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AcademicAmerican Geriatrics Society Noontime Clinical Case Series - AGSThis 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.Dorothy Yam, Avanish
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 - "Phan, BaDoi Nguyen" ; Ruby Holland - "Holland, Ruby Andrea" ; Victoria Heinrich - "Heinrich, Victoria Ann" "Pitt American Physician Scientists Association" Twitter: @PittAPSA
AdvocacyAmerican 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.Shweta Kitchlooshk130@pitt.edu
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
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. Jeffrey
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.Aniket Dhariwal and Sarah
AcademicBioengineering, Biotechnology, & Innovation Interest Group - BBITechnology, 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.Jeffrey Petigrow, David Lembersky, Jeffrey Chen, Lucy Cheng, Stavan
AdvocacyBirmingham Free ClinicBirmingham is a free clinic that provides free healthcare access to vulnerable communities and individuals without insurance. It is a non-profit that depends on donations and is ran by students and volunteers.Ashima Agarwal, Alice Lin, Jeffrey Chen, Keily Ortega,
Community ServiceBooksburghWe are an organization that promotes childhood literacy by reading books to children at CHP! Volunteers can sign up for specific days and read to patients staying in the hospital via a virtual broadcast.Emma Osterhaus, Riya Dange, Georgeann
AcademicCardio-Pulmonary Interest Group - CPIGThe Cardio-Pulmonary Interest Group (CPIG) promotes awareness of the importance of cardiology and pulmonology in medicine, provides a venue for medical students to shadow cardiologists, pulmonologists, and other physicians who treat conditions of the heart or lungs, and reveals the everyday lives, research interests, and clinical experiences of cardiologists and pulmonologists at Pitt/UPMC via lunch talks and residency panels. Meetings will consist of interactive workshops and networking events with Pitt/UPMC cardiologists and pulmonologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, and critical care physicians (as well as other physicians who treat conditions of the heart or lungs).Kanako Mori, Purva Rumde, and Ashima Agarwalkam579@pitt.edupur5@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.Ashima Agarwal, Jeffrey Chen, Jonathan
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-IGThe ENT Interest Group (ENT-IG) aims to help students get exposure to the field of otolaryngology through lunch talks, residency panels, workshops, shadowing, research opportunities and more.Basil Hashimi, Isabella Lao, Sydney
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).Michelle Perry, Kanako Moriperry.michelle@medstudent.pitt.edumori.kanako@medstudent.pitt.edu
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.Avanish Madhavaram, Dorothy
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. We host lunch talks, social events, and help organize the Intro to Global Health and Surgery PEC in the spring semester. Marisa DelSignore, Samantha Rosen, Swetha
AcademicGlobal Surgery Interest Group - GSIGThrough hands on learning, engagement, and mentorship, GSIG aims to bring together students interested in tackling the health and health equity challenges of surgical conditions at a global scale. A particular focus is placed on understanding the practice of global surgery, from its integration into a career, to adapted techniques for diverse, resource-limited settings.Sarah Clifford, Kat O'Connor, Nana-Hawwa
AdvocacyHarm Reduction Student Alliance - HRSAHRSA hopes to mobilize our peers around advocacy efforts related to harm reduction policy and engage members with longitudinal volunteering opportunities with organizations that serve people who use drugs. We plan to host an annual overdose prevention seminar to provide instruction about safer injection and consumption of drugs and provide certified Narcan use training to students. Pitt Med HRSA is a registered member of the National Medical School Harm Reduction Alliance and we work closely with the Pittsburgh Harm Reduction Coalition, a city wide public health initiative.Avanish Madhavaram, Caitlin O'Brienmadhavaram.avanish@medstudent.pitt.eduo'
AdvocacyHealth Policy Interest Group- HPIGOur group focuses on educating interested students on health policy. We organize activities and experiences such as advocacy projects and lunch talks with guest speakers from different disciplines, and provide information on other ways to get involved in health policy on a local to national level. Jordann Lewis, Emanuel
AcademicInterest Group in Neurology - IGNTo foster interest in neurology for medical students and expose them to the field of neurology in general. To foster a connection between medical students in neurology and the upmc neuro departmentLaurie
AcademicInterest Group Neurology - IGNWe are a neurology interest group at Pitt Med, bringing together a community of students interested in neurology. We organize panels, advising events, and other opportunities for medical students interested in neurology.Dorothy Yam, Kendall Ann
IdentityLatino Medical Student Association - LMSALMSA unites and empowers medical students through service, mentorship, and education to advocate for the health of the Latinx community. We promote cultural awareness and awareness of health disparities, build community and mentorship within the Latinx medical community and among allies, and serve the Latinx community in Pittsburgh.Emely Carmona and Daniel Gomezpghlmsa@gmail.cometc23@pitt.edu
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
Community ServiceMedical Student Interpreter Corps - MSICWe're an organization consisting of medical students dedicated to providing interpreter services to patients who do not speak English and medical systems without available interpreters.Alexander
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 Conwell, Kasey Cargill, & Shannon CasonConwell.Amanda@medstudent.pitt.eduCargill.Kasey@medstudent.pitt.edu
AdvocacyMedical Students for Choice - MSFCMSFC is dedicated to advocating for women and reproductive justice through lunch talks and events geared toward de-stigmatizing sexual health, promoting sex positivity, providing education on contraception, and addressing the epidemic of sexual violence. Pallavi
AcademicMedicine-Pediatrics Interest Group - MPIGOur 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.Adriana Racki, Nuzhat
AcademicMilitary Medicine Interest GroupThe 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.Kira Russell, Andrew Willsklr81@pitt.eduacw108@pitt.edu
Community ServiceMusiCare at PittMedMusiCare 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.Erik Jaklitschjaklitsch.erik@medstudent.pitt.edufreedman.noah@medstudent.pitt.edu
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.Srividya Kottapalli, Shannon Cason, Jenna
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.Divya Natesan and Richelle
Community ServiceOncology Patients and Loving Students - OPALSWe are a service program through which 1st and 2nd year medical students can volunteer at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh by engaging in fun activities with patients on the Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant floors. OPALS also aims to expose students to the field of pediatric hematology/oncology through lunch talks and shadowing opportunities.Julia DiNicola, Adoma Boateng, Richelle
AcademicOphthalmology Interest Group - Guerrilla Eye Service - OIG-GESOIG 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.Alessandra Larimer-Picciani; Sarah Attaaml213@pitt.edusaa155@pitt.edu (Website); (Facebook); (Instagram)
AcademicOrthopaedic Surgery Interest Group - OSIGOSIG hosts workshops, talks, shares opportunities, and aims to increase representation for medical students interested in Orthopaedic Surgery at Pitt.Trudy Zou, Kira Russell, Miracle
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.Peter Nelson, Georgeann
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
AcademicPediatric and Adolescent Medicine Interest GroupOur 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.Ugonna Mbaekwe, Chiazam Omenyi, Taylor Williams, Shannon
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.Jeffrey Petigrow, Taylor
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
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.Divya
Community ServicePittHealth BuddiesPittHealth 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, Dorothy
AcademicPlastic Surgery Interest Group - PSIGPSIG aims to increase student exposure and involvement in the diverse and innovative field of plastic surgery. We hope to guide students through exploring their interests in various subspecialties like craniofacial, hand, and aesthetics with lunch talks, workshops, mentorship opportunities, and more.Sayna Matinrazm, Meeti Mehta, Chinemeh
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
AcademicPsychiatry Student Interest Group - PsychSIGThe 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.Mike Pupi, Adoma Boateng & Tate Overbey
AcademicRadiology Interest Group - RIGAn interest group pertaining to RadiologyMichael Raver, Eva Chau, Mike
AdvocacyRefugee Health Advocacy Project - RHAPThe Refugee Health Advocacy Project is a student organization with the focus of creating a healthcare system that is equitable, inclusive, and accessible for refugees and immigrants in the Pittsburgh area and beyond. We aim to accomplish this goal through advocacy and research projects, student and community education, and intentional volunteering opportunities. Thuy Bui, Michael Knapp
IdentitySouth Asian Medical Student Association - SAMSAThe 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 a organization 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. The Pitt Med chapter focuses on hosting programs dedicated to bringing awareness to social issues within the Pittsburgh community and serving the community members. Brianna Blake and Chinemeh
Community ServiceStudents and Latinos United against Disparities - SALUDSALUD provides volunteer medical interpreting services for Spanish-speaking patients in the Pittsburgh Area. We primarily work with the Birmingham Clinic but also aim to address linguistic disparities in healthcare through collaborations with other likeminded organizations. Our interpreter pool consists of medical students, undergraduates, and other members of the Pitt community, all of whom are highly proficient in Spanish and trained in the art of medical interpreting.Riya Dange and Tati Guerrerosaludpgh@gmail.comrid42@pitt.edu
AdvocacyStudents for a National Health Plan - SNaHPStudents for a National Health Program (SNaHP), the student arm of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP). PNHP is a single issue organization advocating a universal, comprehensive single-payer national health program with more than 19,000 members.Donald
AcademicSurgery Interest Group - SIGAn interest group focused on helping medical students learn the fields of general surgery & specialized areas, obtain necessary surgical skills, and network. We run hands-on workshops, practice sessions, panels, and talks throughout the year. Nishant Agrawal, Basil
AcademicUltrasound in Medicine Interest Group - UMIGUMIG is a group for anyone interested in learning more about point of care ultrasound medicine. We host workshops where you can practice scanning techniques with faculty members. Most importantly, we host Sonogames - an annual school-wide ultrasound competition with ~cool~ prizes!Julia DiNicola, McKensie Sicke, Sneha
AdvocacyUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Human Rights Clinic - HRCPittsburgh 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, Swetha Jastijen76@pitt.eduspj18@pitt.edu
AcademicUrology Interest Group - UIGPromoting interest in urology as a specialty across all medical student years. Goals are to expose students to different clinical and research topics in urology, host robotic surgery workshops for students to practice skills, and create a space for students to connect and network with residents/fellows/attendings in urology.Divya Natesan, Stevie Kisty, John Flinnuig.pittmed@gmail.comdin15@pitt.edun/a
AcademicVascular Surgery Interest Group - VSIGAn interest group focused on helping to increase exposure to the field of vascular surgery through suturing workshops, shadowing sessions, and lunch talks. We aim to help medical students become knowledgeable about the ever-changing realm of vascular surgery. Nishant Agrawal, Bre
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.Katarina Schneiderman, Nuzhat Kabir, Caroline Smith, Kendal