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Student Groups in the School of Medicine

The following Student Groups in the School of Medicine are service-based.


Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA)

The Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA) is a national organization that aims to address health issues important to Asians and Asian Pacific Americans. The Johns Hopkins chapter serves primarily medical students of the JHUSOM although involvement from nursing, public health, and other students is welcome. The mission of APAMSA is to unite students who are interested in health issues that affect Asian Americans in order to create a strong, collective, public voice. Focus areas include direct promotion of the well-being of the Asian community through service as well as helping health care workers serving these communities to understand how best to care for their patients in a culturally sensitive manner. APAMSA provides a forum for APA medical students and faculty to meet, exchange information and experiences, and develop professionally. National APAMSA goals include Hepatitis B education and immunization and bone marrow donor registration. The local chapter offers unique opportunities such as blood pressure screenings, medical Chinese classes, and various social and cultural events. For more information, visit the website:

Bamboo Sprouts

Bamboo Sprouts is a novel program aimed at providing cultural engagement, health education and mentorship to trans-racial adopted children from Asian countries living in the greater Baltimore area. The fundamental goal of the program is to allow Asian adoptees to gain an appreciation of their own unique hybridity through an understanding of their Eastern heritage in a Western environment while exposing them to innovative ways for healthy living that stem from Asian culture. Participants will also be able to meet and share experiences with older Asian American mentors and explore psychosocial topics that will help them grow and learn in their unique environments.

Charm City Care Connection SOM Student Group

Charm City Care Connection is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded and operated by Baltimore medical, undergraduate, and graduate students in collaboration with community leaders in East Baltimore with the goal of reducing health inequities by helping East Baltimore residents obtain and maintain access to high quality health care and social services. Charm City Clinic has serves the East Baltimore community by providing free preventative health screenings, health insurance and social service counseling, and extensive follow up. Longitudinal care is provided to every patient who receives service at the clinic.

Community Care Initiative (CCI Health Fair)

The Community Care Initiative (CCI) is East Baltimore’s largest and longest running health fair, thriving on its thirteenth year. Each spring the CCI Health Fair, hosted by Israel Baptist Church, unites East Baltimore and the surrounding community with current and future health providers and professionals. Last year, a group of 12 core volunteers and over 80 one-time volunteers arranged and implemented the entire fair, which reached over 250 community members. Last year, more than 20 local, state, and national health organizations such as free clinics, non-profit and government-run insurance groups, disease-based advocacy groups, and representatives of housing, employment, and legal agencies were in attendance. Some of the organizations represented in the past included Baltimore Health Access, Teen Health, Cancer Awareness, the Baltimore City Health Department, and the Office of Congressman Cummings. In addition to reaching out to many local community members, CCI has partnered with the Mattie B. Uzzle Outreach Center to provide basic health and hygiene supplies to a group of local homeless mothers and their children.

Community Conferencing Student Group

The Community Conferencing Center (CCC) is a conflict transformation and community justice organization that provides ways for people to safely, collectively and effectively prevent and resolve conflicts and crime. The Community Conferencing student group at SOM aims to assist in this work by recruiting students for training with the CCC and providing broader knowledge sharing among the student population on the work and outcomes of the organization.

Harriet Lane READS

Harriet Lane READS is a volunteer program that strives to make the waiting room of Harriet Lane Clinic, Hopkin's pediatric clinic, a fun and literacy-rich environment. Our volunteers read aloud to the children as they wait for their appointments, and provide literacy-themed material to decorate the clinic. By donating their time, volunteers not only engage with children from the local community, but also model to parents the importance of reading aloud to their children every day.

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. Our vision is "Unifying medical students to promote Latino health." We aim to increase community involvement with the minority population and foster professionalism in the Hispanic medical school program. Some projects we are currently working on are with Esperanza Center, as well as mentorship programs with the undergraduate campus, and education focusing on Hispanic students in elementary/middle schools. 

Medical Student Christian Fellowship (MSCF)

The mission of MSCF is to create a community that empowers Hopkins medical students to learn more about Christianity or grow in their walk with Christ through weekly bible studies along with regular prayer times, campus kindness/outreach events, holiday potlucks, social events, faculty networking dinners, and connecting people with local churches. We volunteer at various organizations throughout the city like helping with food distribution at the Compassion Center and helping with landscaping at The Samaritan Women Institute for Shelter Care.

MERIT SOM Student Group

MERIT (Medical Education Resources Initiative for Teens) is an organization dedicated to identifying Baltimore City's highest performing high school sophomores who have the potential and desire to attend medical school but may lack the resources necessary to reach their goals. MERIT provides a variety of opportunities to propel these students on their trajectory to medical school, including two summer internships (clinical and research experiences at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and the National Institute of Drug Abuse), weekly SAT tutoring, problem-based learning lessons about body systems and medicine, and college admissions guidance. More information about MERIT can be found on their website:

Ophthalmology Interest Group (OIG)

The Ophthalmology Interest Group (OIG) strives to provide students with exposure to the clinical, technical, and research aspects of ophthalmology throughout their preclinical and clinical education. The OIG is responsible for hosting a number of events that provide the means for students to network with residents and faculty, practice technical skills (including corneal suturing and using the slit lamp), and learn about ophthalmology, research and the match process from current 4th year students. As there is simply not enough time in the preclinical and clinical curricula for all students to explore the field of ophthalmology, we believe it is important to provide students with numerous opportunities to get early exposure to the field, identify potential interests and connect them with the appropriate resources for research, clinical education and mentoring.

Refugee Health Partners

Refugee Health Partners (RHP) is a student partnership with the International Rescue Committee of Baltimore and its Special Health Needs Program, which assists newly arrived refugees and asylees presenting with chronic and/or complex medical conditions. Serious health conditions are often compounded by difficult living conditions overseas and lack of access to necessary medical care and can be further exacerbated by barriers to healthcare access in the U.S. The program focuses on three primary objectives: intensive medical care coordination, ensuring timely access to culturally competent care, and client empowerment. RHP facilitates the enrollment of a select group of first-year students to serve as year-long volunteer "health partners" in the program (from January of their first year through December of their second year, coincident with the Longitudinal Clerkship program), through which they become paired with refugee patients in teams of three. These teams then work together to follow the refugee patient across multiple providers (attending clinic visits whenever possible and visiting the patient at the home) and report regularly on the patient's progress to the Special Health Needs Care Coordinator at the IRC. Group members come together on a monthly basis for reflective sessions and faculty and expert-facilitated discussion on a range of topics within refugee health.

Supporting Hospitals Abroad with Resources and Equipment (SHARE)

S.H.A.R.E. is an organization that recovers useful medical supplies that would otherwise be discarded in order to donate them to developing countries. The program is entirely managed by volunteer students and other Johns Hopkins community members who use their spare time to collect, sterilize, label, sort and package medical supplies. Most recovered materials come from the operating rooms in clean, usable condition but cannot be reused at Hopkins because of current regulations or surgical practices. The program is run through flexible shifts and task assignments; volunteers can contribute as much time as they want, from one shift per month to serving on the group's managing board. The room is always open and you can help anytime, an ideal opportunity if you want to help but do not want to commit to a specific time and day every week. You can make your own schedule according to your availability. S.H.A.R.E. is a fantastic way to give a little of your time to have a large impact on the health of people around the world, and we hope you'll join us.

Student National Medical Association (SNMA)

The following are community service activities of the Student National Medical Association:

SNMA Brotherhood Alliance for Science Education (BASE)

The BASE Program is an initiative run by medical students in the Johns Hopkins Student National Medical Association (SNMA) chapter. BASE is devoted to working with young men from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine who demonstrate the potential to improve academically and grow personally and professionally with the support that we offer. We meet weekly on Hopkins’ medical campus for events including, but not limited to: tutoring, PSAT/SAT prep, leadership skill development, college and scholarship searches, and college and scholarship essays. In addition to our weekly 4-hour academic enrichment/social engagement sessions, we also provide supplementary activities that expand beyond the classroom, such as trips to the annual medical education conference (AMEC).

SNMA Community Adolescent Sex Education (CASE)

The Sexual Health Awareness program is designed to educate teenagers at Dunbar Middle School about their bodies and about the positive use and expression of sexuality. It is intended to increase self-esteem, improve relationships, and decrease the incidence of teen pregnancy and the spread of STDs. This program, coordinated by SNMA, includes non-SNMA members from all classes at the School of Medicine. Leaders of the CASE program coordinate activities with the administration of Dunbar Middle School and recruit SOM students to serve as instructors/mentors for the program.

SNMA Health Professions Recruitment Exposure Programs (HPREP)

HPREP continues to expose inner-city high school students to science-related activities while introducing them to careers in the health professions. Students in this program have received talks from Hopkins doctors, mentorship and guidance on college essay preparations, and SAT workshops. The HPREP coordinators organize recruitment of high school students into the program, recruitment of School of Medicine volunteers to serve as mentors, and communication with Hopkins and faculty that participate in the program.


Thread is weaving a new social fabric in Baltimore and we are looking for volunteers to join our community. Thread disrupts the pattern of social isolation by enrolling 9th-grade students who rank in the lowest 25 percent of their class academically and who face additional challenges outside of the classroom. These students and volunteers form Thread families where they build reciprocal and transformative relationships to help each other through the ups and downs of life. Our students consistently defy the odds: 85% of our students have graduated from high school within six years and 83% of our students have completed a college degree or certificate program. Thread currently works with 527 students and alumni and 1300+ volunteers, with plans to reach 7% of Baltimore’s entire 9th-grade class. We can’t do this without your help! We are looking for volunteers to work with students, lead a team of volunteers, or support our organization as a resource team member based on your skills and expertise. Thread’s work is getting national recognition for its unique approach to connecting people across lines of race, class, and zip code. For additional information, visit Thread's website,

ViSION (Vision Screenings in Our Neighborhoods)

ViSION consists of a group of medical students under direct supervision of a Wilmer Faculty member who go out into the East Baltimore community approximately once per month to conduct vision screenings. All students are trained in the vision screening process. All community members who are screened through this program requiring follow-up ophthalmological care are provided an appointment in a Wilmer faculty member clinic regardless of their ability to pay. They are also eligible for ophthalmological surgery that is covered by a fund for indigent patients and can obtain a free pair of prescription glasses through the Wilmer optical shop.