Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Student Organizations

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

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.


The American Medical Student Association

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

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

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.

 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 Ophthalmology

CHC Ophthalmology is a student volunteer clinic specializing in Ophthalmology. They serve members of the Chicago community at a free clinic.

 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

Our clinic works with pediatricians at the Clark-Deming Lurie Outpatient Center on the 6th floor to provide care for children & families of CYP and Lydia Home Association. We help take histories and physical exams for the children who range from infants to teens, as well as shadow the pediatricians we work with.

 Chinatown 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

The Dance Interest Group is an organization centered around promoting dance styles of all sorts in the Feinberg community. From Hip-hop to Swing to Bhangra to Kpop, DIG focuses on setting up regular workshops to learn and practice dance styles, old and new.

 Dermatology Interest Group

The Dermatology Interest Group aims to more fully expose medical students peers to the field of dermatology and help guide students' career decisions. Through participation in this group, which offers talks, workshops, clinical experiences and mentoring, students can become more knowledgeable about dermatology.

 Devon Clinic

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

The Emergency Medicine Interest Group strives to educate and expose students to the unique field of EM. Through hands-on learning experiences and networking opportunities we hope to help current students explore their interest in this specialty.

 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.

 Fein Yarns and Healing Threads

By teaching both students and patients how to crochet and knit, we are focusing on the wellness of the whole Northwestern community. Items that we make are donated to local shelters and charities and members of the group teach inpatients at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab how to crochet and knit as part of their fine motor rehabilitation.

 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

Hepatitis B Alliance helps underserved populations in Chinatown, oversees Hep B vaccinations and provides counseling in English/Mandarin to patients.

 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 two-day show contains live performances, video skits and musical performances.

 Internal Medicine Society

IMS aims to help students gain a better exposure to the field of internal medicine, including its career options and subspecialty choices. Information talks, panel discussions and faculty dinners are offered to all students who are interested in the field.

 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

Keep Your Heart Healthy is an initiative between Feinberg and the Chicago Department of Public Health to screen blood pressure and to provide heart health counseling to underserved community members in Chicago.

 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

The Medical Innovations Club exposes students to all forms of medical innovation, from the development of drugs and medical devices to improvements in medical practices and education.

 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

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 in the training of future health care professionals by providing an educational setting to learn and practice clinical skills.

 Northwestern Medical Orchestra

The Northwestern Medical Orchestra (NMO) serves to enrich the Northwestern medical community by engaging members and audiences in live music experience. NMO is a unique environment where medical students, faculty, staff, and alumni convene weekly to play together in a joint creative effort. Through open rehearsals at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, orchestral concerts at multiple venues, and a variety of intimate chamber music settings, NMO is committed to sharing musical performances, including their therapeutic benefits, with patients and their loved ones, community residents, and all members of the Northwestern medical community.

 Northwestern University Alliance for International Development (NU-AID)

Northwestern University Alliance for International Development (NU-AID) is a unique student volunteer organization at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (FSM) in Chicago, IL. It provides much-needed primary medical care in underserved populations in Mexico and India, while providing a valuable educational experience for medical students and physicians at FSM.


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!

 OB/GYN Interest Group

This interest group focuses on giving students more exposure and access to information about the fields of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

 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 both patients and professionals to highlight the rewarding opportunities and unique challenges that working with cancer provides.

 Oncology Interest Group

The goal of the Oncology Interest Group is to educate the medical student community about the highly rewarding field of Radiation Oncology and connect students with clinical and research opportunities.

 Ophthalmology Interest Group

The Ophthalmology Interest Group hopes to provide interesting and effective learning opportunities for medical students who wish to increase their exposure to the field of ophthalmology.

 Orthopaedic Surgical Society

The Orthopaedic Surgical Society is Feinberg's student interest group for orthopedic surgery. Our mission is to be able to provide opportunities for medical students to engage more with the field and have a better sense of what being an orthopaedic surgeon entails. Past events have included information sessions led by upperclassmen, resident panels, talks by attending orthopedic surgeons and physician assistants, various workshops, physical exam sessions and shadowing programs.

 Otolaryngology Interest Group

The aim and goal of the Otolaryngology Interest Group is to provide an organization for students who would like to learn more about Otolaryngology and also provide ways of exploring a potential career in the field

 Pathology Special Interest Group

The Pathology Student Interest Group helps introduce students to the field of pathology and provide opportunities at Northwestern. We hold introductory lunch talks, Q&As with residents and attendings on applying for residency and host subspecialists within the field.

 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.

 Phi Delta Epsilon

Phi Delta Epsilon is an international medical fraternity and a close-knit group of students of all years in medical school. Our community provides educational opportunities, organizes philanthropic projects, opens doors for leadership positions and provides a foundation for developing relationships across the spectrum of a medical career.

 Phi Rho Sigma

Phi Rho Sigma, is primarily a social group for medical students. We are dedicated towards bringing medical students together for fun monthly meetings, monthly movie screenings and student-led fun activities. We are also a group dedicated to philanthropy and volunteer in multiple medical and non-medical service projects throughout Chicago every year. Lastly, Phi Rho is a networking platform and allows students from years 1 - 4 of medical school to come together for collaboration and peer-mentoring opportunities.

 Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Interest Group

The PM&R's Interest Group's chief goals are to introduce students to the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation and to connect students to various members of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab team. This is achieved through educational lunch talks, panel discussions involving faculty and residents and the promotion of volunteer opportunities such as the annual SkyRise event.

 Queers and Allies Group

The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Queers & Allies (Q&A) promotes the acceptance of LGBT students, faculty and staff through education and discussion of LGBT issues and rights. In addition to being an educational and social resource, Q&A promotes a safe space for the Feinberg LGBT community as an alliance of LGBT-friendly students, faculty and staff.

 Radiology Society

The Radiology Society promotes, raises interest in and informs the student body about radiology. Both diagnostic and interventional radiology are represented.

 Salsa Club

Salsa Club gives students an opportunity to learn to dance and perform at Feinberg events.

 Sports Medicine Interest Group

Our mission is to connect the student body with opportunities in the specialty of sports medicine and to provide quality exposures to better understand the path of becoming a sports medicine physician.

 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 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.

 Student Physicians for Social Responsibility

Student Physicians for Social Responsibility is dedicated toward 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, toxins and other environmental threats to human health. SPSR promotes this by engaging students and community members through lunch talks and programs to improve sustainability practices at the Chicago Northwestern campus. They also collaborate with Physicians for Social Responsibility 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.

 Wellness Initiative for Student Health

The Wellness Initiative for Student Health is a group committed to promoting the physical and mental well-being of Feinberg's students. We hope to foster a healthy and caring community through various social activities that provide stress relief, mental health support and other resources.

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.