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Interest Groups

To foster professional growth and career development of members of the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine who are interested in the field of Anesthesiology.

Emergency Medicine
To allow students who are interested in Careers in Emergency Medicine to learn more about the field, gain exposure, and connect with opportunities for shadowing, research and clinical experience.  

Internal Medicine
To facilitate experiences and exposures to medical school students to best prepare them for an internal medicine residency pathway – guest speakers, shadowing experiences, and other networking.

To foster professional growth and career development of members of the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University who are interested in the field of neurology.  

To foster professional growth and career development of members of the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University who are interested in the field of neurosurgery.  

American College of OBGYN (ACOG) Student Chapter 
To create a group of students interested in OBGYNB, help organize and facilitate opportunities for students, and to advocate for women's health. 

Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Interest Group
The purpose of this organization is to foster professional growth and career development for members of the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine (HMSOM) who are interested in the fields of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. We strive to provide students with experiences enabling them to explore these fields through lectures from physicians, workshops, and opportunities to shadow. We hope to develop our members' interest by providing routes to conducting research with clinical faculty and attendance at professional meetings. This club will provide an interactive and engaging look into the specialties of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, and we look forward to incorporating the ideas of new members.

The purpose of the Pediatric Interest Group shall be to increase awareness of and interest in general pediatrics, medicine/pediatrics, and subspecialties of pediatrics, as well as to provide service to the pediatric community of New Jersey through education and support. The group will encourage the collaboration of medical students and pediatric physicians to facilitate interactive presentations, panel discussions, workshops and networking events in order to explore the nuances of pediatric subspecialties with regards to clinical practice, professional development, lifestyle and research. The group will also participate in a number of volunteer activities within the Hackensack Meridian Health network and with local community partners to foster the well-being of children and adolescents. We welcome all medical students to participate in our events.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
To foster professional growth and career development of those who are interested in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
The purpose is to connect with surgeons in the field, find shadowing opportunities, and to learn more about the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery.

To increase awareness of and interest in general psychiatry specialties of psychiatry as to contribute to the education of students and to provide interactions between medial students and psychiatrists.  

The purpose of the Radiology Interest Group is to inform students of the crucial and evolving practices of medical imaging utilized by physicians in nearly every discipline. We believe that early exposure into the field of Radiology will help students to master foundations in clinical diagnostics and medical imaging interpretation through on and offsite workshops, lectures, and shadowing opportunities with Hackensack Meridian physicians. We also engage with the Radiology Interest Groups at local medical schools to organize symposiums and networking events. This interest group provides an insightful means of exploring the various career opportunities and sub-specialties of Diagnostic Radiology and Interventional Radiology. Of equal importance is guiding students to identify routes and requirements for residency applications, as well as opportunities for research and attendance at professional conference meetings. We strive to build an interactive and engaging environment for students to pursue their interests and look forward to continually evolving this interest group with new ideas!

The purpose of the Surgery Interest Group is to expose HMSOM students to multi-dimensional field of surgery through surgical skills workshop, conferences, and research, shadowing, and mentoring opportunities. Additionally, the goal of the organization is to provide opportunities to learn about various surgical specialties and how to best match into these residencies.

Advocacy/Education Groups

American Medical Women's Association (AMWA)
The Hackensack Meridian SOM at SHU branch of AMWA is dedicated to upholding the mission presented by the national organization in advancing women in medicine and healthcare. We aim to promote advancement of women's leadership roles in medicine and support members' professional and personal development, to create a forum addressing challenges facing women physicians in the medical field today, and to develop mentoring and strategic alliances with women physicians as well as high school girls in the surrounding communities interested in medicine.

HMSOM Student Research Committee    
The purpose of this organization is to help elucidate the opportunities and required processes for students to become involved in clinical or biomedical sciences research at the School of Medicine. In an effort with the SOM, we will hold and advertise faculty run seminars on the critical skills and knowledge needed to successfully conduct such research projects. We will also help to obtain and disperse research opportunities within various departments of the Hackensack Meridian Health network in line with the interests of HMSOM medical students. This group shares the HMSOM vision of creating the ideal academic and learning environment as one that promotes lifelong learning and develops and nurtures an appreciation of research and innovation.

Latino Medical Student Association      
Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine is a chapter of the national organization. This group aims to develop a cohort of future clinicians who are culturally aware of the Latino community and the health disparities that are associated with this population. A major activity of this chapter is the student-run medical Spanish program that exposes students of all Spanish levels to critical skills needed to interact with the Latino population. Monthly meetings take place with the objective of integrating our medical Spanish curriculum with all schools here at the Interprofessional Health Sciences campus. Community outreach events are another critical component to this group. With connections in surrounding towns with Latino populations (e.g., Passaic and Paterson), there are opportunities to practice skills gained from the medical Spanish curriculum, and act on the problems that are affecting our neighbors. An example of this is our visits to local clinics to interview Latino patients. We welcome all students of different ethnic backgrounds to contribute to our goal of improving Latino health in New Jersey. 

Medical Society of NJ (MSNJ) - Medical Student Section HMSOM@SHU Chapter
To promote the betterment of the public health and the science and the art of medicine, to enlighten public opinion in regard to the problems of medicine, and to safeguard the rights of the practioners of medicine in order to create a healthy Garden State and healthy citizens.

Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
The Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine chapter of the Student National Medical Association is committed to developing well-rounded, culturally competent physicians of tomorrow. We focus on providing support for underrepresented minority medical students, and we're committed to giving all students access to educational resources on - and opportunity for outreach within - underserved communities. Our chapter enjoys the full support of HMSOM, whose core mission includes learning and service through engagement of underrepresented populations among students, faculty, staff, and community. We're committed to removing all barriers to success for minorities in medicine, and we welcome all those who aspire to be positive influences of change within underserved populations.

Wellness Committee
To promote a culture of physical, mental and emotional wellbeing for students at the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine and their larger community by providing activities centered around the five pillars of wellness: nutrition, activity, sleep, resilience and purpose. The culture and activities will serve to empower individuals to take responsibility for their own health and to encourage healthier lifestyle choices.


Arts in Medicine
The mission of the Arts in Medicine organization is to provide opportunities for students and faculties at HMSOM to learn to incorporate arts into health-related practices and setting in a fun interactive manner. Arts from any disciplines are welcomed such as dance, music, drawing, and illustrations. Everybody is encouraged to participate because there is an artist inside all of us.

Community Engagement In Medicine
To connect students with self-guided advocacy and community engagement opportunities in the surrounding community. These opportunities may include collaboration with other schools within Seton Hall University. Club members will have the opportunity to rely on each other for feedback on their ideas and for support in project completion.  

For students to destress via games located in the basement such as ping-pong, billiards, and foosball. To provide competition for these games by hosting small tournaments every other month or monthly depending on our class's schedule. To also provide puzzles, board games such as chess and more.

The HMSOMmeliers group was created to encourage students to enjoy the company of their classmates while learning to appreciate wine. This educational and informative group will host events led by Dr. Boscamp, exploring the different wine regions throughout the world and their unique varieties.

LGBT+ and Allies in Healthcare
Increase awareness of and interest in LGBT and healthcare needs, organize service projects, and provide support to LGBT and students throughout the IHS Campus. Additionally, the group will contribute to the education of students and to provide interactions between medical students and the physicians who identify as LGBT and, or work with the LGBT population

Parks and Recreation
The purpose of the Parks & Recreation club is to promote physical activity and wellness through sports and various fitness activities. Planned events can include pick-up basketball dodgeball, softball football, volleyball, organized races, rock climbing, kayaking, hiking and ultimate frisbee. There will also be opportunities to participate in organized intramurals if there is enough interest. In addition, there will be opportunities to watch professional sporting events as a group to promote fellowship and wellness among club members.

Peer Mentoring
Mentoring incoming medical students as they progress through their first year of medical school.

Running Club (MedRC)
Improve wellness through running! MedRC is for runners of all abilities and provides personalized training plans, weekly mapped-out group runs, and trail running excursions. To represent the school in a charity 5k and build a supportive community through post-run social events, pre-race pasta dinners and the environment of the outdoors. 

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