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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.

 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.

 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.

 AMA Feinberg Chapter

The Northwestern Chapter of the American Medical Association strives to expand the horizion 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 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.

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

 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 - 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.

 

 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 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 experiences of the members through interactions with at-risk Chicago youth enrolled in CYP.

 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.      

 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.               

 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.               

 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.

 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.       

 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.

 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.

 Health Equity Group

We are dedicated to organizing medical students interested in learning about and addressing issues of health equity. Our mission is to advocate for the incorporation of health equity into the Feinberg medical curricular elements of Community Engagement and Service and Patient Centered Medical Care, 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.  

 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.

 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.           

 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

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.  

 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.      

 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 Education Interest Group

The mission of the Medical Education Interest Group is to increase awareness and facilitate exploration of opportunities in medical education 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 academic faculty, and raise awareness of non-traditional forms of medical education.   

 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:

1) Increase student exposure and experience in innovation and business in medicine,

2) Develop resources to connect medical innovators in the NU community, and

3) 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. 

 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.

 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.

 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.          

 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, alumni, faculty, and staff 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.

 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.

 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!

 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 speciality by promoting awareness and support for women’s health, in keeping with Feinberg’s core competencies. Through Labor & Delivery shadowing, Gynecology clinic volunteering, 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 both patients and professionals to highlight the rewarding opportunities and unique challenges that working with cancer provides.

 Ophthalmology Interest Group

The Ophthalmology Interest Group aims to provide opportunities for students to gain access and exposure to the field of ophthalmology through a variety of events and activities.

 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.       

 Pediatrics Interest Group

The Pediatrics Interest Group hosts awesome lunch talks with Harmony 4 Hope to share the stories of patients and families with rare disease, set students up with shadowing opportunities, and so much more!  

 Phi Rho Sigma

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

 Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Interest Group

The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Interest Group aims to increase awareness of the field of PM&R through mentorship, educational, and volunteer opportunities and serve 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.

 Queers and Allies Group

The NUFSOM 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.

 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.

Second Opinions utilizes the management consulting model of engagement: small teams of medical students will work collaboratively with clinics to address specific strategic and operational challenges. Our services are further supported by connections to quality improvement experts at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

 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 Chicago)

The SPARC Conference's mission and vision is 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

 Sports Medicine Interest Group

The Sports Medicine Student Interest Group will create opportunities for students to work with sports medicine physicians and have experiences treating athletes to better understand the perspective of the patient. It will foster teamwork among students as they learn from physicians across various branches of sports medicine and see the importance of their collaboration. It will also help students connect with peers who have similar interests so they too can work together as they learn throughout the Feinberg curriculum.

 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 students’ 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 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 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.

Connect with Student Organizations

If you would like to know more about these student organizations, please contact Maggie Sullivan.

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.