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Career Specialty Interest Groups (CSIGs) represent some of the 122 specialties and subspecialties that you can pursue through a residency or fellowship. CSIGs are charged with providing informative and innovative programming geared toward career exploration. Click on a CSIG below to find out what your fellow students have planned in your area of interest! If you are looking for a specialty that is not represented by a group below, contact Mary Ann Triest about starting a new group.
Student Coordinators: Thanh-Liem (TL) Huynh-Tran, Clea Marie Marsh, D. Andrew Tucker
Student Advisor: Brandon Vu Faculty Advisor: Jennifer Nguyen-Lee, M.D. Department Website: http://www.anes.ucla.edu/
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Student Coordinators: Katherine Bailey, Michael Leuchter, Vadim Osadchy Student Advisors: Natalia Vecerek, Nikhita Kathuria Faculty Advisor: James Weiss, M.D. Department Website: http://www.cardiology.med.ucla.edu/
The goal of the Cardiology Interest Group is to expose future physicians to the excitement of different fields within cardiology at an early stage in training. To do so, we will organize lunchtime meetings during the which leaders in their filed have an opportunity to speak to first and second year medical students about their work and the current trends in the field of cardiology. Students benefit by getting early exposure to cardiology, plus the privilege to hear some wonderful doctors whom they would not otherwise come in contact with so early in their training. We will also provide shadowing opportunities, enabling students to get hands-on experience with cardiology patients. Lastly, the Cardiology Interest Group will provide opportunities for medical students to get to know cardiology fellows and attendings through social events and mixers, thus creating a collegial atmosphere to foster interest in cardiology. We hope this group will spark interest in pursuing a career path in one of the cardiology specialties to balance the growing need for cardiologists both in the clinical and research realms.
Student Coordinators: Evan Choate, Nirali Patel Student Advisors: Anand Rajan Faculty Advisor: Paul Levins, M.D.
The Dermatology Interest Group (DIG) has been founded for the purpose of advancing student knowledge of the dermatology specialty. Our objectives include:
In order to fulfill our goals and objectives, we will utilize faculty support to provide lunchtime talks, offer mentorship opportunities, have regular meetings among medical students in their didactic and clinical training, and establish open communication among students conducting research in dermatology at UCLA. The structure of DIG includes a committee focused on didactics (lunchtime discussions), and a cabinet consisting of a president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer. DIG will also include both upperclassmen and underclassmen so that both clinical and didactic aspects of DIG can be better addressed and included in DIG meetings. The role of our faculty advisor is to assist DIG members in exploration of long range occupational and professional plans in dermatology, refer students to sources for specialized assistance in dermatology, and to contribute awareness of opportunities in laboratories, clinics, and field experiences. Membership includes graduate students, medical students, and faculty.
Student Coordinators: Dyvon Walker, Jonathan Warren Student Advisor: Garrett Harada, Kwang Kim, Tajah Tubbs, Alex Upfill-Brown Faculty Advisors: Tomer Begaz, M.D. Department Website: http://www.emergencymedicine.ucla.edu/
The Emergency Medicine Interest Group is a group of first and second year medical students who work with physicians from the UCLA Emergency Departments to learn both clinical skills and to explore opportunities in Emergency Medicine. Residents and physicians from the UCLA Emergency Department help teach students skills such as suturing, splinting, starting IVs, intubation, and ultrasound. The group also meets to discuss topics about Emergency Medicine, such as planning for residency, wilderness medicine, career choices in Emergency Medicine, and much more. The interest group leaders ensure that students have access to information regarding national organizations like ACEP and AAEM. EMIG also encourages participation in emergency medicine conferences throughout Southern California. EMIG supports a shadowing program whereby students follow residents during their shifts in the Emergency Departments at UCLA affiliate hospitals - RRMC, Harbor, and Olive View. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Coordinators: Frederick Ferguson, Abhinaya Narayanan Student Advisors: Charisse Brown, Michelle Ramon Faculty Advisor: Daniel Lee, M.D. Department Website: https://www.uclahealth.org/family-medicine/Pages/default.aspx
The mission of the Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) is to inform medical and pre-medical students about the unique philosophy of Family Medicine through education and mentorship. FMIG understands the role of family physicians in the improvement of health in this country and seeks to encourage medical student to be future leaders in their practices, to understand the problems facing health care today, and to respond to the growing disparities in health care that exist among immigrant families and minority populations in large urban centers, such as Los Angeles. Additionally, we would like to inform students and expose them to the various specialties and career opportunities available within family medicine through workshops, lunch talks, networking activities, regional and national conferences, and community service events. Back to top
Head Coordinators: Vincent Gutierrez, Qiao Ruan, Kevin Truong Student Advisors: Stanley Yuan, Cher Huang Faculty Advisor: Sue Charette, M.D. and Jonathan Wanagat, M.D.
The goals of the Geriatric Medicine Interest Group (GMIG) are to ignite interest in geriatrics among UCLA medical students, to disseminate knowledge and increase awareness of the special issues and research work that address the health care problems of older people, and to provide community service that focuses on the wellness of the elderly. We are determined to accomplish our goals with hour-long noon seminars, various opportunities to shadow geriatricians in both clinical and hospital settings, and undertaking several community outreach projects.
Head Coordinators: Matthew Hing, John Nesemann, Kristen Schoenhard Student Advisors: Anthony Bui, Kara Faktor Faculty Advisor: Tom Coates, PhD The Global Health Interest Group (GHIG) serves to educate medical students about global health and human rights issues. The GHIG aims to facilitate medical student exposure to global health through several avenues, including lunch talks, informational sessions on global health opportunities at DGSOM, journal clubs, expert panels and more.
Student Coordinators: Stephanie Clavijo, Kevin Tang, Mildred Galvez (supporting leader) Student Advisors: Lauren Platt,Alex Upfill-Brown Faculty Advisors: Chris Graber, M.D.
The infectious Diseases Interest Group (IDIG) at DGSOM aims to introduce medical students to the field of infectious diseases (ID). The goal of the group is to stimulate awareness and to provide avenues for professional development and exploration in the field. IDIG will serve its mission through regular lunchtime talks and lectures by ID faculty, workshops and ID cases, clinical and research networking events, shadowing opportunities, as well as the development of a mentorship program between students and experts in the field.
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Student Coordinators: Evan Choate, Emily Truong
Student Advisors: Tiffany Lin, Kathryn Cardoza Faculty Advisor: Ka-kit Hui, M.D.
Integrative Medicine emphasizes the whole person. Its practice aims to provide optimal health, healing, and well-being while reaffirming the significance of the patient-physician relationship, all by utilizing an evidence-based, conventional and non-conventional multidisciplinary approach: through the incorporation of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Herbalism, Nutrition, Mindfulness, and a multitude of other modalities. In order to spread the knowledge and philosophy of Integrative Medicine, IMSIG will provide a forum for medical students to learn, challenge, explore, share, and experience Integrative Medicine through sponsorship of speakers, practical workshops, and discussions. Students will gain an understanding and appreciation of health as being cross-cultural, founded upon ancient and modern ideas and practices, and most importantly as a spectrum of human experiences, from body to mind, emotion, and spirit. Through community outreach, students will have the opportunity to educate the community at large while simultaneously exploring and developing a greater awareness of their own health, well-being, and roles as physician-healers in the community. IMSIG hopes to provide medical students with a unique capacity to effect positive, healing transformations in all aspects of patients' lives while also realizing the motto - "Physician, heal thyself." Back to top
Student Coordinators: Timothy Kaddis, Vincent Gutierrez Student Advisors: Kathryn Cardoza, Michael Yang Faculty Advisor: Inderprett Saini, M.D. Department Website: http://www.med.ucla.edu/modules/wfchannel/
The mission of the DGSOM-UCLA Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG) is to provide students with information about internal medicine as a medical specialty and as a possible career; expose students to physicians in the field of internal medicine with interesting and successful careers who can provide students with a sense of what it is like to be an internal medicine specialists or subspecialist/ and provide an opportunity for students to learn, network, and serve their community together. IMIG fulfills this mission by hosting speaker events featuring UCLA and community residents, fellows, and physicians; setting up shadowing opportunities at Ronald Reagan Medical Center; organizing student participation in service events such as community health fairs; and promoting opportunities for students to submit abstracts to American College of Physicians research competitions.
Head Coordinators: Michael Hui, Ki Wan (Roy) Park, Hannah Riskin-Jones, Kevin Sung Student Advisor: Alexander Yuen, Brent Louie Faculty Advisor: Justin McWilliams, M.D.
This interest group will introduce IR to incoming and current medical students. It is important not only for those considering IR as a career, but also for those going into specialties that interface with IR, such as oncology, cardiology, vascular surgery, and OBGYN.
This interest group will bring in IR physicians to teach and expose students to specific IR techniques, such as image-guided catheter placement.
There are currently 25 IR interest groups in medical schools across the country. Our interest group will allow for students to network with peers with similar interests.
The Society of Interventional Radiology, the professional body for IR physicians, actively encourages student participation by funding summer research and organizing specific programming at national conferences for medical students.
The IR interest group will be a conduit for students to become familiarized with IR faculty and vice versa.
Student Coordinators: Marisela Aguilar, Andrea Araujo, Sean Treacy-AbarcaStudent Advisors: Benjamin Lin, Manan ShahFaculty Advisor(s): Estebes Hernandez, MD and Daniel Kahn, MD
The mission of the Medical Education Interest Group is to educate and empower students who are interested in careers in medical education with the experience and skills to become exemplary clinician-educators, academic administrators, and visionary leaders in the medical field.
Goals and Objectives
With the understanding that learning is a process and that each learner is unique at all stages, it is the objective of this Medical Education Interest Group that participants will move through three domains as appropriate to their developmental stage.
Goal 1 - Medical students will design and implement learning activities (TEACHING)
Within this broader goal, participants will be able to:
1.1 Learn best educational practices in curriculum design, pedagogy, and assessment of learners by obtaining direct teaching experience in a number of modalities and by learning directly from academic mentors.
1.2 Demonstrate measurable progress as a teacher through the interpretation of learner assessments and self-awareness of one’s own limitations and goals for improvement.
1.3 Learn to communicate thoughtful and constructive feedback to learners regarding the quality of their individual contribution, performance, and product.
1.4 Analyze one’s own teaching and learning styles, and reflect on how to best hone strengths as an instructor.
Goal 2 - Medical students will become exemplary leaders (ADMINISTRATION AND LEADERSHIP)
2.1 Identify colleagues, faculty, and community members in the medical education realm with which to form meaningful and collaborative relationships.
2.2 Learn from example the qualities of a successful medical administrative leader, and grasp the daily responsibilities of a medical administrator while simultaneously building one’s own unique core leadership competencies and skills.
2.3 Effectively balance leadership with followership to attain healthy group balance and attain optimal group performance.
2.4 Practice sound leadership principles by taking on opportunities to serve local, national, and international medical communities.
2.5 Design and implement ideas to bring people and resources together to change the status quo of medical education and administration.
2.6 Collaborate with others to develop, articulate, and steward a distinct vision for the future of medical education and administration.
Goal 3 - Medical students will make an impact on medical education through the conduction and communication of scholarly projects (SCHOLARSHIP)
3.1 Identify opportunities to transform medical education through research and scholarship.
3.2 Demonstrate scientific vision through the implementation and presentation of a scholarly project showing creativity, innovation, quality improvement, or research.
3.3 Synthesize and communicate the most significant ideas of their work with clarity and precision.
3.4 Critically analyze peer-reviewed research in the field of medical education.
Student Coordinators: Inactive for 2017-18 academic year Student Advisors: Alexis Woods Faculty Advisor: Katrina Dipple, M.D., Ph.D. Department Website: http://www.genetics.ucla.edu/
The genetics interest group and medical genetics selective serve to educate the students of DGSOM about the current research in the genetics field and the possible career paths in the field of medical genetics. We achieve this goal by hosting 10 lunchtime lectures throughout the year and also offering shadowing experiences in the medical genetics clinic.
Student Coordinator: Minsoo Kim Student Advisor: Rogelio Medina and Steve Zhou Faculty Advisors: Peyman Benharash, MD The goal of the Medical Innovation Interest Group (MIIG) is to assist medical students to incorporate translational research, technology transfer, and business into their future careers. Between a life-saving idea and actually saving lives stands a mountain that few have mapped out and even fewer have successfully crossed - the process of medical innovation. In recent years it has become especially apparent that good ideas alone are insufficient to bring successful medical devices and drugs to market and ultimately into the clinic. Research is popular activity, but how can we take our findings and translate them into real therapies? How can we capitalize on our clinical knowledge to fill important medical needs?
To address these questions, MIIG will promote knowledge of relevant combined degree programs (e.g., MD/MBA, MD/MPH), intellectual property, and technology transfer. Additionally, the Interest Group will interconnect professionals involved in medical innovation (faculty members, the Anderson School of Business, Los Angeles-area VCs and entrepreneurs) with interested medical students.
More broadly, the Interest Group seeks to bridge student interests in academia, clinical medicine, and public health to invention, management, and the real world. The organization seeks to broaden students' perspective about what a career in medicine can entail through tacit understanding of business and promotion of translational research. Competency in such skills is increasingly a prerequisite for leadership in the medical sciences - our aim is to enable medical students to embrace these disciplines and harness them in a medical career.
Student Coordinators: Kelly Darmawan, Matthew Hing Student Advisors: Sung Hyun (Angie) Lim and Julius Weng Faculty Advisor: Eric Curcio, M.D.
The purpose of the UCLA Med-Peds Interest Group (MPIG) is to provide guidance and support for the growing number of students interested in a combined Medicine-Pediatrics residency. MPIG is the only group on campus that gives students access to information about a Med-Peds residency and puts them in touch with physicians in specific fields like transitional care. With more patients with congenital conditions surviving long into adulthood, there is increased demand for physicians who can both treat these patients in their childhood as well as provide them with the unique care they need many years later. MPIG provides students with the opportunity to learn more about career options in this field, and allows them to make connections with current residents and physicians at UCLA. In addition to informal lunch meetings whereby students can hear faculty opinions and ask questions, shadowing opportunities are set up such that students can experience life as a med-peds physician, attend teaching rounds, and interact with the patient population.
MPIG organized different talks throughout the year to inform students about the Med-Peds residency program, the roles that Med-Peds physicians fill, and the differences and advantages of being trained as an internist and pediatrician compared to a career in pediatrics, internal medicine or family medicine alone. We also invited Med-Peds physicians to talk about their experiences and how they are able to continue offering continuity to their pediatric patients, especially those with congenital diseases or with disabilities and as they transition into their adult lives. MPIG is also committed to exposing medical students to the field of Med-Peds by offering mentorship and shadowing opportunities with physicians and residents in the field.
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Student Coordinators: Thien "Billy" Nguyen, John Sheppard, Hiro Sparks Student Advisor: Timothy Bui and Stephanie Wang Faculty Sponsor: Linda Liau, M.D., Ph.D. Department Website: http://neurosurgery.ucla.edu/
To educate students about a career in neurosurgery-the road to residency and the diversity of the various career paths and research that can be chosen within the specialty. To galvanize interest among the students to pursue such a unique career. To connect the neurosurgery department at UCLA and the medical students for mixers, lunch talks, neurosurgery events, and collaboration in research opportunities.
Student Coordinators: Lyolya Hovhannisyan and Jackelyn Moya Student Advisor: Stephanie Gall & Lauren Marshall (Internal Medicine/PGY2)Faculty Sponsor: Wendy Slusser, MD and Lisa Skinner, MD
Nutrition is an important but often underemphasized subject in the basic science curriculum. Some of the most common health problems that patients present with can be managed through proper nutrition. In some cases nutritional counseling and advice on healthy eating might be the only thing a doctor can offer if medications or other medical care are unaffordable. The Nutritional Advising and Counseling Interest Group (NACIG) will equip medical students with the knowledge and skills to counsel patients with a variety of nutritional concerns, taking into account their socio-economic status, age and other determinants. The focus of lunch talks, presentations and workshops is to not only teach students about nutrition and related chronic disorders but to help them apply the skills that they have learned in practical situations.
The goals of NACIG are to:
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Student Coordinators: Eviola Nakhla, Shatara Townes Student Advisor: Mikaela Kelly and Erika Morikawa Faculty Sponsor: Lauren Nathan, M.D. Department Website: http://www.obgyn.ucla.edu
This group is open to anyone interested in becoming familiar with the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Women's Health. We offer resources to educate and support students who are interested in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and serve as a liaison between medical students and The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. We sponsor lectures and panels on topics ranging from the current lifestyle of physicians practicing Obstetrics to the various sub-specialties available in both Obstetrics and Gynecology. In addition, we provide shadowing opportunities with residents at the Center for Health Sciences and with physicians in the community.
Student Coordinators: Thien "Billy" Nguyen, Katherine Sheu, Dr. Andrew Tucker Student Advisors: Prashant Bhat and Cher Huang Faculty Sponsors: Gary Schiller, M.D. OIG Website: Under constructionJCCC Website: http://www.cancer.ucla.edu
The OncIG is a student-run interest group whose mission is to expose first and second year medical students to the oncological medical specialties and provide them with opportunities to engage in discussion and activities related to oncology. To fulfill this mission, OncIG organizes events in the following areas:
1. Career Exploration: we seek to introduce students to the fields of surgical, medical, and radiation oncology and the paths towards these careers.
2. Clinical Experience Opportunities: we seek to provide students with the opportunity to see how oncology is practiced through shadowing and mentorship.
3. Research: we seek to engage students in discussion and innovation in the field of oncology through research-oriented talks as well as providing research opportunities.
4. Community Involvement: we seek to engage with the community through service opportunities.
Student Coordinators: Ben Margines, Farnoosh Vahedi Student Advisors: Tiffany Lin, Naomi So Faculty Advisor: Gary N. Holland, M.D. Department Website: https://www.uclahealth.org/eye/
The Ophthalmology Interest Group (OIG) is a career specialty interest group that is devoted to increasing medical student awareness, exposure and interest in the field of ophthalmology. Our primary partnership is with the Jules Stein Eye Institute Mobile Eye Clinic through which we give students first-hand exposure to the practice of ophthalmology in a clinical and community setting. In addition, we increase exposure to the field through guest speakers and lectures, resident and faculty panels, and shadowing opportunities in the various sub-specialties of ophthalmology
Student Coordinators: Seth Ahlquist, Mohanad Alazzeh, Samuel Clarkson Student Advisors: Jonathan Diaz, Jesse Li Faculty Advisor: Sharon Hame, M.D. Department Website: http://www.ortho.ucla.edu
The Orthopaedic Surgery Interest Group (OSIG) at UCLA is designed for students who are interested in learning more about a career in orthopaedics. Over the course of the academic year, specially selected speakers will address a number of important issues including
- what an orthopaedic surgeon does - what a career as an orthopaedist entails - the different sub-specialties that one could ultimately pursue - the qualities/experiences that make a competitive applicant
Additionally, various research, volunteer, and shadowing opportunities will be offered to interested members. Students who are considering a career in orthopaedics, as well as those who are simply curious about this often misunderstood field, are invited to join.
Student Coordinators: Minsoo Kim, Katherine Sheu Student Advisor: Bryce Bahar, Victoria Sun Faculty Advisor: Elena Stark, M.D., Ph.D.
Many medical students and physicians remember their pathology course in medical school, but are not sure what a practicing pathologist actually does. Our purpose is to expand awareness and interest among students about the field of pathology as well as gain exposure to what a career in pathology entails. This organization also encourages students to consider pathology as a career, and allows interested students to make contacts with faculty and residents. It is the goal of this group to increase awareness, increase interest in the field and to provide a structured forum to gain information about pathology as a career choice. In addition, we plan to hold workshops on microscopy, grossing pathological specimens, and shadowing opportunities with current UCLA pathology residents and attendings. Also we plan to have review sessions on histology and pathology pertinent to Step 1 or Block materials to benefit not only those interested in pathology as a specialty by as a service to all medical students reviewing for upcoming exams and Board evaluations.
Student Coordinators: Andrea Diaz, Adam Pena Student Advisor: Tiffany McClure, Emily Miller Faculty Sponsor: Deborah Lehman, M.D. Department Website: http://pig.dgsom.ucla.edu/
The Pediatric Interest Group (PIG) strives to educate medical students about the vast field of pediatrics by promoting student exploration of pediatrics and its subspecialties, providing opportunities for career guidance, and encouraging awareness of issues pertaining to children and their families. With these goals in mind, PIG hopes to encourage and inspire pursuit of a career in pediatrics. To fulfill this mission the PIG student coordinators work with pediatric residents and faculty to provide several events around the year. Through lunch time lectures, students have the opportunity to learn about and ask questions of pediatrics or experts in pediatric research. Through resident-student mixers, students can learn more abut the pediatric training and ask advice about how to decide if pediatrics is right for them. Through the PIG sponsored shadowing program, interested students are matched to a physician willing to have students spend the day with them in clinic. Through community events students gain exposure to the community of children at large and have the opportunity to give something back.
Student Coordinators: Tracey Hunter, Dan Li Student Advisor: Claire Isidro, Jesse Li Faculty Advisor: Dixie Aragaki, M.D. Department Website: http://www.losangeles.va.gov/internships/pmr/index.asp
Exploration: The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Interest Group (PM&RIG) is dedicated to the education of future physicians about the PM&R specialty and its function within the healthcare system. We accomplish this goal by hosting talks given by PM&R specialists and by arranging clinical skills training sessions. Service: PM&RIG is working with the UCLA Mobile Clinic Project to bring PM&R expertise to underserved population in Los Angeles. Through this opportunity, we give medical students the unique opportunity to simultaneously shadow and learn from PM&R physicians while serving Los Angeles's homeless population. Leadership: PM&R provides leadership opportunities for interested medical students. These leadership opportunities grant students the opportunity to interact especially closely with UCLA faculty and physicians towards a common goal of spreading awareness and interest in PM&R among future physicians.
Student Coordinator: Emily Berthiaume, Kelsey Lipman Faculty Advisor: Jason Roostaeian, M.D.
The Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Interest Group will serve to provide students with a comprehensive introduction to one of the most competitive fields of surgery. The interest group will debunk some of the myths and stereotypes commonly associated with Plastic Surgery, and introduce students to the diversity of opportunities available with a career in this field. The interest group will allow students to network with Plastic and Reconstructive surgeons both at UCLA and in the greater Los Angeles area, allowing the opportunity to establish long-lasting relationships throughout their future career. Speakers in the field will be brought in to help mentor students about the application process for such a competitive specialty, and offer important advice and tips for those considering this career path.
Student Coordinators:Michael Leuchter, Dan Li Student Advisor: Hannah Leo, Aaron Reyes Faculty Advisor: Jessica Jeffrey, M.D.
-The Psychiatry Student Interest Group (PsychSIG) is dedicated to helping its members explore the field of psychiatry and its many subspecialties. Through lunch talks, skills workshops, outings into the community, and easily accessible information about the field, we hope to not only educate, but to expand the student body's interest in the practice of psychiatry.
-We consider mentorship to be a necessary aspect of exploring a career path, and will facilitate mentorship relationships with practicing residents and psychiatrists in the community. These relationships will allow open communication that will enable students to learn more about the lifestyle, day-to-day practice, and training process of psychiatry.
-This group will provide opportunities for leadership to all its members. Members will not only have the opportunity to become the interest group's leaders, but may also hold roles coordinating mentorship and group events.
-PsychSIG at UCLA will continue to be a part of the Psychiatry Student Interest Group Network (PsychSIGN), a nationwide network of medical students interested in this field. Being a part of this network offers our members connections to peers, residents, and practicing psychiatrists all over the country.
Student Coordinators: Hannah Riskin-Jones, Kevin Sung Student Advisors: Anna Afasizheva, Alexander Yuen Faculty Advisor: Theodore Hall, M.D. Department Website: http://www.radiology.ucla.edu
Radiology is a field that lies at the heart of the future of medicine with its rapidly expanding power and potential in diagnostics and guided therapy. The goals of the Radiology Interest Group (RIG) are to introduce medical students to this exciting career path, its different specialties, research opportunities, lifestyle, training, and what it takes to get there!
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Student Coordinators: Samuel Clarkson, Kylie Shaw Student Advisors: Christopher Gonzalez-Alabastro, Julie Van Hassel Faculty Advisors: George Kazanjian, M.D. Department Website: http://www.surgery.ucla.edu/ While many students find themselves drawn to the world of surgery, they often have little idea of which specialty they wish to pursue. The Surgery Interest Group brings together students from a number of different interests, creating a venue for stimulating and challenging conversation among members of the student body, while simultaneously ushering them into the inner-workings of the surgical field. Immersion activities offered include lunchtime talks, preceptorships in the community, shadowing sessions in clinic and operating rooms and discussions on important research subjects including breast, transplant, vascular, cancer and other surgeries. Acting as a networking tool and motivator, our organization hopes to introduce students to their future colleagues and to begin their practical training in the arena they will one day contribute to as physicians.
Student Coordinators: Catherine Durant, Thanh-Liem (TL) Huynh-Tran, Student Advisors: Jerry Lou, Sarah Moore Faculty Advisor: Martina Wiedau-Pazos, M.D. Department Website: http://www.neurology.ucla.edu/ The Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN) chapter at UCLA enables students to learn about and explore neurology and related research. SIGN is affiliated with the American Academy of Neurology, which provides students with opportunities to connect with peers and professionals across the country. Locally, SIGN exposes students to the careers and lives of neurologists, and facilitates connections between medical students and neurology residents, fellows, and attendings at UCLA. SIGN also coordinates with the Department of Neurology to offer a Medical Student Summer Research Program scholarship enabling students to undertake neurological research endeavors at various sites across the country.
Student Coordinators: Candice McCaughey, Abhinav Sharma Student Advisors: Allison Ariniello, Hector Montoya Faculty Advisors: Christopher Giza, M.D., Quynh Pham, M.D., Frank Petrigliano, M.D.
The multidimensional aspect of sports medicine is often overlooked. Although the field universally deals with physical injuries related to sports and exercise, many disciplines contribute to this facet of patient care, including orthopaedic surgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, and primary care. Specifically, the Sports Medicine Interest Group at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA aims to integrate the multidisciplinary approaches of training, research, and clinical practice involved with exercise science and sports medicine. Essentially, the goal is to provide a more holistic perspective of the field by incorporating all relevant disciplines and medical expertise through working with student athletes, physician panels, and research and shadowing opportunities. The multidimensional aspect of sports medicine is often overlooked. Although the field universally deals with physical injuries related to sports and exercise, many disciplines contribute to this facet of patient care, including orthopaedic surgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and primary care. Specifically, the Sports Medicine Interest Group at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA aims to integrate the multidisciplinary approaches of training, research, and clinical practice involved with exercise science and sports medicine. Essentially, the goal is to provide a more holistic perspective of the field by incorporating all relevant disciplines and medical expertise through physician panels, research opportunities, and lunch discussions.
Student Coordinators: John Cabri, Catherine Durant, Danielle Greenberg, Ki Wan (Roy) Park
Ultrafest Coordinators: Esteban Aguayo, Melissa Markowitz Student Advisors: Abbie Hageman, Nikki Kathuria, Gabrielle Mendoza, Sajan Shah, Deanna Wong, Alexis Woods Faculty Advisor: Alan Chiem, M.D.
The goal of the Ultrasound Interest Group (USIG) is to provide opportunities for medical students to receive a more expansive education in ultrasound that they can use during their medical training as well as their careers. Ultrasound is non-invasive, low cost imaging technique that when used appropriately has a high diagnostic power for many common conditions. As medicine moves to reduce unnecessary imaging studies and use safer and more cost effective imaging techniques, clinician performed and generalist ultrasound is becoming increasingly advocated.
Student Coordinators: John Cabri, Ruby Kuang Student Advisors: Christopher Gonzalez -Alabastro, Angela Oh Faculty Advisor: Jonathan Bergman, M.D.
The Urology Interest Group (UIG) is designed to expose medical students to the evolving and diverse field of Urology. While classified as a surgical specialty, Urology is unique because clinical problems encountered by physicians often involve a multidisciplinary approach to treatment including knowledge of internal medicine, pediatrics, gynecology and more. UIG specifically aims to expose first and second year medical students to a field that is underrepresented in the preclinical years of medical education. UIG will aim to provide medical students an avenue to explore changes in the field of Urology in the context of the on going implementation of the Affordable Care Act and an aging population. The group will facilitate interaction between medical students and faculty of the Urology department through research, volunteer and clinical opportunities.
Student Coordinators: John Nesemann, Kylie ShawStudent Advisor: Amy Do, Steve ZhouFaculty Advisor: Brandon Endo, MD
Student Coordinators: Angela Chen, Young-Ji Seo Student Advisor: Angela Oh, Casey Pagan Resident Advisors: Jessica Beth O'Connell, M.D., Avital Harari, M.D.
The David Geffen School of Medicine's Women in Surgery Interest Group (WISIG) is a student-run organization with a commitment to support the professional and personal needs of aspiring female surgeons. WISIG was created to address the increasing interest in surgical careers by female medical students and to enhance the exposure of UCLA's medical students with active female surgeons within the UCLA community.
WISIG's primary focus is to increase the pipeline for female medical students considering careers in general surgery and the surgical subspecialties. WISIG is proud to (1) highlight female surgeons from the university and local community to serve as role models for female medical students, (2) to provide direct mentoring and advising with respect to careers in academic and community practices, (3) to allow for open and guided discussions about specific challenges and tribulations that especially pertain to the woman surgeon and (4) to introduce unique opportunities for research, networking, volunteer work and education within the various surgical fields.
The primary focus of the organization lies within the mentorship of female medical students and the educational dialogue regarding topics readily pertinent to women in surgery. That being said, many issues that are considered "women's issues" are truly issues for the "modern day surgeon." As such WISIG is open to all members of the medical school community regardless of sex, race, sexual-orientation or socioeconomic background, considering therein lies an investment to the advancement of the WISIG mission. Back to top