Educational/Professional Organizations


American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)

Founded in 1931 as The Harvey Cushing Society, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) is a scientific and educational association with more than 10,000 members worldwide. UT Southwestern’s AANS chapter was started in the fall of 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 between faculty, residents, and students through seminars, shadowing, and research opportunities.

Mahmoud Elguindy
Anish Narayanan

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!

If you are interested in activating this club, please see the director at the Student Center.

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.

Neeraja Balachandar
Amy Xia
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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.

Jim Sheng
Krishna Patel

Association for African-American Scientists (AAAS) 

The Association of African-American Scientists is a society committed to supporting the success of African-American scientists at UT Southwestern through career development, recruitment and retention efforts, and community outreach endeavors.

Brittany Johnson
Cyonna Holmes

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 3 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 & 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.

Alexander Tan
Emily Smith
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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.

Analise Doney
Amita Kulshreshta


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.

Sahar Noorani
Muhammad Harihah

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.

Wade McDonald
Jessica Wiblin

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Dermatology Interest Group (DIG)

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.

Sara Hassan Youssef
Tiffany Son


Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG)

The Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG) 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 and encourage exploration of the field. Lunchtime speakers include various influential faculty from the surrounding area to discuss emergency medicine topics. Group sponsored activities include an array of clinical skills clinics like the cadaver clinic, suture clinic, airway management, and ultrasound technique. We organize community outreach programs to teach basic life-saving skills and we arrange shadowing shifts in the emergency department at Parkland and Dallas Children’s.

Kathryn Jan
Nitish Tharjea


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.

Ambereen Ahmed
Jennifer Coias

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.

Ambereen Ahmed
Trinh Nguyen

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.

Ruba Alafifi
Priyanka Gaur

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Gastroenterology Student Interest Group

Founded in spring 2018, the Gastroenterology Student Interest Group seeks to educate, expose, and encourage medical students in the area of gastroenterology, with an intention to recruit future physicians to subspecialize in gastroenterology.

Christian Carr
Kayla Maaraoui

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.

Viet Chau
Vincent Li


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 health care 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.

Madeline Jiang
Ana Nino


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.

Katrina Mar
Mihir Pendse

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. The group provides lunchtime presentations on various topics related to the field and interactions with infectious disease specialists through shadowing opportunities. We aim to raise awareness about dealing with infectious disease within every specialty and within global health.

Kasey Krutz
Benjamin Moon

Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)

The IHI Open School Chapter at UT Southwestern was founded in the summer of 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. This organization is committed to providing education to medical professionals and giving them resources so that they can connect to or start a quality improvement project.

Natasha Houshmand
Ester Lee

Interprofessional Leadership Committee

Our mission is to integrate healthcare professional students from all area programs in both social and professional settings, to coordinate events for all students to be involved, and to be the representative for 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.

Umaru Barrie
Natalie Polizopoulos-Wilson

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 will hold lectures to explain the changing training paradigm of the specialty as well the various types of procedures and patient care interventional radiologists are involved with. The group will host talks given by the faculty and residents, provide opportunities for shadowing and research, and have simulation days where students can get hands on experience with procedures.

Tim Sotman
Vivek Koshti


John Paul North Society

Serves as the official organization for the physician assistant students, to promote academic achievement, clinical excellence, and to promote PAs as members of the health care team.

Mary Greer
Natalie Polizopoulous-Wilson

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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 their specialty or level of training. Genetics is an exponentially growing field that is rapidly becoming important in the fields of medicine, and we support all those who are interested in participating.

Stacy Yuan
Suchith Vuppala 

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, 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.

Jaskeerat Gulati
Amy Xia

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.

Emily Huang
Waqas Haque


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.

Colton Pence
Ashley Vu

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 students to be engaged in the specialty through clinical experiences, research, and community service.

Viet Chau
Nisha Reddy

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Interest Group (OMFS)

The goal of the OMFS interest group 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.

Scott Morgan 
Omar Kholaki

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 representing the undergraduate medical student body of the U.S. 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.

Sanjana Balachandra

Orthopaedic Surgery Interest Group (OSIG)

OSIG was formed in spring of 2004 to promote student interest in orthopaedic surgery and help students gain exposure to the field through guest speakers, hands-on workshops, and student panels.

Timothy Benage
Emiliya Usheva

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.

Junho Ahn
Mark Sakai

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Pathology Society

Founded in 2009, the Pathology Society provides information about residency programs and careers in pathology, introduces students to various sub-specialties within pathology, and encourages interaction between medical students and faculty and residents from Parkland Hospital and private practice groups in the Dallas areas.

Yun Liang
Eve Sharifi

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.

Micah Tatum
Layla Samandi

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 Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation’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.

Annie Abraham
Jaclyn Nguyen

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.

Jessica Bell
Conor May

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Interest Group (PRSIG)

The PRSIG was established in spring 2010 to provide a resource for 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.

Heather Renfro
Daniel Wong

Preventive Medicine Interest Group (PMIG)

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.

Meera Iyengar
Alexander Mazal

Psychiatry Student Interest Group (Psych SIG)

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.

Nicholas George Jones
Keith Liu

Psychology Student Research Committee (SRC)

Established in fall 2017, the SRC is a student-run organization that aims to enrich students’ research experiences by providing resources to facilitate student research, offering didactic opportunities, and broadening research collaborations through a team-based science approach.

Lucas Zullo
Emily Smith

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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.

Abdulah Mahayni
Omar Harirah

Radiology Interest Group (RIG)

Founded in 2005, the Radiology Interest Group (RIG) is a student-run organization that introduces the UT Southwestern student community to the fields of both diagnostic and interventional radiology. The aim of this group is to provide students with an early exposure to the responsibilities of radiologists as well as an opportunity to learn from faculty, residents, and researchers the many aspects working in the field. The group will hold regular talks led by faculty, researchers, and residents in addition to special opportunities for students to shadow and work with a mentor.

Helena You
Collin Buerger


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.

Bishakha Mona
Filipa Rijo-Ferriara

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.

Michael Trinh
Shivani Sharma

Society for the Advancement of Chicano/Hispanic and Native Americans in Sciences (SACNAS)

SACNAS is a society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists—from college students to professionals—to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in science

Nora-Guadalupe Ramirez
Matthew Mendoza

Southwestern Student Connection (SSC)

Tran Le
Waqas Haque

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 between faculty, students, local health professionals, and the Clinical Nutrition student body, and, echoing the mission and vision of the Academy to Nutrition and Dietetics to provide evidenced based recommendations.

Katie Welch
Scarlett Stussy

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 UTSW's 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.

Scott Zhou
Georgia Shelton

Surgical Transplant Society

The Surgical Transplant Society (STS) was founded in fall 2015 to inform current and incoming medical students about the full spectrum of transplant surgery. We hope to promote dialogue between students and department faculty and increase opportunities for research and exposure to the field.

Yun Liang
Samuel Younan


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.

Al Gilani
Priyanka Mehta

Texas Taiwanese Biotechnology Association, UTSW Chapter (TBBA)

Despite a large Taiwanese population in biology-related field in Texas, there is a lack of professional organization. Therefore, a vibrant group of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and researchers from UT Southwestern, Baylor College of Medicine, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, UT HSC at Houston, Rice University, UT Austin, and Texas A & M University, established the Texas Taiwanese Biotechnology Association (TTBA), in 2014. TTBA, UTSW Chapter is the UT Southwestern Chapter of TTBA. Our mission 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, to build up new connections, and to 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.

Yi-Li Min
Grace Lin

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 by facilitating participation in research, shadowing, and volunteer activities within the trauma surgery and related disciplines.

Omar Harirah
Natasha Houshmand

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Urology Student Interest Group (USIG)

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 and medical students.

Daniel Wong
Tim Carroll


Wilson Surgical Society (WSS)

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.

Sanjana Balachandra
Riley Martinez

Women’s Health Interest Group (WHIG)

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 exploring the ob/gyn specialty.

Morgan Whalon
Leslie Johnson

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