Special Interest Organizations
Anti-Racism Action Subcommittee (ARAS)
Our mission is to create a platform where we can honestly discuss race, racism and their influence on the lives of everyone in our greater community. We included “Action” in the name of our group intentionally. Our hope is to foster continuity, accountability, and transparency in our efforts to make positive, lasting change at UT Southwestern. We believe students’ voices should be heard, recognized, and used to create a culture of anti-racism at our institution.
Armed Forces Landing Zone (AFLZ)
Armed Forces Landing Zone student organization is a community of UTSW’s fighting men and women. It aims to be a resource for veterans, current service members, and members of the first responder community – both faculty and students – to meet, socialize, and otherwise support each other in academic and professional pursuits with particular emphasis on welcoming new members to the UTSW family.
Autism in Medicine Student Interest Group (AIMSIG)
Founded in the spring of 2020, the Autism Awareness in Medicine Student Interest Group’s focus is to help educate members on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) as well as the public through forums such as United to Serve.
Biomedical Innovation Society (BI)
The Biomedical Innovation Society (BIS) is open to all medical students, faculty, and staff interested in developing technologic solutions to healthcare challenges. The mission of the BIS is to support the activities of the Biomedical Innovations elective program, while providing opportunities for participation to individuals unable to enroll in the course. Members will be empowered with the skills and mindset required to accurately assess clinical needs and develop feasible solutions in a team-based environment.
Building Resilience in Medicine
An elective founded in fall 2020 to introduce UT Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW) students to the growing issue of burnout experienced among medical students, trainees, and professionals. The focus will be on understanding the causes and consequences of burnout, instilling practices, and coping mechanisms to combat burnout and shaping a healthy and balanced workforce that will be capable of navigating the professional medical environment.
Choosing Wisely Student and Trainees Advocating for Resource Stewardship (STARS)
Choosing Wisely is a national organization that is focused on value-based care and resource stewardship. Founded at UT Southwestern in summer 2018, we aim to bring these ideas to campus with this group. As an organization, we are focused on partnering with other student interest groups to discuss and disseminate information about the definition and importance of value-based care and ways to effectively use it in future practice in health care.
Clinical Psychology Diversity Club
Founded in spring 2008, this group believes that diversity encompasses all of the features that make individual clients unique, including, but not limited to, race, gender, ethnicity, disability, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, and country of origin/regional location. We meet monthly to discuss diversity as it relates to the practice of clinical psychology. Discussions are based on relevant literature, clinical experience, and guest speakers from various organizations in the community. In addition, the Club aims to provide volunteer opportunities for underserved and underrepresented populations in the community and to compile resources for client referrals.
The club’s mission is to improve business acumen of UT Southwestern trainees and facilitate their transition into business-related careers, including management consulting and life sciences consulting, via year-round education and relationship-building events engaging consulting firms, local start-ups, and peers.
Disability Working Group
Founded in spring 202, the mission of this group is to advance curricular efforts on disability at UT Southwestern, support and create a welcome environment for students with disabilities, educate others about individuals with disabilities, and create community amongst people who care about disability. This group will work to create open communication and empowerment for students with disabilities, as well as help educate our current students on people with disabilities.
Founded in summer 2015, DIA is committed to enhancing the learning environment for future health care providers to better serve our diverse population and proactively engage differences among colleagues and patients.
Financial Literacy Organization
Founded in spring 2019, the Financial Literacy Organization’s purpose is to bring together a community interested in personal finance and to promote financial literacy across campus. We also strive to educate health professionals in developing strong personal finance skills and to engage students in smart financial decision making while encouraging diverse conversations surrounding finance.
First Generation College Students (FGCS)
Founded in fall 2021, FGCSS is a student organization for first generation college students. Our mission is to improve the experience of “first generation” medical professionals in training through community, mentorship, empowerment, and advocacy.
Global Health Interest Group (GHIG)
GHIG aims to inspire the UTSW medical community to pursue global health with collaboration, mindfulness, and advocacy. We hope to educate students and faculty alike about global health issues and to promote a global attitude centered around service and research.
Global Surgery Student Alliance
Founded in fall 2018, we are a special interest group of students who unite to develop and mentor the future surgeons, anesthesiologists, and obstetricians of the world. Our goal is to provide timely and affordable access to surgical care to every person, everywhere in the world. We publicly advocate on behalf of the great need within the global surgery field, advance education and research about global surgery, and produce future generations of physicians trained to address the challenges of providing sustainable care in low-resource settings.
Health Education Community Council
Founded in spring 2019, the mission of the Health Community Council is to empower the Dallas community to take charge of their health through education, health literacy, and personal coaching, while providing medical and health professions students clinical exposure needed to impact our community.
Healthcare in Underserved Communities Elective (HUG)
This elective aims to introduce UT Southwestern Medical Center students to the health care issues faced by underserved populations via direct immersion in the patient population. It focuses on understanding the demographics of underserved communities, recognizing the structural barriers to health care, introducing students to the needs of the uninsured, and learning about the resources available in the Dallas area to meet those needs.
Healthcare Professionals Connecting with Chronicity (HPCC)
Founded in fall 2019, Health Professionals Connecting with Chronicity (HPCC) provides a platform for members of the UT Southwestern community living with chronic conditions to connect and raises awareness of the physical and psychological factors involved in living with a chronic disease.
Informatics Interest Group (IIG)
The Informatics Interest Group was established in fall 2020. Technology is becoming increasingly more ingrained in modern day medicine – through electronic health records systems, digital health apps, personalized genomics, etc. As the next generation of physicians, we need to be aware of these technologies, appreciate the flow of data through their systems, and most importantly, understand the benefits as well as the limitations of such systems in how we deliver care The Informatics Interest Group aims to bring awareness to the field of clinical informatics and empower the next generation of physician innovators. We host talks, provide networking opportunities, compile a calendar for all informatics-related events on campus, as well as facilitate participation to attend national conferences.
Interventional Cardiology and Electrophysiology Student Interest Group
Founded in spring 2021, the Interventional Cardiology and Electrophysiology Student Interest Group aims to provide an early look into two advanced cardiology fellowships. The organization will allow for contact with the field through potential research projects, shadowing, and contact with residents also interested in the field. The organization will have a unique mentorship program aimed at connecting students and those with a foothold in the specialty throughout the academic year.
Leaders in the Fight for Every Patient (LIFE)
Student Leaders in the Fight for Every Patient seeks to promote awareness of when life begins and naturally ends and to apply that understanding to the Hippocratic principle “do no harm” through educational meetings, thoughtful discussions, and community service. By valuing human life, we hope to become compassionate and honorable physicians. We believe that justice is served by acting in the interest of patients who may not be able to defend themselves and by evaluating our medical and social systems through the lens of respect for human life. We seek to demonstrate the beauty of this principle in a variety of contemporary issues and to explore its application in personal relationships and interactions with the community.
The Lymph Notes, a premier a cappella group at UT Southwestern, was founded in 2010. The group is composed of members of the UTSW community from all campuses, including medical students, graduate students, health professions students, postdocs, and more. The fun, friendly atmosphere offers a respite from the pressures of higher education while fostering a greater arts presence on campus. We are proud to perform at a variety of campus events, including Medical School interviews, the Multicultural Show, and department holiday parties. We also contribute to the greater Dallas community by performing at local hospitals. Come sing with the Lymph Notes and feed your musical passion!
Medical Humanities Interest Group/Scope
The Medical Humanities Interest Group was founded in 2000 to promote student enjoyment of the humanities and to stimulate meaningful exploration of the humanities’ contribution to medicine. The humanities encompass a broad variety of disciplines, including philosophy, literature, the visual and performing arts, ethics, history, and religion. MHIG is by no means just for experts: It is for all students who, in addition to their interest in becoming competent physicians, enjoy discussing the broader questions of the human condition. MHIG also manages the yearly publication of Scope, UT Southwestern’s arts and humanities journal. Scope is an online literary magazine featuring writing and art created by the students, faculty, and staff of UT Southwestern. We hope the magazine serves as a vehicle for sharing and communicating experiences in medicine, from patient care to medical research, through an artistic lens. We seek quality works and wish to encourage creativity and an atmosphere of openness. We hope Scopewill promote more discussion, reflection, and sense of community at UT Southwestern.
Medical Students for Choice (MSFC)
Medical Students for Choice is dedicated to ensuring that women receive the full range of reproductive health care choices. MSFC recognizes that one of the greatest obstacles to safe and legal abortion is the absence of trained providers. We also work to encourage open-minded discussion about women’s issues and to encourage activism in government.
Mental Health and Wellness Committee
Founded in summer 2018 the Mental Health and Wellness Committee is dedicated to promoting wellness, destigmatizing mental health, and increasing the accessibility of the Student Wellness and CounselingOffice. This organization is comprised of two subcommittees that each work on different aspects of mental health and wellness.
Men’s Health Interest Group
Founded in fall 2015, the Men’s Health Interest Group is open to all students with an interest in men’s health. November is prostate and testicular cancer awareness month. To raise money for prostate cancer research on campus, the Men’s Health Interest Group organizes the Beard and Mane Auction. Gallant men grow their beards (or whatever Mother Nature has graced them with) during the month of November and subsequently auction off the right to shave the beard in artistic and magnificent designs.
Mindfulness Student Association (MSA)
Founded in fall 2019, to provide opportunities for graduate students to learn about mindfulness, practice mindfulness together, and share information about the benefits of mindfulness with the larger school community.
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Neonatology Student Interest Group
Neonatology Student Interest Group (NSIG) strives to fulfill student interest in neonatology through enriching educational experiences, networking opportunities, and volunteer programs. Founded in summer 2015, the goal of our established volunteer program Helping Augment Neonatal Development (HANDs) is to offer our time and attention to babies in the Parkland NICU so that they can receive human touch and interaction to foster their growth and development.
Opioid, Pain, and Addiction Mission
Founded Fall 2019, OPAM’s mission is to facilitate buprenorphine training for medical students and faculty through the GetWaiveredTx initiative.
oSTEM at UTSW seeks to promote and serve the LGBTQ+ graduate students and postdoctoral scholars of UT Southwestern by providing a welcoming and safe environment. oSTEM enhances awareness of the issues and situations the LGBTQ+ UTSW community encounters in the workplace. Furthermore, we serve the broader Dallas community as representatives of UTSW and its mission by participating in scientific outreach events and highlighting research performed at UTSW. We also participate in community outreach activities to promote the UTSW support of the LGBTQ+ community. We welcome all UTSW students and trainees to participate in our events.
Palliative Care Interest Group
Founded in spring 2011, the Palliative Care Interest Group is a student-run organization that aims to increase awareness of the issues related to end-of-life care and the practice of palliative medicine. Our mission is to provide direct experience, exposure, and participation in this field as a medical student, as well as to provide academic exposure through faculty contact.
Preventative and Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group (PLMIG)
Founded in spring 2018, our student interest group is open to all health professions, medical, and graduate students who seek to learn more about how lifestyle modifications can prevent, improve, or reverse our most common illnesses and causes of death. We will work to educate ourselves, understand relevant evidence-based research, and encourage a healthy lifestyle in areas of nutrition, fitness, wellness, and other areas so that we may help make progress toward a healthier society, more sustainable medical system, and world with less suffering.
PRIDE at UT Southwestern is an activist and social organization committed to empowering sexual and gender minority medical students and allies, increasing the number of physicians trained in LGBTQ-inclusive health care, and addressing the unique needs of LGBTQ+ communities through research, advocacy, and service.
Pulmonary Critical Care Interest Group (PCCIG)
Founded in fall 2018, the goal of the PCCIG is to provide students with additional activities to garner a better understanding of the field of pulmonology and pulmonary critical care. We also provide students with opportunities to network with pulmonologists, gain research experience, have hands-on workshops, and experience pulmonology through shadowing.
Simulation Interest Group (SIG)
Founded in spring 2018, the purpose of this group is to provide medical students with opportunities and potential project ideas to explore and participate in current simulation projects, find faculty mentors, and/or start their own projects. This group is aimed at students potentially interested in simulation, medial education quality improvement, or procedural specialties, and who might be looking to get involved in any capacity.
Society of First Generation Students – SHP
Founded in summer 2021, the School of Health Professions Society of First Generation Students will establish a support community, provide special interest resources, and develop a safe space for discussion of experiences common to first generation students in graduate-level health professions programs.
Southwestern Student Connection (SSC)
It is the goal of Southwestern Student Connection to increase interest among undergraduate students in the medical profession serving as a liaison between pre-health programs in the metroplex and UT Southwestern medical students. We pair medical students with local undergraduate students as peer mentors, attend student panels at local universities, and host yearly “Day at Southwestern” events bringing college students to campus to learn about our academic programs.
Spanish Interpreter Apprenticeship Program (SIAP)
Throughout hospitals and clinics in the United States, Spanish has become an essential tool for communicating with patients. In order to prepare students for effective communication with limited English proficiency (LEP) patients, SIAP aims to teach students about the profession of medical interpreting, including the skills, ethics, and cultural competencies needed to provide adequate interpreting services. Also, SIAP provides practical exercises to develop the vocabulary and interpreting skills (e.g., interpreting procedure, listening comprehension, note-taking, and accuracy) needed to break down linguistic barriers between physicians and patients. Lastly, we strive to cultivate cultural sensitivity among medical students.
Sports Medicine Interest Group (SMIG)
Founded in 2018, the Sports Medicine Interest Group provides medical students with an outlet to gain exposure to the field of sports medicine, connect with local sports medicine physicians, and increase awareness of sports medicine as a subspecialty. Our group provides opportunities for students to shadow sports medicine doctors on the sidelines, conduct sports physicals for high school and college athletes, and learn valuable hands-on skills.
Student Initiatives in Medical Simulation
Founded in spring 2018, the purpose of this group is to educate students on the application of medical simulation and its importance in clinical practice, to implement classroom knowledge in hands-on, life-like critical care scenario, and to learn to care for patients in unpredictable, emergent environments through interdisciplinary teamwork and effective communities.
Student Patient Advocates for the Rights of our Communities (SPARC)
Founded in spring 2017, SPARC (now affiliated with Doctors for Change) is focused to educate and to advocate. We are a nonpartisan organization focused on evidence-based health advocacy. More specifically, we help local medical students understand the implications of health care policies and proposals and connect students with actions they can take to make a difference.
Student Physicians for Social Responsibility
Founded in fall 2021, our goal in Student PSR is to educate future health professionals on issues that represent the gravest dangers to human health. On a national level, we mobilize medical students to fight for environmental justice. At UT Southwestern, we will educate our students on the impacts of climate changes on health and foster lifelong advocacy for our patients and planet.
The Sustainability Club seeks to promote awareness of recycling and reusability initiatives on campus and in the community. We will work with the administration to increase recycling efforts, reduce food-associated waste, and investigate opportunities to provide health care more sustainability.
Trauma-Informed Care Initiative
Formed fall 2020, the Trauma-Informed Care Initiative works to empower survivors and prevent sexual violence, particularly in health care settings, through education, service, and advocacy. Education, through events such as workshops, lectures, and social media campaigns, aim to develop skills to provide safer care to survivors as well as skills to support our peers who have experienced sexual violence. We engage in service both through organizing our own events, such as donation drives, and connecting students to relevant volunteer opportunities, such as becoming an advocate at the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center.
V-Day Student Org
The V-Day Student Organization is part of the global campaign dedicated to raising awareness about gender violence through performing Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” and raising funds to support women. We also aim to provide a means of support, encouragement, advice, and friendship for women at UT Southwestern. The production of “The Vagina Monologues” has been in operation at UT Southwestern since 2015.
Wilderness Medicine Society (WMS)
WMS’ purpose is to expose people to the wilderness, discuss medicine in low-resource and wilderness contexts, and provide an opportunity for students and faculty to interact outside the school environment. We are devoted to camping, hiking, and all things outdoors. We are open to all members of the UT Southwestern community regardless of academic program or career plans.
Women’s Health Enrichment Elective (WHEE)
The Women’s Health Enrichment Organization, founded in 2014, was established to provide an elective to prepare physicians in training to make informed decisions regarding patients that experience health issues linked to any women’s health related topics. This means we seek to fill any gaps in the established curriculum that are not discussed in detail. We further aim to emphasize patient informed consent, autonomy and safety in topics pertaining to women’s health, as well as physician information.