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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. If you are a student leader and want to change any of the information about your organization, please email the Office of Student Life.

An asterisk denotes that this information still needs to be updated for the 2020-2021 Academic Year or that the group did not apply for renewal. Our office is actively updating this catalogue for 2020-2021. We expect that it will be entirely up to date by the start of the Student Activities Fair on September 1, 2020. Click here to register to attend the virtual fair!

Student Leadership at UMMS

Graduate School of Nursing Organization (GSN)
Graduate Student Body Committee (GSBS)
MSTP Council (GSBS/SOM)
Student Body Committee (SOM)
Student Government Alliance (3-school)
Student Trustee (3-school)

Student Interest Groups at UMMS

Art, Music, & Wellness

Bridges*
Docapella
Medicine in Motion
MedMoth
UMass Chamber and Jazz

Diversity & Advocacy

American Medical Women’s Association
Citizen Physicians
Community Garden Interest Group
DIG: Diversity Interest Group
First Generation/Low Income Student Group
Health Professionals for Human Rights
JewMass
Medical Alliance for South Asian Learning and Advancement
Medical Students for Choice
Non-English Speaking Clinical Care Interest Group
Organized Medicine
Public Health Interest Group
QMass
SAFE (Scrubs Addressing the Firearm Epidemic)
Samanvaya
Student Exchange Club
Student National Medical Association
UMass Christian Fellowship
UMass Muslim Student Association
UMMS Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA)
UMMS Coalition for Climate Action
White Coats for Black Lives

Medicine & Surgery

Adolescent Medicine Interest Group
American Association of Neurological Surgeons at UMass
Anesthesia Interest Group
Association of Women Surgeons (AWS)
Bioethics Interest Group
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
History of Medicine Interest Group
Industry Exploration Program (IndEx)
Infectious Disease Interest Group (IDIG)
Internal Medicine Interest Group
International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology 
Interventional Radiology 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
Simulation Interest Group
Sports Medicine Interest Group
Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN)
Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Interest Group
Surgery Interest Group
UMassMed American Physician Scientist Association Chapter
Urology Interest Group
Vascular Surgery Interest Group
Wilderness Medicine

Sports & Fitness

Plantation 2 Peak
UMass Med Dance

Volunteer & Outreach

ACEing Autism
Advocates for Healthcare Access in Worcester (Worcester Free Clinic Coalition)
Best Buddies
Cardiac Health Outreach Program (CHOP)*
Community Canvases*
Correctional Health Educators
Cuddle Buddies
Kelley Backpacks
Kidney Companions*
Marie's Mission UMass
Medical Professionals of Tomorrow
Mentors for Young Mothers
North High School Mentorship Program
Paths2Policy
Power of Presence
Project Linus
Project Prevail*
Tutoring and Mentoring Initiative (TaMI) at North High
Worcester Free Care Collaborative
Worcester Technical High School Mentoring Program
Worcester Refugee Assistance 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 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): Haley Clark (co-leader, UMMS 2023, haley.clark@umassmed.edu), Emily Agnello (co-leader, GSBS, emily.agnello@umassmed.edu), Ashwin Panda (co-leader, UMMS 2023, ashwin.panda@umassmed.edu)
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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Medicine in Motion
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): Jennifer Sullivan 2023, Marianna Paradise 2023, Vanya Zvonar 2023, Collin Leibold 2022, Eileen McNicholas 2022, Lindsay Victoria 2022, Haley Schachter  
Faculty: TBD

Description: Medicine in Motion (MM) is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to reducing burnout and building community in the medical field by using fitness and philanthropy as a medium to connect and foster diverse communities of medical professionals. The group promotes healthy lifestyles and wellness, fundraises for medical research and charity, and builds community among healthcare providers. MM facilitates various athletic competitions and other events to support wellness and charitable initiatives for students and professionals in medicine, dentistry, nursing, and therapy. The UMass Medical School chapter of Medicine in Motion joins chapters from BU School of Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Physical Therapy, Midnight Runners, and Tufts School of Medicine. 

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MedMoth
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): Madeline Fryer, MS4, madeline.fryer@umassmed.edu
Faculty: TBD

Description: We organize biannual live storytelling events for members of the UMass Medical Community and all three graduate schools.

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UMass Chamber and Jazz
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): Ryan Barrette, co-president, 2021, ryan.barrette@umassmed.edu and Katherine Sadaniantz, co-president, 2021, katherine.sadaniantz@umassmed.edu
Faculty: Cynthia Ennis, DO
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

American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA)
Membership: School of Medicine
Student Leader(s): Vivian Liu, Co-leader, 2023, vivian.liu@umassmed.edu. Claire Meyerovitz, Co-leader, 2023, claire.meyerovitz@umassmed.edu. Haley Clark, Co-leader, 2023, haley.clark@umassmed.edu
Faculty: Luanne Thorndyke, MD
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 Physicians
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): Emily Gentile (2022, emily.gentile@umassmed.edu), Iha Kaul (2022, iha.kaul@umassmed.edu)
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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Community Garden Interest Group
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): Andrew Cauley (MS1, andrew.cauley@umassmed.edu), Brennan Dagle (MS2, brennan.dagle@umassmed.edu), Alex Schryver (MS2, alex.schryver@umassmed.edu)
Faculty: TBD

Description: The community garden interest group is a new student group created to help support the gardens we have on our campus. Students will learn how to plant seedlings, take care of a garden, and participate in harvesting and donating produce. 

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DIG: Diversity Interest Group
Membership: Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (all events open to Tri-School participation)
Student Leader(s): Thuyvan Luu, Abiola Ogunsola, Stephanie Becker, Cesar Bautista Sotelo
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 all identity 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! We meet every second Tuesday of the month during the academic year. 

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First Generation/Low Income Student Group
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): Thomas Kania, Co-leader, 2023, Thomas.Kania@umassmed.edu. Diana Sibai, Co-leader, 2023, diana.sibai@umassmed.edu. Cindy Le, Co-leader, 2023, cindy.le@umassmed.edu
Faculty: TBD

Description: FLI is a student group made up of first generation college and/or low-income medical students, and their allies, that would like to provide visibility and support for these hidden identities.

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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): Kimberly Burke, co leader, 2023, Kimberly.Burke@umassmed.edu. Diana Sibai, coleader, 2023, diana.sibai@umassmed.edu. Emma Cammann, co leader, 2023, Emma.Cammann@umassmed.edu. Divya Bhatia, co leader, 2021, divya.bhatia@umassmed.edu. Deirdre Buckley, coleader, 2022 Deirdre.Buckley@umassmed.edu. Sabahat Rahman, co-leader, 2023, Sabahat.Rahman@umassmed.edu. Megan Hansen, co leader, 2022, Magen.Hansen@umassmed.edu. Eric Romo, co leader, MD/PhD, Eric.Romo@umassmed.edu
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): Goldie Grinberg, 2023, golda.grinberg@umassmed.edu
Faculty: Jeremy Golding, MD

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 Alliance for South Asian Learning and Advancement (MASALA)
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): Aditya Vangala, Ashvin Antony, Saba Rahman
Faculty: TBD

Description: M.A.S.A.L.A (Medical Alliance for South Asian Learning and Advancement) is an organization that brings students and faculty from similar cultural backgrounds together to connect via shared experiences while also showcasing our culture for increased intersectionality on campus. On top of being a social organization hoping to create a warm, hospitable setting for those coming to UMMS and wanting a space to celebrate their culture, we also hope to be able to have open discussion about particular experiences that medical students and faculty of this common background and identity may share while developing a career in medicine.

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Medical Students for Choice (MSFC)
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing
Student Leader(s): Sophie Landay (2023, sophia.landay@umassmed.edu), Mary Marchese (2023, mary.marchese@umassmed.edu), Moriah Alten Flagg (2023, moriah.altenflagg@umassmed.edu)
Faculty: Tara Kumaraswami, MD

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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Non-English Speaking Clinical Care Interest Group
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): Vanya Zvonar, MS2; Kendall Burdick, MS2; Jennifer Velasquez, GSN
Faculty: TBD

Description: Our interest group aims to teach and immerse students in medicine as seen through the eyes of non-English speaking patients. Through a variety of activities held throughout the year, including panels with interpreters and providers who work with non-English speaking patients, as well as opportunities to work with our Worcester community, we will learn about the importance of cultural humility and build a set of skills to use as future healthcare workers providing for diverse populations.

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Organized Medicine (OrgMed)
Membership: School of Medicine
Student Leader(s): Bennett Vogt, Co-President, MS1, bennett.vogt@umassmed.edu, Calvin Schaffer, Co-President, MS1, calvin.schaffer@umassmed.edu
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): Sabahat Rahman, 2023, sabahat.rahman@umassmed.edu, Calvin Schaffer, 2023, calvin.schaffer@umassmed.edu, Andrew Cauley, 2023, andrew.cauley@umassmed.edu
Faculty: Michael Hirsh, MD

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): Eileen McGarry (Co-leader, 2023, eileen.mcgarry@umassmed.edu). Abbi Hiller (Co-leader, 2023, abigail.hiller@umassmed.edu) Theo Eldore (Co-leader,2023, theo.eldore@umassmed.edu). Patricia Giunta (co-leader, 2023, patricia.giunta@umassmed.edu), Sean Boyden (co-leader, 2023, sean.boyden@umassmed.edu)
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.

QMass West is the PURCH/Baystate chapter of the QMass LGBT+ group. QMass West has similar goals to the main QMass group, including advocacy for LGBT+ patients, students, and community members; LGBT+ health education; and providing resources for LGBT+ SOM community members. However, QMass West is based at Baystate and is focused on the above goals with regards to PURCH students, faculty, and community members, as well as general SOM students rotating at Baystate.

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SAFE (Scrubs Addressing the Firearm Epidemic)
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): Deniz Cataltepe (Founder/President, 2022, deniz.cataltepe@umassmed.edu)
Faculty: Michael Hirsh, MD

Description: SAFE (Scrubs Addressing the Firearm Epidemic) is a national organization composed of U.S. physicians, nurses, and healthcare professionals dedicated to eliminating the American firearm violence epidemic through research, education, and evidence-based policy. The UMass Chapter of SAFE aims to develop new educational initiatives for medical students to empower them in caring for patients at high-risk for firearm violence.

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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): Eli Min, 2023, Eli.Min@umassmed.edu; Zilin Cui, 2023, Zilin.Cui@umassmed.edu
Faculty: Guangping Gao, PhD

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): Eghosa Enabulele, co-president, 2023, eghosa.enabulele@umassmed.edu. Sarah Calove, co-president, 2023, sarah.calove@umassmed.edu
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): Annie Thornton (Co-leader, 2023, annie.thornton@umassmed.edu) Lael Ngangmeni (Co-leader, 2023, lael.ngangmeni@umassmed.edu)
Advisor: Vinetta McCann, NP

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 Muslim Student Association
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): Azraa Amroze, 2023; Zaineb Dar, 2023; Omar Sorour, 2023
Faculty: TBD

Description: The UMass Muslim Student Association is an inclusive group for all students at UMMS to learn about the Islamic faith and culture, participate in Islamic holidays and traditions, and engage in volunteer opportunities within the Worcester Muslim community.

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UMMS Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA)
Membership:
School of Medicine
Student Leader(s): Alice Tan, president, 2023, alice.tan@umassmed.edu. Alex Joo, external VP, 2023, alex.joo@umassmed.edu. Cindy Le, internal VP, 2023, cindy.le@umassmed.edu, George Han, secretary, 2023, george.han@umassmed.edu. Eli Min, treasurer, 2023, eli.min@umassmed.edu. Hyunji Do, community service liason, 2023, hyunji.do@umassmed.edu
Faculty: Adalia Jun-O’Connell, MD
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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UMMS Coalition for Climate Action
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): Emily Gentile (2022), Megan Hansen (2022), Nichita Kulkarni (2022), Sara Carbone (2022), Amanda Lee (2022), Christine Yao (2022)
Faculty: TBD

Description: Climate change is currently the greatest global public health crisis of our generation as evidenced by increasing incidences of natural disasters, heat-waves, and spread of infectious disease. Rising global temperature greatly impacts everyone’s health but more noticeably in vulnerable populations such as children, elderly, and individuals with predisposing illnesses. International efforts are lacking in attempts to curb the climate crisis so it is imperative that swift action be taken on an individual and organizational level. As future healthcare providers, we must not only be educated about the effects of climate change but also use our collective voice to generate institutional change to better serve our patients. The Climate Action Coalition aims to bring awareness to the climate crisis, educate current and future physicians to the health effects of climate change, as well as collaborate with the UMass Medical School administration and other student organizations to bring more sustainability initiatives to our community.

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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): Zach Dyer MD/PhD, Abiola Ogunsola MD/PhD
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

Adolescent Medicine Interest Group
Membership: School of Medicine
Student Leader(s): Colette Buser, 2021
Faculty: Anne Powell, MD

Description: The Adolescent Medicine Interest Group (AMIG) provides an opportunity for interested students to learn more about treating and managing the unique needs of adolescents. Our goal is to introduce the field of adolescent medicine as a career option, as well as to supplement our medical knowledge in areas that are more focused toward teen patients. In the past, this group has offered talks about career options and issues in adolescent medicine, including eating disorders, teenage pregnancy, and adolescent sexuality. For more information, please contact Colette Buser.

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American Association of Neurological Surgeons at UMass
Membership: School of Medicine
Student Leader(s): Oghomwen Igiesuorobo, Christopher Lee
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): Ian Kelly (Ian.Kelly@umassmed.edu), Julia MacDougall (Julia.Macdougall@umassmed.edu), Arian Mostofi (Arian.Mostofi@umassmed.edu)
Faculty: Theofilos Matheos, MD

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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Association of Women Surgeons (AWS)
Membership: School of Medicine
Student Leader(s): Jackie Oh, President, 2021, seungju.oh@umassmed.edu. Victoria Prete, Vice President, 2021, victoria.prete@umassmed.edu
Faculty: Jennifer Davids, M.D.

Description: The Association of Women Surgeons is an international professional organization whose mission is to inspire, encourage, and enable women surgeons to discover their professional and personal goals. As a student chapter, we aim to support women medical students who are interested in pursuing a career in surgery by providing informal discussions, mentoring, and skill workshops. We encourage and welcome involvement from students interested in any surgical field including subspecialties.

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Bioethics Interest Group
Membership: School of Medicine
Student Leader(s): Kelly Robertson, co-leader, SOM 2023, kelly.robertson@umassmed.edu. Eleni Kovatsis, co-leader, SOM 2023, eleni.kovatsis@umassmed.edu. Abhinav Prasad, co-leader, SOM 2023, abhinav.prasad@umassmed.edu.
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): Alice Kennedy (2022, alice.kennedy@umassmed.edu), Sheikh Moinul (2022, Sheikh.Moinul@umassmed.edu), Sumner Kilmarx (2022, sumner.kilmarx@umassmed.edu)
Faculty: Matthew McGuiness, MD

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, President, 2022, holly.neale@umassmed.edu & Kelly Flanagan, President, 2022, kelly.flanagan2@umassmed.edu
Faculty: Dori Goldberg, MD

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): Nick Bergeron, class of 2023, nicholas.bergeron3@umassmed.edu. Kendall Burdick, class of 2023, kendall.burdick@umassmed.edu. Jamie Burns, class of 2023, jamie.burns@umassmed.edu. Ariana McFarland, class of 2023, ariana.mcfarland@umassmed.edu.
Faculty: Alexandra Nordberg, MD

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): Emilee Herringshaw, MS1, emilee.herringshaw@umassmed.edu. Connor Hickey, MS1, connor.hickey@umassmed.edu. Jason Lui, MS2, jason.lui@umassmed.edu.
Faculty: Jeremiah Tracy, MD

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): Haley Clark (co-leader, 2023, haley.clark@umassmed.edu), Paula Whitmire (co-leader, 2023, paula.whitmire@umassmed.edu), Jaclyn Wong (co-leader, 2023, jaclyn.wong@umassmed.edu), Nate Taber (co-leader, 2023, nathan.taber2@umassmed.edu)
Faculty: Frank Domino, MD

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): Emily Sheehy (co-leader, SOM 2023, emily.sheehy@umassmed.edu), Heidi Boland (co-leader, GSN, heidi.boland@umassmed.edu), Christine Tuohy (co-leader, GSN, christine.tuohy@umassmed.edu)
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): Vanya Zvonar, Co-leader, MS2, vanya.zvonar@umassmed.edu; Ariana McFarland, Co-leader, MS2, ariana.mcfarland@umassmed.edu
Faculty: Joyce McIntyre, MD

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): Lauren Waldman (Co-leader, 2023, lauren.waldman@umassmed.edu); Eve Manghis (Co-leader, 2023, eve.manghis@umassmed.edu); Emma Cammann (emma.cammann@umassmed.edu); Molly Olmsted (Co-leader, 2023, molly.olmsted@umassmed.edu); Luke Arney (Co-leader, 2023, luke.arney@umassmed.edu)
Faculty: Venu Bathini, MD

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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History of Medicine Interest Group
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): Cameron Thomson (MS4)
Faculty: TBD

Description: Medicine, in one form or another, has been around for millennia, and its history is full of advancements, discoveries, and missteps. Studying medical history provides important insights into today’s medical practices, and gaining an understanding of the historical context of one’s discipline is an important complement to any healthcare professional’s medical training. Join the History of Medicine Interest Group to stay up to date on the past!

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Industry Exploration Program (IndEx)
Student Leaders: Socheata Ly (socheata.ly@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): Calvin Schaffer, co-leader, MS1, calvin.schaffer@umassmed.edu; Bennett Vogt, co-leader, MS1, bennett.vogt@umassmed.edu; Kim Burke, co-leader, MS1, kimberly.burke@umassmed.edu
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): Patricia Giunta M1, Co-Leader, patricia.giunta@umassmed.edu; Kayla Daniell M1, Co-Lead, kayla.daniell@umassmed.edu; Colin Hart M1, Co-Leader, colin.hart@umassmed.edu; Lauren Waldman M1, Co-Leader, lauren.waldman@umassmed.edu
Faculty: Mary Hawthorne, MD

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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International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology 
Membership: Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): Yiyang Yuan, MS, MPH; Grace Masters, BS; Danni Zhao, MS; Diva Shridharmurthy, MPH
Faculty: Christine Ulbricht, PhD and Anthony Nunes, PhD

Description: The International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology (ISPE) Student Chapter provides opportunities for interested students to network and learn about pharmacoepidemiology. The chapter's overarching goals are to foster a strong sense of community among students interested in pharmacoepidemiology and facilitate discussions on recent innovations in pharmacoepidemiologic research and methods. The chapter regularly hosts journal clubs and invites speakers from academia, government, and private industry.

More Info: https://www.umassmed.edu/PHARE/education--training/ispe-student-chapter/

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Interventional Radiology Interest Group
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing
Student Leader(s): Caroline Corban (Class of 2021), caroline.corban@umassmed.edu; Taylor Harris (Class of 2023), taylor.harris@umassmed.edu 
Faculty Leader: Aaron Harman, MD

Description: Interventional Radiology is an innovative and rapidly growing field that uses minimally invasive techniques guided by imaging to address problems of every organ system. The Interventional Radiology Interest Group (IRIG) aims to increase visibility and early exposure among medical students and promote mentorship between IR faculty, residents and students. We have formal shadowing opportunities in vascular and neurointerventional radiology, hands-on workshops as well as panel and lecture discussions with IR faculty and residents. We want to educate students about the residency program application process and varied routes of entry into IR, including the newer Integrated IR residency pathway.

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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): Sarah Ferreira, MS1, sarah.ferreira@umassmed.edu; Bryce Pepin, MS1, bryce.pepin@umassmed.edu; Noah Kelleher, MS1, noah.kelleher@umassmed.edu
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): Co-presidents: Jamie Burns (MS1 jamie.burns@umassmed.edu); Alyssa Kastrinakis (MS1 alyssa.kastrinakis@umassmed.edu); Kelly Robertson (MS1 kelly.robertson@umassmed.edu); Zaineb Dar (MS1 zaineb.dar@umassmed.edu).
Faculty: Anne Garrison, MD

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): Aditya Vangala (Co-leader, Class of 2023, aditya.vangala@umassmed.edu), Omar Sorour(Co-leader, Class of 2023, omar.sorour@umassmed.edu), Michael Wang (Co-leader, Class of 2023, michael.wang@umassmed.edu)
Faculty: Shlomit Schaal, MD, PhD

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): (Greg Iovanel, leader, 2023, gregory.iovanel@umassmed.edu), (Deirbhile Martin, leader, 2023, deirbhile.martin@umassmed.edu), (Taylor Dickinson, leader, 2023, taylor.dickinson@umassmed.edu)
Faculty: Nicola DeAngelis, MD

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): Kendall Burdick, Bennett Vogt, Dhanya Kumar, Diana Sibai, Emily Farbman, Gabby Paquette, Grace Wang, Holly Shillan, Jen Spiegal, Jillian Belgrad, Sara Hyde, Vivian Liu.
Faculty: Timothy Gibson, MD

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): Danielle Coderre, Co-leader, 2023, danielle.coderre@umassmed.edu; Dalton Mourao, Co-leader, 2023, dalton.mourao@umassmed.edu
Faculty: Faren Williams, MD

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): Meghan Ferreira, Leader, Class of 2023. Jan Sjoquist, Leader, Class of 2023
Faculty: Janice F. Lalikos, MD

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): (Zilin Cui, co-leader, MS1, zilin.cui@umassmed.edu) and (Madhan Saiprasad, co-leader, MS1, Madhankumar.Saiprasad@umassmed.edu)
Faculty: Anya Bernstein, MD

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): Jan Czerminski, Co-Leader, 2021, jan.czerminski@umassmed.edu; Caroline Corban, Co-Leader, 2021, caroline.corban@umassmed.edu; Ashley Lin, Co-Leader, 2022, ashley.lin@umassmed.edu
Faculty: Chris Cerniglia, DO, Carolynn DeBenedectis, MD

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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Simulation Interest Group
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): Chris Zoppo, MS2, Christopher.Zoppo@umassmed.edu; Olivia Sears, MS2, Olivia.Sears@umassmed.edu; Jeremiah Hyslip, MS2, Jeremiah.Hyslip@umassmed.edu
Faculty: TBD

Description: Simulation Interest Group is a student organization on campus, bringing you events to practice clinical skills in a low-risk simulation environment. Our goal is to integrate more simulation into the medical school curriculum by promoting early exposure to hands-on experience in learning and refining procedural techniques. Our mission is to bolster our medical education to create a generation of better prepared future physicians that are competent in procedural skills. With our events, we intend to teach pre-clinical students these procedural skills that can then be utilized in real world clinical settings, with an emphasis on providing better healthcare to underserved populations.

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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): Jillian Belgrad (Co-leader, MS1, jillian.belgrad@umassmed.edu); Abhinav Prasad(co-leader, MS1, abhinav.prasad@umassmed.edu); Ashwin Panda (co-leader, MS1, ashwin.panda@umassmed.edu); Madhan Saiprasad (co-leader, MS1, madhan.saiprasad@umassmed.edu)
Faculty: Anindita Deb, MD

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): Hyunji Do (Co-Leader, MS1, Hyunji.Do@umassmed.edu), Benjamin Palleiko (Co-Leader, MS1, Benjamin.Palleiko@umassmed.edu), Dalton Mourao (Co-Leader, MS1, Dalton.Mourao@umasmed.edu), Coleman Riordan (Co-Leader, MS1, Coleman.Riordan@umassmed.edu)
Faculty: Mitchell Cahan, MD

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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UMMS American Physician Scientist Association Chapter
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): Jordan Smith, MS3/GSBS3
Faculty: TBD

Description: The American Physician Scientist Association student chapter works to expand the opportunities for all medical students interested in incorporating research into their careers. The group is open to MD, and MD/PhD students. By registering as a student organization, the APSA chapter will have access to APSA national funds to sponsor and grow the careers of UMassMed students. 

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Urology Interest Group
Membership: School of Medicine
Student Leader(s): Theo Eldore, Leader, 2023, theo.eldore@umassmed.edu
Faculty: Scott Greenberg, MD

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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Vascular Surgery Interest Group
Membership: School of Medicine
Student Leader(s): Ariana McFarland: Co-leader MS1 ariana.mcfarland@umassmed.edu, Joseph LiCausi: Co-leader MS2 Joseph.LiCausi@umassmed.edu, Chloe Young: Co-leader MS1 Chloe.Young@umassmed.edu
Faculty: Jessica Simons, MD, MPH

Description: The Vascular Surgery Interest Group is dedicated to exposing medical students to the field of vascular surgery early in their training, and to provide professional mentors for those who are deciding on pursuing an integrated residency in vascular surgery or eventual vascular surgery fellowship. The VSIG is committed to involving interested students in the surgical cases that match their interest, whether that is cutting-edge endovascular procedures such as those carried out for the UMass Center for Complex Aortic Disease, or open surgeries related to limb salvage, dialysis access, carotid disease, amongst others. Additionally, the VSIG is committed to making its members aware of the many ongoing research projects and clinical trials occurring at UMass, given that the UMass vascular faculty are widely-renowned for their technical expertise and contributions to academic investigation.

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Wilderness Medicine
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): Eileen McGarry 2023, Emily Vicks 2023, Molly Olmsted 2023, Charles Feinburg 2023, Nathan Taber 2023, John Karpuck 2023
Faculty: TBD

Description: Wilderness Medicine are for those interested in adapting classroom/clinical care knowledge to a more remote setting. We help students prepare for to recognize, treat, stabilize, and transport injuries and illnesses commonly encountered while enjoying the great outdoors. In addition to education, our group also strives to foster an interest in safe exploration of the natural world around us.

 

 

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, Marlies Oomen, and Tasia Kellogg 
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 Med Dance
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): Emily Gentile (2022, emily.gentile@umassmed.edu), Fiona Dore (2022, fiona.dore@umassmed.edu), Sahil Shah (2022, sahil.shah@umassmed.edu), Megan Fernandez (2022, Megan.Trilokekar-Fernandez@umassmed.edu)
Faculty: Peggy Wu, MD

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): Holly Shillan, Director, Class of 2023, holly.shillan@umassmed.edu
Faculty: Luu Ireland, MD, MPH

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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Best Buddies
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): Coleman Riordan (co-leader, 2023, coleman.riordan@umassmed.edu), Calvin Schaffer (co-leader, 2023, calvin.schaffer@umassmed.edu), Vinaya Rajahraman (co-leader, 2023, vinaya.rajahraman@umassmed.edu), Grace Ryan (co-leader, 2023, grace.ryan@umassmed.edu)
Faculty: Hugh Silk, MD, MPH

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): Symren Dhaliwal, Coleader, rising MS2, symren.dhaliwal@umassmed.edu; Gabriella Paquette, Coleader, rising MS2, gabriella.paquette@umassmed.edu
Faculty: Ann Sattler, MD
Email Contact: 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): Kelly Robertson, Holly Shillan, Paula Whitmire
Faculty: Alex Procaskey, MD

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): Rebecca Chernick and Ashwin Panda (ashwin.panda@umassmed.edu)
Faculty: Phil Fournier, MD

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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Marie's Mission UMass
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): Jillian Belgrad
Faculty: TBD

Description: Marie’s Mission is a Diaper Outreach program for Worcester County families on MassHealth or WIC Insurance. Established in 2015 by lifelong Worcester resident Sarah Galvin, the goal of Marie’s Mission is to support and empower Worcester families by providing baby items needed for the health and wellness of both the baby and the entire family. UMassMed students support this Worcester community-driven effort through supplementing the monthly diaper distributions with a student-lead health education table. The Marie’s Mission Committee plans health-education sessions and activities for children and families as well as organizes yearly fundraisers. 

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Medical Professionals of Tomorrow
Membership: School of Medicine
Student Leader(s): N/A
Faculty: Robert Layne, M.Ed.

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): Victoria Powell, co-leader, 2023, victoria.powell@umassmed.edu; Morgan Groover, co-leader, 2023, morgan.groover@umassmed.edu, Paige Comerford, co-leader, 2023, paige.comerford@umassmed.edu; Zilin Cui, co-leader, 2023, zilin.cui@umassmed.edu
Faculty: Erin Barlow, MD

Description: Mentors for Young Mothers is a medical student initiative supporting teen mothers experiencing homelessness in Worcester. Students facilitate workshops at two residential facilities and present information on topics such as healthy relationships, STIs, nutrition, and job interview skills. In September 2019, the Remillard Family Community Service Fund awarded a grant to implement  1) specialized training for medical students by a professional trauma educator  2) funding for monthly one-on-one activities between the medical students and the mothers, and  3) a research team to investigate chronic stress biomarkers and their variation during the course of the program. The Remillard grant enables Mentors for Young Mothers to expand the program and welcome motivated students interested in helping lead and participate in new initiatives.

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Paths2Policy*
Membership: Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (all events open to Tri-School participation)
Student Leader(s): Monika Chitre, Kevin Luk, Kyle Foster, Margaret Magaletta, Xavier Gonzalez, Sneha Suresh, Sarah Anderson, Victoria Julian
Faculty: Nick Rhind, PhD and Nathaniel Hafer, PhD
Email Contact: paths2policy@umassmed.edu 
Social Media: Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/UMMSPaths2Policy/
Description: UMMS Paths2Policy aims to educate UMMS trainees in all three schools about career development opportunities in the fields of science and healthcare policy. We host informational panel discussions to inform trainees about the nature of these careers in addition to networking sessions that involve professionals in both science and healthcare policy. We develop projects that focus on science policy advocacy to create opportunities for trainees to learn about science policy in a hands-on manner and further expand their career development networks for a future in science policy. We meet every first Monday of the month during the academic year. 

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Power of Presence
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): Nick Bergeron, Class of 2023, nicholas.bergeron@umassmed.edu; Jen Spiegel, Class of 2023, jennifer.spiegel@umassmed.edu; Kelly Robertson, class of 2023, kelly.robertson@umassmed.edu
Faculty: Elizabeth Rotti, MSW, LSCW

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
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader: Maureen Hester, maureen.hester@umassmed.edu

Description: 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

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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Tutoring and Mentoring Initiative (TaMI) at North High
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): Cindy Le, Thomas Kania
Faculty: Robert Layne

Description: The purpose of this initiative is to build a program to provide tutoring for students at North High in various subjects including math and science courses  (including AP courses) as well as SAT exam preparation. Our goal is to help students build a solid foundation in math and science and establish learning and studying methods while in high school before heading off to college. Along with that, we hope to help students by allowing them to have a platform to establish connections with medical students to look up to and to ask questions as they start their endeavor in STEM, since people in medical school come from a wide variety of educational backgrounds.  

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Worcester Technical High School Mentoring Program
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): Deirbhile Martin - leader, SOM 2023, deirbhile.martin@umassmed.edu; Liam Ben-Joseph - leader, Liam.Ben-Joseph@umassmed.edu, SOM 2023
Faculty: Cynthia Ennis, DO

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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Worcester Refugee Assistance Project - Teen Mentoring Program
Membership: School of Medicine, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Student Leader(s): Pooja Gupta, youth group coordinator, MS4, pooja.gupta@umassmed.edu; Anushay Mistry, youth group co-leaders, MS3, anushay.mistry@umassmed.edu
Faculty: Diane Blake, MD

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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