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All events must be pre-approved by the Office of Student Affairs. Please submit your information using our online pre-approval form.

The School of Medicine has a variety of student-run specialty interest groups that facilitate interaction and dialogue with relevant specialty physicians. The interest groups help organize specialty panels and also schedule sessions on topics related to residency.

For information on joining a specific group, email or visit the Office of Student Affairs.

Student Interest Groups


American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)

Inactive as of 10/2023

The AANS promotes the highest quality of patient care and advances the specialty of neurological surgery. Through values of integrity, professionalism, leadership, and excellence we look to further and foster the interest in the field of neurosurgery. We introduce and aid medical students that are interested in neurosurgery.

American Medical Women's Association (AMWA)

To advance women in medicine, advocate for equity, and ensure excellence in health care and to create a healthier world where women physicians achieve equity in the medical profession and realize their full potential.

Anesthesiology Student Interest Group (ASIG)

Specialty Student Interest Group

The mission of the Anesthesiology Student Interest Group (ASIG) is to provide medical students with increased exposure to the field of anesthesiology through the use of educational lectures, technical workshops, research engagement, and mentorship opportunities. Our goal is to support students in understanding the training, career paths, and lifestyles of practicing anesthesiologists.

Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA)

APAMSA serves as a forum for student leaders to engage these health issues and develop initiatives and projects addressing those needs. The local, regional, and national activities of APAMSA aim to promote the health of the AANHPI community and help healthcare workers understand how to care for AANHPI 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.

Bhagat Puran Singh Health Initiative

Student Run Clinic

The Bhagat Puran Singh Health Initiative aims to advocate for and provide immigrant communities with greater access to healthcare services through community-based wellness. We do this through clinics at Gurdwaras, community-based participatory action projects with our community, and advocating for changes in policy. Our hope through all we do is to not only address the intersectionality between healthcare delivery, education but to also involve our Sangat so they can take greater control of their healthcare needs.

BPSHI was founded in honor of Bhagat Puran Singh Ji (founder of Pingalwara in Punjab, India). He dedicated his life to the Sikh principle of seva. Seva is defined as selfless service for others that encompasses initiative, compassion, and empathy. BPSHI uses seva as our guiding principle in all we do. We firmly believe that every interaction we have with our community is an opportunity to make a positive impact on their lives.

Buddhist Meditation

Meditation can be a crucial tool in student wellness, especially in the life of a busy medical student. The mission of the Buddhist meditation interest group is to promote student wellness via in person mediation sessions, explore different techniques of Buddhist meditation, and create an inclusive yet pressure free environment for participants of all backgrounds to gain the lifelong skillset of a proficient meditator. May all beings live happily. 

Building the Next Generation of Academic Physicians (BNGAP)

Inactive as of 10/2022

To help medical students and residents of diverse backgrounds become aware of academic medicine as a career option and to provide them with the resources to further explore and potentially embark upon an academic medicine career.

Cardiology Interest Group (CIG)

Specialty Student Interest Group

The goal of the Cardiology Interest Group (CIG) is to motivate and educate future physicians interested in pursuing the field of cardiology and related sub-specialties. CIG aims to develop student interest and appreciation for the field of cardiology through interactive events, such as hands-on workshops, panelist sessions, guest speakers, mixers, and more, all involving experienced cardiologists and fellows.

Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA)

The Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA) is a non-denominational group of Christian students who gather on a regular basis for worship, Bible study, prayer, and fellowship. We strive to encourage and uplift each other as we train to be compassionate physicians. Any medical student, regardless of faith or spiritual background, is welcome to come to any CMDA meeting.

Coachella Valley Free Clinic

Student Run Clinic

The mission of CVFC is to provide free medical care to the Eastern Coachella Valley community. This community is made up mainly of migrant, uninsured, and often undocumented farm workers. It is our goal to be able to give provide free basic care and connect them with social and healthcare resources. 

Culinary Initiative

Inactive as of 10/2022

Culinary Initiative’s mission is to provide an avenue for medical students to express their creativity in the form of the culinary arts and use it to support our community. We believe that cooking is a skill that can not only improve one’s well-being but can also create opportunities to bring communities together. In Culinary Initiative, we are an organization that forms camaraderie in our student body through our passion for cooking and use our culinary skills.

Dermatology Interest Group (DIG)

Inactive as of 10/2023

Specialty Student Interest Group

The mission of the Dermatology Interest Group (DIG) is to create a community and resource for students considering a career in dermatology, as well as opportunities for students to form relationships with physician mentors in the field of dermatology. 

Disability Empowerment Interest Group

he Disability Empowerment Student Interest Group aims to expose medical students to the wide array of disabilities prevalent in the Inland Empire and amongst our very own community at UCR. Through advocacy, education, and community engagement, our members will gain a deeper understanding of the unique challenges faced by individuals with disabilities, and how to apply this knowledge to improve patient outcomes. We strive to learn from experts across multiple disciplines in order to gain a more holistic approach to caring for individuals with disabilities. Ultimately, we hope to provide an inclusive, informative, and engaging space to prepare medical students for meaningful interactions with patients with disabilities and their families. 

Disaster Medicine Interest Group (DMIG)

Specialty Student Interest Group

The mission of the Disaster Medicine Interest Group (DMIG) is to expose medical students to simulated disaster scenarios and emergency situations through hands-on workshops, guest speakers, and certification courses. Students will be trained to function effectively and safely deliver rapid high-quality emergency medical care in austere conditions under high pressure. Our goal is to help students develop competencies in situational analysis, risk assessment, and planning in the face of natural disasters, mass casualties, and other unpredictable cases.

Emergency Medicine Interest Group

Specialty Student Interest Group

The mission of Emergency Medicine Interest Group is to build familiarity with the Emergency Medicine specialty. In addition, we aim to prepare students for an EM rotation, assist in applying to EM, and build familiarity with EM programs around the country. We will embody this mission through workshops as well as case presentations from local EM physicians.

ENT Interest Group (ENTIG)

Inactive as of 10/2023

Specialty Student Interest Group

The main goal of the ENT Interest Group (ENTIG) is to introduce students to the field of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. ENTIG aims to provide opportunities for professional development, establish a student network, and offer early exposure to otolaryngology subspecialties.

Family and Preventative Medicine Interest Group (FPMIG)

Specialty Student Interest Group

The Family Medicine Interest Group (FPMIG) introduces students to the opportunities and philosophies of family and preventive medicine through various interactive and educational experiences in the UCR community and beyond. This includes mentorship opportunities, training in vital clinical and history-taking skills, and presentations from various family physician members in our community. We continue to expand and provide additional opportunities for medical students through partnership with AAFP.

First Generation in Medicine (FG Med)

Inactive as of 10/2023

First Generation in Medicine (FG Med) highlights the particularly arduous path that students who are the first in their family to attend college in pursuit of a higher education. This organization welcomes students who identify as first generation, low-income, or consider themselves disadvantaged to come together and connect with other undergraduate students, professional students, residents, fellows, and faculty that come from similar backgrounds. We aim to promote opportunities for current first generation and low income students, residents, and faculty that focus on self-preservation and well-being through the first generation lens. We serve as an emotional and academic peer mentor support system for FG Med students. We seek to celebrate, build community, facilitate and highlight the success of the first generation and disadvantaged communities.

FirstGenMedTrailblazers (FGMT) Mentorship Program

Mission: To empower and support first-generation college students on their journey into medicine. We are dedicated to demystifying the path to medical school and providing personalized guidance to help the trailblazing individuals achieve their dreams.

Purpose: The purpose of our mentorship program is to pilot support for community college students who face disadvantages, such as being non-native English speakers or first-generation students pursuing a career in medicine. We will achieve this by creating individualized yearly academic and experiential plans and guiding them to up-to-date resources.

Global Health Interest Group (GHIG)

Inactive as of 10/2023

The mission of GHIG is to provide broad opportunities for medical students to learn about current and past challenges within the field of global health. We inform medical students through guest lectures, student-led discussions, medical partnerships and community engagement.

GHIG promotes awareness of global health issues and develop a critical consciousness of ourselves, others and various cultures We explore factors contributing to health inequalities and access of healthcare. GHIG explores the spectrum of healthcare systems, compare and contrast the strengths and weaknesses of each, and discusses how we can implement change in our local healthcare systems. We learn about the method of action and impact of international organizations on health.

GHIG also provides opportunities to serve underserved communities, collaborate with community members to derive solutions, and to empower community members in their journey to achieve, maintain and sustain their health.

Hematology Oncology Palliative and End of Life Care (HOPE) Interest Group

Specialty Student Interest Group

To explore End of Life/Palliative Care, and go in-depth in the field of Oncology and Hematology.

Inland Empire Street Medicine Clinic

Mission: Our mission is to break down access barriers to treatment for individuals experiencing houselessness in the Inland Empire while connecting them to the larger health care system. By using direct outreach methods, we strive to provide trauma-informed, non-stigmatizing, interdisciplinary care to those most vulnerable in our community.

Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG)

Specialty Student Interest Group

The mission of the Internal Medicine Interest group (IMIG) is to educate medical students interested in pursuing a career in the field of Internal Medicine through networking, mentorship, and research opportunities. IMIG aims to increase awareness among students at the UCR School of Medicine for the field of Internal Medicine and to provide connections and opportunities to assist students with their professional endeavors.

Interventional Radiology

Inactive as of 10/2022

The Mission of the interventional Radiology Interest Group is to bring awareness and promote the field of Interventional Radiology. We connect students with attending physicians and residents in order to make connections, gain potential research opportunities, and explore this field as a potential career option.

Journal Club

Inactive as of 10/2023

The Journal Club helps students understand how to approach scientific literature. We will facilitate exposure to medical literature through group discussion with the hopes of promoting an interest in research and building a foundation for informed clinical practice. 

Latinx Medical Student Association

The purpose of LMSA is to unify and provide a voice to all Latino and underrepresented medical students, and to educate and sensitize the entire medical community to the specific needs and differences of Latino and underrepresented Inland Empire communities regarding health and human well-being. LMSA will advocate for the rights of Latinos and underrepresented Inland Empire communities, and it will educate medical students on health issues specific to those communities, while improving the health care delivery to those communities. In addition, it actively promote the recruitment and retention of Latino and underrepresented students at all levels. We retain members in the health professions programs by supporting academic and social activities and by fostering close ties among members. LMSA provides leadership opportunities and promotes volunteerism among its members, and will provide a network with other organizations at the local and national levels to achieve common objectives.

LGBT+ Health Interest Group

Inactive as of 10/2023

The mission of UC Riverside School of Medicine's LGBT+ Health Interest Group is to maintain an active and welcoming presence in the school of medicine, to mentor the next generation of LGBT+ health leaders, and to further the school of medicine's values of promoting inclusion, integrity, innovation, excellence, accountability, and respect.

Medical Error Interest Group

To investigate and understand why and how things go wrong in medicine and how we can do better.

Medical Pride Alliance

We are the Medical Student Pride Alliance, a student group dedicated to creating inclusive spaces, mentorship opportunities, community focus groups, and educational programs for queer students and pride allies. Through our group, we hope to offer students a variety of community based opportunities to involve in LGBTQ+ initiatives at the school of medicine and locally within the community. Some of these initiatives include working with administration for LGBTQ+ Health curriculum development,  collaboration with sister schools for the annual SoCal MedPride Health conference, creating a podcast to discuss marginalized population health issues, and developing new spaces for those within the community and beyond. 

Medical Students for Choice

Inactive as of 10/2022

The mission of Medical Students for Choice is to create future medical provides that are dedicated to provide well informed and current information about Abortion rights. As Pro-Choice Physicians we believe that all people should have barrier free access to health service that allow patients to make safe, well informed, and healthy lifestyle choices in the context of sexual and reproductive health; consistent with their own personal and cultural values. Our work is guided by the following values:

  • All medical treatment options regarding reproductive health choices should be freely accessible to all people.
  • People are the experts on their own bodies and experiences, therefore reproductive choices should be autonomous.
  • All people have the right to make self-directed decisions regarding their sexuality, health, and right to choose whether and when to have children.
  • Sexual health decisions such as abortion affect people of all identities, therefore equitable health access is needed.
  • All social justice movements intersect and therefore achieving our mission requires working collaboratively to overcome all forms of oppression.
  • All people are entitled to empathy and compassionate medical care without judgment, regardless of the personal bias of the physician.
  • Providing access to abortion care is a deeply moral decision; Abortion and contraception are vital aspects of medical care that should be embraced as a standard practice which is fundamental to medical education.

MSFC focuses on preparing future medical providers to handle sensitive matters pertaining to access to contraception and abortion treatment in an equitable and bias free manner.

Medical Students for Immigrant Justice

Inactive as of 10/2022

Medical Students for Immigrant Justice is a medical student-led collective organizing in partnership with local groups and a student asylum clinic at UCR School of Medicine. We collaborate with community and university groups regarding immigrant health and rights. We offer pro-bono forensic medical and psychiatric evaluations for individuals seeking asylum in the U.S.


The mission of MedJitsu is to promote the gentle art of jiu jitsu as a way to incorporate mental well-being, resilience and physical fitness into the medical school experience. Studying and clinicals can be draining, but the mats offer an outlet to destress and fellowship with others who both work hard and play hard. Learn more about your body while testing yourself in a safe and supportive environment, and participate in the giving spirit of the JJ community through supporting local education and teaching self-defense.


MedRock focuses on reaching new heights – literally. We are a student interest group centered on climbing that aims to foster community among medical students and physicians at UCRSOM. Our goal is to promote physical, mental, and social wellness while having fun by stepping out (or should we say “up”) from our comfort zones. Climbers at all levels of experience are welcome for our indoor and outdoor climbing adventures!


Inactive as of 10/2022

The mission of MedStrong is to promote physical and mental fitness for our medical student community by providing ways to stay active, inspired, and connected.

Medical school is intense, and we must take care of ourselves first to better serve others. Medicine is a profession of passion and dedication, and burn-out is a hidden epidemic. In MedStrong, we aim not only to promote self-care while in med school, but also to build habits of higher-level mental and physical fitness that we can carry onward to nourish, fuel, and inspire ourselves as future-physicians.

Music and Medicine

The mission of Music and Medicine is to share our passion for music with students and community members through various meetings and outreach events.

Neurology Interest Group

Specialty Student Interest Group

The student interest group in neurology strives to facilitate medical interest in neurology through research, workshops, and networking opportunities. Through community outreach, our goal is to further expand interest and knowledge in the field of neurology while bringing awareness to distinct neuropathologies. We plan to create opportunities to explore the latest research that impacts medical neurology as a gateway to excel during clinical rotations. The objective of exploring the field of neurology in this interest group will provide a chance to connect with neurology faculty and residents to better understand the residency application process and gain membership to the American Academy of Neurology.

NeuroMind Interest Group

Our mission is to foster a supportive community for medical students, centered around mental health management through neuroscience and neurocognitive techniques. In the face of the demanding pace and pressures of the medical field, we create a space wherein students can actively engage in mindfulness, cultivate their well-being, nurture personal growth, and gain a deep understanding of the techniques rooted in brain science and cognitive psychology. Through actionable steps, we aim to empower our future medical professionals to take control of their health and well-being while providing them with the tools to translate this knowledge into future medical practice, in delivering compassionate and effective care to patients, thereby promoting preventive medicine and healthcare focused on wholeness.

Nutrition in Medicine Interest Group    

Inactive as of 10/2023

The Nutrition in Medicine interest group serves to empower students with the knowledge that nutrition plays a key role in one’s health. The group plans to provide nutrition education via information sessions and newsletters as well as outreach events that would be able to help students make more informed food choices that promote a healthy weight and overall well-being for themselves as well as for future patients.

Obstetrics and Gynecology Interest Group

Specialty Student Interest Group

The Obstetrics and Gynecology Interest Group introduces students to the field of OBGYN in order to foster a better understanding of women's healthcare and disease prevention. Students will have the opportunity to: 

  • Learn various aspects of prenatal, intrapartum, and postpartum care and women's health maintenance.
  • Gain insight on taking a focused and thorough OBGYN history and practice physical exam skills.
  • Participate in simulated workshops.
  • Obtain residency and career advice through mentorship opportunities with upperclassman and faculty and organized physician panels.

Older Adult Care

Inactive as of 10/2023

The Older Adult Care interest group's main mission is to broaden medical students’ awareness, interest, and advocacy on issues concerning older adults and their care. The interest group will facilitate the opportunity to learn about practical topics and methods today’s primary care physicians can apply when caring for their older patients. These topics will include exploring the social, cognitive, sensory, and motor skill changes and issues faced by a growing aging population and how physicians can holistically manage their plan of care in a way that is relevant to healthcare delivery in the 21st century. The interest group will focus on topics related to older adult care such as polypharmacy, depression, promoting quality of life, fall risk, dementia, neglect and abuse to name a few. 

Ophthalmology Interest Group

Specialty Student Interest Group

The mission of the Ophthalmology Interest Group (OIG) is to inspire and educate medical students interested in pursuing a career in the field of ophthalmology through networking, mentorship, and research opportunities. OIG aims to increase exposure and awareness among students at the UCR School of Medicine for ophthalmology and to provide connections and opportunities to assist students with their professional endeavors.

Organized Medicine    

Inactive as of 10/2023

Organized Medicine seeks to train future health care providers in effective civic engagement, to promote medical student involvement in health policy, and to provide UCR SOM student representation at local, state, and national advocacy events.

Orthopedic Surgery Interest Group

Student Interest Group

The mission of the Orthopaedic Surgery Interest Group (OSIG) is to provide all interested students with early exposure and access to the wide-ranging subspecialties within the field of Orthopaedic Surgery. This is accomplished through meetings, events, panels with residents and physicians, and skill workshops. Students who are considering a career in orthopaedic surgery, as well as those who are simply curious about the field, are invited to join.

Pediatric Interest Group

Student Interest Group

The Pediatrics Interest Group promotes exploration within the field of pediatrics and its sub-specialties, organizes outreach programs, provides opportunities for mentorship and career guidance, and creates greater awareness of issues involving children, their families, and the Riverside community.

Peer Advancement Interest Group

Specialty Student Interest Group

Peer Advancement is a student-spearheaded interest group which aims to collaboratively support fellow students as we collectively pursue our career aspirations. Through this group, students will gain access to and knowledge of career-planning-based resources, as well as instruction on the usage of these resources. Students who are further along in their pursuit of careers in medicine, UCRSOM staff members, and individuals from outside the UCRSOM ecosystem (residents, residency directors, etc.) may be invited to provide career-based counseling to members of this group. Collaboration between and within all classes of the UCRSOM student body and all career-based UCRSOM interest groups is essential to the success of the Peer Advancement Interest Group.

Pickleball in Medicine (PIM)

Student Interest Group

Pickleball in Medicine aims to cultivate a community of likeminded medical students, who share a common passion for staying active through sports such as pickleball, and its correlation to preventative medicine. We are dedicated to promoting the well-being of our medical student community through the joy of pickleball. Our mission is to create a supportive and inclusive environment, open to all, that fosters physical activity, social connection, and stress relief.

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Interest Group

Specialty Student Interest Group

Our mission is to provide students with a comprehensive introduction to Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. We aim to provide a review of the diverse surgeries within the field. Our goals include expanding student knowledge within the field and expanding interest into reconstructive procedures such as cleft palate reconstruction and pectoral major advancement flaps for trauma patients. We will host suturing workshops and provide a networking platform for students to establish mentorship with plastic surgeons regionally in the Inland Empire. Lastly, we will provide insight regarding the residency application process and offer important advice from plastic surgery residents and specialists.

Premedical Undergraduate Mentorship Program (PUMP)

Inactive as of 10/2022

The objective of PUMP is to create a curriculum-based undergraduate mentorship program by establishing a direct and invaluable connection between UCR medical students and undergraduates. Essentially, the goal is for UCR pre-medical undergraduates to learn about medicine directly from the experiences and perspectives of medical students. The team will provide undergraduates exposure to various aspects of medicine that will assist them in their pursuit of medicine. This will include (~6) monthly sessions that will provide exposure to clinical skills, social medicine, simulation center techniques, ultrasound, and patient interviews. The student leaders of PUMP create, design, and coordinate all activities during the event. As this is the first year for the event, the student leaders will create a foundation for future leaders to continue to grow PUMP aligned with the mission set forth. The goal of PUMP is to provide a pipeline for undergraduates to better understand the multi-faceted role of a physician and prepare them to become invaluable medical students in the Inland Empire.

Psychedelic Medicine

Inactive as of 10/2023

Psychedelic medicine is the "new" frontier of psychiatric medicine and a possible alternative to lifelong, harmful courses of treatment. While psychedelic compounds are just gaining recognition in Western medicine through clinical trials, the use of psychedelic plants as spiritual facilitators and psychiatric healing agents goes back millennia. 

Psychiatry Student Interest Group

Specialty Student Interest Group

The Psychiatry Student Interest Group introduces medical students to the specialty of psychiatry by fostering interaction with clinical faculty and community physicians, and bringing guest speakers to discuss special topics (e.g. forensic psychiatry, work-life balance). PSIG aims to provide opportunities for professional development (residency mock interviews), establish a student network, and offer early exposure to subspecialties.

Radiology Interest Group

Specialty Student Interest Group

The mission of the Radiology Interest Group (RIG) is to educate medical students interested in pursuing a career in the field of radiology through networking, mentorship, and research opportunities. RIG aims to increase awareness among students at the UCR School of Medicine for the field of radiology and to provide connections and opportunities to assist students with their professional endeavors.

Riverside Free Clinic    

Student Run Clinic

RFC is a nonprofit organization that provides free interdisciplinary health and wellness care to the underserved population of the Inland Empire while also providing an effective training environment for future healthcare professionals and leaders dedicated to serving the Inland Empire. We are supporting the elimination of health disparities for the Inland Empire’s underserved through quality health and wellness care.

San Bernardino Free Clinic     

Student Run Clinic

San Bernardino Free Clinic (SBFC) is a student-run clinic that offers free services to the San Bernardino community as well as the Inland Empire. In partnership with Well-One Health and UC Riverside School of Medicine, we provide much-needed medical assistance to those who lack access to proper medical care and address the health disparities of the San Bernardino County.

Sports Medicine Interest Group (SMIG)

Specialty Student Interest Group

The Sports Medicine Interest Group at the University of California Riverside School of Medicine aims to increase student exposure to the diverse career paths of Sports Medicine, facilitate mentorship and community outreach opportunities, and develop skills involved in clinical practice, such as ultrasound-guided injections. Students of all levels of interest in Sports Medicine are invited to join!

Street Medicine

Inactive as of 10/2022

The UC Riverside Street Medicine Team utilizes an interprofessional network of volunteers to ensure access to quality medical care for people experiencing homelessness in Riverside. We seek to bridge the gap between the medical community and the homeless community by setting up a clinic close to where most reside. We also providing services by going directly to the patients if they do not feel comfortable going to our clinic. Our goal is to build relationships and trust by offering our help and support.

Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN)

Specialty Student Interest Group

SIGN promotes the highest quality of patient care and advances the specialty of neurology. Through values of integrity, professionalism, leadership, and excellence we look to further and foster the interest in the field of neurology. A medical student chapter would introduce and aid students that are interested in neurology and allow an appreciation for the field.

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.

Surgery Interest Group

Student Interest Group

The UCR School of Medicine Surgical Interest Group provides an opportunity for students to discuss contemporary surgical issues, including meeting the needs of underserved communities, and interact and exchange ideas with surgical professionals and other students. In addition, the organization improves career exploration opportunities in surgical fields by organizing a network of surgeon and surgeon residents from various specialties who are interested in serving as student mentors, provides elective course/lab to better prepare members and the UCR School of Medicine students for surgical rotations, including critical care procedures, basic surgical techniques and gowning, creates leadership positions for medical students in the organization who are interested and are actively exploring the research aspect of a surgical field.

The Art of Medicine

To explore the connections between art and medicine, and use the arts to learn medicine in a creative manner.

The Redeemed Christian Fellowship at UCR

The Redeemed Christian Fellowship @ UCR is a group of students who have a passion for Jesus Christ and strive to build community through regular fellowship, prayer, and bible study meetings. We also aim to be an extension of the love of Christ through monthly community outreach and engagement events. We have an inclusive and loving environment that is welcoming to any and everyone interested in joining us!

Transcendental Meditation Interest Group

Inactive as of 10/2022

The Transcendental Meditation interest group serves to be a form of stress relief and a practice to achieve deep inner calmness, clarity of mind, and a healthier heart. We aim to help ease the mental chaos that may come with Medical school without the need for emptying the mind, monitoring of thoughts, concentrating, or controlling the mind. TM is something anyone can do and is meant to be effortless to help reduce anxiety and negative emotions, while helping memory and learning. 

UCR Medicine Ski and Board Club

UCR Medicine Ski and Board Club aims to increase accessibility to snowsports for all students at the University of California Riverside School of Medicine while promoting overall wellness and camaraderie. We believe that the practice of skiing and snowboarding is not just a recreational activity but also an avenue for physical and mental rejuvenation.

UCR Muslim Medical Student Association

Inactive as of 10/2022

The UCR Muslim Medical Association strives to create a spiritually nurturing and inclusive space at the UCR School of Medicine and its affiliated hospitals. Our goal is to maintain service activities, mentorship programs with the undergraduate campus, and educational programming while encouraging professional interactions between Muslim healthcare providers and our current students. We hope to participate in various community service opportunities while constantly evaluating topics within medicine as they pertain to the Islamic faith and the broader Muslim community.


Inactive as of 10/2023

Our mission is to educate the Nation's youth with the knowledge necessary to protect themselves and their loved ones from the dangers of skin cancer and UV exposure. 

Urology Interest Group (Uro IG)

Inactive as of 10/2023

Specialty Student Interest Group

The Urology Interest Group (Uro IG) is focused on educating students on the field of urologic surgery through guest speakers, workshops, research immersion, and mentorship.

Veteran's Healing Veterans 

Inactive as of 10/2023

For too long there have been disparities in how those who serve our country receive care for ailments resultant of their service. The mission of the Veteran’s Healing Veterans interest group is to work proactively at addressing the disconnect between military veterans and the U.S. healthcare system. We plan on addressing this disconnect in three key ways: increasing the number of veterans and military dependents within the healthcare professions, implementing outreach directed towards underserved populations of veterans and their families, and bridging the gap between veterans and healthcare providers.

The Inland Empire is home to the second largest population of veterans in California. Many of these veterans are homeless, reside in rural areas, and lack access to the proper care they not only need but deserve. Those who served are all around us - they may be our neighbors, friends, or loved ones and by giving back to our veterans we are strengthening our community. It is our hope that this group serves as a model for medical and graduate universities throughout the United States to increase the inclusivity of veterans in the healthcare and social welfare professions. 

White Coats 4 Black Lives

To dismantle racism and accompanying systems of oppression in health, while simultaneously cultivating means for collective liberation that center the needs, priorities, and self-determination of Black people and other people of color, particularly those most marginalized in our communities. 

Whole Body Health

Inactive as of 10/2023

To educate medical students in nutrition, fitness, and mental health in order to provide practical outlets from current didactic content and develop holistic physicians. 

Women in Surgery

The Women in Surgery Interest Group unites female students interested in surgery. It provides aspiring female surgeons with an avenue to discuss and address issues related to diversity, equity, and professional development. The Women in Surgery Interest Group provides mutual support, exposure to a variety of surgical specialties, resources to combat barriers to choosing surgery, access to female surgeon mentors and prepares students to excel in surgical rotations by inspiring, empowering, and enabling future women surgeons.