Brain Interest Group (BIG)
Initially formed in fall 2000 as a forum for ’brainy’ students & faculty alike, BIG has evolved into an experience that enables students to delve into the many fascinating facets of brain & mind: neuroscience, neurology, psychiatry, neurosurgery, neuroradiology – in close partnership with each department.
Over the past 3 years BIG brought Neurosurgery faculty to help teach the BAM skull–base lab; hosted the standing–room–only Stump–the–Professor case that could only be solved by the collaborative efforts of the Neurology Chairman and Psychopharmacology Director; intimate dinner with Psychiatry faculty; and a whimsical exploration of the Museum of Natural History’s Brain Exhibit, Lunch time neuroradiology review for BAM, psych movie night, a list of Neuro/Psych/Neurosurg faculty that have research opportunities, and skull base cadaver dissections with neurosurgery residents, amongst others.
BIG seeks to interface students with the brain in ways both innovative and interactive, whether for cerebral curiosity, career aspirations, or simply for intellectual entertainment.
Geriatrics Interest Group
Geriatric Interest Group aims to stimulate interest in geriatrics and coordinate community service projects related to the elderly. The organization has a threefold vision: lecture series, community service initiatives, and clinical exposure program. Activities in the past have included panel discussions, visits to the Center for the Aging, and discussions on relevant topics such as elder care, elder abuse and hospice care. In collaboration with the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR), GIG helps to recruit medical students for the Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program where students meet every 6–8 weeks to discuss topics related to aging.
Cornell ENT Society (cENTs)
The Cornell ENT Society is a group promoting interest in the field of Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, and Throat). This also includes Head and Neck Surgery, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Head and Neck Cancer, and many other related fields. We offer chances to get to know faculty and residents in the highly ranked ENT program at Cornell, including how to pursue a residency in this competitive field. We also seek to educate medical students about the daily life of an ENT specialist, as well as many other aspects of this fascinating surgical subspecialty.
Emergency Medicine Interest Group
The goal of this group is to introduce medical students to the field of Emergency Medicine through activities, including shadowing and hands–on workshops.
Family Medicine Interest Group
The Family Medicine Interest group serves to provide educational resources for students interested in Family Medicine career path.
Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG)
Internal Medicine Interest Group is focused on supporting students interested in going into the Internal Medicine profession through active communication, volunteer opportunities, and mentoring between internal medicine faculty and WCMC students. To this end, IMIG holds a talk in the fall on the various specialties and practice options stemming from Internal Medicine and a discussion in the spring on how to match into the field. It also sponsors discussions relating to current issues in Internal Medicine that are of special interest. In addition, IMIG provides mentoring programs and shadowing opportunities for students.
OB/GYN Interest Group
The OB/GYN interest group aims to introduce and promote the field of obstetrics and gynecology to Weill Cornell medical students and act as a liaison between students and the Weill Cornell Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Throughout the year, we plan to hold educational events such as book clubs, networking events such as mixers with faculty, and shadowing opportunities in various sub–specialties within obstetrics and gynecology.
Ophthalmology Interest Group
Ophthalmology Interest Group is a community service group run by students where they administer vision screenings at local soup kitchens, senior centers and health fairs. They also take patient histories and perform basic eye exams, organize ophthalmoscope–training sessions, host an introduction to Ophthalmology lecture, glaucoma screenings with ophthalmology residents, operating room and clinic shadowing experiences, cow’s eye suturing workshops, and eyeglass drives.
Orthopedics Interest Group
The Orthopedics Interest Group provides students with the opportunity to learn more about the field and get involved with the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), which is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Each year the group holds a meeting with the surgeon–in–chief and residency director to give students an overview of the work being done at HSS. Additionally, students interested in pursuing a residency orthopedics are invited to a match panel in which 4th year Cornell medical students who have matched into orthopedics offer advice. The OIG also arranges tours of the biomechanics and motion analysis labs at HSS. We also organize an introduction to the HSS summer fellowship for students interested in conducting orthopedics research over the summer.
Pediatrics Interest Group (PedIG)
Pediatric Interest Group is an organization that focuses on recognizing both the medical and psychosocial needs of children. First– and second–year medical students help staff the playroom at the New York Presbyterian Hospital by involving and assisting children with various games and activities. Working with the Burn Unit, medical students read to the pediatric inpatients that are unable to leave their rooms. Volunteers also celebrated Christmas with the patients by organizing and hosting a party. PedIG also invites guest lecturers from various pediatric organizations to speak on relevant subjects to enhance the education of medical students. Medical specialties and/or social and public health issues involving children are topics usually discussed.
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Interest Group
The PMR interest group has a goal of exposing medical students to the field of PMR and providing information about the specialty.
Radiology Interest Group
Our goal is to foster interest in radiology and the subspecialties within radiology. Previous events have included a review session for the second year medical students, a dinner with an interventional radiologist, and a research talk.
Sports Medicine Interest Group
The current goals of the Sports Medicine Interest Group are three fold: to provide health information to the student body about sports injuries, prevention, treatment and care through various lectures and events; to provide information to students about physician opportunities in sports medicine from different specialty areas; and to facilitate research and clinical shadowing experiences for interested students by matching them with mentors in associated areas. In the future, it would like to work with the clinical curriculum department to set up a formal sports medicine rotation as an elective for third– and fourth–year students.
Stimson Surgical Society
We are the main medical student surgical interest group and offer medical students a range of experiences to increase surgical exposure. These include shadowing opportunities, skills workshops, a transplant procurement program, lectures, and panels. Additionally, our programs provide students an opportunity to network with surgical faculty in order to explore potential research opportunities or, more prospectively, career options.
Technology Interest Group
The Student Technology Interest Group is focused on integrating new technology with medical curriculum, and works with faculty and students to develop new projects. We host a Lunch and Learn session where students can demo new apps and make suggestions. The group helps guide and develop new e–curriculum material for the basic science courses.
Urology Interest Group
Expose medical students to the field of Urology while helping students build relationships with attendings, residents, and medical students.