OHEI provides support to medical student groups whose purpose and objectives align with our mission.
We currently sponsor these UMMS student organizations:
The BMA serves as an academic, social, and professional support network for its members, as well as a service organization for the community. We are committed to addressing the special health needs of the African American community, educating ourselves and the greater medical student community on issues of minority health and eliminating racial/ethnic health care disparities.
Doctors of Tomorrow (DOT)
The mission of the Doctors of Tomorrow program is to stimulate interest in medicine and inspire underrepresented medicine students to pursue careers in the health field and to provide them with the skill set that will help them to be successful in this pursuit. The undergraduate branch of DoT will further this mission by offering resources and advice to aid past participants during the college admission process.
First in Family (FIF)
First in Family at the University of Michigan medical school was founded as a response to the unique challenges in the medical school experience. First Generation Low Income (FGLI) students lack the capital, financial resources, and knowledge of the hidden curriculum possessed by non-FGLI peers. Our organization aims to provide FGLI medical students at Michigan with resources to navigate professional development, support financial needs, and build community support for our students.
The Health Equity Scholars Program is a student-driven initiative to create opportunities to learn about and participate in health equity work through reflections on service and an immersion experience in Detroit. Students who are accepted into this program will be required to participate in community service experiences. Allowing students to choose their own experiences will allow for greater commitment on the individual student’s part, as well as greater breadth of discussion.
LANAMA was founded in 1985 to provide a more welcoming and supportive environment for our Native American and Latino/a medical students at the University of Michigan Medical School (UMMS). We recognize the pressing need to address the health disparities of the Latinx and Native American communities and therefore committed to promoting service in these communities. We aim to increase the enrollment, graduation of future leadership of Latinx and Native American medical students, as well as a nurturing atmosphere of la familia.
The primary mission of Medical Students of Middle-Eastern Descent (MSMD) is to serve the Middle-Eastern population in this country and in the Middle East. Founded in 2004 by three first-year medical students, MSMD has become a recognized student organization in the UMMS and Southeast Michigan communities. The MSMD is also affiliated with the National Arab American Medical Association (NAAMA), serving both Arab and Arab-American communities. MSMD provides opportunities for service and mentorship.
OutMD seeks to create a safe space for LGBTQ-identified persons and allies within the medical school to bring awareness to the disparities that LGBTQ-identified persons face in healthcare. We support these aims by hosting regular meetings and sponsoring students to attend conferences related to LGBTQ health disparities. Our activities will create an inclusive atmosphere and provide important knowledge for future physicians when caring for this population.
The Student Diversity Council (SDC) is one of the two governing councils of the University of Michigan Medical School (UMMS). Through education, outreach, and activism, the SDC addresses issues involving Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Justice (DEIAJ) at UMMS and Michigan Medicine.
The United Asian American Medical Student Association (UAAMSA), a chapter of the national APAMSA, seeks to promote awareness of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) health care issues and build a network of AAPIs among our colleagues in the medical field, the Ann Arbor community, and beyond. To achieve this, we organize health and cultural fairs, volunteer in local clinics, provide physician and student mentors, and plan social events. Membership is open to anyone interested in AAPI health, regardless of ethnicity.