List of Student Organizations
The School of Medicine offers a diverse selection of student organizations. Students may want to join in order to take advantage of the encouragement, assistance, and comraderie that comes from fellow peers that have similar interests. A wide range of opportunities and interests are represented and students are urged to join an organization that relates to their interests in the field of medicine. The organizations also serve to increase healthcare awareness in the community through jointly beneficial projects. All student organizations are listed alphabetically below.
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z
The Aesculapians Honor Society is committed to bettering the city of Detroit and the WSU-SOM community through community service. Each year, new members are elected by their classmates for their interest and participation in volunteer events. The Aesculapians hold the annual Ice Cream Social, organize a mentorship program, and assist in first year orientation. In addition, the Aesculapians host the WSU-SOM Annual Lampoon Fundraiser which sponsors a specific Detroit charity. Aesculapians are dedicated to ushering in a new generation of doctors who prioritize altruism, selflessness, and outreach to those who are in need. Everyone at WSU-SOM is encouraged to participate in Aesculapian events.
Africans in Medicine (AIM)
Africans in Medicine (AIM) is a national organization that unites African medical professionals in an effort to confront medical, cultural, and societal complexities that affect the health and well-being of Africans and Africans in the Diaspora. The Wayne State University Chapter of AIM, which was founded in 2008, is a culturally empowered network of medical students who not only promote the mission of the national organization, but also seek to increase student awareness about these issues. AIM boasts of having a diverse student member body and welcomes students from all backgrounds to join.
Alpha Omega Alpha is the national medical academic honor society. Students are eligible for election to AOA at the end of Year II and Year III. Membership is limited to the top 16% of each graduating class. Membership selection criteria are determined by the national governing board of AOA.
American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI)
American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) is a national organization committed to addressing pertinent issues and providing academic opportunities for current and future Indian-American physicians. WSUSOM's student chapter strives to integrate and support students of Indian origin, while enriching and educating the greater community. AAPI is dedicated to community service, student bonding events, and cultural exploration events. Events include Diwali lunches, charity fundraisers, community outreach screenings, and active participation in medical school ethnic events. Link to National AAPI Website.
This group's goal is to promote and maintain programs which enhance the quality of health care in the community. The objective of the AMA Student Section is to encourage and support the active participation of medical students in professional organizations including the Michigan State Medical Society and the Wayne County Medical Society and to provide a representation of student opinions and ideals in organized medicine. Student Section members serve on MSMS and WCMS committees and attend national, statewide and local meetings and programs.
The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) is the is the oldest and largest independent association of physicians-in-training in the United States based upon the principles of medical student activism. The national organization is student-governed, and committed to representing the concerns of physicians-in-training; from working to improve the health and wellness of the underserved in America and abroad to helping to create a better experience for medical school students through wellness initiatives and leadership development forums. Link to National AMSA Website.
This year our national membership is free, so there is no better time to join AMSA for amazing institutes (AMSA Academy), regional leadership conference (Chicago, October 2012), scholars program (Health Equity, Integrative Medicine, Public Health, Medical Humanities), and national convention (Washington DC, March 2013). The interests and concerns of students involved in AMSA are represented through the work of our action committees which span the spectrum from Global Health, Community and Environmental Health and Health Policy. As a first year student at Wayne, AMSA offers the opportunity for you to actively engage the various committees and intimately get involved with creating, facilitating, and coordinating events for the student body as well as the community. AMSA fosters collaboration among different student groups and we welcome student input to make our organization more representative of student ideas.
The objectives of AMWA are to promote an understanding of the health issues of women, to address the present and future positions of women in medicine, and to be receptive to the needs and challenges faced by professional women in general. Our participation as a student branch of The American Medical Women's Association provides the benefit of affiliating with a national organization of women physicians and medical students.
The mission of Amigos Médicos is to help students understand and meet the healthcare needs of the medically underserved members of the Hispanic community through education and community service. These goals are achieved through medical Spanish language sessions, volunteer experiences in bilingual healthcare settings such as Covenant Community Clinic and CHASS Clinic, and travel opportunities to Mexico and South Carolina.
The ARIE Foundation is an outreach program dedicated to helping kids with cancer and is new to Wayne State this year. It began as a student run organization at NYU School of Medicine as a non-profit organization, relying on tax-deductible donations from people interested in making a difference. The ARIE Foundation was created by medical students and gives donated sports cards and other collectibles to terminally ill, hospitalized children.
Our chapter will work closely with Children's Hospital of Michigan. Four or five members per week will visit the children and deliver donated items. Additionally, we plan to establish a web site with home pages for kids with cancer.
APAMSA aims to promote awareness of issues that affect Asian/Pacific American medical students and to assist others in understanding about the Asian cultures and lifestyles. This organization sponsors and participates in many university wide events, such as: the Ethnic Cultural Week, guest speakers and clothing drives. APAMSA is also active in its outreach programs to the Asian community in Metro Detroit. Members attend regional and national conferences regarding issues affecting Asian Americans, such as health, immigration, and cultural/language barriers. APAMSA welcomes all who are interested in participating in its activities.
Founded in 1969, the BMA is the local affiliate of the Student National Medical Association. The BMA is one of the oldest and most active student organizations in the medical school. The BMA supports the development of academic excellence and professionalism among African-American and minority students and encourages communication between the school's student organizations and the student body in general. The BMA participates in the general community through a variety of outreach programs aimed at youth development.
Specifically, we vigorously support the educational goals of our members through our educational committee as well as our tutors and big sib/little sib program. We celebrate our culture throughout the year with programs such as Black History Month Program and Kwanzaa Celebration. We also give back to our community through various programs including: Reach Out to Youth, the S.A.Y Clinic, and more.
On Saturday mornings, WSU medical student volunteers actively engage in health care services at the Cass Clinic located in the downtown area. The purpose of the Cass Student Health Clinic Program is to provide opportunities for WSU medical students to gain true "hands-on" experience in procedures and patient care under the guidance of an attending physician. The Cass Health Care Clinic focuses primarily on providing medical care to a medically indigent population living in the university/medical center area. The Cass Student Health Clinic Program is sponsored by the Aesculapians.
Chaldean American Medical Student Association
The Chaldean-American Medical Student Association (CAMSA) is a student-run not for profit organization established to promote Chaldean culture and language through the fabric of diversity. Along with providing medical students with volunteer and networking opportunities, it is our focus to promote higher education for future health professionals. CAMSA will also provide community service and aid to underserved Chaldeans and non-Chaldeans in metropolitan Detroit.
Christian Medical Association
The Christian Medical Association is a national professional organization of physicians and medical school students who have joined together to help men and women both physically and spiritually. The WSU chapter is an interdenominational fellowship of believers who consider themselves Christians first and medical students second. The participants believe that Bible study, worship and fellowship are essentials that cannot be neglected during medical school. Everyone is welcome to come to its weekly meeting held every Wednesday at noon.
Code Blue is a phrase used in hospitals to designate a life-threatening emergency. In 1989, the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) and the American Medical Association (AMA) issued a "code blue" in response to the adolescent health crisis in the United States. Highland Park Public Schools and Wayne State University School of Medicine entered into a partnership in September 1992 to form the Code Blue mentoring outreach project, which develops a continuing relationship between a group of medical students and their assigned classroom of students. The goals of the project are to help children avoid risky behaviors, make informed healthy decisions, and to build positive self esteem through meaningful and interactive discussions.
To support the efforts of Covenant House of Michigan by supplementing their services to disadvantaged young adults with tutoring and additional educational resources that aim to help them achieve their high school diploma or GED. We seek to empower students to take control of their own education and believe in themselves through positive reinforcement and encouragement. As medical students we have the unique opportunity to not only serve as tutors, but mentors as well. Link to Covenant House Michigan Website.
Our goals is to promote better health by educating people on how to cook healthier by not only holding informational sessions, but by actually showing them how to do it. We will set up demonstrations/classes and show people how to cook healthily, easily, and affordably. This project is geared towards the local youths as well as at-risk adults in the local Detroit area. We intend to get local chefs and dietitians to do presentations. Some of our events will be at local fairs and other sites around the city to promote healthy cooking and eating.
This organization was established at the Wayne State University School of Medicine in 2005. The Gold Humanism Honor Society is an organization of students who recognize the necessity of fostering compassion in the hospital and clinic. Students from the 3rd and 4th year class, as well as residents and attending physicians, are peer nominated and selected based on their demonstration of commitment to humanism in medicine.
The organization hosts such events as the Third Year Student Clinician Ceremony to welcome upcoming third years to their clinical rotations, and medical documentary movie nights where we watch and discuss a movie and how an illness affects people's lives. GHHS volunteers at YouthVille, an afterschool program for young girls where we talk about issues affecting teens such as body image, alcohol awareness, and future career goals and is putting together a journal showcasing poetry, artwork, and essays written by students, residents, and faculty during their medical careers. Link to National GHHS Website.
Our mission is to educate aspiring physicians about blood disorders and cancer, and the fields of hematology and oncology, while also serving as a resource for volunteer, research, and residency opportunities. HOPE consists of 6 committees, 17 coordinators, and 24 faculty advisors. There will be monthly meetings for members and many activities throughout the school year. Membership is free and open to any medical student.
- Community Activities Committee
- Guest Speaker Committee
- Research & Journal Club Committee
- Shadowing Committee
- Volunteer Committee
- Website & Newsletter Committee
Humanistic Medicine advocates a holistic approach to the practice of medicine. Whereas conventional medicine focuses exclusively on treatment of a disease, humanistic medicine finds an art in medicine, exploring the complex effects of relationships, philosophy, psychology, literature, artwork and music on healing. Functional medicine examines the science behind these alternative treatments, and provides evidence for these therapeutic practices.
Through the Co-Curricular program at Wayne State University School of Medicine, Humanistic Medicine aims to supplement the curriculum's traditional teachings of medicine with an understanding of care for the whole patient. As future physicians, this knowledge will prove invaluable when helping our patients chose a treatment that is fit for their needs.
The Islamic Medical Student Association aims to serve the social, professional and spiritual needs of Muslim medical students and the broader Wayne State University School of Medicine community. Our events highlight the importance of social engagement through volunteer work with a keen focus on:
- Volunteerism through work at Gleaners Food Bank
- Annual Fast-a-Thon dinner (Fall) and IMSA Banquet (Spring)
- Clinical service learning through work at HUDA Clinic and community health fairs
- Deeper appreciation for the vibrancy and diversity within Islamic practice across the globe through monthly Halaqas (educational learning sessions)
Our hope is to inspire medical students to make positive, effective, and ongoing contributions towards the medical and social needs of the local and global society.
Jewish Medical Student Association (JMSA)
Membership in the Jewish Medical Student Association is open to Jewish medical students as well as students of other religious and racial backgrounds. The chief goal of JMSA is to provide a forum for medical students to socialize, interact, share and learn about Jewish traditions, culture and beliefs.
Students will volunteer to triage patients and take history (blood pressure, temperature, pulse, weight, chief complaint). They can also shadow the doctors there and will be included in the assessment of the illness. Students may be trained to take blood and perform flu vaccinations. Volunteers may also give dietary and fitness suggestions to patients at risk for diabetes and hypertension. Link to Joy-Southfield Clinic Website.
Latin American and Native American Medical Association (LANAMA)
The Latin American Native American Medical Association at Wayne State University would be committed to addressing current issues in health as well as medical education in the Latin American and Native American population.
In order to understand and address these issues, the group would focus on:
- Networking between medical students and medical professionals both statewide and nationally.
- Coordinating guest speakers for cultural events at Wayne State University SOM
- Academic support for medical students
- Community outreach
- Working with Wayne State SOM administration on Latin American/Native American issues
Leaders in Problem-Based Learning (PBL)
Problem-based learning (PBL) is an interdisciplinary, case-based, small group learning model with an integrated curriculum. It involves students working in small, collaborative groups on challenging, open ended problems. "Leaders in PBL" works with WSU SOM faculty to develop case studies integrating material from concurrent coursework.
The LGBT People in Medicine group has a three-fold mission:
SUPPORTIVE: To foster an accepting and supportive environment for the LGBT students and their allies in the Wayne State University medical community. This also involves establishing professional contacts with LGBT faculty members, residents, and other area physicians.
ADVOCACY: To educate our peers at the medical school on health and social issues in the LGBT community by inviting speakers and sponsoring awareness and visibility programs.
COMMUNITY: To serve the LGBT community in the Metro Detroit area through volunteering, increasing awareness on health issues, and working with other community organizations to maximize our effectiveness.
Open Source Medicine (OSM) operates under the umbrella of the Wayne State University School of Medicine Office of Student Affairs. OSM is a student organization that focuses on developing technology-based solutions to a variety of challenges within our community and our school. The goal of OSM is to facilitate the education of various aspects of medicine and to provide an avenue for students to educate each other and their community.
OSM believes in the power of sharing knowledge with peers as well as with patients. We seek members of all skill levels to contribute to projects which cover the education, technology, policy and business of medicine. Ultimately, OSM strives to be an important tool in developing well-rounded physicians who will shape the future dynamics of medicine.
Medical Students for Choice (MSFC)
Medical Students for Choice is dedicated to ensuring that women receive the full range of reproductive health care choices. MSFC recognizes that one of the greatest obstacles to safe and legal abortion is the absence of trained providers. As medical students, we work to make reproductive health care, including abortion, a part of standard medical education and residency training. More specially, these are our goals:
- To build a network of support and resources for the medical students and residents who are working to become tomorrow's abortion providers.
- To reform medical school curricula and training to include abortion and reproductive health as a standard part of medical education.
- To increase education and training opportunities for medical students and residents in abortion and reproductive health.
- To educate students, the public and policymakers in medicine and government in order to raise awareness of the vital need for abortion training.
Link to International MSFC Website.
Medical Students for Life
Our mission is to form a group of medical students who uphold a respect for life from the moment of conception to natural death. First, we will create awareness throughout the medical school. Second, we wish to create physicians with strong morals and regard for life. Third, we will make community outreach part of our agenda. Finally, we will lobby our elected officials and medical school deans to create laws and policies to support our mission.
Military Medical Student Organization (MMSO)
The Military Medical Student Organization was established with the following goals:
- To develop lines of communication within the military medical student community.
- To serve as an information source for military medical students and others interested in military medicine.
- To develop pride, teamwork, and esprit de corps among military medical students.
Music in Medicine
Music is increasingly being used as a therapeutic agent in healthcare. "Music in Medicine" is a student-interest group that explores this aspect. We desire to raise awareness about the current understanding between music and medicine. We also want to provide the opportunity for medical students to play music for patients in the hospital through instrumental performances and small ensembles.
Preventive Medicine Action Group (PMAG)
The action group examines issues relevant to the field of preventive medicine and then addresses those issues with action (s) in the community. The group raises awareness of preventive medicine as a recognized medical specialty and also advocates for greater prevention and public health interventions on city, state, and national levels. One free community health screening is coordinated by the action group per year.
The mission of Project H is to provide resources to the Wayne County Family Center, a homeless shelter for men, women and children in Westland, so that all residents have the opportunity to reach and/or maintain their physical, emotional, spiritual and environmental wellness. Link to Wayne County Family Center Website.
ReDetroit is intended to be a civic and social organization that will take care and take advantage of various resources in Detroit. This organization will be doing Habitat for Humanity outings, Adopt-A-Park, Food shelters, and Angels Night and trips to places like the DSO and the DIA. The activities of the group are largely open-ended so that the members of the group will make the group what they want. The whole idea is to get the student body excited about Detroit as a community.
Purpose of Clinic: The purpose of the Clinic is to engage in all lawful activities, including, but not limited to the following:
- Provide health care at no cost to all patrons who attend the Clinic.
- Provide educational material and general medical information to all patrons who attend the Clinic.
- Provide medical students enrolled at WSUSOM with an educational opportunity to better develop necessary skills in history taking and physical examination with respect to general patient care and management.
Goals of the Clinic: The goals of the clinic include, but are not limited to:
- Provide the highest quality medical care to qualified patients of Mercy Primary Care Center regardless of ability to pay.
- Provide clinical experience with a unique and diverse patient population.
- Promote values of teamwork, mutual respect, and leadership within the organization.
- Provide invaluable training in all aspects of patient care, from practice management, chronic disease management, care of patients with limited access to care and patient autonomy.
- Provide an atmosphere that fosters innovation in healthcare delivery and seeks to improve the American medical system using the energy and dedication of the WSUSOM community.
The goals and purposes for our proposed organization include:
Improve the physical fitness of Detroit's youth and provide a safe environment for them to exercise outside
- Promote positive body image and self esteem and possibly include nutrition education once the program is more established
- Build relationships between mentors and mentees and to be a support for them in all aspects of life not just fitness
- Teach good sportsmanship and encourage positive attitudes
- Help the students to achieve goals that they set for themselves
- Provide a fun activity for kids to do after school that will also keep them from getting involved in dangerous or to promote a healthy habits
Senior Citizen Outreach Program (SCOP)
The Senior Citizen Outreach is the only student program specifically designed to aid the elderly. Our purpose is to reach out to Detroit's senior citizens and help them monitor their health through various screenings. Every few Saturdays a month we volunteer at St. Patrick Senior Center where we socialize and take blood pressure screenings of the seniors. Our focus is to help the seniors of Detroit while interacting and learning from them at the same time.
Sexually Transmitted Infections/AIDS (STI/AIDS) Education Group
The STI/AIDS Education Group offers presentations to middle and high school students in the Detroit Public School system. Medical student educators visit classrooms and deliver presentations on the signs, symptoms, and treatment options for STIs and HIV/AIDS. Emphasis is placed on the important roles that abstinence and barrier methods of protection play and on dispelling the many myths surrounding sexually transmitted infections.
Street Medicine Detroit's mission is to provide quality medical care for the homeless community. Through consistent outreach, we seek to bridge gaps between the homeless and medical communities by offering care, companionship, and respect.
Our mission is to promote eye health and awareness among the large medically underserved population of southeastern Michigan. Both early detection and adequate health literacy have been shown to improve outcomes for patients with glaucoma. There is a high prevalence of diabetes and glaucoma among metro Detroit's medically underserved, coupled with a lack of access to specialty care. Thus, there is a great need for screening and patient education efforts.
Throughout the year we host several vision screenings at Cass Clinic, churches, senior centers, and health screenings in an effort to contribute to safety net for this high risk population. Student volunteers will learn to obtain a relevant eye health history, and perform a basic eye exam, including visual acuity testing, visual field testing, and glaucoma testing using our state of the art equipment. Our screenings are not supervised by a physician, but we refer any serious cases encountered to a local optometrist or the residents' clinic at Kresge Eye Institute for a more detailed examination.
Student Society for Stem Cell Research (SSSCR)
Stem Cell research and medical treatments are becoming increasingly promising areas in modern medicine. The Student Society for Stem Cell Research (SSSCR) is a club for medical students that are interested by the current advancements, bioethical issues, and controversies involved with stem cell research. Various speakers will come and present on different topics in the field. Link to National SSSCR Website.
There are numerous opportunities to volunteer in the bone marrow drive and umbilical cord collection program that is collaborating with Karmanos Cancer Institute. Specifically, the umbilical cord collection program seeks to raise awareness in soon-to-be mothers about the opportunity for cord blood donation. Opportunities also exist for obtaining consent from mothers for umbilical cord donation as well. For those interested in research involving stem cells, there is a research coordinator who will be able to place you in contact with doctors looking for students interested in stem cell research.
This is a club that is great for students interested in any specialty in medicine since an interest in stem cell issues can bolster any application and can be applied to just about any specialty.
Student Team Enabling Peers (S.T.E.P.)
Peer support amongst all medical students who consider themselves to be disabled, mentorship between disabled students, establishing contacts with advocates for disabled students amongst faculty, staff and administration of the School of Medicine in Scott Hall and at remote hospital locations. Development of standard policies and procedures regarding situations arising from disability to be carried out by the Office of Student Affairs by an appointed person. Working towards the integration of support services for disabled students into standard student affairs services.
Students of Non-Traditional Background (SONB)
To ease the transition into and through Medical School for students with “Non-Traditional” attributes such as a prior career, a non-medical degree, advanced degree(s), children, a spouse, an age above or below the mean age of matriculating medical students, et. al.
Providing informative tours of Wayne State University School of Medicine to prospective medical students on their interview day. Tours visit Richard J. Mazurek MD Medical Education Commons, along with Scott Hall, and the hospitals surrounding the School of Medicine.
Translational Medicine exists to promote the design, development and realization of medically-related entrepreneurial endeavor by students attending the Wayne State University School of Medicine. In close partnership with the Henry Ford Innovation Institute and the College for Creative Studies, Translational Medicine aims to educate and familiarize students with the path to market products and ideas in an effort to improve health care and the patient experience.
The Ultra Sounds is an acapella group that has been designed by those, and for those interested in sharing music with other singers, their school, fellow students and their community. Our objective is to perform in organized school functions, local hospitals, nursing homes, and just about anywhere that people will enjoy listening to music sung by Wayne State University School of Medicine students. In addition to community outreach, this group is meant to be a fun and rhythmic way to enhance the overall medical school experience.
Wayne State Institute for Healthcare Improvement
IHI is an independent non-profit organization helping to lead global improvement of health care by promoting partnerships with hundreds of faculty members who share what they know and learn from each other. Its programs and activities are designed to enable committed individuals and organizations to innovate together, share knowledge, and collaborate on projects toward improving health care. In particular, the IHI Open School is a resource that offers free online courses about how to improve patient safety and quality. Both U of M and MSU medical schools have started their own chapters, and we would like to add Wayne State University School of Medicine to the movement. Link to National IHI Website.
Our goal as a student org and new school chapter would be to join this global initiative by providing Wayne medical students with both IHI resources as well as opportunities to get involved in patient safety and quality projects with local practicing faculty.
World Health Student Organization is a student-run organization whose central goal is to provide medical care to under-served populations both globally and locally. WHSO is best known for its international medical relief trips which annually send about seventy students to countries such as Haitia, Nicaragua Ecuador, Peru, and Panama. Our mission is to provide support in clinics, refugee camps, and the local communities while allowing students to acquire an understanding of healthcare systems of developing countries and to gain experience in clinical settings that are rarely found in the United States. WHSO also aims to increase the community interest in global health through educational seminars and informational guest speakers.
Twentieth Century poet-doctor William Carlos Williams once said that "When they ask me … how I have for so many years continued an equal interest in medicine and the poem, I reply that they amount for me to nearly the same thing." The mission of the WSU SOM Writing Workshop is to pursue a thorough understanding of this overlap of writing and medicine. How does the medical profession influence compositional choices? What role can writing play in the healing process? Since March of 2009, we have addressed these questions at monthly workshops by way of group discussion, lit review, critique and analysis. Future plans include an online writing forum, guest presentations, and public readings.
Student Organizations Office
Ms. Tracey Eady, B.B.A., Secretary
Richard J. Mazurek, M.D. Medical Education Commons
Phone: (313) 577-1465
Fax (313) 577-0049
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.