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Student Groups in the School of Medicine

(Updated December 2013)

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

Adolescent Depression Awareness Program (ADAP)

The Adolescent Depression Awareness Program (ADAP) began in response to several adolescent suicides in the Baltimore area and is designed to educate high school students, teachers and parents about adolescent depression. Through carefully developed educational tools and curricula, the program delivers the core message that depression is a treatable medical illness and that concerned individuals should seek help. The Johns Hopkins ADAP student group supports the mission of the organization by recruiting and training medical, nursing and public health students to serve as educators in Baltimore City high schools and expand awareness about depression and bipolar disorder in Baltimore youth.

2013-2014 Contact: Amanda Sun,

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:

2013-2014 Contacts: Arun Das, and Jonathan Yeh,

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.

2012-2013 Contacts: Andrew Mo, and Janet Choi, jchoi101@jhmi.ediu

Bienestar Baltimore

Bienestar Baltimore is a student-run organization comprised of volunteers from Schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing.  Originally named Program Salud, the organization began in 2006, as a pilot tuberculosis screening program.  Bienestar has since expanded its services to respond to emerging needs of Baltimore’s Latino population.  Bienestar now offers a variety of health screening, health education, and health promotion programs. Our organization includes a base of approximately 60 committed volunteers from the Schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing.

2013-2014 Contacts: Drew White,

Biomedical Scholars Association (BSA)

Biomedical Scholars Association (BSA) at the Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health is a tri-school organization dedicated to providing a support system for every scholar who considers him or herself a minority within the Hopkins community, promoting the academic and professional success of said scholars, enhancing minority scholar recruitment to and retention within the Hopkins community, providing a network for career development and advancement within the scientific community, and serving our immediate community through volunteerism.  We are currently serving the community through science mentoring at Dunbar High School and we volunteer regularly at Moveable Feast.  Go to BSA for more information. 

2013-2014 Contact:  

Charm City Clinic

Charm City Clinic, Inc. 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.

2012-2013 Contacts: Nicky Mehtani,, Stephanie McLaughlin, and Ramy El-Diwany.

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.

2013-2014 Contacts: David Li, and Amanda Sun,

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 prvent 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.

2013-2014 Contacts: Andrew Halls,, Megan Orlando, and Allison Brandt,


Empower wants to provide middle school students with a violence-prevention curriculum organized around principles of stress relief, communication, and wellness  (the curriculum has already been used in somewhat similar programs elsewhere in Maryland).  Empower works with Stadium, Diggs-Johnson, Hamilton, and Mount Royal Middle Schools.  Challenge! (a program at UMMS Dept of Pediatrics)  provides training time and materials.

2012-2013 Contact: Tim Zeffiro, Pres,

Health Care for the Homeless Patient Pathways

The Healthcare for the Homeless (HCH) Pathways Program aims to provide students with a nuanced perspective on issues related to homelessness, incarceration, substance use, and mental health and why adverse health and social outcomes are prevalent in marginalized populations, including LGBTQ individuals. There will be a series of lunchtime lectures in the fall and select students will have an opportunity in the spring to provide case management and health education at HCH's Convalescent Care facility.

2013-2014 Contacts: Dinah Lewis, and Minh-Huy Huynh, 

Health Leads

Health Leads (formerly Project Health) is a tri-school service group that works with uninsured patients to help them access healthcare and other resources, such as food stamps.  Medical students work at the Bayview Emergency Department and talk to patients that do not have health insurance.  Students help these clients apply for any medical assistance that they qualify for (such as Medicaid) and also inform patients about other healthcare access options, like Federally Qualified Healthcare Centers.  Students follow-up with these clients by telephone to help the clients navigate the often-complicated system.  Health Leads helps students understand the complexity of healthcare access issue and disparities.  Health Leads is also a great way to meet students from the School of Nursing and School of Public Health, along with Hopkins undergraduates.

2013-2014 Contact: Allison Brandt,

Healthy Minds

Healthy Minds is a student group focused on providing extra math help to elementary and middle school students at a local public school, Commodore John RodgersElementary and Middle. The group operates in an after-school setting at the school to enrich student education experience.

2012-2013 Contact: Riaz Gillani,

Incentive Mentoring Program

The Incentive Mentoring Program fosters the academic and personal growth of students at Dunbar High School. Volunteers provide after-school tutoring for the students and, in turn, the students design and participate in monthly community service projects to benefit others.  In addition, there are quarterly field trips to build a sense of teamwork and camaraderie.  IMP meets every Monday and Tuesday from 3:15pm - 6pm in the Dunbar High School library. Dinner is provided for the students and volunteers. For more information, please email For additional information, visit our website:  

2013-2014 Contact: Jesse Cohen,


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 webite:

2013-2014 Contact: Tyler Mains,

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.

2013-2014 Contacts: Sam Enumah, and Aditi Vasan,

Relay for Life

Relay for Life is the signature fund-raiser for the non-profit American Cancer Society, which funds cancer research, promotes awareness, and improves patient care.  Patricipants fund-raise throughout the year with their efforts culminating in an April event dedicated to celebrating survivors, remembering lost loved ones, and fighting against this dreaded disease.  As medical students, we have seen the impact of cancer not only in our personal lives but in the hospital and classroom as well.  Relay for Life enables us to start fighting back immediately, become more informed on cancer treatment and legislation, help fund the latest in cancer research (including here at Hopkins) and build a community in which we can share our stories and find support. 

2013-2014 Contact: Harita Shah,

School of Medicine Colleges

   Nathan's College- 2012-2013 Service Chairs: Joe Lin, and Mark Helmers,

   Sabin College- 2012-2013 Service Chair: Kevin Tran,

   Taussig College- 2012-2013 Service Chair: John Marshall,

   Thomas College- 2012-2013 Service Chair: Onyi Eke,

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.The overall goal of the CCI annual fairs is to improve the health of an underserved community.  This upcoming fair will be the fourth year that the fair will take place at a church in East Baltimore, no more than eight blocks from the Johns Hopkins Hospital.  The fair takes place in a neighborhood that faces many inner city issues: substance abuse, violence, lack of green spaces and fresh food, and pollution.  Community members are excited to attend the event, taking advantage of the health education, screenings and access to local resources.  Each participant also leaves with a sampler bag of healthy food.  All community members are invited to the fair, and this event has steadily grown over the years to not only be able to provide basic health information, but actually link organizations with community members who could benefit from their services. 

2012-2013 Contacts: Morgan Broccoli, and Adam Diehl,

Student National Medical Association (SNMA)

The following are community service activities of the Student National Medical Association:Boys Alliance for Science Education (BASE)
Work with high school boys in mentoring roles to include SAT and Career Prep. 

2012-2013 Contact: President Corey Williams,

     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. 

2013-2014 Contacts: Dinah Lewis, and David Li  

    SNMA Health Professions Recruitment Exposure Programs (HPREP)

HPREP continues to expose inner-city high school students to science-related activities whil 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.

2012-2013 Contact: Eric Sankey, eric.sankey1@gmail,com  and Danielle Jones,

Student Sight Savers Program (SSSP)

The SSSP 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. 

2013-2014 Contact: Tom Johnson,

Wolfe Street Workforce 

Wolfe Street Academy After School Program was started by a group of medical students in 2007 devoted to inspire the students at Wolfe Street to become not only excellent students, but also healthy and well-rounded individuals. Over the past 3 years, we have grown into a multidimensional after school program consists of a tutoring program, a gardening program, a sports clinic, and a service club serving more than 60 students.  Currently we have over 30 active members and more than 100 alumni.  Throughout the years, we have become an integral part of Wolfe Street Academy.The Roots and Shoots club is a new addition to Wolfe Street Academy ASP.  It offers an unique opportunity for the students to be engaged in service-learning by getting students involved with their community in tangible ways and by integrating service projects with classroom learning.  Our mission is to educate students about social issues that they face everyday in their community, inspire them to implement community service projects that address these needs, and empower them through the act of helping others and sharing their experience with their peers at the school and around the world.  In the Roots and Shoots club, we challenge our students to use what they learned in the classroom to solve real life problems.  Students not only learn about citizenship, they become actively contributing citizens and community members through the service they perform.  In the Roots and Shoots Service Club, we truly believe that "Everybody can be great because everybody can serve," as Martin Luther King said, and we hope that our students will realize that no matter how old they are, they can make a difference.

2013-2014 Contacts: Fiona Gispen, 
Roots and Shoots sub group 2012-2013 contact: YaoYao Guan,