Multicultural Organizations at Tulane University School of Medicine
Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA)
APAMSA (Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association) is a national organization that brings students together that are involved in the unique health issues of Asian American and Pacific Islanders in the United States. We are focused on promoting the health and well-being of these communities. At our local Tulane chapter, we are taking the initiative by interacting with the large Vietnamese population here in New Orleans. We hold several events throughout the year including health screenings, bone marrow drives, and mentoring for minority college students interested in medicine. In addition, we strive to illuminate the collective Asian American experience by holding events that serve as space for discussion, such as: lunch talks, API match panels, and more. Learn more @tusomapamsa on Instagram!
Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students, addressing the needs of underserved communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent, and socially conscious physicians. TUSoM SNMA creates programs and opportunities for minority students at Tulane to be empowered, encouraged and mentored through their journey in medical school. Learn more at https://tmedweb.tulane.edu/clubs/snma/
Medical Student Pride Alliance (MSPA)
We are MSPA, the Medical Student Pride Alliance at Tulane University School of Medicine (formerly known as TOGA, the Tulane Organization for Gays and Allies). We aim to act as a meeting place for lesbians, gays, bisexuals, trans, queer, asexual, intersex, genderqueer, and questioning individuals. We want to create a community that allows medical students to have an easier time proceeding through the journey that is medical school while also giving opportunities to learn about queer health issues, difficulties, and experiences. MSPA does this through organized outreach events in the community, bringing in guest speakers to discuss a wide array of issues, and the occasional meetups at bars and venues to let loose. Learn more @tusom_mspa on Instagram!
Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA)
LMSA is a national organization that brings together and empowers medical students and physicians through service, mentorship, and education with the goals of advocating for and improving the health outcomes of members of the Latinx and Hispanic communities. LMSA at TUSoM hopes to provide a voice for underrepresented medical students, unite Latinx identifying students, educate the public and other students on Latinx health issues and advocate for the rights of Latinx people in health care. Our LMSA chapter belongs to the Southwest region and meets monthly with the other chapters in the region to discuss events and share ideas. In 2022, TUSOM held the Southwest LMSA Regional Conference. Learn more at https://tmedweb.tulane.edu/clubs/lmsa/
Medical Students with Disability & Chronic Illness (MSDCI)
MSDCI at the TUSoM was founded to achieve two goals: To support and advocate for medical students with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses; and to educate the TUSoM community at large on the issues and experiences of medical students and patients with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses in order to promote a more understanding and accommodating learning and clinical environment. Learn more at https://tmedweb.tulane.edu/clubs/msdci/description/
American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA)
The American Medical Women’s Association is an organization which functions at the local, national, and international level to advance women in medicine and improve women’s health. We achieve this by providing and developing leadership, advocacy, education, expertise, mentoring, and through building strategic alliances. Our AMWA chapter currently holds a partnership with New Orleans Charter Science & Math High School, through which we have the opportunity to mentor female high school students and assist in the judging of their annual Science Fair. Additionally, we now have a mentorship program for Tulane pre-medical students to connect with Tulane medical students. Outside of our mentorships, we host an annual addiction panel featuring former clients from Grace House who share their experiences with addiction and recovery, as well as other miscellaneous events (i.e. women in medicine panel, journal clubs, etc.). As we are very passionate about not only supporting women in medicine but also women in the New Orleans community, we have also participated in fundraisers for groups such as the New Orleans Women & Children’s Shelter to further support women in our community! Learn more at https://tmedweb.tulane.edu/clubs/amwa/description/