Student Organizations

Type: Professional

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement: The UTMB Academic Journal Club allows medical students to meet and discuss current published scholarly literature as well work on their presentation skills and receive feedback in a comfortable environment. Journal article presentations are a very common practice across all specialties as well as in medical school training. Monthly meetings allow students to work on their presentation and literary comprehension skills and research topics of interest.

Activities: Monthly meetings to discuss academic topics of interest, practicing presentation skills and receiving constructive feedback on how to improve.

Officer Board:

Organization Website: Academic Journal Club Facebook

Type: Professional

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The Aerospace Medicine Interest Group is a group dedicated to providing internal and external aerospace medicine related educational opportunities to all students interested in learning about aerospace medicine. The organization will uphold the mission of the University of Texas Medical Branch by further preparing future healthcare providers and researchers and expanding upon medical knowledge, especially in the field of aerospace medicine.

Activities: Activities include seminars, panels, speaker events, volunteer events such as medical tent volunteering at the Wings Over Houston Airshow, rocket launch party viewings, professional networking events and socials, and and bi-semester meetings.

Officer Board:

  • Faculty Advisor – William Powers, Aerospace Medicine Residency Program (epowers@utmb.edu)

Organization Website: Aerospace Medicine Interest Group Facebook

Type: Professional

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement: To promote interests in Internal Medicine at University of Texas at Medical Branch (UTMB) through interactive meetings, networking with Internal Medicine faculty, fellows, residents, and students, and through Internal Medicine centered skill development workshops.

Activities: We will host workshops for relevant IM skills such as reading EKGs, inserting IVs, and performing a standardized physical exam (OSCE workshop), as well as having general meetings for students with speakers such as the Chief IM Resident and Match Panels with fourth year students.

Officer Board:

Organization Email: aim.utmb@gmail.com
Organization Website: AIM Facebook Group

Type: Service, Social, Cultural, Professional

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: Allies in Medicine is an organization dedicated to educating faculty, students and staff about topics of sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, romantic orientation and other LGBTQI+ health care topics. We spread awareness on LGBTQI+ issues and promote a more inclusive environment for faculty, students, staff and patients at UTMB. We host specialized trainings in LGBTQI+ inclusive healthcare as well as community and social events.

Activities: Trainings in LGBTQI+ inclusive care, special topic lectures, Pride activities, community events, socials, and Diversi-Tees.

Officer Board:

Organization Email: alliesinmedicine@gmail.com
Organization Website: Allies in Medicine Facebook

Type: Professional 

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement: The purpose of AANS is to provide an outlet for professional exploration to medical students with an interest in neurosurgery. This includes, but is not limited to, providing valuable networking opportunities, mentorships for involved neurosurgery faculty, research opportunities, meeting participation, leadership opportunities, and educational opportunities. 

Activities: Informative sessions on the field of neurosurgery from faculty and residents; Exploring research topics in the field of neurosurgery

Officer Board:



Type: Professional

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement: The purpose of the American Medical Association/Texas Medical Association (AMA/TMA) at UTMB is to promote medical students’ awareness of the importance of the political issues related to the practice of medicine and patient care and to improve advocacy skills related to these issues.

Activities: First Tuesday, Brown Bag Lunch Discussions, Community Outreach & Welcome Weekend Baskets

Officer Board:

  • Faculty Advisor – Dr. Ben Raimer, Health Policy and Legislative Affairs (bgraimer@utmb.edu

Organization Website: AMA/TMA Facebook

Type: Service, Professional, Social

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: We seek to empower women in medicine by: listening to the stories of female physicians who have gone before us, helping women in our community through difficult times, forming connections between upper and lower classmen to ease the transition into medical school, serving UTMB by facilitating affordable housing for interviewees, and maintaining active connections within our community to help women through a difficult time in their lives.

Activities: Social events related to our Big/Little Program and fundraising events for the Resource and Crisis Center (RCC), cooking at the RCC shelter weekly, weekly meetings, and other volunteer events around Galveston.

Officer Board:

Organization Email: amwautmb@gmail.com

Type: Professional

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement: The Anesthesiology Interest Group at UTMB is a conduit for medical students seeking exciting and educational opportunities beyond the scope of the core clerkships. We are devoted to promoting education, communication, and advocacy among students interested in Anesthesiology. Our goal is to encourage interest in Anesthesiology and facilitate student's interests in various career opportunities in Anesthesiology through educational lectures, hands-on workshops, and mentorship.

Activities: The AIG will organize educational lectures presented by faculty/fellows/residents that covers the spectrum of career opportunities within Anesthesiology including cardiothoracic anesthesia, obstetric anesthesia, pain medicine etc. Additionally, we will provide opportunities to students to hone hands-on skills through the intubation workshop, echocardiogram workshop, intravenous access workshop etc. We will aim to foster camaraderie and facilitate interaction with faculty and residents through informal social events.

Officer Board:

Organization Email: aigutmb@gmail.com
Organization Website:
 AIG Facebook

Type: Professional, Service

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement: This Organization shall be guided by the following general principles:

● To promote the dissemination of information relative to Asian Pacific American issues in the field of medical education;

● To explore and possibly resolve the unique challenges, obstacles, and responsibilities specific to Asian Pacific American medical students and physicians;

● To provide opportunities for Asian Pacific American medical students to give back to their community(i.e.) through service.

Activities: Community engagement, raising awareness on health disparities, fundraisers, Faculty-Student mentoring, high school outreach, health fair, and cultural celebrations

Officer Board:

Type: Professional

Membership: By Profession - Physical Therapy

Mission Statement: The objectives of this organization shall be:

-To network interprofessionally amongst student physical therapists and other allied healthcare practitioners in the fields of both Orthopedic and Sports Medicine
-To provide volunteer outreach services to local high school and outpatient physical therapy clinics
-Community outreach at various sporting events in the Greater Houston Area
-To provide interprofessional on-campus lectures and group activities involving different topics related to the fields of Orthopedic and Sports Medicine

Activities: Activities will include, but may not be limited to, educational guest speakers, volunteer sideline coverage, community outreach with sports medicine clinics and local high schools.

Officer Board:

Organization Website: AOSMSPT Facebook

Type: Professional

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement: The purpose of this organization is to create a nurturing community for women who are interested in careers in surgery and connect them to people and resources to further their interest and promote a safe and enriching environment for learning.

Activities: Suture Workshops, Panels with current female surgeons, Panels with students who have matched into surgery, mixers with residents and faculty.

Officer Board:

Organization Email: awsutmb@gmail.com

Type: Professional

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: Business and Leadership in Medicine seeks to help create more well rounded future physicians with the capacity to understand the dynamics of our healthcare system and facilitate opportunities for professional development in the organization of our members. Our mission is to expose students how they can make significant impacts in healthcare through involvement in management, entrepreneurship, health policy, and collaborative efforts with pharmaceutical and insurance entities.

Activities: Meetings, seminars on health care topics such as drug pricing and physician shortage, guest speakers, financial literacy events, volunteering events.

Officer Board:

Type: Service, Professional

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement: The Cardiology & Cardiothoracic Surgery Club at UTMB seeks to provide UTMB students with a greater understanding of the fields of cardiothoracic surgery and cardiology and a greater appreciation for the skills and requirements of the specialties.

Activities: The club holds monthly meetings and provides students with numerous activities for volunteer, OR shadowing, workshops, and access to the robotics simulation lab.

Officer Board:

Organization Email: cardio.utmb@gmail.com
Organization Website: Cardiology & Cardiothoracic Surgery Club

Type: Service, Professional, Social

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: Due to the stress and complexities inherent in health education, the purpose of The Collaborative Association for LearningMindfulness (C.A.L.M.) 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 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: Annual wellness week, Mindful cleaning at the beach followed by meditation sessions, Midnight breakfast, Board game nights, Volunteering opportunities, Group discussions to educate students on the UTMB resources available for those struggling with burnout and mental health.

Officer Board:

Type: Professional, Social

Membership: By School - SON

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: Volunteer opportunities, guest speakers, local conferences, and charity events

Officer Board:

Organization Website: CCC Facebook


Type: Professional

Membership: By School - SOM

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

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

Activities: Bake sale, Teaching kids about UV protection, Fundraising and raising awareness about melanoma

Officer Board:

Type: Professional

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement: The purpose of the Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology Interest Group is to promote all fields of radiology and intervention, make aware of the imperative nature of radiology in medicine, and allow for student/faculty collaboration.

Activities: The DIRIG will create shadowing opportunities for students, allow research opportunities with faculty/fellows/residents, meet on a monthly basis with guest speakers, and continually provide learning opportunities for students interested in radiology.

Officer Board:

Organization Email: irigutmb@gmail.com

Organization Website: IRIG Facebook

Type: Professional

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: 
1) To foster the professional development and success of UTMB students interested in emergency medicine.
2) To stimulate greater interest in the field of emergency medicine amongst UTMB students.
3) To facilitate the involvement of its members in organized emergency medicine.
4) To provide its members with opportunities for exposure to clinical emergency medicine.
5) To facilitate communication and interchange amongst its members, as well as with other organizations.
6) To stimulate and assist in the development of community and academic projects by its members

Activities: Professional meetings, workshops, volunteer opportunities, mentoring/shadowing with UTMB faulty

Officer Board:

Organization Email: emig.utmb@gmail.com

Type: Social, Professional

Membership: By School - GSBS

Mission Statement: The purpose of the Experimental Pathology (ExPath) Student Organization is to provide ExPath students with opportunities to exchange ideas, advocate for the students at the departmental level and network with invited scientists.

Activities: Welcome events for new students, seminar series, social events, debriefing each semester with Program Director

Officer Board:

Type: Professional

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement: The Family Medicine Interest Group is dedicated to encouraging students to learn more about Family Medicine and providing support for those interested in Family Medicine as a career choice.

Activities: FMIG will do speaker series, workshops, and volunteer events.

Officer Board:

Organization Email: fmigutmb@gmail.com

Organization Website: Family Medicine Interest Group Facebook

Type: Professional, Service    

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: 

Our mission is threefold:

1. To address community health issues by delivering cost-effective primary care to communities in need;

2. To further the clinical competency of Frontera volunteers by providing settings in which to perfect their burgeoning skills and;

3. To encourage students to reflect on the profession of healthcare as a moral practice. While the project is aimed at aiding those in need, it recognizes that aid to be a statement of the humanistic ideal of healthcare.

Activities: Health fairs, community volunteer events, and trips to alpine region to address community needs

Officer Board:

Organization Email: fronteradesalud@gmail.com
Organization Website: Frontera De Salud Facebook

Type: Professional

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The Gastroenterology Student Society (GSS) is a new organization on campus whose goal is to provide students the opportunity to explore the field of gastroenterology and gastroenterology surgery through panel discussions with specialists, direct clinical exposure, workshops, as well as community service projects.

Activities: 
A. Promote awareness of gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery and provide information about the specialty to medical students

B. Provide shadowing opportunities in gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery for a more “hands-on” experience

C. Host workshops to allow students to acquire useful technical skills (endoscopy on simulator, etc.)

D. Host Q/A’s sessions with faculty, residents, or senior medical students to permit addressing the concerns/questions that students might have

Officer Board:

Organization Email: gss.utmb@gmail.com
Organization Website: GSS Facebook

Type: Professional, Service, Social

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: Our mission is to educate, inspire, and unite students through engagement and mentorship in global surgery, including anesthesia & OB/Gyn. Our goals are:

  • To create awareness about and to advocate for global surgery
  • To educate students about global surgery and sustainable interventions
  • To advance research in global surgery through student involvement
  • To connect students who are interested in global surgery across the country and world
  • To facilitate communication and mentorship between students and current global surgeons, OB/Gyns, and anesthesiologists.
  • To foster the development of the next generation of global surgeons, OB/Gyns, and anesthesiologists

Activities: 

  1. Have individual speakers or a panel of professionals with experience in global surgery discuss topics such as education and capacity building, crisis and humanitarian aid, policy and government, economics and innovation, cultural humility in global surgery work, development of clinics/hospitals in resource-poor settings.
  2. Present real cases that illustrate important teaching points about global surgery, such as complex social scenarios, cultural disconnects between different medical practices, limited resources leading to either the inability to treat or suboptimal treatment of a particular disease
  3. Journal club where a paper over any aspect of global surgery can be discussed
  4. Documentary screening about global surgery with debriefing sessions
  5. Connecting students with students abroad, through InciSioN, we are connected with a number of students around the world who are starting or have started the national working group for their countries (currently, around 15). We hope to connect to another country’s group via Skype etc. to learn more about medical school, healthcare, surgery, etc. in their setting and vice versa.
  6. Global Surgery Skills Workshop: Rather than learning surgical skills and how they would be practiced in the U.S., a surgical healthcare provider with experience will teach students how to adapt to certain surgical scenarios where particular instruments or other resources are not available.
  7. Social/Networking Events: We will invite students interested in global surgery to get together with residents, attendings, and others who are involved in global surgery so that students can meet them and find mentors.

Officer Board:

  • Faculty Advisor – Ikenna Okereke, Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery (ikokerek@utmb.edu)

Organization Email: gssautmb@gmail.com

Organization Website: GSSA Facebook

Type: Professional

Membership: By School - GSBS

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

Activities: With funding provided by SGA, the GSO hosts a trivia night in the fall to welcome new graduate students and a crawfish boil for all students at UTMB in the spring.

Officer Board:

Type: Social, Professional

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: Uncovering needs, imaginatively designing, and effectively implementing, we seek to dramatically improve healthcare through biodesign and research.

Activities: Clinical challenges, Research

Officer Board:

  • Faculty Advisor – Stanley J. Watowich, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (watowich@xray.utmb.edu)

Type: Professional

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: Create, develop, and foster interprofessional relationships amongst students, faculty, and staff to establish a campus-wide culture of team oriented health care across all settings.

Activities: 

  • Advising/organizing current IPE Scholars' events
  • Creating new interprofessional opportunities
  • Social
  • Community Service
  • Simulation
  • Educating and creating awareness of interprofessional healthcare teams

Officer Board:

Website: IPE Student Network Facebook 

Type: Service, Fraternal, Social

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement: Kappa Chi Delta was founded in 2015 to create a support system for women in which we can encourage one another throughout our medical careers. With monthly meetings and mentorship, you'll be sure to have support that ensures a comprehensive medical school experience. Our four founding pillars are service, scholarship, sisterhood and leadership.

Activities: Monthly meetings with female professors to discuss life and career advice. 1-2 philanthropy events per semester, and 2-3 Social events per semester. We also will have tutoring sessions for first year medical students to help them to excel in their courses.

Officer Board:

Organization Website: Kappa Chi Facebook

Type: Service, Professional

Membership: By School - SON

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

Activities:

Speaker events from registered nurses in the pediatric field
Bake sales, fundraisers
Social events, creating crafts for hospitals

Officer Board:

Organization Email: thekidsclub.utmb@gmail.com

Type: Sport, Professionals

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: MedWARriors aims to integrate outdoor recreation with emergency medicine education through hands-on workshops and participation in medical wilderness adventure races (MedWARs). We foster an interprofessional, collaborative learning environment that enhances students’ ability to efficiently handle trauma and illness in low-resource settings. Our workshops and activities give students opportunities to apply ingenuity and critical thinking skills to solve complex medical problems. Closely working with faculty and other medical professionals will create opportunities to develop meaningful relationships and gain insight into emergency care and first-aid.

Activities: 

  • meetings
  • skills workshops
  • expert lectures
  • attending conferences
  • competing in MedWAR challenges
  • outdoor team-building activities
  • host a Mini-MedWAR in Galveston

Officer Board:


Organization Email: 
medwarriorsutmb@gmail.com

Type: Social, Professional

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement: To prepare students for their surgical clerkship, and surgical residencies by providing opportunities in research, networking, and surgical skills.

Activities: Meetings with guest speakers to learn more about research and specialities and residency, LSTAR suture workshops, LSTAR robotic and minimally invasive simulations.

Officer Board:

  • Faculty Advisor – Ikenna Okereke, Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery (ikokerek@utmb.edu)


Organization Email: 
miscutmb@gmail.com
Organization Website: 
https://www.facebook.com/MISCUTMB/

Type: Social, Professional

Membership: By School - GSBS

Mission Statement: The Neuroscience Student Organization (NSO) is a student run organization. The NSO fosters the development and growth of graduate students enrolled in the Neuroscience graduate program at UTMB.

Activities: Monthly meetings with the neuroscience graduate students, conducting the annual Beall Lectureship, helping with our local SfN chapter and coordinating an event during Brain Awareness Week with Dr. Summerly.

Officer Board:

Type: Professional

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: OGSS is a interest group whose services extend beyond the School of Medicine to benefit students in other health disciplines such as Physician's Assistant School and Nursing School. We provide opportunities to interact with Ob/Gyn residents and faculty as well as other speakers and opportunities outside of the UTMB community. OGSS connects members with this specialty-specific speakers and opportunities. OGSS executes skills workshops for students across various schools along with other interprofessional events.

Activities: General meetings for students to remain up-to-date on the organization's activities. Speakers who present on a variety of topics, included female fertility, Ob/Gyn residency and the field of practice, and other pertinent topics. Workshops to learn how to perform a variety of gynecologic and obstetric procedures. Volunteer opportunities to promote women's health.

Officer Board:

  • Faculty Advisor – Sangeeta Jain, Obstetrics & Gynecology (sajain@utmb.edu)

Organization Email: obgynstudentsociety@gmail.com

Organization Website: OGSS Facebook

Type: Professional

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The purpose of OIG is to promote interest in the diverse field of oncology. Our goal is to connect students with interests in oncology with each other and with faculty mentors in various fields including medical oncology, surgical oncology, and radiation oncology.

Activities: Relay For Life, Castaway Cancer, MD Anderson And UTMB Blood Drives, Fundraisers with other clubs that are apart of the School of Nursing

Officer Board:

  • Faculty Advisor –Dr. Sandra Hatch, Radiation Oncology (shatch@utmb.edu)

Organization Email: 
oig.utmb@gmail.com
Organization Website: Oncology Interest Group Facebook Page

Type: Professional     

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement: The purpose of the Ophthalmology Student Organization (OSO) is to introduce Medical Students to the world of Ophthalmology and the basics of comprehensive ophthalmic exam. Students will learn about the basics of slit lamp exam, identification of common ocular pathology, and a chance to actively work on ophthalmic research.

Activities: Slit lamp examination, Corneal suturing, Residency application mentoring, Ophthalmic research participation

Officer Board:

Organization Website: Ophthalmology Student Organization

Type: Professional

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement: The purpose to to help students interested in Orthopedics receive information regarding matching into orthopedics, research opportunities, and opportunities to interact with residents/faculty in the program here at UTMB.

Activities: We will have panel meetings with faculty and residents as well as opportunities to get involved with orthopedic research.

Officer Board:

  • Faculty Advisor – Dr. Kathryn Gwinn, Orthopedic Surgery (kgwinn@utmb.edu)

Organization Email: oss.utmb@gmail.com
Organization Website: Orthopedic Student Society Facebook Page

Type: Professional

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement:

1) To promote interest in Otolaryngology

2) To provide fellowship among students and faculty

3) To represent student needs and wants in regard to entering into Otolaryngology Residency Programs

4) To provide a forum for the presentation of innovative ideas to benefit UTMB and the Department of Otolaryngology

Activities: Meetings to further student's knowledge about the field of Otolaryngology. Organize, oversee, and help coordinate the first year POM-1 Ear Nose Throat fall workshop with Dr. Harold Pine.

Officer Board:

Organization Website: OIG Facebook

Type: Social, Professional

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: Pan-African Student Society is an organization that seeks to spread information about the rich culture of the many African nations and groups by hosting events that celebrate said culture. We also aim to establish camaraderie among members and improve the broader Galveston community by hosting social and service events.

Activities: Social events, Afrofest, Community service events

Officer Board:

Organization Email: pass2k1718@outlook.com
Organization Website: PASS Facebook

Type: Professional, Social

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement: To further educate students about the profession of pathology and assist students to pursue their interests within the field in a nonprofit manner. Students will establish professional contacts with pathologists on staff at UTMB and have an understanding of resources available.

Activities: Activities will include informative sessions by UTMB faculty and residents within the Department of Pathology to educate interested students about the diverse field of pathology. In addition, a Match Panel Meeting will provide students with information on pursuing a career in pathology. Other activities will include guided tours of the Department of Pathology laboratories.

Officer Board:

Type: Service, Professional

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The Pediatric Student Association is a student organization that seeks to provide educational and service opportunities to medical students and other students in health professions who are interested in pediatrics. In addition, the Pediatric Student Association strives to provide an opportunity for professional interaction between pediatric faculty and students at UTMB.

Activities: Volunteering in pediatric unit, pediatric resident mentors, interprofessional panel

Officer Board:

Organization Email: utmbpsa@gmail.com

Type: Professional

Membership: By Profession - Pharmacology and Toxicology Graduate Students

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

Activities: General meetings, scientific outreach, socials, student symposium, visiting speaker seminars

Officer Board:

  • Faculty Advisor – Noelle Anastasio, Pharmacology and Toxicology (ncanasta@utmb.edu)

Type: Professional

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: To raise awareness and stimulate interest in the specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation; To connect students with doctors in physiatry; To provide opportunities for workshops and volunteerism; To ultimately increase exposure to this rapidly growing field of medicine.

Activities: Monthly meetings hosting professionals in the field, workshops involving activities that PM&R physicians would perform, and volunteer opportunities related to physiatry

Officer Board:

Organization Email: pmrsig.utmb@gmail.com
Organization Website: PM&R SIG Facebook

Type: Professional

Membership: By Profession - PA

Mission Statement: The purpose of the student society shall be to serve as the official organization for the students of the UTMB Physician Assistant Program, to promote academic achievement and clinical excellence, and to promote the physician assistant as a member of the health care delivery team.

Activities: Promote the Physician Assistant profession, coordinate social events & fundraising events, support the local community through volunteerism, complete community service projects, and support students in the UTMB Physician Assistant Studies Program.

Officer Board:

  • Faculty Advisor – Marci Contreras, Physician Assistant Studies (mrcontre@utmb.edu)

Type: Service, Professional

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) at UTMB aims to create a culture of humanitarian concern and awareness in the medical community. Through investigation and dialogue, this organization hopes to engage future physicians in the intersection between health and human rights from both a local and global perspective.

Activities: Helping create an asylum clinic in Houston, letter writing to congress, putting together volunteer events and working with other organizations around campus in order to raise awareness and create a culture of humanitarian concern in the medical community.

Officer Board:

  • Faculty Advisor – Dr. Arlene Macdonald, The Institute for the Medical Humanities (almacdon@utmb.edu)

Organization Email: PHRatUTMB@gmail.com

Type: Professional

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement: The purpose of this organization is to expose students to the wide array of surgeries that can be done in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as allow students to effectively learn about plastic surgery, shadow plastic surgeons at UTMB, and find research opportunities on campus for those interested in the field of Plastic Surgery.

Activities: Monthly Research meetings (with Faculty), Monthly Service Projects, and Monthly General Meetings

Officer Board:

Organization Email: prsigutmbgalveston@gmail.com

Type: Cultural

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: Professionals Advocating for Cultural Excellence (P.A.C.E.) is a student organization at University of Texas - Medical Branch aspiring to build an interprofessional community to foster diversity and inclusion. Our goal is to unify and educate future healthcare professionals through interactive, on-campus engagement and community outreach to promote cultural awareness.

Activities: 

  • To organize events and social gatherings that promote diversity on campus

  • To provide multicultural, interprofessional fellowship among students and faculty

  • To provide volunteer outreach services to underrepresented communities

  • To offer a safe space for people of all cultures to have their voices be heard

Officer Board:

Website: PACE Facebook Page
Email: pace.utmb@gmail.com

Type: Service, Professional

Membership: By Profession - OT & PT

Mission Statement: Project Play is an inter-professional rehabilitation services organization focused on giving students an opportunity to increase play and physical activity in the pediatric population and explore the role of play in healthcare through volunteer efforts in a variety of settings, participation in community events, and education to parents and caregivers.

Activities: Volunteering at the Pediatric inpatient unit, community service events for the pediatric population throughout Galveston and the surrounding areas, mentorship opportunities through Rosenberg elementary, And exposure to guest speakers within the field of pediatrics.

Officer Board:

Organization Email: projectplayUTMB@gmail.com 

Type: Professional, Cultural

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The purpose of this organization is to provide educational support to students at UTMB who wish to broaden their medical spanish background and overall Hispanic cultural humility.

Activities: 

Workshops on spanish language skills
Service opportunities at St. Vincent'

Officer Board:

Type: Professional     

Membership: By School - SHP

Mission Statement: The mission of the Respiratory Care Student Association (RCSA) is to promote awareness of the respiratory therapy profession, participate in educational activities, and raise funds to support goals of advancing the education of students. A further mission of RCSA is to provide an environment that is friendly and supportive to its current and prospective students.

Activities: Monthly fundraising events and travel to national/state conventions for respiratory therapy.

Officer Board:

Type: Professional, Service

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The Right to Life Advocates will serve to unite and support all U.T.M.B. students, faculty, and staff, regardless of religious or political differences, in activities that promote and defend the sanctity of all innocent human life and the inalienable human right to live.

Activities: Hosting luncheon meetings with invited guest speakers + hosting fundraisers for local-area pregnancy centers + engaging students in dialogue about pro-life issues and ethical dilemmas related to defending the sanctity of life.

Officer Board:

  • Faculty Advisor – Patrick Roughneen, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery (ptroughn@utmb.edu)

Organization Email: right2lifeadvo@gmail.com

Organization Website: Right to Life Advocates Facebook

Type: Professional

Membership: University- Wide

Mission Statement: The Society is an educational association, whose objectives are to provide education in the practices of emergency room staff, to encourage interest and excitement for the emergency care of patients to promote mentorship and camaraderie between students at UTMB, to enrich the educational experience of students through hands-on experiences and interactive lectures and to participate in emergency simulation competitions as they arise in order to promote professionalism and team-building skills among members.

Activities: Regular meetings, skills workshops, simulation competitions, etc

Officer Board:

Organization Email: simsocietyutmb@gmail.com

Organization Website: Simulation Society Facebook

Type: Professional, Service

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: We aim to educate children and young adults from elementary school, middle school, and high school, up to community college on science and the possibilities that there are given hard work. We hope to engage community members in learning and raising money for neuroscience research completed at UTMB in order to build a stronger connection between our city and our university. Lastly, we hope to provide educational opportunities outside of what is offered by the UTMB curriculum which will be critical for the success of students in all of the schools at UTMB.

Activities: Brain Fair, Walk to End Alzheimer's, Easter Egg Hunt at Galveston's Own Farmers Market

Officer Board:

Organization Email: sfngalveston@gmail.com
Organization Website: SfN Facebook Page

Type: Professional

Membership: By School - GSBS

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 Translational Research Track (SOM TRT) 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: 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.

Officer Board:

Type: Professional, Social     

Membership: By School - GSBS

Mission Statement: The Society for Cell Biology is a professional society dedicated to promoting careers in cell biology via encouraging interactions between students, faculty, and alumni.

Activities: Plazapalooza, Cell Biology Welcome Event, Halloween Carnival, Holiday Lunch, Student Workshops, Cell Symposium, Annual Guest Lecturer

Officer Board:

  • Faculty Advisor – Pomila Singh, Neuroscience and Cell Biology (posingh@utmb.edu)

Organization Email: scb.utmb@gmail.com
Organization Website: Society for Cell Biology

Type: Professional

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The purpose of this organization is to educate students about the type of work done in the field of Sports medicine, how interprofessional teams work together in the field, and how to prepare to apply for fellowships or jobs in the field. We also provide a forum for students to meet and discuss classes, experiences, and goals in an interprofessional environment.

Activities: Meetings with speakers from various professions (PT, PA, MD) in the sports medicine field. Community service projects.

Officer Board:

Organization Website: SMI Facebook

Type: Professional, Service

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The Street Medicine Interest Group at UTMB aims to unite all students interested in Street Medicine to learn about best practices, resources, ideas, and research. We hope to improve and provide quality healthcare to people experiencing homelessness where they live through the development of a street team under the direction of physicians from various specialties such as internal medicine and psychiatry.

Activities: Opportunities for research, Monthly meetings to educate students on topics surrounding street medicine, guest speakers, and providing healthcare to those experiencing homelessness.

Officer Board:

  • Faculty Advisor – Norma Perez, SOM Asst Dean Student Affairs (noperez@utmb.edu)

Organization Website: Street Medicine Interest Group Facebook

Type: Service, Professional 

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: Student Advocates for Mental Health is an inter-professional, inter-specialty group which seeks to promote volunteer service to communities suffering from mental illness within the Galveston and Houston area.

Activities: Volunteering, advocating for mental health, creating a safe space for advice

Officer Board:

Type: Professional

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: A national organization that provides opportunities to participate in clinical, research, and service activities in neurology and increases the medical student's neurologic knowledge.

Activities: Talks given by faculty and residents about topics in neurology, opportunities to volunteer at St. Vincent's neurology clinics, Alzheimer and other walks, and shadowing with UTMB neurology department.

Officer Board:

Organization Website: SIGN Facebook

Type: Professional, Service

Membership: By School - SOM

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

The SNMA chapter at UTMB implements National programs and activities locally. SNMA programs are designed to serve the health needs of underserved communities and communities of color. In addition, SNMA is dedicated both to ensuring that medical education and services are culturally sensitive to the needs of diverse populations and to increasing the number of African-American, Latino, and other students of color entering and completing medical school. In hosting campus-wide events, "hot-topic" meetings, panels, and workshops SNMA at UTMB aims to engage all students on campus for the purpose of achieving our national goals.

Activities: Faculty Brunch, Mock Anatomy Lab Exam, Kaplan and Firecracker Events, Black History Month TGIT, Networking Events, Community Service Projects

 Officer Board:

Organization Email: utmedicalbranch@snma.org
Organization Website: SNMA Facebook

Type: Professional

Membership: By School - SON

Mission Statement: Student Nurses Association promotes and represents ethical practices pertaining to nursing; we hold the highest integrity to represent our chapter academically and professionally in order to grow into strong advocates for the health care profession.

Activities: 

1. Have direct input into standards of nursing education and influence the education process.

2. Influence health care, nursing education and practice through legislative activities as appropriate.

3. Promote and encourage participation in community affairs and activities towards improved health care and the resolution of related social issues.

4. Represent nursing students to the consumer, to institutions, and other organizations.

5. Promote and encourage students’ participation in interdisciplinary activities.

6. Promote and encourage recruitment efforts, participation in student activities, and educational opportunities regardless of person’s race, color, creed, sex, lifestyle, national origin, age, or economic status.

7. Promote and encourage collaborative relationships with nursing and related health organizations.

 

Officer Board:

Organization Website: SNA Facebook

Type: Service, Social, Professional

Membership: By Profession - OT

Mission Statement: The Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) is an educational, professional, and social organization that promotes occupational therapy through education, service, and fundraising throughout the community. SOTA acts as a liaison with the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the Texas Occupational Therapy Association (TOTA) as well as other professional organizations on UTMB's campus.

Activities: 
-Various fundraising events in and around campus

-Social gatherings to promote camaraderie among our peers within and without our program

-Participation in community service events with UTMB and throughout the Galveston community

Officer Board:

Organization Website: SOTA Facebook

Type: Service, Social, Professional

Membership: By Profession - CLS

Mission Statement: 
1: To serve as the official organization of the students at the University of Texas Medical Branch-School of Health Professions at Galveston Clinical Laboratory Sciences curriculum.

2: To promote the Clinical Laboratory Scientist as a member of the health care team.

3: To instill in the Clinical Laboratory Sciences student the importance of keeping abreast of current medical developments.

4: To act as a service organization for the Clinical Laboratory Sciences students and graduates of the University of Texas Medical Branch-School of Health Professions at Galveston Clinical Laboratory Sciences curriculum.

5: To assist in defining and achieving the goals of the Clinical Laboratory Scientist with in the heath care system.

Activities: Activities in SOCLS includes community service/service projects around Galveston/Houston area, social events, and fundraising for our annual trip to the Texas Association of Clinical Laboratory Science (TACLS).

Officer Board:

  • Faculty Advisor – Janet Enderle, Clinical Laboratory Sciences (jlenderl@utmb.edu)

Type: Professional

Membership: By Profession - DPT

Mission Statement: SPTA is an educational organization that will work together to volunteer our time to the community, take part in continuing education opportunities outside the classroom, represent our physical therapy profession, and act with honor, integrity, and respect in all our endeavors.

Activities: Organize and hold activities for the physical therapy class, fundraiser for a charity of the classes choosing, organize and hold volunteer opportunities for the physical therapy class to give back to the community.

Officer Board:

Type: Professional

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The Student Psychiatry Organization at UTMB is an interest group for students looking to find out what the field of psychiatry is about. We welcome all students who want to establish connections with practicing and future psychiatrists, give back to the community through service, and discuss the current state psychiatry is in and what the future holds with their fellow peers.

Activities: 
Meetings - Typically every other month for members to learn about the different aspects of psychiatry from various practicing psychiatrists

Community Service events - events that typically involve mental health awareness

Psych Movie Nights - mostly for recreational purposes; usually every other month, students will watch a movie along with practicing psychiatrists and break down the myths of mental health as shown by these movies

Officer Board:

  • Faculty Advisor – Cindy Wiggs, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences (cwigg@utmb.edu)

Organization Website: SPO Facebook

Type: Professional, Service, Social

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement: This organization aims to provide students with exposure to the field of general surgery as well as the ability to have mentors during their medical school career.

Activities: Monthly meetings, social events, volunteer activities.

Officer Board:

Organization Website: Student Surgical Society Facebook

Type: Service, Professional

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The purpose of this organization is to increase awareness, educate, and facilitate an open discussion regarding issues related to women's reproductive healthcare and autonomy, and to support individuals within the medical community who are working to ensure availability and equal access to reproductive healthcare services.

Activities: Host workshops (i.e. IUD insertion workshops), guest speakers (physicians, lawyers from the ACLU), documentary screenings, host educational events in conjunction with pro-choice organizations at medical schools in Houston, community service projects that relate to women's reproductive healthcare

Officer Board:

Organization Email: StudentsforChoiceUTMB@gmail.com

Type: Professional, Service

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: To promote awareness and education of lifestyle, integrative and holistic medicine, as well as strategies for healthy living for ourselves, the UTMB community, and Galveston County.

Activities: Walk with a doc, Cooking classes with St. Vincent's Clinic, Guest speakers, Weekly wellness activities (yoga, meditation, resistance, cardio sessions) in and out of the gym, Conferences

Officer Board:

Type: Professional, Service

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The Students for Wellness Interest Group at UTMB is a student organization which brings awareness to students about internal and external clinical issues that impact the health of themselves and others.

Activities: 

• Suicide prevention training
• Domestic violence/trafficking
• Sexual assault and harassment
• Trauma training
• QPR certification
• Gun Violence and Deep Wound Response
• Opioid overdose response (provide training and IM naloxone kits via Texas Overdose Naloxone)
• SANE nurse speaker
• Talk about advocacy
• Student health services
• Talk about depression and anxiety
• Talk about depression and anxiety
• Assist with time management of schedules to reduce stress (maintain database of study schedules for future students)
• Organized recipe and workout plans
• Mentor/mentee system with upper classman
• Guided meditation
• Yoga
• Destigmatizing mental health issues
• Discuss mental wellness and impact on our careers
• Reduce performance anxiety by setting up practice OSCES

Officer Board:

Organization Email: sfw.utmb@gmail.com

Type: Service, Professional

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: Our mission is 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.

Activities: Van tours hosted by Elijah Rising, meetings to raise awareness and educate future providers on recognizing signs and educating about human trafficking, fundraisers for resources for victims of trafficking to use to reach out for help (lipstick with outreach phone numbers), fundraising for Free the Captives, jewelry sale of jewelry created by women in foreign countries

Officer Board:

  • Faculty Advisor – Marci Contreras, Physician Assistant Studies (mrcontre@utmb.edu)

Organization Email: orgswat@gmail.com

Organization Website: SWAT Facebook

Type: Professional

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement: The Urological Student Association (USA) aims to increase awareness about the field of urology and help connect students with the department.

Activities: Meetings, mentorship opportunities, research networking

Officer Board:

Type: Professional

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: Promote awareness of vascular surgery and provide information about the specialty to medical students; Provide shadowing opportunities in Vascular surgery for a more “hands-on” experience; Host surgical skills events to allow students to acquire useful technical skills; Host Q/A’s sessions with faculty, residents, or senior medical students to permit addressing the concerns/questions that students might have.

Activities: Meetings, lectures, guest talks, workshops

Officer Board:

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