The Anatomy Graduate Student Organization (AGSO) sits within the Department of Anatomy and serves as a student run organization that helps facilitate communication between graduate students and faculty, organizes social, volunteer, and professional events while also creating opportunities for leadership development. The organization currently has committees focusing on research, professional development, mentorship, local outreach, health & wellness, and STEM outreach. Membership is open to all MS Applied Anatomy students.
Local Outreach Committee: This committee has a goal to serve the Cleveland community by building strong relationships and empowering others. 2020-21 academic year yielded great success with the NEOCH fundraiser (collected $600 and over 1300 items). In addition, the committee shared holiday wishes by making and delivering cards to residents at Menorah Park assisted living community.
Professional Development Committee: Students involved in planning initiatives for this committee hosted "How To Be The Ideal Medical School Applicant" in collaboration with CWRU School of Medicine Admissions Committee and "Mastering Virtual Interviews" in collaboration with the CWRU Post-Graduate Planning and Experimental Education Department. The students also organized professional headshots and mock interviews with faculty.
Mentorship Committee: The team has worked tirelessly to identify and create opportunities for MS Applied Anatomy students to exercise their knowledge and expertise. This year's initiatives included: big/little pairings, collaboration with the Department of Biomedical Engineering on the courses EBME 300 and EBME 472 with the launch of the Anatomy Interdisciplinary Teaching Video Series, and the coordination of student volunteers for the Cleveland Museum of Natural History's Junior Medical Summer Camp.
Health & Wellness Committee: This committee laid the groundwork for an AGSO-led 5K in the future, informed students on relevant health topics, and hosted events to create a platform through which students could interact with current professors and their peers in the anatomy program relating to mental health and work-life balance.
Research Committee: This team developed a comprehensive research database with 30+ faculty members (across various departments at CWRU and UH) willing to mentor anatomy students on research projects. In addition, they founded the AGSO Research Digest, a graduate-student run magazine that features faculty spotlights, student career resources, national research conferences, and anatomical case studies written by graduate students.
Anatomy Resource Committee: Students in this committee helped to organize and clean all of the tools and upstairs labs. All broken items were removed and sharps containers emptied.