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Academic Dental Student Interest Group (ADSIG)

The Academic Dental Student Interest Group is designed for students interested in academic dental careers. 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 special interest groups already established within the medical and dental schools.

Faculty Advisors:
Dr. Easwar Natarajan
Dr. Douglas E. Peterson
Dr. Arthur Hand

Student Contacts:
Kathleen Schultz, kschultz@student.uchc.edu
Robert Yau, ryau@student.uchc.edu

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. Michael Goupil

Student Contact:
Gregory Biron, gbiron@student.uchc.edu

American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD)

The American Association of Women Dentists is a national organization that provides support and education to women dentists. The organization's mission is to connect and enrich the lives of women dentists. The AAWD is guided by the following core values:

We are PRISMATIC:
Passion
Respect
Integrity
Service
Mentoring
Advancement
Teamwork
Inclusiveness
Collegiality

The UConn AAWD is a chapter whose goal is to create a network of women dentists throughout the university and local community and to provide community service. Community activities include service to benefit local women and children's shelters. While our focus is women in dentistry, all students, faculty and residents are welcomed and encouraged to join.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Sarita Arteaga

Student Contacts:
Sonam Sheth, ssheth@student.uchc.edu
Khadija Khan, kkhan@student.uchc.edu
Bethany Horbal, horbal@student.uchc.edu
Carolyn Kilbride, kilbride@student.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 Contacts:
Perry Pratt, ppratt@student.uchc.edu
William Gionfriddo, wgionfriddo@student.uchc.edu

American Medical Association

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. It organizes a mobile clinic that visits Hartford to offer free basic health screening and counseling. 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. At national conferences, students interact with and influence leaders who create national health policy. The AMA provides democratic voting rights and participation to students at the highest levels of its policymaking. 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.

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, Professionalism

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Mary Casey Jacob

Student Contacts:
Chair: Ela Banerjee, ebanerjee@student.uchc.edu
Vice Chair: Corey Dwyer, cdwyer@student.uchc.edu
State Liaison: Ankeet Bhatt, abhatt@student.uchc.edu
Community Service: Sarah Cryer, cryer@student.uchc.edu
Policy Chair: Nikki Rubin, nrubin@student.uchc.edu
Secretary: Eileen Semancik, semancik@student.uchc.edu
Treasurer: Zach Pinchover, pinchover@student.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 frontline 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. Mary Casey Jacob

Student Contacts for 2013-2014:
UConn Chapter President: Maureen Dunn, mdunn@student.uchc.edu
UConn Chapter Vice President of Programming: Danielle Pulton, pulton@student.uchc.edu
UConn Chapter Vice President of Finance: Mike Kang, mkang@student.uchc.edu
UConn Chapter Vice President of Membership: Sarah Cryer, cryer@student.uchc.edu
UConn Chapter Secretary: Leah Gregorio, lgregorio@student.uchc.edu

Action Committee Chairs:
Gender and Sexuality: Mark Barber, mbarber@student.uchc.edu
Global Health: Bryan Stenson, bstenson@student.uchc.edu
Medical Professionalism: Ethan Talbot, etalbot@student.uchc.edu
Wellness and Student Life: Greg Barron, gbarron@student.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 amongst 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:
Janiris Lopez, jalopez@student.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

ASDA Chapter Officers for 2013-2014:
First Delegate: Joe Whitney
Second Delegates: Lane Mahoney and Andrew Brodsky
Second Year Representative: Joseph Ballatore
Website/Communications Chairs: Daniel Beauvais and MaryKate Conboy
Community Service Chairs: Alison Kudish, Gerri Blick, and Christopher Gibson
Fundraising Chairs: Melissa Landin, Renee Rubenstein, and Khadija Khan
Legislative Liaisons: Angela Pohuja and Amy Eklund
Lunch and Learn Coordinators: Neha Grewal and Jeff Wojewoda
Alumni Relations Chair: Sean O’Brien
Social Chairs: Kristopher Cooper and Ted Gargano

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. Interested students can contact the co-chairs.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Jeffrey Gross

Student Contact:
Elliott Higgins, khiggins@student.uchc.edu

Asian Student Association (ASA)

ASA seeks to build a sense of community among the Asian students within the different graduate programs through fun cultural activities and service work.  We hope to raise cultural awareness through various events including cooking classes, field trips, movie nights, as well as coffeehouse fundraisers.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Shigeyuki Kuwada, shig@neuron.uchc.edu

Student Contacts:
Eunice Song, esong@student.uchc.edu
Jing Sun, sjing@uchc.edu
Nathan Tran, ntran@student.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. The dinners are always open for anyone to attend including spouses and partners. Often different topics for discussion or presentation are part of the evening.

Other events include:

  • Community service giving campaign around the holiday season.
  • Hosting of Open Mike Coffeehouses in the spring and sometimes in the winter.

These are social events with food and entertainment that are well attended by the entire UConn Health community.

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

Faculty Advisors:
Dr. Jeffrey Meter
Dr. Cynthia Price

Student Contact:
Yinka Edwards, oedwards@student.uchc.edu

Covenant House Medical Clinic

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.m. and is located on Walnut Street in Willimantic, Connecticut.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Bruce Gould

Student Contact:
Lauren Olsen, laolsen@student.uchc.edu

Dermatology Interest Group (DIG)

The Dermatology Interest Group seeks to bring together medical students who are interested in pursuing a career in dermatology, expanding their dermatologic knowledge and improving their understanding of the field of dermatology. Meetings are held on a monthly basis at UConn Health.

Faculty Advisors:
Dr. Michael Payette
Dr. Diane Whitaker-Worth

Student Contact:
Melissa Argraves, argraves@student.uchc.edu

Emergency Medicine Interest Group

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 at http://uconnemig.wordpress.com.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Tom Regan

Student Contacts:
Sarah de Loizaga, sdeloizaga@student.uchc.edu
Tom Williams, thwilliams@student.uchc.edu

Emergency Medical Services Interest Group

The Emergency Medical Services Interest Group runs events to promote the field of pre-hospital emergency medical services. Events may include demonstrations, lectures and tours.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Richard Kamin

Student Contact:
Christopher Berry, chrberry@student.uchc.edu

Endodontics Interest Group

The Endodontics Interest Group is a group interested in learning more about the profession of endodontics. Faculty members, practicing endodontists, and upperclassmen are invited to talk to the group about their experiences and knowledge surrounding the profession. We hope to engage interested and enthusiastic students in learning about the lives of endodontic residents, how to gain acceptance to endodontic residency programs, and what to look for in different schools. Different practice techniques and patient management methods are also discussed. The group meets bi-monthly.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Qiang Zhu

Student Contact:
Alexander Fuchs, afuchs@student.uchc.edu

FaithCare Wellness Center

FaithCare Wellness Center is a not-for-profit Christian organization that integrates healthcare delivery and spiritual healing in order to provide holistic medicine to the community. Founded in 1999, FaithCare Wellness Center embodies the combined efforts and beneficence of medical students, physicians, nurses, physician assistants, paramedics, and residents in hopes of delivering quality health care services to the greater Hartford community. FaithCare Wellness Center strives to address healthcare disparities in the system and attend to those patients who do not have the access or means to health services. The Wellness Center provides a nurturing environment for healthcare personnel and non-medical individuals to promote and exemplify the Christian word. With a focus on spiritual counseling and medical services, FaithCare Wellness Center is cognizant of the duality of medicine as a psychosocial and biomedical field, and seeks to alleviate patients’ symptoms as well as encourage healing through Christ. The Wellness Center is managed and coordinated largely by University of Connecticut medical and dental students in concert with a committee consisting of physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, dieticians, medical students, pregnancy and spiritual counselors, community pastors, among others, including members of the affiliated organization, FaithCare.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Paul Sullivan

Student Contact:
Diane Smith, dsmith@student.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, often at faculty homes.

Past events have included:

  • Sports Medicine Casting and Splinting Workshop
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology Hands-On Night
  • Global Health Video and Lunch
  • Movie Night Hosted by Faculty
  • “Can I Afford to Be a Primary Care Doctor?”: A Discussion with State Leaders

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 Advisors:
Dr. Hugh Blumenfeld, blumenfeld@uchc.edu
Dr. Kenia Mansilla, mansilla@uchc.edu
Dr. Ed Kim, eakim@uchc.edu

Student Contacts:
Co-president: Diane Smith, dsmith@student.uchc.edu
Co-president: Devorah Donnell, ddonnell@student.uchc.edu
Treasurer: Caitlin Bette-Waner, bettewaner@student.uchc.edu

Gaming the Boards

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:
Brian Jennings, bjennings@student.uchc.edu
Allen Mo, mo@student.uchc.edu
Diane Smith, dsmith@student.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:
Angela Pohuja, apohuja@student.uchc.edu
Katherine Jerome, kjerome@student.uchc.edu
Alysha Bullock, ambullock@student.uchc.edu

Geriatrics Interest Group

As our aging population grows, nearly every medical field will require that physicians and other providers be competent in addressing the specific needs of this group. There is increased demand for compassionate physicians who are also knowledgeable in the unique and complex needs of the elderly. The Geriatrics Interest Group is meant to expose interested students to the exciting field of geriatrics. Guest speakers will discuss various topics related to this field and they are happy to answer any questions students have. Through this interest group, clinical experiences and research opportunities can be arranged for those students interested expanding their knowledge and clinical skills. Clinical field trips may be arranged in order to help students feel comfortable caring for the aging population. The Geriatrics Interest Group will be a great way to establish contacts and to get an early start learning about the issues involved in elder care!

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. George Kuchel

Student Contacts:
Jing Sun, sjing@student.uchc.edu 
Robin Moiseff, rmoiseff@student.uchc.edu

Graduate Student Organization (GSO)

For more information, visit http://grad.uchc.edu/current/gso/index.html.

GSO Officers 2013-2014:

President: Lane Wilson
Vice President: Dhivya Kumar
Secretary/Treasurer: Adam Lafontaine

Greatest Gift

Our goal for Greatest Gift is to educate future physicians about the processes, myths and facts about organ and tissue donation and transplantation, as well as raise general public awareness. We also organize blood, bone marrow, and tissue registry drives throughout the year.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Zita Lazzarini

Student Contact:
Robin Moiseff, rmoiseff@student.uchc.edu

Hartford Health Education (HHE)

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:
Jason Bitterman, bitterman@student.uchc.edu

Hartford Nutrition and Health

Hartford Nutrition and Health 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 and Health 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 Contacts:
Adam Pennarola, apennarola@student.uchc.edu
Yetunde Asiedu, asiedu@student.uchc.edu

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 Contact:
Young Son, yson@student.uchc.edu

Hematology/Oncology Interest Group

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:
Michelle Tong, mtong@student.uchc.edu

I.M.P.A.X.: International Medical Practice and eXchange

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
Professor Judy Lewis

Student Contact:
Bryan Stenson, bstenson@student.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 Contacts:
Christine Farag, chfarag@student.uchc.edu
Jessica Martha, jmartha@student.uchc.edu
Caitlin Bette-Waner, bettewaner@student.uchc.edu
Maritza Montanez, mmontanez@student.uchc.edu

Jewish Medical Dental Association (JMDA)

The Jewish Medical and Dental Association is a group for Jewish students at UConn. The group meets once a month to have Shabbat (Friday night) dinners where they socialize and say a few prayers that are traditional Jewish prayers said on Shabbat. There are plans to hold fundraisers for both Jewish organizations and for various charities. There is always laughter and fun at the meetings and non-Jewish students are always welcome to attend the dinners and club events.

Faculty Advisor:
Ms. Karen Harrington

Student Contact:
Joshua Goldman, jgoldman@student.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 2013-2014:
President: Mary Cearley
Dental Vice President: Samantha Weston
Medical Vice President: Caroline Rogi
Secretary: Matthew Zambrello
Treasurer: Patrick Cooper

Dental Class Representatives:
First Year: Celina Valetti
Second Year: Joseph Larson
Third Year: Khadija Khan
Fourth Year: Elizabeth Kaminsky

Medical Class Representatives:
First Year: Harrison Hayward
Second Year: Gillian Weston
Third Year: Priyanka Ghosh
Fourth Year: Zachary Cavanaugh

Social Chairs:
First Year, Dental: Titus Wongk
First Year, Medical: Kristen Russomanno and Mark Fleming
Second Year, Dental: Nicholas DiStefano
Second Year, Medical: Eileen Semancik

Medical Spanish Interest Group

The Medical Spanish Interest Group’s main goal is to promote the importance of the Spanish language in the medical setting through bringing speakers to UConn Health to discuss matters that are most important to the Hispanic population. It is also an opportunity for members to practice their Spanish-speaking skills. The group is open to all students, regardless of level of Spanish knowledge.

Some of the topics discussed by our invited speakers include:

  • Immigrant health care
  • Medical history taking and physical examination procedures in Spanish
  • Various medical conditions that are common in the Hispanic population (e.g., diabetes, obesity, and hypertension)

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.

The University of Connecticut School of Medicine chapter is currently headed by Arija Weddle (MSII). The chapter meets one to two times per semester and tries to host two large and two smaller events per year. 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, get hands-on experience with manual vacuum aspiration (on a papaya!), 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 http://www.ms4c.org.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Zita Lazzarini

Student Contacts:
Minnie Yordon, myordon@student.uchc.edu
Michael Kang, mkang@student.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.

Neurology Interest Group: (SIGN) Student Interest Group in Neurology

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. Louise McCullough
Dr. Yvonne Grimm-Jorgensen

Student Contacts:
Joseph Ryan, joeryan@student.uchc.edu
Matthew Howe, howe@student.uchc.edu
Chindhuri Selvadurai, selvadurai@student.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. Ryan Zengou

Student Contact:
William Ambler, wambler@student.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 night at Hartford Hospital
  • Fourth year presentations
  • Shadowing opportunities
  • Research opportunities
  • 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 free food and interesting discussion.

Faculty Sponsor:
Dr. Karianne Silverman

Student Contact:
Melissa Dion, mdion@student.uchc.edu

Ophthalmology Interest Group

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 Contact:
Harris Sultan, hasultan@student.uchc.edu

Orthodontics Interest Group

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 Contact:
Jenna Marcinczyk, jmarcinczyk@student.uchc.edu

Orthopaedic Surgery Interest Group

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:
Ryan Charette, MS III, rcharette@student.uchc.edu
Kyle Nuland, MS III, knuland@student.uchc.edu
Jenna Bernstein, MS IV, jbernstein@student.uchc.edu
Zachary Cavanaugh, MS IV, zcavanaugh@student.uchc.edu

Otolaryngology Interest Group

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. Kourosh Parham
Dr. Jeffrey Spiro

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 Advisors:
Dr. Melinda Sanders
Dr. TV Rajan

Student Contact:
Jared Woods, jwoods@student.uchc.edu

Pediatric Clinic Education Outreach Program

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Mark Greenstein

Student Contact:
Emily Samartino, esamartino@student.uchc.edu

Pediatric Dentistry Interest Group

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Deborah Redford-Badwal

Student Contact:
Elana Celliers, ecelliers@student.uchc.edu

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Volunteer Interest Group

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:
Melissa Argraves, argraves@student.uchc.edu
Brian Pennarola, pennarola@student.uchc.edu
Tatiana Duggan, duggan@student.uchc.edu

Pediatric Scholars

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

Peer Support

Peer Support 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. They will assist students in searching for ways to decrease stress levels, solve problems, and/or seek appropriate community resources as needed. Strict confidentiality is a foundation of Peer Support and no records are kept.

Free CONFIDENTIAL mental health and substance abuse services are 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., The Exchange, Building 3, 270 Farmington Avenue, Second Floor, 860-679-5435 or dvjohnson@uchc.edu.

For CHIPS, call 860-679-4485.

Student Note Sharing Program
Notes from previous classes can be downloaded as resources. If you would like to contribute to the collection or have questions, please contact Dr. Henderson at henderson@uchc.edu. Additional information is provided in the Peer Support Survival Guide.

Advisor:
Debra Johnson, dvjohnson@uchc.edu or 860-679-6700

Peer Support Group 2013-2014:
Adam Abel, abel@student.uchc.edu
Brianna Aoyama, aoyama@student.uchc.edu
Daniel Beauvais, beauvais@student.uchc.edu
Jason Bitterman, bitterman@student.uchc.edu
Mary Cearley, cearley@student.uchc.edu
Amy Eklund, eklund@student.uchc.edu
Christine Farag, chfarag@student.uchc.edu
Daniel Kowalsky, dkowalsky@student.uchc.edu
Joseph Larson, jlarson@student.uchc.edu
Trisha Maloney, tmaloney@student.uchc.edu
Ahmed Mansour, amansour@student.uchc.edu
Melissa Mondesir, mondesir@student.uchc.edu
Scott Pearl, spearl@student.uchc.edu
Jonathan Rees, rees@student.uchc.edu
Chindhuri Selvadurai, selvaduri@student.uchc.edu
Bryan Stenson, bstenson@student.uchc.edu
Ethan Talbot, etalbot@student.uchc.edu
Gillian Weston, gweston@student.uchc.edu
Albert Yu, alyu@student.uchc.edu

Periodontal Interest Group

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. In addition to our meetings, students volunteer for a one day service project where they travel to a community health center to teach the geriatric population about oral hygiene.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Effie Ioannidou

Student Contacts:
Ritika Chandra, rchandra@student.uchc.edu
Katie Schultz, rschultz@student.uchc.edu

Persian Student Association (PSA)

The Persian 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 Contacts:
President: Nima Behazin, nebehazin@student.uchc.edu
Vice President: Roshanak Dezfoolian, rdezfoolian@student.uchc.edu
Treasury: Sean Ghassem-Zadeh, sghassem-zadeh@student.uchc.edu
Social Chairs: Neil Ventura, nventura@student.uchc.edu and Sahar Barchin, sbarfchin@student.uchc.edu

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR)

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:
Christine Farag, chfarag@student.uchc.edu
Samantha Chirunomula, chirunomula@student.uchc.edu

Preventive Medicine Interest Group

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

Student Contact:
Barbara Coons, bcoons@student.uchc.edu

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 Contact:
Yetunde Asiedu, asiedu@student.uchc.edu

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: http://uchcradiology.uchc.edu/

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Harold Moskowitz

Student Contact:
Long Tu, ltu@student.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 has been re-established beginning Fall 2012, and its members are actively pursuing many activities, including involvement in mentoring at True Colors (Hartford-based services for sexual-minority youth and families), 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.

Faculty Advisors:
Dr. Mark Greenstein
Dr. Angela Kueck
Professor Judy Lewis

Student Contact:
reachout@uchc.edu

Scholars in Medicine (SIM): Internal Medicine Interest Group

Scholars in Medicine serves many purposes at the UConn School of Medicine. Meeting on the second Wednesday of every month at the homes of various faculty members, students 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. Additionally, at each meeting fourth-year medical students intending on pursuing internal medicine as a specialty choice give presentations on various topics from a rare clinical condition to the latest news from the clinical literature. Students who complete this presentation are awarded the distinction of “Scholar in Medicine” at the end of their fourth year.

Highlights include an annual Jeopardy tournament as well as sessions set aside to discuss the residency application process. Each year, a group of fourth-year medical students who have been active in the group act as the leaders for the year, organizing the presentations and serve as quizmasters for the annual Jeopardy tournament.

Our goal this year is to expand the Scholars in Medicine group to a true Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG) and engage first and second years as well as the usual third and fourth year students.

Faculty Advisors:
Dr. Dan Henry
Dr. Paul Skolnik

Student Contacts:
Michelle Tong, mtong@student.uchc.edu
Vikram Shenoy, vshenoy@student.uchc.edu

School of Medicine Pediatric Clinic

The 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:
Allie Sadowski, asadowski@student.uchc.edu
Jennifer Goodhart, jgoodhart@student.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:
Sonam Sheth, ssheth@student.uchc.edu
Himank Gupta, hgupta@student.uchc.edu
Ankur Talati, atalati@student.uchc.edu
Angela Pohuja, apohuja@student.uchc.edu

South Marshal House Women’s Clinic

South Marshall Women’s Clinic is a new medical clinic founded in 2013. The medical clinic will serve the general and gynecological needs of Hartford. The clinic is located at 225 South Marshall Street in Hartford at the Salvation Army Housing and Homeless Center which houses women and children. The clinic is student run and will meet monthly with family medicine and OB/GYN attending physicians who provide care targeted to women at the clinic.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Elizabeth Deckers

Student Contact:
Melissa Dion, mdion@student.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.

Visit the South Park Inn website at http://fitsweb.uchc.edu/student/southpark/.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Sarita Arteaga

Student Contacts:
Melissa Landin, mlandin@student.uchc.edu
Elizabeth Casey, ecasey@student.uchc.edu
Katherine Jerome, kjerome@student.uchc.edu
Kellie O'Keefe, kokeefe@student.uchc.edu
Dan Kirk, dankirk@student.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.

The clinic is governed by a board of directors who are democratically elected at the end of each academic year. Positions available include, director of the board, director of operations, director of student volunteers, director of resident education, director of women’s clinic, among others. The board meets on the third Wednesday of each month except the months of June and July from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. to discuss and address the concerns of members of the board. Concerns include, but not limited to, clinic services, supplies, and troubleshooting during busy clinic nights.

For more information, visit the South Park Inn website.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Bruce Gould

Co-directors:
Kate Dannheim, kdannheim@student.uchc.edu
Amy Dora, adora@student.uchc.edu
Harris Sultan, hasultan@student.uchc.edu

Student National Dental Association (SNDA)

Promoting good fellowship and cooperation among its members and aiding in the advancement if minority students in dentistry. It furthers these through publication of a newsletter, organization of the annual conventions, liaison with other national dental groups such as ASDA, and by assisting selected minority students financially, and all minority dental students interested in becoming actively involved with other dental students.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Sarita Arteaga

Student Contact:
Jesse Onekhena, jonekhena@student.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. National website: http://www.snma.org/.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Granville Wrensford

Student Contact:
Tatiana Duggan, duggan@student.uchc.edu

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. Michael Goupil

Student Contact:
Renee Rubenstein, rrubenstein@student.uchc.edu

UConn 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 at www.publichealth.uconn.edu/migrant-farm-worker-cinics.html.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Bruce Gould

Student Contacts:
Kaitlyn Ryan, kryan@student.uchc.edu
Vanessa Wanjeri, vwanjeri@student.uchc.edu
Kevin Clark, keclark@student.uchc.edu
Mary Cearley, cearley@student.uchc.edu

UConn 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 Advisors:
Dr. Bruce Gould
Dr. Andrew Morris-Singer
Ms. Uyen Doan

Student Contact:
Devorah Donnell, ddonnell@student.uchc.edu

Additional Contacts:
Email: UConnPCP@gmail.com
Twitter: @UConnPCP
Facebook: UConn Primary Care Progress

Women in Dentistry Interest Group

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Effie Ionnidou

Student contact:
Allison Robinson, arobinson@student.uchc.edu

Women in Surgery Interest Group (WISIG)

The Women in Surgery Interest Group at the University of Connecticut Medical School 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.

Committees:

  •  Education
  • Exposure
  • Networking
  • Mentorship
  • Recruitment
  • Research

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Linda Barry, lbarry@uchc.edu

Student Contacts:
Olayemi Ajayi, oajayi@student.uchc.edu
Joanne Cyganowski, jcyganowski@student.uchc.edu
Christine Castater, castater@student.uchc.edu
Daniella Vega, dvega@student.uchc.edu

Sports Clubs and Other Areas of Interest

Basketball, Intramural
Student Contact:
Bryan Lawlor, blawlor@student.uchc.edu

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Student Contact:
Clarke Nelson, cnelson@student.uchc.edu

Collaborative Outlet for Free Expression (COFFE)
COFFE House Music Club
Student Contact:
Alex Hennessey, ahennessey@student.uchc.edu

Dance Club
Student Contact:
Stephanie Alimena, alimena@student.uchc.edu

Golf League
Student Contact:
Rafid Kasir, rkasir@student.uchc.edu

Health Care Economics Club
Student Contact:
Rob McVety, rmcvety@student.uchc.edu

Ice Hockey Club
Student Contact:
Owen Kahn, okahn@student.uchc.edu

Indoor Soccer Club
Student Contact:
Bennett Weinerman, weinerman@student.uchc.edu

Knitting and Crocheting Circle
Student Contact:
Vacant

Racquetball Club
Student Contact:
Young H. Son, yson@student.uchc.edu

Rock Climbing Club
Student Contact:
Alex Charmoz, charmoz@student.uchc.edu

Yoga Club
Student Contact:
Stefanie Aquilina, saquilina@student.uchc.edu

  
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