Student Organizations

The UK College of Medicine offers a variety of student organizations, clubs, and specialty interest groups for medical students to engage with peers, hone their professional skills, and explore specific interests within medicine during their educational experience. Involvement in these groups can help medical students develop into more well-rounded physicians.

Below is a list of active organizations approved by the Office of Medical Education. Each organization, specialty interest group, and club includes the name of a designated contact. General questions about student organizations can be sent to:

Student Affairs Contact

Ashlee-Nicole Hamilton

Student Contact

Vivek Shah

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• Medical Student Government Association (MSGA)  

MSGA is the governing entity for the medical student body.  MSGA acts as a liaison between administration and students, offers guidance and financial assistance to those medical student groups who meet the membership requirements, and sponsors special events of the college such as Casino Night Charity Toast and Caduceus Ball.   

Contacts: Ashley Dawson and Patrick Osterhaus

• Resilient  

This group creates programs and resources to make personal wellness a priority for all students. In order to provide compassionate, empathetic, and humanistic care to patients, medical students and doctors must take care of themselves first. The end goal is to be well, and do good.  


Sandro Pasagic (Lexington Campus)   

Jessica Lienesch and Krista Murphy (Northern Kentucky Campus)  

Abbigayle Willgruber and Tayla Nathoo (Bowling Green Campus)

• Salvation Army Clinic (UKSAC)  

The UKSAC is a free clinic run by medical students from the University of Kentucky. The mission is to assume a leadership role in improving the health and well-being of the uninsured adult population in Lexington by providing free medical services and increasing awareness of local health care resources.  

Contacts: Rebika Khanal and Angelica Solomon

• Medicine Student Ambassador Program (College of Medicine Student Ambassador Program)  

The Medicine Student Ambassadors is a group dedicated to promoting the interests of medicine throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  The group encourages prospective students and their families regarding health professions and medical educational opportunities, and advocates for educational opportunities in areas of Kentucky that are medically underserved.  


Shey Trent (Lexington Campus) 

Doug Nash (Bowling Green Campus)

• Dean’s Student Committee on Admissions  

The Dean's Student Committee on Admissions helps lead medical campus tours throughout the year for interviewees, student organizations, the UK College of Medicine alumni association, and other interested individuals.  


Kirsten Richards, Rebecca Higdon, and Skylar King (Lexington Campus)

Ashley Childress (Northern Kentucky Campus)

Julia Johnson (Bowling Green Campus)

• Association of American Medical Colleges Organization of Student Representatives (OSR)  

OSR represents medical students nationwide and provides an active role for students in advancing the AAMC mission to improve the nation’s health. Additionally, the OSR seeks to ensure that students actively participate in directing their education, preserving their rights, and delineating their professional responsibilities. To this end, the OSR gives medical students a voice in academic medicine at the national level and strives to foster student involvement and awareness in this arena at a local level. 

Contacts: Marshall Herbst, Jodi Llanora, and Christy Sharrer

• American Medical Association/Kentucky Medical Association Medical Student Section (AMA-MSS)  

The American Medical Association Medical Student Section (AMA-MSS) strives to be the medical students' leading voice for improving medical education and advocating for the future of medicine. Each section and their dedicated members serve as the basic units for community service activities, grassroots advocacy on issues important to medical students and physicians, medical student representation in the AMA policy-making process and AMA membership recruitment and retention.  


Co-Presidents: Curtis Bethel and Joshua Musalia
Vice President: Abby Durbin
Bowling Green: Zack Lewis and Rachael Whittaker
Northern Kentucky Campus: Margo Nelis

• American Medical Student Association (AMSA)  

AMSA is a student-governed, national organization committed to representing the concerns of physicians-in-training.  AMSA is a vital force of future physicians who believe that patients and health professionals are partners in the management of health care and that access to high-quality health care is a right and not a privilege. Student idealism is transformed into meaningful public service, innovation and institutional change.  

Contact: Madison Lane

• American Medical Women’s Association Advocates (AMWA)  

AMWA is an organization that functions at the local, national, and international level to advance women in medicine and improve women's health. We achieve this by providing and developing leadership, advocacy, education, expertise, mentoring, and strategic alliances.  

Contacts: Ashami Athukorala, Hana Kebede, and Rebeckah Fairchild  

• Students for a National Health Program  

SNaHP is a chapter of a national organization whose goal is to promote and advance the cause and case for a universal comprehensive healthcare program and to provide opportunities for education about the merits of a universal comprehensive health care program.    

Contact: Hannah Fancher 

• Student National Medical Association (SNMA)  

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 programs are designed to serve the health needs of underserved communities and communities of color.   

Contacts: Emmanuel Dike-Udensi and Kaylin Batey


Specialty Interest Groups 

Involvement in the specialty interest groups provides students with insight into the various fields of medicine.  Groups encourage students to join.  


Anesthesiology Interest Group   
Contacts: Merry Krueger and Ashami Athukorala Cooper  

Anesthesia and Pain Management Interest Group (Bowling Green) 
Contact: Ibraheem Murtaza 

Cardiology & Cardiothoracic Surgery Interest Group (Cardio/CT Surgery) (CCIG)
Contact: Stuart Jones  

Cardiology Interest Group (Bowling Green)
Contact: Jacob Nanney 

Dermatology Interest Group
Contacts: Chase Thornton and Mike Fritz 

Dermatology and Plastic Surgery (Bowling Green)
Contacts: Julia Johnson

Diagnostic Imaging Interest Group (Bowling Green)
Contact: Nick Coffey

Doane Fischer Pediatric Interest Group
Contacts: Caroline Conroy and Nicole Martin

Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG)
Contacts: Ana Grandinetti and Sarah Johnson 

ENT (Otolaryngology Interest Group)
Contacts: Jacob Crouch and Kaylin Batey

General Medical Interest Group (GMIG)-Bowling Green Campus
Contact: TBD

Global Surgery Student Alliance (GSSA)
Contact: Carly Nunamaker  

Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG)
Contacts: Nicole Robertson and Tyler Shimfessel

Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG)-Bowling Green Campus
Contact: Jacob Nanney

Military Medicine Interest Group
Contacts: Rachel Cox  

Med-Peds Interest Group
Contacts: Kaylee Gouge and Daniel Cooper

Neonatology Interest Group
Contacts: Skylar Hargrove, Madilyn Limeberry, and Madison Reed

Northern Kentucky Medical Interest Group (NKMIG)
Contact: Samantha Neanover 

OB/GYN Interest Group
Contact: Katherine Stockham 

OB/GYN Medicine Interest Group - Bowling Green Campus
Contacts: Sydnie Jamison, Savannah Duckworth, and Jonnah McManus 

OB/GYN and Women’s Health Interest Group - Northern Kentucky Campus
Contact: Emily McCord 

Oncology Interest Group
Contact: Madi Ginn  

Orthopaedic Interest Group (Sawbones)
Contact: Taylor Bradley 

Orthopedic Surgery Interest Group (Sawbones) - Bowling Green Campus
Contact: Vivek Shah 

Otolaryngology Interest Group (Bowling Green)
Contact: Chase Rawles 

Pathology Education and Research Interest Group (Bowling Green)
Contact: Melissa Hofmann 

Pediatric Interest Group (Bowling Green)
Contacts: Shannon O’Hara and Katherine Citak Phelps 

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Interest Group
Contact: Adam Goddard and Benji Headley   

Procedure Interest Group
Contacts: Durham Colohan (Northern Kentucky Campus) 

Psychiatry Student Interest Group (PsychSIG)
Contacts: Patrick Osterhaus   

Psychiatry Interest Group (Bowling Green)
Contact: Abbigayle Willgruber 

Radiology Interest Group (RIG)
Contacts: Asir Chishti and T.J. Libecap  

Research Interest Group — Northern Kentucky
Contacts: Holly Hatfield and Callen Conroy  

Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN)
Contact: Sumeer Brar  

Ultrasound Interest Group (USIG)
Contact: Priya Mohan

Ward O. Griffen Surgical Society (WOGSS)
Contact: Mark Sirianno 

Infectious Disease Interest Group (IDIG)
Contact: Makayla Arnett  

Wilderness Medicine Interest Group (WMIG)
Contact: Andrew Chavez



 Various local clubs provide opportunities for students to explore different interests within the broad field of medicine. 


Association of Women Surgeons
Contacts: Kristina Pond and Kaitlyn Samuels  

Contacts: Christy Sharrer, Beth Hansen, and Emma Gosser 

Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA)
Contact:  Greg Watts 

Critical Care Interest Group 
Contact: Zack Sweeney 

DanceBlue Interest Group 
Contact: Hannah Freibert, Emily Hulette, and Caroline Heltsley 

Medical Students for Reproductive Health and Justice 
Contacts: Annabel McAtee, Christa Saelinger, and Taylor Bradley 

Future Professionals in Global Health (Previously CONMIGO, GHA)
Contacts: Daniel Yun

Contact: Taylor Bradley

Contacts: James Cloud and Ariel Porter

Vitals Club
Contacts: Katelyn Cox