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Greetings From National and Regional Organizations

At the David Geffen School of Medicine (DGSOM) at UCLA, national and regional organizations bring together medical students and faculty mentors to advocate for improved awareness, health access, and research for a many causes and foundations.

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  • Presidents: On hiatus for 2022-2023
  • Student Advisors: Isabel Eng, Stewart Fine
  • Faculty Advisors: Rashmi Muller, MD, Christopher Scannell, MD, Isaac Yang, MD
  • Organization Website: AMSA

Mission Statement

DGSOM AMSA aims to create a community of future physicians committed to advocacy and social responsibility. We fulfill our mission and the mission of UCLA medical student organizations by:

  • Supporting student-led advocacy initiatives on and off campus
  • Raising awareness for healthcare policy issues (such as drug pricing) through informational events and advocacy projects
  • Collaborating with other clubs on these projects
  • Organizing voter registration drives to promote civic responsibility among our peers and offer our members opportunities to develop leadership skills
  • Promoting active collaboration with the AMSA national organization through annual convention attendance, correspondence with national leaders, and incorporation of national AMSA resources into our events and initiatives

Mission Statement

The American Medical Association (AMA) and California Medical Association (CMA) Chapter at UCLA DGSOM and CDU is the local chapter of the national AMA and state CMA. The AMA/CMA chapter is dedicated to informing our student body about leadership, health policy, and patient advocacy, as well as major contemporary medical issues at the regional, state, and national levels. We pride ourselves on also transforming policy into action through important initiatives that improve access to high-quality care in our local L.A. community, and resolutions for policy change at the state and national levels. We have written and passed resolutions around preventing ICE from entering hospitals, anti-racism competencies in undergraduate medical education, and LGBTQI patient rights. As part of the AMA/CMA, we hope to cultivate a group of student leaders who can become effective advocates and public figures in the future. Students have the opportunity to attend the AMA National Meetings, CMA State Meetings, and network with prominent residents and physicians who are active policymakers and health services researchers.

  • Co-Coordinators: Victoria Yuan, Kathleen Kilroe, Vidhi Singh, Anais Panossian, Hayoung Ahn
  • Student Advisors: Ayesha Ng
  • Faculty Advisor: Janet Pregler, MD
  • Organization Website: AMWA 

Mission Statement

The American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) is local, national and international organization of over 10,000 students and physicians dedicated to empowering women to lead in the advancement of health for all through leadership, advocacy, education, expertise, community organization, mentoring, and strategic alliances.

At the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, AMWA brings together the perspectives of medical students and faculty mentors to advocate for improved health access, women's health research, women's health education, violence prevention, and increased opportunities for all medical education, regardless of gender, race, socioeconomic status or sexual orientation. Through cooperative community projects, and policy efforts, the men and women of AMWA break down barriers to health and health education in the greater Los Angeles community. Through our selectives, trainings, networking, and mentoring events, AMWA empowers the next generation of physicians to advance women's rights and human rights in the local and national realm, and sensitizes them to the unique psychosocial experiences of women relative to their health, and the health of their families.

Our specific goals are to: 

  • Strengthen and expand the local network of advocates for women in medicine and medical school.
  • Inform the student body of current research and policy in women's health.
  • Raise funds and awareness for the most pressing women's health issues in the United States.
  • Reaffirm our commitment to community service by increasing efforts to provide care for the underserved women of Los Angeles County.
  • Presidents: Hayoung Ahn, Stephanie Komura, Eugene Oh 
  • Community Health Committee Co-Chairs: Mengdong He, Van Nguyen, Sonia Wang 
  • Health Disparities Chairs: Lisa Bang, Randy Tsai 
  • Minority Health Chairs: Giovanni Gamalong, Green Hahm
  • Mentorship Chairs: Lynn Nguyen, Serinee Tran 
  • Student Advisors: Kathleen Trinh, Sally Lee 
  • Faculty Advisors: Alice Kuo, MD 
  • Organization Website: APAMSA
  • Chapter Website: APAMSA at DGSOM
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Mission Statement

The Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA) is a national organization of medical and pre-medical students committed to addressing the unique health challenges of Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) communities. APAMSA serves as a forum for student leaders to engage these health issues and develop initiatives and projects addressing those needs. The local, regional, and national activities of APAMSA aim to promote the health of the APIA community and help healthcare workers understand how to care for APIA patients in a culturally sensitive manner. Finally, APAMSA provides an important venue for medical students to meet, exchange experiences, and develop personally and professionally through leadership and service.

  • Student Coordinators: On hiatus for 2022-23
  • Student Advisors: Desiree Acosta, Logan Gunderson, Sarah Park, Ashley Washington
  • Faculty Advisors: Connie H. Lin, MD, Janet Ma, MD
  • Organization Website: CDMA
  • Chapter Website: CMSA at DGSOM

Mission Statement

The goals of the CMSA are:

  • Create a welcoming environment for medical students to grow in the community and build lasting relationships with each other
  • Offer networking opportunities among healthcare professionals and students and invite speakers in the healthcare profession to share how Christianity has shaped their medical careers (explore careers in medicine)
  • Provide a safe, welcoming space for medical students to reflect and engage in discussions surrounding what it might mean to be a Christian healthcare professional and an advocate for patients (stimulate interest in medical issues; develop leadership and medical advocacy skills)
  • President: Christopher Gonzalez, Melissa Venegas 
  • Treasurer: Lilia Diaz
  • Secretary: Maria Luna
  • Social Media Chair: Julissa Molina-Vega
  • Social Chair: Monica Soto
  • Diversity Representative: Johanna Bedoy 
  • Community Representative: Jacqueline Cabral 
  • UCLA Medical Student Representatives: Gustavo Castellanos, David Pinto, Tre Morales, Osbaldo Camargo 
  • Mentorship Coordinators: Natalie Martinez, Yomara Mendez, Hailey Gonzales, Adan Rodriguez, Gladys Bello
  • Lenox Coordinators: Vanessa De Haro, Alejandro Quinones Balthazar, Stacy Piva, Leslie Nunez, Alejandra Rivas, Kelsey Larios 
  • Student Advisors: Irvin Garcia, Matthew Rios
  • Staff Advisor: Emma Ledesma
  • Faculty Advisor: Erica Lubliner, MD
  • Organization Website: LMSA
  • Chapter Website: LMSA at DGSOM

Mission Statement

The Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science is a network of students, alumni, and health professionals whose mission is to promote the development of Latino students through educational, volunteer, professional and networking opportunities to foster diversity, higher education, and the improvement of the Latino community.

  • President: Nichole Legaspi
  • Education and Advocacy Co-Chairs: Nadir Noor Adra and Sara Fadich
  • Mentorship Chair:  David Pinto
  • Social/Communications Chairs: Raeven Grant, Casey Chun, Lisette Torres
  • Student Advisors: Jordan Peyer, Frank Zhou
  • Faculty Advisor: Allison Diamant, MD
  • Campus Resource Center: UCLA LBGTQ
  • Chapter Website: Pride Alliance at DGSOM/CDU

Mission Statement

The Pride Alliance at David Geffen School of Medicine is a social and support network for UCLA medical students, residents, and faculty who identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ spectrums and allies of equality in medicine. All who are interested in learning more are welcome!

  • NETWORKING Lifting Each Other Up As a student and faculty organization, we strive to provide networking and educational opportunities to connect with health professionals and students. We will facilitate mentoring and both personal and professional growth opportunities for students, faculty, and staff members.
  • ADVOCACY Creating Change As a student organization, we strive to hold the School of Medicine and university communities accountable and educate them about health issues facing LGBTQ+ patient. We will advocate on their behalf for competent and compassionate care. We believe that all physicians, future physicians, and medical personnel should know the health inequities faced by LGBTQ+ communities.
  • SERVICE Helping the Community The LGBTQIA+ community is vulnerable to experiencing health disparities due to societal stigma and discrimination. It is up to us as future health care professionals to address them. We will work closely with the LGBTQ+ community in Los Angeles and at UCLA to address these disparities
  • Student Coordinators: Akshayaa Chittibabu, Amulya Vadlakonda
  • Student Advisors: Juhee Agrawal, Durga Ganesh, Nuha Khalfay, Rohini Nott
  • Faculty Advisor: Tara Vijayan, MD
  • National Organization


Mission Statement

South Asian Medically-oriented Student Association (SAMoSA) is an organization that aims to unify South Asian medical students across the United States. As a chapter of the national South Asian Medical Student Association, we hope to increase interest in and raise awareness of healthcare issues affecting South Asian communities locally and globally and to share the rich South Asian Culture with our peers at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. We also aim to provide support and guidance to medical students of South Asian descent as they enter the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. SAMoSA strives to establish relationships with physicians to gain valuable mentorship, collaborate with other student affinity groups to hold various community-building events, and organize various social and academic events throughout the year, such that students can learn about South Asian culture and health concerns. All students who are interested in learning about South Asian culture through a medical lens are welcome to join.

  • Presidents: Ekaloise Jose, Astrid Sarfo and Ashley Appleton
  • Vice President: Oladunni Adeyiga and Tristan Bennet
  • Treasurer: Bismark Amoh
  • Secretary: Aboubacar Cherif
  • Community and Health Liaison:  Antionette Simmons
  • MAPS Liaisons: De'Andre Guyton and Michael Howard
  • Student Advisors: Shami Mitchel
  • Faculty Advisors: Omai Garner, PhD, Gail Wyatt, PhD
  • Organization Website: SNMA
  • Chapter Website: SNMA at DGSOM

Mission Statement

Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students, addressing the needs of underserved communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent and socially conscious physicians.

SNMA chapters are based at allopathic and osteopathic medical schools throughout the nation, and some colleges, implement our programs and activities locally. SNMA programs are designed to serve the health needs of underserved communities and communities of color. In addition, SNMA is dedicated both to ensuring that medical education and services are culturally sensitive to the needs of diverse populations and to increasing the number of African-American, Latino, and other students of color entering and completing medical school.

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Contact Mary Ann Triest for questions about student organizations, events, or starting a new group. 

Mary Ann Triest, EdD
Director for Student Engagement
Student Organizations