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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)
  • 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)
  • 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)

B

Student Organizations

  • Baptist Student Ministry Student Ambassadors

    Organization Type

    Religious


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    The Purpose of the BSM is threefold:
    1. To provide fellowship and spiritual enrichment to students.
    2. To provide a link between the university and the church.
    3. To organize opportunities for Christian Ministry to others, actively seeking to lead students who are seeking answers to faith to Jesus.


    Activities

    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Other

    BSM provides a space and social activities for students who are looking for fellowship in their faith.


    Meeting Location

    On-Campus, Off-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Other

    No general member meetings, students will meet in BSM building for events and studying.


    Officer Board

    • President – Mary Madison Weaver (Mmweaver@utmb.edu)
    • SOM Representative – Valerie Quach (vaquach@utmb.edu)
    • OT Representative – Abigail Mullins (ajmullin@utmb.edu)
    • PhD Representative – Alexa Kaanta (alkaanta@utmb.edu)
    • PA Representative – Sofia Fernandez (sofernan@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Chad DavisPediatrics - (jacdavis@utmb.edu)
  • Basketball Club at UTMB

    Organization Type

    Sport


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    The purpose of the the Basketball club is to block out time for the field house to be used for basketball games so that any member of the UTMB community can benefit from playing basketball.


    Activities

    None


    Meeting Location

    On-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Semesterly (Once a Semester)


    Officer Board

    • President – Ahad Kesaria (aakesari@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Josh Pevoto (jopevoto@utmb.edu)
    • Co-president – Navneet Venugopal (nkvenugo@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Jie ChenOrthopedics - (jiechen@utmb.edu)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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

  • Catholic Medical Association

    Catholic Medical Association

    Type: Religious

    Membership: University Wide

    Mission Statement: Catholic Medical Association is an organization to allow students at UTMB to exercise, explore, and share their faith in the context of their medical education.

    Activities:

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

    The national chapter of Catholic Medical Association hosts a conference every year which we encourage our members to attend.

    We also have our general meetings which are typically bible study, church events, or social hang outs.

    We try to host guest speakers such as Catholic physicians or priests or other people who may have good input into a life combining medicine and our faith.

    Additionally, we have worked with our local church to volunteer at the hospital to help bring our faith to patients who are not able to leave.

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    Officer Board:

    • President – Zachary Baca (zjbaca@utmb.edu)
    • President – Natalia Penaloza (napenalo@utmb.edu)


  • Check Mates

    Organization Type

    Social


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    Check Mates is a club that is open to all to bring together those across campus who enjoy playing the game of chess while interacting and socializing with their peers.


    Activities

    Tabling Booths at Events

    Monthly gatherings on campus to play chess along with creating a community where UTMB students can play chess virtually on chess.com


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month),


    Officer Board

    • President – Navneet Venugopal (nkvenugo@utmb.edu)
    • President – John Johnson (johcjohn@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Irtiza Ahmed (irahmed@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Evan Wong (evwong@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Tewfeek Abu-ShamiAnesthesiology - (tkabusha@utmb.edu)
  • Christians at UTMB (formerly Christians on Campus)

    Organization Type

    Religious


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    We want students to grow in their knowledge and experience of God while building meaningful relationships with a caring, warm, Christian community in the Galveston area.


    Activities

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

    Christians at UTMB will be inviting students to participate in regional, national, and local college conferences. These conferences have proven valuable in connecting with others and making life-long professional relationships and peers.

    The tabling booths are for the purpose of connecting with students at UTMB, answering questions about the student organization, and making students aware of activities. We will occasionally host guest speakers who can help with an academic study of the Bible.

    We also encourage students to attend other guest speaker events for the sake of broadening learning experiences and understanding others' perspectives and insights. We also will be encouraging organization members to reach out to the community by volunteering in whatever way they think they can be helpful. It is always better to give than to receive.

    Finally, we hope to offer small group opportunities for members to learn more about the Bible through group Bible studies.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus, Off-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Weekly (Once A Week)


    Officer Board

    • President – Tye Studhalter (tlstudha@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Claudia Thornton (cethornt@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Yu-Hsiu (Eric) WangBiochemistry and Molecular Biology - (yuewang@utmb.edu)
  • Climbers in Medicine

    Organization Type

    Sport


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    Climbers in Medicine (CIM) aims to organize students who are interested or are experienced in rock climbing and promote the sport as a leisure activity, hobby, workout, or passion.


    Activities

    Other

    Climbing practice at local climbing gyms in the surrounding cities, outdoor climbing trips to other cities, and social events.


    Meeting Location

    Off-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Weekly (Once A Week),


    Officer Board

    • President – Juan Escudero (juescude@utmb,edu)
    • Vice President – Andrew Thornton (anthornt@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Cecelia Arguelles (caarguel@UTMB.EDU)
    • Treasurer – Lauren Bluhm (lebluhm@utmb.edu)
    • Social Coordinator – Christian Frey (cgfrey@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Shirley Chan-Sanchez (skchansa@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Paul ParkInternal Medicine - (pspark@utmb.edu)
  • 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)

  • Cricket Student Association

    Organization Type

    Sport


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    The purpose of our student organisation is to bring exposure to the popular sport of cricket by organising friendly games and events.


    Activities

    Other

    Organising cricket matches will help people build a community by channelling their competitive spirits.


    Meeting Location

    Off-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month),


    Officer Board

    • President – Yash Ramgopal (yaramgop@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Rayyan Hasan (mrhasan@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Nisarg ShahInternal Med - Endocrinology - (nisshah@utmb.edu)
  • Critical Care Club

    Organization Type

    Service Social


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    To provide students that are interested in critical care an opportunity to come together and learn more about the field through volunteer opportunities, guest speakers, local conferences, and charity events.


    Activities

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

    Critical Care Club gives advice on the critical care roles of nursing and helps educate the members on where they would want to go.

    Career opportunities could include: emergency room nursing, intensive care units, neonatal units, trauma/burn/cardiac units.

    We give an environment for 1st-4th semester students interested in critical care to talk about their experiences and increase coherence between the SON program.

    Often times we may have a guest speaker talking / answering questions on specific critical care occupations for example, ER/ICU/PICU. The nurse guest speakers contain lots of experience and help motivate nurses to work in critical care.

    We regularly have meetings once a month and sometimes table out different recruitment campaigns so that new members would join. Critical Care Club also has had multiple socials showing our willingness to improve communication and adherence between cohorts.

    Critical care club members have the opportunity to work at St. Vincent clinics to help the struggling locals in getting provided appropriate care for low costs.

    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month),


  • 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

  • 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)

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Student Organizations

F

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)
  • Fishing Club at UTMB

    Organization Type

    Sport


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    Provide students with an opportunity to learn about and try saltwater fishing. We have extra gear to use and encourage beginners to try!


    Activities

    Volunteering

    Beach clean-ups are essential to the organization because a cleaner ocean offers a better fishing experience. More importantly, a more pristine ocean improves marine life and Galveston ecosystems.


    Meeting Location

    Off-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month),


    Officer Board

    • President – Preston Simpson (prsimpso@utmb.edu)
    • Events coordinator – Forrest Jones (fjjones@utmb.edu)
    • Tackle Provider – Chris File (cjfile@utmb.edu)
    • Outreach Officer – Christina Kelly (cbkelly@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Zachary Walton (zcwalton@utmb.edu)

  • Fitness for ALL

    Organization Type

    Social Sport


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    Fitness For ALL serves to offer individuals who are interested in fitness different forms of exercise. No matter your level or expertise, our goal is to provide fun workouts and create camaraderie amongst the entirety of UTMB through various activities.

    At a time in which fitness and health are more important than ever, we hope to provide alternatives to simply running or weightlifting through high intensity interval training and different creative exercise regimens. We look to create workouts that are challenging to everyone but are also accommodating to each individual’s fitness level and capabilities.


    Activities

    None

     


    Meeting Location

    On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Weekly (Once A Week),


    Officer Board

    • President – Christina Kelly (cbkelly@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Kade Thompson (kaathomp@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

  • Galveston Community Fridge

    Organization Type

    Service


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    Our project aims to serve the community in Galveston with dignity and care by building a relationship with citizens and community organizations to decrease food insecurity and improve access to healthy, fresh foods. Our intervention aims to provide a readily accessible avenue dedicated to mitigating food waste in the Galveston community. Another goal we have is to participate in decreasing food waste within our community. By accepting donations from local farms, food production companies, and community organizations, we would be contributing to a significant decrease in food waste. While acknowledging our goal of mitigating food waste, we will also work to not adopt a "food is food" mindset. The community members who will be utilizing our food deserve to feel respected as well as cared for, and we want to reinforce the idea that those with food insecurity are worthy of making decisions about the food that they eat. With our feedback forms, we will also ask fridge users about their dietary preferences and what types of foods they would like to have available in the fridge. We hope for our fridge to be an asset that can give people some stability while also advocating for necessary long-term structural change, beginning with centering those directly impacted. We will sustain our project by maintaining regular re-evaluation of our project through surveys and needs assessments. We will use surveys from community members and stakeholders to gain valuable perspectives to improve the planning, conducting, and interpreting of our intervention. An evaluation is an important aspect of sustaining our project due to the importance of determining what impact these changes are having, on whom, and under what conditions, as well as informing future decisions about improvement and rollout. In addition to maintaining regular needs assessments and updates with community partners, we will also maintain connections with our partners at the University of Texas Medical Branch.


    Activities

    • Hosting Donation Drives
    • Participating in Donation Drives
    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Creating Educational Materials

    We participate in the listed activities to bring awareness to food insecurity/deserts within the Galveston community. This includes education about resources through PowerPoint/poster presentations that are handed out at UTMB events like the student organization fair. We also host and participate in donation drives to gather shelf stable and fresh food for the fridge. These donations also come from our vendors like Mosquito Cafe, Chef Mary Bass, and Shipley's.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month)


    Officer Board

    • President – Dominique Johnson (dobjohns@utmb.edu)
    • President – Meagan Nkansah (mnnkans@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Lauree ThomasInternal Medicine - (lauthoma@utmb.edu)
  • Gamers in Healthcare

    Organization Type

    Social


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    The purpose of the UTMB Gamers in Healthcare organization is to facilitate camaraderie and subsequently social wellness within the UTMB student body by bringing together those who enjoy playing board games, video games, and other similar activities.


    Activities

    Other

    Hosting semesterly tournaments in a variety of games to strengthen bonds between students in varying fields of healthcare.


    Meeting Location

    Off-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Semesterly (Once a Semester)


    Officer Board

    • President – Ethan Glass (etglass@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – James Chen (jwchen@utmb.edu)
    • Operations Manager – Brian Mai (brmai@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Richard LuDivision of Minimally Invasive and Foregut Surgery, Associate Program Director - (rllu@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)
  • Grappling Club

    Organization Type

    Sport


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    The purpose of the Grappling Club is to organize students who are interested in the various grappling martial arts and teach members about grappling techniques, takedowns, and self-defense while emphasizing discipline, honor, integrity, respect, and self-improvement. The Grappling Club will form teams in Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to compete at various tournaments throughout the year.


    Activities

    Other

    Judo, BJJ, or wrestling practice at Island Grappling Academy or other local dojos in surrounding cities. Our Judo or BJJ teams will travel to compete in local and national tournaments. Our club will also host social events for members.


    Meeting Location

    Off-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month)


    Officer Board

    • Safety Officer – Tristan Nguyen (trxnguye@utmb.edu)
    • President – Diego Rivera (dmrivera@utmb.edu)
    • Director – Farhad Marzook (famarzoo@utmb.edu)
    • Director – Mark Sowers (mlsowers@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Liza Naydanova (eanaydan@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Lawrence SowersDepartment of Pharmacology and Toxicology - (lasowers@utmb.edu)
  • The Golf Club at UTMB

    Organization Type

    Sport


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    The Golf Club at the University of Texas Medical Branch serves to foster an environment for students from the many professional schools of UTMB to relax through playing the game of golf. The planning events, meetings, and other activities associated with the Golf Club at the University of Texas Medical Branch will hold meetings, social events, charity events, and volunteer events involving the club members as well as invited guests and staff.


    Activities

    None


    Meeting Location

    Off-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Semesterly (Once a Semester),


    Officer Board

    • President – Brandon Lopez (braalope@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Victor Soto (vpsoto@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Jong LeeGeneral Surgery - (jolee@utmb.edu)

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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)
  • Holistic Education and Altruistic Living

    Organization Type

    Cultural


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    HEAL aims to provide a fun, safe, and open environment for students and faculty interested in learning, exploring, and sharing various spiritual and integrative medicinal practices. HEAL hopes to provide educational insight into various polytheistic religions where alternative therapies originated from and how these practices may present in patient populations and impact the patient-physician relationship. Additionally, our goal is to facilitate a journey towards inner peace and spiritual exploration through meditation, Reiki, acupuncture, yoga, Tarot, crystals, herbs, and more. HEAL hopes that by gaining firsthand experience and knowledge into various traditional medicinal practices, students will be able to understand diverse patient perspectives, offer holistic treatments encompassing various cultures, and provide meaningful yet individualized patient care.


    Activities

    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Creating Educational Materials

    Educational materials will consist of information on integrative medicine from various cultures and about the history and purpose behind diverse rituals and how they may be of importance in patient lives. Guest speakers or specialists may be brought in to lecture on a variety of topics based on student interests, from acupuncture to aromatherapy to exercise and nutrition. At events with a booth, we will have pamphlets about spirituality and integrative medicine to hand out to educate students. We will also advertise local services that people can use, such as massage therapists, acupunturists, yoga studios, and more. We may also do Tarot readings for interested students and offer free candles and herbal teas for people to try. As a new club, we would like to get up and running for a few months before getting involved in voluteer activities.


    Meeting Location

    On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month),


    Officer Board

    • President – Dominique Johnson (dobjohns@utmb.edu)
    • President – Meagan Nkansah (mnnkans@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Lauree ThomasInternal Medicine - (lauthoma@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):



  • Infusion at UTMB

    Organization Type

    Social Sport Other


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    At inFusion Dance, our mission is to celebrate cultures and traditions through the art of dance. We strive to create a diverse and welcoming community where students can learn, grow, and share their heritage with others. Our goal is to foster a love of dance and provide a supportive environment for students to explore their passion while embracing and respecting different cultural backgrounds.


    Activities

    Other

    Dance Workshops- Infusion teaches dance workshops of various styles. Our workshops allow for students to learn about various dance styles from different cultures all around the world (ie. Afrobeats, Bhangra, Bollywood, HipHop, K-pop). Our workshops are 1 hour and provide a fun space for socialization, physical activity, and creative expression.


    Meeting Location

    On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Weekly (Once A Week),


    Officer Board

    • President – Mansi Diwanji (mddiwanj@UTMB.EDU)
    • President – Mychau Nguyen (mycnguye@utmb.edu)
    • Ad Hoc Dance Coordinator – Ayush Singh (ayksingh@utmb.edu)
    • Ad Hoc Dance Coordinator – Sneha Gajarla (sngajarl@utmb.edu)
    • Ad Hoc Dance Coordinator – Shiva Nuti (sanuti@utmb.edu)
    • Ad Hoc Dance Coordinator – Nihanth Palivela (nipalive@utmb.edu)
    • Ad Hoc Dance Coordinator – Eloise-Emmanuella Taha (eztaha@utmb.edu)
    • Island Kickboxing at UTMB

      Organization Type

      Social Sport


      Membership Style

      University-Wide


      Mission Statement

      Island Kickboxing at UTMB aims to provide a safe, fun, and inclusive environment to appreciate and learn kickboxing. The organization will provide UTMB faculty, students, and staff with a curriculum to practice and sharpen kickboxing skills while prioritizing safety and catering each class to the individual’s skill levels.


      Activities

      Other

      The club will host classes open to all skill levels for those interested in kickboxing. In addition, we will host watch events to facilitate the creation of a community that can appreciate the sport, as well as developing and hosting safety seminars for the broader community.


      Meeting Location

      On-Campus,


      Meeting Frequency

      Weekly (Once A Week),


      Officer Board

      • President – Levi Saucedo (lesauced@utmb.edu)
      • President – Hannah Yu (hjyu@utmb.edu)
      • Vice President – Kelli Blackwell (kmblackw@utmb.edu)
      • Vice President – Alexis Ellerbe (agellerb@utmb.edu)
      • Treasurer – Alex Sosa (alsosa@utmb.edu)

      Faculty Advisor(s)

      • Chandler SelfPsychiatry/Behavioral Science - (mcself@utmb.edu)

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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)
    • 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

    L

    Student Organizations

    • Literature in Medicine

      Organization Type

      Social


      Membership Style

      University-Wide


      Mission Statement

      Literature in Medicine is a Socratic society (book club) designed to introduce students to medical ethics and humanities through literature and discussion. The organization is a welcoming and respectful environment to discuss the nuances of medicine through variable critical lenses and seeks to better understand the human condition.


      Activities

      Hosting Guest Speaker Events

      After selecting the month's book, Lit. & Med will reach out to authors and thought leaders in the space to share their thoughts, opinions, and guide discussion if desired. This activity seeks to provide a welcoming and respectful environment to discuss the nuances of medicine through variable critical lenses to better understand and appreciate the human condition.


      Meeting Location

      On-Campus, Off-Campus


      Meeting Frequency

      Other


      Officer Board

      • President – Karen Rojas (knrojas@utmb.edu)
      • Event Coordinator – Amy Wang (amywang@utmb.edu)
      • Communications Coordinator – Brandon Lopez (braalope@utmb.edu)
      • Event Coordinator – Yasamin Rastgar (yarastga@utmb.edu)
      • Treasurer – Swetha Manne (swmanne@utmb.edu)
      • Outreach Coordinator – Alex Soybel (alsoybel@utmb.edu)

      Faculty Advisor(s)

      • Jacob MosesBioethics & Health Humanities - (jdmoses@utmb.edu)

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    Student Organizations

    • Medicine in the Middle

      Organization Type

      Social Cultural


      Membership Style

      University-Wide


      Mission Statement

      We provide a safe space to discuss difficult, controversial healthcare topics in a constructive way without fear of judgement. We welcome opinions from the complete spectrum and encourage people to disagree in a polite, compassionate way.


      Activities

      Other

      Gathering together to discuss topics


      Meeting Location

      On-Campus,


      Meeting Frequency

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

      Officer Board

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

      Faculty Advisor(s)

      • William WeissOrthopedics - (wiweiss@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)
    • 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)
    • Music in Medicine

      Organization Type

      Social, Cultural, Other


      Membership Style

      University-Wide


      Mission Statement

      Music in Medicine strives to provide instrumentalists/musicians within UTMB an avenue to express creativity with their peers and participate in events around the Galveston community that use music to uplift the spirits of those who need it most.


      Activities

      • Tabling Booths at Events
      • Volunteering
      • Other

      Music in Medicine participates in events such as tabling to increase membership and ensure the sustainability of the organization. We engage in volunteering when able to uplift the spirits of patients and the general public. We engage in various performances and social events throughout the year to encourage our members to express their creativity and find a community of like-minded individuals.


      Meeting Location

      Virtually, On-Campus,


      Meeting Frequency

      Semesterly (Once a Semester)


      Officer Board

      • President – Pamela Horton Embrey (pahorton@utmb.edu)
      • Vice President – Anna Rose Beck (anrbeck@utmb.edu)
      • Treasurer – Leslie Rodriguez (lesrodri@utmb.edu)
      • Social Chair – Stephanie Kim (stekim@utmb.edu)
      • Music Producer – Jonathan Adams (jbadams@utmb.edu)
      • Outreach Coordinator – Laneisha Hale (lrhale@utmb.edu)

      Faculty Advisor(s)

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

      Organization Type

      Religious, Cultural


      Membership Style

      University-Wide


      Mission Statement

      To provide an opportunity for Muslims and those interested in Islam to come together to build friendships, memories, and a community.


      Activities

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

      These activities enable students involved with MMA to give back to the community in addition to the their studies. Most events we host involve learning about our religion as well as how we can implement it as humans that are a part of a greater society. This allows us to grow together and strengthen bonds with not only one another but with others around us that are impacted by what we do.

      Examples of events are going to conferences together, volunteering for beach clean up, participating in charity events, raising funds to feed the hungry, etc.



      Meeting Location

      Virtually, On-Campus, Off-Campus


      Meeting Frequency

      Bi-Weekly (Every Other Week),


      Officer Board

      • President – Omayr Irshad (omirshad@gmail.com)
      • President – Maria Haseem (mahaseem@utmb.edu)
      • Vice President – Abbas Karim (aakarim@utmb.edu)
      • Vice President – Zaid Almubaid (zaalmuba@utmb.edu)
      • Meeting Coordinator/QI Coordinator – Ali Khan (arkhan@utmb.edu)
      • Programming Lead Coordinator – Daaniya Syeda (dasyeda@utmb.edu)
      • Programming Lead Coordinator – Maliha Mir (mmmir@utmb.edu)
      • Communications Lead Coordinator – Imrana Riaz (imriaz@utmb.edu)
      • Communications Lead Coordinator – Mehdi Sheikh (mjsheikh@utmb.edu)
      • Volunteer Lead Coordinator – Ahmed Elsayes (akelsaye@utmb.edu)
      • Mentorship Lead Coordinator – Haroon Dossani (hadossan@utmb.edu)
      • Masjid/Membership Coordinator – Zachrieh Alhaj (ztalhaj@utmb.edu)

      Faculty Advisor(s)

      • Sidra QureshiInternal Medicine - (siquresh@utmb.edu)

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    Student Organizations

    O

    Student Organizations

    • 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)
    • 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)
    • 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)
    • 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)
    • 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

    • 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)
    • Pan-African Student Society

      Organization Type

      Social, Cultural


      Membership Style

      University-Wide


      Mission Statement

      The purpose of the Pan African Student Society (PASS) is to provide social support for incoming and current students while they are making an often difficult adjustment to life in Galveston and at The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB); to provide support for the new students and try to improve their social interaction skills; to try to resolve any problems that may arise due to cultural differences and provide a safe space for integration into the campus community.


      Activities

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

      PASS hopes to host donation drives (clothing, food, etc), table about our organization, have guest speakers at our events pr attend speaking events where faculty would be presenting at. We also plan to volunteer for organizations on and off campus. As for the SGA sponsored event, we hope to host a cultural fashion show or a similar event to not only showcase our various and diverse cultures, but to bridge all of the inter-disciplines at UTMB through community.


      Meeting Location

      On-Campus,


      Meeting Frequency

      Monthly (Once a Month),


      Officer Board

      • President – Faith Adjei-Sarpong (fnadjeis@utmb.edu)
      • President – Clara Claramence Dokyi (cldokyi@utmb.edu)
      • Secretary – Mola Adedamola Ashade (adashade@utmb.edu)
      • Treasurer – Dolapo Adedolapo Akorede (arakored@utmb.edu)
      • Vice President – Abiodun Adebayo (abadebay@utmb.edu)

      Faculty Advisor(s)

      • Anthony OkoroduduPathology - (aookorod@utmb.edu)
    • Partnered/Parents in Medicine

      Organization Type

      Social


      Membership Style

      University-Wide


      Mission Statement

      Partnered/Parents in Medicine is a group dedicated to help and support UTMB students navigate the challenges of being a parent and a partner during this busy time of their lives through social events, mentorship opportunities, service projects, and informational sessions from faculty.


      Activities

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

      The activities provide social, informational, and volunteering experiences for our members and their families.


      Meeting Location

      Virtually, On-Campus, Off-Campus


      Meeting Frequency

      Monthly (Once a Month),


      Officer Board

      • President – Jeff Bowcutt (jtbowcutt@utmb.edu)
      • Vice President – Gabrielle Cheney (glcheney@utmb.edu)
      • Secretary – Jose Abril (joabril@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)
    • Pickleball Club

      Organization Type

      Social Sport


      Membership Style

      University-Wide


      Mission Statement

      Pickleball Club at UTMB is designed to promote the sport of recreational, social, and competitive pickleball and related events at UTMB, to support the interests of the sport, providing a warm and welcoming environment for all members of various skill levels to foster teamwork and sportsmanship and to provide a safe and fun environment for exercise and fitness.


      Activities

      Other

      We will have weekly pickleball sessions at local tennis courts, allowing people of all skill levels and providing paddles and pickleballs to garner a learning and welcoming atmosphere to explore the sport! Also, these hitting sessions will provide a great networking place for students of all schools to engage and talk to each other about their own experiences.


      Meeting Location

      On-Campus, Off-Campus


      Meeting Frequency

      Weekly (Once A Week),


    • Ping Pong Club

      Organization Type

      Sport


      Membership Style

      University-Wide


      Mission Statement

      The purpose of the ping pong club is to have fun with UTMB faculty and students from all different schools who love ping pong and are looking for a group to play with. The club also creates an intra-professional and multicultural environment for all members to connect, have fun and enjoy their time here at UTMB.


      Activities

      • Hosting Student Organization Fundraisers
      • Volunteering
      • Other

      The Ping Pong Club at our medical school is a vibrant and engaging community that thrives on the passion and dedication of its members. Volunteering their time and skills, students come together to create a fun and inclusive environment for everyone. Fundraising efforts ensure the availability of quality equipment and facilities, allowing the club to expand its reach and attract more members. Beyond the rigorous demands of medical education, the Ping Pong Club provides a much-needed positive atmosphere for fun and relaxation, fostering camaraderie and stress relief among the students.


      Meeting Location

      On-Campus,


      Meeting Frequency

      Monthly (Once a Month),


    • 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)
    • Rest Stop Health Care

      Organization Type

      Service


      Membership Style

      University-Wide


      Mission Statement

      RSHC is dedicated to bridging the gap in truck driver health care by educating truck drivers on the health hazards they face from long hours at the wheel.


      Activities

      Volunteering

      We provide monthly events at truck driver rest stops where we offer sunscreen samples and educational materials on how to minimize health risks while driving long hours and signs to look out for before seeking professional help.


      Meeting Location

      Virtually,


      Meeting Frequency

      Monthly (Once a Month),


      Officer Board

      • President – Chris Christopher Richter (cgrichte@utmb.edu)
      • Vice President – Sebastian Hugo Certuche (hscertuc@utmb.edu)
      • Treasurer – Sonia Patel (sonpatel@utmb.edu)

    • Running Club

      Organization Type

      Sport


      Membership Style

      University-Wide


      Mission Statement

      Running Club is an interprofessional club centered on running! We meet biweekly for runs, run races together, and volunteer at running-related events. This is a great organization for getting to know students in different programs, and is a great form of exercise and stress relief!


      Activities

      Volunteering and Other

      We have volunteered at races such as the Galveston Iron Man, which was great for getting to know and serve our community. This last year we had an event in which we ran laps to raise money for St. Vincent's, which was very rewarding as it tied together two things that unite everyone in the club, as well as helped provide resources for medically underserved patients.


      Meeting Location

      On-Campus


      Meeting Frequency

      Bi-Weekly (Twice a Week)


      Officer Board

      • President – Ashley Davis Ashley Driscoll Davis (aedrisco@utmb.edu)
      • Vice President – Dani Bruce Chang-Gu (bkchangg@utmb.edu)
      • Historian – Luke Kayla Kubenka (kbkubenk@UTMB.EDU)
      • Historian – Hannah Buckingham (habuckin@utmb.edu)
      • Coach – Danielle Garza (drgarza@utmb.edu)
      • Coach – Brian Quinlan (bpquinla@utmb.edu)
      • Secretary – Heather Haig (hlhaig@UTMB.EDU)
      • Race Coordinator – Ashton Davis (ashtdavi@utmb.edu)
      • Race Coordinator – Luke Hamilton (luhamilt@utmb.edu)
      • Social Chair – Benjamin Smith (belsmith@utmb.edu)

      Faculty Advisor(s)

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

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    Student Organizations

    • Salud Para Todos (previously SABES)

      Organization Type

      Cultural Other


      Membership Style

      University-Wide


      Mission Statement

      Salud Para Todos is a student organization that was created in light of the stark contrast between the need for Spanish-competent physicians and the exponential growth of low English-proficiency (LEP) patients. Since there is currently no medical Spanish course available to UTMB students, Salud Para Todos was created to fill the gap in education that would benefit countless patients.

      Our main goal is to effectively and efficiently teach correct Spanish grammar as well as foment cultural humility and an understanding of Latin American culture and issues. We aim to provide a comprehensive training in the basics of Spanish grammar set in the context of a patient interview with the end goal of being able to conduct a simple medical interview in Spanish.


      Activities

      Hosting Presentation Practice Sessions and Other

      Our main goal is to effectively and efficiently teach correct Spanish grammar as well as foment cultural humility and an understanding of Latin American culture and issues.

      We aim to provide a comprehensive training in the basics of Spanish grammar set in the context of a patient interview with the end goal of being able to conduct a simple medical interview in Spanish.

      Accomplishing this goal includes weekly meetings with didactic teaching, mentor-led small groups that rely on roleplaying to act out patient encounter scenarios, and guest speakers from a Hispanic background as well as representatives from other student organizations to bridge the gap between the theory of language class with the practical application of real-life communication.

      The implementation of improvements may come in the form of changing the course curriculum, modifying the responsibilities of course mentors and/or organization officers, and updating the lesson plans and course objectives.


      Meeting Location

      On-Campus


      Meeting Frequency

      Bi-Weekly (Every Other Week)


      Officer Board

      • Director of Logistics – Natalia Penaloza (napenalo@utmb.edu)
      • President – David Essex (dpessex@utmb.edu)
      • Vice President – Trevor Murphy (tlmurphy@utmb.edu)
      • Secretary – Daniela Kerguelen (dakergue@utmb.edu)
      • Treasurer – Isaac Gamez (ijgamez@utmb.edu)
      • Director of Curriculum – Samir Cayenne (sacayenn@utmb.edu)
      • Director of Curriculum – Nathan Buhler (nsbuhler@utmb.edu)

      Faculty Advisor(s)

      • Norma PerezHispanic Center of Excellence - (noaperez@utmb.edu)
    • Soccer Club

      Organization Type

      Social Sport


      Membership Style

      University-Wide


      Mission Statement

      The purpose of our organization is to foster a collaborative and competitive soccer environment while uniting soccer enthusiasts and players from all interprofessional schools.


      Activities

      Other

      We meet twice per week to provide recreational competition after work hours.


      Meeting Location

      On-Campus,


      Meeting Frequency

      Bi-Weekly (Twice a Week),


      Officer Board

      • President – Lauren Frank (lbfrank@utmb.edu)
      • President – Jayson Vargas (jayvarga@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)
    • South Asian Medical Student Association

      Organization Type

      Cultural


      Membership Style

      University-Wide


      Mission Statement

      SAMSA is a UTMB based student/resident/faculty association that will provide a channel of networking, support, and open communication. Members will have the opportunity to learn and participate in events centered around South Asian culture as well as to engage in service events and socials. We hope to provide students and professionals from different schools and specializations the opportunity to form connections and strengthen healthcare delivery.


      Activities

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

      We plan to host cultural events (Holi, Diwali) and social events (mango lassi social, Bollywood movie nights) to connect the community with South Asian culture. We would also like to host guest speaker events for South Asian physicians to speak at and work with other student organizations, in order to provide more opportunities for students to form connections within the healthcare space and give back to the community.


      Meeting Location

      Virtually, On-Campus


      Meeting Frequency

      Other


      Officer Board

      • President – Teja Sunskruthi Krishna (srkrishn@utmb.edu)
      • Vice President – Rahul Venna (rrvenna@utmb.edu)
      • Secretary – Neha Kumar (nekumar@utmb.edu)
      • Service/Cultural Events Coordinator – Nikhita Kichili (nrkichil@utmb.edu)
      • Treasurer – Krishnateja Kommera (krkommer@utmb.edu)
      • Service/Cultural Events Coordinator – Ayush Singh (ayksingh@utmb.edu)
      • Social Media Coordinator – Aparna Medarametla (apmedara@utmb.edu)

      Faculty Advisor(s)

      • Sunil SahaiInternal Medicine - (sksahai@utmb.edu)
    • Spikeball Club

      Organization Type

      Social Sport


      Membership Style

      University-Wide


      Mission Statement

      To pursue the recreational game of spikeball.


      Activities

      None


      Meeting Location

      On-Campus,


      Meeting Frequency

      Weekly (Once A Week),


      Officer Board

      • President – Elliott Elliott Hernandez (elaherna@utmb.edu)
      • Vice President – Ethan Ethan Glass (etglass@utmb.edu)

      Faculty Advisor(s)

      • Sunil SahaiInternal Medicine - (sksahai@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)
    • 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 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 Tennis Association

      Organization Type

      Social Sport


      Membership Style

      University-Wide


      Mission Statement

      Our mission is to provide a safe and inclusive space for all UTMB students, residents, and faculty to play tennis. All skill levels are welcome!


      Activities

      Other

      Tennis sessions are open to all skill levels, and we want to provide the opportunity for all students to destress, network, and learn how to play tennis.


      Meeting Location

      On-Campus, Off-Campus


      Meeting Frequency

      Bi-Weekly (Every Other Week),


      Officer Board

      • Executive Board Member – Stephanie Kim (stekim@utmb.edu)
      • Executive Board Member – Viet Tran (vittran@utmb.edu)
      • Executive Board Member – Lily Nguyen (lilnguye@utmb.edu)
      • Executive Board Member – Jonathan Phan (jbphan@utmb.edu)
      • 2nd Year Representative – Abbas Karim (aakarim@utmb.edu)
      • Executive Board Member – Felix Fang (fefang@utmb.edu)
      • 2nd Year Representative – Rohan Shah (roshah@utmb.edu)
      • Executive Board Member – Chris Doan (cddoan@utmb.edu)
      • 2nd Year Representative – Mallory Walter (mkwalter@utmb.edu)
      • 2nd Year Representative – Suraj Vodnala (snvodnal@utmb.edu)

      Faculty Advisor(s)

      • Bi-Hung PengDepartment of Neurobiology - (bpeng@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 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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    Student Organizations

    • 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 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 Golf Club at UTMB

      Organization Type

      Sport


      Membership Style

      University-Wide


      Mission Statement

      The Golf Club at the University of Texas Medical Branch serves to foster an environment for students from the many professional schools of UTMB to relax through playing the game of golf. The planning events, meetings, and other activities associated with the Golf Club at the University of Texas Medical Branch will hold meetings, social events, charity events, and volunteer events involving the club members as well as invited guests and staff.


      Activities

      None


      Meeting Location

      Off-Campus


      Meeting Frequency

      Semesterly (Once a Semester),


      Officer Board

      • President – Brandon Lopez (braalope@utmb.edu)
      • Vice President – Victor Soto (vpsoto@utmb.edu)

      Faculty Advisor(s)

      • Jong LeeGeneral Surgery - (jolee@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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    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)
    • UpBeatz Urban Hip Hop and Kpop Dance Group

      Organization Type

      Social Sport Cultural


      Membership Style

      University-Wide


      Mission Statement

      The purpose of the organization is to provide a community for students to learn, practice, and explore urban hip hop and Korean pop (Kpop) dance genres.


      Activities

      None

       


      Meeting Location

      On-Campus


      Meeting Frequency

      Monthly (Once a Month), Bi-Weekly (Every Other Week), Other


      Officer Board

      • President – Annie Tao (antao@utmb.edu)
      • President – Riddhi Pareek (ripareek@utmb.edu)

      Faculty Advisor(s)

      • Amy GonzalezPediatrics - (algonzal@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

    • 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)
    • Weightlifting Student Association

      Organization Type

      Social Sport


      Membership Style

      University-Wide


      Mission Statement

      Weightlifting Student Association is an educational, social, and non-profit organization meant to promote all forms of strength training in a safe way, ensure physical and mental wellness, and form camaraderie. The Association also intends to serve the community and expand the members ability to interact with community members.


      Activities

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

      We intend to host guest speakers and attend seminars that contribute to our knowledge and experience as weightlifters, athletes, and medical professionals. We will seek out speakers who link the two worlds together and provide for us a way to incorporate our interest in our greatest hobby and sport into our profession.

      We may also create educational materials on weightlifting, exercise, and proper eating, for the gym inclined and for those not so disposed. This would allow us to practice teaching others what we have learned from our own experiences, increasing the diversity of thought, and using our teaching to better improve ourselves through solidifying what we've learned.

      We might incorporate conferences and booths for the same reasons as above.

      It is possible we will start fundraisers for gym equipment, but this will be at the discretion of the members. This would enrich our field house and allow us to leave it in a better condition than we found it.


      Meeting Location

      On-Campus,


      Meeting Frequency

      Weekly (Once A Week), Semesterly (Once a Semester),


      Officer Board

      • President – Brian Amburn (bramburn@utmb.edu)
      • Secretary – Sam Franklin (sjfraknl@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)
    • 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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