- Arts, Humanities, and Publications
- Culture and Identity
- Innovation, Tech, and Science
- Interest Groups
- Social and Fitness Groups
- Women in Medicine
The Black Maternal Health Equity Initiative is a student-led organization with the goal of improving the health and wellbeing of Black women by bridging the gap between the healthcare system and social drivers of health through patient advocacy and social support. The program achieves this goal by pairing a high-risk patient who receives prenatal care at HROB with a medical student who will work closely with the patient, social workers, and pregnancy care managers to address their patient’s psychosocial needs throughout their pregnancy. The intersection between the stressors of being a black woman and having a high-risk pregnancy are addressed through a longitudinal relationship built throughout the pregnancy which provides emotional support and connection to community resources. Student liaisons establish continuity of care through weekly check-ins, attending prenatal visits, and with permission, being present at the birth. Patients who participate will be also given a starter kit for their newborns containing newborn essentials such as clothing, diapers, and bottles.
Contact: Jennifer Okunbor and Carmen Rauh
Duke Med for Environmental Justice and Health Equity works to explore the drivers of climate change and its impact on human health. We aim to advance the conversation on climate change and its disproportionate effects on marginalized communities through speaker series, educational materials, and community and statewide events. We aspire to provide actionable steps to achieve climate justice and promote health equity throughout Duke and Durham.
Contact: Sophie Nick
The mission of Duke Med for Social Justice is to promote social justice and racial equity within the Durham and Duke communities through advocacy, education, and dialogue. DMSJ is a student-run advocacy group with a focus on engaging in activism, hosting education panels, and creating discussion-based events to promote dialogue on issues of diversity and inclusion.
Contact: Carmen Rauh
We are a local chapter of a national organization dedicated to reproductive justice and comprehensive family planning training (abortion and contraception). We host events such as hands-on IUD/MVA workshops, film screenings, faculty panels, and advocacy events.
Contact: Melissa Greene - Co-leader, Madhura Pande - Co-leader, and Megan Happ - Co-Leader
SNaHP (Students for a National Health Program) is a student group that works toward healthcare for all. In particular, our purpose is to advocate for a universal, comprehensive, single-payer national health program in the US. As a student group, we focus on educating our student members and the general community about single payer healthcare by holding discussions, social events, and sessions with invited speakers. We also join with our local chapter of Physicians for a National Health Plan (PHNP) and other advocacy organizations in public events or lobbying activities advocating for healthcare for all. SNaHP is the student arm of Physicians for a National Health Program. The Duke chapter of SNaHP was formed in 2017 and has been active since that time. It is interprofessional, welcoming any students from the medical school (such as med students, PA students, PT students, OT students, Population Health) or nursing schools at Duke, as well as pre-professional students from programs such as the Masters in Biomedical Education.
Contact: Perri Morgan (faculty advisor) , Devika Shenoy and Aron Mebrahtu
The Student Coalition for Addiction Recovery (SCAR) is dedicated to education and advocacy around substance use disorders, as well as reducing the impact of addiction on the local community. This group will provide resources for Duke students who are interested in a career in addiction medicine, as well as for anyone interested in learning more about substance use disorders and treatment. We hope the group will facilitate connections between students and clinicians with academic interest and clinical experience in addiction medicine. Additionally, we believe that students benefit from opportunities to learn about the legal ramifications for patients with substance use disorders. Finally, we plan to partner with local community organizations to create volunteer opportunities, such as Naloxone kit assembly and fundraising for syringe exchange programs, and to encourage an interdisciplinary approach to research and best practices in addiction treatment.
Contact: Bronwen Foreman, Beau Blass, and Rebecca Shen
WC4BL is a medical student led organization devoted to embodying the responsibility of the institution of medicine to counteract systemic and interpersonal racism and its effects on the practice of medicine and the health of patients. Vision To safeguard the lives and well-being of patients through the elimination of racism. Mission Statement To dismantle racism in medicine and promote the health, well-being, and self-determination of people of color.
Contact: Sierra Atwater, Co President, and Camille Robinson, Co President,
The mission of the Mental Health and Wellness Committee is: “To maintain and promote the many dimensions of wellness - including physical, emotional, social, financial, spiritual - among Duke medical students.”
We aim to improve the awareness of and access to wellness and mental health support resources for the whole student body. We work with students, faculty, and administration to coordinate school-wide wellness events, gather yearly data on student well-being, and work toward effecting social and curricular changes across all four years of medical school.
Additionally, we organize numerous large-scale panel events throughout the year, perhaps most notable is our “Imperfection Sessions." This longitudinal series revolves around residents and faculty engaging in vulnerable, authentic discussion about their own journeys, challenges, and reckoning with their own imperfections in medicine. Every year since its inception, the members, horizons, and opportunities of the Wellness Committee have grown. We are always looking for future members who are passionate about mental health awareness and finding creative, sustainable data-driven ways to support their fellow students.
Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @dukemedwellness for the latest on wellness at Duke Med!
Contact: Julie Thamby, Co-Chair; Linda Li, Co-Chair; Rachel Fenner, Co-Chair; Roshini Srinivasan, Co-Chair
*Not affiliated with Davison Council
Arts, Humanities, and Publications
The Aesculapian is DukeMed's official yearbook, produced entirely by students! We help to chronicle extracurriculars and student groups while creating a product that captures the zeitgeist of the year at DukeMed. Positions are available for editors and layout/design, and the time schedule is very flexible. No yearbook experience is required!
Contact: Nathan Luzum
The Anatomy Drawing Program aims to enrich the experience of learning anatomy and dissection through creative reflection and refining skills in art observation and drawing. Past ADP students have reported an improved and more meaningful experience with learning anatomy and dissection when cultivating anatomy drawing skills. Drawing lessons are taught by a local artist and centered on patient experiences and the human form. The interprofessional cohort, including medical, nursing, and pathologist assistant students, is provided the creative tools and anatomy lab environment to develop a deeper observation and appreciation of the body donors. For the past several years, the drawing lessons have been taught by local artist Emma Skurnick, a scientific illustrator and specialist in fine art, nature, wildlife, and botanical illustration.
Contact: Sona Gevorkian, and Kelly Owens,
DukeMed Voices is a literary arts journal curated by students at DUSOM for print and online publication. We welcome any submissions from patients, healthcare providers, families and friends who would like to share their experiences with healthcare. In the past, VOICES has published articles, essays, short stories, poetry, photography, and drawings. A wide range of topics are encouraged, and any experience that relates to your life within the medical community, whether direct or indirect, can be represented creatively in our publication. If you have any questions or concerns, we can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact: Lindsey Chew
The Durham Medical Orchestra (DMO), affiliated with the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts of Duke University, was founded in 2010 by volunteer musicians with the mission to unite health-related professionals, Duke University, and the surrounding community through musical performance and collaboration to foster health, wellness, and the cultural enrichment of its audiences and members. Inspired by two similar organizations -the Life Sciences Orchestra at the University of Michigan and the Longwood Symphony Orchestra in Boston- the DMO now has over 100 members: health-related professionals, medical and graduate students of the life sciences, colleagues, and family members who share values of artistry, wellness, passion and community. Their music features major compositions from the classical literature as well as contemporary and newly commissioned works, under the baton of vibrant artistic director and conductor, Dr.Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant. The DMO concerts are uniquely designed as collaborations of musical performance and community engagement. Breaking sown the barrier between the audience and the stage is an important goal for the DMO and its artistic director. The DMO also and partners with other non-profits to help raise community awareness and engagement for organizations with similar missions.
Contact information: www.dmomusic.org | email@example.com
*Not affiliated with Davison Council
La Pluma is a creative writing group (narrative essay, poetry, and short fiction) for the Duke Medical community, founded in October 2019, and associated with Duke’s Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities & History of Medicine. The purpose of the group is for medical practitioners interested in writing to come together, share efforts, and, through editorial commentary and encouragement, improve works of writing. The short-term goal is to help authors create publishable pieces; the ultimate goal is to develop authors whose writing enhances both their own lives, and the lives of those around them.
Contact: https://sites.duke.edu/lapluma/about/ | firstname.lastname@example.org
*Not affiliated with Davison Council
Major Groove is DukeMed's co-ed a cappella group. We welcome all skill levels and backgrounds and are excited to sing with you! We typically rehearse once per week and do performances at local nursing homes or the VA hospital for the patients and residents there. We also perform in an annual spring concert, open to all members of the Duke and Durham community.
Contact: Jacob Scherba, Music Director, and Vishwas Rao, Assistant Music Director
SCOPES is a student-led initiative committed to integrating the arts and humanities into medical education at Duke University School of Medicine. Over the course of medical education, there are precious few opportunities to explore a patient’s relationship with their disease and encouragement to give life to that relationship through artistic expression. The SCOPES program provides first-year medical students an opportunity to consider the experiences of patients through creative forms and media, such as photography, film, writing, visual arts, music, and more. Students are encouraged to use art as a tool to reflect on and reinterpret their experiences with their patients as well as in all aspects of medical school. As students explore the patient-doctor relationship and are introduced to the practice of medicine, they produce a creative project in the media of their choosing that prompts them to examine the meaning of chronic illness on a deeper level. They are encouraged to work in partnership with their patients to develop a piece that captures the patient’s experience from his or her unique perspective. SCOPES is
in its sixth year. This experience will culminate with a live exhibition on the sixth in August 2022. Check out this past year's virtual exhibition here: https://sites.duke.edu/scopes/.
Contact: Lindsay Olson and Isa DeLaura
The Student Faculty Show is a Duke Med tradition that goes back decades! It is an exciting opportunity to showcase your non-medical talents or dive into a new creative endeavor that you have never done before! SFS is about having fun, meeting new people, and fundraising for a good cause chosen by the student body. We welcome all students regardless of performance background! Auditions will likely begin in September.
Contact: Sydney Record, and Gelila Yitsege,
Beginning in 1980, the Fremont People’s Clinic has provided free healthcare to hundreds of patients in Fremont, NC; a rural town approximately 90 miles from Durham. Each month, Duke medical students, an attending preceptor, and Fremont community members provide no-cost services such as flu vaccines and chronic disease management. Medical supplies are currently funded through the Duke Medical Student Council and various public service funds. First year medical students also have monthly trainings pertinent to primary care and community health.
Contact: Sunny Liu
Holton Wellness Center is a joint clinic by Lincoln Community Health Center and Duke Community Health, and we are entering our fifth year collaborating with them. The Holton clinic student group offers an early clinical experience for MS1s who will join the care team with an MS3 and overseeing provider to treat patients in the Durham community. MS1s will have the opportunity to collect patients' histories and practice physical exam skills under the guidance of MS3 mentors. There will also be monthly meetings, which will provide an opportunity for students to debrief their sessions, learn interview/presentation techniques, and improve physical exam skills. Previous clinical experience is not require
Contact: Bharathi Selvan and Kent Sutton
Culture and Identity
The Duke chapter of the national Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA) is a student-run organization dedicated to engaging in and developing initiatives addressing health issues concerning Asian American, Native Hawaiian, & Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities, as well as helping healthcare workers understand how to care for AANHPI patients in a culturally sensitive manner. It also serves to foster community among the student body. Since 2005, the Duke APAMSA chapter has been engaged in community outreach services including our annual Health Fair in the spring (in partnership with Duke Med Chinese), mentorship programs connecting students to residents and attendings (in partnership with SAMoSA), and inter-class social gatherings throughout the year. This year, we aim to promote diversity within the chapter in meaningful ways, expand our faculty partnerships, and continue to create a community of support across class years.
Contact: Linda Li, Nathan Sattah
CMDA is a group of students and professionals who want to develop a Christian perspective in how and why we do medicine. We partner with other groups to provide a wide variety of opportunities to encourage friendships, faith, and community. Throughout the year, we host many events, including prayer meetings, weekly Bible study, and faculty panels. We are nondenominational and welcome all who have an interest in CMDA.
Contact: Prince Boadi and Kelly Owens
Duke FGLIMed was founded in 2020 to support first-generation and low-income medical students at Duke, and is a chapter of the national FGLIMed organization. The goals of Duke FGLIMed are: Promote visibility, well-being, and community among Duke medical students who are first-generation college graduates and/or from low-income backgrounds. Develop, strengthen, and empower a Duke network of students and faculty committed to the success of FGLI medical trainees and physicians. Share and promote strategies to amplify recruitment, retention, and support of FGLI trainees at Duke. Articulate the strengths and challenges unique to FGLI trainees and propose sustainable, creative solutions to maximize FGLI potential at Duke SOM. Duke FGLIMed maintains a mentorship program and regularly holds events, such as our upcoming FGLI faculty panel. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
Are you looking for opportunities to learn or practice medical Mandarin with a fun-loving community? Duke Med Chinese is a group dedicated to encouraging the learning of medical Chinese to assist in interpretation at events such as the APAMSA Health Fair, discussing different frameworks for understanding health such as traditional Chinese medicine, and connecting with the local Chinese community. Whether you are not familiar with Mandarin but are interested in gaining cultural humility for working with Mandarin-speaking populations or are an advanced speaker looking for other passionate students to learn vocabulary specific to the medical setting, Duke Med Chinese is excited to have you!
Duke Med Interfaith's mission is to provide a forum for inter-religious dialogue among members, as well as to promote mutual understanding of diverse faith (and nonfaith) traditions through social events, lecture series, and service in the Duke and Durham community. We aim to support students looking for a space to represent, discuss, and share their beliefs and explore the broader intersection of faith and healthcare.
Contact: Priya Alagesan and Phifer Nicholson
The purpose of this group is to provide community & support to military & veterans at DukeMed. This includes spouses, children, & Gold Star families, as well as supporters of the Armed Forces of the United States of America.
Contact: Matthew Bergens and Nick Bartlett
DukeMed Pride is a student-led group consisting of LGBTQIA+ and allied students within the Duke University School of Medicine. We work to address the health issues of sexual and gender< diverse peoples with a cohesive and holistic approach, as well as to build community among the LGBTQIA+ community at Duke Med. Our mission is to provide a supportive environment for sexual and gender diverse students, faculty, staff, and their allies. We further work to promote the visibility of the sexual & gender minority (SGM) community within the School of Medicine and Duke Health, and host events that facilitate education around health issues relevant to SGM patients. We strive to create opportunities for intersectional activism and community building.
Contact: Alexandra Stonehill
Healthcare Students with Disability and Chronic Illness (HSDCI) is a new affinity group for medical students and other health professional students who identify as having a disability or chronic illness to find community, support, resources, and advocacy! Our focus in our first year has been on creating community and advocacy. In our second year, we look forward to expanding to include other health professions programs, further developing connections with national organizations such as Medical Students with Disability and Chronic Illness (MSDCI), and expanding our advocacy efforts.
Contact: Margaret Weber, Dana Rubenstein
LMSA's mission is to unify all medical students of all backgrounds who show an interest in the advancement of Latinx people. Our organization seeks to provide a voice for underrepresented medical students and to actively promote and retain Latinx students at all levels. Our efforts seek to educate medical students on Latinx health issues and advocate for the rights of Latinx individuals in health care and in the community. We strive to provide leadership opportunities and promote volunteerism in the local community.
Contact: Kate Rodriguez
The purpose of our group is to provide a dedicated space for Native and Indigenous Identifying medical students and providing education to the medical community here at DukeMed. Example events include presentations to teach students about the experiences of Native/Indigenous students in medical school, Initiating programs supporting Native/Indigenous pre-med students interested in pursuing medicine starting at Duke through collaboration with undergrad indigenous affinity group, Presentations or collaboration with CDHD faculty to teach health disparities in Native/Indigenous communities along with cultural competence in caring for Native/Indigenous patients, Outreach in local Native/Indigenous communities, and Cultural events (food, dance, movie screenings, etc.)
Contact: Marilyn Yamamoto and Emily Alway
The aim of the Nontrad Society is to bring together individuals who have or identify with nontraditional backgrounds before entering medical school. We hope to build a supportive community that
begins with the application process and lasts throughout our medical careers using social gatherings, applicant outreach, resident and attending panels, and other events to celebrate and learn from the diversity of experience. By creating a formal group connecting students, residents, and attendings, we will build a network for mentorship, support, and camaraderie.
Contact: Teresa Benvenuti
SAMoSA is a group created by South Asian medical students at DukeMed to celebrate South Asian culture and foster community. We organize events to help build relationships with our peers, from casual hangouts with our favorite South Asian snacks to community-wide Diwali celebrations. We also host educational panels and discussions to raise awareness of South Asian health disparities. In partnership with APAMSA, we run a faculty mentorship program to connect students with individualized mentors at Duke. In addition to fostering community within DukeMed, we are hoping to create community partnerships with the larger South Asian community in the Triangle. Join our listserv to stay up to date on our events and get-togethers!
Contact: Jerishma Patel and Vishal Venkatraman
The Student National Medical Association is an entirely student run organization for medical students of color that focuses on supporting minority medical students and their endeavors around the country. Duke SNMA is a chapter within the larger organization of SNMA that engages a large number of minority medical students at Duke and individuals within the community of Durham, NC. Our mission at Duke SNMA is to enrich, empower, and enlighten the students of color here at Duke so that they may be not only leaders within the field of medicine, but also leaders within the community!
Contact: Prince J Boadi and Ronald Harris
Innovation, Tech, and Science
Some questions about healthcare require a different lens and an economic toolbox of methods to study them. Duke MedEcon was founded to answer common questions about healthcare delivery like What’s the price of this medication for my patient? What options are there for patients struggling to afford treatment? How do providers help patients make difficult decisions about treatment options? We create an environment for medical students to learn about the newest research and healthcare and behavioral economics that aims to improve the delivery of care and patient outcomes. This is accomplished by inviting speakers to share their research at events and through our podcast, the Unbiased Estimator, a show about how we know what we know. Whatever your background, if you are curious about finding answers to pressing healthcare questions, we are excited to have you join us!
Contact: Daniel Wang
The Duke IHI Open School Chapter was founded in January 2009 to build a student organization dedicated to innovating and improving health care delivery and patient safety, both at Duke and beyond. Our approach centers around support for three different populations within Duke Health: Our general IHI membership, the Quality & Innovation Scholars Program (QISP), and Duke Faculty pursuing quality improvement (QI) initiatives. We are part of the larger IHI Open school, a nonprofit dedicated to developing “triple threat” health care professionals with interdisciplinary experience, strong leadership skills, and passion.
How to participate:
- Apply for our Quality Improvement Scholars Program (QISP): MD-led hands-on QI research projects (see more info below)
- Attend team-building and networking sessions
- Attend QI-centered Speaker Events
QISP supports graduate and professional students annually to further engage in QI in a practicum setting. Scholars are matched with mentors and projects based on their background, skills, and interests to ensure optimal collaboration and enrichment. This practicum work culminates in our annual QISP Symposium each spring. Scholars are given the opportunity to present their work to the larger Duke community before participating in a panel discussion led by Duke champions of quality and innovation.
Contact: Lindsay Olson , Max Sumner
Engineering in Medicine is a club designed to support medical students interested in exploring the intersection of medicine and engineering. Students of all levels of engineering background are welcome! No former experience with engineering is required. We coordinate engineering-related service events, research opportunities, and educational opportunities. We facilitate crosstalk with Duke's Pratt School of Engineering by working with Pratt faculty, students, and organizations. Our scope is broad and includes disciplines spanning from software engineering to devices and hardware.
Contact: Bill Tian and Angela Hemesath
Hand2hold is a Duke School of Medicine organization that supports the limb difference community through 3D-printed devices, education, and research. We primarily work with adult hand trauma patients through the hand surgery group and hand occupational therapists. We are an application-based organization and typically recruit at the start of the Fall and Spring semesters. Follow us on Instagram @DukeHand2Hold for more information on applying and our organization!
Contact: Eric Warren, Steven Zeng
Machine Learning in Medicine is a community for Duke SOM students who want to explore the intersection of healthcare, machine learning, and data science. Our goal is to enrich our understanding of machine learning in science and medicine through direct, hands-on experience, networking events with expert machine learning researchers, and collaborative educational events.
Contact: Harvey Shi (co-president) - and Lizzy Zhao (co-president)
Printing for Peds provides emotional support for pediatric patients at Duke Hospital in a unique and personalized manner through 3D printing. Members provide hospitalized children and adolescents with various options of toys and figurines from which they can choose to be 3D printed and delivered back to them. This not only provides them with a personalized object that helps make their hospital stay a little more comfortable, but also exposes them to 3D printing and potentially spark an interest in its endless possibilities at a young age.
Contact: Alexandra Aitchison, Co-President, and Tristan Chari, Co-President,
AAIG is an opportunity for student to gather in small-sided, round-table discussions centered on surgically relevant anatomical topics. At each session, various student present short tidbits (~5 mins) on a particular subtopic in anatomy. Invited faculty experts (surgeons) provide supplementary surgical pearls and expand on presented topics. This is a great opportunity to practice teaching skills, connect with peers, and network with surgical faculty at Duke.
Contact: Sydney Jeffs
Anesthesiology is a medical specialty focused on the total perioperative care of patients before, during and after surgery. Practicing physicians play a vital role in a patient’s medical care, making decisions that will protect and regulate their life functions throughout the entire surgical experience. This is achieved through perioperative management, developing proper anesthetic plans tailored to each patient, and the actual administration of anesthetics. Ultimately, anesthesiologists have the tools to diagnose, treat and manage the entire spectrum of a patient’s medical conditions, while simultaneously treating life threatening complications that can arise during surgery.
Purpose of AIG: To increase awareness about the clinical practice of Anesthesiology, and encourage medical students to explore career opportunities within the field of Anesthesiology.
Examples of Group Events: Airway Night/Central Line Workshop, Ultrasound Workshop with Regional Anesthesiology.
Contact: Andrew Padilla
The Bioethics Interest Group (BIG) brings together students and speakers to learn about and discuss contemporary bioethical issues. We learn about everything from resource allocation, to gene editing ethics, to the role of physician conscience, and more! Students choose what topics to discuss and take an active role, collectively, in working through these issues with faculty and their peers. Wherever you’re at in your bioethics learning, we welcome everyone!
Getting Involved: In early August, invitations to join the Bioethics Interest Group are sent out (and stay open!). No application is needed to join, and you can join at any time. In late August/early September, the BIG gets together to brainstorm topics that we’re interested in exploring and holds elections for the co-Presidents. Throughout the year, we will convene for lunch to speak with faculty and learn more about bioethics and engage in some of that work ourselves.
Some of the meetings we’ve had include:
- Meeting with Dr. John Roberts, a nephrologist at Duke, to discuss use of race in GFR calculations.
- Meeting with Dr. Dan Wikler, the first staff bioethicist for the United Nations and professor of bioethics at Harvard, to discuss priority-setting in global COVID vaccine allocation.
- Meeting with Dr. Farr Curlin, the bioethics faculty advisor at Duke, to discuss physician conscience and when it is ethical to refuse treatment to patients.
Contact: Ryan Kramer , Rachael Putman.
Faculty Advisor: Farr Curlin, MD
Our mission is to provide an avenue for medical students to explore the business side of medicine, whether they may be interested in pursuing an MBA, are curious how to manage a private practice, or want to gain a better understanding of the economics of the healthcare industry. Through speakers, panels, and interactive events, we hope to explore subjects such as careers in healthcare consulting and management, understanding health insurance and the revenue cycle, exploring device development, and the intersection of medical-business ethics. We are the student group at Duke Med that provides a space to learn about the business aspects of healthcare management, other than pursuing an MBA degree. Our hope is to expose students to material outside of a traditional curriculum such as learning about health insurance reimbursement or understanding the hospital revenue cycle. Overall, BMIG hopes to give Duke Med students an unique opportunity to learn more about the business landscape of medicine. If you are interested in joining, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or tommy.dvergsten@duke to be added to our listserve!
Contact: Max Sumner and Tommy Dvergsten
CVMSIG is an interest group focused on providing Duke Med with exposure to all things cardiology. This year, we are planning plenty of events, including panels with different types of cardiologists, information about cardiac research, events involving exposure to imaging in cardiology, and hands-on events to hone your skills in cardiac imaging and reading EKGs.
Contact: Maham Karatela
CIMIGro is a student-run and faculty-advised organization that creates learning and career exploration opportunities for students interested in pursuing careers in Internal Medicine. We host events to connect students with faculty in the Department of Medicine and learn about the many career and research opportunities within the field. We also provide resources to students to help prepare for the clinical year and plan the research year. Throughout each year, we organize journal clubs, panels, mixers, and hands-on activities to give students exposure to the many exciting opportunities in Internal Medicine!
Contact: David Stevens, and Rhea Dash
Welcome to Duke CCIG (Critical Care Interest Group)! This group will have meetings throughout the year to expand medical students' understanding of critical care and the different avenues through which one can work with critically ill patients. We hope to foster interest in critical care specialties and allow for networking opportunities between students and critical care faculty!
Contact: Ben Zolyomi, and Megan Wong
Duke School of Medicine chapter of Dermatology Interest Group. We provide educational, research, and volunteer opportunities for students of all years, both planning to pursue a career in dermatology and for those hoping to gain a better understanding of dermatology for other fields.
Contact: Carrie Diamond
The Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG) seeks to connect Duke medical students to the exciting field of emergency medicine through events, speakers, and mentorship. We are open to any students, not just those planning to apply to EM residency. Our goal is to provide a group where we can learn about emergency medicine together and participate in school and community events relevant to EM.
Contact: Brooke Hoehn and Jacqueline Zhu
The ENT Interest Group provides opportunities for students to learn more about the field of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, its subspecialties, and the research and clinical opportunities available through the department here at Duke. We also host various skills sessions throughout the year for students to gain hands-on-experience to ENT related techniques and tools. Whether you are an MS1 discovering ENT for the first time, an MS2 thinking about third year projects, or an MS3/MS4 learning how to apply for residency, we welcome you to come join us!
Contact: Julia Canick
The Family Medicine Interest Group is committed to supporting students exploring the wonderful field of family medicine! We host social events, resident panels, and procedure workshops to highlight the many possibilities that can be discovered through a career in primary care.
Contact: Jack Leschisin, President
The General Surgery Interest Group (GSIG) is a specialty interest group for students considering careers in general surgery and surgical subspecialties including trauma, colorectal, endocrine, breast, surgical oncology, pediatric, transplant, vascular, and cardiothoracic surgery. We host a variety of events including departmental mixers, opportunities to learn about research, and department panels. Smaller events include informal lectures, journal clubs, and skills sessions to provide members with exposure to general surgery and its subspecialties and facilitate interaction with residents and faculty in the department. In addition to educational activities, GSIG offers opportunities for peer to peer mentoring, mentoring from general surgery residents, and teaching and mentoring of high school students in the Durham community.
Contact: Isa DeLaura and Mary Moya-Mendez
We meet approximately 4 times per year for various events including getting to know faculty, volunteering for game nights at nursing homes, and research events.
Contact: Maria Sison, and Victoria Lue
GHIG exists to address the desire of Duke medical students to involve themselves in global health. Involvement encompasses anything from learning about domestic health disparities to devoting one's future practice to improving health on a worldwide scale. There is NO previous global health research or involvement required to join, just a desire to learn more yourself and help your classmates learn more about global health and its intersection with medicine.
Contact: Tanvi Mehta, President
The mission of the Health Policy Group is to provide an environment that supports and encourages medical students to understand the challenges faced in US health policy. We do this through events centered around research, advocacy and education, and outreach. These events are designed to provide a space for conversations about relevant health policy and bring in experts from Duke and beyond. In this way, we also seek to provide opportunities to find mentors in this space and encourage engagement with local and national movements to advocate for positive change. If you are interested in health policy we would love to have you join us and contribute to our mission!
Contact: Alex Sizemore and Shweta Lodha
The History of Medicine Interest group is comprised of MS1 students who are interested in engaging with medicine’s past in order that we may better understand its present and future. We believe this historical imagination will help us conceptualize our vocations as practitioners and researchers in a rapidly changing world. The monthly lunch topics are chosen by students and explored with the guidance of Dr. Jeff Baker, who has been the faculty advisor for the interest group for over ten years. In the past members of the Trent Center and Department of Surgery have also presented.
Contact: Jeff Baker (Faculty Advisor) and Judah Kreinbrook
Interventional radiology is a field within medicine that uses image guidance for the minimally invasive treatment of a wide variety of conditions. Interventional radiologists train in diagnostic radiology with additional training on minimally invasive procedures. The interventional radiology interest group is a student-led and faculty-advised organization for medical students interested in learning more about the field of interventional radiology. We aim to provide comprehensive education regarding IR and the different subspecialties within it. We aim to provide students with educational experiences for exposure to IR as well as research opportunities to get more involved with the field. We also strive to foster relationships between students, residents, and faculty to create mentorship opportunities throughout the students’ medical education and beyond. Examples of group events include research mentor sessions, endovascular journal club, hands-on demonstrations with device representatives, and introduction to IR sessions.
Contact: Ernest Barral
NSIG is dedicated to helping students interested in neurosurgery explore the field and connect with resident & faculty mentors for their professional development. Our goal is to foster interest in the specialty and improve access to opportunities within the Department of Neurosurgery at Duke. Our events throughout the year focus on helping students learn about the different subspecialties in neurosurgery, get connected with innovative research opportunities at Duke, gain insight into life as a neurosurgeon, and learn about neurosurgical topics through journal clubs and shadowing opportunities.
Contact: Vishal Venkatraman, President, and Jordan Hatfield, Vice President
Med-Peds is a 4 year combined internal medicine and pediatric residency program. Providers are dual certified for both adult and pediatric medicine. Many students/residents going into Med-Peds have an interest in transitional care, chronic diseases that start in childhood, or hospitalist care of unique populations. The Med-Peds Interest Group provides opportunities for mentorship and career exploration within this broad field. Previous events have included panels with current med-peds residents and attendings, residency application sessions, and learning panels on a variety of topics including teenage health, integrative medicine, and specialties within the field.
Contact: Courtney Bair and Sierra Atwater
The OB/GYN Interest Group serves to help medical students of all class years explore the field of obstetrics and gynecology. Through skills fairs, journal clubs, resident mentorship, expert panels, and community outreach, we provide an opportunity for students to learn about the scope of the field as well as foster patient relationships. We welcome all students regardless of future career plans to participate in our events and become more interested in OB/GYN!
Contact: Julia Moyett, and Nicole Diaz
The Oncology Student Interest Group, ONCSIG, is dedicated to providing DukeMed students with a platform to explore the various components of cancer care from cutting-edge therapies to disparities in research and practice. Our group welcomes those interested in pursuing a career in oncology (medical, surgical, radiation) and those interested in other specialties who want to learn more about navigating their patients’ cancer care. Along with hosting keynote speakers, research mixers, and crossover events with other interest groups, we compile resources for students to network and connect with mentors at the Duke Cancer Institute.
Contact: Anivarya Kumar and Alessandro Racioppi
The Ophthalmology Interest Group is a student-run group that aims to help students explore the field of ophthalmology. Our goal is to expose students to what clinical and research careers in ophthalmology look like by interacting with Duke residents, fellows and attending physicians, as well as upperclassmen in the medical school. We aim to inform our members about pertinent pathologies of the eye and help them understand the body of research that governs new treatments in the field of ophthalmology with regular journal clubs
and educational events regarding eye anatomy and pathology. Overall, OIG desires to cultivate future ophthalmologists who are dedicated to the care of all patients with vision impairment and who understand how socioeconomic disparities affect care of the eye.
Contact: Ariana Allen, and Jenny Chang-Wolf
Duke OSIG is the Orthopaedic Surgery Interest Group. We are a group of medical students who aim to provide our peers with early and broad exposure to the field of Orthopaedics. Specifically our objectives are to help connect medical students to available research opportunities, shadowing experiences, and mentorship in Orthopaedic Surgery at Duke. We will be hosting dinners, lectures, journal clubs, and procedural/bioskills workshops throughout the academic year that will encompass basic topics in orthopaedic surgery and span all of the various subspecialties within the field.
Contact: Jack Twomey-Kozak, and Allie Krez
Pathology is a lot more than crime scenes and basements! The Pathology Interest Group (PIG) is an organization dedicated to exploring the opportunities pathology has to offer, including hands-on procedures, direct patient contact, and establishing diagnoses. We aim to hold events that help mature important clinical skills as well as develop a deeper understanding of the field of pathology. Topics include FNA (fine needle aspiration) workshops, autopsy and frozen section shadowing, research fairs, and review sessions to help with coursework. PIG is for anyone interested in anatomy, histology, fascinating disease processes, or learning about the wide world of pathology!
Contact: Alexis Musick
The Palliative Care Interest Group (PCIG) is a student-run group associated with the Department of Palliative Care at Duke. Our goal is to help medical students understand the role of palliative care in all fields of medicine. We host events focused on learning more about palliative care, communication around difficult topics like death and serious illness, and the path to careers within palliative care. We also help students connect with clinical and research mentors within the department.
Contact: Julia Cohn
The Pediatrics Interest Group (PIG) is a student-run group associated with the Department of Pediatrics. PIG's primary goal is to help students explore careers in pediatrics and provide exposure to pediatric research, volunteer, and networking opportunities, from primary care to subspecialties and private practice to academics.
Contact: Claire Washabaugh and Lindsay Schlichte
We are the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery interest group (PRSIG) at the Duke University School of Medicine. We provide opportunities for those who are interested in the diverse field of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Our events include informal meet-and-greets, lectures, and talks to interact with surgeons in this exciting field. We also host knot-tying, and surgical skill workshops throughout the year for all medical students interested in surgery.
Contact: Tara Thomason and Steven Zeng
The Psychiatry Interest Group allows Duke medical students to explore areas of psychiatry beyond the formal curriculum and to interact with faculty in the psychiatry department. Past events have included a faculty panel introducing the field of psychiatry, a discussion on opportunities for research in psychiatry, and speaker panels on subspecialty programs and dual-board certification. Our faculty advisor is Dr. Damon Tweedy.
Contact: Linda Li and Meghan Sullivan
The Radiology Interest Group is a student-run group aimed at helping students of all years gain exposure and learn more about the field of radiology. We plan to do this through events like hands-on ultrasound workshops, panels/lectures from faculty about careers in radiology, connecting students with mentors and research opportunities, and more!
Contact: Avivah Wang
The Duke chapter of the Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN) seeks to expose medical students to the vast field of neurology. We do this through faculty/resident panels showcasing the many possible career paths in neurology, an annual Neuroscience Research Fair along with Psychiatry Interest Group and Neurosurgery Interest Group to showcase some of the incredible brain-based research that goes on at Duke, semesterly dinners at Department Chair Dr. Rich O’Brien’s home, book club meetings, and more!
Contact: Julia Denniss, and Natalie Skigen
The Urologic Surgery Interest Group (USIG) aims to increase student exposure to the incredibly diverse field of Urology. Our events focus on fostering interest in the specialty and include resident and faculty lectures and panels, socials, and hands-on skills sessions featuring suturing, knot tying, and catheter placement among other techniques!
Contact: Tommy Dvergsten
The Wilderness, Austere, and Environmental Medicine (WAEM) Interest Group hopes to offer students the opportunity to explore research and career opportunities within the fields of extreme environmental, austere, and wilderness medicine through speakers, skills workshops, journal clubs, and more. The vision of the WAEM interest group is to provide the resources and support for students to learn how to incorporate wilderness and austere medicine into their medical school education and unique careers, while also providing a space to promote student wellness and resilience through time spent in nature.
Contact: Taylor Yoder, and Kreager Taber
BOOST Beyond is an extension program of BOOST (Building Opportunities and Overtures in Science and Technology), a multidimensional pathway program to excite underrepresented minority (URM) students in the Durham Public School system about science. BOOST Beyond serves to expand post-secondary access through individualized mentoring. BOOST Beyond pairs Duke graduate and medical students with BOOST high school mentees to provide individualized guidance on navigating the post-secondary school process, with a specific emphasis on the college application process - making a school list, writing college essays, applying to scholarships, choosing schools, and preparing for the transition to college.
Contact: Rebecca Gibson and Margaret Weber
Duke Med Elementary (DME) has the following mission: To teach local Durham Public elementary school students how to make healthy lifestyle choices and inspire the next generation of physicians to pursue STEM careers through science-based educational programs focusing on: -Cardiovascular system -Gastrointestinal system -Musculoskeletal health -Exercise, and nutrition The ultimate goal is to reduce childhood obesity while nurturing interest in the health sciences, teach healthy lifestyle habits, inspire students to pursue higher levels of education and most importantly…. TO HAVE FUN!
Contact: Miriam Chisholm and Aron Mebrahtu
The Duke Medical Mentorship Advisory Program (Duke MAP), provides medical students with the opportunity to help guide future physicians along their journey! We establish and encourage mentorship between the medical and undergraduate communities at Duke, as well as other medical campuses across the country. During the year we organize events including mock MMIs and traditional interviews, medical student and physician shadowing, tours of the medical school campus, and premedical panels. Above all we aim for simplicity and flexibility throughout the mentorship process!
Contact: Priya Alagesan and Khaila Ramey-Collier
Ambassadors are current medical students who are passionate about Duke University School of Medicine and want to share that enthusiasm with alumni, parents, guests, and prospective students. Student Ambassadors are involved in the following ways:
- Provide tours of the medical campus
- Attend activities to share their medical school experiences with alumni, community members, staff, and current and prospective students
- Participate in annual phone “thank-a-thon” to express gratitude to donors of the Medical Annual Fund
- Serve as liaison between the SOM student body and the Office of Alumni Affairs
- Student Ambassadors serve on an annual basis, with the opportunity to serve more than one year.
Contact: Rhea Dash and Tara Thomason
HEY Durham (Health Education for Youth in Durham) provides science-based health education for high school students at Durham School for the Arts. Pairs of medical students teach a student-built curriculum in a health classroom during the spring semester (approximately 12 1-hour sessions). The curriculum focuses on a broad range of health & well-being topics, such as reproductive anatomy, STIs, drugs, discrimination, sexual & gender identity, and relevant current events (e.g., MeToo, Juuls, COVID). Time commitment outside of class sessions is minimal as lesson plans are pre-made and supplies are provided, though volunteers have complete flexibility to adapt and modify lesson plans as they get to know the dynamic of their class throughout the course of the year. HEY Durham is a fun and unique way to give back to the Durham community while gaining experience sharing health-related knowledge in a supportive setting.
Contact: Erin Brush, and Christine O'Connell
e work directly with many Durham community partners and the Duke Division of Community Health Benefits Enrollment Center (BEC). Our mission is to expand underserved individuals’ access to resources surrounding health, nutrition, housing, transportation, advocacy, and emergency needs through longitudinal relationships and resource navigation. We hope to serve as a dedicated organizational, educational hub, wherein DukeMed and Durham communities can engage in ongoing dialogue and action. Through our weekly well-check calls, we: - Develop longitudinal relationships with older adults - Address food and essential need insecurity - Assess health needs - Connect senior partners with community organizations to improve social drivers of health
Contact: Morgan Nakatani and Katie Penvose
Hotspotting is a clinically-oriented, interprofessional program with the medical, PT, and OT schools at Duke that will provide you with robust early experiences in patient care as well as unique opportunities to examine the many social drivers of health affecting local patients in our Durham community. In this program, you will be paired with a fellow student to engage with a local patient, working with them to understand their health goals and address barriers to health. You’ll have the opportunity to maintain weekly contact with them, correspond with their PCP, and function as a member of a team focused on providing care to socially and medically complex patients. Hotspotting has a robust curriculum that focuses on psychosocial dimensions of health, telehealth, strategies for motivational interviewing, the Durham community, patient goal development, and healthcare coaching. These techniques are immensely helpful in preparation for your time on the wards as a second year. We also provide unique opportunities to work on the cutting edge of academic medicine and medical education. In the past year, we have submitted submitted research to conferences, received an AAMC grant, and worked closely with clinician scientists and educators to increase health care access for our most vulnerable populations through telehealth. Most important, Hotspotting offers students the privilege of engaging with Durham - both its past and its present - through the story of an individual who lives here and has been shaped by the realities of racism, poverty, and more.
Contact: Phifer Nicholson, and Christine O'Connell
Mission:brain is a nonprofit organization with the goal of providing neurosurgical expertise and resources to patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers in underserved areas throughout the world. The organization's ultimate goal is to create a network that links more and more surgeons and caregivers to hospitals and patients without the money, equipment or training to treat difficult neurosurgical diseases. The Duke chapter of mission: brain supports this aim by hosting fundraisers to support future neurosurgical missions and participating in
the international group of chapter members hosting talks on research and neurosurgical career advancement.
Contact: Aden Mendoza
The Duke Navigators Project (DNP) is a year-long interprofessional program that aims to help health care students gain experience working with seriously ill patients and become more comfortable with discussions about end-of-life care. The program involves PA, MD, nursing, OT and PT students from Duke. We have monthly workshops occurring in the fall and spring covering various topics, including financial toxicity, spirituality, difficult conversations, and advance directives. Workshops will be interactive seminars led both by leaders in their fields and occasional patient panels. The session will end with small-group debriefs (groups include one or more students from each school). Exact dates TBD, but most workshops will be held on weekday evenings from 6-8 pm. In addition to workshops, students will be paired with an oncologist/palliative care mentor and shadow them in clinic to see firsthand how they approach these topics with their patients. Mentors will then help students find a patient to follow and meet with regularly during their appointments for the rest of the year. The goal of these meetings is to utilize the information learned during the workshops and to gain experience with having conversations centered on challenging topics related to goals of care and end-of-life care, hopefully increasing students’ comfort with initiating and navigating these interactions. Students will communicate the valuable information they gather from patients back to their provider mentor. Additionally, students are paired with a student leader who will introduce them to their mentor and help troubleshoot any logistical challenges.
Contact: Jennifer Guo and Claire Washabaugh
The mission of Duke Students Unifying Patient Outreach and Research in Transplant Surgery (SUPORTS) is to promote the overall health and well-being of transplant patients, advocate for equitable organ access, and increase medical student engagement with transplant surgery through mentorship, scholarship, and service.
Service: Students will identify transplant patients at high risk for medication non-adherence and work alongside transplant center providers to provide education, resources, and support for these patients both pre- and post-transplant. In addition to counseling patients (virtual or by phone) on the importance of immunosuppression and antiviral medications, students will join patients in pre-operative rehabilitation, meet with them in the PACU ahead of their procedure, join the OR staff for the procedure, and follow the patients in the post-operative stages.
Leadership: Students are responsible in taking ownership of their patient connections and independently will learn patient histories, attend surgery, visit patients in the hospital post-operatively, and round on patients with the transplant team. We are actively planning the leadership transition for the coming year with rising MS2s and MS3s taking on roles for the coming year. Education: So far this year, we have had lectures from DCT faculty including Dr. McElroy (kidney txp), Dr. Hartwig (lung txp), Dr. Barbas (liver txp), and Dr. Jackson (HLA).
Research: Participate in outcomes research with the Duke Group for Abdominal Transplant Outcomes Research (GATOR). Further Introduction to third year research opportunities in transplant surgery labs. Research talks from MS3s and residents in the transplant labs at Duke.
Mentorship: We are fortunate to have support and mentorship by transplant attendings, fellows, and residents through didactic and skills sessions, and participation in transplant operations. We rely on peer-to-peer mentorship between MS1s and MS2- MS4s for teaching patient-centered clinical skills, OR etiquette, and suture techniques.
Contact: Sydney Jeffs and Mary Moya Mendez
Duke GSSA is a member of the national student-run global surgery working group for the U.S., The Global Surgery Student Alliance (GSSA), affiliated with InciSioN. We seek to educate, inspire, and unite students through engagement and mentorship in global surgery. We believe that students are a valuable resource for the advancement of global surgery. We also believe that being unified in our efforts will help further our initiatives and can also facilitate more collaboration amongst overall global surgery efforts, both now and in the future. By exposing students to the field early on, we also hope to help them build their surgical careers with global surgery in mind.
Contact: Moreen Njoroge and Chinemerem Nwosu
Our mission is to provide high quality, innovative care to low-income elderly and/or disabled people living in Durham, NC with a mobility barrier to accessing primary care by implementing a hybrid Telehealth/home visiting Program. 1st and 3rd year medical student team visit patient homes with a Wi-Fi hotspot device and laptop to facilitate asynchronous video telehealth encounter with an office-based provider. The provider guides the onsite students in real time to collect vital signs, assess the patient’s environment, assist with medication reconciliation, and provide education and health coaching to the patient/involved caregivers.
Contact: Kelly Goo and Nicole Schindler
The Period Education Project is a national physician-led initiative to help provide education about menstrual health to young people across the country. Our branch leads workshops about menstrual health to groups of young adults (typically late elementary - middle school) and people who work closely with young adults (school nurses, counselors etc.).
These workshops are designed to:
- Normalize menstruation and decrease stigma surrounding periods
- Educate young people about what is normal and what needs medical attention
- Encourage confidence and advocacy for women's health.
Contact: Elizabeth Bloom and Rebecca Fairchild | https://periodeducationproject.org/
POSH Pals is a post-operative follow-up program for high-risk, elderly veterans after surgery. The POSH (Perioperative optimization of senior health) Clinic is a well-established multidisciplinary clinic that started at the VA and also has a site at DUH. The POSH team consists of surgery, geriatrics, anesthesia, nutrition, PT, OT, social work, pharmacy, chaplaincy, speech, and nursing, and provides comprehensive perioperative care, which improves patient outcomes and decreases length of stay. Students attend the preoperative POSH Clinic visit which includes a multidisciplinary huddle and social determinants of health screening, along with opportunities to shadow professionals with a variety of expertise. Following discharge, students perform follow-up calls and route wound care, home health, and PT/OT needs to the PCP and POSH teams. Our goal is to extend care and continuity to the postoperative period while providing students with skills in identifying and managing social determinants of health in the perioperative setting.
Contact: Isa DeLaura and Maria Sison
Root Causes is a Duke Med student group aimed at addressing social determinants of health for patients in the greater Durham area. Towards this aim, we have a variety of branches geared towards drivers of health such as food insecurity, housing insecurity, exercise availability, and nutrition education. Our largest program, the Fresh Produce Program, packs and delivers bags of fresh produce and distributes them to food-insecure households. Through a diverse student base of Duke students and community members, we serve over 150 patients every week! Other programs such as WellNest provide support for homeless community members or those transitioning from houselessness to being housed, while others such as Healthy Harvest provide a community gardening space. We have other programs focused on education (Project FEED), exercise availability (Healthy Steps), and even research aims! Root Causes also serves as an incubator for students passionate about addressing other SDOHs in the Durham area. We are always looking for new volunteers and excited leaders!
Contact: Emily Peairs, and Eleanor Seo
Project FEED is a collaborative program which partners medical students and dietetic interns with community members experiencing food insecurity and chronic illness. Patients are identified from various Duke care sites. Each pair, consisting of a dietetic intern from NCCU and a Duke medical student, meets monthly with their community partner to drop off fresh produce and provide individualized nutrition counseling. Teams also participate in nutrition education sessions once per month that will help guide their dietary advice. Contact: Cyrus Ghaderi and Ella Belina
The Serenity Garden is located in West End Durham and is open to the public. It is a place to seek relaxation as well as harvest fresh produce to anyone who needs it. With the help of volunteers, we maintain a supply of fresh vegetables, fruits, and flowers planted in our 16 raised beds. We also hold community days which are opportunities for community members to learn about gardening and help with garden maintenance. Contact: Maggie Min, Garden Leader
The WellNest Housing Support Program is a student-led program at Duke Med, part of Root Causes, that connects students to community members with a history of homelessness. Student-volunteers assist community members with the initial move-in process, source furniture for their homes, provide support in accessing community resources, and develop a longitudinal support plan to best fit each patient’s needs. The program also provides a series of educational sessions on housing and health, including trauma-informed care, home safety, and affordable housing. Through this program, we hope to make a positive impact for neighbors who have experienced housing insecurity as well as provide students an opportunity to engage with our local community in a meaningful way. Contact: Trisha Dalapati, and Skye Tracey
SOARR stands for Surgical Oncology Ambassadors Redefining Recovery. We are a med student service group providing additional resources to surgical oncology patients and families. Medical students are paired with patients and serve as a liaison and as an additional set of eyes and ears on their behalf throughout the operation and recovery process.
Contact: Tristan Chari and Sydney Record
Duke Cycles is a Duke student group open to all graduate students that aims to build community through cycling. Firstly, we are a service oriented group that participates as a team in organized charity fundraiser rides in NC (e.g. Bike MS in New Bern, NC) and volunteers with Bridge 2 Sports, a community adaptive sports program in the triangle that coordinates tandem cycling events for individuals who are visually impaired. Secondly, we aim to connect Duke graduate students who love to cycle as a way to de-stress while enjoying the beautiful rides that North Carolina has to offer.
Contact: Alex Cherches and Jerry Chang
Medicine in Motion strives to bring allied health professionals in the Duke and Durham community together around physical activity, interdisciplinary community building, and philanthropy in order to address healthcare burnout. We’re an inclusive community open to all health professionals at and outside Duke, including MD, DPT, OTD, PA, and ABSN students plus residents and faculty. We feature bi-weekly at-your-own-pace workouts, which include student-led activities (hikes, runs, climbs, bike rides, yoga, Zumba, and more), free classes with local fitness studios (F45 Fitness, The Sweat Lab, CrossFit Sua Sponte), group participation in local brewery runs, and volunteering in the local Durham community. We also serve as a hub for gathering teams for local charity walks, running races, and Spartan or other obstacle races. If you’re interested in a fun and no-pressure environment to explore an interdisciplinary healthcare community, tend to your own mental and physical wellness, and give back to Durham, come move with us! And check out our website here: https://www.medmotion.org/chapters/duke-school-of-medicine. Motion is Medicine!
Contact: Trevor Sytsma and Michael Ivey
Learn Something New is a student run organization that offers medical students opportunities to broaden their intellectual horizons and gain a deeper appreciation for the diversity of knowledge existing outside of medicine. Each session consists of student curated presentations on topics that interest them, often pertaining to fields that do not directly involve medicine. Overall, we hope that students who become involved in Learn Something New will gain a deeper appreciation for their multidimensional peers while subsequently developing into more well-rounded, empathetic patient advocates and physician leaders.
Contact: Jacob Sperber, Ryan Kramer, Carmen Rauh
Women in Medicine
AMWA is an organization of physicians, residents, medical students, undergraduate students, and other healthcare providers created to advance women in medicine and improve women’s health, with a goal of developing leadership, advocacy, education, expertise, mentoring, and strategic alliances. AMWA will host an interest meeting in September, followed by an involvement/listserv interest form. However, we encourage involvement at any time of the year or for any individual event! Although AMWA is focused on supporting women, people of all genders are welcome to be involved and attend our events.
Contact: Katie Lambert
We are an active chapter of the national organization with a mission to: ENGAGE current and future women surgeons to realize their professional and personal goals, EMPOWER women to succeed, and EXCEL in those aspirations through mentorship, education, and a networking community that promotes their contributions and achievements as students, surgeons and leaders. We are for students who have any interest in surgery, inclusive of gen surg and all surgical subspecialties like ortho, ophtho, ob gyn, anesthesia, etc.. We welcome students of any and all identities.
Contact: Amanda Del Risco, President