Student organizations

COM Student Government Association (COM SGA)

The CHSU-COM SGA and its committees shall be the official communicative and mediating voice for the students with the faculty and administration and all outside agencies. It is established to uphold CHSU-COM and its mission in all aspects. While it is committed, accessible, and responsible to the student body, it is not meant to usurp communication between administration and individual classes on intra-class matters, or between clubs and their national bodies. 

2021-2022 OFFICERS

  • President: Samantha Phillips (Class of 2024)
  • Vice President: Natalie Pardo (Class of 2024)
  • Secretary/Historian: Briana Martinez (Class of 2024)
  • Treasurer: William Kim (Class of 2024)
  • OMS-II Class President: Nurit (Mia) Hirsh (Class of 2024)
  • OMS-II Class Vice President: Emaan Baqai (Class of 2024)
  • OMS-I Class President: Fahad Molla (Class of 2025)
  • OMS-II Class Vice President: Vishal Gupta (Class of 2025)
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CHSU-COM Student Organizations

Advanced Human Anatomy Club (AHAC)

The mission of the Advanced Human Anatomy Club is to provide opportunities and experiences allowing passionate medical students to further their knowledge of the human body. Our vision is to fortify our anatomical knowledge while simultaneously working alongside the future and current medical professionals of the Central Valley.

President: Dominic Giuliani (Class of 2025)
Vice President: Thu Dang (Class of 2025)

American Medical Association (AMA-MSS)

The AMA is a nationwide membership organization that empowers medical students, residents and physicians in patient care, advocacy, innovation and education. The AMA-MSS supports medical students at accredited MD and DO schools across the nation. Its goal is to connect students to resources, education and networking opportunities all along the cutting edge of medicine. Programming will be geared towards bringing in compelling speakers to address relevant topics in health care, organizing educational workshops, and generating networking opportunities with other students and physicians. Another aim of this group is to allow members to interact with fellow medical students for social and career networking. Policy-writing will also be incorporated; our goal will be to develop and write resolutions and review resolutions with other schools from around the country. Additionally, our goal will be to present at AMA conferences, which will allow students to interact with other AMA members by presenting research at national meetings.

Chair: Sarah Holzmann (Class of 2024)
Vice Chair: Ricky Pendergrass (Class of 2024)

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American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA)

American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) membership is comprised of physicians, residents, medical students, pre-medical students, health care professionals, and supporters. AMWA is the oldest multispecialty organization dedicated to advancing women in medicine and improving women’s health. Its vision is a healthier world where women physicians achieve equity in the medical profession and realize their full potential. The mission is to advance women in medicine, advocate for equity, and ensure excellence in health care.

President: Saloni Patel (Class of 2024)
Vice President: Samantha Phillips (Class of 2024)

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Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA)

President: William Kim (Class of 2024)
Vice President: Lucas Dohil (Class of 2024)

Association of Women Surgeons

The CHSU COM chapter of the Association of Women Surgeons exists to inspire, encourage, and enable aspiring women surgeons to realize their professional and personal goals through support, networking, and mentorships in order to achieve equity, effectiveness, and professional development for women entering surgical specialties.

President: Brianna Holcomb (Class of 2024)
Vice President: Sarah Holzman (Class of 2024)

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Cardiovascular Interest Group

The goal of the Cardiovascular Interest Group (CVIG) is to expose future physicians at CHSU to the exciting, diverse field of cardiology at an early stage of their training. In order to achieve this, we aim to host guest speakers to discuss different cardiovascular specialties, a variety of workshops (i.e., EKG and ultrasound workshops), help facilitate shadowing opportunities, and host mixers for students, faculty, and cardiovascular physicians. We hope this group will spark an interest in pursuing a career path in one of the cardiology specialties to balance the growing need for cardiologists both in the clinical and research realms.

President: Dalonna Payton (Class of 2025)
Vice President: Darin Ngo (Class of 2025)

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Christian Medical Dental Association

CMDA provides an avenue for medical students to engage with God and the Christian faith in the midst of medical school, including fostering a strong community among medical students and network with local Central Valley healthcare professionals. We hope that students will be able to see how faith intersects with and informs their practice of medicine. Throughout the years past, CMDA offers students opportunities to grow spiritually and professionally through guest speaker events, bible studies, and healthcare/missions conferences. Everyone is invited and welcome to join!

President: Michelle Tan (Class of 2024)
Vice President: Jason Kim (Class of 2024)

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Dermatology Aspiring Doctors Club

Dermatology Aspiring Doctors (DADs) is an interest group at CHSU-COM that is open to any and all students interested in pursuing or simply learning more about Dermatology. We aim to provide resources and experiences to help others explore the field of Dermatology and provide a competitive edge in residency applications. Members will have exclusive access to physician interviews, research opportunities, skills workshops, and more. DADs also aim to connect with the local community to raise awareness about the importance of skin care and regular skin cancer screenings.

President: Skye Penny (Class of 2024)
Vice President: Edward Hu (Class of 2024)

Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG)

CHSU Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG) is an organization dedicated to exposing medical students to the exciting field of Emergency Medicine by having students engage with the field through clinical, research, and simulation settings. Our ultimate goal is to cultivate interest in this specialty by hosting various events (including hands-on activities), networking members with EM physicians, and to provide experiences that will ultimately fortify confidence in our student members.

President: Dina Shakran (Class of 2024)
Vice President: Angad Mann (Class of 2024)

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Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA)

The Latino Medical Student Association exists to unite and empower current and future physicians through service, mentorship, and education to advocate for the improved health of the Hispanic & Latina/o/x community in the United States. 

President: Laura Rivera-Gutierrez (Class of 2024)
Vice President: Briana Martinez (Class of 2024)

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Lavender Alliance (LA)

The Lavender Alliance (LA) is a social and educational organization dedicated to raising familiarity of the unique health issues that LGBTQ+ individuals face and how we as physicians may deal with them supportively and helpfully. The LA also serves as a safe, accepting, and inclusive social environment for CHSU medical students and staff who are LGBTQ+ or otherwise interested in queer health issues.

President: Sofya Kats (Class of 2024)
Vice President: Tyler Laws-Mahe (Class of 2024)

OB/GYN Interest Group

The OB/GYN Interest Group provides education and resources for those interested in learning more about women’s health. We strive to expand each person’s knowledge of women’s health regardless of their future residency program through simulation days, workshops, and presentations from OB/GYNs and other birth workers. Additionally, we provide unique opportunities for those looking to pursue a career in OB/GYN as we function under the American College of Obsetricians and Gynecologists. 

President: Erin Davis (Class of 2024)
Vice President: Emaan Baqai (Class of 2024)

Orthopedics/Sports Medicine Interest Group

The Orthopedics/Sports Medicine Interest Group will host informational sessions in which physicians from these fields will share their academic journey, current roles and responsibilities, and the physician-athlete/patient relationship. The interest group will also host athlete/patient guest speakers who are willing to share their sports-related injuries, journey to recovery, and the relationship they have with their medical staff. The organization is also working on creating off-campus activities to help its members gain valuable experience in the workplace to better prepare them for rotation and residency.

President: Rajvarun Grewal (Class of 2025)
Vice President: Khushmanjit Jawandha (Class of 2025)

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Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California – CHSU Chapter (OPSC at CHSU)

Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons of California (OPSC) focuses on advancing and supporting osteopathic physicians in California by engaging, educating, and advocating for the osteopathic profession. Students have a voice in the future of the osteopathic profession through representation on the OPSC Board of Directors. OPSC provides students with opportunities to connect with physicians across California through Continuing Medical Education (CME) seminars, clinical preceptorships, and guidance from physician mentors. OPSC is a chartered divisional society of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

President: Natalie Pardo (Class of 2024)
Vice President: Mack Wu (Class of 2024)

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Student American Academy of Osteopathy (SAAO)

The SAAO is a national organization dedicated to improving student understanding of osteopathic principles, theories, and practice. Become a founding member of the CHSU chapter and join our growing community of students interested in practicing and learning more about osteopathic manipulative medicine.  

Members will have priority access to club hosted community engagement/networking events and OMT workshops, as well as access to discounted osteopathic and biomedical education resources (Boards and Beyond, Kaplan, Picmonic, etc.). Students with exceptional interest and/or proficiency in osteopathic medicine will have leadership and teaching opportunities as officers, event coordinators, and mock practical proctors.  

President: Mack Wu (Class of 2024)
Vice President: Volodia Muradyan (Class of 2024)

Student Association of American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (SAACOFP)

The Student Association of American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (SAACOFP) is a family medicine interest group that strives to promote excellence among CHSU-COM students, educate students on the family medicine specialty, support students who are interested in pursuing the specialty, and promoting preventive medicine in the Central Valley. The club is free to join and open to all students! Come be a part of the SAACOFP family!

President: Mandy Helle (Class of 2025)
Vice President: Brooke Crosswhite (Class of 2024)

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Student Chapter of the Military Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (SAMOPS)

The CHSU-COM SAMOPS student organization will provide members with information on military medicine in general, HPSP (and other military/government scholarships), and how one can get involved without being military. Members can participate in and facilitate fundraisers for veteran support societies as well as military-oriented events on campus! Physicians from various military branches are brought in as guest speakers for members to learn more about military medicine.

President: Tanner Van Es (Class of 2024)
Vice President: Jake Dertinger (Class of 2024)

Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA)

The Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) is the nation’s largest network of osteopathic medical students. We are an American Osteopathic Association (AOA)-affiliated, student-led and student-driven organization with direct representation to the AOA.

SOMA shall:

  1. Educate and prepare osteopathic leaders and advocates.
  2. Maintain open and transparent lines of communication to our student members as we continually adapt to the evolving needs of our members and organization.
  3. Advance collaborative relationships that promote osteopathic medicine in the greater healthcare community.
  4. Utilize our direct affiliation with the American Osteopathic Association to advance the interests and viewpoints of osteopathic medical students.

President: Dina Shakran (Class of 2025)
Vice President: Mack Wu (Class of 2024)

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Valley Mentors

Valley Mentors at CHSU aims to conduct educational and health-based outreach to Central Valley K-12 students through two avenues: mentorship and events. Targeted mentorship programs pair local K-12 students with CHSU medical student mentors and focus on areas like personal mentorship, college readiness, STEM career advice, standardized testing tips, and general homework help. We will also organize various events for these students, including health fairs and hands-on science experiment workshops.

President: Varsha Swamy (Class of 2024)
Vice President: John Tawfik (Class of 2024)

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Valley Reach Club

Valley Reach is a student organization that is dedicated to providing two main opportunities for CHSU students including Clinical Volunteer Experiences and Community Outreach Volunteer Experiences. Students involved in Valley Reach will become more knowledgeable about the needs of the Central Valley and build clinical skills as they volunteer in the community. Valley Reach intends to collaborate with local clinical and community-based organizations to provide students with volunteer opportunities throughout their years at CHSU-COM. This club will provide its members opportunities for volunteering, leadership, clinical skills practice, and ultimately, to exemplify the values and vision of CHSU. 

President: Saumya Shah (Class of 2024)
Vice President: Natalie Pena-Brockett (Class of 2024)

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Wellness and Wilderness Medicine Club

The Wellness and Wilderness Medicine Club is a stress-free organization that promotes health and wellness. Additionally, this club provides educational opportunities to include wilderness medicine techniques and treatments, and discussion on nutritional snacks and meals. The club plans to have its members participate in local hikes and engage the CHSU-COM and local community members of the cities of Fresno and Clovis by promoting fitness and wellness through neighborhood walks, 5k runs, nutritional snacks and meal recommendations, and other projects along the lines of wellness. We plan to collaborate with other clubs on campus, other community clubs, and students to emphasize unity and togetherness.

President: Laura Gutierrez-Rivera (Class of 2024)
Vice President: Rahil Khasigawale (Class of 2024)

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How to Get Involved

If current students are interested in learning more about joining an organization, please visit the COM Student Government and Associations link in Brightspace. If you are interested in creating a new student organization, please contact COM Student Affairs at