Your life, in and out of medicine

Medical school will be one of the greatest challenges of your life, and we are confident you are up to it. We also know that finding integration between studying and life over the next few years will be vital to your academic success and overall health. To this end, we provide you with the means to decompress and combat the fatigue and potential burnout of medical school, as well as the chance to explore the area and build lasting friendships.

Through a network of student-focused services and groups, you’ll enjoy the benefits of a supportive and close-knit community. The Office of Student Affairs will guide you throughout your medical school career, acting as your compass from the White Coat Ceremony to Commencement. As our alumni base grows, you also have an expanding network of graduates committed to supporting those who follow in their footsteps.

Learning Communities

Become part of a medical community, not just a class

Our learning communities help connect you with peers across class years while providing a source of academic and lifestyle support throughout your medical school experience.

Upon matriculation, you’ll be assigned an academic adviser, as well as a second-year “Big Sib” who will help you transition into your first year of medical school. These relationships will provide a source of guidance, mentoring and friendship that you can count on over the next four years.

During years three and four, you’ll work with career advisers who will help you find the right specialty, plan your clinical years and navigate your residency application process. They’ll gauge your career goals against your personal skills and aptitudes, while specialty advisers will offer their guidance on skill and lifestyle considerations for specific areas of interest.  

From your first day all the way through graduation, our learning communities in addition to medical faculty and staff provide all of the support and resources you’ll need, placing you on a path toward a long and meaningful medical career.


Two medical students talk during a dinner in honor of Black History Month.

Making connections

Vithya Thambiaiyah, MD ’20, and Gabrielle Ransford, MD ’19, talk during a dinner in honor of Black History Month.

Student Interest Groups

A student holds a hula-hoop as a sixth-grade student mimics blood running through an artery.

For the fun of learning

Maiah Zarrabi, MD '20, holds a hula-hoop as sixth-grade student Isabella Acosta mimics blood running through an artery during Science Fridays at St. Martin de Porres Academy in New Haven. Professor Carolyn Macica takes about 20 medical students to the elementary school once a month for a science lesson to interest the children in careers in science.

Active, involved and making a difference

Our many student-driven interest and co-curricular groups enable you to pursue your specific medical interests and address modern health care issues. These groups, in addition to student government, also give you a voice in shaping your education and overall student experience. You’ll raise awareness, inspire campus debate and serve as advocates in a community of like-minded peers and mentors.

There are also many opportunities to stay active, including intramurals or clubs dedicated to getting you off campus and flexing your non-clinical muscles. 

We offer nearly 40 interest and co-curricular student groups, and we're continually adding more:

  • Addiction Medicine Interest Group
  • American Medical Student Association (AMSA)
  • American Medical Women’s Association (AMA)
  • Anesthesiology Interest Group
  • Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA)
  • Bioethics Interest Group
  • Biomedical Innovation Club
  • Bobcat Community Health Alliance
  • Cheshire Wellness Fridays
  • Dermatology Interest Group
  • ENT-Surgery Interest Group
  • Family Medicine Interest Group
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS)
  • Global Public Health Interest Group
  • Healthcare VITALS
  • Hematology-Oncology Interest Group
  • Human Health and Climate Change
  • Human Trafficking Prevention Project
  • Infectious Disease Interest Group
  • Internal Medicine Interest Group
  • Interprofessional Anatomy
  • Interprofessional Emergency Medicine Interest Group (IEMIG)
  • Interprofessional OB/GYN Interest Group
  • Jewish Medical Student Association
  • LMSA Latino Medical Student Association
  • Medical Spanish
  • Medical Students for Choice
  • Military Medicine Interest Group
  • Netter Alternative Breaks
  • Netter Bible Study
  • Netter Life Style Medicine
  • Netter Notes
  • Netter Pride Alliance
  • Netter Visual Arts Society
  • Neurology Interest Group
  • Ophthalmology Interest Group
  • Orthopedic Interest Group
  • Pediatric Interest Group
  • Peer Fellows
  • Primary Care Progress
  • Psychiatry Interest Group
  • Radiology Interest Group
  • SAFE (Scrubs Addressing the Firearm Epidemic) Interest Group
  • Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
  • Surgery Interest Group
  • Wilderness Medicine Interest Group


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The big day

Match Day for the Class of 2019 was an event filled with excitement and emotion.


Reason to celebrate

We support and celebrate the many accomplishments of our students — from the first day of their medical school journey to their last.

At the White Coat Ceremony, we welcome our newest members of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine. On this euphoric day, the university and School of Medicine leadership join your family and friends to celebrate the beginning of your studies. It’s more than just a coat; it symbolizes the first step on your road to becoming a physician.

To bookend your medical school experience, the School of Medicine celebrates each graduating class on Match Day. Few occasions are as significant in the life of a future physician and you can be sure Quinnipiac treats it with the importance it deserves.

A medical student seated wearing her white coat and holding stethoscope smiles up at her family.

Joining the community

Taylor Frazier, MD ’22, smiles to her family during the annual White Coat Ceremony. The event marks the official welcome for new medical students.

Commencement isn’t an end, but a beginning. This is a day to commemorate the hard work and sacrifice you’ve put in over the last four years, and look ahead with excitement to the career that awaits you. When you walk off the stage that day in May, you are more than the pair of letters that accompany your name. You carry on a tradition of excellence that began with our inaugural Class of 2017.

In the Area

City living and a New England backdrop

While time may be at a premium for medical students, we encourage you to take some for yourself whenever you can. In addition to boasting some of the most breathtaking scenery in New England, New Haven County offers a wide range of distractions that allow you stay active, and nourish your body, mind and soul.

The city of New Haven offers some of the best restaurants, bars and cafes in the state, as well as the best pizza in the entire nation. A cultural hotspot, New Haven also hosts numerous annual festivals, and features a museum of Natural History as well as two art museums free to the public. The Long Wharf Theater, Yale Rep and other venues showcase on and off-Broadway plays and musicals, touring music acts and performance artists all year.

Downtown New Haven, Connecticut

Best of both worlds

The city of New Haven combines the colonial tradition of New England with the modern innovations of a major city.

Shannon Haggerty, J.D. ’21 (right) and Jacqueline Fabian, Industrial Engineering ’19 (left). Quinnipiac University student scenes.

A breath of fresh air

The Farmington Canal Heritage Trail, Sleeping Giant State Park and other nearby parks offer ample opportunity to recharge and reconnect in a scenic New England backdrop.

Sometimes the best prescription is fresh air and exercise. Sleeping Giant State Park, the Farmington Canal Trail and East Rock Park offer a number paths for hiking or a bike ride, while a network of rivers and beaches across Long Island Sound make swimming, rafting and tubing a regular possibility.

These are just a few ways to recharge after a lengthy week of classes or clerkships. It’s all here. Get out, explore and be curious. As medical students, it’s in your nature.

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Health and Wellness

Students study and play games in the North Haven Dining Hall

Relaxed atmosphere

Our recently renovated dining hall on the North Haven Campus provides an inviting place to refuel, unwind, study and connect with peers.

Practicing what you prescribe

Sometimes the most difficult health problems to confront may be your own. That’s why we’re as committed to meeting your physical and mental health needs as you are to meeting the needs of those you’ll treat one day. You’ll have access to comprehensive counseling and wellness services through a network of qualified external partners.

Resources include two confidential and voluntary counseling and referral services. One is provided by phone while another service is provided in person, in one of three local practices. These services are free of charge to all medical students, and the service by phone is also available to your family members. These services can help you overcome day-to-day challenges that can easily snowball and disrupt your work. 

Additional services include:

  • Anxiety/stress/depression/substance abuse/personal counseling
  • Budget and debt consultation
  • Legal counseling
  • New parent transition coaching
  • Community resources and referrals

In addition, each student interest group is also committed to organizing at least one wellness event per year, which range from stress buster events, yoga sessions, art studio sessions, reflection sessions, movie nights and more.