We help our community stay informed by creating a database of relevant articles and discussing current literature on the intersections between climate and health. We also support members in initiating research projects, facilitating collaborations within our group, and connecting students to research mentors.

Project Opportunities

  • Are you a MS4 who matched into ENT this cycle? If so, congratulations! Please fill out this brief survey to help with an ongoing MS4SF research study that aims to evaluate the impact of virtual interviews on the carbon footprint of the residency application process. This study falls under MGB IRB Protocol #2021P000855 and you can reach out to our research team with any questions. A big thanks in advance and feel free to contact Mary Sun about this study.
  • Interested in writing an invited piece on the relationship between pediatric dermatology and climate change? Please contact Mary Sun as soon as possible, preferably with an academic writing sample, for more information and authorship details! We’re hoping to submit by mid-June and this should take no more than 4-5 hours.

Journal Club

Research Mentors

Are you looking for research mentors to support your climate change and health related projects? Mary or Emily can help connect you with an MS4SF mentor that shares similar interests and/or is geographically close to you. 


Please refer here for the MS4SF-curated list of interesting journals, articles, and books featuring topics related to climate change and health. We are looking for members who are interested in reviewing the articles.

Research Co-Chairs

Emily Gentile, MS3
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Emily Gentile is a third-year medical student in the Global and Urban Health Pathways at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  Emily first became interested in the interconnections between the environment and health during her coursework as an undergraduate public health major at the George Washington University, and this passion has continued to grow throughout her time as a medical student.  At UMass Med, Emily co-founded “UMMS Students for Climate Action,” a student group focused on education, advocacy, research, and service related to all things climate and medicine, and assisted with student programming during this year’s virtual Earth Week celebration.  She is immensely excited to be serving another year as a research co-chair with MS4SF and looks forward to connecting with students from across the country who share similar values.

Mary Sun, SY/MS3
Icahn School of Medicine
at Mount Sinai

Mary Sun is a scholarly year/rising third-year student in the combined MD/MSCR program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Prior to medical school, she cofounded a tech startup, worked in software development, and volunteered as a crisis counselor. Mary is a founding member of the Diversity Innovation Hub and is actively involved in projects promoting climate justice and gender equity in medicine. In her free time, she writes and performs spoken word poetry.

Sub Chairs

Alison Smith, MS4
Emory University

Alison is a 4th-year student in the combined MD/MSCR program at Emory University interested in infectious diseases, critical care, clinical research and health equity. Prior to medical school she worked as a post-bachelor fellow at the University of Washington on the Global Burden of Disease project, where she first became interested in the many effects of the climate crisis on global health outcomes. At Emory, Alison’s research projects focus primarily on risk factors and clinical outcomes in tuberculosis. When she’s offline, Alison is most likely to be found running, cycling, exploring local trails, reading in the sunshine, or working on her latest sewing project. 

Twitter: @justalisongrace

Ranveer Vasdev, MS3
University of Minnesota Medical School

Ranveer is a 3rd year MD/MS medical student at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Prior to medical school, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison as a Neurobiology and Music Performance double major. Currently, Ranveer leads an interdisciplinary team of polymer scientists, medical students, sustainability specialists, and physicians to investigate hospital waste management during the COVID-19 pandemic and develop a novel degradable intravenous bag. His op-ed piece entitled Clinical Environmental Stewardship Amidst the COVID-19 Era: Ethical Considerations and Reformative Solutions has been published in o the Harvard Public Health Review journal. In his spare time, Ranveer loves to teach music, stay active, and spend time with his two dogs: Moki and Coco.

Twitter: @RanveerVasdev

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