Educational/ Professional Organizations
Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA)
American Medical Student Association (AMSA)
The American Medical Student Association (AMSA), with a half-century history of medical student activism, is the oldest and largest independent association of physicians-in-training in the United States.
Today, AMSA is a student-governed, national organization committed to representing the concerns of physicians-in-training. It is a group for medical students, by medical students. We work to inform the campus of progressive topics in medicine that aren't covered in classes such as HIV, environmental issues, community outreach, and celebration of various cultures. You can become active through service projects like the Harm Reduction Initiative (an AOA-sponsored effort to teach IV drug users about safe practices) or through policy writing on the national level. There are several opportunities for leadership and support for projects. Membership is free and we hope to see you soon!
American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA)
The American Medical Women’s Association has served as a national platform for representing medical women’s issues since 1915. The UT Southwestern chapter sponsors and organizes mentorship and networking opportunities as well as events that focus on women’s medical issues, such as domestic violence, breast cancer, and teen pregnancy. AMWA membership is open to all students and is dedicated to providing a sense of community for its members.
Anesthesiology Student Interest Group (ASIG)
The Anesthesiology Student Interest Group will provide students with a better understanding of the field of anesthesiology and pain management through interdisciplinary lectures, hand-on workshops, and coordination of the anesthesiology experience.
Balancing Exercise and Nutrition for Students (BEANS)
Help prevent childhood obesity! Medical students (MS) and other UT Southwestern Medical Center students can volunteer to do Balancing Exercise and Nutrition for Students (BEANS) presentations in Dallas Independent School District classrooms.
Cardiology Interest Group (CIG)
Founded in fall 2009, the Cardiology Interest Group carries the purpose to increase awareness and education in the field of cardiology. Through our activities, we also hope to spread health knowledge about cardiology to the community at large. We will also provide a platform that enables students with opportunities to network with cardiologist, gain experience through clinical and scientific research, and participate in the conferences and symposia. CIG will also provide opportunities for facility mentorship.
Clinical Psychology Diversity Club
Founded in spring 2008, this club believes that diversity encompasses all of the features that make individual clients unique, which include, but are not limited to: race, gender, ethnicity, disability, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, and country of origin/regional location. We meet monthly to discuss diversity as it relates to the practice of clinical psychology. Discussions are based on relevant literature, clinical experience, and guest speakers from various organizations in the community. In addition, the club aims to provide volunteer opportunities for under-served and under-represented populations in the community and to compile resources for client referrals.
Dermatology Interest Group
Founded spring 2003, the Dermatology Interest Group’s mission is to provide accurate information regarding dermatology residency programs and careers in dermatology with a goal to optimize interactions between medical students and the faculty. Our group works to provide a forum for exchange of ideas and experiences related to education, research, and patient service in dermatology.
Emergency Medicine Student Association (EMSA)
EMSA is open to all medical students, particularly those with an interest in emergency medicine. The goal of the group is to expose students to the field of emergency medicine early in their education. Lunch time speakers include various influential faculty and staff from Parkland Hospital and surrounding areas to discuss emergency medicine topics. Group sponsored activities include clinical skills clinics like airway management and ultrasound technique as well as shadowing shifts in the emergency room.
FACTS - Fertility Appreciation Collaborative to Teach the Systems
Founded summer 2012, FACTS aims to identify and fill the gap in medical education about fertility awareness-based methods (FABMs). This organization encourages all students to learn about fertility awareness-based methods in order to 1) educate female patients about their normal physiology and 2) provide couples of all backgrounds a form of family planning that is both effective and informative. Our goal is to educate students in the health care professions about FABMs so that they can provide holistic reproductive care and health monitoring to women and men.
Family Medicine Student Interest Group
The Family Medicine Interest Group at UT Southwestern strives to be the leading student force of innovation, education, and betterment at our school an within our communities through leadership in primary care education, exposure to family medicine, community outreach , and unification of subspecialty interest groups for the ultimate goal of better healthcare in the world.
FOCUS - Clinical Psychology Student Organization
The Faculty and Student Organization of Clinical Psychology was established in fall 2006 to promote student and faculty collaboration and camaraderie through community service, fellowship, and alumni outreach.
Future Residents of Obstetrics & Gynecology (FROGS)
The Future Residents of Obstetrics and Gynecology (FROGS) is an organization designed to bring together medical students interested in OB/GYN with residents and faculty through mentorship, education, and service. We will work with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and other groups to promote the growth of the OB/GYN field in Texas.
Geriatric Interest Group
GIG is an organization focused on health issues facing the elderly population. Nearly every specialty deals with the elderly on a daily basis, and successfully interacting and communicating with these patients is key in giving adequate care. GIG is clinically focused with monthly case presentations, volunteering opportunities, and shadowing experiences. The monthly meetings are led by a knowledgeable geriatrician who guides the group in applying the current curriculum to everyday practice.
Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPREP)
Initiated in 1992, the Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPREP) is an academically challenging enrichment program that offers minority and underrepresented high school students a glimpse of education and career opportunities in healthcare professions. Taught by UT Southwestern medical, graduate, and allied health students, faculty, and staff from diverse cultural backgrounds, HPREP helps high school students to understand the level of commitment needed to pursue a future in science and medicine.
Infectious Disease Interest Group (IDIG)
The Infectious Disease Interest Group founded in spring 2014 aims to increase students' exposure and knowledge of the infectious disease subspecialty through lunchtime presentations on various topics related to the field and interactions with infectious disease specialist through shadowing opportunities. We aim to raise awareness about dealing with infectious disease within every specialty and within global health.
Innovating Healthcare Solutions
IHS was founded in 2012. Through the Innovating Healthcare Solutions elective, students will acquire the skills and mindset required to accurately assess problems and develop feasible solutions in a team based environment. Using these skills and the aid of course facilitators, students will tackle real world deficiencies in healthcare both in the US and abroad by designing products or implementing community-based initiatives.
Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
IHI, UT Southwestern’s student chapter was found in summer 2014 to advance the understanding and commitment of the current and next generation of medical professionals to patient safety and quality improvement in health care locally, nationally and globally.
International Graduate Student Immunology Committee
The International Graduate Student Immunology Committee (IGSIC) provides an annual venue for immunology graduate students to present their research and develop long lasting professional relationships with their peers in immunology. Through a conference series, participants will attend seminars from current leading immunologists that will provide inspiration and ideas about central immunological questions. Most importantly, IGSIC creates a platform for graduate students to interact with fellow scientists by presenting their work and exchanging knowledge, which is critical for establishing future collaborations.
John Paul North Society
Serves as the official organization for the physician assistant students, promote academic achievement, clinical excellence and to promote PAs as members of the health care team.
Medical Genetics Interest Group (MGIG)
The Medical Genetics Interest Group, founded in fall 2013, is a student-run organization dedicated to providing UT Southwestern students of all interests (medical, graduate, etc.) with a better understanding of the field of Medical Genetics. Medical Genetics is a burgeoning field with participation from many different parties, including M.D.s and Ph.D.s. MGIG hopes to expose students to the exciting opportunities available to them within the field of Medical Genetics by presenting talks and events featuring leaders in the field. In this manner, members will have the opportunity to form long-lasting relationships with other students and faculty with an interest in genetics. All students are welcome to join MGIG, no matter what level of training or specialty they have decided to pursue. Genetics is an exponentially growing field that is rapidly becoming important in the fields of medicine, and we support all those who are interest in participating.
Medicine/Pediatrics Student Interest Group (MPSIG)
The goal of the Medicine/Pediatrics Student Interest Group (MPSIG) is to increase awareness of combined internal medicine/pediatrics training and career opportunities in the local community, create educational sessions to build medical students' knowledge and skills in areas particularly relevant to medicine/pediatrics, and to provide a support system for those considering careers in combined internal medicine/pediatrics.
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Minimally Invasive & Non-Invasive Cross-Disciplinary Initiative
MINI-X is a cross-disciplinary initiative that aims to cultivate future innovators in minimally invasive and non-invasive medical technologies. Such technologies have revolutionized the practice of medicine in fields ranging from interventional radiology and cardiology to spine surgery. MINI-X seeks to expose students to how minimally invasive and non-invasive technologies apply in a wide variety of specialties so that as future physicians, they will be better equipped to contribute to the next generation of advances in these fields.
Neurological Surgery Interest Group (NSIG)
NSIG was founded in fall 2013. Its mission is to expose students to the field of neurosurgery and bring together faculty, residents, and students through lectures, shadowing, and research.
Oncology-Hematology Medical Society (OHMS)
Founded in spring 2011, OHMS seeks to increase student knowledge and exposure of hematology-oncology in both adult and pediatric patients by both clinical and research oriented talks by faculty and clinicians. The society will also coordinate volunteer and shadowing opportunities to facilitate interactions with patients and gain experience
Operation Smile Student Organization (OSSO)
Founded in spring 2011, Operation Smile Student Organization works to raise awareness about facial deformities and their effects on patients in different international cultures. We provide guest lectures on interesting topics related to plastic surgery, pediatrics, and facial deformities. OSSO plans to provide opportunities for students to be involved in international medical service trips.
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Ophthalmology Student Interest Group (OphthoSIG)
Founded in fall 2010, seeks to provided student with interest in Ophthalmology opportunities to gain clinical experiences, perform meaningful research and give community service in ophthalmology.
Organization of Student Representatives at UT Southwestern (OSR)
The OSR is the student branch of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). The OSR is charged with the representation of undergraduate medical student body of the U.S. to the academic medicine community; the OSR’s constituency comprises all medical students. The OSR provides medial students with an active role in achieving AAMC’s mission to improve the nation’s health through the advancement of academic medicine. Additionally, the OSR seeks to ensure that students actively participate in directing their educations, preserving their rights, and delineating their professional responsibilities. To this end the OSR provides medical students with a voice in academic medicine at a national level and strives to foster student involvement and awareness in this area at a local level.
Orthopedic Surgery Interest Group (OSIG)
Formed in spring of 2004 to promote student interest in orthopedic surgery and help students gain exposure to the field through guest speakers, hands-on workshops, and student panels.
Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Interest Group (OHNSIG)
Founded in fall 2011, the Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Interest Group (OHNSIG) is a student-run organization aimed at providing guidance and information for students interested in pursuing a career in otolaryngology. A diversity of meetings will be held throughout the year to discuss practical information about applying to residency, opportunities in subspecialty training, and a perspective on private versus academic practice. Hands-on clinics and interactive discussion groups will be held to promote clinical knowledge and application of physical exam skills, radiology interpretation, and patient management. Student and resident panels will promote discussion about selected topics, including research opportunities, the match process, and residency information. The group also aims to serve as a point of contact between students and faculty members by facilitating mentorship and shadowing opportunities
Founded in 2009, the Pathology Interest Group aims to provide information about residency programs and careers in pathology, introduce students to various sub-specialties within pathology, and encourage interaction between medical students and faculty and residents form Parkland Memorial Hospital and private practice groups in the Dallas areas.
Pediatric Interest Group (PIG)
A special interest group founded in 1997 for all students interested in pediatric medicine. PIG seeks to promote an interest in pediatrics among medical students with engaging monthly presentations and discussions on relevant pediatric topics by current pediatricians in the area. We continue to promote pediatric research, the summer preceptorship programs in pediatrics, and other opportunities available to students.
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Student Interest Group
PM&R SIG is a student organization affiliated with the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation dedicated to the following goals: To raise awareness of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation’s role in patient care; to education the medical student population on PM&R topics; to create opportunities for student participation in PM&R activities; and to serve as a resource for students interested in pursuing PM&R.
Physical Therapy Association
The Physical Therapy Association is an organization dedicated to upholding the American Physical Therapy Association's core values through education seminars and outreach projects. Our goal is to promote the professional growth and development of the UT Southwestern physical therapy students, in order to prepare them for future responsibilities within the profession.
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Interest Group (PRSIG)
The PRSIG was established om spring 2010 to provide a resource fpr all interested students to explore the diverse fields present within plastic and reconstructive surgery. This student-run organization holds numerous activities throughout the year, including an open house, suture clinics, resident panels, and lectures from leaders in the field of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. We hope that our organization will allow students to further pursue their interest in PRS while learning more about the groundbreaking work being done here at UT Southwestern.
Preventive Medicine Interest Group
The Preventive Medicine Interest Group promotes the understanding of preventive medicine among aspiring doctors so that it can become an integral part of our future medical practice. In collaboration with other specialty-based interest groups, we aim to raise campus awareness of preventive practices in a diversity of medical specialties. Through lunch discussions on current initiatives, brainstorming sessions on future policy, community service projects, and talks featuring medical professionals, we hope to engage students and encourage thought-provoking discussions regarding the topic.
Psychiatry Student Interest Group (PsychSIG)
The Southwestern Medical School Psychiatry Club was formed in 1981. PsychSIG aims to build awareness about the discipline of psychiatry among medical students at UT Southwestern. We provide information about careers in psychiatry, introduce students to subfields within psychiatry, provide discussions and presentations on relevant topics in psychiatry, and help medical students make connections with both faculty and residents. We want to increase the awareness of the vibrancy and excitement of a career or an interest in psychiatry.
Radiation Oncology Student Interest Group (ROSIG)
Established in spring 2010 to expose UT Southwestern medical students to the field of Radiation Oncology, the organization features shadowing opportunities, lunch lectures and research development in the Department of Radiation Oncology. We strive to guide students’ interest in the field.
Radiology Interest Group
Founded in 2005, RIG provides a first look into the field of radiology through lectures, panels, and interactive discussions with residents and radiologists describing everything from the various fields of radiology to how to become a radiologist and what that entails.
Science Policy, Education, and Communication Club (SPEaC)
Seldin Society for Internal Medicine
The Seldin Society for Internal Medicine is an organization that brings together students interested in Internal Medicine and the medical subspecialties. Our goal is to provide students with the resources and opportunities they need to build long-lasting relationships with other students and faculty within this field of medicine. With that goal in mind, we organize a number of annual professional forums, as well as formal and informal social events. For example, each year we hold Boxed Lunch Socials where we bring faculty from a wide variety of medical specialties to hold small group discussions with students in an informal setting. Another popular event we host every year is the Residency Panel where we invite residency directors from the Dallas area. Membership is open to all UT Southwestern students. Applications to general-tier leadership positions will be available in the beginning of each academic year.
Student Dietetic Association
The mission of the UT Southwestern Student Dietetic Association is to provide student involvement in the profession, related endeavors. Through the organization, students will participate in programs on recent developments in The American Dietetic Association and the Texas Dietetic Association, provide nutrition information to student groups and/or other groups in the community and participate in activities designed to develop an awareness of the dietitian’s role among health team members.
Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN)
Founded at Southwestern in the fall 1999, this student group is sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and the UTSW Department of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics. The group is designed to provide an opportunity for students to become familiar with the field of neuroscience (Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Neuropsychiatry) early in medical school. The group typically holds monthly noon meetings where guest faculty and residents share their interests and experiences. In addition, the group participates in community volunteer activities and facilitates faculty shadowing and research programs.
Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
The Student National Medical Association is committed to improving medical care for all people of color by increasing the pipeline of students of color that consider and prepare for medical and scientific careers. Its community mentoring programs provide science appreciation and education, mentoring, and academic enrichment to elementary, junior high school, high school and college students interested in pursuing health-related careers. Working through local chapters, SNMA is proud to organize and sponsor local Pipeline programs that directly serve minority students at several levels of education: the Minority Association of Pre-medical Students (MAPS), the Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPREP), and the Youth Science Enrichment Program (YSEP). Within medical school, SNMA chapters provide academic preparation and recruitment and retention programming in order to assure the pipeline to medicine is supported.
Texas Medical Association/American Medical Association (TMA/AMA)
The TMA (state level) and AMA (national) are two of the most important and influential professional organizations of physicians dedicated to addressing issues in all aspects of medicine, ranging from patients’ rights to collective bargaining for physicians. Our local chapter is very active, with activities ranging from community service through a Health Fair to the valuable opportunity to effect policy within the TMA and the AMA that could even result in changing Texas and U.S. policy in regards to the medical profession. Students can and have made a difference in physicians' and patients' day-to-day lives through TMA and AMA. As a member, students have an enormous source of information to access, opportunities for leadership at the local, state, and national levels, and chances to work with some of the most influential physicians in the field of medicine today.
Trauma Surgery Students Society (TS3)
Founded in fall 2010 to encourage students interested in trauma surgery and related disciplines by exposing them to the continuum of care for the acutely injured patient. We work to advance member interest through facilitating participating in research, shadowing, and volunteer activities within the trauma surgery and related disciplines.
Urology Student Interest Group
The Urology Student Interest Group, founded in spring 2011, is open to all students with an interest in the field of urology. The society functions to provide students interested in this unique and dynamic field with opportunities for extracurricular exposure to urology. During the year, the group will aim to organize presentations from the school’s distinguished faculty, plan resident panels, and provide members with clinical and surgical shadowing opportunities with faculty and residents. In addition, the group will help to facilitate interaction between faculty and students through mentoring programs to coordinate research opportunities between faculty ad medical students.
Wilson Surgical Society
Surgical Society for Students – The Wilson Society, named after an early chairman of the Department of Surgery, was founded in 1994. The society functions to provide students interested in general surgery and the surgical subspecialties with more insight and information regarding the field of surgery. Activities organized by the Wilson Society include meetings, practical skills training, and mentoring programs. The Wilson Society is open to all those interested in general surgery and the surgical subspecialties or those individuals who would simply like to receive more information about the field of surgery and learn some basic surgical skills.
Women’s Health Interest Group
Established in 1997, this organization allows students to obtain a better understanding of the Ob/Gyn profession. Their mission is to provide a means for students to learn more about women’s health, to increase awareness of career opportunities in the field, and to provide opportunities for involvement in women’s health related community projects. This group also organizes quarterly lunch/lectures with topics meant to explore the Ob/Gyn specialty.