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
AFYAC believes that participating in athletics keeps young students motivated to do well in school and fosters an environment in which they can learn leadership, discipline and good citizenship, despite socioeconomic barriers. With the help of volunteer physicians and residents, AFYAC supports Chicago Public School athletic participation by providing free pre-season physicals, education on sports injury prevention and nutrition and mentorship.
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 adolescents during their transitional years of independence through Sexual Education and Lifestyle Medicine (i.e. Nutritional Guidance and Physical Activity)
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.
American Medical Student Association
AMSA is a student-governed, national organization committed to representing the concerns of physicians-in-training. AMSA members are medical students, premedical students, interns, residents and practicing physicians.
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
At Feinberg, APAMSA hopes to create a space for Asian and Asian American medical students and the greater Feinberg community to meet, network and discuss matters ranging from current healthcare issues to medical school life. We hold social events and opportunities for students to meet and also have close ties with the Hepatitis B Alliance Clinic and Chinatown Clinic to assist in healthcare screenings.
Business & Medicine
Business in Medicine seeks to expose Feinberg students to the management, economic and entrepreneurial aspects of medicine. Our organization hosts seminars, lectures and workshops with experts in healthcare systems and administration, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, consulting, start ups and more. Additionally, our group works with the Kellogg School of Business to inform Feinberg students on the burgeoning MD/MBA dual-degree program.
Camp Wildcat partners with Chicago Youth Programs to lead positive recreational activities for 4th to 6th grade students in underserved communities. The major annual events are a Halloween party, a science fair on campus and a weekend retreat at a campsite outside of the city.
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.
CHC Endocrinology Clinic
The Endocrinology Clinic seeks to give medical students early clinical experiences in Endocrinology and to provide needed care in an underserved community in Chicago's west side.
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
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
Radiation Oncology Society
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.