Student Organizations

Medical students at UIC have a wide range of interests and passions. This is reflected in our large variety of active student organizations. We are proud to present our CMSC organizations for 2020-2021!

If you are a student organization leader and want to add or edit your org’s bio, fill out this form and email the Webmaster to let them know! (Must be CMSC-affiliated)

American Medical Association Student Section (AMA)

Website Facebook
President: Humzah Qazi (

Political Organization

The American Medical Association, founded in 1847 and incorporated in 1897, is the largest association of physicians—both MDs and DOs—and medical students in the United States. The AMA’s mission is “to promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health.” The Medical Student Section (MSS) is the student arm of the American Medical Association. The MSS strives to be medical student’s leading voice for improving medical education and policy with the goal of bettering the future of medicine. The MSS provides student members with an important and visible platform for voicing concerns, advocating for chance, and proposing solution to problems in health care.

American Medical Student Association (AMSA)

President: Claire Larkin (

Political/Academic Organization

The American Medical Student Association is committed to improving health care delivery, promoting active improvement in medical education, involving its members in the social and ethical obligations of the profession of medicine, assisting in the improvement and understanding of world health problems, and advancing the profession of medicine.

American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) 

Facebook, Website

President: Haley Cropper (

Social / Special Interest Organization

The American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) is an organization of women physicians, medical students and other persons dedicated to serving as the unique voice for women’s health and the advancement of women in medicine. The organization was founded by Dr. Bertha VanHoosen in 1915 in Chicago, at a time when women physicians were an under-represented minority. As women in medicine increase in numbers, so have new issues that were not anticipated, and AMWA has been working to address these issues as they arise.

The mission of AMWA is to empower women, promote equality, and raise awareness about women’s health and women in medicine. AMWA is the oldest multispecialty organization dedicated to advancing women in medicine and improving women’s health. The American Medical Women’s Association empowers women to lead in improving health for all within a model that reflects the unique perspective of women.

Anesthesiology Interest Group (AIG)

President: Raj Patel (

Academic Organization

The mission of the UIC Anesthesiology Interest Group (AIG) is to immerse students to the field of anesthesiology. We aim to help students explore anesthesiology as a career option through workshops, lunch panels, and shadowing opportunities. AIG also provides opportunities for medical students to network with current residents and attendings. Join our events to learn more!

Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA)


Presidents: Noah Kim (

Cultural Organization

The Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association at UIC COM is a medical student organization dedicated to improving the health outcomes of underserved Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities in Chicago. APAMSA works to provide culturally competent services, resources, support, and education to these communities, and also seeks the professional development of medical students interested in similar goals. APAMSA aims to provide a community of medical students, faculty, physician, and other health professionals for the advancement of these commitments. UIC APAMSA is a chapter organization and a branch of the regional and national APAMSA organization.

Association of Women Surgeons (AWS)

Presidents: Myrna Sobhy (

Academic, Social/Special Interest Organization

The mission of the Association of Women Surgeons is to ENGAGE current and future women surgeons to realize their professional and personal goals. EMPOWER women to succeed. EXCEL in those aspirations through mentorship, education and a networking community that promotes their contributions and achievements as students, surgeons and leaders. We aim to foster an environment supportive of personal values and individual diversity and to advance the highest standards of competence and ethical behavior.

Chicago Cancer Society (CCS)


Co-Presidents: Julia May and  Eric Freeman

(, ) Treasurer – Danny Cesario (

Advising Chair and Secretary – Kate Alexander

( Marketing Chair – Cecilia Barry (cabarry3@uic.ed) Philanthropy Chair – Muneeb Ansariv (

Special Interest Organization

The purpose of the University of Illinois – Chicago Cancer Society is for UIC medical students interested in medical oncology, surgical oncology, radiation oncology, pediatric oncology, gyne/onc or hem/onc to collaborate and find resources. CCS will provide research, networking, and learning opportunities to medical students. CCS will also focus its efforts on community service opportunities by holding outreach events for UI Hospital patients.


Chicago Street Medicine

President: Katie Cushing (, Gina Qin (

UIC Chicago Street Medicine’s mission as a student-fueled, interprofessional, interdisciplinary organization is to improve the health and well-being of those experiencing unsheltered homelessness in Chicago through service, education, research, and advocacy. We provide medical students an opportunity to participate in “street runs” on a biweekly basis with a multidisciplinary healthcare team.

Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA)


Presidents: Sarita Davis (

Religious / Spiritual Organization

The Christian Medical & Dental Association provides an avenue for medical students to engage with God and the Christian faith in the midst of medical school, including fostering a strong community among medical students interested in exploring the Christian faith. We hope that students will be able to see how faith intersects with and informs their practice of medicine. Throughout the year, CMDA offers students opportunities to grow spiritually and professionally through guest speaker events, bible studies, and healthcare/missions conferences. Everyone is invited and welcome to join!



Presidents: Emily Torre (

Academic Organization

ClubID is UICOM’s infectious disease specialty interest group. The aim of the group is to learn about, work with, and confront infectious diseases at the community, state, country, and global level, while integrating new approaches for members and faculty co-involvement. Through this interdisciplinary approach, this organization will enrich interested students by improving skills and working collaboratively with a diverse group of specialities related specifically to infectious diseases.




President: Angeline Rivkin, (

Arts Organization

The Chromotones are an acapella vocal group made up of medical students from UICCOM. We perform at various events, including the M2 anatomy dedication ceremony and annual Christmas caroling in pediatrics! All experience levels are welcome, come sing with us!

College of Medicine Artists (COM Artists)


President: Monika Stoskute (
Body Electric literary/arts magazine Chair: Judy Wang (
Treasurer: Sara Cooper (

Arts Organization

The COM Artists group provides a creative outlet for students to engage with each other and with the community through music, literature, and visual art.

Dermatology Interest Group (DIG)

Presidents: Julia May ( and Janet Pang (
Treasurer: Ejehi Erewele ( )
Career Outreach Chair: Sandra Folarin ( )

Academic Organization

Dermatology Interest Group works to connect students with dermatology residents and opportunities for exposure to this field. Our mission is to educate students about the various subspecialties within dermatology and host events with specialists about their research or academic careers. We hope to promote community service within dermatology and education to the surrounding community.

Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG)

President: Omar Lopez (

The Emergency Medicine Interest Group’s mission is to expose medical students to different aspects of Emergency Medicine through lectures, workshops, and discussion. Our events include classes with UIC EM physicians, bleeding control workshops, panels with current residents, etc.

ENT Student Interest Group (ENT SIG)

President: Stefan Vidovich (

Academic Organization

The purpose of the ENT Student Interest Group is to provide students with chances to learn more about the field of ENT, which a surgical specialty. Specific events include talks by ENT attending physicians, panels, and volunteering, shadowing, and research opportunities.

Ethics in Medicine (EiM)


President: Helena Yan (

Academic Organization

Ethics in Medicine is a student group dedicated to the discussion of moral perspectives in healthcare. Through open dialogue, we explore various contexts of ethics and professionalism in medicine, including areas of clinical care, biomedical research, social progress, and global health. We believe that the careful consideration of these subjects is necessary for the training of more mindful and compassionate physicians in our rapidly evolving healthcare system.

Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG)

President: Cecelia Barry (, Jinhee Kim (

Academic Organization/Special Interest Organization

Our mission is to help students learn more about the field of family medicine and provide them opportunities to network with current family practitioners through workshops, panels, and volunteering events.

Group goals
• Expose students early on to the specialty
• Provide fun workshops for students to learn more about practicing family medicine
• Hold informative sessions where students can explore what it means to go into family medicine
• Engage with the broader community

Fresh Resources Urban Initiative Team (FRUIT)

President: Sofia Yunez (

Treasurer: Alex Holterman, (

Service Organization

The University of Illinois Hospital (UIH) and its surrounding community is located in one of the largest food deserts in Chicago. Many of the patients served by UIH live in neighborhoods with limited access to high-quality affordable and nutritious foods.

The Fresh Resource Urban Initiative Team (FRUIT) is a grassroots project with the objective of improving patient access to affordable, fresh produce and additional health resources. FRUIT also recognizes UIC medical students as future medical providers, and aims to increase their knowledge about fresh produce and healthy eating.

With these goals, the FRUIT team commits to promoting healthy eating and lifestyle choices among the UIH patient population and UIC medical students, and to contribute to primary prevention and patient education strategies beyond the clinic.

Geriatrics Interest Group (GIG)

President: Kai Cao (, Cecelia Barry (

Academic Organization/Special Interest Organization

Geriatrics Interest Group (GIG) is an interprofessional student organization that seeks to equip students with a skillset for providing care to older adults by offering opportunities to interact with geriatricians, nursing home residents, and students from other colleges. Because adults aged 65 and older are expected to grow to 77 million by 2035, GIG aims to give students an early exposure to caring for the growing elderly population. GIG plans to have events that explore different aspects of geriatrics including lunch talks, shadowing opportunities and volunteering sessions in collaboration with other colleges.

Global Surgery Student Alliance (GSSA)

President: Vanitha Raguveer (

Our organization is a local chapter of the Global Surgery Student Alliance (GSSA), a national student-run global surgery working group that aims to increase awareness and student exposure to global surgery through education and advocacy, research, and mentorship. Global surgery is a field that focuses on the practice of surgical specialities (including OB/Gyn and Anesthesia) in low resource settings and advocates for reducing the gaps in access to life-saving surgical care in low and middle income countries through capacity building. We hope to serve as a link to engage students in the field and foster the development of the next generation of global surgeons at UIC.

gUIde – Undergraduate Mentorship Program

President: Ilyas Taraki (
Vice President & Founder: Alyssa Kania (
Instagram: @guide_uic

gUIde is an organization focused on fostering meaningful relationships between University of Illinois at Chicago undergraduates and medical students. We hope to facilitate a dialogue between undergraduates interested in the medical field and current medical students. Our aim is to complement the Pre-Health Department by providing a peer perspective on the medical student lifestyle and the medical school application process.

Humanities in Medicine (HuMed) 


HuMed Email:

Presidents: Archit Potharazu (

Academic/Cultural/Arts Organization

HuMed (Humanities in Medicine) embodies an interdisciplinary community with a focus on the humanities. Our aim is to create a structured network for individuals in the fields of visual and performing arts, literature, ethics, and history, through creating a centralized avenue for existing health humanities resources. Our members will demonstrate competency in these areas through personal and professional development, and set the foundation for the development of a future track.

Interventional Radiology Interest Group (IRIG)

President: Vikram Tammana (

Academic Organization

To increase awareness and foster excitement among the student body regarding the field of interventional radiology. We host several presentations on clinical cases and IR treatments, ultrasound workshops for hands-on learning, and Q&A panels with IR residents and attendings to provide career planning and guidance.

Latino Medical Student Organization (LMSA)

Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Presidents: Stephanie Pineda (, Maria Valle Coto (

Treasurer: Monica Nava Frenier (

Secretary: Norma del Risco (

Cultural Organization

The Latino Medical Student Association was established to serve Latino communities, to inspire young Latinos to pursue medical careers, and to support all who share an interest in teaching the underserved.

Med-Peds Student Interest Group (MPSIG)

Academic Organization

The Med-Peds student interest group is for medical students wanting to explore the combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics specialty. Through events and volunteering experiences we create networking opportunities with Med-Peds faculty as well as gather information regarding career paths and opportunities in Med-Peds. Anyone interested in Pediatrics, Internal medicine, or both is welcome to join!

Medical Students for Accessible Education (MSAE)

President: Ayala Hurtado (He/him/his) (

Treasurer: Norah Oles (she/her/hers) (

Special Interest Organization

Peer to peer support for medical students with any disability including learning disabilities, chronic illnesses, and physical disabilities.

Medical Students for Choice (MSFC)

President: Caroline Beshers (
VP Advocacy: Audrey Mannuel 
VP Programming: Maya Patel

Treasurer: Erin Egan (

Special Interest Organization

As an internationally known 501(c)(3) non-profit with a successful track record for change, Medical Students for Choice® (MSFC) stands up in the face of violent opposition. We work to destigmatize abortion provision among medical students and residents, and to persuade medical schools and residency programs to include abortion as a part of the reproductive health services curriculum.

Today one of the greatest obstacles to safe and legal abortion around the world is the absence of trained providers. Medical schools are simply not addressing the topic; most physicians graduate with little more than circumstantial knowledge of abortion. 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 for Violence Prevention (MSVP)


President: Abhinav Reddy (

Service Organization

MSVP aims to empower future physicians to properly address the impact of violence on their patient’s health, and equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively advocate on their patient’s behalf and be a leader in volatile patient situations.


Middle Eastern and North African Student Association (MENA)

President: Niki Sabetfakhri (

VP: Hesham Tanbour (   Treasurer: Zakaria Sharif ( Outreach Coordinator: Hoda Sayegh (

Cultural Organization

The Middle Eastern and North African Student Association (MENA) is dedicated to building a community and support system for students, faculty, and health professionals of MENA descent and anyone interested in the MENA region. By centering cultural awareness and humility, our goal is to encourage dialogue on topics pertaining to Middle Eastern health in the medical community, and to identify opportunities for service and advocacy in the U.S. and abroad. 

Medical Student Research Group (MSRG)

  President: Laura Krivicich ( Academic Organization   We facilitate the process of learning how to perform meaningful clinical research during your time in medical school. We maintain an advising database where students can identify peers with research experience to help them work through research-related problems. We also maintain a playbook of guidelines on how to perform a variety of core research competencies including but not limited to research question development, statistics, and manuscript writing.

New Life Volunteering Society (NLVS)



President: Nicole Zolman (

Service Organization

The New Life Volunteering Society free health clinic serves as a comprehensive medical care facility dedicated to serving the uninsured of Chicago in primary and secondary prevention of chronic medical conditions and also training future health care professionals by providing an educational setting to learn and practice clinical skills.

Obstetrics and Gynecology Student Interest Group (OBGYN SIG)

President: Angie Murthy (

Treasurer: Erin Egan (

Academic Organization

The OBGYN Interest Group provides a space for students to come together and learn from OBGYN faculty, specialists, patients, and other experts that provide insight into the field. The organization also provides opportunities for interested students to gain more hands-on exposure to OBGYN through shadowing and mentorship. OBGYN Interest Group has collaborated with other student organizations to hold panels and interactive events, and are always open further opportunities for collaboration.

Ophthalmology Interest Club (OIC)


President: Arthur Chang (

Academic Organization

OIC is dedicated to providing interested students with clinical, research, volunteering and practical opportunities to learn more about Ophthalmology as well as resources to help students pursue the specialty as a career. Oh, eye SEE! With our help, you will too.

Orthopaedic Surgery Interest Group (OSIG)


President: Elan Volchenko (

Academic Organization/Specialty Interest Group

The Orthopaedic Surgery Interest Group was founded in 2016 in collaboration with The University of Illinois at Chicago Orthopaedics Department. As such, the group has close ties to both residents and faculty within UIC. Our purpose is to provide support and guidance for UIC students with an interest in orthopedics and sports medicine through lectures, mentorship, shadowing, research, clinical involvement, and community events. We host several events throughout the year and provide organized support with the goal of making members competitive applicants in a field that is increasingly hard to get into.

Pediatric Interest Group (PIG)

Presidents: Jinhee Kim (, Sara Cooper (

Special Interest Organization

The Pediatric Interest Group (PIG) is an organization for UIC medical students interested in general and specialty pediatrics including both academic and non-academic medicine. PIG provides amble opportunities for students to network with UI Health pediatricians and researchers through general and specialty panels. PIG also provides several volunteer opportunities through outreach events during the academic year, including the UI Health Hematology/Oncology Thanksgiving Festival and back to school health fairs.

PSYCHED!: Psychiatry Interest Group

President: Sam Levin (

Treasurer: Zachary Davis (

Special Interest Organization

PSYCHED! is UIC-COM’s organization for those interested in psychiatry. Throughout the year, board members host career panels, promote research opportunities, schedule movie screenings, and invite students to discuss pertinent issues in the field and along the four-year path towards residency. PSYCHED! also promotes opportunities for volunteering in psych-related settings as well as local and national participation in mental health advocacy campaigns. We are also in the process of getting involved nationally with PsychSIGN, the international network of medical students interested in psychiatry.

PONS (Neurosurgery Student Interest Group)

President: Philip Ostrov (

Academic Organization, Social/Special Interest Organization

Neurosurgeon Panels, Cadaver Lab Workshop, Post-Match Panels, Mentoring

Queers and Allies (Q&A)


Presidents: Audrey Mannuel (, Matthew Grande (

Social/Special Interest Organization

Queers & Allies (Q&A) in Health is a student group promotes the acceptance of LGBT students, faculty and staff through education and discussion of LGBT health issues and rights. In addition to being an educational and social resource, Q&A promotes social support and visibility to LGBT and ally students, faculty, and staff. Q&A hosts speakers, panels, and workshops on campus; advocates for inclusion of LGBT health competencies in curricula; and provides opportunities for students and trainees to find mentorship.

South Asian Medical Student Association (SAMSA)

President: Arthi Bharadwaj (

Cultural Organization

The South Asian Medical Student Association focuses on fostering a community that will provide support and guidance for future medical students of South Asian descent as well as for members of the greater Chicago South Asian community we serve. SAMSA has traditionally hosted the Diwali night in the fall, an Annual Health Fair, and a Holi celebration in the spring.

Student Cardiology Society (SCS)

President: Minh Tran (

Special Interest Organization

The Student Cardiology Society is a medical student organization that seeks to increase student involvement in the field of cardiology, ultimately to increase interest in the practice. We will have attending physicians speak on what they do in their practice to expose students to career options within cardiology, as well as provide opportunities for networking with physicians at UIC. We also seek to provide opportunities to practice their clinical skills related to cardiology through simulations with a (very) realistic mannequin.

Students for Integrative and Alternative Medicine (SIAM)

President: Nirali Chauhan (

Special Interest Organization

The mission of SIAM is to introduce students to holistic therapies that can allow them to best serve their future patients.

Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN)


President: Efstathia (Stazia) Loukenas (

Academic/Special Interest Organization

The purpose of SIGN is to introduce medical students to the field of neurology by bringing them together with fellow students with similar interests through discussions by neurologists, patient presentations, seminars, journal clubs, learning materials, and arranged shadowings of neurologists in the workplace. Medical students become aware of opportunities, and participate in activities, related to the field of neurology, including opportunities for research, creating a new generation of neurologists.

Student National Medical Association (SNMA)

Website Facebook

President: Folasade Odeniyi ( and Miriam Guzman (

Academic Organization

Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students, addressing the needs of underserved communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent and socially conscious physicians.

SNMA chapters based at allopathic and osteopathic medical schools throughout the nation, and some colleges, implement our programs and activities locally. SNMA programs are designed to serve the health needs of underserved communities and communities of color. In addition, SNMA is dedicated both to ensuring that medical education and services are culturally sensitive to the needs of diverse populations and to increasing the number of African-American, Latino, and other students of color entering and completing medical school.

Student Run Free Clinic (SRFC)


President: Akila Ally (

Treasurer: Divya Surabhi (

Service Organization

The UIC Student Run Free Clinic (SRFC) is an organization of UIC Medical Students, Residents, and Faculty dedicated to providing quality health care to uninsured patients in Chicago. Through our partnership with the largest free medical clinic in Illinois, Community Health, SRFC provides primary care and gynecological health care services to patients at Community Health’s West Town location. Through SRFC, UIC students can apply their classroom knowledge in the clinical setting under the mentorship of UIC physicians.

Student Surgical Society (SSS)

Co-Presidents: Chad Simon ( and Louis Darkwa (

Academic Organization

We are dedicated to cultivating interest in surgery and maximizing potential of our fellow students to become outstanding surgeons. We accomplish this by facilitating shadowing and research opportunities, guest speaker events, and surgical skills workshops.

Students For A National Health Program (SNaHP)


President: Yash Bhatia (

Education Chair:Amel Baker (

Treasurer: Raj Patel (

Political Organization

Welcome to Students for a National Health Program, the student arm of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP). PNHP is a single issue organization advocating a universal, comprehensive single-payer national health program with more than 19,000 members. We believe that a single publicly funded, privately delivered universal health care system is necessary for us to provide high quality care to all our patients.

Sustainability in Medicine (SIM)


President: Sophie Gough ( & Zachary Taub (

Service Organization

The purpose of Sustainability in Medicine is to find environmentally friendly ways of practicing medicine. This includes lowering waste, recycling, and reusing medical supplies when possible. By being more cognizant of the environment when providing care, we increase the quality of life of the local and global population.

Urology Interest Group

President: Julian Pacheco (

Special Interest Organization

Urology is a unique field that lies at the forefront of robotic surgery and innovation. It is a field of medicine which looks into male and female urinary tract and male reproductive tracts. Medical students often do not get exposure to this area of medicine, except as an elective. Urology intersects with many other areas of medicine, including: geriatrics, gynecology, oncology, and pediatrics making exposure to urology essential and relevant.

Our goal is to provide opportunities for exposure to urology research and procedures via on-hands workshops, residency information sessions and collaboration with other student run and professional organizations.

University of Illinois Students for Rare (UISFR)   Positions: Co-Presidents    Emails:  Helena Yan: Kimberly Trochuck:   Name of Organization & Abbreviation: University of Illinois Students for Rare (UISFR)   Org Category: Social/Special Interest Organization    Description: Students for Rare aims to increase awareness and education around rare diseases. We host panels to highlight the roles and experiences of rare disease patients, healthcare providers, researchers, and disease advocates. Additional events focus on exposing students to rare disease research, the interdisciplinary nature of caring for rare disease patients, the importance of advocacy and policy work, and how new therapies are developed. We fundraise for relevant causes and participate in rare disease conferences. Students for Rare is an official chapter of NORD Students for Rare, a division of the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). 



President: Raj Patel (
Treasurer: Rajangad Gurtatta (

Academic/Special Interest Organization

ValUIC seeks to advance care that achieves the best results for patients at the lowest cost at UIHealth and beyond by:

1- Educating UICOM students on value-based medicine. Students will supplement the curriculum with external modules, meeting monthly and interacting with faculty to cement their learning and create a community of advocates.
2 – Engaging in projects with the UIHealth system to evaluate and promote best practices in value-based medicine

Wilderness Medicine Interest Group (WMIG)


President: David Banner (

Recreation / Sport Organization

We are a group dedicated to getting medical students into nature and learning the field of wilderness medicine on the way.