Alpha Omega Alpha
The Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Medical Society (AOA), was organized in 1902 to support scholastic achievement in the medical profession. Currently, there are 123 active chapters of AOA in the United States and Canada, with New York Medical College's Iota Chapter being formed in 1957. Students are elected either as Junior Members during their third year, based on their performance during the basic science courses and the first half of the third year; or as Senior Members during the fourth year, based on performance during the first three years of medical school. The total number elected may not exceed one-sixth of the class.
In addition to being an honor society, AOA was founded as a service organization. Towards this end, the Iota Chapter pursues many activities serving New York Medical College, the local community and beyond. Tutoring programs are held for first and second year students. The Iota Chapter publishes two guidebooks, the "Guide to the Clinical Years" and the "Guide to Residency Applications." Over the past few years, the AOA has collected thousands of donated textbooks and journals, which have been sent to the University of Tirana in Albania. Also, a food and clothing drive is held in December.
The highlight of the year for the Iota Chapter comes in the spring when the AOA brings to campus as a Visiting Professor, an individual who has made significant contributions to the medical profession. The Visiting Professor gives two lectures, one in Westchester, and one at a city hospital. The culmination of this visit is an annual AOA banquet in honor of newly inducted student, faculty, alumni and house staff members.
American Medical Association
As the largest organization of physicians in America, the AMA offers what other groups cannot:
- Be informed on policy issues that affect you as a student and as you begin to practice
- Propose changes or new resolutions to AMA policy to be adopted on a national scale
- Participate in several NYMC service projects such as elementary school nutritional education, domestic violence lectures, and the NYMC Student-Run Health Fair
- Become involved as an officer on a state, regional, and national level
- Attend conferences with distinguished speakers (such as President Obama) and make connections with other medical students and physicians across America.
The AMA is more than just a club, it´s a professional organization that will benefit you throughout your career as a physician. Visit https://www.mssny.org/apps/studentapplication/studentapp1.cfm to register or for more info.
American Medical Student Association (AMSA)
AMSA is the nation’s oldest and largest independent medical student association. AMSA advocates for the interest and well being of patients, medical students, and residents. AMSA’s current strategic priorities are: advocating for quality, affordable health care for all; global health equality; enriching medicine through diversity; and professional integrity, diversity and student well being. As a member, you can get involved in many ways, both locally and nationally. At NYMC, AMSA hosts events to raise money for local charities, brings speakers to campus and this year we will create a venue for NYMC students to share their experiences with alternative medicines. Contact Juanita Law (email@example.com) or Alex Kim (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions!
American Medical Women's Association (AMWA)
AMWA is an organization which functions at the local, national, and international level to advance women in medicine and improve women's health. The AMWA Chapter at NYMC is responsible for several popular events on campus that promote this mission. Families in Medicine, held in November, is a panel composed of physicians who discuss balancing the demands of a medical career with having a family. Some of our other events include the annual performance of the Vagina Monologues, all of the 1st and 2nd year used book-sales, and the Gender Equity Faculty Award. All of our proceeds are donated to a women's charity of our choice.
This year, we will be looking to add two 1st-year students to our executive board to serve as 1st year representatives, and to take over for our board for the following year. In addition, this year we will also be encouraging more participation from the general club members as well in helping to run our events and coming up with fresh ideas for new ones. If you are interested becoming more involved with AMWA, or want some more information, please contact Karem Alvarez (Karem_Alvarez@nymc.edu) or Nancy Kim (Nancy_Kim@nymc.edu).
American Physician Scientists Association
The American Physician Scientists Association (APSA) is national organization dedicated to career development, networking and support of physician-scientists in training. The regional branch of APSA at New York Medical College is interested in gathering medical students who share an interest in basic, clinical or translational biomedical research. As a club, we organize events such as travel to the New York regional and Chicago national APSA forum which deliver mentoring and networking opportunities across the entire career spectrum of the physician-scientist career pathway as well as offering career development sessions and panels. Locally, we organize formal and informal talks presented by faculty speakers from NYMC actively involved in both clinical and research work as well as physician-scientists guest speakers from the area. Please join our club or mailing list in order to stay up-to-date on upcoming events. For more information contact Mike at email@example.com.
NYMC’s Anesthesiology Club is for students interested in anesthesiology and its subspecialties. The club will hold meetings throughout the school year for discussions and Q&A sessions with department faculty, guest physicians, residents, and upperclassmen who have matched in anesthesiology residency programs. Students will learn of current practices and the future direction of anesthesiology as a discipline, hot topics and controversies, tips for matching into a residency program, and get an overall sense of what to expect should one pursue a career in this exciting field of medicine. Students in any year of medical school are welcome to join! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Book Club
The book club was founded in the fall of 2003 with the purpose of promoting non-medically-related reading. We meet approximately four times a year to discuss books that we have selected to read together. The discussions are informal and potluck in style. - Elizabeth Buescher
Emergency Medicine Club
EMC is a club organized in conjunction with the faculty in Emergency and Trauma Medicine at NYMC's major affiliated hospitals which include Metropolitan Hospital Center and Westchester Medical Center. It is open to anyone interested in learning more about the field and possibly participating in some hands-on experience.
Currently, there is a volunteer/shadow program with the Metropolitan Hospital Emergency Room. Two student members of EMC are permitted to team up one-on-one with an ER resident at Metropolitan every Saturday morning throughout the academic year. Sign-ups are first come, first serve. The shadow experience allows students to observe the tasks and responsibilities of an ER physician during a typical day in the ER (which can be anything but typical).
Each semester, the club also sponsors a clinical workshop taught by attendings and residents from Metropolitan Hospital's Emergency Department. The workshop consists of hands-on teaching in basic emergency and medical procedures including suturing, intubation, defibrillation, IV placement, and casting. These workshops have always been very popular and well received.
After match day at the end of the year, the club invites fourth-year students who have matched in Emergency Medicine to speak at an informal gathering about how they went about applying for such programs.
The club meets approximately once or twice a month to plan new and future activities. Upcoming events and notices are usually posted on e-mail to everyone. The current executive board members are Stephen Chen, Krishn Sharma, Sharmelle Highbloom and Vikram Rajan.
NYMC News Publication - The Goose
Tired of the daily routine? Looking for something fun and meaningful (even good for the resume) while here in Valhalla, but you don't have the time? Look no further. The Goose, a completely student-run and uncensored newspaper provides ample opportunity to get away from anatomy and explore topics that interest YOU, not the professor. Started in 1994 with only two editors, we have expanded to a full- and part-time staff of more than 40 contributors. Some of the activities include investigative reporting, feature stories, creative writing, interviewing faculty and deans, restaurant, bar, and music reviews, photography, advertising, computer layout, and leadership roles. New activities become available as students create them! The Goose comes out weekly and we cover events here on campus, in the community (including NYC), and nationally. And we do not limit ourselves to just medical news. You can write about anything you desire. We are looking for something beyond the ordinary to prove to the world (or at least to ourselves) that we are not just one-track tunnel visionaries. Our paper is constantly changing as new students become involved every year. Almost everyone on campus and at our affiliated hospitals in NYC reads this paper. It is an excellent way to get to know the faculty members and deans, and for them to get to know you. You can't lose with The Goose, so join us in our quest to entertain and inform!
Graduate Student Association
The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is an integral component of the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences. Officers are elected annually and participate in a diversified program including student advocacy on a variety of social, academic and professional issues relevant to the graduate student members.
All graduate students belong to the GSA upon payment of the student activity fee. The GSA provides students with the opportunity to meet other graduate students and provides graduate students with a unified voice with which important issues concerning them can be addressed and brought to the school’s attention.
The GSA of the Basic Medical Sciences has representation on the Graduate Faculty Council and the Board of Trustees. The GSA maintains the BMS-GSA information bulletin board outside the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences office. The most significant contribution of the GSA is the running of the annual Graduate Student Research Forum.
Infectious Disease Club
Internal Medicine Club/International Federation of Medical School Associations ( IMC/IFMSA)
NYMC Chapter of American Geriatrics Society (AGS)
The Ophthalmology Club
The goal of the Ophthalmology Club is to provide students with information about the field of ophthalmology and the subspecialties within ophthalmology. Additionally, important elements needed to prepare for matching in ophthalmology will be highlighted through discussions with faculty, residents and fourth-year students who plan to specialize in ophthalmology. Some of the key activities of the club include: attending weekly Grand Rounds at affiliated hospitals, volunteering as vision screeners for the poor in the NYC area, and annual information sessions with senior students who have matched in ophthalmology. - Sanjukta Sanyal
Orthopedics Surgery Club
The Orthopedics Club was founded in 1995 with the purpose of increasing students' awareness and exposure to the field of Orthopedic Surgery. With fewer than 620 residency positions available per year, orthopedics is one of the most competitive specialties in medicine. It is helpful, therefore, to involve oneself early with the field so that he or she will be best prepared for the application process.
The Orthopedics Club presents semi-monthly meetings where various topics of orthopedic surgery and residencies are addressed. Presentations include specific procedures in one of the seven subspecialities in orthopedic surgery as well as discussions concerning the future of orthopedics. Residents from NYMC as well as other medical programs discuss their experiences as well as offering strategies for surviving medical school and applying for residency. Meetings are presented in as informal a manner as possible, and student interaction with residents and attending surgeons is encouraged.
A unique feature of the Orthopedics Club is its annual spring research meeting. Research is invaluable for the student trying to obtain a residency position. In the spring, the research director for the Orthopedics Department at Saint Vincents Hospital and Medical Center discusses opportunities for students to participate in biomechanical research. This program has grown over the past three years, and is anticipated to continue growing in student involvement. Students who have participated have gained valuable experience in the process of laboratory work, abstract and paper writing, and presenting their work in NYMC-sponsored competitions. Most students who involve themselves with the program ultimately have their names associated with published research in major orthopedics journals.
Otolaryngology Club (ENT Surgery)
The purpose of this club is to expose first- and second-year students to the field of Otolaryngology. Otolaryngologists, commonly known as ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctors, are surgeons who specialize in working with the head and neck. The field is unique among surgical subspecialities in that it involves not only diagnosis and surgery but also medical care and extensive patient interaction.
The Otolaryngology Club meets a couple times each semester. Typically each meeting will have a guest speaker who will discuss the field of Otolaryngology, opportunities for medical students (i.e., research), how to prepare for a residency in Otolaryngology, and examples of specific cases or surgeries. Speakers typically include Dr. Steven Schaefer, chair and professor of Otolaryngology, and other attendings and residents.
For more information contact Rick Roark, Ph.D., the Otolaryngology Club faculty sponsor and assistant professor of otolaryngology (Munger Pavilion, Rm. 170).
The Pediatrics Club is dedicated to helping students learn more about the general field of pediatrics, as well as pediatric specialties. This is accomplished through sponsoring workshops, lectures, and panel discussions with physicians practicing in the field. In addition, we encourage outreach by working with residents at the Maria Fareri Children's Hospital, as well as the Children's Hospital Foundation.
For more information and to enroll in the club's list serve, please email current President Monique Gardner.
Quill & Scope: The NYMC Medical Student Journal
Quill & Scope: The NYMC Student Medical Journal was founded in 2008 for the purpose of providing a platform for medical students of all years at NYMC to express their views on the contemporary issues in medicine. Diversity and breadth of scope are core values of the journal, as is integrity and professionalism. The journal is published annually in the spring, after submissions are evaluated by an editorial board consisting of student and faculty. Students from any year are invited to contribute original pieces of work throughout the first half of each school year. All forms of art and literature will be considered for publication; commentaries, reviews, research abstracts, poetry, and artwork have appeared in the past. Topic choice is the contributors; all will be reviewed. For more information email this year’s editors-in-chief, Sean_Kivlehan or Christine_Capone. To view last year’s edition along with topic ideas and submission guidelines please visit our website.
Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN)
NYMC SIGN is part of a network of over 150 medical school chapters organized by the American Academy of Neurology and is open to all students interested in exploring the ever-evolving field of neurology. The club organizes various events throughout the year to enrich the medical school curriculum in neurology; such events include movie nights and talks by neurologists on various topics. Additionally, SIGN acts as a valuable resource to those seeking to pursue their residency in neurology by facilitating communication with other prospective applicants as well as those who have recently matched in neurology. Members also benefit from access to resources including information about scholarships and opportunities through the American Academy of Neurology and other organizations.
Student Healthcare Executives Club
The NYMC Student Healthcare Executives Club (StuHE) was established in the Spring of 1999 under the name ACHE and boasts student membership from a wide variety of disciplines. Students in good standing from any school of the NYMC are invited to join the club membership. The chapter was formed with the purpose of providing a network for students in healthcare administration to meet, exchange ideas on a local level. These goals include staying current on healthcare management issues, expanding healthcare management knowledge, and helping to shape the current and future environment of healthcare management. The chapter holds 4-5 meetings per academic year. These meetings, which are open to the entire NYMC community, are combined with lectures given by invited guests.
At New York Medical College, scribes are the closest thing to a professional note taking service. The scribe service has six components: a chair, a treasurer, editors, stuffers, tapers, and members. The members of the service (which includes most of our class) take turns transcribing the taped lectures, which get edited and then stuffed into members' mailboxes. The service is non-profit, and all money collected from our members goes to pay for copying fees for a full year worth of scribes.
Oftentimes it is difficult to stay focused throughout every single lecture, and sometimes it may be difficult to make it to every single class. Most times it is almost impossible to write down every single thing the professor says. Do not fear, the scribe service is here!
Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
The SNMA is the nation's oldest and largest student organization focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of color. Established in 1964, SNMA boasts more than 30 years of committed service, providing improved and culturally sensitive healthcare sciences and education to neglected and underserved populations. Although consisting primarily of African Americans, SNMA's membership includes Native Americans, West Indians, Latin Americans, Asians, Middle Easterners and Caucasians, all of whom bring a global perspective to the medical education and healthcare issues the organization addresses.
At NYMC, SNMA strives to make students, faculty, and staff more aware of the cultural richness of the NYMC community. Hispanic Heritage Month and Black History Month are just two of the events that SNMA sponsors. Other activities include speakers/events that focus on current issues facing physicians and patients. SNMA also hosts events geared toward entertainment (gospel concerts, movie nights, socials, etc.). One of our most popular events, International Food Day, is a chance for the entire NYMC community to join together in celebration of our cultural richness. All are welcome to join.
The Student Senate
Even at New York Med the ruling body of government for students is the Senate. Each class is represented by five senators, and the senate body itself elects the president, who has traditionally been a fourth-year student. The bottom line responsibility of a senator is to represent the class to the best of his/her capability, while also playing the integral role of an information relay station.
The Student Senate is an integral part of the college community and is involved at every level of its growth and development. Through the Senate, students are able to participate in the decision-making processes that affect not only the situation of present students, but also that of future students and alumni of New York Medical College. Under the Senate umbrella fall most of the associations and clubs associated with New York Med. A portion of the student activity fees provides the Senate with an independent treasury. This makes it possible for the Senate to sponsor a large number of events, including parties and social affairs, and to budget individual clubs and committees. Specific events that receive financial support include orientation, Follies, SPAD, Match party, post-boards cruise and several socials and parties throughout the year. The Senate also makes it financially possible for clubs and interest groups to have exciting agendas that benefit the entire New York Med community. Some of the many clubs that receive money from the Senate include AMSA, AMWA, SNMA, hockey and rugby.
On a more political note, the Senate elects student representatives to school and outside committees and organizations dealing with student-faculty relations, curriculum, graduation, financial aid, admissions, course evaluations, housing, student life improvement and relations with other medical schools.
Senate elections for the incoming class are usually held at the end of August or beginning of September, giving interested parties enough time to get to know the class a little and to make the decision to get involved. Medical school is basically what you make of it, so I hope to see you out there!
The Surgery Club is available for any student who is interested in or would like to learn more about the field of surgery. The club has monthly meetings given by both WMC and NYMC affiliated hospital attendings. Topics presented have included "Q & A about the life of a surgeon," "The history of transplant surgery," and "Penetrating abdominal wounds." We also have an annual suture workshop assisted by surgical attendings and residents. At the end of the year we have a meeting with fourth-year students who matched in surgical fields to discuss the application and matching process. The club is a lot of fun and we encourage anyone interested to participate.