Student Interest Groups

This page lists all student interest groups and associations that are registered with the Manitoba Medical Students’ Association.

The purpose of these student groups is to provide MMSA members with the opportunity to pursue interests related to medicine and/or to connect with peers who have similar interests (medical or otherwise).

To learn more about interest groups, please peruse the information below – feel free to contact interest group executives regarding future events. Attending Interest Group Night (held annually in September) is another opportunity to meet interest group leaders and learn more.

In order to obtain/retain official MMSA interest group status, an annual application must be returned to the Vice-Stick Internal. There are separate applications for new groups and returning groups.

Groups wishing to apply for MMSA funding must also submit a Programming and Budget Proposal by October 1st annually. Once funding decisions have been posted, Interest Group members may submit this form for reimbursement.

For more information, please refer to the MMSA’s Interest Group Policy.

Please contact Jaymie Walker or Kristen Braun to update information in this section.

Academic Groups

  • Anesthesia Interest Group
  • Dermatology Interest Group
  • Emergency Medicine Interest Group
  • Family Medicine Interest Group
  • Geriatrics Interest Group
  • Internal Medicine Interest Group
  • Lab Medicine and Pathology Interest Group
  • Medicine Journal Club
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology Interest Group
  • Pediatric Interest Group
  • Physiatry and Sports Medicine Interest Group
  • Psychiatry Interest Group
  • Public Health Interest Group
  • Radiology Interest Group
  • Student Interest Group in Neurology
  • University of Manitoba Surgery Club

Community Groups

  • Addictions Education Interest Group
  • Choosing Wisely Interest Group
  • Creative Arts Interest Group
  • French Interest Group
  • Immigrant and Refugee Health Interest Group
  • Indigenous Health Promotion Group
  • LGBTTQI* Interest Group
  • Medical Entrepreneurship and Innovation Interest Group
  • Rural Interest Group
  • Wilderness Medicine Interest Group

Mentorship Groups 

  • Black Medical Students’ Association
  • Christian Medical and Dental Society
  • Medical Women Interest Group
  • LGBTTQI* Mentorship Group

MMSA Portfolios

  • Global Health
  • Student Advocacy Committee

Addictions Education Interest Group (AEIG)

Alex Sharp and Izabella Supel

The Addictions Education Group is a student led group that addresses the stigma surrounding addiction through education and the use of personal stories of those dealing with addiction. Physicians are confronted with addiction on a daily basis, whether it is their own personal struggle or interactions with patients. The Addictions Education Group organizes events that share the powerful stories of those with addiction, as well as necessary educational tools that will help future physicians recognize those struggling with addiction and what resources are available to provide essential care.

Anesthesia Interest Group (AIG)

Domenic Pieroni and Adam Padalko

Dedicated to providing University of Manitoba students with a greater understanding of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine. This will be accomplished with educational and networking sessions that are complementary to the medical school curriculum. In addition, the AIG aims to encourage students to consider anesthesiology as a possible career choice. Activities include clinical skills and procedure stations, interactive talks, and a critical care medicine session.

Choosing Wisely Interest Group (CWIG)

Anirudh Agarwal and Joseph Asaminew

We are a group that is part of the national Choosing Wisely campaign which is designed to foster awareness amongst medical students in Canada about unnecessary tests and treatments. This group will help medical students make smart and effective choices to ensure high-quality care.

Christian Medical and Dental Society (CMDS)

Mikayla Gawiak and Andreah Anterola

We are the Manitoba medical student chapter of the national group. CMDS is an organization of Christian physicians, dentists, and students, each holding an individual membership, who seek to honour God by integrating faith with professional practice. Visit our local FB page by searching UofM CMDS or the national page at CMDS (

Creative Arts Interest Group (CAIG)

Dhasni Muthumuni, Kristen Braun, Justine Ciric, and Lana Tennehouse

The Creative Arts Interest Group (CAIG) is a student-run organization whose goal is to create a larger outlet for various creative arts within our college. The CAIG was created in 2018 as a conglomerate of the Art, Writing, and Music Interest Groups.

Dermatology Interest Group (DIG)

Siru Wang and George Cai

A group aimed at teaching students about the field of Dermatology and its subspecialties. The goal is to foster an interest in Dermatology as a career and act as a forum for those already interested. Various events will be held throughout the year ranging from guest speakers to skills nights in an attempt to increase awareness and exposure to the field. It is worth noting that due to the high prevalence of skin pathologies in practice today, these events will be beneficial for students interested in almost any speciality.

Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG)

Luke Brueton-Campbell and Paige van der Zweep

Our goal is to assist students in learning more about emergency medicine. We will organize sessions that will serve as an opportunity to learn more about this specialty as well as to practice emergency medicine related clinical skills. We hope to provide a congenial environment for networking with other students, residents, and faculty.

Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG)

Lauren Baker

FMIG provides Med I and Med II students with an appreciation of the benefits and challenges of Family Practice. Throughout the year, FMIG organizes several lunchtime speaker sessions, a Dinner with the Docs and Dinner with the Residents, and a number of suture clinics. FMIG works closely with the Manitoba College of Family Physicians, with the senior chair reporting to the College during its monthly board meetings. FMIG is also active on a national scale, sending representatives to the College of Family Physicians of Canada’s Family Medicine Forum to meet with representatives across the country.

Geriatrics Interest Group (GIG)

Ashton Ledger and Tyler Spencer

We are a group based on the common interest of working in, or learning more about the field of geriatrics. We are involved in networking with similar groups nation wide and organizing opportunities to learn geriatric specific knowledge and skills with our classmates, as well as getting involved in the community! We are a fun group to work with and broadening your understanding of geriatric medicine is an invaluable part of your medical training!

Global Health (GH)

Amy Sahai

The Global Health Interest Group aims to increase students’ exposure to current global health issues while providing students the opportunity to be involved in a selected group of advocacy campaigns. We also arrange various fundraisers throughout the year to support the surrounding community and local NGOs.

Immigrant and Refugee Health Interest Group (IRHIG)

Carrie Bergen and Mohamed Soufi

IRHIG aims to promote peer learning of the various health challenges faced by immigrants and refugees locally and nationally, through lunchtime presentations showcasing various local organizations committed to refugee settlement, and an annual collaboration with EAL groups in Winnipeg for a hands-on clinical simulation event.

Indigenous Health Promotion Group (IHPG)

Brooke Cochrane and Sydnee Tuckett

IHPG provides an opportunity for Indigenous medical students to become involved and create a sense of community, while bringing important health-related information to fellow students. Our group also strives to foster understanding of others when working with Indigenous populations.

Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG)

George Cai and Henry Li

IMIG is an interest group that provides opportunities to learn about Internal Medicine and the many sub-specialties that are within it. In addition, the group offers events that allow students to learn more about various medical topics and attend clinical skills workshops in the Clinical Learning Simulation Facility (CLSF). We also provide networking opportunities to students by being able to meet professors, physicians, and residents in the Internal Medicine field and as well connect with these individuals for shadowing experiences.

Oncology Reps: Anna Blankstein ( and Nicole Bourrier (

Lab Medicine and Pathology Interest Group (LMPIG)

Anna Blankstein and Juni Mei

The Lab Medicine and Pathology Interest Group (LMPIG) seeks to provide the opportunity for students to learn about the laboratory-oriented specialties of medical genetics, infectious disease/medical microbiology, and pathology and its sub-specialties. We offer events for students to learn career information about these specialties such as lifestyle, daily work life, job opportunities, and the available pathways during residency. We offer events that discuss clinical cases in these specialties and opportunities for students to observe brain cuttings, autopsies, and gross pathology specimens.

LGBTTQI* Interest Group

Lochlan Wilson and Kari Johnson

The LGBTTQI* Interest Group is dedicated to raising awareness about the unique healthcare needs of LGBTTQI* populations and providing practical advice on how to improve quality of care to these communities. We look to empower non-LGBTTQI*-identified students to be respectful and effective allies, while dispelling common stereotypes held about LGBTTQI* individuals. It is our goal to improve collegiality by bringing to light the challenges faced by LGBTTQI*-identified medical students and physicians. We hope to encourage advocacy in the wider community, both medical and non-medical.

LGBTTQI* Mentorship Group

Lucas Vasas (student coordinator) and Shayne Reitmeier (resident coordinator)

A space where members of the LGBTTQI* community, including both faculty and students, can come to network and provide support.

Medical Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group (MEIIG)

Lourens Jacobs and Wendy Yushi Wang

The Medical Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group serves to provide students with the skill set to grow their ideas and projects. We seek to provide students with resources such as speakers and skills nights, and want to create an environment that facilitates development of innovative and entrepreneurial ideas in healthcare.

Medical Women Interest Group (MWIG)

Carrie Bergen and Ness Siemens

This group is focused on mentoring female medical students. Events include evenings with practicing female physicians from a variety of specialties who can provide practical support, advice and encouragement to future female physicians.

Medicine Journal Club (MJC)

Antonia Zhu and Tony Mao

A student led group designed to give undergraduate medical students an opportunity to critically appraise and present scientific literature in a nonthreatening environment.

Obstetrics and Gynecology Interest Group (OGIG)

Karyn Taylor and Lucy Karp

The Obstetrics and Gynecology Interest Group is committed to educating medical students about the issues in women’s health that affect all areas of medicine. Women’s health in general is an area of medicine that is quickly growing with various fellowship opportunities already available and even the future possibility of a new “Plus One” program in Family Medicine. OGIG will provide information for those students specifically interested in obstetrics, gynecology, or other aspects of women’s health.

Pediatric Interest Group (PIG)

Kerri Onoterra and Amy Lam

An interest group designed to expose undergraduate medical students to the exciting field of Pediatrics and Pediatric subspecialties, in addition to providing informational and practical opportunities to explore the specialty as a whole. Through events such as Paediatrician Speed Dating nights, clerkship and residency information sessions and panel discussions, the group attempts to provide relevant information to students about the specialty and subspecialties available, what life as a paediatrician is like and the path one must take to get there. In addition to information, the PIG organizes and executes various other activities and fundraising opportunities related to Paediatrics, such as Bake Sales and holiday appearances on Children’s Hospital’s CHTV.

Physiatry and Sports Medicine Interest Group (PSMIG)

Rachel Blaine and Vivin Simon

An interest group designed to expose undergraduate medical students to two musculoskeletal-oriented fields: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (aka PMR or Physiatry) and the 2+1 Sports Medicine program within Family Medicine. By providing information sessions as well as practical opportunities to explore these fields, PSMIG acts as a forum for students interested in pursuing a career in Physiatry or Sports Medicine.

Psychiatry Interest Group (PinG)

Kari Johnson

This interest group provides an exposure to the subspecialties of psychiatry. We facilitate panel discussions by specialists on topics ranging from mood disorders to child and adolescent psychiatry.

Public Health Interest Group (PHIG)

Lana Tennenhouse and Meagan Deviaene

From prevention and control of communicable diseases such as influenza, HIV, and SARS, to assessing environmental threats to human health, the public health sector represents a vital component of our health-care system. The Public Health Interest Group aims to promote careers and learning in the field of public health; both through the formal community medicine program, as well as alternatives career paths that include elements of public health and health policy.

Rural Interest Group (RIG)

Mikayla Gawiak and Justin Feilberg

RIG is an interest group designed to provide Med I and II students with exposure to Manitoba Rural Medicine (i.e. beyond the Winnipeg Perimeter). RIG does this by planning a variety of events throughout the year to showcase the many opportunities for careers in Rural Medicine. These include lunch presentations by Rural Regional Health Authorities, dinners with rural clinicians (both general and specialist), and RIG Trips(!). We also assist in planning Rural Week exposures at the end of Med I.

Student Advocacy Committee (SAC)

Joseph Asaminew and Fatemeh Bakhtiari

A collaborative committee formed by representatives from the Government Affairs & Advocacy Committee (GAAC) as well as Global Health Advocacy (GHA), SAC represents the interests and concerns of medical students to all levels of government. Annually, SAC organizes a delegation of medical students to travel to Ottawa for Lobby Day. Additionally, SAC organizes Provincial Lobby Day locally in Manitoba, as well as opportunities for students to become better advocates at a local and international level.

Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN)

Marinya Roznik, Hannah Stirton, and Cynthia Xu

SIGN aims to stimulate medical student’s interests in neurology and make them aware of opportunities within the field. SIGN, being the University of Manitoba chapter of the American Academy of Neurology, looks to accomplish this by creating an environment of like-minded individuals and provide the encouragement and opportunities to pursue their neurology based interests.

Wilderness Medicine Interest Group

Steve Kesselman and Meagan Deviaene

The wilderness medicine interest group (WMIG) will provide experience and education for those interested in emergency and wilderness medicine, with emphasis on outdoors and low resource environments. Our goal is to support and inform students regarding careers related to wilderness medicine, teach practical skills, and promote further education.