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Organizations & Activities

Do you like to dance? Do you enjoy discussing ethical or political issues? Are you interested in community service activities? Do you wish to share your musical talents? Would you like to mentor high school or college students? How about shadowing the ski patrol at Vail during your winter break?

Emory medical students do all of these things, and more! Our students are strongly encouraged to explore and enjoy their interests outside the classroom. With more than 30 student organizations, it is easy to find a group to keep you active and involved—if not, you can start one! Every year new groups are created to respond to the talents and interests of the current student body.

In addition to clubs and organizations, medical students gather for annual events such as Society Picnics, Halloween Ball, Thanksgiving Potluck, Service Day, Doctoberfest, and the infamous Cadaver Ball.

Each fall, first year students and their families participate in the White Coat Ceremony, at which students don their physician’s garb for the first time and are welcomed to the medical community at Emory. The Senior Banquet tradition is a night for soon-to-be-graduates to lampoon and say thanks to their professors.

Our ever-changing list of student organizations reflects the interests of our current student body. Medical students are encouraged to pursue their varied interests outside of the classroom.

Big Sib/Little Sib
This program is designed to help incoming first-year students by pairing them with rising second-year students. A meet-your-sib dinner is held each year in the fall.

Community Service and Activism
Groups include: Emory Health Against Human Trafficking, Project Medishare, Physicians for Human Rights, Medical Students for Choice and Health Students Taking Action Together. Students participate in numerous service trips to rural Atlanta and international destinations, including Haiti, Thailand, The Republic of Georgia, and Vietnam. Currently, students volunteer at 6 inner-city student-run clinics in Atlanta.

Curriculum Committee
Responsibilities include curriculum coordination, ongoing review and oversight of curriculum, analysis and solution of problems arising in the curriculum, and development of policy for medical student education.

Emory Med Alliance (EMA)
LGBT medical students and allies who celebrate diversity at Emory provide support, resources and a friendly community for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender medical students. This group sponsors lectures, workshops, and education for medical professionals on topics related to the health and service of members of the LGBT community and ways to alleviate health disparities in the LGBT community.

Language Groups
Medical Spanish, French, and Swahili interest groups help students develop language skills for clinical service in Atlanta and around the world.

Medical School Admissions Committee
Junior and senior medical students are selected for service with the Admissions Committee as interview panelists and tour guides.

Medical and Surgical Specialty Interest Groups
Current groups include: anesthesiology, cardioilogy, dermatology, emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, neuroscience, ob/gyn, oncology, ophthalmology, pediatrics, psychiatry, public health and radiology.  The Aspiring Surgeons group brings together students interested in all surgical specialties and sub-specialties. New groups form each year to represent the interests of current students.

Project Pipeline
Emory medical students in partnership with Rollins School of Public Health graduate students, train Emory undergraduates to be mentors to local, underserved high school students. Directed at high-schoolers living below the poverty line, Project Pipeline exposes students to college-level research to foster interest in the sciences.

Sports Clubs
Cycling, tennis and racquetball are popular groups, as well as the fiercely competitive IM sports teams in basketball, softball, and soccer. The Wilderness Medical Society enjoys all things outdoors. Weekend trips include whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking, camping, and hiking.

Student Officers
Each medical school class elects a cabinet, representatives to University councils, social chairs, IM sports reps, transcript service officers, honor council reps, course reps, and IT reps. Elections are held annually.

University Chorus
This campus-wide chorus includes students, staff, and alumni from all nine schools at Emory University. This diverse and talented group rehearses weekly and gives many performances within the Emory community.

National Organizations – Emory Chapters

Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA)
The criteria for election into this medical honor society include scholastic excellence, integrity, capacity for leadership, compassion, and fairness in dealing with one's colleagues.

American Medical Association – Medical Student Section (AMA-MSS)
Membership allows participation in national legislative decisions through state and national conferences. Emory’s chapter also works to benefit the school and the community through sponsorship of annual fundraisers for various causes.

American Medical Student Association (AMSA)
Run by and for medical students, local chapters sponsor lectures and community projects. The New Physician magazine is distributed by the national organization and focuses on topics geared toward medical student concerns across the nation.

Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
A national organization of Hispanic-American, Native American, and African-American medical and premedical students. The organization was established in recognition of the need to increase medical student awareness and sensitivity to health care issues of the nation in general and of minority and indigent communities in particular.