunities for students in many areas of cardiology care. We offer shadowing opportunities in the catheterization lab, where students can learn more about diagnostic as well as therapeutic procedures in cardiology. We also offer several informational dinners throughout the school year with residents, fellows and attendings so that students can network and learn more about the subspecialties within cardiology.

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Dermatology Interest Group
Membership: School of Medicine
Student Leader(s): Elizabeth Tkachenko
Faculty: Dori Goldberg, MD
Email Contact: elizabeth.tkachenko@umassmed.edu

Description: The goal of the Dermatology Interest Group (DIG) is to provide a support group and community for students considering a career in dermatology and to provide opportunities for students to form productive experiences and networking within the field. We also strive to create a place for students to learn about Dermatology as a specialty and to form an environment promoting collaboration on projects and volunteer service pertaining to dermatological issues.

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Emergency Medicine Interest Group
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing
Student Leader(s): Keaton Cameron-Burr, Christopher DiTullio, Richard Moschella, Timothy O’Malley
Faculty: Alexandra Nordberg, MD
Email Contact: christopher.ditullio@umassmed.edu

Description: Guided by Emergency Medicine Physicians, the Emergency Medicine Interest Group is invested in giving medical students an in depth exposure to various aspects of Emergency Medicine. Through hands on trainings, lectures, case exploration, shadowing opportunities, and physician panels we provide an experiential learning opportunity focused on the field and what it means to be an Emergency Medicine Physician.

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ENT Interest Group*
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing
Student Leader(s): Erica Christenson, Prith Roychowdhury
Faculty: Jeremiah Tracy, MD
Email Contact: erica.christenson@umassmed.edu

Description: The field of Otolaryngology (ENT) covers an incredible breadth and depth of medical as well as surgical care. The field has evolved considerably and now encompasses seven subspecialties including pediatric otolaryngology, rhinology, facial plastic surgery, neurotology, surgical oncology, laryngology and sleep surgery. Our group serves as a source of didactic lectures, interactive physical exam sessions, and clinical/surgical shadowing opportunities, all with our amazing ENT attendings here at UMass who are excited to show what they love about their chosen field.

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Family Medicine Interest Group
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing
Student Leader(s): Abigail Bose, Nolan Condron, Alyssa Stetson
Faculty: Frank Domino, MD
Email Contact: abigail.bose@umassmed.edu

Description: The goals of FMIG are to allow students to explore the diversity of career paths than come from a family medicine specialty, and make connections with family med residents and physicians, and to get hands on experience with some skills that are important for a family medicine physician.

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Geriatrics Interest Group
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, Pharmacy Students
Student Leader(s): Jessica Kloppenburg, Caitlin Bast, Jaya Rawla
Faculty: Gary Blanchard, MD, Erika Zimmons, DO
Email Contact: umassgeriatricsinterestgroup@gmail.com

Description: The Geriatrics Interest Group (GIG) is an interprofessional group that brings together nursing students (GSN), medical students, and pharmacy students to learn about caring for older adults. GIG organizes an OEE called the Elder Navigator elective that pairs students with older patients to "navigate" them through their primary care appointments. The group is unique in that it is interprofessional and brings together perspectives from both the GSN and SOM to learn about caring for one of our most vulnerable populations, older adults.

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Global Surgery Student Alliance at UMass
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing
Student Leader(s): Shani Aharon, Lucinda Chiu, Sam Lauffer, Alyssa Stetson
Faculty: Joyce McIntyre, MD
Email Contact: lucinda.chiu@umassmed.edu

Description: This group will appeal to both medical and nursing students interested in surgery, anesthesia, OB/GYN, health policy, and global health in general. Global surgery is currently a rapidly growing field, with The Lancet establishing a Commission on Global Surgery in 2014 after recognizing the growing need for surgery in underserved populations throughout the world. Our group’s focus is to expose students to the fundamental aspects involved in achieving worldwide sustainable and accessible surgical care as well as the necessary steps in developing a career in global surgery. In the coming years as we become an established student group, we are interested in advancing global surgery research at UMass through student involvement.

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Hematology/Oncology Interest Group
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing
Student Leader(s): Maria Abraham, John-Marc Austin, Lindsey Crowley
Faculty: Venu Bathini, MD
Email Contact: john-marc.austin@umassmed.edu

Description: The Hematology/Oncology Interest Group aims to provide students with academically enriching experiences in the field of hematology/oncology. These experiences include shadowing opportunities in various clinical practices, panels on topics in the field of hematology/oncology, and networking events with hematology/oncology faculty.

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Infectious Disease Interest Group (IDIG)
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing
Student Leader(s): Sookyung Kim, Ayan Purkayastha, Elke Schipani, Laura Schwartz, Michelle Teague
Faculty: Read Pukkila-Worley, MD
Email Contact: ayan.purkayastha@umassmed.edu; UMassIDIG@gmail.com

Description: The Infectious Diseases Interest Group (IDIG) serves as a resource for all UMMS students who are interested in the clinical and research aspects of the field of Infectious Diseases. The group connects its members to faculty in the Infectious Diseases department, providing various shadowing and networking opportunities. IDIG also serves as a resource to educate students on the diverse array of pathogens that healthcare professionals may encounter on a day-to-day basis, covering both pathogenesis and treatment.

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Internal Medicine Interest Group
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing
Student Leader(s): John-Marc Austin, Lindsey Crowley, Susan Jacob
Faculty: Mary Hawthorne, MD
Email Contact: susan.jacob@umassmed.edu

Description: The Internal Medicine Interest Group aims to provide students with academically enriching experiences in the incredibly broad field of internal medicine. These experiences include panel discussions, clinical observation experiences, skills sessions, and opportunities for networking with physicians and residents within internal medicine & its subspecialties.

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Med/Peds Interest Group
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing
Student Leader(s): Laura Thurber, Amanda Whitehouse
Faculty: John Solomonides, MD
Email Contact: laura.thurber@umassmed.edu, amanda.whitehouse@umassmed.edu

Description: The Med/Peds Interest Group is designed to support students that are interested in learning about and possibly training in combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics after graduation.

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OB/GYN Interest Group
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing
Student Leader(s): Shauna Rice, Elke Schipani
Faculty: Anne Garrison, MD
Email Contact: shauna.rice@umassmed.edu

Description: OB/GYN interest group hosts events such as career panels and skills sessions, shadowing opportunities, and collaborates with related groups on topics related to women's health.

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Ophthalmology Interest Group
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing
Student Leader(s): Lauren Lombardi, Caleb Noone
Faculty: Shlomit Schaal, MD, PhD
Email Contact: caleb.noone@umassmed.edu

Description: The Ophthalmology Interest Group is looking to find students interested in Ophthalmology and give them opportunity to discover research opportunities and learn more about the specialty.

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Orthopedic Surgery Interest Group
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing
Student Leader(s): Jugert Bango, Caroline Corban, Madeline Fryer
Faculty: Nicola DeAngelis, MD
Email Contact: jugert.bango@umassmed.edu

Description: The Orthopedics Interest Group strives to give medical students early exposure to the field of Orthopedic Surgery. We hold events focusing on suture skills, surgical simulations, and case presentations. Our group also highlights opportunities in research and shadowing on our campus and beyond for those looking to gain further exposure to Orthopedics.

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Pediatric Interest Group (PIG)
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing
Student Leader(s): Colette Buser, Erica Christenson, Martha Gowaski, Marie Hydro, Kristina Lewis, Holly Neale, Tamanna Patel
Faculty: Timothy Gibson, MD
Email Contact: colette.buser@umassmed.edu

Description: The Pediatric Interest Group brings together students who are interested in learning more about the pediatric medical field! We have great opportunities for students in many areas of pediatric care. We offer shadowing in the pediatric emergency room as well as a UMass favorite, a chance to participate in pediatric “mini-rounds” with Dr. Tim Gibson! Students shadow Dr. Gibson as he introduces you to his patients and their medical conditions on the inpatient floor. We also offer several informational lunches and dinners throughout the school year, as well as opportunities to get out of the classroom and interact with pediatric patients such as Reverse Trick-or-Treating!

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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Interest Group (PM&R)
Membership: School of Medicine
Student Leader(s): Zachary Michaels, Alan Xie
Faculty: Faren Williams, MD
Email Contact: alan.xie@umassmed.edu

Description: The PM&R Interest Group aims to educate students about a great specialty that many students have little exposure to. Physiatrists look at the complete picture of their patients to help them deal with illness, injury, or chronic disability, and to restore them to the highest level of functioning possible. Patients may be those with stroke, brain or spinal cord injury, complex ortho cases, multiple traumas, sports injuries, musculoskeletal pain, amputation, cancer, or gait disorders, to name a few. PM&R requires a 1 year internship (usually internal medicine or surgery) and 3 years of PM&R. The PM&R Interest Group works to bring together students interested in the specialty and to provide opportunities for education, networking, mentorship, research, and shadowing.

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Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Interest Group (PRSIG)
Membership: School of Medicine
Student Leader(s): Desmond Bennett, Garrick Gu
Faculty: Janice F. Lalikos, MD
Email Contact: desmond.bennett@umassmed.edu; prs.interest.group@gmail.com

Description: The Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Interest Group (PRSIG) is devoted to providing educational opportunities within the scope of plastic and reconstructive surgery. Through shadowing, guest lectures, suture clinics, and journal clubs, we aim to grant students the chance to interact with residents and attending physicians in different settings to help promote consideration of plastic and reconstructive surgery as a possible career option. Early exposure to the various fields allows students more time to construct a competitive resume when applying for residencies in the 4th year of medical school.

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Psychiatry Interest Group
Membership: School of Medicine
Student Leader(s): Hallie Geller, Nolan Neu
Faculty: Anya Bernstein, MD
Email Contact: nolan.neu@umassmed.edu

Description: The Psychiatry Student Interest Group was created for students who are interested in entering the field of psychiatry, as well as those who are interested in exploring current topics in psychiatry. We host faculty and resident panels, organize opportunities to shadow residents, provide students with the chance to mentor adolescents at the Department of Mental Health, hold movie nights, and have guest speakers. PSIG is a part of the national Psychiatry Student Interest Group Network (PsychSIGN), and encourages members to register with PsychSIGN and attend PsychSIGN's annual regional conference in the Fall and national conference in the Spring.

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Radiology Interest Group
Membership: School of Medicine
Student Leader(s): Lyndia Personnat, Victoria Podsiadlo, Alex Newbury
Faculty: Chris Cerniglia, DO, Carolynn DeBenedectis, MD
Email Contact: victoria.podsiadlo@umassmed.edu, alex.newbury@umassmed.edu 

Description: The Radiology Interest Group offers early exposure to radiology for interested students. Faculty, fellows, residents and students connect through discussions, lectures and Q&A sessions. Students will gain exposure to the vast diversity and wealth of opportunities in radiology.

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Sports Medicine Interest Group
Membership: School of Medicine
Student Leader(s): Nolan Condron, Skelly Enabulele, Nick Leonard, Rich Moschella
Faculty: James Broadhurst, MD
Email Contact: nolan.condron@umassmed.edu

Description: The Sports Medicine Interest Group seeks to provide a forum regarding careers in sports medicine for members of the UMass Medical School community.

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Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN)
Membership: School of Medicine
Student Leader(s): Robert Guber, Nicole Hayes, Mohamad Nasrallah
Faculty: Anindita Deb, MD
Email Contact: robert.guber@umassmed.edu

Description: The SIGN interest group aims to introduce UMass medical students to the exciting field of neurology. Our interest group provides opportunities to explore neurology through physician panels, case nights, dinners with residents and attendings, as well as shadowing opportunities. We welcome all students who are interested in learning more about neurology.

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Surgery Interest Group
Membership: School of Medicine
Student Leader(s): Jonathan Kassira, Jessica Kloppenburg, Vanessa Lee, Danielle Stamer
Faculty: Mitchell Cahan, MD
Email Contact: surgeryinterestgroup@umassmed.edu

Description: Surgery Interest Group (SIG) is a broad, student-run interest group dedicated to increasing medical student exposure to all surgical specialties, from General Surgery to Plastic Surgery, and everything in between! Through skills sessions, hospital rounds, physician and student panels, our Pre-Clinical Surgery Program elective, and our Surgery Interest Group bi-weekly newsletter, we hope to engage students and foster interest in surgical fields.

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Urology Interest Group
Membership: School of Medicine
Student Leader(s): Michelle Shabo
Faculty: Scott Greenberg, MD
Email Contact: michelle.shabo@umassmed.edu

Description: The Urology Interest Group is a student led organization that brings the students of UMass Medical School exposure to the field of Urology – an exciting specialty that blends together surgery and medicine in a very unique way. Our goals include: educating students about Urology through campus events, connecting students with shadowing, research, and mentoring opportunities within the field, and allowing for the sharing of wisdom and advice between students and faculty - all to help foster the growth and development of future urologic surgeons.

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Sports & Fitness

UMass F.C. (Football Club)
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): Olivia Mallari, Adam Resnick
Faculty: Hugh Silk, MD, PhD
Email Contact: adam.resnick@umassmed.edu

Description: UMass F.C. (Football Club) is designed to bring the UMass community together through the sport of soccer. The club is designed to accommodate all levels of soccer skills. Our "goal" is to promote fun and well-being while developing a sense of community or "team" among all UMass schools and classes.

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UMass Med Dance
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): Jane Chuprin, Melinda Futran
Faculty: Peggy Wu, MD
Email Contact: melinda.futran@umassmed.edu

Description: A dance interest group open to dancers of all skill levels (including beginners), ranging in dance styles (depending on the interest of the group members). Anyone in the group will have the opportunity to choreograph and to teach classes.

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Volunteer & Outreach

ACEing Autism
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): Vadim Molla, Brooke Moore
Faculty: Luu Ireland, MD, MPH
Email Contact: brooke.moore@umassmed.edu

Description: ACEing Autism is a program that provides students with an opportunity to work with children while also having a blast playing tennis! ACEing Autism meets once a week on Sundays, and volunteers spend one on one or group time with children of all ages helping to strengthen their tennis skills.

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Advocates for Healthcare Access in Worcester (Worcester Free Clinic Coalition)
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): Tatiana Petrovick, Adam Resnick
Faculty: James Broadhurst, MD
Email Contact: tatiana.petrovick@umassmed.edu

Description: The Advocates for Healthcare Access in Worcester (also known as the Worcester Free Clinic Coalition) is a partnership between UMass Medical School and five free clinics in the Greater Worcester area, that works to improve the health of underserved populations. In addition to providing urgent care services, we also connect patients with medical and social resources in the community, with a particular focus on enrolling patients in health insurance plans and establishing new primary care relationships for longitudinal care.

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Baby Boxes*
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): Eden Hen, Paul Rizzo
Faculty: Sara Shields, MD
Email Contact: paul.rizzo@umassmed.edu

Description: TBD

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Best Buddies
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): Sam Fountain, Martha Gowaski, Jen Selland
Faculty: Hugh Silk, MD, MPH
Email Contact: jennifer.selland@umassmed.edu

Description: Best Buddies is an international organization that promotes one-to-one friendships between individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD) and individuals without IDD. Through friendship, Best Buddies aims to increase inclusion of individuals with IDD. Best Buddies at UMass Med matches medical students together with individuals with IDD from the community so that they can form one-to-one friendships. With over fifty Buddy pairs, with students from the medical, nursing, and graduate school, Best Buddies at UMassMed continues to grow.

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Cardiac Health Outreach Program
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): Keaton Cameron-Burr, Sendy Ha
Faculty: Cynthia Ennis, DO
Email Contact: sendy.ha@umassmed.edu

Description: The Cardiac Health Outreach Program (CHOP) is a student group aimed at educating the Worcester community in hands-only CPR and cardiac health. Students volunteer at different educational events around Worcester and the surrounding area, with a special focus on underserved populations. Through this initiative, the group aims to make Worcester a more heart-healthy city and improve Worcester’s out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival rate.

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Community Canvases
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): Yuming Cao, Melinda Futran, Christa Park
Faculty: Thomas Guggina, MD
Email Contact: melinda.futran@umassmed.edu, umasscommunitycanvases@gmail.com

Description: The UMASSMed Community Mural Group strives to make healthcare facilities more inviting by painting murals on their walls. Select student leaders plan and sketch out the murals while volunteers are guided through the rest! We provide medical students and patients with a creative outlet, allowing everyone to discover their own artistic talents while making lasting contributions to the community.

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Correctional Health Educators
Membership: School of Medicine
Student Leader(s): Keaton Cameron-Burr, Tess Curran, Samuel Fountain, Olivia Karcis, Marya Pulaski
Faculty: Ann Sattler, MD
Email Contact: olivia.karcis@umassmed.edu, umasshealtheducation@gmail.com

Description: Members of Correctional Health Educators teach interactive health education
classes at Department of Youth Services correctional facilities in the Worcester area. Our curriculum covers sexual education, healthy relationships, nutrition, alcohol, and drug use. This is a great opportunity to spend time with hilarious teenagers, learn about correctional medicine, and work on health education skills!

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Cuddle Buddies
Membership: School of Medicine
Student Leader(s): Tess Curran, Amy Kilzer, Tamanna Patel
Faculty: Alex Procaskey, MD
Email Contact: tamanna.patel@umassmed.edu

Description: The Cuddle Buddies Interest Group is a student group that offers opportunities for medical and graduate nursing students to cuddle newborns at UMass Memorial’s NICU! Cuddling has been found to be very beneficial for infants, and your time and efforts are greatly appreciated by staff and family. In addition to cuddling with newborns, our group also sponsors talks each semester about various topics related to neonatal health.

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Kelley Backpacks
Membership: School of Medicine
Student Leader(s): Christopher DiTullio, Shauna Rice, Monica Tawadros
Faculty: Phil Fournier, MD
Email Contact: shauna.rice@umassmed.edu

Description: Kelley Backpacks provides bags to children discharged from the hospital into DCF custody with essential items to help them adjust to their first few days in foster care.

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Kidney Companions
Membership: School of Medicine
Student Leader(s): Sam Lauffer, Afua Nti, Jess Perry
Faculty: Pang-Yen Fan, MD
Email Contact: sam.lauffer@umassmed.edu

Description: Kidney Companions (KC) pairs up students interested in internal medicine, nephrology and/or transplant surgery with patients on hemodialysis at a local clinic to meet on a monthly basis. The goal of these meetings is to provide students with an opportunity to have a longitudinal relationship with an individual with chronic health issues. There will also be educational sessions throughout the year to compliment the experience by providing more in depth information on end stage renal disease, kidney transplantation, and dialysis treatments.

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Mentors for Young Mothers
Membership: School of Medicine
Student Leader(s): Corinne Ainsworth
Faculty: Erin Barlow, MD
Email Contact: corinne.ainsworth@umassmed.edu

Description: Mentors for Young Mothers is a group of medical students who facilitate health education workshops at two group homes for teen mothers and their children in Worcester. Topics include: contraception, healthy relationships, basic infant care, STIs, identity, nutrition, and more. Through MFYM, students have the privilege to connect with a very vulnerable yet resilient population in the Worcester community.

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North High School Mentorship Program
Membership: School of Medicine
Student Leader(s): Kayla Elliott, Pawan Mathew, Marian Younge
Faculty: Robert Layne, M.Ed.
Email Contact: kayla.elliott@umassmed.edu

Description: A mentor program with North High School meant to increase the number of men of color in the field of medicine.

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Power of Presence*
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): Tiffany Chen, Kelsey Jones
Faculty: Elizabeth Rotti, MSW, LSCW
Email Contact: kelsey.jones@umassmed.edu

Description: Power of Presence is a student group that aims to ensure no one is alone at the end of their life. Our volunteers provide a caring presence for lonely patients and respite for families who can’t always be with their loved ones. Being present with someone in this capacity is a truly intimate, meaningful experience and a great privilege. Volunteers are trained on how to provide companionship, to listen actively, and to respond to non-verbal communication. They may read out loud to patients or give therapeutic hand massage. We also hold lectures a few times a year exploring different themes pertaining to end of life care.

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Project Prevail
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing
Student Leader(s): Brittany Carney, Sardis Harward
Faculty: Margret Chang, MD
Email Contact: sardis.harward@umassmed.edu

Description: Rockdale Recovery High School provides an alternative secondary education to adolescents recovering from substance use disorders. Project Prevail invites collaborators from SOM and GSN to participate in bimonthly, small group mentoring sessions on health-related topics at RRHS. Students will have the opportunity to work closely with adolescents in recovery and to learn about the unique challenges posed by pediatric SUD.

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Refugee Health Interest Group
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): Hannah Duerhen, Kaleigh Timmins
Faculty: Olga Valdman, MD
Email Contact: kaleigh.timmins@umassmed.edu

Description: The Refugee Health Interest Group is an opportunity for students to learn about refugee health through interactive discussions and panels, on and off-campus events, and shadowing opportunities with refugee health providers. Members of the group will also be invited to participate in volunteer activities with the refugee community.

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Worcester Technical High School Mentoring Program
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): Molly Griffin, Charles Yi
Faculty: Cynthia Ennis, DO
Email Contact: molly.griffin@umassmed.edu

Description: We are a group of medical and graduate students who work with Worcester Technical High School, a nationally recognized vocational school, that has a student population that largely comes from underserved communities in the Worcester area. Several years ago, we started a program to assist students in the biotechnology program in navigating the college process. Many of the students are the first in their family to apply to college and find the process intimidating if not overwhelming. To help, we run a series of workshops through the fall and spring to help seniors navigate through the college application process and assist juniors with SAT preparation.

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WRAP-Teen Mentoring Program
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): Pooja Gupta, Meme Tran
Faculty: Diane Blake, MD
Email Contact: pooja.gupta@umassmed.edu

Description: The Worcester Refugee Assistance Program (WRAP) has created a Teen Mentoring Program here at UMass to pair medical, nursing, and graduate students with a Burmese refugee teen. The goal of WRAP-TMP is to create a meaningful supportive relationship with kids in need! We encourage mentors to reach out to their mentees throughout the year to engage in academic assistance, social outings and more!

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