HWCOM supports a variety of student organizations, interest groups, honor, and chapters of national organizations. Each group is led by an executive board of student-elected officers and selected faculty advisor to provide support and guidance. Medical student organizations and specialty interest groups provide students with opportunities to attend and present at educational meetings and professional conferences. Through their participation, students are able to enhance their leadership and organizational skills, to network with other students and faculty from other institutions, to explore career interests, and to advocate for issues important to medical education and healthcare.
Student Organizations & Interest Groups
- Medical Student Council
The Medical Student Council (MSC) is the voice of the medical student body and has the administrative authority to pass resolutions on medical school policies and procedures by serving as the formal liaison between the faculty, administration, and the medical students. Officers are elected by the students in annual elections and consist of President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and FIU Student Government Representative. In addition, the Presidents of the four Class Councils comprise the MSC leadership. The MSC serves as the umbrella student organization for the management and allocation of funds to the other medical student organizations in a consistent and fair manner that contributes to the education of students. The elected student officers of the Medical Student Council, under the direction of the Associate Director, Student Programs and Career Services, provide administrative oversight in terms of funding and legislation for all organizations sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs.
- FIU Chapters of National Organizations
- Alliance of Disabilities and Chronic Illness in Medicine
- American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin
- American Medical Association / Florida Medical Association
- American Medical Student Association
- American Medical Women’s Association
- Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association
- Christian Medical and Dental Association
- Global Surgery Student Alliance
- Latino Medical Student Association
- Medical Students for Choice
- Physicians for Social Responsibility
- Student National Medical Association
- White Coats for Black Lives
- Specialty Interest Groups
- Anesthesiology Interest Group
- Asian American Medical Student Group
- Business & Medicine Interest Group
- Dermatology Interest Group
- Diagnostic/Interventional Radiology Interest Group
- Emergency Medicine Interest Group
- Family Medicine Interest Group
- Global Health Interest Group
- Infectious Disease Interest Group
- Innovative Medical Technology Interest Group
- Internal Medicine Interest Group
- Jewish Medical Student Association
- Medical Genetics Interest Group
- Medical History Interest Group
- Medical Humanities Club
- Medical Students for Gender and Sexuality Advancement
- Medical Students Working to Improve Society & Health
- Music & Medicine Interest Group
- Muslims in Healthcare Interest Group
- Neuroscience Interest Group
- Obstetrics and Gynecology Interest Group
- Oncology Interest Group
- Ophthalmology Interest Group
- Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Interest Group
- Otolaryngology Interest Group
- Pathology Interest Group
- Pediatrics Interest Group
- Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Interest Group
- Policy and Healthcare Interest Group
- Pre-Medical Undergraduate Mentoring Program
- Preventative Medicine and Public Health Interest Group
- Psychiatry Interest Group
- Surgery Interest Group
- Urology Interest Group
- Wellness Health Outreach Love Expression
- Student Professionalism and Ethics Committee (SPEC)
The SPEC is a group of student representatives who function to promote a student-driven culture of professionalism at HWCOM. Individually, each member is expected to exemplify the highest degree of ethical and professional standards and integrity. Each year, two students from each class are nominated by their peers for the position. Duties of SPEC include assisting students in navigating and understanding professionalism standards and support resources and resolving issues identified by class leadership. SPEC also works with administration during orientation week to introduce concepts of professionalism in medicine to incoming medical students. Most importantly, SPEC helps to foster an open line of communication between the students and administration, faculty, and staff and act as advocates for the student body at FIU HWCOM. SPEC identifies professionalism issues and comes up with solutions that partner with students and administration to encourage ethical decision making.
- Student Faculty Collaborative Clinic (SFCC)
The Student Faculty Collaborative Clinic (SFCC) is a student-run clinic at FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine that operates within the Universal Heritage Institute, a community-run, free clinic in Opa Locka. SFCC is made up of faculty and student volunteers from all levels of medical training, with the common goal of providing the best quality of care to our uninsured patients.
- Mammography Art Initiative
The Mammography Art Initiative (MAI) was established at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at FIU in 2011 to address this disparity by improving access to affordable breast health services and breast health education for underserved women in Miami-Dade County.
- STEM Saturdays
STEM Saturday is an educational pipeline program that aims to encourage the love of science in children from local communities by doing science-based, interactive activities. Every Saturday, medical student volunteers host this STEM event at different sites in communities served by Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP to foster scientific curiosity and serve as student mentors for the children. Contact the Office of Student Affairs for more information.
Office of Student Affairs
- AOA Epsilon Chapter
Alpha Omega Alpha is the national medical honor society that recognizes and advocates for excellence in scholarship and the highest ideals in the profession of medicine.
The Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine AOA chapter was founded in 2012. Since its inception, members of the junior and senior classes are selected each year based on their academic, leadership, and service qualifications to receive the honor of induction into the Florida Epsilon Chapter.
- Gold Humanism Honor Society
The Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) recognizes medical students and others who exemplify excellence in clinical care, leadership, compassion and dedication to service. The Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine has recently established a chapter in 2013 of this prestigious honor society and inducted its inaugural members February 13, 2013.
For information about student organizations for medical students, contact Brittany Cooke, Senior Program Coordinator for Student Affairs.