Student Interest Groups
- African Health Professionals Interest Group (AHPIG)
The mission of the African Health Professionals Interest Group is to facilitate discussion and collaboration among medical, nursing, PA and public health students with an interest in healthcare in Sub-Saharan Africa(SSA). Our goal is to promote, embrace and celebrate the diversity in African cultures, explore SSA healthcare systems and connect students with potential mentors.
- American Medical Student Association
We see opportunities to reshape medicine as future physicians. Our vision is a world where health care is accessible, medicine is affordable and systems support the diversity we see around us. We’re the next generation of physicians, leaders and change agents. Seventy years strong, with roughly 30,000 active members all across the globe, AMSA is a student-led, national association that exists to cultivate, inspire and inform medical students.
- Anatomy Teaching Program (ATP)
ATP is a science enrichment program in which YSM students teach basic anatomy to high school students from Hill Regional Career High School. Activities range from observation of dissected cadavers to examination of slides in histology laboratories to exploration of virtual anatomy iBooks.
- Anesthesiology Interest Group
- Association of Women Surgeons
The Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) is committed to supporting women surgeons at various stages in their career – from medical school through retirement. AWS offers our members programs and services 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.
- Bioethics Interest Group
The student-run Bioethics Interest Group offers a monthly forum for medical, nursing and physician assistant students at Yale University School of Medicine to explore issues related to ethics in the training, practice, governance, history and philosophy of medicine. The group offers educational seminars, advocates for the medical ethics in the greater Yale community and facilitates medical students’ participation in the ethical life of the medical center and university at large.
- Biomedical Innovation Club
As a club we play a central role in expanding of the footprint of entrepreneurship on campus and in promoting health innovation at YSM. Members have the chance to work closely with leading faculty in entrepreneurship at YSM, the School of Management, the Yale Center for Engineering Innovation and Design, the Yale Center for Biomedical and Interventional Technology (CBIT) and at the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute, in addition to collaborating with students from other schools who are equally passionate about entrepreneurship. Members help to lead and participate in the annual Yale Health Hackathon, the product of a close collaboration with MIT’s Hacking Health program, and work directly with the top entrepreneurs behind the program. Members also help organize the physician pitch night in collaboration with the School of Management and Yale New Haven Hospital.
- Cancer Student Interest Group
The Cancer Student Interest Group (CSIG) works closely with the Yale Cancer Center to expose students to oncology and the oncological subspecialties. We coordinate events that connect students with faculty mentors, ongoing research, and clinical experiences.
- Cardiothoracic Surgery Interest Group
Our mission is to help foster interest and encourage involvement in thoracic and cardiac surgery for medical students. Specifically we aim to help connect medical students to research opportunities, shadowing experiences, and mentorship in cardiothoracic surgery at Yale. The Integrated CT surgery program is still relatively new, so we would also like to introduce its advantages as a residency program to incoming medical students who may not be aware that such program exists.
- Connecting Through Art
The mission of Connecting through Art is to enhance patient care and medical education through student-led arts and humanities initiatives. We aim to bring personalized artwork into the hospital in order to improve the experience of chronically hospitalized patients. We also organize opportunities to learn about art in activism, engage in reflective workshops, explore the New Haven art scene, and much more. Join us if you have an interest in creating art or using art as a medium to connect with others!
- Creative Writer's Workshop
Writer's Workshop is a supportive community of creative writers across health professions schools. We meet every other week to share our work with one another, receive constructive feedback, and maybe do a writing prompt or two! Come just for fun, come if you want to get a piece ready for submission, or come if you just want to hear from other wonderful writers.
- Critical Care Medicine Student Interest Group (CCM-SIG)
The Yale CCM-SIG is aimed to provide clinical and research exposure to the interdisciplinary field of Critical Care Medicine. Whether it's the Surgical ICU, Medical ICU, Pediatric ICU, Neuro ICU, or Neonatal ICU, CCM-SIG provides insight into the work of critical care teams, and the various academic pathways leading to a career as a critical care intensivist. The CCM-SIG also provides shadowing opportunities, hands-on workshops in critical care skills such as intubation and bedside ultrasound, and faculty lectures surrounding important topics in ICUs such as mechanical ventilation, sepsis, and cutting edge research and technology..
- Cushing Society
The mission of the Cushing Society is to foster a direct educational and research interface between Yale undergraduates and medical students with neurosurgery residents and faculty. To accomplish this, the Cushing Society is dedicated to: Building a mentoring network and community that spans all levels of neurosurgical training and interest, allowing students access to work closely with neurosurgeons and scientists. Connecting interested, dedicated students to basic science and clinical neurosurgery laboratories to spearhead research projects aimed at pushing our field forward.
- Dermatology Interest Group (DIG)
The Dermatology Interest Group (DIG) is a student-run organization committed to providing volunteering, networking, and research opportunities to medical students interested in a career in dermatology.
- Diagnostic Radiology Interest Group
- Donald J Cohen Child Psychiatry Interest Group
The Donald J. Cohen Mentorship Program/Child Psychiatry Interest Group is sponsored by the Yale Child Study Center and designed to expose medical students to the field of child development and psychiatry. We strive to foster an interest in pediatric medicine and psychiatry through a variety of events, as well as through mentoring relationships with physicians in the Child Psychiatry Department.
- Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG)
- Geriatrics Interest Group (GIG)
- Global Health Interest Group (GHIG)
- HAVEN Free Clinic
Mission: To serve as a sustainable free clinic that provides uninsured adults in New Haven with primary care, wellness education, and assistance in securing health care. Additionally, we aim to educate Yale health professional students about primary care and the value of working in health care teams; to allow students to gain experience in community health; and to expose students to the challenges of managing patient care with limited resources.
- Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG)
The purpose of the Internal Medicine Interest Group is to facilitate the exploration and interest in internal medicine among medical students. We value connecting medical students to potential mentors and giving them the opportunity to learn from their peers who are pursuing internal medicine.
- Interventional Radiology Interest Group
The Interventional Radiology Interest Group is a student organization that aims to expose medical students to the diverse and evolving practice and training in interventional radiology. We also assist students in connecting with potential mentors for shadowing and research opportunities.
- Maimonides Society
Welcome to the Maimonides Society, which is a Jewish Medical Student Association for the Yale School of Medicine. The Maimonides Society aims to welcome and support students by creating a Jewish community and family. Over the course of the year, we hold classes, events, dinners, holiday parties, and philanthropic events. The Maimonides Society supports our members by helping in any way we can including connecting students to clergy, learning opportunities, services, etc on the Yale campus. The Maimonides Society continues to evolve and pursue the current students' passions from medical ethics to Jewish education.
- Medical Education Interest Group
We are an organization composed of medical students and faculty members with an interest in developing our skills as medical educators and medical education scholars. Our group serves as an umbrella organization to connect members to medical education opportunities throughout the 4+ years of medical school, to facilitate interactions between students, residents and faculty mentors, and to develop formal and informal medical education programs. MedEd collaborates closely with the Office of Education, the Teaching and Learning Center, and the Yale School of Medicine. Through the encouragement of skill development, scholarship, leadership, and mentorship, MedEd hopes to contribute to the increasing status of medical education at Yale.
- Medical Mandarin Interest Group
- Medical Students for Choice
Medical Students for Choice is an international organization of medical students and residents dedicated to integrating equitable and accessible reproductive justice education into the curriculum and works to foster the next generation of reproductive healthcare providers. Yale’s chapter of MSFC is a safe community to advance these goals, while collaborating with local organizations and activists, to secure comprehensive reproductive and sexual health care for all.
- Mindfulness in Medicine
The Mindfulness in Medicine Interest Group aims to explore the integration of mindfulness into clinical practice, both for our patients and ourselves. The interest group will provide opportunities to learn about programs, such as Mindfulness-Based Stressed Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, with first-hand experiential learning of the practices employed in these programs. We will delve into the clinical research on these therapies to raise awareness amongst providers. Additionally, we will discuss the difficulties and controversies of employing mindfulness-based practices, which are often adapted from different cultures and religious backgrounds, into a clinical setting. The Mindfulness in Medicine Interest Group will work to raise awareness amongst providers about evidence-based complementary treatments.
- Music and Medicine
Music and Medicine seeks to create a musical community within Yale's medical community dedicated to exploring music and its connections to medicine. Comprised of healers-in-training, our organization recognizes that healing is not merely an objective science, but also an art, and that music, as a form of nonverbal communication and a platform for emotions, is remarkable for its therapeutic power. We seek to bring the healing effect of music to a diverse body of patients in the greater New Haven area through monthly performances at hospitals, nursing homes, addiction clinics, and other health facilities. In addition, by offering opportunities for musical expression, collaboration, and enjoyment, we hope to foster the development of the humanity, artistry, and subjective sensitivity essential to become holistic healers.
- Neighborhood Health Project
The primary mission of the Neighborhood Health Project (NHP) is to 1) improve access to healthcare and 2) provide free screenings and education about hypertension and diabetes for underserved, low-income individuals in the New Haven community. NHP is located at The Episcopal Church of St. Paul and St. James, 57 Olive Street and is held Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
- OB/GYN Interest Group
The OB/GYN Interest Group strives to educate students about issues related to all areas in the field of OB/GYN and women's health, including maternal-fetal medicine, fertility, reproductive endocrinology, gynecologic oncology, family planning, as well as urogynecology and pelvic surgery. We seek to inspire health students to pursue research and clinical opportunities in the field..Contact:
- Ophthalmology Interest Group
The Ophthalmology Interest Group (OIG) is a student-run organization at the Yale School of Medicine. The mission of OIG is to expose Yale Medical Students to the field of ophthalmology and foster excitement for the field. This is accomplished through peer-to-peer mentorship as well as faculty shadowing, mentorship, and research.
- Palliative Care Scholars (PCS)
Palliative Care Scholars (PCS) provides medical students a vital introduction to palliative care, an often overlooked and oversimplified specialty whose central principles--e.g. consideration of patient goals, thorough communication, emotional support, etc.--are gradually being integrated into general practice.
- Pediatrics Interest Group (PIG)
The Pediatrics Interest Group is a student group dedicated to fostering and developing the interests of students in the field of pediatrics. We hope to give students the opportunity to interact with faculty across a range of pediatric specialties through small-group speaker series events, research presentations, and shadowing opportunities, and thereby expose students to the many ways in which they can care for children as physicians.
- Physician-Administration Collaborative
The Physician-Administration Collaborative (PACt) aims to bridge the gap between clinicians and administrators and equip medical students to become physician-administrators. PACt strives to expose students to the essential operations that keep healthcare services running, including the challenges that both physicians and administrators face in navigating the system. Activities include a speaker series with administrators, mentorship on physician-administrator career paths, and opportunities to join studies and projects related to administrative efficiency.
- Physicians for Social Responsibility and Medical Students for Sustainable Future Combined Chapter (PSR/MSFSF)
The PS/MSFSF Yale School of Medicine Student Chapter aims to promote human health in Connecticut and the New Haven community by addressing pollution and climate change through education, service and advocacy.
- Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Interest Group
The mission of the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) Interest Group is to raise awareness of the field of PM&R, engage medical students and health professionals in the community at large, and foster skill development in research and hands-on skills pertaining to the field. These goals are met by establishing clinical shadowing programs, hosting guest speakers, holding hands-on workshops, collaborating with neighboring schools, and more.
- Precision Medicine Interest Group (PSIG)
PMIG is a student-led organization dedicated to promoting student education and interests in precision medicine – a rapidly evolving, multidisciplinary field that seeks to tailor therapeutic and preventative care. Throughout the academic year, we will organize talks and panels from leaders in the field to help students to explore clinical, research, and career opportunities in precision medicine.
- Prenatal Partners
Yale Prenatal Partners aims to pair health professional students with expectant mothers who desire additional social support through their pregnancy with the goal of enhancing the expectant mother’s perceived social support while also providing students with a longitudinal experience throughout the prenatal stage and into the postpartum period. Students will accompany the expectant mother to prenatal visits and classes, as well as the delivery, as desired by the mother. We hope through this experience that expectant mothers and students are able to develop a meaningful partnership and that students deepen their understanding of the medical, social, and economic factors that influence pregnancy.strong>
- Radiation Oncology Interest Group
- REMEDY at Yale
- Founded in 1991 by William H. Rosenblatt, Yale Professor of Anesthesiology, REMEDY at Yale is a group of health care professionals and others promoting the nationwide practice of recovery of exposed-but-unused surgical supplies. The end goal of our mission is to provide international medical relief while reducing solid medical waste from US hospitals.
- Socially Responsible Surgery at Yale
Socially Responsible Surgery at Yale is a resident and student-led organization, founded at BU, that aims to increase health equity in surgery via "pillars" of advocacy, research, and service/education. Yale students organize/participate in advocacy events (e.g., 5ks for Trauma awareness), research projects, and volunteering in the hospital to teach patients about elements of wound care/diet post-surgery and screen them for need of additional services.
- Stamp Out Stroke
Stamp Out Stroke is a community service organization that aims to provide stroke education in New Haven and surrounding areas. We are dedicated to teaching our community how to recognize signs of stroke, reduce stroke risk factors, and receive prompt care. Our activities include giving educational lectures, fundraising, and enacting other community outreach efforts.
- Student Interest Group in Neurology/Neurosurgery (SIGN)
- The Southwick Society
The Southwick Society provides Yale School of Medicine students with mentorship opportunities, clinical education, and tactile exercises to prepare them for a future career in orthopaedic surgery. Learn more about our group on our webpage.
- The Ultrasounds!
As YSM’s co-ed a cappella group, the Ultrasounds aims to bring the joy of music to the medical school campus. We aim to provide an environment where singers of varying levels of experience, from shower singers to classically trained choral singers, can come together in their love of music. In addition to the known benefits of group singing on the brain, we believe that the Ultrasounds provides a unique opportunity for medical students to explore how musical expression contributes to healing.
- Urology Interest Group
- Wilderness Medicine Interest Group
The Wilderness Medicine Interest group helps connect members of the Yale medical community who share an enthusiasm for the outdoors, as well as host medical training related to the exploration of the wilderness, often provided by Yale’s Department of Emergency Medicine.
- Women in Medicine (WIM)
he Women in Medicine interest group at the Yale School of Medicine is a group committed to promoting the academic growth of women in medicine and medical sciences. We host events for medical students to learn from and connect with female-identifying faculty and researchers in medicine at Yale.
- Yale Aerospace Medicine Student and Resident Organization (AMSRO)
We are Yale's chapter of AMSRO, the Aerospace Medicine Student and Resident Organization. AMSRO is part of the larger Aerospace Medicine Association (AsMA), which is the world's largest organization dedicated to aerospace medicine. We invite all Yale medical students to join us. We offer valuable networking opportunities through our speaker series, journal club, access to national membership benefits, scholarships, conference participation, finding aerospace medicine research opportunities, and connecting with AMSRO and AsMA members across the world. Whether you're an aspiring spaceflight surgeon or completely new to this fun specialty, this group has something to offer to everyone. NOTE: Due to administrative constraints, participation in this group is limited to medical students; residents will not be able to join.
- Yale Center for Asylum Medicine (YCAM)
- YSM Golf Club
The YSM Golf Club serves to create a community for students with an interest in the sport and golfers of all levels to enjoy the game of golf.
- Yale Hands-On Pathology
Yale Hands-On Pathology (YHOP) aims to promote interest in Laboratory Medicine and Pathology by providing students with hands-on laboratory experiences led by Yale faculty and trainees.
- Yale Health Policy Interest Group
- Yale Health Professions Christian Fellowship
The Yale Health Professionals Christian Fellowship (YHPCF) is a student-run interdenominational Christian group composed of students, faculty, and others affiliated with the medical, nursing, public health, and physician assistant programs and local hospitals. We are united by our common desire to know Jesus Christ and to apply our faith in the health professions.
- Yale Med FC (Intramural Soccer Team)
- Yale Muslims in Medicine (YMIM)
- Yale Medical Student Psychiatric Association
Yale Medical Student Psychiatry Association (YMSPA) is a student interest group that seeks to foster interest in the field of psychiatry through events bringing faculty and students from Yale School of Medicine together. Events are typically presentations followed by discussion of a wide range of topics pertinent to the field of psychiatry.
- Yale Otolaryngology Interest Group (YOTO)
- Yale Patient Navigator Program
We are a student collaboration between the Yale School of Medicine (MD and PA) and the Yale School of Nursing (YSN) committed to supporting patients in our community. Working with predominantly refugee patients from the Primary Care Center and St. Raphael’s Campus, we work to address social and economic barriers to healthcare and help patients with housing, food insecurity, transportation, and more. Paired with individuals and families, navigators develop longitudinal relationships with their patients, working alongside them to learn about agencies and organizations in the Greater New Haven area to ensure their success within the healthcare system and the community.
- Yale School of Mileage
- Yale Students for a National Health Program (SNaHP)
YSM Students for a National Health Program is the Yale chapter of the national SNaHP organization (the student arm of Physicians for a National Health Program). Our group provides a space for medical students to organize advocacy and discuss different policy solutions to the issue of healthcare access in the US (including but not limited to single-payer).
- Yale Surgical Interest Group (YSIG)
YSIG is an organization for Yale Medical School students interested in exploring careers in surgery and its subspecialties. With support from the Department of Surgery, students are afforded the opportunity to become junior members of the surgical community.
- Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Interest Group (VESIG)
The Yale Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Interest Group (VESIG) provides medical students with early exposure to the specialty of vascular surgery. Medical students are also afforded the opportunity to integrate into the specialty in the form of research projects, clinical exposure and simulation activities early in their medical career.