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Student Organizations and Activities

Student Government Association (Elected)

Acts as a liaison between the students, faculty, administration and alumni of the Lewis Katz School of Medicine as well as other elements of the Health Science campus community. Promotes activities for the academic, social, professional, and administrative welfare of the entire student body. For more information, visit

Honor Board (Elected)

Responsible for providing information about and upholding the LKSOM Honor Code. It is composed of an elected board of 20 students (five from each class) and six faculty members who deal with the educational and administrative aspects of Temple's Honor System.

Curriculum Committee (Elected)

Designed for students interested in learning about, and participating in, decisions affecting the LKSOM curriculum. Each class selects a representative to serve as voting committee members together with faculty representatives from all Basic Science and Clinical departments. Decisions made involve curricular philosophies, content and scheduling.

Admissions Committee (Elected)

The third and fourth year class each have one representative that serves as a voting member of the Admissions Committee. Student representatives listen to applicant presentations, participate in the discussion, and vote on the Admissions Committee decision.

Community Service Organizations

BIG Friends

A tutoring program that provides 4th and 5th grade students of Kenderton Elementary School with assistance in various academic areas as well as social and cultural areas. Tutors donate two hours every other week for two months.

Global Medical Brigades

The group’s purpose is to plan and execute a one-week long medical service trip through the Medical Brigades division of the national Global Brigades organization. This is a trip intended for medical students who want to gain clinical experience abroad, but participants may include professionals and students in other fields.

Habitat for Humanity

Addresses the Philadelphia poverty housing crisis by working regularly with Habitat for Humanity and providing volunteer labor and funding to build homes for low income families.

Help Energize and Rebuild Ourselves Temple Volunteers

HERO Temple Volunteers is a student group that helps support the Helping Energize & Rebuild Ourselves (H.E.R.O) non- profit organization. Students assist HERO through volunteering with the daily after-school program from Monday thru Thursday with 30 kids from the local community. In addition the group has also taken part in bigger events for HERO, such as computer renovating, pumpkin carving, and canned food drive. For more information, please visit:

International Health Organization

Provides information and education about international health and helps students prepare for experiences in international health. Arranges talks, distributes information, and works with faculty to ensure that LKSOM offers a range of international health opportunities.

Medible Garden

Integrates students and faculty from Temple’s schools of Health Sciences and the Ambler School of Environmental Design, to design, develop, plant, and sustain medicinal plants, vegetables, as well as herbs and other plants. We have developed into an outreach initiative, engaging North Philadelphia inhabitants with a variety of herbs, fruits and vegetables.

Prevention Point

The city’s needle exchange program. Temple students staff the program on Thursdays, providing basic medical care (such as blood pressure screenings and flu shots) and advice on care and avoidance of infection, plus referral to other Prevention Point health care providers.

Puentes de Salud

Puentes de Salud is a non-profit organization that promotes the well-being of Philadelphia’s Latino population through low-cost, high-quality health care, community development, and innovative education programs. During Monday and Thursday evening clinics, student volunteers can work with physicians, practice their Spanish by giving "charlas" (waiting room education), and take vital signs while learning the ins and outs of a clinic for the uninsured. Outside of clinic, volunteers can get involved in community education, health screenings at local events/fairs, and other opportunities throughout the community.

Science in Philly Schools

Science in Philly Schools (SiPS) is a science outreach project that brings Temple medical students directly into the science classroom at the Mary McLeod Bethune School just a few blocks from MERB. SiPS aims to enhance the science curriculum at the Bethune School by providing weekly, hands-on laboratory science lessons for the 7th and/or 8th grade students. The lessons, led by Temple students under the supervision of Bethune teachers, emphasize fundamental topics relevant to the curriculum, focusing on a hands-on approach to learning.

Temple Emergency Action Corp/Temple Emergency Action Corp-Homeless Initiative

Trains medical students in disaster response and will be able to mobilize quickly in the event of a local, national, or international disaster to provide basic medical care to those affected.

Enrichment Activities

Business in Medicine Interest Group

The business in medicine group was founded by a group of MD/MBA students who have an interest in the economics and fiduciary interests in healthcare. The group is not limited to dual degree students and hosts programming with various executives and leaders in the field. This group is perfect for a student with a potential future in healthcare leadership.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Interdisciplinary group of students from the medical, dental, physical therapy, nursing and business schools working together to improve patient quality of life. We meet and discuss process improvement in the hospital, organize health fairs, and collaborate on projects to improve community health. For more information:

Integrative Medicine Interest Group

Offers students opportunities to learn about alternative therapies for health and well-being. Students organize speaker series and provide information and resources about the role integrative medicine can have for practitioners and patients.

Medical Humanities Discussion Group

The Medical Humanities Discussion Group meets regularly to discuss literature related to medicine. The group includes novels as well as short story selections.

Students Engaging in Health Policy

SEHP equips current students with the proper knowledge and insight gained from the exposure to diverse perspectives that is necessary to develop informed opinions regarding health care reform.

Students for a National Health Policy

Students for a National Health Program advocates for universal, comprehensive, single payer national health insurance. We engage in education and advocacy work to build a movement for single-payer health care.

Temple Arts Group

The TUSM Arts Group (TAG) is a community of students with backgrounds and/or interest in the visual arts, music, dance, film, museums, theater, or any other area related to the arts that aspire to foster the arts within a healthcare setting and among the student body.

Temple Med Soccer

The Temple Med Soccer Team provides a variety of opportunities for any student who is interested in playing soccer. The group organizes a team for a full field outdoor soccer league against other medical schools in Philadelphia, pick-up indoor soccer, and support intramural indoor soccer on the health sciences campus.

Temple University Cricket Club

The purpose of this organization shall be 1) to promote the awareness of the international sport of cricket 2) to add to the diverse environment of the campus 3) to create a strong community by bringing together all students and faculty of the Temple University network, who share a passion for or desire to learn cricket 4) to hold service events to foster team chemistry as well as give back to the surrounding community 5) to participate in friendly recreational games 6) to participate in competitive cricket games against other teams and 7) to promote Temple University’s name.

Transplantations a cappella group

The Transplantations is an a cappella group that includes medical and graduate students. They perform at events such as the LKSOM graduation ceremony, the College Cup, and the talent show.

Specialty Interest Groups

Anesthesiology Interest Group

The Anesthesiology Interest Group’s (AIG) main goal is to prepare Temple medical students for a career in anesthesiology via mentorship and hands on learning. Faculty and residents will teach students basic skills that are critical to the practice of anesthesiology, via OR cases, lectures, and workshops.

Babcock Surgical Society

Provides opportunities to shadow surgeons and participate in surgical skills training labs alongside surgery residents and attendings. Upcoming events for the year include General Surgery, Trauma and Orthopedic Surgery shadowing programs and a variety of guest lecturers. Also holds hold surgical skill workshops to teach suturing, knot tying, and other valuable surgical skills to students.

Dermatology Interest Group

The Dermatology Interest Group (DIG) is a student organization that strives to provide educational opportunities for medical students who wish to gain exposure to the field of dermatology. We create a platform for students to be able to access shadowing and research positions within the department of dermatology, provide support to those pursuing a career in dermatology, organize talks/lecture by faculty to discuss relevant topics, and raise community awareness on various dermatological conditions through volunteer opportunities.

Ear, Nose, and Throat Interest Group

The ENT Interest group offers exposure to the field of Otolaryngology. We organize events with residents as well as newly-matched 4th years and facilitate shadowing experiences. Also free thyroid exams if you are interested.

Emergency Medicine Interest Group

Exposes pre-clinical medical students to the field of Emergency Medicine, since students do not otherwise have the opportunity to do so until their fourth year. Activities include: guest speakers, an Emergency Room shadowing program for first year students, and an Emergency Room volunteer program for second year students.

Family Medicine Interest Group

Encourages interaction between residents, faculty, practicing physicians and students interested in family medicine. Holds formal events, such as speaker series and meetings, and informal ones, such as potluck dinners and an end of year reception for graduating students entering Family Practice residencies.

Internal Medicine Interest Group

Provides opportunities for those interested in internal medicine to learn more about the field. Sponsors lunch lectures with guest speakers, and offers a mentorship program in which students are paired with internal medicine physicians.

OB Interest Group

Provides opportunities for students to observe labor and delivery as well as to participate in a mentorship program with doctors and residents. Sponsors monthly noontime speakers.

Ophthalmology Interest Group

Provides free monthly eye care screenings for 10-20 patients at District Health Center #5 at 1900 North 20th St on the first and the third Thursday of every month. This allows first and second year students to learn valuable ophthalmology exam techniques while interacting with patients in a clinical setting. In addition, OSIG has held one to two forums per semester to increase awareness of the opportunities in ophthalmology. The ophthalmology residents discuss the application process and how to learn more about the specialty.

Orthopedic Interest Group

Organizes discussions and speeches by orthopedic surgeons specializing in fields ranging from sports medicine to trauma surgery. Members collaborate with residents, attendings and chiefs from several local hospitals to form a network providing information and resources for those interested in orthopedic surgery.

Pediatrics Interest Group

Focuses on providing opportunities to learn more about the field and participate in care-giving. Features a variety of speakers, participates in health fairs and immunization drives held at a local elementary school, and provides opportunities for students to volunteer in a resident-run pediatric clinic, working alongside residents to gain clinical exposure beginning during their first two years of medical school.

Psychiatry Student Interest Group

The purpose of the Psychiatry Student Interest Group is to promote issues of psychiatry within the health care setting. The group will also seek to provide access and exposure of medical students to Psychiatry faculty within the Temple Health community.

Radiology Interest Group

Provides talks and networking opportunities for students interested in Radiology.

Ultrasound Interest Group

Ultrasound Interest Group (USIG) is an interest group at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University who is dedicated to teaching medical students about the importance of ultrasound, various imaging methods and procedures done with ultrasound.

Student Associations

Al-Shifaa Muslim Student Organization

Al-Shifaa is a Muslim run organization. Our goal is to provide the community, especially the underserved and underrepresented, unique healthcare services and screenings by outstanding healthcare providers. We work with Doctors, Dentists, Pharmacists and Podiatrists as well as students in each of these fields to ensure that our patients receive holistic healthcare and education.

American Medical Association

Provides updates on medical issues and techniques both in Pennsylvania and nationwide. Participates in national meetings of the American Medical Association (AMA) and sponsors various activities and lectures on topics such as current issues in medicine to career considerations for medical students.

American Medical Student Association

Run for and by medical students, this national organization deals with medical and political issues. Offers national, regional and local chapter activities for its members. The local project is STATS: Students Teaching AIDS to Students, a program to teach high school students about AIDS. The group also sponsors a lunchtime lecture series at Temple and offers publications, insurance programs, and loan funds.

American Medical Women Association

Open to all those who wish to advance women in medicine and promote the health of women and their families. All medical students, graduate students, and undergraduates are invited to join as AMWA Student Members.

American Physician Scientists Association

APSA provides research-related career development events, shadowing opportunities with physician-scientists (MDs, MD/PhDs) in the Temple community, and networking to interact with other medical students interested in research.

Asian Pacific Medical Student Association

Serves as a forum for Asian Pacific American medical students to exchange information and experiences, and develop personally and professionally.

Catholic Medical Student Association

Dedicated to those who wish to learn more about the Catholic faith and how to live faithfully as medical professionals, while upholding principles of social justice. Activities include engaging in dialogue and debate on various medical ethical issues, outreach, and participation in the events, and liturgies of the Temple University

Christian Medical and Dental Association

Meets weekly year-round to learn from the Bible, pray, and enjoy fellowship. Activities include singing, sharing food, special guest speakers, and sharing life's victories, defeats, and challenges.

Jewish Student Union

Aims to engage all self-identifying Jewish students, no matter their level of religious observance or Jewish education. JSU believes that a connection to the Jewish community is important and can be a source of support for all students, and hopes to provide a sense of home and a sense of camaraderie. Open to all members of the Temple community.

Latino Medical Student Association

Aims to increase the participation of Latino medical students in the organization and to promote volunteerism in the Latino community. The group looks forward to starting projects/collaborations between the Latino community and Temple/LMSA, which will allow all medical students to participate and volunteer.

LGBTQ Alliance of Students Organized for Health

LASOH is a group of medical students from Temple and PCOM who volunteer at the Washington West Project to provide STI screenings to the general Philadelphia population, with a focus on the LGBT+ community.

LGBTQ and Allies in Medicine

LGBPM aims to improve the quality of health care for lesbian, gay and bisexual patients, and to improve conditions for lesbian, gay and bisexual medical students, physicians and health care workers. LGBPM welcomes all allied health students, faculty, staff and administrators who are interested in gay, lesbian and bisexual issues. LGBPM Local and National sponsors educational workshops on homosexuality, disseminates research and materials on gay health issues, coordinates gay and lesbian preceptor-electives, reviews gay friendly residency programs, holds networking and social events for gay, lesbian and bisexual people in medicine and their friends and bisexual people in medicine and their friends.

Medical Students for Choice

Dedicated to ensuring that women receive the full range of reproductive healthcare choices. MSFC recognizes that one of the greatest obstacles to safe and legal abortion is the absence of trained providers. As medical students and residents, we work to make reproductive health care, including abortion, a part of standard medical education and residency training.

South Asian Health Student Association

Promotes South Asian health awareness, to engage in and educate others about traditional cultural activities, and to serve the South Asian community within Philadelphia and beyond. SAHSA serves as a hub for students to make meaningful connections with their future colleagues and with the local community.

Student National Medical Association

SNMA is committed to developing a network of traditionally underrepresented minority medical students and to improving health care conditions of the underserved community. The group holds programs such as blood pressure screenings in the surrounding community, AIDS awareness workshops in elementary and high schools, seminars on opportunities in medicine, and provides opportunities to interact with colleagues from other institutions.