The International Federation of Medical Students' Associations

The International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA) is an independent, non-governmental and non-political federation of medical student associations throughout the world. The IFMSA was founded in the Netherlands as a charity organization in May 1951, and is run for and by medical students all over the world on a non-profit basis.

The mission of UK's IFMSA Chapter is "to offer future physicians a comprehensive introduction to global health issues. Through our programming and opportunities, we develop culturally sensitive students of medicine, intent on influencing the trans-national inequalities that shape the health of our planet." IFMSA sponsors several events each year, the most prominent include activities for World AIDS Day in December and an art auction that benefits "Shoulder to Shoulder Ecuador," a clinical mission trip to South America each spring.

For more information on IFMSA, contact Sam Matheny, M.D., IFMSA faculty advisor and professor of Family and Community Medicine at

The Student National Medical Association

The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is the nation's oldest and largest student organization focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of color. Membership includes more than 7,000 medical students, pre-medical students, residents and physicians. Established in 1964 by medical students from Howard University and Meharry medical schools, the SNMA boasts more than 40 years of service to underserved communities and medical students.

The mission of UK's SNMA Chapter is "to further the cause of minorities and aspiring minority applicants in the field of medicine through education, community service and mentorship while also bringing attention to the health care disparities in our world."

For more information on SNMA, contact Anita Fernander, Ph.D., assistant professor of Behavioral Science and SNMA faculty advisor at

UK Health Occupation Professionals for Equality

UK Health Occupation Professionals for Equality (UK HOPE) is an organization open to all health care students and interested faculty and staff at the University of Kentucky. We strive to foster a more inclusive, equitable and diverse working and learning environment within the health care colleges for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students. To this end, we offer mentorship and networking opportunities, advance curricular innovation to cultivate a better understanding of LGBT health issues and advocate for the well-being of LGBT health care students, faculty and staff. There are no requirements for joining the group; being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is not a prerequisite, and in fact many of our members are not. The only requirement is a desire to be supportive of and interested in promoting equality for LGBT people.

For more information on UK HOPE, please visit their Website or contact Janice Kuperstein, PT, PhD, MSEd Associate Professor, Physical Therapy and faculty advisor for UK HOPE, at