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Medical Student Organizations

Welcome to 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.
E-mail: bfmed.vcusom@gmail.com
Co-Presidents: Reese Sim, Tori Rodgers, Lauren Gardiner
Faculty Advisor: Gauri Gulati, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017

Academy Health Student Chapter at VCU

Purpose: Bring together students across the School of Medicine, Wilder School of Public Policy and School of Allied Health interested in health policy and health services research in order to provide collaboration and professional development.
E-mail: saxel@vcu.edu
President: Lauryn Walker
Vice President: Sandra Lamm
Faculty Advisor: Andrew Barnes, M.D.
Updated Fall 2018

Adam Society

Purpose: The mission of the Adam Society is to provide students with the cognitive and social competencies to deliver effective patient-centered care by integrating continuous education on the psychosocial aspects of diseases with opportunities to engage commonly stigmatized and misunderstood patient populations.
E-mail: adamsociety1@gmail.com
Co-Presidents: Curtis Reiber and Pavan Krishnan
Vice President: Maninderjit Ghotra
Treasurer: Liuzhi Zhang
Faculty Advisor: Omar Abubaker, M.D.
Updated Spring 2019

Allergy and Immunology Student Interest Group

Purpose: To expose students to the field of allergy and immunology
Email: vcu.aisig@vcu.edu
President: Snehdeep Hanspal
Treasurer: Ruchita Parekh
Secretary: Brenton Elliot
Faculty Advisor: Wei Zhao, M.D.

American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)

Purpose: To increase interest and networking opportunities for students interested in Neurosurgery by providing access to a national association.
Email: aansvcu@gmail.com
President: Amanda Stanton
Treasurer: Nicole Haung
Secretary: Evan Hughes
Faculty Advisor: Scott Graham, M.D.
Updated Fall 2018

AMA Medical Student Chapter

Purpose: To provide students with opportunities to get involved with health policy and to inform students about status of AMA nationally and current state of health care.
E-mail: amavcu@gmail.com
Co-Presidents: Kelly McCoy, Sathya Areti
Faculty Advisor: Jenny Young, M.D.
Updated Fall 2018

American Medical Student Association (AMSA)

Web site: www.amsa.org
Purpose: Support medical students on their endeavor to pursue medicine.
E-mail: amsa.vcu@gmail.com
Co-President of Internal Affairs: Elefterios Trikantzopoulos
Co-President of External Affairs: Erika Lutins
Treasurer: Mariya Husain
Legislative Representative: Kevin Kurack
Faculty Advisor: Mark Ryan, M.D.
Updated Fall 2018

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.
Email: vcu.apsa@gmail.com
President: Dhruv Srinivasachar
Vice President: Kara Dods
Treasurer: Alicia Woock
Faculty Advisor: Antonio Abbate, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017

Anesthesia Interest Group (AIG)

Web site: www.studentorg.vcu.edu/soaig
Purpose: To inform medical students about the field of anesthesia.
E-mail: aigvcu@gmail.com
Officers: Christopher Duong, Carter Simmers, Ameeta Kumar, Brandon Kratz
Faculty advisor: John Burgner, M.D.
Updated Fall 2018

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.
E-mail: vcu.apamsa@gmail.com
President: Justin Wang
Treasurer: Saritha Kosarussavadi
Faculty advisor: Christine Huynh, M.D.

Association of Women Surgeons

Purpose: To foster interest in surgery, provide medical students a network of female surgeon mentors, and facilitate open and guided discussion of the challenges many women surgeons face in a setting where all members of the medical community are welcome.
E-mail: aws.mcv@gmail.com
Co-Presidents: Courtney Woods, Angela Sickels, Tricia Coughenour
Faculty Advisor: Paula Ferrada, MD
Updated Fall 2018


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.
Email: gastonbt@vcu.edu
President: Brandon Gaston
Vice President: Rahul Nayak
Treasurer: Prem Darji
Faculty Advisor: Franklin Bost, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017

Book Club at VCU SOM

Purpose: To promote discussion, curiosity, and thoughtful discussion among medical students through literature.
Email: vcusomreads@gmail.com
President: Elizabeth King
Vice President: Ashley Craddock
Secretary: Mitchell Hustad
Updated Fall 2018


Cardiology Interest Group

Purpose: To allow students who are interested in Cardiology to learn more about the field.
E-mail: cig.mcv@gmail.com
Co-Presidents: Michael McGeagh, Ty Rergyamdee, McKay Hannah
Faculty advisor: Jordana Kron, M.D.
Updated Fall 2018

Cardiothoracic Surgery Interest Group

Purpose: To provide resources and opportunities for students interested in the field of Cardiothoracic Surgery.
E-mail: ctsig.at.vcu@gmail.com
Co-President: James Howick, Youseff Kalafallah, Sravya Chilukuri
Faculty advisor: Mohammed Quader, M.D.
Updated Fall 2018

CARITAS Clinic and Outreach

Purpose: Fundraise for and advertise clinic as well as peer education centered around Richmond's homeless population.
E-mail: CARTIASsig@gmail.com
President: Erika Lutins
Vice President: Rebecca Khamishon
Officers: Kaitlyn Reichl, Sean Hurley
Faculty advisor: Mary Lee Magee, M.D.
Updated Fall 2018

Christian Medical and Dental Association

Web site: www.cmdarichmond.org
Purpose: For Christian health professional students to meet, encourage one another, and glorify God.
E-mail: CMDAinRVA@gmail.com
Co-President: Karina Espinoza, Grace Lowen, Christine Yeh
Communications Officer: Timothy Wills
Faculty advisor: Scott T. Armistead, M.D.
Updated Fall 2018

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.
E-mail: youngcl4@vcu.edu
Co-Presidents: Nina Zhu, Angela Sickles
Shadowing Directors: Katherine Yu, Tricia Coughenour
Faculty advisor: Marjolein de Wit, M.D.
Updated Fall 2018

Cross Over Clinic

Web site: www.crossoverministry.org
Purpose: To provide free health care to the uninsured in Richmond.
E-mail: crossoverclinic@gmail.com
Co-Presidents: Grace Lin, Benjamin Blake, Nichole Ramirez
Faculty Advisor: Vivian Bruzzese, M.D.
Updated Fall 2018


David Hume Surgical Society

Purpose: To educate VCU medical students about surgery and surgical subspecialties.
E-mail: mcv.dhss@gmail.com
Co-presidents: Michael Jung, Tabitha Michaud, Patricia Coughenour
Faculty Advisor: Rahul Anand, M.D.
Updated Fall 2018

Dermatology Interest Group

Purpose: To facilitate connections between the medical school and the Department of Dermatology.
Email: vcudig@gmail.com
President: Jason John
Vice President: Alberto Cristobal
Faculty Advisor: Julia Nunley, M.D.
Updated Fall 2018

Diagnostic & Interventional Radiology Interest Group

Purpose: To introduce medical students to the field of radiology through lunch lectures, community service activities, and workshops.
E-mail: dxrad.vcu@gmail.com
President: Nikhil Shah
Vice Presidents: Whitney Wolaver, Kelly Miller, Mohsin Ali
Faculty advisor: Gordon Morano, M.D.
Updated Fall 2018



EBM-Based Journal Club

Purpose: To facilitate discussions about research articles among M1 and M2 students.
E-mail: inquiries.vcumed@gmail.com
President: Ariel Nash
Vice President: Joanne Chiao
Treasurer: Zachary Kimball
Faculty Advisor: Marieka Helou, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017

El Dorado

Purpose: A mission to create new roads to opportunities through improving health and education in Guyana, South America
E-mail: wahida@vcu.edu
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.
E-mail: VCU.EMSA@gmail.com
Co-Presidents: Bobby Fuchs, Kevin Ghaffari, Naomie Ranatunge
Faculty advisor: Nathan Lewis, M.D.
Updated Fall 2018

Emergency Medicine Student Interest Group at INOVA

Purpose: To provide lectures on critical care skills and simulations for all future physicians.
E-mail: inovaemig@gmail.com
President: Shivani Deopujari
Treasurer: Kawthar Yusuf
Faculty Advisor: Eugene Lee, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017

Endocrinology Interest Group (EIG)

Purpose: Engage medical students interest in the field of endocrinology.
E-mail: vcu.eig@gmail.com
President: Sruchika Sabu
Treasurer: Elefterios Trikantzopoulos
Faculty Advisor: Diane Biskobing, M.D.
Updated Fall 2018

ENT Student Interest Group

Purpose: To educate and promote the field of ENT
E-mail: vcuentig@gmail.com
Co-Presidents: Blessan Sebastian, Leandro Socolovsky
Faculty Advisor: Kelley Dodson, M.D.
Updated Fall 2018


Farmworker Health Outreach

Purpose: To increase awareness of farmworker health issues and organize outreach events.
E-mail: mcv.farmworker@gmail.com
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.
E-mail: fft.vcu@gmail.com
President: Arielle Lehman
Vice President: Maya Ahronovich
Treasurer: Colleen Geraghty
Faculty advisor: Puneet Puri, M.D.


Gastroenterology Student Interest Group (GSIG)

Purpose: To provide VCU students with an interest group focused specifically on learning more about the field of Gastroenterology along with some of its related specialties-Hepatology and Nutrition. GSIG hopes to not only provide students with a means of better understanding these specialties as a learner, but also immersing students in the clinical and research experiences of faculty from the Division.
E-mail: gsigatvcu@gmail.com
Co-Presidents: Lillian Singer, Athanasios Sevdalis, Andrew Hwang
Treasurer: Nikhil Ailaney
Faculty Advisor: George Smallfield, M.D.

Genetics Interest Group

Purpose: To create an interest group where we can discuss a medical career in genetics, invite various speakers to talk about the field, and create opportunities to interact with more patient support groups and organizations.
Email: gigvcu@gmail.com
Co-Presidents: Sathya Areti and Maya Srinath
Vice President: Saloni Patolia
Treasurer: Sravya Chilukuri
Faculty Advisor: Virginia Pallante, M.S.

Geriatrics Student Interest Group (GSIG)

Purpose: To spread awareness of the medical and non-medical factors necessary for providing effective care for older adults while also offering opportunities for the exploration of the field of geriatrics.
E-mail: geriatricsig@gmail.com
President: Yasamin Sharifzadeh
Faculty Advisor: Chuck Alexander, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017

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.
E-mail: ghanarose.vcu@gmail.com
President: Baaba Blankson
Treasurer: Jessical Regan
Faculty Advisor: Michelle Whitehurst-Cook, M.D.

Global Surgery Student Alliance at VCU

Purpose: To educate, inspire, and unite students trhrough engagement and mentorship in global surgery, including anesthesia and OB/GYN.
Email: vcuglobalsurgerystudents@gmail.com
President: James Dittman
Treasurer: Amira Dalmazio
Faculty Advisor: Edgar Rodas, M.D.
Updated Spring/Fall 2019


Harold F. Young Neurosurgical Interest Group

Purpose: To increase interest and promote learning and interaction in the field of neurosurgery at VCU.
E-mail: HFYneurosurgery@gmail.com
Co-Presidents: Sanam Solanki, Michael Jung, Shripadh Chitta
Faculty Advisor: William Broaddus, M.D.
Updated Fall 2018

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.
E-mail: vcuhitsig@gmail.com
President: Joanne Chiao
Vice President: Justin Chang
Treasurer/Secretary: Scott Huang
Faculty Advisor: Mark Ryan, M.D.
Updated Fall 2018

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.
E-mail: mcvhemeonc@gmail.com
Co-Presidents: Nicholas Nowell, Ashley Hadjis
Faculty advisor: Christian Barrett, M.D.
Updated Fall 2018


Purpose: The mission of HOMBRE is to improve the health of underserved communities in Honduras and other developing countries while enhancing the education of health professions students.  Members of the Honduran communities we visit give us their trust, and in return receive quality care that is respectful of their personal values, beliefs and way of life. With close supervision, our students contribute their knowledge, skills, and compassion to those in need, and in return gain confidence and personal insight.
E-mail: hombremcv@gmail.com
President: Melanie Gray
Faculty Advisor: Sean McKenna, M.D.
Updated Fall 2018

Humanities: Understanding Man) H:UMAN

Purpose: To promote more profound understanding of medicine through activities that shed a new light on the nature of medicine.
E-mail: human.mcv@gmail.com
President: Emma Trachman
Vice President: Genevieve Gilson
Treasurer: Sean Aubuchon
Faculty Advisor: Megan Lemay, M.D.
Updated Fall 2018


Infectious Disease Interest Group

Purpose: To educate student about infectious disease medicine, and expose them to clinical experiences in the department.
E-mail: idig.mcv@gmail.com
Co-Presidents: Melissa Walker, Jessica Kiernan, Lilian Fung
Faculty advisor: Sangeeta Sastry, M.D.
Updated Fall 2018

Internal Medicine Interest Group

Purpose: To educate students about the field of internal medicine, and provide networking opportunities and clinical experiences in the department.
E-mail: clubmed.mcv@gmail.com
Co-Presidents: Grace Lin, Emily Lee, Matthew Lustig
Faculty advisor: Steven Bishop, M.D.
Updated Fall 2018

International Trauma System Development Program

Purpose: To improve and support the training of medical students interested in pursuing careers in the trauma field, trauma systems, and injury prevention programs.
E-mail: vcusom.itsdp@gmail.com
Co-Presidents: Riley North, Andrew Alberter, Megan Wojick
Faculty advisor: Edgar Rodas, M.D.
Updated Fall 2018

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.
E-mail: vcuirig@gmail.com
President: Cody McHargue
Vice President: Benedict Del Buono
Treasurer: Trevor Nordin
Faculty Advisor: Shep Morano, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017


Purpose: I RISE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization currently helping homeless individuals in a holistic manner in the Richmond, VA area.  We want to expand to VCU School of Medicine in order to start street medicine with the medical and dental schools on campus.
E-mail: iriseorganization@gmail.com
Co-Presidents: Kevin Ghaffari, Brandon Kratz, Benedict Del Buono, Cody McHargue
Faculty Advisor: Mark Ryan, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017


Jewish Association of Medical Students (JAMS)

Purpose: To support the studies and faith involvement of Jewish students at VCU's School of Medicine
E-mail: schwartzea@vcu.edu
President: Evan Schwartz
Treasurers: Kelsey Rupp
Faculty advisor: Deborah Lebman, Ph.D.

Journal Club for Medical Students

Purpose: To give medical students practice with EBM based research prior to reaching their clinical years.
E-mail: inquiries.vcumed@gmail.com
President: Ariel Nash
Vice President: Joanne Chiao
Treasurer: Zachary Kimball
Faculty advisor: Marieka Helou, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017



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.
Email: mcvlmsa@gmail.com
Co-Presidents: Nichole Ramirez, Katherine Reuter
Secretary: Agnijita Kumar
Treasurer: Jason Gassman
Faculty Advisor: Donna Jackson
Updated Fall 2018

Leave Your Mark: India

Purpose: Global Mental Health, Global Pediatrics, Global Special Needs
Email: leaveyourmarkindia@gmail.com
Co-Presidents: Bharti Patel and Elizabeth Kazarian
Treasurer: Alok Baral
Updated Fall 2018


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.
E-mail: mheclinic@gmail.com
President: Ryan Johnson
Vice President: Meg Reeves

Medical Ethics in Current Events Interest Group

Purpose: To advance understanding of current ethical issues impacting medicine.
E-mail: med.ethics.vcu@gmail.com
President: Benjamin Bowlby
Vice President: Viktoriya Zelikson
Treasurer: Lydia Bedford
Faculty Advisor: James Levenson, M.D.
Updated Fall 2018

Medical Student Athletic Club

Purpose: To provide organization of athletic and service opportunities for medical students.
E-mail: msacmcv@gmail.com
President: Christopher Cappello
Vice President: Vikrant Aulakh
Treasurer: Andrew Hwang
Secretary: James Pecsok
Updated Fall 2018

Medical Students for Choice

Purpose: To educate medical students about all reproductive health choices and provide interactive workshops focused on contraception, patient counseling, and political activism.
E-mail: msfc.vcu@gmail.com
Co-Presidents: Lillian Singer and Melissa Walker
Faculty advisor: Frances Casey, M.D.
Updated Fall 2018

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.
E-mail: mpig.vcu@gmail.com
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.
Email: medprideVCU@gmail.com
President: Marc Kealhofer
Co-Vice President: Alex Robinson
Treasurer: James Dittman
Faculty Advisor: Christopher Woleben, M.D.
Updated Spring/Fall 2019


Purpose: International Volunteering
Email: medlifevcu@gmail.com
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.
E-mail: vcummsa@gmail.com
President: James Latanski
Vice President: Lauren Williams
Treasurer: Sarah Poirier
Faculty Advisor: Lori Sweeney, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017

Musicians on Call at VCU

Purpose: To improve the well being of patient and their experiences by bringing music to the hospital environment, and to provide a means and place for creative expression in a hospital setting.
Email: mocvcu@gmail.com
Co-Presidents: Tatiana McIntyre, Philip Stone
Treasurer: Hena Yakoob
Faculty Advisor: P. Muzi Branch, M.D.
Updated Fall 2018

Muslim Health Professionals

Purpose: To bring together the Muslim community on the MCV campus to facilitate: spirituality, interfaith discussions, networking opportunities, community service events, and social events.
Email: mhp.vcu@gmail.com
Presidents: Mavra Masood
Vice President: Nayla Labban
Treasurer: Amira Dalmazio
Faculty Advisor: Imad Damaj, M.D.
Updated Fall 2018




Purpose: To educate medical students on the field of pathology.
Email: n2pathvcu@gmail.com
Co-Presidents: Ashley Hadjis, Lindsay Sterling
Faculty Advisor: Kimberly Sanford, M.D.
Updated Fall 2018


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.
E-mail: vcu.obgyn.sig@gmail.com
Co-Presidents: Devin Buennemeyer, Annette Kleinman, Carrie Shadowen
Faculty advisor: Fidelma Rigby, M.D. and Aaron Goldberg, M.D.
Updated Fall 2018

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.
E-mail: vcu.ophthalmology@gmail.com
Co-President: Justin Chang, Kelly McCoy, Harrison Ngo
Faculty Advisor: Vikram Brar, M.D., Evan Silverstein
Updated Fall 2018

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.
E-mail: mcvossmig@gmail.com
Co-Presidents: Brady Ernst, Raees Seedat
Faculty Advisor: Jeffrey Roberts, M.D.
Updated Fall 2018


Palliative Care Interest Group

Purpose: To increase awareness and provide education about palliative medicine.
E-mail: palliativecareinterestmcv@gmail.com
Co-Presidents: Sarah Wang, Shivam Gulhar, Michaella Montana
Faculty advisor: Meera Pahuja, M.D.
Updated Fall 2018

Panamerican Trauma Society at VCU

Purpose: To increase student research and engagement in the area of global surgery and trauma management.
E-mail: vcusom.pts@gmail.com
Co-presidents: Noah Hillerbrand, Helen Noble
Updated Fall 2018

Pathways Service

Purpose: To provide healthcare service and health education to the under-served population in Petersburg, as well as create a group of competent medical students through practice of clinical skills.
E-mail: pathwaysvcusom@gmail.com
President: Collin Weintraub
Vice President: Sanam Solanki
Treasurer: Nishi Shah
Faculty advisor: Michelle Whitehurst-Cooke, M.D.
Updated Fall 2018

Pediatric Interest Group

Purpose: To foster and promote medical students' interest, experience, and opportunity within the field of pediatrics and the various sub-specialties.
E-mail: vcusompig@gmail.com
Presidents: Andrea Nguyen
Treasurer: Alexandra Dennee
Faculty advisor: Clifton Lee, M.D. and Marieka Helou, M.D.
Updated Fall 2018

Petite Rounds

Purpose: To provide a forum for health professions students from all classes to hone their public speaking skills through giving presentations not limited to any particular specialty to their peers.
E-mail: petiterounds@gmail.com
President: Peter Westman
Treasurer: Danielle Austen
Updated Fall 2017

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.
E-mail: vcupnhp@gmail.com
Co-President: Hala Hasan, Hasti Mazdeyasna, Sreya Radhakrishna, and Samer Al-Humadi
Faculty advisor: Vivian Bruzzese, M.D.
Updated Fall 2018

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Student Interest Group (PM&R)

Purpose: To provide awareness, understanding, and resources to students in the field of PM&R
E-mail: pmr.vcu@gmail.com
President: Kevin Kurak
Vice Presidenta: Christopher Cappello, Erin Morgan
Faculty advisor: William McKinley, M.D.
Updated Fall 2018

Placed-Based Medicine

Purpose: To facilitate students' desire to bridge clinical medicine and public health while also helping broaden their interdisciplinary understanding and exposure to the medicine, populations, and regions that the VCU Health system impacts.
E-mail: placebasedmedicine@gmail.com
President: Patrick Murphy
Treasurer: Alexa Cecil
Faculty Advisor: Gonzalo Bearman, M.D.
Updated Fall 2018

Plastic Surgery Interest Group

Purpose: To increase student exposure to the field of plastic surgery.
Email: plasticsurgery.mcv@gmail.com
Officers: Lauren Powell, Youssef Khalafallah, and Whitney Wolaver
Faculty Advisor: Santosh Kale, M.D.
Updated Fall 2018



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.
Email: RadOnCMVC@gmail.com
Co-Presidents: Alexander Allen, William Manning
Faculty Advisor: Drew Moghanaki, M.D.
Updated Fall 2018

REACH for Ghana

Purpose: To serve the people of rural Ghana through compassionate medical care, effective public health education, and collaborative community development initiatives.  We also aim to provide experiential service-learning opportunities to those interested in making a difference in Ghana.
Email: reach4ghana@gmail.com
President: Kurt Geffken
Chairman of the Board: Caroline Young
Treasurer: Scott Hoffman
Faculty Advisor: Jeremy Powers, M.D.
Updated Fall 2018

Red Cross Chapter at VCU School of Medicine

Purpose: To alleviate human suffering per the mandate of the Red Cross Organization.
E-mail: redcrossvcusom@gmail.com
Co-Presidents: Keianne Yamada, Kimberly Seamon
Treasurer: Caellaigh Kimpston
Faculty Advisor: Kimberly Sanford, M.D.
Updated Fall 2018

Research Interest Group

Purpose: To allow students to learn about current medical research opportunities at VCU.
E-mail: rig.vcusom@gmail.com
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.
E-mail: sistersourceatvcu@gmail.com
President: Alyssa Farooque
Vice President: Ekta Partani
Faculty Advisor: Fidelma Rigby, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017

Squash Club

Purpose: To promote medical student wellness by providing opportunities for recreation and socialization through squash, and to raise money for local medically-related charities through fundraisers and tournaments.
E-mail: kirkaw@vcu.edu
Co-Presidents: Andrew Kirk and Dawit Ayalew
Vice President: Matthew Carr
Treasurer: David Constantinescu
Faculty Advisor: Christopher Woleben, M.D.
Update Fall 2017

Student Family Medicine Association

Purpose: To disseminate information about, and encourage interest in the field of family medicine through lunch lectures, workshops and conferences.
E-mail: vcusfma@gmail.com
Co-Presidents: Daniel Jordan, Paulius Mui
Treasurer: Cindy Tay
Workship Coordinator: Brian Gambardella
Faculty advisor: Judy Gary
Updated Fall 2018

Student Free Clinic at VCU-MCV

Purpose: To provide free/low-cost primary care focused on hypertension and diabetes
E-mail: MCVstudentfreeclinic@gmail.com
Co-Presidents: Yena Son, Andrea Nguyen, Maya Srinath, Roxana Shirazi
Faculty advisor: Alan Dow, M.D.
Updated Fall 2018

Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN)

Purpose: To foster interest in neurology and support opportunities for medical students to develop a career in neurology.
E-mail: mcvsign@gmail.com
Co-Presidents: Sarah Debs, Nicolas Pasternack, Susie Turkson
Treasurer: Kyle Woisar
Faculty advisor: Alicia Zukas, M.D. and Jon Snider, M.D.
Updated Fall 2018

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.
E-mail: smile.mcv@gmail.com
Presidents: Genevieve Gilson
Vice President: David Branson
Treasurer: Nick Pasternack
Faculty advisor: Katie Barber, M.D.
Updated Fall 2018

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.
E-mail: vcu@snma.org
President: Keli Doe
Vice President of Community Service: Susie Turkson
Secretary: Alice Kim
Treasurer: Aaron Pruitt
Faculty advisor: Michelle Whitehurst-Cook, M.D.
Updated Fall 2018

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.
E-mail: mcv.sps@gmail.com
Co-Presidents: Saloni Patolia, Kabir Nigam, Ejay Kao, and Dan Barnett
Faculty advisor: Susan Kornstein, M.D.
Updated Fall 2018


The Sinoatrial Notes

Purpose: To provide a creative outlet for medical students to sing and collaborate as well as to share music with the Richmond community.
Email: thesinoatrialnotes@gmail.com
President: Jennifer Luong
Treasurer: Robert Moy
Updated Fall 2018

Trauma Survivors Network at VCU

Purpose: The Trauma Survivors Network at VCU implements the dissemination of trauma inpatient recovery resources while providing students exposure to bedside interactions with trauma patients.
Email: tsnrounds@gmail.com
Co-Presidents: Sarah Andrew, Saloni Patolia, Lani Matthews, Sravya Chilukuri
Faculty Advisor: Karen Shipman, M. D.
Updated Fall 2018


Ultrasound Interest Group

Purpose: To promote point of care and bedside ultrasound awareness, interest, and reinforce education to undergraduate medical students. Create learning opportunities to learn ultrasound acquistion techniques and intterpretation, and improve understanding of ultrasound use in healthcare delivery. Enhance and facilitate continued ultrasound integration in the VCU curriculum. Serve as a resource for ultrasound related information to the student community.
E-mail: vcusonorams@gmail.com
Officers: Bharat Balan, Moon-Jun Brian Kim, Paulius Mui, Connor Comstock
Faculty Advisor: Michael Vitto
Updated Fall 2018

Urology Student Interest Group

Purpose: To expose medical students to the field of urology and provide them with shadowing and research opportunities.
E-mail: urologysigvcu@gmail.com
Co-Presidents: Isaac Prince, Brandee Branche
Secretary: Blessan Sebastian
Treasurer: Jason John
Faculty Advisor: Lance Hampton, M.D.
Updated Fall 2018


Vascular Surgery Interest Group

Purpose: To educate medical students and general surgery residents about the field of vascular surgery.
Email: vsig.vcu@gmail.com
President: James Dittman
Vice president: Kim McFarland
Treasurer: Rahul Ramraj
Secretary: Andrew Schwieder
Faculty Advisor: Michael Amendola, M.D.
Updated Spring/Fall 2019


Wilderness Medicine Student Interest Group

Purpose: The purpose of this organization is to advance healthcare, research, and education related to wilderness medicine.
E-mail: wildmedmcv@gmail.com
President: John Nestler
Vice President: Jin Kim
Treasurer: Jessie Pixley
Faculty Advisor: Benjamin Chopski, M.D.
Updated Spring 2019

Women in Medicine Student Organization (WIMSO)

Purpose: To promote women in medicine and discussion of women's health topics.
E-mail: wimsomcv@gmail.com
Co-Presidents: Kiera Sibbald, Sarah Jensen
Faculty advisor: Michelle Whitehurst-Cook, M.D.
Updated Fall 2018



Yoga Rx

Purpose: To promote wellness through the practice of yoga and to share our knowledge of yoga with the VCU community.
Email: yogarxvcu@gmail.com
President: Caroline Shadowen
Vice President: David Branson
Treasurer: Celeste Pilato
Updated Fall 2018