American Medical Women's Association
The American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) is an organization of women physicians, medical students and other persons dedicated to serving as the unique voice for women's health and the advancement of women in medicine. The organization was founded by Dr. Bertha VanHoosen in 1915 in Chicago, at a time when women physicians were an under-represented minority. Our mission is to empower women, promote equality, and raise awareness about women's health and women in medicine.
AMWA's running team for the "Strides for violence" 5k,
supporting Apna Ghar, a local women's shelter.
Anesthesiology Interest Group
The goal of the Anesthesiology Interest Group (AIG) is to introduce medical students to the field of anesthesiology, and in part hold workshops to educate students about the skills anesthesiologists use on a daily basis. In the adjacent photo, you will see a student using a video intubating scope while being guided by our faculty adviser, Dr. Paisansathan. The other photo captures a student using a video laryngoscope to intubate a mannequin.
AIG-sponsored intubation workshop, 2016
Chicago Cancer Society and Pediatric Interest Group
The purpose of the University of Illinois - Chicago Cancer Society is for UIC medical students interested in medical oncology, surgical oncology, radiation oncology, pediatric oncology, gyne/onc or hem/onc to collaborate and find resources.
Volunteering at the annual Heme/Onc ThanksgivingFest Event at UIC, 2016
COM Artists seeks to provide UIC College of Medicine visual artists, musicians, dancers, actors, photographers, writers, and art enthusiasts the opportunity to have a creative outlet, to share their art with peers, and to bring their art into the clinic for the benefit of patients.
To learn more, please visit the COM Artists website!
Medical Students with Families
Medical Students with Families is, to our knowledge, the first organization of its kind. It was founded at UIC COM in August 2011 by two students, Amber Price and Jennifer MacDonald, who felt the need for greater representation of this aspect of diversity at UIC College of Medicine. One of the main goals of our organization is to make non-traditional students with families feel welcomed and embraced by the UIC community. Another goal is to highlight the strengths of these students and show how much we have to offer. We serve as a source of information to our colleagues, most of whom at some point in their careers will be starting families of their own. We focus on work/life balance, medical issues related to parenting, and social events that are kid-friendly. Our events and meetings are open to all members of the UIC community, and we encourage everyone that asks the question “how do you do it?” to come and see for yourself!
Ophthalmology Interest Club
The purpose of the Ophthalmology Interest Club (OIC) is to give students an opportunity to experience the multidisciplinary specialty of ophthalmology early on in their career as a medical student. Furthermore, this group acts as a vehicle to connect students interested in ophthalmology with shadowing, mentoring, and research opportunities. This group also acts to demonstrate the wide variety that exists in the field by exposing students to the subspecialties of ophthalmology including: retina, cornea, glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology, pediatric ophthalmology, and oculoplastics. The group exposes students to these fields through interactive sessions led by UIC faculty members and visiting doctors from other institutions to give students a picture of the wide range this specialty encompasses. Interactive sessions include seeing patients in clinic, working with the slit-lamp and other diagnostic instruments, observing surgical operations, and working with surgical simulators to demonstrate common operations in a group setting. In addition, the interest group is also an avenue for community service, where members will arrange and participate in pediatric and adult screenings, informative sessions for patients, and other educational programs.
Student National Medical Association
The Student National Medical Association (SNMA), was established in 1964. Today, SNMA is the oldest and largest minority student organization that addresses the health concerns of under-served minority communities nationwide and works to instill an obligation to achieve excellence. Chapter Mission: To address both community and societal health issues that adversely affect the under-served, as well as to seek to increase minority representation within the health care field.
UIC Queers & Allies
UIC Queers & Allies (Q&A) promotes the acceptance of, and good patient care for, LGBTQIA individuals through discussion of their health issues and rights. In addition to being an educational resource, Q&A promotes social support for LGBTQIA and ally members of the UIC College of Medicine community.
Interested in UIC Q&A? Please contact:
UIC Chicago College of Medicine 2020 Class Board
The 2020 Class Board was elected by the M1 student body at the start of the school year, and we work to put together academic resources and social events for our class. Academically, our representatives serve as liaisons to the deans and alumni, and our vice presidents organized an anatomy practice exam last semester to help the class prepare for our lab practical. Outside of the classroom, we have put together outings to various restaurants and to a comedy show, and we organized the annual College of Medicine Charity Auction this past November.
Orthopaedic Surgery Interest Group
UIC's Orthopaedic Surgery Interest Group (OSIG) was created in 2016 in collaboration with The University of Illinois at Chicago Orthpaedics Department and The 2017/2018 Medical Student Body. The primary mission of OSIG is to provide resources, early clinical exposure, research opportunities and mentorship to students interested in the field of Orthopaedic Surgery. We also aim to expand the general community's knowledge of the orthopaedic topics including means to prevent injury and have active lifestyles.
To learn more about OSIG, please visit our website!
MSTP at UIC
The Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) is one of over 40 NIH-sponsored programs that seeks to train future physician scientists by providing extensive clinical and research training during the course of this 7-8 year program. Our students go through the regular M1 and M2 schedule with the additional responsibilities of doing 2-3 research rotations during the summers, attending MSTP-specific lunch seminars, and discussions. After taking the USMLE Step 1 examination our students join a laboratory of their choice, complete any expected graduate courses for their degree awarding PhD department, pass a preliminary examination on their unique research topic, and work towards defending their thesis. After successfully defending their research thesis, MSTP students return to complete the M3 and M4 year.
To learn more information about the goals of our program, the tremendous support our administration provides to our students, and to get a sense of our awesome students please visit the UIC MSTP Official Site and Student Action Committee.