Student Life

Student Organizations: A-Z Listing

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.
Click here to see a listing of student groups that are currently inactive. 

The mission of American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) Medical Student Chapter is to provide early support and leadership training to medical students exploring a career in neurosurgery. AANS Medical Student Chapters will provide a forum for students to organize professional, educational, and research activities within individual programs, promote mentorship, and facilitate participating at a national level for the next generation of neurosurgical leaders.

Contacts: Miguel Angel Jimenez, Jay Patel, Danny Kim, and Chibueze Agwu

Faculty Advisor: Paramita, Das, MD, MS, Department of Surgery

To introduce and expose 1st and 2nd year medical students to Anesthesiology, and to create a student network and provide mentoring for those pursuing Anesthesiology.

Contacts: Sean Hou and Danny Kim
Faculty Advisor: David Glick, MD, Biological Sciences Division, Anesthesia and Critical Care


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.

Contacts: Zhong Huang, Jessica Lu, Tony Liu, Nicholas Lin and Sam Chen
Faculty Advisor: Karen Kim, MD, Department of Medicine

The Pritzker Basic Life Support (BLS) Program offers a required training program to ensure all medical students are proficient in BLS skills.

Contact: Steven Song

To organize group bike rides to various brunch spots around Chicago, and provide practical bike maintenance training to medical students.


Contact: Nicholas LinDivya ChoudhuryAllison Liu
Faculty Advisor: David Beiser, MD, Emergency Medicine

In 2005, the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Board published a white paper describing the core competencies of biomedical informatics graduate training. Since then, the field of biomedical informatics has continued to formalize: ACGME subspecialty certifications in clinical informatics are now available, Masters programs are increasing in number, and medical schools are beginning to integrate informatics into their formal curriculum. Our mission as the Biomedical Informatics Interest Group is to foster discussion of biomedical informatics concepts, to expose medical students to this budding field, and to encourage medical trainees to pursue research opportunities and formal education in the arena.

Contact: Steven Song
Faculty Advisor: Samuel Volchenboum, MD, Department of Pediatrics

The mission of the Bridgeport Free Clinic (BFC) is to make healthcare more accessible for underserved residents of the Bridgeport community, with a focus on the Asian and Asian-American population. The clinic focuses on screening and urgent care for conditions that affect Asian patients more commonly, including hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, Hepatitis B, liver disease, and smoking. In addition, the clinic helps enroll patients in insurance plans through navigators for the Affordable Care Act, and refers patients to nearby Federally Qualified Health Centers for comprehensive primary care services. Interpretive services in Cantonese, Mandarin, and Spanish are available for all clinic patients.

Contact: Anthony Hung and Wendy Luo

Faculty Advisor: Karen Kim, MD, Department of Medicine

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 hundreds of Junior and Senior Bucksbaum Institute Faculty Scholars for mentoring, research and educational opportunities that elevate interest and promote improvements in the relationship patients have with their physician.

The Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence was created to improve patient care, to strengthen the doctor-patient relationship, to enhance communication and decision-making through research and education programs for medical students, junior faculty and master clinicians, and to reduce healthcare disparities.

Recognizing broader student interest in the Bucksbaum Institute, outside of the Bucksbaum medical student scholars, BIG will provide a forum for the Bucksbaum Institute Student Scholars to engage the Pritzker student body in the Bucksbaum Institute mission.

Contact: Kristen Chalmers
Faculty Advisor: Mark Siegler, MD, Department of Medicine

The Business in Medicine Interest Group will provide students with an exposure to the business side of medicine, aiming to provide inspiration for further pursuit of business educations. BMIG believes that physicians with added business knowledge will be more equipped to handle economic issues surrounding the healthcare industry. Ultimately, BMIG would like to provide interested students with ample opportunities to explore their business interests in an open, friendly arena of thought and discussion with peers, faculty mentors, and guest speakers.

Contact: Peter HahnUdoka Ibeh​, and Wendy Lou​​​​​​
Faculty Advisor: Mohammed Minhaj, MD, MBA, Department of Anesthesia & Critica Care

Our mission is to foster collaboration among medical student-run free clinics across Chicagoland to enhance the quality of care for our patients by promoting best practices, sharing resources, and building community.


Contact: Grace Keegan
Faculty Advisor: Jim Woodruff, MD, Pritzker Student Affairs and Programs

The UChicago chapter of CHHRGE is part of a network of shelters, living facilities, hospitals, city agencies, and other groups currently dedicated to reducing the spread of COVID among homeless residents on the west side, and with participation, the South Side of Chicago.


Contact: Deepshika Sudhakar
Faculty Advisor: Scott Hunter, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

Chicago Street Medicine aims to improve the health and well-being of people who are experiencing unsheltered homelessness. Our approach is two-fold: first, we go on street runs, providing basic medical care, resources, and connections to social services; and second, we conduct research on and work to educate the community about issues that disproportionately affect the health of the homeless. 

Contact: Saara-Anne  Azizi
Faculty Advisor: George Weyer, MD, Department of Medicine

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).

Contacts: Miguel Gonzalez and Michelle Verghese
Faculty Advisor: Rita Rossi-Foulkes, FAAP, FACP, MD, MS, Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

Co-Faculty Advisor: William Parker, MD, Department of Medicine Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care




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.

Contact: Michelle VergheseRaphella Lambert, and Dawson Mills

Faculty Advisor: Angad Chadha, MD, Department of Medicine

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.

Contact: Amani Allen
Faculty Advisor: Deborah Burnet, MD, MA, Department of Medicine

Doctors for America at Pritzker aims to close the gap between clinical medicine and public health advocacy by empowering medical students and physicians to move the needle on key political, social, and economic issues that impact the health of our patients, communities, and city.

Contacts: Spencer Asay
Faculty Advisor: Ram Krishnamoorthi, MD, MPH, Department of Medicine

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.

Contacts: Alvin Gordian-Arroyo and Simi Ogunnowo
Faculty Advisor: Keme Carter, MD, Department of Medicine

The ENT interest group serves to introduce Pritzker students to the medical specialty of Otolaryngology or Ear Nose and Throat (ENT). We strive to expose students to the specialty through events and networking opportunities with the ENT faculty here at UChicago.


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Contacts: Douglas ZhangPhillip Ang, and Mahesh Kumar
Faculty Advisor: Fuad Baroody, MD, Department of Medicine

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.

Contacts: Ifeoma IkedionwuBailey McGrew; and  Frank Medina

Faculty Advisor: Sonia Oyola, MD, Department of Family Medicine

We partner with the Greater Chicago Food Depository to supply food to patients and their families at the University of Chicago Medicine through 11 open-access food pantries across the medical campus. 


Contact: Steven SongSpencer AsayBailey McGrew, and Nick Lin
Faculty Advisor: Stacy Tessler Lindau, MD, MA Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

FLIP is a student organization that aims to provide social and financial support for Pritzker medical students who come from low-income and/or first-generation backgrounds. Our goal is to create a space where community and mentorship are fueled by the shared experiences of students who face similar hardships due to their socioeconomic backgrounds. We hope to promote socioeconomic diversification at Pritzker.


Contact: Capri AlexFatima Bouftas, and Jay Patel
Faculty Advisor: Wei Wei Lee, MD, Department of Medicine

Lead HIIT workouts for Pritzker students.


Contact: Tecora Turner and Rimel Mwamba
Faculty Advisor: Julia Rosebush, DO, Department of Pediatrics

To expose Pritzker medical students to the increasing presence of genetics in medicine and to connect students to a network of mentors who incorporate genetics into their research and clinical practice.

Contacts: Gena Woo and Destiny Henning

Faculty Advisor: Darrel Waggoner, MD, Department of Genetics

The purpose of this organization is to provide Pritzker students interested in geriatrics with opportunities to learn more about the field and explore career options. This includes connecting students with geriatrics faculty and sharing information related to the care of elderly populations. 

Contacts: Caitlin Somerville  and Jacqueline Kromash
Faculty Advisor: Tia Kostas, MD, Department of Family Medicine

To educate, inspire, and unite students through engagement and mentor ship in global surgery, including anesthesia & OB/Gyn.


Contact: Contact: Kofi Acheampong and Rimel Mwamba
Faculty Advisor: James Michael Millis, MD, Department of Surgery

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.

Contacts: Isaiah Brown and Alex Thomas
Faculty Advisor: Abdullah Pratt, MD, Department of Medicine

The purpose of HOPS is to provide fun, hands-on opportunities for students to learn the unique art, science and skill of home brewing (making beer at home). Through lessons and brewing sessions the group explores teh steps of the brewing process from grain to glass, as well as the biological, chemical, and physical transformations that occur along the way. We hope to share our passion for this 4,000  year old hobby adn cultivate an appreciation for craft beer.'

Contacts: Miguel Gonzalez, Andy Liu, and Dawson Mills
Faculty Advisor: Kyle Hogarth, MD, Department of Biological Sciences Division, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine

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.

Contacts: Frank Medina, Udoka Ibeh, and David Fenton
Faculty Advisor: Shannon Martin, MD, Department of Medicine

Increase the awareness of International issues in health and medicine and encourage a critical look at the current global health sphere.


Contact: Deepshika Sudhakar
Faculty Advisor: Stephen Schrantz, MD, Department of  Medicine & Pediatrics

The Jewish Medical Student Association sponsors social and educational events including speakers and seminars on topics involving Judaism and medicine for Jewish medical students and others who are interested in learning about Judaism.

Contacts: Eli Falk, Jaq Kromash, and Sarah Root
Faulty Advisor: Louis Philipson, MD, PhD, Department of Medicine

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.

Contacts: Dawson Mills and Alex Thomas

Faculty Advisor: Sonia Oyola, MD, Department of Family Medicine

We aim to increase awareness and understanding of health disparities and inequities for communities affected by incarceration. We will provide students opportunities to engage with clinicians and communities involved in Cook County Jail and CCHHS. We want to provide opportunities for medical students and the UCM community to further engage with discussions surrounding police and prison abolition and our role as healthcare professionals in interrogating and dismantling the carceral system.


Contact: Adaora EkwonuSamuel ChenGrace Keegan, and Meredith Hollender
Faculty Advisor: John Schneider, MD, Department of Medicine

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.

Contacts: Chinwe Udemgba and  Meagan Matuska
Faculty Advisor: Sonia Oyola, MD, Department of Family Medicine

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

Contact: Cristian Hernandez
Faculty Advisor: Sonia Oyola, MD, Department of Family Medicine

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.

Contacts: Nada Attia and Alicia Alexander
Faculty Advisor: Andy Davis, MD, MPH, Department of Medicine

The Medical Student Pride Alliance (MSPA) is a group for LGBTQ+ advocacy, community, and professional development at Pritzker. We host events for students to meet one another, facilitate clinical opportunities working with queer patients in the city, and connect students with LGBTQ+ faculty mentors to foster a sense of belonging in the medical community.

Contact: Rose DimitroyannisNia Berrian, Maeson Zietowski, Natasha PowellChristian Carrier, and Mikhayla Armstrong
Faculty Advisor: Charles Rhee, MD, Department of Medicine

To engage/connect members of the Pritzker community who self-identify with MENA or Central Asian ancestry/culture. This group also serves to introduce non-affiliated students to some MENA(CA) culture.

Contact: Fatima BouftasNour Asfour,  and Nada Attia
Faculty Advisor: Fuad Baroudy, MD, Department of Surgery


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.

Contact: Evan NeczyporAmani AllenAllison LiuMontse Tijerina

Faculty Advisor: Anna Volerman Beaser, MD, Department of Medicine

The Mixed Identity Student Association (MISA) seeks to raise awareness about the experiences of medical students with multifaceted racial, ethnic, and cultural identities. We are dedicated to providing a forum for discussion, community, and support for individuals of mixed identities and anyone interested in engaging with ideas of identity, perception, and intersectionality. More broadly, we seek to create a space for the larger Pritzker community to think critically about the impact of these topics on the practice of medicine.


Contact: Alvin Gordian Arroyo
Faculty Advisor: Jim Woodruff, MD, Pritzker Student Affairs and Programs

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.


Contact: Grace Keegan and Tecora Turner
Faculty Advisor: Julie Chor, MD, MPH, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Narrative medicine is a framework that centers patients’ stories of their lived and healthcare-related experiences. Narrative
Medicine at Pritzker (NMAP) aims to provide a space for students to engage in discourse and reflection about their ongoing
medical education and clinical experiences through a people- and humanities-oriented lens. In doing so, NMAP’s primary goals
are to foster community, practice empathic engagement, and equip students with emotional tools that may aid or prevent


Contact: Monica XingMontserrat TijerinaDeepshika SudhakarTony Liu, and Danny Kim
Faculty Advisor: Nicola Orlov, Department of Pediatrics

NLVS aims to serve diverse and underprivileged communities by providing quality basic and preventative medical care. Our 3 main goals include: providing quality health care to uninsured patients, providing basic preventative care/health education to patients and surrounding communities, and to provide learning opportunities for students in clinical settings.

Contact: Mizna Akbar
Faculty Advisor: Ram Krishnamoorthi, MD, MPH, Department of Medicine

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.

Contact: Nada AttiaGrace KeeganTecora Turner, and Lisa Wu
Faculty Advisor: Julia Simon, MD, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

​​​​​​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.


Contact: Hassaan AsifDouglas Zhang, and Mikhayla Armstrong
Faculty Advisor: Asim Farooq, MD, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

The Orthopedic Surgery Interest Group (OSIG) aims to introduce Pritzker students to the medical specialty and subspecialties of Orthopedic Surgery, to support all interest levels through a range of inclusive academic, social, and skill-building events, and to aid in volunteerism efforts toward early career exposure for underrepresented groups in Ortho. We additionally strive to help students to further explore and develop their interests in the field through facilitating longitudinal shadowing and research opportunities for interested students. We hope that this will help dispel many misconceptions and provide a true sense of Orthopedics, drawing a diverse group of students to the field.


Contact: Rachel AlexanderKofi AcheampongAudrey Litvak, Daniel Kim and Sarah Root
Faculty Advisor: Megan Conti Mica, MD, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine

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.

Contact: Destiny Henning, Lisa WuAndrew Palmer, and Janeen Thomas

Faculty Advisor: Lolita Alkureishi, MD, Department of Pediatrics

The mission of the Pediatric Surgery Interest Group is to give medical students the opportunity to explore the field of pediatric general surgery, as well as the variety of pediatric surgery subspecialties. Through this group, students will be provided the opportunity to shadow faculty and residents and attend panel discussions. We hope to connect students with mentors in the department that can guide them as they pursue a career in surgery and help them develop a better understanding of what a career in pediatric surgery entails.

Contact: Salvador Norton de Matos

Faculty Advisor: Kathryn Rowland, MD, Department of Surgery

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.

Contact: Tony Da Lomba, Brie Farley, Susan Feldt, and Cody Sain

Faculty Advisor: Jim Woodruff, MD, Department of Medicine

Physicians are one of the sources of care for survivors of sexual assault. The Physician Advocates for Survivors of Sexual Assault is dedicated to advocating for survivors of sexual assault and educating Pritzker students about how physicians use trauma-informed care to heal the biological and psychological effects of sexual assault.

Contact: Simi Ogunnowo and Katie Lien
Faculty Advisor: Sonia Oyola, MD, Department of Family Medicine

The Plastic Surgery Interest Group exposes Pritzker students to the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery and gives them the opportunity to shadow within the department at UChicago.

Contact: Miguel Gonzalez and Aleksa Lambert
Faculty Advisor: Sebastian Vrouwe, MD, Department of Surgery

Pritzker Alliance on Disability (PAD) is dedicated to advocacy, education and community building at the intersection of disability and medicine. Specifically, PAD aims to1) to advocate for a medical field that is inclusive to care providers with disabilities and chronic illnesses, 2) to empower people with disabilities and chronic illnesses to pursue careers in the field of medicine, and 3) to educate future healthcare workers on the experience of people living with disabilities and chronic illnesses, emphasizing the dignity, agency and individuality of each person's experience.


Contact: Eli FalkIfeoma Ikedionwu, Allison,LiuBailey McGrew, and Preethi Gopal
Faculty Advisor: Kamala Cotts, MD, Department of Medicine

The mission of the Pritzker Barbell Club is to create an inclusive environment for Pritzker students to learn about and engage with different aspects of strength training and  barbell lifting (i.e. powerlifting, Olympic weightlifting, and bodybuilding) while forming a community dedicated to improving physical and mental health and wellness. 


Contact: Sean Hou, Hassaan Asif, and Jay Patel
Faculty Advisor: Alejandro Palma, MD, Department of Emergency Medicine

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.

Contact: Monica XingTiffany XieSpencer Asay, Samuel Chen, and Jacqueline Kromash
Faculty Advisor: Michael Marcangelo,  MD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

Our mission is to bring together all members of the Pritzker community who play chess or want to learn how to play chess by providing a space where layers of all backgrounds and experience levels can come together and share their love of the game.


Contact: Jay Suh
Faculty Advisor: Mohammed Minhaj, MD, Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care

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.

Contacts: Will Phillips and Dawson Mills

Faculty Advisor: John Yoon, MD, Department of Medicine and  Julie Oyler, MD, Professor of Medicine

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.

Contact: Jacqueline KromashDeepshika SudhakarZhong HuangCaitlin Somerville
Advisor: Sonia Oyola, MD, Department of Family Medicine

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 discussions of existing and potential policy initiatives that impact medicine.

Contacts: Grace KeeganSpencer AsayDaniel Johnson, Maeson Zietowski, and Samuel Chen
Faculty Advisor: Ram Krishnamoorthi, MD, MPH, Department of Medicine

The purpose of Pritzker Music Group is to bring together musicians at Pritzker to share our music with each other and the broader Pritzker community. We host music salons and casual jam sessions for members and other Pritzker students.

Contacts: Danny Kim
Faculty Advisor: John Alverdy, MD, Department of Surgery

To maintain a welcoming environment for Pritzker medical students interested in learning more about Islam, conducting outreach to the medical community regarding issues that are unique to caring for the Muslim population in the U.S., and provide resources for Muslim students at Pritzker.


Contact: Hassaan Asif and Nour Asfour
Faculty Advisor: Ayman Al-Hendy, MD, PhD, Obstetrics and Gynecology

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.

Contacts: Will Phillips, Alex Thomas, and Hassaan Asif
Faculty Advisor: Daniel Golden, MD, Radiation Oncology and Ardaman Shergill, MD, Department of Medicine

Provide social and wellness opportunities for students by connecting them with recreational outdoor opportunities and experiences. Regularly organize hiking, camping, backpacking, climbing, and other outdoor adventure activities for students to participate in as a means to connect with each other and their natural environment. Incorporate opportunities for students to become involved in other aspects of the outdoors, such as wilderness medicine, community service events (e.g. lake front cleanups), and research opportunities (e.g. bringing speakers who are involved in environmental impacts on health).

Contacts: Katie Lien and Nicholas Lin
Faculty Advisor: Wei Wei Lee, MD, MPH, Department of Medicine

With tech’s rapidly growing influence on medicine, Pritzker TECH’s goal is to connect Pritzker students to opportunities in tech and entrepreneurship.


Contact: Hugh Yeh and Steven Song
Faculty Advisor: David Beiser, MD, Department of Medicine

Our purpose as an organization is foster community among students interested in photography, give members the opportunity to express themselves and improve their photography skills, and empower students at the Pritzker School of Medicine to explore the diverse neighborhoods of Chicago area.


Contact: Rohan Mogue and Sam Chen
Faculty Advisor: Sonia Oyola, DO, Department of Medicine

The mission of PritzkerVotes is twofold. We aim to: 

  1. Empower Pritzker students to register our patients to vote, both in the hospital and out in the community. 

  1. Register the Pritzker community to vote. 


Much of our healthcare system and healthcare experience is determined by policies our elected officials implement. Higher turnout in elections creates a more inclusive electorate, which has been found to make public policy more inclusive 1. Unfortunately, voter turnout in precincts surrounding UCMC has historically been lower than in northern Chicago counterparts2. This means that the voice of the community we serve is not being heard by those who make decisions about policy that ultimately affects the health of the South Side. By providing opportunities to safely and easily register to vote we hope to eliminate at least one barrier to effective voting, so that the voice of our community can be heard. 


We plan to build upon the work of other national organizations that have been involved in the work of engaging the healthcare system in voter registration. Vot-ER is a non-partisan, non-profit organization started out of the MGH Center for Social Justice and Health Equity. Their mission is to empower allied healthcare workers to connect patients with resources for registering to vote. The main way that they do this is by using QR codes that connect patients to an online voter registration portal. The QR codes can be printed on ID badge placards that providers wear on their lanyards. Providers can ask patients if they’re interested in registering to vote, and quickly show them the badge, which patients scan with their smartphone camera. There is also a text code for those who do not have access to a smartphone. The QR codes can also be printed on posters around the hospital or in clinic rooms. In addition, students who volunteer with PritkzerVotes can be encouraged to use the QR codes themselves if they aren’t yet registered to vote. More than 500 hospitals and community health centers throughout the United States currently use Vot-ER’s materials. 


Importantly, PritzkerVotes will be a nonpartisan organization. Like Vot-ER we believe in a vision of American democracy that is inclusive to all. We will not support or oppose any political party or candidate. Instead, we hope to give our patients and our fellow students the opportunity to engage for themselves with the political process. 


Contact: Meredith Hollender and Madison Weigand
Faculty Advisor: Lisa McQueen, MD, Department of Medicine

Pritzker Womxn in Medicine (WiM) is a group of Pritzker students interested in learning more about leadership opportunities and professional equality for femme-identifying physicians. WiM promotes more direct womxn-to-womxn mentoring and professional development driven by and designed for femme-identifying medical students. Additionally, we co-host other workshops and speakers on womxn’s rights and the experiences of womxn in medical school.

Contact: Deepshika Sudhakar and Grace Keegan
Faculty Advisor: Julie Oyler, MD, Department of Medicine

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.

Contacts: Tony LiuAdaora Ekwonu, and Mahesh Kumar
Faculty Advisor: Mike Marcangelo, MD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

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.

Contact: Douglas Zhang and Hassaan Asif
Faculty Advisor: Christopher Straus, MD, Department of Radiology

Nationally, Reach Out and Read prepares America's youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together. The University of Chicago chapter carries out this mission in the local South Side community at the federally-qualified Friend Family Health Center. Pritzker students find funds to provide a developmentally appropriate, new book to each pediatric patient between the ages of 0 and 5 years at every well-child visit. Members of the organization also maintain a waiting room book corner with donated gently used books and facilitate visits from local librarians.

Contact: Amani AllenMonica XingJaneen Thomas, and Geena Woo
Faculty Advisor: Anne Gearhart, Department of Pediatrics

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: Lorna Sánchez and Deepshika Sudhakar
Faculty Advisor: Brian Callender, MD, and Sonia Oyola, MD, Department of Medicine

The Rural Medical Student Association seeks to recruit, engage, connect, and provide mentorship to members of the Pritzker community who come from rural backgrounds. This group seeks to sponsor social and educational events for the purpose of exposing all medical students to the health care needs of rural populations.


Contact: Chinwe Udemgba
Faculty Advisor: James Woodruff, MD, Department of Medicine

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.

Contact: Danny Kim and Miguel Angel Jimenez
Faculty Advisor: Jeanne Farnan, MD, MHPE Department of Medicine

The mission of SHARE is to provide adolescents in our community accurate and unbiased information about sexual and reproductive health in order to empower them to make healthy and responsible choices for themselves. Sexual education in the public schools around the University of Chicago currently receives limited attention because of budget and time constraints. Alumna Sarah Kennedy (MD ’18) identified this need as part of her Healthcare Disparities project and in the 2017-2018 school year, she piloted SHARE as a 4-session teaching program at Carter G. Woodson Middle School. She received a lot of positive feedback from the students, the school administrators, and Pritzker volunteers. In light of this success, and in the potential that this program has for fostering relationships between Pritzker and our South Side community, we are seeking to register SHARE as an official Pritzker organization with the hope of creating a sustainable health outreach and service program.

Contact: Meredith HollenderJessica LuNada Attia, and Deepshika Sudhakar
Faculty Advisor: Anna Volerman Beaser, MD, Department of Medicine & Pediatrics

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.

Contacts: Mizna AkbarSana Basheer, Deepshika Sudhakar and Preethi Gopal
Faculty Advisor: Aliya N. Husain, MD, Department of Pathology

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.

Contact: Christian CarrierAndrew PalmerGeena Woo, and Natasha Powell
Faculty Sponsor: Jim Woodruff, MD, Department of Medicine

  • 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).

Contact: Phillip Ang
Faculty Advisor: Veronica Cipriani, MD, Department of Neurology

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.

Contact: Nour AsfourDaniel JohnsonCapri Alex, and Sana Basheer

Faculty Advisor: Ram Krishnamoorthi, MD, Department of Medicine

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.

Contact: Isaiah Brown and Rimel Mwamba

Faculty Advisor: Bryan Smith, MD, Department of Medicine

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: Danny KimNada Attia Sarah Root, and  Grace Keegan
Faculty Advisor: Oliver Eng, MD,  Department of Surgery

STAT will coordinate, organize, and support an ongoing transplant pager program to allow Pritzker students the opportunity to shadow transplantations at UCM and procurements at both UCM and outside medical institutions. Pritzker STAT will strive to have each student in the program attend at least 3 procurements/transplants over a 12-month period. Ultimately, Pritzker STAT aims to enhance the medical education of and better prepare its participants for futures in surgical fields.   

Contact: Daniel Kim , Rachel Alexander Salvador Norton de Matos, and Raphaella Lambert
Faculty Advisor: Piotr Witkowski, MD, Department of Surgery

The mission of the Trauma Surgery Interest Group is to expose Pritzker students to the field of Trauma Surgery. In addition, one of the aims of the interest group would be to provide students with the opportunity to engage with and learn more about trauma center’s mission of partnering with the community to address the root causes of violence and trauma. This goal could be accomplished through shadowing, research opportunities, and volunteering.

Contact: Simi Ogunnowo
Faculty Advisor: Kenneth Wilson, MD, Department of Surgery

UChicago ROCK is an organization dedicated to educating community members on the South Side of Chicago about health related topics, such as diabetes, hypertension, mental health, nutrition, women's health, etc. The program seeks to pair Pritzker groups and UChicago hospital experts with community members to give informational talks with the goal of equipping community members with information they would not seek out or have trouble accessing elsewhere.

Contact: Alvin Gordon-ArroyoNicholas LinEvan Neczypor

Faculty Advisor: Abdullah Pratt, MD, Department of Medicine

The Urology Interest Group (UIG) seeks to provide medical students with early exposure to the field of urology through educational,
social, and community outreach programs with University of Chicago Urology attendings and residents. We strive to support students
interested in urology by hosting workshops and panel discussions, facilitating mentorship and shadowing experiences, encouraging
student participation in research and clinical opportunities, and providing support for students interested in attending meetings,
conferences, and participation at a national level.


Contact: Sean Hou
Faculty Advisor: Luke Reynold, MD, Department of Surgery

The Vascular Surgery Interest Group aims to give medical students early exposure to Vascular Surgery as a profession. Students will have opportunities to learn about the present and future opportunities in vascular surgery by interacting and shadowing faculty, participating in workshops and panel discussions, and attending meetings and conferences.


Contact: Kofi Acheampong and Simi Ogunnowo
Faculty Advisor: Chelsea Dorsey, MD, Department of Surgery

To support military-affiliated students at the Pritzker School of Medicine by providing a space for community amongst veterans and allies; contribute to the education of the broader Pritzker community by sharing military experiences and perspectives in order to better serve veterans as patients; facilitate a shared understanding between veterans, their friends and family members, and the non-military affiliated students and faculty population; provide mentorship for students interested in future careers in military medicine; identify opportunities of service to the greater Chicagoland veteran community; strengthen outreach to military-affiliated applicants; provide support through the admissions process to include advocacy for admissions qualified applicants; and promote the Pritzker School of Medicine as a home for veterans and military-affiliated future physicians.


Contact: Zachary Newman
Faculty Advisor: Kenneth L. Wilson, MD; Department of Surgery

Washington Park is a free pediatric health clinic run by a 12 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.

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Contact: Jillian Bowman and Nia Berrian
Faculty Advisor: Julia Rosebush, DO, Department of Pediatrics