Activities & Clubs
There are over 65 recognized student groups each academic year at the College of Medicine. Student organizations on campus include community outreach groups, medical student associations, fitness programs, medical student cultural and lifestyle clubs, literary and musical organizations.
The College of Medicine's Student Government Association holds an annual Student Activities Fair for new and current students to register and learn more about the different organizations.
The student organizations listed below are examples of clubs hosted by students and are often but not consistently recognized by the Office of Student Affairs and SGA. For a current list of currently recognized student organizations, please visit sga.drexelmed.edu/student-organizations.
Student Activities Center
The 17,620 sq. foot Student Activities Center greatly enhances the learning and living environment of the Queen Lane campus. Students have access to a student lounge; an outdoor patio and basketball court; the bookstore; student government and organization space; quiet study space; and a comprehensive fitness center with TVs, lockers, and showers. A multi-purpose room provides state-of-the art educational media and teleconferencing capability in a space that can be configured for lectures, exams, assemblies, dining, and entertainment.
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Associations and Interest Groups
While studying at Drexel, students may find themselves drawn to particular areas of interest within medicine and may wish to work with other students who share those interests. These medical student associations and career specialty groups allow students to build a support network to help guide their academic study. Some medical student associations and groups on campus include:
The AMA has a robust House of Delegates consisting of representation from every state and medical society, a solid base of physician members, a thriving advocacy influence, the most revered journals and resources in medicine, and respected practice tools. The Drexel University AMA chapter aims to spread knowledge, promote collaborative learning and build networks between medical students and experts in the field.
AMSA is a student-governed, national organization committed to representing the concerns of physicians-in-training. The goals of the AMSA Chapter at College of Medicine are to create opportunities for College of Medicine students to engage in activism and advocacy in health care and to provide resources for medical students to utilize throughout their medical education. We also serve as a mentor chapter for a local pre-medical chapter at Lehigh University. We hope to raise awareness of issues in our modern health care system and encourage students to take action in shaping the future of health care.
The Drexel University College of Medicine American Physician Scientists Association Chapter was establish in 2015 with the goal of enriching the education path of medical and graduate students. In extension of the purpose of the National APSA Organization, the College of Medicine APSA chapter has been established for the purpose of promoting academic and personal success, forging future leaders, and advancing science and medicine within our community. More specifically, the APSA chapter will allow its members to:
- Build relationships with faculty members and medical professionals
- Participate in extended training programs for aspiring physician-scientists
- Acquire a better understanding of medical research and related principles
- Meet, network with, and build collaborative relationships with other aspiring physician-scientists in training
- Acquire knowledge and skills necessary to succeed as a physician-scientist
- Interact with experienced and successful physician-scientists
- Provide vertical mentorship to those who are at an earlier stage in their training
- Better understand the challenges, pitfalls, and opportunities in the training and career of a physician-scientist
- Supplement potential weaknesses of the formal academic program
- Learn the skills necessary to secure research funding
- Interact with junior faculty members to understand the challenges of managing an academic laboratory
SNMA is built on the core values of academic excellence, community service and advocacy. We work to give back not only to the community but also to mentor those underrepresented in medicine. We provide support to the MAPS chapter at Drexel to encourage them to pursue medicine. In the Spring, we try to get as many members to attend the Annual Medical Education Conference (AMEC). This organization is a great networking opportunity for all students that attend DUCOM. We also strive to increase the number of culturally competent and socially conscious physicians.
The purpose of this organization is 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 the underserved in surrounding communities locally, those nationally and internationally
- To provide a service to that will address those needs with the intent of ultimately increasing the number of clinically excellent physicians that are culturally competent and socially conscious
Drexel University is an institutional partner of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS). AWIS is an organization that is dedicated to helping women in STEM achieve their career objectives. AWIS reaches more than 20,000 professionals in STEM around the country and can help you improve networking among women in the scientific community.
A benefit of the Drexel-AWIS partnership is that any undergraduate or graduate student may sign up for a complimentary membership in AWIS National (known as a Collegiate Representative membership).
Once you have created a user name and entered the requested information, accept and then continue to complete the membership page. Under institution, select Drexel University and then indicate if you are a graduate or undergraduate student. If given the opportunity (this feature may not be available at this time) select AWIS-PHL (Philadelphia Chapter) as your local chapter affiliation.
For questions, please contact: Ellie Cantor, PhD, email@example.com.
The Advocacy Club is a group of like-minded medical students striving to uplift marginalized voices in an increasingly inequitable society. We are a place where students wishing to get more involved in the Philadelphia community can come together and share their successes and challenges with the advocacy process. We are committed to the goals of outreach, mobilization, and education. Each goal demonstrates a different facet of our interest as a club, but unite towards the greater goal of serving Philadelphia's community in a purposeful way. Through our work with the community, both medical and otherwise, we strive to create and connect more doctors with a socially conscious mindset.
Addiction affects approximately 20 million people. Substance use disorders (SUDs) are commonly encountered in all specialties of medicine and are instrumental in the development of chronic diseases. It is vital to provide preventative care and early intervention to reduce the risk of addiction and substance-related health conditions. Medical students do not receive enough exposure in medical education about addictive diseases and in trainings for addiction as part of the regular curriculum. The goal of our interest group is to provide our peers the opportunity to increase their knowledge, awareness, and skills to assess for SUDs, provide early intervention and make appropriate referrals for treatment of the disease.
This club is for anyone who is interested in, or has a curiosity for, the sub-specialty of adolescent medicine. We hope to provide resources and guidance for people who have interest in serving a patient population with unique challenges and medical needs.
The Anesthesia Interest Group (AIG) aims to educate and immerse students in the field of anesthesiology. AIG strives to help students understand and experience what being an anesthesiologist entails. This is achieved through a variety of ways. AIG hosts numerous workshops, such as an intubation workshop, where students can interact with anesthesiology attending physicians and residents to learn basic skills. Monthly meetings also include information sessions, where students can learn about anesthesiology, as well as about any new developments in the field. Additionally, AIG serves as a bridge to help Drexel students connect with students and physicians at other institutions and anesthesiology events that take place off campus both inside and outside the Philadelphia community.
Bedsider is an organization that aims to increase College of Medicine students' understanding of various contraceptive methods and ability to effectively communicate such methods with future patients. In order to execute such goals, College of Medicine Bedsider leader(s) host events such as "Sex Trivia Night" and distribute informational packets, provided by the larger national Bedsider® organization, to College of Medicine students.
The Business in Medicine Interest Group is for any student curious about the vital roles of healthcare business and health law in medical practice. These topics can extend to big pharma, health IT, medical malpractice, etc. We will set up seminars/panels on current hot debates and the value of an MBA in medicine. Members will also hear about great opportunities for business research and have the chance to win a free ticket to a healthcare business conference later in the year!
The Drexel University College of Medicine Cardiology Interest Group aims to increase exposure of medical students to the field of cardiology. We will be offering shadowing opportunities with physicians of various subspecialties within cardiology to members of the group. Networking events will also be available for members in order to form relationships and pursue research opportunities with cardiologists. All medical students are welcome to join the group regardless of their level of interest or knowledge of cardiology. Please feel free to reach out and come to our next meeting!
The Clinical Skills Interest Group provides students the opportunity to explore medicine through hands-on skills and clinical reasoning. The group hosts workshops throughout the year that cover essential aspects of the physical exam as well as other skills that will benefit students during their third and fourth year clerkships. Each workshop is led by practicing physicians and residents who provide instruction and unique insight into their specialties. Ultimately, the goal of the Clinical Skills Interest Group is to prepare students for their clinical years, introduce them to different areas of medicine, and to promote learning beyond the classroom.
The Dermatology Interest Group is committed to supporting, motivating and encouraging students interested in the field of Dermatology. We strive to inspire all students to inquire about dermatology as it pertains to their specialty interests and provide support in a variety of capacities to future dermatologists.
It is one thing to read about nutrition on paper and learn various dietary sources, but it is another thing to put it into practice. You can't just tell a patient "you need to be on a low cholesterol diet;" you have to tell them where to start. The goal of the Culinary Medicine Club is to integrate medical nutrition lectures with real life applications. We aim to give medical students the skills they need to effectively talk to patients about nutrition through hosting hands-on cooking workshops, as well as educational information sessions on how to create meal plans to accommodate the various dietary needs of patients such as those who are diabetic or are on Coumadin. Furthermore, we plan on partnering with other campus organizations to host community events to teach members of our local community basic cooking skills and give them resources on attaining appropriate nutrition.
This club will not only help medical students be healthier, but will help us as future physicians in guiding our patients towards better nutrition so that we can be proactive rather than reactive.
The College of Medicine Diagnostic Radiology Interest Group is a student organization, which facilitates exploration of the field of diagnostic radiology for medical students, especially during the pre-clinical phases of education. The focus of the diagnostic radiology interest group is to provide opportunities and information for students who are curious about the field of diagnostic radiology and to connect those students with shadowing opportunities. The group leadership will plan and host educational events throughout the school year, such as clinical skills simulation workshops, specialty-specific discussions and seminars, and networking mixers. In addition to these offerings, the radiology interest group will foster vertical collegiality by connecting first- and second-year students with students who are further along on the radiology pathway.
We are, DrExcel Health, an interest group at Drexel University College of Medicine that is focused on creating a platform to facilitate collaboration between students from the college of business, entrepreneurship, engineering and medicine to tackle unmet challenges under physician mentorship. We aim to do this by facilitating formation of interdisciplinary student teams that closely work with a physician to identify a problem and propose a solution that could range from developing a prototype of a device to creating a smartphone app or a computer software. In addition, we aim to host a longitudinal seminar series featuring talks from entrepreneurs from the biotech industry.
The Emergency Medicine Interest Group aims to provide opportunities for medical students to explore their interest in the specialty through the organization of speaking events, panel discussions, skills workshops, and shadowing. It is our goal to act as a resource for students who are thinking about entering the field of emergency medicine by providing them with options to connect with current EM physicians, explore the various disciplines encompassed by EM, and practice skills associated with the specialty.
The purpose of the Endocrinology Interest Group is three-fold. First, out group fills an important need. Given that there has never been an endocrinology interest group at College of Medicine thus far, it is difficult for students who are interested in learning more about the field to connect with each other. Second, having and endocrinology interest group gives 1st and 2nd year students, who are interested in endocrinology, the opportunity to learn more about the field from the perspective practicing endocrinologists. Third, the group will have a broad perspective that includes adult endocrinology, pediatric endocrinology, endocrinology research, and diabetes as a public health problem. Our goal is to create a group that brings together students with a common interest, connects those students to physician mentors, and provides a space to foster future passionate endocrinologists.
The College of Medicine ENT Club provides medical students interested in ENT with opportunities to network, shadow, and access to research activities to further explore and learn about the field.
The Family Medicine Interest Group helps the student population at the College of Medicine to get more insight into the field of Family Medicine. Our goal is to show the broad field that is Family Medicine and what opportunities it has to offer. We also have mentorship opportunities with current residents. Another important aspect of this club is to provide hands on experience to students in medical procedural workshops such as knee and shoulder joint injection workshop and a women's health workshop where students were able to practice inserting IUD's in models.
The College of Medicine Gastroenterology Interest Group was created to expose students to the specialty of gastroenterology and connect them with opportunities and experts in the field.
The Global and Public Health Interest Group's purpose is:
- To promote engagement and awareness in the fields of global and public health through informative and educational events
- To cultivate a professional network with whom to share ideas and knowledge
- To provide pathways for students to make scholarly and altruistic contributions aimed at improving the health and well-being of populations, communities and individuals
The purpose of this organization is to educate medical students about the effects of conflict on health care. This would help prepare students interested in domestic/global health for widely varying circumstances in their respective fields. The goal of this organization is to show that no situation is the same from country to country; it is widely variable, and physicians should be prepared to search for solutions once introduced to the new environment. Types of conflict discussed may include the following: war, civil war, political tensions, and corruption. These circumstances take a large toll on civilian health—educating the coming years' physicians (through case studies, journal club discussions, guest speakers, etc.) will play a role in satisfying the health needs of people living within the disorder in a non-political, humanitarian way.
The purpose of the Heme/Onc Interest Group is to provide a venue for students that are interested in hematology and oncology as a specialty. We aim to expose students to the career paths available in this field by providing them information about residency, fellowship options, and medical practice options. In addition, we aim to educate medical students about the difficult experiences of cancer patients and hope to create opportunities for interaction between medical students and hematology/oncology faculty through shadowing and organized events to allow them to create and foster professional relationships. Lastly, we work with other interest groups to host events that aim to educate students about cancer-related topics in a variety of medical fields.
The Infectious Disease Interest Group aims to provide Drexel University College of Medicine students with the opportunity to learn about the field of infectious diseases and to connect students with faculty and peers interested in this field. The Infectious Disease Interest Group will hold a variety of meetings to introduce students to the different areas within the field of infectious diseases through speakers, shadowing, and other events. Additionally, we will partner with the Philadelphia-wide Infectious Disease Interest Group to allow students to connect with others in the field at different medical schools across Philadelphia.
The purpose of the Internal Medicine Interest Group is to introduce College of Medicine students to the specialty of internal medicine. This interest group provides students with networking opportunities with staff of a diverse array of subspecialties under internal medicine, shadowing opportunities with the same diverse staff, and provides panel and lecturing opportunities at the school for students to learn more about, and engage with this field. Our organization's goal is to spark and inspire interest in the field and hopefully foster long-term relationships between faculty and interested students.
The College of Medicine Interventional Radiology Interest Group is a student organization, which facilitates exploration of the field of interventional radiology for medical students, especially during the preclinical phases of education. The focus of the Interventional Radiology Interest Group is to provide opportunities and information for students who are curious about the field of interventional radiology and to connect those students with shadowing opportunities. The Group leadership will plan and host educational events throughout the school year, such as clinical skills simulation workshops, specialty-specific discussions and seminars, and networking mixers. In addition to these offerings, the Interventional Radiology Interest Group will foster vertical collegiality by connecting first- and second-year students with students who are further along on the radiology pathway and who are willing to share advice and insights on choosing this specialty.
Students interested in learning more about the group should send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Med-Peds Interest Group serves to let students gain exposure to the Med-Peds Speciality. We hope to foster awareness within the student body about this speciality choice by organizing talks, facilitating clinical workshops, and meeting with Med-Peds residents and attendings.
The College of Medicine Medical Device Interest Group is a student organization that highlights current medical devices and emerging technologies. It is important for students, as future physicians and surgeons, to learn more about the advancements within the device sector and discover their utility within the operating room.
Our primary goal is to showcase various technologies including: implants, biomaterials, and other surgical tools at each meeting in addition to the physician's role in their development. Clinicians (who utilize these technologies) and industry leaders (who are on the forefront of device innovation) will present on these topics and teach College of Medicine students about the impact and design process of these technologies. Moreover, this exposure will foster interest in the subjects of bioengineering and device manufacturing, which physicians have an increasingly large role in. Our unique and explicit focus on medical devices and their development and use is meant to educate future physicians about the processes, foundations, and goals of such work.
This interest group does not intend to develop any clinical skills or focus on any particular subspecialty; rather, it intends to enable students to see the role a physician can play in developing new technologies in order to improve procedure efficiency, cost and patient outcomes.
The College of Medicine Military Medicine organization seeks to build unity and cohesion among those interested in or actively pursuing a career as a military physician. This goal is accomplished by the dissemination of information, creation of training opportunities, and the connecting of student with current military physicians. Additionally, College of Medicine Military Medicine invests in the local community by partnering with established non-profit organizations that help and support area veterans.
The primary aim of the Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN) is to coordinate a monthly shadowing schedule to match interested students with physicians in different fields within neurology. We also offer occasional lectures from neurologists, as well as a journal club to discuss research in the field.
The Ob/Gyn Interest Group aims to provide opportunities for medical students to explore their interest in the specialty through the organization of speaking events, panel discussions, skills workshops, and shadowing. It is our goal to act as a resource for students who are thinking about entering the field of obstetrics and gynecology by providing them with options to connect with current physicians, explore the various disciplines encompassed by ob/gyn, and practice skills associated with the specialty.
The mission of the Ophthalmology Interest Group is to provide a platform for students to explore their interests in ophthalmology, through shadowing opportunities, networking with physicians, providing lectures and clinical skills workshops, and community outreach initiatives.
The Orthopaedics Interest Group aims to help Drexel medical students explore the field of orthopaedic surgery through guest speakers and shadowing opportunities.
The Palliative Care Interest Group aims to connect students who are interested in palliative care, hospice care, and chronic care management. We hold events pertaining those topics and hope to foster interest and discussion around themes surrounding end of life care.
The Pathology Interest Group provides exposure to the medical specialty of pathology beyond what students learn in the classroom. We offer shadowing of pathologists at Hahnemann Hospital and also sponsor meetings where different aspects of the field are discussed. We also go over what its like to be a pathology resident and attending.
The Pediatric Interest Group helps students learn more about the field of pediatrics and the care of children. Those medical students considering pediatrics as a specialty, interested in what a pediatrician does, and want to work with and learn about children are encouraged to participate in activities sponsored by the pediatric interest group. Along with furthering your education, there are numerous opportunities to serve the public and children through community-oriented projects, which provide practical experience on how to interact with the pediatric population.
The Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Interest Group was founded to meet the needs and interests of medical students at Drexel University College of Medicine who are interested in the field of physical medicine & rehabilitation. The goals of this group are to provide information about field of physiatry through meetings and educational workshops, promote professional relationships between medical students and practicing physiatrists through shadowing, clinical rotations, and assist in funding to attend national physical medicine & rehabilitation conferences, and foster volunteer opportunities related to the field of physical medicine & rehabilitation in the Philadelphia area.
Primary Care Progress (PCP) is a national non-profit that is dedicated to bring all who are interested in the future of primary care together to promote and transform primary care as we know it. We seek to draw on the experience and knowledge of healthcare professionals to educate students in order to provide them with the change-making tools they need to both improve primary care delivery and revitalize the primary care community. Additionally, we at Primary Care Progress wish to work alongside other groups and serve as advocates for patients affected by issues such as substance abuse, current health care reform, and misconceptions about healthcare.
The Psychiatry Interest Group organizes events and opportunities for students to explore the field of psychiatry. We invite guest speakers from Drexel and outside institutions to talk about clinical techniques and the realities of clinical practice. We also host events in a Q&A format to allow medical students to ask residents anything they are curious about the specialty. We also have relationships with various faculty members to allow students to take advantage of shadowing opportunities as a way to gain experience in their perspective career. Lastly, we host events that bring students who are interested in psychiatry together to watch, read, and discuss relevant articles, videos and movies.
The purpose of the Radiation Oncology Interest Group is to educate medical students on the growing field and the scope of radiation oncology. Radiation oncology is a small, competitive field with limited exposure in the medical curriculum. Therefore, students are often not aware of what it entails or find it difficult to be involved. Unlike hematology-oncology, radiation oncology deals with the treatment of cancer specifically through the use of radiation. Radiation is a great tool, but one that must be used with precision and care. The goal of this group is to provide students with a better understanding of radiation oncology through shadowing experiences, faculty presentations, research opportunities and practical workshops and to develop a strong network of physicians and researchers within the field.
The goal of the College of Medicine Sports Medicine Interest Group (SMIG) is to provide College of Medicine students with the opportunity to explore and learn about the dynamic field of Sports Medicine. We hope to organize activities that will allow students the chance to interact with Faculty and Residents in Sports Medicine in various settings including lectures to stimulate learning and interest, shadowing to provide firsthand experience in the life of a Sports Medicine physician, and workshops to allow for practice and application of clinical skills (such as a musculoskeletal ultrasound workshop).
The Cardiothoracic Surgery Interest Group will serve to inform the student body about this field of medicine as well as provide opportunities to advance their interests in cardiothoracic surgery. We will be bringing in various physicians in the field to come in and present their knowledge of the field. This is to give the students an idea of what the field is like and get more information on how to get started even as early as the first year of medical school. Additionally, we plan to arrange for interactive sessions with either the residents or senior surgeons under the Cardiothoracic Department to go through theoretical or real life cases with the students so that they might gain even more of an idea of what everyday life is like as a surgeon. We will work to ensure that the student population gets an informative and positive experience from this interest group. In short, the overall goal of this group will be to expose students to the field of cardiothoracic surgery.
The purpose of the Drexel Neurological Surgery Interest Group is to expose College of Medicine medical students to the field of neurosurgery as well as provide career guidance and networking opportunists to those interested in pursuing this specialty.
The purpose of the Plastic Surgery Interest Group is to provide research, shadowing, and networking opportunities to those who are interested in the field. Our goal is to connect professionals throughout Philadelphia with prospective College of Medicine students, to help students better understand the career and allow them to move forward in the plastic surgery.
The Surgery Interest Group provides exposure, resources, networking, and shadowing experience to students interested in a career in General Surgery and its sub specialties.
Currently only two United States medical schools have well-established programs wherein which the medical students have the privilege to regularly shadow (and occasionally scrub alongside) physicians performing organ transplant surgeries. These two institutions are Harvard Medical School and the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University.
The College of Medicine Transplant Surgery Observation Program—the first of its kind at Drexel and apparently the third in the country—will allow first and second-year medical students to observe the actual transplant procedure, and even participate in the acquisition of the specimen. Not only will this send a powerful message about Drexel within the larger medical community, but also provide students early in their training with excellent supplementary experience that will undoubtedly shape future aspirations and career decisions.
Participation is randomized from a list of students registered for the program and a pager is given to the student at the top of that week's list. Temporal rotation of the student pager would ensure that as many students as possible have the opportunity to be ‘on-call' should a transplant occur. Paging the student pager notifies this student that their opportunity to observe the life-saving procedure has finally come.
The objective of the Urology Interest Group is to educate the medical school on the field of Urology. We would like to enlighten students about the specific work, lifestyle, and criteria for matching into the field of Urology. To do this, we plan on bringing in attending Urologic surgeons around the Philadelphia area to describe their work and day-to-day experiences as Urologic Surgeons. Furthermore, we would like to engage the students in the field of Urology by organizing shadowing experiences between students and attending surgeons in the area. Later in the year, we plan on inviting fourth year medical students that matched into the field to describe their experience with getting interested and subsequently matching into the field. We look forward to educating the medical school class on this wonderful specialty, and hope to increase interest in this competitive field.
Wilderness Medicine is all about exploring how medicine can be practiced in the low-resource settings of the wilderness. Our goal is to expose and engage anyone in this very fun aspect of the medical field. This group's activities will include hikes with medical simulations, participation in medical adventure races, rescue-skills sessions, lunchtime film screenings and educational speakers, and attendance at local conferences. Hoping to arrange hikes, lectures, wilderness medicine skill competitions, and documentary screenings among other things to get people interested and involved in wilderness medicine.
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Many of our student organizations serve the local and global community. These organizations help provide health care and education to underserved populations in Philadelphia and other regions throughout the world. Some of our community outreach clubs include:
The mission of the College of Medicine Beating Hearts is to educate middle school students regarding the basic anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system, to teach them the importance of maintaining heart health, and to equip them with the basic knowledge and skills to perform Hands-Only CPR and AED use. Beating Hearts will teach these life-saving skills to middle-school students through a series of three heart-health education sessions. The first two sessions will take place on the middle school campuses, while the final session will take place at the College of Medicine and include a tour of the SIM center and anatomy labs.
The success of this program relies upon dual partnership between the administrators, teachers and students of nearby middle schools and DUCOM medical students. This program will partner with four nearby middle schools and offer the program to all students in the 7th or 8th grade. This new student organization is unique from existing organizations in both its scope and mission. Beating Hearts will open doors for medical students to teach important CPR skills to local students and generate true community engagement in the process.
Boys and Girls Club is a national organization of local chapters that provide after school programs for young, often disadvantaged, students. Students from the College of Medicine visit the local chapter in Germantown once a week to help students with their homework and run fun activities for them to enjoy. We also organize events where we bring the students to the College of Medicine to let them see the SIM center and the gross lab.
Classroom2Careers (C2C) is a local organization based in the Philadelphia High School for Girls. The mission of C2C is to encourage high school students to explore their interests in STEM careers by bringing together Philadelphia public high schools, colleges, and businesses to create a sustainable and scalable ecosystem that provides high school students with access to: information, opportunities, and networks of support that are key to life-long success.
The College of Medicine C2C focuses on assisting C2C with expanding their outreach in the medical field. We aim to link high schoolers interested in medicine with medical students, organize events to ignite a passion for medicine, showcase what it means to be a medical student, educate students about the path to becoming a physician, and finally connect students with experiences in the medical field, such as volunteering, shadowing, and research. Our activities include hands-only CPR training, teaching how to interview patients and conduct a physical exam, running simulations at the sim center, touring the cadaver lab, and facilitating discussions on ethical issues physicians currently face.
The Drexel Mentoring and Pipeline Program works with high school students after school at George Washington Carver High School. In addition to doing science and medicine related activities we also educate the students about professional life after high school, preparing for college, and other important career information. Activities include learning how to do physical exams, planning fundraisers and touring the gross lab.
The purpose of the College of Medicine's Food Insecurity Interest Group is to both promote partnership with our community and work to raise awareness and eliminate biases regarding people who are food insecure within our community. There is undoubtedly a large amount of food insecurity in Philadelphia, let alone in our community surrounding the College of Medicine in East Falls and Germantown. As a result, by partnering with soup kitchens and food cupboards, this interest group hopes to organize groups of students to directly immerse themselves in the community by volunteering at these locations and forming connections with the people who use these services. Students who volunteer would then be able to participate in debrief sessions to discuss their experiences.
Additionally, we aim to hold educational sessions with guest speakers and food drives to promote awareness regarding both the multiple ways that people can become food insecure and little things that the DUCOM community can do to help our larger community. Our goal is to directly interact with community members who are experiencing food insecurity while providing ways to learn more about the issue and doing so will allow students to both give back to the community and better understand people who are food insecure.
The mission of the Healing Arts club is to provide a creative outlet for medical students, forge relationships through community arts projects, and recognize the healing power of the arts for our patients. By utilizing different art-based therapy techniques and activities, our goal is to promote health, relaxation, and general wellbeing to the people of Philadelphia, particularly to those most in need, while also providing an opportunity for medical students to access their creativity.
While there are art-based clubs in existence at College of Medicine already, Healing Arts is unique in that it combines art activities with community outreach and volunteering. Our faculty advisor, Professor Denise Wolf, is very well connected to the therapeutic arts community in the greater Philadelphia area and is enthusiastic in supporting our goals and broadening our impacts within the community. Some activities we plan on pursuing include working with Ronald McDonald house to do crafts with the children, working with Angels in Motion to create encouragement cards for those struggling with addiction, and a partnership to support victims of sex trafficking in Philadelphia. Through our club, we hope to bring peace and healing to our community through the transformative power of the creative arts.
The Health Career Academy (HCA) is a three-year high school enrichment program which currently starts in the 10th grade and progresses through the 12th grade. One of the main missions of the program is to support disadvantaged high school students to graduate from high school and pursue careers in health care. Medical Students teach modules to high schools students on topics ranging from gun shot wound and trauma to nutrition and pregnancy.
The mission of the Drexel University College of Medicine Health Outreach Project is to work in partnership with the community to provide caring, nonjundegmental, and interdisciplinary health services to individuals who have limited or no access to care. The HOP clinics strive to create a respectful environment in which patients, students, community members, and health professionals work and learn together to address community health issues in innovative ways. HOP programs provide oppurtunities to address obstacles to health care, including language and cultural barriers, hours of operation, lack of insurance, homelessness, and drug and alcohol addiction.
The HOP clinics aim to prepare medical students to be excellent physicians while providing medical care to underserved populations in the Philadelphia area. Through our efforts at the Eliza Shirley, Salvation Army, StreetSide, and Arc clinics, as well as pop-up community events, underserved Philadelphia residents receive free, high quality medical care and other services from 1st and 2nd year medical students.
Our organization strives to engage both medical students and the homeless community at the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission through educational discussions that promote mutual understanding between future physicians and the broader underserved homeless population in Philadelphia. Through this organization, medical students will have the opportunity to form long-lasting and enriching relationships with the homeless individuals, while learning more about the various systemic barriers that they face in society, inside and outside of healthcare. Additionally, through this organization, homeless individuals will have the opportunity to increase their knowledge regarding various prevalent health topics while being empowered to take initiative to promote wellbeing in their healthcare and lifestyle.
Overall, this organization will facilitate important connections between College of Medicine students and the populations they serve in the Philadelphia area, ultimately fostering increased mutual understanding and bridging the gaps between future physicians and prospective patients.
Jump Into Reading is an educational outreach program run by Drexel med students who are dedicated to facilitating Philadelphia's youth to develop a passion for literature and academia. Each Wednesday, Jump Into Reading volunteers aim to raise awareness about the fun and benefit of reading to the children of Eliza Shirley residents. They share laughs and read a variety of books with all children age 3 and up.
Aiding the kindergarten students of John B. Kelly elementary with literacy.
The purpose of the LabakCare Student Organization is to improve the health of underserved communities by providing no cost preventive health care services in Philadelphia and local surrounding areas, in addition to providing international clinics in Haiti and Nigeria. LabakCare offers health screenings, flu shots, and referrals to uninsured individuals through partnerships with local nonprofits, shelters, and religious institutions. This organization is a unique opportunity to work with fellow medical students in organizing fundraising efforts for this non-profit organization while also having the opportunity to work together with physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other health care workers and students in order to screen patients and help them understand their diagnosed health issues.
Students who are passionate about sharing in LabakCare's mission of serving medically underserved communities, working to decrease the incidence of preventable chronic diseases, working with interdisciplinary aspects of healthcare, and organizing efforts to expand the reach of LabakCare's service to underserved communities are encouraged to join.
College of Medicine Medical Interpreters hopes to create a database of students willing to serve as medical interpreters in the community, as well as to provide these students with the appropriate training to do so.
The goal of Drexel University College of Medicine's Mothers & Baby Dragons (MBD) is to promote healthy pregnancies through one-on-one partnerships between low-income pregnant women and medical student companions who can help facilitate a healthy prenatal journey. College of Medicine medical students provide support to expecting mothers by accompanying them to prenatal appointments at the Women's Care Center in Philadelphia, and regularly communicating with the mothers to discuss their unique challenges and successes throughout the pregnancy and during the baby's first few months.
We believe that every woman deserves easily accessible resources to deal with the realities and challenges of pregnancy, and extra guidance and a listening ear can give these women the help they need to start a happy and healthy family. Our goal for medical students involved in this effort is to develop empathy, skills for effective communication with patients, and the drive to go above and beyond for patient care. We hope to develop champions for comprehensive and high quality care for underserved patients through advocacy, good listening, effective teaching, and providing inspiration and hope for patients to achieve their goals for health.
'Move It With Mommy and Me' runs at the Eliza Shirley HOP clinic. The hour long sessions focus on physical activity for mothers and their children. Student volunteers guide exercises and offer nutritious snacks for community members.
The Naloxone Outreach Program is a HOP Health Project that seeks to increase access and awareness to naloxone, a lifesaving drug that reverses opioid overdoses, as well as increase awareness and destigmatize issues surrounding the current opioid epidemic in Philadelphia and all across the country. The Naloxone Outreach Program focuses its community outreach in Kensington and other Philadelphia neighborhoods through handing out Naloxone kits and providing free trainings for community members to use the lifesaving drug. Additionally, the Naloxone Outreach Program is the center of an Interschool Collaborative that seeks to educate healthcare professionals (both current and in-training) about the opioid crisis and naloxone, through educational trainings and community outreach both nationally and in Philadelphia. The Naloxone Outreach Program also seeks to increase advocacy efforts through public policy work, collaborating with other agencies and organizations fighting the opioid crisis, and more.
The Pediatric AIDS Benefit Concert is an annual gathering of Drexel University College of Medicine's most musically talented students and faculty with the goal of raising money to benefit patients of the Dorothy Mann Center for Pediatric and Adolescent HIV at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. St. Christopher's Hospital is a pediatric teaching facility in North Philadelphia for the College of Medicine. The funds raised through PABC help to provide families affected by adolescent HIV with emergency funds for housing, utilities, food, and rent, and helps to offset other expenses such as college application fees and supplies for summer camp. To date, PABC has raised over $520,000 to benefit children at St. Christopher's Hospital.
The Philadelphia Human Rights Clinic (PHRC) is a collaboration between UPenn, Jefferson, and Drexel schools of medicine. The clinic functions primarily to coordinate medical evaluations for asylum seekers. Physician volunteers write an affidavit based on this evaluation, which serves as powerful evidence in immigration court. Medical student volunteers serve as scribes during the evaluations and write the first draft of the affidavit. We also host a monthly speaker series featuring doctors and community leaders who work with the refugee population.
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is an independent organization that uses medicine and science to stop mass atrocities and severe human rights violations against individuals. We use our investigations and expertise to advocate for the prevention of individual or small scale acts of violence from becoming mass atrocities; protection of internationally-guaranteed rights of individuals and civilian populations; and prosecution of those who violate human rights. PHR mobilizes health professionals to advance health, dignity, and justice, and promote the right to health for all. Harnessing the specialized skills, rigor, and passion of doctors, nurses, public health specialists and scientists, PHR investigates human rights abuses and works to stop them.
The PHR National Student Program (NSP) is a coalition of student-run chapters that engage in education, advocacy, and fundraising events within their individual schools and regions to support the mission of PHR and its four primary initiatives: mass atrocities, torture, sexual-based violence, and persecution of health care workers. Mission of the NSP: To create a community of well-informed leaders in the medical field equipped with the skills to prevent, identify, and end human rights violations around the world through careers guided by a human rights framework.
The mission of the Prisoner Healthcare Initiative (PHI) at Drexel Univeristy College of Medicine is to facilitate student opportunities for health outreach and structured learning within regional prisons, jails and half-way houses. These opportunities will allow students to gain invaluable exposure to the sociopolitical and socioeconomic issues that underlie the immense health disparities faced by the presently (and previously) incarcerated. These opportunities will also provide an avenue for students to confront and overcome biases as they interact with many individuals who have been marginalized by society, and help students gain firsthand knowledge of the challenges and rewards of working with this underserved patient population.
SAFE (Scrubs Addressing the Firearm Epidemic) is a national organization for U.S. physicians, nurses, and health care professionals dedicated to eliminating the American firearm violence epidemic through research, education, and evidence-based policy. It is an apolitical group, attempting to get more people in healthcare professions, and people around the country, to see gun violence for what it is, a public health crisis. The organization has three main goals:
- Educate Caregivers - by creating trainings for current physicians and healthcare workers, as well as implementing firearm safety and gun violence information into medical school curricula
- Fuel Research - we know the Dickey Amendment has blocked the CDC from funding firearm research; we hope to gain funding from other sources for such research
- Support Evidence-Based Policy - you can find a list of the policies SAFE supports on their website (https://www.standsafe.org/supporting-evidencebacked-policy/)
The purpose of this group is to unify students interested in fighting against racism and discrimination in the health care field. The main task of this group will be planning the annual Racism in Medicine Conference. Organized by the Philadelphia-area medical schools, this student-led conference aims to fight racism in medicine by joining students of various healthcare professions and engaging them in both captivating dialogue and strategic action planning. The College of Medicine will be hosting the 2018 Racism in Medicine Conference, and this group will serve as the primary point of contact for all conference communication. Outside of the conference, the group aims to increase awareness of racism and discrimination in healthcare through information sessions, panel discussions, and community outreach.
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Many Drexel University College of Medicine students have formed student groups to support their own unique histories, to foster academic advances within their own groups, as well as for personal and social support. Some diversity student groups on campus include:
Learn more about these groups.
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.
The Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association (APAMSA) is a national organization of medical and pre-medical students committed to addressing the unique health challenges of Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) communities. APAMSA serves as a forum for student leaders to engage these health issues and develop initiatives and projects addressing those needs. The local, regional, and national activities of APAMSA aim to promote the health of the APIA community and help healthcare workers understand how to care for APIA patients in a culturally sensitive manner. Finally, APAMSA provides an important venue for medical students to meet, exchange experiences, and develop personally and professionally through leadership and service.
Drexel Black Doctors Network's main goal is to provide an opportunity for students to become proactive in networking and building long-lasting relationships with mentors. According to AAMC, only 4% of practicing physicians are African American. This statistic directly correlates with the number of black students currently attending Drexel University College of Medicine. Opportunities for shadowing, mentoring, and research opportunities can be difficult for URM students to obtain. Allowing students to pair with physicians of similar ethnic background who have gone through the rigorous process of medical school and applying for residencies, will better prepare us for our professional goals. Black Doctors Network will provide a resource for fellow African American students to maximize their opportunities and gain exposure to different fields of medicine. Through enacting this mission, Black Doctors Network will serve as a resource to address health disparities and underrepresentation in medicine.
The Catholic Medical Association is a national, physician-led community of healthcare professionals that informs, organizes, and inspires its members, in steadfast fidelity to the teachings of the Catholic Church, to uphold the principles of the Catholic faith in the science and practice of medicine. The organization is open to Catholics along with anyone interested or curious in learning more about Catholicism. The College of Medicine CMA is a student section of the organization that provides an environment for students and staff to be able to freely discuss and learn more about the Catholic faith as well as create a community for students to grow in their faith or rekindle it and understand how it can be applied in today's practice.
The Drexel Christian Fellowship is open to persons of all backgrounds with an interest in getting to know Jesus Christ and His work in our lives.
Filipino-American Medical Students Association (FAMSA) aims to build a community of individuals interested in the exploration of Philippine culture including, but not limited to, language, food, and history. Furthermore, FAMSA will provide a space to discuss issues affecting this community and explore ways for students of the College of Medicine to be involved in the Greater Philadelphia Community.
The purpose of the LMSA-DUCOM is to address the health needs of the Latino community, as well as to create an environment for academic and social support for Latino students interested in the health professions. LMSA-DUCOM is a non-exclusive organization that advocates for all members of society regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, cultural practices, sexuality, etc.
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.
The College of Medicine LGBTQPM group exists to support any and all student who fall under the LGBTQPM spectrum and teach future medical professionals about LGBTQPM health concerns.
Drexel University College of Medicine Mesa de Español is a group that provides student the ability to practice their Spanish speaking and listening skills. This group will meet once a week and provide a relaxed environment for people at all levels of Spanish speaking ability to come and "charlar" (chat). We will discuss any number of topics, ranging from movies to vacation destinations, allowing members the opportunity to learn new vocabulary and expressions.
Drexel Muslim Student Association serves to bring awareness about the Muslim community in the healthcare field at large. The Muslim Student Association will also serve to foster a sense of community among students and will be facilitating events around the Muslim holidays (i.e Iftars during Ramadan).
SAMSA is an organization with the goal of spreading awareness of and sharing South Asian culture with the students of the College of Medicine community. We are a student-led group that represents the countries of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Our mission is to create an environment for both faculty and students of South Asian descent, and those interested in South Asian culture to celebrate diversity and encounter others of similar interests and backgrounds. It is also our hope for medical students and faculty to learn about the traditions, food, and culture of the region, and participate in ethnic events that allow exploration and experience of the rich culture of South Asia. Through our various traditional events, discussions, talks/presentations, and performances, we hope to foster cultural understanding and diversity.
Our mission is to provide a networking platform for female medical students to gain exposure to the surgical field by meeting female surgeons in the region. With this platform, students can learn more about opportunities in the surgical field. Through professional networking opportunities, clinical skills workshops and panels the interest group will provide female students with the resources to succeed in their career choice and engage with other aspiring female surgeons in the area. By fostering an environment of opportunity and inclusion, we aim to encourage greater female representation in the surgical field.
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Come and get to know your College of Medicine family by playing board games as a member of the College of Medicine Board Game Club. Whether you're a veteran board game player or barely know how to play tic-tac-toe, come and have some fun trying out board games and making new friends. We'll gladly teach all members how to play any of the games we have. If you own any board games that you want to play, please bring them to our meetings. But don't worry, even if you don't have any games to bring, you're still welcome to join in on the fun! The goal is to have fun, but friendly competition is always welcome. While being fun, board games can also be a great way to build teamwork skills, expand your vocabulary, and learn new trivia. We look forward to having you as member of the College of Medicine Board Game Club.
The goal of the College of Medicine Culinary Club is to provide a platform for students to explore their interests in the culinary arts, educate our students about the impacts of food access and quality on health outcomes, and provide outreach initiatives to foster connection within the Philadelphia community.
The Gardening Club promotes health, wellness, and community building, while also providing a social outlet for College of Medicine students to interact and learn about plants. We offer students a connection to the outdoors and encourage them to raise plants from mere seeds till their eventual maturation for harvesting.
Stitches is a club devoted to relieving stress through engaging in craft activities, specifically knitting, crocheting, and hand sewing. This club is open to individuals of all experience levels and it's a space to learn a new skill and decompress. Additionally, we offer charity projects for different skill levels as a means of giving back to the community. Some of the charity projects that are under consideration include: Knit a Square, Red Scarf Project, Preemie Hats, and Octopus for a Preemie.
College of Medicine Trivia is a student organization that aims to connect students with similar interests in general knowledge. Our group will be hosting recreational trivia sessions and contests on a diverse range of topics including history, sciences, arts, pop culture, and more, testing the extent of what we know outside of medical school. We strive to create a friendly environment where students can compete, regardless of previous experience. students are free to participate alone or form teams during trivia sessions. We hope that this will provide an additional platform for students to learn from each other and form new relationships.
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The College of Medicine Classical Club is a classical music interest group dedicated to spreading the passion for music to students. We promote classical music within the community by hosting student recitals, expressing our talent through volunteering, and facilitating music tutoring and providing books for those willing to learn.
Doctor's Note is the College of Medicine's a cappella group made up entirely of medical students, formed to promote musical abilities and passions for students who don't normally get the time to do so. We learn songs during regularly-scheduled rehearsals and perform them at events throughout the year, such as the Pediatric AIDS Benefit Concert.
'Oldies-but-Goodies' provides students a fun way to unwind while listening to music from decades past. Our group meets once every two weeks during lunch and listens to an essential album (or medley) from an influential band/artist. A brief history of the artist is provided prior to the meeting that overviews that artist's discography for those interested in exploring more of their work.
We know how valuable our time is as students which is why we meet during lunch and why we've carefully curated a collection of albums that only run 30-45 minutes. School can be stressful and we believe music is an easy way to escape from all the chaos. This group is great for those looking to discover music from popular artists and for those who already love the classics and just want somewhere fun to hang out with friends during lunch. This is different from any other music related group as it doubles as a stress reliever as well as a class of sorts, as a lot of students simply haven't been exposed to a lot of the influential music from 60's, 70's, and 80's.
The College of Medicine photography club strives to bring together students interested in digital and film photography as a hobby and as a medium for artistic expression. Our goal is to provide a community for students looking to improve their photographic skills or learn more about the medium. We hope to provide instructional sessions on digital photography skills, the basics of film photography, mechanism, and development, as well as organizing photographic "outings" for students to come together and experience art as a community.
It is easy to get lost in the routine of medical school, and we hope that our club will provide a forum for students to both express themselves artistically and learn how art and the humanities can inform their path to becoming a future doctor. Our club will be open to all skill levels, and we hope to provide a space for members to display and share their work with each other and the College of Medicine community. Unlike the art club, we will focus specifically on photography and film development skills.
The Tincture is the College of Medicine's annual literature and arts journal. Every year, we publish an issue consisting of writing, art, and photography from the College of Medicine's own student body. We also publish an online issue which includes music and film entries as well. Throughout the year, we strive to keep our student body engaged in the humanities and provide opportunity for creativity through writing and photography workshops. We collaborate with other student-run groups including the photography and art clubs to create more opportunities for students to showcase their talent. More than anything, we hope to provide an outlet by which medical students can stay in touch with human side, and bring to the school a creative journal which is the embodiment of our human experience.
As the 5th largest city in the country, Philadelphia is a hub for music creativity and expression. The purpose of the College of Medicine Tune Squad is to provide a means for members of the College of Medicine community who share a passion for modern music to connect and enhance their interests even further. Specifically, the aim of this club is to provide a platform to inform College of Medicine students and faculty of live concerts and performances in the area and organize group outings to attend said events. It is our hope that this club will stimulate discussion about new music releases spanning multiple genres and bring together like-minded individuals to promote student wellness through a relaxing and stress-relieving social outlet.
While one or more current student groups focus on music creation (live bands, playing musical instruments, etc.), College of Medicine Tune Squad is different in that it focuses on music appreciation as opposed to music creation and does not require its members to play instruments or have similar skills.
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The purpose of the Journal Club is to provide an opportunity for students to develop skills that allow them to critically analyze and evaluate medical literature. The goal is to have student presenters choose a journal article, evaluate its hypothesis, study design, method, and results in a systemic fashion and lead a discussion on the clinical applicability of their chosen article. This organization allows students a venue to appreciate the complexity and difficulty in searching for clinically relevant research topics and to appreciate the process of medical decision making required to generalize the findings of a particular study to a larger population. Students will facilitate a journal club session with guidance from the faculty mentor.
The Drexel Medical Student Research Initiative is a student-run organization that strives to foster a research and academically driven atmosphere at Drexel University College of Medicine through the establishment of a peer-reviewed medical student journal, research seminar series presented by students and a medical student specific research symposium. As an organization, we aim to create a program that provides the opportunities for students to showcase their research and educates students in different fields and aspect of academic medicine. By providing a platform for students to collaborate, engage in research and present their work, we hope to provide motivation, education and incentives to students to pursue a research or academically oriented career in medicine.
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Sports and Fitness
For the physically active student, the College of Medicine offers several team sports and fitness programs at varying levels of competition. The College's soccer, basketball, and volleyball teams compete with teams from other area medical schools. Students can also participate in less competitive activities like biking and running club. Some of our recreational and fitness clubs include:
College of Medicine Basketball is the perfect club for students of all skill levels looking for a fun way to get outside and shoot some hoops. In addition to arranging our own pick up games, we will be hosting competitions such as three-point and free throw shootouts as well as small tournaments. For those who are avid basketball watchers, we will also be hosting watch parties. Overall, College of Medicine Basketball provides an outlet for both hoop lovers and any student to take a break from studying and to try something new.
The purpose of the College of Medicine Bike Club is to provide indoor and outdoor biking opportunities for College of Medicine students with the goals of promoting well-being and fostering community.
The College of Medicine Billiards Club fosters an environment where there is friendly competition amongst billiards players. We also greatly encourage new players to come and learn about the sport.
Play flag football in PSL. Make friends, get exercise, have fun.
The purpose of our organization is to bring together students and the College of Medicine community through the game of golf. Golf is a sport, hobby, and passion shared by many; and our goal is to help students continue to stay connected to the game during their time in medical school. This includes helping students find places to play in and around Philadelphia, planning events and outings to get people out on the course, and offering instruction to those who are new to the game.
The focus of the Kickboxing Club is maintaining a healthy lifestyle, reducing stress, and promoting a collaborative environment for teaching martial arts of all kinds. Students and faculty of all skill levels are welcome to participate. One to two classes will be scheduled each week and begin with a warm-up then move into teaching a variety of martial art combinations intended to increase heart rate above 120 bpm. The curriculum will include but is not limited to basic punching, kicking, and self-defense techniques.
Our mission at the Drexel College of Medicine Powerlifting Club is to foster an inclusive environment in which students may strive to achieve fitness-related goals in the realm of weightlifting. Through prioritizing proper technique and establishing individualized goals, we seek to improve competency in the bench-press, deadlift, and squat movements, while also training supplementary muscle groups to assist in this journey.
The College of Medicine Rock Climbing Club seeks to bring new and old climbers together for the purpose of building a climbing community and educating and exposing new climbers to the sport.
Our running group serves to establish a community of runners, of all levels, at the College of Medicine. We will hold weekly runs of three-five miles in length and also participate in races around Philadelphia. Our goal is to provide a casual, non-intimidating environment for all types of runners in order to get students familiar with and excited about running around East Falls and Philadelphia.
The Ski & Snowboard Club at Drexel University College of Medicine is a student group for students who have, or would like to have, an interest in skiing or snowboarding! Our goals for this club include: bringing together and forming a community of medical students who have a passion for skiing & snowboarding, as well as planning group ski/snowboard trips to mountain resorts. Trips will likely range from short day trips at nearby mountains to multi-day trips at larger resorts.
The College of Medicine Soccer Club has always been an extremely popular club among students including 1st years into 4th year as it allows for a fun yet competitive period of time where students can forget about the stress of school and all other related responsibilities. We always get a large number of players ranging in skill and foster an environment of team work, comradery, and most importantly fun. We would love to be included as a club again this year to allow students to continue play athletics and on a weekly basis in an organized way. We have one game a week and typically practice once or twice a week.
The College of Medicine Softball Club provides an opportunity for students to work together and compete against members of the community.
The College of Medicine Squash Club connects all levels of squash players within the College of Medicine, from those who are new to the game to those who played collegiately. We plan to attend the US Open of Squash held annually at Drexel in the fall. We collaborate with the undergraduate squash club and will hold a tournament during the year and a screening of some of the other major professional tournaments.
We aim to bring students together that are interested in swimming. We believe that swimming is a great form of cardiovascular exercise that is low impact and easy on the joints. This club is open to swimmers of all skill levels and different workouts will be provided as such.
At College of Medicine Table Tennis, our mission is to provide a networking platform to medical students, staff and faculties through our common passion of table tennis, and to provide a safe and stress free space accessible to anyone in need.
Goal: To promote the sport of Ultimate Frisbee through competitive and enjoyable games. It's an opportunity for friends and students to get together and play Frisbee, regardless of skill level. Our goal is to build friendships, promote good sportsmanship, build character, grow in athletic skill, and offer a means to get away from school and homework; relieve stress; create an environment of teamwork.
Yoga Club is an opportunity for students and faculty to focus on the mind, body, and spirit. The mission of the Yoga Club is to offer participants a way to improve physical fitness, self-awareness, and relaxation techniques. The yoga club aims to promote the practice and study of yoga and foster a sense of community around this practice. We are open to all skills and abilities and are flexible with our practice in order to best suit the participants.
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'Laughs for Lunch' provides students a fun way to unwind while watching classic comedy specials. Our group meets roughly once a month during lunch. Medical school can obviously be stressful and we believe laughter is the best medicine. This group is great for those looking to discover the work of popular stand up comedians from the past half-century and will also be a fun place to hang out with friends during lunch.
The Mindfulness and Meditation Club's purpose is to provide a space for the learning and practice of mindfulness and meditation. The club will meet bi-monthly for an hour long meeting. The meeting will consist of:
- Informal learning; either from a text, talk, or guest speaker
- Informal practice; either sitting, walking, or standing
- Informal discussion, reflection and commentary, modeled after Dr. Rosenzweig's Meditation and Mindfulness course
The club will not focus on any particular practice, it will be open to all forms of practice. There will also be a focus on clinical aspects of mindfulness in medicine.
Rates of distress, depression, and anxiety of prospective medical students do not differ from the general population, but increase significantly once medical school begins. Medical school poses unique difficulties to incoming students. The first semester of medical school involves adapting to a new lifestyle, reforming old habits, adjusting goals, and developing local support systems. Throughout this process, students will hit many road blocks and the demands of the rigorous program can be isolating from previous mechanisms of support and stability.
Peers can offer a shared experience, helping students understand that they are not alone. Second year moderators can understand the challenges of first year, but also provide a hopeful perspective of growth and development that isn't always clear when in the midst of adversity. Additionally, second year moderators that are knowledgeable about what accessible services are available can help guide first years towards helpful resources. We hope to provide a safe, confidential space for students to explore their stressors and connect with existing resources. Drexel has a need for additional wellness services to meet a persistent need for support, particularly in the beginning phases of school. We hope that by providing additional support and access to resources, we can reduce the impact medical school has on the wellbeing of incoming students.
The purpose of Plant-Based Dragons is multi-fold. First and foremost, we are hoping to spread information and start a discussion about the multiple potential health and lifestyle benefits of following a mostly plant-based diet. In addition, we want to show our peers how feasible it can be to follow a largely, if not entirely, plant-based diet. Learn more about how to follow a vegan diet, what it is that they actually eat, what recipes they would recommend for someone simply looking to cut down on their meat consumption, and even what they normally buy at the grocery store.
Wellness Lunch Group serves the purpose of allowing first and second year students to share their experiences in medical school with each other in a safe, private setting. It gives students the opportunity to speak with one another and learn from each other about how to achieve a balanced life with both the academic and non-academic aspects of medical school. The students support each other and try to help each other relieve stress and isolation. Dr. Gottlieb facilitates our groups and often highlights how to defeat stress as well as provides valuable information about what to expect at different points during our training. The group is dedicated to providing every member with the chance to ask for advice or help out their peers.
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