Student Interest Groups
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion aims to recruit, retain and increase the number of underrepresented students enrolled in the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Student Interest Groups that are supported by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion include the American Medical Women’s Association, Asian Pacific American Medical Association, Latino Medical Student Association, MedLambda: LGBTQIA+, Student National Medical Association and Social Justice in Medicine.
American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA)
The Keck chapter of the American Medical Women’s Association provides support and resources along with mentorship and leadership opportunities to women in medicine. Our goal is to empower women to lead in improving health for all within a model that reflects the unique perspectives of women.
Asian Pacific American Student Association (APAMSA)
The Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association addresses the unique health challenges of Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) communities and connects students from all backgrounds with APIA culture. Our mission is to promote the health of the APIA community and help healthcare workers understand how to care for APIA patients in a culturally sensitive manner. The group is also involved in community outreach and mentorship opportunities.
Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA)
The Latino Medical Student Association unites and empowers medical students through service, mentorship and education to advocate for the health of the Latino community.
Medlambda seeks to create an educational environment that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, asexual members (LGBTQIA+) and allies of the USC Health Sciences Campus and advocate for equitable and culturally competent healthcare for the LGBTQIA+ community at large.
Social Justice in Medicine (SJM)
The mission of Social Justice in Medicine is threefold:
1) Support the experiences and growth of students from historically marginalized communities, 2) promote awareness and education related to determinants of health in our surrounding community as well as in greater society, and 3) empower future physicians to be agents of progressive social change.
Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
Student National Medical Association 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.