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Student Organizations

  • 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 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)

  • Art Attack

    Organization Type

    Service, Social


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    Art Attack is an interprofessional student organization dedicated to celebrating various types of visual and textile arts. We provide an inclusive and safe space where people can come to learn and practice different crafts in the company of other art lovers. We also engage in community service art projects.


    Activities

    Hosting an SGA Sponsored Event, Volunteering, Other

    Art Attack provides an inclusive and safe space for students to come together and practice art, whether or not you consider yourself an artist! We have a wide variety of events, including art socials, volunteering with local Galveston organizations (Galveston Art's Center, Galveston's Own Farmer's Market), and workshops on various types of art like crochet and painting!
    We are always open to incorporating your ideas into what kinds of art and activities we do.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus, Off-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month)


    Officer Board

    • President – Karina Chowdhury (kachowdh@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Jessica Tran (jestran@utmb.edu)
    • Treasurer – Meghan Mallya (memallya@utmb.edu )

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Majka WoodsOffice of Academic Affairs - (majwoods@utmb.edu)
  • 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)

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Student Organizations

  • Be The Match on Campus at UTMB

    Organization Type

    Service


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    Be The Match On Campus at UTMB aims to represent the mission of the Be The Match organization, as part of the National Marrow Donor Program, to provide educational, volunteering, and fundraising opportunities to students for the purpose of recruiting potential marrow donors to the Be The Match Registry, raise funds for patients and families for life saving cellular therapy, and raise awareness and educate about blood cancers and other life threatening disease treated by a blood stem cell transplant.


    Activities

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

    Hosting donation drives will be the major service events hosted by the Be The Match chapter, in which tables will be set up to recruit people to join the registry with a unique chapter recruitment code to commit and be sent a cheek swab kit, or, if possible, a simple cheek swab for on-site live recruitment. We will work with our Be The Match staff partners and Houston area representative to help with the necessary training and resources for hosting on-campus donor recruitment drives and participating and volunteering in drives at other campuses or locations. We hope to enroll 250 new registry members each year. One of the major goals with BTM is to aim to raise $1000 through fundraising with an online fundraiser dedicated to our chapter. We will also host presentations and table booths at events to educate and raise awareness about the process and need for a more diverse registry of donors.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month)


    Officer Board

    • President – Sunskruthi Krishna (srkrishn@utmb.edu)
    • Chapter Membership Chair – Chris Christopher Richter (cgrichte@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Tejo MusunuruMedical Oncology and Hematology - (temusunu@utmb.edu)
  • 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)
  • Birding Interest Group

    Organization Type

    Service Social


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    Birding Interest Group is a student organization that was created to encourage students to learn about and enjoy the diversity of nature and bird wildlife in the Texas Gulf Coast and Galveston areas as well the conservation required to upkeep these areas.


    Activities

    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Attending Guest Speaker Events
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Volunteering
    The Birding Interest Group engages in several key activities that are crucial to our organization's mission. We host guest speaker events featuring experts in ornithology and conservation to educate our members and build a sense of community. Attending external guest speaker events broadens our perspectives and strengthens our environmental connections. Creating educational materials helps us spread awareness about birdlife and ecosystems, promoting conservation. Volunteering in habitat restoration and monitoring projects allows us to directly contribute to local ecosystem protection, fostering responsibility and understanding among our members. These activities collectively empower us to encourage nature appreciation and conservation in the Texas Gulf Coast and Galveston areas.

     


    Meeting Location

    On-Campus, Off-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month)


    Officer Board

    • President – Trevor Murphy (Tlmurphy@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Jonathan Adams (jbadams@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Ben 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)
  • 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)
  • The Butterfly Project

    Organization Type

    Service


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    The mission is to help bereaved mothers by donating supplies to the hospital. There will also be guest speakers on grief and bereavement.


    Activities

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

    We create blankets, crocheted hats, beaded bracelets, etc to donate to the hospital. We also have guest speakers to educate us on grief and bereavement with their experiences.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month),


    Contact

    butterflyprojectutmb@gmail.com


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Student Organizations

  • Coastal Cleanup

    Organization Type

    Service Social


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    The mission of Coastal Cleanup is to improve the health and safety of the Galveston beach environment and coastal waters through litter control, to provide a safe opportunity for students to socialize and get physical activity, to improve mental health, and to encourage interdisciplinary unity.


    Activities

    Volunteering,

    Volunteering in important to our organization to improve the health and safety of the Galveston beach environment and coastal waters.


    Meeting Location

    Off-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month),


    Officer Board

    • President – Rebecca Bui (rebui@utmb.edu)
    • President – Nathaniel Bilby (njbilby@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Kyle Chang (khchang@utmb.edu )
    • Director of Operations – Bunnarin Theng (butheng@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Cristiana RastelliniDepartments of Neuroscience & Cell Biology, Microbiology & Immunology and Internal Medicine-Endocrinology - (crrastel@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)

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Student Organizations

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Student Organizations

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Student Organizations

  • 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)
  • Food For Thought

    Organization Type

    Service Social


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    The purpose of Food For Thought is to educate both students and the community about the importance of a balanced diet. We aim to serve around the Galveston area to bring awareness of both easy and accessible ways to implement healthy eating.


    Activities

    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Volunteering
    • Other

    Our organization hosts events for students on campus. Our guest speakers include our faculty sponsor and other UTMB faculty members. These faculty have expertise about nutrition, diet, and medicine that students would benefit from learning from. We also hold volunteer events throughout the year to get students involved. We are planning to work with Galveston's Own Farmers Market this year to provide our members with more volunteer events.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Other


    Officer Board

    • President – Courtney Mack (comack@utmb.edu)
    • Social Media Officer – Inaara Aly (ibaly@UTMB.EDU)
    • President – Rebecca Abrams (raabrams@UTMB.EDU)
    • St. Vincent's Liaison – Megan Zachariah (mazachar@UTMB.EDU)
    • Treasurer – Prashanth Kotla (pskotla@UTMB.EDU)
    • Secretary – Gazal Parekh (gaparekh@UTMB.EDU)
    • Vice President – Kaylee Fish (klfish@UTMB.EDU)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Sagar KamprathFamily Medicine - (sakampra@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

  • 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)

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Student Organizations

  • 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

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Student Organizations

  • Jewish Student Association

    Organization Type

    Service, Social, Cultural, Religious


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    The purpose of The Jewish Student Association at UTMB is to create a community of Jewish graduate and medical students on Galveston Island. Through social events and other community activities, we will create a support system and safe space for Jewish students as we pursue higher education in healthcare.


    Activities

    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Volunteering
    • Other

    We host social events to build Jewish community within UTMB. We also have participated in different events by hosting a booth and providing education regarding Judaism and the Jewish community to UTMB peers.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, Off-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month)


    Officer Board

    • President – Alexis Whellan (anwhella@utmb.edu)
    • President – Quincy Seigel (qhseigel@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Ruth LevineStudent Affairs and Admissions - (rlevine@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

  • Lambda Tau

    Organization Type

    Service Honorary


    Membership Style

    ByProfession


    Mission Statement

    The objectives of this society is to develop a spirit of cooperation and unity around students entering the fields encompassed by clinical laboratory science. Stimulating a higher ideal for scholastic effort to encourage research,and develop the professional character of the work itself. To interest other students in their fields to determine and make known the requirements of hospitals and other institutions offering approved training.

    Also, to become acquired with medical biology and the markers in the field to achieve mutually beneficial discussions and association.


    Activities

    • Hosting Student Organization Fundraisers
    • Volunteering

    Fundraiser and volunteering opportunities are important to the organization as they support activities for community engagement, student interactions, and representing the profession.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually,


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month),


    Officer Board

    • President – Jamie Neuenschwander (jlneuens@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Stephan Cleveland (slclevel@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Donelle Williams (dodwilli@utmb.edu)
    • Treasurer – Steve Lauren Sampson (lausamps@utmb.edu)
    • Historian – Hannah Le (hale@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Juan RojoClinical Laboratory Sciences - (jurojo@utmb.edu)

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Student Organizations

  • MedMentors

    Organization Type

    Service


    Membership Style

    BySchool


    Mission Statement

    MedMentors mission is to provide free resources and guidance to pre-medical students by offering personalized advice on how to get accepted into medical school.


    Activities

    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Volunteering

    The purpose of MedMentors is to provide a source of guidance for aspiring medical students to apply and get into medical school. Students/volunteers from the John Sealy School of Medicine will hold monthly application workshops and individualized counseling sessions.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month)


    Officer Board

    • Founder – Vivian Nguyen (vipnguye@utmb.edu)
    • Founder – Gabe Gabriel Rivera (gjrivera@utmb.edu)
    • Founder – Anne Chan (acchan@utmb.edu)

  • Migrant Health Initiative

    Organization Type

    Service


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    Migrant Health Initiative aims to improve the overall health and emotional wellness of vulnerable and marginalized populations through holistic, high-quality, preventative, and culturally inclusive healthcare within our local communities.


    Activities

    Volunteering,

    Health fairs are conducted to perform basic health screenings for the migrant population of Houston.


    Meeting Location

    On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month),


    Officer Board

    • President – Asia Eter (ameter@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Nadia Zulfa Quadri (nzquadri@utmb.edu)
    • Volunteer Coordinator – Ahmed Elsayes (akelsaye@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Debora Kim (dkkim@utmb.edu)
    • Historian – Zulfa Nora Harmouch (noharmou@utmb.edu)
    • Volunteer Coordinator II – Zach Zachrieh Elhaj (ztalhaj@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Hani SeragInternal Medicine - (haserag@utmb.edu)

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Student Organizations

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Student Organizations

  • Opioid Preparedness Initiative

    Organization Type

    Service


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    The Opioid Preparedness Initiative (OPI) is a student-led organization dedicated to addressing the critical need for opioid preparedness in our local community. Our mission is to empower businesses and the general public with the knowledge and tools necessary to respond effectively to opioid overdoses. We aim to educate business staff on the identification of an overdose, appropriate response measures, the proper use of Narcan, and provide Narcan rescue kits. OPI will extend its impact beyond businesses by setting up educational stations at community festivals to foster community-wide outreach.


    Activities

    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Volunteering

    1. Volunteer-Based Response:OPI seeks to establish a volunteer-based response program that actively engages UTMB students in providing Narcan rescue kits to local businesses. Our goal is to equip businesses, especially those at high-risk locations such as bars, with the resources they need to respond promptly to opioid overdoses. We aim to educate business staff on the identificationof an overdose, appropriate response measures, and the proper use of Narcan. UTMB students, passionate about community health, will serve as educators, delivering comprehensive training sessions that cover the science behind Narcan, its safe administration, and the absence of risks associated with administering it to non-overdosing individuals.

    2. High-Risk Locations Focus:Recognizing the specific challenges faced by businesses in high-risk locations, OPI will prioritize outreach efforts to bars and similar establishments. By fostering partnerships with local businesses, we aim to create safer environments and reduce the impact of opioid overdoses in our community.

    3. Community Festivals and Public Outreach:OPI will extend its impact beyond businesses by setting up educational stations at community festivals. Here, we will engage with the general public, offering information on opioid preparedness, distributing educational materials, and fostering a community-wide understanding of the importance of being prepared to respond to opioid overdoses.

    4. Creating Educational Materials:OPI intends to develop a set of informative posters designed to facilitate Narcan training sessions for the general public. The educational posters and presentation would be approved by our Faculty Advisor. We would require prior club member training before students are allowed to present to businesses or volunteer at festivals.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month)


    Officer Board

    • President – Cambrye Carter (cajcarte@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Austin Supak (alsupak@utmb.edu)
    • Treasurer – Samantha Carty (secarty@utmb.edu)
    • Public Relations – Hannah Parker (haparker@utmb.edu)
    • Event Coordinator – Christian Frey (cgfrey@utmb.edu)
    • Training and Education Director – Mason Bartman (mabartma@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Allison MullinsAnesthesiology - (aemullin@utmb.edu)
  • Outdoor Club at UTMB

    Organization Type

    Service Social


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    To encourage UTMB students to spend time outside for the betterment of wellbeing and formation of community through accessible events.


    Activities

    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Volunteering
    • Other
    • Walks on the beach
    • Hikes in the state park
    • Hikes in the state forest
    • Beach s'more nights
    • Stargazing sessions
    • Camping in permitted beach locations/state forest locations
    • Educational workshops
    • Potentially trips to state parks farther away
    • Faculty-guided activities
    Participation in the outdoors may seem inaccessible to some, so our goal is to create a welcoming environment where everyone can spend time outside in community. Time outside supports wellbeing as well, and our hope is to provide a stress-relieving way for everyone to get some sunshine, learn a new skill, and serve in our community as well through outdoor opportunities. Given that the outdoors is not a familiar environment to many, and that we have many outdoor-passionate faculty at UTMB we plan to provide educational material and talks from faculty on recreating outdoors in various activities.

    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus, Off-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month)


    Officer Board

    • Director of Exploration – Hannah Buckingham (habuckin@utmb.edu)
    • Chair of Service & Collaboration – Jasmine Tran (jasntran@utmb.edu)
    • Chair of Social Relations & Communication – Luke Smith (belsmith@utmb.edu)
    • Chair of Marketing & Media – Audrey Schulze (amschulz@utmb.edu)
    • Chair of Planning & Logistics – Luke Hamilton (luhamilt@utmb.edu)
    • Chair of Information & Operation – Shalini Ramachandran (shramach@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Harold PineOtolaryngology - (hspine@utmb.edu)

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Student Organizations

  • 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)
  • 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

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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)

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Student Organizations

  • 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)
  • Street Medicine Interest Group

    Organization Type

    Service


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    SMIG volunteers sign up for Street Rounds - a bimonthly afternoon event where we create care packs filled with seasonal and essential items (sunscreen, lotion, nail clippers, food/water, etc.) to distribute amongst Galveston's population facing homelessness. We stop at hotspots in Galveston where unhoused individuals typically visit and pass out packs and have conversations with them about their well-being and stories. We are an established and well-known organization in our community.


    Activities

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

    Hosting guest speaker events - This is important to our members learning about trauma-informed care and how to better converse with vulnerable populations such as the unhoused community. We would invite speakers who work within Galveston's community such as Pastor Michael from Galveston Central Church and Gulf Coast Center to share their experiences and wisdom about working with vulnerable groups.

    Hosting fundraisers - This is important to the sustainability of our organization and our ability to distribute goods to our unhoused neighbors as well as spreading the word of SMIG and what we do.

    Volunteering - This is the crux of our organization. Without volunteer work from our dedicated members, we would not be able to conduct our Street Rounds.


    Meeting Location

    Off-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Other


    Officer Board

    • Community Engagement – Maham Gardezi (magardez@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Aymun Razzak (amrazzak@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Norman FarrInternal Medicine - (nmfarr@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 Against Cancer

    Organization Type

    Service Social


    Membership Style

    BySchool


    Mission Statement

    The mission of Student Nurses Against Cancer (SNAC) is to provide students with an avenue to serve patients and their families in our community who have been afflicted by cancer. This organization will give students the opportunity to grow in their skillset, through faculty mentorship and by providing hands-on activities with cancer patients and families. SNAC will better prepare students for being a compassionate and caring nurse.


    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
    • Volunteering

    This semester, we aim for SNAC to be more involved in our community and establish a welcoming environment in the world of Oncology for our students! Some ideas right now include having guest speakers talk about their career in oncology, finding organizations to help support such as Dr. Svoboda's organization, making bracelets and cards for patients, and hopefully get in contact with hospitals to see what we can help with. We hope to spread information and awareness through all our actions.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month)


    Officer Board

    • President – Yaneyza Reyna Rodriguez (yareynar@utmb.edu )
    • Vice President – Alina Cheruvil (alcheruv@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Yajaira Landaverde (Yslandav@utmb.edu)
    • Social Media Coordinator – Olivia Zucha (Olzucha@utmb.edu)
    • Social Outreach – Arianna Salinas (ariasali@utmb.edu)
    • Treasurer – Maryorie Rangel (mdrangel@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Meredith FordSchool of Nursing - (meford@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)
  • Students Improving Galveston Health Together

    Organization Type

    Service


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    Students Improving Galveston Health Together (SIGHT) is an organization at UTMB that seeks to create a sustainable impact in the Galveston community. Current projects include weekly volunteering at an urban farm called Seeding Galveston, Little Free Library projects, and ocean clean-ups.


    Activities

    Volunteering

    The main projects are weekly volunteering at the urban farm Seeding Galveston, meal prep for Galveston's homeless population, Little Free Library projects, and ocean clean-ups. These activities are important to us because they allow students to connect with the Galveston community and encourage preventative healthcare through healthy living. Seeding Galveston is our biggest project and consists of gardening and farming at an urban farm. Seeding Galveston allows students to take a break from studying, connect with nature, and build relationships with the Galveston community. Most importantly, Seeding Galveston provides the community with fresh healthy produce and a way to learn about sustainable farming.


    Meeting Location

    Off-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Weekly (Once A Week),


    Officer Board

    • President – Christina Kelly (cbkelly@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Ethan Glass (etglass@utmb.edu)
    • Treasurer – Elliott Hernandez (elaherna@utmb.edu)
    • Volunteer Outreach – Yasamin Yastgar (yarastga@utmb.edu)
    • Seeding Galveston Coordinator – Ben Ganucheau (bjganuch@utmb.edu)
    • Meal Prep Coordinator – Kyle Chang (khchang@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Sofia Piperno (sopipern@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)
  • Sunshine Helpers

    Organization Type

    Service


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    The mission of SH is to promote a culture of volunteering, empathy, and inclusivity within the campus community, specifically focusing on supporting and empowering individuals with disabilities.


    Activities

    Volunteering

    We volunteer extensively with the Sunshine Center, Christina Sullivan Foundation, Special Olympics of TX, and Waves of Impact to provide students with exposure to people with intellectual and physical disabilities.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Semesterly (Once a Semester),


    Officer Board

    • Co-Director – Valerie Quach (vaquach@utmb.edu)
    • Co-Director – Kade Thompson (kaathomp@utmb.edu)
    • Co-Director – Lily Cormier (lccormie@utmb.edu)
    • Co-Director – Jenny Jaimes Gonzalez (jjjaimes@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Karen SzauterDepartment of Internal Medicine - (kszauter@utmb.edu)
  • Surf Club

    Organization Type

    Sport


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    Provide a radical means of stress relief through teaching surfing and providing boards for new surfers along with service events.


    Activities

    Volunteering

    Because UTMB is a coastal school, the Surf Club plans to host one coastal cleanup per semester.


    Meeting Location

    Off-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Other


    Officer Board

    • President – Brandon Lopez (braalope@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Kyle Horton` (kyhorton@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Jong LeeGeneral Surgery - (jolee@utmb.edu)
  • Swimming Association at UTMB

    Organization Type

    Service Social Sport


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    The purpose of the Swimming Association is to provide a safe and inclusive interprofessional environment to swim, exercise, de-stress, and socialize with classmates. We will hold weekly swimming workouts at the UTMB Alumni Field House open to all skill levels. We will educate people about water safety by organizing volunteering events with topics including water safety rules in and around the pool, how to use flotation devices and swimming gear, and hydration and skin protection while swimming outdoors.


    Activities

    Creating Educational Materials and Volunteering

    We would like to host volunteering events where we teach the community of Galveston about swimming, water safety, sunscreen use, and about diving in the pool. We would most likely collaborate with other organizations for educational events and would also give the public flyers with the information discussed.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month)


    Officer Board

    • President – Carolina Segura (carsegur@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Daaniya Syeda (dasyeda@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Sarah E. Muir (semuir@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Dr. Pierre BanksJohn Sealy School of Medicine - Office of Student Affairs & Admission - (pwbanks@utmb.edu)
  • Syncope A Capella

    Organization Type

    Service Social Cultural


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    To cultivate and share our joy for music with our patients, community and beyond.


    Activities

    Volunteering and Other

    Musical performances (either on or off-campus) are the heart of our organization and our mission. We participate in university events such as white coat ceremony and graduation, as well as community events, such as Dickens on the Strand. We also have participated in volunteer activities, such as holiday caroling in the hospital.


    Meeting Location

    On-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Other


    Officer Board

    • President – Anna Rose Beck (anrbeck@utmb.edu)
    • President – Laneisha Hale (lrhale@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Janisah Amirah Saripada (jisaripa@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Amy Wang (amywang@utmb.edu)
    • Treasurer – Gengi Kleto (gekleto@utmb.edu)
    • Treasurer – Zulfa Nadia Quadri (nzquadri@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Matthew DacsoInternal Medicine - (mmdacso@utmb.edu)

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  • The Butterfly Project

    Organization Type

    Service


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    The mission is to help bereaved mothers by donating supplies to the hospital. There will also be guest speakers on grief and bereavement.


    Activities

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

    We create blankets, crocheted hats, beaded bracelets, etc to donate to the hospital. We also have guest speakers to educate us on grief and bereavement with their experiences.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month),


    Contact

    butterflyprojectutmb@gmail.com


  • 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)
  • Tiny Toes

    Organization Type

    Service Social


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    Tiny Toes is an organization dedicated to enhancing the knowledge of students interested in the neonatal field through volunteer efforts and educational opportunities


    Activities

    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Attending Guest Speaker Events
    • Volunteering

    During our general meetings, we will host guests speakers to have a Q&A session with our members. For example, we have had PICU nurses, PICU travel nurses, and Labor and Delivery nurses speak about their experience, tips, and answer any questions people have had. Additionally, we have connected with the UTMB NICU to allow our members access to the UTMB NICU reading program.

    We also have various volunteer opportunities such as lactation support group volunteering, where they assist a lactation consultant. All of these are important to students dedicated to expanding their knowledge about the neonate/pediatric field. It also allows for our members to make connections to important people in a field of interest towards their profession.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month)


    Officer Board

    • President – Jasmine Bismar (jabismar@utmb.edu)
    • Historian – Leslie Mendoza (lesmendo@utmb.edu )
    • Treasurer – Chichi Chibunkem Ogoh (chogoh@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Kalki Kathiravan (kakathir@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Gazal Parekh (Gaparekh@utmb.edu)

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  • Walk With A Doc on Galveston Campus

    Organization Type

    Service


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    Walk with a Doc Galveston is a health education organization whose objectives are to allow the Galveston community the chance to ask health questions and receive accurate health information through our physician-led walking groups, to encourage walking to improve fitness and physical health, and to provide a welcoming environment for the UTMB healthcare professionals, medical students, and the Galveston public to converse, connect and support each other.


    Activities

    Hosting Guest Speaker Events

    We host guest speakers with physicians and other health care professionals on health topics to help educate the public on health tips they can incorporate into their lives and to allow the public the chance to ask health and science questions to guest speakers and medical students. Our physician lead walks begin with a 10 minutes talk from our healthcare professional or medical student guest speaker to learn about a current health topic then the rest of the hour is spent enjoying a healthy walk with other members and the Galveston community.


    Meeting Location

    On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month),


    Officer Board

    • President – Precious Anih (poanih@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Benjamin Wick (bewick@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Gabrielle Cheney (glcheney@utmb.edu)
    • Treasurer – Lillian Tia (litia@utmb.edu)
    • Public Relations – Adaobi Ashley Dike (aadike@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Samuel MathisUTMB Family Medicine - (semathis@utmb.edu)
  • 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'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)

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