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Medical Student Community Service Groups

UC Irvine medical students are active in a broad range of groups aimed at providing access and care for the poor and homeless, holding discussions about bioethics and reproductive medicine, and promoting awareness and understanding within the medical profession of the LGBTQ community.

 

Bioethics Club »

Contact: Alexander Nguyen

The Bioethics Club at UC Irvine introduces and provides an organized forum to discuss the most relevant bioethical issues UC Irvine medical students will encounter during medical practice. The group intends to improve students’ familiarity with practical ethical dilemmas and provide a basic understanding of ethical principles that students can systematically apply to solving these problems. We hope to accomplish this goal through thorough examination of clinical case studies, guest lectures, internet resources, and potential collaboration with other student groups. Our ultimate goal is to promote professional development and thoughtfulness about patient care issues.

Clinical Skills Education Club »

Contact: Sharine Wittkopp

The mission of the Clinical Skills Education Club is to provide clinical skills education to the MS1 students in the form of peer-led workshops and practice sessions. We develop & run sessions that provide a no-pressure opportunity for first-year medical students to develop their clinical skills with the guidance of the more advanced students.  We recruit undergraduate and community pre-med volunteers to act as standardized patients for the first years. We believe that clinical exam skills are crucial and opportunities to better ourselves in this area will help us become better physicians.

eQuality »

Contact: equality.ucisom@gmail.com

eQuality's mission is to guide and teach the medical students of UC Irvine about the various issues regarding LGBTIQ Health. This includes combatting homophobia within the medical profession and in society, promoting quality healthcare for LGBTIQ patients, and to further understand the challenges faced by LGBTIQ patients and doctors. We also hope to provide a safe space for LGBTIQ medical students and support those who have been challenged by discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

Gold Humanism Honor Society »

Contacts: Jennifer Way and Cindy Le

The Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) honors senior medical students, residents, role-model physician teachers and other exemplars for demonstrated excellence in clinical care, leadership, compassion and dedication to service.

The GHHS is dedicated to recognizing, supporting and promoting the values of humanism and professionalism in medicine. The society is committed to working within and beyond medical education to inspire, nurture and sustain lifelong advocates and activists for patient-centered medical care.

GHHS was organized to elevate values of humanism and professionalism within the field of medicine through various student-initiated projects and activities at each medical school campus.

Elections are held in the spring of fourth year to elect members from the third-year class.

Jews in Medicine »

President: Hillary Gregg

Group website: http://www.chabaduci.org/

Jews in Medicine is an active group on the medical school campus that is open to all students from any level of religious or non-religious background. Our regular event is called "Med N' Munch" which occurs once a week at lunch on the UC Irvine School of Medicine campus.  Rabbi Zevi, from the UC Irvine Chabad, comes to campus to lead a discussion on either the Jewish perspective of medical ethics or basic Kabalah termed "Anatomy of the Soul."  Med N' Munches are a great way to think about medicine in combination with Judaism and your own personal views. The lunch discussion allows for all views to be heard and considered; there is rarely a strict right or wrong answer. It is a nice time for reflexion with great food (provided by UC Irvine Chabad) and friends. The Jews in Medicine students also attend Shabbat dinner at the UC Irvine Chabad house on a regular basis.

Medical Initiative Against Homelessness »

Co-presidents: Kimberly Truong and Erica Dorfman

Group website: http://clubs.uci.edu/miah/

The Medical Initiative Against Homelessness (MIAH), an organization led by UC Irvine medical students and healthcare providers, offers healthcare and restores hope for homeless families and individuals in Orange County and also promotes health for members of the homeless community through various initiatives.

Medical Students for Reproductive Education »

Contact: Anne Narayan

Group website: http://www.ms4c.org/

Medical Students for Reproductive Education is UC Irvine's branch of the national organization, Medical Students for Choice (MSFC). The goal of this group is to educate medical students on how to better serve patients' reproductive needs, with an emphasis on open discussion, awareness and sensitivity. Throughout the year, we sponsor various lectures and events to provide information on topics such as family planning and abortion. For anyone who is interested in learning more about reproductive health, MS4C offers externships all around the country for medical students in any year of their education (externships have been highly recommended by UC Irvine School of Medicine students and come with a stipend). We also participate in fundraisers to raise money for attending national MSFC conferences.

Universities Allied for Essential Medicines »

Contacts: Courtney Reynolds Murphy

Many important medicines and public health technologies are developed in academic laboratories. Their accessibility in poor nations is profoundly affected by the research, patenting and licensing decisions made by universities. The Universities Allied for Essential Medicines is a group of university students who believe that our universities have an opportunity and a responsibility to improve global access to public health goods.