Student Organizations and Interest Groups

This group is for students interested in careers in academic dentistry. Group meetings will include informational sessions to expose students to dental careers that combine clinical, research, and teaching opportunities. Meetings will also include faculty speakers who will share their experiences in academics, specifically how they became involved in teaching/research and their advice for interested students. This group complements other specialty interest groups already established within the medical and dental schools.

Activities and Events:

  • Lunchtime events throughout the year
  • Teaching and volunteering opportunities throughout the year

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Douglas Peterson

Student Contact:
President: Stephanie Chan, stchan@uchc.edu

The Ambroise Pare Society provides an opportunity for discussions of current topics in oral and maxillofacial surgery from experts in the field as well as to introduce basic surgical techniques to aspiring oral surgeons. Meetings are held once a month.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. David Fenton

Student Contacts:
Onyi Esonu, oesonu@uchc.edu
Steven Halepas, shalepas@uchc.edu

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry promotes community service activities involving pediatric oral health. The group meets to talk about dentistry topics at lunch and dinner discussion sessions.

UConn Chapter

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Deborah Redford-Badwal

Student Contact:
Leila Fussel, lfussel@uchc.edu

ACP’s Mission: To enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care by fostering excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine.

Core Values: Our core values answer the question: "How do we want to act as we move toward achieving our vision?"

  • Leadership
  • Excellence
  • Respect
  • Compassion
  • Professionalism
  • Responsibility

The American College of Physicians is a national organization of internists – physician specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness. ACP is the largest medical-specialty organization and second-largest physician group in the United States.

Membership for medical students is free and offers many valuable benefits and resources, including access to a number of online journals and newsletters (outlining recent medical literature, clinical guidelines, commentaries, and public policy), free admission to regional and national ACP meetings, networking opportunities, as well as national student research competitions. In addition, via the “Medical Student” portal there is much information about career paths, residency programs and a student specific publication called “The Internal Medicine Newsletter for Medical Students (Impact). There is also the opportunity to become involved with our state’s local chapter as a student representative or on the national level as a member of the Council of Student Members.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Ellen Nestler

Student Contacts:
Madeline DeWane, dewane@uchc.edu
Erin Gombos, gombos@uchc.edu
Bennett Weinerman, weinerman@uchc.edu

AMA Mission: To promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health.
Core Values: Leadership, Excellence, Integrity, and Ethical Behavior Like other organizations, the AMA chapter at the UConn School of Medicine creates and sponsors a range of educational, social and community service events. Our chapter hosts speakers who discuss leadership, financial aid, and professionalism in medicine. We also have a mentoring program that matches our medical students with undergraduate mentees at the Storrs campus. We are currently expanding this program so that our students can mentor undergraduates at other universities. Importantly, UConn AMA provides services to its students such as business card printing, faculty meet-and-greets, participation in national and regional conferences, and professional development. However, unlike other medical student organizations, we are voting members of the strongest medical organization in the country, the AMA. We are very involved regionally, with students from our school in leadership positions for our region which includes MA, NY, CT, RI, VT, ME, and NH. At national conferences, students interact with and influence leaders who create national health policy. The AMA-MSS provides democratic voting rights and participation to students at the highest levels of its policy making. We are known affectionately as "The Conscience of the AMA" and have spearheaded such successful policy as universal health coverage, smoking prohibition in public spaces, and more. Many of our chapter policies have passed through the AMA-MSS and were presented to the House of Delegates at the national conference. Sign-up for the benefits but get involved to make a difference as a conscientious student physician locally, regionally or nationally. Committees: Advocacy, Community Service, Event Planning, Newsletter and Media, ProfessionalismFaculty Advisor:
Dr. Mary Casey JacobStudent Contacts:
Jennifer Brewer, brewer2@uchc.edu
Katherine Tian, ktian@uchc.edu

Mission Statement: The American Medical Student Association is committed to improving health care and health care delivery to all people; promoting active improvement in medical education; involving its members in the social, moral and ethical obligations of the profession of medicine; assisting in the improvement and understanding of world health problems; contributing to the welfare of medical students, premedical students, interns, residents and post-M.D./D.O. trainees; and advancing the profession of medicine.

AMSA's ten committees represent areas the Association feels all medical students should value as vital in becoming a socially responsible physician/healer. They promote these areas of interest and associated projects to AMSA members on national, regional and local levels and are integral in helping AMSA maintain its dynamic view of medicine amidst tremendous and rapid change. They are also a front-line for the association's dedication to redefining the culture and activities of medicine.

The committees are as follows:

  • Grassroots Organizing Team
  • Medical Education Team
  • Health Policy Team
  • Premedical Leadership Team
  • Community and Environmental Health Action Committee
  • Gender and Sexuality Action Committee
  • Global Health Action Committee
    • Medical Professionalism Action Committee
    • Race, Ethnicity and Culture in Health Action Committee
    • Wellness and Student Life Action Committee

Local AMSA events include an annual welcome breakfast during first year orientation, a used book sale fundraiser, a wine and cheese social for students and professors, tabling for National Coming Out Day, Pharm Free campaign awareness lunch time talk, and speaker presentations. The board members meet once every two months to plan upcoming projects and attend a regional convention in the fall and a national convention in the spring. Students may choose to run for a national leadership position and be involved with shaping health care and public health policies.

Website: http://amsa.org

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. David Henderson

Student Contacts for 2015-2016:
Faith Crittenden, crittenden@uchc.edu
Ling Lei, lei@uchc.edu
Jonathan Nip, jnip@uchc.edu

American School for the Deaf Health Education is an organization that was founded by Sarah Schlegel, M.D., and Chris Skurkis, M.D., when they were medical students. They discovered that there are many misconceptions regarding medical care and topics among deaf children, due to lack of exposure to information compared to hearing children. ASDHE, therefore, was developed in an effort to dismiss some of those misconceptions and to educate deaf children on various health topics. Medical and Dental students teach classes to children and teenagers at the American School for the Deaf (ASD) throughout the year on numerous health topics. Classes are held in the evenings at ASD in West Hartford, Connecticut. At the beginning of each year, an orientation is held at the American School for the Deaf. A baseline curriculum for each topic is also provided to the medical/dental students beforehand. The students are welcome to tailor the curricula to best fit their teaching styles and objectives. Curriculum support/development is provided by the coordinators throughout the year. Interested students are encouraged to contact one of the coordinators for more information and to learn about teaching opportunities.

Faculty Advisors:
Dr. Sarah Schlegel, sschlegel@connecticutchildrens.org
Dr. Chris Skurkis, cskurki@connecticutchildrens.org

Student Contacts:
Sydney Hofer, shofer@uchc.edu
Dianne Gan, diagan@uchc.edu

The UConn ASDA is a chapter of the American Student Dental Association at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. The American Student Dental Association is a national student-run organization which protects and advances the rights, interests and welfare of students pursuing careers in dentistry. It represents students with a unified voice and provides information, education, advocacy and services. The association introduces lifelong involvement in organized dentistry, and promotes change for the betterment of the profession.

Community activities include:

  • Hartford Marathon
  • Special Olympics
  • KEEP Associated Oral Health Screenings
  • Give Kids and Smile Day
  • Healthy Smiles Program
  • Supplies Drive to Zimbabwe
  • Wax and Relax and Chill and Drill for Students
  • Vendor Lunch and Learns

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Donna Paolella

Student Contacts:
Lena Cantone, cantone@uchc.edu
Sunnie Chizzonite, chizzonite@uchc.edu
Emily Sachs, esachs@uchc.edu

Anastomoses is the official literary magazine of the UConn School of Medicine and Dental Medicine. Anastomoses publishes works of fiction/non-fiction, poetry, and visual art created by students and faculty. The goals of the magazine are largely to provide an outlet for creative energy in the UConn medical and dental communities as well as to advocate for the strong relationship between the humanities and health care. The magazine presents works in one of the three categories: voices, artwork, and poetry. Submissions need not be related to medicine or dentistry. In addition to the works by students, a section is also published known as “Ask Dr. Henry” in which Dr. Dan Henry has agreed to answer “pressing” questions from students regardless of their relevance. New editions of the magazine are published on-line bi-annually and can be accessed via our website: www.anastomoseslitmag.com.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Hugh Blumenfeld

Student Contact:
Muneeb Alam, syalam@uchc.edu

Sleep better by taking part! The AIG is where students interested in the specialty of anesthesia come to get an insider view of the going-ons behind the curtain in the OR. Under the advisorship of Dr. Jeffrey Gross, various presentations are given by students as well as by residents/attending physicians that showcase various aspects of anesthesia. Students have the opportunity to mingle with residents and attending physicians to discuss the field in general, residency options, as well as gain added exposure to a field, without which, surgery does not occur! Previous talks in the past few years given by students have included airway and intubation, pain management, regional anesthesia, and history of anesthesia. Hands-on training has included intubation techniques and regional anesthesia ultrasound practice, just to name a few. As well, students get an inside opportunity to ask questions regarding the first-year preceptorship in anesthesia, where students between their first and second year of medical school have the opportunity to rotate for one month in anesthesia at either John Dempsey Hospital, Hartford Hospital, or Saint Francis Hospital. Interested students can contact the co-chairs.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Jeffrey Gross

Student Contact:
To be determined

The intent of "Building Bridges" is to increase predoctoral students’ awareness of the specialty of prosthodontics and how it fits into the field of dentistry as a whole through attending/partaking in talks about topics undergoing research, practicing skills needed within the field, and benefiting the community through service.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. John Agar

Student Contact:
Harrison Spatz, hspatz@uchc.edu

Vision statement – to introduce dental students to the future of dentistry and the dental profession.

Mission – to develop an extracurricular educational program for dental students that will encourage exploration of the interaction between science and clinical dentistry.

Our primary goal is to expand the knowledge and exposure of our members to the advancing field of Oral Health Sciences and, by extension, the ever-changing practice of dentistry. We will utilize all available resources; including current journal articles, faculty, guest speakers, and collaborations with other UConn Health student organizations to achieve this goal. Insights gained from innovative research makes for health professionals prepared for the future of dentistry. Students will be able to establish a network with current health professionals – many, leaders in their respective fields. Students with early exposure to aspects of dentistry beyond the classroom will have a greater appreciation of the field and enhance their ability to critically evaluate literature. Carabelli welcomes all interested students regardless of their post-graduate plans.

Members are expected to do the following at monthly meetings during the academic year:
1. Attend meetings and participate in discussions.
2. Recommend relevant journal articles or topics.
3. Share related experiences, knowledge, or advice.
4. Contribute ideas for discussion topics, club activities, etc.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Edward Rossomando

Student Contacts:
Triny Gutierrez, tgutierrez@uchc.edu
Akbar Khan, akkhan@uchc.edu

Christian Medical and Dental Associations (CMDA) Founded in 1931, the Christian Medical and Dental Society (CMDA) is a group of almost 10,000 Christian physicians, dentists and medical and dental students committed to living out faith through the health care professions throughout the world. CMDA recognizes the unique pressures that medicine and dentistry bring to families and individuals and offers resources to help meet those pressures. The CMDA is concerned about the ethical challenges brought by modern technology, and seeks to bring a biblical understanding to those challenges. It is dedicated to making the most of the exceptional opportunities for ministry afforded by medicine and dentistry. CMDA has the only extensive ministry of any Christian organization in the nation to medical and dental students, strengthening them during their demanding years of training, and preparing them for future years of practice and service. The UConn CMDA chapter is student-run and works to provide specific opportunities to grow in relationships, in spirituality, through service and missions, and intellectually. The UConn chapter meets on a monthly basis for dinners hosted by different students, residents, and physicians in the area. This is a chance to gather for fun, food, and fellowship, and is always open for anyone to attend. Often different topics for discussion or presentation are part of the evening.

Other events include weekly bible study, prayer group, and community service events every semester.

More information about CMDA can be found at www.cmda.org and www.cmdastudents.org.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Cynthia Price

Student Contacts:
Alexandria Meyers, almeyers@uchc.edu
Jon Nip, jnip@uchc.edu
Karen Xiao, yaxiao@uchc.edu

The Covenant House Medical Clinic is an interdisciplinary student-run clinic. This means that nursing, medical, premedical and pharmacy students work together to care for patients under the supervision of the attending physician. It is a great chance for students to practice history taking and physical examination skills while learning from the doctor, the patient, and each other! The patients are of every ethnicity and generally have difficulties accessing healthcare. They tend to be highly appreciative and many have interesting stories. Treatment of acute problems occurs at the clinic and referrals of chronic conditions are sent to Generations, a local health care center.

Volunteers at the clinic are comprised of medical students, nursing and pharmacy students and an attending physician. The clinic is open on the third Friday of each month (some exceptions) for the hours of 5 to 9 p.ms. and is located on Walnut Street in Willimantic, Connecticut.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Bruce Gould

Student Contacts:
Victoria Greenwood, vgreenwood@uchc.edu
Christopher Hampton, champton@uchc.edu
Steven Omansky, omansky@uchc.edu
Mike Lorinsky, lorinsky@uchc.edu
Mario Felix, mfelix@uchc.edu

A forum for students to discuss how to grow and manage a private dental practice.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Ron Albert

Student Contact:
Marc Novak, mnovak@uchc.edu

The mission of the Dental Student Activities Congress (DSAC) is to act as an umbrella organization in order to provide central support to all the dental affiliated groups. Moreover, it is the intention of the Dental Student Activities Congress to raise awareness of the UConn School of Dental Medicine policies of hosting activities and events. The Dental Student Activities Congress will assist in coordinating their efforts to engage in internal activities and volunteer service projects and will familiarize the student body with all dental student activities, including interest group meetings, and volunteer opportunities.

Events:

  •  Student activities fair
  • Order supplies for dental student groups and their outreach events
  • Order supplies for dental service trips
  • Honduras (city) service trip

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Sarita Arteaga

Student Contact:
Bradford Ganz, brganz@uchc.edu

The Dermatology Interest Group aims to foster medical student interest in the field of dermatology, promote faculty-student interaction and enhance dermatological skills and education. Approximately 6 to 8 meetings are held each year covering topics from current faculty research, residency application advice, and hands-on suturing workshops. The group also aims for community outreach by hosting two free skin cancer screenings at community events.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Michael Payette

Student Contact:
Fludiona Naka, naka@uchc.edu

The Disabilities Interest Group is a student run organization that aims to promote awareness and interest in disabilities among medical professionals through education, advocacy, and service. Disabilities have relevance in all areas of medicine and impact patient care in all settings. As a result, it is essential to enhance knowledge and competence in this area in order to improve health care for people who have disabilities. We hope to contribute to this effort by providing opportunities for students to learn more about disabilities!

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Mary Beth Bruder

Student Contacts:
Shilpa Kolli, kolli@uchc.edu
Sophia Walker, sowalker@uchc.edu

The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Interest Group is dedicated to the promotion of student interest in pre-hospital emergency care; a field of increasing importance as EMS is the newest board subspecialty of emergency medicine. This group seeks to increase student exposure to EMS through a combination of learning sessions and hands-on activities led by emergency medicine physicians and emergency medical services personnel. At this time, the EMS Interest Group is a student-run organization that works in collaboration with Dr. Richard Kamin, an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and the EMS Program Director for UConn Health. We encourage all students interested in the many forms of pre-hospital care to participate.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Richard Kamin

Student Contact:
Jeremy Kaswer, kaswer@uchc.edu

The Emergency Medicine Interest Group at the University of Connecticut was created several years ago to stimulate interest and expose students to the exciting world of emergency medicine early in their careers. Meetings are held monthly at various faculty residences and follow a basic format. The evening begins with socializing and dinner followed by one to two interactive case presentations by senior students and finally a short talk by an emergency medicine physician. These meetings are a great opportunity to eat, learn, and communicate with people who know a great deal about the field. Members of the EMIG are also responsible for planning skills laboratories, mentoring opportunities, and organizing our annual Wilderness Medicine Symposium, where students have the opportunity to learn about triaging patients in the field, assembling appropriate medical packs, and splinting. Currently the EMIG has no administrative board, but is a collaborative effort between many students and emergency physicians under the direction of Tom Regan M.D., Director of Education for Emergency Medicine. Membership is not limited to those planning a career in Emergency Medicine. All students at the UConn School of Medicine are invited and encouraged to attend the meetings.

More information can be found on the website.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Tom Regan

Student Contact:
To be determined

The Endodontics Interest Group’s focus is on all things endodontics. Our goal is to provide any student interested in endodontics with additional experience in the specialty including current research, new technology and procedures, career expectations, and how students can best prepare for endodontic residency programs. These goals are achieved mainly by literature reviews and guest speakers from UConn’s endodontic residency program as well as current endodontic faculty.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Qiang Zhu

Student Contacts:
President: Cameron Seymour, cseymour@uchc.edu
Vice President: Anthony Buono, abuono@uchc.edu
Secretary: Patrick Rabus, prabus@uchc.edu

The Family Medicine Interest Group works to increase student awareness of family medicine as a career opportunity, and is open to all students interested in learning more about the specialty. The group hosts monthly to bi-monthly events discussing multiple topics relevant to family medicine and primary care. Meetings can occur on campus during the lunch hour, and more extensive workshops and discussions are hosted in the evening, occasionally at faculty homes.

Past events have included:

  • Introduction to Family Medicine Panel
  • Sports Medicine Casting and Splinting Workshop
  • Dermatology Hands-On Night
  • Global Medicine
  • Psychiatry in Primary Care
  • Medical Marijuana Panel

The FMIG leadership board meets every one to two months to discuss programming and develop new ideas. FMIG leaders, as well as all other students, are encouraged to attend regional and national conferences to increase their exposure to family medicine opportunities. FMIG is currently working to develop local community service efforts in conjunction with existing service projects at UConn. The FMIG is part of a national network of similar groups supported by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

More information can be found on the virtual AAFP website at http://fmignet.aafp.org.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Adam Perrin

Student Contact:
uconnfmig@gmail.com

Co-Chairs:
Sarah Fortin and Carolyn Tusa

The UConn Health Farming Collaborative has partnered with the Copper Beach Institute in Farmington to start a therapeutic garden on the institute’s property. Only two minutes from UConn Health, this garden will serve all UConn students who would like to unwind by helping with gardening or just enjoying some time outside on the institute’s lovely property. All the produce from the farm will be donated and the educational events related to the club will focus on food security.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Mary Guerrera

Student Contacts:
Sarah Flint, sflint@uchc.edu
Samantha Lee, samlee@uchc.edu
Raquel Manley, manley@uchc.edu

Gaming the Boards provides exciting and delicious study breaks several nights each semester. All board and card game enthusiasts are invited to share their favorite games and depending on each meeting's theme, some games will be provided. Games purchased using MDSG funds will remain in the student lounge for anyone to enjoy during a study break. Everything from Operation and Taboo to Diplomacy and Agricola is fair game. Let the games begin!

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. John Harrison

Student Contacts:
Charlie Tian, litian@uchc.edu
Nick Wasko, wasko@uchc.edu

The goal is to promote General/Family Dentistry as a respectable career option and to provide a forum for students interested in a career in general dentistry to connect with each other and the dental community and to explore topics not covered in the dental school curriculum. The primary activity is lunch and dinner meetings to host speakers on various topics of interest to future general dentists. Topics may include:

  • Residencies
  • Joining a practice
  • Practice management
  • Continuing education
  • New technologies in dentistry
  • Cosmetic dentistry
  • Office design

These meetings are not intended to be solely a lecture, but rather a presentation with abundant question and answer interaction. Speakers will be invited from the regional dental community, within the dental school, and from the dental product and equipment industry. The group hopes to host at least one speaker per month.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Sarita Arteaga

Student Contacts:
Nicole Becker, nbecker@uchc.edu
Alexa Brancato, abrancato@uchc.edu
Valerie Pereira, vpereira@uchc.edu
Eric Strouse, estrouse@uchc.edu

The Hartford Health Education Program is a collaboration between the Hartford School System and the Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine. Each year, pairs of students spend one hour a week in Hartford middle schools teaching about topics such as puberty, sexually transmitted diseases, violence prevention and drug abuse. The program is one of the few health education resources available to these children.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Stacey Brown

Student Contact:
Yumi Kovic, ykovic@uchc.edu

Hartford Nutrition Initiative will seek to improve nutritional status in Hartford's underserved populations. This will be accomplished by setting two broad agendas: supplementing the nutritional education of UConn medical and dental students to enhance effectiveness of clinical nutrition counseling, and establishing connections throughout the city of Hartford to provide students with venues in which to counsel on nutrition. In this way, Hartford Nutrition Initiative will both improve the clinical effectiveness of UConn students and provide service in the form of nutritional counseling to residents of Hartford.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Bruce Gould

Student Contact:
Daniel Rappoport, rappoport@uchc.edu

A community outreach program aimed to teach oral health basics to the children of the Boys and Girls Club in Hartford. Most volunteers will participate in one of the four unique Friday afternoon sessions, in which they will educate the children about important oral health care topics through fun activities and discussion. The four topics include:

  • Going to the Dentist
  • How to Keep Your Teeth Clean
  • What Does the Dentist Do?
  • The Importance of a Mouth Guard

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Taranpreet Chandhoke
Dr. Deborah Redford-Badwal

Student Contacts:
Sunnie Chizzonite, chizzonite@uchc.edu
Basem Gayed, gayed@uchc.edu

We are a group of students who are (or think they might be) interested in hematology and/or oncology. Our group is divided into several smaller groups, including:

  • Adult hematology and oncology
  • Pediatric hematology and oncology
  • Radiation oncology
  • Surgical oncology

You are welcome to attend all of our meetings, or only those that are directly related to your interest.

Our goals for this year:

  • Host about 4 to 6 meetings a year where we have guest lecturers and case presentations.
  • Host a campus-wide bone marrow drive.
  • Find, place, and participate in hematology/oncology related volunteer opportunities.

We are always open to new ideas, volunteer opportunities, and hosts/lecturers.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Andrew Salner

Student Contact:
To be determined

I.M.P.A.X. is a group of medical, dental, graduate, and public health students sharing an enthusiasm and passion for international health. Their goals are:

  • To understand the cultural-context and evaluate resources of underserved communities around the world.
  • To facilitate service projects for underserved communities.
  • To encourage international exchange and to share experiences.
  • To improve care for communities in the United States by exploring other healthcare systems and traditions.
  • To advocate for education opportunities and cross-cultural skills while collaborating with other organizations at UConn Health.

The group sponsors numerous activities throughout the year with a focus on global health and human rights. The Lunch and Learn committee sponsors speakers (often UConn physicians or health care workers in the community) with international medical experience. The Global Health and Human Rights Film Series organizes films followed by discussion with experts in their field. Supplies Over Seas (S.O.S.) is a program that sorts through thousands of donated medical equipment and supplies to send to undersupplied clinics through the Haitian Health Foundation. There are numerous opportunities for involvement and leadership. They are always open to new ideas that enhance our mission of expanding the knowledge about international medicine at UConn Health.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Kevin Diekhaus

Student Contact:
Vladimir Nazarov, vnazarov@uchc.edu

Integrative Medicine (IM) is a healing-oriented medicine that seeks to treat the whole person by incorporating both mainstream medical therapies and complementary and alternative therapies for which there is some high-quality evidence of safety and effectiveness. Meetings and events are held throughout the year.The goal of the group is to:

  • Promote awareness and understanding of IM.
  • Offer opportunities to experience relaxation techniques and integrative therapies.
  • Provide students with outside resources to pursue the exploration and utilization of IM.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Mary Guerrera, guerrera@uchc.edu

Student Contact:
Christina Farrell, cfarrell@uchc.edu

The Internal Medicine Interest Group meets on the second Wednesday of every month at the homes of various faculty members. Students from all years have the chance to socialize with their classmates as well as to meet clinical faculty who they may not have the chance to work with until their third or fourth year. Each meeting focuses on a different specialty within internal medicine (primary care, cardiology, nephrology, etc.), allowing students to learn more about careers within the field. One or more faculty members are invited to share information about their career paths, training, their specialty, and the different ways it can be practiced. Additionally, at each meeting fourth-year medical students intending to pursue Internal Medicine give clinical case presentations focusing on the specialty of the month and highlight the latest news from the clinical literature. Presentations are formatted to engage all levels of students. Fourth-year students also serve as quizmasters for the annual Jeopardy tournament.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Dan Henry

Student Contacts:
Isabel Balachandran, balachandran@uchc.edu
Samip Shah, samshah@uchc.edu
Joseph Dailey, jdailey@uchc.edu
Puja Rai, rai@uchc.edu
Jessica Dolman, dolman@uchc.edu
Bennett Weinerman, weinerman@uchc.edu

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. Annabelle Rodriguez-Oquendo

Student Contacts:
Kevin Iglesias, iglesias@uchc.edu
Christina Valentin, cvalentin@uchc.edu

The purpose of this organization is to represent the interest of the combined medical and dental classes in academic, cultural and social spheres.

MDSG Officers 2017-2018:
President: Adam Bartholomeo
Dental Vice President: Erin Bibber
Medical Vice President: Jorge Ortiz
Treasurer: Maria Cebula
Secretary: Tara Raj

Dental Class Representatives:
First Year: To be determined
Second Year: Zachary Ward
Third Year: Basem Gayed
Fourth Year: Sydney Hofer

Medical Class Representatives:
First Year: To be determined
Second Year: Alyssa DiCosmo
Third Year: Emily Wilkins
Fourth Year: Alex Tansey

Social Chairs:
First Year, Dental: To be determined
First Year, Medical: To be determined
Second Year, Dental: Danielle Brainard
Second Year, Medical: Jenn Lawson

Medical Students for Choice is a nationally recognized non-profit network of over 10,000 medical students and residents in the United States and Canada. MSFC is dedicated to ensuring that women receive the full range of reproductive healthcare choices. MSFC recognizes that one of the greatest obstacles to safe and legal abortion is the absence of trained providers. As medical students and residents, we work to make reproductive health care, including abortion, a part of standard medical education and residency training. Examples of past events have included a renowned abortion provider speaking about his experiences, a panel discussion showcasing a whole range of opinions and experiences with reproductive health care, a "contraception night" held in concert with Planned Parenthood, lunch-and-learns about abortion laws, film screenings, and much more. Participation in MSFC also affords students the opportunity to shadow at an abortion clinic and attend the national conference to network with future reproductive health providers from across the country.

More information about the national organization can be found at www.msfc.org.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Zita Lazzarini

Student Contacts:
Laura Hatchman, hatchman@uchc.edu
Carsen Sulzer, sulzer@uchc.edu
Emily Wilkins, ewilkins@uchc.edu

A student run clinic that provides free health care to migrant farm workers throughout the summer and early fall. Each season on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons through the summer and autumn months, a group of medical, dental, physical therapy, nursing, and physician assistant students sets up a mobile clinic at various farm locations around the state. Depending on the size of the farm, supervision is provided by one or more attending physicians. The migrant farm clinics provide a great opportunity to volunteer and learn basic skills while providing health care to the migrant worker population in the state of Connecticut. More information can be found at www.publichealth.uconn.edu/migrant-farm-worker-cinics.html.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Bruce Gould

Student Contacts:
Leah Aakjar, aakjar@uchc.edu
Josh Jones, jojones@uchc.edu
Julianna Lau, julau@uchc.edu
Hunter Terry, terry2@uchc.edu

National Primary Care Week (NPCW) is a celebration of the contributions of primary care to the health of the nation. NPCW aims to introduce health professions students to the importance of community-responsive primary care, encourage their collaboration as members of future inter-professional health care teams, and to work to improve healthcare access for underserved populations. This national event is sponsored by the Area Health Education Centers (AHEC), the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), as well as the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

To join the cross campus student planning committee, please contact AHEC Program Coordinator, Shannon McClure, smcclure@uchc.edu.

The Neurology Interest Group and its meetings are open to students who are curious about the brain and its effect on its body. We welcome anyone with even a small interest in opening up discussions. Each year, our events aim to show what neurology and its subspecialties are about and how to get involved in research, shadowing, and volunteering. We host various physicians who speak about their work, lifestyles, and research. Some past events have included: stroke day, "how to succeed in neurology" with advice from fourth years who matched in the field.

Faculty Advisors:
Dr. Yvonne Grimm-Jorgensen
Dr. Les Wolfson

Student Contacts:
Hetal Mistry, hmistry@uchc.edu
Steven Omansky, omansky@uchc.edu

The Neurosurgery Interest Group welcomes those interested in discussing the diseases and illnesses that neurosurgeons treat and the neurosurgical interventions that are currently used and those that may be used in the near future. Monthly meeting topics include traumatic brain injury, stroke, hemorrhage, tumors, cancer, hydrocephalus, increased ICP, movement disorders, epilepsy, cranial malformation and behavioral/psychiatric disorders.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Ahmed Khan

Student Contacts:
Austen Katz, akatz@uchc.edu
Anzhela Moskalik, moskalik@uchc.edu
Steven Omansky, omansky@uchc.edu
Khalil Rahman, krahman@uchc.edu
Courtney Townshend, townshend@uchc.edu

OB/GYN Scholars is a student organization whose goal is to further students' interest and knowledge in the field of obstetrics and gynecology. Meetings are usually at night and include medical students, residents and attending physicians. Proposed meetings for this year include:

  • Hands on nights to practice simulation deliveries, suturing, and laparoscopic procedures
  • Shadowing opportunities
  • Research opportunities
  • A week of events regarding sexual health and women’s health
  • Other case presentations and discussion topics held throughout the year

The meetings are open to anyone who is interested in OB/GYN, might be interested in OB/GYN or just wants to enjoy some interesting discussion.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Christopher Morosky

Student Contacts:
Lisa O’Donovan, lodonovan@uchc.edu
Bayan Abunar, abunar@uchc.edu
Carsen Sulzer, sulzer@uchc.edu
Emily Wilkins, ewilkins@uchc.edu

The Ophthalmology Interest Group goals are to educate students on the field of ophthalmology and to perform service related eye care. One aspect of education is for those interested in pursuing ophthalmology as a future career by informing students of the different subspecialties and to provide information on the residency application process. A second educational goal is to educate students/residents/faculty on how to perform appropriate outpatient or inpatient ophthalmologic exams in the setting outside of a formal ophthalmology clinic. The service component to the group includes running eye glasses drives and coordinating event with Unite for Sight.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Jeanine Suchecki

Student Contacts:
Christopher Hampton, champton@uchc.edu
Sarah Mattessich, mattessich@uchc.edu
Alexandra Pietraszkiewicz, pietraszkiewicz@uchc.edu
Brian Solinsky, bsolinsky@uchc.edu
Adanna Udeh, udeh@uchc.edu

The Orthodontics Interest Group functions to promote students' understanding of the discipline of orthodontics through lectures, discussions, and lunch and learns with local orthodontists and residents. The interest group also functions to educate students on the orthodontic residency process.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Taranpreet Chandhoke

Student Contacts:
Nyle Blanck, nblanck@uchc.edu
Ledjo Palo, lpalo@uchc.edu

The Orthopaedic Surgery Interest Group provides students with an awareness of orthopaedics as a career option. It allows students to interact with fellow medical students, residents, and local physicians.

Previous meetings include:

  • Q&A session with current residents
  • Visiting the Bioskills Lab for a hands-on experience
  • Orthopaedic Jeopardy with Dr. Craig Rodner
  • Research opportunities
  • Learning how to match
  • Life as an orthopaedic surgeon

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Craig Rodner

Student Contacts:
Carl Cirino, MS IV, cirino@uchc.edu
Corey Dwyer, MS IV/MBA, cdwyer@uchc.edu
Monica Shoji, MS IV, shoji@uchc.edu

The Otolaryngology Interest Group is a student run group that introduces students to the surgical subspecialty of otolaryngology. Students who join have the opportunity to learn from residents and attendings about common and uncommon problems that otolaryngologists manage in an outpatient and inpatient setting. They will also learn how to give a thorough focused exam by having the chance to practice with some of the instruments used only by this specialty. New technology is rapidly expanding in otolaryngology, and this group will give members the opportunity to learn more about it by watching demonstrations of its uses.

Students will learn about the different problems that otolaryngologists manage surgically and the types of surgery they perform as well. There will be events that introduce members to some of the different subspecialties such as otology, head and neck, sinuses, and pediatrics. This group is really a great way to gain exposure to a part of medicine that is difficult to get exposure to otherwise. Otolaryngologic problems are encountered in all fields of medicine, so students interested in specialties ranging from primary care to surgery can benefit from learning more about otolaryngology.

Faculty Advisors:
Dr. Todd Falcone
Dr. James Naples

Student Contacts:
Benjamin Liba, beliba@uchc.edu
Jonathan Lis, jonlis@uchc.edu
Michael Mei, micmei@uchc.edu
Devika Sparks, dsparks@uchc.edu

The Pathology Interest Group is concerned with promoting awareness and interest of the field of pathology. They meet every month or two to have discussions with leading pathologists in various fields, and to learn what it means to be in their position. Also, they have field trips to the Pathology lab of John Dempsey Hospital to learn about the multitude of machines and personnel involved in creating the samples that are ultimately used by Pathologists for diagnosis. Finally, the group explores various pathological conditions via slide examination, to give examples of what it might be like to be a pathologist. It is a very small group, so there is a lot of student-faculty interaction, and all meetings are very informal and entertaining. Meetings are generally held in the evenings during the week, to avoid conflict with classes. It is their pleasure to provide dinner during these meetings.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Melinda Sanders

Student Contact:
Jared Woods, jwoods@uchc.edu

The School of Medicine Pediatric Clinic is a student run clinic located at two different shelters in Hartford, My Sister's Place and Salvation Army Marshall House. Both clinics operate on a bi-weekly basis and allow students the opportunity to interact with children and local pediatricians in an acute care setting. In addition to our clinics there are educational events for the residents of the shelters, largely women and their children, which aim to educate families about normal childhood development and how to address common childhood illnesses. Students in all four years of medical school are encouraged to participate.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Mark Greenstein

Student Contacts:
Madeline Coulter, coulter@uchc.edu
Austin DeChalus, dechalus@uchc.edu

The Pediatrics Clinic Education Outreach Program provides educational sessions for children residing at local homeless shelters. Topics of interest include healthy eating, bullying, infection control, hygiene, and oral health. Sessions typically run for one hour and are interactive sessions between volunteers and young residents! Volunteers are welcomed from all classes of medical and dental students.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Mark Greenstein

Student Contacts:
Sarah Kwok, sakwok@uchc.edu
Keisha White, kewhite@uchc.edu

The Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Volunteer Interest Group offers students the opportunity to give back to the community by assisting a population that is experiencing hardship and to learn more about the field of pediatric hematology and oncology. Activities include participation in a variety of seminar style events and monthly visits to the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Outpatient Unit at Connecticut Children's Medical Center to assist in arts and crafts projects with patients during their hospital visit.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Kerry Moss

Student Contacts:
Brian Solinsky, bsolinsky@uchc.edu
Lauren Weaver, lweaver@uchc.edu

Pediatric Scholars is a program developed by the Department of Pediatrics with several goals. The first is to provide any medical students with an interest in a career in Pediatrics a venue in which to meet other like-minded students and faculty in a relaxed atmosphere. It also provides a chance to either learn, or for fourth year students, to present about interesting topics. It also is the Department's formal “Scholar's” program and coordinates and runs the end of the year primary research presentations. It is from this group that Pediatric graduation award winners are chosen.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Mark Greenstein, mgreens@connecticutchildrens.org

Bereavement Event
Beginning in the Spring of 2014, the UConn School of Medicine through the Pediatric Scholars Group has held biannual bereavement events for third and fourth year medical students. At these events, students are invited to gather at the home of a faculty member for a 3 to 4 hour open discussion of personal experiences with the death and dying of patients as well as their reactions and reflections.

Faculty Advisors:
Dr. Mark Greenstein
Dr. Kerry Moss

Peer Support, now part of the Student Wellness Committee, is a student-initiated and student-operated organization offering confidential support services to help classmates meet the special needs and stresses of medical and dental school. Peer Supporters have undergone professionally supervised training to provide emotional support, encouragement, and direction. We assist students in searching for ways to decrease stress levels, solve problems, and/or seek appropriate community resources as needed. We will also organize wellness events to provide extra support during exams and challenging transitions.

Strict confidentiality is a foundation of Peer Support and no records are kept. Free CONFIDENTIAL mental health and substance abuse services are also available to all students through Outpatient Psychiatrics and CHIPS (Confidential Help for Impaired Professional Students). If you think that either service might be of help to you or a friend, there is no harm in calling up and talking to them. Or talk to a Peer Supporter who can listen and/or direct you where you need to go.

And most importantly, “If ever in doubt, contact a member of Peer Support. We are always ready to help you.”

Student Mental Health Service provides FREE stress management, counseling or medication management issues. To schedule an appointment, please contact Debra Johnson, A.P.R.N., 195 Farmington Avenue, Suite 2000, Office 2001, Farmington, 860-679-5435 or dvjohnson@uchc.edu. For CHIPS, call 860-679-4485.

Faculty Advisor:
Director of Student Wellness: Dr. Adam Perrin, aperrin@uchc.edu

Student Contacts:
Peer Support Network Coordinator: Jelena MacLeod, MS III, macleod@uchc.edu
Medical Family Liaison: Katherine Tian, MS II, ktian@uchc.edu
Faculty Liaison: Brian Solinsky, MS II, bsolinsky@uchc.edu

Peer Support Members 2016-2017:
Alexa Brancato, DS IV, abrancato@uchc.edu
Katelyn Cusmano, MS III, kcusmano@uchc.edu
Faith Donaghey, MS I, donaghey@uchc.edu
Erin Dwyer, MS III, edwyer@uchc.edu
Brian Epling, MS IV, epling@uchc.edu
Sarah Flint, MS III, sflint@uchc.edu
Christina Klecker, MS III, klecker@uchc.edu
Vijay Kodumudi, MS I, vkodumudi@uchc.edu
Daniel Lee, DS III, danlee@uchc.edu
Matthew Lewin, MS II, lewin@uchc.edu
Kaitlin Lipner, MS I, lipner@uchc.edu
Jellena MacLeod, MS III, macleod@uchc.edu
Andria Matthews, MS III, anmatthews@uchc.edu
Theresa Meotti, MS III, meotti@uchc.edu
Andrew Mikhalyuk, MS IV, mikhalyuk@uchc.edu
Jonathan Neal, MS II, neal@uchc.edu
Angela Quental, MS I, quental@uchc.edu
Khalil Rahman, MS II, krahman@uchc.edu
Daniel Rappoport, MS III, rappoport@uchc.edu
Brian Solinsky, MS II, bsolinsky@uchc.edu
Samuel Southgate, MS I, ssouthgate@uchc.edu
Katherine Tian, MS II, ktian@uchc.edu
Cheng Yang, MS I, cheyang@uchc.edu

The Periodontal Interest Group is a student run organization that discusses the dental specialty of periodontics. The group meets several times during the year to discuss the role of periodontics in dentistry, to meet with practicing clinicians and talk about the process of applying for a residency program.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Sejal Thacker

Student Contacts:
President: John Power, jpower@uchc.edu
Vice President: Lena Cantone, cantone@uchc.edu

The Persian-American Student Association is a social (non-political) student group which celebrates Persian culture (music, art, literature, etc.). Open to any interested students and faculty members (of all ethnic backgrounds), PSA focuses on having informal gatherings during traditional Persian holidays as well as coordinating social events which revolve around different aspects of Persian traditions.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Reza Kazemi

Student Contact:
Cyrus Safizadeh, csafizadeh@uchc.edu

Physicians for Human Rights is an organization that promotes health, human rights and activism locally, nationally and globally. The protection of human rights is a vital medical and public health issue, and students across the United States are among PHR's strongest advocates! The UConn Health PHR student chapter seeks to advance student's lifelong investment in health and human rights, and contributes to making them better providers for their patients. Examples of PHR student chapter activities include:

  • Hosting an 'HIV/AIDS Awareness Week of Action' with films, lectures, panel discussions focused on achieving universal access to HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention and care.
  • Hosting a conference on issues of importance (Darfur, global health disparities, access to medications).
  • Meeting with members of Congress and other policymakers to educate on issues, and assert the credible voice of health professionals and health professional students.
  • Rallies, benefit concerts, protests, workshops, documentaries, film screenings.
  • Incorporating human rights lectures and classes into curriculum.
  • Running an educational lecture series that hosts national experts on human rights topics.
  • Attending the National PHR Conference.

The group meets two to three times per semester. Announcements about time and place related to meetings are typically made a couple of weeks prior to the meetings.

PHR website: http://physiciansforhumanrights.org

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Audrey Chapman

Student Contacts:
Lisa O’Donovan, lodonovan@uchc.edu
Tiahna Spencer, tspencer@uchc.edu

The UConn Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Interest group serves as a resource for all students seeking to learn more about the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery. The framework revolving this group is such that it will function as a means of generating interest as well as supporting those who already have their sights set on a Plastic Surgery residency. You can look forward to a wide variety of hands-on workshops led by plastic surgeons from UConn John Dempsey Hospital and Hartford Hospital as well as research/shadowing opportunities and discussions regarding matching into a plastics residency.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Andrew Chen

Student Contact:
Dardan Beqiri, beqiri@uchc.edu

The Preventive Medicine Interest Group is an independent, student-run group. The goal is to provide a forum in which both medical and dental students of all classes may join together in active service to the community. The group aims to meet bi-monthly at UConn Health or one of the members' homes in order to discuss plans and ideas in a fun and relaxed way over a delicious dinner. The aim of the Preventive Medicine group is to use all that has been learned in terms of maintaining health and preventing illness to lead by example, to showcase this knowledge in the community to the betterment of its members' lives, and to have fun feeling the well-being that comes from living well and helping others to do the same. Plans thus far include developing an informative poster series for display in the UConn Health dental clinics, preventive health lectures at various culture groups and clinics in the community, and aiding the Burgdorf Clinic wellness garden planting and development project. “So come join us and get your knowledge out of the classroom and onto the streets where we can begin to do some real good for real people!”

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Bruce Gould

UConn Primary Care Progress (PCP) is a local chapter of the national Primary Care Progress organization, bringing together medical students, residents, faculty, and physicians—involved in both primary care and specialties—to improve patient care and outcomes by promoting and revitalizing primary care, fostering innovation and leadership, and refocusing these populations on the common goal of patient care through teamwork, lunch and learns, motivational speakers, leadership opportunities, and direct patient care and outreach in our community.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Bruce Gould

Student Contact:
Thomas Atwood, atwood@uchc.edu

Additional Contacts:
Email: UConnPCP@gmail.com

The UConn Psychiatry Interest Group...also well known as the PIG has an active following of students. The group meets approximately 5 to 6 times per year for dinner gatherings where guest speakers are invited to present about a variety of topics relevant to psychiatry. One goal of the PIG is to try to present psychiatric topics that are relevant to other areas of medicine. The PIG aims to provide information about the diverse options within psychiatry as a specialty, support students interested in pursuing psychiatry, connect students with practicing physicians and residents, and provide information on exciting topics related to psychiatry.

Faculty Advisors:
Dr. Andrew Winokur
Dr. Catherine Lewis

Student Contacts:
Katelyn Cusmano, kcusmano@uchc.edu
Camillo Ferrari, cferrari@uchc.edu
Jelena MacLeod, maclead@uchc.edu
Andria Matthews anmatthews@uchc.edu
Sophia Walker, sowalker@uchc.edu

The Public Health Student Organization (PHSO) was created in 2006 with the mission of strengthening students’ experience in the M.P.H. program through relationship building and networking. By building on that foundation, the current PHSO provides a variety of education and social activities to ensure a meaningful experience for all public health students. PHSO enhances students’ experiences by providing mentors, hosting socials and seminars, fundraising, participating in philanthropic events and organizations, as well as working with program staff to address student needs. Our three core focuses are on education, outreach, and community service all while encompassing public health core values.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. David Gregorio

Contact Information:
PHSO@uchc.edu

Facebook Page:
UConn Public Health Student Organization

Radiology Interest Group is a group designed for both students interested in pursuing a career in radiology as well as students interested in expanding their radiology knowledge. The group meets in the evenings multiple times over the course of the year. The topics change from year to year and residents and/or attending physicians are asked to speak and answer questions. In the past we have had a residents teach “How to Read a Chest Radiograph,” an overview of the abdomen followed by a live demonstration of an abdominal ultrasound, and a joint medical student/attending presentation on Interventional Radiology. At least one meeting a year is dedicated to helping medical students decide if radiology is a good fit for them and what medical students need to know about applying for a radiology residency. Upcoming topics may include chest imaging, body imaging, nuclear medicine, women's imaging, musculoskeletal imaging, pediatric radiology, ultrasound, fluoroscopy and “What Study to Order When” depending on students interests.

Radiology website: https://health.uconn.edu/radiology

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Electra Kaloudis

Student Contact:
Edward Lee, edlee@uchc.edu

Reach Out is a student organization dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI) awareness in the UConn medical and dental communities, including outreach to the Hartford area. Reach Out brings students of any gender or sexual identity together through group gatherings and events that promote education and awareness of issues in the LGBTQI community, and in doing so, functions as a safe and productive meeting space for any student in search of one. Reach Out members are actively pursuing many activities, including hosting panels with LGBTQI health care professionals and members of the LGBTQI community and providing education amongst ourselves as clinicians who strive for excellence in well-rounded patient care. Major initiatives include management of a student volunteer clinic at the Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective and a region-wide assessment of LGBTQI topics in medical school curricula in collaboration with other Northeastern U.S. medical schools.

Reach Out maintains an anonymous mailing list where updates and LGBTQI events and news will be shared. Anyone may join by visiting the mailing list page. Reach Out also maintains a Facebook page that is open to all in the UConn Health community."

Faculty Advisors:
Dr. Mark Greenstein
Dr. Angela Kueck

Student Contact:
reachout@uchc.edu

South Asian Medical Dental Association (SAMDA) provides a peer-support network to promote and support the academic and social environment of South Asian students and foster a sense of community. SAMDA provides community service with an emphasis, but not limited to, the South Asian population, where there is care lacking secondary to language and culture barriers. SAMDA also aims to create awareness and celebrate South Asian culture.

Faculty Advisors:
Dr. Aditya Tadinada
Dr. Ruchir Trivedi

Student Contacts:
Co-Presidents: Janki Patel, janpatel@uchc.edu and Angela Quental, quental@uchc.edu
Treasurer: John Power, jpower@uchc.edu
Secretary: Anjali Dinesh, dinesh@uchc.edu
First Year Representative: Yumna Arif, yarif@uchc.edu

This program is accomplished in conjunction with the medical students. Dental students organize and provide oral health screenings and education for the men, women, and children that reside at the homeless shelter. Patients requiring emergent dental care are referred to School of Dental Medicine clinics. The program is conducted in fall through spring months. The program is coordinated by a third-year dental student. For more information, visit the South Park Inn website.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Sarita Arteaga

Student Contact:
Steven Halepas, shalepas@uchc.edu

The South Park Inn Medical Clinic is a student-managed medical clinic serving the homeless community of Hartford, Connecticut. The clinic was opened in October, 1987 by a group of medical students at the UConn School of Medicine. For the past 20 years, the clinic has served over 750 patients per year, providing primary care, counseling and information for the community of the South Park Inn Shelter, in Hartford's south end. The general medical clinic is open weekly and is staffed by hundreds of student volunteers and supervised by community physicians who donate their time. Every Tuesday and Thursday evening, clinic volunteers see 10 to 15 shelter residents ranging in age from 1 to 80 years old, with medical problems, concerns about safety, and hygiene. The primary goal of the clinic is to provide much-needed medical attention to the residents of the South Park Inn, while providing an opportunity for medical students to become familiar with the special needs of a homeless population. The clinic is equipped to diagnose and treat minor medical and psychiatric problems and refer patients to area hospitals and support services when required. In addition to the general medical clinic, specialty clinics include a women’s clinic which meets the second Wednesday of each month, and a dermatology clinic which meets the first Thursday of each month. Also, at South Park Inn once a month there is education provided by medical students to the residents about a general health topic pertinent to that patient population and once a month there is education for the women to address issues such as contraception.

For more information, visit the South Park Inn website.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Bruce Gould

Co-directors:
Emily Roblee, roblee@uchc.edu
Hetal Mistry, hmistry@uchc.edu
Alexandria Meyers, almeyers@uchc.edu

Since 1998 annual benefit road race held in September on the UConn Health campus. The South Park Road Race is the largest fundraiser for the UConn School of Medicine and Dental Medicine Outreach Clinics at the South Park Inn Homeless Shelter in Hartford. Contributions to the road race provide the funds for the medical equipment and medications necessary to run the clinics, which serve over 750 patients a year.

Race Coordinators for 2016:
Isabella Chen, ichen@uchc.edu
Ardian Latifi, alatifi@uchc.edu
Kathy Tian, ktian@uchc.edu
Katelyn Wong, kwong@uchc.edu

The Special Care Dentistry Interest Group of the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine seeks to build capability, capacity, and commitment to serving patients who require special care using integrated skills. The group hosts events to further educate our students about patients with a wide range of disabilities and special needs. Throughout the year, we host a lecture series in a variety of fields, including special needs dentistry for people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, how to work with people with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and how to work with patients who require special care but are not traditionally viewed as special needs patients. Another important distinction of the group is to focus on patients who require special care but who are not of pediatric age and thus are not necessarily seen by pediatric dentists. Community activities include participation in the Special Olympics Connecticut Healthy Athletes Special Smiles program to provide screening and preventive dental services to adults and children with special needs and a partnership with the CREC River Street Autism Program at Coltsville in Hartford to introduce children with disabilities to the dental environment at Kane Street Dental Clinic. Additionally, members will have the opportunity to shadow faculty with hospital privileges on operating room cases at UConn John Dempsey Hospital and/or Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. SCDIG also participates in the Autism Speaks Walk to promote awareness of autism and represent the dental profession in support of autism awareness.

Faculty Advisors:
Dr. Deborah A. Redford-Badwal
Dr. Steven M. Lepowsky

Student Contacts:
President: Matthew Lepowsky, mlepowsky@uchc.edu
Vice President for Educational Activities: Rebecca Gofman, gofman@uchc.edu
Vice President for Membership: Pauline Reilly, pareilly@uchc.edu
Treasurer: Matthew Sparks, sparks@uchc.edu
Student Director, Special Olympics/Special Smiles: Matthew Lepowsky, mlepowsky@uchc.edu
Co-Student Director, River Street Autism Program: Cyrus Safizadeh, csafizadeh@uchc.edu
Co-Student Director, River Street Autism Program: Alexa Brancato, abrancato@uchc.edu

Basketball, Intramural
Student Contacts:
Robin Lo, robinlo@uchc.edu
Albert Yu, alyu@uchc.edu
Indoor Soccer Club
Student Contact:
Bennett Weinerman, weinerman@uchc.edu
Dance Club
Student Contacts:
Lisa Fredrickson, fredrickson@uchc.edu
Tiahna Spencer, tspencer@uchc.edu
Medical Spanish Club
Student Contact:
Erik Swanson, eswanson@uchc.edu
Football Club
Student Contact:
Bennett Weinerman, weinerman@uchc.edu
Running Club
Student Contact:
Kathryn Topalis, topalis@uchc.edu
Ice Hockey Club
Student Contacts:
Andrew Glick, aglick@uchc.edu
Jeremy Kaswer, kaswer@uchc.edu
Yoga Club
Student Contact:
Dianne Gan, diagan@uchc.edu

Promoting good fellowship and cooperation among its members and aiding in the advancement of minority students in dentistry. The Hispanic Student Dental Association promotes oral health awareness among disadvantaged populations through service, mentorship, and camaraderie among its members and the community. These goals are achieved through local and global service events, publications and public service announcements, attendance at national conventions, and collaboration with other national dental groups.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Sarita Arteaga

Student Contacts:
Nicole Becker, nbecker@uchc.edu
Kiranpreet Narain, knarain@uchc.edu
Maria Vargas, mvargas@uchc.edu
Titus Wongk, twongk@uchc.edu

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: www.snma.org.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Marja Hurley

Student Contacts:
Brittany Flemming, flemming@uchc.edu
Gian Grant, gigrant@uchc.edu

The Student Professionalism and Ethics Association in Dentistry is a national, student-driven association that was established to promote and support students' lifelong commitment to ethical behavior in order to benefit the patients they serve and to further the dental profession. Our chapter at the UConn School of Dental Medicine meets several times during the year, usually during lunch. We discuss legal and ethical issues that face dentists and dental specialists, and invite guest speakers to share their experiences and professional opinions on issues.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Jacqueline Duncan

Student Contacts:
President: Cameron Seymour, cseymour@uchc.edu
Vice President: Sharon Vincenty-Flores, vincentyflores@uchc.edu

UConn Health Students Against Violence in Schools (SAVS), formally the UConn Anti-Bullying Class, is a program developed to provide education to middle and high-school students on promoting healthy relationships and preventing violence. The goal is to take initial steps towards preparing and empowering youth to function as peer ambassadors against violence, with special emphasis on the research-supported bystander model. Workshops last approximately one hour and are facilitated by a group of dedicated UConn medical students who are advised by a Department of Psychiatry faculty member.

Learning objectives are for youth participants to be able to:
1. Define and identify emotional and physical forms of violence;
2. Explain the consequences of violence for both victims and perpetrators;
3. Describe the role of bystanders in preventing and addressing violent behavior;
4. Outline specific steps to take when encountering violence, directly or indirectly; and
5. Identify school, local, and national resources for seeking help and guidance.

The workshop format is designed to be interactive and involves students engaging in active discussion around these topics and working in small groups to role-play and think through different types of scenarios. Prior to the workshop, the UConn SAVS team interfaces with school personnel to understand their policies on school violence, procedures and practices relating to violence, and school-based resources for victims and perpetrators of violence. This information is incorporated in learning sessions.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Damion J. Grasso

Student Contacts:
Neda Shahriari, shahriari@uchc.edu
Kamisha Byas, byas@uchc.edu

The Surgery Interest Group seeks to expose medical students to surgical specialties. This year, our events will include: specialty night, case presentations, simulation night, suturing and knot tying class, how to succeed during surgical rotations, jeopardy, scrub class, and advice on acceptance into surgical residencies.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Joy Liang

Student Contact:
Hannah Reuman, reuman@uchc.edu

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. James Menzoian

Student Contacts:
Olajide Abiola, abiola@uchc.edu
Jessica Armstrong, jarmstrong@uchc.edu
Eileen Colliton, colli@uchc.edu
Mario Felix, mfelix@uchc.edu
Elliot Marks, emarks@uchc.edu

The Ultrasound Interest Group seeks to introduce medical students to the widespread use of ultrasound across many different specialties. We will have a variety of events throughout each year, including lectures on various topics (from hypotension management to musculoskeletal ultrasounds), hands-on practice sessions, and journal clubs to review the latest literature.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Meghan Herbst

Student Contacts:
Michael Joseph, mijoseph@uchc.edu
Ted Katz, tkatz@uchc.edu

The Urology specialty interest group will help introduce medical students to Urology, providing exposure to a diverse medical and surgical field. The intention of the group is to enhance student academic interests, technical skills, and career planning. We will begin with general events for students of all levels to attend. Ideally we will support opportunities for shadowing, mentoring, and research. The group will also offer the chance to meet and interact with current residents.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Keith O’Brien

Student Contacts:
To be determined

The goal of Women in Dentistry (WID) is to encourage young girls to seek careers in the STEM field, support those currently within the dental profession, aid those in need through volunteer work, and help educate the next generation of dental providers in issues pertaining to gender equality.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Effie Ioannidou

Student Contacts:
Nicole Becker, nbecker@uchc.edu
Lora Manley, lmanley@uchc.edu
Klavy Usheva, kusheva@uchc.edu

The Women in Surgery Interest Group at the UConn School of Medicine is a student run organization that aims to educate all medical students, but particularly women, about surgery as a career option. The group will expose participants to surgeons in different specialties to understand not only the surgical field but also the lifestyle of a surgeon, contrasting male and female perspectives. Additionally, the group aims to teach and foster the ability of medical students to network amongst peers and senior medical personnel. WISIG is committed to providing mentorship opportunities for students by creating partnerships with faculty. WISIG's goal is to support female medical students interested in the field of surgery by helping them get into a surgical residency and be competitive candidates through research opportunities and collaborative partnerships. Meetings for WISIG are open to anyone who is interested in surgery or might be interested in surgery. There are many opportunities for students who wish to become involved in the group.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Linda Barry

Student Contact:
Shilpa Kolli, kolli@uchc.edu