20-21 STUDENT GROUP DIRECTORY

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Advocacy ClubThe advocacy club is a group of like-minded medical students striving to uplift marginalized voices in an increasingly inequitable society. We are a place where students wishing to get more involved in the Philadelphia community can come together and share their successes and challenges with the advocacy process. We are committed to the goals of outreach, mobilization, and education. Each goal demonstrates a different facet of our interest as a club, but unite towards the greater goal of serving Philadelphia’s community in a purposeful way. Through our work with the community, both medical and otherwise, we strive to create and connect more doctors with a socially conscious mindset.ducomadvocacy@gmail.com
Allegheny Health Network Quality Improvement GroupAs medical students coming onto the health care scene for the first time at the start of the clinical years, it is often difficult to feel like our work is of any real significance to our fellow team members. Motivated by our desire to become valuable assets to the hospitals and communities we serve by influencing care from the top down, and encouraged by our own successful quality improvement endeavors working with various administrators from Safety Officers to CMOs, we have carefully developed a platform for medical students seeking enriching experiences during the third/fourth years to implement their ideas at our affiliated facilities in the Greater Pittsburgh Area. Entirely unique from any prior organization, our group affords students the unprecedented opportunity for significantly earlier exposure to quality improvement at a time when the emphasis on such projects is at an all-time high around health care systems and residency programs nationwide. With the rising popularity of new residency/fellowship training programs in informatics and systems, it is as exciting a time as ever to be prepared to stay up-to-date with the direction the field is heading.

New this year, we have added a clinical curriculum hosted by the AHN QI department featuring speakers from nursing educators to statisticians. Our members have a passion for improving the quality of patient care, and we hope to see future students carry on this organization smoothly, and build on these initiatives going forward. Last year’s members have already begun publishing their work within their fields of interest, and a long list of projects in nearly every specialty awaits the motivated students coming to Allegheny for rotations. The possibilities are endless, with a wide spectrum of potential opportunities for expansion including research, publications, and invaluable clinical experience. AHN QI provides a one-of-a-kind perspective to help students understand more about how the health care system keeps facilities’ doors open, who leaders and clinicians often must answer to, and how to balance all of that with what is must important to all of us–quality patient care.
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American Medical Association (AMA) Drexel Student ChapterThe AMA has a robust House of Delegates consisting of representation from every state and medical society, a solid base of physician members, a thriving advocacy influence, the most revered journals and resources in medicine, and respected practice tools. The Drexel University AMA chapter aims to spread knowledge, promote collaborative learning and build networks between medical students and experts in the field.drexelcomama@gmail.com
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American Medical Women’s AssociationThe American Medical Women’s Association is an organization, which functions at the local, national, and international level to advance women in medicine and improve women’s health. We achieve this by providing and developing leadership, advocacy, education, expertise, mentoring, and strategic alliances.ducom.amwa@gmail.com
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American Physician Scientists Association (APSA)In extension of the purpose of the National APSA Organization, the DUCOM APSA Chapter has been established for the purpose of promoting academic and personal success, forging future leaders, and advancing science and medicine within our community. More specifically, the APSA Chapter will allow its members to: build relationships with faculty members and medical professionals; participate in extended training programs for aspiring physician-scientists; acquire a better understanding of medical research and related principles; meet, network with, and build collaborative relationships with other aspiring physician-scientists in training; acquire knowledge and skills necessary to succeed as a physician-scientist; interact with experienced and successful physician-scientists; provide vertical mentorship to those who are at an earlier stage in their training; better understand the challenges, pitfalls, and opportunities in the training and career of a physician-scientist; supplement potential weaknesses of the formal academic program; learn the skills necessary to secure research funding; interact with junior faculty members to understand the challenges of managing an academic laboratory.ducomapsa@gmail.com
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AMIGOS (Addiction Medicine Interest Geared Organization of Students)Addiction affects approximately 20 million people. Substance use disorders (SUDs) are commonly encountered in all specialties of medicine and are instrumental in the development of chronic diseases. It is vital to provide preventative care and early intervention to reduce the risk of addiction and substance-related health conditions. Medical students do not receive enough exposure in medical education about addictive diseases and in trainings for addiction as part of the regular curriculum. The goal of our interest group is to provide our peers the opportunity to increase their knowledge, awareness, and skills to assess for SUDs, provide early intervention and make appropriate referrals for treatment of the disease.Drexelamigos@gmail.com
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Anesthesiology Interest GroupThe purpose of AIG is to increase awareness about the spectrum of clinical practice in Anesthesiology and encourage medical students to explore career opportunities within the field.

AIG is committed to provide a wider range of exposure to Anesthesiology than is available through the Drexel University College of Medicine curricular experience, with opportunities for mentorship, education, and hands-on experience with Anesthesiology faculty and residents.
ducom.anesthesia.ig@gmail.com
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Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association (APAMSA)The Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association (APAMSA) is a national organization of medical and pre-medical students committed to addressing the unique health challenges of Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) communities. APAMSA serves as a forum for student leaders to engage these health issues and develop initiatives and projects addressing those needs. The local, regional, and national activities of APAMSA aim to promote the health of the APIA community and help healthcare workers understand how to care for APIA patients in a culturally sensitive manner. Finally, APAMSA provides an important venue for medical students to meet, exchange experiences, and develop personally and professionally through leadership and service.apamsa.ducom@gmail.com
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Beating HeartsDUCOM Beating Hearts teaches middle school students the importance of heart health, physical fitness and how Hands-Only CPR can save lives. The goal is to send DUCOM students to middle schools in the surrounding Philadelphia area for two separate lessons and invite the same middle school students to DUCOM for a third lesson. Through these three lessons and their associated activities, we hope to educate middle school students about the human heart.ducom.beating.hearts@gmail.com
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BedsiderBedsider is an organization that aims to increase DUCOM students’ understanding of various contraceptive methods and ability to effectively communicate such methods with future patients. In order to execute such goals, DUCOM Bedsider leader(s) host events such as “Sex Trivia Night” and distribute informational packets, provided by the larger national Bedsider® organization, to DUCOM students.Drexelbedsider@gmail.com
Bike ClubThe purpose of the DUCOM bike club is to provide indoor and outdoor biking opportunities for DUCOM students with the goals of promoting well-being and fostering community.bikeducom@gmail.com
Black Doctors NetworkAccording to AAMC, only 4% of practicing physicians are African American. This statistic directly correlates with the number of black students currently attending Drexel University College of Medicine. As a minority, shadowing and research opportunities can be very difficult to obtain. Black Doctors Network will provide a resource for African American students to maximize their opportunities and gain exposure to different fields of medicine. Allowing students to pair with physicians of similar ethnic background who have gone through the rigorous process of medical school and applying for residencies, will better prepare us for our professional goals.ducom.bdrnetwork@gmail.com
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Black Women in MedicineThe Black Women in Medicine Initiative aims to a.) educate, support, and motivate young Black, or minority women who are interested in a medical career, b.) increase awareness and address the needs of underserved communities in Philadelphia, c.) empower young women through anecdotes of current, excelling, Black female physicians, d.) cultivate an environment in which young women embrace their excellence, and foster relationships with individuals, more importantly women, from culturally diverse backgrounds, e.) take measures to proactively increase the number of minority women, specifically Black women in medicine.drexelbwim@gmail.com
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Boys and Girls ClubBoys and Girls Club is a national organization of local chapters that provide after school programs for young, often disadvantaged, students. Students from DUCOM visit the local chapter in Germantown once a week to help students with their homework and run fun activities for them to enjoy. We also organize events where we bring the students to DUCOM to let them see the SIM center and the gross lab.ducombgclub@gmail.com
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Business in MedicineThe DUCOM Business in Medicine interest group seeks to investigate, discuss, and understand the growing overlapping fields of business and medicine. The Business in Medicine Interest Group is for any student curious about the vital roles of healthcare business and health law in medical practice. These topics can extend to big pharma, health IT, medical malpractice, etc. The DUCOM Business in Medicine interest group includes professional development workshops, informative guest speakers in the fields of business and healthcare, as well as well as an interactive social environment for students with similar interests and goals.drexelbusinessinmedicine@gmail.com
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Cardiology Interest GroupThe Drexel University College of Medicine Cardiology Interest Group aims to increase exposure of medical students to the field of cardiology. We will be offering shadowing opportunities with physicians of various subspecialties within cardiology to members of the group. Networking events will also be available for members in order to form relationships and pursue research opportunities with cardiologists. All medical students are welcome to join the group regardless of their level of interest or knowledge of cardiology.ducomcardiology@gmail.com
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Catholic Medical AssociationThe Catholic Medical Association is a national, physician-led community of healthcare professionals that informs, organizes, and inspires its members, in steadfast fidelity to the teachings of the Catholic Church, to uphold the principles of the Catholic faith in the science and practice of medicine. The organization is open to Catholics along with anyone interested or curious in learning more about Catholicism. DUCOM CMA is a student section of the organization that provides an environment for students and staff to be able to freely discuss and learn more about the Catholic faith as well as create a community for students to grow in their faith or rekindle it and understand how it can be applied in today’s practice.drexelmedcma@gmail.com
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Clinical Skills Interest GroupOur group is somewhat untraditional in the sense that it has never necessarily had any “members”, as we have historically only planned and managed live clinical skills workshops at the SIM center and offered signups with limited capacity that’s open to all. For this year, we are planning on collaborating with multiple specialty interest groups to help garner increased interest for events where a speaker will come to talk and would include some tidbits about important clinical skills and generally how they work – simple but useful information for anyone eyeing any specific specialty.clinical.drexel@gmail.com
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Community College Outreach ClubMission: To add community college representation to the medical profession, to de-stigmatize attending a community college, provide a network to community college students, and to empower students to pursue their interest in the medical profession.ducomcco@gmail.com
Curing Kids CancerWe are excited to join the national philanthropic Curing Kids Cancer organization and to do our part in the Philadelphia area by raising awareness and funds for research into pediatric cancer. To do so, my classmate and I have teamed up to create a young professionals group with the duty of informing medical students and future doctors of the innovation in pediatric cancer research and creating an annual fundraising event for the non-profit organization.

The mission of the national Curing Kids Cancer organization is to raise money for grants in pediatric cancer research through events, volunteer opportunities, and more. Curing Kids Cancer has made a significant impact in South Carolina, as well as many other states across the country. They have raised over 17 million dollars, across 25 states, and they support ongoing research at more than 40 medical institutions including the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In 2019 alone, Curing Kids Cancer contributed 98.15% of their funds to research grants, an astounding number for any non-profit organization.
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Dermatology Interest GroupThe Dermatology Interest Group is committed to supporting, motivating, and encouraging students interested in the field of dermatology. We strive to inspire all students to inquire about dermatology as it pertains to their specialty interests and provide support in a variety of capacities to future dermatologists.ducomdermatology@gmail.com
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Diagnostic Radiology Interest GroupDUCOM Diagnostic Radiology Interest Group is a student organization, which facilitates exploration of the field of Diagnostic Radiology for medical students, especially during the preclinical phases of education. The focus of the radiology interest group is to provide opportunities and information for students who are curious about the field of diagnostic radiology and to connect those students with shadowing opportunities. The group leadership will plan and host educational events throughout the school year, such as clinical skills simulation workshops, specialty-specific discussions and seminars, and networking mixers. In addition to these offerings, the radiology interest group will foster vertical collegiality by connecting first- and second-year students with students who are further along on the radiology pathway.radiology.ducom@gmail.com
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Doctor’s NoteDoctor’s Note is DUCOM’s a cappella group made up entirely of medical students, formed to promote musical abilities and passions for students who don’t normally get the time to do so.drexeldoctorsnote@gmail.com
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Dragon Health NewsThe organization, “Dragon Health News,” will seek to package the plethora of information relating to the field of healthcare into a succinct newsletter that will be distributed bi-weekly to the DUCOM student body. The constantly-changing landscape of healthcare, combined with the extreme partisanship that is being observed in the present political climate, creates a significant challenge in obtaining unbiased, accurate information. Medical students have limited time to follow this expanding field; the Dragon Health News organization wants to ensure that, despite their constrained schedules, all individuals at DUCOM are able to effectively navigate news relating to the healthcare field by providing both resources from which reliable information can be obtained as well as snapshots of the most pertinent news headlines along with short, unbiased summaries. There is to date no organization on campus dedicated to providing healthcare news and policy directly to the student body. Furthermore, while many organizations are centered around healthcare policy, these organizations are specifically focused on one aspect of the field, i.e. helping the homeless or advocating for proper immigrant healthcare delivery. Dragon Health News will serve as a resource for students by providing information from all areas of healthcare.dragonhealthnews@gmail.com
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DrExcel HealthWe are, DrExcel Health, an interest group at Drexel University College of Medicine that is focused on creating a platform to facilitate collaboration between students from the college of business, entrepreneurship, engineering and medicine to tackle unmet challenges under physician mentorship. We aim to do this by facilitating formation of interdisciplinary student teams that closely work with a physician to identify a problem and propose a solution that could range from developing a prototype of a device to creating a smartphone app or a computer software. In addition, we aim to host a longitudinal seminar series featuring talks from entrepreneurs from the biotech industry.drexcelhealth@gmail.com
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Drexel AMSAThe American Medical Student Association (AMSA) is the oldest and largest independent association of physicians-in-training in the United States. With a half-century history of medical student activism, we are a student-governed, national organization committed to representing the concerns of physicians-in-training. If you are looking for an opportunity to get involved with advocacy work, or if you want to help students in your school succeed, AMSA would love to have you help be a part of the chapter at Drexel.ducom.amsa1@gmail.com
Drexel Christian FellowshipThe Drexel Christian Fellowship is open to persons of all backgrounds with an interest in getting to know Jesus Christ and His work in our lives.Drexel.christian.fellowship@gmail.com
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Drexel Med Ophthalmology Interest GroupThe mission of the Ophthalmology Interest Group is to provide a platform for students to explore their interests in ophthalmology, through shadowing opportunities, networking with physicians, providing lectures and clinical skills workshops, and community outreach initiatives.drexelmedoig@gmail.com
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Drexel Medical Students for ChoiceDrexel MSFC works to ensure that all medical students have access to abortion and family planning education and training. We aim to create a community among DUCoM students working towards reproductive justice.drexelmsfc@gmail.com
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DUCOM AANS Medical Student ChapterThe purpose of Drexel University College of Medicine’s American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) Medical Student Chapter is to foster professional growth and career development of members of DUCOM who are interested in the field of neurosurgery by providing them with early support and leadership training in collaboration with Drexel Neurosciences Institute. This organization will provide a forum for students to organize professional, educational, and research activities. The national recognition of AANS allows our members to have a voice in the field, even as a medical student. AANS also provides many other advantages to its medical student chapters including access to educational materials, networking events across the country, grants available for educational and research programs, service and volunteering opportunities, as well as opportunities to collaborate with other AANS Medical Student Chapters. Currently, there is no organization making these opportunities accessible to DUCOM students interested in Neurosurgery.ducom.aans@gmail.com
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DUCOM Billiards ClubThis club fosters an environment where there is friendly competition amongst billiards players. We also greatly encourage new players to come and learn about the sport.ducombilliardsclub@gmail.com
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DUCOM Chess ClubDUCOM Chess club is a dedicated group of chess players with all levels of experience who simply love to play the game. Like medicine, chess is a game of innumerable possibilities and, like medicine, there are people who dedicate their entire lives to learning everything there is to know about the subject. Whether you are a beginner learning to differentiate a bishop from a knight, or an experienced player ready to play your favorite countergambit, DUCOM Chess club welcomes you.

Your move.
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DUCOM Classical ClubDUCOM Classical is a classical music interest group dedicated to spreading the passion for music to DUCOM students. We promote classical music within the community by hosting student recitals, expressing our talent through volunteering, and facilitating music tutoring and providing books for those willing to learn.ducomclassical@gmail.com
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DUCOM Community CubersDUCOM Community Cubers is a community service group that revolves around teaching others how to solve the Rubik’s Cube. We operate on and seek to prove the belief that anyone can solve the Rubik’s Cube. With over 43 quintillion possible combinations, the Rubik’s Cube is an infamous puzzle, and it is notorious for its daunting challenge. Unbelievably, the path to solving it is very predictable and can be broken down into simple steps that can be learned by anyone. Our group will aim to teach this solution to school-age students from the local community through multiple sessions over the course of the academic year. In teaching the Rubik’s Cube to these students, we hope to foster lifelong skills such as problem solving, mapping, and 3D spatial reasoning, to those we teach. It is our hope that providing this activity will empower those we teach and provide them with the confidence to discover solutions to the greater puzzles in life—as well as providing them with a fun activity to exercise their minds. Ultimately, our goal is to create a wholesome, inclusive community of Rubik’s Cube enthusiasts—A Community of “Cubers.”communitycubers@gmail.com
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DUCOM Crisis Text LineDUCOM Crisis Text Line is dedicated to promote and educate medical students to properly use empathy and to help their patients holisticallyDucomctl@gmail.com
DUCOM Culinary ClubThe goal of DUCOM Culinary Club is to provide a platform for students to explore their interests in the culinary arts, educate our students about the impacts of food access and quality on health outcomes, and provide outreach initiatives to foster connection within the Philadelphia community.ducomculinary@gmail.com
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DUCOM Debate ClubOur mission is to provide students a way to stay engaged with current medical debates, learn about controversial topics in the medical field, and discuss how to start a dialogue with patients who may have a view that opposes your own.ducomdebate@gmail.com
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DUCOM Dungeons & DragonsThe mission of DUCOM Dungeons and Dragons is to provide a space where a diverse group of people can come together to experience tabletop fantasy role-playing games (RPGs) with an emphasis on Dungeons and Dragons. Our hope is to foster cooperation, critical thinking, and logical skills while traversing puzzles and realistic scenarios. We will use this space as a break from the rigors of medical school and an escape into the world of imagination – where anything is possible and you can be whoever, and whatever, you want.ducomdnd@gmail.com
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DUCOM Film AcademyThe Drexel University College of Medicine Film Academy aims to provide a space for students and faculty to view, enjoy, and discuss the cinematic arts. Medical school is a stressful experience, and the DUCOM Film Academy hopes to aid in alleviating some of that stress by bringing film enthusiasts together. Our goals are to promote wellness on campus, introduce ourselves and students to new films/genres, and provide a forum for conversation and discussion on topics outside of medicine. Ideally we would like to host one viewing a month, showing a film nominated by and voted on by club members, in addition to providing dinner. We the presidents of the DUCOM Film Academy love watching and getting excited by movies and want to share this hobby with our classmates, hopefully facilitating new friendships and reducing stress in the process.ducomfilm@gmail.com
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DUCOM Flag FootballOur purpose is to facilitate the creation and management of fall and spring flag football teams for DUCOM students, as the club has done for years.ducomff@gmail.com
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DUCOM FMIG (Family Medicine Interest Group)The Family Medicine Interest Group helps the student population at the College of Medicine to get more insight into the field of Family Medicine. Our goal is to show the broad field that is Family Medicine and what opportunities it has to offer. We also have mentorship opportunities with current residents. Another important aspect of this club is to provide hands on experience to students in medical procedural workshops such as knee and shoulder joint injection workshop and a women’s health workshop where students were able to practice inserting IUD’s in models.familymedducom@gmail.com
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DUCOM Gastroenterology Interest GroupTo teach students about the specialty of Gastroenterology and further their knowledge of this field. We will provide them with learning opportunities, such as presentations by current experts, as well as shadowing experiences so they can further develop their interest in GI and see if this specialty would be a good fit for them.gig.ducom@gmail.com
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DUCOM Golf ClubThe purpose of our organization is to bring together students and the DUCOM community through the game of golf. Golf is a sport, hobby, and passion shared by many; and our goal is to help students continue to stay connected to the game during their time in medical school. This includes helping students find places to play in and around Philadelphia, planning events and outings to get people out on the course, and offering instruction to those who are new to the game. We also hope to contribute to the DUCoM community by bringing people together through the game of golf for a charity golf outing. Charity outings are a fantastic way to raise money and awareness for a cause, thus allowing us to be ambassadors to connect DUCoM to our community.ducomgolfclub2019@gmail.com
DUCOM Hematology/Oncology Interest GroupA group run by medical students, for medical students, DUCOM Heme/Onc Interest Group strives to assist students with research, shadowing, and networking opportunities in the field. We hope to provide medical students with a baseline of knowledge about how to approach the specialty of hematology/oncology and the challenges that may come with it. This will be done by inviting physicians who can speak about their experiences in the field and allowing students to pose questions. Furthermore, the organization seeks to link interested students with research faculty to enrich their learning experience.hemeonc.ducom@gmail.com
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DUCOM ImpulseDrexel Impulse was formed as a way for students to use different dance styles to both de-stress as well as practice mindfulness. The goal of the club is to hold workshops for both students at DUCOM as well as put together choreography for children in the community as a way to get them moving and introduce them to dance forms across the world. Impulse also aims to hold workshops for students interested in learning different dance styles and aims to incorporate tenets of dance and music therapy into the choreography. Impulse members also perform various pieces together at different events such as PABC or the Multicultural show.ducom.impulse@gmail.com
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DUCoM Jared Box ProjectTo distribute toy boxes to raise the spirits of children staying at hospitals who are suffering from chronic illness.DUCoMJaredBoxProject@gmail.com
DUCOM Leadership AcademyThe DUCOM Leadership Academy seeks to equip the future of physicians of DUCOM the knowledge and tools to be effective members in tomorrow’s healthcare environment. The title of physician is automatically identified as a leader in healthcare, yet we lack training in leadership with the same caliber of other academic competencies. DLA seeks to 1) shine a light on prominent leadership theories 2) share valuable leadership knowledge, skills and behaviors that members can apply immediately 3) provide opportunities to network with fellow student leaders and healthcare leaders in the community. Topics of interest include high reliability organizations, cultural competence, effective leadership, servant leadership, social responsbility, emotional intelligence, interpersonal intelligence and much more!ducomleadershipacademy@gmail.com
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DUCOM MaimonidesDUCOM Maimonides is an interest group for Jewish students at Drexel University College of Medicine. It is our goal to create a welcoming environment for our Jewish students and provide programing and enrichment events to foster a sustainable Jewish community within our campus.drexelmaimonides@gmail.com
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Ducom Mindfulness & MeditationThe Mindfulness and Meditation Club’s purpose is to provide a space for the
learning and practice of mindfulness and meditation. The club will meet bi-monthly for an
hour-long meeting. The meeting will consist of: 1) Informal learning; either from a text,
talk, or guest speaker. 2) Informal practice; either sitting, walking, or standing. 3)
Informal discussion, reflection and commentary, modeled after Dr. Rosenzweig’s
Meditation and Mindfulness course. The club will not focus on any particular practice, it
will be open to all forms of practice. There will also be a focus on clinical aspects of
mindfulness in medicine.
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DUCOM Muslim Student AssociationDrexel MSA serves to bring awareness about the Muslim community in the healthcare field at large. The MSA will also serve to foster a sense of community among students and will be facilitating events around the Muslim holidays (i.e Iftars during Ramadan).drexelmedmsa@gmail.com
DUCOM Naloxone Outreach ProgramNaloxone Outreach Program is a HOP Health Project that seeks to increase access and awareness to naloxone, a lifesaving drug that reverses opioid overdoses, as well as increase awareness and destigmatize issues surrounding the current opioid epidemic in Philadelphia and all across the country. NOP focuses its community outreach in Kensington and other Philadelphia neighborhoods through handing out Naloxone kits and providing free trainings for community members to use the lifesaving drug. Additionally, NOP is the center of an Interschool Collaborative that seeks to educate healthcare professionals (both current and in-training) about the opioid crisis and naloxone, through educational trainings and community outreach both nationally and in Philadelphia. NOP also seeks to increase advocacy efforts through public policy work, collaborating with other agencies and organizations fighting the opioid crisis, and more.naloxone.outreach@gmail.com
DUCOM Pathology Interest GroupThe Pathology Interest Group provides exposure to the medical specialty of pathology beyond what students learn in the classroom. We offer shadowing of pathologist, and sponsor meetings in which various aspects of the field are discussed. We also provide insight into the life of a pathology resident and attending physician.ducompathologyig@gmail.com
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DUCOM photographyThe DUCOM photography club strives to bring together students interested in digital and film photography as a hobby and as a medium for artistic expression. Our goal is to provide a community for students looking to improve their photographic skills or learn more about the medium. We hope to provide instructional sessions on digital photography skills, the basics of film photography, mechanism, and development, as well as organizing photographic “outings” for students to come together and experience art as a community. It is easy to get lost in the routine of medical school, and we hope that our club will provide a forum for students to both express themselves artistically and learn how art and the humanities can inform their path to becoming a future doctor. Our club will be open to all skill levels, and we hope to provide a space for members to display and share their work with each other and the DUCOM community. Unlike the art club, we will focus specifically on photography and film development skills.ducomphotography@gmail.com
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DUCOM Psychiatry and Psychotherapy Interest GroupThe purpose of this group is to promote interest in the field of psychiatry and serve as a resource for peers who have questions about pursuing psychiatry. This will involve guest speakers, shadowing opportunities, and relevant psychiatric events such as APA conferences.ducompsychiatry@gmail.com
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DUCOM Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility (REI) Interest GroupDrexel University College of Medicine’s Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) Interest Group will serve to inform and support students in their discovery of this fascinating specialty of medicine while also educating our students about the current developments in the field, as they directly relate to the health of reproductive-aged individuals.drexelmedrei@gmail.com
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DUCOM Rock ClimbingThe DUCOM rock climbing club seeks to bring new and old climbers together for the purpose of building a climbing community and educating and exposing new climbers to the sport.ducomrcc@gmail.com
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DUCOM Running ClubDUCOM Running Club aims to be a source of encouragement, motivation, and accountability for students to enjoy the outdoors and meet their fitness goals through running. From beginner to experienced, and regardless of speed, we support all students who enjoy running with their fellow students. Most importantly, we aim to build valuable relationships with one another in a stress-free environment.ducomrc@gmail.com
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DUCOM Salsa and Bachata SocietyThrough salsa and bachata dancing, Drexel Medical Students will better understand patients from diverse backgrounds and promote alternative forms of exercise that encourage social bonding. In addition, we will give students opportunities to practice self care by interacting with new communities and possibly future patients.ducomsalsa@gmail.com
DUCOM SAMSA (South Asian Medical Student Association)SAMSA is an organization with the goal of spreading awareness of and sharing South Asian culture with the students of DUCOM community. We are a student-led group that represents the countries of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Our mission is to create an environment for both faculty and students of South Asian descent, and those interested in South Asian culture to celebrate diversity and encounter others of similar interests and backgrounds. It is also our hope for medical students and faculty to learn about the traditions, food, and culture of the region, and participate in ethnic events that allow exploration and experience of the rich culture of South Asia. Through our various traditional events, discussions, talks/presentations, and performances, we hope to foster cultural understanding and diversity.samsa.ducom@gmail.com
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DUCOM SoccerDUCOM Soccer is an organization aimed at bringing the DUCOM community together through the sport of soccer. Through weekly pick up games and friendly competition between other medical schools, we aim to provide the DUCOM community an opportunity to relieve the stress of studying while building camaraderie, communication, and teamwork skills. We welcome players of all skill levels and work to provide a relaxed atmosphere to share in our passion for the game.ducom.fc@gmail.com
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DUCOM SoftballDUCOM softball provides an opportunity for students to work together and compete against members of the community.drexelmedsoftball@gmail.com
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DUCOM SquashDUCOM Squash connects all levels of squash players within DUCOM, from those who are new to the game to those who played collegiately. We plan to attend the US Open of Squash held annually at Drexel in the fall. We collaborate with the undergraduate squash club and will hold a tournament during the year and a screening of some of the other major professional tournaments.ducom.squash@gmail.com
DUCOM StitchesStitches is a club devoted to relieving stress through engaging in craft activities, specifically knitting, crocheting, and hand sewing. This club is open to individuals of all experience levels and it’s a space to learn a new skill and decompress. Additionally, we offer charity projects for different skill levels as a means of giving back to the community. Some of the charity projects that are under consideration include: Knit a Square, Red Scarf Project, Preemie Hats, and Octopus for a Preemie.ducomstitches@gmail.com
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DUCOM Table TennisWe aim to provide a community for table tennis players of all levels to advance our interest in the sport as well as provide a stress reducing environment.ducomtabletennis1@gmail.com
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DUCOM Ultimate Frisbee clubTo promote the sport of Ultimate Frisbee through competitive and enjoyable games. It’s an opportunity for friends and students to get together and play Frisbee, regardless of skill level. Our goal is to build friendships, promote good sportsmanship, build character, grow in athletic skill, and offer a means to get away from school and homework; relieve stress; create an environment of teamwork.drexelmedultimatefrisbee@gmail.com
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DUCOM VolleyballDUCOM Volleyball is a new organization on campus that strives to promote a fun and stress-free environment for students to play volleyball. Novices and volleyball fanatics alike are encouraged to join and play with us either through pick-up games, casual peppering, or an organized tournament fashion. Classes and exams can be stressful, but our club wants to offer another avenue for individuals to relieve some of that stress doing something they love or may have never tried before. Our club also emphasizes team-building as volleyball is first and foremost a team sport that requires a lot of interpersonal coordination and communication.ducomvolleyball@gmail.com
DUCOM Wilderness Medicine SocietyTo provide opportunities for the students of DUCOM to learn about wilderness medicine. Moreover, we aim to provide opportunities for students to enjoy the outdoors and create educational experiences for first aid, environmental science and its application to medicine, and understanding how time outdoors can impact health.wildmedducom@gmail.com
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East Asian Students and Scholars AssociationThe East Asian Students and Scholars Association (EASSA) is a multicultural group which seeks to provide a social network to the scholars and scientists at DUCOM and to help them develop their careers and promote their academic success. We hope to build a community of individuals with an interest in and respect for East Asian cultures. EASSA fosters friendship among students through social interaction, cultural activities, and educational exchanges. We hope to serve as a bridge for intercultural communication between the Philadelphia communities and student groups at DUCOM.ducom.eassa@gmail.com
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EM-IM Interest GroupThe EM-IM Interest Group aims to provide exposure to students at DUCOM on the growing field of EM-IM combined specialty. The group will educate on residency programs, spread awareness of the specialty, host workshops, and host speaking events. It is our goal to act as a resource for students considering this residency and be a liaison between medical students and providers in the EM-IM field.emim.drexelmed@gmail.com
Emergency Medicine Interest GroupThe Emergency Medicine Interest Group aims to provide opportunities for medical students to explore their interest in the specialty through the organization of speaking events, panel discussions, skills workshops, and case presentations. It is our goal to act as a resource for students who are thinking about entering the field of emergency medicine by providing them with options to connect with current EM physicians, explore the various disciplines encompassed by EM, and practice skills associated with the specialty.emig.drexelmed@gmail.com
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English Conversation Partners at DUCOMThe English Conversation Partners at DUCOM program is a student-led group that specifically aims to bring DUCOM students and community members from diverse cultures together through authentic language learning, cultural exchange, and a passion for multiculturalism. ECP at DUCOM recognizes patients with limited English proficiency are among the most vulnerable populations, suffering clear health care disparities. In response, ECP at DUCOM is a program established to help increase non-native English speakers’ comfort and fluency with the English language by connecting participants with fluent English speakers at DUCOM. Participants, of any proficiency level, will have the opportunity to regularly practice their English with a fluent speaker in a low stress, conversational environment. We hope this program helps improve participants’ communication skills during their future interactions in a predominately English-speaking country. In addition, ECP at DUCOM aims to benefit medical students in providing an opportunity for students to connect and engage with a community not commonly encountered during their pre-clinical education years.ducomecp@gmail.com
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ENT Interest GroupThe DUCOM ENT Interest Group serves to assist medical students in exploring Otorhinolaryngology. An ENT surgeon provides comprehensive medical and surgical care for patients of all ages with diseases and disorders that affect the ears, nose, throat, the respiratory and upper alimentary systems, and related structures of the head and neck. The specialty encompasses cosmetic facial reconstruction, surgery of benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck, and the diagnosis and management of allergic, sinus, laryngeal, thyroid, and esophageal disorders. Our group hopes to increase the exposure of students to this vast and interesting field and provide opportunities to better understand it. We seek to do this by connecting students with ENT specialists and sub-specialists for shadowing and research opportunities, holding a lecture series, and furthering the interests of students in this competitive field through other informative events.entdrexelmed@gmail.com
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Exercise Your RightYour vote matters. We are privileged to live in a society which grants us the freedom to elect both our local and national leaders; however, a huge percentage of our population fails to exercise their right to vote. In 2016, only 60% of people took part in the Presidential election, leaving 4 of 10 voices completely unheard. Currently, our voting process is being shifted in favor of mail-in ballots, a novel territory and likely a deterrent even for those who make voting a priority. These elections will impact the course of healthcare delivery for many years; as such, our classmates not only have a right but a duty to vote.

Exercise Your Right sets out to lead our fellow classmates, professors and Drexel community to the voting booth. We deem it vitally important that all people, regardless of race, gender, or political affiliation have their voices heard. We wish to inform and guide individuals both in-state and out-of-state on the registration and mail-in-voting process. We desire to mandate a school sponsored “Voting Holiday” to honor this critical right of voting. We hope to quantify our collective voting participation to provide an early demonstration of our leadership capability here at DUCOM.
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Filipino American Medical Student AssociationFilipino-American Medical Students Association, FAMSA aims to build a community of individuals interested in the exploration of Philippine Culture including, but not limited to, language, food, and history. Furthermore, FAMSA will provide a space to discuss issues affecting this community and explore ways for students of Drexel University College of Medicine to be involved in the Greater Philadelphia Community.Ducomfamsa@gmail.com
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First Generation Student GroupThe First Generation Student Group is committed to providing an environment for students who identify as being First Generation to openly discuss their experiences of being a first generation student. We aim to provide support for current First Generation medical students and continue that support across all student and career levels.ducom.firstgen@gmail.com
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Global & Public Health Interest GroupThe Global and Public Health Interest Group’s purpose is 1) to promote engagement and awareness in the fields of global and public health through informative and educational events, 2) to cultivate a professional network with whom to share ideas and knowledge, and 3) to provide pathways for students to make scholarly and altruistic contributions aimed at improving the health and well-being of populations, communities, and individuals.gphatducom@gmail.com
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Health Outreach ProjectThe mission of the Drexel University College of Medicine Health Outreach Project is to work in partnership with the community to provide caring, nonjundegmental, and interdisciplinary health services to individuals who have limited or no access to care. The HOP clinics strive to create a respectful environment in which patients, students, community members, and health professionals work and learn together to address community health issues in innovative ways. HOP programs provide oppurtunities to address obstacles to health care, including language and cultural barriers, hours of operation, lack of insurance, homelessness, and drug and alcohol addiction.DUCOM.hop.clinics@gmail.com
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Incarcerated-Person Healthcare InitiativeThe mission of the Incarcerated-Persons Healthcare Initiative (IPHI) at Drexel University College of Medicine is to facilitate student opportunities for health outreach and structured learning within regional prisons, jails and half-way houses. These opportunities will allow students to gain invaluable exposure to the sociopolitical and socioeconomic issues that underlie the immense health disparities faced by the presently (and previously) incarcerated. These opportunities will also provide an avenue for students to confront and overcome biases as they interact with many individuals who have been marginalized by society, and help students gain firsthand knowledge of the challenges and rewards of working with this underserved patient population.ducomiphi@gmail.com
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Internal Medicine Interest GroupInternal Medicine Interest Group aims to raise awareness and foster interest in the field of internal medicine. We intend to explore various sub-specialties in internal medicine through physician testimonies while also discussing various advancements in the field. We hope to establish community and clinical connections in order to allow our students to have more exposure to the field.ducomimig@gmail.com
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Interventional Radiology Interest GroupDUCOM Interventional Radiology Interest Group is a student organization, which facilitates exploration of the field of Interventional Radiology for medical students, especially during the preclinical phases of education. The focus of the radiology interest group is to provide opportunities and information for students who are curious about the field of interventional radiology and to connect those students with shadowing opportunities. The group leadership will plan and host educational events throughout the school year, such as clinical skills simulation workshops, specialty-specific discussions and seminars, and networking mixers. In addition to these offerings, the radiology interest group will foster vertical collegiality by connecting first- and second-year students with students who are further along on the radiology pathway.radiology.ducom@gmail.com
Journal ClubJournal club is an invaluable way to better hone our scientist skill set in our physician handbook. Learning to find, critique, and better understand papers to discuss them with our peers is something that we will continue to do in our future careers. Starting early, in medical school, to practice this regularly is a fantastic way to make sure that we all become better physicians. Journal club pushes students read each article with a critical eye, with the guidance of our faculty advisor, Dr. Gracely. Being asked detailed questions about problematic procedural issues can improve student’s abilities to interpret results and teach students how the researcher’s choice of statistics can bias the article and promote a certain result- further impacting how results of journal articles can be used in clinical practice. Using the Socratic method style of meeting, all members are able to contribute to the discussion and provide a wider understanding of each finding than if the information was presented by a single person, working to keep everyone engaged and to share input. As future physicians, it is our responsibility to keep up with the research in our fields to ensure that we’re providing top quality care, and Journal club helps to support other students in that endeavor.ducomjournalclub@gmail.com
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Jump Into ReadingJump Into Reading is an educational outreach program run by Drexel Medical Students who are dedicated to facilitating Philadelphia’s youth to develop a passion for literature and academia. Each Wednesday, Jump Into Reading volunteers aim to raise awareness about the fun and benefit of reading to the children of Eliza Shirley residents. They share laughs and read a variety of books with all children age 3 and up.jumpintoreading@gmail.com
LabakCare Student OrganizationThe purpose of the LabakCare Student Organization is to improve the health of underserved communities by providing no cost preventive health care services in Philadelphia and local surrounding areas, in addition to providing international clinics in Haiti and Nigeria. LabakCare offers health screenings, flu shots, and referrals to uninsured individuals through partnerships with local nonprofits, shelters, and religious institutions. This organization is a unique opportunity to work with fellow medical students in organizing fundraising efforts for this non-profit organization while also having the opportunity to work together with physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other health care workers and students in order to screen patients and help them understand their diagnosed health issues. Students who are passionate about sharing in LabakCare’s mission of serving medically underserved communities, working to decrease the incidence of preventable chronic diseases, working with interdisciplinary aspects of healthcare, and organizing efforts to expand the reach of LabakCare’s service to underserved communities are encouraged to join.ducomlabakcare@gmail.com
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Literary DragonsOur club aims to create a friendly space and broaden the knowledge base of DUCOM medical students by reading and discussing fiction/non-fiction.literarydrexeldragons@gmail.com
LMSAThe Latino Medical Student Association unites and empowers medical students through service, mentorship and education to advocate for the health of the Latino community. This is done by unifying Medical Students to promote Latino health.ducom.lmsa@gmail.com
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Med-Peds Interest GroupThe Med-Peds Interest Group serves to let students gain exposure to the Med-Peds Speciality. We hope to foster awareness within the student body about this speciality choice by organizing talks, facilitating clinical workshops, and meeting with Med-Peds residents and attendings.drexelmedpeds@gmail.com
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Medical Physics ClubOur club seeks to understand the applications of physics in medicine, such as how the imaging modalities used in radiology operate and how dosimetry is calculated in the field of radiation oncology.amerrami930@gmail.com
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Military MedicineThe goals of the Military Medicine Interest Group are to:
(1) develop lines of communication within the military medical student community across the U.S.
(2) serve as an information source for military medical students as well as others with an interest in military medicine
(3) develop pride, teamwork, and esprit de corps among military medical students
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Mothers and Baby DragonsWe believe that it’s vital for future physicians to understand joys and challenges of pregnancy and parenting. MBD’s mission is three-fold: first, to develop a learning community to promote education about issues that arise during the prenatal and postpartum periods; second, to connect with new mothers in the community to provide support and resources for them, while also learning from their experiences; and third, to advocate for comprehensive and high-quality healthcare for parents and children.drexelmbdragons@gmail.com
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Move It With Mommy and MeMIWMM runs at the Eliza Shirley HOP clinic. The hour long sessions focus on physical activity for mothers and their children. Student volunteers guide exercises and offer nutritious snacks for community members.Moveitwithmommyandme@gmail.com
Nutrition in MedicineCulinary medicine is defined as an “evidence-based field in medicine that blends the art of food and cooking with the science of medicine.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4739343
It is one thing to read about nutrition on paper and learn various dietary sources, but it is another thing to put it into practice. You can’t just tell a patient “you need to be on a low cholesterol diet,” you have to tell them where to start. The goal of the Nutrition in Medicine club is to integrate medical nutrition lectures with real life applications. We aim to give medical students the skills they need to effectively talk to patients about nutrition through hosting hands-on cooking workshops, as well as educational information sessions about food and nutrition.

We know that patients don’t always follow up in meeting with specialists, and nutrition services are not always covered by insurance. While medical students are trained in nutrition, we are not trained in nutrition counseling. By having practical conversations about food and spending time in the kitchen under the guidance of culinary professionals, we will feel more confident in our abilities to talk to patients about nutrition/diet and teach patients everyday skills in how and what to cook, in a way that is easy to integrate into their lives. We want to promote our patients’ health and guide them towards better nutrition to help prevent/treat chronic conditions.

Furthermore, we plan on partnering with other campus organizations to participate in community events to teach members of our local community basic cooking skills and give them resources on attaining appropriate nutrition. Through nutrition and culinary programs, this club will not only help medical students practice self-care, promoting our own health and wellness, but will also enhance our understanding of nutrition, helping us as future physicians in effectively integrating this knowledge into our own lives and clinical practice.
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Ob/Gyn Interest GroupThe Ob/Gyn Interest Group aims to provide opportunities for medical students to explore their interest in the specialty through the organization of speaking events, panel discussions, skills workshops, and shadowing. It is our goal to act as a resource for students who are thinking about entering the field of obstetrics and gynecology by providing them with options to connect with current physicians, explore the various disciplines encompassed by Ob/Gyn, and practice skills associated with the specialty.drexelmedobgyn@gmail.com
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Orthopaedics Interest GroupThe Orthopaedics Interest Group aims to help Drexel medical students explore the field of orthopaedic surgery through guest speakers and shadowing opportunities.ducom.ortho@gmail.com
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Pediatric AIDS Benefit Concert (PABC)Pediatric AIDS Benefit Concert (PABC) is an annual gala event hosted by DUCOM to raise money for patients of the Dorothy Mann Center for Pediatric and Adolescent HIV located at St. Christopher’s Hospital. The concert itself features the talents of many students and faculty members while directly benefiting the patients of the clinic.ducompabc@gmail.com
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Pediatrics Interest GroupThe Pediatric Interest Group is an organization within DUCOM intended to help students learn more about the field of Pediatrics and the care of children. Those medical students considering Pediatrics as a specialty, interested in what a Pediatrician does, and want to work with and learn about children are encouraged to participate in activities sponsored by the pediatric interest group. Along with furthering your education, there are numerous opportunities to serve the public and children through community-oriented projects, which provide practical experience on how to interact with the pediatric population.pedsinterestgroup@gmail.com
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Peer to Peer SupportRates of distress, depression, and anxiety of prospective medical students do not differ from the general population, but increase significantly once medical school begins. Medical school poses unique difficulties to incoming students. The first semester of medical school involves adapting to a new lifestyle, reforming old habits, adjusting goals, and developing local support systems. Throughout this process, students will hit many road blocks and the demands of the rigorous program can be isolating from previous mechanisms of support and stability. Peers can offer a shared experience, helping students understand that they are not alone. Second year moderators can understand the challenges of first year, but also provide a hopeful perspective of growth and development that isn’t always clear when in the midst of adversity. Additionally, second year moderators that are knowledgeable about what accessible services are available can help guide first years towards helpful resources. We hope to provide a safe, confidential space for students to explore their stressors and connect with existing resources. Drexel has a need for additional wellness services to meet a persistent need for support, particularly in the beginning phases of school. We hope that by providing additional support and access to resources, we can reduce the impact medical school has on the wellbeing of incoming students.p2p.drexel@gmail.com
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Philadelphia Human Rights ClinicThe Philadelphia Human Rights Clinic (PHRC) is a collaboration between UPenn, Jefferson, and Drexel schools of medicine. The clinic functions primarily to coordinate medical evaluations for asylum seekers. Physician volunteers write an affidavit based on this evaluation, which serves as powerful evidence in immigration court. Medical student volunteers serve as scribes during the evaluations and write the first draft of the affidavit. We also host a monthly speaker series featuring doctors and community leaders who work with the refugee population.ducom.phrc@gmail.com
Philadelphia Reproductive HealthOur club aims to spread awareness about women’s health hurdles in our community, and educate our peers about all facets of reproductive health. We aim to support our community through an annual menstrual hygiene product drive to benefit women and children in need. In addition, we plan to raise awareness about sexual health issues through educational workshops. Our goal is to empower women in our community through these measures and educate the next generation of doctors about sexual health.phillyreprohealth@gmail.com
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Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Interest GroupThe goals of this group are to provide information about the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Physiatry) through meetings, conference information sessions, educational workshops, etc. Additionally, we plan to promote professional relationships between medical students and practicing physiatrists through shadowing, clinical rotations, and assist in funding to attend national physical medicine & rehabilitation conferences,ducompmandr@gmail.com
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Physicians for Human RightsPhysicians for Human Rights (PHR) is an independent organization that uses medicine and science to stop mass atrocities and severe human rights violations against individuals. We use our investigations and expertise to advocate for the prevention of individual or small scale acts of violence from becoming mass atrocities; protection of internationally-guaranteed rights of individuals and civilian populations; and prosecution of those who violate human rights. PHR mobilizes health professionals to advance health, dignity, and justice, and promote the right to health for all. Harnessing the specialized skills, rigor, and passion of doctors, nurses, public health specialists and scientists, PHR investigates human rights abuses and works to stop them. The PHR National Student Program (NSP) is a coalition of student-run chapters that engage in education, advocacy, and fundraising events within their individual schools and regions to support the mission of PHR and its four primary initiatives: mass atrocities, torture, sexual-based violence, and persecution of health care workers. Mission of the NSP: To create a community of well-informed leaders in the medical field equipped with the skills to prevent, identify, and end human rights violations around the world through careers guided by a human rights framework.ducomphr@gmail.com
Plastic Surgery Interest GroupThe purpose of PSIG is to provide research, shadowing, and networking opportunities to those who are interested in the field. Our goal is to connect professionals throughout Philadelphia with prospective DUCOM students, to help students better understand the career and allow them to move forward in the plastic surgery.ducompsig@gmail.com
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Primary Care ProgressThrough leadership development and community building, Primary Care Progress is strengthening the community at the heart of care. At the core of this effort is Relational Leadership™ — the art and exercise of cultivating relationships as the first step to creating meaningful, sustainable change. From our suite of workshops that equip clinicians and teams with the skills to thrive, to our student programs that empower the next generation to have community impact today, our focus is on helping individuals and care teams succeed in today’s challenging healthcare environment.pcpatdrexel@gmail.com
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Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Interest GroupThe mission of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Interest Group at Drexel is to provide an opportunity for medical students to get exposure to these diverse clinical specialties during the preclinical years. Through shadowing, guest lectureships and clinical skills demonstrations, we provide ample ways to become acquainted with pulmonary medicine and related fields. Additionally, by working with a networks of local pulmonologists, we offer students the chance to connect with potential mentors in the field. Through monthly meetings and a periodic newsletter, we provide information regarding hot topics in pulmonary medicine. Finally, club members have the opportunity to learn about numerous research opportunities at local and national institutions.pulmccducom@gmail.com
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Radiation Oncology Interest GroupThe purpose of the Radiation Oncology Interest Group is to educate medical students on the growing field and the scope of radiation oncology. Radiation oncology is a small, competitive field with limited exposure in the medical curriculum. Therefore, students are often not aware of what it entails or find it difficult to be involved. Unlike hematology-oncology, radiation oncology deals with the treatment of cancer specifically through the use of radiation. Radiation is a great tool, but one that must be used with precision and care. The goal of this group is to provide students with a better understanding of radiation oncology through shadowing experiences, faculty presentations, research opportunities and practical workshops and to develop a strong network of physicians and researchers within the field.drexelmedradonc@gmail.com
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Remote Interpersonal Student Education (RISE) PhillyMission Statement: To unify the higher education students and the Philadelphia school district to provide supplementary academic assistance to middle school and high school students who have been identified to be at risk for dropping out of school.

Background: This program was founded during the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic when millions of students around the country were forced to adapt to the new in-home online curriculum. During the quarantine period, over two hundred undergraduate and graduate school student volunteers gathered to provide one-on-one virtual tutoring sessions to help students transition to a new remote learning environment. While facilitating that virtual tutoring program, we realized the long-term impact that the pandemic would have on the community as students stay home and miss six months or more of classroom time. We believe this unprecedented time would have the heaviest impact on low-income communities where students have greater academic support needs as well as unequal socioeconomic statuses that may prevent them from getting access to educational resources. We recognized the need for a longitudinal program that targets students identified to be at high risk for dropping out of school in order to help prevent the city’s dropout rate from increasing post-pandemic. Our approach to providing this supplementary service is to gather undergraduate and graduate students within the city to provide tutoring and mentoring services free-of-charge to students who have been identified by school teachers to be at high risk for dropping out of school.

Our Partners: As a city-wide effort, undergraduate and graduate students from several institutions throughout the Greater Philadelphia Area have joined hands with us to provide online tutoring/mentoring services on a voluntary basis. We are also grateful to have support from educators in the Philadelphia School District and community service advisors from several medical schools in our city. Our partners have played a vital role in guiding us during the development of this organization.
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Research Interest GroupOur group aims to increase student involvement in both basic science and clinical research. This group will have a mentorship component in which M2-M4 students will be matched with incoming students to help guide them in their research endeavors. We believe that a mentorship component will both increase student participation in research and help simplify the process of making connections and getting involved in research that interests them. Additionally, we will hold regular meetings to discuss different aspects of research and/or highlight student projects to continue active involvement in the group. We will also be dedicated to assisting faculty in organizing and distributing research opportunities that are both in-house with DUCOM and in the greater Philadelphia area. Therefore, this group is designed to increase the opportunities for students who desire to be involved in research and to inform those who have not yet had a research experience.ducomresearchgroup@gmail.com
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Ski and Snowboard ClubOur club’s purpose is to provide a community for people interested in skiing/snowboarding of all levels to advance our interest in the sport and provide a welcoming and stress reducing environment/activity.ducomsnow@gmail.com
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Straight TalksStraight Talks is a club created to facilitate dialogue and intercultural exchanges at Drexel through a series of thought provoking and engaging panels throughout the year. This is a student led initiative to enrich the culture of Drexel itself, which is unique to other advocacy and social justice clubs which focus their energy outward. Our hope is to start important conversations at Drexel regarding sexuality, gender, ethnicity and culture in order to better understand one another. This separates us from other clubs which focus on only one specific aspect of identity. Furthermore, the student led moderated panel discussions provide a novel way for students to gain cultural perspective from their peers and to engage with each other in ways that simply can’t be recreated in a classroom. Our first Straight Talk this past semester received rave reviews, and we are hoping to expand in the future and really create a welcoming and inclusive community here at Drexel.drexel.straighttalks@gmail.com
Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN)Our primary aim is to coordinate a monthly shadowing schedule to match interested students with physicians in different fields within neurology. We also offer occasional lectures from neurologists, as well as a journal club to discuss research in the field.sign.ducom@gmail.com
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Student National Medical Association (SNMA)The purpose of this organization is to a.) take a proactive role in the recruitment and retention of students from diverse backgrounds, b.) increase awareness and address the needs of underrepresented medical and pre-medical students, c.) increase awareness and address the needs of the underserved in surrounding communities locally, those nationally and internationally, d.) and to provide a service to that will address those needs with the intent of ultimately increasing the number of clinically excellent physicians that are culturally competent and socially conscious.ducom.snma@gmail.com
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Students Against Racism (StAR)This group is to serve as DUCOM’s chapter of the larger regional Students Against Racism (StAR) organization, and primarily recruit DUCOM students and gather funding to attend an annual Racism in Medicine Conference (RiMC) in the region. From the conference memorandum of understanding, “This conference is rooted in the struggle to advocate for people of color. The Racism in Medicine Conference attempts to discuss the past and continuing medical injustices contributing to the many health disparities that manifest largely along racial and ethnic lines. While we hope that the RiMC model will be adapted in other cities across the country, this conference is intended for the community of the Philadelphia and Delaware Valley area. We believe that there is immense power in staying local; it enables a conversation productive and grounded among the communities in which our patients live.” As DUCOM’s chapter, we plan to unite students who are passionate about finding the best practices for addressing racism in an intersectional way, and welcome suggestions in support of this effort. Asides from the conference, we plan to host events within DUCOM that promote the inclusion of student and/or faculty ideas and current research to combat racism in medicine.ducomstar@gmail.com
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Surgery Interest GroupThe Surgery Interest Group provides exposure, resources, networking, and shadowing experience to students interested in a career in General Surgery and its sub specialties.ducomsig@gmail.com
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The TinctureThe Tincture is DUCOM’s annual literature and arts journal. Every year, we publish an issue consisting of writing, art, and photography from DUCOM’s own student body. We also publish an online issue which includes music and film entries as well. Throughout the year, we strive to keep our student body engaged in the humanities and provide opportunity for creativity through Writing and Photography workshops. We collaborate with other student-run groups including the Photography and Art clubs to create more opportunities for students to showcase their talent. More than anything, we hope to provide an outlet by which medical students can stay in touch with human side, and bring to the school a creative journal which is the embodiment of our human experience.tincturesubmissions@gmail.com
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Trauma-Informed Care Interest GroupThe Trauma-Informed Care Interest Group provides exposure to practicing a trauma-informed approach when interacting with patients who have been victims of or are vulnerable to physical, emotional, and/or mental trauma. As trauma-inflicted patients may present across a variety of specialties and medical practice types, it’s important for all future physicians to learn how to recognize and properly screen for signs of trauma or abuse while providing compassionate care in a safe environment. Our interest group therefore aims to educate students on successfully implementing this practice through training sessions, partnering with Philadelphia public health organizations focused on victim outreach, holding discussion panels with trauma victims on how to best build trusting relationships in our role as physicians, and educational seminars with physicians from various fields in medicine who have experience caring for vulnerable populations.ducomtraumainformedcare@gmail.com
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Urology Interest GroupThe purpose of the Urology Interest Group is to educate students about careers in urology. UIG aims to accomplish this by inviting guest speakers to inform students about the nuances of the specialty. The club will host networking events to allow members to interact with leaders in the field. Our interest group will provide shadowing opportunities for its members so they can observe a career in urology firsthand. Our organization’s goal is to spark interest in the field and provide students with the tools needed to succeed in their future careers in urology.drexelurologyig@gmail.com
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Vascular Surgery Interest GroupThe Vascular Surgery Interest Group aims to provide students exposure to the specialty of vascular surgery and opportunities to advance their interest in the field through research, shadowing and networking opportunities.DrexelVSIG@gmail.com
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Women in SurgeryOur goal is to stimulate interest in surgery among women medical students, and to specifically to spark interest in a field that is still quite male dominated. Medical students often do not get exposure to general surgery until later in their career. So by virtue, you lose some of that interest you can generate when students first come in. We thought it would be very important to get students when they first arrived to campus to build as much of that energy as we could. The purposes of this interest group are to promote interest in a surgical career through panels made up of women surgeons, to provide networking opportunities and to practice surgical skills early on.ducomwomeninsurgery@gmail.com
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Yoga ClubYoga Club is an opportunity for students and faculty to focus on the mind, body, and spirit. The mission of the Yoga Club is to offer participants a way to improve physical fitness, self-awareness, and relaxation techniques. The yoga club aims to promote the practice and study of yoga and foster a sense of community around this practice. We are open to all skills and abilities and are flexible with our practice in order to best suit the participants.drexelmedyoga@gmail.com
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