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 http://ducomsga.org/student-group-directory/.
Laughs for Lunch
'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.
Mindfulness & Meditation
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.
Peer to Peer Support
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
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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