Student Groups at RWJMS

Confused as to what ORIG, IMIG, HTLF, or PRAXIS stand for? These are some of the many student run organizations and interests groups at RWJMS.

There are many ways to get involved at RWJMS! During your first year, you will have the opportunity to meet and work with many student leaders and faculty members. Student groups often hold lunch/dinner lectures, workshops, and events outside of school, so there is always something interesting happening at RWJMS (plus there's usually free food). Most groups are run by second year students, but you will have the opportunity to get involved as early as your first semester of school. As you focus your interests, you can then take on leadership roles during your second semester. For now, check out some of our student run organizations, below. If you don't see something you're interested in, you can always start a new group.

Our RWJMS Student Handbook will provide you with more information on each group and its full list of officers. The handbook also contains information on starting a new organization, tips from current students, and information on the area.

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Student Government Association


President: Christopher Wachuku

VP of Student Wellness and CAP: Alexa Altchek

VP of Medical Education: Alexander Cong

VP of Surgical Education: Aneesh Patankar

VP of Multicultural Affairs: Badal Sojitra

SPCC: Medha Rao

Treasurer: Lauren Berger

The Student Government Association (SGA) oversees all school-sponsored, student events and organizations. Completely student-run, SGA represents the entire Robert Wood Johnson Medical School student body and serves as the students’ voice to the administration. SGA serves as a direct link between students and the faculty, staff, and alumni. SGA also obtains the opinion of the student body regarding issues that come up throughout the year, and organizes town hall meetings to discuss these issues. SGA works closely with all of the student organization leaders in order to foster collaboration among student leaders, thereby creating meaningful large-scale events that meet the needs of the student body. SGA provides financial support to enable these many events. The Student Wellness branch of the College Advising Program is run by the SGA. Student Wellness programming is organized to promote the physical and mental well-being of the student body as well as to promote intra- and inter-class camaraderie.

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American Medical Association


The American Medical Association (AMA) is the strongest platform for physicians across the country and thus, its Medical Student Section (AMA-MSS) is one of the most important voices for students in medicine. Through AMA-MSS, students have access to a wide range of opportunities, from community involvement to spearheading initiatives on local, state, and national scales. We sponsor free community blood pressure screenings, health fairs, high school outreach, and more. At the medical school, we host activities to help students learn and have fun -- a Board Review Program, happy hours with other medical programs, and our Annual Charity Auction are just a few of our many events! Outside the medical school, AMA-MSS offers opportunities to work with other students, organizations, and legislative bodies to fight for patient and doctor rights. Students learn to research and draft legislative policy resolutions, and attend Advocacy Days and national conventions to support their work.

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American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI)

Presidents: Mohana Biswas and Dimpie Shah

The American Medical Association (AMA) is the strongest platform for physicians across the country and thus, its Medical Student Section (AMA-MSS) is one of the most important voices for students in medicine. Through AMA-MSS, students have access to a wide range of opportunities, from community involvement to spearheading initiatives on local, state, and national scales. We sponsor free community blood pressure screenings, health fairs, high school outreach, and more. At the medical school, we host activities to help students learn and have fun -- a Board Review Program, happy hours with other medical programs, and our Annual Charity Auction are just a few of our many events! Outside the medical school, AMA-MSS offers opportunities to work with other students, organizations, and legislative bodies to fight for patient and doctor rights. Students learn to research and draft legislative policy resolutions, and attend Advocacy Days and national conventions to support their work.

American Medical Women's Association


Presidents: Taylor Corsi and Gabrielle Mendes

The mission of the American Medical Women‘s Association (AMWA) is to improve the personal and professional well-being of its members and to increase the influence of women in all aspects of the medical profession. AMWA strives to accomplish these goals by offering personal support for members through networking, action on health issues, and providing information on career options and development. We offer the Women's Health elective to enhance awareness of women's issues. Our community service committee coordinates volunteer activities to allow AMWA members to develop closer bonds with each other as well as with the community. We also coordinate a week of events to both empower women and raise awareness about violence against women. We would like to encourage all medical students, regardless of gender, to join AMWA, as women's issues affect us all.

Anesthesiology Interest Group (AIG)

Presidents:​ Samir Hassanin and Jennifer Fang

Anesthesiology Interest Group promotes education, communication, advocacy, research, and networking among students and physicians. We allow medical students of all classes to come together and discuss the specialty. We serve as a forum for those who want to explore the specialty to discuss their interests and for all students to share their experiences and ideas for the group. Our organization provides our medical students with information about anesthesia as a specialty, connects them to anesthesia faculty and residents, and organizes more in-depth lectures/workshops on the skills that we should understand and benefit from in any specialty (i.e. intubations, art lines, epidurals, nerve blocks). We also organize shadowing opportunities and research for the students. Look out for our meetings and come join us to learn about the field of Anesthesiology!

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American Medical Student Association


Presidents: Sim Berlene Mariano and Sahil Amin

The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) is the oldest and largest independent association of physicians-in-training in the United States, and is a student-governed, national organization. Our chapter is responsible for bringing a diverse array of resources to the student body of RWJMS, to benefit their medical school experience and enrich them as future physicians. AMSA sponsors the most number of events at RWJMS including some of the biggest and most attended ones such as MEDTalks and the Anatomy Memorial, and the organization encompasses a wide range of interests related to medicine. Subcommittees include: MEDTalks, Anatomy Memorial, Global Health, Health Policy and Equity, Disabilities Awareness, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), Race, Ethnicity, and Culture in Health (REACH), Gender and Sexuality, Community Outreach, RUSynapse, and Student Wellness.

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Association of Women Surgeons


President: Denay Richards 

The mission of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Chapter of the Association of Women Surgeons is to inspire, encourage, and enable aspiring female surgeons to achieve their personal and professional goals. Lectures and panel discussions are held throughout the year for students to discuss topics in surgery, such as academic leadership, research, family planning, and pay and promotion equality. Students are invited to participate in research, mentoring, and shadowing with attending and resident surgeons. As a national organization, there are opportunities to publish and present research across the country and find mentors beyond our health care network.

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Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association


Presidents: Michelle Yi and Alexander Luo

The RWJMS-APAMSA chapter is dedicated to ensuring cultural competency and sensitivity to the health care needs of Asians and Asian Americans through greater awareness of the unique health concerns that affect Asian populations. We are also committed to combating health disparities by organizing service activities that benefit local Asian communities. We are part of the larger APAMSA regional and national organizations, which provides our members opportunities to network with other Asian and Asian American physicians and medical students.

Building Lasting Anatomical Skills Together (BLAST)

Presidents: Sapna Syal, Brian Le, Denisse Amarilla, Matthew Rexroad, Nicole Fosko, Stephanie Vicari

BLAST is a program that introduces high school students to the anatomical sciences and medicine through presentations by medical students in the anatomy lab. M1s, M2s and M4s share teaching duties as groups of students rotate through the different body systems. Medical students have the opportunity to maintain their anatomy knowledge, improve their teaching skills, and serve their community by guiding high school students through interactions with the cadaver. Sessions occur between January and March and typically last about 2 hours on a Monday or Friday afternoon.

Bioethics Interest Group


Presidents: Michelle Yi 

The Bioethics Interest Group (BIG) serves as an approachable bridge for those students who wish to further their knowledge and competency in ethics and related topics without having to commit to the DIBE. However, BIG events do count toward the lecture/event credits required by the DIBE. The BIG’s mission would be to expand education and training in bioethics through case discussions and a speaker series featuring physicians, ethicists, and other professionals facing ethical dilemmas in their practice. Our goal is for the RWJMS student body to become more compassionate and understanding individuals as they make the transition from medical student to physician.

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Biomedical Entrepreneuriship Network


Presidents: Elad Mashiach

The Rutgers Biomedical Entrepreneurship Network (BEN) is an organization that connects interdisciplinary health professionals with the resources necessary to practice entrepreneurial medicine and develop innovative health care solutions. Our mission is to execute on the following three pillars: EDUCATE: To train and inspire Rutgers medical students to become innovators in healthcare through inspirational talks, workshops and experiential learning opportunities. COLLABORATE: To facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration by building a cross-collegiate network at Rutgers that bridges the gap between the medical school, pharmacy school, business school, and other key stakeholders in healthcare innovation. ACCELERATE: To provide members with mentorship, resources, and funding to ideate, build prototypes, and commercialize their social or commercial ventures related to healthcare. To learn more, check out our website at:

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Christian Medical Association


Presidents: Colleen O'Neill

Christian Medical Association exists as a group for RWJMS students to meet together and discuss our faiths as well as what it looks like played out in our lives. We typically meet twice a month in a casual setting (during lunch) to exchange thoughts and ideas about a particular theme or scripture. We also plan a few events throughout each semester such as game nights, potluck dinners, or bowling. We are not formally associated with the national CMA organization. We welcome anyone and everyone is is interested!

Cancer & Oncology Interest Group


Presidents: Daniella Portal, Isaac Tessone, Angelo Chaia

Cancer is a disease that affects almost everyone in one way shape or form. COIG is a group that hopes to unite a community of medical students against this disease creating a community to raise awareness and provide inspiration. COIG also hopes to formulate a platform for specialists and researchers from both the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and The Cancer Institute of New Jersey to educate the clinicians of tomorrow. Lectures, shadowing opportunities and panel discussions will be organized allowing medical students to develop deeper understandings of cancer and explore the field of oncology.

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Dermatology Interest Group


President: Samavia Khan

The Dermatology Interest Group is designed for students interested in learning more about dermatology and helping those with skin disorders. This group facilitates the interaction of students with residents and faculty in dermatology through lunchtime lectures and organized shadowing opportunities for students. Lectures address topics such as what a dermatologist does and how to get into a dermatology residency, the pathology and treatment of common skin disorders, and current research trends in dermatology. The club's community outreach program works to teach local students about skincare and skin disorders.

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Emergency Medicine Interest Group


Presidents: Halli LaFrankie and Shane Kronstedt

EMIG is a student-run interest group which aims to provide students with numerous opportunities to learn first-hand about the exciting field of Emergency Medicine. Throughout the year, EMIG offers a number of informative and fun lunchtime lectures on topics such as toxicology, how to read an EKG, and bioterrorism, in addition to residency seminars, opportunities for ED physician shadowing and paramedic ride-alongs. EMIG also sponsors a number of exciting, hands-on workshops such as a resuscitation lab and a suturing session, which provide students with the opportunity to learn and practice clinical skills.

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Health Living Task Force


Leader: Amanda Immidisetti

The Healthy Living Task Force is designed to promote health and wellness on a holistic scale, including healthful eating, and physical and mental wellness. Further, HLTF strives to educate medical students and the community about the importance of healthy living practices. For large group activities, students will have opportunities to learn about healthy living practices including nutritional counseling, meditation, and food sciences through guest lecturers and panel discussions. Small group activities may include events such as cooking demonstrations, mindful eating workshops, free yoga class, and the Healthy Food Cook-off, which will help educate students about various healthy living practices. HLTF actively volunteers at Rutgers Gardens, a local organic garden and through The Healthy Kitchen project, which teaches middle school students the value of eating healthfully while providing them with the skill set to do so

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Homeless and Indigent Population Health Outreach Project


Chief Faculty Adviser: Eric Jahn, MD

Program Coordinator: Susan Giordano

Secretary: Ruby Galvan

HIPHOP is an umbrella organization, comprised of HIPHOP-Community Health Initiative and Promise Clinic, which seeks to meet the pressing health needs of the Greater New Brunswick area. Through this program, students provide community outreach, health promotion, preventive education, and clinical services to indigent and underserved populations. HIPHOP fosters connections between medical students and the local community and makes community service a part of their medical school experience and careers by integrating community service with the medical school curriculum.


HIPHOP Community Health Initiative



Student Coordinator: Cynthia Zheng

Clinic Project Coordinator: Veda Nambi

Health Workshops Coordinators: Medha Rao

Project Outreach Coordinator: Kanchan Misra

Research: Mike Nicolaro


Non-Credit Elective Managers:

Nathalie Adam for ICCUCE

Ananya Gorrai for PAIR

Erin Collier for STATS

Gabby Bleich for LISTOS 


HIPHOP-CHI currently organizes both year-round programs and one-time opportunities for students to volunteer with and learn about the local community. HIPHOP-CHI’s many initiatives are as follows:


Integration with the Curriculum through:

  • Clinic Project: Allows first year medical students to complete their PCM Clinical Site requirements at indigent clinics

  • Health Workshops: First year medical students are required to present a health workshop at a community site as part of their first year PCM course (e.g. Open Doors, Naomi’s Way, HUB Teen Center)

  • Third Year Family Medicine Clerkship: Allows third year medical students to complete workshops at community sites to fulfill the service requirement of their Family Medicine rotation



  • Affecting Change through Education Program (ACE): Weekly tutoring/mentoring program

  • Project Outreach: Offers short and long term volunteering opportunities throughout the community (e.g. Elijah’s Soup Kitchen, teddy bear check-ups, annual 5K fundraiser)


Training Initiatives:

  • Domestic Violence Initiative: Offers 12-14 hours of domestic violence training through the Rutgers Domestic Violence Services Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance


Non-Credit Electives:

  • Issues in Cultural Competency and the Underserved Community Elective (ICCUCE)

  • Literacy Initiative for Students Teaching Older Spanish Speakers (LISTOS)

  • Patients At/In Risk Elective (PAIR)

  • Students Teaching AIDS To Students Elective (STATS)



HIPHOP Local Interdisciplinary Care Collaberative (LINC)


Faculty Advisor: Dr. Paul Webber

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Eric Jahn

Staff Advisor: Susan Giordano

Student Leaders: Denay Richards

Community Outreach: Parth Patel 

Interprofessional Outreach: Deep Raole

Research Committee: Hannah Bava and Rachel Christensen


The Health Extension Action in Local Communities Program is a student run interdisciplinary initiative. We aim to establish community relationships with the underserved neighborhoods in the Greater New Brunswick and Franklin Township area. Our goal is to improve the health of these communities while providing hands-on experiences of an interdisciplinary practice. At our current stage, medical students will be offered the opportunity to work together with students from all over RBHS (Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences), to go out into the community to conduct our Community Needs Assessment. We hope to that this will elucidate the appropriate health care intervention and approach that will best support this community.


HIPHOP Promise Clinic


Faculty Advisor: Dr. Karen Lin

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Eric Jahn

Staff Advisor:  Susan Giordano


Student Directors: Stephanie Oh, Michael Enich, Ila Nimgaonkar, Nupur Gulati, Paul Lavadera

Student Managers: Ruby Zucker, Meghan Hawes, Delaney Scollan

Schedulers: Vaishnavi Warrier, Josh Rowe, Cameron Schmidt

Education Committee Chairs: Bethany Mancuso

Grants/Finance Committee Chairs: Joyce Lu

Laboratory Committee Co-Chairs: Vanessa Cederbaum and Katie Dickson

Pharmacy Committee Chair:  Svetlana Bagdasarov

Community Outreach Committee Chairs: Keshav Patel and Jack Hayes

Communications Committee Chairs:  Neha Wadhavkar and Alejandra Bolanos

Quality Improvement Committee Chair:  Eshan Kaul

Specialty Care Committee Chair: Eileen McAuley


Promise Clinic is a student-run clinic composed of a community of medical students, volunteer physicians, and community partners dedicated to providing quality, patient-centered primary care services. It also aims to educate and empower the clients of Elijah’s Promise Soup Kitchen and the uninsured citizens of New Brunswick, NJ, to live healthier lives. Promise Clinic serves as an environment where medical students and other health professionals can engage in the New Brunswick community through service-learning aimed at teaching the importance of continuity of care, teamwork, advocacy, innovation, and leadership. Promise Clinic students are able to serve both through the roles of student doctor and steering committee member. The Promise Clinic Steering Committee is composed of the following sub-committees: Operations, Education, Grants and Finance, Laboratory, Pharmacy, Community Outreach, Quality Improvement, Communications, and Specialty Care.

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Islamic Medical Association of North America


President: Rubia Salman

RWJ's Muslim Student Organization, which allows students to learn more about the Islamic faith while providing opportunities to put Islamic values such as community service and mentorship into practice

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International (Global) Health Interest Group

(IHIG) or (GHIG)

Presidents: Kelsey Thompson and Jennifer Fang

The International Health Interest Group (IHIG) is designed to raise awareness of international health issues through a close collaboration with the Office of Global Health. IHIG runs an "International Health Elective,” which includes lunch lectures and events over the two semesters with speakers who have worked in different capacities in global health. Topics covered throughout the year will broaden students’ perspectives on different cultures and world medical problems that are not seen in the United States. In addition, IHIG raises funds for charities that contribute to international health relief work and assists students who wish to study abroad during the summer between first and second year or during fourth-year electives with fundraising and information sessions. The IHIG coordinators are also members of the steering committee for the Office of Global Health at the medical school.

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Latino Medical Student Association


President: Roger Martinez and Tomy Patrich

LMSA is the local Robert Wood Johnson Medical School chapter of Latino Medical Student Association Northeast (LMSA-NE). Its mission is to recruit Latinos into higher education and health-related areas, educate the public and one another about Latino health issues, and promote awareness about social, political, and economic issues as they relate to Latino health and the Latino population.

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Medical Students for Choice


Presidents: Catherine Roukhadze, Jessica Andersen, Stephanie Corsetti

The RWJMS Chapter of Medical Students for Choice is dedicated to ensuring that women receive the full range of reproductive healthcare choices and helping create tomorrow’s abortion providers and pro-choice physicians by supporting medical student advocacy and programming, improving reproductive health curriculum, increasing abortion training opportunities, and promoting the importance of MSFC’s work broadly.

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Neurosurgery Interest Group

Presidents: Tim Kravchenko and Amanda Immidisetti

The Neurosurgery Interest Group offers students the opportunity to hear from speakers involved in the field of Neurosurgery at all levels. This includes attending physicians, residents, and 4th year students in the process of applying into neurosurgery residencies. Getting involved in a niche field like neurosurgery can be a difficult task for a first year student, and this interest group exists to alleviate some of that complexity. NSIG aims to assist students in gaining exposure to the field, and in cultivating the necessary experiences to be competitive applicants in the near future.

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Ophthalmology Interest Group


President: Matthew Henderson

The mission of the Ophthalmology interest group is to cultivate student interest and exposure to the field of Ophthalmology. Ophthalmology is the surgical and medical management of all diseases of the eye and orbit.

Pediatrics Interest Group


President: Danielle Horowitz

The Pediatrics Interest Group has an overall goal of exposing students to pediatric medicine. We hope to offer forums for students to learn about pediatric subspecialties, pediatric residencies, ethical issues in pediatric medicine, and interacting with pediatric patients. We also collaborate with other student organizations to organize opportunities for volunteering with the local pediatric population. Through our relationship with the RWJ and St. Peter's pediatric programs, we can offer students shadowing opportunities within a number of specialties. Finally, medical students who participate in the pediatrics interest group are eligible to apply for the Pediatrics Non-Credit Elective.

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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


Presidents: Dimpie Shah and Colleen O'Neill

We are an interest group focused on introducing students to the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. The inter-disciplinary specialty aims to help students explore the sub-specialties in the field and to become comfortable working with individuals with varying ability levels. Sub-specialities include Sports Medicine, Spinal Cord Injury, Pain, Traumatic Brain Injury, Pediatrics, and Prostethics and Orthotics.

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Project Sunshine

Presidents: George Hseeh

Project Sunshine is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free educational, recreational, and social programs to children and families living with medical challenges! We run an assortment of fun activities ranging from arts and crafts, sporting events, dance parties and much more! Each Project Sunshine member works with a student at Lakeview Middle School, a facility dedicated towards helping children with cerebral palsy and other cognitive impairments.

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Wilderness Medicine Interest Group 


President: Angelo Chaia and Kelsey Thompson

The Wilderness Medicine Interest Group serves to unite a community of students passionate about nature, the outdoors and the complexities of clinical management outside the four walls of a hospital. WMIG events range from lunch and dinner lectures from trauma and wilderness medicine specialists to wilderness hikes involving emergency scenarios.

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RWJMS Ambassadors

Executives: Lauren Berger, Angelo Chaia, Esther Choi, Stephanie Smyczek

The RWJMS Ambassadors is a student group that acts as a liaison between the student body and prospective students, guests, and special visitors of the school.  The Ambassadors facilitate interview day for prospective students, delivering presentations and leading tours. Special events, such as Accepted Students Day, heavily rely on participation and planning by the Ambassadors. The Ambassadors have the opportunity to speak to interested and accepted students about what life is like at RWJMS. As spokespersons of the school, the Ambassadors take a tremendous amount of pride in RWJMS and its students, never failing to celebrate their talents, diversity, and unique interests. The Ambassadors strongly believe that the greatest strength of RWJMS is in its students, and the sense of community fostered amongst them. It is the goal of the Ambassadors to share these strengths with future students and visitors.   

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Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA)

Presidents: Taylor Corsi and Divya Krishna

SAGA is a group for queer medical students and their allies to organize around LGBTQ issues in medicine, medical school and medical education. Our mission is to educate our peers through events and trainings, provide a community for queer med students and work with the administration to make the school more inclusive.

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Student Curriculum Committee

M2 Representatives: Catherine Roukhadze, Jake Drobner, and Nitish Sardana

M3 Representatives: Sapna Syal, Lauren Salgueiro, and Mike DiGaetano

M4 Representatives: Daniel Reyes, Olivia Dahl, and Summer Nestorowicz


The Student Curriculum Committee (SCC) is a Subcommittee of the Rutgers RWJMS Curriculum Committee. The Curriculum Committee is composed of both elected and appointed faculty whose job is to develop, review and make policy related to the entire 4-year medical school curriculum. The role of the SCC is to bring forth the opinions, perspectives, and suggestions of students. SCC responsibilities include attending monthly meetings of both the SCC and the full Curriculum Committee and sitting on Course Evaluation Subcommittees. SCC members also select 2 Course Representatives for each M1 and M2 course to maintain communication between students in the course and the course director. After every course, both M1 and M2 SCC members lead meetings with all their Course Representatives to gather additional feedback from students. 

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Students Interested in Reseach 


Presidents: Tiffany Smith and Austin Chien


SIR facilitates student entry into research activities by improving student exposure and access to faculty involved in research activities within the RWJMS community. Through its Research Studies Lecture Series, SIR exposes students to current research being conducted at RWJMS to stimulate student interest in research and to provide students with the necessary information to further pursue research activities, such as the RWJMS Summer Research Fellowship. One faculty member is invited to give a research presentation with time for discussion during lunchtime sessions. While the elective targets M1 students, M2 students can also attend. Lectures focus on the crossroads between medicine and research, including both the personal perspective of the presenter in addition to the technical aspects of the presenter‘s research. The lectures and resources provided by SIR ease the transition into fellowship applications and summer research programs.

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The Ultrasounds

Presidents: Ciara Bosh and Daniel Augh

The Ultrasounds a cappella group aims to integrate music into the medical community within our school and surrounding areas. With various events throughout the year, we strive to provide opportunities to our classmates for musical and artistic expression, as well as help create the link between music and medicine as we bring our singing out into the community. As an organization that is open to all levels of experience, we foster a collaborative environment for musical growth and development as we work together and learn from one another.

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Valentine Mott Surgical Society


Student Representatives: Jack McNamara and Fady Soliman

The Valentine Mott Surgical Society is an extension of the professional Valentine Mott Surgical Society at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and is open to all students. Valentine Mott’s goal is to provide opportunities for students to explore the exciting fields available in surgery through a longitudinal lecture series and various hands-on surgery skill sessions. The Society sponsors monthly specialty seminars, providing opportunities for students to get to know the faculty and residents at RWJUH. Activities include introduction to OR sessions, M1/M2 laparoscopic sessions, and both physician-run and student-run suture sessions.

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Reach Out and Read 

Co-Presidents: Mohammed Farooqui and Sarah Tian

Treasurer: Darby Olex-Memoli

Reach Out and Read (ROR) is a national, non-profit organization that advocates for childhood literacy. It adopts a simple model of prescribing books and reading aloud to stimulate early brain development. ROR continues to encourage parents to read regularly to their children by giving them the tools to do so. Our chapter of ROR was created in the fall of 2019 and is only the second student chapter at a medical school nationally. Our goal is to provide a literacy-rich environment and help to model skills to parents and children on how to read at home. Medical students are encouraged to get involved and volunteer to read with us at Chandler!

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Internal Medicine Interest Group


Presidents: Daniella Portal and Suma Mallepeddi

The Internal Medicine Interest Group is a student run interest group intended to educate students about careers in Internal Medicine (IM) and promote relationships and communication among student members, IM faculty, and IM residents. The group focuses on promoting an understanding of the role of the Internist as a primary care physician as well as the role of subspecialists in providing care for complex diseases. Events such as researcher and clinician lectures and participation in activities hosted by the local chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP) provide networking opportunities, potential research placements, and mentors. The interest group provides medical students a better understanding of career options, patient care, and the clinical relevance of first and second year coursework.

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Jewish Medical Student Society


Presidents: Danielle Horowitz and Shalom Rosenbaum

The goal of JMSS is to maintain a sense of Jewish community at RWJMS. JMSS provides programming and support for Jewish medical students at RWJ. Events throughout the year include Chanukah and Passover parties, lunch lectures, and Shabbat dinners, and we will also hold events with other faith-based student groups in order to understand the similarities and differences between groups. While we provide a social outlet for Jewish students, we encourage students of all faiths to participate in JMSS events.

Medical Mandarin

President: Jennifer Fang

The Medical Mandarin Noncredit Elective strives to provide medical students with Mandarin language and cultural competency skills when providing care to Chinese Americans. The noncredit elective involves hour-long classes once a month during lunch as well as community service events throughout the year.

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Mind-Body Medicine Interest Group


Presidents: Erin McDonnell, Gabby Bleich, and Sonia Bhala

The Mind-Body Medicine Interest Group (MBMIG) aims to promote a student body understanding of and appreciation for the relationship between mental and physical wellness and disease. We bring in researchers on various topics relating to stress, anxiety, depression, and their physiological correlates. The MBMIG-linked mindfulness meditation elective offers students the opportunity to learn the attentional and self-regulatory skill of mindfulness meditation with an instructor.

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OB/Gyn Interest Group

Presidents: Tiana Acosta and Yelizaveta Gribkova

The OB/Gyn Interest Group is designed for students who want to learn more about opportunities available in the fields of obstetrics and gynecology. The group helps students gain an understanding of what a career in Ob-Gyn entails by creating a network between students and health care professionals within the field. In addition, the OB/Gyn Interest Group provides a forum for various speakers and promotes advocacy for issues regarding women's health and reproductive care.

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Orthopaedics Interest Group


Presidents: Jack McNamara and Dane Pizzo

The Orthopaedics Interest Group is a student run group organized by selected M1 and M2 representatives. The main focus of the group is to expose first- and second- year medical students to the specialty of Orthopaedic Surgery and to provide guidance to become a competitive orthopaedic surgery residency applicant. Past activities include anatomy reviews, a RWJUH physician-run Step 1 review session, and a speaker series on various orthopaedics sub-specialties. In the coming year, we plan to host clinically relevant workshops for students and promote both shadowing and research opportunities within the Department of Orthopaedics. 

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Peer Mentoring Program

Faculty Advisors: Dr. Sonia Garcia Laumbach & Dr. Daniel J. Mehan Jr.

Co-Directors: Taylor Corsi and Naweed Karimi

The Peer Mentoring program is a year-long program that begins during orientation to help integrate incoming students into our RWJMS family. All students are placed into groups of 10 to 15 and assigned two peer mentors. These mentors serve as an informational source for students, easing the transition and providing advice on how to tackle the challenges associated with starting medical school.

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Physicians for Human Rights


Presidents: Divya Krishna and Kelsey Thompson

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) was founded in 1986 by a group of physicians who believed that their status and skills allowed them the unique opportunity to call attention to and investigate human rights violations both domestically and internationally. We discuss topics such as prison healthcare, medical access, and worldwide developments and allow medical students to tackle and engage in discussions about both domestic and international issues. Our chapter was started by rising M4s two years ago and is currently growing into its own. We hope to fill a void in student opportunities by providing a distinct forum for students to discuss and engage in health and human rights issues that affect the greater population.

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Public Health and Preventative Medicine Interest Group


Presidents: Rebecca Howard, Saloni Jain

The Public Health and Preventive Medicine Interest Group aims to educate students at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School about the role of public health in medicine. Events held by the interest group explore topics such as health equity, social determinants of health, epidemiology, environmental and occupational health, and health promotion models. The interest group provides information for students considering careers in public health.

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Radiology Interest Group


President: Austin Chien

The Radiology Interest Group is designed for students interested in learning more about the fields of radiology and interventional radiology. Students will have the chance to hear from and interact with various attendings and residents through a series of lunch lectures. The lectures will address topics such as: the basics of radiology and different imaging modalities, common procedures in interventional radiology, and research and shadowing opportunities for medical students. Additionally, there will be interactive, simulation events for those interested in interventional radiology.

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RWJMS Literary Society

Presidents: Angelo Chaia

The RWJMS Literary Society provides a forum where RWJMS students can share their experiences, ideas, and talent. We produce an annual literary journal: a collection of medically related commentary, criticism, fiction, poetry, art, and humor. Our organization is dedicated to establishing a creative and intellectual community at RWJMS where students can discuss whatever is on their minds, and to bring events of cultural significance to the campus. There is a lot of talent and diversity at our school; we hope to tap into some of this talent and let the RWJMS community celebrate all that our students and faculty have to offer.

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Student Admissions Committee

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Carol Terregino

Student representatives on the Student Admissions Committee participate in discussion and selection of the incoming class with the medical school’s Admissions Committee. Students are selected on the basis of class election and interview components.

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Student Interest Group in Neurology​ 


President: Shilpa Mantri


The Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN) provides a forum for the exploration of interests in neurology, neurosurgery, and psychiatry, and promotes interaction among students, faculty, and residents through scholarly and social functions. Students also have the opportunity to complete the non-credit elective in Clinical Neuroscience through a combination of attendance at SIGN events and the fulfillment of an approved program of doctor shadowing, research, or related volunteer work. SIGN is a national student organization affiliated with the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). All student members of SIGN are eligible and encouraged to apply for free membership to the AAN, which offers scholarships for summer research and travel to the AAN conference.

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Student National Medical Association 


SNMA is committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students, addressing the needs of under-served communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent and socially conscious physicians. We aim do do this through the following goals: - To serve as a credible and accurate source of information relevant to minority issues in the field of medical education. - To encourage and foster the development of minority faculty in order to increase the presence of minority mentors and biomedical researchers in academic health centers. - To evaluate and cultivate the necessary measures to eradicate practices in the field of health profession education that compromise the goal of providing quality education to minorities and women.

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Ultrasound Interest Group


Presidents: Olivia Wallden and Amy Na

The Ultrasound Interest Group was formed in the interest of having a multidisciplinary group that would promote the education and use of ultrasound. We hope to explore the use of US across multiple specialties through lectures and hands on experiences. Ultimately we hope to see US education incorporated into our school’s curriculum to better prepare our students to use this great technology.

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Wilderness Medicine Interest Group 


President: Angelo Chaia and Kelsey Thompson

The Wilderness Medicine Interest Group serves to unite a community of students passionate about nature, the outdoors and the complexities of clinical management outside the four walls of a hospital. WMIG events range from lunch and dinner lectures from trauma and wilderness medicine specialists to wilderness hikes involving emergency scenarios.

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Caring Companions 

Co-Founders: Erin McDonnell, Corinne Corbett, Rebecca Berger, and Dr. Zahava Brodt

 The Caring Companion Initiative was founded in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its disproportionate impact on the geriatric population. Pandemics such as these can result in elderly community dwellers feeling more lonely and isolated, resulting in higher levels of depression and anxiety. This program hopes to allow students to hone their interpersonal skills with patients, while providing a listening ear to help care for the geriatric population during this trying time.

Created by your 2020 Orientation Team