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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: Hillary Linhart
Treasurer: Victoria Mansfield
Faculty Advisor: Andrew Barnes, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017

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: Kelsey Faust
Vice President: Alan Harris
Treasurer: Parker Johnsen
Faculty Advisor: Scott Graham, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017

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-President: Eugenie Quan
Co-President: Kayvon Mobarakeh
Treasurer: Kathryn Osei-Bonsu
Updated Fall 2017

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: Elizabeth Lee
Co-President of External Affairs: Hannah Rak
Treasurer: Ashton Branch
Legislative Representative: Alper Dincer
Faculty Advisor: Mark Ryan, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017

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
President: Matt Cross
Faculty advisor: John Burgner, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017

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 support the professional and personal needs of female surgeons at various stages in their careers.
E-mail: aws.mcv@gmail.com
President: Debolina Banerjee
Faculty Advisor: Paula Ferrada, MD
Updated Fall 2017


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


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: Joanne Lau, Hiren Kolli,  and Anjali Sharma
Faculty advisor: Jordana Kron, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017

Cardiothoracic Surgery Interest Group

Purpose: To provide resources and opportunities for students interested in the field of Cardiothoracic Surgery.
E-mail: vcu.ctsig@gmail.com
President: Zachary Kimball
Faculty advisor: Mohammed Quader, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017

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: sarmistead123@gmail.com
President: John Claiborne
Treasurer: Peter Westman
Faculty advisor: Scott T. Armistead, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017

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
President: Noopur Tripathi
Treasurer: Marianna Moffatt
Secretary: Carrie Foster
Faculty advisor: Marjolein de Wit, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017

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: Emily Zhang, Ryan Johnson and Cody McHargue
Faculty Advisor: Vivian Bruzzese, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017


David Hume Surgical Society

Purpose: To educate VCU medical students about surgery and surgical subspecialties.
E-mail: mcv.dhss@gmail.com
Co-presidents: Matthew Carr, Daniel Critchfield, and Lily Zhang
Faculty Advisor: Rahul Anand, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017

Dermatology Interest Group

Purpose: To increase student awareness of the specialty of dermatology by offering shadowing opportunities, lunch lectures and dermatology related services opportunities.
Email: vcudig@gmail.com
Co-President: Julia Stachen
Vice President: Annabel Baek
Treasurer: Jessica Payne
Faculty Advisor: Julia Nunley, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017

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: Jay Pham
Vice President: Faye Mendoza
Treasurer: Julia Staschen
Faculty advisor: Biren Shah, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017



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: Kevin Desai, William Frye, and Derek Sheen
Faculty advisor: Nathan Lewis, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017

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: Yasamin Sharifzadeh
Vice President: Alexander McClanahan
Faculty Advisor: Diane Biskobing, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017

ENT Student Interest Group

Purpose: To educate and promote the field of ENT
E-mail: vcuentig@gmail.com
Co-Presidents: Wei-Li Suen and Grayson Baum
Faculty Advisor: Kimberly Dodson, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017


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
President: Sahaj Mujmumdar
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.


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
President: Lily Zhang
Vice President: Kelsey Faust
Treasurer: Daniel J. Lee
Faculty Advisor: William Broaddus, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017

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
Co-Presidents: Vivian Lam and Zi Huang
Treasurer/Secretary: Christopher Lee
Faculty Advisor: Mark Ryan, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017

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
President: Seth Smith
Vice President: Brandon Kratz
Treasurer: John Claiborne
Faculty advisor: Christian Barrett, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017


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: Niurka Monteserin
Faculty Advisor: Sean McKenna, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017

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
Co-Presidents: Annabel Baek and Erica Kim
Vice President: Eda Chen
Treasurer: Alvin Chang
Faculty Advisor: Megan Lemay, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017


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
President: Carolyn Zin
Treasurer: Michael Yang
Secretary: Dae Ik Yi
Faculty advisor: Sangeeta Sastry, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017

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.
E-mail: clubmed.mcv@gmail.com
Co-Presidents: Mavis Peng, Michelle Tran,  Curtis Maehara
Faculty advisor: Stephanie Call, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017

International Trauma System Development Program

Purpose: To provide data analysis and collaborative education to improve global trauma care.
E-mail: vcusom.itsdp@gmail.com
Co-Presidents: Daniel Critchfield, Lauren Friend, Jessica Patton, Christopher Brown
Faculty advisor: Edgar Rodas, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017

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
President: Frank Soto Del Valle
Vice President: Catherine Costa
Secretary: Niurka Monteserin
Treasurer: Kayvon Mobarakeh
Faculty Advisor: Donna Jackson
Update Fall 2017


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 Student Athletic Club

Purpose: To provide organization of athletic and service opportunities for medical students.
E-mail: msacmcv@gmail.com
Co-Presidents: John Marshall and Michael Cole
Updated Fall 2017

Medical Students for Choice

Purpose: To educate medical students about all reproductive health choices.
E-mail: msfc.vcu@gmail.com
President: Alyssa Farooque & Yasaman Ataeijannati
Faculty advisor: Frances Casey, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017

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: David Killeen
Vice President: Zach Deuell
Faculty Advisor: Christopher Woleben, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017


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: Dongjin Suh and Wei-Li Suen
Treasurer: Hena Yakoob
Faculty Advisor: P. Muzi Branch, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017

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: Rukhsar Chugtai
Vice President: Komal Safdar
Treasurer: Arsalan Bhatti
Faculty Advisor: Imad Damaj, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017




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.
Email: n2pathvcu@gmail.com
President: Natasha Kajani
Vice President: Lauren Williams
Faculty Advisor: Kimberly Sanford, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017


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: Molly Johnson, Sarah Poirer, Rishab Khatri
Faculty advisor: Fidelma Rigby, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017

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: mcv.ophthalmology@gmail.com
Co-President: Annalyn Welp and Mariam Nasir
Faculty Advisor: Vikram Brar, M.D., Evan Silverstein
Updated Fall 2017

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: Shalin Shah and Scott (Ronald) Bukoski
Faculty Advisor: Michael Petrizzi, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017


Palliative Care Interest Group

Purpose: To increase awareness and provide education about palliative medicine.
E-mail: palliativecareinterestmcv@gmail.com
Co-Presidents: Nicholas Kidd and Maggie Roth
Faculty advisor: Meera Pahuja, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017

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
Co-Presidents: Reese Sim, Shevani Sahai, Victoria Rodgers, Zachary Pottanat
Treasurer: Matthew Lanson
Faculty advisor: Clifton Lee, M.D. and Marieka Helou, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017

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
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
E-mail: pmr.vcu@gmail.com
President: Nate Manche
Vice President: Jarrel Raper
Treasurer: Daniel Nguyen
Faculty advisor: William McKinley, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017

Plastic Surgery Interest Group

Purpose: To increase student exposure to the field of plastic surgery.
Email: plasticsurgery.mcv@gmail.com
Co-Presidents: Matthew Carr, Jamie Choi, and Derek Sheen
Faculty Advisor: Santosh Kale, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017



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
President: Ben Schwartz
Co-president: Patrick Reddy
Faculty Advisor: Drew Moghanaki, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017

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: Caroline Young
Vice President: McKenzie Lee
Treasurer: Scott Hoffman
Faculty Advisor: Jeremy Powers, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017

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: Seema Mir, Lauren Williams, and Amy Chong
Faculty Advisor: Kimberly Sanford, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017

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
Presidents: Hannah Rak
Vice President: Molly Favour
Treasurer: Danielle Austen
Faculty advisor: Judy Gary
Updated Fall 2017

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: Eugenie Quan, Jarrell Raper, and Derek Sheen
Faculty advisor: Alan Dow, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017

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: Kellen Haley, and Caitlin Hauser
Faculty advisor: Alicia Zukas, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017

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
Co-Presidents: Lauren Gardiner, Sonia Zhang, Jay Pham
Faculty advisor: Katie Barber, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017

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: SNMAatVCUSOM@gmail.com
President: Reginald Osardu
Vice President of Academics: Paula Nguyen
Vice President of Community Service: Tawany Almeida
Secretary: Dongjin Suh
Treasurer: Raymond Hakh
MAPS Liason: Hena Yakoob
Social Chair: Dawit Ayalew
Recruitment Liason: Gabriel Alvarez
Faculty advisor: Michelle Whitehurst-Cook, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017

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
President: Danny Lee
Vice President: Daniel Lee
Treasurer: Rian Kabir
Faculty advisor: Susan Kornstein, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017


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
President: Benedict Del Buono
Vice President: Lauren Friend
Treasurer: Cody McHargue
Faculty Advisor: Karen Shipman, M. D.
Updated Fall 2017


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
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.
Email: vsig.vcu@gmail.com
President: Meghan Reeves
Vice president: Yasaman Ataeijannati
Treasurer: Debolina Banerjee
Secretary: Matthew Wishnoff
Faculty Advisor: Michael Amendola, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017


Wilderness Medicine Student Interest Group

Purpose: To promote and spread the lessons of wilderness medicine; providing healthcare in low resource, remote environments.
E-mail: wildmedmcv@gmail.com
President: Kurt Geffken
Vice President: Michael Klemm
Treasurer: Alex McClanahan
Secretary: Ian Lovern
Updated Fall 2017

Women in Medicine Student Organization (WIMSO)

Purpose: To promote women in medicine and discussion of women's health topics.
E-mail: wimsomcv@gmail.com
President: Eda Chen
Vice President: Arielle Lehman
Treasurer: Mahza Alam
Secretary: Neha Jadhav
Faculty advisor: Michelle Whitehurst-Cook, M.D.
Updated Fall 2017



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: Victoria Keiser
Vice President: Meg Barrett
Treasurer: Victoria Rodgers
Secretary: Olivia Lardo
Updated Fall 2017