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 a balance between work 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. Whether you’re exploring new interests or delving deeper into established ones, you’ll have an opportunity to engage with your peers and the surrounding community.

Student Advising

Mapping out futures in medicine

Our medical faculty members wear many coats. They are equal parts teacher, mentor and guide. They are committed to your success as a student and dedicated to setting you on the right clinical path.

Upon matriculation, new students enjoy the support of advising groups consisting of clinicians and researchers, as well as second-year students. Called ‘Big Sibs,’ these second-year students help their first-year counterparts transition into medical school. The mentorship relationships that develop often continue to be a source of support over the following years. 

Beginning in your first year, you’ll be matched with an area practicing physician for a clinical, mentorship experience. This program — Medical Student Home (MeSH) — gives you the opportunity to work with real patients and learn from a seasoned professional who is eager to help you advance in the field.

Career advising consists of much more than a few one-on-one meetings. It is a steady and continual process of growth. Faculty advisers gauge your career outlooks and personal goals, and take you through everything from skills assessments to personality tests. 

In your third and fourth years, your career adviser will closely evaluate the actual performance from your MeSH experience and clinical rotations to match you to the right specialty. 


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

The world of medicine and health care is vast, encompassing numerous specialties, environmental contexts and applications. We believe that there is valuable perspective to be gained outside of the classroom or clinical site. Our student-driven interest and co-curricular groups enrich your education and allow you to further pursue your specific medical interests and issues, but they offer even more important benefits than that. These groups put you in touch with like-minded peers and mentors who are equally as passionate as you. Together, you’ll raise awareness, inspire campus debate and serve as advocates.

Some days you’ll want to leave the textbooks and white coat in your locker, and get out. We understand that. Moreover, we encourage it. There are many opportunities to be active — joining intramurals or clubs dedicated to getting you off campus, being active and flexing your non-clinical muscles. They need the exercise too.

We offer nearly 40 interest and co-curricular student groups:

  • Addiction Medicine 
  • American Medical Association (AMA)
  • American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA)
  • Anesthesiology Interest Group
  • Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA)
  • Bioethics Interest Group
  • Bobcat Community Clinic
  • Doctors for America
  • ENT-Surgery Interest Group
  • Family Medicine Interest Group
  • Forensic Medicine 
  • Global Public Health
  • Hematology-Oncology Interest Group
  • Infectious Disease Interest Group
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Interprofessional Emergency Medicine Interest Group (IEMIG)
  • Interprofessional OB/GYN Interest Group
  • Jewish Medical Student Association 
  • Medical Spanish
  • Medical Students for Choice 
  • Military Medicine
  • Netter Alternative Breaks
  • Netter Cycling Club
  • Netter Life Style Medicine
  • Netter Pride Alliance 
  • Neurology Interest Group
  • Ophthalmology Interest Group
  • Orthopedic Interest Group
  • Pediatric Interest Group
  • Peer Fellows
  • Physicians for Human Rights
  • Primary Care Progress
  • Psychiatry Interest Group
  • Radiology Interest Group
  • Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
  • Surgery
  • Visual Arts Society


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The big day

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


Celebrating milestones

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.


Health and Wellness

David Turco MD ’20 paints with the Visual Arts Society.

Creative outlet

David Turco, MD ’20, paints with the Visual Arts Society. The society organizes free studio sessions where students sculpt, paint, draw and are encouraged to follow their own artistic directions. Activities like this give students opportunities to relieve the stress of medical school.

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 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 provided in-person or by phone through a network of qualified external partners.

Perhaps the most unique resource available at the School of Medicine is the WellConnect by Student Resource Services. This confidential and voluntary counseling and resource referral service is provided free of charge to all medical students, and also is available to their family members. WellConnect can help you overcome day-to-day challenges that can easily snowball and disrupt your work, and offers services such as:

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

In the Area

City living and a New England backdrop

Our beautiful North Haven Campus was purposefully designed with your needs in mind. With cutting-edge resources and facilities, it includes spaces built for collaboration as well as quiet, reflective study. It’s an oasis in one of the most powerful regions of legal and commercial activity in the country.

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.

A group of seven students gathered around a table on one of the North Haven Campus' patios.

Center of it all

Our North Haven Campus offers a variety of spots to collaborate — including several outdoor patios.

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.

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.

Student Affairs

Your compass, from the White Coat Ceremony to Commencement

As you progress through your curriculum and approach your residency, you can rely on the Office of Student Affairs to provide you with close academic advising, numerous career development opportunities and a range of programs that foster both personal and professional growth.

The office also oversees many student organizations, community outreach activities, student government and student interest groups.


Quinnipiac University Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences 
North Haven Campus, 370 Bassett Road
North Haven, Connecticut 06473



Mailing Address

Quinnipiac University School of Medicine
Office of Student Affairs (NH-MED)
275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, Connecticut 06518