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Clubs & Activities for MD Students

Students at NYU Long Island School of Medicine organize and maintain a number of clubs and activities, including specialty interest groups, that offer lectures, workshops, clinical experiences, and extracurricular activities to enhance their educational experience. Participation helps students become more knowledgeable about particular specialties and make decisions about potential career directions.

Wellness Representatives

Each year, students from each class are elected to be the voice of their peers and promote health and wellness initiatives. Wellness Representatives work closely with the Office of Students and Diversity to advocate for services that foster wellness among the class, participate in monthly Student Wellness Committee meetings, and assist in the planning and facilitation of the annual Wellness Retreat.

For more information, contact the following wellness representatives for each class.

Specialty Interest Groups

NYU Long Island School of Medicine has several specialty interest groups that provide educational and supportive programs and experiences for students interested in practicing within the primary care specialties offered at the school.

Family Medicine Interest Group

The Family Medicine Interest Group aims to provide educational and supportive programs and experiences for students interested in practicing family medicine. We hold events that highlight diverse family medicine physicians and increase awareness of the specialty and its important role in primary care.

For more information, contact Nabilah Nishat at or Aparna Raghu at

Internal Medicine Interest Group

The Internal Medicine Interest Group supports students who are pursuing careers in internal medicine and facilitates communication across internal medicine disciplines. We help with residency preparation, encourage networking and conference attendance, and promote the profession of internal medicine to NYU Long Island School of Medicine students. Our goal is to raise awareness about paths available to internal medicine physicians and help students develop both clinical skills and academic knowledge.

For more information, contact Santiago Luis at or Sabrina Daoui at

Obstetrics and Gynecology Interest Group

The Obstetrics and Gynecology Interest Group is dedicated to fostering an interest in obstetrics and gynecology and women’s health. We host panel discussions, specialty speakers, and simulations, as well as training sessions and opportunities to interact with physicians in the field. We also engage students in meaningful discussions about ethical dilemmas and social justice in women’s health.

For more information, contact Carly Alterman at or Miranda Duster at

Pediatrics Interest Group

Whether you are on track to specialize in pediatrics or are just interested in working with children, the Pediatrics Interest Group hopes to help students explore the field of pediatrics from a variety of perspectives through service, mentorship, panels, and discussions.

For more information, contact Kendra Willis at

Surgery Interest Group

The Surgery Interest Group is a student-run organization that promotes educational opportunities related to surgery. We hope to offer students a more nuanced understanding of the lifestyle, prerequisites, and other attributes associated with the specialty. Our approach involves creating innovative learning opportunities for both pre-clinical and clinical students alike.

For more information, contact Haarika Chalasani at, Jasmine Brite at, or Aranz Khalilollahi at

Student Led Clubs and Organizations

NYU Long Island School of Medicine has various student led clubs and organizations that meet the interests of our diverse community.

Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association

The Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association (APAMSA) is an organization devoted to cultural, social, and health awareness related to the Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Our programs include volunteer opportunities with Asian populations, resources for clinical or research experiences in Asian countries, and mentorship experiences with Asian American doctors.

Our goal is to provide a platform for celebrating, sharing, and learning about the Asian American experience. We host social events that reflect the heritage of our members (Sakura Festival, Lunar new Year, etc.) and opportunities to learn about different aspects of Asian American culture through literature, movies, and videos, as well as classes on traditional medicine. We also host workshops to end Asian American stigma in healthcare and to address healthcare gaps in the Asian American community through advocacy and outreach.

For more information about the Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association, contact Bryan Chen at

Barbell Club

The Barbell Club strives to create an environment where students interested in fitness can learn about weightlifting, nutrition, and stress management. Our mission is to encourage safe, smart, and evidence-based fitness and nutrition programs in order to improve the mental and physical well-being of our student body, and lower the barrier to entry for weightlifting.

For more information, contact Santiago Luis at or Kenneth Meserole at

Bibliophiles Anonymous

Bibliophiles Anonymous is a book club for medical students who wish to critically engage with and discuss thought-evoking books and articles on topics beyond the sciences. Amidst the daily rigors of medical school, it is easy to lose the desire to interact with other materials and our capacity for dialectics can become diminished. In this group, we hope to maintain our personal interests through the wonders of reading.

For more information, contact Emmanuella Kobara at

Developmental Medicine Club

The Developmental Medicine Club is for people interested in learning more about healthcare for patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities and also engaging in discussions about general child development. Through volunteer opportunities with organizations like the Special Olympics, general meetings with physician lecturers, and interactive discussion sessions, we aim to increase the amount of education students receive about developmental milestones, differences, and disabilities.

For more information, contact Kendra Willis at

Emergency Medicine in Primary Care Club

The Emergency Medicine in Primary Care Club aims to connect medical students with emergency medicine residents, physicians, and researchers in an effort to educate primary care-oriented students with the principles and values of emergency medicine care through the use of seminars, workshops, and research opportunities, as well as shadowing and mentorship.

For more information, contact Anthony Anzano at

Endurance Club

NYU Long Island School of Medicine’s Endurance Club is a running club for athletes of all experience level from novice to marathoner. Our club is open to everyone. Whether you are a runner who likes to race or only run with friends and for those who have run since childhood or who are just looking to get started, Endurance Club provides an opportunity to engage with other students, unwind, be active, and find a supportive community outside of the classroom.

For more information, contact Rebecca de La O at

Envisions Scholars Academy

The Envision Scholars Academy for underrepresented high school and college students seeks to increase the diversity of the physician workforce by offering those in our community early exposure to the field of medicine. Envision Scholars are mentored directly by NYU Long Island School of Medicine students. We also offer professional development sessions and healthcare related clinical learning. We hope to create a community of support and assistance for students who are interested in healthcare fields.

For more information, contact Liane Emerson at

Etcetera Magazine

Etcetera Magazine is a publication for and by NYU Long Island School of Medicine students to give voice and creative expression to their experiences inside and outside of medical school. We accept submissions for fiction, opinion, poetry, and visual art.

For more information, contact Rubin Smith at

Jewish Student Group

The Jewish Student Group is committed to welcoming students of all backgrounds to meet with members of the NYU Long Island School of Medicine community and learn about Jewish culture. Our group organizes Jewish events that range from challah-baking workshops, to lectures, to Shabbat dinners, to Sukkot meals, and more.

For more information, contact Carly Alterman at

Kitting Circle

The Knitting Circle is a crafting club for students interested in knitting and crocheting that is open to people of all experience levels. Our mission is to create a stress-relieving space for those interested in knitting, crocheting, and various other crafts like embroidery and sewing, as well as to organize annual donations of homemade knit items to local charities and nonprofits.

For more information, please contact Helen Ding at

Magic Aid Club

The Magic Aid Club is a bimonthly volunteer program for members of NYU Long Island School of Medicine to perform and teach magic tricks on the inpatient pediatric ward.

For more information, please contact Lawrence Palfini at or Emily Schiller at

Medical Mandarin Club

The Medical Mandarin Club aims to help students communicate basic medical terms (organs, diseases, etc.) to patients who speak Mandarin. We also hope to improve participants’ comfort speaking Mandarin in both casual and professional settings and improve understanding of cultural diversity, as well as increasing the likelihood that clinicians use Mandarin in future patient care interactions.

For more information, contact Kimberly Ho at

Medical Spanish Club

The Medical Spanish Club was created to give students the opportunity to practice their Spanish-speaking abilities in a low-stress environment and allow those new to the language to develop basic conversational skills. Our aim is to facilitate conversation and learning about Spanish language and culture for healthcare professionals. The three-part design of our curriculum involves independent study with prepared study materials, peer-to-peer simulation of patient encounters in Spanish, and presentations from Spanish-speaking healthcare professionals.

For more information about the Medical Spanish Club, contact Rebecca de la O at

NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island WiSH Clinic

The NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island Student Health (WiSH) Clinic is a student-run primary care clinic that serves adults who do not have health insurance. We provide comprehensive primary care and referrals to specialists as needed. We also organize community events such as blood pressure clinics and vaccine clinics.

Our mission is to provide respectful, quality, free healthcare for underserved populations based on the philosophy that medical care should be humanistic and empower patients. We treat all of our patients with compassion and empathy and help them take charge of their lives to achieve health and wellbeing.

As volunteers at the clinic, NYU Long Island School of Medicine students interview and examine patients, provide education and community resources, and work with patients to set goals and form a health plan. Healthcare professionals work alongside students to guide and provide constructive input so that students develop the skills and disposition necessary to become model physicians.

For more information, contact Kenneth Meserole at

Path 4 Primary Care

The Path 4 Primary Care is for students who are interested in learning more about pathology. Students have the opportunity to connect with members of the pathology department to learn more about the field, go over unique cases, and discuss interesting topics. It is a great opportunity for students who want to gain more exposure to the field of pathology as well as those who are interested in getting some extra preparation for the board exams.

For more information, contact Armin Mahabadi at

Rads is Rad

Rads is Rad is a radiology-focused, student-led organization that explores topics in diagnostic imaging as they relate to primary care. Radiology is a field that intersects with all medical specialties, and serves as a critical tool, especially for primary care physicians, to investigate underlying pathology. Through presentations, hands-on workshops, and interdisciplinary collaboration, we aim to provide a space in which students can learn more about anatomy, various imaging modalities, and new treatment alternatives in burgeoning fields such as interventional radiology. We also run the biweekly newsletter “The Reading Room,” a quiz-based teaching exercise for medical students to review the imaging and treatment of both unique and common pathologies.

To learn more, contact Selin Ocal at or Emily Schiller at

Sports Medicine Club

The Sports Medicine Club is a student-led organization that explores topics in primary care sports medicine and orthopedic surgery. Sports medicine pathologies often require the collaboration of an interdisciplinary team of physicians including pediatricians, internists, and orthopedists and are a hallmark of doctor’s visits in the field of primary care. Through case-based presentations, a biweekly newsletter, and collaboration with NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital, the Sports Medicine Club provide opportunities to learn about and engage with the field of sports medicine and the physicians that serve it.

For more information, contact Zachary Tenner at

Socially Responsible Surgery Committee

The Socially Responsible Surgery Committee recognizes social responsibility as a core value of surgical practice and surgery as well as an essential component of global health. The committee aims to identify opportunities for leadership, research, and collaboration in the training of globally minded surgeons who are committed to surgical equity.

For more information, please contact Haarika Chalasani at or Kenneth Meserole at

Student Engagement Committee for Admissions

Students who wish to help the Office of Admissions at NYU Long Island School of Medicine develop and implement programs designed to recruit exceptional medical students to our MD Degree program can apply to join the Student Engagement Committee for Admissions.

For more information, contact Santiago Luis at

Students for a National Health Program

Students for a National Health Program (SNaHP) is the student branch of the national organization Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), an organization that advocates for universal, comprehensive single-payer national health insurance. Even though we are centered on single-payer healthcare, we also invite conversations on other issues in healthcare.

For more information about how to get involved with SNaHP at NYU Long Island School of Medicine, contact Nabilah Nishat at or Selin Ocal at

Students Interested in Psychiatry Club

Students Interested in Psychiatry Club is for anyone interested in psychiatry and mental health. We aim to connect students with current psychiatrists to learn more about careers in the field of psychiatry and to host meetings with psychiatry residents in other programs. We also plan to facilitate ongoing formal and informal discussions about current interesting topics in mental health.

For more information, please contact Lauren Jansma at or Rubin Smith at

Student National Medical Association

Established in 1964, the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is the oldest and largest organization dedicated to fostering a community for black and underrepresented minority medical students. This organization’s aim is to produce an environment where students learn from other’s shared experiences. Our events attempt to highlight disparities within the medical community as well as to provide members with the tools and resources to address them. We have national and regional conferences with other SNMA chapters to further build community and learn from the outstanding work or our peers.

For more information, contact Kendra Willis at

Sun Protection Outreach Teaching by Students Program

Sun Protection Outreach Teaching by Students (SPOTS) is a community outreach program that provides opportunities for students to teach early detection and preventative methods for skin cancer. Medical students visit local schools to instruct students about self-skin exams and safe habits for sun protection. Medical students have the chance to practice patient education and serve diverse and vulnerable communities. We hope to inform children and teens about the importance of sun protection and encourage prevention of skin cancer.

To learn more, contact Megan Lau at

The Ultrasounds Music Club

The Ultrasounds is an all-inclusive music club for medical students, faculty, and staff members. During the COVID-19 pandemic, our members have recorded performances and videos to showcase virtually. We welcome all types of musicians and dancers.

To learn more, contact Selin Ocal at or Tony Asfour at

Women’s Health Education Alliance

The Women’s Health Education Alliance develops and executes education initiatives geared toward both patients and providers that tackle women’s health issues related to misinformation, access to care, and health outcome disparities. By engaging both sides of the health equation, we aim to improve access and quality of care in a way that focusing solely on one side would not.

Our current patient education initiative aims to raise awareness among college freshmen about contraception options and access. Our provider education initiative seeks to improve understanding of the intersectional patient experience.

For more information, contact Anna Jaysing at