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Student Life

Medical students are encouraged to strike a work/life balance that will continue beyond their medical school years.  Stony Brook University School of Medicine has over 70 active and varied student clubs and interest groups.  Included are professional organizations (AMA, AMWA, SNMA); medical specialty interest groups; cultural  and performance organizations (Lymph Notes, Dance Club) service organizations (SB HOME, Phi Delta Epsilon) and many more.   We have an active and talented student body.

Click here for a complete list of SOM Student Clubs/Interest Groups

Also encouraged are visits to the Walter J. Hawrys Campus Recreation and Wellness Center on West Campus:

Campus Recreation and Wellness Center

Intramural Sports: Our students also have a long history of participation in intramural sports, competing with undergraduate and graduate students campus-wide.  We won the campus men’s basketball championship in 2016! 

Annual Events

Each year, medical students organize a variety of annual social and cultural events which bring medical students, faculty and staff together in a fun, relaxed setting.  The longest running event is the Annual Pot Luck Dinner which began in the 1970s.  These annual events include: 

  • Evening of Arts
  • Asian Extravaganza
  • Diaspora of Color
  • Hispanic Heritage Night
  • Pot Luck Dinner/Golden Paddle Awards
  • Jeopardy!
  • Semi-formal
  • Match Day Formal
  • Graduation Dinner 

Student Governance

During the fall term of first year, each class will hold elections to elect the officers for their class.  The positions include:

  • Class Senators (2)
  • Class Secretary
  • Class Treasurer
  • Honor Code Committee (4)
  • Curriculum Committee
  • Alumni Representative
  • Advocacy Representative
  • AIMS Representative
  • Athletics Chair
  • Social Chairs (2)
  •  MeSh Chairs (2)
  • IT Representative
  • Public Relations/SOM Wiki Coordinator

Class senators meet regularly with the Vice Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs and Associate Dean for Student Affairs. 

Professional Development – Meeting or Conference Participation

Each year many of our students are selected to present their research at regional/national conferences.   Others request to attend conferences as a general participant.  Eligibility for funding for conference attendance/travel is approved by the Associate Dean of Student Affairs.  Prior to registration for a meeting/conference, schedule an appointment with the Associate Dean.  If approved, the Senior Administrative Assistant with review the process for payment of conference registration, travel and lodging.