Student Organizations

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society (AOA)

Alpha Omega Alpha is the only national honor medical society in the world. Its mission is to recognize and perpetuate excellence in the medical profession. At the University of Michigan, based on a class size of 170, we are permitted to consider up to 43 students and can elect 30 students per senior class. Selected students shall be informed in the late summer of their M4 year, prior to submission of residency program applications. This year marks the 108th anniversary of AOA at Michigan.

Each year, students of AOA organize various activities that take place throughout the remainder of the academic year. Some events planned for this year include:

  • Nomination of select faculty for membership
  • Nomination of faculty from the community to receive the Volunteer Faculty Award
  • Banquet for official recognition of new members

Click here to learn more about the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.

American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD)

American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD UMMS Student Chapter) The AADMD is a national organization with a mission to improve and enhance knowledge and quality in the medical care of individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders and intellectual disabilities (ND/ID). The UMMS Student Chapter just started in Spring 2014 actively promotes this mission through student leadership, advocacy and action. If you have a particular interest in working with patients with disabilities in your future, there is opportunity within this organization to explore that interest further. We are very open to individual members creating and implementing new project ideas. Example projects: Volunteering with Special Olympics Healthy Athletes Program, Mobile clinics at local special needs schools, Mentorship and shadowing opportunities with UMHS physicians who work with ND/ID patients, Monthly webinar meetings with the national AADMD and funding to attend annual national conferences. Joining national AADMD health care and medical education reform efforts.

American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)

The neurosurgery student interest group for medical students is a part of the national organization American Association of Neurological Surgeons.  The goal of this group is to provide an opportunity to learn about the field and encourage medical student involvement and interest in neurosurgery through monthly meetings.  Additionally, this group helps to introduce medical students to neurosurgeons and neurosurgical residents currently working at University of Michigan.  Our group is also focused on supporting students and helping to connect members with research and shadowing opportunities.  We welcome students to help support and expand our mission as well. 

American Geriatrics Society Student Chapter

By 2030, the number of adults age 65 and older is expected to double, and almost one out of five Americans will be 65 years or older. As UM's chapter of the American Geriatrics Society, we understand that rapid changes in patient demographics will affect most if not all of our careers as physicians. The UM American Geriatrics Society student chapter's mission is to interest physicians-in-training in the field of geriatrics, to enhance the visibility of geriatric medicine at the medical school level, and to provide educational programs on geriatric medicine. Throughout the year, AGS organizes many activities to serve the elderly population of the surrounding community. Activities such as the annual flu shot clinic, MedShovelers, and Silver Club have been continuing successes. In addition to those programs, the UM AGS also organizes a senior health fair each spring. Finally, the AGS has summer research and career opportunities for students interested in all aspects of Geriatrics. We look forward to meeting you all!

American Medical Association (AMA)

The medical student arm of the American Medical Association is an independent, democratic, policy-making body: the American Medical Association-Medial Student Section (AMA-MSS). The AMA-MSS is dedicated to representing medical students, improving medical education, developing leadership and promoting activism for the health of America. The AMA promotes awareness on issues of public wellness, community service, ethics and health policy through projects, programs and activities. The AMA-MSS at the University of Michigan is involved in service projects and particularly active in policy-making at the state and national levels. There are also a number of leadership development opportunities through the U of M's chapter of the AMA.

American Medical Student Association (AMSA)

The American Medical Student Association is the country's largest medical student-run organization. Focusing on patient advocacy, improving health care here and abroad, and providing additional educational opportunities, AMSA offers a wide variety of activities for every type of activist. Locally, our chapter is involved in a number of community service activities, including the Delonis Center homeless clinic, where M1 and M2 students volunteer and help to perform physicals, take histories, and observe patient-physician interaction. Regionally and nationally, we lobby for change to improve the lives of our current and future patients - this is an especially important and exciting time to do so! AMSA is looking for motivated M1s to help in every area, and there are numerous leadership opportunities as well! If you're looking for a place to work on or create projects that address important health issues or to become involved with legislative action and lobbying, AMSA is the place for you.

American Medical Women's Association (AMWA)

AMWA at the University of Michigan is an organization comprised of women and men that seeks to create a diverse community dedicated to women in medicine—both as health care providers and health care recipients—through education, leadership, and advocacy. AMWA is responsible for monthly lunch talks on topics relevant to women in medicine, a faculty mentorship program for medical students, a mentorship program for undergraduates seeking careers in healthcare, a book club, an annual Charity Bash and we participate numerous community service events throughout the year including Women's Health and Fitness Day, the Avon Breast Cancer Walk, and health education workshops at the Home of New Vision. We actively advocate for women in medical school education, admissions, and the curriculum. On a more fun note, we have great social events. There is plenty of opportunity for M1 involvement on our board, and we are always open to new ideas! We look forward to having you join us in August!

American Men’s Medical Organization (AMMO)

The American Men’s Medical Organization (AMMO) is a group of men and women dedicated to the promotion and education of men’s health. Founded in 2011, we aim to spread awareness, lift social stigma, and improve outcomes surrounding various issues that plague men’s health and wellness. To reach these goals, we work collaboratively with diverse groups both on and off campus through instructional efforts, community service events, fundraising initiatives, a quarterly newsletter, and a variety of social events. All the while, through the involvement of the leaders of the medical school community, we hope to empower students to better the lives of men everywhere and develop skills today to treat men more effectively tomorrow.

Anesthesiology Student Interest Group (ASIG)

The Anesthesia interest group is a student organization dedicated to promoting student interest and knowledge of anesthesia. Events include a faculty-student dinner at the Department Chairs house, discussions with physicians and residents to gain perspective on the various aspects and subspecialties of this exciting field, networking to allow for mentorship and research opportunities, and other special simulation center events covering topics such as airway, IV, and central line placement. We hope you join us at our next meeting/event.


The Auscultations are UMMS's own all-medical student a cappella group. Revived in 2009, the Auscultations have been working hard each year to try new things and find ways to work with the medical school and larger health system community. The group has performed in the hospital for patients, at Midnight Madness of Galen's Tag Days, at the grand opening of the new Mott Childrens Hospital, and also puts on their own standalone concert.


Biorhythms is the student-run dance performance of the University of Michigan Medical School. We perform Fall and Spring recitals each year, as opportunities for students to rekindle their interest in the arts and showcase their talents onstage. This company is for female AND male students whether they have danced for years or never set foot in a dance class. Our past performances have included a wide variety of dances such as hip hop, bhangra, belly dancing, ballroom, modern, tap, African, and jazz dancing. We also encourage different types of performing arts to participate in our show, including singing and bands. We are always looking for fellow students to choreograph and help with our sound, lighting, videography, and photography. There is something for everyone in this show – no matter what participation level you desire – and you are bound to have tons of fun. This is a great way to meet students in your class as well as older students!

Black Medical Association (BMA)

The primary mission of the Black Medical Association (BMA) is to recruit and retain African American students at the University of Michigan Medical School. Formed in 1972, the BMA serves as an academic, social and professional support network for its members, as well as a service organization for the community. Furthermore, the BMA is a member of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA), the national organization for medical and premedical students of color, organized around similar issues. Here at the University of Michigan the BMA is more than just a student organization. It is a special and unique community in which we support, motivate, inspire, encourage and uplift one another as we simultaneously work toward achieving our goals.

The Cardiothoracic Surgery Interest Group

The cardiothoracic surgery interest group is a student organization dedicated to promoting student interest and knowledge of cardiothoracic surgery. Our meetings consist of talks by University of Michigan cardiothoracic surgeons covering topics that range from the daily lifestyle of a surgeon to the residency application process. One of our strong points is the great working relationship we have with the faculty. Our group really focuses on getting students some clinical exposure by way of shadowing and other simulation events. We hope you join us at our next meeting.

Catholic Medical Association

The Catholic Medical Association is an organization open to Catholic medical, nursing, and pharmacy students. Our goals include: promoting a deeper understanding of scientific and medical ethical principles and their application in life as a physician; assisting students in the development of their spiritual life and the practice of their faith; providing community and support; and providing an opportunity for students to meet healthcare mentors. Regular activities include discussions, speaker invitations, conferences, mentorship, and social events.

Christian Medical Association - UMMS

The Christian Medical Association at the University of Michigan Medical School is a community of Christian medical students dedicated to fostering Christian growth in all areas of life, emphasizing the integration of faith into medicine, and witnessing to the truth and love of Jesus Christ in our relationships with our friends, our community, and the world. Our regular activities include bible study, weekly prayer meetings, Christian physician mentorship, service opportunities, the annual Global Missions Health Conference, CMDA seasonal retreats, guest speakers, panels, etc.

Delonis Clinic

The Delonis Clinic, located at the Delonis Homeless Shelter in Ann Arbor, provides free medical services to all comers. The clinic operates one night weekly under the guidance of one UMMS faculty member, one resident, and one student coordinator. In addition, two students volunteer each week. The student volunteers, usually M1s, perform a focused history and physical on each patient and then meet with the attending or resident to decide on a plan. The clinic takes advantage of clinic facilities, equipment, and pharmaceuticals maintained by the nurse practitioners who work at the shelter during the day. Volunteering at the clinic is a great way for pre-clinical students to practice their clinical skills. Opportunities for students to volunteer at the Delonis Shelter may expand in the future to include teaching sessions on nutrition, exercise, and diabetes.

Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG)

The Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG) is a student interest group at UMMS dedicated to provide medical students with early exposure to the exciting field of Emergency Medicine. Our activities include workshops throughout the year covering topics such as suturing, airway, shock/code management, casting/splinting, IV placement, self-defense, Survival Flight, and EMS. We also aim to provide networking venues such as the annual picnic, resident and faculty Q&A sessions, and end-of-year awards ceremony, where students can identify and build relationships with faculty mentors.

Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG)

As the health care system continues to change, Family Medicine is becoming an increasingly integral part of every patient's experience with medical care. The Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) strives to educate the student body about Family Medicine’s role in our health care system, dispel myths about the field, and demonstrate how Family Medicine is changing to improve its patient-centered model of medical care. Benefits to becoming a member of the FMIG include: hands-on learning activities, Family Medicine mentors, special lunch and dinner seminars and FREE membership in the American Academy of Family Physicians with its own benefits (FREE subscription to The American Family Physician Medical Journal, student representation at academy events and access to family medicine resources.)

Galens Medical Society

Galens Medical Society is the University of Michigan Medical School's largest and longest-running service and social organization. A med school tradition since 1914, Galens members are committed to improving the welfare of local children while making medical school life a little more enjoyable. With the help of its faculty honoraries, Galens holds the annual Tag Days fundraising campaign, organizes community service and social events, sponsors the annual Smoker theater production, and much more.

Health Policy Society (PoSo)

Health Policy Society (PoSo) is a group of students that meet to discuss current issues in health policy. Each discussion focuses on a particular theme, such as covering the uninsured, containing health care costs, or comparing various countries' health systems. Prior to each meeting, scholarly articles written on that week's theme are distributed and read to facilitate discussion. No previous experience with health policy is necessary to attend and the varying exposure to health policy and backgrounds of each individual adds greatly to the discussions. Health Policy Society also holds monthly dinners with amazing faculty who discuss their work in health policy. Past faculty have included Dr. Peter Ubel, Dr. Jack Billi, Dr. Rod Hayward, Scott Greer, & Catherine McLaughlin. The faculty at the University of Michigan are both experts in their fields and also incredibly accessible.

Health Equity Scholars Program (HESP)

HESP was established in 2011 for the purpose of reinforcing UMMS’s commitment to serving indigent and marginalized communities by expanding the curriculum and creating opportunities for service. Goals of HESP include deepening and challenging students’ understanding of issues in health care access, the reality of poverty, and the social context of disease, and equipping students with the skills and educational background to work in medically underserved areas and/or become leaders in addressing the issues surrounding health equity among their peers and in their careers as physicians. Throughout HESP's two academic years, we have held regular seminars with leaders in the study of the social determinants of health and in efforts to reduce health disparities. We have visited a number of local safety-net clinics in order to learn about the services they provide to the community, and we are working to develop partnerships with community organizations to establish longitudinal service projects for medical students that help to meet the needs of these communities.

The Hippo

The Hippo is a literary and visual arts magazine for and by students at the University of Michigan Medical School. Founded in the Fall of 2009, it publishes original works of fiction, nonfiction, art, photography and comedy. It is entirely student-run and generated. The title of the magazine is derived from “The Hippocratic Oath,” the guiding code of the medical profession. The Hippo is sponsored by the U of M Center for the History of Medicine as well as the medical school’s Office of Student Programs.

IHI Open School

Every year, 15,700 Americans die from homicide, 43,400 die from motor vehicle accidents, and up to 98,000 die from preventable medical errors. What can we do to change this? The IHI Open School is an interdisciplinary student organization that provides students of all health professions with a wide variety of opportunities and experiences in the field of quality improvement and patient safety locally at the University of Michigan and on both a national and international level. Our mission is to provide health professions students foundational skills in quality improvement and experience with working with students of other disciplines. Activities include a monthly interactive speaker series, a free online quality improvement certificate program in quality improvement, collaborative quality improvement projects at UMHS and other organizations, shadowing and networking opportunities with local quality leaders, site visits to quality improvement organizations and other health systems, networking opportunities with students from the School of Public Health, Business School, Nursing School, Pharmacy, School of Social Work, Law, and Engineering School, and the opportunity to attend national and international conferences.

Integrative, Complementary, and Alternative Medicine Interest Group (ICAM)

Integrative medicine seeks to utilize all evidence based approaches for healing, both conventional and complimentary. Our group intends to provide a forum for discussion, learning, and understanding complimentary therapies and in order to create more informed, better doctors in the future. We also seek to promote wellness within the medical school community. The ICAM interest group hosts lectures, demonstrations and workshops related to Integrative Medicine and Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (ICAM). We seek to provide faculty networking, research, and experiential opportunities in these areas as well and hope, over time, to create integrative clinical opportunities for our third and fourth year rotations.

Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG)

The Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG) exposes students interested in internal medicine to the various aspects of this large and exciting specialty. A primary activity of the IMIG is a case presentation differential diagnosis seminar series that helps M2s prepare for M3 year. An M4 student, along with faculty advisors Drs. Sarah Hartley and Staci Valley, present a case related to the ongoing M2 sequence and guide M2s as they think about the differential diagnosis. This seminar series also is a great opportunity for M4s to work on their teaching skills. In addition to the seminar series the IMIG organizes shadowing and other opportunities. The IMIG is affiliated with the American College of Physicians (ACP) and IMIG/ACP members have access to a wide range of great career and educational resources.

Jewish Medical Student Association (JeMSA)

The Jewish Medical Student Association (JeMSA) is a group for Jewish Medical students that provides opportunities to socialize with other Jewish graduate students and offers assistance in organizing service and meal arrangements for holidays through out the year. In addition, JeMSA facilitates volunteer opportunities in the community. This year we will be trying something new: Monthly or bi-monthly Friday night Shabbat meals! We hope to see you in the fall, and Go Blue!

Latin American & Native American Medical Association (LANAMA)

The Latin American & Native American Medical Association (LANAMA) was founded in 1985 to provide a more welcoming and supportive environment for our Native American and Latino/a medical students at the University of Michigan Medical School (UMMS). We recognize the pressing need to address the alarming health disparities of the Latino and Native American communities, and are therefore committed to increasing awareness and promoting service in these communities among all students at the University of Michigan Medical School. In addition, we aim to increase the enrollment, graduation, and future leadership of Latino/a, Native American, and allied medical students through an academic, social, and professional network, as well as a nurturing atmosphere of la familia.

Medical Campus Garden

The Medical Campus Garden will be a collaborative garden between med students, staff, faculty and the larger University of Michigan Health System to promote wellness, educational opportunities and community outreach around sustainable foods and nutrition. Construction of the garden is aimed to start in early fall 2014 pending site approval, just in time to harvest cold weather crops! Students will be responsible for managing the upkeep of the raised beds, engaging with the medical school, hospital system and local community about healthy eating and sustainable foods, and enjoying our delicious crops!

Medical Innovation Group (MIG)

The medical innovation group is the hub for students interested in bringing design, engineering, tech, IT, and entrepreneurship into healthcare and medicine. All are welcome, whether you're an enthusiastic reader of Wired, a "seasoned" serial entrepreneur, a data-geek, passionate about design and user experience, or just think that gadgets are cool and might revert to your 5 year-old self at the mere mention of legos. Our mission is two-fold:

  • Provide routes to build skills required to develop creative solutions to real clinical needs.
  • Foster community and culture of medical innovation at the University of Michigan.

Medical School Meditation

Medical School Meditation meets on campus once per week for 20 minutes of meditation. Basic instructions are provided, and no prior experience is needed. Afterword, we discuss our experiences. Many weeks, we are joined by a guest, often a physician with a mediation practice. Once a semester, we organize a larger event for medical students, such as a 4-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Workshop. We also plan to do community health organization outreach.

  • Weekly meditation meetups with instruction.
  • No experience needed.

Medical Student Council

The Medical School Student Council is made up of several representatives. From each class, there are five Class Advocates, two component Representatives, one Curriculum Policy Representative, and two Honor Council Representatives. The council serves to address the questions and concerns of the student body as a whole, while each class plans activities and addresses issues that apply specifically to them. Student Council serves to represent the medical student body to the administration, working on issues such as library hours, parking, classroom renovations, residency interviewing, financial aid budgets and curriculum concerns. Student council also strives to unify the classes through programming events, such as Fall Ball.

Medical Students for Choice® (MSFC)

Medical Students for Choice® (MSFC) is dedicated to ensuring that women receive the full range of reproductive healthcare choices. We support a woman’s right to choose what to do with her body. MSFC recognizes that one of the greatest obstacles to safe and legal abortion is the absence of trained providers. As medical students and residents, we work to make reproductive health care, including abortion, a part of standard medical education and residency training. Our activities include: working with local Planned Parenthood and Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, bringing speakers and workshops to medical students, lobbying in Lansing, attending national MSFC conferences, and providing contacts and resources for students interested in reproductive health.

Medical Students of Middle-Eastern Descent (MSMD)

The primary mission of Medical Students of Middle-Eastern Descent (MSMD) is to serve the Middle-Eastern population both in this country and in the Middle-East. Founded in 2004 by three first year medical students, MSMD has become an established, recognized student organization in the UMMS, Ann Arbor, and Southeast Michigan communities. The group has three main goals:

  • To raise awareness of Middle-Eastern health among the medical community.
  • To increase medical access for Middle-Easterners living in the United States and the Middle East.
  • To increase the opportunities in the medical field for students of Middle-Eastern Descent.

In addition, MSMD is also affiliated with the National Arab American Medical Association (NAAMA), a national organization with a similar mission, serving both Arab and Arab-American communities. MSMD provides opportunities for service, medical education, health screenings, and mentorship.


We are a group of medical students and faculty who enjoy running for fitness, competition, and fun. We encourage all types of runners to join, from beginners to advanced, half-milers to marathoners. We organize regular runs and social activities to include both students and professors, as we believe running is a great way for students and faculty to socialize outside the lecture hall and clinic.


MedStart is an interdisciplinary child advocacy organization composed of students from the U-M schools of medicine and nursing. We believe that children are often an underrepresented voice in their care. As future health professionals, we play an important role in advocating for their health and wellness. Through the many activities coordinated by our divisions, students gain first-hand exposure to the obstacles endured by children and families in need. In addition, these activities provide opportunities to combat those challenges by pooling resources and talents towards a common goal. Our five divisions include:

  • MedBuddies: Form ongoing friendship and provide emotional support to hospitalized children and their families at Mott Children's Hospital.
  • MedArt: Create art projects each month with the children and families at Mott Children's Hospital.
  • Project H: Deliver care and health education to an underserved population at the Wayne County Family Shelter transitional home.
  • MD for a Day: Help expose middle and high school students from surrounding communities to the fun of medicine.
  • Child Advocacy Seminar Series: Coordinated seminar and service event series designed to engage University of Michigan students and inspire them to make a difference for children of the surrounding communities.

Michigan Radiology Interest Group (MRIG)

The Michigan Radiology Interest Group (MRIG) is designed to support U-M medical students interested in learning more about the fields of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology. We provide regular informative meetings, social gatherings, a mentoring program, career counseling, and a positive atmosphere! Even if you aren’t certain which specialty will be the right fit for you, MRIG can help you decide whether Radiology might be in your future. We can answer all of your resume-related questions, hook you up with a research advisor, and provide some insight into all the various subfields of our specialty.


MTango is dedicated to promoting the learning and enjoyment of Argentine tango in the University of Michigan community and beyond, by providing excellent and articulate teachers at affordable prices, convenient on-campus locations for events when possible, social dance opportunities, and demonstrations.

Muslim Medical Students' Association (MMSA)

The Muslim Medical Students’ Association (MMSA) at the University of Michigan was created in response to the growing need for an organization that caters to Muslim students and their concerns. The MMSA seeks to:

  • Enhance the understanding and appreciation of Islamic culture, especially with regards to medical care.
  • Encourage professional interaction between Muslim physicians and other health care providers and physicians.
  • Facilitate the learning and practice of Islam among students.
  • Participate in medical community service and other charitable activities.
  • Provide mentorship to Muslim undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing medicine.

Activities of this organization include a day of fasting for non-Muslim students during Ramadan, helping to establish case studies with Muslims patients for the first year medical school class, and organizing and participating in a free health screening for the Muslim community in Ann Arbor, MI. We hope to establish new ideas and activities in the coming year! We are also affiliated with the Muslim Health Association at the University of Michigan Health Systems, and hope to continue building this relationship in the future.

OB/GYN Interest Group

The OB/GYN Interest Group offers students the opportunity to explore and appreciate the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology. We aim to provide medical students, at any stage of training, with exposure to this field while also allowing for the chance to meet physicians in general OB/GYN and its subspecialties. Events include a faculty-student dinner, discussions with physicians and residents to gain perspective on the various aspects of this exciting field, networking to allow for mentorship and research opportunities, and other special events including a film screening. Events can be tailored based on group interest, and new ideas are certainly welcome!

Oncology Interest Group

The Oncology Interest Group was designed to provide students with a forum to hear about the different fields of oncology from many perspectives. Dinners are held roughly every month between interested students and three or four doctors that are members of specific cancer teams (ie: breast cancer, GI cancer, etc.). These meetings allow students to hear about the field from the point of view of surgeons, researchers, radiation oncologists, and medical staff in a relaxed informal setting.

Ophthalmology Student Interest Group

The goal of the Ophthalmology Student Interest Group is to expose physicians-in-training to the exciting field of ophthalmology. The organization gives students the opportunity to interact with residents and faculty, as well as fellow peers who have an interest in the field. Students have the opportunity to learn about the diverse clinical and surgical aspects of the field, the relevance of ophthalmology in global health, and have hands-on experiencing in learning more about the eye exam, among various other topics.

Orthopaedic Surgery Student Interest Group (OSSIG)

The main objectives of the group are to provide information, assistance, and mentorship to medical students interested in entering, or simply learning more about the field of orthopaedic surgery. The OSSIG brings in speakers who comment on current orthopaedic research, shadowing opportunities, Residency and Match information, and the field in general.

OutMD (formerly BGLAM)

OutMD is a student group that serves to unite gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered individuals, and straight allies in the University of Michigan Medical School and UM Health System. We promote awareness of LGBT medical issues through regular reviews of curricula, outreach activities, lunch-time discussions and community action campaigns. We work to establish professional contacts and networking opportunities with medical professionals for students through the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA), LGBT People in Medicine (AMSA), UMMS and University Health Services, We provide a socially supportive environment for LGBT students and allies at UMMS and within the University’s graduate schools and serve as a resource for UMMS individuals or groups requesting information about conferences, community activities and supportive venues. Our events have included ally training sessions, panel discussion on gender transitioning, lectures addressing marginalization of and within the LGBT community, round table discussions on gays in faith, and treatment of all issues that set up barriers in healthcare. In addition, we host regular social events.

Pathology Medical Student Interest Group (PMSIG)

The goal of the Pathology Medical Student Interest Group is to educate students on the diverse field of Pathology and its subspecialties. We hope to create mentorship relationships with current faculty and residents for medical students to open the door to shadowing opportunities and a give students a go-to person with questions. We also want to connect students, regardless of an ultimate interest in pathology as a career, with information on laboratory services in order to encourage appropriate utilization to improve overall patient care and use of health care resources. In addition to the awesome shadowing opportunities available (autopsy, frozen section, brain cutting), we also have several clinically relevant lunch talks!!

Pediatric Interest Group

The Pediatric Interest Group introduces medical students to the unique field of Pediatrics and Medicine-Pediatrics. This group aims to expand your knowledge of important issues in the field of Pediatrics. We will host dinners where you can speak to pediatricians about their chosen subspecialties within the field, help you find volunteer and summer opportunities that are pediatrics related, and help to set you up with a resident mentor within the department of pediatrics who you can shadow throughout the year. New ideas are always welcome of course for those of you that would like the PedsIG to help in some other manner.

Physicians for Human Rights

Physicians for Human Rights mobilizes health professionals to advance health, dignity, and justice and promotes the right to health for all. Harnessing the specialized skills, rigor, and passion of doctors, nurses, public health specialists, and scientists, PHR investigates human rights abuses and works to stop them. As the student chapter at the University of Michigan, we work to promote this goal at both a campus and state-wide level.

Plastic Surgery Interest Group (PSIG)

Plastic surgeons do everything from face-lifts, to burn care, to neurally controlled prosthetic limbs. We hold monthly talks coordinated with the M1 anatomy sequence to supplement learning and get excited about tissue flaps. Our mentor also sets up shadowing and mentoring to help students glimpse the field and put together competitive applications.


The Psychiatry Student Interest Group is a resident physician and medical student run interest group affiliated with the U of M Department of Psychiatry. We act to educate and enrich the medical community on topics of psychiatry and mental illness as well as promote interest and provide resources on psychiatry as a profession. We coordinate a lunchtime lecture series on psychiatry-related topics, host movie nights to discuss relevant themes in current films, and coordinate a mentorship program to match interested students with resident mentors. We are affiliated with the national Psychiatry Student Interest Group Network (PsychSIGN), the mission of which is to "function as a central hub for the exchange of ideas, information, and resources for student coalitions in psychiatry and promote the discourse for psychiatric education in the medical school community and for advocacy and justice in mental health as an integral part of health overall."

The Quito Project

The Quito Project is a multidisciplinary organization with students and faculty from schools across the University of Michigan, including Medicine, Public Health, Rackham, Social Work, Nursing, Dental, Education, Business, Literature Sciences & Arts, Engineering, and Pharmacy. As of 2012, TQP is in its eighth year of operation. Since its formation in 2004, TQP has evolved to support projects in the realm of public health, social work, and education for 8,000 community members of San Martin and San Blas in Quito, Ecuador.

The Quito Project’s mission is to collaborate with local partners in developing evidence-based solutions that support and build capacity in the health, education, and social sectors.

Our Model and Our Work

In partnership with the local Ministry of Health, Ecuadorian Medical Schools and public health care facilities in Quito, TQP functions as a ‘public health laboratory,’ dedicated to finding cost-effective, evidence-based solutions to health problems identified by local partners. TQP develops an evidence base for a given intervention, from the pilot to randomized controlled trial stage, and presents evidence to the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders for consideration for scale-up.


The Quito Project members are recruited through projects that are coordinated and managed by The Quito Project. Every fall, TQP recruits students from the medical school as well as other schools to serve on projects that have been designed by TQP Board members, Faculty Mentors (at U of M Medical School) and partners (e.g. local Ministry of Health and clinical partners in Quito). Among the student members, applications and interviews are conducted for Executive Board members who serve additional roles in planning and coordination of the project logistics as well as strategic direction of TQP as an umbrella organization that serves the individual projects and partnerships in Quito.

Radiation Oncology Interest Group (ROIG)

The purpose of ROIG is to provide preclinical and clinical students information regarding the field of radiation oncology. Radiation oncology is a small field with limited exposure built into the medical curriculum. As a result, medical students often do not have a clear idea of what the field entails and find it difficult to be involved in terms of shadowing and research opportunities. The organization aims to bridge this gap so that students have a better understanding of radiation oncology to make informed career decisions.

Service Learning and Trans-Disciplinary Education Project (SLATE)

 Social and health disparities are a national priority. They take a disproportionately heavy toll on the nation’s children growing up in poverty and result from a complex interplay of medical, social, behavioral, and economic factors. Students in graduate and professional training programs are traditionally exposed to teachers and learning experiences almost exclusively within their own discipline; yet, solutions to social and health disparities are inherently interdisciplinary. As a service-learning project, SLATE’s goals are both educational and service-oriented. The educational objectives are to improve graduate students’ knowledge, skills and attitudes in working with interdisciplinary teams, community agencies, and children and families from disadvantaged populations. The service-oriented objectives include acting as mentors to underprivileged youth in Ann Arbor and connecting these communities to resources and services available through the University of Michigan.

South Asian Medical Student Association (SAMA)

 The South Asian Medical Student Association is a medical student organization designed to focus on the needs of the South Asian community both here in Michigan and globally. Furthermore, we strive to provide support and guidance to medical students of South Asian descent as they enter the University of Michigan Medical School. SAMoSA has established relationships with UMHS physicians of similar descent so that students can gain valuable mentorship throughout their time here. We also strive to collaborate with the other student groups in UMMS to hold various community-building events including health fairs, health education, and volunteer opportunities. Finally, we organize various social events throughout the academic year so that a tight-knit community can be developed within all students interested in South-Asian health concerns. All students who are interested in learning about South Asian culture through a medical lens are welcome to join.

Student Diversity Council (SDC)

 The Student Diversity Council is a forum for promoting diversity at the University of Michigan Medical School and the medical profession. The Council seeks to enhance education and understanding of health disparities, diversity and health equity. The Council is an umbrella organization for student groups pursuing related missions. In this role, it strives to foster an environment of inclusion, collaboration, and sharing of best practices, resources, and knowledge to collectively work more effectively towards these goals. As a united body, we seek to promote education on diversity within the healthcare and disparities-related interests. We strive to give these interests a louder voice and presence within the medical school body through the educational, service, and advocacy projects of member groups

Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN)

 The Student Interest Group in Neurology aims to promote interest in neurology as a profession, provide neurology-related resources to the medical students at UMMS, and educate the community on topics of neurology. Our membership events include hands-on labs (e.g. lumbar puncture workshops), dinners with neurology faculty and staff, and lunch talks on topics ranging from current research to matching into neurology. We are affiliated with the national SIGN network through the American Academy of Neurology, and members receive information about research opportunities, conferences, and scholarships through that organization.

Students Teaching AIDS to Students (STATS)

 STATS is a medical student organization committed to teaching local teens the facts about HIV/AIDS, dispelling common misconceptions, and promoting safer behavior. We travel to middle and high school classrooms in southeastern Michigan and give approximately one-hour presentations on HIV/AIDS. We have a Powerpoint slideshow that includes information on the HIV virus and how it infects the immune system, a description of the AIDS illness, how the virus is transmitted and how to avoid contracting it, information on free and anonymous HIV testing, and statistics describing the extent of the AIDS epidemic locally and worldwide. Some of our members present using the Powerpoint slideshow, while others lead more informal discussions. In all cases, we emphasize interaction with the students and encourage their questions. We also like to include current news on treatments and the quest toward an HIV vaccine. We have training sessions twice a year with representatives from the HIV/AIDS Resource Center (HARC) in Ypsilanti. Members may give as few or as many presentations as they like.

Surgeon Scientist Interest Group (SSIG)

 The Surgeon Scientist Interest Group (SSIG) is a student organization that serves the purpose of facilitating exposure to a career path that includes both research and surgical practice. It is the hope of the SSIG that through a series of lectures, panels, and hands-on activities, students who are interested in pursuing such a career path will gain insight into what it entails to be a Surgeon Scientist. We will in addition strive to reach out to other student groups and collaborate based on mutual interests on the grounds of adding exposure to different career paths.

Surgery Interest Group (The SCRUBS)

SCRUBS is a student-run organization designed to offer a well-based perspective of the multiple fields within surgery, the life of a surgeon, and what it takes to be a surgeon. Monthly meetings are conducted at a surgeon's home where participants enjoy dinner and a brief presentation by a physician from a particular field within surgery. Meetings also include hands-on instructional sessions by the host surgeon that focus on skills such as knot tying and suturing. A special session in the surgical skills lab is also a highlight of SCRUBS.

The U-M Student Run Free Clinic

The U-M Student Run Free Clinic is located about 25 miles northwest of Ann Arbor, in Pinckney, MI. As one of only two safety net clinics in all of Livingston County, the SRFC provides essential medical care of the highest quality, free of charge, to uninsured individuals in the surrounding areas. Being entirely run by UMMS students, the clinic offers many opportunities to confront health disparities through direct action. Every Saturday, under the guidance of UMMS physicians, three clinical and three pre-clinical medical students pair up to see patients at the clinic. The clinical students mentor and guide the preclinical students, helping them to learn how to take a focused history, do a physical exam and present the case to the physicians. Additionally, for those who would like to become more active in the organization, the UM SRFC offers numerous ways to get hands on experience in the administrative side of medicine. Student coordinators are responsible for scheduling patients, managing the flow of the clinic, following up on lab and radiology results, connecting patients with additional social services, and much more. The UM SRFC gives students a true sense of all the moving parts that must be aligned to create a well-run clinic, the issues facing the uninsured and the importance of "caring" for all in our communities.

United Asian American Medical Student Association (UAAMSA)

The United Asian American Medical Student Association (UAAMSA) was founded in 1992 to support and represent the growing number of Asian American students entering the University of Michigan Medical School. In addition, our organization seeks to promote awareness of Asian American health care issues among our colleagues in the medical field and to reach out to the members of the Ann Arbor community and beyond. To this end, we organize health and cultural fairs, volunteer in local clinics, provide physician and student mentors, and organize various social events. We are part of the national Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA). Membership is open to everyone interested in Asian American health regardless of ethnicity.

Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM)

Universities Allied for Essential Medicines is a national organization that works to increase access to essential medicines (such as those for HIV, malaria, and TB) in resource-poor countries by operating at the university level. Our approach encompasses three major avenues:

  • Promote equal access to research developed at universities.
  • Promote research and development for neglected diseases.
  • Include the impact on human welfare as a measure of the success of university research programs.

To accomplish these goals, UAEM collaborates with faculty, administrators and students from across the University of Michigan campus to advocate for infrastructural changes in university policies. Recently, we have been actively working with administrators and the university technology transfer office to get the University of Michigan to join with other peer institutions nationwide in supporting documents that affirm the university’s commitment to equitable access to medications and medical technologies in low and middle income countries. In specific, we have written policy analyses and a statement of principles which we are trying to get the University to adopt.

We are also active locally to increase awareness of the issues and challenges supporting global health care by holding campus-wide teach-ins about international health and publishing articles in local journals.

Victor Vaughan Society

The Victor Vaughan Society for the History and Philosophy of Medicine is a medical student group intended to promote intellectual inquiry and discourse on important issues in medicine, both past and present. The Society was established in 1929 by a group of medical students with the help of the chairman of Medicine, Dr. Cyrus Sturgis. For the next 50 years, members were invited from the senior class. The Society was named for Victor Vaughan, the dean of the Medical School from 1891 to 1921.

During its first decades, students and faculty mentors presented lengthy papers at the monthly meetings (all preserved in bound volumes now housed in the Taubman Medical Library). The format changed in 1980 to include presentations by students or faculty members interested in the history of medicine.

The monthly meetings now include invited speakers, student presentations, and an annual winter dinner. Many presentations address pressing issues in public health, social medicine, medical humanities, medical ethics, and the history of medicine and science. The annual program also includes sessions on Literature and Medicine, as well as events focused on the interplay of medicine and culture.

In 2003 the society found a permanent home at the Center for the History of Medicine (CHM), which is in the historic Simpson Institute on Observatory Street.

Wilderness Medicine Interest Group

The Wilderness Medicine Interest Group is designed to be a forum to discuss and participate in medical care in low resource environments. We have informal meetings to discuss real scenarios of medical emergencies in the backcountry and the proper steps to limit negative outcomes. In addition, we have bi-annual events where students work with residents and faculty in Emergency Medicine to practice skills needed in backcountry evacuation and stabilization. Last, we are a community where students can meet other like-minded people to use these skills in the wilderness — part of organized events like MedWAR and just on weekend backpacking trips.

Winding Roads

Winding Roads is a diverse group of non-traditional students including, but not limited to, career changers, non-science majors, post-bac graduates, military veterans, and Peace Corps or AmeriCorps volunteers. Started in 2015, the group aims to create a supportive community for non-traditional students through outreach activities, social events, and peer-led panels and discussions. 

Wolverines for Life

Wolverines for Life is a collaboration between the University of Michigan community, Gift of Life, Be the Match, Red Cross, and the Michigan Eye Bank. All of these groups are dedicated to saving lives through donation and have embarked on a landmark strategy by coordinating their efforts. Student involvement will play an important role in the collaborative with our unique ability to connect with the greater campus community. Moreover, it is an opportunity for our students to become involved with future health professionals. In joining this effort, we have the potential to raise awareness of the need for donors and to make an impact on the lives of the many patients requiring blood transfusions and organ and tissue donations each year. Overall, we seek to empower students to make a difference in a growing international crisis, where recipient need far exceeds the rate of organ, marrow, tissue, eye, and blood donation.

Women's Health and Fitness Day

Our goal for Women's Health and Fitness Day is to impact Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and surrounding communities in our annual event to be held in February. Students involved in this group help to organize this day that features workshops, a keynote speaker, giveaways and more for approximately 300 women from the community. Workshop topics range from diet and exercise to infertility, diabetes, skin care and many other important health issues. Activities include writing grants, helping to secure giveaways and prizes from local businesses, advertising for the event, and, of course, helping to run the program on event day! We’re excited to welcome new faces to the Women’s Health and Fitness Day group.