Student organizations

The Wayne State University School of Medicine offers a broad selection of organizations that encourage collaboration and camaraderie among students.

Amigos Médicos

The mission of Amigos Médicos is to help students understand and meet the health care needs of the medically underserved members of the Hispanic community through education and community service. These goals are achieved through medical Spanish language sessions, volunteer experiences in bilingual health care settings such as the Covenant Community Clinic and the Community Health and Social Services Clinic, and travel opportunities to Mexico and South Carolina.

Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association

The Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association promotes awareness of issues that affect Asian/Pacific American medical students and assists others in understanding Asian cultures and lifestyles. The organization sponsors and participates in many university events, such as Ethnic Cultural Week, guest speaker presentations and clothing drives. APAMSA is active in outreach programs to the Asian community in Detroit. Members attend regional and national conferences focused on issues affecting Asian-Americans, including health, immigration and cultural/language barriers.

Black Medical Association/Student National Medicial Association

Founded in 1969, the Black Medical Association is the local affiliate of the Student National Medical Association. The association is one of the oldest and most active student organizations in the Wayne State University School of Medicine. The BMA supports the development of academic excellence and professionalism among African American and minority students, and encourages communication between the school's student organizations and the student body in general.

Institutional Justice and Inclusion Committee

The Institutional Justice and Inclusion Committee, a subcommittee of the Wayne State University School of Medicine Student Senate, advocates for justice, equity, diversity and inclusion throughout the School of Medicine community. The organization values the development and integration of robust longitudinal curriculum, extracurricular programming that educates on all aspects of diversity and inclusion, and analysis of how power and difference shape interactions in medicine. Its mission is to facilitate institutional transformation and empower the community to integrate initiatives and advocate for inclusion and celebration of all marginalized groups by advancing cultural shifts that uphold cultural humility to meet the needs of a diverse body of students and faculty, and integration of health equity and critical consciousness training into curriculum and extracurricular programming.

Latino Medical Student Association 

The Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) at the Wayne State University School of Medicine is committed to addressing issues in health care and medical education in the Latin American community. The LMSA focuses on networking between medical students and medical professionals statewide and nationally, coordinating speakers for cultural events at the School of Medicine, academic support for medical students, community outreach and working with the administration on Latinx concerns.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People in Medicine

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People in Medicine group works to foster an accepting and supportive environment for LGBTQ+ students and their allies in the Wayne State University medical community. This involves establishing professional contacts with LGBTQ+ faculty members, residents and area physicians, educating peers about health and social issues in the LGBTQ+ community by inviting speakers and sponsoring awareness and visibility programs, serving the LGBTQ+ community in metropolitan Detroit through volunteering, increasing awareness about health issues and working with other community organizations to maximize effectiveness.

Native American Student Organization

The Native American Student Organization provides cultural and educational opportunities to Wayne State University and surrounding communities. NASO's goals are to improve communication and outreach, and unite Native American students and allies at WSU and to gain more knowledge of Native heritage and culture while helping to better the community in various ways. Among other efforts, the NASO has advocated for areas on the WSU campus for smudging ceremonies and the recognition of Indigenous Peoples Day.

Women in Medicine and Science

The Women in Medicine and Science group at the Wayne State University School of Medicine aims to advance women at all career levels within academic medicine and science by addressing gender equity, recruitment and retention, awards and recognition, work-life balance and career advancement by actively engaging with all members of the community regardless of gender. WIMS hosts events open to all interested students, faculty and staff within academic medicine and science to help achieve these goals.

Other organizations

More than 70 School of Medicine and many other organizations are in place allowing you to engage with other students of similar passion and interest, and in many cases, while building experiences and connections to aid your career. View the listing of SOM student organizations.

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