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Student Organizations and Activities 2013-2014

Temple University School of Medicine has many very active student and community oriented service and activity groups. Below is a list of some of the available groups. For more information please contact the office of Student Affairs and ask to contact the Student Government president. There is also an opportunity to start new groups if there is sufficient student interest.


Click on an organization's name to view its charter, officer contact information, mission statement, and activity history.


American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin-Medical Students / Residents (AAPIO). Introduces the Cultures and traditions of India to Temple’s Health Sciences Campus. In addition, we provide guidance and support for academic social and cultural inquiries. Our goal is to develop a strong collaboration other schools and departments at Temple University’s Health Science Campus. Meetings will be held throughout the year. New members are always welcome.


Al-Shifaa Muslim Students Organization. Al-Shifaa sponsors talks and is involved in a range of community-service activities from tutoring to running health-care clinics and mentoring undergraduate students. It also provides information on Muslim cultural events and resources.


American Medical Association/Pennsylvania Medical Society (AMA/PMS). Temple AMA works to keep medical students informed on issues important to our professional careers, hosting health policy talks and providing information on how to successfully navigate your path from medical student to doctor. We send delegates to national meetings of the American Medical Association (AMA) as well as meetings of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, representing the interests of Temple students through our votes in the AMA-MSS (Medical Student Section). AMA also provides great networking opportunities with other medical students and doctors, both locally and nationally.


American Medical Students Association (AMSA). The American Medical Student Association is committed to improving health care and healthcare delivery to all people; promoting active improvement in medical education; involving its members in the social, moral and ethical obligations of the profession of medicine; assisting in the improvement and understanding of world health problems; contributing to the welfare of medical students, premedical students, interns, residents and post-MD/DO trainees; and advancing the profession of medicine.


American Medical Women's Association (AMWA). A national organization dedicated to focusing attention on women's health issues and promoting mutuality among female professional assistance. The local chapter provides a big sister mentorship program, community education on breast self-exam and speakers and social events throughout the year.


Anesthesia Interest Group. Temple University School of Medicine's (TUSM) Anesthesia Interest Group (AIG) provides opportunities for students to gain an appreciation of the different aspects of anesthesiology through mentorship and hands on learning. TUSM's Anesthesiology department is diverse with a strong sense of community and offers an excellent clinical and educational experience. Faculty and residents will teach students basic skills that are critical to the practice of anesthesiology, via OR cases, lectures, and workshops. Our goal is to help prepare Temple's medical students transition into a career in anesthesiology.


Asians in Medicine (AIM). Creates an atmosphere of mutual support among Asian-American medical students. AIM encourages networking between Asian-American students at Temple and nationwide and gives students the opportunity to explore Asian-American issues. AIM also provides community service in local ethnic areas.


Babcock Surgical Society. The longest-running student group at Temple SOM provides opportunities to shadow surgeons and participate in surgical skills training labs alongside surgery residents and attendings. Upcoming events for the year include General Surgery, Trauma and Orthopedic Surgery shadowing programs and a variety of guest lecturers from the Department of Surgery. Babcock will also hold surgical skill workshops to teach suturing, knot tying and other valuable surgical skills to students.


Basketball. Temple University Medical School Basketball Team playing in the Philadelphia Professional School Basketball League. Representatives from Philadelphia area in a ten game schedule beginning in January.


Big Friends. Student involvement within the North Philadelphia community, especially its youth, is an integral part of the Temple experience. Providing children with role models who help, inspire, and educate can be beneficial to their social and overall development. TUSM students who participate in Big Friends offer their time one afternoon each week to tutor and engage in creative or physical activity with children from Kenderton Elementary School. The goals are to enhance what the “little friend” learned in school and assist with a craft or other planned activity. Big Friends meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:45-4:30 PM at the Student Faculty Center on the Health Sciences Campus.


Book Club. The Book Club meets regularly to discuss literature related to medicine. We include novels as well as short stories in our selections.


Careers in Military Medicine. The Careers in Military Medicine Interest Group is intended to bring together those medical students that are currently in the military or those interested in military medicine to promote awareness of the opportunities available in military medicine to medical students at Temple University, provide HPSP students with resources and help with administrative and military specific issues, and to provide networking opportunities to Health Professions Scholarship Program students, residents, and faculty of all military branches both at Temple University Health System and abroad.


Catholic Medical Student Association (CMSA). Catholic Medical Student Association (CMSA). Invites students who wish to learn more about the Catholic faith, and how to live faithfully as medical professionals, while upholding principles of social justice. Activities of the group include engaging dialogue and debate on various medical ethical issues, outreach service endeavors, and participation in the events, and liturgies of the Temple University Newman Center.


Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA). The Temple University chapter of the Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA) is a group of Christian healthcare students, and students (as well as health professionals) from any of the Temple University professional health schools are welcome to join. Our goal is to provide fellowship, give encouragement, and foster professional and spiritual growth among its members. In doing so, our central activity is a weekly Bible study during lunch. However, CMDA also strives to educate the healthcare community about the interplay of faith and medicine and how this may impact patients. Additionally, Temple CMDA works to act as a resource for students desiring to get involved with community health outreach projects, and has built several community and organizational relationships to do so. For any questions, please contact the officers at templecmda@gmail.com.


Christian Medical and Dental Society (CMDS). Meets weekly year-round to learn from the Bible, pray, and enjoy fellowship with one another. This fellowship may take the form of song, food, special guest speakers, or just sharing life's victories, defeats, and challenges with each other.


Community Service Outreach (CSO). Responsible for coordinating and overseeing the community/hospital service activities performed by medical students. This organization was also established to be a resource center for people interested in starting new service activities. The organization's responsibilities grow and change along with the community service activities at the medical school.


Curriculum Committee (SGA Elected Committee). For students interested in learning about and participating in decisions affecting the TUSM curriculum. Each class selects a representative to serve as voting committee members together with faculty representatives from all Basic Science and Clinical departments. Decisions made involve curricular philosophies, content and scheduling.


Emergency Medicine Interest Group. EMIG (Emergency Medicine Interest Group) is dedicated to providing career information and clinical experiences to students interested in emergency medicine. Students in the group have the opportunity to participate in various clinical skills workshops including airway management, suturing, blood draws, and more. Members are also able to learn about the specialty through lunchtime talks with Temple emergency physicians and from students matching into emergency medicine. EMIG provides students with a valuable introduction to clinical skills, introduces students to an excellent and knowledgeable staff, and offers a number of opportunities to learn about an exciting specialty.


Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG). The Temple FMIG exists to nourish existing student interest in family medicine, cultivate new interest and support for family medicine and connect students to opportunities in family medicine. In the past, we’ve addressed those goals through engaging talks and demonstrations covering the huge range of possibilities in Family Medicine.


Global Medical Brigades (GMB). The group’s purpose is to plan and execute a one-week long medical service trip through the Medical Brigades division of the national Global Brigades organization. This is a trip intended for medical students who want to gain clinical experience abroad, but participants may include professionals and students in other fields.


Helping Energize & Rebuild Ourselves (HERO). HERO Temple Volunteers is a student group that helps support the Helping Energize & Rebuild Ourselves (H.E.R.O) non-profit organization located at 17th & Tioga (walking distance from campus). We assist HERO through volunteering with their daily after-school program from Monday thru Thursday with 30 kids from the local community. In addition to tutoring and mentoring the children, we have also partaken in bigger events for HERO, such as computer renovating, pumpkin-carving, and canned food-drive. For more information, please visit our website: www.facebook.com/helpingenergizeandrebuildourselves. Feel free to also contact us with any questions you may have!


Honor Board (SGA Elected Committee). Responsible for providing information about and upholding the TUSM Honor Code. It is composed of an elected board of 20 students (five from each class) and six faculty members who deal with educational and administrative aspects of Temple's Honor System.


Integrative Medicine. The Integrative Medicine Interest Group was established in 2012 with the mission to introduce medical students to methods of healing that complement our education and training in western allopathic medicine, including but not limited to: osteopathic manipulative medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, herbal supplementation, and exercise and nutritional intervention. The group also intends to promote important principles of preventative medicine and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including but not limited to: nutrition, exercise, yoga, stress reduction, and achieving optimal intra- and interpersonal relationships. So far, the interest group has organized yoga classes, meditation sessions, tea breaks, movie events, and lunchtime talks given by medical doctors that implement integrative medicine.


International Health Organization. Provides information and education about international health as well as helping students to prepare for experiences international health. IHO provides talks, distributes information, and works with the faculty to ensure that TUSM offers a range of international health opportunities. Website


Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG). The purpose of this organization is to work to promote an understanding of Internal Medicine among medical students, and answer questions about Internal Medicine career paths. This group aims to hold lectures or panel discussions about Internal Medicine subspecialties, run clinical skills workshops, and participate in community health fairs.


Jewish Student Union (JSU). Provides a forum for social activity, cultural awareness and community service. Guest speakers, lunches and other activities are scheduled periodically throughout the year. JSU is open to all members of the Temple community. The Jewish Student Union provides cultural and religious opportunities for all Temple Med students. Programs include Sabbath meals and lunchtime talks on subjects related to Judaism and medicine.


Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA). Latino Medical Student Association is an organization that promotes a network of students, alumni, and health professionals whose mission is to recruit Latinos into higher education, educate the public and one another about Latino health issues, advocate for increased Latino representation in health related areas, and promote awareness about social, political and economic issues as they relate to Latino health. At Temple School of Medicine, LMSA carries out this mission through community service projects, education, and social events.


Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual People in Medicine. A Standing Committee of the American Medical Students Association (AMSA) that was formed in the mid 1990’s to improve the quality of health care for lesbian, gay and bisexual patients, and to improve conditions for lesbian, gay and bisexual medical students, physicians and health care workers. LGBPM welcomes all allied health students, faculty, staff and administrators who are interested in gay, lesbian and bisexual issues. LGBPM Local and National sponsors educational workshops on homosexuality, disseminates research and materials on gay health issues, coordinates gay and lesbian preceptor-electives, reviews gay friendly residency programs, holds networking and social events for gay, lesbian and bisexual people in medicine and their friends and bisexual people in medicine and their friends. Website


Medical Students for Choice. Founded in 1993 by students concerned about the practitioner shortage, the lack of abortion education in medical school and escalating violence against abortion providers. Today it represent students at more than 100 medical schools across the country. It sponsors lunch time sessions featuring speakers, debates, and opportunities to exchange ideas.


Medical Ethics. What can we do? What should we do? Two very important and yet inherently different questions. In Medical Ethics we learn about and debate some of the pressing ethical issues facing doctors and patients today. This semester we will host respected guest speakers and debates about the ethics of research, from allocation of funds, to test subjects' rights, to distribution of medical advances gained from this research. The ethical implications of what we will do as doctors are extraordinarily important but are often not given enough attention early in a medical student's career.


Medicinal Garden Alliance. The Medicinal Garden Alliance works to maintain the TUSM garden and to help educate TUSM students about the benefits of green spaces and the use of plants throughout time as medicinal aids. We strive to create a sustainable, holistic garden space consisting primarily of edible plants that can be used for food or tea. We also grow a variety of vegetables. Our duties each year include basic garden maintenance such as watering, pruning, weeding, and planting. In addition, we participate in and host events to promote student wellness and community outreach such as Yoga in the Garden and the Kenderton Health Fair respectively.


OB-GYN Interest Group (OBIG). The OB/Gyn Interest Group is dedicated to providing educational opportunities for students interested in pursuing careers in OB/Gyn. We are also committed to raising awareness about women’s health issues among all medical students at Temple.


Ophthalmology Society Interest Group (OSIG). OSIG intends to increase awareness of the ophthalmology specialty among current medical students while also providing vital free eye care services to patients in North Philadelphia.


Organization of Student Representatives (OSR) of the AAMC. A nationwide network of students whose purpose is to facilitate communication between the AAMC and the student bodies of medical colleges and universities across the United States. While the OSR will continue to concern itself with matters such as government legislation, loan repayment policy, and medical insurance, the organization looks forward to involvement in issues such as health care reform, and topics concerning study abroad.


Orthopedic Interest Group (OIG). The Orthopedic Interest Group organizes discussions and speeches by orthopedic surgeons specializing in a range of fields from sports medicine to trauma surgery. Members collaborate with residents, attendings and chiefs from several local hospitals in order to develop a network that can provide information and resources for those interested in orthopedic surgery.


Pediatrics Interest Group. The Pediatric Interest Group (PIG) is a group for students who may be interested in pursuing a medical career in pediatrics. We provide many opportunities for students to get involved in the great field of pediatrics, including educational lunchtime talks, shadowing opportunities, volunteering with children, community outreaches, fundraisers, and more.


Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR). PSR believes that physicians have a unique opportunity to affect the lives of their communities. PSR approaches socio-economic-cultural issues from the special perspective that a profession in health care provides. Originally founded to address the catastrophic health problems associated with nuclear weapons (for which PSR eventually won the Nobel Peace Prize), PSR now confronts many other social issues with similarly devastating consequences to society including the environment, domestic violence and the proliferation of handguns. Lobbying, activism and community outreach are just a few of the things PSR does on both a notional and local level. National membership includes over 30,000 physicians and other health care professionals, with the Philadelphia chapter representing one of the largest chapters in the country.


Prevention Point. As part of Prevention Point Philadelphia, Temple medical students staff the Thursday mobile outreach site, which provides basic medical care to walk-in patients. Our goal is to provide free medical care to clients of the syringe exchange program and anyone else seeking our assistance. Our student volunteers provide basic medical care such as wound and abscess care, blood pressure screenings, and vaccinations. Our main objective is to provide medical care for walk-in patients and counsel them on ways to reduce harm, especially in intravenous drug users. Website


Psychiatry Student Interest Group (PsychSIG). The Psychiatry Student Interest Group (PsychSIG) strives to explore topics relevant to the practice of psychiatry. PsychSIG is further dedicated to serving as a bridge between those TUSM student interested in pursuing a career in psychiatry with faculty mentorship and resources. To foster discussion of issues pertaining to mental health we encourage any TUSM student or organization to approach PsychSIG with any topics relevant to the practice of psychiatry or incorporation of psychology in medical practice.


Puentes de Salud. Puentes de Salud is a nonprofit organization that serves to provide for the immediate healthcare needs of the Latino population in the Philadelphia area while focusing long-term efforts on addressing the social determinants of health in these communities. Puentes de Salud offers a variety of community based programs in which both health professional and undergraduate students can volunteer, including: a twice-weekly primary care clinic, a children’s tutoring program (Puentes Hacia el Futuro), family centered Mexican art classes, and regular health-educational seminars for patients in our clinic (Charlas de Salud).


Pulse. TUSM’s literary magazine providing medical students with unique opportunities to explore their creative abilities and publish essays, poetry, prose, drawings, photographs, etc. Submissions are not limited to medically related topics.


Radiology Interest Group. Provides talks and networking opportunities for students interested in Radiology.


Science in Philly Schools (SiPS). Science in Philly Schools (SiPS) is a science outreach project that brings Temple medical students directly into the science classroom at the Mary McLeod Bethune School (located behind the Temple University Hospital). SiPS aims to enhance the science curriculum at the Bethune School by providing weekly, hands-on laboratory science lessons for the 7th and/or 8th grade students. The lessons, led by Temple students under the supervision of Bethune teachers, emphasize fundamental topics relevant to the curriculum, focusing on a hands-on approach to learning. Through our close interaction with Bethune students, we hope to spark our students’ interest in the sciences, and prepare them for their standardized tests, while inspiring them to pursue their higher education goals.


Student Nutrition Advocacy & Community Wellness (SNACWell). SNACWell aims to increase awareness amongst medical and health professional students about the issues of personal wellness and nutrition within both the Temple School of Medicine/Hospital and the North Philadelphia communities. It explores ways to integrate a healthy lifestyle into a busy student schedule (produce tastings, cooking clinics, group runs, etc.), as well as examine the barriers to a nutritionally balanced diet within urban communities such as North Philly. Students provide community health education and develop service opportunities that highlight the potential role that medical students and professionals have in public health nutrition and preventative medicine.


South Asian Health Student Organization (SAHSA). Represents medical students of South Asian origin to promote awareness of South Asian culture. SAHSA invites you to celebrate South Asian culture and to promote unity in our community by working together and learning about the issues pertinent to South Asian health professionals. Members are eager to provide academic and social support for all of our members. SAHSA aims at expressing the goals and aspirations of students of Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, Bangladeshi and Nepalese origin, but highly encourages everyone, regardless of ethnic background, to take an active role in learning, sharing, and appreciating South Asian culture.


Student Council. The objectives of Student Council shall be to act as a liaison between the individual student and the faculty and administration of Temple University School of Medicine, to act as a liaison between individual classes and other elements of the Health Sciences Center, to contribute to the welfare and education of the student body, and to promote activities for the academic, social, professional, and administrative welfare of the entire student body. There will be an opportunity to run for student council positions during the fall semester.


Student Health Advocacy Committee (SHAC). SHAC is a collaboration of students, faculty and staff that provides resource information in addition to programming on student health and well-being. Students have the opportunity to provide input and help shape how wellness should be addressed at TUSM.


Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN). The Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN) focuses on promoting interest in neurology and neurosurgery. The primary goal of the organization is to give students opportunities and resources through which they can experience neurology through shadowing and research. The group is also involved in creating awareness of neurological disorders in the student body and the North Philadelphia community.


Student Interested in OB-GYN. Provides opportunities for students to observe labor and delivery as well as to participate in a mentorship program with doctors and residents. In addition, the group sponsors monthly noontime speakers.


Student National Medical Association (SNMA). SNMA is committed to developing a network of traditionally underrepresented minority medical students and to improving health care conditions of the underserved community. Nationally, SNMA has over 3100 members and celebrated its 25th anniversary in 1989. Examples of programs at Temple are as follows: blood pressure screenings in the surrounding community, AIDS awareness workshops in elementary and high schools, seminars on opportunities in medicine, and the chance in interact with colleagues from other institutions. Chapters and regional projects are designed to address the concerns of minority medical students. Website


Student Surgical Society. Is for students interested in surgical sub-specialties. Student members sponsor lectures throughout the year. Opportunities also are available for first and second year students to gain clinical exposure in various surgical fields.


Soccer. The Soccer Team practices weekday afternoons and plays on Sunday mornings.


Students Engaging Healthcare Policy (SEHP). SEHP was started in 2012 to equip medical students with the knowledge necessary to meaningfully join the healthcare policy discussion as future physicians. The group has facilitated conversation by bringing in experts from around Philadelphia to speak about their areas of expertise. Students attending these lunchtime meetings are encouraged to engage the speakers in conversation to actively form individual opinions on each subject.


Temple CARES. Temple CARES is a student-run health clinic, staffed by medical students and clinicians. Members are involved in developing health awareness, resources, education and service with members of the local community.


Temple Emergency Action Corp (TEAC). TEAC trains medical students in disaster response and will be able to mobilize quickly in the event of a local, national, or international disaster to provide basic medical care to those affected. Website


Temple Emergency Action Corp Homeless Initiative (TEACH). Temple Emergency Action Corps Homeless Initiative (TEACH) is a subset of students from the larger TEAC community that wants to work with the homeless population of the North Philadelphia neighborhood surrounding the Temple University School of Medicine campus.


Temple Musicians in Medicine (TMIM). TIMIM is a group of medical students with an interest in music. We provide performance opportunities for students who play any instrument (including voice) in any style. For those interested in forming ensembles, we provide a directory of musicians whom you can contact. TMM has held successful annual charity concerts to benefit research on Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS). Additional concert going and performance opportunities may also be available. There are no auditions or other membership requirements.


TUSM Arts Group (TAG). The TUSM Arts Group (TAG) is a community of students with backgrounds and/or interest in the visual arts, music, dance, film, museums, theater, or any other area related to the arts, that aspire to foster the arts within a healthcare setting and among the student body.


Transplantations. Transplantations is the TUSM a capella group. Take a study break by singing and getting to know other Temple classmates in a relaxed and informal setting. Join the Vocal Cords, the only a capella group this side of Broad and Ontario.


Volunteer Opportunities in Interpreting and Communicating in Existing Health Care Services (VOICES). Offers volunteer opportunities in interpreting and communicating in existing health care services. This organization provides translation services on a part-time basis at Temple University Hospital.