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 Below are descriptions of the 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.

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. 

American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD)

The University of Michigan student chapter of the AADMD promotes the mission of the national academy through student leadership, advocacy, and action. The members of this Student Chapter actively encourage their student and resident colleagues to improve and enhance their knowledge in the medical care of individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders and intellectual disabilities (ND/ID). Our chapter holds various discussion forums, health care training sessions and community outreach projects throughout the academic year.

American Association of Neurological Surgeons University of Michigan Medical School Medical Student Chapter (AANS) 

The American Association of Neurological Surgeons University of Michigan Medical School Medical Student Chapter (AANS) is a student chapter of the national American Association of Neurological Surgeons. The AANS works closely with both the UM Medical School as well as the UM Department of Neurosurgery to provide mentorship, research opportunities, and information to all medical students interested in neurosurgery. Members will have the opportunity to interact with world class neurosurgeons, learn about the field through our journal club, and participate in all AANS activities including the annual conference.

American Geriatrics Society Student Chapter

The American Geriatrics Society Student Chapter's mission is to interest students in the field of geriatrics, to enhance the visibility of geriatric medicine at the University of Michigan, and to provide educational programs on geriatric medicine.

American Medical Student Association (AMSA)

-Provides an environment that supports the creative ideas of physicians-in-training.
-Serves as a forum for discussion of health issues and the development of policy agendas for physicians-in-training.
-Actively works to supplement pre-medical education, making responsive to the needs of students and society
-Develops future leaders in healthcare
-Increases public awareness of health-related issues 
-Educates pre-medical students on topics that go beyond the classroom
Provides volunteer opportunities to expose members to the medical field

American Medical Women’s Association

AMWA is an organization of women and men who seek to create a diverse community dedicated to women in medicine, both as health care providers and health care recipients, through education, leadership, and advocacy.

Our activities include community service events geared toward women's health issues, such as Women's Health and Fitness Day, women’s health educational events, faculty and undergraduate mentorship, social events, and more!

Please note: since we receive funding from various offices at the medical school, and we are technically a student organization at the medical school, AMWA is only open to medical students at this time. If you are an undergraduate student interested in starting a similar organization for pre-medical students, we would encourage you to do so. AMWA as a national chapter is focused on medical students and beyond.

American Medical Association – Medical Student Section (AMA-MSS)

The American Medical Association Medical Student Section is one of the largest and most influential organizations of medical students in the country and one of the most active groups on the UMMS campus. When you join the University of Michigan chapter of the AMA, you also become a part of the Michigan State Medical Society and the Washtenaw County Medical Society. Medical students are welcome to get involved at any level.

AMSRO - Aerospace Medicine Student and Resident Organization 

This is the official University of Michigan Chapter for the international organization, Aerospace Medicine Student and Resident Organization (AMSRO). We aim to promote understanding of the unique medical challenges associated with spaceflight, aviation, and other extreme environments (like dive and hyperbaric medicine). We wish to connect students with aerospace medicine research opportunities and foster future leaders in the field who will advance the frontiers of human capabilities. We collaborate closely with similar interest groups at other medical schools in the Midwest and Northeast region (ex: Columbia, Yale etc) to provide students with lecture series/talks, online seminars with experts in the field, journal clubs, workshops, online electives, career exploration, mentorship, and MORE! As part of this chapter/interest group, students will also be in direct connection with the global aerospace medicine community and other students/residents with similar interests. Students will be able to interface with our parent affiliate, the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA), to potentially connect with educational, scholarship, research, and conference opportunities in this exciting field! 

Anesthesiology Student Interest Group

ASIG 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 simulation center events covering topics such as airway, IV, and central line placement. We hope you join us at our next meeting/event!

Association of Anti-Racist Medical Students (AARMS)

AARMS seeks to create an open, honest and respectful anti-racist space for University of Michigan Medical School students to discuss race and racism with the goal of amplifying Black student voices and improving allyship among non-black students. It is the responsibility of non-Black people to educate themselves, to begin to understand and take on the burden that Black individuals have carried for centuries, and become the advocates they need to be. It is time for the majority to stand up for the minority. Through student-led discussion groups, we seek to create a forum that allows students to discuss race and racism, process recent events, share experiences and emotions, ask questions, learn, and grow. To guide these discussions, we determine topics and recommend associated books, articles, videos, and podcasts related to each topic.

The Auscultations

HPI: a ragtag group of med students with histories of past singing experiences ranging from "not" to "a lot," presenting today with chief complaint of wanting to rock out. Symptoms began in 2005 when UMMS was noted to be A Cappella-deficient. The group went into remission in 2007, but returned in 2009.
Physical Exam:
General: appropriately fun-loving attitude with elevated energy level
CV: upbeat rate and rhythm
Lung: clear harmonies bilaterally
Ready to knock your socks off.
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4. Sit back and enjoy.


Biorhythms is a medical student-run performance group that holds biannual shows on the University of Michigan campus.  Biorhythms welcomes all levels of participants, from beginners to advanced artists who have studied dance or music for years.  Past performances have included forms of dance from around the world, vocal performances, and instrumental pieces. Choreographers and band leaders meet with their groups once per week throughout each semester and the entire group assembles the week of the show for rehearsals. 

Black Medical Association

The BMA serves as an academic, social, and professional support network for its members, as well as a service organization for the community. We are committed to addressing the special health needs of the African American community, educating ourselves and the greater medical student community on issues of minority health and the elimination of racial/ethnic health care disparities. We organize and implement programs that target premedical students and prepare them not only for the medical school application process but also expose them to the medical profession and critical health care issues. Furthermore, the BMA is a member of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA), a 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 unique community in which we support, motivate, inspire, encourage, and uplift one another as we simultaneously work toward achieving our goals.

Blueprints for Pagaea

Blueprints for Pagaea is a student-run, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that reallocates excess, unused medical supplies from U.S. hospitals to low-income areas domestically and overseas. To date, Blueprints has sent 85,000lbs of medical supplies valued at over $3 Million to areas in need. 

Founded and based out of the University of Michigan, Blueprints is a national network of university chapters united in addressing global health care inequalities. Our model consists of partnering with U.S. hospitals, collecting supplies from those hospitals, verifying the quality of those supplies, and shipping those supplies to areas in need. Our rapidly scalable model has resulted in 6 fully operational chapters across the country and has enabled affordable, higher quality patient care at the international level.

Catholic Medical Association

The Catholic Medical Student Association provides a forum for Catholic medical students at the University of Michigan Medical School to join in fellowship, pray, and discuss topics at the intersection of the Catholic faith and practice of medicine. The group also aims to collaborate with other Catholic organizations across the region and other student organizations (both Catholic and non-Catholic) to foster broader dialogue, collaboration, and understanding. The Catholic Medical Student Association is open to both Catholic and non-Catholic students.

Christian Medical Association

The Christian Medical Association has a three-fold mission. Our first goal is to provide a community of fellow believers for Christian medical students, helping them to grow in their faith and equipping them to become dedicated Christian physicians.  Our second goal is to foster spiritual growth in all areas of life, emphasizing the integration of faith into medicine. We seek to accomplish this goal by bringing in respected speakers, offering mentorship opportunities, hosting Bible studies, planning social events, and participating in regional and national conferences.  Lastly, our mission is to witness to the truth of Jesus Christ in our relationships with our friends, our community, and the world. 

Choose Sleep Interest Group

Sleep medicine is a fascinating medical field that incorporates principles of neurology, internal medicine, pediatrics, and psychiatry in order to address disorders affecting sleep. The “Choose Sleep Interest Group” is a student organization that broadly aims to disseminate an awareness of the importance of sleep and sleep disorders as they relate to individual and public health, to provide those interested in the field of sleep medicine with a forum enabling interaction with experts in the field, and most of all to generate and perpetuate enthusiasm regarding the growing field of sleep medicine.

Choosing Wisely Chapter at the University of Michigan

Choosing Wisely is an initiative of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation that seeks to advance a national dialogue on avoiding unnecessary medical services.  At U of M, we implement grassroots, student-led initiative to advance health care value in medical education.

Delonis Clinic

The Delonis Clinic, located at the Delonis Homeless Shelter in Ann Arbor, provides free medical services to all comers.

The purpose of the Delonis Clinic organization is to coordinate between the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County Health Clinic, the University of Michigan Department of Internal Medicine, and the University of Michigan Med School pre-clinical students.  The organization will guide the once-per-week free clinic that serves the clients of Delonis Shelter as well as members of the community and their urgent care needs.  The organization also offers pre-clinical students ann opportunity to both learn clinical skills while guided by UM faculty and residents, as well as learn about health disparities and social issues surrounding medicine.

Dermatology Interest Group (DIG)

The Dermatology Interest Group seeks to foster interest in the field of Dermatology and help medical students explore opportunities for mentorship, research, and resources to help match into the field.  Through meetings with Dermatology faculty, residents, and other interested medical students, we hope to foster the interest of Dermatology in the medical school classes.

Doctors of Tomorrow

The mission of the Doctors of Tomorrow program is to stimulate interest and inspire underrepresented minority students to pursue careers in the health field and to provide them with the skill set that will help them to be successful on this pursuit. The Undergraduate Chapter will further this mission by offering resources and advice to aid past participants during the college admission process.

Emergency Management Interest Group (EMIG)

The Emergency Management Interest Group will connect students to opportunities to participate in the UMHS Emergency Management committee. We organize an annual school-wide training on Emergency Management. We will also assist the UMHS Emergency Management committee in developing the medical student emergency response structure. Finally, we act as medical student leaders in the case of an emergency state. 

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)

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.

Frog Island Track Club Student Organization

Frog Island Track Club Student Organization is a medical student interest group that focuses upon providing medical students with the opportunity to work with 1st to 6th graders in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Students work alongside University of Michigan Pediatric residents to provide an opportunity for weekly exercise during the summer months. Students also hold nutritional sessions for children and their guardians emphasizing the importance of healthy eating.

Galens Medical Society

Galens Medical Society, founded in 1914, is the largest and oldest student group at the University of Michigan Medical School, and is comprised of about 120 medical students and 13 faculty Honoraries. The organization raises >$80,000 in its annual Tag Days fundraiser, and distributes this money to organizations within Mott hospital and to charities that benefit the children of Washtenaw County. Galens members take an active role in volunteerism, and interact socially with faculty through activities such as the Smoker, Welcome BBQ, tailgate, and the year-end banquet. The Galens Loan Fund helps defray the cost of residency interviewing at subsidized interest rates. Additionally, students continue to recognize and award teaching and leadership excellence among Medical School basic science and clinical faculty, as well as house officers.

The traditions of community service, extracurricular socialization, faculty cooperation and recognition, and student advocacy have remained central objectives throughout the organization's long history. The success and duration of the organization is attributable not only to the commitment, passion, and charity of its students, but also to that of its alumni and honorary faculty members, who over the years have dutifully served as advisors, mentors, and advocates.

Galen's Smoker

Galens Medical Society Smoker is a medical student organization at UM which produces the annual musical comedy "roast" of the medical school faculty, also known as "The Galens Smoker" or "The Smoker."

Genomic Medicine Interest Group (GenoMIG)

The Genomic Medicine Interest Group (GenoMIG) is focused on providing University of Michigan Medical School students with resources and opportunities to explore an emerging medical field that uses genomic information to provide patients with enhanced health outcomes. GenoMIG specifically connects students interested in research opportunities with labs at the University of Michigan, facilitates shadowing experiences with Medical Geneticists and other divisions of medicine that utilize genetic technologies, and hosts events on advances, policy issues and ethical problems associated with Genomic Medicine.

Health Equity Scholars Program (HESP)

The Health Equity Scholars Program is a student driven initiative to create opportunities to learn about and participate in health equity work through reflections on service-learning, seminar discussions and an immersion experience in Detroit. This will encompass participation in monthly seminars investigating the multi-factorial reality of poverty, observation and evaluation of successful community programs, and service experiences at multiple locations in the Southeastern Michigan. Students who are accepted into this program will be required to participate in community service experiences of their choosing, which we will then reflect upon as a group. Allowing students to choose their own experiences will allow for greater commitment on the

Small discussion-based seminars will be scheduled monthly.  They are designed to supplement the service work, avoiding theory and abstraction, and focusing rather on the grounded, tangible knowledge and experiences of students and visiting speakers. For these seminar discussions a meal will be provided to be shared with the guest expert in an effort to encourage a discussion style format where the participants will be better able to ask questions and engage in the exchange of information.

HESP will also complete site visits to community-engaged organizations such as FQHCs and other community organizing centers. 

Site-visits are essential for our members to gain exposure to successful organizations that are working towards improving health equity. Survey data from previous years shows site visits to be one of the most impactful aspects of HESP. Site-visits also facilitate networking and mentorship between students and administrators at the facilities. Such relationships have developed into research projects and independent site-visits from HESP

Finally, student members will participate in volunteerism through their own efforts or through the medical school's existing programs.

Hope Medical Clinic Student Organization

Hope Medical Clinic is a free clinic in neighboring Ypsilanti.

Humans Interested in Health Policy Agenda and Analysis (HIPAA)

HIPAA is a medical student organization catered to medical students who are looking to learn more about health policy.  We understand that the practice of medicine is influenced by many external forces, and we would like to learn about these forces while we are medical students.  HIPPA will bring medical students together to talk about health policy and generate productive discussion about how we can be the best doctors that we can.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Open School
The values of IHI Open School are aligned with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) goals to improve health worldwide by helping to accelerate measurable and continuous progress in healthcare. IHI is an independent not-for-profit organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts that provides training to health professionals to put ideas into action.

Membership in the Open School is open to students in nursing, medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, policy, and other allied professions, in addition to any University of Michigan student with an interest in healthcare or healthcare improvement.

Integrative and Preventative Medicine Interest Group (IPMIG)
Integrative Medicine seeks to utilize all evidence based approaches to health care and wellness, with a focus on preventative and lifestyle modifications, including diet, sleep, exercise, and stress management.

The integrative health & medicine interest group hosts lectures, demonstrations and workshops related to integrative health and medicine. We seek to provide faculty networking, research, and experiential opportunities in these areas.

Latin American & Native American Medical Association (LANAMA)

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. We have identified the following key efforts as necessary to accomplishing these goals:
-To recruit Latino/a and Native American students and allies to UMMS by promoting the interests of LANAMA through admissions efforts during the application process and once admitted
-To retain Latino/a and Native American students at UMMS by providing an academic, social and professional support network and development for its members
-To provide health outreach in our Native American and Latino communities through health fairs and volunteering at clinics
-To improve faculty and alumni relations in order to foster mentor relationships with current medical students
-To increase awareness and discussion of Latino/a and Native American health issues amongst members and the greater medical school community through speakers, conferences and consistent curriculum improvement
-To celebrate the Latino and Native American cultures through social and educational events
-To increase outreach to Latino and Native American high school students and undergraduates to foster interest and leadership in the medical professions

Medical Arts Program

Superb patient care requires much more than simply applying practice guidelines and insights from the natural sciences to the bodies of human beings. 

The Medical Arts Program aims to enhance medical students’ and house officers’ ability to provide high-quality, humanistic clinical care through experiences and analysis of the musical, theatrical, literary, and visual arts that focus on essential but often overlooked skills such as empathy, awareness of social context, and comfort with the ambiguity and uncertainty that are a pervasive element of clinical care.

Medical Campus Garden

The Medical Campus Garden is 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. The garden is located next to Medical Science Building 2, across from the Cardiovascular Center.

Medical Educational Consulting Group (Med ECG)

Med E.C.G. is established for the expressed purpose of providing a forum to combine our clinical skills and analytical abilities to develop sustainable solutions for community-oriented health care organizations. Through analytical, goal-oriented projects with mission-minded health care organizations, Med E.C.G. aspires to the mission of (1) providing medical students with new experiences outside of the medical student curriculum to enable them to become future leaders in the industry and (2) improving the community through active engagement and problem solving with mission-minded health care organizations.

Medical Home Visit Program

The Medical Student Home Visit Program is an elective program designed to give pre-clinical students the opportunity to experience a medical home visit alongside a physician. Students, in pairs of two, will accompany a physician to a home visit with a patient from the physician’s practice. The student goals for the visit are practicing interviewing skills, understanding cultural sensitivity, and appreciating team-based healthcare. The physician-student teams will go on at least two visits during one calendar year as well as participate in discussions regarding trending topics in healthcare including the potential value of physician home visits. 

Medical Student Council at the University of Michigan Medical School 

The elected body of medical students, representing the UMMS classes working toward a Doctorate in Medicine (M.D.), through which students govern their affairs and communicate with the medical school administration.

Medical Student Grand Rounds (MSGR) 

Akin to many departments’ Grand Rounds, Medical Student Grand Rounds is a monthly series of talks presented by medical students for an audience of medical students and interested faculty. Medical students have a diverse range of talents and experiences, and our program facilitates an accordingly diverse range of talks: presentations on students’ research work, stories from medical experiences, arguments for health policy initiatives, and more. We believe that this provides students with valuable experience presenting their ideas to an audience of medical colleagues, a chance to appreciate the many talents of our classmates, and a springboard for collaborative work among students with similar interests. Further, we—and a committee of medical students peers—have the unique opportunity to help mold the presentations from start to finish, helping us develop the talent of providing constructive, meaningful criticism. 

Medical Students for Choice (MSFC, MS4C)

Medical Students for Choice is dedicated to ensuring that all people receive the full range of reproductive healthcare choices. 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.

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: (1) to raise awareness of Middle-Eastern health among the medical community, (2) to increase medical access for Middle-Easterners living in the United States and the Middle East, and (3) 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.


MedStart was founded in 1991 by a group of medical students at the University of Michigan concerned that there was insufficient exposure to the issues that uniquely face children as a population. Children are often an underrepresented voice in their care and we play an important role in advocating for their health and wellness. The name MedStart (i.e. Head Start) was chosen in keeping with the belief that many medical students lack a fundamental understanding of the many challenges that children face, what can be done, and why it is in all of our interests to act. Members of MedStart believe that by bringing together students from a diversity of professions and backgrounds, a holistic and well-rounded approach to understanding and dealing with children's issues can be constructed.

MedStart is an interdisciplinary child advocacy organization that currently brings together students from the UM schools of medicine and nursing. We share a simple vision, that children should have every opportunity to be healthy, happy, and successful. Our work is carried out in an effort to convince future professionals to work for, rather than just talk about, the protection and future of our children. Through these efforts, students carry the tradition of advocacy into their professional lives, giving children a voice in the decisions of tomorrow's leaders.

The MedStart mission is two-fold; we aim to: (1) allow students first-hand exposure to the obstacles endured by children and their families in need and (2) encourage students to help combat those problems by pooling resources and talents towards a common goal.

Men & Assigned Male at Birth Health Program

The Men & Assigned Male at Birth Health Association (MAMBHA) seeks to tackle the health issues that affect those who are men and/or assigned male at birth (AMB) and support other organizations at UMMS. In addition to personal health issues, MAMBHA aims to analyze the sociological issues such as why men disproportionately assault others, die more frequently from suicide, are more affected by loneliness, and have more difficulty with vulnerability. MAMBHA will also be utilizing its resources to improve the climate and wellbeing of medical students.

Michigan Acoustics

Michigan Acoustics aims to bring together all students with an interest in acoustics. All are welcome, whether pursuing acoustics academically, as a hobby, or just having a general interest in any acoustics topics Michigan Acoustics aims to have a diverse range of topics within acoustics represented. 

Michigan Journal of Medicine

The Michigan Journal of Medicine (MJM) is a peer-reviewed, student led forum to bring high quality scientific and clinical research generated by graduate students at the University of Michigan to the scientific community at large. Students occupy all editorial leadership roles for the journal and supply all content. The journal editorial work is conducted under the guidance of world-class faculty at the University of Michigan Medical School, many of whom serve as editors for international journals such as JAMA and Spine. The MJM serves as a safe, bias-blind venue for young scientists to publish quality research, which will be accepted for publication based on the integrity of the methods. The MJM is produced and published in collaboration with Michigan Publishing, a division of the University of Michigan Library.

Michigan Ophthalmology Pipeline (MOP) Program

In an effort to enhance ophthalmologist diversity and thereby improve healthcare delivery to underserved communities, the Michigan Ophthalmology Pipeline (MOP) is a longitudinal one-on-one mentorship-led pipeline program between medical students and ophthalmology residents to inspire and to support under-represented minority (URM) medical students in pursuing a career in ophthalmology.

The MOP program recruits M1 students during the first months of medical school. In the fall, interested M1s and PGY2s are invited to attend a dinner meeting with ophthalmology faculty and leadership to learn about ophthalmology, the mentorship program, and disparities within ophthalmology. For students who would like to apply for the longitudinal program, applications are typically due in September.

Students who are admitted to the program are paired with a resident mentor (PGY2). Early in the program students are taught basic ocular anatomy, direct ophthalmoscopy, and slit-lamp techniques. Along with their mentor, students participate in the clinics, operating room, and consult service at least three times per semester. Students also have the opportunity to practice surgical simulations, examinations skills, and basic microsurgery techniques. Additionally, the program hosts guest lecturers, discussions regarding health disparities, and social events throughout the year.

The program continues beyond the first year of medical school and supports students to become competitive residency applicants. Prior interest in ophthalmology is not required to apply and participating in the program does not require a commitment for residency. The program aims to provide students early exposure to the field of ophthalmology and provide guidance as students are they progress through medical school. 

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. 

Doctors who pursue a career in Radiology comprise a wide array of interests, ranging across numerous subspecialties, including:
Musculoskeletal Imaging
Breast Imaging
Vascular/Interventional Radiology
Abdominal Imaging
Cardiothoracic Imaging
Nuclear Medicine
Emergency Radiology
Pediatric Radiology 

Many radiologists in most subspecialties both interpret images and perform image-guided procedures. Radiologists provide outstanding patient-centered care that includes detection, characterization, diagnosis, and treatment of countless diseases, disorders, and derangements. 


MiHealth empowers teams of medical students to serve as health instructors in high school classrooms teaching relevant, evidence-based health information through authentic dialogue, realistic approaches, and engaging learning activities. Our goals include: improving health literacy, building skills, sharing resources and tools, and influencing risk reduction attitudes and goals. We cover topics such as mental health, tobacco and marijuana, healthy relationships, sexual health, nutrition, and exercise. Medical students may be involved through instruction, lesson planning, and/or leadership.

MSTP Women and Allies

MSTP Women and Allies is a student run organization that provides access and resources to promote an inclusive training environment as programs members prepare for careers in science and medicine.

Muslim Medical Students' Association (MMSA)

The Muslim Medical Students Association (MMSA) at the University of Michigan is a student organization dedicated to the care of the Muslim patient, and to improving the personal and professional well-being of its members. The MMSA’s primary purpose is to raise awareness of Muslim patient populations through addressing pertinent religious and cultural issues, while remaining cognizant of the vast diversity in thought and tradition across the Islamic world. The MMSA also serves to bring together Muslim medical students through volunteerism, social activities, and academic/personal support. In addition, our goals include providing undergraduate students of all faiths and backgrounds with an opportunity to be mentored by a medical student and facilitating their exploration of the medical field.

Neurology Interest Group (SIGN)

SIGN is a student group that was created by the American Academy of Neurology in 1998 to help foster medical students' interest in the field of neurology.  Over time, over 150 chapters of the organization have taken root in medical schools across the country; this is the local chapter for the University of Michigan Medical School.  SIGN organizes various events to help students connect with the neurology department at the University of Michigan.  Examples include our faculty dinner, various skill workshops, and access to research opportunities.

NextGen Med

NextGen Med is a group of medical students committed to bringing in local as well as global leaders to the UMMS community to discuss current challenges in medicine.

OB/GYN Interest Group

The purpose of the OB/GYN Interest Group is to offer 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 throughout the year will include a faculty-student dinner, shadowing and research opportunities, and more!

Ophthalmology Student Interest Group

Our organization accomplishes this by promoting interaction between faculty and students and augmenting their knowledge about ophthalmology. Our goal is to help students gain exposure to and mentorship in ophthalmology before the fourth-year elective.

The Ophthalmology Interest Group is a student-run organization that helps students explore the field of ophthalmology through research, shadowing, community involvement, mentoring, and clinical learning. We work to build connections between medical students and faculty and residents at the Kellogg Eye Center. We learn about ophthalmology sub-specialties and surgeries, make connections with faculty and residents at Kellogg, and help students find research, shadowing, and community involvement opportunities.

Some events that have been include eye surgery video nights, mentorship dinners, Kellogg’s International Night, and performing vision screening at student-run health fairs. Our individual events change from year to year; these are some of the ones we have held in the past. International Night is held by the Kellogg Eye Center each year in the fall and highlights international opportunities in ophthalmology. At eye surgery video nights, student can learn about and watch commonly performed surgeries with narration by Kellogg faculty. The mentorship dinner is designed to facilitate interaction between medical students and those in all stages of training – ophthalmology residents, fellows, and attendings We also help matching students with faculty that need addition manpower for their research projects.

OSSIG - Orthopaedic Surgery Student Interest Group

The goal of OSSIG is to expose medical students who have an interest in orthopaedic surgery to different facets of the field. Meetings will explore the field at all levels of training and work to expose pre-clinical students to current literature and surgical techniques/approaches. In addition, medical students will have the opportunity to listen to and solicit information from both current orthopaedic surgery residents and attendings. 

Otolaryngology Student Interest Group

The group meets frequently, providing students with the opportunity to hear from faculty speakers and participate in a question and answer session during a department-funded lunch or dinner.


OutMD seeks to create a safe space for LGBTQ-identified persons and Allies within the medical school and to bring awareness to the disparities that LGBTQ-identified persons face in the healthcare arena as both patients and providers. We support these aims by hosting regular meetings, organizing lectures and panels, and sponsoring students to attend conferences related to LGBTQ health disparities. For the school, our activities will create an inclusive atmosphere and provide important knowledge for future physicians when caring for this population. 


The goal of PalMD is to create a dynamic and multifaceted platform in order to provide skills and knowledge to students on palliative and end-of-life care, regardless of desired specialty, through three main initiatives: shadowing, education, and wellness. PalMD connects medical students with shadowing opportunities to gain insight into palliative medicine in clinical settings and to establish relationships with healthcare providers in those settings.  PalMD helps educate students on issues surrounding palliative and end-of-life care through a diverse range of experiences, such as through skills sessions and a dynamic lecture series. Finally, PalMD works to help empower students to cope with difficult encounters on and off the wards through a palliative care lens, simultaneously helping to promote the wellness of the medical student community in facing such encounters.

Pathology Medical Student Interest Group PMSIG

The Pathology Medical Student Interest Group is one that hopes to give medical students, regardless of an ultimate interest in pathology, exposure to all that pathologists do and show them how pathology can impact physicians of all types. We organize shadowing opportunities, opportunities to attend pathology conferences and to view autopsies, lunch talks, and a mentorship program.

Pediatric Interest Group

The Pediatric Interest Group is intended to help medical students learn more about the field of Pediatrics and the care of children.  Yearly activities include:
- A faculty/house officer shadowing program for M1 and M2 students interested in learning more   
      about pediatrics
- Subspecialty information dinners
- Pediatric Research informational panel
- Pediatric Physical Exam night 
- M4 panel for M1 and M2 students interested in pediatrics

Physician Golfers' Association (PGA) at UM

The PGA at UofM is an organization devoted to bringing medical students and doctors at UM together on the golf course for networking and mentorship. All levels of golf and medical expertise are encouraged to join.

Plastic Surgery Interest Group (PSIG)

The group usually meets twice a year: Once in the fall and once in the spring.

The Plastic Surgery Interest Group (PSIG) allows medical students at the University of Michigan to learn about and experience the ever-growing field of plastic surgery. PSIG hosts events, many coordinated with the M1 anatomy sequence, to supplement learning and stimulate interest in plastic surgery. Michigan boasts one of the top plastic surgery programs in the country, and our team of accomplished mentors will help to set up advising and shadowing opportunities so that students may experience the field and develop competitive applications for the match process.

PM&R Student Interest Group

The PM&R Student Interst Group is dedicated to increasing awareness and engagement with the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation among medical students at the University of Michigan.  

Prenatal Partners

Prenatal Partners aims to connect medical students with expectant mothers who do not have a social or familial support system in place during pregnancy. Medical students accompany their partner to prenatal appointments and provide support for mothers during the birthing process as well. The overall goal of Prenatal Partners is to improve maternal-fetal outcomes by strengthening social support systems during the prenatal period, as well as provide medical students an opportunity to learn more about the social, economic, and medical aspects of pregnancy.

Preventative Medicine Interest Group (PMIG)

The purpose of this organization is to educate medical students about the field of preventive medicine. We hope to educate through having lecturers, meeting with residents within the current residency, and meetings with the faculty of preventative medicine within the school of public health. Additionally, we hope to practice interprofessional work cohesively with the medical school and school of public health. Ultimately, the goal is to teach about the field of preventive medicine as well as provide awareness for the residency program. 

Psychiatry Student Interest Group Network (PsychSIGN)

The University of Michigan Psychiatry Student Interest Group is run by medical students and resident physicians, and is affiliated with the U of M Department of Psychiatry.

We act to educate and enrich the medical student community on topics of psychiatry and mental illness as well as to 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).

Radiation Oncology Interest Group

The purpose of this organization 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 school curriculum. As a result, 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.


SafeMD is established to promote an environment in which sexual assault is illuminated, understood, not tolerated and actively combated; in which survivors of sexual assault have access to and are aware of supportive resources; and in which future medical professionals become proficient at handling patients involved in sexual assault with nuance, skill, and care. This environment will be actively fostered by students, faculty, and administration.

Scrubs Addressing the Firearm Epidemic (SAFE)

SAFE is a nationwide organization of doctors, medical students and health care providers dedicated to eliminating the United States firearm epidemic through research, policy reform and education.

Through the University of Michigan SAFE chapter, medical students raise awareness of the firearm epidemic in the United States, get involved in research surrounding the epidemic, work toward policy reform, and help integrate firearm injury awareness into the Medical School curriculum. SAFE at UMMS’s mission is to create a community of doctors, nurses, medical students and health care providers dedicated to addressing the firearm epidemic in the United States.

Sling Health - Ann Arbor

Sling Health is a student-run group that facilitates bio-engineering design and entrepreneurship on campus. This incubator brings together student teams from various backgrounds to address medical issues and improve healthcare. Teams are made up of health focused students, such as medical, engineering, law, and business students, to bring their expertise to the problems facing healthcare today. Our four objectives for what students will attain as a part of Idea Labs at UM are as follows.
1. To learn about medical entrepreneurship in a multidisciplinary context, with engineering, medical business, and legal perspectives, while gaining team leadership and technical experience.
2. To join a fast-growing national network that has produced many prototypes, patents, and startups.
3. To work with other bright students and faculty on a problem of interest with the supporting resources. 
4. Develop novel devices and software applications targeting unmet clinical needs.

South Asian Medical Student Association (SAMoSA)

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.

Stats (Students Teaching Aids to Students) 

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. 

Stop the Bleed Chapter at the University of Michigan

STB at UofM was established for the purpose of spreading proper bleeding control techniques to the public, in light of the occurrence of mass casualty events and deaths from bleeding.

Student Diversity Council (SDC)

The Student Diversity Council is a forum for promoting diversity in the University of Michigan Medical School and the medical profession. The Council seeks to enhance education on and understanding of health disparities 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. With a unified voice, the Council serves to advocate for organizations and student initiatives related to health disparities as well as diversity in healthcare and health education.

Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN)

SIGN is a student group that was created by the American Academy of Neurology in 1998 to help foster medical students' interest in the field of neurology.  Over time, over 150 chapters of the organization have taken root in medical schools across the country; this is the local chapter for the University of Michigan Medical School.  SIGN organizes various events to help students connect with the neurology department at the University of Michigan.  Examples include our faculty dinner, various skill workshops, and access to research opportunities.

Student Writing Interest Group (SWING)

Our group aims to foster a safe and inclusive environment whereby medical students can explore creative writing avenues and other creative outlets on their own, in a group setting, and in workshop settings.

Sujal Parikh Memoial Symposium on Helth and Social Justice (SPMS)

The Sujal Parikh Memorial Symposium on Health and Social Justice began as a collaborative effort among friends, colleagues, and representatives of the numerous global health organizations to which Sujal contributed. The previous symposiums have brought together diverse students and professionals to learn from one another, create lasting connections, and generate new ideas for the advancement of health and social justice.

Surgeon Scientist Interest Group

The Surgeon Scientist Interest Group facilitates exposure to a career path that includes both research and surgical practice.

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. In addition, we will 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-rounded 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.

UM Asylum Collaborative (UMA)

The Asylum Collaborative (UMAC) was conceptualized in 2012 and founded in 2013 by student members of the University of Michigan Medical School chapter of Physicians for Human Rights. In partnership with the University of Michigan Law School, Physicians for Human Rights and community organizations such as Freedom House, this student-led initiative empowers medical professionals and students to advocate for victims and survivors of human rights violations and serve as a voice for those who have limited access to such resources. Our focus is to facilitate inter-professional collaboration between pro bono legal and medical providers to conduct forensic evaluations and medical affidavits for asylum, human trafficking, and other cases that have experienced human rights abuses. We also seek to educate providers and medical students to recognize and advocate for victims of torture and abuse in clinical practice. Our goal is to establish and work with a consortium of providers in the Midwest to provide forensic medical evaluations to support legal cases. Working closely with the national organizing Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), the University of Michigan Law School, and Freedom House Detroit, members invest in projects that challenge the boundaries of the physician’s role and act to protect human rights both in the United States and abroad.

United Asian American Medical Student Association (UAAMSA)

We are the United Asian American Medical Student Association (UAAMSA) at the University of Michigan, a chapter of the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA). Our organization was established to support the health care and community needs of patients, students, and medical professionals in the greater southeast Michigan area. Not only are we committed to improving health care services and education, but also to building connections and bringing our community closer together.  Past events have included attending the National APAMSA Conferences, organizing mentorship dinners with faculty members, hosting physician panels, and running annual health fairs for the benefit of those in our community.

University of Michigan Student-Run Free Clinic (UMSRFC)

The Student-Run Free Clinic is a student organization dedicated to providing quality healthcare free of charge to uninsured adults, while creating opportunities for UM students and physicians to confront health disparities through direct action. At the UMSRFC, patients can receive basic primary and preventative care. Basic tests such as routine blood work or X-rays are also free of charge when the physician refers the patient for testing. The UMSRFC also creates a unique learning and mentorship environment in which clinical and preclinical medical students work together to care for patients, all under the guidance of a volunteer UM physician. The UMSRFC also provides valuable opportunities for inter-professional education, working closely with students from Pharmacy, Nursing and Dentistry.

Urology Interest Group (UrologyIG)

The Urology Interest Group (Uro IG) aims to promote student interest in and knowledge of Urology and urologic disease. Members form a community of peers working to develop their professional identities within Urology. Students will explore a potential career path, meet and learn from departmental faculty and residents, find potential research project, and hear about applying to the Urology residencies. Meetings include informational sessions with senior students, talks by UM faculty and residents, as well as hands-on learning opportunities in the Clinical Simulation Center. Meetings are open to all students at any level of training.

Vascular Surgery Interest Group (VSIG)

We are an organization that aims to provide education and resources for medical students interested in the field of Vascular Surgery.

Victor Vaughn Society

The Victor Vaughan Student Society for the History and Philosophy of Medicine 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 C. Vaughan, the dean of the Medical School from 1891 to 1921.

During the Society’s first decades, students and faculty mentors presented lengthy papers at the monthly meetings, all preserved in bound volumes now housed in the Taubman Health Sciences Library. The format changed in 1980 to include presentations by students or faculty members interested in the history of medicine. Today, the monthly meetings may include student papers, invited speakers, and sessions on literature and medicine. Members also may visit the Medical Rare Book Room at the Taubman Health Sciences Library, the Bentley Historical Library, the William L. Clements Library, or other locations rich in medical history.

In 2003 the society found a permanent home at the Center for the History of Medicine, which is located in the historic Simpson Memorial Institute on Observatory Street. The first director of the Simpson Institute was Dr. Cyrus Sturgis, whose named library is located on the first floor of the Simpson building, so history and the Victor Vaughan Society truly have come full circle.

All students, faculty, residents, and others interested in the history of medicine are welcome to attend.

Wilderness Medicine Interest Group (WMIG)

The mission of the Wilderness Medicine Student Interest Group is to provide fundamental knowledge and foster interest in wilderness medicine for the University of Michigan medical students.

Our activities include multiple talks and workshops throughout the year with topics including: improvised splinting, improvised litters, heat and cold injury treatment, wound care, search & rescue, emergency incident response, and ultrasound in the resource limited environment. 

Winding Roads

Through lectures, discussion, and seminars, our mission is to support non-traditional students including, but not limited to, career changers, non-science majors, post-bac graduates, military veterans, and Peace Corps or AmeriCorps volunteers. Winding Roads aims to create a supportive community for non-traditional students through outreach activities, social events, and peer-led panels and discussions.

Wolverines for Life Student Chapter

Wolverines for Life ( is a collaboration between the University of Michigan Community, Gift of Life, Be the Match, Red Cross, and Eversight. All of these groups are dedicated to saving lives through organ, tissue, and blood 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.

Wolverine Street Medicine

Wolverine Street Medicine was founded in 2017 by medical students interested in the health disparities of those facing homelessness or housing instability. Our mission is to improve the health of the homeless community, to incorporate education about the care of and service to this population into the medical student curriculum, and to educate the members of the community about health issues related to homelessness.

Women's Health & Fitness Day (WHFD)

For the last eleven years, Women’s Health and Fitness Day (WHFD) has provided the local community with an opportunity for education and discussion focusing on critical women’s health issues. We are working to provide women in the Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor communities with access to the resources of the University of Michigan health care system, and to educate them about various aspects of health and wellbeing. Too often, women interact with health care providers only in the context of illness. For this reason, WHFD offers information and resources not only about major diseases and their
causative factors, but also about preventive measures and healthy lifestyle choices. This group, comprised of University of Michigan Medical Students, plans to use WHFD 2019 to:
• Educate the community about specific health issues facing women and the importance of maintaining health and fitness throughout life.
• Provide an opportunity for women and girls in the community to interact with and learn from experts in specific health fields. 
• Encourage medical students to interact with, learn from, and educate members of the community in the context of important matters of health and wellbeing.

Why WFHD is Important
This event was created by medical students because our community lacked an open event dedicated to women’s health. We hold the event because health and fitness are lifelong goals that need to be reinforced with the cutting edge information available at and the support of community members. Many women have attended our event multiple in this meaningful day.