Educational / Professional Organizations
American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)
Founded in 1931 as The Harvey Cushing Society, AANS is a scientific and educational association with more than 10,000 members worldwide. UTSW’s AANS chapter was started in fall 2013 to bring together students, faculty, and residents who were most interested in neurological surgery. Our AANS chapter is dedicated to facilitating students’ exposure to the field of neurosurgery and building relationships among faculty, residents, and students through seminars, shadowing, and research opportunities.
American Medical Student Association (AMSA)
With a half-century history of medical student activism, AMSA 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 are not 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 is a multispecialty organization that has served as a national platform for representing the voice and vision of women in medicine since 1915. The UT Southwestern chapter sponsors and organizes mentorship and networking opportunities with female physicians, as well as events that highlight women’s health issues like domestic violence, breast cancer, and teen pregnancy. AMWA membership is open to all students and is dedicated to providing a sense of empowerment and community for its members.
Anesthesiology Student Interest Group (ASIG)
The Anesthesiology Student Interest Group provides students with a better understanding of the field of anesthesiology and pain management through interdisciplinary lectures, hands-on workshops, and coordination of the anesthesiology experience.
Association of Neuropsychology Students in Training (ANST)
Founded in fall 2017, ANST is a national organization for students interested in the field of neuropsychology. This organization promotes three values: knowledge, community, and leadership. The ANST chapter at UT Southwestern focuses on knowledge through neuropsychology-related lectures and fact-finding seminars, community through outreach opportunities and social events, and leadership through opportunities to serve as ANST officers. We emphasize both adult and pediatric neuropsychology and welcome all students and faculty to our events.
Biomedical Engineering Society
Founded in fall 2018, the organization promotes and fosters professional development of biomedical engineering students through organized study, research, and social discussion of the fields of biomedical engineering.
Founded in summer 2018, the Biotechnology Club at UT Southwestern aims to connect and educate its members on careers and opportunities in biotechnology, while building a network that bridges the gap between academia and biotechnology sectors. The Biotech Club accomplishes this mission by hosting informational seminars, on-site visits of local biotech companies, networking events, and other activities that promote and support the goals.
Cardiology Interest Group (CIG)
Founded in fall 2009, CIG increases 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 provide a platform that equips students with opportunities to network with cardiologists, gain experience through clinical and scientific research, and participate in conferences and symposiums. CIG also provides opportunities for facility mentorship.
Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Interest Group
The Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Interest Group aims to educate medical students about the exciting field of thoracic surgery and provide opportunities for research and mentorship. The organization will host lunch talks, panels, and skills training throughout the academic year.
Dermatology Interest Group (DIG)
Founded in spring 2003, the Dermatology Interest Group provides 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 exchanging ideas and experiences related to education, research, and patient service in dermatology.
Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG)
The Emergency Medicine Interest Group is open to all medical students, particularly those with an interest in emergency medicine. The goal of the group is to expose students to emergency medicine early in their education and encourage exploration of the field. Lunchtime speakers include various influential faculty from the surrounding area to discuss emergency medicine topics. Covering an array of clinical skills, the group-sponsored activities include the cadaver clinic, suture clinic, airway management, and ultrasound technique. We organize community outreach programs to teach basic lifesaving skills, and we arrange shadowing shifts in the emergency departments at Parkland Hospital and Children’s Medical Center Dallas.
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 and 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 health care in the world.
Future Residents of Obstetrics & Gynecology (FROGS)
FROGS is designed to bring together medical students interested in Ob/Gyn with residents and faculty through mentorship, education, and service. We 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)
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.
Immunology Graduate Program Student Interest Group
Founded in 2014, this group promotes academic development of immunology graduate students by organizing seminars that will provide research benefits and improve networking opportunities.
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 specialists through shadowing opportunities. We strive to raise awareness about infectious disease management within every specialty and within global health.
Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
IHI, UT Southwestern’s student chapter, was founded 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.
Interprofessional Leadership Committee (ILC)
Our mission is to integrate health care professional students from all area programs in both social and professional settings, to coordinate events for all students to be involved, and to represent each individual program that disperses information from different groups to each program. We aspire to form interprofessional networks and teams in the educational setting to better understand each interprofessional role to provide the best care to our future patients.
Interventional Radiology Interest Group (IRIG)
Founded in spring 2017, the Interventional Radiology Interest Group is an organization that introduces UT Southwestern medical students to the specialty of interventional radiology. The group holds lectures to explain the changing training paradigm of the specialty as well as the various types of procedures and patient care interventional radiologists are involved with. The group also hosts talks given by the faculty and residents, provides opportunities for shadowing and research, and has simulation days to give students hands-on experience with procedures.
John Paul North Society
Serving as the official organization for physician assistant (PA) students, the John Paul North Society promotes academic achievement and clinical excellence and champions PAs as members of the health care team. In all aspects of its function, the Society pursues integrity, equality, dignity, and competence for the physician assistant as a health care provider. Through education and interaction with our community, we promote the role and contribution of PAs in the 21st century.
Medical Genetics Interest Group (MGIG)
Founded in fall 2013, the Medical Genetics Interest Group is a student-run organization dedicated to providing UT Southwestern students (medical, graduate, etc.) of all interests with a better understanding of medical genetics, 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 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 medicine, and we support all those who are interested in participating.
Medicine/Pediatrics Student Interest Group (MPSIG)
The goal of the MPSIG, founded in spring 2014, is to increase awareness of combined internal medicine/pediatrics training and career opportunities in the local community, to 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.
MINI-X Initiative (Minimally Invasive & Non-Invasive Cross-Disciplinary Initiative)
MINI-X is a cross-disciplinary initiative that aims to cultivate future innovators in minimally invasive and noninvasive 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 show students how minimally invasive and noninvasive 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.
Oncology-Hematology Medical Society (OHMS)
Founded in spring 2011, OHMS seeks to increase student knowledge of and exposure to the field of hematology-oncology in adult and pediatric patients through clinically and research-oriented talks by faculty and practicing physicians. The society also coordinates opportunities to gain experience by shadowing and interacting with patients.
Ophthalmology Student Interest Group (OphthoSIG)
Founded in fall 2010, OphthoSIG is a group of students who are interested in ophthalmology and seek to provide opportunities for engaging in the specialty through clinical experiences, research, and community service.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Interest Group (OMFS)
The goal of the OMFS interest group, founded in spring 2015, is to promote and inform medical students about the specialty. Since OMFS has become more integrated within the surgical field, it is our goal to promote the specialty and inform our medical colleagues about how we manage patients and what procedures we do.
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 the U.S. undergraduate medical student body to the academic medicine community; the OSR’s constituency comprises all medical students. The OSR provides medical 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 2004, OSIG promotes interest in orthopedic surgery by helping students gain exposure to the field through guest speakers, workshops, student panels, research opportunities, and shadowing.
Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Interest Group (OHNSIG)
Founded in fall 2011, the OHNSIG is a student-run organization aimed at providing guidance and information for students interested in pursuing a career in otolaryngology. A variety of meetings are 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 promote clinical knowledge and application of physical exam skills, radiology interpretation, and patient management. Student and resident panels provide 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 Society provides information about residency programs and careers in pathology, introduces students to various subspecialties within pathology, and encourages interaction among medical students and faculty and residents from Parkland Hospital and private practice groups in the Dallas areas.
Pediatric Interest Group (PIG)
A special interest group founded in 1997, PIG seeks to promote an interest in pediatrics among medical students through 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)
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 PM&R’s role in patient care; to educate 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 (PTA)
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 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 in spring 2010 to provide a resource where all interested students may 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 our organization will enable students to further pursue their interest in PRS while learning more about the groundbreaking work being done here at UT Southwestern.
Preventive and Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group (PMIG)
The Preventive and Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group aims to promote 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 (Psych SIG)
The UT 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.
Psychology Student Research Committee (SRC)
Established in fall 2017, the Psychology SRC is a student-run organization that aims to enrich students’ research experiences by providing resources to facilitate research, offering didactic opportunities, and broadening research collaborations through a team-based science approach.
Radiation Oncology Student Interest Group (ROSIG)
Established in spring 2010 to expose UT Southwestern medical students to the field of radiation oncology, the organization offers 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 (RIG)
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)
Founded in spring 2014, SPEaC serves the UT Southwestern community by enhancing awareness of how science policy affects our research and by providing career development opportunities, while simultaneously engaging the broader Dallas community through scientific outreach events. We welcome all trainees and students to participate in our projects.
Seldin Society for Internal Medicine (SSIM)
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.
Sports Medicine Interest Group
Founded spring 2018, SMIG’s mission is to provide an outlet for medical students to gain exposures to the field of sports medicine connect with local sports medicine physicians, and increase awareness of sports medicine as a subspecialty.
Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics
SAND is a professional student organization dedicated to promoting nutrition and healthy living throughout the UT Southwestern campus and community; developing both professional and educational relationships among faculty, students, local health professionals, and the clinical nutrition student body; and echoing the mission and vision of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to provide evidence-based recommendations.
Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN)
Founded at UT 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 provides 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.
Texas Medical Association/American Medical Association (TMA/AMA)
The Texas Medical Association and the American Medical Association are two of the most influential and impactful professional organizations of physicians and medical students dedicated to addressing issues in all aspects of medicine, including patients’ rights, collective bargaining for physicians, and the continual improvement of health care and related sectors. The UT Southwestern Chapter of the TMA/AMA actively authors resolutions to effect changes in state and U.S. policy, designs community outreach as a driver of policy formulation, and contributes to local, state, and national advocacy campaigns to bolster the political education of medical students. Through TMA/AMA, students can and have made a difference in physicians’ and patients’ day-to-day lives. As members, students have an enormous outlet to engage in advocacy, political education, and grassroots political action; opportunities for leadership at the local, state, and national levels; and chances to work with some of the most influential thought leaders in the field of medicine today.
Texas Taiwanese Biotechnology Association, UTSW Chapter (TBBA)
Despite a large Taiwanese population in biology-related fields in Texas, there is a lack of professional organizations. Therefore, a vibrant group of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and researchers from UT Southwestern, Baylor College of Medicine, MD Anderson Cancer Center, UT Health Science Center at Houston, Rice University, UT Austin, and Texas A&M University established the Texas Taiwanese Biotechnology Association in 2014. The mission of the UT Southwestern Chapter of TTBA is to facilitate intellectual conversation and networking among young Taiwanese biomedical scientists and foster their career development.Through TTBA, we seek to unite young Taiwanese biomedical scientists in Texas. We then are able to voice for ourselves, build up new connections, and share science news and job information. In addition, successful predecessors are capable of exchanging experience with each other and passing down practical knowledge to our members. We hope to promote practicable collaboration by bridging the gap within academia and between academia and industry and contribute to enterprise development.
Trauma Surgery Students Society (TS3)
Founded in fall 2010, TS3 encourages 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 participation in research, shadowing, and volunteer activities within trauma surgery and related disciplines.
Urology Student Interest Group (USIG)
Founded in spring 2011, the Urology Student Interest Group is open to all students with an interest in the field of urology. The organization functions to provide students interested in this unique and dynamic field with opportunities for extracurricular exposure to urology. During the year, the group organizes presentations from the UTSW’s distinguished faculty, plans resident panels, and provides members with clinical and surgical shadowing opportunities with faculty and residents. In addition, the group helps to facilitate interaction between faculty and students through mentoring programs to coordinate research opportunities.
Wilson Surgical Society (WSS)
The Wilson Surgical 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 Surgical Society include meetings, practical skills training, and mentoring programs. The Wilson Surgical Society is open to all those interested in general surgery and the surgical subspecialties as well as 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 (WHIG)
Established in 1997, this organization allows students to obtain a better understanding of the Ob/Gyn profession. Its 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.