American Red Cross Corps of NYMC
Family Medicine Interest Group
The NYMC Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) is the local chapter of a national network of FMIGs established by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Our goal is to encourage active learning and promotion of the specialty. Family Medicine is centered on lasting, caring relationships with patients and their families. Family physicians integrate the biological, clinical and behavioral sciences to provide continuing and comprehensive health care. The scope of practice encompasses all ages and sexes, each organ system and every disease entity.
We work to increase awareness and interest in the field through various activities. We host speaking events about the many aspects of Family Medicine, procedural workshops, blood pressure screenings and residency program dinners. We organize trips to state, regional and national conferences. We offer the opportunity to shadow local family physicians, to work with youths at a nearby runaway shelter, and to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. No matter what your career aspirations, all students are invited to join us!
Foundations (Medical Student Community Outreach)
Promoting health awareness by providing health education sessions to residents of homeless shelters, specifically Grasslands Homeless Shelter, in the Westchester area.
Genocide Awareness and Prevention
The Genocide Awareness and Prevention club (GAAP) is part of a nationwide student anti-genocide movement. In partnership with STAND, the official student-led anti-genocide organization, and The Genocide Intervention Network, GAAP is working to establish a permanent anti-genocide constituency that holds elected officials accountable for doing all that they can to prevent and end genocide. GAAP's current focus is primarily on ending the ongoing genocide in Darfur, Sudan which has been existence since 2003. GAAP represents students from each school at NYMC, granting it the distinction of being the first inter-disciplinary club in the history of NYMC. GAAP actively organizes events to raise awareness and take action to stop genocide wherever and whenever it may occur. In 2007-2008, the first year of the club’s existence at NYMC, GAAP has held events such as fundraisers targeting civilian protection, documentary screenings, talks by prominent activists, and formal presentations to community high school students and parent associations.
The GAAP club is always welcoming new members and encourages anyone who is interested in this club and its mission, to contact our faculty advisor, Dr. Padmini Murthy at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or visit the club website which will be live soon!
La Casita de la Salud
La Casita de la Salud is the New York Medical College (NYMC) Clinic Project and is a student-run clinic focused on meeting the needs of the uninsured and undocumented adult populations of East Harlem. Our goal is to improve health outcomes by providing quality culturally competent care regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, nationality, or ability to pay. We emphasize preventative medicine through patient-centered care and education. With the aid of quality indicators, we strive to be a model of efficiency and cost-effectiveness in the achievement of the aforementioned goals. Through our organization’s cultural competency and increasing of access to healthcare for uninsured and undocumented immigrants, we hope to help bridge the pervasive health disparity gap in our healthcare system.
Few can dispute the claim that health care in the United States has undergone changes in the last few decades that can best be described as a revolution. Many of these changes, like advances in biomedical science and the lightning-fast technology to which we are all accustomed, are recasting the mold of health care — generally for the better. Others, like soaring costs and foundering hospitals, are forcing providers to make compromises in order to continue treating an increasing number of patients without the means to pay.
La Casita de la Salud, which means “The Little House of Health” seeks to help.
Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA)
The Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) is a community service group targeting the Latino (Hispanic) community. All students are welcome and encouraged to join. We need input to help diversify our services and increase our membership. Our mission is to recruit Latinos into higher education, educate the public and one another about Latino health issues, advocate for increased Latino representation in health-related areas, promote awareness about issues as they relate to Latino health, and disseminate information on culturally competent care.
Physicians for Human Rights
Respite Care Program
Student Physicians for Social Responsibility
SPSR is the student wing of Physicians for Social Responsibility, an international group that has been recognized worldwide for their pioneering work on the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. Using the themes of nonviolence, environmentalism, and community involvement, student chapters have organized a variety of projects in the northeast region. Examples include conflict resolution training in middle schools and recycling discarded OR equipment. The group gives students a chance to involve themselves in local and regional projects, as well as providing an opportunity to attend conferences with physicians and medical students from around the nation.
Students Helping Students
Members of this club serve as tutors for local high school students struggling in the subjects of math, science and/or English. The time commitment is very small (approximately one hour per week or less), and the gratification is large. During the first and second years, students become proficient in the basic sciences. However, their ability to communicate this knowledge to persons in the community is not tested until the clinical-oriented third and fourth years. This club affords students the opportunity to hone this skill and experience the gratification of having successfully communicated pertinent information to a child in need.