Aesculapian Society
School of Medicine Queen's University

Student Groups

For questions relating to these Student Interest Groups, please contact Denisha Puvitharan at [email protected] 

Group Name Group Description

Anesthesiology Interest Group (AIG)

Sean Davison ([email protected]), Sean Tom ([email protected]), Farzad Izaddoust Dar ([email protected])

To educate medical students about the field of anesthesiology, and expose them to practicing anesthesiologists and residents.

Altitude Healthcare Mentoring

Denisha Puvitharan ([email protected]), Laura Sawka ([email protected])

Main objectives: 1. Help medical students develop the skills to become effective mentors. 2. Nurture first year undergraduate students in their transition to university and help them explore careers in healthcare. 3. Provide Mentors with support and help to develop skills important to healthcare professionals

Academic Medicine Interest Group (AMIG)
Kevin Lee ([email protected]), Gagandeep Fervaha ([email protected])

To educate medical students about the roles that physicians have in medical research and academia, discuss ways to succeed in research, provide networking opportunities for students to meet potential clinician scientist mentors, and help students further develop the skills necessary to critically appraise scientific papers.

Christian Healthcare Fellowship

Gordon Yao ([email protected])

CMDS at Queen's is dedicated to providing medical students, residents, and physicians with the opportunity to explore faith and medicine and how they intersect.

Diagnostic Imaging Interest Group (DIIG)

Cynthia Yeung ([email protected]), Lauren Mak ([email protected])

To provide students with an opportunity to explore the field of medical imaging and showcase its usage in a variety of medical specialties

Dermatology Interest Group

Lilly Debbie Wang ([email protected]), Alanna Bridgman ([email protected])

The purpose of this group is to expose students to opportunities within dermatology and to allow them to expand their knowledge of cutaneous medicine and surgery. 

Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG)

 Liam O'Sullivan ([email protected])

To provide a forum for QMed students who are interested in emergency medicine to learn about EM through the engagement of Queen’s EM faculty and other like-minded students.
Environmental Advocacy in Medicine (EAM)

Sarah Wong ([email protected]), Sam Sarabia ([email protected]), Bethany Ricker ([email protected]), Sasha Letourneau ([email protected])
To educate medical students on the role of sustainability in medicine and and how the environment impacts our health so that they can better advocate for the health of their patients. According to the CMA, “health care professionals and organizations need to consider the long-term environmental costs of providing health care and to reduce the material and energy consumption of the health care industry.” This interest group would allow medical students to learn how they can best achieve this goal.
Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG)

Ramita Verma ([email protected]), Laurel Collings ([email protected])

To provide medical students exposure to the field of family medicine. 
Financial Literacy in Medicine (FLIM)

Adam Devon ([email protected]); Darsan Sadacharam ([email protected])
The aim of our group is to address the deficit in financial knowledge that exists among medical students, working to better prepare them for their futures. Our group will focus on three avenues: finance, management and entrepreneurship, within the context of medicine.


Liane Bailey ([email protected]), Rachel Oh ([email protected])

Francomed aims to identify and mobilize Francophone and Francophile medical students, as well as prepare and equip them for clinical activities in the underserved French minority communities in Canada.

Global Health Interest Group (GHIG)

Nada Radulovic ([email protected])

To educate students about the practice of global health.
Health Policy Interest Group 

Julia Milden ([email protected]), Jas Sahota (jsahot[email protected])
Increase awareness and promote dialogue regarding current issues in health policy
Hippochromatic Notes

Scott Wakeham ([email protected]), Lori Minassian ([email protected])

An a cappella group for Queen's medical students.

Indigenous Health Interest Group (IHIG)

Thomas Dymond ([email protected]), Ankur Shahi ([email protected])

IHIG aims to promote discussion and increase awareness of indigenous health issues in Canada and internationally.

Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG)

Ariba Shah ([email protected]), Rachel Gladstone ([email protected]), Stephanie Cheon ([email protected]), Thomas Ritchie ([email protected])

To foster understanding of internal medicine (IM) as a specialty and all subspecialities therein. In addition to promoting the field, we also hope to serve as a conduit to build camaraderie and network between IM faculty and interested students.

Innovation in Medicine

Hannah Dies ([email protected]), Sachin Pasricha ([email protected])

To engage students in new aspects of the health care system including technologies, innovative research techniques, or new policy approaches being discussed. We also help prepare students for entreprenurial ventures with a business fundamentals skillset by co-hostng a mini-MBA series with the Graduate Management Consulting Association's Queen's University Chapter.

Jr. Medics

Alexandar Gabinet Equihua ([email protected])
To deliver high-quality, basic first aid training to elementary school students in the Kingston area.

Medicine and Literature

Maggie Hulbert ([email protected]), Ashna Asim ([email protected])
To provide medical students and residents with opportunities to explore a variety of perspectives on aspects of clinical practice, professionalism, medical ethics, and experiences of illness.


Jon Pipitone ([email protected])

We meet regularly to practice and discuss meditation and mindfulness. Find us on facebook here:

Oncology Interest Group

Alexander Kiciak ([email protected]), Maxine Kish ([email protected])
The Oncology Interest Group provides an opportunity for undergraduate medical students to learn about the exciting and dynamic field of oncology. This group offers valuable insight into one of the fastest growing fields in medicine. Considering the diverse subspecialties that include radiation oncology, medical oncology, surgical oncology, paediatric oncology, and vast opportunities for cutting-edge research, this group caters to students with varied interests.

Ophthalmology Interest Group

Daisy Liu ([email protected]), Joseph Yang ([email protected])

Educate students about Ophthalmology and promote interest in the specialty.

Pediatric Elective Lecture Series (PELS)

Jenny Lee ([email protected]), Julie Yu ([email protected])
The Paediatric Elective Lecture Series promotes a variety of topics to within the paediatric field to enhance Queen’s medical students’ curricular and extracurricular experience. It is a forum to promote the field of paediatrics, expose students to interesting paediatric topics, and meet the paediatrics faculty at Queen’s. 

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Interest Group (PM&RIG)

Cale Templeton ([email protected]) Nilufer Nourourzpour ([email protected]), Laurel Collings ([email protected])

The purpose of PM&RIG is to provide preclerkship students with increased exposure to the specialties of physical medicine and rehabilitation and sports medicine while also giving students in those years a chance to learn some extra clinical skills.

Queen’s Gender and Sexual Minorities in Health Interest Group (QGSMHIG)

Andrew McNaughton ([email protected]); Jennifer She ([email protected])
TQGSMHIG is a student-led interest group at Queen's School of Medicine that aims to: 1) promote health equity for GSM in our community 2) research, educate, and engage with equity at Queen's School of Medicine 3) identify and help remove barriers for GSM medical students, residents and other healthcare professionals in our community 4) advocate on behalf of GSM patients in our communities 5) network and provide support for other student groups across medical schools in promoting equity for GSM across Canada

Queen's Medicine Dragonboat Team 
([email protected])

To enrich the quality of student life through a teamwork and leadership building sport. 

Queen’s Geriatrics Interest Group (QGIG)

Mehar Kang ([email protected]), Jerome Satkunam ([email protected])
To provide opportunities for students to learn more about geriatrics.

Queen’s Psychiatry Interest Group (QPIG)

Sean Haffey ([email protected]), Rohit Ghate ([email protected])
To explore thoughts, ideas and careers in the field of psychiatry.

Queen’s Surgery Interest Group (QSIG)

Madeline Lemke ([email protected]), Eric Toyota ([email protected]), Justine Ring ([email protected])
To provide Queen’s medical students with exposure to surgical specialties, career opportunities involving surgery and workshops through which they can practice surgical skills.

Queen’s Students Interested in Neurology (QSIGN)

Rochelle Herrington ([email protected]), Chantal Valiquette ([email protected])
An interest group for Queen's medical students interested in Neurology, Neurosurgery, Neuroradiology, Neuropathology, and/or any other neurologically-related topic. 

Reads for Paeds

Hassan Hazari ([email protected]); Thomas Ritchie ([email protected])

Reads for Paeds is a student-led initiative that seeks to develop engaging, illustrative and age-appropriate books for children with paediatric conditions. Started in 2014 by members of the Queen’s Medicine Class of 2017, we have several completed books and are working to expand this collection. Each book has been thoroughly researched, written, illustrated and edited by medical students with the invaluable guidance of healthcare professionals to ensure their accuracy and relevance. Visit for more information!

Women’s Health Interest Group (WHIG)

Julia Lew ([email protected]), Rachel Blair ([email protected]), Denisha ([email protected])

To provide Queen's medical students with exposure to topics relating to women's health, including reproduction, abortion, mental health, sexual abuse and many more. Additionally the club will provide opportunities to practice women's health related procedural and technical skills. To complement and expand on UGME curriculum regarding women’s health!

Women in Medicine (WIM)

Chantal Valiquette ([email protected]), Alexandra Basden ([email protected]) , Kimberley Vella ([email protected])
Women in Medicine is focused on providing students mentorship opportunities with female physicians, and providing information on issues unique to women in medicine.

Wilderness Medicine Interest Group (WMIG)

Sydney Candy ([email protected]), Edrea Khong ([email protected]), Laurel Collings ([email protected])

To encourage learning around medicine specific to wilderness pursuits.

What Happened in Medicine (WHIM) Historical Society 

Hissan Butt [email protected]; Yannay Khaikin, [email protected]; Harry Chandrakumaran, [email protected]

To support any and all history of medicine activity and research at Qmed