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.
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.
Community Service Organizations
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
Plans and executes 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 (HERO) Temple Volunteers
Supports 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.
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 Learning 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.
Supports 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
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
Brings Temple medical students directly into the science classroom at the Mary McLeod Bethune School. SiPS is a science outreach program that 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.
Health and Wellness Club
Promotes the health and wellness of health science students. Our number one goal is to create a supportive environment that will encourage students to live a healthy lifestyle both mentally and physically. Students organize fun and engaging activities to foster well-being.
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.
Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Works together with an interdisciplinary group of students from the medical, dental, physical therapy, nursing and business schools to improve patient quality of life. Students discuss process improvement in the hospital, organize health fairs, and collaborate on projects to improve community health.
Medical Humanities Discussion Group
Meets regularly to discuss literature related to medicine. The group includes novels as well as short story selections.
Students Engaged in Health Policy
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 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.
TachyChordia a cappella group
Performs at events such as the LKSOM graduation ceremony, the College Cup, and the talent show.
Temple Arts Group
Aspires to foster the arts within a healthcare setting and among the student body. The LKSOM 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.
Temple Culinary Medicine Initiative
Offers hands on culinary education to both care providers and patients. Care providers learn tips, tricks, and conversation topics to make them feel more comfortable talking to patients about diets. The initiative also gives caregivers somewhere to refer a patient whom they feel is at significant risk for dietary health complications. Patients learn practical and applicable knowledge on how to cook and how easy it can be to modify their diets to eat affordably healthy.
Temple Med Soccer
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.
Specialty Interest Groups
Anesthesiology Interest Group
Prepares 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.
Careers in Military Medicine Interest Group
Brings together medical students currently in the military or those interested in military medicine. We promote awareness of the opportunities available in the military, provide HPSP students with resources, help with administrative and military specific issues, and to provide networking opportunities to Health Professions Scholarship Program students, residents, and faculty of all military branch.
Dermatology Interest Group
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
Offers exposure to the field of Otolaryngology (ENT). Students organize events with residents as well as newly matched 4th years as well as facilitating shadowing experiences.
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.
Hematology/Oncology Interest Group
Helps future physicians further their understanding of the field of Oncology and Hematology. The group was established with the aim of teaching students about the epidemiology, pathophysiology, therapeutic progress and clinical implications surrounding cancer patients and survivors.
Infectious Disease Interest Group
Promotes an understanding of current topics in infectious diseases among medical students and increases awareness about careers in infectious diseases.
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.
Neurology Interest Group
Provides opportunities for students who are interested in neurology to learn more about the field.
Neurosurgery Interest Group
Organizes opportunities to introduce medical students to the field of neurological surgery, promote their clinical and research interests, gain exposure to residents and faculty, identify mentors, and assist with the overall career development of future neurosurgeons. Students closely work with the residency program director in order to take full advantage of available educational opportunities and conferences offered by the residency program. In addition, the group collaborates with other student-led neurosurgery organizations in the Philadelphia region as well as nationally.
Ob-Gyn 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, including a match panel where recently matched fourth years and residents discuss the application process.
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.
Plastic Surgery Interest Group
Fosters interest in the field of plastic surgery through physician lectures and shadowing opportunities.
Psychiatric Student Interest Group
Strives to explore topics relevant to the practice of psychiatry. PsychSIG is further dedicated to serving as a bridge between those LKSOM students interested in pursuing a career in psychiatry with faculty mentorship and resources.
Radiology Interest Group
Provides talks and networking opportunities for students interested in Radiology.
Sports Medicine Interest Group
Increases medical students' exposure to, interest in, and knowledge of Sports Medicine. Students hold various events / offerings throughout the year including: information sessions, shadowing programs, skills workshops, and topical discussions (e.g. concussions).
Al-Shifaa Muslim Student Organization
Provides the community, especially the underserved and underrepresented, with unique healthcare services and screenings by outstanding healthcare providers. A Muslim run organization that works 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. Sponsors talks, participates in community service activities ranging from tutoring to assisting older adults, and provides information on Muslim cultural events and resources.
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 and career considerations for medical students.
American Medical Student Association
Offers national, regional and local chapter activities for its members. AMSA is run for and by medical students and deals with medical and political issues. 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
Guides future physician scientists on a national level with respect to their training and career development. At Temple, the group highlights physicians who are actively involved in research and advises students on how they can incorporate research into their career.
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 Newman Center.
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
Provides STI screenings at the Washington West Project to the general Philadelphia population, with a focus on the LGBT+ community.
LGBTQ and Allies in Medicine
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
Develops 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.