Medical students at Feinberg organize a diverse range of community, special interest and social student organizations. Through participation in these groups, students gain valuable leadership and organization skills while coordinating on-campus special events, social gatherings, educational lectures and workshops as well as volunteering both locally and internationally.
To view a list of Feinberg's Specialty Interest Groups, please click here.
Action for Young Athletes in Chicago
Action for Youth Athletes in Chicago (AFYAC) exists to serve the community, and provide opportunities for Feinberg students to gain valuable clinical experience, through the provision of free medical care to injured student-athletes.
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
The purpose of All Ears FSM is to provide medical and undergraduate students with the opportunity to visit patients in the hospital with chronic or terminal illnesses. We believe this benefits patients, who may be comforted by visitors, as well as medical students, who will learn more about end-of-life issues in the medical field. As part of the program, medical students will also have an opportunity to
pair with and mentor undergraduate students from Northwestern University who are interested in medicine. Finally, All Ears FSM will provide its members with the opportunity to engage in monthly discussions regarding topics in end-of-life care with palliative and critical care doctors.
Overall, we seek to give both medical and undergraduate students a holistic volunteering/clinical experience while offering companionship to hospitalized patients.
American Medical Association
The American Medical Student Section is dedicated to representing medical students, improving medical education, developing leadership and promoting activism for the health of America.
is committed to improving health care and healthcare delivery to all people; promoting active improvement in medical education; involving its members in the social, moral and ethical obligations of the profession of medicine; assisting in the improvement and understanding of world health problems; contributing to the welfare of medical students, interns, residents and post-MD/DO trainees; and advancing the profession of medicine.
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.
Anesthesiology Interest Group
The goal of the group is to introduce the field of anesthesiology to M1 and M2 students by developing connections with current residents and faculty in the anesthesiology department.
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.
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.
Cardiology Interest Group
Catholic Medical Association
CHC Cardiology Clinic
Cardio Clinic is one of the specialty clinics at the Community Health Clinic (CHC). We work once a month with fellows and attendings from NMH. Cardio Clinic is an excellent opportunity to provide specialty care to underserved Chicago communities, gain insight into the field of cardiology and learn from students, fellows and attendings.
Chicago Youth Program Tutoring
CYP is a Chicago-wide organization that runs a wide range of programs for kids formerly from Cabrini-Green, Uptown and Washington Park from ages 3-25 including mentoring, tutoring and much more to empower them to escape poverty. Here at Feinberg, we hold weekly tutoring for 9th-12th graders as well as ACT prep.
Chicago Youth Program Pediatric Clinic
The Chinatown Clinic provides free primary medical care to an underserved, mainly immigrant population. Held weekly, the clinic promotes volunteer and community service among Feinberg students by providing one-on-one opportunities to interact with patients with diverse needs. Each week, a team of volunteer physicians, nurses, medical students and translators address the needs of anywhere from 15 to 30 patients. The clinic opens Sunday mornings at 11 a.m. and is scheduled to run until 1 p.m. The Chinatown Clinic is the sole provider of healthcare for most of the patients and has served over 1,700 people since its inception.
Students are encouraged to attend Chinatown Clinic orientation meetings during the first weeks of the school year, but can sign up to volunteer throughout the year. In the spring, the Chinatown Clinic organizes its annual community-wide health screening fair open to the public, bringing together Feinberg students, students from other schools, translators and physicians representing many specialties. The health fair typically serves over 300 patients in one day. Throughout the year, the clinic also organizes other community service events and opportunities for Feinberg students to further enrich their education.
Christian Medical and Dental Association
The Feinberg CMDA chapter is a group of student physicians committed to learning about the Gospel and applying our Christian faith to the practice of Medicine. Events include regular bible studies, prayer time, worship and fellowship.
Collegium for Neurological Surgery
The Feinberg Collegium for Neurological Surgery provides medical students the opportunity to explore the exciting field of neurosurgery. The Collegium facilitates this exploration through programs such as lunch talks with faculty and residents, shadowing opportunities and suturing clinics.
Dance Interest Group
Dermatology Interest Group
Every Sunday, rain or snow, four Northwestern medical students travel north to Rogers Park to volunteer at the Indian American Medical Association Charitable Foundation Clinic — more commonly called the Devon Clinic. There, working with community physicians, residents and students from other Chicago medical schools, students will help provide health care to uninsured and underserved patients. Working primarily with a South Asian population, students strive to provide necessary health care as well as preventive care and health education. Physicians from the Indian American Medical Association, as well as nurses, technicians, translators and other volunteers, staff the clinic. The clinic runs from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. and provides care to approximately 40 patients each Sunday.
Docapella 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.
Emergency Medicine Interest Group
Family Medicine Interest Group
Fein Yarns and Healing Threads
Feinberg Blood Drives
We work together with Heartland Blood Drives to organize drives at the medical school and recruit student donors.
Heart and Sole
Heart and Sole is Feinberg's running and walking group. Our weekly runs/walks and events are open to all Northwestern employees, faculty, staff and students, regardless of ability or fitness level.
Hepatitis B Alliance
Internal Medicine Society
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.
Keep Your Heart Healthy
Latino Medical Student Association
We are committed to encouraging an exchange between the students of Feinberg and Latino communities in Chicago. We believe bringing Latino issues to the forefront will benefit both students and the community at large in the long run.
Loyal Davis Surgical Society
The Loyal Davis Surgical Society mission is to promote and develop student interest in the field of surgery through exposure to the various surgical specialties. LDSS acts as a student resource by hosting guest speakers, lunch talks, surgical skills workshops, as well as facilitating access to research and unique shadowing opportunities.
Medical Innovations Club
Medical Students for Choice
The Feinberg School of Medicine chapter of Medical Students for Choice aims to inform students about reproductive rights and to advocate for reproductive education and choice.
Muslim Student Association
This group will help Feinberg students develop appropriate communication skills when interacting with patients from an Islamic background. In addition, they also aim to promote public health through community outreach. As medical school can be a time of significant stress, they hope to increase self-care among all students through communal support.
New Life Volunteering Society
Northwestern Medical Orchestra
Northwestern University Alliance for International Development (NU-AID)
OB/GYN Interest Group
Oncology Interest Group
Oncology Interest Group
Ophthalmology Interest Group
Orthopaedic Surgical Society
Otolaryngology Interest Group
Pathology Special Interest Group
Pediatrics Interest Group
Phi Delta Epsilon
Phi Rho Sigma
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Interest Group
Queers and Allies Group
Salsa Club gives students an opportunity to learn to dance and perform at Feinberg events.
Sports Medicine Interest Group
Student Interest Group in Neurology
The Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN) aims to put together events that introduce students to opportunities and ways to become involved in the field of neurology. In addition, SIGN's events encourage students to interact with faculty to learn from first-hand experiences in neurology.
Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
Student Physicians for Social Responsibility
Urology Interest Group
Wellness Initiative for Student Health
Connect with Student Organizations
If you would like to know more about these student organizations, please contact Allison Matricaria
Current Feinberg MD students can find student group contact information via the AWOME secured MD Student section. You’ll need your NetID and password to log in.