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Community Service Student Initiatives/Organizations

A variety of opportunities to be involved in the local community by volunteering at hospitals, shelters and clinics; delivering tobacco-awareness programs in local middle and high schools; and staffing the annual Community Health Fair. For more information, click the club you are interested in.

  • Alpha Omega Alpha AOA
  • AΩA's mission is to be a rising voice for professionalism, for advocating the highest ethical standards in medicine, for recognizing the importance of optimal patient care, and for emphasizing the need for continuing scholarship and academic achievements. AOA is not only a shining example of what a medical student should be but also provides students with resources and tools to achieve the lofty goals that are the pillars of this organization. View NYMC AOA chapter website.

  • Cancer Education and Awareness Program
  • The Cancer Education and Awareness Program (CEAP) is a student-run educational program dedicated to optimizing tobacco awareness in local middle schools and high schools. This program has been giving presentations to local science and health classes for the last three years. The presentations approach lung cancer and tobacco use from a biological standpoint, giving medical students the unique opportunity to educate local students about the biological and chemical basis of lung cancer and cigarette smoking. Our goals are also to encourage students to assess their behavior, and to empower them to share what they have learned with family and peers. As part of the program, students may also voluntarily complete our study. The study, in the form of a pre and post presentation questionnaire, is meant to assess the students' responsiveness to this type of presentation and to determine our effectiveness in accomplishing our aims. It is our hope that we are significantly improving students' knowledge related to tobacco use and negative health outcomes.

  • Community Health Fair
  • Come and sign-up to volunteer for the Community Health Fair in September and April! We're looking for anyone who'd be interested in getting involved as organizers and/or volunteers. The fair includes a health screen, a patient education section, and fun activities for kids and more. This isn't a club, but rather an event put on by the student body as a way for us to give back to the local community. You don't have to have an MD after your name to make a difference. We'll have a signup sheet at the Club Fair with more information!

  • Foundations (Medical Student Community Outreach)
  • The goal of our club is to promote health awareness by providing health education sessions to residents of homeless shelters, specifically Grasslands Homeless Shelter, in the Westchester area.

  • Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS)
  • The Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) honors senior medical students, residents, role-model physician teachers and others who have "demonstrated excellence in clinical care, leadership, compassion and dedication to service." Another part of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, the GHHS aims to elevate the values of humanism and professionalism within the field of medicine. Membership to the society is intended to not only honor those involved but to promote the ideals of humanism in medicine through community service, mentorship, role-modeling and other initiatives.

  • La Casita de la Salud
  • La Casita de la Salud is a student-run clinic focused on meeting the needs of the uninsured and undocumented adult populations of East Harlem. Our goal is to improve health outcomes by providing quality culturally competent care regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, nationality, or ability to pay. We emphasize preventative medicine through patient-centered care and education. With the aid of quality indicators, we strive to be a model of efficiency and cost-effectiveness in the achievement of the aforementioned goals. Through our organization's cultural competency and increasing of access to healthcare for uninsured and undocumented residents, we hope to help bridge the pervasive health disparity gap in our healthcare system.

  • NYMC Center for Human Rights
  • The NYMC Center for Human Rights provides forensic medical evaluations to asylum seekers and human trafficking victims, a critical component in determining their asylum/legal protective status in the United States. In partnership with volunteer physicians and My Sister’s Place, a local human rights organization, this clinic provides much-needed services in Westchester county to individuals seeking protections.

  • Project Sunshine
  • Project Sunshine at NYMC is a chapter of the national organization dedicated to helping children and their families facing medical challenges. This group primarily volunteers at Blythdale, a home for severely handicapped children, and at the Infusion Center at Maria Fareri Children's Hospital. Volunteers will be able to help plan and host holiday parties and arts and crafts days at these sites, as well as schedule times to visit and cheer up children while they undergo infusion procedures. Another fun event hosted by Project Sunshine is a raffle held in the fall, to which proceeds are donated to organizations for helping children. We will be holding an information session at the beginning of the school year, and hope to see everyone there!

  • Woodfield Cottage Volunteers
  • The goal of the Woodfield Cottage volunteering program is to foster volunteer opportunities for medical students by mentoring troubled youths. This program serves to promote leadership, respect, and compassion for others by allowing them to work with different people from different walks of life. Our activities include basketball tournaments, mural painting, creative writing, and trivia about Black History Month and current events. In addition, we annually host a Christmas party for the youth who cannot be home for the holidays with their families. We aim to provide the kids with opportunities that take their minds off being at the detention center, allowing them to focus on being kids rather than the many challenges they often face.

For additional information on any of our clubs or student activities please contact the Dean of Student Activities at (914) 594-4491.