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

Logan Hickey

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New Student Organization Request Form

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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 the Casino Night Charity Toast and Caduceus Ball.

Contacts: Lauren Harris and Mason Johnson 


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.

Priya Mohan (Lexington Campus)
Jessica Lienesch (Northern Kentucky 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: Isaac Domenech-Gonzalez and Daniel Cooper

Medical Alumni Association

The mission of the University of Kentucky Medical Alumni Association is to foster an active, lifelong fellowship among alumni through mutual service and support with the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.

Contacts: Madison Dressler, Austin Eirk, and Lan Jiang

Medicine Student Ambassador Program

The Medicine Student Ambassadors is a group dedicated to promoting the interests of medicine throughout the Commonwealth.  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.

Doug Nash (Bowling Green Campus)
Madi Ginn, Shelley Stiltner, and Nicholas White (Lexington 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 Medical Alumni Association, and other interested individuals.

Doug Nash (Bowling Green Campus)
Jodi Llanora, Hares Patel, and Mark Sirriano (Lexington Campus)

American Association of 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: Carter Baughman, Marshall Herbst, and Jodi Llanora

American Medical Association/Kentucky Medical Association Medical Student Section (MSS)

MSS strives to be medical students' leading voice for improving medical education and advocating for the future of medicine. Each section and its dedicated members serves as the basic unit 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.

Rachel Whittaker (Bowling Green Campus)
Patrick Osterhaus and Alex Thebert (Lexington Campus)
Giannina Rokvic (Northern Kentucky Campus)

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: Gabrielle Chamlee and Jane Mbeng Ako

Students for a National Health Program (SNHP)

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

Contact: Travis Combs

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.

Contact - Emmanuel Dike-Udensi


Specialty Interest Groups

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

Anesthesiology Interest Group     

Contact: Austin Stratton and Ross Owen

Cardiology & Cardiothoracic Surgery Interest Group (Cardio/CT Surgery)

Contacts: Gabrielle Chamlee and Stuart Jones

Dermatology Interest Group

Contacts: Zachary Tarter and Elizabeth Abigail Recktenwald

Doane Fischer Pediatric Interest Group

Contacts: Hannah Fugate, Hannah Latta, and Ally Howard

Emergency Medicine Interest Group

Contacts: Anna Grandinetti and Laura Westneat

Emergency Medicine Interest Group (Bowling Green Campus)

Contact: Morgan Uebelacker

ENT (Otolaryngology Interest Group)

Contact: Curtis Bethel and Jack Laureano

Family Medicine Interest Group 

Contact:  Adam Caskey

General Medical Interest Group (Bowling Green Campus)

Contact: Connor Donley

General Surgery Interest Group (Bowling Green Campus)

Contact: Devin Morrow

Global Surgery Student Alliance

Contact: Sam Fugate

Hospice and Palliative Care Interest Group

Contact: Kylie Colvin

Infectious Disease Interest Group

Contact: Grant Austin

Internal Medicine Interest Group

Contact: J.T. Henderson

Internal Medicine Interest Group (Bowling Green Campus)

Contact: Kristen Miller

Interventional Radiology Interest Group

Contact:  Michael Nisiewicz

Med-Peds Interest Group

Contact: Joslyn Isaac

Neurosurgery Interest Group

Contact: TBD

Northern Kentucky Medical Interest Group (Northern Kentucky Campus)

Contact: Amanda Schleper

OB/GYN Interest Group

Contacts: Darington Richardson and Jenna Yamamoto

Oncology Interest Group

Contact: Blaine Patty

Ophthalmology Interest Group

Contact: Ryan Harpole 

Orthopaedic Interest Group (Sawbones)

Contact: Meredith Murphy

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Interest Group

Contact: Alex Turner

Procedure Interest Group (Northern Kentucky Campus)

Contact: Durham Colohan 

Psychiatry Student Interest Group

Contact:  Lydia Livas

Radiology Interest Group

Contact: Asir Chishti

Research Interest Group (Northern Kentucky Campus)

Contact: Rebecca Waugh

Student Interest Group in Neurology

Contact: Jessica Creager

Ultrasound Interest Group

Contacts: Lan Jiang and Victoria Vorholt

Urology Interest Group

Contact: Anand Prabhu

Ward O. Griffen Surgical Society

Contact: Thomas Amburn

Wilderness Medicine Interest Group

Contact: Jeremy Miller

Women in Medicine Interest Group (Bowling Green Campus)

Contact: Dixi Secula


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

Association of Women Surgeons

Contact: Kristina Pond

Business in Medicine

Contact: Jon Vincent

Catholic Medical Association

Contact: Carolyn Haugh


Contacts: Faiza Hassan and Beth Hansen

Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA)

Contact: Eli Travis

Exercise and Medicine 

Contact: Sarah Ashley

Future Professionals in Global Health (Previously CONMIGO, GHA)

Contact: Hussain Siddiqi

Medical Students for Choice

Contact: TBD

Military Medicine

Contact: Rachel Cox

UKCOM FunRuns Club

Contacts: Heather Feese and Molly Stoddart


Contacts: Logan Eslinger

Wildcat Wellness Group (Bowling Green Campus)

Contact: Reece Dempsey