Student Groups

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The Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) provides students with opportunities to experience the full-spectrum of this specialty through several different activities, including community service. Volunteers for Get Up, Get Out, Get Fit, one of FMIG's ongoing community programs, encourage healthy lifestyles by sharing the benefits of regular exercise with local elementary school students.

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Student Interest Groups

Make the most of your experience at USU - join a university-sponsored club. There are many to choose from, each one appealing to the unique interests of our diverse student body - from music to service to academics.

Browse the comprehensive selection of active Student Groups below and find a niche that's right for you.

Academic and Professional Groups

Alpha Omega Alpha

AOA is the only national honor medical society, and its singular purpose is to recognize and perpetuate excellence in the medical profession. Election to AOA is an honor signifying a lasting commitment to scholarship, leadership, professionalism, and service. A lifelong honor, membership in the society confers recognition for a physician's dedication to the profession and art of healing. Students are eligible for election to the society in the Spring of their third year and Fall of their fourth year. Criteria for election include overall academic achievement, contributions to the university and the community, and a high standard of character and personal conduct. An induction fee payable to the national office is required, as are modest annual national dues which include a subscription to Pharos, the society's publication.

American Association of Neurological Surgeons

The purpose of the USUHS American Association of the Neurological Surgeons (AANS) is to develop outstanding military medical students into future leaders in the field of neurosurgery by fostering a sustainable mechanism for encouraging student interest in neurosurgery; augmenting student awareness of clinical, system-level, and military-specific issues in modern neurosurgery, and basic and clinical research; promoting and coordinating faculty mentorship for students interested in neurosurgery; and promoting student leadership in service to patients and communities.

American Medical Association - Medical Student Section

The primary functions of the American Medical Association-Medical Student Section are to keep students informed on national issues concerning medical education, to provide an outlet for voicing ideas, and to aid in career planning. This year, the group will aim to focus on service, both to the students and to the school. The organization is an affiliate of the AMA and the Medical and Chirurgical Society of Maryland. Meetings are held every one or two months.

Association of American Medical Colleges - Organization of Student Representatives

The Association of American Medical Colleges - Organization of Student Representatives coordinates the medical educational system, from national board exams to the standards that accredit medical schools. The OSR is the student voice to the AAMC. As a student representative you would represent the unique perspective of USU students at national and regional conferences. Once becoming a representative, there are many opportunities to participate in higher levels of leadership to help the promotion of medical education.

Association of Military Surgeons of the United States

The mission of the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States is to promote all areas of federal health care. USU students participate in the Baltimore-Washington Student Chapter, whose goals are to stimulate interest in and discussion of military medicine, to provide special opportunities for medical and military education, and to develop leadership. Meetings are monthly; annual national dues include a subscription to Military Medicine.

Association of Womens Surgeons

The mission of the Association of Women Surgeons is to inspire, encourage and enable women surgeons to realize their professional and personal goals.

Biomedical Education Honor Society

The Biomedical Educator Development Student Interest Group is a program with similar goals to those of the Rockefeller University program. Within USU, this group is a channel for faculty to express their need for students as teaching assistants, review program leaders, small group instructors, or other similar roles. It also offers students the opportunity to express interest in potential instructional positions outside of USU. Moreover, the group helps coordinate opportunities outside of USU, such as collaborations with nearby community colleges that will expand graduate student teaching experience. Some of the opportunities offered to graduate students include teaching assistantships, tutoring, or workshop coordinators.

Finally, this group coordinates seminars with speakers providing their insights into educational philosophy, instructional approaches, and other related topics to help students be more effective instructors now and in the future.

Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS)

The Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) is a society created to recognize medical students, residents, and faculty members who are exemplars of humanistic patient care and who are prepared to serve as role models, mentors, and leaders in medicine. Membership goes well beyond selection and induction into an honor society – it includes a responsibility to model, support, and advocate for compassionate, patient-centered care throughout one’s career. Anticipated activities include: 1.) Playing a leading role in the coordination of the annual white coat ceremony; 2) Playing a leading role in organizing USU’s Annual Cadaver Memorial Service and representing the University at the Maryland State Medical Board’s Annual Memorial Service, honoring the individuals who donated their bodies for our learning and their families; and 3.) Collaborating with the AΩA to teach the near-peer transition to clerkship curriculum, helping junior students make the transition from classroom learning to the wards and clinics.

Student National Medical Association

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.

USU Group on Women In Medicine and Science

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.


Service and Social Groups


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.

Apollo Society

The Apollo Society is an organization dedicated to sharing and celebrating the artistic talents of the USUHS community. We host four Open-Mic events per year with the generous support of The Family Medicine Interest Group.

Catholic Medical Student Association

The 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. 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.

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


The Dermatones is an a cappella singing group, consisting of both men's and women's voices in barbershop and traditional choral arrangements. The group performs at numerous university functions throughout the year (including mess dinners, social occasions, and memorial services) and special functions (such as Christmas caroling at the Soldiers and Airmen's Home of Washington, D.C.). The Dermatones meet weekly for practice and enjoyment. No dues.

Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Response

The Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Response Interest group is sponsored by CDHAM and designed to support students in the SOM, GSN and other graduate programs interested in HA/DR medicine. We provide a variety of networking, educational, and service opportunities through lectures, workshops, and service projects.

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.

Medical Innovations Interest Group

MI2G is an interest group focused on the discussion of the how and why of current and future medical devices. We host regular talks with physicians and innovators, as well as provide platforms for students to explore their interests through shadowing and research.

Latter-Day Saint Student Association

The 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.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender People in Medicine and Allies (SPECTRUM)

The goal of the LGBT People in Medicine and Allies is to help make USUHS a more inviting place for LGBT students and family through fellowship and service.  Anyone on campus is welcome to join in support of our objectives.

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.

One Nation: The Indigenous Health Medical Student 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.

Stop the Bleed

The goal of the Stop the Bleed student group at USU is to save lives through basic hemorrhage control education, represent the best of USU and the military, develop ourselves as medical educators, and serve our community.

  • We teach Stop the Bleed in local high schools (we have fun plans for virtual teaching during COVID!)
  • We participate in (virtual and live) outreach events with Admissions and the Office of Diversity and Outreach.
  • We partner with National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health as they develop the First Aid for Severe Trauma (FAST) course with the American Red Cross (virtually).

The Student Spouses' Club

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.


Specialty Interest Groups

Anesthesiology Interest Group

The Anesthesiology Interest Group (AIG) is a partnership between the SOM students and the Anesthesia Department, and, by extension, the military anesthesia community. Our goals are: 1) to serve as a resource for students interested in Anesthesiology, 2) to serve as a resource for students who are considering Anesthesiology among other options, with the objective of helping the student discover which specialty fits them best, 3) to be a resource for Anesthesia knowledge and skills relevant to all military physicians, including airway management, resuscitation, clinical pharmacology, critical care, venous access, medicine in austere environments, and perioperative medicine, and 4) to be one of many addresses at which any student can seek mentoring for almost any purpose. Along those lines, we can arrange speakers for meetings, arrange flexible shadowing and early clinical exposure and match faculty up with students who need mentoring for any reason, at any time during the curriculum.

Community Health Center Interest Group

The mission of the USUHS Community Health Center (CHC) Interest Group is to experience real-world clinical medicine through a partnership with community health centers.  The CHC Interest Group aims to offer pre-clerkship students early clinical experiences while volunteering with under-served populations in the Washington metropolitan area. Students shall gain a broader exposure and understanding of cultural competency and social determinants of health through clinical learning opportunities, Interest Group activities, and service and/or research.  Many of the CHC experiences take place at centers that serve the area Latino community, offering students an opportunity to practice and utilize Medical Spanish. 

Dermatology Interest Group

The Dermatology Interest Group strives to provide students interested in dermatology with the most up to date and relevant information regarding residencies and sub-specialties within the field. A shadowing program is available for those wanting to observe dermatologists at work, and a variety of dermatologists are invited to speak about their career choice, family life and day to day work routine. Meetings are held a couple of times a year and we hope to see you there.

Ears, Nose, and Throat Surgical Interest Group

The ENT Interest Group seeks to provide students interested in pursuing a career in otolaryngology with the latest and most pertinent information about the residency and the career options that are available. A shadowing program will be created for those wanting first-hand exposure to the specialty and the latest techniques. Skills labs and demonstration of the latest surgical technology will also be held at either USUHS or WRNMMC. Finally, members will have the opportunity to attend lectures from physicians within the field about their subspecialties, career tracks, family life, and the application process.

Emergency Medicine Interest Group

The Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG) exists to foster interest in the medical specialty of emergency medicine. With regular meetings, EMIG will discuss relevant topics in emergent care focused on paralleling real medicine with that which is learned in USU classes by utilizing EM physicians, journal articles and students' experiences. We also sponsor a program whereby students may shadow an emergency medicine physician to see the specialty in action.

Family Medicine Interest Group

The goal of the Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) is to serve the interests of USU students with respect to community service, career development, and medical education. Activities and events increase exposure to the specialty of family medicine, a discipline which stresses the comprehensive and continuous care of patients and their families. The club is an affiliate of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and the Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians (USAFP). Through community activities and department workshops, members learn about the diverse field of family medicine, its residency programs, and the challenges facing future primary care physicians. Meetings and programs occur throughout the year, and more information on individual programs can be found on their facebook page.

Global Health Interest Group

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.

Global Health Interest Group

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.

Infectious Diseases Interest Group

The Infectious Diseases Interest Group serves as a way to foster an interest in infectious diseases from both a military and civilian perspective for medical students.

Internal Medicine Interest Group

The Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG) exists to bring together senior faculty members and students for the purposes of learning about internal medicine careers, lifestyles, and gratification. The group meets once or twice a month for discussions led by military internists, interactive clinical scenarios, and clinical workshops. The group also arranges for interested students to make rounds with doctors in hospitals, and to identify a mentor to help guide your future in internal medicine. For those interested and motivated students, research opportunities are also available. Information on IMIG is available on the university's computer bulletin board. No dues; everyone welcome!

Neurology Interest Group

The function and objectives of the Neurology Interest Group include: making medical students aware of opportunities available in the field of neurology; to futher neurologic knowledge of medical students; and to provide opportunities to participate in activities related to neurology: research, shadowing, fundraising, etc.

OB/GYN Interest Group

The OB/GYN Interest Group meets monthly to learn more about the specialty and to explore women's health care issues in general. Guest speakers are invited to discuss relevant OB/GYN topics, deployment opportunities as an OB/GYN, current women's health issues, OB/GYN as a primary care specialty, and residency opportunities. Pre-clerkship members have an opportunity to get hands-on clinical experiences by shadowing at the Labor and Delivery ward at WRNMMC, have the opportunity to participate in the new student-patient partnership program and can also become involved in many surgical shadowing opportunities. Anyone wishing to explore their interest in caring for the female patient is encouraged to attend. No dues.

Operational Medicine Interest Group

The mission of the Operational Medicine Interest Group is to assist medical students in gaining exposure to and information about opportunities to practice medicine within the Operational Medicine Communities of the various services. The OMIG facilitates training opportunities, provides guest speakers, and serves as an information source for the USUHS community. We meet monthly and charge no dues.


Orthopaedic Interest Group

The goal of the Orthopaedic Interest group is to provide students who are interested in the field of Orthopaedics exposure and access to this surgical sub-specialty early on in their medical school careers. Unique opportunities for members include small group lectures given by orthopaedic attending or resident physicians immediately followed by shadowing in the OR, sawbone labs to allow students to practice surgical technique using orthopaedic instrumentation, and individual opportunities for research. In addition to these hands on learning experiences, we strive to hold monthly meetings with physicians from different sub-specialties within Orthopaedics to provide an encompassing view of this great field.

Pathology Interest Group

The purpose of the Pathology Interest Group is to inform students about careers in Pathology while teaching them skills that will be helpful in medical school and beyond. The group is intended for all medical students, not just those who have a long-term interest in pathology. The group meets once a month, schedules permitting. There are no dues, just the hope that members will show up, eager to learn and gain new experiences.

Pediatric Interest Group

The purpose of the Pediatric Interest Group is to provide students with information about a possible career in military pediatrics. The group sponsors monthly lunch meetings, plans several community service projects, offers mentoring opportunities with staff pediatricians, coordinates research experiences, and encourages collaboration with other student interest groups.

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

The purpose of the PM&R interest group is to provide opportunities to USU students through mentorship, educational presentations, and one-on-one shadowing of physicians within the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Students will participate in MSK ultrasound labs, tour through the TBI and Amputee clinics, and learn about interventional pain management. 

Preventive Medicine/Occupational Medicine

The Preventive Medicine Interest Group meets periodically to learn more about the specialty and to explore issues in public health and the prevention of disease. Guest speakers are invited to discuss relevant and current preventive medicine and health promotion topics, including international health, operational medicine, outbreak investigations, disaster relief, humanitarian assistance, health policy and advocacy, and more. Specialty training and career opportunities in preventive, occupational, and aerospace medicine are included. Pre-clerkship student members are encouraged to recognize the impact of preventing disease in both military and civilian populations. Anyone wishing to explore their interest in practicing preventive medicine and applying preventive medicine strategies to any other medical discipline is encouraged to attend. No dues.


The purpose of the Psychiatry Interest Group is to raise awarness of, and foster and interest in, Psychiatry. All USUHS students, including Psychology PhD, SOM, and GSN are welcome to join.


The purpose of the Radiology Interest Group is to inform students about all the different career paths in Radiology, including diagnostic radiology, radiology oncology, and interventional radiology. We host general information meetings, as well as tours of various radiology departments at WRNMMC. The group is intended for all medical students. There are no dues - all that is required is interest and/or curiosity! There is no set schedule, but medical students will be given notification of RIG events via e-mail.

Students Interested in Nutrition Group

The goal of the Students Interested in Nutrition Group (STING) is to facilitate the nutritional knowledge and experiences of USU medical students in order to promote and emphasize the importance of nutrition in personal and family health, as well as in clinical practice.  The group specifically advocates for improvements in nutrition across the USU, WRNMMC, and other organizations within the DoD and local area community. STING members aim to obtain the nutritional knowledge and skills through experiences organized by the group to effectively incorporate in all aspects of person, space and clinical practice.

Surgery Interest Group

The Surgery Interest group seeks to provide students interested in pursuing a career in surgery with the latest and most pertinent information about residencies and sub-specialties within the field. A shadowing program is available for those wanting to see surgeons at work, and a variety of surgeons are invited to speak about their specialties, career tracks, and family life. Opportunities are also available to learn some basic surgical skills and techniques as well as volunteer in the community. Meetings and skills labs are held every month.


The purpose of the UIG is to provide opportunities and foster educational development within the field of Urology for interested students at USU. With mentorship from the WRNMMC Urology Dept, the Interest Group will offer students the opportunities to attend lectures/presentations from experts within the field, participate in research, partake in clinical/skills labs, and attend academics at WRNMMC Urology Department.

Club Sports

Combatives Club
Ice Hockey (Fighting Docs)
Running Club
USU Bike Club
USU Spikeball Club

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