Student Organizations and Interest Groups

Academy of Osseointegration (Implant Interest Group)

The mission of the Academy of Osseointegration is to improve oral health by advancing the science, ethics, and practice of implant dentistry and related technologies.

The UConn chapter is open to all dental students, regardless of specialty interests. Lectures will explore the various applications of implant surgery, adjunct procedures such as bone grafting and soft tissue management, and the clinical and scientific principles behind these therapeutic approaches.

Events:
Lunch and learns presenting the following topics:

  • Introductory session on implants
  • Outline of different types of implants and importance of right selection
  • Current and emerging technologies in the implant space

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Sejal Thacker

Student Contacts:
Joshua Kwolek, kwolek@uchc.edu, Class of 2022
Victor Muñoz, vmunoz@uchc.edu, Class of 2022

Ambroise Pare Society (OMFS Interest Group)

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. Christy Lottinger

Student Contacts:
Rahul Rajagopalan, rajagopalan@uchc.edu
Kenneth Maccormac, maccormac@uchc.edu

American College of Physicians (ACP)

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 Contact:
Madeline DeWane, dewane@uchc.edu

American Dental Education Association (ADEA)

The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is The Voice of Dental Education. Its members include all 76 U.S. and Canadian dental schools, over 800 allied and advanced dental education programs, 66 corporations and more than 20,000 individuals. The mission of ADEA is to lead institutions and individuals in the dental education community to address contemporary issues influencing education, research and the delivery of oral health care for the overall health and safety of the public. ADEA’s activities encompass a wide range of research, advocacy, faculty development, meetings and communications. The UConn Dental ADEA Student Chapter is an organization that seeks to engage students, residents and fellows in the promoting knowledge of and interest in academic careers.  On a local level, our student chapter provides opportunities for students, residents and fellows to participate in curriculum initiatives, to learn with and from faculty about strategies for teaching that best promote effective learning in didactic and clinical settings, and collaborate with faculty and administration on projects that advance the educational activities at UConn Dental. On a national level, our student chapter works to advance ADEA’s mission, strategic directions, key priorities and initiatives, and prepare our students, residents and fellows for local and national leadership positions.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Eric Bernstein

Student Contact:
Kathryn Forth, forth@uchc.edu

American Medical Association (AMA)

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. However, unlike other medical student organizations, we are voting members of the strongest medical organization in the country, the American Medical Association.

Our chapter hosts speakers who discuss leadership, professionalism and current topics in medicine. We have a mentoring program that supports both undergraduate students from the Storrs campus, and pairs incoming medical students with second year students. Importantly, the UConn AMA Student Section provides opportunities for leadership to its students through participation in national and regional conferences and professional development. We have significant involvement throughout the state through partnership with the Connecticut State Medical Society, and within our region (Section 7: MA, NY, CT, RI, VT, ME and NH) where UConn students hold leadership positions. Through the AMA Policy subcommittee, our students write and submit policy within the AMA Medical Student Section (MSS) and attend national conferences, where they are able to interact with and influence leaders who create national health policy for the AMA. The AMA-MSS provides democratic voting rights and participation to students at the highest levels of policy making. The MSS is known affectionately as "The Conscience of the AMA,” and medical students from across the country have united to spearhead 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 have been presented to the House of Delegates at national conferences. Sign up today to make a difference as a conscientious student physician locally, regionally and nationally!

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Angela Hart

Student Contact:
Roman Drozdowski, rdrozdowski@uchc.edu

American Medical Student Association (AMSA)

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.

AMSA Website

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. David Henderson

Student Contact for 2018-2019:
Redwan Bhuiyan, bhuiyan@uchc.edu
Tima Karginov, karginov@uchc.edu

American Medical Women’s Association

The American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) 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.

Membership is open to all those (medical students, graduate students, and undergraduates) who wish to advance women in medicine and promote the health of women and their families.

Membership benefits for medical students include:

  • A national mentoring program with female residents and physicians
  • Networking opportunities at both the annual AMWA meeting and regional conferences
  • A bed and breakfast hosting program for students traveling for residency interviews
  • Discounts on exam prep materials
  • Medical school tuition scholarships

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Lisa Chirch

Student Contact:
Madeline DeWane, dewane@uchc.edu

American School for the Deaf Health Education (ASDHE)

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. Isabella Paolino
Dr. Sarah Schlegel, sschlegel@connecticutchildrens.org
Dr. Chris Skurkis, cskurki@connecticutchildrens.org

Student Contacts:
Kelsey Boyne, boyne@uchc.edu
Satpal Jutla, jutla@uchc.edu
Meghan Lane, mlane@uchc.edu
Yingying Zhang, yinzhang@uchc.edu

 

 

American Student Dental Association (ASDA)

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 Contact:
Taleen Kalajian, kalajian@uchc.edu

Anastomoses – UConn Literary Magazine

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.anastomosesjournal.com.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Hugh Blumenfeld

Student Contact:
Antea DeMarsilis, demarsilis@uchc.edu

Anesthesiology Interest Group (AIG)

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.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Jeffrey Gross

Student Contact:
Alice DiFrancesco, aldifrancesco@uchc.edu

Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association (APAMSA)

The Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association (APAMSA) is a national organization of medical students committed to addressing the unique health challenges of Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) communities. Our mission is to improve healthcare for Asians and Pacific Americans (APA), foster cultural sensitivity and understanding, and encourage student leadership and community engagement. We promote the health and well-being of the Asian and Pacific Islander community as well as help health care workers who work with these communities understand how to care for the Asian and Pacific Islander patient in a culturally sensitive manner. Finally, APAMSA provides an important forum for APIA medical students to meet, exchange information and experiences and develop personally and professionally.

Faculty Advisors:
Dr. George Wu
Dr. Clifford Yang

Student Contact:
Emily Huang, ehuang@uchc.edu

Better Futures (Formerly Hartford Juvenile Detention Center)

We, as UConn medical students, have developed a mentorship program at the Hartford Juvenile Detention Center called Better Futures. The Better Futures program has the main goal of helping the detention center residents (males age 17 and younger) to see a more hopeful future for themselves. Through weekly sessions with the detention center residents, UConn medical and dental students provide planned activities in the realms of: 1) Health classes, 2) Life skills, 3) Healthy coping mechanisms, and 4) Community service with the overarching goal of guiding the young men towards brighter futures. Mentors meet with the young men for one hour each week in the aims of building trusting and meaningful relationships. We hope to act as positive social role models, while also guiding the residents towards a better future!

Faculty Advisor:
Garry Lapidus, P.A.-C., M.P.H.

Student Contacts:
President: Kathryn Bentivegna, kbentivegna@uchc.edu
Mentors:
Simon Archambault, sarchambault@uchc.edu
Rachel Cohn, rcohn@uchc.edu
Lauren Colburn, lcolburn@uchc.edu
Katherine Merrick, kmerrick@uchc.edu
Maria Slater, mslater@uchc.edu
Skylar Wright, skywright@uchc.edu

Building Bridges (Prosthodontics Interest Group)

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 Contacts:
To be announced.

Carabelli Society

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. Aditya Tadinada

Student Contacts:
Laura Borodic, borodic@uchc.edu
Priya John, pjohn@uchc.edu
Satpal Jutla, jutla@uchc.edu

Cardiology Interest Group

The Cardiology Interest Group aims to expose interested UConn School of Medicine students to the many diverse subspecialties in cardiovascular medicine through interactive presentations and speakers. Students can learn about the fields of preventative cardiology, cardiovascular imaging, electrophysiology, interventional cardiology, pediatric cardiology, cardiothoracic and vascular surgery. We also host events that are useful to any student hoping to become more confident in their cardiovascular knowledge including EKG night and cardiac ultrasound night (a joint event with the Ultrasound Interest Group).

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Sara Tabtabai

Student Contacts:
Divya Iyer, iyer@uchc.edu
Rafael Vissepo, vissepo@uchc.edu

Celebrating Seniors

Celebrating Seniors will seek to provide companionship and activities for healthy aging to senior citizens in skilled nursing homes in the greater Hartford area. Additionally, this club will provide an opportunity for medical and dental students to learn from a geriatric population in the hopes of improving clinical awareness when serving this population as providers. The agenda of this club will be to visit a nursing home monthly and participate in activities with seniors that promote socialization, mobility, relaxation, and most importantly - an intergenerational community!

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Lisa Barry

Student Contacts:
Patricia Hare, hare@uchc.edu
Morgan Smith, mosmith@uchc.edu
Jessica Weeks, weeks@uchc.edu

Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA)

Christian Medical and Dental Association (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 can be found on Facebook and the CMDA website.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Cynthia Price

Student Contacts:
Suleiman Abiola, sabiola@uchc.edu
Steven Cosgrove, scosgrove@uchc.edu
Trisha Kwarko, kwarko@uchc.edu

Couples and Conversations Interest Group

Slogan
“Strengthening the lives and times of UConn husbands and wives”

Mission Statement
“Couples and Conversations” is an interest group dedicated to strengthening and supporting both married and engaged couples in the UConn medical and dental programs. This objective will be accomplished through peer-on-peer support by facilitating times in which couples can get together to strengthen their relationships and have fun.

Activities and Events

  • Monthly social gatherings
  • Bi-yearly panels (3rd and 4th year students provide tips to younger couples)
  • Launch welcoming activities
  • Planned activities
  • Bi-yearly spousal retreats

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Ajay Dhingra

Student Contacts:
President: Steven Cosgrove, scosgrove@uchc.edu, and Fernie Cosgrove
Officer: Aloys Nsereko, nsereko@uchc.edu, and Ariana Nsereko
Officer: Garrett Fontaine, gfontaine@uchc.edu, and Lexi Fontaine

Facebook Page

Covenant House Medical Clinic in Willimantic

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 health care. 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, nursing, dental, physician’s assistant, APRN, and pharmacy students and an attending physician. The clinic is open on the fourth Saturday of each month (one exception for November 16 which falls on the third Saturday) for the hours of 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The clinic is located at 220 Valley Street, Willimantic, CT.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Nelson Walker
Dr. Angela Starkweather

Student Contacts:
Subin Lee, sublee@uchc.edu
John Riley Pflomm, jpflomm@uchc.edu

Dental Practice Management Interest Group

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

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Ron Albert

Student Contacts:
To be announced.

Dental Student Activities Congress (DSAC)

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:
To be announced

Dermatology Interest Group (DIG)

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 Advisors:
Dr. Hao Feng
Dr. Jane Grant-Kels

Student Contacts:
Audrey Defusco, defusco@uchc.edu
Madeline DeWane, dewane@uchc.edu
Roman Drozdowski, rdrozdowski@uchc.edu
Christine Kohn, ckohn@uchc.edu
Mohammed Malik, momalik@uchc.edu

Disabilities Interest Group (DIG)

What is the definition of disability? How do we prepare physicians to effectively and compassionately care for patients who have disabilities? What are the current challenges that people with disabilities face in health care and how will physicians tackle these issues? These are fundamental questions that have relevance in all areas of medicine and impact patient care in all settings. UConn School of Medicine's Disabilities Interest Group is a student-run organization that strives to promote disability awareness and education through community engagement, service, and advocacy. We offer a variety of activities, including local volunteering, an elective course on disability, and charitable events that enable students to interact with and learn from people with disabilities, as well as support the disability community. We sincerely hope you will reach out to us and join our interest group in order to have fun, gain new perspectives, and expand your knowledge and competence in treating patients with disabilities.

See our Facebook page.

Faculty Advisors:
The UConn Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD)
Dr. Mary Beth Bruder
Dr. Craig Schramm

Student Contacts:
Lauren Benedetto, benedetto@uchc.edu
Sandra Carpenter, carpenter@uchc.edu
Audrey DeFusco, defusco@uchc.edu

Earth Health, Climate, and Sustainability Interest Group

The Earth Health, Climate, and Sustainability student interest group recognizes the responsibility we have as medical and dental health professionals to address the health impacts of environmental damage and fight the progression of climate change. Our group supports the UConn Health community in its quest to minimize our carbon footprint, both on and off campus. We will work to support vulnerable communities affected by climate change and poor environmental health, and fight to make environmental health a topic of concern for health professionals and their patients.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Kirsten Ek

Student Contact:
Kate Topalis, topalis@uchc.edu

Education and Quality United in Interprofessionalism (EQUIP)

The Education and Quality United in Interprofessionalism (EQUIP) student organization welcomes students from all UConn health care programs. Members work together to promote collaboration between health professions and to prepare for careers working in interprofessional teams. Meetings and events will occur throughout the academic year and center on building teamwork skills that apply to modern health care settings. Activities may include case simulations in teams, team-building exercises, interprofessional panel discussions, and community outreach events. Members are encouraged to develop leadership roles and projects in collaboration with students from other health care disciplines.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Ellen Nestler

Student Contact:
Brett Chen, brechen@uchc.edu

Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG)

UConn EMIG aims to foster community among all those interested in emergency medicine and to expose medical students to this exciting specialty. We hold monthly meetings throughout the academic year at faculty members' homes. Meetings typically feature dinner with case presentations from senior students and attendings. We also have special sessions focused on away rotations, residency applications, and interviews, along with simulation and skills nights. Every Fall we host a Wilderness Medicine Symposium that attracts medical students from across New England. We also run a mentorship program through which interested students are matched to UConn Emergency Medicine resident mentors.

More information can be found on our website. You can contact us at info@uconnemig.org or reach out to our co-presidents.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Tom Regan

2019-20 MS4 Co-Presidents:
Alex Giuliano, agiuliano@uchc.edu
Kaitlin Lipner, lipner@uchc.edu
Sam Southgate, ssouthgate@uchc.edu

Endodontics Interest Group

The Endodontics Interest Group’s focus is on all things endodontics. Our goals are to provide any student interested in endodontics with guidance in research, career expectations, new technology and procedures, and preparing for endodontic residency programs. These goals are achieved mainly by guest speakers from UConn's endodontic residency program as well as current endodontic faculty.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Qiang Zhu

Student Contacts:
President: Elena Carrington, ecarrington@uchc.edu
Vice President: Stephanie Patterson, stpatterson@uchc.edu
Secretary: Kathryn Forth, forth@uchc.edu

Entrepreneurship and Business in Medicine (EBM)

The Entrepreneurship and Business in Medicine (EBM) interest group seeks to improve student understanding and appreciation for the role of business, finance, and the entrepreneurial spirit in advancing medical technology and improving patient care. Through guest lecturers, article discussions, and information sessions EBM hopes to introduce students to a number of topics including basic financial literacy, ways to pursue entrepreneurship as a physician, business and administrative careers within medicine, and even non-clinical careers in the public or private sectors.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Jason Ryan

Student Contact:
Gerard Kerins, gkerins@uchc.edu

Exercise is Medicine Interest Group

The Exercise is Medicine Interest Group aims to promote exercise as the fifth vital sign in the health care setting. The prevalence of physical inactivity is high, and there is a great need for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases such as type II diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. Our goal is to create a culture on campus that embraces daily movement, and to deliver behavioral and educational tools necessary to facilitate lasting healthy habits focused on meeting public health goals. We work closely with the orthopedic, sports medicine, primary care, student health services, and recreational departments to deliver interactive presentations, speakers, and exercise-related events.

Faculty Advisors:
Dr. Katherine Coyner
Dr. Allison Schafer

Student Contacts:
Gabriel Colon, gcolon@uchc.edu
Maria Slater, mslater@uchc.edu

Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG)

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.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Adam Perrin

Student Contact:
Miryam Wilson, mirwilson@uchc.edu

General Dentistry Interest Group (GDIG)

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:
James Flynn, jaflynn@uchc.edu
Allison Giroux, agiroux@uchc.edu
Ryeed Khan, rykhan@uchc.edu
Katherine Merrick, kmerrick@uchc.edu

Global Health Interest Group

The global health interest group is made up of both medical and dental students who are interested and committed to learn about global health. The group focuses on expanding global health involvement within the health field, providing mentorship and support for students interested in traveling abroad, and attending educational workshops about global health opportunities. The group also supports an ongoing photo project composed of culturally meaningful photos from UConn students and staff members.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Kevin Dieckhaus

Student Contacts:
Brandon Shore, shore@uchc.edu, Class of 2020 Representative
Jessica Bertenshaw, bertenshaw@uchc.edu, Class of 2022 Representative
Candice Quarella, quarella@uchc.edu

Graduate Student Organization (GSO)

For more information, visit the GSO website.

Hartford Health Education (HHE)

The Hartford Health Education (HHE) 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 elementary and middle schools teaching about topics such as nutrition, exercise, bullying, mental health/identity, substance use, puberty/hygiene, healthy relationships, and sexual health. The program is one of the few health education resources available to these children, and it depends on the commitment of UConn medical and dental students to teach these once-a-week lessons. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in mentoring, teaching, urban health education, or who just loves working with kids.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Stacey Brown

Student Contact:
Marisa Boch, maboch@uchc.edu
Erin Hannon, ehannon@uchc.edu

Hartford Nutrition Initiative

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:
To be announced

Healthy Smiles: Dental Health Education Program

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:
Anthony DeFilippo, adefilippo@uchc.edu
Lisa Harris, liharris@uchc.edu

Infectious Diseases Interest Group (IDIG)

It was not long ago when the majority of people could expect to die from infections. The development of antibiotics, vaccination, and public sanitation revolutionized medicine, giving more of us the opportunity to succumb to heart disease and cancers. But a surge of issues makes infectious diseases and microbiology perhaps the most pressing medical challenge of our time. Widespread antimicrobial resistant “superbugs,” vaccine-hesitant populations, climate change bringing tropical diseases and strange new fungi to more polar latitudes, and a myriad of other challenges are anticipated to make infectious diseases the number one cause of mortality in the Global North and South alike by 2050.

But not all is lost, and not all microbes are bad. We are at the beginning of a renaissance of microbial-based therapeutics: phage and bacteriophore treatments for infections, engineered probiotics for a vast range of pursuits, viral and bacterial vectors for oncolytic therapies. We are seeing a new age of “interventional” microbiology.

More than any other field, whether you are a physician, a researcher, or a public health worker, when dealing with infectious diseases you need to be up to date on the relevant clinical medicine, basic science, and public health. That’s why the IDIG encompasses students from the medical school, dental school, school of public health, and anyone else who is interested. We host career panels, expert speakers, journal clubs, and outreach events. No matter your field, microbiology and infectious diseases will play a role, so come learn and rise to the challenge of the century.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. David Banach

Student Contacts:
Peter Larson, plarson@uchc.edu

Innovators and Entrepreneurs Club

Mission Statement

Our objective is to form a club which provides the information and resources needed for both medical and dental students to pursue endeavors in innovation and entrepreneurship.

We will answer and discuss questions such as:

  • Premise: What is innovation and as a physician, dentist, or biomedical researcher, why do I care?
  • Patents and licensing: Who owns my idea? How do I file? Do I even need a patent?
  • Customer Discovery: Is my idea really any good?  Is it meeting an unmet need? Will anyone want it if I build it?
  • Regulatory: Do medical software apps have to be FDA approved? What about devices or diagnostic tests?
  • Entrepreneurship: How are startups different from a clinical practice business? When and how do I start a company?
  • Team Making: My idea is bigger than my own knowledge base - how do I find a collaborator?
  • Resources and Education: Are there programs that teach innovation? Is there funding for my project?
  • Career: How can I be part of innovation without giving up my practice or starting a company?
  • What is like to be a startup entrepreneur? What kinds of innovations are being developed at UConn Health right now?
  • Hands-on: I don't have an idea but I want exposure to innovation - can I get it here at UConn Health?

Activities and Events

  • A tour of the Technology Incubator at 400 Farmington to meet some of the companies.
  • Guest speakers from the field of venture capitalism, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Caroline Dealy

Student Contacts:
Dental Class of 2022: Joseph Noory, noory@uchc.edu
Medical Class of 2022: Aulon Jerliu, jerliu@uchc.edu

Integrative Medicine Interest Group (IM)

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:
Rebecca Joseph, rejoseph@uchc.edu

Internal Medicine Scholars/Internal Medicine Interest Group

The Internal Medicine Scholars/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. Jaclyn Cox

Student Contacts:
Antea DeMarsilis, demarsilis@uchc.edu
Quynh-Lan Dao, dao@uchc.edu
Michelle Duong, miduong@uchc.edu
Sarah Reid, sareid@uchc.edu
Sonali Rodrigues, srodrigues@uchc.edu
Vruksha Upadhyay, vupadhyay@uchc.edu

Interventional Radiology Interest Group

The Interventional Radiology Interest Group is designed to expose medical students to the field of interventional radiology, which uses image-guided, minimally invasive treatments to treat a wide array of conditions in all parts of the body. Interventional radiology is the newest ACGME approved residency, which allows students to gain experience in interventional radiology after completing the fundamental training in diagnostic radiology. This year we plan to host an "Introduction to Interventional Radiology" meeting as well as several presentations from practicing interventional radiologists and a special ultrasound guided biopsy simulation event.

Faculty Advisors:
Dr. Michael Baldwin
Dr. Charan Singh

Student Contacts:
Sean Cusano, scusano@uchc.edu
Matthew Sagnelli, sagnelli@uchc.edu
Ryan Slovak, slovak@uchc.edu

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. Annabelle Rodriguez-Oquendo

Student Contacts:
Salem Harry, sharry@uchc.edu
Christina Valentin, cvalentin@uchc.edu

Medical Dental Student Government (MDSG)

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 2019-2020:
President: Miriam Sedrak
Medical Vice President: Ghalib Shaikh
Dental Vice President: Robert Violette
Treasurer: Klair Lubonja
Secretary: Sarah Feltz

Dental Class Representatives:
2023 Class: Caroline Wilson
2022 Class: Cameron Christiansen
2021 Class: Shiyuan Mao (MJ)
2020 Class: Zachary Ward

Medical Class Representatives:
2023 Class: Christopher Bessette
2022 Class: Carla Rivera Perez
2021 Class: Alexandria Plant
2020 Class: Jorge Ortiz

Social Chairs:
2023 Class, Dental: Addison Vitols
2023 Class, Medical: Timothy Nolan and Ryan Silva
2022 Class, Dental: Kathryn Forth
2022 Class, Medical: Emily Arciero

Medical Students for Choice (MSFC)

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:
Jenn Lawson, jlawson@uchc.edu
Jenny Park, jpark@uchc.edu

Migrant Farm Worker Clinic

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 on the Migrant Farm Worker Clinics page.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Bruce Gould

2019 Coordinators:
Will Bogaert, bogaert@uchc.edu
Christian Caceres, ccaceres@uchc.edu
Brett Chen, brechen@uchc.edu
Beth Sheils, sheils@uchc.edu

National Primary Care Week

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.

Neurosurgery Interest Group

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. Ketan Bulsara

Student Contacts:
Bryan Ferrigno, ferrigno@uchc.edu
Anzhela Moskalik, moskalik@uchc.edu

OB/GYN Scholars Interest Group

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:
Adeola Adeyeye, adeyeye@uchc.edu
Molly Potter, mpotter@uchc.edu
Candice Quarella, quarella@uchc.edu
Kavita Sinha, ksinha@uchc.edu

Oncology Interest Group

Oncology is a rapidly progressing, multi-organ system field with intense and fascinating research. Novel biomedical research methods have paid enormous dividends in terms of deepening our understanding and enhancing treatment options for this often-paradigm-defying condition. However, such breakthroughs have been greatly dependent on the interaction between healthcare professionals of multiple disciplines. The Oncology Interest Group hopes to foster such an open and collaborative environment between prospective doctors, dentists, and researchers by hosting events such as panels, presentations, and fora focusing on oncological practice and research. In doing so, we hope to encourage clinicians and researchers to work together towards a better understanding of cancer mechanisms and improved cancer therapies.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Molly Brewer

Student Contacts:
Redwan Bhuiyan, bhuiyan@uchc.edu
Tima Kargino, karginov@uchc.edu
Christine Kohn, ckohn@uchc.edu

Ophthalmology Interest Group

The Ophthalmology Interest Group serves to educate students about the field of ophthalmology through panel discussions, case-based presentations, and experiential hands-on sessions. We provide mentorship about research opportunities and the residency application process. Broadly, we introduce students to the various sub-specialties within ophthalmology, including retina, cornea, uveitis, neuro-ophthalmology, oculoplastics, pediatrics, glaucoma, and more. We highlight ocular pathology associated with common systemic diseases relevant to the non-ophthalmologist, and host practice sessions with the direct ophthalmoscope geared toward all students.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Elizabeth Simmons
Dr. Jeanine Suchecki

Student Contacts:

Fourth Year
Sonny Caplash, caplash@uchc.edu
Shaan Kamal, skamal@uchc.edu
Nicholas Saba, saba@uchc.edu
Victoria Stoj, vstoj@uchc.edu

Third Year
Gwendolyn Schultz, gwschultz@uchc.edu

Orthodontics Interest Group

The Orthodontics Interest Group functions to promote students’ understanding and exposure to the discipline of orthodontics through lecture, research, discussions, and experiential activities within the field. We partner with both the Orthodontic Residency Program, its faculty, and local orthodontists in private practice to bring a multi-dimensional perspective to the specialty.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Eliane Dutra

Student Contacts:
Lauren Cardarelli, cardarelli@uchc.edu
Madison Cohen, mcohen@uchc.edu
Alexandra McKenna, amckenna@uchc.edu

Orthopedic Surgery Interest Group

The Orthopedic Surgery Interest Group provides students with an awareness of orthopedics 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
  • Orthopedic Jeopardy with Dr. Craig Rodner
  • Research opportunities
  • Learning how to match
  • Life as an orthopedic surgeon

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Craig Rodner

Student Contacts:

Fourth Year 2020
Nicholas Bellas, nbellas@uchc.edu

Third Year 2021
Joshua Baldino, jbaldino@uchc.edu

Second Year 2022
Lemuel Gordon-Hackshaw, gordonhackshaw@uchc.edu
Arthur Landry, alandry@uchc.edu
Lisa Tamburini, ldolan@uchc.edu

Otolaryngology Interest Group

The Otolaryngology Interest Group is a student-run group that introduces students to the surgical subspecialty of otolaryngology. Students will learn about different problems that otolaryngologists manage surgically, as well as gain exposure to the physical exam components that are necessary in the field. Live demonstrations will provide students with a first-hand glimpse of techniques used in the inpatient and outpatient settings. This group is a great introduction to the field of otolaryngology, that is otherwise not emphasized in the medical school curriculum. Otolaryngologic problems are encountered in all fields of medicine, and as such, students interested in specialties ranging from primary care to surgery can benefit from learning more about otolaryngology.

Faculty Advisors:
Dr. Todd Falcone

Student Contacts:
Michael Bowe, bowe@uchc.edu
Kelly McKenna, kmckenna@uchc.edu
Maggie Mills, marmills@uchc.edu
Connor Milone, milone@uchc.edu

Pathology Interest Group

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:
Rory Geyer, geyer@uchc.edu

Pediatric Clinics Education Outreach Program

The Pediatric Clinics Education Outreach Program allows student experiences in a shelter for mothers and children. Part of this includes educational events where students teach about child development and common childhood conditions.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Mark Greenstein

Student Contact:
Richika Makol, rmakol@uchc.edu

Pediatric Education Service Group (PEdS)

The School of Medicine Pediatric Education Service Group (PedS) organizes many education, service, and clinic opportunities within the Greater Hartford community. We host educational events for parents and children around the community which aim to educate families about normal childhood development and how to address common childhood illnesses. In addition, we work with organizations that promote high school student involvement in medical research. Members are also involved with fundraising activities for Nancy’s Kids and a gift drive for toddlers at the Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect program at Connecticut Children's Medical Center. Students in all four years of medical school are encouraged to participate.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Anton Alerte

Student Contact:
Jacqueline Steele, jsteele@uchc.edu

Pediatric Hematology Oncology Crafts

The Pediatric Hematology Oncology Craft 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 monthly visits to the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Outpatient Unit at Connecticut Children's Medical Center to assist in arts and crafts projects with patients in the waiting room, opportunities for shadowing in the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Outpatient Unit, and an end of the year small group discussion with the group advisor Dr. Kerry Moss and listen to her experience in the field of pediatric hematology/oncology and pediatric palliative and end-of-life care.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Kerry Moss

Student Contact:
Gabriella Ahle, ahle@uchc.edu
William Lambert, wlambert@uchc.edu

Pediatric Scholars

Pediatric Scholars is both an interest group (discussion) and a scholar’s (research) program. We generally meet on the first, third, (and fifth), Wednesday evening from September through March at the home of a faculty member. Fourth year students usually choose a topic to teach, often in a game show format and guest faculty may help. Attendance is open at all times to all UConn medical students without obligation. You do NOT have to “register” or be here frequently … just show up when you want to and can. We are on Blackboard where there is also a schedule posted. You can sign up each year for the mailing list.

Coordinator/Faculty Advisor:
Dr.  Anton Alerte

Peloton

The Peloton’s mission is to use cycling as a means for personal health and for charity. We will conduct weekly rides in the area, open to anyone interested (about 25-30 miles). We also have several members interested in the pan-America charitable trip during the summer. We plan on riding in races like the pan-Mass challenge, in hopes of raising funds for charitable causes.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Adam Perrin

Student Contact:
Brian Leland, leland@uchc.edu

Founding Members:
Zachary Giaccone
Joshua Goodman
Christian Gronbeck
Patrick Lau
Brian Leland
Zachary Punt
John Sullivan

Persian-American Student Association (PSA)

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:
To be announced

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Interest Group

The purpose of the UConn Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Interest Group (PRIG) is to act as the primary resource for all medical student seeking more information on this dynamic and rapidly changing field. Our goal is to help all students navigate this multifaceted and competitive specialty, from students who are exploring a wide range of specialties to those who already have their sights set on a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery residency. Accordingly, there is a variety of informational, surgical, and networking events students may attend. PRIG further aims to coordinate and foster connections between established medical professionals and medical students interested in this field. More specifically, students will have the opportunity to interact with surgeons and residents in the field and gain knowledge, mentorship, and research advice.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Jillian Fortier

Student Contacts:
Ian Whittal, whittall@uchc.edu
Maria Slater, mslater@uchc.edu

Primary Care Progress

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 Contacts:
Steven Cosgrove, scosgrove@uchc.edu
Antea Demarsilis, demarsilis@uchc.edu
Kathryn Topalis, topalis@uchc.edu

Additional Contact:
Email: UConnPCP@gmail.com

Psychiatry Interest Group

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:
Marc Benoit, mbenoit@uchc.edu
Faith Donaghey, donaghey@uchc.edu
Camillo Ferrari, cferrari@uchc.edu
Nia Harris, niaharris@uchc.edu
Rebecca Kenney, rkenney@uchc.edu
Brett Lehner, lehner@uchc.edu
Sonali Rodrigues, srodrigues@uchc.edu

Public Health Student Organization (PHSO)

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

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

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Michael Baldwin
Dr. Electra Kaloudis

Student Contacts:
Sean Cusano, scusano@uchc.edu
Ryan Slovak, slovak@uchc.edu

Reach Out

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. Initiatives have included participation in a 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 Advisor:
Dr. Mark Greenstein, mgreens@connecticutchildrens.org

Student Contact:
reachout@uchc.edu

SIM Center Interest Group

SIM Center Interest Group’s objective is to provide students with the opportunity to create and run simulation cases. In addition to cases, SIM Interest Group also holds teaching sessions where students are able to learn about various procedures through the use of simulation models. You can contact us by reaching out to our co-presidents or using uconnsimig@gmail.com.

Faculty Advisors:
Dr. Alise Frallicciardi
Dr. Mariann Kelley

2019-2020 Co-Presidents:
Zachary Boivin, zboivin@uchc.edu
Nicholas Frederico, frederico@uchc.edu

South Asian Medical Dental Association (SAMDA)

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:
Yumna Arif, yarif@uchc.edu
Anjali Dinesh, dinesh@uchc.edu
Angela Quental, quental@uchc.edu

South Park Inn Dental Clinic

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.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Sarita Arteaga

Student Contact:
Steven Cosgrove, scosgrove@uchc.edu

South Park Inn Medical Clinic

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.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Bruce Gould

Student Contacts:
Antea DeMarsilis, demarsilis@uchc.edu
Kelly McKenna, kmckenna@uchc.edu
Christina Yang, cheyang@uchc.edu

South Park Inn Medical/Dental Clinic 5K Road Race

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 2019:
Simon Archambault, sarchambault@uchc.edu
Lauren Cardarelli, cardarelli@uchc.edu
Jacqueline Steele, jsteele@uchc.edu
Ian Whittall, whitall@uchc.edu

Special Care Dentistry Interest Group (SCDIG)

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 Contact:
Priya John, pjohn@uchc.edu

Sports Clubs and Other Areas of Interest

Basketball, Intramural
Student Contacts:
Dunkin Adams, duadams@uchc.edu
Andrew Stone, astone@uchc.edu
Running Club
Student Contact:
Kathryn Topalis, topalis@uchc.edu
Dance Club
Student Contacts:
Lisa Fredrickson, fredrickson@uchc.edu
Tiahna Spencer, tspencer@uchc.edu
Squash Club
Student Contact:
Shiyuan (MJ) Mao, smao@uchc.edu
Indoor Soccer Club
Student Contact:
Michael Martins, mmartins@uchc.edu
Tennis Club
Student Contact:
Samuel Roh, roh@uchc.edu
Rock Climbing Club
Student Contact:
Christina Yang, cheyang@uchc.edu
Yoga Club
Student Contact:
Yingying Zhang, yinzhang@uchc.edu

Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN)

The Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN) and its meetings are open to students who are curious about the brain and its powerful ability to perform complex tasks ranging from emotional processing to coordinating the synchronized rhythm in which we walk. 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: Neuro Jeopardy for 1st and 2nd year students, Stroke Day, "how to succeed in neurology" panels with advice from fourth years who matched in the field, and a 5K to raise awareness for the CT Brain Tumor Alliance. We are also part of the Student Interest Group in Neurology, which offers numerous research and scholarship opportunities for students interested in the field.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Marie Eugene-Mbewe

Student Contacts:
Marc Benoit, mbenoit@uchc.edu
Shalmli Joshi, shjoshi@uchc.edu
Kate Spiegel, spiegel@uchc.edu
Stephanie Vu, svu@uchc.edu

Student National Dental Association-Hispanic Student Dental Association (SNDA-HSDA)

The Student National Dental Association and Hispanic Student Dental Association promotes oral health awareness for disadvantaged populations through service, mentorship, and camaraderie among its members and the community. Members help advance the leaders of tomorrow through promoting good fellowship and aiding in the advancement of minority students in dentistry. 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:
Elena Carrington, ecarrington@uchc.edu
Syed Saud, saud@uchc.edu

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: www.snma.org.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Marja Hurley

Student Contacts:
Lemuel Gordon-Hackshaw, gordonhackshaw@uchc.edu
Tijesunimi Oni, toni@uchc.edu

Email: uconn@snma.org

Student Professionalism and Ethics Association in Dentistry

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 Contact:
Dominic Gambino, gambino@uchc.edu

Students for a National Health Program

Students for a National Health Program (SNaHP) is the student arm of Physicians for a National Health Program. Our chapter at UConn is the first of its kind in Connecticut, and was borne out of an awareness that our nation's health care system is unsustainably and increasingly bloated, costly, and inefficient. We believe in establishing a national health insurance plan (commonly referred to as "Medicare For All"), as such a policy would not only lead to decreased costs from administrative consolidation and increased payer negotiating power, but would also ensure that all Americans can truly have access to affordable, high-quality healthcare. Our chapter's plans include lobbying at the local and regional level, organizing speaker events and policy debates, and other tactics that will help bring serious discussion of universal health care reform into the mainstream.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Zita Lazzarini

Student Contact:
Nick Arconti, arconti@uchc.edu

Surgery Interest Group

The Surgery Interest Group seeks to expose medical students to the field of surgery and its subspecialties. This year, our events will include: welcome meeting, tour the operating room, simulation night, scrub and suture class, specialty panel with attending surgeons, and advice on acceptance into surgical residencies from MS4s.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Joy Liang

Student Contacts:
Bethany Cucka, bcucka@uchc.edu
Rebecca Hudon, hudon@uchc.edu
Connor Milone, milone@uchc.edu
Ian Whittall, whittall@uchc.edu

UConn Against Gun Violence

UConn Against Gun Violence is committed to ending gun violence and building safer communities. In collaboration with other community organizations, this group provides a platform for students to discuss the current state of Connecticut and federal gun laws and brainstorm ways to advocate for change. Events include, but are not limited to: attending marches (such as the March for Our Lives), tabling to register students to vote, and presentations by local politicians.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Bruce Gould

Student Contacts:
Allie Clement, alclement@uchc.edu
Samantha Goldburg, goldburg@uchc.edu

UConn Immigration Rights Initiative (UIRI)

UConn Immigration Rights Initiative (UIRI) is an organization that encompasses education, advocacy, and a student run asylum clinic. Education involves resident training, electives for medical students, and monthly meetings. UIRI has partnered with various Connecticut organizations that provide services to refugees and asylees. The asylum clinic is run in conjunction with Physicians for Human Rights to provide free medical and psychiatric evaluations for persons seeking asylum. Students can assist with evaluations and write the legal document after attending a Physicians for Human Rights one-day training course.

Prior events include: IRIS Run for Refugees, organizing a showing for documentaries, Human Flow and This Is Home, public charge event. UIRI has now completed six asylum evaluations.

Physicians for Human Rights website

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Susan Levine

Student Contact:
Anastasia Barros, anbarros@uchc.edu, MS4

Ultrasound Interest Group

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:
Jeffrey O’Brien, jobrien@uchc.edu
Jorge Ortiz, joortiz@uchc.edu
Christine Parsons, parsons@uchc.edu

Urology Interest Group

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 Contact:
Ryan Daigle, rdaigle@uchc.edu

Walk With A Doc

Walk With A Doc is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging healthy physical activity in people of all ages, and combatting the nationwide epidemic of obesity in order to improve the health and well-being of our country. Our role as a UConn chapter of Walk With a Future Doc is to bring medical students and doctors together with members of the community for a brief 5-minute talk about timely health-related issues before walking together in the park for the remainder of the hour. During the brief address and throughout the walks, we engage members of the community and encourage them to speak with doctors and health care personnel in this non-threatening environment. In essence, we strive to encourage behavioral changes and physical activity within the Greater Hartford community in order to support healthy habits while simultaneously strengthening relationships between community members, future doctors and doctors. Walks are held on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of every month from 9 to 10 a.m. at Elizabeth Park in West Hartford, CT.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Varalakshmi Niranjan

Student Contacts:
Christian Caceres, ccaceres@uchc.edu
Lilah Fones, fones@uchc.edu

Women in Dentistry

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:
To be announced.

Women in Surgery Interest Group (WISIG)

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 Contacts:
Lilah Fones, fones@uchc.edu
Subin Lee, sublee@uchc.edu
Kelly McKenna, kmckenna@uchc.edu
Gwen Schultz, gwschultz@uchc.edu
Micaella Zubkov, zubkov@uchc.edu