Medical Student Interest Groups
These Specialty Interest Groups are supported by Departmental Faculty and give students the opportunity to work hands-on with a staffed physician in their chosen field. The departments also assists in arranging lunchtime lectures to give students a better understanding of a specialty medical profession.
For Student Interest Group information contact, Ms. Tracey Eady at (313) 577-1465.
Dermatology Interest Group
The Dermatology Interest Group is for student doctors attending Wayne State University School of Medicine who are interested in exploring the study of skin. Students will receive the opportunity to meet dermatologists that specialize in dermatopathology, general, pediatric, and cosmetic dermatology. Interested students will be encouraged to seek mentors. The students will participate in group discussion to discuss steps required to successfully match in dermatology, attend grand-rounds, and become familiar with Wayne State University’s Dermatology Department. In general, the group meets 2-3 times per year.
Emergency Medicine Interest Group
The Emergency Medicine Interest Group is for students (Years I-IV) interested in exploring emergency medicine as a career choice. This group was formed to provide an avenue of educational outreach and experience in emergency medicine and health care in general. It provides an opportunity to make contacts in the field and to gain some clinical experience before beginning Year III.
Family Medicine Interest Group
FMIG is a group for students interested in primary care. FMIG sponsors speakers on topics which are not currently taught in most conventional medical curricula, such as; Nutrition, Consumer Health Education, Occupational Health and Managed Care. Potluck dinners involving students, faculty, and guest speakers bring people with similar interests together.
Genetics Interest Group
The Genetics Interest Group focus is to help students learn more about genetics residency programs and the genetics field through shadowing experiences, career lunches, faculty presentations, and outreach activities. We also offer free tutoring to students during the Medical Genetics class. Members can shadow at the General Genetics Clinic, Metabolic Clinic, Reproductive Genetics Clinic, Cancer Genetics Clinic, and Neurogenetics Clinic. Our speakers include Dr. Feldman, the Medical Genetics Residency Program Director (here at Wayne State), and many other faculty members with experience in the genetics field. Genetics is a rapidly growing area of medicine that has lots of exciting opportunities. If you want to learn more about what medical geneticists do, what residency programs are out there and what they offer, or just need some tutoring help during Medical Genetics class, then this is the group for you!
Interest Group in Pathology
The Interest Group in Pathology aims to educate medical students about Pathology and its various sub-specialties. Invited speakers will include staff physicians and residents in Pathology who will address topics of interest generated by the group, raising awareness and interest in this rapidly changing field in the era of personalized medicine. In addition, this group will provide opportunities for networking, mentoring and research in the Detroit area.
Internal Medicine Interest Group
The IMIG gives students an opportunity to learn about the field of Internal Medicine during the pre-clinical first and second years. The Internal Medicine Interest Group provides students with opportunities to meet with practicing internal medicine physicians and residents, and educates the students about career choices in internal medicine.
Interventional Radiology Interest Group (IRIG)
The goal of the Interventional Radiology Interest Group (IRIG) is to provide medical students information about the field of IR. In addition to this, the IRIG will provide educational opportunities, shadowing experience, and clinical skills training and exposure in the field of IR. Furthermore, the IRIG will seek out doctors willing to mentor members of the IRIG and provide advice on working toward a career in IR.
Neurological Surgery Interest Group
The Neurological Surgery Interest Group is for medical students exploring an interest in both clinical and academic neurosurgery. NSIG’s events throughout the year provide students with information on a potential career in neurosurgery through seminars, skills workshops, and other organized activities. NSIG also facilitates access to research opportunities, shadowing/involvement in OR cases, and mentorship by senior Neurosurgeons. The ultimate goal is to discuss and support the steps needed to successfully match into a Neurosurgery Residency Program.
OB/GYN Interest Group
This interest group established in 1996 seeks to familiarize medical students about career choices in OB/GYN and its sub-specialties. The focus is to provide Year I and Year II medical students opportunities and experience through informal hospital rotations and to serve as a networking resource regarding residency opportunities available to students considering OB/GYN as their career choice.
Orthopedic Surgery Interest Group (OSIG)
This interest group seeks to familiarize medical students about career choices in orthopedic surgery and its sub-specialties. The focus is to provide medical students opportunities and experience through meetings with residents and faculty and to serve as a networking resource regarding residency opportunities available to students considering orthopedics as their career choice.
Otolaryngology Interest Group
The ENT Interest Group at Wayne State University School of Medicine provides opportunities for medical students to learn more about Otolaryngology. We organize events to get our students connections and contacts with the faculty and residents at DMC and surrounding hospitals. Our group also routinely advertises research and volunteer experiences available in the department. First and second year medical students can also volunteer in clinics set up through our club to get a first hand exposure to Otolaryngology.
Palliative Care Interest Group
The purpose of this organization is to provide informative and experiential resources to students interested in pursuing a career in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, a field which has been recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) as a subspecialty of then participating boards for a relatively short time – since only September 2006. The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAPHM) states that the goal of palliative care is to prevent and relieve suffering, and to support the best possible quality of life for patients and their families, regardless of their stage of disease or the need for other therapies, in accordance with their values and preferences. Palliative care is both a philosophy of care an organized, highly structured system for delivering care that involves a multidisciplinary team: doctors, nurses, social workers, physical therapists, clergy, and other professionals. Members of PCIG will explore the structure of the palliative care field, end-of-life issues, and their own attitudes toward death and dying via educational seminars, discussions, print resources, and shadowing. Interested members can become volunteers with Hospice of Michigan.
Pediatric Interest Group
Formed in 1995, this interest group seeks to educate medical students about career opportunities in pediatric medicine and its specialties. The group provides to the student body information on community organizations and outreach programs that help children in the metro Detroit area and seek assistance from medical students.
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Interest Group (PM&R)
The mission of this group is to promote student interest in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and it’s subspecialties: Sports medicine, Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Amputee Care, Pediatric Rehabilitation, musculoskeletal medicine, electrodiagnostics, neuromuscular medicine, pain medicine, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, and neuromuscular disorders. We do this by arranging an annual information session for the students with the Residency Program Director from the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan and one of the residents at the beginning of each school year. Students also have the opportunity to watch physician demonstrations, shadow physicians and physical therapists, and participate in a summer observership.
Psychiatry and Neuroscience Interest Group
Formed in 1995, this interest group seeks to educate medical students about the career opportunities in psychiatry. The group provides to the student body information on mental health services in the metro Detroit area.
Radiology in Medicine (RIM)
Established in the spring of 1996, the Radiology Interest Group focuses on developing programs and activities designed to promote interest in radiology as a career choice and fostering an understanding of the relationship between radiology and the primary care fields.
Radiation-Oncology Interest Group
The Radiation-Oncology Interest Group aims to educate students about the field of radiation oncology and residency programs through faculty presentations, shadowing experiences, research opportunities, mentor lunches, practical workshops, and outreach activities. Providing students with a strong network of physicians, residents, and researchers will be our primary goal. This group will aim to raise awareness about this small yet incredible medical specialty.
Rural Medicine Interest Group (RMIG)
The Rural Medicine Interest Group (RMIG) was established in conjunction with the Rural Medicine Curriculum Grant Project to provide students, who are considering eventual rural-based practice, the educational opportunities and professional guidance they will need to make that critical decision.
Surgery Interest Group
The goal of The Surgery Interest Group is to introduce Year I and Year II students to the field of surgery and its associated sub-specialties. This is achieved through clinical lectures presented by various physicians, clinical visits by students and opportunities to observe surgical procedures in the operating room. The club provides those students who are interested in pursuing the field of surgery with information that could help them in their pursuit. The primary goal of the club is to provide information that will be beneficial to students enabling them to make well-researched specialty choice decisions.
Urology Interest Group
The aim of The Urology Interest Group (UIG) is to introduce Year I and Year II medical students to the field of Urology and its subspecialties, including oncology, minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopic and robotic-assisted surgery), pediatric urology, andrology, female urology, endourology, and urolithiasis. This exposure will be achieved through presentations by various urologists, opportunities to observe urological surgery in the operating room, and clinical skills sessions, including simulations with the da Vinci Surgical System and laparoscopic simulators. The group will provide students who are interested in pursuing the field of urology with information that will help them in their pursuit and enable them to prepare for the competitive early match application process. Students will have the opportunity to network through shadowing and research experiences, as well as mentorships with faculty advisors.