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Student Organizations

Feinberg has nearly 70 student groups with a ranges of themes and focus. From national medical student organizations to identity, performing arts, and community involvement, these organizations represent our students’ diverse interests and talents. Explore the possibilities available in our dynamic campus community.

Affinity Groups

 AMA Feinberg Chapter

The Northwestern Chapter of the American Medical Association strives to expand the horizon and experience of Northwestern students by coordinating advocacy and networking opportunities with medical experts. We are committed to developing leadership, furthering the integrity and viability of the medical profession, and promoting activism for the health of America.             

 AMSA

The mission of AMSA is to foster a community of future physicians through education and advocacy. Our branch will work towards that goal at Feinberg and collaborate with the national AMSA organization.

 American Medical Women's Association

The American Medical Women’s Association is an organization which functions at the local, national and international level to advance women in medicine and improve women’s health. We achieve this by providing and developing leadership, advocacy, education, expertise, mentoring and strategic alliances.


http://www.amwa-doc.org/

 Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association

The Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association (APAMSA) is a national organization of medical and pre-medical students committed to addressing the unique health challenges of Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) communities. APAMSA serves as a forum for student leaders to engage these health issues and develop initiatives and projects addressing those needs. APAMSA aims to promote the health of the APIA community and help healthcare workers understand how to care for APIA patients in a culturally sensitive manner. Finally, APAMSA provides an important venue for medical students to meet, exchange experiences, and develop personally and professionally through leadership and service.

 Association of Native American Medical Students

The Association of Native American Medical Students (ANAMS) is a student organization representing Native American graduate health professions students. We provide support and a resource network for all Native Americans currently enrolled in health professional schools and strive to increase the number of Native American students in medicine. We promote exposure and recognition of native health issues in the medical community. ANAMS National is primarily supported by the Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP). ​

 Catholic Medical Association - Student Section

The purpose of the Catholic Medical Association Student Section (CMA-SS) shall be:

  • To provide support and assistance to Catholic medical students so that they can grow in their faith and understanding of the principles of the Catholic faith in the course of their training, appropriate to the level of their education.
  • To provide formal opportunities for education, service and worship in medical school settings;
  • To collaborate and advance participation with local guilds of the Catholic Medical Association (CMA), in upholding the principles of the Catholic faith in the science and practice of medicine.

 

 Christian Medical and Dental Association

Our mission is to promote student well-being by fostering an inclusive community for students to explore the intersection of the Christian faith and medicine.               

 Feinberg LGBTQ+ Alliance

The Feinberg LGBTQ+ Alliance at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine promotes safety, inclusion, and acceptance of LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and staff through advocacy, education, and discussion of LGBTQ+ issues and rights.

 Jewish Medical Student Organization

JMSO is dedicated to helping students remain actively connected to their Jewish identities during their time at Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine. JMSO hosts Shabbat dinners, holiday get-togethers and other events to encourage discussion, service and self-reflection.

 Latino Medical Student Association

LMSA is a student-run organization whose mission is to unify all Latino medical students to provide a voice for underrepresented students. It also seeks to empower medical students through service, mentorship, and education to advocate for the health of the Latino community.      

 Medical Mandarin Club

Medical Mandarin Club is a student group that provides students with knowledge of medical Mandarin Chinese and associated cultural competency through engaging in peer-to-peer education. These activities align with the core competencies of Patient-Centered Medical Care and Effective Communication and Interpersonal Skills, as speaking to patients in their primary language can help build patient-physician rapport and reduce stress from communication issues.  The club will also have the potential to support the competency of Community Engagement and Service in the future, as students educated in medical Mandarin will be able to volunteer as translators and student providers at events serving Mandarin-speaking patients.

 Muslim Student Association

This group will help Feinberg students develop appropriate communication skills when interacting with patients from an Islamic background. In addition, it aims to promote public health through community outreach. As medical school can be a time of significant stress, it also aims to encourage self-care/well-being among Muslim students through communal support.

 Phi Rho Sigma

Our mission is dedicated to the enhancement of medical education, service to humanity, and fellowship among its members.          

 Student National Medical Association (SNMA)

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 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.   

Community Groups & Organizations

 Action for Youth Athletes in Chicago

Action for Youth Athletes in Chicago (AFYAC) exists to serve the community, and provide opportunities for Feinberg students to gain clinical experience, through the provision of free medical care to injured student-athletes. The organization will work with Uplift Community High School staff and Shirley Ryan AbilityLab physicians to coordinate clinic visits and educational programs.              

 

 Adolescent Medicine

Adolescent Medicine is a community organization comprised of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine students who have a passion for sustainable education and the promotion of healthy lifestyles in teenagers and young adults. Adolescent Medicine functions to advocate for the health and education of teenagers and young adults during their transitional years of independence through a bi-annual Lifestyle Medicine course focusing on nutrition, physical activity, and mental health.

 All Ears at Feinberg School of Medicine

All Ears FSM aims to provide companionship for chronically and terminally ill patients at Northwestern Memorial and Prentice Women’s Hospitals while providing its members with unique opportunities to grow in the following areas: 1) continuous learning and quality improvement; 2) system awareness and team-based care; 3) effective communication and interpersonal skills; and 4) patient-centered medical care.

 Camp Wildcat

Camp Wildcat is an organization that works with Chicago Youth Programs to provide a group of underprivileged, at-risk Chicago children the opportunity to go camping, along with other activities that would otherwise be inaccessible.

 CHC Cardiology Clinic

The purpose of CHC Cardiology is to provide early exposure to the field of cardiology to the students of Feinberg School of Medicine. We aim to enhance patient-centered medical care as well as community engagement and service for everyone involved. The union of specialty care and serving underserved populations provides a unique opportunity to also address and recognize universal public health barriers, becoming a more conscientious physician.             

 CHC Ophthalmology Clinic

CommunityHealth Clinic Endocrinology’s mission is to provide high-quality, free endocrine care to uninsured and vulnerable individuals and to offer medical students early exposure to endocrinology. CommunityHealth Clinic Endocrinology operates a regular student-run free clinic and hosts lunch talks on endocrinology topics.

 CHC Ophthalmology Clinic

CHC Ophthalmology Clinic gives students the opportunity to practice some unique exam skills (eg. tonometry, slit lamp exam, other super cool ophtho stuff!) as well as provide eye care to an underserved patient population. 

 Chicago Medicine & Street Outreach

Chicago Medicine & Street Outreach strives to serve those experiencing homelessness in the Chicago area. In conjunction with local non-profit organizations, we provide Feinberg students the opportunity to participate in weekly blood pressure screenings, monthly health education days, and volunteer with the Night Ministry's Street Medicine program.

 Chicago Youth Program Pediatric Clinic

The Chicago Youth Programs (CYP) Pediatric Clinic brings medical student volunteers to Chicago’s North Side every Tuesday evening to work with underserved pediatric patients while learning new clinical skills and collaborating with an excellent medical team to deliver high-quality care.

 Chicago Youth Program Tutoring

The Mission of Chicago Youth Programs (CYP) is to improve the health and life opportunities of at-risk youth using a comprehensive approach aimed at developing their capabilities. Such a lofty goal thus requires a great volunteer effort. CYP, founded in 1984 by Northwestern medical students, though since expanded to serve more neighborhoods in Chicago, has always had a special partnership with Northwestern. The Mission of CYP at the Feinberg School of Medicine (FSM) shall be to train and provide volunteers towards and support the greater Mission of CYP, as well as enriching the education experience of the members through interactions with at-risk Chicago youth enrolled in CYP. This will be done through structured tutoring and mentorship opportunities with youth participants in CYP and by enabling volunteers to participate in the CYP free clinic at Lurie Children’s Hospital. Members volunteering with CYP shall see their educational experience enriched beyond that of their classroom education by developing skills in Community Engagement and Service, Effective Communication and Interpersonal Skills, Patient Centered Medical Care, and Systems Awareness and Team Based Care.

 Chinatown Clinic

The Chinatown Clinic seeks to provide medical services to the Chicago Chinatown community, help students gain a greater understanding of the needs of this community, and cultivate culturally competent care. The organization’s goals align with the core competencies of Community Engagement and Service, Medical Knowledge and Scholarship, and Patient-Centered Medical Care.      

 Devon Clinic

The mission of Devon Clinic is to provide students of the Feinberg School of Medicine an opportunity to expand and apply their medical knowledge in service of an underserved community of Chicago.       

 Health Equity Group

We are dedicated to organizing students interested in addressing issues of health equity. Our mission is to advocate for greater incorporation of health equity into Feinberg curricular elements, foster a broader understanding of social determinants of health within Chicago and the greater community, promote collaboration among Feinberg student groups interested in addressing issues of health equity, and increase students’ capacity to take actions directed at eliminating health disparities.

 Hepatitis B Alliance

Hepatitis B Alliance aims to provide culturally, socially and linguistically appropriate care to the underserved population of Chicago Chinatown with chronic hepatitis B infection. In addition, we will provide medical students and undergraduate students valuable experience in working with a unique patient population in order to develop the competencies of Patient-Centered Medical Care, Community Engagement and Service, and Continuous Learning & Quality Improvement.

 Keep Your Heart Healthy

The mission of Keep Your Heart Healthy (KYHH) is to improve the cardiovascular health of the greater Chicago community while also strengthening the skills of Feinberg medical students in community cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention. KYHH aims to develop a successful model of academic and city health department collaboration with the goal of preventing chronic diseases while increasing access to healthcare services for a wide range of populations in Chicago. KYHH demonstrates almost all of the Feinberg competencies, but has a focus on combining three of them: Community Engagement and Service, Medical Knowledge and Scholarship, and System Awareness and Team-Based Care. Through our integrative approach to community outreach, we are able to teach both students and participants medical knowledge while better understanding participants’ individual needs in the context of a larger healthcare system.  

 New Life Volunteering Society

The purpose of New Life Volunteering Society (NLVS) is to provide service to those in need especially through healthcare and education in order to reduce disparities and improve the overall well-being of our local communities and the world. Additionally, the Northwestern Chapter of the organization focuses on fostering communication between medical students and health professionals as well as facilitating clinical experiences in healthcare. Through volunteerism, NLVS strives to improve community health while enabling the growth of future professionals who are passionate about service.

The objectives of NLVS are to provide opportunities for medical students to volunteer in clinical settings in Evanston, Chicago and abroad, to teach patients how to make healthy lifestyle changes, and to aid in the establishment of healthcare services in developing nations.

 Second Opinions

Second Opinions has a two-fold mission. First, we strive to improve the health of Chicago’s under-served populations by providing strategic thinking and results-oriented analysis to the leaders of Chicago-area healthcare organizations. Second, we are committed to providing Feinberg medical students with rich, hands-on opportunities to learn about and improve organizational challenges in healthcare. 

 SPARC (Students for Patient Advocacy and Research in the Community)

Our vision: To inspire the next generation of healthcare advocates and empower them with the capacity to improve the health of their communities; to spark curiosity to uncover social determinants of health and collaborate with communities to achieve health equity; and activate students to advocate for patients at all levels ranging from practice to policy.

Our goals:

  • Empower students across Chicago to improve the health of their communities
  • Collaborate with communities to work towards health equity
  • Motivate students to advocate for patients at all levels ranging from practice to policy

 

Passion Groups

 Dance Interest Group

The purpose of the Dance Interest Group is to give medical students the opportunity to learn how to dance and build camaraderie through dancing together. Our mission is to teach fellow students about various forms of dance and bring students together to enjoy the art and exercise of dance. Through learning and practicing dance together, students can practice Personal Awareness and Self-Care as well as Effective Communication and Interpersonal Skills.

 Docapella

Docappella is Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s a cappella interest and performance group. Docappella provides a musical outlet for medical students through a cappella. Docappella strives for inclusion and musicianship. Docappella is a group of medical students who love to sing acapella renditions of popular songs. We perform at several events throughout the year, including In Vivo and Night on Call.

 In Vivo

In Vivo is an annual sketch comedy show that raises money for local charities. The writing, directing, and acting are done by medical students and highlight a lighter side of medical school. The show contains live performances, video skits, and musical performances. The mission of In Vivo is to promote laughter and build community while providing a creative outlet for the performers and writers.

 Medical Innovations and Business

We are a group of students at the Feinberg School of Medicine committed to furthering innovation and business in medicine. Our aim is to consolidate and expand the innovation/business community at Northwestern, Feinberg, and NMH. Our goals are to: increase student exposure and experience in innovation and business in medicine, develop resources to connect medical innovators in the NU community, and encourage students to improve patient outcomes by solving medical problems.

          

 NUtrition

The mission of our club is to create a forum for medical students to talk about and explore various issues in nutrition, in both a professional and personal context. We welcome students from all health professions and interest levels to be a part of our group!

 Anesthesiology Interest Group

The Anesthesiology Interest Group seeks to help students gain a greater understanding of the medical specialty of anesthesiology, the medical knowledge associated with the specialty, and the career development necessary to pursue the specialty.          

 Cardiology Interest Group

The Cardiology Interest Group is a Feinberg School of Medicine student group committed to increasing student awareness of careers in cardiology and encouraging student engagement in the field. CIG also serves as a connection between the cardiology department and the student body. Finally, CIG provides students an interactive environment to meet with faculty, exchange ideas and pursue their interests or explore field of cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery and other related specialties.

 Dermatology Interest Group

The Dermatology Interest Group aims to facilitate opportunities for students to meet faculty members, shadow current faculty members, participate in meaningful service and clinical experiences, and gain greater exposure to the field of dermatology.

 Emergency Medicine Interest Group

The Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG) exists to foster interest and increase knowledge about the field of emergency medicine. Through educational talks, resident and student interactions, and simulation events, EMIG enhances student’s knowledge and ability to perform the best quality patient-centered medical care, while also creating an atmosphere among fellow students and residents that builds teamwork, strong communication, and a focus on continuous self-learning.          

 Family Medicine Interest Group

The Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) works to increase networking and professional development opportunities for those interested in Family Medicine and stimulate interest in Family Medicine within the Feinberg student body. As members of the FMIG, students have an opportunity to explore leadership and financial opportunities within Family and Community Medicine by networking with Family Medicine students, doctors and leaders. It is dedicated to reaching the following goals:

  • Exposing students to the interaction between primary care and the medical community
  • Helping students gain a better understanding of determinants of health and how they can be approached from a primary care standpoint
  • Building awareness about the specialty of family medicine and primary care, and connect students with University and Community leaders in this area
  • Beginning to develop the skills required to become a family medicine physician through experiential and classroom learning
  • Providing students access and exposure to community health centers, and help them to understand the role they play in patient health care

 Global Surgery Student Alliance

Global surgery is a growing field that recognizes that surgical care must be expanded to low-income settings in a multi-disciplinary approach that includes the basic infrastructure needed to create lasting changes. The Feinberg Global Surgery Student Alliance engages students, residents, and faculty within and beyond our institution who recognize these needs and seeks to facilitate the sharing of ideas, experiences, research, and opportunities within this field. It is our vision that students pursuing surgical careers may become involved with global surgery early during their training and remain committed to it at each stage of their training and practice.

 Health Career Collaborative

This organization and the NU chapter’s mission correlates well with several of the core competencies of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine: Through preparation of the student lessons, members will enhance their medical knowledge and scholarship, through teaching the high school students, members will learn effective communication and interpersonal skills, and as representatives of NU, members will demonstrate professional behavior when serving their local community through this service activity.

 Internal Medicine Society

The purpose of this society is to increase student awareness of careers in internal medicine and serve as a connection between the internal medicine department and student body.        

 Interventional Radiology Interest Group

The mission of the Interventional Radiology Interest Group (IRIG) is to increase awareness and facilitate exploration of the field of interventional radiology amongst the student body of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. To accomplish our mission, we will hold educational talks with guest speakers, connect students with interventional radiologists for shadowing and research experiences, and facilitate students’ interactions with the field of interventional radiology on a broader, national level.      

        

 Loyal Davis Surgical Society

The Loyal Davis Surgical Interest Group (LDSIG) has a mission to promote and develop student interest in the field of surgery at the earliest possible time. The group serves to act as a resource for students, through hosting workshops, panels, and talks, while also facilitating access to research and shadowing opportunities.              

 Med Peds Interest Group

Feinberg’s Med-Peds Interest Group exists to unite a community of young professionals interested in the field of medicine-pediatrics. This group will seek to bring together individuals, from medical students to attendings, in order to share information, advice, and passions. The Med-Peds Interest Group will be representing Feinberg’s core competencies by serving as another channel for students to learn how to combine their interests with a lifelong path of scholarship and patient service.          

          

 Medical Innovations and Business

We are a group of students at the Feinberg School of Medicine committed to furthering innovation and business in medicine. Our aim is to consolidate and expand the innovation/business community at Northwestern, Feinberg, and NMH. Our goals are to: increase student exposure and experience in innovation and business in medicine, develop resources to connect medical innovators in the NU community, and encourage students to improve patient outcomes by solving medical problems.

          

 Medical Students for Choice

Medical Students for Choice (MSFC) is a non-profit organization that works throughout the world to create tomorrow’s abortion providers and pro-choice physicians through supporting medical student advocacy and programming, improving the reproductive health curricula in schools and residencies and increasing abortion training opportunities. The group’s mission aligns well with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s competencies because it helps create students who are continuously learning more about the field of reproductive health and engaging themselves in patient advocacy and service in order to provide patient-centered reproductive health care to women.    

 

 Neurological Surgery Interest Group

The Neurological Surgery Interest group aims to expose Feinberg School of Medicine students to the field of neurological surgery in a context outside of the classroom via faculty presentations/discussions, interactive activities, shadowing opportunities, and grand round observation. In addition, students will also have the opportunity to participate in an annual anatomy lab led by faculty to acquire hands-on experience. This group will also facilitate communication among like-minded individuals at Feinberg School of Medicine to learn from each other through the sharing of experiences and ideas. This group welcomes any and all members of the student body and strives to expand on the core competencies emphasized in the curriculum at the Feinberg School of Medicine in an extracurricular setting with particular reference to neurological surgery. The group also seeks to expose undergraduate students to medicine and neurosurgery via participation in its events.

 NU Students for a National Health Program

We are dedicated to organizing medical students interested in learning about single payer healthcare and advocating for Medicare for all within the Feinberg and Chicago community. Our mission is to educate the Northwestern community about single payer healthcare, advocate for single payer healthcare, collaborate with other SNaHP chapters and Chicago based community organizations and foster a broader understanding of healthcare system inequality and healthcare policy within the student body.

 NUAID

help set up to global health trips over the summer in India and Mexico. These trips help show students how healthcare is delivered in underserved areas and give students a chance to experience some of the challenges and rewards of global health work.

 NU-Feinberg Connections

We seek to provide mentorship, assistance, and advice to aspiring pre-medical students attending Northwestern University. In doing so, we hope to be of service to the greater Northwestern community outside of Feinberg and to engage in constructive reflection of ourselves and our path to medical school, giving us a greater appreciation for where we are now.

 OB/GYN Interest Group

The Ob-Gyn Interest Group serves to introduce and expose Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine students to the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology by organizing various opportunities and events. Our mission is to stimulate interest in this specialty by promoting awareness and support for women’s health, in keeping with Feinberg’s core competencies. Through Labor & Delivery shadowing, Gynecology clinic volunteering, and informational lunch talks and panels, we hope to promote the spirit of Community Engagement & Service, Patient-centered Medical Care, and Medical Knowledge & Scholarship.

 Oncology Interest Group

The goal of the Oncology Interest Group is to provide knowledge and promote an interest in the specialty of oncology. We organize opportunities for interaction with basic and clinical research programs, clinicians, and patients to highlight the rewarding opportunities and unique challenges that working with cancer provides.

 Ophthalmology Interest Group

The Ophthalmology Interest Group is organized to secure an active role for medical students with an interest in Ophthalmology in connecting to various resources, providing a platform for collaboration, and encouraging interaction and communication between medical students and faculty in Ophthalmology. OIG works to stimulate interest and increase professional development opportunities.

 Orthopaedic Surgical Society

To connect medical students at Feinberg with the field of orthopedics, whether for the first time or for continued interest.

 Otolaryngology Interest Group

The Otolaryngology Interest Group aims to provide opportunities for students at the Feinberg School of Medicine to explore the field of otolaryngology. The Otolaryngology Interest Group strives to provide a space for Northwestern students to learn about Ear, Nose, and Throat Surgery and its related fields through interactions with students, residents, fellows, and faculty members. The group’s specific objectives are to (1) connect interested students with mentors in the ENT field, (2) educate students about the medical specialty, and (3) provide shadowing and other opportunities for early exposure.

 Pediatrics Interest Group

The Pediatrics Interest Group (PIG) is a student-led organization with a goal to increase student awareness and appreciation for the field of pediatrics through sponsored events, volunteer opportunities and early student exposure to mentoring with participating Lurie Children’s hospital physicians. Faculty advisers with expertise in pediatric research, hospital- and community-based medicine assist PIG student leaders in hosting an exciting year of various opportunities for participating medical students. Past events planned have included informative lunch talks with invited pediatric speakers, an annual medical student-pediatric faculty dinner event, student tours of Lurie Children’s and multiple shadowing opportunities.              

 Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Interest Group

The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Interest Group aims to increase awareness of the field of PM&R through mentorship, educational and volunteer opportunities, and serving as a resource to connect students to the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. The group seeks to satisfy the competencies of Continuous Learning and Quality Improvement and Systems Awareness and Team-Based Care.           

 

 Society of Preventive Medicine

Within medical school, preventive medicine is not well known as a healthcare discipline. To address this need in the medical student population, our group aims to: 1) to educate medical students on the field of preventive medicine 2) to provide research and mentorship opportunities for students to become involved in this area. We aim to accomplish each of these respective goals by: 1) hosting talks on issues about preventive medicine and hosting panels from current preventive medicine physicians 2) connecting interested students with faculty members in the field. We hope that through this organization we can bring more awareness and inspire career specific interests at the intersection of preventive medicine.              


 SPARC (Students for Patient Advocacy and Research in the Community)

Our vision: To inspire the next generation of healthcare advocates and empower them with the capacity to improve the health of their communities; to spark curiosity to uncover social determinants of health and collaborate with communities to achieve health equity; and activate students to advocate for patients at all levels ranging from practice to policy.

Our goals:

  • Empower students across Chicago to improve the health of their communities
  • Collaborate with communities to work towards health equity
  • Motivate students to advocate for patients at all levels ranging from practice to policy

 

 Student Interest Group in Neurology

The Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN) exists to foster interest and increase knowledge about the field of neurology. Through educational talks, resident and student interactions, and simulation events, SIGN enhances student’s knowledge and ability to perform the best quality patient-centered medical care, while also creating an atmosphere that builds teamwork, strong communication, and a focus on continuous self-learning.    

     

 Student Physicians for Social Responsibility

Student Physicians for Social Responsibility is dedicated to supporting community service, advocacy, and education for environmental sustainability and anti-nuclear efforts, in the context of improving health. They seek to fight for social justice by mitigating the effects of climate change and other threats to human health posed by the physical and built environment. SPSR engages students and community members in these issues through lunch talks and programs to improve sustainability practices at the Chicago Northwestern campus and foster understanding about how the environment impacts community members. They also collaborate with organization chapters at other Chicago medical schools. 

 Urology Interest Group

The mission of the Urology Special Interest Group is to introduce Feinberg students to the field of Urology and to facilitate the development of educational activities to expose and educate the student body about the department of Urology. 

 Winding Paths

Winding Paths seeks to cultivate a supportive community for self-described non-traditional students and to leverage those perspectives to enhance the Feinberg experience.