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.

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

Type: Social, Service

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The goal of the ART in Healthcare group is to bring attention to the holistic patient experience through service art projects and social comfort. This group will focus on demonstrating kindness, compassion, and empathy during patient interactions.

Activities: Service art projects tailored toward pediatric, hospice and palliative care patients. Examples: paper plate bunnies for Easter, reindeer cups and paper snowflakes for Christmas, firework mobiles for Fourth of July, pumpkin painting for Halloween, etc. (Mindful of religious orientation). There would also be a stock of crafts that could be done throughout the year- acrylic (non-toxic) painting, paper plate dream catchers, handprint fishes, superhero crafts etc.

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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: Sport, Social, Cultural

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: Play chess. Relax and exercise our minds simultaneously. We meet periodically to play chess and encourage interdisciplinary unity.

Activities: Chess tournaments, Chess lessons, Chess therapy

Officer Board:

  • Faculty Advisor – Dr. Ben Raimer, UTMB President Ad Interim  (bgraimer@utmb.edu
Organization Website: Check Mates Facebook Group

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.

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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: Social

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement: First Generation Medical Students are at a disadvantage with only 4% of all medical students coming from disadvantaged backgrounds. The purpose of this organization is to create a support system for first generation medical students so they do not feel like they are on this road alone.

Activities: Bringing in Speakers to talk about resources to the students. Educating the students on handling debt and creating healthy outlets.

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Organization Website: First in the Family Facebook

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

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.

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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, 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.

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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: Social, Cultural

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The purpose of Part Time Poets is to recognize, celebrate, and share beauty and creativity. We believe that medicine should not only provide mechanical and physiological realignment but also encourage and prolong wellbeing within one’s self and others – we believe that poetry can foster this.

It is valuable to focus time and energy on the beauty that we seek to share. Part Time Poets dedicates itself to reflection on a specific facet of beauty, namely human literary creativity. We seek to periodically meet to collectively share in and explore the art of science and medicine through creative and poetic expression.

Finally, this organization desires to practice what we preach by finding creative and meaningful ways to share with UTMB and the community.

Activities: 

  1. Periodical meetings to create, share, and reflect on the beauty in poetry.
  2. Attending and sharing at Galveston’s poetry nights (Proletariat on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month)
  3. Supporting and working together with the “Art in Healthcare” student organization
  4. Encouraging submission of exceptional poetry for publication

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Organization Email: PartTimePoetsUTMB@gmail.com
Organization Website: Part Time Poets 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 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: Food Drive, Toy Drive, Walk to End Alzheimer's, Christmas Toy Drive, St. Vincent’s Dental Clinic, and any other community events

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

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Activities: Running Club Facebook Group 

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: We will be holding meetings twice a semester as well as coordinate service opportunities for our members and host various cultural events for the UTMB community.

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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

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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: 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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