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Student Groups at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

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  • American Medical Association - AMA
    The purpose of the American Medical Association chapter at Hopkins is to educate students about political advocacy and other important issues facing the field of medicine today.  Contact Person: Taylor DesRosiers, Kevin Contrera kcontre2@jhmi.edi 
  • American Medical Student Association - AMSA
    AMSA at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is dedicated to activities that will be of educational value to students, residents, faculty, and staff.  Contacts: Howard Choi, Lena Caron
  • American Medical Women’s Association - AMWA
    The Johns Hopkins American Medical Women’s Association seeks to empower and advance women in medicine and to ultimately improve women’s health.  These goals are achieved by optimizing our educational experience, reaching out to the larger community of women through service, addressing systematic bias and discrimination, highlighting women’s achievements in medicine, and uniting women through fellowship.  Contact Person: Amy Tao
  • Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association – APAMSA
    The APAMSA chapter at Johns Hopkins seeds to provide a means for all students to experience the Asian culture.  It hosts a variety of activities, from social events to community service to discussions with Asian Physicians.  Contacts: Wendy Ying, Yishan Cheng
  • Doctors for America
    Contact: Brian Waldersen
  • Gertrude Stein Society
    The Gertrude Stein Society is an organization for lesbian, gay, and bisexual members of the Johns Hopkins Medical institutions, including the Schools of Nursing, Public Health, and Medicine. Contact:
  • Graduate Student Association
    The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is the major graduate student organization of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (JHUSOM) that serves all students seeking a doctorate in philosophy or a master’s degree in arts at JHUSOM. The primary purpose of the GSA is to act as a liaison between the graduate student body and the JHUSOM administration.

    President: Alyssa Walker, pathobiology,
    President-Elect: Heather Kristjanson, functional anatomy,
    Vice President of General Affairs: Sarah Ouadah, biomedical engineering,
    Vice President of Finance: Thuzar Thein, neuroscience,
    Vice President of Events: Kaya Zelazny, functional anatomy,
    Vice President of Public Relations: Carolyn Tallon, pathobiology,
  • Jewish Student Association – JSA
    The Jewish Student Association (JSA) is a student run group that exists to address the needs of the graduate Jewish community at JHU and encourage interaction between graduate and medical students.  Contact Person: Shira Ziegler
  • JHMI Christian Fellowship
    We are a non-denominational Christian organization that is student led with a faculty advisor.  We meet weekly with other students (medical, nursing, public health, and others), as well as physicians, nurses, and other employees of the hospital.  Contact Info: 
  • Johns Hopkins Graduate Muslim Students Association – JHGMSA
    The Johns Hopkins Graduate Muslim Students Association (JHGMSA) was created to provide a setting for Muslims affiliated with the Johns Hopkins University community to come together to learn and practice their faith, to teach the community about Islam, and to crate an awareness of concerns specific to the Muslim community. 
  • Johns Hopkins International Society
    The International Society provides information about housing, childcare, schools, insurance, driver’s education, English as a second language (ESL) classes, and other community resources to newly arrived internationals.  An annual Welcome Reception as well as other social gatherings and trips to nearby places of interest are scheduled throughout the year. 

    Contact Information:  Dacia Gauer 410-955-3371
    International Services and International Society Coordinator
    Office of International Student, Faculty and Staff Services
    The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
    1620 McElderry Street
    Reed Hall, Room 1124
    Baltimore, MD 21205
    Tel:  410.955.3370 / Fax:  410.955.0871
  • Latino Medical Student Association
    Contact: Fidel Desir Boya, Emma Steinberg
  • MedChi
    Contact: Xun Zhou
  • Medical Student Senate (MSS)
    The Medical Student Senate (MSS) represents the medical student body to the faculty and administration of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Contacts: Richa Gupta, President, Janaki Paskaradevan,, Vice President - Administration , Tom Johnson,, Vice President - Finance/Student Groups.
  • Medical Student for Choice
    Contact: Martha Brucato
  • Meme
    The JHU SOM literary magazine accepts written work (such as stories and poems), photos and drawings for publication.  Contacts:  Shannon Dunn

  • Middle Eastern Student Association
    MESA is a non-sectarian organization dedicated to promoting awareness of Arab and Persian cultures, facilitating access to research and education opportunities in the Middle East and promoting an understanding of Public Health issues in the region.  Our activities range from public health panels on the Middle East and cultural displays to educational panels on dealing with cultural barriers to patient care. 
  • Physicians for Human Rights
    PHR is national organization dedicated to mobilizing the health professions and enlisting support from the general public to protect and promote the human rights of all people.  Visit  
  • Public Health Interest Group
    This group organizes monthly luncheons on a public health topics drawing on resources from the School of Medicine and the School of Public Health. 
  • Student National Medical Association - SNMA
    As the oldest organization of minority students in the United States, the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) serves the needs of African-American, Latino, and Native American students through monthly meetings, faculty forums, community activities, and recruitment of prospective students.  Contact Person:  Corey Williams
  • Universities Allied for Essential Medicines
    Contact: Tyler Brown


  • Bienestar Baltimore
    Bienestar Baltimore at the Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health is a tri-school organization dedicated to helping the Latino community in Baltimore. We are a student run service group, dedicated to meeting the needs of the Latino community. We work on projects that meet the needs of our partnering community-based organizations (Adelante Familia, Hispanic Apostolate, Baltimore Medical Systems, and more!). We provide assistance and guidance on a variety of issues that are of importance to local Latinos.
    Contact: Carter Neugarten, Tiffany Ho
  • Charm City Clinic
    Contact: Thomas Heflin
  • Community Care Initiative (CCI Health Fair)
    The Community Care Initiative (CCI) is an organization of medical students from Johns Hopkins and University of Maryland who combine efforts to help strengthen Baltimore city communities.  CCI currently runs two projects: the CCI Annual Health Fair and the Dunbar High School Mentoring Program.  The health fair, now in its 13th consecutive year, is the largest in Baltimore city.  The mission of the health fair is to provide unbiased health information to the public and to increase access to health care and health insurance to the community.  Medical students research and prepare pamphlets, visual aids, give-a-ways, and games for their respective booth topics which cover nearly 40 different health issues or diseases.  The organization is completely student-run and relies on the efforts of an organizing committee of 8-10 students and the help of booth leaders as well as an additional 50-100 general volunteers. Contact Person: Mariyam Faiz
  • Health Leads
    Contact: Alexandria Appah,
  • Incentive Mentoring Program
    The Incentive Mentoring Program fosters the academic and personal growth of students at Dunbar High School. Volunteers provide after-school tutoring for the students and, in turn, the students design and participate in monthly community service projects to benefit others. In addition, there are quarterly field trips to build a sense of teamwork and camaraderie. IMP meets every Monday and Tuesday from 3:15pm - 6pm in the Dunbar High School library. Dinner is provided for the students and volunteers. For more information, please email Sarah Hemminger, or Tong Zhang
  • Pediatric Oncology Patients: Students in Children's Life Experiences (POPSICLE)
    Contact: Lauren Clough
  • Refugee Health Partners
    Contact: Saami Khalifian
  • Roots and Shoots
    Contact Person: Yao Yao Guan
  • Supporting Hospitals Abroad through Resources and Equipment - SHARE
    S.H.A.R.E. is an organization that recovers useful medical supplies that would otherwise be discarded in order to donate them to developing countries.  The program is entirely managed by volunteer students and other Johns Hopkins community members who use their spare time to collect, sterilize, label, sort and package medical supplies.  Most recovered materials come from the operating rooms in clean, usable condition but cannot be reused at Hopkins because of current regulations or surgical practices.  The program is run through four one-hour shifts per week; volunteers can contribute as much time as they want, from one shift per month to serving on the group's managing board.  The room is always open and you can help anytime, an ideal opportunity if you want to help but do not want to commit to a specific time and day every week, you can make your own schedule according to your availability.  S.H.A.R.E. is a fantastic way to give a little of your time to have a large impact on the health of people around the world, and we hope you'll join us.
    Contact Person: Paul Gilbert
  • Wolfe Street Tutoring
    The Wolfe Street Tutoring program comprises students dedicated to making a meaningful and lasting impact on children in the neighborhoods surrounding Johns Hopkins Hospital through education, athletics, and mentorship. Contact: Sara Fuhrhop or Connie Phelps,, Community School Coordinator.



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