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Student Organizations

  • Academic Medicine Interest Group

    Organization Type

    Professional


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    The purpose of AMIG is to provide a safe, educational space for students and faculty alike to learn about and gain experience in academic medicine.


    Activities

    Attending Conferences, Participating in Donation Drives, Tabling Booths at Events, Hosting Guest Speaker Events, Hosting an SGA Sponsored Event, Attending Guest Speaker Events, Hosting Student Organization Fundraisers, Creating Educational Materials, Hosting Presentation Practice Sessions. Volunteering, Other

    Through opportunities in education, mentorship, professional development, collaboration, and service, AMIG will cater opportunities to promote exploration in academic medicine among healthcare professional students early in their education. We intend to provide resources to further develop healthcare students into well-rounded, influential physicians who can advocate, heal, and educate their patients.


    Meeting Location

    On-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month),


    Officer Board

    • Secretary – Rohan Shah (roshah@utmb.edu)
    • Treasurer – Zachrieh Alhaj (ztalhaj@utmb.edu)
    • Director of Public Relations – Brittany Dang (bqdang@utmb.edu)
    • Director of Professional Development – Kush Brahmbhatt (kubrahmb@utmb.edu)
    • Director of Education – Richard Preble (rgpreble@UTMB.EDU)
    • Director of Education – Michel Adeniran (miadenir@utmb.edu)
    • Director of Research – Samir Cayenne (sacayenn@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Ruth LevineOffice of Student Affairs - (rlevine@utmb.edu)
    • Karen SzauterOffice of Educational Affairs - (kszauter@utmb.edu)
  • Alliance in Internal Medicine

    Organization Type

    Professional


    Membership Style

    By School


    Mission Statement

    To promote interest in Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch through interactive meetings, networking with Internal Medicine faculty, fellows, residents, and students, panels, and skill development workshops.


    Activities

    Tabling Booths at Events, Hosting Guest Speaker Events, Creating Educational Materials, Other

    OSCE practice workshops, specialty panels, EKG workshops, case report writing workshops, mentor matching, etc.

    These activities are important in facilitating interest in internal medicine specialties and engaging students with UTMB faculty/residents.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    3-4 events/semester


    Officer Board

    • Board of Director Member – Sophia Choi (sychoi@utmb.edu)
    • Board of Director Member – Shaina Banh (shbanh@utmb.edu)
    • Board of Director Member – Marissa Nicolas (mrnicola@utmb.edu)
    • Board of Director Member – Kyce Darouiche (kgdaroui@utmb.edu)
    • Board of Director Member – Pratik Gongloor (prgonglo@utmb.edu)
    • Board of Director Member – Thierry Kochkarian (thkochka@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Karen SzauterDepartment of Internal Medicine - (kszauter@utmb.edu)
  • Allies in Health

    Organization Type

    Professional


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    Allies in Health is an organization dedicated to educating faculty, staff, and students about the spectrum of sex, gender, and sexual orientation, and LGBTQ+ health care. Allies in Health advocates for LGBTQ+ issues and promotes a more inclusive environment for all UTMB personnel and patients. In addition to hosting LGBTQ+ health trainings tailored to specific campus groups, Allies in Health also holds social events, engages in advocacy and awareness activities, and promotes LGBTQ-centered research.


    Activities

    Attending Conferences, Tabling Booths at Events, Hosting Guest Speaker Events, Attending Guest Speaker Events, Creating Educational Materials, Volunteering, LGBTQ+ health and inclusivity training sessions for UTMB personnel, Pride activities, scholarly collaboration and LGBTQ+ health research, community service, social events, and advocacy for LGBTQ+ health through local, state, and national partnerships.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly


    Officer Board

    • President – Haris Pepermintwala (Hspeperm@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Juan Escudero Escudero (juescude@utmb.edu)
    • Education chair – Alec Manning (almannin@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Nivan Wadhawan (niwadhaw@utmb.edu)
    • Advocacy Chair – Joshua Fernandez De La Vega (Joshfern@utmb.edu)
    • Events Chair – Lilliana Pellegrini (lipelleg@utmb.edu)
    • Events Chair – Caroline O'Connor (ceoconno@utmb.edu)
    • Research Chair – Joshua Currie (jocurrie@utmb.edu)
    • Public Relations – Aditi Sarode (aksarode@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Lisa Campo-EndelsteinBioethics and Health Humanities - (licampoe@utmb.edu)
  • American and Texas Medical Assoc. Chapter at UTMB

    Organization Type

    Professional, Service, Social


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    AMA/TMA is a way for medical students across the state and nation to exercise their position in policy/advocacy in medicine at congressional hearings and conferences. It's purpose also includes local impact of community service in the Galveston/Houston area.


    Activities

    • Attending Conferences
    • Hosting Donation Drives
    • Participating in Donation Drives
    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Hosting an SGA Sponsored Event
    • Attending Guest Speaker Events
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Hosting Presentation Practice Sessions. Volunteering
    • Other

    Conferences are a big part of the experience as these are where students are able to platform and advocate for policy. Also spreading fundraising and community service in local community through food drives, meals for wheels, homeless shelters, etc. is a big part of this organization. National speakers over big policy topics are encouraged to come speak at UTMB through AMA/TMA to help educate students.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually


    Meeting Frequency

    Semesterly (Once a Semester)


    Officer Board

    • President – Mohamed Jimale (mojimale@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Benita Lalani (balalani@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Sophia Choi (sychoi@utmb.edu)
    • Treasurer – Pratik Gongloor (prgonglo@utmb.edu)
    • AMA Delegate – Samie Rizvi (sarizvi@utmb.edu)
    • AMA Alternate Delegate – Shilpa Rajagopal (shrajago@utmb.edu)
    • TMA Delegate – Emmanuel Ebirim (ecebirim@utmb.edu)
    • TMA Alternate Delegate – Ananya Krishanan (ankrishn@utmb.edu)
    • Community Service Chair – Nandika Mansingka (namansin@utmb.edu)
    • AMA Medical Student Outreach Program Chair – Nizam Karim (nakarim@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Samuel MathisFamily Medicine - (semathis@utmb.edu)
    • Charles MoutonEVP & Provost, Dean of Medicine - (cpmouton@utmb.edu)
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons

    Organization Type

    Professional


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    The Mission of American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) Medical Student Chapters is to provide early support and leadership training to medical students exploring a career in neurosurgery. AANS Medical Student Chapters will provide a forum for students to organize professional, educational, and research activities within individual programs, promote mentorship, and facilitate participation at a national level for the next generation of neurosurgical leaders.


    Activities

    • Attending Conferences
    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Attending Guest Speaker Events
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Volunteering

    The Vision for AANS Medical Student Chapters is as follows: The AANS strongly believes in the mentorship and professional development of medical students interested in neurosurgery. To that end, the AANS will support a variety of initiatives aimed at fostering an interest in neurosurgery. These include attending national and regional conferences, tabling events to disseminate information and engage students, hosting guest speaker events featuring experts in the field, creating educational materials to deepen understanding, and providing volunteering opportunities for hands-on experience. These activities are designed to increase interest in neurosurgery as a career, promote neurosurgical education, and foster early leadership skills. The AANS is committed to being the premier voice for medical students interested in neurosurgery, providing ample opportunities for medical student leadership, meeting participation, education, and research.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month),


    Officer Board

    • President – Sean O'Leary (smoleary@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Anthony Price (antprice@utmb.edu)
    • Executive Senior Advisor – John Moth (jlmoth@utmb.edu)
    • Senior President – Viren Vasandani (vivasand@utmb.edu)
    • Senior Vice President – Aaron Luna (zaluna@utmb.edu)
    • Research Coordinator – Alfredo Sandoval (alfsando@utmb.edu)
    • Clinical Skills Development Coordinator – Amaanallah Mohammed (amamoham@utmb.edu)
    • Treasurer – Melissa Henwood (mkhenwoo@utmb.edu)
    • Social Media Coordinator – Chris Thang (cjthang@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Peter KanNeurosurgery - (ptkan@utmb.edu)
  • American Medical Women's Association at UTMB

    Organization Type

    Professional, Service, Social


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    We want to bring The American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) chapter to UTMB. It is an organization which functions at the local, national, and international level to advance women in medicine and improve women's health. We achieve this by providing and developing leadership, advocacy, education, expertise, mentoring, and strategic alliances.


    Activities

    • Hosting Donation Drives
    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Attending Guest Speaker Events
    • Hosting Student Organization Fundraisers
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Hosting Presentation Practice Sessions. Volunteering

    Our chapter here at UTMB is dedicated to upholding the mission statement pillars that the national organization has set developing leadership, advocacy, education, expertise, and mentoring. We aim to empower women in healthcare to develop leadership skills through the many different positions on the board of officers. We advocate by volunteering for organizations such as the RCC and host resolution writing meetings. We aim to educate our members on various types of research and ways to build resumes for success. We provide mentorship opportunities between members and with faculty who can help support and guide one another through the journey of becoming a medical professional. We table booths at events to promote our organization to other women who are following in our footsteps to become physicians and offer them an opportunity to be supported by our organization in their personal and professional growth.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus, Off-Campus

    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month)


    Officer Board

    • President – Vivian Nguyen (vipnguye@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Jennifer Liebig (jeliebig@utmb.edu)
    • Mentorship Chair – Inaara Aly (ibaly@utmb.edu)
    • Community Outreach Chair – Katherine O'Neill (kgoneill@utmb.edu)
    • Social Chair – Gazal Parekh (gaparekh@utmb.edu)
    • Social Chair – Amy Wang (amywang@utmb.edu)
    • Research Chair – Michelle Yang (miyang@utmb.edu)
    • Research Chair – Valerie Quach (vaquach@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

  • American Muslim Women Physician Association

    Organization Type

    Professional, Social


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    The purpose of the American Muslim Women Physician Association is to improve the condition of women’s health, provide a platform for Muslim women in medicine, and raise awareness of issues regarding community welfare. This organization will allow students the chance to serve as mentors and role models to students from diverse backgrounds and religions. It will enhance the cultural and religious sensitivity among our UTMB student body.


    Activities

    • Attending Conferences
    • Hosting Donation Drives
    • Participating in Donation Drives
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Hosting Student Organization Fundraisers
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Volunteering

    The parent AMWPA organization often holds networking conferences in Dallas. They can also sponsor a few events during the year for our members' food and participation. We would like to do fundraisers for multiple things:

    1. To be able to organize food and hygiene outreaches for the homeless population of Galveston
    2. To fund trips to conferences to make it easier for members to attend and network, and
    3. To be able to give the most active member (based on a point system) a small scholarship or a year access to a resource of their choice with a cost limit.

     


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month)


    Officer Board

    • Co-President – Dena Kamel (dekamel@utmb.edu)
    • Co-President – Nora Harmouch (noharmou@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Sarah SiddiquiInternal Medicine - (sbsiddiq@UTMB.EDU)
  • Anesthesiology Interest Group

    Organization Type

    Professional


    Membership Style

    By School


    Mission Statement

    The Anesthesiology Interest Group at UTMB is a non-profit club that serves as a conduit for medical students seeking exciting and educational opportunities beyond the scope of the core clerkships. Our goal is to provide an educational and interactive environment for students interested in anesthesiology to interact directly with faculty and residents through our lecture series, resident mentoring, skills workshops, and various social events.


    Activities

    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Other

    Monthly lecture series about the different specialties of anesthesiology helps to broaden the knowledge of the specialty to medical students, especially since they get no standardized exposure. It also provides an opportunity to interact with faculty within the department. Other events include skills sessions and socials. The skills sessions help to both teach and inspire students to the procedural aspects of the specialty. The socials allow for low-stress environment to meet between medical students, residents, and faculty.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month)


    Officer Board

    • President – Bryce Johnson (brrjohns@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Sydney Seavey (sfseavey@utmb.edu)
    • Treasurer – Kameron Moghadam (kamoghad@utmb.edu)
    • Student Advisory Lead – Mauricio Ramos Lozano (maulozan@utmb.edu)
    • Research Coordinator – Christy Lee (cplee@utmb.edu)
    • Mentorship Program Lead – Bright Etumuse (boetumus@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Bianca Ceballos (biceball@utmb.edu)
    • Event Chair – Ashlynn Joseph (asjoseph@utmb.edu)
    • 1st and 2nd Year Representative – Armaan Chokshi (archokshi@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

  • Artificial Intelligence in Medicine

    Organization Type

    Professional, Service, Social


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    • To further the use and understanding of artificial intelligence in medical practice and education.
    • Spread awareness and discuss ethical issues of Artificial Intelligence (AI) use cases in the healthcare setting.
    • Conduct research and current literature reviews as a club and reach out to departments at UTMB who may be interested in partnering with us to include AI in their research.
    • Engage the community with coding camps and AI in Learning presentations.

     


    Activities

    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Hosting Student Organization Fundraisers
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Hosting Presentation Practice Sessions
    • Volunteering

    Hosting guest speakers such as our faculty sponsor Dr. Peter McCaffrey is vital to club engagement and education of our members regarding the most pressing topics currently in the AI space.

    Hosting Student Organization fundraisers will allow us to grow the clubs resources and eventually have a dedicated computer for club member use that is equipped to handle the large processing power demands of many AI related projects.

    Creating educational materials such as handouts and PowerPoints regarding AI topics will allow us to reach students at various levels of education (elementary, middle, high & graduate school) and give them something tangible to take away from our events. This goes hand in hand with our volunteering events in which we hope to hold coding camps and challenges at multiple venues to develop members and attendees coding competencies and critical thinking skills.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month)


    Officer Board

    • Co-President – Alvin LeBlanc (amleblan@utmb.edu)
    • Co-President – James Weatherhead (jacweath@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Peter McCaffrey, MDDepartment of Pathology - (pemccaff@utmb.edu)
    • Pierre Banks, EdDAdmissions & Recruitment - (pwbanks@utmb.edu)
  • Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association

    Organization Type

    Professional, Service, Social,


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    APAMSA is a national organization of medical and pre-medical students committed to addressing the unique health challenges of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, & Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities.


    • Attending Conferences
    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Attending Guest Speaker Events
    • Volunteering
    • Other

    Socials are important to recruiting members and fostering a sense of community. General Meetings are where we provide resources, guest speakers, and information regarding the national chapter.

    Regional, Hepatitis, and National Conferences are important networking and research conferences that provide opportunities for members to branch out.

    Lunar New Year is our annual school-sponsored event, which is an important cultural celebration aimed at exposing UTMB students to Asian culture, food, and games.


    Meeting Location

    On-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month)


    Officer Board

    • President – Shawn Lim (shelim@utmb.edu)
    • VP: Administration and Strategy – Justin Le (jvle@utmb.edu)
    • External Vice President – Joy Li (joy.li912@gmail.com)
    • Internal Vice President – Grace Liu (gyliu@utmb.edu)
    • VP of Recruitment – Marc Phan (mhphan@utmb.edu)
    • Director of Social Media – Chau Mychau Nguyen (mycnguye@utmb.edu)
    • Director of Philanthropy and Service – Andrew Kwon (kwonsangyop@gmail.com)
    • Director of Health Affairs – Tommy Phan (hpphan@utmb.edu)
    • Director of Education and Research – Amin Lim (amlim@utmb.edu)
    • Director of Diversity and Inclusion – Dotty M Santiago (marikhan@utmb.edu)
    • Senior Advisor – Chris Doan (cddoan@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Jong LeeDepartment of Surgery - (jolee@utmb.edu)
  • Association of Women Surgeons

    Organization Type

    Professional, Service, Social


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    The purpose of the Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) is to support, promote, and empower women surgeons in their professional and personal development within the field of surgery. Founded in 1981, AWS aims to address the unique challenges and opportunities that women surgeons face and to foster an inclusive environment within the surgical community.


    Activities

    • Attending Conferences
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Attending Guest Speaker Events
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Volunteering

    AWS equips members with research opportunities, mentorship, educational technical workshops (suturing, etc.), and more. This includes but is not limited to attending/planning national and regional conferences, submitting and presenting research at conferences, volunteer events, listening and hosting guest speakers who are practicing women surgeons to provide their experience and expertise as a woman in surgery. AWS allows for a safe environment for women pursuing surgery to learn and grow from extraordinary mentors.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month)


    Officer Board

    • President – Kimberley Brondeel (kcbronde@utmb.edu)
    • Co-Vice President – Jessica Cox (jrcox@utmb.edu)
    • Co-Vice President – Sabrina Pescatore (smpescat@utmb.edu)
    • Treasurer – Delaney Clark (deeclark@utmb.edu)
    • Special Events Chair – Esther Ewing (ekewing@utmb.edu)
    • Research Chair – Kandace Horn (kjhorn@utmb.edu)
    • Mentorship Chair – Megan Zachariah (mazachar@utmb.edu)
    • Communications Chair – Jessica Martella (jdmartel@utmb.edu)
    • Social Media Chair – Amy Wang (amywang@utmb.edu)
    • Social Media Chair – Gazal Parekh (gaparekh@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Diana ArellanoDept of Surgery - Trauma and Acute Critical Care - (diarella@utmb.edu)

B

Student Organizations

  • Biological Chemistry Student Organization

    Organization Type

    Professional, Social


    Membership Style

    BySchool


    Mission Statement

    Our organization brings together students within the Biochemistry, Cellular, and Molecular Biology (BCMB) Graduate Program for socializing, professional development, and community service activities. Graduate school can be an extremely stressful time, and by building a strong community of students within the program and organizing events for students to get together and share experiences, we provide students with a way to surmount those difficulties. In addition to social aspects, we provide space for graduate students to practice skills such as poster presentations, journal club presentations, Oral Qualifying Exams, etc. We also offer events where students can give back to the community and serve Galveston as a whole, celebrating and serving the place supporting during this critical phase of our academic careers.


    Activities

    • Hosting Donation Drives
    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Attending Guest Speaker Events
    • Hosting Presentation Practice Sessions
    • Volunteering

    Hosting Donation Drives/Volunteering: Participating in and hosting toys/food/etc. Drives on campus allow us to give back to the community, supporting us during our graduate careers. In addition, in a field filled with stress, it is easy to lose perspective, and by refocusing our efforts to help those in need, we can better regain our perspective and see our struggles from a more global aspect.

    Tabling Booths at events: This is a chance to raise our awareness and profile to the rest of the UTMB community. As a part of a health professional's school, we are often overlooked or poorly understood by the rest of the UTMB community. These outlets allow us to share our stories and experiences with the greater UTMB campus and form professional and social connections with other programs.

    Hosting/Attending Guest Speaker Events: As Principal Investigators, our careers will involve planning and hosting guest speaker events, and yet as students, we have no opportunities to develop these skills. The Pioneering Biological Discovery Series allows our members to put together a full student-organized seminar and interact with some of the biggest names in our respective fields. Hosting and interacting with these speakers less formally and in an all-student event is a significant first step to building networks and connections that can aid us in the next stages of our future careers. These relationships often foster collaborations and are a chance to meet potential External Dissertation Committee members.

    Hosting Presentation and Practice Sessions: A significant aspect of our careers as researchers is presenting our projects and data, and yet there are few opportunities to hone his skill. A substantial part of BCSO is hosting student practice sections for the Oral Qualifications Exams. This allows students to practice the timing and pacing of their presentations and learn how to deal with people interrupting and asking questions about their projects. Often the mentors who will sit on these Exams have students who attend the practices and, as a result, have a good appreciation for the types of things and questions their mentor may ask. We also host and organize events for students to practice poster presentations in a less formal setting. For many, this is the first time presenting a poster, and without these practices, they would have no idea what to expect at their first conference presentations.


    Meeting Location

    On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month),


    Officer Board

    • Co-Chair – John Hurley (jdhurley@utmb.edu)
    • Co-Chair – Faith Cox (facox@utmb.edu)
  • Block The Blaze

    Organization Type

    Professional Service


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    Block The Blaze at UTMB will partner with the John Wayne Skin Cancer Foundation to provide educational sun safe trainings to students in the Galveston community to promote skin protective behaviors and decrease their risk of skin cancer.


    Activities

    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Volunteering
    • Other

    Tabling will be conducted to increase awareness of this organization to keep increasing the number of active members.

    This organization will receive a training from the John Wayne Skin Cancer Foundation on skin protective methods to teach to students in Galveston schools. This requires trainings sessions from the Foundation, and volunteer opportunities at Galveston schools.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, Off-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Other


    Officer Board

    • President – Ben Trevor Murphy (Tlmurphy@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Jonathan Adams (jbadams@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Benjamin Wick (bewick@utmb.edu)
    • Communications Director/Treasurer – Justin Yun (jkyun@utmb.edu)
    • Activities Director – Margaret Becker (mvbecker@utmb.edu)
    • General Officer – Lisa Du (Lisdu@utmb.edu)
    • General Officer – Mallory Walters (mkwalter@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Anne LooperStudent Affairs - (allooper@utmb.edu)
    • Judith RowenPediatric Infectious Disease - (jrowen@utmb.edu)
  • Bridging Radiology Research Organization

    Organization Type

    Professional


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    The purpose of this organization is to give students who aim to pursue radiology, a specialty that is difficult to find avenues for research in, opportunities to obtain various research by collaborating with other fields and specialties. Radiology is a very competitive specialty that many students want to get the jump on doing extracurriculars in. Whereas shadowing is very helpful, the hands-on aspect of research also enhances the learning of the students. Because radiology is also involved in almost every specialty and department, it would benefit students to incorporate radiology into other departments and create research topics from that. This was they can have a better understanding of particular imaging fields and learn to collaborate as well.


    Activities

    • Attending Conferences
    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Hosting Presentation Practice Sessions
    • Volunteering

    The most important activities are creating educational materials, hosting presentation practice sessions, and hosting guest speaker events because those will help enhance the students learning and opportunities for research, especially those interested in radiology.

    Education materials include seminars explaining different radiograph technology presentations and a doc with professor connections, who may be part of different departments but will be contributory to research that requires analysis of radiographs.

    Presentation practice sessions will be done to help students with skills needed when they present research at conferences. Lastly Speaker events will bring in attendees from different specialties to help explain their research and relevance to radiology.

    Other events like tabling booth at events will help advertise the club, and further, volunteering opportunities will be miscellaneous.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month),


    Officer Board

    • President – Nihanth Palivela (Nipalive@utmb.edu)
    • President – Brittany Dang (Bqdang@utmb.edu)
    • Director of IR Related Research – Vishal Patel (Vcpatel@utmb.edu)
    • Director of OB/GYN Radiology Research – Jenieve Chapa (Jrchapa@utmb.edu)
    • Director of Neuro/Psych Radiology Research – Alex Alejandra Reyna (Alereyna@utmb.edu)
    • Director of Nuclear Medicine Radiology Research – Joy Li (Jsli@utmb.edu)
    • Director of IM/FM Radiology Research – Aisha Cantu (Aicantu@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Peeyush BhargavaRadiology - (pebharga@utmb.edu)
  • Broca Public Speaking Organization

    Organization Type

    Professional, Social, Other


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    Provide members low pressure opportunities to improve public speaking skills.


    Activities

    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Other

    Weekly emails with educational material and Monthly meeting with different speaking opportunities


    Meeting Location

    On-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month)


    Officer Board

    • Co-President – Devon Jacob (djjacob@utmb.edu)
    • Co-President – Andrew Thornton (anthornt@utmb.edu )
    • Secretary – Esther Jeong (eyjeong@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Cristal Monzon-Hernandez (crmonzon@utmb.edu )
    • Historian – Alondra Uribe Sanchez (aguribes@utmb.edu)
    • Historian – Sathvik Srinivasan (sasriniv@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Chandler SelfUTMB Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences - (mcself@utmb.edu)

C

Student Organizations

  • Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity

    Organization Type

    Professional, Service, Social, Cultural


    Membership Style

    ByProfession


    Mission Statement

    The Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD) Chapter at The University of Texas Medical Branch was created in response to a need for opportunities to expand knowledge, skills, curriculum, and the impact of occupational therapy as it pertains to the topics of justice, equity, diversity, inclusion, anti-racism, and anti-oppression.


    Activities

    • Hosting Donation Drives
    • Participating in Donation Drives
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Attending Guest Speaker Events
    • Hosting Student Organization Fundraisers
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Volunteering

    The Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD) Chapter at The University of Texas Medical Branch hosts and participates in donation drives, guest speaker events, organization fundraisers, community service, and education to expand our member's knowledge and skills in relation to justice, equity, diversity, inclusion, anti-racism, and anti-oppression.


    Meeting Location

    On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Semesterly (Once a Semester),


    Officer Board

    • Co-Chair – Alexandria Hoang (athoang@utmb.edu)
    • Vice-Chair – Anthea Nandin (annandin@utmb.edu)
    • Co-Chair – Victoria Hernandez (vchernan@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Amber ArmsteadOccupational Therapy - (abarmste@utmb.edu)
  • Connect at UTMB

    Organization Type

    Service


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    Connect at UTMB, aims to inspire and empower the youth in their educational endeavors by way of exploring STEM fields through tutoring and mentoring, while engaging interdisciplinary UTMB student professionals to connect with the Galveston community.


    Activities

    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Volunteering

    Every week throughout the semester, UTMB student volunteers meet at one of our GISD elementary/middle school partner sites for multiple interactive STEM sessions. Structured similarly to a class, mentors receive instructions on how to lead their assigned GISD mentees through an engaging STEM workshop that will stir their interest in the field. Additionally, Connect tutors meet with students weekly, on a separate day from workshop days, to assist students with any school assignments.


    Meeting Location

    Off-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Weekly (Once A Week),


    Officer Board

    • President – Sonia Patel (sonpatel@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Salman Farooqui (smfarooq@utmb.edu)

  • The Collaborative Association for Learning Mindfulness

    Organization Type

    Professional


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    The purpose of The Collaborative Association for Learning Mindfulness (CALM) is to facilitate the optimization and integration of the mental health resources available to the UTMB student body by:

    1. Students helping students advancing through health education to balance the challenges of personal life and school to prevent student burn out.
    2. Increasing awareness of free counseling services and other resources available to students to improve mental health and wellness.
    3. Advocating for and helping to secure additional resources for student mental health counseling services.
    4. Hosting an annual mental health week with relaxing, educational and therapeutic activities for UTMB students.
    5. Teaching students stress management techniques and coping mechanisms.
    6. Assisting in the collection and analysis of data regarding efficacy of mental health interventions on student mental health and wellness.
    7. Providing regularly scheduled wellness activities to combat stress and encourage mental wellness.
    8. Create open dialogues amongst the UTMB student body regarding difficulties faced in their classes and holistic approaches to mental health.
    9. Hosting events that tie in the various cultural backgrounds with UTMB student body to facilitate a sense of respect, community and solidarity.

     


    Activities

    Hosting Guest Speaker Event and Attending Guest Speaker Events

    Guest speakers (e.g. UTMB professors) might be invited to speak on a variety of topics such as meditation, breathing techniques and work-life balance.

    Teaching skills to better balance school and personal life

    Advocating for additional mental health resources

    Volunteer opportunities

    Annual wellness week including guided meditation sessions

    CALM meetings

    Community events: planting mindfulness


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Semesterly (Once a Semester),


    Officer Board

    • President – Nina Martins (ncmartin@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Akshar Patel (akspatel@utmb.edu)
    • Co-Vice President – James Flaherty (jpflaher@utmb.edu)
    • Treasurer – Mingru Liu (miliu@utmb.edu)
    • Co-Secretary – Patrick Rodriguez (Patsrodr@utmb.edu)
    • Co-Historian – Peace Anyaeji ( Pnanyaej@utmb.edu)
    • Co-Secretary – Angel Renteria (anrenter@utmb.edu )
    • Communications Coordinator – Candice Do (cado@utmb.edu)
    • Co-Vice Treasurer – Charles Park (ctpark@utmb.edu)
    • Co-Vice Treasurer – John Jung (jojung@utmb.edu )
    • Co-Historian – Nandika Mansingka (namansin@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Ruth LevinePsychiatry - (rlevine@utmb.edu)

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Student Organizations

  • Dermatology Interest Group

    Organization Type

    Professional


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    The Dermatology Interest Group (DIG) at UTMB is a student organization which recognizes dermatology as a broad, interesting, and challenging area of medicine. The missions of DIG@UTMB are:

    • Encourage medical student interest in dermatology
    • Increase exposure of medical students to dermatology
    • Foster a sense of collegiality among students interested in dermatology
    • Help students find mentors within the field of dermatology
    • Provide information for students interested in skin research
    • Inform students about dermatology events at UTMB, locally, regionally, and nationally
    • Promote attendance at national and regional dermatology conferences
    • Teach people in the Galveston community about preventive measures to protect against skin diseases
    • Create and disperse an electronic newsletter which will form a cohesive link between students, faculty, residents, and alumni, and to disperse information regarding opportunities in research, experience, and volunteerism within dermatology

    Activities

    • Attending Conferences
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Volunteering

    These activities help facilitate the professional and personal development of students interested in pursuing a career in dermatology.

    By attending professional academic conferences, students can present academic research completed at UTMB and network with other students, residents, and faculty that are currently practicing dermatology.

    Our organization upholds the importance of volunteering, community service, and education by providing ample opportunities for volunteering events for our students, such as promoting the importance of sun safety, skin cancer risk reduction, and other dermatology-related topics.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually,


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month),


    Officer Board

    • President – Fareen Momin (faamomin@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Jane Onyemachi (jaonyema@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Maggie Fitzgibbon (mmfitzgi@utmb.edu)
    • Research Chair – Olivia Arriaza (ocarriaz@utmb.edu)
    • Stay Shady Chair – Victoria Katei (vnkatei@utmb.edu)
    • Education Chair – Isabelle Bergman (ibbergma@utmb.edu)
    • Melanoma Walk Chair – Bethel Desta (bddesta@utmb.edu)
    • Diversity Chair – Melissa Marchan-Martinez (memarcha@utmb.edu)
    • Psoriasis Walk Chair – Shayan Ravanassa (shravana@utmb.edu)
    • Psoriasis Walk Chair – Hugo Sebastian Certuche (hscertuc@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Richard WagnerDermatology - (rfwagner@utmb.edu)
  • Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology Interest Group

    Organization Type

    Professional


    Membership Style

    BySchool


    Mission Statement

    The expose students to the field of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology


    Activities

    Attending Guest Speaker Events,

    We organize an annual medical student symposium where different faculty give talks about the field. We also have a resident section at the end along with a Q&A.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually,


    Meeting Frequency

    Semesterly (Once a Semester),


    Officer Board

    • President – Emilio Cavazos-Escobar (emicavaz@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Megan Bradley (meabradl@UTMB.EDU)

  • Diversity Mentors in Medical Education

    Organization Type

    Professional Social


    Membership Style

    By School


    Mission Statement

    The Diversity Mentors in Medical Education (DMIME) at UTMB is dedicated to providing opportunities for students to interact and receive mentorship from physicians who share similar backgrounds. Our organization aims to address the underrepresentation of historically marginalized groups in competitive medical specialties, ultimately improving patient care. DMIME will accomplish this through a mentorship program tailored to mentees' ethnocultural narratives, monthly Speaker's Bureau events, and workshops focused on developing essential medical skills. We strive to bridge the gap between students and experienced healthcare professionals, fostering a community that embraces diversity, equality, and inclusion in medicine and allied health professions.


    Activities

    • Attending Conferences
    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Hosting Student Organization Fundraisers
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Hosting Presentation Practice Sessions
    • Other

    DMIME will have a mentorship program tailored to mentees' ethnocultural narratives, monthly Speaker's Bureau events, and workshops focused on developing essential medical skills. It is important for us to attend conferences and present research about how our unique mentor-mentee pairing system will impact the success of that professional relationship. Attending diversity conferences will also help us to gather more information over how we can improve our organization. Tabling booths at events will help us grow our organization and acquire more faculty mentors. As mentioned above our speakers Bureau will help our members connect with practicing health professionals who have their own unique background and story. If at any point, our organization needs more funding to make events, travel, and meetings possible, we will host student organization fundraisers. Our essential medical skills workshops will likely involve us creating our own educational materials which will be made to reflect the most up to date policies and laws. We hope to host practice presentation sessions in order to also help members develop important skills.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month),


    Officer Board

    • President – Lizette Gutierrez (lcgutier@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Aisha Cantu (aicantu@utmb.edu)

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Student Organizations

  • Emergency Medicine Interest Group

    Organization Type

    Professional


    Membership Style

    BySchool


    Mission Statement

    Facilitating networking, interest, and learning in the field of emergency medicine.


    Activities

    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Volunteering

    These events help facilitate and expand interest in emergency medicine by giving us the chance to help out in the community and interact with one another in the medical school.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month),


    Officer Board

    • President – Nathaniel Bilby (njbilby@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Paul Forks (pjforks@utmb.edu)
    • Treasurer – Micah Browne (mkbrowne@utmb.edu)
    • Webmaster – Raheed Sunesra (rasunesr@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Brandon Lopez (braalope@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Whitney FaulconerEmergency Medicine - (whfaulco@utmb.edu)
  • Experimental Pathology Student Organization

    Organization Type

    Social


    Membership Style

    BySchool


    Mission Statement

    The Organization is an educational organization, which exists to share information among Experimental Pathology students, to foster their development and growth, and to further their interests. Other purposes shall include, but are not limited to, inviting guest speakers, honoring ExPath students and faculty members, helping with orientation programs for new students, and social service projects.


    Activities

    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Volunteering
    • Other

    Our organization holds events that can benefit students of the Experimental Pathology Graduate Program.

    Social events like new student orientation and get togethers help introduce new studetns to the current ExPath student body and helps foster development and camaraderie between ExPath students. Guest speaker events will help educate ExPath students on Infectious Disease/Pathology research and career opportunities.

    EPSO believes in the importance of giving back to the community, as connection with the community is what allows us to perform our research in Galveston.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Other


    Officer Board

    • President – Casey Gonzales (casagonz@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Eldridge Hager (eehager@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Jere McBridePathology Department - (jemcbrid@utmb.edu)

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Student Organizations

  • Family Medicine Interest Group

    Organization Type

    Professional Service


    Membership Style

    BySchool


    Mission Statement

    Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) at UTMB is an active and engaged student group that shares the passion and fulfillment of Family Medicine, provides resources for students, professional skill development, and opportunities for service. With the variety of events, presentations and projects hosted and run by FMIG, medical students from all years are exposed to the wide breadth of practice offered by Family Medicine.


    Activities

    • Attending Conferences
    • Hosting Donation Drives
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Hosting Presentation Practice Sessions
    • Volunteering

    We offer several procedural workshops to showcase the breadth of Family Medicine, which are staffed by our wonderful residents and faculty from UTMB's Family Medicine Residency program.

    We also offer ample events and resources to students who are applying to Family Medicine programs, so they may have great success in being the strongest and best prepared applicant possible.

    Additionally, we have several volunteering and community service opportunities throughout the year, including our Vaccine Drive each fall and Helping Hands donation drive in the summers.


    Meeting Location

    On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Other


    Officer Board

    • President – Jordan Soupiset (jksoupis@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Emma Tomes (eltomes@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Jennifer RaleyDepartment of Family Medicine - (jraley@utmb.edu)
  • First in the Family

    Organization Type

    Professional Social


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    First in the Family is an organization dedicated to supporting and advocating for first-generation healthcare and science students through mentorship, resources, networking, and service.


    Activities

    • Hosting Donation Drives
    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Volunteering
    • Other

    Speed-dating Events: These events introduce students to various specialties. We invite physicians from less familiar specialties to share their journeys as first-generation doctors. Additionally, these physicians teach students practical skills, such as suturing and intubation. This initiative bridges the networking gap for first-generation students, allowing them exposure to, and encouragement towards, specialized fields.

    Collaborative Service Events: We partner with other volunteer-based student organizations to serve the Galveston community. Recognizing that many existing volunteer groups are already active, our goal is collaboration, promoting active service among our members. As first-generation students, we owe much to our communities, and this initiative allows us to give back to the Galveston community we now call home.

    Monthly/Biweekly Service Opportunities at UTMB Hospital (Coffee Cart): On a regular schedule, students will visit different units within the UTMB Hospital campuses, offering coffee, tea, and books. This not only brightens the day for patients who might lack regular visitors but also helps students familiarize themselves with the hospital layout. Serving within healthcare settings like this prepares students for a more empathetic approach to their future medical careers.

    Socials: These events range from study sessions and cafe breaks to movie nights. The primary aim is to foster bonds within the first-generation student community. By doing so, we hope to alleviate feelings of imposter syndrome that may plague some students.

    Intro-to-didactic Classes: Prior to each M1 course (GAR, MCT, PHD, NHB), upperclassmen will offer advice, resources, and support to incoming M1s. This ensures that our members are adequately prepared for each course, with experienced students playing an active mentoring role.

    Mentorship Events: Central to our organization's mission, these events aim to connect mentors and mentees, offering them a dedicated space to interact and bond.

    Holiday Party: Held around Halloween or Christmas, this party offers food, activities, and door-prizes for members. Additionally, we'll organize a drive to benefit a specific Galveston organization.

    Workshops: Covering a range of topics from faculty panels and financial aid to clinical rotations, these workshops equip students with knowledge outside of their regular coursework. The primary goal is to ensure students have all the tools they need to succeed.


    Meeting Location

    On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Semesterly (Once a Semester),


    Officer Board

    • President – Nandika Masingka (namansin@UTMB.EDU)
    • Vice President – Casey Brusen (cabrusen@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Lynchi Nguyen (lypnguye@utmb.edu)
    • Treasurer – Nhu Nguyen (nhpnguye@Utmb.edu)
    • Treasurer – Sheza Habib (shhabib@utmb.edu)
    • Director of Membership and Mentorship – Isabella Mcelroy (irmcelro@UTMB.EDU)
    • Directors of Specialty Events – Meagan King (meaking@UTMB.EDU)
    • Director of Membership and Mentorship – Jasmine Tran (jasntran@UTMB.EDU)
    • Director of Specialty Events – Riddhi Pareek (ripareek@UTMB.EDU)
    • Director of Engagement – Shaina Banh (shbanh@UTMB.EDU)
    • Director of Engagement – Alexander Xavier (avxavier@UTMB.EDU)
    • Director of Community Service – Beck Burgelin (beburgel@UTMB.EDU)
    • Director of Community Service – Riya Sood (risood@UTMB.EDU)
    • Director of Research and Resources – Michael Nguyen (minguye5@UTMB.EDU)
    • Historian – Michelle Kim (mskim@UTMB.EDU)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Norma PerezStudent Affairs - (noaperez@UTMB.EDU)
  • Frontera de Salud

    Organization Type

    Service, Social, Professional 


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    Frontera de Salud is an interdisciplinary student-run, Hearst Foundation endowed, 501(c) (3) healthcare service program for students, faculty volunteers and healthcare providers to bring medical and healthy living services to underserved areas of Texas. Frontera de Salud provides education to students, allows students to develop skills in practicing scientifically based yet compassionate preventive patient care and benefits communities by connecting students, patients, community health programs and other resources. The students lead in deciding what activities to participate in and which organizations to collaborate with.


    Activities

    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Volunteering
    • Other

    Frontera de Salud tables booths at various events on the UTMB campus. Whether it be at Plazapalooza or JSSOM/SON/OT/etc. orientations, tabling booths gives Frontera de Salud the opportunity to get our name out to the entire UTMB community and recruit students from various programs. We have liaison and ambassadors from the various programs at UTMB who lead these events.

    Frontera de Salud offers a wide variety of opportunities to volunteer. Some of these opportunities include local vaccine clinics, health fairs, weekly garden harvesting and maintenance at Holland House, monthly Coastal Pals activities at Holland House, and an annual medical mission trip to Presidio County.

    These activities are important to fulfilling the Frontera de Salud mission which is to identify and address community healthcare needs of the local under-served community while providing students additional competencies in primary healthcare settings and exposing students to the most under-served and disadvantaged communities in order to engender empathy, compassion, and a commitment to service.

    Frontera de Salud offers students opportunities in research and scholarship to showcase our various projects to the UTMB and greater Galveston communities. Some of our presentations have focused on our work along the border, the garden beds we built at Holland House and funded by the President's Cabinet Award, and the Coastal Pals program which offers companionship to the various residents at Holland House.

    Our engagement in research and scholarship is important to developing the professional skills of our students and showcasing the many ways we are impacting our Galveston community and beyond.

    Frontera de Salud encourages students to further develop their Spanish skills at IPE Spanish workshops held in collaboration with QQD, COTAD, and LMSA. These workshops focus on language in the clinical setting and are geared to allow learners of all levels to practice and expand their knowledge. While speaking Spanish is not a requirement to join our organization, it is a useful skill to have for our annual medical mission trip along the border.


    Meeting Location

    On-Campus, Off-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Semesterly (Once a Semester),


    Officer Board

    • Co-President – Elysse Reyes (emreyes@utmb.edu)
    • Co-President – Lydia Jepsen (lajepsen@utmb.edu)
    • Treasurer – Nova Phillips-Latham (ncphilli@utmb.edu)
    • Public Relations and Social Chair – Megan Offutt (mroffutt@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Norma Perez RaifaisenOffice of Student Affairs - (noaperez@utmb.edu)
    • Amber ArmsteadDepartment of Occupational Therapy - (abarmste@utmb.edu)

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Student Organizations

  • GI Interest Group

    Organization Type

    Professional


    Membership Style

    BySchool


    Mission Statement

    1. Promote awareness of gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery and provide information about the specialty to medical students
    2. Provide shadowing opportunities in gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery for a more “hands-on” experience
    3. Host workshops to allow students to acquire useful technical skills (endoscopy on simulator, etc.)
    4. Host Q and As sessions with faculty, residents, or senior medical students to permit addressing the concerns/questions that students might have

    Activities

    Hosting Guest Speaker Events

    Speakers from the UTMB department of Gastroenterology & Hepatology give academic lectures to students


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month),


    Officer Board

    • President – Kruthi Devin Garza (dergarza@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Kruthi Krishnachaitanya (sskrishn@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Gabriel ReepGastroenterology & Hepatology - (glreep@utmb.edu)
  • Global Health and Surgery

    Organization Type

    Professional


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    Our goal is to be a space for all global health and surgery dialogue, be inspired by active physicians and learn how they got involved, learn how medical students to get involved at this stage of our training, and get connected to students at other institutions and countries!


    Activities

    • Attending Conferences
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Hosting an SGA Sponsored Event
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Other

    What we can provide as an organization:

    • Monthly meetings: medical students, public health students, faculty, outside speakers
    • Research opportunities (note: research is more fruitful if you're actually there. while there, students can conduct studies based on focus groups (qualitative analysis) to present solutions or even figure out what the problem is.)
    • Information for trip opportunities: UTMB connections (Kenya, dominican republic)
    • Outside connections:
      • surgeons from across the country who do work globally
      • communicate with medical students and residents in other countries

    Meeting Location

    Off-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month)


    Officer Board

    • President – Esther Jeong (eyjeong@utmb.edu)
    • President – Andrew Thornton (anthornt@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Bindi Naik-MathuriaSurgery - (bnaik@umb.edu)
  • Graduate Student Organization

    Organization Type

    Professional Service Social


    Membership Style

    BySchool


    Mission Statement

    The purpose of the Graduate Student Organization (GSO) is to serve the students in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) at UTMB. Ways that the GSO serves it's members is to provide activities for incoming students to meet and interact with current students, consult with the deans of GSBS to improve the graduate school experience for students, and provide a go-between for students when issues arise.


    Activities

    • Participating in Donation Drives
    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Volunteering
    • Other

    GSO organizes two social events for graduate students each year, once in the fall and once in the spring.

    GSO also organizes an annual Crawfish Boil for all students at UTMB through TGIT funding.

    We also encourage participation in community and school-wide service events including the Student Life Holiday Toy Drive and United to Serve.


    Meeting Location

    On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month),


    Officer Board

    • President – Faith Cox (facox@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – John Hurley (jdhurley@utmb.edu)
    • Treasurer – Angel Morgan (anlmorga@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Gabrielle Dewson (gsdewson@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Janice EndsleyMicrobiology and Immunology - (jjendsle@utmb.edu)

H

Student Organizations

  • Hand Surgery Research Interest Group

    Organization Type

    Professional


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    The purpose of the Hand Surgery Research Interest Group will provide members with a platform to connect with faculty for clinical research focused on hand surgery. This will be a space where students can update faculty on current projects, discuss new and available projects, and engage with/share advice with other students. Students will be able to lead their own projects under faculty advising and supervision as well as assist faculty in their projects.


    Activities

    None


    Meeting Location

    Virtually


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month)


    Officer Board

    • President – Kate Katelyn Cole (kaacole@utmb.edu)
    • Chairmen – Isabel Obias (ibobias@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • John FaillaceOrthopaedic Surgery - (jofailla@utmb.edu)
  • Health Career Collaborative Chapter at UTMB

    Organization Type

    Professional Service


    Membership Style

    By School


    Mission Statement

    Establishing a Health Career Collaborative (HCC) chapter will provide mentorship, exposure to health careers, and an engaging health curriculum to high school students from low-income, underrepresented minority communities. Monthly workshops will have a curriculum for high school students, focusing on different skills and topics each year. Annual mentoring to medicine events will incorporate activities and presentations related to medicine, allowing medical school mentors and high school mentees to interact in a fun environment. Mentorship from medical students will include discussions about career plans, tutoring in high school classes, and helping with college applications. Mentors will also be role models for high school students and instill positive qualities for student success. These three main components will diversify medicine and encourage students to enter healthcare. It will also promote high school graduation and higher education for students from low-income backgrounds and educate them on how to identify the health needs of their community.


    Activities

    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Volunteering

    HCC would collaborate with high school officials to identify students who are underrepresented in medicine or educationally/economically disadvantaged to voluntarily participate in monthly workshops. The workshop provides an engaging, unique, hands-on curriculum focusing on different healthcare skills and topics. Curriculum workshops will be held during the weekday as an after-school event, and each session will consist of a group of medical student mentors, health educators, and high school students. The primary objective of these workshops is for current medical students to introduce high school students to the healthcare field, deepen their understanding of health science in the context of public health, and understand public health through the lens of community needs. Through these workshops, medical student mentors and healthcare professionals can share their commitment and inspiration with high school students who will develop their own ideas, perspectives, and insights about the healthcare field.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, Off-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Other


    Officer Board

    • President – Jean Pierre Durand (jfdurand@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Lilian Tia (litia@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Pierre Banks Admissions & Recruitment - (pwbanks@utmb.edu)

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Student Organizations

  • Infectious Disease Interest Group

    Infectious Disease Interest Group
    IDIG

    Type: Professional

    Membership: University Wide

    Mission Statement: The Infectious Disease Interest Group is designed to introduce students to the field of infectious disease (ID). We will work to foster a community of like-minded individuals around the topic of ID and collaborate with other interests' groups as it relates to infections in their respective fields. UTMB is the infectious disease hub with a unique Biosafety level (BSL4) lab directly on our campus. We believe infectious disease should be highlighted more on campus and we will work to do just that.

    Activities:

    • Guest speakers in the field of Infectious Disease
    • Assisting in organizing events FOR Worlds AIDS Day
    • Vaccine administration during flu season
    • Creating events FOR Antibiotic Awareness WEEK
    • Compiling a list of Research available with specialists in ID
    • Tours of the National BSD4 lab
    • Awareness of emerging diseases on social media platforms
    • Mentoring program with Infectious Disease physicians
    • Learning SESSIONS FOR students currently in PHD


    Organization Website: None On File

    Organization Email: None On File

    Officer Board:



    Faculty Advisor(s):



  • Interest Group for Allergy and Immunology

    Organization Type

    Professional


    Membership Style

    By School


    Mission Statement

    The primary objective of the proposed organization, the Interest Group for Allergy and Immunology, is to establish a vital link between aspiring students and experienced allergy and immunology fellows and faculty. This will be achieved through organizing informational sessions covering research prospects and medical advancements within the allergy and immunology domain. Additionally, the organization seeks to create a collaborative environment where students with a shared interest in this subspecialty can connect, exchange ideas, and forge potential collaborations.


    Activities

    • Hosting Donation Drives
    • Participating in Donation Drives
    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Attending Guest Speaker Events
    • Hosting Student Organization Fundraisers
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Hosting Presentation Practice Sessions
    • Volunteering

    Educational Sessions: Organize regular educational sessions where medical students can learn about the basics of allergies and immunology, including common allergic conditions, immune system functions, diagnostic techniques, and treatment options.

    Guest Speakers: Invite experienced allergists and immunologists to deliver talks and share their insights on their field of practice.

    Workshops and Case Discussions: Arrange workshops where students can actively engage in case discussions, analyze patient histories, and practice diagnostic and treatment decision-making related to allergies and immune disorders.

    Community Outreach: Organize events to raise awareness about allergies, immunodeficiencies, and related issues in the community. This could involve health fairs, informational booths, or workshops at local schools to educate the public about these conditions.

    Clinical Exposure: Facilitate opportunities for students to shadow allergists and immunologists in clinics or hospitals. This hands-on experience can provide valuable insights into patient interactions, diagnosis, and treatment planning.

    Research Opportunities: Help students find research opportunities in the field of allergy and immunology. This could involve connecting them with ongoing studies or assisting them in developing their own research projects.

    Mentorship Programs: Pair interested students with mentors who are established allergists or immunologists. These mentors can offer guidance, career advice, and a deeper understanding of the specialty.

    Networking Events: Arrange networking sessions where students can interact with professionals in the field, including faculty members, practicing physicians, researchers, and representatives from pharmaceutical companies.

    Online Resources: Develop an online platform or website where students can access educational resources, recommended readings, webinars, and recorded sessions for those who couldn't attend in person.

    Skill Development: Offer skill-building workshops, such as how to perform skin prick tests, interpret allergen-specific IgE results, administer allergy shots, or manage anaphylactic reactions.

    Advocacy and Awareness: Raise awareness about the challenges faced by patients with allergies and immunodeficiencies. Advocate for policy changes or improvements in healthcare access for these individuals.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month)


    Officer Board

    • President – Victoria Katei (vnkatei@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Dustan Watkins (duwatkin@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Jennifer Odoi (joodoi@utmb.edu )
    • Social Chair – Michael Adkison (mdadkiso@utmb.edu)
    • Volunteer & Mentorship Chair – Junho Kwon (jckwon@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Cleavon CovingtonPediatrics - (clcoving@utmb.edu)

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Student Organizations

  • Journal Club at UTMB

    Organization Type

    Professional


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    The purpose of this organization is for students to present papers on various topics, aiming to both work on presentation skills, while teaching or informing peers or new concepts or interesting findings. These topics can pertain to to what the presenter finds interesting, which can include medicine, engineering, chemistry, politics, etc. We want to continue to host a professional, but low-stakes, learning environment where students can teach and inform their peers about current research.


    Activities

    Hosting Presentation Practice Sessions.

    The main purpose of our club is to provide students with a low stakes environment to practice professional presentations.These presentations can be over anything, so students can present their current research projects or could develop a presentation over something that interest them. They will also receive feedback on their presentations and suggestions on future directions for their study.This provides first and second year students with an opportunity to develop research and speaking skills that they will likely not learn in the classroom.


    Meeting Location

    Off-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Bi-Weekly (Every Other Week),


    Officer Board

    • MS3 Chair – Courtney Mack (comack@utmb.edu)
    • MS2 Chair – Lily Cormier (lccormie@utmb.edu)
    • MS4 Chair – Chase Taylor (chastayl@UTMB.EDU)
    • MS2 Chair – Garett Ozmer (glozmer@UTMB.EDU)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • David ReynosoInfectious Disease - (dareynos@utmb.edu)

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Student Organizations

  • The Kids Club

    Organization Type

    Professional, Service


    Membership Style

    By School


    Mission Statement

    "

    The Kids Club is a non-profit organization within the School of Nursing at the University of Texas Medical Branch, which will encourage nursing students to come together who have a calling for general pediatrics! This club will be devoted to embracing students' passion by furthering their pediatric knowledge through educational and volunteering opportunities.

    "

    Activities

    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Hosting Student Organization Fundraisers
    • Volunteering

    Holding volunteering events, guest speaker events, and fundraising is extremely important to Kid's Club. Making a difference in children's lives whether that be inpatient children or the children of Galveston, is what Kid's Club is all about. Helping children while also growing our member's pediatric knowledge is pertinent.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Other


    Officer Board

    • President – Nataly Anchondo (Naanchon@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Rebeca Ojeda (Reojeda@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Carly Wulfsberg (Cawulfsb@utmb.edu)
    • Historian – Madeline Bininger (Mabining@utmb.edu)
    • Volunteer Coordinator – Mahek Punjani (Mapunjan@utmb.edu)
    • Treasurer – Haley Nash (Halnash@utmb.edu)
    • Public Relations – Emma Rice (emrice@utmb.edu)
    • Event Coordinator – Mai-Anh T. Vo (Mavo@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Bonnie WebsterSON - (bkwebste@utmb.edu)

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Student Organizations

  • Latino Medical Student Association - UTMB Chapter

    Organization Type

    Professional Cultural


    Membership Style

    BySchool


    Mission Statement

    "

    Mission Statement: Recruitment and support of latinos in medical school who aim to improve the healthcare delivery to Latino communities. Activities: Volunteering events that aim to improve the healthcare of local Latino communities, talks with Latino professionals to gain insight into the field of healthcare as an underrepresented group and to learn about Latino health outcomes, and social events to unify our community.

    "

    Activities

    • Attending Conferences
    • Participating in Donation Drives
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Attending Guest Speaker Events
    • Volunteering

    We strongly support students attending conferences to get connected with peers and demonstrate their research. We find that students gain beneficial experience attending and can add it to their resume.

    Donation drives are held by LMSA to support the local communities. Our most consistent drive is the diaper drive which provides necessities that mothers may not be able to afford.

    Hosting and attending guest speaker events provides information to our students depending on the natures of the lecture. Some guest speakers describe their specialty, while others give advice for Latino students.

    Volunteering is fundamental in LMSA as we often participate in local volunteering opportunities. We also host joint events with other school of medicine organizations.



    Meeting Location

    On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month),


    Officer Board

    • President – Cristal Monzon-Hernandez (crmonzon@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Jean Pierre Durand (jfdurand@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Angel Renteria (anrenter@utmb.edu)
    • Event Coordinator – Cesar Perez (cesapere@utmb.edu)
    • Treasurer – Ian Orantes-Orellana (iaorante@utmb.edu)
    • Community Outreach Director – Cris Miranda Hernandez (milherna@utmb.edu)
    • Student Engagement Coordinator – Daniela Keruguelen (dakergue@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Norma PerezAssistant Dean for Student Affairs - (noaperez@utmb.edu)

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Student Organizations

  • MD-PhD Student Association

    Organization Type

    Professional Social


    Membership Style

    ByProfession


    Mission Statement

    The MD-PhD Student Association serves to increase cohesion and camaraderie among MD-PhD students through social and educational events. The organization also relays student concerns to program leadership.


    Activities

    Other

    Activities include an annual program retreat; new student welcome events; professional development with faculty; research updates; career options and advising; mentorship and troubleshooting. These activities serve to integrate and enrich the social and academic experiences of MD-PhD students.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus, Off-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Other


    Officer Board

    • President – Grayson Jackson (grrjacks@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Shrinath Kadamangudi (shkadama@utmb.edu)
    • Treasurer – Jonathan Lin (jolin@utmb.edu)
    • Social Chair – Sarah Bowser (saainswo@utmb.edu)
    • First-Year Representative – Isabelle Bergman (ibbergma@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Michael LaposataPathology - (milaposa@utmb.edu)
  • Medical Student Research Interest Group

    Organization Type

    Professional


    Membership Style

    By School


    Mission Statement

    The purpose of our organization is to help incoming and current medical students in navigating the research process, providing guidance on how to get started, find research opportunities on campus, connect with relevant individuals, and develop essential skills. We hope to make research more accessible and achievable for medical students and encourage students to incorporate research into their educational and professional careers. We aim to host monthly workshops covering various aspects of research, such as finding and submitting abstracts to conferences, writing literature review abstracts, creating effective posters, and delivering impactful poster presentations. Our goal is to empower students and foster a strong research culture within the medical school community.


    Activities

    • Attending Conferences
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Hosting Presentation Practice Sessions

    Monthly workshops on research-related topics; Providing resources and guidance on finding research opportunities; Hosting Mentorship Pairing to allow for networking and connections; Assisting students in developing their research skills, including abstract writing and poster presentation; Hosting seminars and guest lectures by faculty researchers on campus.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month)


    Officer Board

    • President – Bunnarin Theng (butheng@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Lucy Fisher (ljfisher@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Joy Li (jsli@utmb.edu)

  • Med-Peds Interest Group

    Organization Type

    Professional


    Membership Style

    BySchool


    Mission Statement

    The goal of this organization is to inform current medical students about the combined Internal Medicine and Pediatric specialty, Med-Peds.


    Activities

    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Volunteering

    We spend most of our time together meeting with and learning from professionals in the Med-Peds Speciality. This coming year, we are interested in doing more external activities, like providing helpful sessions or services to our classmates and community.


    Meeting Location

    On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month),


    Officer Board

    • President – Noah Stephen Bowman (snbowman@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Hope Chang (hcchang@utmb.edu)

  • Men Entering Nursing (Men In Nursing)

    Organization Type

    Professional Social


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    The purpose of this organization is to provide a social support network for the entry of men into the nursing profession. Our end goal is to encourage more men to enter the nursing field and to instill positive perceptions of male nurses through our actions


    Activities

    Hosting Guest Speaker Events

    Our organization invites speakers to come and educate about the history of male nurses and possible barriers that could be inhibiting more men from choosing to pursue a career as nurses.


    Meeting Location

    On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month),


    Officer Board

    • President – Chris Nguyen (chrtnguy@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Abdul Nagri (abnagri@utmb.edu)
    • Historian – Diego Salinas (diesalin@utmb.edu)
    • Treasurer – Ernesto Salas (ersalas@utmb.edu)
    • Public Relations – Connor Byrne (cpbyrne@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Zachary CarsonSON Professor - (zwcarson@utmb.edu)

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Student Organizations

  • Neuroscience Student Organization

    Organization Type

    Professional Social


    Membership Style

    BySchool


    Mission Statement

    To promote academic, social and professional opportunites to learn and advance in the field of Neuroscience.


    Activities

    • Attending Conferences
    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Attending Guest Speaker Events
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Volunteering

    The NSO organizes the annual NGP Student Symposium, where all NGP students are required to present their research. In addition to receiving feedback from a panel of neuroscience faculty, students are also required to provide critical feedback to all of their peers, thus bolstering our critical thinking skills and communication of constructive feedback. The NSO also hosts monthly meeting, inviting speakers to provide insights into achieving success in graduate training and career development (industry, academia, service, etc.).


    Meeting Location

    On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month),


    Officer Board

    • President – Kevin Johnson (kevjjohn@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Melissa Henwood (mkhenwoo@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Ping WuNeurobiology - (piwu@utmb.edu)
  • Nutrition for Fitness

    Nutrition for Fitness
    NFF

    Type: Professional, Social, Service, Sport

    Membership: By School - SOM

    Mission Statement: Provide medical students an open atmosphere to discuss training protocols, personal nutrition, and healthy habits. As a result, medical students in the organization will undergo fitness-based, educational discussions and form a peer support network with like-minded individuals to improve the physical fitness of all members.

    Activities:

    • Roundtable discussions about current fitness topics and debunking fad diets along with fitness myths.
    • Monthly presentations regarding an aspect of fitness and nutrition, followed by an organized discussion about how such information can be applied to medicine.
    • Maintaining a social network that helps remind medical students to stay mindful of their training and nutrition regimens, while supporting each other in developing and maintaining healthy habits.
    • Encouragement to students by messaging platforms during exam periods to keep a balance between physical health, exercise, and academics.
    • Nutritionally-focused potlucks where macronutrients for students are provided for each meal while group bonding is facilitated.
    • Planned group lifting sessions to the Alumni Field House for accountability, motivation, and fun amongst organization members.


    Organization Website: None On File

    Organization Email: None On File

    Officer Board:



    Faculty Advisor(s):



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Student Organizations

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology Student Society

    Organization Type

    Professional


    Membership Style

    BySchool


    Mission Statement

    "

    Our purpose is to foster a community where students interested in OB-GYN can have a space to grow their curiosities about women/fetal health as well as connect with the department at UTMB.

    "

    Activities

    • Attending Conferences
    • Hosting Donation Drives
    • Participating in Donation Drives
    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Attending Guest Speaker Events
    • Hosting Student Organization Fundraisers
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Volunteering
    • Other

    OGSS events will include upperclassmen and resident mentorship, lunch socials with OBGYN department, holiday socials, Q&A panels, guest speakers, Mammo Bus volunteering, Women's Health Simulation, and more.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus, Off-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month)


    Officer Board

    • President – Raven Harding (rchardin@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Amy Arceneaux (ammarcen@utmb.edu)
    • Treasurer – Brittany Dang (bqdang@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Juliana Wu (juwu@utmb.edu)
    • Community Service Chair – Rahul Chauhan (rachauha@utmb.edu)
    • Social Chair – Jenieve Chapa (jrchapa@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Dr. Lucy VillarrealOB/GYN - (lucyvill@UTMB.EDU)
    • Dr. Chasey OmereOB/GYN - (ciomere@utmb.edu)
  • Oncology Interest Group

    Organization Type

    Professional


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    The purpose of the Oncology Interest Group is to expose students to all fields within oncology as well as helping students become more understanding and empathetic towards cancer patients.


    Activities

    • Participating in Donation Drives
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Hosting Student Organization Fundraisers
    • Creating Educational Materials

    Be the Match Bone Marrow drive, to spread awareness about the ways in which bone marrow donation can save lives.

    We are also planning to have multiple meetings with oncologists in different specialities to help expose students to the options within the field.

    We may sell T-shirts to fundraise.



    Meeting Location

    On-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month)


    Officer Board

    • President – Annie B. Agee (ABAGEE@UTMB.EDU)
    • Vice President – Lisa Du (lisdu@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Sandra HatchRadiation Oncology - (shatch@utmb.edu)
  • Ophthalmology Student Organization

    Organization Type

    Professional


    Membership Style

    BySchool


    Mission Statement

    To provide students with resources, lecture series, and volunteering opportunities for the field of Ophthalmology.


    Activities

    Volunteering and Other

    We help with the St. Vincent's eye screening. We encourage students and help connect them with the volunteering leadership in order to get more experience in Ophthalmology.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month),


    Officer Board

    • President – Sneha Gajarla (sngajarl@utmb.edu)
    • President – Seth Buscho (sebuscho@UTMB.EDU)
    • Vice President – Natalia Davila (natdavil@UTMB.EDU)
    • Vice President – Brayn Pearson (bgpearso@UTMB.EDU)
    • Secretary – Natalia Penaloza (napenalo@utmb.edu)
    • MS4 Coordinator – Sruti Rachapudi (ssrachap@UTMB.EDU)
    • STV Vision Screening Coordinator – Sathvik Srinivasan (acchan@UTMB.EDU)
    • STV Vision Screening Coordinator – Anne Chan (sasriniv@UTMB.EDU)
    • Volunteer Coordinator – Kate O'Neil (kgoneill@UTMB.EDU)
    • Volunteer Coordinator – Metha Chea (mrchea@UTMB.EDU)
    • Glasses Drive Coordinator – Sarah Navid (snnavid@UTMB.EDU)

  • Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Research Society

    Organization Type

    Professional


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    The purpose of the Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Research Society is to connect students and faculty for clinical research focused on orthopedic foot and ankle topics. Students are encouraged to lead their own project under faculty advising and supervision.


    Activities

    • Attending Conferences
    • Hosting Presentation Practice Sessions
    • Other

    Monthly meetings to discuss relevant research topics as well as update other members on projects and ask for feedback, help, or anything else to facilitate the project's success.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually,


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month),


    Officer Board

    • Senior Advisory Chairman – Jordan Robbins (jbrobbin@utmb.edu)
    • Advisory Chairman – Levi Saucedo (lesauced@utmb.edu)
    • Co-Chairman – Sabrina Pescatore (smpescat@utmb.edu)
    • Co-Chairman – Sterling Deshazo (sjdeshaz@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Vinod PanchbhaviOrthopedic Surgery - (vkpanchb@utmb.edu)
  • Orthopedic Sports Medicine Research Society

    Organization Type

    Professional


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    The purpose of the Orthopedic Sports Medicine Research Society is to connect students and faculty for clinical research focused on orthopedic sports medicine-related topics. Students are encouraged to lead their own projects under faculty advising and supervision.


    Activities

    Attending Conferences and Hosting Guest Speaker Events

    One of our primary objectives is to ensure that all members of the research group are well-informed about current research conferences and abstract deadlines. By doing so, we aim to empower our members with the necessary tools and knowledge to submit their abstracts and research papers to relevant conferences. This practice is of utmost importance as it allows us to access cutting-edge research, paving the way for academic advancements, professional development, and networking opportunities within the ever-changing landscape of research in Orthopedic sports medicine.

    By actively participating in research conferences, our members gain invaluable access to the latest developments in the field. Attending these conferences exposes them to groundbreaking studies, novel methodologies, and emerging trends, enabling them to expand their knowledge base and remain at the forefront of research in Orthopedic sports medicine. This exposure to current research not only fuels academic growth but also inspires new research directions and fosters innovative ideas among our members.

    In addition to academic advancements, participating in conferences and submitting research papers also facilitates professional development and networking. Research conferences serve as platforms for researchers, scholars, and professionals from diverse backgrounds and institutions to come together. By engaging with fellow experts in the field, our members have the opportunity to establish valuable connections, initiate collaborations, and gain recognition within the scientific community. These networking opportunities can open doors to potential research collaborations, grant opportunities, and career advancements.

    Staying informed about current research trends is crucial in the rapidly evolving field of Orthopedic sports medicine. By actively participating in conferences and adhering to abstract deadlines, our members ensure that they stay abreast of the latest research trends, methodologies, and technologies. This awareness enables them to adapt their research and methodologies, accordingly, ensuring that their work remains relevant, impactful, and aligned with the current needs of the field.

    To further enhance our research environment, the OSMRS also hopes to host guest speakers and meetings focused on discussing current trends in sports medicine research advancements. These events provide a platform for meaningful discussions between faculty members and students interested in researching in the field. By facilitating these discussions, we aim to foster knowledge exchange, explore different perspectives, and address challenges within the realm of Orthopedic sports medicine. The insights and experiences shared by guest speakers, who are often established researchers and experts, can provide mentorship, guidance, and inspiration for students and early-career researchers. Such discussions often pave the way for pioneering new research ideas, pushing the boundaries of knowledge in the field.

    In summary, by keeping our members informed about research conferences, abstract deadlines, and providing them with the tools to submit their work, we actively promote academic advancements, professional development, and networking opportunities within the field of Orthopedic sports medicine. Our goal is to create an environment that fosters research skills and academic development for both students and faculty, utilizing a mentorship model. Additionally, by hosting guest speakers and facilitating discussions, we aim to encourage innovative thinking and collaboration, leading to groundbreaking research in this field.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month)


    Officer Board

    • President – Sabrina Pescatore (smpescat@utmb.edu)
    • President – Sterling DeShazo (sjdeshaz@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • William WeissOrthopedics and Rehabilitation - (wiweiss@utmb.edu)
  • Orthopedic Student Society

    Organization Type

    Professional


    Membership Style

    BySchool


    Mission Statement

    The purpose of the organization is to foster medical student interest in the field of orthopedics with hands on workshops, talks with attending/residents, and student group events.


    Activities

    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Attending Guest Speaker Events
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Hosting Presentation Practice Sessions
    • Volunteering

    The events allow for students to actively get more involved within the department of orthopedics and get hands on expertise as to what the field practices. This allows for students to find out what they do and do not like about orthopedics and truly evaluate if the field is for them or not.


    Meeting Location

    On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month),


    Officer Board

    • President – Sterling DeShazo (sjdeshaz@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Jackson Rogers (jmrogers@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Patrick NaegerDepartment of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation - (panaeger@utmb.edu)
  • Otolaryngology Interest Group

    Organization Type

    Professional


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    Otolaryngology Interest Group is a student run organization designed to provide students with exposure and opportunities to broaden their perspective and encourage them towards the fields of ENT.


    Activities

    Attending Guest Speaker Events and Volunteering,

    We are fortunate to have an active otolaryngology residency program that involves medical students. Part of our mission is to make sure students get as much exposure to the field of otolaryngology.

    This is accomplished by attending events and workshops hosted by the UTMB otolaryngology residency department. We also strive to make a positive impact in our community, so participating in volunteering opportunities is a great way to make an impact.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually


    Meeting Frequency

    Semesterly (Once a Semester)


    Officer Board

    • Executive Board Member – Michel Adeniran (miadenir@utmb.edu)
    • Executive Board Member – William Davis (wtdavis@utmb.edu)
    • Executive Board Member – Brian Mai (brmai@utmb.edu)
    • Executive Board Member – Wilhelmina Tan (witan@utmb.edu)
    • Executive Board Member – Jack Straub (jjstraub@utmb.edu)
    • Executive Board Member – Bibiana Toro Figueira (bmtorofi@utmb.edu)
    • Executive Board Member – Brian Quinlan (bpquinla@utmb.edu)
    • Executive Board Member – John Coggins (jocoggin@utmb.edu)
    • Executive Board Member – Bridget Vories (bavories@utmb.edu)
    • Executive Board Member – Taylor Nadia Quadri (nzquadri@utmb.edu)
    • Executive Board Member – Zulfa Delaney Clark (deeclark@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Harold PineOtolaryngology - (hspine@utmb.edu)

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Student Organizations

  • Broca Public Speaking Organization

    Organization Type

    Professional, Social, Other


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    Provide members low pressure opportunities to improve public speaking skills.


    Activities

    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Other

    Weekly emails with educational material and Monthly meeting with different speaking opportunities


    Meeting Location

    On-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month)


    Officer Board

    • Co-President – Devon Jacob (djjacob@utmb.edu)
    • Co-President – Andrew Thornton (anthornt@utmb.edu )
    • Secretary – Esther Jeong (eyjeong@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Cristal Monzon-Hernandez (crmonzon@utmb.edu )
    • Historian – Alondra Uribe Sanchez (aguribes@utmb.edu)
    • Historian – Sathvik Srinivasan (sasriniv@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Chandler SelfUTMB Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences - (mcself@utmb.edu)
  • Pain Medicine Student Organization

    Organization Type

    Professional


    Membership Style

    BySchool


    Mission Statement

    The purpose of the Pain Medicine Student Organization is to promote awareness of the field of pain medicine across multiple specialties and provide resources for students at UTMB through mentorship, faculty discussions, community service projects and research opportunities.


    Activities

    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Volunteering
    • Other

    PMSO has a mentorship program in which students are paired with residents in the department of Anesthesia to help guide them on their journey to residency and further into their career. We also have a journal club that meets to discuss pertinent research in the field of pain medicine.

    This year, we will be planning social and academic events with residents and faculty in order for students to get a better understanding of the field of pain medicine, the avenues to get there and what a career in it looks like. We also plan to have community service involvement this year as well, which will be headed by our community service chair.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month)

     

    Officer Board

    • President – Illan Kunik (ilkunik@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Sai Kamma (sakamma@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Elliot BlankespoorAnesthesiology - (elblanke@utmb.edu)
  • Pathology Association for Students

    Organization Type

    Professional


    Membership Style

    BySchool


    Mission Statement

    The purpose of this organization is to increase exposure to the various specialties within the field of pathology.


    Activities

    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events

    The role of PAS is to provide students with the opportunity to learn about the field of pathology and its many subspecialties. These events allow students to network with pathology residents and faculty to build relationships for shadowing, research, and other experiences that can enhance their medical experience.


    Meeting Location

    On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month),


    Officer Board

    • President – Elvira Carias (encarias@UTMB.EDU)
    • Vice President – Lauren Bluhm (lebluhm@UTMB.EDU)
    • Secretary – Joshua Fernandez de la Vega (joshfern@UTMB.EDU)
    • Treasurer – Carolina Segura (carsegur@UTMB.EDU)
    • Research Coordinator – Jason Yeung (jayeung@UTMB.EDU)
    • Communications Coordinator – Cecilia Arguelles (caarguel@UTMB.EDU)
    • Membership Chair – Sarah Muir (semuir@UTMB.EDU)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Judith AronsonPathology - (jaronson@UTMB.EDU)
  • Pediatric Student Association

    Organization Type

    Professional Service Social


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    The Pediatric Student Association seeks to provide students with opportunities in pediatrics in order to allow them to discover if this is the field they wish to pursue. These activities, which could range from volunteering, research, mentorship, shadowing, etc., are aimed at setting students up for success for their future in healthcare.


    Activities

    • Attending Conferences
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Attending Guest Speaker Events
    • Hosting Student Organization Fundraisers
    • Volunteering

    PSA seeks to provide events which will encourage and educate our members on the reality of pursuing pediatric medicine.

    Hosting guest speakers allows PSA to hear from medical professionals who have more experience in pediatric medicine and have wisdom to offer our members. Attending conferences also allows us to hear from local and national organizations about the field of pediatrics.

    Fundraisers and volunteering activities give our members the opportunity to give back to the community and UTMB, and to possibly earn more experience in a medical setting.


    Meeting Location

    On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month),


    Officer Board

    • President – Kristopher Hurst (krehurst@gmail.com)
    • Vice President – Devin Davis (dvdavis@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Patricia RogersDepartment of Pediatrics - (parogers@utmb.edu)
  • Pharmacology and Toxicology Scholar Organization

    Organization Type

    Professional Service Social


    Membership Style

    BySchool


    Mission Statement

    PTSO is an educational organization founded to represent and promote the students enrolled in graduate studies in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology.

    Our purpose is to maximize experience, networking, and scholarship for students in the Pharmacology & Toxicology graduate program.

    Our goal is to provide an instructive and interactive environment for our members to connect with fellow students and faculty, as well as to give back to the community through information sessions, volunteering activities, and various social events.


    Activities

    Other

    Pharmacology & Toxicology Student Meet and Greet - chance for current students to meet incoming students, network, and gain resources

    Pharmacology & Toxicology Annual Summer Symposium - yearly 1-2 day meeting where all pharmacology and toxicology students present their project from the past year and receive feedback from peers and faculty

    The Bohdan R. Nechay, PhD Lectureship in Pharmacology - opportunity for students to invite esteemed scientists in the pharmacology and toxicology field to present their work, meet students and faculty, and network


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Semesterly (Once a Semester)


    Officer Board

    • President – Danielle Jamison (dajamiso@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Emma Pfortmiller (empfortm@utmb.edu)
    • Treasurer – Julia Granchi (jmgranch@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Katherine Araya (ktaraya@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Noelle C. AnastasioPharmacology - (ncanasta@utmb.edu)
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Student Interest Group

    Organization Type

    Professional


    Membership Style

    BySchool


    Mission Statement

    The mission of PM&R SIG is to promote a culture of opportunity, and inclusivity within the campus community, specifically focusing on supporting students who are interested in gaining new perspectives in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.


    Activities

    Attending Conferences, Hosting Guest Speaker Events, Attending Guest Speaker Events, Creating Educational Materials,

    PM&R SIG shall pursue the following objectives:

    1. Encourage active volunteerism among students to engage in activities and projects that promote continued exposure to Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
    2. Organize events, workshops, and awareness campaigns to raise awareness on how to get involved with the specialty field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
    3. Collaborate with other organizations, local institutions, and charities to maximize the impact of our efforts

    Meeting Location

    On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month),


    Officer Board

    • President – Cherry Jenny Jaimes Gonzalez (jjjaimes@utmb.edu)
    • President – Rachel Lopes (ralopes@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Caitlin Aguirre (craguirr@utmb.edu)
    • Treasurer – Amy Patel (amhpatel@utmb.edu)
    • Social Chair – Zaid Almubaid (zaalmuba@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Cherubina Rubannelsonkumar (csrubann@utmb.edu)

  • Pi Theta Epsilon, Nu Chapter

    Organization Type

    Professional Honorary


    Membership Style

    ByProfession


    Mission Statement

    PTE is AOTF's OT student and alumni Honor Society. The top 35% of each class is recognized and challenged through their membership to cultivate a culture of scholarship through inspiring research with journal clubs, promoting the field of OT with scholarly projects, and providing academic leadership by hosting skills and study nights for their peers.


    Activities

    • Attending Conferences
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Volunteering

    These activities help provide connections for PTE to immerse in the National community as sponsored by AOTF. Fundraising supports mission with our St. Catherine's philanthropy to further research in our field and provide funding grants to ongoing OT research. Other volunteering and speaking engagements will be coordinated to further spread our mission and promote our spirit of scholarship for students who are distinguished as those with high academic performance.


    Meeting Location

    On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month),


    Officer Board

    • President – Sydnee Stovall (sgstoval@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Mia Tsukano (mitsukan@UTMB.EDU)
    • Secretary – Kacie Marks (kamarks@UTMB.EDU)
    • Treasurer – Hannah Hutchins (hmhutchi@UTMB.EDU)
    • Historian – Jessica Johnson (jessjohn@UTMB.EDU)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • April CowanDepartment of Occupational Therapy - (accowan@UTMB.EDU)
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Interest Group

    Organization Type

    Professional


    Membership Style

    BySchool


    Mission Statement

    "

    PRSIG aims to: i. Provide education in the practices of plastic & reconstructive surgery. ii. Encourage interest and excitement for the field of plastic & reconstructive surgery. iii. Promote mentorship and camaraderie between medical students and plastic and reconstructive surgery faculty/residents at UTMB. iv. Enrich the education of medical students through hands-on experiences and interactive lectures. v. Provide research, volunteer, and shadowing opportunities for medical students interested in the field of plastic & reconstructive surgery.

    "

    Activities

    • Attending Conferences
    • Hosting Donation Drives
    • Participating in Donation Drives
    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Attending Guest Speaker Events
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Hosting Presentation Practice Sessions
    • Volunteering
    • Other

    All of these activities are important to the student members' education, training, & future careers, as well as to supporting UTMB's Division of Plastic Surgery and organizations outside UTMB in the Plastic Surgery arena.

    PRSIG's activities are diverse and ever-changing depending on the current members' interests & needs, and depending on the changes in the field of Plastics.

    PRSIG's above Statement of Purpose details all of the varied activities.

    Please let us know if you need any more details. As requested, we will be completing the events form for our various in-person events.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus, Off-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Other


    Officer Board

    • President – Parul Rai (parai@utmb.edu)
    • President – Jasmine Chaij (jmchaij@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Christina Crandall (ckcranda@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Ryan Nguyen (rcnguyen@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Danielle Rogan (derogan@utmb.edu)
    • Research Coordinator – Lexi Alexis Lakatta (aclakatt@utmb.edu)
    • Shadowing Coordinator – Amy Wang (amywang@utmb.edu)
    • Service Chair – Chris Richter (cgrichte@utmb.edu)
    • Events Chair – JP Jean Pierre Durand (jfdurand@utmb.edu)
    • Communications Chair – Abbas Karim (aakarim@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Abigail ForbesDivision of Plastic Surgery - Department of Surgery - (aaforbes@utmb.edu )
  • Preventive Medicine Initiative

    Organization Type

    Professional Service


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    Preventive Medicine Initiative (PMI) is dedicated to promoting health and wellness through community-based projects focused on preventive healthcare, as well as educating students on the field of preventive medicine.

    PMI has set specific goals to educate the community on preventive health topics, encourage physical activity, and promote healthy eating habits throughout the year.


    Activities

    • Participating in Donation Drives
    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Hosting an SGA Sponsored Event
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Volunteering

    PMI is a community project-based organization. Projects include:

    • A free local 5K race along with a 7-week community training program with over 200 participants, aimed at promoting physical activity (which was successfully completed in March 2023). The training program was modeled after the well-known Couch to 5K program and offered customized plans based on participants' running experience. To encourage 5K sign-ups, PMI hosted a SGA sponsored event for students to attend with booths and free food.
    • BrIDging resources projects: the aim of the project is to address barriers to access of social services in Galveston, Texas by assisting with ID application and resource navigation for the unhoused and underserved community. The goal is to establish a volunteer program that will guide individuals through the ID application process and provide funding for application fees. Additionally, trained volunteers will connect individuals to local resources tailored to their greatest needs.
    • Organizing public monthly Talk with a Doc workshops: these will be led by medical students and faculty who will cover various preventive health topics such as nutrition, weight loss, mental health, and more. The aim is to increase awareness and promote healthy behaviors among community members.
    • Collaboration with Island Farmacy to promote healthy eating habits: PMI is aiming to provide monthly meal kits with recipes and ingredients for a DASH diet. Kits come with cooking videos on cooking skills, physician recommended diets, and finding healthy and delicious recipes. The primary objective is to eliminate obstacles to developing and maintaining healthier eating habits and nutrition, promoting a healthier lifestyle, while also providing free meals.
    • Grab Bags providing medical students education on local Galveston community resources and how to recommend them to their patients.

    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month),


    Officer Board

    • Executive Board Member – Anaelle Lahitte-Crohare (anlahitt@utmb.edu)
    • Executive Board Member – Jessica Ngo (jango@utmb.edu)
    • Executive Board Member – Ethan Ha (ekha@utmb.edu)
    • Executive Board Member – Stephanie Kim (stekim@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Sarah SiddiquiUTMB Internal Medicine - (sbsiddiq@utmb.edu)

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Student Organizations

  • Que Quiere Decir

    Organization Type

    Professional Social Cultural


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    Elevating Cultural Awareness and Medical Spanish Proficiency: Our mission is to educate and empower by imparting insights into the Hispanic community's rich culture, while also equipping individuals with fundamental medical Spanish skills to enhance cross-cultural communication and care


    Activities

    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Hosting Student Organization Fundraisers
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Volunteering

    we are in the plans to spread the word as much as we can about the organization. We want to fundraise and also host events sch as loteria, "latin party", tamale sale in the winter


    Meeting Location

    Virtually,


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month),


    Officer Board

    • President – Nicole Acosta (niacosta@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Mbinui Ghogomu (mbghogom@utmb.edu)
    • Treasurer – Alfredo Palacios (aapalaci@utmb.edu)
    • Event coordinator – Aparna Medarametla (apmedara@utmb.edu)
    • Event coordinator – John Jung (jojung@utmb.edu)
    • Social media coordinator – Paloma Rodriguez Paramo (palrodri@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Norma PerezAssistant Dean - (noaperez@utmb.edu)

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Student Organizations

  • RAD-AID at UTMB

    Organization Type

    Professional Service


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    To improve and optimize access to medical imaging and radiology in low resource regions of the world and increasing radiology's contribution to global health initiatives and patient care.


    Activities

    • Attending Conferences
    • Hosting Donation Drives
    • Participating in Donation Drives
    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Hosting Student Organization Fundraisers
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Volunteering
    • Other

    Monthly UTMB chapter meetings, international webinars, annual international seminar, faculty lead radiology educational training (Ultrasound workshop etc.), research, and annual projects. These activities will help this organization provide connections to leaders in public and global health radiology as well as the resources for travel, education, and community project funding that is offered on application basis from RAD-AID international. These are opportunities that RAD-AID affiliated chapters have unique access to.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month)


    Officer Board

    • Chief – Kyle Horton (kyhorton@utmb.edu )
    • Vice-Chief – Karen Rojas (knrojas@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Jack Gunn (jhgunn@utmb.edu)
    • Webmaster – Kanishka Chelikani (Kvchelik@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Arsalan SaleemInterventional Radiology - (arsaleem@utmb.edu)
  • Respiratory Care Student Association

    Organization Type

    Professional


    Membership Style

    BySchool


    Mission Statement

    The mission of the Respiratory Care Student Association at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) shall be to encourage participation in professional respiratory care organizations, provide services to the community, raise money for national respiratory conferences, and represent the field of respiratory care in activities involving all medical disciplines.


    Activities

    • Attending Conferences
    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Hosting an SGA Sponsored Event
    • Hosting Student Organization Fundraisers
    • Volunteering

    RCSA attends 2 conferences per academic year. The Texas State Respiratory Care (TSRC) conference and the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) conference. RCSA holds student organization fundraisers to be able to attend by tabling booths at events, hosting an SGA event, and applying for grants. We also provide the opportunity for members to volunteer and to listen to guest speakers at our general meetings.


    Meeting Location

    On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month),


    Officer Board

    • President – Val Valeria Tamayo Barron (vetamayo@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Ciby Kaela Collins (karcolli@utmb.edu)
    • Event Coordinator – Taylor McCoy (tlmccoy@utmb.edu)
    • Treasurer – Devin Dallas (dedallas@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Cibila Siby (cisiby@utmb.edu)
    • Historian – Reid Evans (reievans@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Sachin PatelRespiratory Care - (sk3patel@utmb.edu)
    • Daneen NastarsRespiratory Care - (danastar@utmb.edu)

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Student Organizations

  • Simulation Society at UTMB

    Organization Type

    Professional Social


    Membership Style

    BySchool


    Mission Statement

    The goal of Simulation Society at UTMB is to encourage excitement and interest for the emergency care of patients by providing hands-on experiences and interactive lectures to our members.


    Activities

    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Hosting Presentation Practice Sessions

    We host practice session using the simulation center at UTMB to give students hands-on practice at how to manage various emergency situations. This helps teach students how to think on their feet and how to evaluate situations in a high-pressure setting.


    Meeting Location

    On-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month)


    Officer Board

    • Junior Co-President – Gabe Gabriel Rivera (gjrivera@utmb.edu)
    • Educational Co-Chair – Angel renteria (anrenter@utmb.edu)
    • Treasurer – Stanley Troung (Sttroung@utmb.edu)
    • Social Chair – Emily Kim (emmkim@utmb.edu)
    • Educational Co-Chair – Delayne Coleman (decolma@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Connor June (cajune@utmb.edu)
    • Senior Co-President – Levi Saucedo (lesauced@utmb.edu)

  • Society For Neuroscience, Galveston Chapter

    Organization Type

    Professional


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Activities

    • Attending Conferences
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Attending Guest Speaker Events
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Volunteering

    We want to educate and promote the field of neuroscience as much as possible for current students to go on to have successful careers in the neuroscience fields.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month)


    Officer Board

    • President – Anthony Price (antprice@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Adam Husain (adhusain@utmb.edu)

  • Society for Translational Research

    Organization Type

    Professional


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    The Organization is an educational association, which exists to foster the collaboration, development, and growth of graduate and medical students enrolled in the Graduate Program in Human Pathophysiology and Translational Medicine (HPTM) and the School of Medicine Scholarly concentration in Translational Research (SOM SciTR) at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). The organization shall serve to disseminate pertinent information among the membership and to further the interests of the membership by promoting participation in the University affairs as well as translational research outreach in the community. Activities shall include, but are not limited to, inviting guest speakers, honoring program students, assisting in HPTM program faculty in orientation and recruitment, and mentoring junior students.


    Activities

    Other

    Students may meet to discuss ways to improve the program for other students. Activities such as conferences, events, seminars, etc... can be suggested.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month)


    Officer Board

    • President – Nicholas Pittner (nipittne@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Holly Chapman (hlchapma@utmb.edu)
    • Treasurer – Elias Rojelio Alvarado (realvara@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Annie Agee (abagee@utmb.edu)
    • Community Liaison – Sanjana Mohanty (samohant@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Jonathan HommelITS - (jdhommel@utmb.edu)
  • Sports Medicine Initiative

    Organization Type

    Professional Sport


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    Sports Medicine Initiative (SMI) offers guidance in taking the steps to become a Sports Medicine Specialist. We accomplish this by providing exposure to Sports Medicine certified health care professionals with years of experience as well as informative workshops, and hands on volunteering experiences


    Activities

    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Volunteering
    • Other

    Hosting guest speaker events allows our members to get greater insight into the field of sports medicine.

    Workshops help our members to start to gain foundational skills of a sports medicine specialist.

    Volunteering allows our members to have hands on experience in the field.


    Meeting Location

    On-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Other


    Officer Board

    • President – David Clark (dsclark@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Jacob Harper (jacharpe@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Namita BhardwajFamily Medicine - (nabhardw@gmail.com)
  • SPPH Student Association

    Organization Type

    Professional


    Membership Style

    BySchool


    Mission Statement

    The SPPH Student Association aims to represent the student body's perspectives on all aspects of student life and to affect positive change by working with the school administration. The council will serve as a bridge between SPPH students, administration, and the communities we serve.


    Activities

    • Participating in Donation Drives
    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Attending Guest Speaker Events
    • Hosting Student Organization Fundraisers
    • Volunteering
    • Other

    Organize and facilitate public health projects sponsored by the Student Council at UTMB SPPH. Organize student events, host seminars, social events, etc.

    These activities will help facilitate community among SPPH students and engage them with the larger UTMB/Galveston community.


    Meeting Location

    On-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Semesterly (Once a Semester)


    Officer Board

    • President – Valerie Quach (vaquach@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Carmen Haynes (cahaynes@utmb.edu)
    • Treasurer – Jessica Johnson (jeejohns@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Shilpa Rajagopal (shrajago@utmb.edu)
    • BHH Representative – Hannah Carpenter (hvcarpen@utmb.edu)
    • MPH Representative – Diane Saab (disaab@utmb.edu)
    • PHS/RS Representative – Alex Radar (aprader@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • John ProchaskaSchool of Public and Population Health - (joprocha@utmb.edu)
  • St. Vincent's Physical Therapy Student Organization

    Organization Type

    Professional Service


    Membership Style

    ByProfession


    Mission Statement

    The St. Vincent's PT Student Organization allows a space for students to perform pro-bono rehabilitation to under-funded patients in the Galveston area. The organization offers excellent educational opportunities for UTMB SPTs to refine their growing skill sets in different roles ranging from scribes to direct care providers (COCs). Students provide individualized care to patients with high complexity under supervision from both UTMB faculty and residents from the UTMB orthopedic residency.


    Activities

    Hosting Student Organization Fundraisers and Volunteering

    Regular fundraisers are vital to the longevity and success of the student-run clinic at St. V's. Funds raised are directly allotted to equipment needs and repairs, as well as towards donated items for individualized patient needs (i.e. providing shoe inserts for free to patients who do not have adequate funding). Money raised rolls over to the SPT members of the next graduating class.

    Volunteering is the priority of our organization. Providing pro-bono services to patients in need gives mutual benefit to both the providers and patients. SPTs are able to apply and hone their skills learned through curriculum while giving back to members of the Galveston community and beyond.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, Off-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Bi-Weekly (Every Other Week),


    Officer Board

    • President – Fatima Adnan (faadnan@utmb.edu)
    • Treasurer – Brandon Miller (bsmiller@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Connor Pittman (cwpittma@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Autumn Gist (aagist@utmb.edu)
    • Student Coordinator and Liaison – Megan Wilkinson (mnwilkin@utmb.edu)
    • Student Coordinator – Bailey Luke (mnwilkin@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Rodney Welsh SHP - PT - (rlwelsh@utmb.edu)
    • Laurie FarroniSHP - PT - (ljwarrin@utmb.edu)
  • St. Vincent's Student-Run Clinic

    Organization Type

    Professional Service


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    St. Vincent's Student Run Clinic provides free medical care to the uninsured and underserved of Galveston Community through and interprofessional and educational environment


    Activities

    • Hosting Donation Drives
    • Participating in Donation Drives
    • Hosting Student Organization Fundraisers
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Volunteering

    The purpose of STVSC is to provide a learning opportunity to the future healthcare professionals with faculty mentorship, while learning about the health care gaps that can be seen throughout our community. We strive to help those without the resources to have equal healthcare rights to those who do. We do this through free nightly clinics three times a week, hosting health care fairs annually for general screening, and having fundraisers/donation drives to further our commitment to obtaining health care equality to those who would not be given the opportunity without these sources.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month)


    Officer Board

    • Chair of Education and Volunteer Recruitment Committees – Staley Rose (strose@utmb.edu)
    • Administrative Chair – Jasmine Liu-Zarzuela (jaliuzar@utmb.edu)
    • Community Engagement Chair – Martha Garcia (mtgarcia@utmb.edu)
    • Chair of Finance and Interprofessional Committees – Madeline Rock (marock@utmb.edu)
    • Policies and Procedures Committee Chair – Olivia Nixon (olnixon@utmb.edu)
    • Medication Management Chair – Allie Zill (amzill@utmb.edu)
    • School of Public Health and Population Chair – Abhi Rao (abrao@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Norman FarrInternal Medicine - (nmfarr@utmb.edu)
  • Student for Old Red

    Organization Type

    Professional


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    Provide an opportunity for leadership and learning through the lens of medical history and humanities.


    Activities

    Other

    Conduct tours of anatomic and pathological specimen collections for students, faculty, and potential donors to showcase medical heritage exhibits.


    Meeting Location

    On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month),


    Officer Board

    • President – Jacob Herstein (jeherste@utmb.edu)
    • President – Rachel Duncan (raduncan@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Rachel Lopes (ralopes@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Carolina Segura (carsegur@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Paula SummerlyProvost Administration - (pasummer@utmb.edu)
  • Student Interest Group for Neurology

    Organization Type

    Professional Service Social


    Membership Style

    BySchool


    Mission Statement

    To provide a welcoming space where students interested in neurology/neurosurgery/neuroscience and related specialties can learn more about these fields while engaging in volunteer, research, networking, and other opportunities that enrich their medical school experience.


    Activities

    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Attending Guest Speaker Events
    • Volunteering

    Choosing a specialty is an important decision that medical students must make, and it's a decision that shouldn't solely be based on what's read in a textbook or what's observed on rounds. By hosting and participating in neurology/neuroscience-related volunteering events, hearing the breadth of experiences of experts in the field, and fostering a passion for neuroscience, we believe that our members will be well-equipped to decide if neurology and related specialties is right for them. Moreover, we want our members to have fun with all-things-neuro and we are excited to get this group back up and running!


    Meeting Location

    On-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month)


    Officer Board

    • President – Garett Ozmer (glozmer@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Helen Onuorah (hoonuora@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Varesh Gorabi (vagorabi@utmb.edu)
    • Volunteer Coordinator – Karina Chowdhury (kachowdh@utmb.edu)
    • Events Coordinator – Adam Husain (adhusain@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Elena ShaninaNeurology - (elshanin@utmb.edu)
  • Student National Medical Association at UTMB

    Organization Type

    Professional Service Cultural


    Membership Style

    BySchool


    Mission Statement

    The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students, addressing the needs of underserved communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent and socially conscious physicians.

    The Student National Medical Association Chapter here at UTMB actively implements local, regional, and national activities and protocols. As a historically Black organization, many of our programs are geared toward improving the health needs of communities of color and underserved populations. SNMA is dedicated to ensuring that medical education and services are culturally sensitive to the needs of diverse populations and continuously aims to increase the number of African American, Latino and other students of color entering and completing medical school. Throughout the years, the SNMA chapter at UTMB continues to host many campus and non-campus wide events, various workshops, and meetings that address the pressing topics of today to engage our community and achieve our national goals.


    Activities

    • Attending Conferences
    • Hosting Donation Drives
    • Participating in Donation Drives
    • Hosting an SGA Sponsored Event
    • Volunteering

    Community engagement volunteering such as hosting workshops at various high schools and creating health booth pop-ups throughout the community, as well as networking events, mentorship programs, annual Discover Medicine for pre-medical students, annual TGIT events, annual Faculty Brunch, various fundraiser events such as fall and spring candy-grams, beach and game night socials, 4th year farewell banquet, Gross Anatomy and Radiology tutoring reviews and more are important because it fosters a sense of community amongst students and presents opportunities to serve the community and develop leadership skills.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Bi-Weekly (Every Other Week)


    Officer Board

    • President – Linda Ugonne Etufugh (uletufug@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Oge Delayne Coleman (decolema@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Adaobi Adannaya Ihediwa (acihediw@utmb.edu)
    • Treasurer – Bethel Desta (bddesta@utmb.edu)
    • Fundraising Chair – Michel Adeniran (miadenir@utmb.edu)
    • Academic Development Chair – Amani Patterson (arpatter@utmb.edu)
    • Academic Development Chair – Mbinui Ghogomu (mbghogom@utmb.edu)
    • HPLA Chair – Ogechukwu Anwaegbu (oganwaeg@utmb.edu)
    • MAPS Coordinator – Raven Harding (rchardin@utmb.edu)
    • Public Relations & Social Media Chair – Laneisha Hale (lrhale@utmb.edu)
    • Community Service Chair - Community Initiative – Gengi Kleto (gekleto@utmb.edu)
    • Events Chair – Ashley Dike (aadike@utmb.edu)
    • Event Chair – Nangah Tabukum (nntabuku@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Kevin McKinneyInternal Med-Endocrinology - (khmckinn@utmb.edu)
  • Student Nurses' Association

    Organization Type

    Professional Service Social


    Membership Style

    BySchool


    Mission Statement

    Non-profit organization for nursing students at UTMB that fosters the professional development of nursing students. We advocate for and host leadership, philanthropic, and career development activities where students can listen to nursing leaders, faculty, and network with hundreds of other students through social and academic events.


    Activities

    • Attending Conferences
    • Participating in Donation Drives
    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Attending Guest Speaker Events
    • Volunteering

    We host academic events hosted by professors and leaders in the nursing profession to help future RNs stay up to date with the nursing profession.

    We host social events for members that allows them the time to relax and take a break from studying while connecting with students in the nursing program from different semesters.

    We also offer community service events where students can volunteer their time to help those in need. This is an essential activity in the nursing profession and helps them work with various populations.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month)


    Officer Board

    • President – Justin Fuentes (jufuente@utmb.edu)
    • President – Leslie Pham (lnpham@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Sasha Ortiz (skortiz@utmb.edu)
    • Treasurer – Stephanie Richter (slrichte@utmb.edu)
    • Social/Publicity Chair – Jasmine Bismar (jabismar@utmb.edu)
    • Historian – Ana Contreras (anmcontr@utmb.edu)
    • Community Service Chair – Sajin Sam (sssam@utmb.edu)
    • Bylaws Chair – Alejandra Flores (alejflor@utmb.edu)
    • Fundraising Chair – Roxanne Fernandes (roxferna@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Morgan CangelosiSchool of Nursing - (mmcangel@utmb.edu)
    • Shatoi KingSchool of Nursing - (sthodge@utmb.edu)
    • Teresa GlazeSchool of Nursing - (tcglaze@utmb.edu)
  • Student Occupational Therapy Association

    Organization Type

    Professional


    Membership Style

    ByProfession


    Mission Statement

    The purpose of the Student Occupational Therapy Association is to promote Occupational Therapy at the University of Texas Medical Branch in the Galveston area, provide social support for its members, and represent the University of Texas Medical Branch to the wider community, for example, through attendance at national and state meetings, fundraising, and community and social services.


    Activities

    • Attending Conferences
    • Hosting Donation Drives
    • Participating in Donation Drives
    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Attending Guest Speaker Events
    • Hosting Student Organization Fundraisers
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Hosting Presentation Practice Sessions
    • Volunteering

    The hosting and attendance of guest speaker events is provided as an opportunity for students to expand their professional knowledge in the field of Occupational Therapy. The hosting of donation drives, tabling at events, and organization of student fundraisers is done to raise money for the community as well as plan all social activities for the organization. The attendance of conferences is encouraged for students who are interested in exploring the field of Occupational Therapy further by hearing from current professionals so that they can answer any questions, comments, or concerns one may have. Finally, volunteering is required to benefit students but, more importantly, the community.


    Meeting Location

    On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month),


    Officer Board

    • President – Sydney Rubal (strubal@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Lia Salamone (lbsalamo@utmb.edu)
    • Treasurer – Rylie George (rygeorge@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Megan Hanratty (mehanrat@utmb.edu)
    • TOTA Representative – Randy Randall Manning (ranmanni@utmb.edu)
    • AOTA Representative – Julia Daniel (juldanie@utmb.edu)
    • Fundraising Co-Chair – Kayla Kubenka (kbkubenk@utmb.edu)
    • Fundraising Co-Chair – Ann Thuy-Ann Nguyen (thuyangu@utmb.edu)
    • Community Service Co-Chair – Abby Abigail Mullins (ajmullin@utmb.edu)
    • Community Service Co-Chair – Gabriella Johnson (gmjohnso@utmb.edu)
    • Professional Development – Victoria Basich (vibasich@utmb.edu)
    • Historian – Andi Capel (aecapel@utmb.edu)
    • Social Chair – Katlin Lee (kaklee@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Kyra GainousOccupational Therapy - (kogainou@utmb.edu)
  • Student Organization of Clinical Laboratory Science

    Organization Type

    Professional


    Membership Style

    ByProfession


    Mission Statement

    The Student Organization of Clinical Laboratory Sciences (SOCLS) is an educational organization that works together to volunteer their time to the community, take part in continuing education opportunities outside the classroom, represent the Clinical Laboratory Science profession, and act with honor, integrity, and respect in all our endeavors.


    Activities

    • Attending Conferences
    • Hosting Student Organization Fundraisers
    • Volunteering

    Texas Association of Clinical laboratory sciences (TACLS)


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month),


    Officer Board

    • President – Chloe Ho (caho@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Briege Penaranda (bmpenarn@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Nadine Noubani (nanouban@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Rajkumar RajendranClinical Laboratory Sciences - (rarajend@utmb.edu)
  • Student Psychiatry Organization

    Organization Type

    Professional


    Membership Style

    BySchool


    Mission Statement

    Educate medical students on the details of psychiatry as a field, as well as raise awareness of mental health at large.


    Activities

    • Hosting Donation Drives
    • Participating in Donation Drives
    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Attending Guest Speaker Events
    • Hosting Student Organization Fundraisers
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Volunteering

    Clothing drives for inpatient psychiatry patients.

    Tabling booths at the county fair, mental health awareness week, Student Life Community Fair, St. Vincents Health Fair.

    Guest Speaker events focused on different aspects of psychiatry and the psychiatry application process.

    Creating/disseminating material on mental health resources for current UTMB students.

    Volunteering at various community outreach programs/events.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month),


    Officer Board

    • President – Devon Jacob (djjacob@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Caroline Nguyen (caqnguye@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Henry Lyons (hblyons@utmb.edu)
    • Social Director – Veronica Hernandez (velherna@utmb.edu)
    • Community Director – Candice Do (cado@utmb.edu)
    • Social Media Director – Adannaya Ihediwa (acihediw@utmb.edu)
    • Treasurer – Chance Winters (cpwinter@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Cindy WiggUTMB Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences - (cwigg@utmb.edu )
  • Students for Accessible Patient Care

    Organization Type

    Professional Service


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    The purpose of Students for Accessible Patient Care (SAPC) is to educate and inspire students, faculty, and the greater UTMB community about innovative alternatives to traditional models of healthcare, with the ultimate goals of strengthening the patient-doctor relationship and increasing access to comprehensive and affordable care.


    Activities

    • Attending Conferences
    • Hosting Donation Drives
    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events

    We would like to continue to have guest speakers from the Benjamin rush institute to come speak to us about different areas of patient care and accessibility.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually,


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month), Semesterly (Once a Semester),


    Officer Board

    • President – Carolina Segura (carsegur@utmb.edu)
    • Senior advisor – Jasmine A. Liu-Zarzuela, (jaliuzar@UTMB.EDU)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Dr. Katherine BillingsleyFamily Medicine - (kmbillin@utmb.edu)
  • Students For Choice

    Organization Type

    Professional


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    "

    Founded in 1993, Students for Choice at UTMB, a chapter of Medical Students for Choice (MSFC), is dedicated to closing the gap in abortion education. We advocate for comprehensive reproductive health training, working to reshape institutional policies and expand opportunities for medical students. With over 220 chapters globally, we keep our community informed on reproductive health issues and support attendance at conferences. Our mission is to empower the next generation of healthcare professionals, ensuring universal access to compassionate and informed reproductive healthcare.


    Activities

    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Attending Guest Speaker Events
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Hosting Presentation Practice Sessions
    • Volunteering

    Advocating for comprehensive medical training is at the core of our mission, and hosting events like conferences, guest speaker sessions, and presentation practice sessions plays a pivotal role in achieving this goal. In an era of evolving laws and dynamic policies, staying informed is more critical than ever. These events provide a platform for students to engage with experts, share insights, and foster a community dedicated to reproductive health education. By actively participating in these activities, students gain valuable knowledge on policies shaping reproductive healthcare, equipping them with the tools to navigate the evolving landscape. We believe that a well-rounded medical education extends beyond textbooks, and these events contribute to a holistic learning experience, empowering students to advocate for themselves and their peers in the pursuit of comprehensive medical training. Through volunteering and creating educational materials, we further enhance our impact, fostering an environment where knowledge, advocacy, and policy awareness converge for the benefit of our members and the broader community.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month)


    Officer Board

    • President – Benita Lalani (balalani@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Hannah Carpenter (hvcarpen@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Lily Cormier (lccormie@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Lisa Campo-Engelstein- (licampoe@utmb.edu)
  • Students Working Against Trafficking

    Organization Type

    Professional Service


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    "

    Students Working Against Trafficking (S.W.A.T.) is an interprofessional student-run organization. S.W.A.T. functions to educate and equip students and healthcare professionals with the knowledge and resources to recognize the signs of human trafficking in patients, and how to offer victims support while raising community awareness about human trafficking. We have monthly meetings discussing various topics relating to multiple forms of human trafficking, such as: forced or bonded adult and child labor, debt bondage, involuntary servitude, sex trafficking, and more. We introduce these topics by presentations the officers have prepared, guest speakers, and trainings to recognize the signs and how to help. In addition, we offer volunteer opportunities locally and in Houston, as well as events to advocate against human trafficking and educate the community.

    "

    Activities

    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Attending Guest Speaker Events
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Hosting Presentation Practice Sessions
    • Volunteering

    SWAT functions to educate and equip students and healthcare professionals with the knowledge and resources to recognize the signs of human trafficking in patients, and how to offer victims support while raising community awareness about human trafficking.

    We have monthly meetings discussing various topics relating to multiple forms of human trafficking, such as: forced or bonded adult and child labor, debt bondage, involuntary servitude, sex trafficking, and more. We introduce these topics by presentations the officers have prepared, guest speakers, and trainings to recognize the signs and how to help. In addition, we offer volunteer opportunities locally and in Houston, as well as events to advocate against human trafficking and educate the community.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually,


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month), Semesterly (Once a Semester),


    Officer Board

    • President – Swetha Manne (swmanne@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Ashley Davis (aedrisco@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Julie KutacJSSOM - PA - (jekutac@utmb.edu)

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Student Organizations

  • The Collaborative Association for Learning Mindfulness

    Organization Type

    Professional


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    The purpose of The Collaborative Association for Learning Mindfulness (CALM) is to facilitate the optimization and integration of the mental health resources available to the UTMB student body by:

    1. Students helping students advancing through health education to balance the challenges of personal life and school to prevent student burn out.
    2. Increasing awareness of free counseling services and other resources available to students to improve mental health and wellness.
    3. Advocating for and helping to secure additional resources for student mental health counseling services.
    4. Hosting an annual mental health week with relaxing, educational and therapeutic activities for UTMB students.
    5. Teaching students stress management techniques and coping mechanisms.
    6. Assisting in the collection and analysis of data regarding efficacy of mental health interventions on student mental health and wellness.
    7. Providing regularly scheduled wellness activities to combat stress and encourage mental wellness.
    8. Create open dialogues amongst the UTMB student body regarding difficulties faced in their classes and holistic approaches to mental health.
    9. Hosting events that tie in the various cultural backgrounds with UTMB student body to facilitate a sense of respect, community and solidarity.

     


    Activities

    Hosting Guest Speaker Event and Attending Guest Speaker Events

    Guest speakers (e.g. UTMB professors) might be invited to speak on a variety of topics such as meditation, breathing techniques and work-life balance.

    Teaching skills to better balance school and personal life

    Advocating for additional mental health resources

    Volunteer opportunities

    Annual wellness week including guided meditation sessions

    CALM meetings

    Community events: planting mindfulness


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Semesterly (Once a Semester),


    Officer Board

    • President – Nina Martins (ncmartin@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Akshar Patel (akspatel@utmb.edu)
    • Co-Vice President – James Flaherty (jpflaher@utmb.edu)
    • Treasurer – Mingru Liu (miliu@utmb.edu)
    • Co-Secretary – Patrick Rodriguez (Patsrodr@utmb.edu)
    • Co-Historian – Peace Anyaeji ( Pnanyaej@utmb.edu)
    • Co-Secretary – Angel Renteria (anrenter@utmb.edu )
    • Communications Coordinator – Candice Do (cado@utmb.edu)
    • Co-Vice Treasurer – Charles Park (ctpark@utmb.edu)
    • Co-Vice Treasurer – John Jung (jojung@utmb.edu )
    • Co-Historian – Nandika Mansingka (namansin@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Ruth LevinePsychiatry - (rlevine@utmb.edu)
  • The Kids Club

    Organization Type

    Professional, Service


    Membership Style

    By School


    Mission Statement

    "

    The Kids Club is a non-profit organization within the School of Nursing at the University of Texas Medical Branch, which will encourage nursing students to come together who have a calling for general pediatrics! This club will be devoted to embracing students' passion by furthering their pediatric knowledge through educational and volunteering opportunities.

    "

    Activities

    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Hosting Student Organization Fundraisers
    • Volunteering

    Holding volunteering events, guest speaker events, and fundraising is extremely important to Kid's Club. Making a difference in children's lives whether that be inpatient children or the children of Galveston, is what Kid's Club is all about. Helping children while also growing our member's pediatric knowledge is pertinent.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Other


    Officer Board

    • President – Nataly Anchondo (Naanchon@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Rebeca Ojeda (Reojeda@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Carly Wulfsberg (Cawulfsb@utmb.edu)
    • Historian – Madeline Bininger (Mabining@utmb.edu)
    • Volunteer Coordinator – Mahek Punjani (Mapunjan@utmb.edu)
    • Treasurer – Haley Nash (Halnash@utmb.edu)
    • Public Relations – Emma Rice (emrice@utmb.edu)
    • Event Coordinator – Mai-Anh T. Vo (Mavo@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Bonnie WebsterSON - (bkwebste@utmb.edu)

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Student Organizations

  • Ultrasound Interest Group

    Organization Type

    Professional


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    Garner interest and allow students to gain experience using ultrasound.


    Activities

    Hosting Presentation Practice Sessions

    Lectures regarding ultrasound techniques and allowing individuals to practice


    Meeting Location

    On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month),


    Officer Board

    • President – Paul Forks (pjforks@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Lillian Tia (litia@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Emily Kim (emmkim@utmb.edu)
    • Treasurer – Stanley Troung (sttroung@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Jeremy CarterEmergency Medicine - (jemcarte@utmb.edu)
    • Paul KoscumbEmergency Medicine - (pakoscum@utmb.edu)
  • Urology Student Association

    Organization Type

    Professional


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    We aim to connect medical students interested in urology with each other and with mentors. We will do this through regular meetings, mentorship opportunities, and activities together. We strive to have a monthly or every other month meeting with guest speakers,


    Activities

    • Attending Conferences
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Hosting Student Organization Fundraisers
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Volunteering

    We will have guest speakers from both UTMB and outside institutions. We will have mentorship opportunities and research opportunities. We will also have gatherings of students to help them get to know each other.

    We work with the Vasectomy clinic at UTMB and provide the scheduling support, supplies support, and in person assistance at all vasectomy clinics.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month),


    Officer Board

    • President – Coco Courtney Stewart (coastewa@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Tyler Young (tyyoung@utmb.edu)

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Student Organizations

  • Vascular Interventional Radiology Interest Group

    Organization Type

    Professional


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    To connect UTMB students interested in Vascular and Interventional Radiology (VIR) with research and educational opportunities in the field, connect students with UTMB faculty members in VIR, and facilitate the development of UTMB students into physicians practicing in VIR.


    Activities

    • Attending Conferences
    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Attending Guest Speaker Events
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Hosting Presentation Practice Sessions

    VIRIG's goal is to connect students to opportunities in Vascular and Interventional Radiology. We plan on doing so through symposiums, research, guest speaker events, and conferences. Not many students know about the field of VIR. This organization hopes to bring more awareness to the field while also facilitating educational opportunities to students who desire to practice in VIR.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month)


    Officer Board

    • President – Rylie Ju (rhju@utmb.edu)
    • President – Karen Rojas (knrojas@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Haroon Dossani (hadossan@utmb.edu)
    • Network Coordinator – Kyle Horton (kyhorton@utmb.edu)
    • Research Coordinator – Anjali Ramachandran (anramach@utmb.edu)
    • Communications Coordinator – Mohammad Hasan (mrhasan@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Arsalan Saleem Department of Interventional Radiology - (arsaleem@utmb.edu)
  • Vascular Surgery Interest Group

    Organization Type

    Professional


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    The Vascular Surgery Interest Group at the John Sealy School of Medicine is dedicated to fostering a dynamic and engaging platform for medical students to explore the captivating field of vascular surgery. Our mission is to provide students with valuable opportunities to learn, connect, and collaborate in order to deepen their understanding of vascular health, disorders, and innovative surgical skills. Through informative lectures, hands-on workshops, networking, we aim to inspire the next generation of medical students. Join us to unravel the intricacies of vascular surgery!!


    Activities

    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Volunteering
    • Other

    Guest Speaker events to discuss Surgical Residencies, life as vascular surgeon, academic vs private practice, and tips to success in 3rd year.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month),


    Officer Board

    • 3rd Year Class Officer – Martin Orrukem (mmorruke@utmb.edu)
    • 2nd Year Class Officer – Lily Cormier (lccormie@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Christine ShokrzadehUTMB Vascular Surgery - (cqli@utmb.edu)
  • Veterans Health Initiative

    Organization Type

    Professional Service Social


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    The Veterans Health Initiative mission is to bridge the gap of information between military veterans and the healthcare they deserve. We will work with local veteran organizations, Veterans Affair healthcare, and local healthcare organizations on Galveston Island to accomplish our objective.


    Activities

    • Hosting Donation Drives
    • Participating in Donation Drives
    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Hosting Student Organization Fundraisers
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Volunteering

    These activities allow us to network, get exposure as an organization, learn about the community and pertinent topics that affect the community, and permits us dutifully fulfill our mission. Hosting donation drives and participating in donation drives would be for the purpose of providing unhoused veterans with the supplies that they need, the food that they need, and the resources they need. Hosting guest speaker events would be for educational purposes for members of the org to grow. That would then be paid forward by creating educational materials. Hosting fundraisers is important to meet the financial demand of our objectives and mission. Volunteering is the actionable service we look to take in the community with direct veteran contact.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Semesterly (Once a Semester),


    Officer Board

    • President – Briana Lacy (brlacy@utmb.edu)
    • Service Chair – Marissa Nicolas (mrnicola@utmb.edu)
    • Communications Chair – Kristopher Hurst (krehurst@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Roland Yu (rayu@utmb.edu)
    • Public Relations Chair – Jelani Thompson (jesthomp@utmb.edu)
    • Interprofessional Chair – Gabriella Johnson (gmjohnso@utmb.edu)
    • Treasurer – Aparna Medarametla (apmedara@utmb.edu)

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Student Organizations

  • Wilderness Medicine Student Interest Group

    Organization Type

    Professional Service


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    The purpose of this society shall be to:

    1. Educate students and our local community about medical practices as they relate to wilderness environments.
    2. Provide an association for interprofessional healthcare students actively interested in remote medicine.
    3. Encourage practice and knowledge of basic resilience and self-sustainment skills.


    Activities

    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Hosting Student Organization Fundraisers
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Hosting Presentation Practice Sessions
    • Volunteering

    These events will be part of what we offer to students in reciprocity for their valuable time input into being general members. We hope to offer amazing guest speakers from all over the country and enable UTMB students to network with these amazing practitioners who have pioneered these non-traditional careers. We plan on offering diverse clinical workshops and certifications to enable students from all the schools to develop their clinical skillsets.


    Meeting Location

    On-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month)


    Officer Board

    • President – Arya Gajwani (argajwan@utmb.edu)
    • Treasurer – Hannah Luk (hgluk@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Trevor Raum (tlraum@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Carlos DostalInternal Medicine - (crdostal@utmb.edu)
    • Randal ReinertsonInternal Medicine - (rcreiner@utmb.edu)
  • Women In Anesthesiology Medical Students

    Organization Type

    Professional


    Membership Style

    BySchool


    Mission Statement

    The purpose of Women in Anesthesiology is to promote and uphold the commitment to the professional and personal development of current and future women anesthesiologists. We support the recruitment, retention, and job satisfaction of women in anesthesiology, promoting a culture of inclusivity and diversity.


    Activities

    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Attending Guest Speaker Events
    • Hosting Student Organization Fundraisers
    • Creating Educational Materials

    Through participating in educational activities, our goal is to teach medical students about diversity in the field of anesthesiology and promote the job satisfaction of women in anesthesiology.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month)


    Officer Board

    • President – Caitlyn Vilas (clvilas@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Mbinui Ghogomu (mbghogom@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Maddie Clewis (mcclewis@utmb.edu)
    • Event Coordinator – Katherine O'Neill (kgoneill@utmb.edu)
    • Treasurer – Courtney Mack (comack@utmb.edu)
    • Marketing Chair – Liliana Pellegrini (lipelleg@utmb.edu)
    • Academic Research Chair – Emily Kim (emkim@utmb.edu)
    • National Society Liason – Benita Lalani (balalani@utmb.edu)
    • PreMedical Coordinator – Kelli Gilliam (kegillia@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Alexis McQuittyDepartment of Anesthesiology - (almcquit@utmb.edu)
  • Women's Association of Minority Scientists

    Organization Type

    Professional, Social, Service


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    Women's Association of Minority Scientists is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting minority/under-represented student support, community leadership, science communication, academic professionalism, and mentorship to students enrolled in doctoral STEM research programs at the University of Texas Medical Branch.
      Pillars of Success:
    • Scholarship - Promotion of external academic research scholarships and fellowships that emphasize increasing participation by historically underrepresented groups.
    • Fellowship - Development of life-long friendships with others in similar career paths that will promote positive mental health growth as one advance in the STEM field.
    • Networking - Forming a network with others from a similar cultural background on and off-campus that will promote one's growth in the STEM field.
    • Mentorship - Through communication, students and staff can express themselves in a safe environment (no judgment) concerning issues affecting under-represented groups in the STEM field. Advanced students and faculty will be a resource for younger students such as first-year students to navigate their way through a successful year.
    • Career Development - The organization will host events inviting scientists to come to speak and share their experiences as minority women in research.
    • Community Involvement - The organization will maintain community involvement through elementary, middle, and high school science by hosting activities promoting STEM.

    Activities

    • Participating in Donation Drives
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Volunteering

    General meetings, Annual Socials, Community Involvement Events (visiting/educating schools on STEMM careers), Career Development Workshops, and Self-care workshops. All of these events help to promote group unity and to represent women and minorities in STEM fields within and around Galveston.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus, Off-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month),


    Officer Board

    • President – Regina Solomon (resolomo@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Holly Chapman (hlchapma@utmb.edu)
    • Treasurer – Katherine Araya (ktaraya@utmb.edu)
    • Academic and Community Liaison – Christina Payne (chrpayne@utmb.edu)
    • Social Media Chair – Lauren Leday (laleday@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Tehya Littleton (telittle@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Monique FergusonInternal Medicine - (mrfergus@utmb.edu)
  • Women's Health Research and Innovation Society

    Organization Type

    Professional


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    The Women's Health Research and Innovation Society at UTMB aims to facilitate research and innovation in women's health among UTMB students and faculty through connection to current research projects, generation of novel student-run research projects, enhancement of knowledge of women's health topics of interest, and increased understanding of research and innovation processes.


    Activities

    • Attending Conferences
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Attending Guest Speaker Events
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Hosting Presentation Practice Sessions
    • Other

    Regular organization meetings allow facilitation of research knowledge/skill roundtables and updates on ongoing projects.

    Attending conferences is important to present research completed as part of this organization.

    Guest speaker events allow for sharing of knowledge and development of research skills and knowledge.

    Research and educational materials are produced as part of organization affiliated research projects and as part of our goal to educate on research skills.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus, Off-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month),


    Officer Board

    • President – Lili Kailee Shockey (keshocke@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Amani Patterson (arpatter@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Liliana Pellegrini (lipelleg@utmb.edu)
    • MS4 Representative – Elvia Villarreal (ellvilla@utmb.edu)
    • MS3 Representative – Jennifer Odoi (joodoi@utmb.edu)
    • MS2 Representative – Rahul Chauhan (rachauha@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Kathleen VincentObstetrics & Gynecology - (klvincen@utmb.edu)

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301 University Boulevard
Lee Hage Jamail Student Center
Second Floor
Galveston, TX
77555-1316
(409) 772-1996