Our Geisel students are highly involved in activities outside of the classroom. DICE supports student organizations, electives, and initiatives that foster, promote, and work on behalf of diversity-related issues.
The Office for Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement has witnessed an increase in the number of Asian American medical students attending our school; the office has seen the need to foster community through the formation of an APAMSA chapter. Asian American medical students have demonstrated leadership within this organization by organizing cultural activities like a Chinese New Year celebration and a “make your own sushi night” for our community. In the past, DICE and the Geisel student government funded travel to the national APAMSA conference. By our medical students having visibility at the conference each year, Asian students have a level of comfort in applying to our school knowing the school will support them and their cultural ideologies.
qMD is the Geisel School of Medicine’s LGBTQQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer, intersex, and ally) interest group. This organization supports the social and unique needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender medical students by providing a space to fellowship, discussing LGBTQQIA-relevant health issues, and providing tips to navigate the queer-friendly social opportunities available in the Upper Valley. The organization encourages a healthy dialogue about the intersections between sexual orientation, gender identity, the health care system, and our role as future medical practitioners. The Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement and the student government fully supports activities brought forward by qMD members. Each year, student leaders attend conferences that enable them to learn about the cultural versatility needed when serving LGBT patients. This information is later shared with classmates in formal and informal settings.
SNMA is a Geisel chapter of a national organization for medical students of color and allies, dedicated to national diversity issues and community service. SNMA is dedicated to increasing the number of minority students entering and completing medical school. The Geisel chapter is activity involve in recruitment efforts to ensure minority students are supported through their application, interview, and decision making process. SNMA also sponsors a number of events and programs about diversity in the medical fields, and participates in both regional and national SNMA chapter meetings.
Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) is a network of students, alumni, and health professionals who are interested in the health and well-being of the Latino community, dedicated to providing social and professional support for Latino students, and committed to increasing cultural awareness within the Geisel community. As a chapter of the national LMSA organization, it is our belief that allowing a diverse array of students into medical school will ensure that all sectors of society receive quality access to healthcare. Through outreach and community service efforts, Geisel LMSA members continue to inspire students to become culturally competent physicians who are prepared to meet the needs of the Latino community.