Student Organizations

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: Social, Professional

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: Exploring perspectives in literature and the arts with the purpose to expand empathy, broaden understanding of the human condition, and build meaningful connections with peers.

Activities: 

- Monthly book club meetings led by the club officers.
- Community student panel where students answer questions from the community regarding health care and medical ethics.
-Group members will discuss the best way of involving the community and service projects into our club.
- Community service activity details to be determined each semester by club members.

Officer Board:

  • Faculty Advisor – Dr. Jerome Crowder , Institute for the Medical Humanities (jw.crowder@utmb.edu)

Organization Email: byob.utmb@gmail.com

Type: Social, Service

Membership: By School - GSBS

Mission Statement: BCSO brings graduate students in the Biochemistry & Molecular Biology department together to plan social events for new students, invite speakers for departmental seminars, and participate in journal club as well as other campus events.

Activities: Plan social events for new students, Invite speakers for department seminars, Journal Club, Service events such as the Toy Drive, United to Serve, and Community outreach events

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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

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Type: Sport, Social

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The Fishing Club is a student run organization promoting healthy, stress reducing activities while raising awareness of responsible and sustainable fishing methods and preservation of aquatic habitats.

Activities: Activities include but are not limited to fishing, gear and rigging workshops, fish cleaning and preparation, beach cleanups, and fish frys

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Organization Website: Fishing Club Group Me

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: Social

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: To develop strategic problem solving and teamwork with UTMB students in a fun environment centered around board games, video games, and other games.

Activities: 

-Participating in Pokemon Go community and raid events around Galveston

-Holding friendly video game tournaments including Super Smash Bros

-Playing various table top games

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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: Service, Fraternal, Social, Professional

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: Service will include community outreach programs, with opportunities to give back. Scholarship will provide you with educational resources, mentorship, and organized study groups to ease the transition to medical school. Sisterhood offers an opportunity to meet and grow friendships with like-minded women creating a strong support group.

Officer Board:

  • Faculty Advisor – Melissa DeFilippis, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (msdefili@utmb.edu)

Organization Email: utmb.kappachi@gmail.com
Organization Website: Kappa Chi Facebook

Type: Professional, Service

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement: The Latino Medical Student Association at UTMB is committed to recruitment and retention of underrepresented students in medicine. We strive to develop leadership opportunities by mentorship, volunteerism, and advocating for the community.

Activities: Volunteer activities include Shriner's Lotería Night and monthly Shriner's visits. Cultural activities include Salsa Night, Lotería Social, and Piñata.

Officer Board:

  • Faculty Advisor – Dr. Norma Perez, Hispanic Center of Excellence (noaperez@utmb.edu)

Organization Website: LMSA Facebook

Type: Social

Membership:  By Profession - MD/PhD Students

Mission Statement: The M.D.-Ph.D. Student Organization is an educational association, which exists to foster the development and growth of students enrolled in the MD/PhD Combined Degree Program at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB).

Activities: Activities shall include, but are not limited to, inviting guest speakers, honoring MD/PhD students and program faculty, and assisting the MD/PhD program faculty in orientation and recruitment initiatives.

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Type: Social

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: To promote cohesion among students in the military, specifically those involved with the Health Professions Scholarship Program. Our organization also serves to mentor younger medical students in this program to prepare them for their basic training courses and other logistics between UTMB and the military.

Activities: Monthly meetings to keep all members in the group connected and to allow any school or military questions to be answered by other members

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Organization Website: Military Medical Association Facebook

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 – Dr. Aakash Gajjar, Colon and Rectal Surgery (aagajjar@utmb.edu)


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

Type: Religous

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The purpose of this organization is to provide a place of prayer for Muslim students on campus to perform their weekly service on Friday afternoons. We will also be planning community service events and socials that are campus wide and that will function to strengthen the student-community bond.

Activities: Community service events, TGIT, and weekly prayer services.

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Organization Website: MMA Facebook

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.

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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

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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.

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Type: Social

Membership: By School - GSBS

Mission Statement: The Graduate Student Organization is an educational association, which exists to foster the development and growth of graduate students enrolled in the Graduate Program in Preventive Medicine and Community Health (PMCH) at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB). The Organization shall serve to disseminate pertinent information among the Membership and to further the interests of the Membership by promoting participation in University affairs.

Activities: Activities shall include, but are not limited to, inviting guest speakers, honoring PMCH graduate students and program faculty, and assisting the PMCH program faculty in orientation and recruitment initiatives. The Organization shall work cooperatively and collaboratively with the faculty members of the Graduate Program in PMCH to achieve these goals.

Officer Board:

  • Faculty Advisor – Kristen Peek, Preventative Medicine & Community Health (mkpeek@utmb.edu)

Type: Sports, Social, Service

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The Running Club is recreational sports organization whose objectives are to raise awareness of the sport of running at the university, to promote running with the goal of improving fitness and physical health, to provide a welcoming and educational environment for running, to encourage teamwork and camaraderie between students at UTMB, and to foster interest and participation in local, national, and international races.

Activities: Weekly group runs and participation in local/national races

Officer Board:

Activities: Running Club Facebook Group 

Type: Sport, Social

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: Our purpose is to provide education in and encourage the sport of sailing in both a competitive and non-competitive manner, to provide education in water safety measures as well as diagnosis and treatment of illnesses and injuries specific to the marine environment, to provide opportunities for instruction in the sport of sailing, to promote discussion of the sport of sailing.

Activities: Monthly sails, relevant lectures on tropical medicine, volunteering with sites such as Sea Scouts and beach cleanups, and potential to compete in races.

Officer Board:

Organization Email: sailclubutmb@gmail.com

Organization Website: Sail Club Facebook

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: Cultural, Social, Service

Membership: 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: SAMSA will be celebrating major cultural events, engaging in community service events, and holding socials. We hope to keep members informed about cultural events in the Houston/Galveston area. We also plan to partner with similar groups from McGovern Medical School and Baylor College of Medicine.

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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 – Jian Zhang, Clinical Laboratory Sciences (jzzgang@utmb.edu)

Type: Service, Professional, Social

Membership: 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: Volunteering in the UTMB NICU and Pediatrics floors, as well as throughout the Galveston Community. Have speakers discuss the roles of nurses, PA's, and RT's on the neonatal and pediatric units.

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