Student Affairs

Student Organizations

The UC San Diego School of Medicine has 66 Student Interest Organizations. These range from the local chapter of the American Medical Student Association to Dermatology, Medical Technology, Pediatrics and Radiology. We also support many groups that are outside of medical interest such as Baking, Golf, LGBT, Maimonides Society and Running/Triathlon Groups. We have an interest group for everyone here!

American Geriatric Society

To promote student interest in the knowledge and participation of care for the elderly.

American Medical Student Association (AMSA)

Aim to improve health care and healthcare delivery to all people; promote active improvement in medical education; involve its members in the social, moral and ethical obligations of the profession of medicine; assist in the improvement and understanding of world health problems; contribute to the welfare of medical students, premedical students, interns, residents and post MD/DO trainees; and advance the profession of medicine.

American Medical Women's Association

The goal of the UC San Diego chapter is to advance females in medical profession and encourage mentorship.

Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA)

We are interested in promoting the health and well-being of the Asian community as well as helping healthcare workers understand how to care for the Asian patient in a culturally sensitive manner. APAMSA also provides an important forum for APA medical students to share experiences and information with each other.

Anesthesiology Interest Group

To promote the interest of Anesthesiology

Baking Interest Group

To streamline communication between all the bakers in UCSD SOM to exchange recipes and organize fundraising bake sales.

Basketball Interest Group

We are a sports interest group for all medical students who want to play basketball.

Border Health Project

To provide basic health screenings and services in additional to basic supplies for one of the most underserved populations in San Diego County, migrant farm workers.

Cardiology Interest Group

To promote the interest of the field of Cardiology in our medical student population.

Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF)

CMF exists to provide fellowship among the body of believers on campus and an environment of support, encouragement, Bible Study and prayer as we learn to integrate our personal faith with professional practice.

Competitive Intramural Sports Teams for SOM

A student organization for IM sports participation on UCSD main campus and SOM.

Community Walking Program Interest Group

To encourage healthy group physical activity in the community.

Dermatology Interest Group

To promote the field of Dermatology.

Doctors Ought to Care (D.O.C.) (elective course based group)

DOC is a community-oriented elective program designed to get UCSD SOM students out and about providing vital education to local elementary, middle and high school students.

Emergency Medicine Student Interest Group

To promote the field of EM and build interest amongst students.

Family Medicine Interest Group

To get students interested in family medicine and expose them to the possible sub-specialties.

Future of Medicine

To educate and inspire physicians-in-training about upcoming medical innovations in technology and public health.

Global Health Interest Group

To raise awareness about issues related to global health and opportunities to work abroad.

Golf Interest Group

This group seeks to connect players of all skill levels to enjoy the sport of golf. Our group events involve trips to the driving range and coordinating rounds of golf.

Healer's Art Discussion Group
To promote healthy dialogue and exchange about thriving as medical professionals and as human beings that live with integrity.

Health Frontiers in Tijuana (HFIT)

To promote free healthcare to the underserved population in Tijuana, Mexico and to promote partnerships between health care professionals in the US and Mexico.

Health and Human Rights Interest Group

To develop awareness of human rights issues and the intersection between health and human rights among medical students.

Health and Wellness Group

To promote health and wellness among the medial school body.

Holistic & Integrative Medicine (HI-Med)

HI-Med is founded on the belief that life and healing are inherently holistic processes, and incorporating this belief into the practice of medicine can provide positive and transformative change in our patients' lives as well as the culture at large. By holistic we mean taking into account the whole spectrum of human experience, from body to mind to emotion and spirit. By integrative we mean integrating the focus on physical mechanisms of health and disease with the importance of individual intention and psychological and energetic considerations. The central theme of HI-Med is the age-old proverb “physician, heal thyself:” We are a group dedicated to developing ourselves as healers while being concurrently trained as sophisticated biomedical technicians.

Internal Medicine Interest Group

To promote interest in the field of Internal Medicine.

LGBT Medical Students and Allies

The LGBT Medical Students and Allies Interest Group provides opportunities for students to network, socialize, and spread understanding of health issues relevant to the LGBT population, as well as provide support for LGBT members of the health care workforce.

Latin Dance Interest Group

To promote healthy living through vibrant dance and cultural learning.  This group will encompass learning and attending salsa, merengue, bachata, lessons and performances with a cultural diversity component to medicine.

Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA)

To unify Latino medical students into one organization; to provide a voice for underrepresented medical students; to actively promote recruitment and retention of Latino students at all levels; to educate medical students on Latin health issues; To advocate for the rights of Latinos in health care; to provide leadership opportunities for those looking to get involved in the Latino community and to promote volunteerism in the Latino community.

Maimonides Society

To encourage Jewish community and mentorship within the UCSD SOM.

Medical Students for Choice (MS4C)

We are guided by the understanding that “without providers, there is no choice.” MSFC is committed to ensuring that medical students and residents receive the education they need to provide women with comprehensive reproductive healthcare.  We hope to expand training opportunities, curriculum reform, and increased awareness of reproductive rights among policymakers.

Medical Technology Interest Group

To discuss modern and upcoming medical technologies and their impact on healthcare.

Mindfulness in Medicine

A group to gather and meditate together at least bi-weekly to build awareness, compassion, mind trainiing, stress reduction and self-knowing.

Neurosurgery Interest Group

To increase the knowledge and exposure of the great field of Neurosurgery as well as the application process and lifestyle in order to ultimately close the gap between medical student and Neurosurgery residents/faculty.

OB/GYN Interest Group

To further students interest and knowledge in the field of OB/GYN.

Ophthalmology Interest Group

To promote the interest in the field of Ophthalmology.

Orthopaedic Interest Group

Introduce students interested in Orthopedics to faculty, residents and informational resources.

Otolaryngology - Head/Neck Surgery Interest Group

To spread awareness of the field of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery among medical students through speaker, research, and volunteer events.

Pathology Interest Group (P.I.G)

To introduce students to the field of pathology and what a career in pathology entails.

Pediatrics Interest Group

To promote and cultivate interest in pediatric medicine.

Politics in Medicine Interest Group

Educate the student body on important political issues within the healthcare space.

Psychiatry Student Interest Network

Student group that continues to give students a connection to Psych residents and professional opportunities.

Radiology Interest Group

To provide knowledge and opportunities to students interested in radiology.


(Recreational Extracurricular Collaborative Entity for Sports and Silliness)

Building a sense of community through lunch time athletic events.

Running & Triathlon Interest Group

Forum for running and triathlon enthusiasts to meet and train with others.  The goal of the group is to promote physical activity, social interaction, and a mental release from the demands of medical school.  All experience levels are encouraged to participate.

Science Based Medicine

To promote science based medicine to improve patient care, medical education and medical research.

SOM Mentors

To mentor underserved pre-medical students at UC San Diego.

SOM Medical Student/Graduate Business Interest Group

To promote better understanding of the economics, finance and management of healthcare. To foster interdisciplinary collaboration between the UCS School of Medicine & Rady School of Management.

SOM Parents Group

To connect UCSD SOM student parents for the purpose of mutual support for us and our families.

SOM Relationship SupportGroup

Sports Medicine Interest Group

To promote interest in sports medicine and promote avenues to further explore that specialty as we move through our medical education.

Students Interested in Cancer/Oncology (SICO)

We aim to connect students with oncology faculty, spread information about advances in the field and promote interest in the specialty.

Students Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN)

Provide guidance and support for medical students interested in pursuing neurology and provide opportunities for outreach to the community.

Student National Medical Association (SNMA)

SNMA is committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students, addressing the needs of underserved communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent and socially conscious physicians.

Surgery Interest Group

To provide medical students exposure to and information about the diverse subspecialties of surgery.

Table Tennis Enthusiasts @ UCSD SOM

To promote student well-being through recreation and friendly competition.

Tennis Interest Group

To encourage and support organized tennis activities within the UCSD School of Medicine.

The Slipped Disks

To promote the art and skill of Ultimate Frisbee.

The Ultrasounds

Medical students a cappella group.

Transplant Surgery Interest Group

To expose students to kidney, liver, heart and lung transplant surgeries.

Urology Interest Group

Spreading awareness about the best field in medicine.

Vegetarian Support Group

To promote and gain support for vegetarian and healthy lifestyles; offer a learning environment about vegetarian food, build community and discuss ahimsa/non-violence.

Volleyball Interest Group

Fun in the sun and sand playing beach volleyball.

Wilderness Medicine Interest Group (WildMed)

To inspire and educate our fellow future physicians about wilderness medicine.


To promote the interest of writing.

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