Student Groups

Organization Description
Addiction Medicine Interest Geared Organization for 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.

Advocacy Club

The 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.

American Medical Association

The mission of the American Medical Association (AMA) is to promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health. AMA is working to enhance the delivery of care and enable physicians and health teams to partner with patients to achieve better health. The Drexel University AMA chapter aims to spread knowledge, promote collaborative learning, and build networks between medical students and experts in the field.

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.

Boys and Girls Club

Boys 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.

Business in Medicine Interest Group

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. We will set up seminars/panels on current hot debates and the value of an MBA in medicine. Members will also hear about great opportunities for business research and have the chance to win a free ticket to a healthcare business conference later in the year!

Cardiology Interest Group

The 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.

Catholic Medical Association

The 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.

Clinical Skills Interest Group

The Clinical Skills Interest Group provides students the opportunity to explore medicine through hands-on skills and clinical reasoning. The group hosts workshops throughout the year that cover essential aspects of the physical exam as well as other skills that will benefit students during their third and fourth year clerkships. Each workshop is led by practicing physicians and residents who provide instruction and unique insight into their specialties. Ultimately, the goal of the Clinical Skills Interest Group is to prepare students for their clinical years, introduce them to different areas of medicine, and to promote learning beyond the classroom.

Dermatology Interest Group

The 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.

Doctor’s Note

Doctor’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.

Dragon Health News

The 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.

Drexel Medical Students for Choice

Drexel 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.

Drexel Urology Interest Group

The objective of the Urology Interest Group is to educate the medical school on the field of Urology. We would like to enlighten students about the specific work, lifestyle, and criteria for matching into the field of Urology. To do this, we plan on bringing in attending Urologic surgeons around the Philadelphia area to describe their work and day-to-day experiences as Urologic Surgeons. Furthermore, we would like to engage the students in the field of Urology by organizing shadowing experiences between students and attending surgeons in the area. Later in the year, we plan on inviting fourth year medical students that matched into the field to describe their experience with getting interested and subsequently matching into the field. We look forward to educating the medical school class on this wonderful specialty, and hope to increase interest in this competitive field.

DUCOM AANS Medical Student Chapter

The 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 Beating Hearts

The mission of DUCOM Beating Hearts is to educate middle school students regarding the basic anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system, to teach them the importance of maintaining heart health, and to equip them with the basic knowledge and skills to perform Hands-Only CPR and AED use. DUCOM Beating Hearts will teach these life-saving skills to middle-school students through a series of 3 heart-health education sessions. The first two sessions will take place on the middle school campuses, while the final session will take place at DUCOM and include a tour of the SIM center and anatomy labs. The success of this program relies upon dual partnership between the administrators, teachers and students of nearby middle schools and DUCOM medical students. This program will partner with four nearby middle schools and offer the program to all students in the 7th or 8th grade. This new student organization is unique from existing organizations in both its scope and mission. DUCOM Beating Hearts will open doors for medical students to teach important CPR skills to local students and generate true community engagement in the process.

DUCOM Classical Club

DUCOM 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.

DUCOM Club Soccer

DUCOM Club soccer has always been an extremely popular club among students including 1st years into 4th year as it allows for a fun yet competitive period of time where students can forget about the stress of school and all other related responsibilities. We always get a large number of players ranging in skill and foster an environment of team work, comradery, and most importantly fun. We would love to be included as a club again this year to allow students to continue play athletics and on a weekly basis in an organized way. We have one game a week and typically practice once or twice a week.

DUCOM Culinary Club

The 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.

DUCOM Diagnostic Radiology Interest Group

DUCOM 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.

DUCOM Food Insecurity Interest Group

The purpose of DUCOM’s Food Insecurity Interest Group is to both promote partnership with our community and work to raise awareness and eliminate biases regarding people who are food insecure within our community. There is undoubtedly a large amount of food insecurity in Philadelphia, let alone in our community surrounding DUCOM in East Falls and Germantown. As a result, by partnering with soup kitchens and food cupboards, this interest group hopes to organize groups of students to directly immerse themselves in the community by volunteering at these locations and forming connections with the people who use these services. Students who volunteer would then be able to participate in debrief sessions to discuss their experiences. Additionally, we aim to hold educational sessions with guest speakers and food drives to promote awareness regarding both the multiple ways that people can become food insecure and little things that the DUCOM community can do to help our larger community. Our goal is to directly interact with community members who are experiencing food insecurity while providing ways to learn more about the issue and doing so will allow students to both give back to the community and better understand people who are food insecure.

DUCOM Gardening

The gardening club promotes health, wellness, and community building, while also providing a social outlet for DUCOM students to interact and learn about plants. We offer students a connection to the outdoors and encourage them to raise plants from mere seeds till their eventual maturation for harvesting.

DUCOM Gastroenterology Interest Group

DUCOM Gastroenterology Interest Group was created to expose students to the specialty of gastroenterology and connect them with opportunities and experts in the field.

DUCOM Impulse

Drexel 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 Internal Medicine Interest Group

The purpose of this organization is to introduce DUCOM students to the specialty of Internal Medicine. This interest group provides students with networking opportunities with staff of a diverse array of subspecialties under Internal Medicine, shadowing opportunities with the same diverse staff, and provides panel and lecturing opportunities at the school for students to learn more about, and engage with this field. Our organization’s goal is to spark and inspire interest in the field and hopefully foster long-term relationships between faculty and interested students.

DUCOM Journal Club

The purpose of this organization is to provide an opportunity for students to develop skills that allow them to critically analyze and evaluate medical literature. The goal is to have student presenters choose a journal article, evaluate its hypothesis, study design, method, and results in a systemic fashion and lead a discussion on the clinical applicability of their chosen article. This organization allows students a venue to appreciate the complexity and difficulty in searching for clinically relevant research topics and to appreciate the process of medical decision making required to generalize the findings of a particular study to a larger population. Students will facilitate a journal club session with guidance from the faculty mentor.

DUCOM Kickboxing

The focus of the Kickboxing Club is maintaining a healthy lifestyle, reducing stress, and promoting a collaborative environment for teaching martial arts of all kinds. Students and faculty of all skill levels are welcome to participate. One to two classes will be scheduled each week and begin with a warm-up then move into teaching a variety of martial art combinations intended to increase heart rate above 120 bpm. The curriculum will include but is not limited to basic punching, kicking, and self-defense techniques.

DUCOM LGBTQPM

The DUCOM LGBTQPM group exists to support any and all student who fall under the LGBTQPM spectrum and teach future medical professionals about LGBTQPM health concerns.

DUCOM Military Medicine

The DUCOM military medicine organization seeks to build unity and cohesion among those interested in or actively pursuing a career as a military physician. This goal is accomplished by the dissemination of information, creation of training opportunities, and the connecting of student with current military physicians. Additionally, DUCOM military med invests in the local community by partnering with established non-profit organizations that help and support area veterans.

DUCOM Softball

DUCOM softball provides an opportunity for students to work together and compete against members of the community.

DUCOM Squash

DUCOM 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 Table Tennis

At DUCOM Table Tennis, our mission is to provide a networking platform to medical students, staff and faculties through our common passion of Table Tennis, and to provide a safe and stress free space accessible to anyone in need.

DUCOM TSOP

Currently only two United States medical schools have well-established programs wherein which the medical students have the privilege to regularly shadow (and occasionally scrub alongside) physicians performing organ transplant surgeries. These two institutions are Harvard Medical School and the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University.
The DUCoM Transplant Surgery Observation Program—the first of its kind at Drexel and apparently the third in the country—will allow first and second-year medical students to observe the actual transplant procedure, and even participate in the acquisition of the specimen. Not only will this send a powerful message about Drexel within the larger medical community, but also provide students early in their training with excellent supplementary experience that will undoubtedly shape future aspirations and career decisions.
Participation is randomized from a list of students registered for the program and a pager is given to the student at the top of that week’s list. Temporal rotation of the student pager would ensure that as many students as possible have the opportunity to be ‘on-call’ should a transplant occur. Paging the student pager notifies this student that their opportunity to observe the life-saving procedure has finally come.

DUCOM Ultimate Frisbee club

To 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.

DUCOM Wellness Lunch Group

Wellness Lunch Group serves the purpose of allowing first and second year students to share their experiences in medical school with each other in a safe, private setting. It gives students the opportunity to speak with one another and learn from each other about how to achieve a balanced life with both the academic and non-academic aspects of medical school. The students support each other and try to help each other relieve stress and isolation. Dr. Gottlieb facilitates our groups and often highlights how to defeat stress as well as provides valuable information about what to expect at different points during our training. The group is dedicated to providing every member with the chance to ask for advice or help out their peers.

DUCOM Women In Surgery

Our mission is to provide a networking platform for female medical students to gain exposure to the surgical field by meeting female surgeons in the region. With this platform, students can learn more about opportunities in the surgical field. Through professional networking opportunities, clinical skills workshops and panels the interest group will provide female students with the resources to succeed in their career choice and engage with other aspiring female surgeons in the area. By fostering an environment of opportunity and inclusion, we aim to encourage greater female representation in the surgical field.

Emergency Medicine Interest group

The 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 shadowing. 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.

Interventional Radiology Interest Group at DUCOM

Interventional Radiology Interest Group at DUCOM 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 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, seminars, and networking mixers. In addition to these offerings, Interventional Radiology Interest Group at DUCOM will foster vertical collegiality by connecting first- and second-year students with students who are further along on the radiology pathway and who are willing to share advice and insights on choosing this specialty.

Jump Into Reading

Jump 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.

LabakCare Student Organization

The 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.

Mindfulness and Meditation Club

The 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.

Ob/Gyn Interest Group

The 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.

PM&R Interest Group

The PM&R Interest Group was founded to meet the needs and interests of medical students at Drexel University College of Medicine who are interested in the field of PM&R. The goals of this group are to provide information about field of physiatry through meetings and educational workshops, promote professional relationships between medical students and practicing physiatrists through shadowing, clinical rotations, and assist in funding to attend national PM&R conferences, and foster volunteer opportunities related to the field of PM&R in the Philadelphia area.

Psychiatry Interest Group

The Psychiatry Interest Group organizes events and opportunities for students to explore the field of psychiatry. We invite guest speakers from Drexel and outside institutions to talk about clinical techniques and the realities of clinical practice. We also host events in a Q&A format to allow medical students to ask residents anything they are curious about the specialty. We also have relationships with various faculty members to allow students to take advantage of shadowing opportunities as a way to gain experience in their perspective career. Lastly, we host events that bring students who are interested in psychiatry together to watch, read, and discuss relevant articles, videos, and movies.

Radiation Oncology Interest Group

The 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.

Sports Medicine Interest Group

The goal of the College of Medicine Sports Medicine Interest Group (SMIG) is to provide College of Medicine students with the opportunity to explore and learn about the dynamic field of Sports Medicine. We hope to organize activities that will allow students the chance to interact with Faculty and Residents in Sports Medicine in various settings including lectures to stimulate learning and interest, shadowing to provide firsthand experience in the life of a Sports Medicine physician, and workshops to allow for practice and application of clinical skills (such as a musculoskeletal ultrasound workshop).

Straight Talks

Straight 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.

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.

Surgery Interest Group

The Surgery Interest Group provides exposure, resources, networking, and shadowing experience to students interested in a career in General Surgery and its sub specialties.

Tennis Club

DUCOM Tennis Club will promote its time and resources to providing times and a space for tennis lovers to alleviate stress and play tennis with fellow classmates. We will gladly accept players of all levels and look forward to exercising in a fun and social way.

Wilderness Medicine

Wilderness Medicine is all about exploring how medicine can be practiced in the low-resource settings of the wilderness. Our goal is to expose and engage anyone in this very fun aspect of the medical field. This group’s activities will include hikes with medical simulations, participation in medical adventure races, rescue-skills sessions, lunchtime film screenings and educational speakers, and attendance at local conferences. Hoping to arrange hikes, lectures, wilderness medicine skill competitions, and documentary screenings among other things to get people interested and involved in wilderness medicine.

Yoga Club

Yoga 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.