In addition to their regular medical studies, MSIH students participate in a number of student-run activities. At any time, there are several Interest Groups running, including one in Pediatrics, another in Surgery, and one in Psychiatry. Most of the groups meet about once a month.
This year alone, the Pediatric Interest Group has had lectures from a pediatric oncologist, interacted and learned from Medical Clowns, held a Skype session with 1st year MSIH Residents, and even changed the diapers of an MSIH alumna’s baby!
Some Interest Groups have as many as 25 registered students (although not all are active). Their activities vary from year to year, depending on the class makeup and student motivation.
“Interest Groups are much less rigid,” explained Rose Bayer, 2nd year student and Head of the Pediatrics Group. “They allow us to get involved in things we don’t normally do as medical students and it’s a great way relax while still learning. Activities also help to bring students from different years together as we engage with people we don’t normally meet in class.”