Affinity Groups

Resident Forum

The Resident/Fellow Forum is a committee of and for residents/fellows in all programs. The members are selected by their peers each academic year. All programs are invited to send one or more representatives to the Forum, which meets every other month. The resident/fellow representatives select a member to chair or two members to co-chair and convene the meetings. Topics of discussion focus on the clinical learning environment across all sites. Recent projects have included creation of a “residents as teachers” video series and participation in the development of our learner mistreatment video. This year, resident forum is forming affinity groups to foster collaboration and support of all residents across all programs.

Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA)

The purpose of the UConn LMSA is to address the health needs of the Latino community, as well as to promote the interests and support of those students who identify themselves as Latino students of the UConn School of Medicine through social, cultural, educational, political and other activities.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Rocio Chang
Dr. Julian Nieves III

Student National Medical Association (SNMA)

The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is the nation's oldest and largest student organization focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of color. Membership includes more than 8,000 medical students, pre-medical students, residents and physicians. The SNMA boasts over 40 years of service and is committed to addressing the needs of underserved communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent, and socially conscious physicians. UConn's SNMA organizes Culture Shock annually, which is one of the biggest social events of the year. It is a celebration of the diverse and unique heritage of the University of Connecticut student body and is attended by many members of the UConn Health community. In addition to the wonderful festivities, all proceeds are donated to a selected charity. Our UConn chapter is also involved in mentorship, community outreach, and service. National website:

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Marja Hurley
Dr. Hynes M. Birmingham