Welcome to the home page of the Medical School Government of VCU School of Medicine. We hope to use this site to keep you informed of all events concerning the Medical Student Government including social functions, community service events, publications, resources, and any other activities.
If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact our government email address, and the appropriate person will respond: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Announcements from the Scoop
YogaRx ZOOM Guided Meditation. Does your mind feel scattered and stressed? Is it hard for you to focus in class or fall asleep at night? Meditation is an evidence based practice that can help improve sleep, focus, mental health, and more. The YogaRx SIG invites you to join us in a weekly Guided Meditation: Sundays at 9 PM via Zoom. The meditation will be 10-15 minutes long and will incorporate breathing and mindfulness techniques. All students of all experience levels are welcome!
Submit SIG, SOM, or Class Event Pictures! Please submit your event pictures here to be featured on the SCOOP and the MSG Website. Any pictures from medical school associated events are accepted!
University Counseling Services. Students can contact university counseling at 804-828-6200 and schedule a telehealth appointment. Please see this website for more information.
Interested in recruiting student volunteers for your organization? Contact the MSG, <email@example.com>.
SERVICE and RESEARCH
The Underdocs Mentorship Program. Recruiting Mock Interview Volunteers; looking for a meaningful volunteer opportunity that is flexible to your schedule? We are recruiting med students (M1's - M4's) to offer free virtual 50-min mock interviews to our premed friends applying this cycle. You decide the date(s), time(s), and the number of interviews you want to provide! A guide on conducting mock interviews will be provided. Sign-ups are open from now until February 28, 2023. For questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
OSIG Ophthalmology Shadowing Signups. OSIG has released the Fall ophthalmology shadowing signup sheet! This semester we have 4 subspecialties to choose from: retina, pediatrics/strabismus, glaucoma, and oculoplastics. You can sign up here if you are interested in shadowing a physician. Please contact email@example.com if you have any questions!
CrossOver Clinic. Help us support a free clinic for Richmond residents by volunteering side-by-side with providers! This opportunity includes taking patient histories, performing physical exams, documenting findings, and presenting patient information to providers - so it is a great chance to get some practice in while helping the community! Spanish-proficiency is helpful, but by no means required! Each clinic date can support 3-4 student volunteers. Email <firstname.lastname@example.org> to indicate your interest and to be added to our email list for future clinic dates (which will permit M1s volunteers).
Volunteer with LiftPD. Are you interested in helping those with Parkinson's in a fun and active way? Come volunteer at LiftPD! You'll have the opportunity to work directly with individuals with PD through small group physical exercise classes designed for all levels, while learning from their experiences and insights. Classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays at RVA Performance Training. Sign-up and learn more here. Feel free to reach out to AGS Leadership at <email@example.com> with any questions!
Derm Free Clinic. The Derm Free Clinic is a monthly clinic run by VCU dermatology residents and attendings at the Crossover Clinic. It is an opportunity to obtain clinical dermatology exposure and to give back to the community. If interested in volunteering (M1s-M4s welcome), please contact Jessie Pixley (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Aref Moshayedi (email@example.com) to be added to the listserv.
Food Drive for Latinx Communities. The Sacred Heart Center is a non-profit organization in Richmond that works with Latinx families in the city, providing ESL classes, health screenings, childcare, and more. Currently they are operating a drive-through food bank serving the Latinx community. They need volunteers to help with packaging food orders, organizing donations and distributing food to families. The food bank is open several days a week at 1400 Perry St in Richmond, with shifts lasting 2 hours. Spanish fluency is not required. If interested, sign up using this link. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Jacob's Chance: River City Buddy Ball. This is a program that provides full-season athletics in an inclusive setting where participants with physical, developmental, or intellectual differences are able to play alongside volunteers, or as we call them, “buddies.” Because our sports are non-competitive and supportive of unique abilities, our athletes are able to gain confidence, learn new skills, and form lasting friendships. With a focus on adapting the sport to the athlete, anyone can play! Sports coming up this fall: soccer, football, and basketball. Sign up to volunteer here. Check out jacobschance.org/volunteer to learn more, or contact Sadie at email@example.com with any questions
Trauma Survivors Network. With TSN, you have the opportunity to visit trauma patients and provide them with resources for what to expect during and after their stay at VCU. This is an awesome opportunity to gain familiarity with the hospital system that you will be rounding in during your third year and a chance to connect with patients as they begin their recovery process. Volunteers must attend a short training to go over what to expect during rounds, as well as a brief tour of the hospital so that you are familiar with the main areas we see patients in. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!
Foster Animals. The Richmond SPCA and the Richmond Animal League are in need of foster homes for their animals! You can sign up to either foster an animal now or be part of Richmond SPCA's Emergency On-Call Foster Care, in case foster care is needed on short-term notice. Find out more here: Richmond SPCA and Richmond Animal League. These organizations will provide you with the supplies you need; you just provide the home, love, care, and time for the animal!
HandsOnRVA. Interested in helping out in the community non-clinically? HandsOnRVA is the largest community organizer in the Richmond area for onsite and remote volunteer events. There are virtual as well as in-person volunteer opportunities. Sign up here.