We collaborate and partner with organizations whose missions and values align with our own to increase impact and reach.


Previous Partnership Events

Poster Symposium with Yale Center for Climate Change and Health

Journal Club with Healthcare Without Harm

Continuing Climate Advocacy in Residency Panel with Physicians in Training for a Sustainable Future

How to become an MS4SF Partner

Partners of MS4SF are health and science organizations that are aligned with our mission statement and principles regarding the health threats of climate change and the health benefits of solutions.

  • If you are interested in partnering with MS4SF, please email us.
  • If you’re an international student or organization, we’d love to hear from you! 
  • Want to promote an event through MS4SF? Email us or fill out this form!

Chapters and Affiliates

If you are passionate about climate change & medicine or active in an existing climate and sustainability group at your medical school and would like to become an MS4SF Communications Representative for your medical school or group, please complete this form!

If you are a medical student interested in starting a Medical Students for a Sustainable Future (MS4SF) chapter at your school or connecting your existing organization with the MS4SF coalition, you have the following options:

  • Form an MS4SF Chapter at your institution or transform your current organization into an MS4SF Chapter
  • Join the MS4SF coalition as an Affiliate

Please note that Chapters and Affiliates are provided with the same level of support and the difference is nominal only. In order to join as a Chapter or an Affiliate, please complete the following steps:

Current MS4SF Chapters and Affiliates

  • Brown University 
  • Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
  • CUNY School of Medicine 
  • Duke University School of Medicine
  • FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
  • Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine
  • Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
  • Georgetown University School of Medicine
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Joint Medical Program between UC Berkeley and UCSF School of Medicine
  • Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Oregon Health & Science University
  • Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania 
  • Sidney Kimmel Medical College
  • Texas A&M College of Medicine
  • Stanford
  • Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Tufts School of Medicine
  • UNC School of Medicine
  • University of Alabama School of Medicine
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Utah School of Medicine
  • University of Virginia School of Medicine
  • Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont
  • Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • University of New Mexico School of Medicine
  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
  • University of Hawai’i John A. Burns School of Medicine

Events from 2020

  • Clinical Practice and Climate Change Physician Panel at MS4SF at Netter
  • Voting for Change: The Climate Crisis
  • Discussing Health Effects of Climate Change with Tory Ruttenberg
  • Trash Pickup
  • Environmental Health and Justice Speaker Series
  • Climate Change and its Health Impacts
  • Election 2020: Environmental Edition 
  • Journal Club (documentary)
  • Sustainability at UConn Health organization meetings
  • Tufts MS4SF 2021 Speaker Series Interest Group Info Session
  • Curriculum Modification Initiative
  • Completion of Planetary Health Report Card


  • If you are interested in becoming a mentor to members of Medical Students for a Sustainable Future, please complete our mentor sign-up form.
  • If you are a pre-medical student who wants to receive mentorship from one of our members, please complete our mentee sign-up form.

Partnerships Co-Chairs

Helena Randle, MS1
Albany Medical College

Helena Randle is a first-year medical student at Albany Medical College. After graduating from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, she worked in Boston doing breast cancer research and scribing in an infectious disease and wound clinic. Having witnessed the enormous amount of waste in the research and healthcare sectors, as well as the adverse health impacts of the climate crisis, she is motivated to help bring about positive change. She is excited to work with MS4SF to encourage conversations and action on climate, promote sustainability, and increase climate engagement in the healthcare sector.

Joie Akerson, MS2
Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine

Joie Akerson is a second-year medical student at Frank H. Netter MD SOM. Born in Denver, Colorado, she was raised an outdoors enthusiast and spent her childhood playing in the Rocky Mountains. After graduating from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Neuroscience and Behavior, she worked for a mental health start-up in Chicago. Her dream of becoming a primary care physician and her passion for climate action led her to found Netter’s MS4SF chapter and develop a Capstone project focused on primary care physician attitudes towards climate change and patient health. She is thrilled to be working with so many student leaders in the field and grateful for the opportunity to be a climate advocate for her future patients.

Global Health Sub Chair

Christina Chen, MS2
UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program

Christina Chen is a second year medical student at the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program, and a 1.5-generation immigrant from Beijing, China. Growing up in the Bay Area, she became interested in environmental issues after learning about the health effects of air pollution in her hometown. She completed her B.A. in Psychology and minor in Environmental Studies at Swarthmore College, where she learned about the interconnections among climate change, social justice, health, and globalization by organizing with the fossil fuel divestment movement, doing a field study in China interviewing environmental NGO leaders, and participating in a study abroad program in South Africa focused on the themes of “Globalization, Society, and the Environment.” She is currently working on a research thesis investigating the factors of hope and resilience for youth climate justice activists–which she hopes can inform her future practice as an aspiring child and adolescent psychiatrist–while co-leading Health Students for Climate Action (HEALS-CA), a graduate student group that aims to bring together public health students and medical students at Berkeley to advocate for climate health. She is excited to engage with MS4SF members around the world to build a network of support and solidarity as the global health sub-chair!

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