Social Identity Student Interest Groups

Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association


The Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association is a national organization whose mission is to foster cultural sensitivity and understanding, encourage leadership and community engagement, and improve healthcare for Asian and Pacific Americans. We are interested in both directly promoting the health and well-being of the Asian and Pacific American community as well as engaging in cultural education and discovery. APAMSA provides a forum for APA medical students to meet, 

exchange information and experiences, and develop personally and professionally. Membership is open to the entire student community.


Catholic Medical Student Association

CMA logoThe Catholic Medical Student Association serves to bring the Roman Catholic community together at USU. The goal of the CMSA is to engage each Catholic student spiritually, intellectually and religiously. CMSA hosts several speakers throughout the academic year on topics related to the Church, medicine and the military. CSMA also hosts visiting priests to celebrate mass with the USU community. In addition, CMSA hosts small-group lunch meetings where discussions range from topics of faith to controversial issues in bioethics. Finally, CMSA wants to bring the Catholic community together outside the confines of USU through community service, outreach, and social events. Membership is open to the entire USU community. Contact:

Christian Medical Association

CMA is the USU chapter of the national organization: Christian Medical & Dental Association (CMDA). The purpose of the national CMDA organization is to motivate and equip Christian doctors and medical students to practice their faith in Jesus Christ in every aspect of their lives. The USU chapter (CMA) is specifically dedicated to providing opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to grow spiritually, encourage one another through Christ-centered relationships, and reach out to our communities. CMA at USU offers weekly Bible study and fellowship, regular family gatherings and other opportunities for community service. There are no dues for CMA and medical students can join the national CMDA for no cost. For more information, please refer to Contact:

Clinical Spanish Interest Group

Global Health Interest Group

Global Health

The Global Health Interest Group (GHIG) is a student-run group designed to foster an interest in global health and development among the USU community. GHIG not only offers its members access to scientific and operational knowledge, but also offers students a channel to communicate and connect with a wide range of global health experts. Contact:

Latter-Day Saint Student Association

ldssaThe Latter-Day Saint Student Association (LDSSA) is an approved program of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It serves to help all Latter-day Saint students stay closely affiliated to the Church, find fellowship among those of common belief, succeed in their studies, and balance their secular education with spiritual development. The organization acts to motivate each student to become a powerful influence for good on the campus and in the university's affiliated hospitals. The LDSSA also attempts to provide students with service opportunities, as well as meaningful social activities which are consistent with the standards of the Church. All members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who are students at USU are automatically members of LDSSA at USU. Membership is also open to the entire student community. Contact:

One Nation: The Indigenous Health Interest Group

One Nation is the indigenous health interest group led by the Indian Health Service students at USUHS. We meet monthly with subject matter experts and IHS administrators to discuss issues relevant to Native American and Alaska Native health, such as traditional medicine, diabetes prevention, and preventing violence and substance abuse in the postcolonial context. In addition, we connect students to mentors in the field, resources for learning, indigenous events in the DC area, and on-site shadowing opportunities. Our goal is to improve USUHS medical students' ability to lead in the IHS and, as outlined in the IHS mission, "to raise the physical, mental, social, and spiritual health of American Indians and Alaska Natives to the highest level." We welcome anyone with an interest in improving healthcare for indigenous peoples to attend. Events are held at USUHS or at IHS headquarters in Rockville. Participation is free of charge.

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