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: Melissa Huynh, Jenny Zhou
Treasurer: Catherine Peterson
Faculty Advisor: Gauri Gulati, M.D.
AMA Medical Student Chapter
Purpose: To inform students about status of AMA nationally and current state of health care.
President: Christopher Bednarz
Co-President: Ameya Chumble
American Medical Student Association (AMSA)
Web site: www.amsa.org
Purpose: Support medical students on their endeavor to pursue medicine.
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
President: Kenneth Qiu, Michelle Baer
Treasurer: Rachel Shin
Faculty Advisor: Mark Ryan, M.D.
Anesthesia Interest Group (AIG)
Web site: www.studentorg.vcu.edu/soaig
Purpose: To inform medical students about the field of anesthesia.
President: Katheryne Lawson
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.
Co-President: Jenny Zhao
Co-President: Ryan Ortizo
Faculty advisor: Christine Huynh, M.D.
Cardiology Interest Group
Purpose: To allow students who are interested in Cardiology to learn more about the field.
President: Garrett Cohen
Treasurer: Jay Patel
Faculty advisor: George Vetrovec, 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: Hae Sung Kang
Treasurer: Alex Rankin
Faculty advisor: Victoria Kuester, M.D.
Class of 2016
Purpose: Student government for the class of 2016.
President: Peter Ghamarian
Treasurer: Navin Vigneshwar
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: Kenneth Qiu
Treasurer: Sarah Streit
Faculty advisor: Alpha Fowler, M.D.
Cross Over Clinic
Web site: www.crossoverministry.org
Purpose: To provide free health care to the uninsured in Richmond.
President: Linda Vien
Co-President: Austin Oberlin and Alex Schlae
Faculty Advisor: Vivian Bruzzese, M.D.
David Hume Surgical Society
Purpose: To educate VCU medical students about surgery and surgical subspecialties.
President: Kelli McFarling
Treasurer: Thien Nguyen
Faculty Advisor: Rahul Anand, M.D.
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.
President: Ryan Ortizo
Co-President: Candace Levian and Justin Mauser
Faculty advisor: Nathan Lewis, M.D.
Endocrinology Interest Group (EIG)
Purpose: To provide knowledge and sources pertaining to the field of endocrinology.
President: Canace Levian
Faculty Advisor: Diane Biskobing, M.D.
ENT Student Interest Group
Purpose: To educate and promote the field of ENT
President: Justin Anderson and Taylor Pence
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.
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: Vyshak Chandra
Treasurer: Seda Bourikian
Faculty Advisor: Harold F. Young, M.D.
Hematology/Oncology Interest Group
Purpose: To raise awareness of the fields of hematology and oncology among medical students.
President: Shreya Podder
Treasurer: Danushka Seneviratne
Faculty advisor: Laurie Lyckholm, M.D.
Infectious Disease Interest Group
Purpose: To educate student about infectious disease medicine, and expose them to clinical experiences in the department.
President: Nina Olsen
Treasurer: Marguerite Ballou
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.
President: Shelia Kapyur
Co-President: Robin Kuriakose
Treasurer: Sylven Krause
Faculty advisor: Stephanie Call, M.D.
International Trauma System Development Program
Purpose: To provide data analysis and collaborative education to improve global trauma care.
Co-Presidents: John Schmeitzel and Michael Rains
Treasurer: Nehal Naik
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.
President: Aditi Sharma
Treasurer: Mark Edelstein
Faculty Advisor: Shep Morano, M.D.
jewish association of medical students (jams)
Purpose: To facilitate discussion about Jewish medical ethical issues via lunch lectures and other forums.
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.
President: Angie Molin
Treasurer: Lauren Silva
Faculty Advisor: Rosa Margarita Morales-Theodore, M.D.
Medical Students for Choice
Purpose: To educate medical students about all reproductive health choices.
President: Vidhya Kumar
Treasurer: Kinsey Hall
Faculty advisor: Frances Casey, M.D.
MedRelief 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.
Military Medical Student Association
Purpose: To connect military medical students and faculty, and share the contribution of military medicine with all medical students.
President: Alex Schloe
Treasurer: Joel Reimer
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.
Co-President: Eric Goold
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: Callie Hlavin
Treasurer: Ashley Rogers
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: Madhura Chitnavis
Co-President: Eric Peterson
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.
President: Bentley Massey
Treasurers: Daniel Miranian
Faculty Advisor: Michael Petrizzi, M.D.
Palliative Care Interest Group
Purpose: To increase awareness and provide education about palliative medicine.
President: Shannon Michel
Treasurer: Adam Robinson
Pediatric Interest Group
Purpose: To give medical students opportunities to learn about the field of pediatrics and the various sub-specialties.
President: Rebecca Cumo
Treasurer: Jacob Kirkorowicz
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: Katrina Herbst
Treasurer: Luke Legakis
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
Co-Presidents: Anthony Zenger and Allison Mui
Treasurer: Ron Rosenberg
Faculty advisor: William McKinley, M.D.
Plastic Surgery Interest Group
Purpose: To increase student exposure to the field of plastic surgery.
Co-Presidents: Caitlin Francoisse and Larry Tong
Treasurer: Laura Reed
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: Matthew Nguyen
Co-president: Jeffrey Strojny
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.
Co-President: Jillian Stafflinger and Sarah Rozycki
Treasurer: Michelle Wagner
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
Co-Presidents: Nicole Irgens-Moller, Kelly Hughes, and Stephanie DeMasi
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: Tahoora Sadoughs and Alicia Woock
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: Caitlan Swaffar
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: Britany Thompson
Treasurer: Joanne Chiao
Faculty advisor: Michelle Whitehurst-Cook, M.D.
Student Psychiatry Society
Purpose: Psychiatry interest group
Co-Presidents: Olivia Lam, Tiffany Hsiao, and Ronald Sutton
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.
Co-Presidents: Nicholas Deebel and Joseph Wiener
Vascular Surgery Interest Group
Purpose: To educate medical students and general surgery residents about the field of vascular surgery.
President: Kaila Redifer
Co-president: Gi-Ann Acesta
Faculty Advisor: Michael Amendola, M.D.
Women in Medicine Student Organization (WIMSO)
Purpose: To promote women in medicine and discussion of women's health topics.
President: Sarah Rozycki
Treasurer: Vidhya Kumar
Faculty advisor: Michelle Whitehurst-Cook, M.D.