Student Groups

Class of 2014 Officers

Organization is inactive.

Class of 2015 Officers

Organization has no faculty advisor.

Class of 2016 Officers

Organization has no faculty advisor.

Class of 2017 Officers

Organization has no faculty advisor.

Class of 2018 Officers

Organization has no faculty advisor.

Student Council

Our mission as Student Council is to serve the University of Maryland School of Medicine's students, organizations, and class councils as a whole. We work to promote growth and community between each class and give students an opportunity to get involved with interest groups outside of the classroom. We manage the School of Medicine financial budgets for every interest group and class council with judicial responsibility. In addition, we promote social events and opportunities for students to get to know one another. 

Alpha Omega Alpha AOA

Election to AOA, the national medical honor society, is based on scholastic achievement, firm sense of ethicss, service to the school, qualities of leadership, integrity, fairness to colleagues, and promise of future success in medicine. Students are elected at the end of their junior year or the beginning of their senior year.

The national organization mandates that the top 25% of the class is eligible. Up to 1/6th of the class, picked from this top quartile, may be voted in by current members.

AOA was formed in 1902 to "foster honesty and formulate higher ideals of scholastic achievement." At University of Maryland, the organization is responsible for several service projects annually. These include the Theodore Woodward Lecture, the History of Medicine Lecture Series, Medical Student Research Day, medical school applicant tours, and Junior-Senior Night.

leadership among their peers, professionalism and a firm sense of ethics, promise of future success in medicine, and a commitment to service in the school and community.

Gold Humanism Honor Society GHHS

The Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) comprises individuals who have been recognized for practicing patient-centered medical care by modeling the qualities of integrity, excellence, compassion, altruism, respect and empathy. Members are selected as rising 4th year medical students, and as residents or faculty. Medical students who are selected for GHHS are the 10-15% of their class who, in the opinion of their peers and of the faculty, best represent these six qualities.

Organization has no faculty advisor.

Anesthesiology Interest Group AIG

The purpose of the anesthesiology interest group is to promote an awareness of the exciting and challenging field of anesthesiology, both as a specialty within the medical system as well as a career choice for students. What is anesthesiology? Anesthesiology is the medical specialty devoted principally to the perioperative care of the patient, including the vital jobs of maintaining patient homeostasis during surgery and alleviating post-operative pain. If you would like to learn more, please come to one of our meetings. Some of these meetings will include workshops to teach important skills, such as airway management (intubation), that are critical areas of knowledge in the field. We are also planning to hold a workshop to introduce AIMS (anesthesia information management system), the new anesthesiology computer interface being instituted at UMMC. We offer a shadowing program which facilitates student interaction with faculty in anesthesiology. Finally, we also help interested students obtain student membership in the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the national organization for professionals in the field.

Cancer Interest Group CIG

The goal of the Cancer Interest Group (CIG) is to introduce students to the various fields of oncologic medicine. These include: Pediatric Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, and Surgical Oncology. We will be holding talks with faculty and physicians from these specialties throughout the year and work to connect students to research and shadowing opportunities. Additionally, we hope to recruit participants for various events around the city and state that promote cancer support and awareness (such as the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure).

Cardiothoracic Surgery Interest Group CTSIG

CTSIG will provide students with the opportunity for exposure into the field of cardiothoracic surgery. The group will enable students to learn about the new/expanding integrated 6 CT surgery residency program, as well as other aspects of cardiothoracic surgery. Residents and faculty will also provide insight into what it means to have a career in cardiothoracic surgery and balance the demands of the field. Members will be able to build personal relationships with the faculty and establish a mentor for research/shadowing opportunities. 

Resident Advisors: Chetan Pasrija and Zachary Kon


For any questions, please email

Community Health Advocacy Team CHAT

CHAT is an organization that provides opportunities to learn about health care issues in our urban Baltimore community. In prior years, our lecture series will introduce students to issues including addiction, homelessness, nutrition & obesity, sex trafficking, and HIV. The goal of these lectures is to present different issues, what is currently in place to address such issues in our community, and how this impacts us as students and future physicians.

Questions? Contact

Complementary and Integrative Medicine Interest Group CIMIG

CIMIG is devoted to educating University of Maryland medical students about the diversity and advantages of complementary and integrative medicine. The group holds meetings and classes throughout the year to present the therapy options that blend conventional and complementary medicine. Acupuncture, aromatherapy, reiki, massage therapy, meditation, nutrition and yoga are some of the topics explored at our events. Complementary and integrative medicine is a fresh topic in the field of medicine and has proved to have much potential as a healing resource. CIMIG is dedicated to spreading awareness about complementary and integrative medicine modalities, and more importantly, bringing healers together.

Dermatology Interest Group DIG

The mission of the Dermatology Interest Group (DIG) is to introduce medical students to the field of dermatology. Medical students will have the opportunity to learn about dermatology residency and interact with and develop relationships with the dermatology faculty at the University of Maryland. Students will have the chance to attend presentations by faculty members of the dermatology department regarding various aspects of the field of dermatology. DIG will also work with the dermatology department at UMMC to provide students with research/shadowing opportunities.

Diagnostic and Therapeutic Radiology Interest Group DTRIG

Diagnostic radiology and various imaging services are a vital part of clinical diagnosis and management in today’s medical field. DTRIG’s mission is to provide a vehicle for SOM students to explore the opportunities in the fields of Diagnostic Radiology, Interventional Radiology, and Radiation Oncology, as well as develop clinical skills and gain early exposure to the field. This will be achieved through faculty-student interaction, conferences and seminars, shadowing and clinical opportunities, research opportunities as well as community based services. DTRIG will also work to sponsor review sessions geared towards the student’s success in radiology and imaging, as well as, continue exposure to the fundamentals of anatomy.

Emergency Medicine Interest Group EMIG

The Emergency Medicine Interest Group is a student organization whose mission is to expose students to Emergency Medicine as a career and to give students an opportunity to learn skills commonly used in emergency situations. To this end, EMIG sponsors blood drawing, suture, knot-tying, IV and EKG labs, and emergency room observation time. EMIG also sponsors talks and luncheons with Emergency Medicine residents and faculty on topics such as applying for Emergency Medicine residency and current issues within Emergency Medicine. EMIG members are actively involved in research in the emergency department and have attended Emergency Medicine physicians' national conferences.

For more information please do not hesitate to contact EMIG at or chapter president James Van Meerbeke at

Family Medicine Interest Group FMIG

The Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) is sponsored by the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians and the Department of Family Medicine. Membership fees for first-year members are paid by the Maryland Academy and members receive monthly professional journals free of charge. FMIG sponsors events and lectures relevant to family medicine throughout the year. FMIG also encourages student leadership at the state and national levels.

Geriatrics Interest Group GIG

The Geriatrics Interest Group, a student chapter of the American Geriatrics Society, introduces students to the unique issues surrounding treatment, disease prevention, and quality of life in aging populations. Through talks, volunteer experiences, and research opportunities, the group aspires to raise awareness of these issues and expose future physicians to the discipline of geriatrics. Caring for older adults is interdisciplinary in nature, and therefore many of our events occur in collaboration with other professional schools as part of the larger, school-wide interest group.

Contact Chris Morrow and My-Linh Nguyen at

Institute for Healthcare Improvement Group IHIG

IHI Open School Chapter is an organization that strives to promote the exchange ofknowledge and ideas amongst UMD SOM students in the areas of health policy, quality improvement, and healthcare innovation. We plan to accomplish this through didactic lectures/discussions, guest speakers, and group events. We hope to foster a community of mindful future physicians who will better understand the environment in which they will practice. Our ultimate aim is to inspire our future colleagues to lead impactful careers improving patient care and outcomes through academic research, policy work, and entrepreneurship.

Internal Medicine Interest Group IMIG

The Internal Medicine Interest Group is a student run organization that focuses on community outreach and student education. The IMIG is under the guidance of a faculty advisor, holds informational meetings on key health issues such as diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, kidney disease and immunizations. Students will also develop a basic understanding of medical subspecialties and have the opportunity to meet area specialists. The IMIG also hosts simulation labs at the MASTRI Center where students can practice things such as: lumbar punctures, central line placements, taking blood, and much more! Members of IMIG are provided opportunities to work with physicians or community organizations in these fields to assist in providing health care to target populations. In the past, the IMIG has measured blood pressure in the community and helped underprivileged Baltimore residents find health care. The IMIG welcomes all interested students and faculty to participate.

For further information contact us at

LGBTIQ Health Interest Group

The LGBTIQ Health Interest Group is a student group that welcomes members of the LGBTIQ community, allies, and any students interested in learning more about health issues facing the LGBTIQ community. Throughout the year, we’ll host lunch talks, organize advocacy opportunities for LGBTIQ health on campus and beyond, and be part of a network with similar groups at other UMB graduate schools.

Our most recent efforts involve advocating for University-wide policy changes and additions to the medical school curriculum to emphasize the critical needs of this unique population and enhance LGBTIQ health education for future physicians.

If you wish to be informed in the future about our events, whether social or informational, or wish to be involved in our advocacy efforts please send an email to and we would be glad to include you in our email list. Any questions, comments, or concerns may also be addressed to the above email address. If you would prefer to anonymously contact the group, we ask that you please email Dawn Roberts in the Office of Student Affairs ( We hope to see you at one of our events very soon!

Medical Ethics Interest Group MEIG

The Medical Ethics Interest Group aims to enrich the University of Maryland School of Medicine by exposing students to a wide variety of perspectives on and approaches to problems related to medical and research ethics. Through expert speaker presentations, lively discussions/debates, and exposure to current news, we hope to provide our members with the basic skills necessary to approach everyday ethical issues in both the clinic and lab, encouraging a broader understanding of the topics at large. Meetings will focus on topics ranging from end of life issues, to organ transplants, to patient autonomy.

Medical Genetics Interest Group MGIG

The Medical Genetics Interest Group (MGIG) is a student run organization which strives to provide students of all medical interests with a better understanding of the field of medical genetics. Medical genetics, an AMA recognized specialty which involves the diagnosis, management, and counseling of hereditary disease, is a field of medicine which is often applicable to other fields of medicine, particularly OB/GYN, neonatology, pediatrics, and internal medicine. The MGIG aims to promote the field of medical genetics through events such as interactive lecture series, discussion panels, and journal clubs. The MGIG also strives to offer clinical exposure to interested students through mentorship programs and shadowing opportunities with genetic counselors and physicians. Finally, the MGIG will focus on providing resources for students interested in performing genetic research during medical school as well as applying to medical genetics residency programs.

Medical Roots: The History of Medicine Interest Group MR. H-MIG

Medical Roots is an organization that intends to augment the curriculum at the University of Maryland Medical School with training about the history of medicine. Currently, there exists no official training on the cultures, physicians, philosophers, scientists, and statesmen that have shaped the practice of medicine as it exists today. However, through a series of formal presentations, Medical Roots will provide the information that is not officially presented in the medical school curriculum. Additionally, to further supplement the education about medical history hand experience through trips to baltimore-washington-philadelphia area museums it is hoped that participants will gain a full appreciation of our medical roots and will be better physicians.

Medical Students for Choice MSFC

The University of Maryland’s Medical Students for Choice Chapter is part of an internationally-known non-profit organization of over 10,000 medical students and residents around the United States and Canada. The organization is dedicated to ensuring that women 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, and works to make full reproductive health care a part of standard medical education and residency training. The University of Maryland Chapter hosts educational events, creates partnerships with other student groups and local pro-choice organizations to bolster support and activism, and works to incorporate abortion issues into the medical school curriculum.

Medicine-Pediatrics Student Interest Group MPSIG

The Medicine-Pediatrics Student Interest Group (MPSIG) is a student run organization dedicated to increasing exposure to and awareness of the combined field of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics (Med-Peds). The group will strive to create opportunities for mentoring by providing a venue for students to meet and interact with faculty and residents in the field of Med-Peds. MPSIG will also hold events throughout the year where students will have the opportunity to listen to speakers, participate in discussions about current clinical topics in medicine and pediatrics, and engage in hands-on clinical events. This group will also focus on providing resources for students interested in applying to medicine-pediatrics residency programs. You can view our upcoming events on our website,

If you have any questions, feel free to contact

Military Medical Interest Group MMIG

The Military Medicine Interest Group is a student organization dedicated to allowing medical school students involved in the military the chance to network with one another at the University of Maryland. The group will also serve to introduce interested students to the important and dynamic role of medicine in the military. Our hope is to provide a valuable pool of information that will help guide Maryland HPSP students through their military and medical careers, while also fostering an interest in and respect for the military by non-service members.

Interested students should contact John Langford or Megan Halliday

Neurosurgery Interest Group NSIG

The goal of the Neurosurgery Interest Group (NSIG) is to introduce students to this exciting and growing specialty. We will invite speakers to lecture on relevant topics in neurosurgery, neurotrauma, and critical care. We will also help interested students find mentors for shadowing and neurosurgery research opportunities.

Questions? Contact us at

Orthopaedics Interest Group OIG

The goal of the group is to teach students general principles of orthopedic surgery, introduce students to fracture recognition and management, orthopedic reconstructive surgery and to expose students to common outpatient conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system. They receive practical instruction in the use and application of various splints and casting techniques. Students will receive opportunities to gain experience in the field of orthopaedics as well as gain basic surgical skills.

Otorhinolaryngology (ENT) Interest Group ENTIG

The purpose of the ENT interest group is to expose students to and foster interest in the field of Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. We plan to invite speakers to lecture on relevant topics and to help connect interested students with mentors in the department for research and/or shadowing.

For more information, contact Luke Chang, Virginia Drake, or Amanda Mahle at

Pathology Student Interest Group PSIG

The purpose of the Pathology Student Interest Group (PSIG) is to provide medical students exposure to the fields of clinical and anatomic pathology. The group aims to expand the understanding of what comprises the field of pathology and what opportunities exist for a career as a pathologist. The PSIG is unique in that residents plan to be in attendance at every meeting and available to answer any questions that students might have about pathology, residency, career opportunities, or about liver function tests or glomerular nephropathies or whatever you might be studying at the time. Meetings will consist of seminars aimed at answering questions, such as, “what do pathologists do?” or “what comprises the field of clinical pathology?” or “what is forensic pathology?” In addition, we plan to hold workshops on microscopy, grossing pathological specimens, brain cutting, microbiology, and on various other areas of clinical, anatomic, and forensic pathology.

Pediatrics Interest Group (P.E.D.S.)

The goal of the Pediatric Interest Group is to serve the pediatric community and promote interest in Pediatrics here at the University of Maryland SOM. Our members seek to promote awareness of issues dealing with children's health and education. In addition we sponsor a variety of forums and lunchtime talks during the school year along with service projects related to child health. We also seek to create a more cohesive community between UM pediatricians and medical students interested in the health of children. The department of Pediatrics has traditionally been and continues to be very receptive to the idea of working closely with students. With their enthusiasm and the students' eagerness, our members are able to gain hands-on experience and exposure to careers in pediatrics by shadowing local physicians in both out-patient and in-patient settings. For more information or to get involved, email

Plastic Surgery Interest Group PSIG

PSIG is an organization for students interested in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Members will have the opportunity to attend interesting presentations by speakers from faculty at the University of Maryland. In addition to learning about the field, PSIG will work hand-in-hand with the division of Plastic Surgery at University of Maryland Medical Center to provide members with opportunities to shadow surgeons at UMMC and the Baltimore Washington Medical Center. The organization will also provide members the opportunity to contribute to the efforts of Medical Mission Group which provides specialized healthcare services to those without sufficient access to financial resources.

Point of Care Ultrasound Interest Group POCUS

The mission of the POCUS Interest Group is to:

  • Educate medical students about the role that point-of-care or bedside ultrasound plays in a large number of specialties
  • Provide students with a quality education and hands-on training in point-of-care ultrasound, which will serve as a base to build on as they move into the clinical years
  • Provide medical students with the skills and confidence to perform basic ultrasound guided procedures such as ultrasound guided vascular access
  • Give students the opportunity to develop leadership, organizational, collaborative, and teaching skills

The POCUS interest group will accomplish these goals in a variety of ways, including regular meetings, lectures, workshops, ultrasound shadowing shifts, ultrasound competitions, and a state of the art interactive website.

Psychiatry Interest Group PIG

With more than 25% of Americans suffering from a diagnosable mental illness every year, the ability of clinicians to identify, treat, and appropriately refer patients is of the utmost importance. Regardless of what medical specialty you choose, mental health issues will play a significant role in your career and have a significant impact on the long-term health of your patients. One of the goals of PIG is to provide a forum for discussion of mental health topics and to promote student interest in psychiatry.

If you would like to contact us, please email:

Rural Interest Group RIG

The goals of the Rural Interest Group are to inform students about living and practicing primary or specialty care in rural areas and to educate students on the healthcare needs and issues associated with rural populations. Guest speaker and panel presentation topics will include: lifestyle and practice as a primary care or specialty physician in different rural areas, AHEC elective experiences, National Health Service Corps, Indian Health Service, and various scholarship and loan repayment programs. In addition to monthly presentations, RIG will provide students with information on opportunities for summer public health and clinical experience projects, weekend trips combining shadowing and site visits with recreational outdoor activities in Western Maryland or the Eastern Shore, and opportunities to mentor high school students from rural areas who are interested in medicine.

Questions? Contact

Sports Medicine Interest Group SMIG


To provide medical students opportunities for quality exposures in the field of Sports Medicine and to understand the route towards becoming a sports medicine physician.


  • Provide students with knowledge about the various routes they can take towards sports medicine, whether it's through primary care (FM, Peds, IM, EM, PM&R) or surgery (Orthopedics)
  • Provide lunch talks from various sports medicine doctors to get students excited and interested in sports medicine as a future option
  • Provide students with the opportunity to shadow and work alongside team physicians in training rooms and in-game coverage at the local universities and high schools
  • Give back to the local community by providing service at area high school physicals and health maintenance exams
  • Teach students the proper way to conduct a musculoskeletal exam, cast and splint, and provide them the opportunity to practice in various settings
  • Establish a mentoring program between medical students and sports medicine physicians

Sports Medicine Interest Group fulfills the above mission statement by stimulating interest in Sports Medicine through providing hands-on experience in workshops and shadowing, in addition to lectures and conferences.

Student Interest Group in Neurology SIGN

SIGN is a student chapter of the American Academy of Neurology. SIGN provides shadowing opportunities, lectures, panel discussions, and social events. These are opportunities for students to learn about clinical neurology, clinical neurosurgery, and current neurological research. This year, we hope to sponsor several lunch talks and dinners to introduce the student body to neurologists specializing in different aspects of the field. We also plan to have an introduction to performing a neurological exam. In addition, students will have the opportunity to shadow neurologists in sub-specialties like epilepsy, sleep, stroke, movement disorders, and critical care. SIGN members are eligible for summer research grants from the American Academy of Neurology. We are very passionate about the field of neurology, and we wish to share our enthusiasm with the student body. No matter what field of medicine you may enter, you will certainly benefit from your participation in SIGN!

You can email us at

Surgery Interest Group SIG

SIG provides students with information about the professional activities of surgeons in the major, recognized surgical specialties. Surgical resident panels will enable members to learn about the timing, structure and core competencies of residency training programs in the various surgical specialties. Members will discuss cultural and lifestyle issues related to post-graduate career choices, as well as sociopolitical issues facing surgical specialists today. Presentations by attendings will give members perspective on the day-to-day of surgical specialists. Other activities including knot tying, suturing, and laparoscopic workshops as well as a shadowing program provide access to individual clinical experiences with surgeons at UMMC.

Students interested should contact:

Trauma Interest Group TIG

The R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, one of the most unique trauma centers internationally, has been instrumental in developing techniques used widely throughout both civilian and military medicine. As students at University of Maryland School of Medicine, we have a distinct opportunity to gain insight through increased exposure to trauma medicine and to the faculty at this world-renowned institution.

The Trauma Interest Group seeks to provide exposure to the many facets of trauma medicine by facilitating student-faculty interactions, sponsoring workshops in techniques that are critical for student growth in medicine, and hosting campus-wide talks to stimulate interest in this fascinating field of medicine. By doing so, the group hopes to encourage more students to take a long-term interest in trauma, critical care and acute surgery. As with actual trauma medicine, the group intends to incorporate the viewpoints of multiple specialists, including surgeons, anesthesiologists, emergency medicine physicians, physical rehabilitation specialists and other physicians who may provide further guidance to students in pursuit of this goal.

Wilderness Medicine Interest Group WMIG

The Wilderness Medicine Interest Group aims to introduce medical students to the issues and medical techniques specific to the outdoors. Our scope of interest ranges from basic first aid for trauma situations to exploring the intricacies of exposure illness. We also promote the idea that such techniques engage common sense and personal improvisation in the face of unexpected emergency, with an emphasis on environmental conservation.

Women in Medicine WIM

The Women in Medicine Interest Group (WIM) aims to promote the personal and professional growth of women in medicine and the medical sciences by:

  • Providing female students with access to mentors and role models within the University of Maryland medical community;
  • Celebrating strong women leaders and distinguished females in the University of Maryland Medical System;
  • Addressing lifestyle concerns unique to women in medicine and the medical sciences;
  • Sponsoring meetings, panels, lectures, and seminars on professional development, career opportunities, and work/life balance for women in medicine and the medical sciences;
  • Strengthening opportunities for women to pursue traditionally under-represented specialties;
  • Providing students with a historical context of the role of women in medicine;
  • Serving as a focus for the discussion and resolution of issues of interest to women in the University of Maryland School of Medicine community.

Women's Health Interest Group WHIG

The Women’s Health Interest Group (WHIG) aims to provide education for both male and female medical professionals related to both the woman patient and the roles of the physicians that care for them. Our purpose is to offer resources to students interested in a possible career related to women’s health, as well as to provide avenues for community involvement and mentorship connections. Our group’s activities include monthly seminars/speaker series, shadowing/mentorship, community outreach activities, and hands-on procedure and exam technique workshops.


AAMC Organization of Student Representatives OSR

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) was founded over 100 years ago to improve the quality of American medical education. It now includes membership of 125 medical schools, 85 academic societies such as the American College of Physicians, and 435 teaching hospitals. It maintains numerous data sources available to its members and works cooperatively with other medical organizations such as the American Medical Association as well as providing information and testimony to the U.S. Congress and other federal agencies concerning medical and health-related issues.

The Organization of Student Representatives, the AAMC's student voice, is composed of one student representative from each medical school choosing to participate. OSR members gather at an annual meeting each autumn to discuss matters of concern to the nation's medical students and to elect an Administrative Board. The twelve-member Administrative Board meets quarterly with the boards of other AAMC Councils to formulate AAMC programs and policies reflecting student views. OSR business is also conducted at regional spring meetings. The OSR delegate operates to channel information from the AAMC to the medical student body-at-large and vice versa on issues of medical education such as the Match, changes in medical curriculum and student indebtedness. Thus, the OSR serves as an effective liaison between the nation's students and medical policy-makers to ensure consideration of student views.

Organization has no faculty advisor.

American Medical Association - Medical Student Section AMA-MSS

The medical student section of the American Medical Association (AMA-MSS) is a division of the national AMA that is dedicated to helping expose students to various aspects of careers in medicine. At the University of Maryland, the AMA-MSS provides opportunity for involvement in medical policy-making, lobbying and the overall medical political process. Policy, Business, Ethics and Service committees also plan regular medically-oriented activities for students and the community. Members of the AMA-MSS receive the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) as well as Netter’s Anatomy Flashcards or Stedman's Medical Dictionary.

Organization has no faculty advisor.

American Medical Student Association AMSA

American Medical Student Assoication (AMSA) is a student-governed, national organization committed to representing the concerns of physicians-in-training. AMSA members are medical students, premedical students, interns, residents and practicing physicians. Founded in 1950, AMSA continues its commitment to improving medical training and the nation's health. When you join AMSA, you become part of a vital force of future physicians who believe that patients and health professionals are partners in the management of health care and that access to high-quality health care is a right and not a privilege. At AMSA, activism is a way of life. Student idealism is transformed into meaningful public service, innovation and institutional change.

Organization has no faculty advisor.

Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association APAMSA

The UMB Chapter of Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA) aims to address those issues important to Asian Pacific American medical students at the University of Maryland.

  • Through education, outreach, and charity, we aim to promote the health and well-being of Asian communities as well as in help all health care workers who work with these communities learn to better care for them in a culturally sensitive manner.

  • We provide opportunities to connect with mentors in specialties or leadership positions we wish to pursue.

  • We provide a social forum for APA students at UMB to meet, share knowledge and experiences, and develop personally and professionally.

APAMSA is open to all students, teaching staff, and employees of the UMB campus regardless of race, cultural background, sex, and country of origin.

Maryland State Medical Society - Medical Student Section MedChi

The Mission of MedChi (pronounced med-kī), The Maryland State Medical Society, is to serve as Maryland's foremost advocate and resource for physicians, their patients and the public health. As part of the student section of MedChi, we work to help represent physicians-in-training on the state level. This organization is a collection of medical students from all 3 state schools: University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, and Uniformed Services University. Each year leadership in this organization rotates so that a member from each school holds office as either President, Vice-President, or Secretary/Treasurer. The main goals of this organization are to foster collegiality, service, and professionalism between these three schools and practicing physicians in the state.

Organization has no faculty advisor.

Student National Medical Association SNMA

The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) boasts over 50 years of service to underserved communities and medical students. The University of Maryland Chapter of SNMA is primarily focused on educating, serving and empowering underserved communities through health education, screening, and youth enrichment programs. Community service is the heart and soul of the Student National Medical Association. The youth enrichment programs include: Minority Association of Premedical Students (MAPS), where SNMA members act as mentors to pre-medical undergraduates and post-baccalaureate students in efforts to increase the medical school matriculation rates of underrepresented minorities; Health Professions Recruitment Exposure Programs (HPREP), Youth Science Enrichment Program (YSEP), and Community Adolescent Sexuality Education (CASE). In addition to these programs, the SNMA is committed to providing academic and social support to its members ensuring that medical education and services are culturally sensitive to the needs of diverse populations and to increasing the number of African-American, Hispanic, and other students of color entering and completing medical school.

Contact us at 

Catholic Medical Student Association CMSA

The University's Catholic Medical Student Association is an organization seeking to promote spiritual and moral values, to foster the development of spiritual life and worship, and to provide an opportunity for medical students to congregate and share their experiences. The organization is interested in integrating medical education with faith and ethics. We sponsor events and activities for medical students, assist with the Catholic spiritual life of our community through service and volunteerism, and cultivate a spirit of community and camaraderie. Our organization is affiliated with and supported by the Archdiocese of Baltimore and the Catholic Medical Association, our parent organization.

Christian Medical Society CMS

The Christian Medical Society (CMS) at UMB is a local chapter of a national organization, CMDA, which meets every week for fellowship, prayer and breakfast. CMS is committed to providing Christian fellowship and support for medical students, encouraging Christians in their faith, challenging them to integrate their medical careers into their lives in Christ and providing an environment in which non-Christians can explore the claims of Christ. CMS presents meetings on Bible study, short-term missions, ethics, Christian family life within the medical profession and evangelism. Members also have the opportunity to participate in local, regional and national conferences and serve the local community. 

Jewish Student Association JSA

The Jewish Student Association (JSA) encourages all medical, and other UMB students, regardless of specific affiliation or background to join and participate in the group's activities. The association works to support the Jewish presence on campus through various learning programs, social gatherings and Jewish holiday-themed events. As the Jewish Student Association is a group that caters to the student body's interests, please contact The JSA board at with ideas, suggestions or feedback. We look forward to seeing you at our next event!

Adolescent Empowerment Program AEP

AEP (Adolescent Empowerment Program):

We provide physical, mental, and social health education to at-risk adolescents at the Juvenile Justice Detention Center and Mountain Manor Treatment Center. We lead workshops on sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy & contraception, parenting, healthy lifestyles, nutrition, and healthy relationships with the youths at these centers. We hope to expand this program to other facilities in Baltimore City that work with at-risk adolescents.

Contact us:

Organization has no faculty advisor.

Global Health Interest Group GHIG

The purpose of the Global Health Interest Group is to create a forum for medical students to participate in projects, discussions, and advocacy regarding the advancement of Global Health and to connect with mentors working internationally. Our mission is to increase awareness of Global Health issues through education and service. The group's vision is to promote a multidisciplinary approach to Global Health, which incorporates the knowledge and expertise of each of the professional schools on campus. We will work collaboratively both within the UMB network (facilitated by the Student Center for Global Education) and throughout the Baltimore community as a whole, to contribute to the advancement of Global Health, as well as to broaden the scope of our own global perspectives.

Contact for more information.

Healthy Choices for Baltimore HCB

Healthy Choices for Baltimore is a communityservice initiative in which medical students go to Midtown Academy, a BaltimoreCity public charter school, and teach elementary students about differentcomponents of nutrition and health. The aim is to inform the students aboutcaring for their bodies and learning how to make healthier choices about foodand exercise. Volunteers will be on site interacting with and teaching lessonsto the students for a maximum of one and a half hours a week plus one half hourallotted for prep time a week. Lessons include reviewing the food pyramid,making healthy choices based on nutrition facts labels, learning about foodfrom other cultures and how health conditions can be related to nutritionintake. We hope to teach lessons of moderation and encourage students to takeownership of their bodies and health decisions by providing information, skillsand options for healthy living in Baltimore. Most of all, we want to makenutrition and health education fun and accessible for the students whileproviding medical students another outlet for getting involved in thecommunity. Being an ICM Service Learning Project, we aim to foster the growthof knowledge in MSI and MSII students about the surrounding Baltimore communityto facilitate understanding in order to best aid in the future medical care ofthe surrounding patient population in Baltimore City. This will be accomplishedby developing interpersonal and communication skills through teaching anutrition based health curriculum in a manner that avoids medical jargon andfacilitates understanding on a level at which the general population will mostreadily understand.


Students volunteers will need to be available for 1-2 Monday afternoons per month from approximately 12-2 pm from October to March. 

High School Mini-Medical School HSMMS

The *new* High School Mini-Medical School Program (HSMMS) is an educational curriculum designed to provide high school students with interactive classroom instruction on a variety of medical subjects. All courses are taught by University of Maryland School of Medicine Medical Students.

Guided by MSIIs who taught last year, the revamped HSMMS program this year will consist of 4 MSIs who will have the opportunity to teach and interact with local high school students andteachers within Baltimore city. High school students will learn about medicine and current public health issues. In addition to learning about these topics, students will understand the importance of maintaining their own health and create positiverole models for their communities.

For full ICM I service learning credit, students will teach 14 interactive, one-hour lectures (+ guide their respective classes on one tour of UMD-SoM Campus) in pairs at two local high schools: Vivien T. Thomas and Western High School. Presentations will be on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday afternoons (more precise schedule to come)

Proposed Curriculum:

(1) Intro to HSMMS/ Careers in Medicine; (2) Anatomy/Physiology; (3) Genetics; (4) Cancer; (5) Nutrition/ Healthy Lifestyle; (6) Diabetes; (7) HIV-AIDS; (8) Stroke and Neuro Diseases; (9) Pregnancy and Complications; (10) Reproductive Health; (11) Drug Abuse; (12) Emergency Medicine; (13) CPR Basics; (14) Medical Ethics

Organization has no faculty advisor.

Peds Pals

Peds Pals is a community service organization created by medical students for medical students. It provides a convenient, flexible and FUN community service organization. Peds Pals has been an established volunteering program for medical students to volunteer with Child Life here at the University of Maryland. Students play games, do crafts, read books and spend time with the children in the In-patient pediatrics unit. Working with Child Life and interacting with the children in the pediatric unit is an amazing, humbling and incredibly rewarding experience for Medical Students. The patients also appreciate having someone there as a friend who helps their days be more filled with laughter. Peds Pals provides students with the opportunity to help make the children’s stay in the hospital as pleasant as possible. Each student volunteers every other week for two hours in the pediatric department throughout the academic year.

Project Feast

The medical school, with help from other University of Maryland professional schools, organizes a Thanksgiving feast for the homeless community every year. The event is held at Booker T. Washington Middle School from 11am-3pm. Along with providing turkey, stuffing, pies, and drinks, we also hold clothing, toiletry, and food (non-perishable and fresh) drives in the weeks before Thanksgiving. Students can participate on one of the various committees (e.g. Food, Publicity, Shelters, Donations, Logistics & Volunteers, Legal, etc.), cook a turkey, and/or volunteer on Thanksgiving Day.

For more information, please email us at

Student Awareness for Latino Unanswered Disparities SALUD

Salud's goal is to educate medical students about the healthcare needs of the Latino population. We address the language barrier by educating students about interpretation services, and by teaching basic Spanish phrases. We promote outreach through community service programs that serve Baltimore's Spanish-speaking patients, as well as educating students about opportunities to work and volunteer abroad. One of the aims of Salud is to enhance and support the University of Maryland's Medical Spanish Program, so that interested students feel they graduate more capable of addressing the needs of the growing Latino patient population. We also strive to educate the medical student community about the varied and rich cultural contributions of Baltimore’s Spanish-speaking communities.

Prospective Events:

  1. Community Service Opportunities in Baltimore
  2. Informational Session on Joining Medical Spanish
  3. Spanish for Beginners Brown Bag Lunches
  4. How Baltimore's Immigrant Population Accesses Healthcare
  5. Obstacles Facing Baltimore's Latino Population
  6. How to Work/Volunteer Abroad

Student Sight Savers Project SSSP

The Student Sight Savers Project is a nationally recognized glaucoma screening program originally founded at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Our group has three primary objectives. First, to provide glaucoma screenings/referrals for local Baltimore residents who otherwise would not receive care. Second, to provide first and second year medical students with hands-on clinical experience. Third, to provide information for those interested in ophthalmology and other eye specialties.

Glaucoma screenings will be held the first Wednesday of each month from 12pm-130pm. Regular emails will be sent regarding these events.

Big Sib/Little Sib

Each year an upperclassman (usually a sophomore) "adopts" an entering freshman as his/her little sib. Newly admitted students receive correspondence from their fellow big brothers/sisters during the summer prior to their entry. The program is sponsored by students with support of the admissions committee, and is designed to allow entering students to address their questions and concerns to fellow students who have already experienced "life of the medical student." Moral support from big sibs often makes the transition easier for incoming students.

Organization has no faculty advisor.

LinkMD LinkMD

Link Maryland engages the University of Maryland medical community by creating unique professional networking opportunities for its students, residents, physicians, and alumni.

Otitis Musica / Hippocratic Notes

The Hippocratic Notes is the only student-run A cappella group, founded by the Class of 2015. They will recruit new members at the beginning of the academic year and perform throughout the year.

If you have any questions or would like to inform us of an opportunity to perform, please e-mail us at 

Do you play a string, woodwind, or brass instrument? All skill levels are welcome in Otitis Musica. We have opportunities to perform in the group and individually, as well as opportunities for the music lover in all of us.

If you have any questions or would like to inform us of an opportunity to perform, please e-mail us at

Physicians for Human Rights PHR

Physicians for Human Rights is committed to the belief that all human beings are entitled to have their needs for basic health and safety met. The University of Maryland chapter of this national organization focuses on achieving these goals through education, community and international projects, and activism. If you are interested in human rights and/or international work please join our efforts!

Email for details and information.

Organization has no faculty advisor.

Student Tutors

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