Student Clubs and Government
The purpose of the Student Government Association (SGA) is to represent and serve the needs and interests of all members of the student body. All students enrolled, full time or part time, and in good standing at the Institute are eligible for membership as a class representative in the SGA. These individuals can be self nominated or peer nominated, and are ultimately selected by class.
The duties of class representatives include: attending SGA meetings to voice any Institute-specific concerns of their class to the SGA; participating in the accomplishment of the SGA’s goals and objectives for the academic year; electing officers of the SGA.
SGA Contact: email@example.com
SGA Officers 2018-2019
Anthony Paredes (DEN 2020) – President
Alex Rochman (PA 2019) – Vice President
Ken Wakwe (PA 2019) – Treasurer
Bobby Creighton (CSD 2019) - Secretary
Norah Fleming, Elizabeth Elefante: Class of FA 2018
Erica Tavares, Caitlin Hickey: Class of SP 2019
Yonnie Collins, Evan Kha: Class of FA 2019
Bobby Creighton, Katia Stie: Class of 2019
TBD: Class of 2020
Luisa Centenosilva, Desiree Rogers, Jess Romeo: Class of 2019
Anthony Paredes, Keri Marinelli: Class of 2020
TBD: Class of 2021
Emmanuel Achempong, Courtney Livingston: Class of 2019
Jeff Kerbel, Yassi Zarbafian: Class of 2020
Shannon McCrea, Tanner Snow: Class of 2021
Alyssa Fabianek: Class of 2019
Polyxenia Pantos: Class of 2020
TBD: Class of 2021
Alexandra Rochman, Kenneth Wakwe: Class of 2019
Jordyn Durkin, Thomas Romano: Class of 2020
The SGA has a set budget every academic year to help fund class social events, student conference fees, student clubs, and interprofessional events. To request funding assistance, please complete a Request for SGA Funding Form.
AOS seeks to unite individuals with a passion for serving others by providing them with guided opportunities to positively impact the Greater Boston community and establish meaningful connections. While the umbrella lens of our club is healthcare, our monthly topics are multi-focal, targeting a plethora of subtopics that are relevant to today’s society.
Potential projects include, but are not limited to: mentoring children, planning engaging activities for those in nursing homes or inpatient settings, and serving meals at community kitchens. Examples of populations who would benefit from our efforts include: children, elderly, veterans, those experiencing poverty and homelessness, those underserved, and those with disabilities.
AOS uniquely links its service projects to an advocacy topic that promotes discussion and awareness among its members. It is our hope that this added awareness will inspire AOS members and the community to embrace the rewarding nature of providing service and championing for the greater good.
Best Buddies International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD)." The MGH IHP chapter matches student members in 1:1 friendships with individuals with IDD from the Boston community. This student organization creates new relationships in the community, and expands perceptions of persons with IDD, recognizing them as people first. It provides students the chance to experience relationships beyond roles as helping professionals within the healthcare system. By spending time together, the lives of both individuals are enhanced through a mutually beneficial friendship. Members from all disciplines are welcome. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
IHP Cares 4 Kids provide the IHP community with a student organization that promotes interest of pediatric health care and research. Members from all disciplines are welcome. ICK promotes awareness of pediatric healthcare topics through community involvement, as well as educational and professional events. Throughout the academic year the club collaborates or engages with various non-profit organizations dedicated to the research of and care for patients with pediatric illness and/or disability.
The IHP Musicians was founded in 2012 to enrich patients’ experiences and quality of life during recovery through musical entertainment, enhance students’ clinical and professional development and to promote interdisciplinary skills. The club comprises members from all IHP programs and performs a variety of musical genres with solo, duet and group performances. Each semester the club performs at Spaulding Rehab and will be expanding to other venues. Rehearsals are held weekly on Friday from 5:30–6:30 p.m.
IHP Musicians Officers: Alexandra Fam, Natsumi Asanuma, Lisa Keegan, Katherine Marks, Krysten Sears, Amanda Fryd
The purpose of the MGH Institute chapter of the IHI Open School is to foster dynamic interprofessional collaboration to empower students to proactively improve the quality of health care. As a member, you will have opportunities to learn about health care quality improvement science through IHI courses and chapter events, build an interprofessional network and grow your collaborative skills through service learning and social activities, and participate in or develop Quality Improvement (QI) research initiatives with other members of the IHI Open School team.
Formed in 2005, this club provides a forum for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer-identified students and allies. The club is open to any student who has an interest in LGBTQ-related health.
Each academic year, the club invites speakers to address LGBTQ health-related issues. The club also gives presentations on LGBTQ issues for the IHP community. The club is active and has regular meetings and social events. The club also networks with MGH LGBT's Employee Resource Group and has participated in volunteer events at Fenway Community Health in Boston.
Committed to establishing and strengthening relationships between People of Color at the IHP. MEDS will provide these students with a space for community building via dialogue, networking, and service.
NSSLHA is a nonprofit organization for graduate and undergraduate students interested in the study of human communication and related disabilities (Speech-Language Pathology). Graduate students in the Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) program have an active NSSLHA chapter.
Along with participating in community service projects, the group is active in fundraising in order to reduce the cost for students attending the annual American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention.
The annual ASHA Convention provides a place for professionals and students involved in speech-language pathology and related fields to present research, listen to speakers, and learn about new remediation techniques. By attending the convention, NSSLHA members gain more knowledge about communication disorders, and observe the leaders of our field.
IHP Nursing Club is open to all student in the School of Nursing. The club's mission is to help students foster professional development and promote growth of the nursing profession. The club aims to encourage high personal and academic standards among nursing students through educational workshops and initiatives as well as volunteering and leadership opportunities. IHP Nursing Club also works to brings together nursing students from different academic and career backgrounds through social and networking events.
MGHIHP’s Nursing Students for Sexual and Reproductive Health is dedicated to advancing and securing reproductive health and justice for all. Recognizing that nurses are frontline health care practitioners, patient advocates, and community health educators, NSSRH fulfills its mission by:
(i) advocating for substantially increased reproductive health and abortion training for nurses
(ii) organizing a nationwide network of nursing student activists
(iii) supporting the leadership of nursing students and all nurses in the reproductive justice movement
(iv) collaborating across the nursing profession and with other health care providers to maximize resources and expertise
(v) creating a new generation of reproductive health and abortion provider nurses.
We are affiliated with the national chapter of Nursing Students for Choice (NSFC).
The purpose of the Physical Therapy Club (founded 2005) is to increase awareness of the physical therapy profession to the general public. In addition, the club works to promote student involvement in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Lastly, the Club seeks to provide educational opportunities to students and build social bridges between classmates within and across all three years of the program.
Possible ways to become involved are through the Buddy Program that assigns second year mentors to first year students, fundraisers for the Marquette Challenge, social events, and lectures that aim to educate the students of the IHP as well as the public about the physical therapy profession.
Students for Racial Justice in Healthcare is a collective of racial affinity groups, including Ohana for People of Color (PoC) Community and White Affinity for Racial Justice. Our purpose is to facilitate dialogue about racial justice and its impact on the health of our communities, both within the IHP community and beyond. We believe in fostering a space that provides support and builds a stronger understanding among us all through thoughtful, humane dialogue and action towards a more just and compassionate world. Therefore, we strive to create dialogue that is intersectional, inclusive, and affirming of people of color while also addressing oppression based on age, class, gender, size, ability, sexual orientation, mental health status, and other human attributes. Students for Racial Justice in Healthcare aims to center the most marginalized. Our work is rooted in the truth that none of us are free until the most marginalized groups among us are free.
The Spanish Club provides a venue for Spanish-speaking students to practice and improve their language skills. The club explores cultural and linguistic topics and communication barriers encountered in healthcare settings. Students with all skill levels are encouraged to join, practice speaking Spanish, and participate in community and cultural events.
The Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) is a non-profit organization, founded at MGH Institute by the inaugural OTD class of 2017. The purpose of SOTA is to enhance knowledge about occupational therapy as a powerful, widely recognized, science-driven, and evidence-based profession (AOTA, 2006). SOTA is a student-run organization that promotes occupational therapy through community service, public relations, fundraising, and campus activities. Our mission is to serve the community in areas related to occupational therapy, while simultaneously advancing members skills in areas such as professional development. SOTA provides its members the opportunity to connect with each other, faculty and the community at large. SOTA meets once a month.
Over 80% of OTD students are current members of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), earning the Institute Silver Level recognition in the AOTA's Student Membership Circle.
Inactive Student Organizations:
An organization is considered inactive when it is unable to maintain all of the above mentioned requirements of an official student organization
If a matriculated student of the Institute wishes to reinstate an inactive organization to official student organization status they must follow the steps outlined in the "How to Establish a New IHP Student Organization" section.
The following clubs are currently inactive:
Crossroads welcomes students of all disciplines and denominations to join us for spiritual encouragement, prayer, and fellowship with other Institute students, staff members and alumni who seek to follow Christ.
We meet regularly throughout the academic year to explore and study issues of faith, calling, spirituality, and service in health care.
Hold an informational meeting to generate club interest. Send your meeting announcement to Student Life for approval. The Office of Student and Disability Services (OSDS) will then forward the approved announcement to the Daily News.
Have at least 8 committed members before applying for official club standing with OSDS and the SGA.
Secure a current Institute Faculty/Staff member to act as your advisor for the academic year and submit his/her name to OSDS. (Note: If an advisor cannot fulfill the year long commitment, the club must submit the name of a second advisor to fill out the term.)
Fill out the New Student Organization Application form.
Attend an SGA meeting and be prepared to outline your organization’s mission and purpose.
The SGA reserves the right to take up to one month to review the application.
If approval from the SGA has been reached, the organization should hold elections for an Executive Board. Having an E-board will help to shape the club and make sure it is following its mission and purpose. The E-board should at the very least include the following positions: Chair/President, Treasurer, Secretary, and SGA Liaison. The role of the SGA Liaison is important because this allows the clubs to have a direct line to the SGA.
Once an E-board has been established, the new organization should submit to OSDS a list of the board members with their student email addresses.
If a general club email is desired, the organization should submit a request to OSDS to Student Life.