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Student Organizations Catalogue

The Student Catalogue provides the entire UMMS community with an accessible and consolidated form of available student opportunities offered for the academic year, including descriptions, student contacts, and faculty leaders. These student organizations are only available to students at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Unfortunately, community members are not allowed to join these groups. If you are a student leader and want to change any of the information about your organization, please email the student leadership group for your school.

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*
DIG: Diversity Interest Group
Health Professionals for Human Rights
JewMass
Medical Students for Choice
Organized Medicine
Public Health Interest Group
QMass
Samanvaya
Student Exchange Club*
Student National Medical Association
UMass Christian Fellowship
UMMS 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
Industry Exploration Program (IndEx)
Infectious Disease Interest Group (IDIG)
Internal Medicine Interest Group
MassTERi eClub
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)
Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Interest Group
Surgery Interest Group
Urology Interest Group

Sports & Fitness

Plantation 2 Peak
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 Linus
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, Lauren Colwell
Faculty: Sonia Chimienti, MD
Email Contact: ryan.barrette@umassmed.edu

Description: The vision of Bridges 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): Gabrielle Luiselli, Emily Agnello
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): Margaret Xu, Pietro Miozzo
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! We aim to put on a small informal concert in the spring 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): Emily Stabnick, Rachel Anderson, Sara Holmes, Mary Bassaly
Faculty: Luanne Thorndyke, MD
Email Contact: mary.bassaly@Umassmed.edu, emily.stabnick@umassmed.edu, rachel.anderson@umassmed.edu, sara.holmes@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): Iha Kaul, Emily Gentile
Faculty: Suzanne Cashman, ScD, Jay Himmelstein, MD, MPH
Email Contact: iha.kaul@umassmed.edu
Website: https://www.facebook.com/groups/240033626741667/

Description: UMass Citizen Physicians is a chapter within a larger, national non-partisan 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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DIG: Diversity Interest Group
Membership: Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): Monika Chitre, Ciearra Smith, Thuyvan Luu, Abiola Ogunsola
Faculty: Brian Lewis, PhD
Email Contact: DIGgsbs@umassmed.edu
Social Media: Facebook, Twitter & Instagram @DIGgsbs

Description: The Diversity Interest Group represents and promotes diversity within the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. This organization is a safe space for students from underrepresented groups to discuss issues that affect all graduate students through the lens of diversity and inclusion. We hold events on and off campus throughout the year that foster relationships between the students in different years as well as cultivating relationships with faculty. We are here to make sure we are all heard. Come to our monthly meetings to keep up to date on our events!

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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, Deirdre Buckley 
Faculty: Jaime Vallejos, MD, MPH
Email Contact: umasshphr@gmail.com
Website: https://goo.gl/forms/VIMGyJs3s3DDbweT2

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

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JewMass

Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): Alex Kaplan, Emily Adler, Michelle Parris
Faculty: Jeremy Golding, MD
Email Contact: alexander.kaplan@umassmed.edu, emily.adler@umassmed.edu, michelle.parris@umassmed.edu

Description: JewMass is the Jewish student organization on campus. In addition to exploring Jewish culture, we aim to celebrate the Jewish holidays on campus. This is an inclusive organization, anybody is welcome!!

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Medical Students for Choice (MSFC)
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing
Student Leader(s): Simone Thibault, Lindsay Walsh, Deirdre Buckley
Faculty: Tara Kumaraswami, MD
Email Contact: Simone.Thibault@umassmed.edu; Lindsay.Walsh@umassmed.edu; Deirdre.Buckley@umassmed.edu

Description: Medical Students for Choice (MSFC) is a national organization with the goal of creating tomorrow's abortion providers and pro-choice physicians. UMass's Chapter of MSFC holds information sessions about reproductive health including abortion, hosts procedure trainings for manual vacuum aspiration and non-scalpel vasectomy, provides opportunities to shadow abortion providers, and facilitates involvement in local advocacy and policy discussion.

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Organized Medicine (OrgMed)
Membership: School of Medicine
Student Leader(s): Charlotte Walmsley
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): Iha Kaul, Alice Kennedy, Tara Patel
Faculty: Michael Hirsh, MD
Email Contact: iha.kaul@umassmed.edu

Description: Public Health Interest group is a chance for students to understand public health as an essential part of their careers by introducing them to physicians and scientists who work in the field. Our aim is to highlight opportunities for community collaboration with the greater Worcester community and to connect students with mentors both at UMASS and around greater Worcester.  Our goals and objectives are to increase student exposure to public health, to bring mentors and resources here to UMASS, and to educate students about the ways in which any career or speciality in medicine can allow for opportunities to promote public health.

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QMass
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): Alex Kaplan, Simone Thibault, Alec Allain, Kaia Rennenburg
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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Samanvaya
Student Leader: Sumeet Nayak (Sumeet.Nayak@umassmed.edu) and Neha Diwanji (Neha.Diwanji@umassmed.edu)

Description: It is a South Asian association aimed at creating a platform for students and post docs to interact, know more about the campus, various programs and make new friends and also enjoy traditional festivals like Diwali and Holi. Our goal is to create a broader network of current and UMASS alumni to benefit graduate students and post docs.

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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): Charles Ogagan and Amberly Diep
Faculty: Maria Garcia, MD, MPH
Email Contact: umass@snma.org
Website: https://www.umassmed.edu/snma/

Description: The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is the nation's oldest and largest student organization focusing on the interestes and concerns of students of color. SNMA is committed to supporting both current & future underrepresented minority medical students, addressing the needs of underserved communities, and increasing the number of culturally competent & socially conscious physicians.

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UMass Christian Fellowship
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): Lauren Nguyen
Advisor: Vinetta McCann, NP
Email Contact: lauren.nguyen@umassmed.edu

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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UMMS Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association
(APAMSA, formerly UMMS Southeast Asian Association)
Membership:
School of Medicine
Student Leader(s): Amberly Diep, Mark Liu, Amanda Lee, Anni Rong
Faculty: Deborah-Harmon Hines, PhD
Email Contact: amberly.diep2@umassmed.edu, mark.liu2@umassmed.edu, amanda.lee@umassmed.edu, anni.rong@umassmed.edu
Website: https://goo.gl/forms/sl8vZ6yA7oWkprsw1

Description: UMMS APAMSA is a chapter of a national organization. The Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association (APAMSA) is a national organization of medical and pre-medical students committed to addressing the unique health challenges of Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) communities. APAMSA serves as a forum for student leaders to engage these health issues and develop initiatives and projects addressing those needs. The local, regional, and national activities of APAMSA aim to promote the health of the APIA community and help healthcare workers understand how to care for APIA patients in a culturally sensitive manner. Finally, APAMSA provides an important venue for medical students to meet, exchange experiences, and develop personally and professionally through leadership and service.

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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, MDP; Abiola Ogunsola, MDP
Faculty: Carla Carten, PhD
Email Contact: wc4blumms@gmail.com
Website: facebook.com/wc4blumms

Description: WC4BL is a national medical student run organization founded in 2014. Our mission as a local chapter is in accordance with that of the national organization: To dismantle racism in medicine and promote the health, well-being, and self-determination of people of color by starting a dialogue about racism as a public health concern, working to end discrimination during the pursuit of medical care, and preparing student doctors to be advocates of injustice.

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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): Rosemary Kelley; Patrick Joslin; Emily Stabnick
Faculty: Theofilos Matheos, MD
Email Contact: Rosemary.kelley@umassmed.edu; Emily.stabnick@umassmed.edu; Patrick.joslin@umassmed.edu

Description: The Anesthesia Interest Group aims to expose medical students to the field of anesthesiology through simulation center days, case presentations and panels with anesthesiologists. AIG also serves as a way for students to explore the specialty of anesthesiology through facilitating shadowing and research opportunities.

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Bioethics
Membership: School of Medicine
Student Leader(s): Brian Argus
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, organ donation, and genetic screening & editing to lethal injection and research ethics.

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Cardiology Interest Group
Membership: School of Medicine
Student Leader(s): Sumner Kilmarx, Alice Kennedy, Sheikh Moinul
Faculty: Matthew McGuiness, MD
Email Contact: sheikh.moinul@umassmed.edu, sumner.kilmarx@umassmed.edu, alice.kennedy@umassmed.edu

Description: The Cardiology Interest Group brings together students who are interested in
learning more about the expansive 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): Holly Neale; Kelly Flanagan
Faculty: Dori Goldberg, MD
Email Contact: holly.neale@umassmed.edu; kelly.flanagan2@umassmed.edu

Description: The Dermatology Interest Group (DIG) provides a supportive community for students considering a career in dermatology. We offer opportunities for students to form meaningful experiences and networking within the field.

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Emergency Medicine Interest Group
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing
Student Leader(s): Amanda Lee, Eleanor McClements, Richa Chhaya, Lindsey Brown
Faculty: Alexandra Nordberg, MD
Email Contact: amanda.lee@umassmed.edu, eleanor.mcclements@umassmed.edu, richa.chhaya@umassmed.edu, lindsey.brown@umassmed.edu

Description: The UMass EM Interest Group (EMIG) seeks to provide students with early exposure to Emergency Medicine through lecture series, workshops, and shadowing opportunities. Students have the opportunity to attend pre-hospital and emergency medicine lectures on topics such as opiate overdose management, acute psychiatric concerns, and toxicological emergencies. Shadowing opportunities are available to first and second year medical students both in the Emergency Department (ED) and in the field with expert paramedics. Simulation sessions provide medical students the opportunity to practice the skills and techniques commonly seen in the ED such as suturing, airway management and casting. To further enhance clinical problem-solving, small-group case nights are held by faculty and residents.

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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): Christine Callahan; Brennan Dagle; Katherine Lynch; Jannifer Ho
Faculty: Frank Domino, MD
Email Contact: christine.callahan@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): Rose Healy, Margaret Ruddy
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): Terence Lee
Faculty: Joyce McIntyre, MD
Email Contact: terence.lee@umassmed.edu

Description: 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. This group will appeal to both medical and nursing students interested in surgery, anesthesia, OB/GYN, health policy, and global health in general.

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Hematology/Oncology Interest Group
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing
Student Leader(s): Charlotte Walmsley, Brittany Tran, Haley Schachter, Alexandra Rabin
Faculty: Venu Bathini, MD
Email Contact: Alexandra.Rabin@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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Industry Exploration Program (IndEx)
Student Leaders: Socheata Ly (student) (socheata.ly@umassmed.edu) and Cansu Colpan (student) (Cansu.Colpan@umassmed.edu)
Visit: https://umassmed.edu/iep/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/12000151

Description: The primary objective of the group is to provide both graduate students and postdocs an opportunity to explore PhD-level careers in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. We organize site visits in the Massachusetts and New England area to allow trainees to observe company cultures, learn about the structure and function of industry research and enhance their knowledge of careers in industry. The program also provides an opportunity to interact directly and network with industry professionals and obtain valuable career guidance.

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Infectious Disease Interest Group (IDIG)
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing
Student Leader(s): Anushay Mistry, Carly Herbert, Alice Kennedy
Faculty: Read Pukkila-Worley, MD
Email Contact: 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): Alexandra Rabin, Alexander Kaplan, Nishwant Swami
Faculty: Mary Hawthorne, MD
Email Contact: Alexandra.Rabin@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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MassTERi Entrepreneurship Club (eClub):
Student Leaders: Radhika Joshi Radhika.Joshi@umassmed.edu; Umanaresh Nandhitha nandhitha.umanaresh@umassmed.edu; Karthik Dhatchinamoorthy Karthik.Dhatchinamoorthy@umassmed.edu
Website: https://www.umassmed.edu/massteri/massteri-entrepreneurship-club/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MassTERi_EClub
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/massteri-eclub-50864a9b/

Description: eClub is a student and post-doctoral fellow-led initiative that was launched in 2014 as one of the key elements to the MassTERi program. MassTERi eClub aims to facilitate the translation of UMMS discoveries into drugs, products, technologies, and companies. The MassTERi eClub has four goals:
1) develop a community of entrepreneurs at UMMS that includes students, post-docs, staff, and faculty;
2) foster a culture of entrepreneurship at UMMS and inspire entrepreneurial ideas out of basic and translational research;
3) educate UMMS scientists in the skills required for entrepreneurship;
4) provide opportunities for networking with a global community of innovators, scientists, investors, legal and business professionals.

For more information please contact: massteri@umassmed.edu

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Med/Peds Interest Group
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing
Student Leader(s): Dina Roche, Joshua Erban, Julia Sherman
Faculty: John Solomonides, MD
Email Contact: dina.roche@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): Megan Yuen; Deirdre Buckley; Lindsay Walsh
Faculty: Anne Garrison, MD
Email Contact: megan.yuen@umassmed.edu

Description: The Ob/Gyn interest Group at UMass Medical School is committed to the promotion of Obstetrics and Gynecology as a future career path for UMass medical students. Our goal is to expose students to the various aspects of Obstetrics and Gynecology and provide both mentoring and clinical opportunities for those wishing to further develop their interests in the field. By giving medical students early insight into Obstetrics and Gynecology during the FOM1 and FOM2 years, we hope to provide opportunities that will create a foundation for students interested in becoming specialists in the future.

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Ophthalmology Interest Group
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing
Student Leader(s): Bridget (Xinmiao) Yang, Brian Argus, Sahil Shah
Faculty: Shlomit Schaal, MD, PhD
Email Contact: xinmiao.yang@umassmed.edu, brian.argus@umassmed.edu, sahil.shah@umassmed.edu

Description: The Ophthalmology Interest Group aims to promote an interest in Ophthalmology by providing opportunities to learn more about the specialty, interact with faculty, and facilitate research involvement.

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Orthopedic Surgery Interest Group
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing
Student Leader(s): Emily Stabnick, Sina Salimy, Patrick Joslin
Faculty: Nicola DeAngelis, MD
Email Contact: emily.stabnick@umassmed.edu, mehdi.salimy@umassmed.edu, patrick.joslin@umassmed.edu

Description: OSIG is an organization for medical students interested in learning about and pursuing careers in the field of Orthopedic Surgery. The group provides opportunities to shadow and network with UMass attending physicians and residents, learn and practice techniques used in orthopedic surgery through hands-on simulation workshops, and get advice on tailoring their medical school experience, including research opportunities and clinical rotations, for a competitive application to Orthopedic Surgery residency programs.

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Pediatric Interest Group (PIG)
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing
Student Leader(s): Ariana Perry, Katie Lynch, Shervin Rezaei, Emily Gentile, Alice Berenson, Arden Marin, Peter Jordan, Jackie Nader, Deniz Cataltepe
Faculty: Timothy Gibson, MD
Email Contact:  ariana.perry@umassmed.edu

Description: The Pediatrics Interest Group offers students interested in gaining exposure to Peds an array of shadowing opportunities, career-planning forums, and ways to interact with the children in our inpatient units. If you have any interest in pediatrics, join the listserv to learn about all our amazing programs!

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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): Terence Lee, Ashley Lin
Faculty: Janice F. Lalikos, MD
Email Contact: terence.lee@umassmed.edu

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): Alex Palmer, Megan Fernandez
Faculty: Anya Bernstein, MD
Email Contact: alexandra.palmer@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): Victoria Podsiadlo, Lyndia Personnat
Faculty: Chris Cerniglia, DO, Carolynn DeBenedectis, MD
Email Contact: victoria.podsiadlo@umassmed.edu, lyndia.personnat@umassmed.edu

Description: The Radiology Interest Group is a student led organization that exposes students to careers in radiology through panel discussions and mentorship by senior medical students, radiology residents, and radiology attendings.

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Sports Medicine Interest Group
Membership: School of Medicine
Student Leader(s): Trent Taros, Lindsay Walsh, Hans Erickson
Faculty: James Broadhurst, MD
Email Contact: hans.erickson@umassmed.edu, Lindsay.Walsh@umassmed.edu, Trenton.Taros@umassmed.edu

Description:  SMIG is a group designed to provide students with insight into the sports medicine career path.

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Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN)
Membership: School of Medicine
Student Leader(s): Megan Fernandez; Connie Ge; Michelle Chang
Faculty: Anindita Deb, MD
Email Contact: megan.trilokekar-fernandez@umassmed.edu, connie.ge@umassmed.edu,  hanyan.chang@umassmed.edu

Description:  The student interest group in neurology (SIGN) 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, skill 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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Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Interest Group
Membership: GSN-founded, all students welcome
Faculty advisor: Phoebe Cushman, MD
Student Leaders: Brittany Carney (brittany.carney@umassmed.edu), Heather Patrick (heather.patrick@umassmed.edu)

Description: We are an interprofessional student interest group for those who are interested in learning more about working with patients with substance use disorders. We meet monthly providing workshops, panel discussions, movie screenings, and trainings addressing current topics in the field including medication assisted treatment, naloxone training, peer support, and a variety of treatment modalities. Our goal is to provide an inquisitive community in which to promote evidence-based practice in the field of addiction medicine.

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Surgery Interest Group
Membership: School of Medicine
Student Leader(s): Sara Holmes, Fiona Dore, Deniz Cataltepe, Alex Bennett
Faculty: Mitchell Cahan, MD
Email Contact: sara.holmes@umassmed.edu, deniz.cataltepe@umassmed.edu, fiona.dore@umassmed.edu, alexandra.bennett@umassmed.edu

Description: The Surgery Interest Group is a student led organization that helps foster the growth of medical students who either plan to become surgeons or are simply excited to explore the many surgical specialties.

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Urology Interest Group
Membership: School of Medicine
Student Leader(s): Sina Salimy, Patrick Joslin
Faculty: Scott Greenberg, MD
Email Contact: Mehdi.Salimy@umassmed.edu,  Patrick.joslin@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 surgery and medicine in a very unique way. Our goal is to educate students about Urology through campus events, connect students with shadowing, research, and mentoring opportunities within the field, and allow for the sharing of wisdom and advice between students and faculty to help foster the growth and development of future urologic surgeons—this is facilitated through panels with Urology residents and faculty, hands-on surgery skills clinics, and information sessions about the early AUA match.

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Sports & Fitness

Plantation 2 Peak: UMass Medical School Outing Club
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leaders:
Brent Horowitz and Marlies Oomen
Visit:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1664041050534527/
Description:
We aim to share our love for the outdoors with all interested members in the UMMS community - whether you are a seasoned mountaineer or you are interested in going on your first hike. We lead hikes at various levels and in all seasons, locally and in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. We also host workshops and gear demonstrations to educate members on safe hiking practices in all seasons. Our monthly trips provide an opportunity to meet other students from all three schools, while enjoying safe and challenging adventures that serve as an excellent break from your studies. Email the student leaders to sign up for our mailing list.


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UMass F.C. (Football Club)
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): Shafik Mutaawe, Josh Erban
Faculty: Hugh Silk, MD, PhD
Email Contact: shafik.mutaawe@umassmed.edu,  joshua.erban@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.

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UMass Med Dance
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): Emily Gentile, Megan Fernandez, Sahil Shah
Faculty: Peggy Wu, MD
Email Contact: emily.gentile@umassmed.edu,  Megan.Trilokekar-Fernandez@umassmed.edu,  sahil.shah@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): Brandon Sepe; Andrew Johnson
Faculty: Luu Ireland, MD, MPH
Email Contact: brandon.sepe@umassmed.edu, andrew.johnson@umassmed.edu

Description:  ACEing Autism is a volunteer organization where UMassMed students have the opportunity to teach the basics of tennis to youths with autism. The organization provides a fun, exercised-based atmosphere for individuals with autism to learn about tennis under the guidance of medical student instructors. The organization meets during the spring on Sunday nights for two hours each session at the Shrewsbury Club.

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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): Filia Van Dessel; John Romano
Faculty: James Broadhurst, MD
Email Contact: Filia.VanDessel@umassmed.edu,  John.Romano@umassmed.edu

Description:  The Worcester Free Clinic Coalition, a partnership between UMass Medical School and five free clinics in the Greater Worcester area, works to improve the health of the underserved. In addition to providing urgent care services, we also connect patients with medical and social services 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): Peter Jordan, Josh Erban, Hans Erickson
Faculty: Hugh Silk, MD, MPH
Email Contact: hans.erickson@umassmed.edu, peter.jordan@umassmed.edu, joshua.erban@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): Sheikh Moinul, Guyu Liu, Brittany Tran
Faculty: Cynthia Ennis, DO
Email Contact: Sheikh.Moinul@umassmed.edu, Guyu.Liu@umassmed.edu Brittany.Tran@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): Christine Yao, Emily Davenport
Faculty: Thomas Guggina, MD
Email Contact: umasscommunitycanvases@gmail.com christine.yao@umassmed.edu, emily.davenport@umassmed.edu

Description:  We are a group of students who love to be creative and want to spend time expressing ourselves artistic mediums. We often do commissioned murals or paintings throughout campus and the Worcester community, as well as volunteer in annual events that involved activities such as facepainting.

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Correctional Health Educators
Membership: School of Medicine
Student Leader(s): Erin Caffrey; Colby Cayton; Lauren Nguyen; Shervin Rezaei
Faculty: Ann Sattler, MD
Email Contact: umasshealtheducation@gmail.com colby.cayton@umassmed.edu,  lauren.nguyen@umassmed.edu

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): Arden Marin; Kyla Pagani
Faculty: Alex Procaskey, MD
Email Contact: TBD

Description: Cuddle Buddies is a student group that offers opportunities for medical and graduate nursing students to cuddle newborns at UMass Memorial Hospital’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): Alice Berenson, Jessica Kahan, Rosemary Kelley, Manasa Raman
Faculty: Phil Fournier, MD
Email Contact: alice.berenson@umassmed.edu,  jessica.kahan@umassmed.edu, rosemary.kelley@umassmed.edu, manasa.raman@umassmed.edu

Description: Kelley Backpacks works to provide students transitioning to DCF custody with a bag filled with basic supplies and comfort items to help ease their transition to a new home. We deliver filled backpacks to social workers who make sure they are given to kids who need them. You can follow our work on FB or IG! @kelleybackpacks.umassmed

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Kidney Companions
Membership: School of Medicine
Student Leader(s): Kara Banson, Peter Jordan
Faculty: Pang-Yen Fan, MD
Email Contact: Kara.banson@umassmed.edu, Peter.jordan@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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Medical Professionals of Tomorrow
Membership: School of Medicine
Student Leader(s): Pawan Mathew
Faculty: Robert Layne, M.Ed.
Email Contact: pawan.mathew@umassmed.edu

Description: The North High School Mentorship program (started Fall 2014) is a longitudinal program that assists young men of color in the Worcester area in their pursuit to gain access to the field of medicine. The program provides bi-monthly workshops during the academic school year for students of North High School enrolled in the Academy of Health Sciences.  Each Workshop takes place either at NHS or UMMS and fulfills one of the projects objectives. The project is run under the supervision of UMMS and the Worcester Pipeline Collaboration.

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Mentors for Young Mothers
Membership: School of Medicine
Student Leader(s): Emily Adler
Faculty: Erin Barlow, MD
Email Contact: emily.adler@umassmed.edu

Description: Mentors for Young Mothers is a group of medical students who facilitate health education workshops and discussions at two supported living residential programs for teen mothers and their children in Worcester. Topics include: contraception, healthy relationships, basic infant care, STIs, identity, nutrition, how to interview for a job, 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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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 Linus
Student Leader: Maureen Hester (maureen.hester@umassmed.edu)

Description: This is a chapter of a national organization called Project Linus. The group makes blankets (knit, crochet, quilt, fleece) to be given to children in the hospital, after traumatic events, or following natural disasters. The goal is to make blankets to give to Jody at UMass Volunteer services who will distribute them in the hospital, a contact at WPD to give to children who witness opioid overdoses, and to local homeless shelters.

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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 Duehren
Faculty: Olga Valdman, MD
Email Contact: hannah.duehren@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. They will also have the opportunity to take part in a family partnership program in which they will serve as a friend, advocate, and community resource for a refugee family.

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Worcester Technical High School Mentoring Program
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): Rachel Padilla; Olivia Nuelle
Faculty: Cynthia Ennis, DO
Email Contact: olivia.nuelle@umassmed.edu,  rachel.padilla@umassmed.edu

Description: Worcester Tech High School Mentoring Program serves to connect University of Massachusetts graduate students with Worcester Tech High School juniors and seniors who are enrolled in the Biotech pathway. Mentors work one on one with students to provide guidance and support as they begin the college application process. Mentors also provide information about potential biotech career pathways. We begin working with the juniors in their spring semester and continue working with them through the senior fall.

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WRAP-Teen Mentoring Program
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): Anushay Mistry
Faculty: Diane Blake, MD
Email Contact: anushay.mistry@umassmed.edu

Description: The WRAP youth group currently has around 35 members aged 12-19 who meet on Saturday afternoons to discuss issues of health, leadership, goal-setting and more. Each youth helps the refugee community through a variety of ways, such as translation services, homework help, volunteering at events and more. The youth group also explores different activities such as yoga, rock-climbing, apple picking, boxing, dance, ice-skating, bowling, and baseball. The youth group is also exploring ways it can help improve the performance of its members in school, through homework help, tutoring and also through guidance counseling in terms of further education opportunities. As high school students are preparing for their futures in various trades or in higher education, the youth group encourages community members in Worcester to become mentors for the teens.

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