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Diversity for Students Student Groups

American Medical Women's Association

The American Medical Women's Association is an organization, which functions at the local, national and international level to advance women in medicine and improve women's health. We achieve this by providing and developing leadership, advocacy, education, expertise, mentoring and strategic alliances. The College of Medicine chapter of AMWA executes several events each year to meet these goals and allows female students to connect with faculty members and each other.

Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA)

Drexel med students celebrate Chinese New Year by making dumplings with APAMSA on February 15, 2019.

APAMSA is a national organization that aims to address issues important to Asian-American medical students. Developed in 1993 by students concerned with problems that were largely ignored by existing organizations, APAMSA chapters were established at local schools to help students understand the unique challenges they faced as Asian Americans in medicine. The goal of the College of Medicine APAMSA is to provide community service in ongoing educational/outreach events for Hep B, cancer, diabetes (and more) within the Asian communities of Philadelphia as well as bring them closer to these communities.

Catholic Medical Association

The Catholic Medical Association provides community to Drexel Med's Catholic medical students and works within the community to promote the common good.

Chabad Student Group

The purpose of the Chabad Student Group is to provide an outlet for experiencing Judaism to the students at the College of Medicine within the framework of traditional Judaism. Our objectives include but are not limited to educational, ritual and social activities.

Drexel Black Doctors Network

According to AAMC, only 4% of practicing physicians are African American. As a minority, shadowing and research opportunities can be very difficult to obtain. The goal of the Drexel Black Doctors Network is to have African American physicians from various specialties of medicine speak with students about their career path. Once a month a different physician would come to our school and share their perspective of the journey from education and research to clerkships and fellowships. In addition, we would like to provide an outlet for students to shadow practicing physicians from all over the Philadelphia area in different specialties.

The ultimate goal is to be able to pair each student with a physician in the field of their interest to provide mentoring and support throughout the medical school process. We would like for this program to specifically encourage first- and second-year students to become proactive in networking and further their involvement in the Philadelphia community. Our vision is for this program to build relationships between African American students and physicians that will last bound the four years at Drexel University College of Medicine.

Drexel Black Graduate Student Union (DBGSU)

The Drexel Black Graduate Student Union (DBGSU) provides an environment of intellectual, political, cultural and social growth for those who want to connect with Black graduate and professional degree–seeking students. Through social events and community service, the DBGSU seeks to unite Black graduate students at Drexel in order to provide a channel for the sharing of the Black culture, traditions and beliefs with the Drexel community.

Drexel Christian Medical Association (CMA)

Drexel CMA is a group that seeks to share the light and love of Jesus with all, and to encourage one another in our Christian faith. We work in partnership with MCO and CMDA, which are organizations that disciple health care students and seek to incorporate biblical principles into health care. We welcome all who are seeking to find out more about Christianity and how to live out one's faith in the medical field.

Drexel University Cultural Exchange (DUCE)

The Drexel University Cultural Exchange aims to broaden medical students' cultural awareness and give students an opportunity to experience cultures that are very different from their own. This club is open to students of any background who are eager to learn and experience a variety of different cultural practices. The College of Medicine community includes students with an array of cultural experiences that help contribute to its unparalleled diversity. DUCE hopes to harness that diversity and use it as a means to educate medical students about different cultures that they might encounter in the medical field. We hope to plan fun and educational events throughout the year to engage students in multicultural exploration and deepen a sense of understanding and collaboration that reaches far beyond an academic setting.

Latino Medical Student Association

Drexel University College of Medicine has a very active Latino Medical Student Association chapter. Throughout the academic year, the College of Medicine LMSA chapter meets regularly to discuss academic issues, planning for residency, study skills, social outreach, plans for their chapter, as well as for social support. See the diversity calendar for upcoming events as well as information about previous events.

Learn more about LMSA.

2018 Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) Latino Health Fair

Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) 2018 Latino Health Fair - For the third year, the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) hosted a Latino health fair on October 13, 2018. The fair took place at the Antonia Pantoja Charter School in North Philadelphia. Attendees had the opportunity to get their height, weight, pulse, blood pressure, eyes and glucose checked. View photo gallery.

Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender @ Drexel

Drexel University College of Medicine has an active student group that networks with other medical schools in the Philadelphia region. The College of Medicine group also does local and regional outreach for the student body community, plans Coming Out Day events, conducts residency selection advice panels, and organizes other projects.

The College of Medicine was one of the founding schools in 2010 and hosting schools in 2011 for the North East Region LGBT Student Health Symposium, which gathered medical students, residents and faculty from the region to a three day meeting.

LGBTQ People and Allies of Medicine

The purpose of our group is to collaborate, unify and strengthen the bonds between those of the LGBTQ community and our allies within the field of medicine and the community. We will accomplish this by educating members in new and innovative avenues such as our annual Safe Zone training, and having speakers discuss relevant topics within the LGBTQ community related to medicine. Lastly, we hope to enrich fellow students and faculty within our culture by explaining how our history has shaped our present and future accomplishments.

Maimonides Student Group

The goal of the society is to welcome and support students by providing them with a sense of Jewish community. We organize lunch and dinner events to discuss relevant medical ethical issues from Jewish perspectives, as well as social and Jewish holiday programs. The society will discuss issues exploring medical ethics, practice, health care and social issues in the context of Jewish culture and laws. The Maimonides student group is under the umbrella of Hillel International. The Maimonides Student group is open to all Drexel students and faculty.

Persian Student Organization

Celebrate and raise awareness about Persian culture among the Drexel and local community. We strive to orchestrate diverse activities (regular tea nights, soccer leagues, picnics, cultural celebrations, etc.) that unify the Persian community at and around Drexel. We will hopefully expand to local community service outreach as well.

South Asian Medical Student Association (SAMSA)

The purpose of the South Asian Medical Student Association is to foster a sense of community within the South Asian student body, as well as to increase awareness about the South Asian culture throughout the College of Medicine campus. We organize cultural shows, service events, movie nights and more, in order to accomplish this goal. All our events are open to all College of Medicine students, faculty and staff so that everyone can better understand and appreciate the South Asian culture. We also hope to use our platform as a means to encourage dialogue and communication between people of all cultures.

Drexel's South Asian Medical Students Association Celebrate Diwali - November 7, 2018

On November 7, 2018, the College of Medicine's South Asian Medical Students Association celebrated Diwali. They invited the College of Medicine community to come and learn about what Diwali symbolizes. Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights, which is celebrated every autumn, symbolizes the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. Members of the South Asian Medical Students Association provided free samosas, invited students to color mandalas and decorate their own cookies, and gave henna tattoos. View Photos

Student National Medical Association (SNMA)

SNMA is built on the core values of academic excellence, community service, and advocacy. We work to give back to the community and mentor students who are underrepresented in medicine.

We support members of the Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (MAPS) chapters at Drexel University and Cheyney University, encouraging them to pursue medicine and attend the Annual Medical Education Conference (AMEC).

Participating in SNMA gives DUCOM students an opportunity to network with peers who share their interest in increasing the number of culturally competent, socially conscious, and clinically excellent physicians in the medical field.

SNMA strives to:

  • Take a proactive role in the recruitment and retention of students from diverse backgrounds,
  • Increase awareness and address the needs of underrepresented medical and pre-medical students,
  • Increase awareness and address the needs of underserved communities in Philadelphia and around the U.S.

Upcoming Events: diversity calendar
Instagram: @drexel_snma
SNMA Website:

Women in Surgery

Women in Surgery celebrates the history of women surgeons and supports women who wish to pursue surgery by organizing mentorship and shadowing opportunities with surgical faculty members. We aim to be a resource for medical students as they explore surgical specialties, offering panel discussions with women surgeons and opportunities to talk one-on-one about challenges, advice, and lifestyle considerations. The group is open to all who are either interested in surgery or would like to learn more about women surgeons and their histories.

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