Social Identity Student Interest Groups


Special Programs

SCOOP Program Information

In order to support shadowing opportunities on campus, we have a Student Clinical Observer Opportunities Program (SCOOP) at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.  The program coordinator will be able to walk you through the application process. Please email them or call their office: 301-400-3995. For additional information, please go to


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The Asian Cultural Society

The Asian Cultural Society (ACS) strives to raise awareness and promote interest of the Asian culture. The purpose of the Asian Cultural Society is to first provide education and background about Asian culture and values, which promotes culturally competent global healthcare leaders; and second to arrange and foster social networking opportunities beyond academic environment as often as possible.



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:


The goal of the LGBT People in Medicine & Allies is to help make USUHS a more inviting place for LGBT students and families through fellowship and service. Anyone on campus is welcome to join in support of our objectives. To join our email list, please visit For any questions, concerns, or if you just want to say “Hi”, you can email


Student National Medical Association (SNMA)

Global Health

Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is a student-led organization which addresses minority health issues and provides a support network for minority students at USUHS. Activities include regional conferences, community-based programs, as well as speaking to local high school and college students. SNMA is an affiliate of the national organization based in Washington, D.C. Membership is open to all. Chapter dues and optional national dues include a subscription to The Journal of the Student National Medical Association. Contact:

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 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.

Maimonides Society

This is the Maimonides Society at USUHS. Our goal is to provide a warm, non-judgemental environment for medical, nursing and dental students to discuss and celebrate Jewish practice. We organize various activities including, kosher lunches and discussions on the intersection of medicine and religion by staff and faculty. The organization is open to all students, faculty and staff at USU. Individuals from all backgrounds are welcome.


Student Spouses' Club (SSC)

The Student Spouses' Club is an organization for the spouses and significant others of the students at USU. The primary goal of the club is to provide support, friendship and community for student families through a variety of social and service activities throughout the year. The club holds monthly membership meetings, as well as numerous barbecues, adult socials, parent-child activities, and raises funds for Wounded Warriors through a 5k and 10k run. SSC also publishes a blog, and hosts Information Sessions to help students and spouses learn more about life in the military and what to expect while at USU. All spouses and significant others of active duty students at USU are welcome to participate.


Latino Medical Society Association (LMSA)

The mission of USU LMSA is to promote the interests and support the needs of those students who identify themselves as underrepresented minority students of the Uniformed Services University through social, cultural, educational, political, and other activities. We support and promote health outreach to Spanish-speaking patients, help students get certified with interpreting services, raise awareness about Latino health issues, and foster community unity among Latin American medical students and friends. USU LMSA collaborates with other student associations to promote the recruitment and retention of Latino medical students. Furthermore, students can voice their concerns about issues pertinent to the Latino medical community through USU LMSA.

USU Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS)

The purpose of the USU Group on Women in Medicine and Science (USU GWIMS) is to promote opportunities for and achieve equity in the advancement of women in medicine and science. This group will facilitate mentoring relationships, teach practical management skills, empower women to take on leadership roles at USUHS, and provide a 'safe space' for women to seek advice on such topics as career advancement and work/life balance.

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