Student Groups Directory

Washington University medical students are enterprising and creative in their pursuit of meaningful endeavors outside of academic life. Over 60 student-established groups range from community service to professional development to pure fun. The Office of Medical Student Affairs provides the advice and financial support needed to make these groups a reality. The student group information on this site is provided by the individual groups. For additional information, please contact the Office of Student Affairs at MDStudentLife@wustl.edu.

The mission of these groups is to:

  • provide opportunities to develop leadership and other social skills
  • give balance to personal and professional lives
  • nurture creative and artistic talents
  • promote volunteerism and community involvement
  • serve the community by sharing special knowledge and skills
  • enhance personal accomplishment and fulfillment

The Aerospace Medical Student and Resident Interest Group (AMSRO) is the educational branch of the Aerospace Medical Association, the international organization of physicians caring for astronauts, divers, and pilots.

The WUSM student chapter of the American Medical Association (AMA) serves as a patient and medical student advocate, supports volunteer work in the St. Louis community and sponsors educational events to foster creative discussion among medical students.

AMSA is a student-run national organization dedicated to representing the specific concerns of med students, and advocates policy reform at the national level through political activism and encourages grass-roots activism within each of its local chapter.

WUSM’s chapter of AMWA is an organization which functions from the local to international level to advance women in medicine and improve women’s health.

The Anesthesiology Interest Group (AIG) is a student organization dedicated to providing medical students with opportunities to learn more about and experience the field of anesthesiology.

The goal of the WUSM Arts Commission is to foster artistic expression by students, faculty and staff at the medical school in a way that adds richness to the medical school community.

APAMSA is dedicated to advocating quality health care for the Asian-Pacific American (APA) community, increasing awareness of APA health issues, providing outreach opportunities for APA med students, and celebrating diversity of Asian cultures.

The group would focus on bringing together female students with an interest in surgery and female surgical residents and faculty. Through presentations, panel discussion, and mixers, we hope to give students the chance to learn from the unique experience.

The purpose of the Cardiovascular Interest Group (CVIG) is to foster interest in and broaden students’ exposure to cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery.

CHOICES (Choosing Healthy Options In our Community, Environment, and Schools) for Youth in Detention is an innovative outreach effort dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of incarcerated teens.

Christian Medical Association (CMA) is a gathering place for students, international students & scholars, residents, and faculty in the School of Medicine, and is the Washington University chapter of the national organization CMDA.

A regularly-meeting group to discuss the latest and greatest in clinical research, for students to learn about the frontiers of medicine and to hone their skills in analyzing clinical research.

The Societies were formed to facilitate interactions between medical students and faculty outside the classroom.

The Culinary Medicine Program is the nutrition branch of the Health Outreach Programs (HOPS). Medical students lead a course at Lifewise about healthy eating. Additionally, culinary medicine hosts talks about nutrition related topics.

The Dermatology Interest Group (DIG) was founded in order to provide medical students with opportunities to explore the field of dermatology throughout their medical education.

The purpose of the Washington University Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG) is to foster interest in and provide information pertaining to the field of emergency medicine. The group sponsors a variety of activities, including SimWars and workshops.

The ENT/Otolaryngology Interest Group (ENTIG) aims to foster appreciation and interest in the vast scope of work done by Ear, Nose and Throat specialists. Join us for opportunities to network and learn more.

The Societies were formed to facilitate interactions between medical students and faculty outside the classroom.

Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) is dedicated to promoting primary care and family medicine at WashU. We host lunch talks, networking events, and offer shadowing opportunities throughout the year.

The Gastroenterology Interest Group (GIIG) is a student interest group focused on the field of Gastroenterology. Our goals include exposing medical students to GI and facilitating relationships with faculty.

The Geriatrics Outreach Group fosters interest in geriatric medicine, engages in community outreach with local older adult organizations, and partners with the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center for the Dementia Understanding Opportunities program.

Global Health & Medicine (GH&M) is WUSM’s global health related student group. GH&M exposes medical students to a career in global health through its annual symposium, close interactions with global health faculty, and seminar opportunities.

GPC represents and advocates for all 7,000+ graduate and professional students at WashU, and organizes campus-wide events encourage interschool and interdisciplinary cooperation within the university.

The Mission of the Health Career Collaborative is to provide mentorship, engaging health curriculum, and exposure to health careers to high school students from underrepresented minority communities.

The Health Economics and Policy Interest Group and the Students for a National Health Program (HEPIG/SNaHP) are dedicated to teaching our medical school class about the changing landscape of healthcare economics and public policy.

Health Outreach Programs (HOPs) are committed to advocating for and partnering with the St. Louis community to improve health care outcomes, particularly among the underserved, by providing community-based health screenings and nutrition education course.

The Histones is the medical campus a cappella group of made up of graduate and professional students who love to sing for fun.

IDIG provides medical students with opportunities to learn about and explore careers in adult and pediatric infectious disease.

The IHI is an interdisciplinary organization that includes students from WUSM and STLCOP and aims to educate and involve students in issues of patient safety, quality improvement, medical culture, and person and family-centered care.

The Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG) is a student interest group focused on the broad field of Internal Medicine and its associated subspecialties, exposing med students to the field and facilitating relationships between students and physicians.

Wash U’s Jewish Medical Student Association (JMSA) serves as a resource for current and prospective med students, connecting Jewish students with one another, with Jewish faculty and with other Jewish graduate students.

WUSM Krebs Cyclers club aims for bike enthusiasts of all abilities to come together and ride. Promoting fitness and team spirit, this organization has bimonthly rides around St. Louis and surrounding areas.

The Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) is a national student group whose vision is to unite and empower medical students through service, mentorship and education, advocating for the health of the Latino community.

The mission of the LGBTQ Med group is to improve health care for LGBTQ patients. We work toward this goal by educating medical students on health disparities in this population and the factors that affect LGBTQ access to care and quality of care.

LouHealth partners with local organizations in support of their ongoing advocacy efforts. Specifically, we focus on advocacy related to three areas: Health access and equity, criminal justice reform, and intimate partner violence survivor support.

The Societies were formed to facilitate interactions between medical students and faculty outside the classroom.

The Med-Peds Interest Group strives to increase awareness of Medicine and Pediatrics as a combined specialty, facilitate interaction between students and Med-Peds faculty, and provide opportunities for shadowing and research.

MedBall is an annual formal gala held in March, featuring dinner and a night full of dancing and fun for med students and faculty. This event is a unique forum to promote interaction between faculty and med students outside the classroom and hospital.

Medical French encourages medical students to build and maintain French conversational skills, develop an appreciation for Francophone cultures, and interact with French-speaking healthcare professionals and patients in St. Louis and abroad.

Specialty interest group for students exploring Medical Genetics as a future sub-specialty or research focus, or who just want to gain experience shadowing in the clinical environment and interacting with trainees and faculty members in the field.

Official Muslim Students Association for affiliates of Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine.

Medical students at Washington University School of Medicine produce and perform fully staged, choreographed, and orchestrated Broadway musicals.

Founded in 1992, Medical Student Government (MSG) is the main communication pathway between the student body and the administration.

Medical Students For Choice is an organization that aims to educate WUSM students about contraception and abortion, as well as encourage them to explore their personal beliefs about the full range of reproductive rights.

The narrative medicine interest group circles around the idea of story that plays at many levels within healthcare and medicine, through exploration of humanities and medicine, literature and close listening, and reflective writing.

The purpose of the Neurosurgery Interest Group is to provide a forum for students to explore their interests in the broad field of neurosurgery, and to foster interaction between senior faculty and the student body.

The purpose of the Ob/Gyn Interest Group is to foster interest in and provide information pertaining to the field of obstetrics and gynecology.

The purpose of the Oncology Interest Group (OIG) is to foster interest and create awareness of clinical practice and research in oncology, providing many diverse pathways in the practice of medicine through medical, radiation, and surgical oncology.

The purpose of the Ophthalmology Interest Group (OIG) is not only to foster interest in ophthalmology but also to provide medical students with a better understanding of the specialty.

The Pediatric Interest Group (PIG) serves to broaden students’ exposure to the field of pediatrics, improving awareness of the specialties and career opportunities that exist within this broad division of medicine.

We teach CPR classes to the families of infants in the NICU of St. Louis Children’s Hospital so that these primary caretakers learn how to respond to certain medical emergencies prior to taking their infants home.

The goal of the Perinatal Project is to provide opportunities for interested students to explore the fields of obstetrics, maternal-fetal medicine, and the patient experience through relationships with expectant mothers staying in the antepartum unit.

The Plastic Surgery Interest Group aims to broaden student exposure to Plastic Surgery as an innovative and essential specialty.

PsychSIGN provides medical students with an opportunity to learn about psychiatry and interact with current residents and attendings.

The Radiology Interest Group (RIG) is committed to fostering interest in radiology among all medical students.

WUSM SHAC aims to create a community by and for students with disabilities and chronic illnesses and their allies.

The Student Interest Group in Neurology organizes and sponsors a wide range of activities for students interested in learning more about careers in neurology, neurosurgery, and psychiatry.

The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is the nation’s oldest and largest student organization focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of color.

The Sun Protection Outreach Teaching by Students (SPOTS) group works with SLU med students to teach local middle- and high-school students about early detection of and preventative measures against skin cancer.

The Surgery Interest Group (SIG) is sponsored by the Department of Surgery with an aim of allowing students to learn more about surgery as a career before clinical rotations begin.

WUSM Sustainability works to promote and achieve greater sustainability in WUSM and the greater medical school community through initiatives (e.g. reusable anatomy gloves), educational interventions (e.g. Climate Change series), and collaboration.

WUMS Plus One is a student-led initiative dedicated to supporting and strengthening the vibrant community of Washington University medical students with partners, spouses, or families.

WUSM Dance is a free-flowing community of medical students with a passion for dance and music.

The purpose of WUSM Film Society is to celebrate interdisciplinary learning and critical discussion of medically relevant issues through the medium of film, documentary, and video screenings.

The WUSM Music in Medicine Initiative is an organization composed of medical students who perform music as a form of community service. We perform regularly for patients at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, STL Children’s Hospital, and more!

WSHE provides comprehensive health education to St. Louis high school students. We use a near-peer teaching model to cover topics such as mental health, nutrition, substance abuse, sexuality, STIs and contraception, and relationships.

The Wilderness Medicine Interest Group (WMIG) provides opportunities for medical students to connect with nature and learn about wilderness medicine through outdoor adventures, procedure workshops, and participation in a MedWAR challenge.

The purpose of the Yoga Club is simple: provide students with a convenient and affordable way to slow down a bit and work yoga into our busy, medicine-driven lives.

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