Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Diversity and Inclusion


Student Groups



Asian Pacific American Medical Association (APAMSA)

APAMSA is dedicated to promoting awareness and service for Asian/Pacific Islander (API) health care issues. We organize events and talks to educate students on health challenges specific to API communities, and provide opportunities to get involved with service in often overlooked API communities in Philadelphia through participation in flu clinics, hepatitis B screenings, and Unity Clinic, a free clinic serving Indonesian immigrants in South Philadelphia. We hope that through our efforts, our classmates will be better equipped to understand, serve, and advocate for API patients and communities.

Our secondary focus is to support API medical students by providing contacts and sessions dedicated to the experience of APIs in the medical profession, opportunities to network with API medical students from other medical schools, and events to promote API culture for the medical school. It is our goal to support the development of API doctors and leaders in medicine.

2015 APAMSA Leadership:


Elizabeth Blackwell Society (EBS)

EBS is a student run group dedicated to highlighting the accomplishments of women in medicine, to addressing the unique lifestyles women in medicine face, and to fostering relationships between faculty and students.

2015 EBS Leadership:


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender People in Medicine + Allies (LGBTPM+)

The LGBTPM+ is Penn Med’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer student and student allies organization. Our group of LGBTQ students and allies is committed to increasing visibility of LGBTQ people at Penn Med; educating the Penn Med community about LGBTQ health best practices through speaker series and curriculum development; promoting LGBT-health related community outreach; providing opportunities for professional development; and cultivating our vibrant community of LGBTQ students, faculty, staff and allies at Penn Med.

2015 LGBTPM+ Leadership:


Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA)

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The Latino Medical Student Association is a national student-run organization founded to represent, support, educate, and unify Latino medical students.  Like the national organization, our local our Penn Med chapter has the following mission to:

  • Recruit Latinos into higher education
  • Develop a Latino High School Mentoring Program pairing Latino high school students with Penn Med  Latino medical students
  • Serve as a support network for Latino students
  • Advocate for increased Latino representation in health professions
  • Participate in the recruitment of underrepresented minority students to Penn Med
  • Work closely with the Student National Medical Association to foster a community of color at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Educate the public and one another about Latino heath issues which we do, in part, by assisting in health care delivery at a free clinic, Puentes de Salud,  in southwest Philadelphia for Latino immigrants
  • Promote awareness of social, political and economic issues as they relate to Latino health which we do during Latino Heritage Month (September 15th through October 15th)
  • Assist in the organization of the Medical Spanish courses designed for Penn Med medical  students wanting to learn Spanish

 2015 LMSA Leadership


Maimonides Society

Maimonides Society provides a framework for Jewish medical students within the Perelman School of Medicine as well as the greater UPenn and Philadelphia communities.

2015 Maimonides Society Leadership


Penn Med Christian Fellowship(PMCF)

Penn Med Christian Fellowship is a student-run organization at Penn for Christians of ALL backgrounds and for those interested in Christianity. We have weekly meetings and organize opportunities for community service and mentorship with Christian doctors and healthcare professionals.

2015 PMCF Leadership:


Penn Med Veterans

Penn Med Veterans is an opportunity for fellowship for veterans in Penn Medicine. This group works to: inform all medical students of veterans' perspectives and challenges within the VA health system and within society in general; engage in community service aimed at local veterams in need; assist potential student veterans with transitioning to medical school and understand the government and other resources available to them to support their education; and network with veterans in the Penn Med alumni network and medical community at large.

2015 Penn Med Veterans Leadership


South Asian Medical Student Association (SAMoSA)

A group whose mission is to increase awareness of South Asian health issue by way of community service in local South Asian communities, and to strengthen the South Asian community among Penn Med through mentoring and social gatherings.

2015 SAMoSA Leadership


Student National Medical Association (SNMA)


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The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is the nation's oldest and largest national student-run organization focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of color. SNMA programs are designed to serve the health needs of underserved communities and communities of color. SNMA is also dedicated to ensuring that medical education and services are culturally sensitive to the needs of diverse populations, and to increasing the number of African-American, Latino, and other students of color intering and completing medical school. The goals of the University of Pennsylvania chapter of SNMA are:

  • To conduct heath fairs and health screenings in underserved minority communities in Philadelphia and suburbs
  • To sponsor informational programs which educate minority youth about the medical school application and admissions process
  • To serve as mentors to younger students who aspire to go to medical school
  • To participate in the recruitment of underrepresented minority applicants to the Perelman School of Medicine
  • To serve as informal peer academic advisors to other enrolled Penn Med students
  • To sponsor Black History Month activities and presentations for our medical school
  • To promote residency training programs at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

2015 SNMA Leadership