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AcademicAmerican Geriatrics Society Noontime Clinical Case Series (AGS)This is a series of monthly noontime case presentations linked to the second year block curriculum. Cases are presented in the format used by all physicians to evaluate patient problems. The goals of the program are to provide clinical correlation with the block curriculum, highlight how health issues differ among the aged, provide experience with the standard clinical approach to differential diagnosis and treatment planning, and to incorporate a biopsychosocial perspective into patient care of the older adult.Saurab
AcademicAmerican Physician Scientist Association Chapter at the University of Pittsburgh School of MedicineThe mission of the Local Chapter of the American Physician Scientist Association at the University of Pittsburgh is to bring together the various physician-scientist training routes at our university, create a networking platform across different levels of training and institutions, and increase the presence of Pitt physician-scientists within the local, regional, and national community. Therefore, each event the Pitt APSA Chapter sponsors will clearly support one of the three main branches of our mission: advocacy, symposium, and outreach. Gabby Gilmer, BaDoi Phan, Ruby Holland, Victoria Heinrich"Pitt American Physician Scientists Association" Twitter: @PittAPSA
AcademicAnesthesiology Interest GroupThe Anesthesia Interest Group allows students to explore the variety of clinical and research fields that collectively make up the anesthesia department. Furthermore, we provide networking opportunities and host social events that help familiarize medical students with the anesthesia faculty and their areas of study. Lastly, the group has a wonderful group of students from all years who help guide those who are also interested in anesthesia down a path of success through Q&A sessions and individual meetings.Sarah Myers, Sruthi Jaishankar
AcademicAssociation of Women Surgeons - AWSAWS is focused on providing aspiring women surgeons with mentorship, community service, and research opportunities. We are a tight knit community focused on supporting women surgeons throughout their professional journey.Ashti Shah and Antalya
AcademicBioengineering, Biotechnology, & Innovation Interest Group (BBI IG)Technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship are driving forces in modern medicine. It is critical that medical students interested in bioengineering, biotechnology, and innovation (BBI) are given the opportunity to integrate their interest in innovation with their medical education. The BBI Interest Group was established to provide medical students exposure to the latest medical technology, hardware and software prototyping skills, medical device industry, entrepreneurial skills, and potential startup development opportunities.Maxwell Lohss, Ankit Sharma, Sabrina Carrozzibbiaoc.pittmed@gmail.comMBL21@pitt.edu
AcademicCardio-Pulmonary Interest Group (CPIG)The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine organization known as Cardio-Pulmonary Interest Group is established to promote awareness of the importance of cardiology and pulmonology in medicine for medical students, provide a venue for medical students to shadow cardiologists, pulmonologists, and other physicians who treat conditions of the heart or lungs, at Pitt/UPMC, and reveal the everyday lives, research interests, clinical interests, and experiences of cardiologists and pulmonologists at Pitt/UPMC via interactive talks/lectures. Meetings will consist of interactive talks from Pitt/UPMC cardiologists and pulmonologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, and critical care physicians (and other physicians whose work predominantly consists of treating conditions of the heart or lungs) on their backgrounds, everyday lives, research interests, clinical interests, etc.Rishabh Kumar Sehra; Kevin Kahru; Mustafa; mua38@pitt.edu
AcademicCardiothoracic Surgery Interest Group - CTSIGCTSIG allows students to explore the fields of cardiac and thoracic surgery and learn basic surgical skills. Throughout the year, our group hosts a number of lunch talks and resident panels, along with interactive workshops and shadowing experiences.Jackie Ridgley & Rashmi
AcademicCulinary Medicine Interest Group - CMIGOur purpose is to promote awareness of the importance of nutrition and diet to medical students, patients, and the community of Pittsburgh as well as gain knowledge related to the application of nutrition to medical illnesses. We hope to improve students' ability to care for patients who are advised to make a healthy dietary change.Kathryn Foster, Brian Rosario, Madeleine, mas827@pitt.edu
AcademicDermatology Interest Group - DIGThe Dermatology Interest Group (DIG) provides medical students with a variety of clinical and service opportunities to explore field of dermatology. The DIG also organizes the Student Dermatology Clinic for the Underserved (SDU) where student volunteers assist dermatologists in providing care to underserved and uninsured patients.Liz Kairis, Joe
AcademicEducation in Rare Diseases - ERDThe Education on Rare Disease (ERD) student group invites patients with rare conditions and their healthcare providers to share their experience with medical students. In addition to the science of these diseases, we encourage students to learn from the speakers about how these diseases impact their daily lives and their interaction with the healthcare system. The treatment of rare diseases is a rapidly growing interdisciplinary area of medicine and the goal of this group is to expose medical students to both the science of rare diseases as well as the experience of patients with these conditions.Alyssa Aburachis, Maria Chroneos, Ashley;
AcademicENT Interest Group (ENT IG)We help students get exposure to the field of otolaryngology through lunch talks, residency panels, workshops, shadowing and research opportunities, etc.Shweta Kitchloo, Brandon Lehrich, Nerone,
AcademicFamily Medicine Interest Group - FMIGThe Family Medicine Interest Group is a resource intended to help educate students about family medicine and provide opportunities for exploration into family medicine as a specialty. We host a variety of educational talks and workshops as well as community service events in conjunction with the Family Medicine department and other interest groups. We are a part of the national network of FMIGs sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)Allen Hu, Amelia, Hare.Amelia@medstudent.pitt.eduHare.Amelia@medstudent.pitt.edu
AcademicGlobal Health and Underserved Populations Interest GroupOur group aims to raise knowledge about global public health as well as the role of medical professionals in facing global health challenges.Keerthi Samanthapudi & Matt
AcademicGlobal Surgery Interest Group - GSIG (previously Global Surgery and Anesthesia Interest Group)GSAIG is dedicated to promoting surgery in communities around the world, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. This will be accomplished through education on global surgery, mentorship, and networking with like-minded students and faculty. Jeyani Narayan, Matt
AcademicGlobal Surgery Interest Group- GSIGOur group aims to raise knowledge about the tenets of the field of global surgery which include how to make global surgery part of your career as well as how to adapt surgica procedures/techniques to diverse under-resourced settingsZainab Balogun and Jeyani
AcademicInterest Group in Neurology - IGNIGN fosters interest in neurology and connects medical students with faculty in the specialty. We host lunch talks, workshops, residency match panels, and community engagement events. Derrick Barnagian, Asha Cunningham, Shruti Venkatesh, Emma;;
AcademicLeadership Interest Group - LIGWhether you plan to start a private practice, become a hospitalist, pursue a career in public health, or go into academic medicine, having strong leadership skills will benefit both your training and career! There is increasing recognition that leadership skills can be acquired and strengthened. Such skills can create productive and welcoming work settings, ultimately setting a strong foundation for attaining goals and providing the best possible health services to patients in medical settings. Through a series of lunch talks, several important leadership skills, from communication to team work, will be discussed, with ample opportunity to actively engage and build these skills within each session. Sean
AcademicMedicine-Pediatrics Interest Group (MPIG)Our interest group helps to expose students to the Medicine-Pediatrics specialty. We organize lunch talks and other activities that will help students learn more about the specialty, and interact with professionals in the field.Jordann Lewis, Sara Niederberger, Alex Tompkins,,,
AcademicMilitary Medicine Interest Group - MMIGThe Military Medicine Interest Group is for medical & dental students interested in learning about medicine in the U.S. Military. All students are welcome to participate in this group, not just those on the HPSP scholarship.Dan
AcademicOB/GYN Interest Group - OBIGOBIG hosts lunch talks and workshops to spread knowledge about the field of OBGYN and help interested students connect with faculty in the field.Meena Sethuraman, Grace Noel, Sruthi,
AcademicOncology Interest Group - ONCIGOur goal is to educate medical students about the various aspects of working as an oncologist. We invite practicing medical and surgical oncologists to give their take on how they chose their specialty, the immense amount of coordination and teamwork that it takes to care for oncology patients, and how they achieve work-life balance. We also aim to provide students with research and shadowing opportunities to better be able to explore their interests.Rachel Kann and Nikita
AcademicOphthalmology Interest Group - OIGOIG seeks to connect students with the field of ophthalmology through lunch talks, research opportunities, shadowing, and community involvement with the Guerrilla Eye Service (GES). GES of the UPMC Eye Center is dedicated to eliminating barriers to eye care for patients in the Western Pennsylvania area. GES is staffed by students, residents and faculty who are dedicated to providing comprehensive eye care to the residents of our area who would otherwise go without. Joshua Wesalo, Sarah Attapittmedges@gmail.com (Website); (Facebook); (Instagram)
AcademicOrthopaedic Surgery Interest Group - OSIGAn interest group focusing on orthopaedic surgery. We hold workshops and talks to engage the medical student community with orthopaedic’s here at pitt.Fritz Steuer, Nerone Douglas, Liza,
AcademicPalliative Care Interest Group - PCIGThe PCIG aims to cultivate a deeper understanding of the goals of palliative medicine and its practice in a safe and collegial space. We believe all physicians should develop the communication skills and knowledge of evidence-based practice necessary to advance good quality of life for their patients.Sam Saloom; Renusha
AcademicPediatric and Adolescent Medicine Interest Group - PAIGOur organization focuses on all aspects of pediatric and adolescent medicine. Throughout the year we have different lunch talks, dinner meetings and volunteer opportunities related to pediatrics, and can help students find doctors in pediatric subspecialties to shadow or do research with. Madeline Ross, Jack Little, Ksheeraja Sriram, Rob,,
AcademicPhysical Medicine and Rehabilitation Interest Group - PMRIGThe PMRIG aims to expose medical students to the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation, where the goal is to enhance and restore functional ability and quality of life. We provide networking opportunities for medical students through lunch talks, panels, and workshops with residents, fellows, and attendings involved in PM&R. Prior events include EMG workshops, acupuncture demonstrations, and lunch talks on TBI rehabilitation. Nathan Hyre, Mel,
AcademicPitt Med Advisory Council - PMACWe are an organization of current Pitt Med students who graduated from Pitt undergrad. The Pitt Med Advisory Council’s (PMAC) mission is to encourage the advancement of all University of Pittsburgh undergraduate students pursuing a career as a medical doctor. We use our experiences and lessons learned along the way to reach back and help undergraduate students navigate the pre-med coursework and medical school application cycle. We do this via both large workshops and smaller more intimate Q&A sessions. Everything is med-student led and the undergraduate students have are continuously excited about connecting and learning from us!Chukwudi Onyeukwu, Tierra Benderpmacexec@gmail.com
AcademicPsychiatry Student Interest Group (PsychSIG)The Psychiatry Student Interest Group (PsychSIG) aims to help students learn about psychiatry, both with respect to the specialty itself and to the many ways that psychiatry intersects with other aspects of medicine across multiple care settings. Additionally, PsychSIG aims to connect interested students to shadowing experiences, research opportunities, and clinical work within the Department of Psychiatry at Pitt and beyond.Shree Sriram, Sean Sweat, Sam,,,
AcademicRadiology Interest Group (RIG)The Radiology Interest Group aims to increase student understanding and awareness of Radiology and Interventional Radiology as medical specialties. We hold lunch talks from prominent faculty, pair medical students with residents in their areas of interest, and guide students to finding research opportunities within the field.Mike Raver, Marc
AcademicSurgery Interest GroupLearn more about the field of surgery in general and about the sub specialties of surgery. Practice surgical skills and network within the field.Nandini Doshi, Ashti Shah, Lena Vodovotz, Paulomi,,
AcademicUltrasound in Medicine Interest Group- UMIGUMIG is a group for anyone interested in learning more about point of care ultrasound medicine. We host workshops to help you learn and practice scanning techniques with faculty members. Most importantly, we host Sonogames which is an annual school-wide ultrasound competition with ~cool~ prizes!Jordann Lewis, Madeleine
AcademicUrology Interest GroupThe UIG aims to promote awareness of the scope and practice of Urology. We aim to connect students with urology faculty and residents to create opportunities to explore the field of urology and urologic surgery. We intend to create a space for students to practice surgical skills utilized in urology and other surgical fields.Matthew Fisch, Max Lohss, Brian
AcademicVascular Surgery Interest Group - VSIGThe Vascular Surgery Interest Group promotes vascular-related research and service activities to students earlier in their medical career, provides students with early exposure to surgery, and assists students as they seek valuable career mentorship.Antalya
AdvocacyMedical Students for Choice - MSFCMSFC advocates for women’s reproductive rights via lunch talks, workshops, and a variety of interactive events. Our goal is to spread knowledge and understanding about reproductive choice, reproductive justice, and sex positivity.Allie Heymann; Tessa
AdvocacyPitt Students for One Health- PSOHPitt Students for One Health is a multidisciplinary organization that seeks to further the One Health initiative of achieving optimal health by recognizing the interconnection between people, animals, plants, and their shared environment. We seek to promote health in the Pittsburgh community through advocacy, education, and volunteering efforts centered around these principles. We also host lunch talks throughout the year in order to increase students' awareness of the importance of environmental health.Rosalie Nolen, Jeyani Narayan, Shree Sriram, Alicia,,
AdvocacyRefugee Health Advocacy Project - RHAPWe connect, inform, and provide volunteer opportunities for the Pittsburgh medical student and health professions community with refugee programs and families in the Pittsburgh Area. Pittsburgh is home to over 26,000 foreign-born residents and 4,500 refugees who have resettled in the last decade. The refugee population in Pittsburgh includes members from Bhutan, Burma, Somalia, Iraq, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Syria. As these refugees reside permanently in the U.S., they face unique health challenges such as psychological trauma from conflict and displacement, language and cultural barriers, and understanding of the U.S. healthcare system. Volunteering opportunities from interacting with school-aged children after school, longitudinal mentoring, local health fairs, and a PEC course. Advocacy opportunities from narrative/op-ed writing workshops, projects improving healthcare access for non-english speaking patients, and interpreter trainings.Cameron Metz; Michael
AdvocacySchool of Medicine Human Rights Clinic (HRC)Pittsburgh harbors injustices to vulnerable communities, including, but not limited to, violent hate crimes, housing insecurity, and a lack of resources for immigrants and refugees. We support communities affected by these injustices by providing forensic medical evaluations and legal representation. We have also expanded to provide immigrants and refugees with connections to medical and social resources.Jeyani Narayan, Baraa
AdvocacyStudents for a National Health Program - SNaHPSNaHP is the student arm of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), a single issue organization advocating a universal, comprehensive single-payer national health program with more than 23,000 members. We believe that a single publicly funded, privately delivered universal health care system is necessary for us to provide high quality care to all our patients.Donald
Community ServiceAmerican Sign Language Interest Group - ASL IGThe ASL interest group is for students who are interested in learning basic American Sign Language. Our budget covers the cost of night classes at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf.Caitlin
Community ServiceBirmingham Free Clinic Interest GroupStudent volunteer group for the Birmingham Free Clinic, a primary care and urgent care center for patients without health insurance. You'll be the first person the patient interacts with as you take a history, take vital signs, and present the patient to the resident/attending.Matt Driban (; Nico Kass (
Community ServiceBooksburghWe are an organization that promotes childhood literacy by reading books to children at CHP! Volunteers can sign up for specific days or can participate in big group events throughout the year.Madeline Ross, Jeni Morrison, Emma,,
Community ServiceMusiCareMusiCare is an organization dedicated to providing music as an act of service to patients at UPMC. We provide volunteering and social opportunities to students and faculty with a variety of musical talents.Allison Mak, Meena Sethuraman, Shweta,
Community ServiceOncology Patients and Loving Students - OPALSWe are a volunteer program through which 1st and 2nd year medical electively sign up to volunteer at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Students generally go to CHP in pairs and engage in fun activities with patients on the Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant floors.Nikita Patel, Alex Tompkins, Annapurni Sriram (,,
Community ServicePittHealth Buddies - PHBPittHealth Buddies pairs health sciences students with senior members in the Pittsburgh community living alone for friendly, non-medical, social phone calls. The goal is for students to help combat isolation and provide social support to a vulnerable group while also building relationships with our community. Students are paired with their Buddy & make phone calls on their own time. Students can recieve CE-U credit while also building a meaningful connection!Saurab Faruque, Amy,,,
Community ServicePregnancy Associated Learning with Students (PALS)PALS pairs medical and social work students with pregnant women in the community who need support during their pregnancy. This is a unique opportunity to support women, learn about the challenges faced during a vulnerable time, and understand the interdisciplinary aspects of care.Sruthi Jaishankar, Bethany
Community ServiceStudents and Latinos United Against Disparities - SALUDSALUD provides Spanish interpretation services at the Birmingham Free Clinic, the city’s only completely free, walk-in clinic. Patients utilize Birmingham for a wide range of medical and social needs, from basic physical exams to various specialty care services. Our volunteer interpreters open the clinic to many Spanish-speaking patients without other options for care. SALUD is comprised of Spanish-speaking medical students, undergrads, grad students, and members of the Pitt community. Proficiency screening and training occur at the beginning of each semester.Jackie Ridgley, Varun,
Community ServiceWomen's Center Clinic - WCCThe Women’s Center and Shelter of Pittsburgh serves as a safe space for women who are survivors of intimate partner violence. Our volunteer group coordinates and staffs a medical clinic for women in residence at the Women’s Shelter. Volunteers help volunteer physicians provide care while these women are in a period of important transition in their lives.Molly Oken; Anya Singh-Varma; Alicia Liu; Renusha Indralingamrei6@pitt.edu
IdentityAsian Pacific American Medical Student Association - APAMSAWe are an affinity group for AAPI students at PittMed. Our goal is to advocate for AAPI students within the medical school, as well as to address the unique health challenges faced by the local AAPI community in Pittsburgh.Allison
IdentityLatino Medical Student Association - LMSALMSA unites and empowers medical students through service, mentorship, and education in order to advocate for the health of the Latino community. Throughout the year, our chapter hosts lunch talks and cultural events highlighting the Latinx experience within healthcare and medicine.Abigail Rubio, David Guerrerorubio.abigail@medstudent.pitt.eduguerrero.david@medstudent.pitt.eduInstagram: @pittmed_lmsa;
IdentityMedical Student Pride Alliance MSPAMSPA is a nationally recognized queer and allied medical student association formed with the goals of increasing our understanding of health care challenges that affect the larger queer community. Here at Pitt, our goals include advocating for curriculum reform, building networks both within and outside of UPSOM and UPMC, and establishing a community of social support. To learn more about MSPA, visit Mark and David Guerreromark.elyse@medstudent.pitt.eduguerrero.david@medstudent.pitt.edu
IdentitySouth Asian Medical Student AssociationThe South Asian Medical Student Association (SAMSA) organization at Pitt Med is a group aimed at uniting South Asian medical students, promoting education & awareness about the unique culture and societal issues found all over South Asia, as well as mitigating health-related stigmas and healthcare disparities, found commonly in South Asia. We hope to achieve our goals through a wide variety of cultural, educational, and professional events. We look forward to seeing you at our events!Nishant Agrawal & Avanish
IdentityStudent National Medical Association - SNMAStudent National Medical Association (SNMA) is committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students, addressing the needs of underserved communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent and socially conscious physicians. Our chapter specifically focuses on holding programs to bring awareness to social issues within our communities and volunteering to help the members in our community.Oluleke Falade and Odell Minniefieldupitt@snma.org
SocialGeriatric Experiences for Medical Students - GEMSThe Geriatric Experience for Medical Students (GEMS) is a year-long program of monthly group meetings and visits with an assigned older adult. Students will learn about the experience of aging, gain interview and evaluation skills targeted at older adults, and understand how to use health system services on behalf of older adults. Minimum participation is at least 3 visits and 3 group sessions. This activity serves an option to fulfill credit in the mandatory Clinical Experiences Underserved (CEU) program, and also fulfills a requirement of the Geriatrics Area of Concentration. Students may participate in their first and/or second year.Saurab Faruque; Renusha
SocialPalPITTationsPalPITTations is a co-ed a cappella group comprised of students from the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Public Health, and other health science programs at the University of Pittsburgh. We perform in a variety of events and concerts, including an annual fundraiser concert for the Birmingham Free Clinic (BirmingJam).Jackie Ridgley, Ryan, rdg21@pitt.eduInstagram: @palpittations