Below is a listing of all of the Pritzker School of Medicine’s student organizations. For questions about funding or administering a student organization, please visit the Dean’s Council page.
For a listing of student organization events, please visit our Calendar of Events.
Adolescent Substance Abuse Program
ASAP is an interactive substance abuse prevention program in which University of Chicago medical students visit local middle schools and teach 6th-8th graders about the consequences of using drugs. Teaching with healthy and diseased organ specimens, the program leaders use the natural curiosity of the students to shape small group discussion concerning drugs, the human body, and the effects of drugs on the students' minds, bodies, and life goals. Ultimately, the program aims to empower youth to make healthier life choices regarding drugs and alcohol.
American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI)
The National AAPI Medical Student and Resident Section represents over 10,000 students across the country. AAPI is a national organization that focuses on promoting the professional, political, and social goals of American medical and dental students, residents, and fellows of Indian heritage. The association is recognized nationally and internationally as leaders in health care striving to provide a diverse forum for scientific, educational, cultural, charitable, and political interaction among its members. Our chapter provides a channel of networking, support, and open communication among our members nationally and between local chapters. Most importantly, our group is focused on charity care and volunteering in India.
American Medical Association
The American Medical Association Chapter of the Pritzker School of Medicine seeks to engage medical students to have a voice in the issues affecting medical students, physicians, and health care as a whole. The chapter strives to connect students to the vast resources of the national organization.
American Medical Student Association
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, premedical students, interns, residents and post-MD/DO trainees; and advancing the profession of medicine.
American Medical Women's Association
Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association
The University of Chicago Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association (APAMSA) seeks to promote health for all Asian and Pacific Islander communities and individuals through community action and health education.
Basic Life Support Program (BLS)
- The Pritzker Basic Life Support (BLS) Program offers a required training program to ensure all medical students are proficient in BLS skills.
Big Ideas in Medicine (BIM)
The “Big Ideas in Medicine” organization has the goal of providing a monthly seminar series that brings together professors across the University with medical students to engage in intimate, Socratic-style, provocative discussion. The University of Chicago has many of the world’s brilliant academicians, theorists, leaders, and researchers. By bringing together these professors and students in hour-long seminar discussions focused on challenging, medically relevant topics, “Big Ideas in Medicine” hopes to cultivate in students interdisciplinary thought and dialogue, holistic perspectives on medicine, potential research interests, and networking with these faculty.
Bucksbaum Interest Group (BIG)
The Bucksbaum Interest Group (BIG) is focused on creating opportunities for students to participate in Bucksbaum Institute programs in order to foster greater understanding of the doctor-patient relationship. BIG will bring medical students in closer contact with the nearly 40 Junior and Senior Bucksbaum Institute Faculty Scholars for mentoring, research and educational opportunities.
The Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence was created to improve patient care, to strengthen the doctor-patient relationship, and to enhance communication and decision-making through research and education programs for medical students, junior faculty and master clinicians.
Recognizing student interest in the Bucksbaum Institute, BIG will provide a forum for the broader student body to engage in the Bucksbaum Institute mission.
Chicago Youth Programs (CYP)
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.
Community Health Clinic (CHC)
To provide patients at the clinic with high quality care and to ensure positive learning experiences for students and teaching experiences for residents and attendings. We also strive to work with the CommunityHealth administration to improve UofC’s clinic. This past year, we were part of CHC’s successful implementation of a new electronic medical record system and transition to a continuity-model of care, including assuming responsibility for reviewing patient labs. We successfully increased physician recruitment and decreased patient wait times. This year, we hope to increase student and attending proficiency with EMR, further increase physician recruitment, and establish a streamlined approach to using the system that further cuts patient wait times. In addition, all new board members are setting individual goals in their committee areas (e.g., fund raising or education).
Dermatology Interest Group (DIG)
We want to educate fellow students at Pritzker of the opportunities and benefits of the field of Dermatology. This includes the research and clinical opportunities, how to get into the field, and provide access to Dermatologists. We hope to bring in fourth years, residents, interns and Dermatologists to explain what Dermatology is and if it is a good fit for the student.
Diabetes Prevention and Management Group (DPMG)
The purpose of this organization shall be to provide community based glucose and blood pressure screenings. Provisions to expand our services will be up to the discretion of the board and the needs of the community. We shall follow our community based screenings with community based diabetes and health related education programming in order to expand the knowledge base of the community as well as to empower individuals to take charge of their own health.
Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG)
The Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG) seeks to spread information among students interested in the field of emergency medicine. We organize procedure workshops and simulation experiences as well as lectures by and discussions with EM physicians. In addition, we encourage students to take advantage of shadowing opportunities in the Mitchell ER.
Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG)
- The mission of the Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) is to foster the interests in Family Medicine among the students in the Pritzker School of Medicine. The FMIG introduces the spirit of family medicine to Pritzker students by hosting guest speakers, offering procedure clinics directed to medical students, and sponsoring students to attend the national FMIG conferences.
Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Group (HPREP)
- The purpose of this organization shall be to provide undergraduate and medical students an opportunity to serve as mentors and friends to minority high school students who are underrepresented in medicine. The definition of minorities who are underrepresented in medicine as defined by the American Association of Medical Colleges is: ‘Underrepresented in medicine means those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population.’ These high school students come from high schools throughout the area to the University of Chicago campus once a month where they participate in a variety of lectures, discussions, and hands-on activities with the goal of giving insight into the life as a health professional as well as an opportunity to connect with medical students and physicians.
Humanism in Medicine (HIM)
To promote the integration of the humanitarian aspect of medicine.
Integrative Complementary and Alternative Medicine Interest Group (ICAM)
- The Integrative Complementary and Alternative Medicine (ICAM) Interest Group was created to promote awareness of different complementary and alternative medicine modalities and to provide opportunities for Pritzker students to learn about non-allopathic forms of medicine.
Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG)
The goals are to harness interest in Internal Medicine amongst medical students at Pritzker, promote the field, and facilitate interactions between interested students and faculty within internal medicine and sub-specialties.
International Medicine Group (IMG)
The mission of the International Medicine Group is to provide students with the opportunity to learn more about careers in global health and discuss issues related to the ethics of international medicine today. IMG also acts as a resource for students looking for international programs and associated scholarships.
Read about Students’ International Experiences Here!
Globoscope 2012: A Publication of the International Medicine Group
Journeying Out to Underserved Regions of the Nation to Engage in Effective Service (JOURNEES)
JOURNEES seeks to expose medical students to the health care needs of diverse patient populations beyond that of the University of Chicago Medical Center. Through direct service-learning experiences, we hope to gain awareness of the social determinants of diminished health conditions in underserved areas and to assist community organizations working to alleviate poor health outcomes throughout the country.
The purpose of Knitzker Group is to provide medical students with a space and community to de-stress from schoolwork as well as learn a relaxing, practical and tactile skill together. Members will knit projects together, learning various yarn work skills, and, hopefully try to reach out to the University community and hospital communities.
Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA - Formerly NNLAMS)
- We are a community founded to represent, support, and unify Latino(a) medical students. We are dedicated to increasing the ranks of underrepresented minority medical students and faculty, serving underserved communities, and creating an environment conducive to the extraordinary success of Latino medical students here at Prtizker. Visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/LMSA.Pritzker/.
Maria Shelter Medical Clinic
- The mission of the University of Chicago Maria Shelter Health Clinic is to provide superior health care in a compassionate manner, ever mindful of each patient’s dignity and individuality. To accomplish our mission, we call upon the skills and expertise of all who work together to advance medical innovation, serve the health needs of the community and further the knowledge of those dedicated to caring.
Medical Students 4 Choice (MS4C)
- Medical Students for Choice (MSFC) is dedicated to ensuring that women receive the full range of reproductive health care choices. MSFC recognizes that one of the greatest obstacles to safe and legal abortion is the absence of trained providers. We work to educate our classmates on reproductive health issues, keep them up to date on relevant current events, and maintain a supportive environment with the hope of creating future generations of abortion providers and pro-choice physicians.
Medical Students for Health Equity
The Medical Students for Health Equity (MSHE) is a group looking to identify and surmount the obstacles preventing adequate healthcare resources from being devoted into the South Side of Chicago. MSHE is being created to help facilitate productive conversations between the UCM and the community on a number of different pressing issues.
Military Medicine Interest Group
The Military Medicine Interest Group will focus on creating a community for future military physicians of all branches as well as physicians at The University of Chicago who were previously in the military. It will also seek to provide educational opportunities concerning active duty and veterans’ health issues within the Pritzker School of Medicine and the University of Chicago Health System.
On a Mission for Nutrition is an organization that was formed to address the obesity disparity on the South Side of Chicago. Born out of a project emanating from the Health Care Disparities in America course at Pritzker, On a Mission for Nutrition is an after-school program that educates students on nutrition and empowers them to make healthy choices. The goal is to promote the health of our community but also to learn about the importance of public health.
New Life Volunteering Society (NLVS)
NLVS strives to serve those in need through community service, education, and health care with an ultimate goal of achieving peace, love, and happiness amongst the community at the local, regional, national, and global levels.
Obstetrics/Gynecology Interest Group (OGIG)
The mission of the OB/GYN Interest Group is to increase the exposer of Pritzker School of Medicine students to the field and sub-specialties within the field of obstetrics and gynecology. Moreover, the opportunity to gain relevant skills will be afforded to all interested students. Secondarily, the organization will provide the opportunity for Pritzker students to network with faculty and potential mentors in the field.
Ophthalmology Interest Group/Sight Savers (OIG)
The Ophthalmology Interest Group intends to do the following at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine:
- Help students learn more about the various fields within ophthalmology.
- Provide opportunities for students to meet and interact with ophthalmology residents and faculty.
- Help students learn about an ophthalmology residency and the residency application process.
- Provide opportunities for students to participate in ophthalmology.
Orthopedic Surgery Interest Group
- The Orthopaedic Surgery Interest Group (OSIG) provides Pritzker medical students the opportunity to explore and develop their interest in the field of orthopaedic surgery. Our primary mission is two-fold: to better introduce all students to a career in orthopaedics, and to provide meaningful opportunities/experiences and mentoring for those students interested in pursuing an orthopaedic residency. During quarterly meetings, led by upperclass Pritzker students and guest U of C orthopaedic surgery faculty/residents, we will offer an opportunity for group members to learn about orthopaedics in general, explore the many orthopaedic subspecialties, and hear about the background and experiences of our orthopaedic faculty members. We hope that this will help dispel many misconceptions and provide a true sense of orthopaedics, drawing many different types of students to the field, including women and underrepresented minorities. We also seek to pair interested students with upperclass or resident mentors in order to provide ample advice and guidance regarding the decision to pursue orthopaedics and the best ways to prepare for the competitive residency application process. Student leaders of OSIG will also work to facilitate shadowing and research opportunities for interested students. Ultimately, we aim to help students at all levels develop a better understanding of what a career in orthopaedic surgery entails and help interested students gain longitudinal experiences within the field.
OUTPatient (Lesbian/Gay/Transgender/Bisexual/Queer People in Medicine)
The Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender People in Medicine Group offers education to the Pritzker community on LGBT related topics, and provides a social forum for both LGBT and non-LGBT students.
Pediatrics Interest Group (PIG)
The Pediatrics Interest Group shall have a three-fold mission. First, to kindle an interest in the field of pediatric medicine. Second, to serve the children of the South side of Chicago in service projects and education. Third, to aid students interested in pediatrics in the furthering of their ambitions.
Peer Mentoring at Pritzker (PMAP)
PMAP is a student organization that aims to facilitate interaction between senior students and lowerclassmen with the goal of providing mentorship from students with similar interests and advanced experiences.
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Interest Group (PMR)
The mission of the PM&R Interest Group at Pritzker is to increase awareness and knowledge among the student body about the fascinating and diverse field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), and to provide mentorship from faculty and upperclassmen for students interested in pursuing a career in this field.
Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP)
The mission of our organization is to advocate for a universal, comprehensive single-payer national health program with fewer administrative costs and affordable health insurance for all. Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) is an established non-profit research and education organization of 18,000 physicians, medical students, and health professionals who support single-payer national health insurance. Currently, there is a bill in Congress, H.R. 676, which would expand and improve Medicare for all.
Despite spending more than twice as much as the rest of the industrialized nations, the United States performs poorly in comparison on major health indicators such as life expectancy, infant mortality, and immunization. Moreover, the U.S. leaves 51 million people completely uninsured and millions more inadequately covered. Single-payer financing would save, on paper, more than $400 billion per year – enough to provide comprehensive coverage to everyone without paying any more than we already do.
While the Affordable Care Act will expand Medicaid and mandate the purchase of private insurance, it will still leave nearly 25 million people uninsured. It also has no concrete way to curb skyrocketing health care and administrative costs associated with a for-profit private health insurance industry. We believe that a comprehensive national health insurance program is the only way to provide equitable, affordable care to all Americans.Our PNHP group also aims to get involved with other single payer and medical activism efforts in the city of Chicago. There are PNHP student chapters at Rush and University of Illinois at Chicago medical schools and an active network of engaged physicians and other health professionals in the city.
Plastic Surgery Interest Group (PSIG)
- The Plastic Surgery Interest Group provides Pritzker students the opportunity to explore and develop their interest in the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery. We facilitate interactions between medical students and University of Chicago plastic surgery attendings, residents, and fourth-year students to educate them about various opportunities available for research, service, and mentoring. Ultimately, we aim to help students develop a better understanding of what a career in plastic surgery entails and help interested students gain longitudinal experiences within the field. As plastic surgery interacts with many other surgical and medical specialties (breast oncology, ENT, neurosurgery for example), we also hope to foster a better understanding of the multidisciplinary nature of this field.
Pritzker Book Club (PBC)
To provide students with the context for collaborative learning through literature and discussion. We hope to reconnect our peers with the humanities and human experiences that can be attained through appreciation of literature. Our overarching goal is to inspire students to become lifelong readers, even as begin our busy lives in medicine.
Pritzker Christian Fellowship (PCF)
- The Pritzker Christian Fellowship (PCF) is a nondenominational Christian fellowship in which medical students, physicians, and faculty can gather together to explore how their faith relates to medicine. We seek to live faith-based lives in the medical profession, doing God’s will and witnessing for Him.
Pritzker Community Service Fellowship (PCSF)
PCSF is an organization of Pritzker School of Medicine that aims to create a community of students and faculty dedicated to lifelong service and advocacy in underserved areas and to develop leaders in public service and community health. The goal is to create a supportive network of driven medical students who collaborate closely with each other and with the community to cultivate a culture of empathy, compassion, and altruism within the fellowship and the larger Pritzker community.
Contacts: Chester Kao
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kohar Jones, Department of Family Medicine
Pritzker Dance Group (PDG)
The mission of PDG is to teach all styles of dance to the Pritzker community and greater neighborhood. Through this, we aspire to foster and grow relationships, encourage new modes of expression, and promote healthy, active living.
Pritzker Health Policy Interest Group
- The Pritzker Health Policy Interest Group provides an agenda-free forum for medical students interested in health policy. By connecting Pritzker students with the expertise, resources, and events related to health policy across the university, we seek to engage the Pritzker community with ongoing policy discussions and inform the next gereration of physicians on how policy will impact their careers and practice. We are open to any and all viewpoints, and seek to engage students in evidence-based, rigorous discussiongs of existing and potential policy initiatives that impact medicine.
Pritzker Music Group (PMG)
The Pritzker Music Group is an opportunity for medical students to keep in touch with their creative sides. Musicians of all styles and abilities are welcome. Our primary goals are to connect musicians to form small ensembles, and provide opportunities to share music with each other and the medical community at large. We perform weekly for patients at Comer Children’s Hospital, and hold quarterly Music Salons to which the entire Pritzker community is welcome.
Contacts: Emmanuel Quaidoo
Faculty Advisor: Dr. John Alverdy, Department of Surgery
Pritzker Oncology Group (POG)
- The Pritzker Oncology Group (POG) aims to support student interest in oncology, increase awareness of career options (e.g. medical oncology, surgical oncology, radiation oncology, hematology oncology, etc.), and expose students to research opportunities, current best practices, and the latest innovations in the field. The group would also serve to connect students with this common interest in oncology – across all class years – and facilitate opportunities for collaboration. Furthermore, the organization, its associated faculty, and students who have begun clinical training would support preclinical students in career advising prior to formalized career advising.
Pritzker - UCIHP Medical Preparation (PUMP)
The Pritzker-UCIHP Medical Preparation (PUMP) is a student organization that works to provide guidance and mentorship for UChicago undergraduate students who are entering the UCIHP professional school application process. By working directly with the pre-health profession advisors in the UChicago Careers in Health Professions (UCIHP) office, we have established a Mock Interview Program for prospective medical school applicants to practice interviewing with students at the Pritzker School of Medicine. We hope to fully integrate this program into UCIHP’s application process in order to help best prepare UCIHP professional applicants for their future interview.
Contact: Jo Bellairs
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jim Woodruff, Department of Medicine
Pritzker Women in Medicine (formerly American Medical Women's Association)
Pritzker Women in Medicine (WiM) is a group of Pritzker students interested in learning more about leadership opportunities and professional equality for female physicians. WiM leads an annual summer course titled “Women in Medicine” that includes more direct women-to-women mentoring and professional development driven by and designed for female medical students. Additionally, we host an annual conference for Chicago-area medical students and co-host other workshops and speakers on women’s rights and the experiences of women in medical school.
Psychiatry Interest Group (PsychIG)
The mission of the organization is to cultivate student interest in the field of psychiatry, and to raise awareness about mental health issues to the wider Pritzker student body.
Radiology Interest Group (RIG)
- The Pritzker Radiology Interest Group serves as a forum where students interested in radiological imaging and/or a career in radiology can meet with radiologists from the University of Chicago Medicine to learn more about this dynamic field. Ultimately, we hope to remove, or at least alleviate, the worries that many students have when called upon to examine and understand X-rays, CTs, MRIs, etc., and instead promote further curiosity in these critical areas of physical diagnosis.
Reach Out and Read
- We are a medical student organization at the Pritzker School of Medicine dedicated to relieving the health disparities of developing countries. We annually plan a service trip to an international and underserved location to provide needed medical services. We also raise money throughout the year to make a generous donation to the non-profit organization with whom we partner. In doing so we experience and witness the health disparities in these countries, understand these issues in order to ultimately become health advocates by educating our community.
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Contact: Emeka Okafor and Mariam Alaka
Faculty Advisor: Drs. Brian Callender and James Woodruff, Department of Medicine
Say Ahhh! Acapella (SA)
To bring all four years of students (and PhD candidates) together for an extracurricular opportunity to share the art of singing. Simultaneously, we hope to foster mentoring relationships and friendships from within the group.
South Side Science Scholars (S4)
The South Side Science Scholars group is committed to creating and delivering a sustainable weekly afterschool science program to under-served Chicago grade schools, particularly those of the South Side. We aspire to positively impact children's scientific thinking, elements of health education, communication skills, and enthusiasm for science.
Spirituality and Medicine Interest Group
The Spirituality and Medicine Interest Group will foster discussions, dialogue, and education about the intersections between faith/sprirituality/religious background and the practice of medicine. Students of any background (faith or no faith) are welcome to join these conversations. This group also seeks to be a liaison between the Program on Medicine and Religion at the University of Chicago and hopes to connect students with faculty members who are conducting research on these topics.
Contact: Aamir Hussain
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Daniel Sulmasy, Department of Medicine
Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGNS)
- To make medical students aware of opportunities available in the field of Neurology and Neurosurgery.
- To further neurologic knowledge of medical students.
- To provide opportunities for medical students to participate in activities related to field of Neurology and Neurological Surgery, for example, presentations by physicians, patient presentations, seminars, journal/book club meetings, shadowing of Neurologists/Neurosurgeons, or school visits to share information about neurology with kids.
- To disseminate information about scholarship opportunities offered by AAN (American Academy of Neurology) and AANS (American Academy of Neurological Surgeons).
Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
The University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine Chapter of the Student National Medical Association (Pritzker-SNMA) is committed to academic excellence, student recruitment and mentoring of underrepresented minorities, and community service.
Students for the Advancement of Medical Spanish (SAMS)
To reduce language barriers in the health care system by helping future physicians develop a working understanding of medical Spanish and its application in the clinical setting.
Surgery Interest Group (SIG)
The surgery interest group seeks to expose medical students to aspects of surgery in a variety of subspecialties. Doing this, we hope to provide students with a better understanding of what a career in surgery entails as well as to instruct students with basic skills such as suturing.
Contact: Lukas Matern
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Marco Patti, Department of Surgery
The mission of Sustainable Pritzker is to promote awareness among medical students of environmental issues and their relevance to human health and medicine. The group will seek to hold educational sessions, promote sustainable practices at Pritzker, and support environmental health in the communities surround the University of Chicago.
Washington Park Children’s Free Health Clinic (WP)
Washington Park is a free pediatric health clinic run by an 8 member student board and advised by a steering committee comprised of attending physicians, past board members, and community leaders. We seek to improve the Washington Park community’s access to medical and health-related care by providing acute medical care, social services, and referrals to longitudinal care providers. We seek to broaden opportunities for medical and social service students to learn about health care in a medically underserved community.To learn more, please visit the Washington Park Free Clinic website.