Student Clubs and Organizations


The Committee on Anti-racism and Allyship aims to address structural racism, promote allyship, and enhance the climate of inclusion within the ZSOM community, by providing opportunities for professional development and leadership training in efforts to foster health equity within the communities we serve as educators, physicians, administrators, and future healthcare providers

When the Committee on Anti-racism and Allyship (CARA) was established in June 2020, the Executive Committee collected concerns and suggestions from students, faculty and staff. Five clear themes emerged; Curriculum, Co-Curricular Programs, Employee Education & Development, Institutional Culture and Immediate Concerns.

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Commemoration Committee is a committee that honors our anatomical donors, lovingly known to medical students as our ‘first patients.’ At our core, the Commemoration Committee seeks to encourage reflection, appreciation, and humility for our journeys and relationships with the human body, which are made viscerally possible by the spirit and true gift of our anatomical donors.

The cornerstone of our Committee, and our main project, is the planning of an annual Anatomical Gift Memorial Service, in which students and faculty join donors' families and friends at the University Club each spring at the end of the First 100 Weeks. Students often express gratitude for our anatomical donors through musical and literary performances, and the families and friends of donors share reflections of their loved ones, in what has traditionally been an incredibly beautiful and meaningful experience for all.

Though the service may look a little different this year in light of COVID, we are committed to finding a meaningful way to honor our anatomical donors and their families, and supplementing the service with other opportunities for reflection and expression of gratitude, as much as possible.

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The Community Service Committee organizes service projects and events for our medical students to give back to our community. This includes everything from organizing teams and events for charity fundraisers like St. Baldrick's Day, Relay for Life, and Light the Night, to local projects like running a food drive for Island Harvest, participating in Solidarity Day, or teaching hand-washing and heart-healthy lifestyle tips to local elementary school students.

More recently, the Community Service Committee has helped Student Affairs with many of the volunteer efforts for COVID19 from helping with making and distributing masks and PPE to helping in the community with vulnerable populations, and in hospitals as scribes and with serology testing.

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The Emergency Preparedness Committee was founded in 2012 after Hurricane Sandy hit Long Island and the surrounding areas. The committee’s goal is to certify medical students in emergency preparedness and planning early in their medical career to enhance their knowledge and usefulness during disaster relief efforts, states of emergency, or otherwise heightened demand for medical personnel.

Additionally, the committee strives to collaboratively and continually investigate the need for medical student volunteer efforts and public health education by maintaining a pulse on the current state of community health affairs.

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The New & Prospective Students Committee works closely with the Office of Admissions & Office of Student Affairs to provide support during the transition to medical school. Committee members are involved in recruiting diverse applicants, providing student perspectives during interview days and outreach to make sure all questions are answered. This committee plans Revisit Weekend, Orientation Week, supports interview days and coordinates a peer mentoring program.

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The Diversity and Inclusion Committee ensures that our student body feels empowered, valued, respected, supported, and safe. Their goal is to advocate for all students, assist in the recruitment and retention of a diverse student body, and promote diversity through educational programs. Such programs include the annual Diversity Night, in which we explore cultures and customs through cuisine, the performing arts, and discussions.

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The Social Committee runs school-wide social events during the year, including an annual Welcome Party, Halloween Party in NYC, and a Spring Formal. The committee is made up of a school-wide social chair and social chairs from the first, second, third and fourth year classes.


The Wellness Committee was formed to address the different dimensions that contribute to a strong sense of well being, such as emotional, physical, and occupational wellness. Our programming is aimed towards providing opportunities for students to work on their own personal health with past events including therapy dogs, destressing technique workshops, and advice boards.

We also advocate for student wellness in areas such as mental health resources, counseling, and a curriculum more geared towards student support during some of the most stressful years of our education.

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Run by Zucker medical students with the support of onsite faculty-physicians, the Zucker Student Run Free Clinic offers annual physicals, sick visits, vaccines, blood work, electrocardiograms and much more for patients in need, including referrals at low or no cost.

The goals of the Queen's facility are to provide access to quality health care while simultaneously establishing a confident, trusting, and open connection with the highly diverse population it serves. For more information, please visit the Student-Run Free Clinic's page here.

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The Narrateur Committee is comprised of students, faculty, and staff that make up an editorial board to produce Narrateur : Reflections on Caring, an art & literary journal that embodies the school’s commitment to self-expression, compassion and respect for the patient-physician relationship. The art of storytelling is woven into the curriculum of the Zucker School of Medicine as part of its mission to strengthen student self-reflection on the road to becoming critical thinkers and decision makers.

Narrateur serves as a creative outlet for students, faculty and employees of Northwell Health, Zucker School of Medicine and Hofstra University who wish to make original works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, photography or art. The literary journal seeks to nurture the voices of all health practitioners as they grapple with the care of their patients, the decisions they must make, their reactions to those decisions, and the outcomes.

Narrateur gives voice to the challenges and the celebrations of patient care. It reflects the practice of medicine on the printed page and provides a home for the health practitioner to express, experience, respect and show compassion for patient-centered care. It is published once a year in the Spring, by the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.

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Professional Organizations and Chapters

The mission of the American Association of Neurological Surgery Medical Student Chapter at the Zucker School of Medicine is to provide early support and leadership training to medical students exploring a career in neurosurgery. The Chapter provides a forum for students to organize professional, educational, and research activities within the Department of Neurosurgery at Northwell, promote mentorship and facilitate participation at a national level for the next generation.

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The ACMG Foundation for Genetic and Genomic Medicine ACMGF is a community of supporters and contributors who understand the importance of medical genetics and genomics in healthcare. A nonprofit organization established in 1992, the Foundation supports the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics ACMG mission to “translate genes into health”; to foster charitable giving, promote training opportunities to attract future medical geneticist and genetic counselors, to share information about medical genetics, to sponsor important research and much more.

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The American Medical Association (AMA) is a national organization of medical students, residents and physicians across different interests and specialties. Our organization is aimed at helping medical students with professional development, advocacy efforts, understanding medicine in politics and educational efforts. Past events include:

  • Student Parliamentary Debate
  • National biyearly conferences
  • Speaker about medicine in the political landscape

Affiliated organizations: AMA
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AMSA is a national organization that is entirely student run and focused on medical student development, advocacy efforts and service. Our chapter is focused on educating medical students and offering education on topics not traditionally covered in medical school. Past events include: <

  • HIV Global Health Event
  • Medical Student-Premedical Student Panel

Affiliated organizations: AMSA
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The American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) is an organization of women physicians, medical students and other persons dedicated to serving as the unique voice for women’s health and the advancement of women in medicine.

Our local chapter of the national organization is focused on empowering and connecting women in medicine locally at the Zucker School of Medicine and within Northwell Health, with the hopes of fostering relationships within the larger NY area and beyond.

Our organization hopes to continue hosting events where we can provide personal and professional mentorship, discuss the advancement of women in medicine, advocate for equity, and ensure excellence in health care while creating a warm atmosphere through social events and camaraderie.

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APAMSA is a national organization committed to addressing unique health challenges of Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) communities. All are welcome, especially those interested in learning about health-related topics in Asian/Pacific American communities. Past events include:

  • Lantern Festival
  • Lunar New Year Festival
  • Medical Mandarin (Student-to-Student Course)

Affiliated organizations: The Association of Chinese American Physicians
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The Association of Women Surgeons is a  not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to empowering female physicians and medical students to realize their professional and personal goals. The AWS  chapter at ZSOM aims to support the needs of aspiring women surgeons by increasing access to mentors within the field, educating students on the unique challenges that female surgeons face, and offering resources for professional development.

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Christians in Medicine is a Christ-centered community that seeks to navigate the challenges of medical school together and to engage the broader SOM Community at the intersection of religion, culture, and health care.

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Doctors for the Environment is an organization that seeks to increase student awareness of environmental issues and inspire the ZSOM community to make sustainable changes that will positively impact the environment.

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The Ethics Society is dedicated to exploring the role of ethics in medicine. We meet on the first Wednesday of every month for our Ethics Café which is a round table, student-led discussion of a case. Some of our past cases have included the ethics of quarantine, human challenge trials, and research in vulnerable populations. As a group, we advocate for medical ethics in the curriculum and further incorporation of ethics into the practice of medicine.

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Faces of Pathophysiology organizes events that shed light on the illnesses we study from the perspectives of the patients and their healthcare providers. Past events include: lunches with patients and providers.


The Global Health Club provides forums for discussion about current events in global health, inspires students to think about health problems beyond our borders, and motivates students to seek involvement in health work abroad. As a club, we aim to expand the global health opportunities for students and we are currently working with the administration to further expand MS1 involvement in global health research projects abroad. Past events include:

  • COVID-19 information sessions - discussions on the global pandemic
  • Dinner and Case Presentations with MS4s and Northwell residents who did electives in Uganda and Ecuador
  • Events with the Northwell Global Health Department

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Due to the current evolving climate around medicine, it is essential that physicians remain aware and involved in the changes taking place around them.

The Healthcare Leadership Club aims to provide future physicians with an opportunity to learn about the many facets of the Healthcare Industry where physicians can impact from a leadership role. Some of our topic areas include: healthcare delivery, physician compensation, insurance developments, pharmaceutical relations, governmental policy, and entrepreneurship. Past events include:

  • Prominent Guest Speakers from the Health System
  • Visit to Healthcare Summits
  • Lectures/discussions on relevant current event topics in healthcare

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Healthy Living Long Island strives to strengthen the Zucker School of Medicine’s commitment to our community by working with a local elementary school to teach healthy living techniques and eating habits through a 5-2-1-0 curriculum. The club travels to the elementary school to teach curriculum that we have developed for the students, as well as host many other events such as a health fair and kick-off event at the school of medicine for students and families.


SOM Hillel is a branch of Hofstra's undergraduate Hillel community that was established to serve the SOM community. We aim to build and strengthen the school's Jewish community, and broader SOM community, by providing cultural, religious, educational, social, or social justice-related Jewish programming and events. Past events include: :

  1. Holiday celebrations
  2. Interfaith panels about some topic in medicine/ethics/social justice

Affiliated organizations: Hillel International
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The Interfaith Group hopes to be a platform to celebrate all of our unique faith traditions within the Hofstra SOM community. Past events include:

  • Celebrating and learning about Hanukkah
  • Holi Celebration
  • Learning about Lent

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The Latino Medical Student Association unites and empowers medical students through service, mentorship and education to advocate for the health of the Latino community. Our objectives include to unify all Latino medical students into one organization, to provide a voice for underrepresented medical students, to actively promote recruitment and retention of Latino students at all levels, and to educate medical students on Latino health issues. We also strive as an organization to advocate for the rights of Latinos in health care, to provide leadership opportunities for Latinos, and to promote volunteerism in the Latino community.

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  1. Medical Spanish
  2. Guac off
  3. Salsa Night

The Medical French club aims to provide a space for students to explore different francophone cultures and practice the French language through discussions of current health care issues and Medical French classes.

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To spark discussion and advocacy surrounding abortion and reproductive justice, and to enrich reproductive health care curricula. Prospective events include:

  1. Dinner and a movie (Roe v. Wade and political atmosphere surrounding abortion)
  2. Condom Hunt with contraception facts
  3. Tour of Nassau County Planned Parenthood

Affiliated organizations: Medical Students For Choice
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The Muslim Medical Students Association aims to provide a space for exploring illness, treatment, disability, and death through the lens of the Islamic faith. MMSA also seeks to foster an inclusive and spiritually supportive Muslim community at the School of Medicine and Northwell Health; to cultivate discussion around all issues pertaining to the representation of Muslims in medicine.

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OUTmed is our school's LGBTQIA and Allies organization. We serve as a safe and welcoming community for those who identify as with the community and as allies to foster discussion about LGBTQIA issues, explore the NY LBGTQIA scene, and enjoy the company of others within the LGBTQIA community. We also have events with other clubs and groups regarding more general questions about diversity, its importance in society and healthcare, and other such discussions. Past events include:

  1. New York City PRIDE march
  2. Tour Lenox Health Greenwich Village
  3. Drag Brunch
  4. LGBTQ Mentoring Program, co-hosted with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

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TEACH (Together Educating All Children in Hospitals) is an international not-for-profit organization that brings exciting, hands-on, educational programming to children in hospitals. The mission is to create an outlet for children of all ages to passionately engage with the sciences through the medium of fun, interactive experiments.

Zucker SOM's chapter of Project TEACH is committed to spreading the mission of TEACH to Cohen's Children's Hospital. As a club, we travel to Cohen's once a month to Teach hospital-bound kids science lessons with Project TEACH! During the pandemic we started virtual Project TEACH, making videos of us preforming science experiments to be displayed on TEACH's website. We hope to continue this project in the future in order to reach children who are placed on isolation precautions while in the hospital. We aim to bring smiles to children's faces in the hospital and work to heal through teaching.

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SAMoSA strives to promote dialogue regarding South Asian health issues by hosting workshops on cardiovascular disease, diabetes, nutrition, and mental health, develop an awareness for the diversity in beliefs, customs and values of various South Asian communities to facilitate the development of intercultural competence, and provide a sense of community and family for South Asian medical students at ZSOM.

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ZSOM's SAFE chapter is naming gun violence for what it is - a health threat of epidemic proportion - in order to rally the medical community to fight for the interests of our patients. Gun violence threatens personal and public health. Through research, education, and support of evidence- backed policy, we can determine how best to arm our patients with facts and information that allow them to make the most informed decisions surrounding firearms.

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The Zucker School of Medicine chapter of SNMA is committed to increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent, and socially conscious physicians. We are dedicated to supporting the needs of our underrepresented minority medical students while increasing campus awareness of social and cultural issues. We strive to not only address but serve our immediate and regional communities.
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  1. MAPS Day
  2. Diversity Night
  3. Region IX Spring Business Meeting

The purpose of Students for a National Health Program (SNaHP) is to provide education about and advocate for a single-payer healthcare system. SNaHP is the student affiliate of the organization PNHP, Physicians for a National Health Program. Given that an estimated 45,000 Americans die every year due to lack of health insurance, we feel that constructing a healthcare system that adequately provides for our patients is an imperative. As future leaders in medicine, it will be up to us to propose and implement policies that promote the health of our patients. To that end, we wish to educate students on healthcare systems and discuss the benefits that a single-payer healthcare system may bring. In addition, we’d like to provide opportunities for students to advocate for such policies, such as the New York Health Act currently in the state legislature.

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TranslationalMed is focused on discussing current and emerging developments in medical science. We aim to integrate basic science research into the clinical curriculum and facilitate discussion around key issues the medical field will be facing in the future. Past events include:

  1. Journal Clubs
  2. Guest Speakers
  3. Ethics Collaboration

Established during the pandemic, toprovide free, online, one-on-one tutoring to local students struggling with online learning, this program has since expanded to partner with Lawrence Road Middle School in Uniondale to provide tutoring for students in need of more academic support.

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The Well Said Committee will work in conjunction with the health and well-being radio show and podcast "Well Said with Dr. Ira Nash" to increase community healthcare literacy. To promote community engagement, students will help identify relevant healthcare topics, conduct research, construct discussion guides, and develop community outreach strategies.

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In alignment with the national chapter, ZSOM WC4BL will work to dismantle racism in medicine and promote the health, well-being, and self-determination of people of color by fostering dialogue on racism as a public health concern,striving to end racial discrimination in medical care, and preparing future physicians to be advocates for racial justice.

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Specialty Interest Groups

We strive to explore academic medicine and delve into the depths of curricular medicine. We examine careers in academic medicine, both alone and in conjunction with clinical medicine. Past events include:

  1. Discussion about teaching end-of-life care in the first 100 Weeks
  2. Panel of professionals in Academic Medicine
  3. Discussion with a physician author

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The Allergy, Immunology, and Infectious Disease Interest Group aims to spread awareness on interesting topics in immunology, microbiology, and global health. One of our main focuses is to increase medical students' understanding on the complex, unique relationship between infectious diseases and public health.

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We are dedicated to exploring the specialty of anesthesia. We regularly hold events where you can gain hands-on experience to multiple skills that anesthesiologists use on a regular basis. We also hold events for students to facilitate the process of making connections to anesthesiologists. Past events include:

  1. Hands-On Workshops
  2. Research and Clinical Panel Discussions

Affiliated organizations: American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)
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The Cardiology Interest group exists to expose students to the vast field of cardiology. As a group, we hope to introduce fellow classmates to the different specialties within cardiology and highlight its interdisciplinary nature. We also invite content experts to speak to us about changes in modern treatment. Lastly, we host R&R sessions on cardiology-related topics such as EKG readings and echocardiography.

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Cardiothoracic surgery is the cutting edge and enduring surgical field that operates on the contents of the thorax, including the heart, lungs, and esophagus. We expose students to this evergreen field by connecting them with residents and attendings, as well as, provide the opportunity to start research with Northwell's department of surgeons.

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The Critical Care Specialty Interest Group organize events that will provide information for students who are interested in the critical care subspecialty and provides means of communication between practicing physicians and students. Upcoming events include:

  1. How To Read an EKG (Review Led by MS3/MS4s)
  2. COVID-19: Perspective from an Intensivist
  3. Intubation Workshop

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The Dermatology Interest Group is a professional interest group at Zucker School of Medicine that aims to provide information, education, and experiences to students interested in pursuing the field of dermatology. The Dermatology Interest Group also aims to educate the local campus and community about prevalent dermatologic issues, particularly skin cancer and sun safety. Past events include:

  1. Annual Miles for Melanoma Walk
  2. Dermatology information session with residents and attendings
  3. How to take a skin biopsy

Affiliated organizations: Dermatology Interest Group Association, Northwell Department of Dermatology, and Colette Coyne Melanoma Awareness Campaign
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The purpose of EMIG is to enhance student exposure to emergency medicine and provide a meeting ground for students, residents, and faculty with a shared excitement for Emergency Medicine. We work to help students learn more about their field of interest, network students with similar interests, establish mutually beneficial relationships with other organizations and other medical student interest groups for emergency medicine. Past events include:

  1. Northeast Emergency Medicine Interest Group Symposium
  2. Residency Information Panels
  3. Clinical Skills and Diagnostic Reasoning Sessions
  4. Ultrasound Guided peripheral IV placement

Affiliated organizations: Emergency Medicine Residents' and Students' Association
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Advisers: Dr. Gino Farina

As a part of the larger Internal Medicine Coalition, the Endocrinology Interest Group works to bring members of the Endocrinology field to the Zucker School of Medicine in order to expose students to the field. The Interest Group also works with other sub-specialty groups to put together interdisciplinary events.

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The purpose of the ENT club is to expose students to the field of ENT and provide opportunities to those interested in pursuing a career in ENT.

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To foster interest in family medicine and promote the agenda of the national organization. Prospective events include:

  1. Family medicine in different communities panel/discussion
  2. Reproductive health/contraception panel
  3. Depression management panel discussion

Affiliated organizations: American Academy of Family Physicians
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The purpose of the Gastroenterology Specialty Interest Group is to expand awareness and interest among medical students about the GI field through guest speakers, publicizing new research opportunities, and exposing students to what a career as a Gastroenterologist entails through panel discussions and facilitating contacts with GI faculty and residents/fellows.

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We explore the subspecialty of geriatric medicine through discussions and dialogue. We also strive to raise awareness of the geriatric population, and the importance of their care in medicine. Past and prospective events include a discussion on healthcare proxies and MOLST forms and a discussion on physiology of aging.

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The Hematology/Oncology Interest group exists to expose students to the limitless fields and potential of Hematology and Oncology. As a group, we aim to demystify this at times intimidating but ultimately thrilling world through speaker panels, review sessions, and any intersections we can make with the Humanities in Medicine. Through host speaker panels from specialists in different fields of Hem/Onc, talks with prominent researchers about novel treatment options, R&R sessions related to Hem/Onc topics with faculty guidance, and other humanistic events, we hope that we can help students discover if not a passion, at least a profound appreciation, for a sector of medicine that has truly captivated us.

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We are a group of interest groups within Internal Medicine that organize events dedicated to the promotion of internal medicine subspecialties, education of students about the practice of internal medicine, and fostering collaboration between internal medicine subspecialties.

  1. Subspecialty Speed Dating
  2. StepOne Trivia Night
  3. Auscultation Workshop

Affiliated organizations: American College of Physicians
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The Interventional Radiology Interest Group (IRIG) at Zucker School of Medicine aims to be the premier academic and networking resource for students interested in Interventional Radiology (IR). IR is a new and growing field of medicine which uses minimally invasive, imaging guided procedures to diagnose and treat diseases in nearly every organ system. Procedures performed by IR physicians include angiograms and vascular interventions, CT-guided biopsy and drainage, ultrasound guided procedures, and many others.

We are excited to be affiliated with the IR department at Northwell Health, itself home to a combined residency program in IR/Diagnostic Radiology. The IRIG at Zucker SOM is also affiliated with a larger nationwide network of IRIGs coordinated by the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR). It is our goal to not only serve as a resource for those interested in IR, but also to inform others of the services that IR can offer.

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Our purpose is to expose interested members to the exciting field of nephrology. Through seminars and workshops, members learn about the latest advancements in the field and about the day to day work life of a nephrologist.
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We host events centered around topics in neuroscience, including both clinical and research-based fields. Our goal is to present students interested in neuroscience with more information about how they can develop this interest into a medical career. To this end, we host a variety of events ranging from clinical workshops on neurologic diseases, career panels, and presentations from neuroscience researchers in our health system. Past events include:

  1. Spinal injury event
  2. Careers in Neuroscience panel
  3. Research-focused event with Feinstein neuroscientists

Affiliated organizations: The American Academy of Neurology's Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN)
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To foster interest and education in OB/GYN and promote the agenda of the national organization. Past events include: :

Egg Freezing Talk: We learned about the the process of egg freezing and the science behind the procedure from a reproductive endocrinologist. The reproductive endocrinologist also discussed the app that she developed that calculates the likelihood of success using the frozen eggs down the line.


Residency Application Panel: Our panel featured OBGYN residency directors, important Northwell physicians in the field of OBGYN, and OBGYN residents who recently went through the application process. These physicians discussed their own experiences in the field and what they look for when reading applications.


Hands-On Fetal Ultrasound Event: We organized a hands-on fetal ultrasound session guided by a maternal fetal specialist and LIJ sonographers. We recruited pregnant volunteers from LIJ, the neighboring community, and the student body. Students performed parts of anatomy scans, learned about the utility of ultrasound during pregnancy, and experienced the challenges of imaging a fetus compared to an adult.


Planned Parenthood Event: This event was held at the Planned Parenthood in Hempstead. Various staff members spoke about the role Planned Parenthood plays in the community, from providing low-cost medical care to advocacy efforts. In addition, we were joined by a Planned Parenthood physician who spoke about her career. The event concluded with a tour of the facility.

Affiliated organizations: American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
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The ophthalmology interest group functions to provide events for students to increase exposure to this exciting field, which consists of the medical and surgical treatment of diseases related to the eye.

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The Orthopedic Surgery Interest Group (OSIG) strives to provide stimulating and interactive events with experts in the field of orthopedics including current residents, attending physicians, and researchers. Through a wide variety of events, OSIG aims to promote interest and excitement for orthopedic surgery within the ZSOM community.

  1. Bioskills event
  2. Orthopedic Subspecialty Panels

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The Pathology Interest Group is dedicated to fostering interest in the field of Pathology. Past events include:

  1. Pathology sub-specialty panel

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We organize networking and volunteer opportunities in the field of pediatrics for interested students. Through these efforts, we hope to provide students considering a career in pediatrics with helpful resources within our health system and beyond.

  1. Careers in Pediatrics panel
  2. Teddy Bear Clinic (demonstrating preventive care procedures on teddy bears for pediatric patients)

Affiliated organizations: American Academy of Pediatrics Medical Student Subcommittee
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We explore the field of plastic surgery. We promote interest in the field by hosting events and inviting guest speakers, connecting students with mentors, and fostering professionalism. Prospective events include:

  1. Resident meet day
  2. Suture session

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Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R), Rehabilitation Medicine, and Rehabilitative Medicine are all terms used to describe what a physiatrist does. We are a branch of medicine emphasizing the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of disorders that produce temporary or permanent functional impairment.

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  1. NYS PM&R Fair/Regional Conference

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To advocate for primary care, to develop leaders for primary care, and to promote collaboration between internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, and OB/GYN. Prospective events include:

  1. Annual Primary Care Panel
  2. Gregg Stracks Leadership Summit (Annual primary care conference)

Affiliated organizations: Primary Care Progress (PCP)
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The purpose of the Psychiatry interest group is to raise awareness and interest about the specialty and to expose students to the vast number of opportunities in the field. With research, new frontiers in technology, and novel medications and therapeutics being discovered today, the field of Psychiatry has much to explore and the group is aimed at facilitating this exploration. Past events include:

  1. Stress Busters
  2. Autism Awareness Month/speaker
  3. Subspecialist panels

Affiliated organizations: PsychSIGN
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To introduce the pulmonary sub-specialty to Hofstra Northwell SOM students, provide education and information on pulmonary medicine, and to foster connections with the pulmonary sub-specialty physicians of the Northwell healthcare system.
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We organize events in the field of radiology for interested students. Through these efforts, we hope to develop and maintain interest in the specialty. Events may include speakers, networking events, and volunteer opportunities among others.
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The Radiation Oncology Interest Group at the Zucker School of Medicine aims at further exposing medical students to the field of Radiation Oncology as well as affording students the opportunity to become more involved with shadowing and research within the field. Through information sessions, attending/resident run panels and in-person activities, we hope to increase exposure and interest to the field of Radiation Oncology.

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To explore the field of rheumatology, which deals with pain and disorders of the joints, muscles, tendons, bones and other connective tissues. Amazing advancements have been made over the past several decades in understanding auto-immune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), as well as developing novel treatments, including targeted therapies. There still remains much to be understood, providing many exciting clinical and basic science research opportunities within rheumatology. The interest group will aim to provide hands-on workshops, guest lectures, and networking events with physicians and researchers of the Northwell Health Division of Rheumatology/Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research.

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The goal of the Sports Medicine Interest Group is to foster a growing interest in sports medicine among the student body. Sports medicine is a field dedicated to treatment and prevention of injuries related to sports and exercise. Events will include guest speakers, physician and resident run interactive panels, film screenings, and networking opportunities with various physicians in the sports medicine department at Northwell.

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Surgery and Sub-specialties Coalition aims to expose students to the field of surgery, as well as the subspecialties that one may enter.  We also hope to help build a community between current surgeons and students from all four years to foster interest in surgery and help aspiring surgeons build relationships with mentors.

  1. Panels with surgeons from different specialties
  2. Suture Workshop

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The goal of the Ultrasound Interest Group is to provide hands-on ultrasound experience to medical students. The USIG not only provides opportunities to practice ultrasound skills in small groups but also participates in annual SonoSlam to compete against medical students from other schools. Since point-of-care ultrasound is becoming a valuable part of every specialty, all students can benefit from the skills they learn as part of this group.

The Urology Club explores the many facets of urology, including medical diseases of the urinary tract and male reproductive organs as well as their corresponding surgeries or procedures. One noteworthy event was a presentation by a urologist on robotic radical cystectomy. We have also simulated vasectomies on models and have had Q and A sessions with practicing urologists.
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The goal of the Vascular Surgery Interest Group (VSIG) is to increase early exposure to this exciting and evolving field at ZSOM, and to support passionate students with educational events, mentorship, research opportunities, community service and outreach opportunities.


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The Wilderness Medicine Interest Group is designed to provide information and access to Hofstra medical students who are interested in learning about providing medical care in low resource environments. The group's focus is to provide hands-on experiences to students who are interested in working in low esource environments including global health, emergency medicine, and outdoor adventures. The Wilderness Medicine Interest Group stresses hands-on experiences, and preparedness, and access to diverse perspectives on medical care. Past events include:

  1. Mid-Atlantic Wilderness Medicine Conference in Philadelphia
  2. Hiking Trips
  3. Labor Day Weekend Camping Trip

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Recreational Clubs

The purpose of this club is to expand understanding of how art may be used in the practice of medicine. It is also to promote art and passion for the arts at Hofstra and the surrounding communities. Past events include:

  1. Paint Night
  2. Pumpkin Carving
  3. Trips to art exhibitions

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The book club is an opportunity for students to take a break from studying and enjoy reading and discussing books of various genres. Each month, a different book is recommended and discussed, allowing all members to contribute their thoughts or comments. We also encourage members to share any of their other great reads to keep us all reading!

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The Cooking Club is an organization that provides an avenue to share culture and experience through food. Together, we will learn how easy it can be to make a healthy meal from different cultures and diets, explore basic and advanced techniques, and practice safe kitchen habits. You can look forward to putting your new skills to the test with a mystery basket competition.

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A place for people who love cycling, in place or in the road. We host spin classes and provide a community for cyclists of all skill levels to get out and explore Long Island.

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Dance in Medicine is an organization dedicated to blending music and dance with medicine as a way to heal, relieve stress, build connections, and just learn new and cool dance styles! We have workshops to teach different styles of dance for all levels (especially beginners) and hold a Salsa/Bachata Night at local eateries to encourage social dancing. Events include:

  1. Latin Night at K Pacho
  2. Workshops for Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, Hip Hop, Jazz and more

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We aim to join people together for video games and board games. Past events include:

  1. Board game night
  2. Super Smash Brothers tournament

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The Zucker School of Medicine Golf Club provides opportunities for comradery, networking, and character building through the game of golf. We are dedicated to forwarding the enjoyment of the members of the SOM community who already play, as well as teaching those who wish to learn the sport. Events will be held at many of the beautiful courses and practice facilities throughout the New York City metropolitan area. We offer opportunities to practice and learn at the driving range, as well as formal and informal meet-ups at indoor simulators and outdoor courses. Golf has long been seen as the preferred sport of physicians due to the unique nature of play. A round on the golf course is possible at any age, and the pace of play encourages interpersonal exchange in the great outdoors. The relationships formed and solidified on the golf course can forward careers and bring a lifetime of enjoyment in a challenging sport where you can compete against yourself, the course, or your colleagues. Golf is more than a sport; it teaches tenacity and humility that is valuable to the person and physician. Hall of Fame Golfer Bobby Jones put it best, "Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots - but you have to play the ball where it lies."

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We coordinate music events, especially open mic nights and the annual Variety Show. Hofstra SOM is home to so much incredible talent we love to showcase! Past events include:

  1. Variety Show
  2. Open Mic Nights

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We love running and we love Hofstra Northwell SOM! We hope to bring people together through the joy of running. Whether you are a lifetime runner or just getting started, we would love to see you! Past events include:

  1. Ocean to Sound Relay
  2. Local races throughout the year

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The Rock Climbing Club goes on regular group trips to local rock climbing gyms. Rock climbing is a great form of exercise, but can also be a way to blow off steam, build great friendships, and get in touch with nature and yourself. We are a supportive and welcoming community, for beginners and more advanced climbers. We are also interested in supporting other forms of physical and mental well being, including meditation, yoga, hiking, and climbing.

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Swim Club is all about bringing people together and providing another outlet for SOM students. Every week we have workouts for all swimming levels. As a new club, we are continuing to look for new events for everyone to participate with swim clinics and swim competitions making up the majority of events in the past and to come. 

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