Student Interest Groups
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, contact Humberto.Santiago@medsch.ucr.edu or visit the Office of Student Affairs.
Student Interest Groups
American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)
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)
The American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) is an organization which functions at the local, national, and international level to advance women in medicine and improve women’s health. AMWA membership is comprised of physicians, residents, medical students, pre-medical students, healthcare professionals, and allies. AMWA brings together the perspectives of medical students and faculty mentors to advocate for improved health access for women which includes advancing women's health research and improving women's health education.
Anesthesiology Student Interest Group (ASIG)
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)
The Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA) aims to address the unique health challenges of the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities in the Inland Southern California. APAMSA serves as a forum for students to engage these health issues and develop initiatives and projects to address the needs of the community. Our goal is to bridge the gap between the culturally and linguistically isolated API communities and their access to quality health care. We provide students with the opportunity to volunteer at health events and educate community members on relevant health issues to improve their health and well-being. We educate our members on relevant issues concerning API health to foster inclusivity and to improve cultural competency. We also aim to increase the leadership capacity of medical students through a mentorship program with undergraduates, promoting a culture of encouragement for younger students who are passionate about medicine. We provide an important venue for medical students to meet, exchange experiences, and develop personally and professionally through leadership and service.
Bhagat Puran Singh Health Initiative
Our mission to empower communities through preventive care and educational measures relies on a universal standard of care and a culture of professionalism, allowing us to engage respectfully and effectively with the communities we serve. We strive to break barriers and stigmas in cultivating unique approaches to health issues in our community. Our priorities are innovation in volunteer development, resource development and clinical service development.
We strive to provide services with equal accessibility to all the communities we serve through the elimination of traditional barriers to healthcare. Our events, meetings, and facilities are safe spaces where patients can expect sensitive care that is free of stigma/pre-judgment and inclusive to all backgrounds.
Building the Next Generation of Academic Physicians (BNGAP)
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.
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. Any medical student, regardless of faith or spiritual background, is welcome to come to any CMDA meeting.
Coachella Valley Free Clinic
Coachella Valley Free Clinic is a consortium of universities, colleges, and community partners across the Inland Empire that provide free health care services to underserved and vulnerable populations in rural communities in the Coachella Valley, as well as opportunity for the next generation of healthcare professionals to train, learn, and practice structurally and culturally competent care.
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)
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.
Emergency Medicine Interest Group
This group introduces emergency medicine to interested UCR students through interactive workshops, guest speakers, movie screenings, opportunities to attend conferences and other educational activities.
Workshops focus on particular skills used by emergency physicians such as workshops endotracheal intubation, cricothyrotomy, emergency ultrasound techniques, IV placement, dressing and splinting wounds, code blue response and problem-solving cardiac emergencies as well as other skills.
Residency directors and attending physicians from local EM residency programs are invited to speak on various topics, including advantages and disadvantages of working in emergency medical services, how to get into EM residencies, resident lifestyle, and how to shine during third and fourth year EM rotations. Students have also attended local Southern California EM conferences.
ENT Interest Group (ENTIG)
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)
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)
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.
Global Health Interest Group (GHIG)
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.
HABLAMoS Student Interest Group
The HABLAMoS (Hispanic And Bilingual Ambulatory Medical Studies) student interest group's mission is to provide medical students with language learning opportunities to build a foundation for Spanish-language learning in medical contexts. These opportunities include classroom instruction and experiential learning opportunities in Spanish-speaking clinics, conversational lunch workshops, grammar lessons, and practicing effective communication in patient-provider interactions through hands-on modules and OSCEs.
Hematology Oncology Palliative and End of Life Care (H.O.P.E.) Interest Group
The mission of the Hematology Oncology Palliative and End of Life Care (H.O.P.E) interest Group at UC Riverside School of Medicine is to provide broad opportunities for medical students to gain exposure to the fields of hematology, oncology and palliative care in both adult and pediatric populations. This is achieved through guest lectures, student-led discussions, patient panels, and clinical rotations.
H.O.P.E. promotes awareness of cultural sensitivity in relation to interacting with cancer patients and points of view about death/dying. We explore factors contributing to health inequalities and access to cancer treatments in Inland Empire area, and with the hope to present at AACR Health Disparity Conference .
Through guest lectures and panel discussions, we learn about implementing health policy to improve the care of cancer patients both locally and globally scale. We participate into various community events to raise cancer funding, such as Light the Night and/or Relay for Life. We also raise awareness of ethnicity in selection of bone marrow donors through hosting drives with Be a Hero-Become a Donor and/or Be the Match organization.
Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG)
The Internal Medicine Interest Group works to increase medical student awareness in the field of internal medicine. Medical students will have the opportunity to attend guest speaker events on internal medicine and subspecialties, network with internal medicine physicians, attend workshops, participate in internal medicine-related conferences and promote community health.
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.
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
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 Students for Choice
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
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.
MedRock is a hobby-based interest group revolving around climbing. The term "send" refers to the act of doing something extremely difficult with style. The purpose of the interest group is to ease student access to rock climbing and beyond. We aim to promote a fun, active, safe-space around climbing.
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.
Nutrition in Medicine Interest Group
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
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
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
The purpose of the Ophthalmology Interest Group is to provide information about this specialty. It is a highly specialized field with very little exposure to most medical students, especially in their preclinical years. Our goals for this group are to provide guidance in matching into ophthalmology, create shadowing opportunities in ophthalmology, and allow students to meet with practicing ophthalmologists in the Inland Empire. This group allows students to work together who are applying for ophthalmology residency and find mentors who have already matched.
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 & Sports Medicine Interest Group
The goal of Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Interest Group (OSSMIG) is to provide all interested students with an early exposure and access to the wide-ranging subspecialties within the fields of Orthopedic Surgery and associated Sports Medicine Fellowships from other disciplines (Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation). This is accomplished through meetings with surgeons from a variety of sub-specialties in the orthopedic field including spine, joint replacement, pediatrics, sports medicine, trauma, etc. In addition, physicians from other non-surgical disciplines with fellowship training in Sports Medicine will also be invited to give talks and conduct workshops throughout the academic year. Furthermore, OSSMIG's goal is to provide information regarding local physician shadowing and relevant research and externship opportunities. Students who are considering a career in orthopedic surgery or sports medicine fellowships, as well as those who are simply curious about the field are invited to join.
Pediatric Interest Group
The Pediatrics Interest Group promotes exploration of pediatrics and its sub-specialties, organizing outreach programs, providing opportunities for mentorship and career guidance, and creating greater awareness of issues involving children, their families, and the Riverside community.
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Interest Group
Our mission is to provide students with a comprehensive introduction to Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. We aim to provide a review of diverse surgeries with guest lectures sharing the breadth of their specialties so that they share their surgical expertise with us. We also hope to eliminate any stigma related to the fields and expand the knowledge beyond common cosmetic procedures such as rhinoplasty or breast augmentation and expand 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 mentorships with plastic surgeons regionally in the greater Inland Empire and nationally as well. Lastly, we will provide insight regarding the competitive residency application process and offer important advice from the very residents and specialists who were once in our shoes.
Premedical Undergraduate Mentorship Program (PUMP)
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.
Psychiatry Interest Group
The Psychiatry 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).
Riverside Free 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
To use a holistic and sustainable approach to address the health disparities of the San Bernardino County and to provide much-needed medical assistance to people who lack proper medical care and are unable to access medical care. With this, the SBFC seeks to improve some of the more common health problems in San Bernardino and will intervene to challenge health disparities and chronic diseases.
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)
The mission of SIGN is to foster medical student interest in neurology by providing opportunities for students to participate in research and service activities in neurology, to increase the student's neurologic knowledge, and to create an interest in the American Academy of Neurology.
Student National Medical Association (SNMA) UC Riverside SOM Chapter
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. The UCR School of Medicine chapter of SNMA has adapted this mission and strives to achieve these goals within the UCR School of Medicine and greater Riverside community.
Surgery 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.
Transcendental Meditation Interest Group
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 Muslim Medical Student Association
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.
Ultrasound Student Instructor Cadre
Involvement with the Ultrasound Student Instructor Cadre (USSIC) is a one-year commitment for MS2s to continue their ultrasound education as well as provide hands-on instruction to the MS1s. Benefits of the program include teaching basic ultrasound to MS1 students, learning ultrasound pathology, gaining leadership and research experience, and practicing skills that will help you in your third and fourth years and beyond.
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.
Veteran's Healing Veterans
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 in medicine and promote the health, well-being, and self-determination of people of color.
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.