Student Organizations

Student Government

Associated Students of the School of Medicine (ASSM) - The School of Medicine's Student Governing Body. (Website requires login to Group Portal.) Contact

Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) - GPSA develops, promotes, and regulates professional and graduate student governments and activities.

Student Medical Education Council (SMEC) - SMEC is a standing committee of the Bridges Executive Operations Committee, which provides oversight and make recommendations for curriculum change to the Committee on Curriculum and Educational Policy. SMEC encourages student participation in, and learning about, medical education; to facilitate adoption of student-driven initiatives; and to engage students in key updates, communications, and feedback sessions. Contact: Committee Co-Chairs, Zachary Brown, Class of 2024, Delaney Tevis, Class of 2025, Sophia Wang, Class of 2026 & Allison Chang, Class of 2027.

Registered Clubs & Organizations

Registered Clubs & Organizations (RCOs) cover a broad range of interests, including educational, social, cultural, artistic, recreational, political and spiritual. Any volunteer organization whose membership is comprised primarily of UCSF students, faculty, and/or staff may apply for registration. For more information on registration, benefits, and a complete list of RCOs, please visit this website.

Interest Groups

Getting involved with interest groups is a great way for students to learn more about various careers in medicine. Students connect with faculty, community physicians, residents, and senior medical students to learn more about: career and professional options, career lifestyles, research and educational opportunities, shadowing opportunities, schedule planning, residency application tips/resources.View current list of Interest Groups on this website.


Group Name Faculty Advisor & contact email if any
Anesthesia Interest Group Joyce Chang
Black Men in Medicine Rosny Daniel
Brain Interest Group Alexandra Nelson
Dermatology Interest Group
Ryan Arakaki
Emergency Medicine Interest Group Aaron Harries
Family Medicine Interest Group Margo Vener
Global Cancer Interest Research Group Katherine Van Loon
Global Surgery Student Alliance at UCSF Health Michael Lipnick
Health Technology Interest Group
Aenor Sawyer

Internal Medicine Interest Group
Cindy Lai
Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group Anand Dhruva
Muriel Steele Society Medical Student Committee
Obstetrics and Gynecology Interest Group OBGYN MedEd Team
Oncology Interest Group Michelle Hermiston
Orthopaedics Interest Group Nikki Schroeder
Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Interest Group Patricia Loftus
Pathology Student Interest Group
Rageshree Ramachandran
Plastic Surgery Interest Group Scott Hansen
Point-of-Care Ultrasound in Health Sciences Education (POCUS) Sally Graglia
Psychiatry Interest Group at UCSF
Descartes Li
Society of Women in Medicine Catherine Lomen-Hoerth
Student National Medical Association
Denise Davis
Students for Organized Medicine Jack Resneck
Surgery Interest Group
The Healer's Art Thomas McNalley