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.

American Medical Women’s Association

The 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.

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.

Anesthesia Interest Group

Anesthesiology Interest Group (AIG) aims to educate and immerse students in the field of anesthesiology. AIG strives to help students understand and experience what being an anesthesiologist entails. This is achieved through a variety of ways. AIG hosts numerous workshops, such as an intubation workshop, where students can interact with anesthesiology attending physicians and residents to learn basic skills. Monthly meetings also include information sessions, where students can learn about anesthesiology, as well as about any new developments in the field. Additionally, AIG serves as a bridge to help Drexel students connect with students and physicians at other institutions and Anesthesiology events that take place off campus both inside and outside the Philadelphia community.

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.

Bedsider

Bedsider 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.

Bike Club

The 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.

Black Doctors Network

According 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.

Black Women in Medicine

The 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.

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.

Culinary Medicine Club

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 Culinary 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 on how to create meal plans to accommodate the various dietary needs of patients such as those who are diabetic or are on Coumadin. Furthermore, we plan on partnering with other campus organizations to host community events to teach members of our local community basic cooking skills and give them resources on attaining appropriate nutrition. This club will not only help medical students be healthier, but will help us as future physicians in guiding our patients towards better nutrition so that we can be proactive rather than reactive.

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.

DrExcel Health

We 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.

Drexel AMSA

The 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.

Drexel Christian Fellowship

The 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 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 Rock Climbing Club

The 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.

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 Billiards Club

This 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.

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 Flag Football

Our 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.

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 Golf Club

The 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.

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 Muslim Student Association

Drexel 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).

DUCOM Naloxone Outreach Program

Naloxone 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.

DUCOM Ophthalmology Interest Group

The mission of 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.

DUCOM photography

The 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.

DUCOM Running Club

Our running group serves to establish a community of runners, of all levels, at the College of Medicine. We will hold weekly runs of three-five miles in length and also participate in races around Philadelphia. Our goal is to provide a casual, non-intimidating environment for all types of runners in order to get students familiar with and excited about running around East Falls and Philadelphia.

DUCOM Salsa and Bachata Society

Through 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.

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 STAR: Students Against Racism

The purpose of this group is to unify students interested in fighting against racism and discrimination in the healthcare field. The main task of this group will be planning the annual Racism in Medicine Conference. Organized by the Philadelphia-area medical schools, this student-led conference aims to fight racism in medicine by joining students of various healthcare professions and engaging them in both captivating dialogue and strategic action planning. DUCOM will be hosting the 2018 Racism in Medicine Conference, and this group will serve as the primary point of contact for all conference communication. Outside of the conference, the group aims to increase awareness of racism and discrimination in healthcare through information sessions, panel discussions, and community outreach.

DUCOM Stitches

Stitches 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.

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 Tune Squad

As the 5th largest city in the country, Philadelphia is a hub for music creativity and expression. The purpose of the DUCOM Tune Squad is to provide a means for members of the DUCOM community who share a passion for modern music to connect and enhance their interests even further. Specifically, the aim of this club is to provide a platform to inform DUCOM students and faculty of live concerts and performances in the area and organize group outings to attend said events. It is our hope that this club will stimulate discussion about new music releases spanning multiple genres and bring together like-minded individuals to promote student wellness through a relaxing and stress-relieving social outlet. While one or more current student groups focus on music creation (live bands, playing musical instruments, etc.), DUCOM Tune Squad is different in that it focuses on music appreciation as opposed to music creation and does not require its members to play instruments or have similar skills.

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 Volleyball

DUCOM 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.

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.

East Asian Students and Scholars Association

The 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.

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.

ENT Interest Group

The 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.

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.

Global & Public Health Interest Group

The 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.

Health Outreach Project

The 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.

Heme/Onc DUCOM

The purpose of this organization is to provide a venue for students that are interested in hematology and oncology as a specialty. We aim to expose students to the career paths available in this field by providing them information about residency, fellowship options, and medical practice options. In addition, we aim to educate medical students about the difficult experiences of cancer patients and hope to create opportunities for interaction between medical students and hematology/oncology faculty through shadowing and organized events to allow them to create and foster professional relationships. Lastly, we work with other interest groups to host events that aim to educate students about cancer-related topics in a variety of medical fields.

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.

Latino Medical Student Association – DUCOM

The purpose of the LMSA-DUCOM is to address the health needs of the Latino community, as well as to create an environment for academic and social support for Latino students interested in the health professions.

LMSA-DUCOM is a non-exclusive organization that advocates for all members of society regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, cultural practices, sexuality, etc.

Med-Peds Interest Group

The 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.

Medical Physics Club

Medical Physics Club envisions a physics-oriented group of DUCOM students to explore applications of physics such as in different medical specialties, from the various imaging modalities in radiology to the linear accelerators of radiation oncology and the radioactive isotopes used in nuclear medicine. We aim to enrich our academic experience by reading a weekly physics publication, emphasizing the physics element as opposed to the clinical medicine perspective for publications on the intersection between physics and health, before discussing it over a weekly lunch.

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.

Mothers and Baby Dragons

The goal of Drexel University College of Medicine’s Mothers & Baby Dragons (MBD) is to promote healthy pregnancies through one-on-one partnerships between low-income pregnant women and medical student companions who can help facilitate a healthy prenatal journey. DUCOM medical students provide support to expecting mothers by accompanying them to prenatal appointments at the Women’s Care Center in Philadelphia, and regularly communicating with the mothers to discuss their unique challenges and successes throughout the pregnancy and during the baby’s first few months.
We believe that every woman deserves easily accessible resources to deal with the realities and challenges of pregnancy, and extra guidance and a listening ear can give these women the help they need to start a happy and healthy family. Our goal for medical students involved in this effort is to develop empathy, skills for effective communication with patients, and the drive to go above and beyond for patient care. We hope to develop champions for comprehensive and high quality care for underserved patients through advocacy, good listening, effective teaching, and providing inspiration and hope for patients to achieve their goals for health.

Move It With Mommy and Me

MIWMM 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.

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.

Orthopaedics Interest Group

The Orthopaedics Interest Group aims to help Drexel medical students explore the field of orthopaedic surgery through guest speakers and shadowing opportunities.

Pathology Interest Group

This group exists to provide exposure to the medical specialty of Pathology beyond what students learn in the classroom. We offer shadowing of Pathologists at Hahnemann Hospital and also sponsor meetings where different aspects of the field are discussed. We also go over what its like to be a Pathology Resident and attending.

Pediatrics Interest Group

The 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.

Peer to Peer Support

Rates 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.

Philadelphia Human Rights Clinic

The 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.

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Interest Group

The 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,

Physicians for Human Rights

Physicians 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.

Plastic Surgery Interest Group

The 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.

Primary Care Progress

We seek to draw on the experience and knowledge of healthcare professionals to educate students in order to provide them with the change-making tools they need to both improve primary care delivery and revitalize the primary care community. Additionally, we at Primary Care Progress wish to work alongside other groups and serve as advocates for patients affected by issues such as substance abuse, current health care reform, and misconceptions about healthcare.

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.

Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Interest Group

The 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.

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.

SAMSA

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.

Ski & Snowboard Club

Ski & Snowboard Club at Drexel University College of Medicine is a student group for students who have, or would like to have, an interest in skiing or snowboarding! Our goals for this club include: bringing together and forming a community of medical students who have a passion for skiing & snowboarding, as well as planning group ski/snowboard trips to mountain resorts. Trips will likely range from short day trips at nearby mountains to multi-day trips at larger resorts.

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.

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.

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.