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Surgery Student Interest Group

Here are just some of the benefits of becoming a member:


  • We are the only student interest group supported by the USC Department of Surgery.

  • Our “Day in the OR” program gives you the chance to shadow a surgeon and scrub into the OR.

  • Through our surgical skills workshops, you can practice laparoscopy, suturing, scrubbing, and more.

  • We help connect you with an individual mentor in the surgical field.

  • Our lunch talks featuring surgeon speakers and Residents Panel offer an inside perspective practicing surgery.

  • You can attend Surgical Grand Rounds to hear about recent advances in surgery and network with surgical faculty.

  • MedSTAR holds an abstract competition where five students are chosen to present their research at Grand Rounds.

  • You also get a sweet SSIG T-shirt FREE with membership


Faculty Advisor: Michelle Winfield, MD DDS

Our Leadership

Ryan Palmer  (

Neil Parikh  (

Taseen Haque  (

Shivani Sundaram  (

Nicolas Malkoff  (

Eric Laifman  (

Justin Chan  (



Mentorship Chair

Publicity Chair

Finance Chair

Workshop Chair

Research/Shadowing Chair

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