Medical Student Organizations
The Office of Student Affairs provides oversight to more than 50 medical student organizations, from the Women in Medicine Student Organization to the Cardiology Interest Group to everything in between.
Register a Student Organization
All student organizations must register with the Office of Student Affairs. This not only recognizes that the organization has agreed to abide by the VCU School of Medicine’s guidelines, but also makes the organization eligible to apply for funding through the Medical Student Government.
Find a Student Organization
Search the A to Z index below to find a specific VCU School of Medicine student organizations.
This list is updated annually after the September 30 registration deadline for currently established student organizations.
New or reactived oganizations may submit student organization registration forms anytime during the academic year. These organizations will be added to the list once the request has been processed and approved.
Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine: Student Working Group
Purpose: Dedicated to the promotion, protection, and support of breastfeeding and human lactation.
President: Jennifer Luu
Vice President: Brinda Gupta
Treasurer: Jamie Anderson
Faculty Advisor: Gauri Gulati, M.D.
Allergy and Immunology Student Interest Group
Purpose: To expose students to the field of allergy and immunology
President: Snehdeep Hanspal
Treasurer: Ruchita Parekh
Secretary: Brenton Elliot
Faculty Advisor: Wei Zhao, M.D.
AMA Medical Student Chapter
Purpose: To inform students about status of AMA nationally and current state of health care.
President: Nam Duong
American Medical Student Association (AMSA)
Web site: www.amsa.org
Purpose: Support medical students on their endeavor to pursue medicine.
E-mail: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
President: Avanthi Jayaweera
Treasurer: Dan Eames
Faculty Advisor: Mark Ryan, M.D.
American Physician Scientists Association (APSA), Chapter at VCU
Purpose: To provide support for physician-scientists at all stages of their careers through advancement opportunities, education, outreach, and building a stronger sense of the physician-scientist community.
President: Janina Vaikus
Treasurer: Audra Iness
Faculty Advisor: John Nestler, M.D.
Anesthesia Interest Group (AIG)
Web site: www.studentorg.vcu.edu/soaig
Purpose: To inform medical students about the field of anesthesia.
President: Pooja Patil
Treasurer: Mackenzie Grasso
Faculty advisor: John Burgner, M.D.
Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association
Purpose: To address issues important to Asian American medical students and to address health issues by serving the local community.
President: Justin Wang
Treasurer: Saritha Kosarussavadi
Faculty advisor: Christine Huynh, M.D.
Association of Women Surgeons
Purpose: To support the professional and personal needs of female surgeons at various stages in their careers.
Co-Presidents: Debolina Banerjee, Hameeda Naimi, and Victoria Keiser
Faculty Advisor: Paula Ferrada, MD
Biodesign and Entrepreneurship Interest Group
Purpose: Foster innovation and support entrepreneurhsip among medical students and biomedical engineers who are interested in designing novel healthcare solutions.
President: Brandon Gaston
Vice President: Rahul Nayak
Treasurer: Prem Darji
Cardiology Interest Group
Purpose: To allow students who are interested in Cardiology to learn more about the field.
President: Divya Patel
Treasurer: Chris Nolan
Faculty advisor: Jordana Kron, M.D.
Cardiothoracic Surgery Interest Group
Purpose: To provide resources and opportunities for students interested in the field of Cardiothoracic Surgery.
President: Suraj Mishra
Treasurer: Jay Patel
Faculty advisor: Mohammed Quader, M.D.
Christian Medical and Dental Association
Web site: www.cmdarichmond.org
Purpose: For Christian health professional students to meet, encourage one another, and glorify God.
President: Elizabeth Jacob
Treasurer: Alex Rankin
Faculty advisor: Scott T. Armistead, M.D.
Class of 2017
Purpose: Support the efforts of the members of the class of 2017.
President: Yeri Park
Treasurer: Sarah Berg
Class of 2018
Purpose: To raise funds and plan social functions for the members of the School of Medicine Class of 2018.
President: Christopher Cox
Treasurer: Timothy Nobbee
Critical Care Interest Group
Purpose: To increase interest and awareness in medical students about critical care specialties.
President: Caroline Young
Treasurer: McKenzie Lee
Secretary: Sirisha Dukkipati
Faculty advisor: Marjolein de Wit, M.D.
Cross Over Clinic
Web site: www.crossoverministry.org
Purpose: To provide free health care to the uninsured in Richmond.
Co-Presidents: Emily Zhang, Ryan Johnson and Cody McHargue
Faculty Advisor: Vivian Bruzzese, M.D.
David Hume Surgical Society
Purpose: To educate VCU medical students about surgery and surgical subspecialties.
Co-presidents: Matthew Carr, Daniel Critchfield, and Lily Zhang
Faculty Advisor: Rahul Anand, M.D.
Dermatology Interest Group
Purpose: To increase student awareness of the specialty of dermatology by offering shadowing opportunities, lunch lectures and dermatology related services opportunities.
Co-President: Jon Williams and Barsegh Barseghian
Diagnostic & Interventional Radiology Interest Group
Purpose: To encourage student interest in radiology, and to provide opportunities to learn about career options in the field.
President: Michael Hoerner
Faculty advisor: Gordon Morano, M.D.
Purpose: A mission to create new roads to opportunities through improving health and education in Guyana, South America
President: Alia Wahid and Alfred Tanglao
Treasurer: Alia Wahid and Alfred Tanglao
Faculty Advisor: Jawad Al-Khafaji, M.D.
Emergency Medicine Student Association (EMSA)
Purpose: To cultivate interest in and increase knowledge about a career in emergency medicine, with emphasis on learning skills, to assist with our current academic and clinical skills.
Co-Presidents: Wendy Sun, Bryan Monroe, Andy Sondag
Faculty advisor: Nathan Lewis, M.D.
Endocrinology Interest Group (EIG)
Purpose: Engage medical students interest in the field of endocrinology.
President: Barsegh Barseghian
Vice President: Oksana Chernushevich
Faculty Advisor: Diane Biskobing, M.D.
ENT Student Interest Group
Purpose: To educate and promote the field of ENT
President: Mitch Peterson and Michael Armstrong
Faculty Advisor: Kimberly Dodson, M.D.
Farmworker Health Outreach
Purpose: To increase awareness of farmworker health issues and organize outreach events.
President: Alexandra Tee
Treasurer: Nehal Naik
Faculty advisor: Steve Crossman, M.D.
Food For Thought
Purpose: Seeks to empower medical students with evidence-based nutrition education to benefit their own lives as well as those of their future patients and the greater Richmond community.
President: Arielle Lehman
Vice President: Maya Ahronovich
Treasurer: Colleen Geraghty
Faculty advisor: Puneet Puri, M.D.
Geriatrics Student Interest Group (GSIG)
Purpose: To increase student awareness of and opportunities for exploring the field of geriatrics.
President: Yasamin Sharifzadeh
Faculty Advisor: Chuck Alexander, M.D.
Ghana's Rural Outreach Sustainability & Engagement (ROSE)
Purpose: To provide compassionate, culturally sensitive medical care and community service outreach to an underserved region in Ghana, while providing medical students with an international clinical experience to enhance their education and passion for the field of medicine.
President: Baaba Blankson
Treasurer: Jessical Regan
Faculty Advisor: Michelle Whitehurst-Cook, M.D.
Harold F. Young Neurosurgical Interest Group
Purpose: To increase interest and promote learning and interaction in the field of neurosurgery at VCU.
President: Brennen O'Rourke
Vice President: Kavya Kommaraju
Treasurer: Omar Protzuk
Faculty Advisor: William Broaddus, M.D.
Healthcare Innovation Technology Student Interest Group
Purpose: The purpose of the organization shall be to provide medical students with resources and opportunities to stay informed about the intersection of healthcare and technology.
Co-Presidents: Vivian Lam and Zi Huang
Treasurer/Secretary: Christopher Lee
Faculty Advisor: Mark Ryan, M.D.
Hematology/Oncology Interest Group
Purpose: Allow medical students to interact with Heme/Onc physicians in an informal setting, which allows students to ask questions about the field of heme/onc to be answered, increase awareness of unique aspects of the field and increase student interest in the field.
President: Aida Nourbakhsh
Vice President: Evan Schwartz
Treasurer: Allison Borda
Faculty advisor: Christian Barrett, M.D.
Infectious Disease Interest Group
Purpose: To educate student about infectious disease medicine, and expose them to clinical experiences in the department.
President: Sean Dougherty
Co-Vice Presidents: Julie Park and James Satalich
Treasurer: Christopher Chou
Faculty advisor: Michael Stevens, M.D., M.P.H.
Internal Medicine Interest Group
Web site: www.ivpp.vcu.edu
Purpose: To bring awareness to MCV student body regarding injury & violence, and provide resources for students to participate in community outreach.
Co-Presidents: Sophia Ghaus, Anand Gandhi, and Ryan Wallace
Faculty advisor: Stephanie Call, M.D.
International Trauma System Development Program
Purpose: To provide data analysis and collaborative education to improve global trauma care.
President: Mark Hopkins
Vice President: Cassie Valukas
Treasurer: Sirisha Dukkipati
Faculty advisor: Sudha Jayaraman, M.D., M.Sc.
Interventional Radiology Interest Group (IRIG)
Purpose: To function as an information center regarding IR and serve as representatives for the clinical mindset of IR taking hold nationwide.
Co-Presidents: Mark Edelstein and Taylor Powell
Faculty Advisor: Shep Morano, M.D.
Jewish Association of Medical Students (JAMS)
Purpose: To support the studies and faith involvement of Jewish students at VCU's School of Medicine
President: Evan Schwartz
Treasurers: Kelsey Rupp
Faculty advisor: Deborah Lebman, Ph.D.
Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA)
Purpose: Unites and empowers medical students through service, mentorship and education to advocate for the health of the Latino community.
Co-President: Jesus Ramirez
Co-President: Mariana Thrower
Community Service Chair: Diana Otoya
Secretary: Ramita Rahimian
Treasurer: Jacob Weiss
Faculty Advisor: Donna Jackson
Mattaponi Healing Eagle Clinic
Purpose: To serve the Mattaponi Virginia Native Americans with good healthcare, and to include medical student volunteers in this process with the licensed medical provider at the reservation.
President: Ryan Johnson
Vice President: Meg Reeves
Medical Student Athletic Club
Purpose: To provide organization of athletic and service opportunities for medical students.
Co-Presidents: John Marshall and Michael Cole
Medical Students for Choice
Purpose: To educate medical students about all reproductive health choices.
President: Alexandra Bahn Humphrey
Vice President: Sneh Hanspal
Treasurer: Alexandra Bahn Humphrey
Faculty advisor: Frances Casey, M.D.
Med-Peds Interest Group
Purpose: To educate medical students about the nature and opportunities of a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics (Med-Peds) residency training.
President: Raechelle Ocampo
Treasurer: Ju Ae Park
Faculty Advisor: David Friedel, MD
Med Relief at VCU
Purpose: Collect surplus medical supplies and ship to areas in need
President: Nourhan Ibrahim
Secretary: Azhar Bashir
Treasurer: Ali Salman
Faculty Advisor: Stephanie Goldberg, M.D.
Medicine With Pride
Purpose: To bring exciting, inclusive and culturally competent lunch lectures, activities and healthcare education to VCU School of Medicine.
President: David Killeen
Vice President: Kevin Smith
Faculty Advisor: Christopher Woleben, M.D.
MEDLIFE at VCU
Purpose: International Volunteering
Co-Presidents: Tatyana Goldring and Elissa Trieu
Vice President: Stacia Ruse
Treasurer: Alli Jacobs
Military Medical Student Association
Purpose: To connect military medical students and faculty, and share the contribution of military medicine with all medical students.
President: Tyler Miklovic
Treasurer: Kathryn Gouthro
Faculty Advisor: Lori Sweeney, M.D.
Musicians on Call at VCU
Purpose: To improve the well being of patients and their experiences by bringing music to the hospital environment, and to provide a means and place for creative expression in a hospital setting.
Co-Presidents: Dongjin Suh and Wei-Li Suen
Treasurer: Hena Yakoob
Faculty Advisor: P. Muzi Branch
Purpose: To increase awareness and exposure to pathology, generate interest in pathology as a career, and to provide opportunities for students to experience pathology related procedures supplemental to their classroom learning.
President: Eman Bani
Co-President: Chris Nolan
Faculty Advisor: Kimberly Sanford
Ob/Gyn Student Interest Group
Purpose: To promote women's health awareness as well as obstetrics and gynecology as a career path to future physicians.
President: Elizabeth King
Vice President: Alexandra Stiles
Treasurer: Alexandra Bahn-Humphrey
Faculty advisor: Fidelma Rigby, M.D.
Ophthalmology Interest Group
Purpose: To generate interest in the field of ophthalmology, organize speakers and shadowing, and assist those who plan to pursue a career in the field.
President: Carter Simmers
Treasurer: Ali Salman
Faculty Advisor: Vikram Brar, M.D.
Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Interest Group
Purpose: To expose students to opportunities in Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, finding a balance between the surgical aspect of Orthopedics and the primary care side of Sports Medicine.
Co-Presidents: Shalin Shah and Scott (Ronald) Bukoski
Faculty Advisor: Michael Petrizzi, M.D.
Palliative Care Interest Group
Purpose: To increase awareness and provide education about palliative medicine.
Co-Presidents: Nicholas Kidd and Maggie Roth
Faculty advisor: Meera Pahuja, M.D.
Pediatric Interest Group
Purpose: To give medical students opportunities to learn about the field of pediatrics and the various sub-specialties.
Co-Presidents: Jessica Chaoul and Yurhee Lee
Treasurer: Matthew Lanson
Faculty advisor: Bruce Rubin, M.D.
Physicians for a National Health Program
Web site: www.pnhp.org
Purpose: Inform medical students of the need for comprehensive and publicly-funded healthcare program.
President: Sreya Radhakrishna
Secretary: Mostafa Abdel-Hamid
Treasurer: Duaa AbdelHameid
Faculty advisor: Susan Miller, M.D.
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Student Interest Group (PM&R)
Purpose: To provide awareness, understanding, and resources to students in the field of PM&R
President: Edward Tobin
Vice President: John Laurenzano
Secretary: Sarah Sandoval Peterson
Treasurer: Karina Espinoza
Clinical Liaison: Kelsey Rupp
Faculty advisor: William McKinley, M.D.
Plastic Surgery Interest Group
Purpose: To increase student exposure to the field of plastic surgery.
Co-Presidents: Matthew Carr, Jamie Choi, and Derek Sheen
Faculty Advisor: Santosh Kale, M.D.
Radiation Oncology Interest Group
Purpose: To introduce students to the field of radiation oncology and provide interested students the research and clinical opportunities necessary to guide them on the best path toward becoming a radiation oncologist.
President: Ben Schwartz
Co-president: Patrick Reddy
Faculty Advisor: Drew Moghanaki, MD
Red Cross Chapter at VCU School of Medicine
Purpose: To alleviate human suffering per the mandate of the Red Cross Organization.
President: Jessica Chaoul
Co-president: Catherine Valukas
Faculty Advisor: Kimberly Sanford, MD
Research Interest Group
Purpose: To allow students to learn about current medical research opportunities at VCU.
President: Garrett Cohen
Treasurer: Allison Levitt
Sister Source at VCU
Purpose: To provide support and mentoring to teen mothers and pregnant teens in the city of Richmond.
President: Ruchita Parekh
Vice President: Divya Patel
Faculty Advisor: Fidelma Rigby, M.D.
Student Family Medicine Association
Purpose: To disseminate information about, and encourage interest in the field of family medicine through lunch lectures, workshops and conferences.
Co-Presidents: David Killeen and Laura Hoeg
Treasurer: Avanthi Jayaweera
Faculty advisor: Judy Gary
Student Free Clinic at VCU-MCV
Purpose: To provide free/low-cost primary care focused on hypertension and diabetes
President: Prarthana Udayakumar
Treasurer: Jennifer O'Neil
Secretary: Anika Turkiewicz
Faculty advisor: Alan Dow, M.D.
Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN)
Purpose: To foster interest in neurology and support opportunities for medical students to develop a career in neurology.
Co-Presidents: Debolina Banerjee, Kellen Haley, and Caitlin Hauser
Faculty advisor: Scott Vota, M.D.
Students Making It A Little Easier (SMILE)
Purpose: Pairs medical students with pediatric patients currently being treated at VCU. This gives the children an opportunity to forget about hospitals, and engage in fun activity.
President: Anna Green
Vice President: Tatyana Goldring
Treasurer: Megan Foley
Secretary: Sophia Ghaus
Faculty advisor: Katie Barber, M.D.
Student National Medical Association
Purpose: Address the concerns of under-represented students in medical school and support the needs of the underserved in the surrounding community.
President: Gabriel Beluchukwu
Vice President: Hafeez Olalemi
Secretary: Raechelle Ocampo
Treasurer: Stefanie Czerwinski
Faculty advisor: Michelle Whitehurst-Cook, M.D.
Student Psychiatry Society
Purpose: To bring awareness to mental health issues with intent to reduce the associated stigma and to inform students about the field of psychiatry.
Co-Presidents: Danny Lee, Rian Kabir and Daniel Lee
Faculty advisor: Susan Kornstein, M.D.
Urology Student Interest Group
Purpose: To expose medical students to the field of urology and provide them with shadowing and research opportunities.
President: Gaurav Gupta
Vice President: Robert Moore
Faculty Advisor: Lance Hampton, M.D.
Vascular Surgery Interest Group
Purpose: To educate medical students and general surgery residents about the field of vascular surgery.
President: Gi-Ann Acosta
Co-president: Abenezer Mulugeta
Faculty Advisor: Michael Amendola, M.D.
Wilderness Medicine Student Interest Group
Purpose: To promote and spread the lessons of wilderness medicine; providing healthcare in low resource, remote environments.
President: Matt Mason
Vice President: Euguene Kim
Treasurer: Rachel Kim
Secretary: Laura Khandjian
Women in Medicine Student Organization (WIMSO)
Purpose: To promote women in medicine and discussion of women's health topics.
President: Sophia Ghaus
Vice President: Meredith Mitchell
Treasurer: Elissa Trieu
Secretary: Yurhee Lee
Faculty advisor: Michelle Whitehurst-Cook, M.D.
Purpose: To promote wellness through the practice of yoga and to share our knowledge of yoga with the VCU community.
President: Victoria Keiser
Vice President: Meg Barrett
Treasurer: Victoria Rodgers
Secretary: Olivia Lardo