Culturally Focused Student Organizations
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American Association of Women Podiatrists (AAWP) AAWP’s purpose is to further the art and science of podiatric medicine; to promote interests common to women podiatrists and the public; to aid and encourage women, pre-podiatry, podiatry, and post graduate podiatry students in the study, practice, and advancement of the profession through education and research; and to make more visible the talents, training, work, and efforts of women podiatrists.

American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) Since its beginning in 1915, AMWA has become the largest professional organization for women physicians. As the number of women physicians steadily grows, AMWA strives to increase the opportunities for women in medicine & provide a strong network for women medical students and physicians.
Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA) The Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA) is a national organization established in 1995 to address the unique challenges and needs of Asian Pacific Americans in medicine. The Chicago Medical School chapter was founded in 1996 and has since been actively involved in both national and regional projects to promote the awareness of Asian Pacific American health issues.
Hillel Hillel is a student run organization dedicated to helping students further their sense of Jewish identity. We are committed to building a vibrant Jewish community at RFUMS, allowing students and faculty to participated in various educational and social activities both at our school and throughout the Chicago area. Judaism’s strengths lie not only in faith and religious beliefs, but in unity and involvement within the community—ideals which Hillel strives to fulfill.
International Health Interest Group (IHIG)
Bring together students interested in: 1) learning about and discussing international health issues 2) learning more about opportunities for clinical experiences in foreign countries, both during and after their studies.

International Pharmaceutical Students Federation (IPSF)
To involve student Pharmacists in advocacy promoting improved public health through provision of information, education, networking, and also professional activities.

Muslim Student Association (MSA) • Offer students and faculty a better understanding of Islam
• Provide humanitarian and medical relief for those in need
• Create awareness of Islamic moral and ethical values that are related to medicine
• Give students the chance to experience religious and cultural activities
OUTPatients OutPatients Existing to support LGBT medical students, by providing a safe and supportive environment, advocating for their rights against discrimination, and providing resources to make their medical education a positive experience.
Outreach for Health (O4H) To channel the resources of RFUMS graduate level health professional students into Lake County. The students will provide a mobile prevention clinic in which low-income residents of Lake County will be educated and screened for chronic healthcare problems, particularly diabetes and related diseases. The clinic will be held alternately at schools, clinics and health fairs across Lake County providing greater access for families. Educational materials will be made available for target chronic behavior and lifestyle changes.
Persian American Rosalind Students (PARS) The purpose of this association shall be to further promote and enhance Iranian awareness, cooperation, cultural diversity and dialogue among the RFUMS community campus and the wider communities by sponsoring such things as lectures, information tables, service projects, discussions, informal gatherings, social activities and public meetings. The scope of activities covers all aspects of Iranian culture, health education, arts, industry, history, sports, literature, music and the like. This organization promotes growth in international understanding and will comply with RFMUS policies. This association shall not endorse any partisan or political group on a campus level or otherwise, and shall remain not-for-profit and non-commercial in nature.
Rosalind Franklin Christian Fellowship (RFCF) RFCF is part of an international organization of medical and dental professionals who believe Jesus Christ is real and has positive contributions within health care. RFCF was founded in 1931 and has a current membership of over 15, 000 on 95% of US medical and dental campuses. RFCF is training students in the health professions to put their faith in Christ to use in caring for the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of their patients. There are many opportunities for students to participate in service projects, mission trips, and regional conferences.
Rosalind Franklin University International Students (RFUIS)
To serve as a platform for the international student voice and a family for students far away from home. To highlight the presence of the international student body at Rosalind Franklin University. To enrich the Rosalind Franklin University student experience by raising awareness for international representation on campus and cultural diversity.
Salud Ofrecida A Latinos (SOL) Salud Ofrecida A Latinos (SOL) is a service based organization that provides education and free healthcare to the local underserved population, specifically targeting the local Latino community. As the number of Latino people in the US rises, there is a pressing need for healthcare workers who have experience working and communicating with the Latino population. SOL’s service projects provide the student with opportunities to practice their clinical skills in a multicultural setting, improve their medical Spanish, and provide free quality health services to those who are in need. We focus our efforts on the primary healthcare needs of the Latino community. We offer diabetes and obesity screening, blood pressure checks, nutritional information, glaucoma screening, eye examinations and information on affordable health insurance. Our fundraisers help to purchase medical supplies for our free clinic days, support projects such as ‘the glove and hat give-away’ during the holiday season, and help raise awareness about our work in the Latino community. We look forward to a strong year of continuing these projects and developing new ways to reach out to the local communities while learning and having fun.
South Asian Medical Association (SAMA) The South Asian Medical Association (SAMA) at RFUMS serves to foster a better understanding and appreciation for south asian culture and increase cultural awareness and understanding. Students will develop and support entertaining and educational activities that allow all students to participate in various aspects of south asian culture.
Step Up To Provide students in the community at North Chicago Community High School the opportunity to learn about how to successfully pursue a professional health related career through the interaction with students at Rosalind Franklin University.
Student National Medical Association (SNMA) The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is the nation's oldest and largest student organization focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of color. SNMA is dedicated to creating an atmosphere wherein professional excellence and moral principles can find the fullest expression. SNMA promotes the dissemination of information relative to minority issues in the field of medical education while taking the necessary and proper steps to eradicate practices in the field of health profession education that compromises the goal of providing quality education to minorities and women. SNMA strives to promote increases in the levels of minority student recruitment, admissions, and retention in schools training health professionals. Our vision is to bring a sense of diversity with professional excellence and the highest standard of integrity while serving our community, our school, and our fellow peers.
Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) SNPhA has the following purposes; to promote the interests of SNPhA members, to define the future role of minority health professionals in the community, to develop a positive image of minority health professionals, to coordinate programs that will improve the health care awareness of minority communities, and to encourage SNPhA members upon graduation to become active NPhA members.

Student National Podiatric Medical Association (SNPMA) The Student National Podiatric Medical Association (SNPMA) is the official national organization representing the minority student bodies of the podiatric medical colleges across the country. SNPMA functions to promote ethnic minority equality in the podiatric colleges and profession. The term “ethnic minority” includes Black (African) American, Hispanic, Asian, American Indian, and Mexican Americans, as defined by HHS Department of Health and Human Services.
Women’s Health Interest Group (WHIG)
The mission of WHIG is to provide students with the opportunity to learn about careers and specialties in women’s health, and to stimulate involvement in service learning projects, volunteer work, and awareness events involving women and women’s health in our community. These goals will be accomplished through guest lecturers and discussion panels from interdisciplinary professional working in the field, service events with local women’s organizations, and campus-wide lecture and /or activities aimed at promoting awareness of current events and issues in women’s health.

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