Student Organizations

Type: Professional

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The purpose of our organization is to provide students an opportunity to advance their interest in aerospace medicine at UTMB. This will be done through meetings with leading experts in the field, volunteer opportunities, and mixers to find mentors.

Activities: Monthly meetings, volunteer opportunities, mixers.

Officer Board:

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

Organization Website: Aerospace Medicine Interest Group Facebook
Organization Email: amigutmb@gmail.com

Type: Service, Social, Cultural, Professional

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: Allies in Health 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 Health 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: Service, Professional

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The mission of the Animal Assisted Therapy Organization is to educate UTMB students about animal assisted therapy, and foster volunteer opportunities for future health professionals to learn how to train animals to participate in therapy sessions. We will raise awareness on the UTMB campus and in the Galveston community, about animal assisted therapy. We will educate UTMB students and staff on current research regarding animal assisted therapies and encourage future research. In addition, we will facilitate volunteer opportunities for UTMB students in animal assisted therapy settings.

Activities: The Animal Assisted Therapy Organization strives to promote animal assisted therapy through both collaborative and experiential learning. Monthly informational meeting will serve as the platform to discuss articles about animal assisted therapy or hear from speakers. Volunteer opportunities for members will be fostered with organizations that provide animal assisted therapy or have animals that we can train to be assistance animals for therapy. Community outreach events like health fairs, organization fairs, and events at the local animal shelter or other local organizations will be orchestrated.

Officer Board:

Organization Email: AATSO.UTMB@gmail.com

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.

Officer Board:

Type: Cultural, Professional, Service, Social

Membership: University-Wide

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 through service.

● To represent Asian Pacific Americans as a group within the health care community at the University of Texas Medical Branch

● To be a resource for information on matters related to Asian Pacific Americans

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

Officer Board:

Organization Website: APAMSA Facebook Group

Type: Professional

Membership: University-Wide

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: Social, Service, Professional

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.

Officer Board:

  • Faculty Advisor – Kay Choi, Biochem & Molecular Biology (kychoi@utmb.edu)
Organization Website: BCSO Homepage

Type: Professional

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The Business and Leadership in Medicine Club is designed to help students get some basic exposure to the business side of medicine which is rarely discussed yet expected to be mastered. We aim to provide students with the foundational knowledge to pursue business interests within the healthcare field. Important topics to be covered include advocating for patients with insurance companies, protecting and supporting yourself when talking with hospital administration, negotiating contracts, business ethics and etiquette, etc.

Activities: Online workshops, member meetings

Officer Board:

Type: Service

Membership:  University - Wide

Mission Statement: We are a volunteer organization dedicated to making people smile. We believe that laughter is the best medicine! Caring Clowns is open to all students at UTMB. We make weekly clown round visits to see pediatric patients and participate in community events throughout the year.

Activities: We visit the hospital once a week, and we plan at least 1 event in the community where we allow our members to create balloon animals for children at community events while dressed up like clowns.

Officer Board:

  • Faculty Advisor – Shelley Smith, Interprofessional Scholars Education (shelsmit@utmb.edu)

Organization Website: Caring Clowns Facebook
Organization Email: caringclownsatutmb@gmail.com

Type: Religious

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The Catholic Medical Association aims: To provide support and assistance to the Catholic medical students and personnel so that they can grow in their faith and understanding of the principles of the Catholic faith in the course of their education and training; To provide formal opportunities for education, formation, service, and worship in the medical school settings, including the formation of organized chapters; To collaborate with local guilds of the Catholic Medical Association, in advancing the principles of the Catholic faith in the science and practice of medicine.

Activities: After Mass social and fellowship; lectures and guest speakers; various holiday parties and get togethers

Officer Board:


Organization Facebook: 
Catholic Medical Association

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: Religious

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: We are Galveston's local chapter of the Christian Medical and Dental Association. Bonded by a common faith, we are advancing Christian values in our profession and society, integrating our personal faith and professional practice, and using our skills to serve others in need.

Activities: Small group meetings, mentorship, large group gatherings, prayer/worship nights, social events

Officer Board:

Organization Email: cma.utmb@gmail.com

Organization Website: CMA Facebook

Type: Religious

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The purpose is to provide all students and faculty members the opportunity to study the Bible and to enjoy Christian fellowship.

Activities: Weekly Bible studies and social events

Officer Board:

Organization Facebook:  Christians on Campus
Organization Email: christiansoncampusutmb@gmail.com

Type: Social, Service

Membership: University-Wide

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

Activities: Weekly opportunities to walk the beach to pick up trash and recycling

Officer Board:

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

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, Fundraising and raising awareness about psoriasis

Officer Board:

Organization Website: DIG Blogspot

Type: Professional

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG) at UTMB is student organization dedicated to promoting the exciting speciality of emergency medicine and facilitating students informed decision to pursue it as a career. Our meetings are designed to expose students to valuable information and contacts to further explore the field and get involved on local, regional, and national levels. Our Clinical Experiences Committee develops and maintains opportunities for members to explore EM tangibly through unique shadowing agreements at John Sealy, Ben Taub, Memorial Hermann, and LBJ Hospital EDs, as well as skills workshops, like laceration repair and airway management.

Activities: Speaker Presentations, Workshops, Mentorships, Community Service/Volunteering

Officer Board:

Organization Email: emig.utmb@gmail.com
Organization Website: EMIG Facebook

Type: Sport, Social

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The purpose of the fishing club at UTMB is to allow students to build friendships and reduce stress through the sport of angling.

Activities: Fishing club activities include bank fishing, wade fishing, kayak fishing, and fishing from a boat.

Officer Board:

Organization Website: Fishing Club Group Me

Type: Service

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: Food For Thought is an organization dedicated to helping students at UTMB learn more about nutrition and diet and apply that knowledge towards helping the community and enriching their food choices.

Activities: Workshops at St. Vincent's. Meetings with informative speakers and healthy food. Workshops about nutritional topics.

Officer Board:

Organization Email: foodforthought.utmb@gmail.com
Organization Website: Food for Thought Facebook

Type: Professional, Service    

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: Our mission is twofold:

1. Clinical Service: To identify community healthcare needs by developing sustainable, preventive healthcare programs tailored to the needs of the local underserved community and to provide additional competencies in primary healthcare settings.

2. Humanistic View: To expose students to the most underserved and disadvantaged communities in order to engender empathy, compassion, and a commitment to service.

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: Service, Religious

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: 

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Provide Medical Services to people in the form of short term medical care, referral and follow up with local organizations, and education that can make a lasting difference in their lives.
 - Create an environment that is educational to the students and faculty participating, allow students to learn and practice clinical skills.
 - Provide much needed spiritual care that is often overlooked in medicine.
 - Help anyone learn more about medical missions and give students an opportunity to learn, participate, and equip them for future trips of various kinds

Activities: Currently Short term medical mission trips to Peru.With possible expansion to local mission trips in the future.

Officer Board:

Organization Email: handsandfeetmissions@gmail.com

Type: Professional

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: HATS aims to navigate the different business and technological aspects of medicine while also seeking cost-effective solutions for better patient outcomes. Some of the objectives of HATS are:

  • exploring cost-effective solutions to modern medical problems based on health care data and big data analytics
  • assessing the impact of technology such as AI, telemedicine, smart apps, and other medical devices on patient care
  • exposing students to various business aspects of medicine such as negotiations, conflict resolution, and billing codes
  • understanding how the stock market behavior and the associated news influences health care decisions
  • providing conference and research opportunities for members

Activities: Inviting speakers, organizing interactive workshops, setting up panel discussions, and hosting journal club meetings to broaden our overall insight into the different technological and financial aspects of medicine.

Officer Board:

Type: Sport

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The Hiking Club aims to provide safe group hiking events for UTMB students. We plan to map out feasible hiking routes in the greater Houston/Galveston area for students to join us on monthly hikes. We will aim to provide resources for our members to learn how they can plan their own hiking experiences, aside from the ones we are offering. We also plan educate our members on how to build a first aid kit to bring with them on hikes.

Activities: Our activities will include hikes at least once and month and the officers will bring trash bags to pick up trash along the trail.

Officer Board:

Type: Professional, Service, Social

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: IPESN will 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: 

  • Promoting 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: 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: Professional

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The mission of this organization is to facilitate rapport between students at UTMB regarding topics related to biophysics and structural biology.

Activities: Meetings to facilitate presentation skills and discussions.

Officer Board:

Type: Sport

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The Mountain Bike Club is a recreational sports organization whose objectives are to encourage UTMB students and faculty to ride mountain bikes, educate members on how to develop skills in mountain biking, boost camaraderie between students at UTMB, and provide opportunities for service in the mountain bike community (trail maintenance, biking fundraisers, etc).

Activities: monthly group bike rides, volunteer opportunities, bike maintenance workshops

Officer Board:

Organization Website: Mountain Bike Club Facebook

Type: Social

Membership: University-Wide

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

Activities: 

  • Social gatherings to provide musicians with a place to play and learn together.
  • Community projects to uplift the spirits of patients and their families.
  • Pending development: Student led entertainment at student events on campus.

Officer Board:

Organization Email: musicinmedicineatutmb@gmail.com

Organization Website: Music in Medicine Facebook

Type: Religious, Cultural, Social

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The purpose of this organization is to provide a platform for people who associate with Islam as their religion an opportunity to practice their beliefs and engage in service together, as a community.

Activities: Weekly Friday sermons and prayers

Officer Board:

Organization Website: MMA Facebook

Type: Professional, Service, Social

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement:

  • To create community and camaraderie at UTMB with those interested in pursuing careers in or wanting to learn more about women's health and the specialty of Ob/Gyn.
  • To educate members about the field of ob/gyn, including the path to residency and certification, the lifestyle, pros and cons, expectations, and different fellowships offered.
  • To provide opportunities for networking, research, hands-on experience, and community service in areas of women’s health.
  • To provide a fun, exciting and engaging outlet outside of didactics and clerkships that will further prepare members for their careers in medicine.

Activities: Community Service projects, monthly info meetings with guest speakers, hands-on workshops, networking events, game nights, socials.

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: Social,Cultural

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 member and improve the broader Galveston community by hosting social and service events.

Activities: Social events, Volunteer events, Educational events, and Fundraising events

Officer Board:

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

Officer Board:

Organization Email: PartTimePoetsUTMB@gmail.com
Organization Website: Part Time Poets Facebook

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
Organization Website: PSA Facebook Group

Type: Professional

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement: PM&R SIG at UTMB is a student organization designed to raise awareness and stimulate interest in the specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation, connect students with doctors in physiatry, provide opportunities for workshops and volunteerism, and ultimately increase exposure to this rapidly growing field of medicine

Activities:

  • Volunteering
  • Meetings
  • Outreach

Officer Board:

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

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: Activities of the organization are geared towards community involvement in humanitarian awareness and activism. Types of activities to accomplish these goals can encompass many forms and structures but activities in the past have included: unconscious bias workshops, campus wide voter registration events, a disability justice forum, curriculum discussions withadministration, partnering with other student organizations to accomplish shared goals, protesting at black lives matter events, administration, partnering with other student organizations to accomplish shared goals, protesting at black lives matter events, and distributing/updating information on other ways to support the demand for justice.

Officer Board:

Organization Email: PHRatUTMB@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: 

  • Organize events and social gatherings that promote diversity on campus

  • Provide multicultural, interprofessional fellowship among students/faculty

  • Provide volunteer outreach services to underrepresented communities

  • Offer a safe space for minorities in healthcare to have their voices heard

Officer Board:

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

Type: Service, Professional

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: PHO at UTMB's goal is to increase availability and access to the social determinants of health for the Galveston population. Through community service, education, & advocacy, we are working towards creating a healthier community.

Activities: 

1) Educating current UTMB students about the principles of and their roles in the realm of public health.

2) Carrying out public health-oriented projects to benefit members of the Galveston community.

Officer Board:

Organization Email: pho.utmb@gmail.com

Organization Website: PHO Facebook

Type: Professional, Cultural, Social

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 clinical language skills
  • Service opportunities at St. Vincent's
  • Conversation Hours
  • Guest Speakers

Officer Board:

Type: Professional

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The Right to Life Advocates will serve to unite and support all UTMB 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: Two to five speakers hosted per semester, volunteering events with local organizations, and semi-regular social events.

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 Robotic Surgery Interest Group serves to expose members to robotic design and the application of robots to the world of minimally invasive surgery. This organization will host guest speakers from various surgical specialties, give members opportunities to develop or better hone their skills through workshops, and expose students to surgical robotics.

Activities: We will host guest speakers from various surgical fields in which robots are used and allow members hands-on experience through workshops.

Officer Board:

Organization Email: rsig.utmb@gmail.com

Organization Website: Robotic Surgery Interest Group Facebook

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 runs, races, volunteerism, fundraisers

Officer Board:

Activities: Running Club Facebook Group 

Type: Social, Service

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: SIMMER aims to provide UTMB students with an inclusive space to share in their appreciation of food and the culinary experience, while promoting the importance of healthy habits within the healthcare community.

Activities: 

  • Pot Lucks
  • Cook/Grill-Offs
  • Bake sales
  • Recipe sharing
  • Food eating contests
  • Meal prepping
  • How-To cooking tutorials
  • Collaboration with students in the SHP Nutrition and Metabolism program to create a “healthy eating recipe guide” for any student who feels that healthy eating on a budget can prove difficult.

Officer Board:

Organization Email: simmer.org@gmail.com
Organization Website: SIMMER Facebook Group

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: Sport

Membership: University-Wide

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

Activities: Meet and play for fun 2-3 a week, Hosting tournaments, Futsal - indoor court soccer, Soccer-Volleyball

Officer Board:

Type: Professional, Service

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The purpose of the Galveston Chapter shall be a) to advance the understanding of nervous system, including the part the nervous system plays in determining behavior, by bringing together scientists of various backgrounds and by facilitating the integration of research directed at all levels of biological organization; b) to promote education in the neurosciences; and c) to inform the general public of the results and implications of current research in this area.

Activities: 

Brain Fair

Due to increase lifespan of individuals the cases of neurological diseases continues to rise. Our goal is to provide brain awareness to kids in Galveston and surrounding islands, Galveston community and UTMB.

Demonstrations at Galveston’s Own Farmer’s Market

We will continue holding demonstrations of neuroscience activities for children and their parents at Galveston’s Own Farmer’s Market in the upcoming summer season while children are out of school. Through supporting the farmer’s market, we not only reach families and engage them in scientific discussions, but we also connect with another fundamental mission of UTMB to encourage healthy lifestyles. We will use funds to purchase supplies to have activities which include creating brain hats to demonstrate the anatomy of the human brain, making pipe cleaner neurons to explain how brain cells work, and using microscopes and electrophysiology equipment to do real neuroscience experiments on the go.

Easter Egg Hunt Galveston

Last year we held our annual Easter Egg Hunt in Galveston to support and bring the community together in a fun, active way, both encouraging a healthy lifestyle and appreciation for UTMB and our community, as well as engaging people in information about the research we do at UTMB in neuroscience. This also gave members of our organization a platform to talk about the ongoing research at UTMB centered around neurobiological diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and substance use disorders

Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease

Each year the SfN Galveston Chapter interacts with other community members by forming a team for the Galveston Walk to End Alzheimer’s disease and supports research funding in neuroscience. We have raised over $1000 each year and formed collaborations with the local Alzheimer’s Association who helps us to advertise all of our events.

Officer Board:

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

Type: Service, Professional

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: Society of Critical Care Medicine Galveston Chapter's mission is to educate future physicians and healthcare professionals on how to provide the highest quality care for all critically ill and injured patients. SCCM envisions a world in which all critically ill and injured persons receive care from a present integrated team of future dedicated trained intensivists and critical care specialists.

Activities: Some of the activities our organization plans on holding include lectures from physicians that cover topics related to critical care medicine. Examples would include presentations from pulmonary critical care physicians on how they deal with their patients and the current standards they use for patients with COVID. In addition, we plan to invite trauma surgeons, emergency medicine physicians, critical care nurses, and other health care professionals to teach future health care providers about some of the protocols they use to treat their patients. We also plan to hold several different activities such as intubation workshops, suturing workshops, and central line placement workshops that would allow students to have a hands-on experience with some of the things they will have to perform in the future. Lastly, we also plan to conduct different community outreach activities such as educating the Galveston community on the dangers of COVID, how to perform life-saving measures such as CPR as well as some beach and community clean up activities.

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Type: Cultural, Social

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: To share the south asian culture with the rest of UTMB, and provide young healthcare professionals a medium to express their culture and enjoy their heritage.

Activities: Movie nights, Diwali, Holi

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Organization Website: SAMSA Facebook
Organization Email: samsautmb@gmail.com

Type: Professional

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: This is an educational, non-profit student organization with the goal of providing educational opportunities to learn more about Sports Medicine practice and volunteer opportunities at athletic events within the community.

Activities: Hosting meetings with speakers discussing sports medicine related topics, notifying members about shadowing opportunities that are in the sports medicine field and participating in volunteer events associated with athletic events in the community.

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Organization Website: SMI Facebook

Type: Service

Membership:  University-Wide

Mission Statement: St. Vincent’s Student Clinic is a free student-run clinic that provides quality medical care to those in the Galveston community who lack medical benefits and have no other means. In partnership with St. Vincent's House and the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), we offer free primary and specialty care to those who might otherwise go without treatment. We depend on student volunteers to help our clinic run. In addition to medical care, we assist the local community through our community garden, walking groups, clothing giveaways, food bank, and financial assistance.

Activities: Running and maintaining a free clinic that serves under and uninsured adults in Galveston County and the surrounding areas, maintaining our local community garden, encouraging community members through weekly walking groups.

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Organization Email: support@stvsc.org
Organization Website: stvsc.org

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 health care to people experiencing homelessness where they live through the development of a street team under the direction of physicians from UTMB clinicians.

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: 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: Sport

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The Student Tennis Association's purpose is to promote the sport of recreational, social, and competitive tennis and related events at UTMB, to support the interests of tennis, to provide education in tennis for all members of various skill levels, to foster teamwork and sportsmanship, and to provide a safe and fun environment for exercise and fitness.

Activities: Practice sessions open to all skill levels, connecting tennis players who want to have a regular hitting partner, setting up a tournament in the Spring time, holding free lessons for Galveston area kids.

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Type: Professional

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: Students for Choice is focused on improving reproductive rights and health through advocacy, empowerment, and education.

Activities: Hosting workshops, speakers, advocacy events.

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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

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Type: 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/QPR certification
  • Domestic violence/trafficking
  • Sexual assault and harassment
  • Trauma training
  • Gun Violence and Deep Wound Response
  • Opioid overdose response
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Time management of schedules
  • Mentorship
  • Guided meditation/ Yoga
  • Reducing performance anxiety

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Organization Email: sfw.utmb@gmail.com
Organization Website: SfW Facebook Group

Type: Service

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The purpose of SIGHT is to address the medical needs of the global community by creating awareness of health disparities in underserved populations, by supporting the development of solutions for health issues facing society, and by promoting clinical and research opportunities to students concerned with the development of health care on a local, national, and international level.

Activities: Raising money for global health experiences. Volunteering in the Galveston community.

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Organization Email: sightatutmb@gmail.com
Organization Website: SIGHT Facebook

Type: Service

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The mission of Students Together for Service at UTMB is to promote and support community service activities of other UTMB organizations and within the Galveston community partnering with the Galveston Urban Ministries.

Activities: Applying fluoride varnishes to children in the Galveston Urban ministries program. Collaborate with other UTMB organizations on community service projects. Provide educational sessions to adults in the Galveston Urban Ministries

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Organization Website: Students Together for Service Facebook
Organization Email: stsgalveston@gmail.com

Type: Service

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: A UTMB-formed organization serving 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 – Fadeke Adewole, Physician Assistant Studies (ftadewol@utmb.edu)
  • Faculty Advisor – Julie Kutac, Physician Assistant Studies (jekutac@utmb.edu)

Organization Email: orgswat@gmail.com

Organization Website: SWAT Facebook

Type: Service

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: Sunshine Helpers is an interprofessional student organization dedicated to volunteering with individuals with disabilities and improving education for students in regards to working with people with disabilities. We are affiliated with the Sunshine Center in Galveston, and we are an official chapter of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry. We provide an array of unique volunteer opportunities, host educational sessions, and hear from speakers at our meetings.

Activities: 

-Healthy Athletes Program: we will partner with the Special Olympics athletes to develop individualized health goals

-Special Olympics Volunteering: weekly volunteer opportunities, partnered with the Christina Grillo Sullivan Foundation

-Health Fair: annual health fair at the Sunshine Center to provide physicals for Special Olympics athletes and promote a healthy lifestyle

-Inclusion Week: a week of activities to celebrate our diverse world, inspire action, and ultimately end discrimination for people with disabilities (Special Olympics global event)

-Hydration Workshop: activities at the Sunshine Center to promote hydration

-Weekly volunteer opportunities at the Sunshine Center

-Monthly AADMD Virtual Grand Rounds

-Host small group activities with clients at Sunshine Center to talk about and practice ways they can advocate for themselves when they meet with a healthcare provider

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Organization Website: Sunshine Helpers Facebook Group

Type: Service, Professional, Social

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The purpose of Syncope is to spread the joy of a capella across campus and the Galveston community while empowering students to pursue excellence in the vocal arts.

Activities: Socials, Rehearsals, Performances at UTMB and across Galveston.

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Organization Website: Syncope Facebook

Type: Service

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The Butterfly Project, through the University of Texas Medical Branch, practices inter-professional student care through volunteer efforts aimed towards the infant, pediatric, labor and delivery, antepartum, postpartum, and bereavement populations of UTMB and the Galveston community.

Activities: We volunteer at UTMB and within the community in events such as the Pediatric Memorial and Compassionate Friends Candlelight Ceremony. We build bereavement boxes to be donated to the ISCU to be given to families who have lost their infants. Historically, we have been involved in March of Dimes, UTMB Preemie Reunion, and Ronald McDonald House.

Officer Board:

Organization Email: butterflyprojectutmb@gmail.com
Organization Website: The Butterfly Project Facebook

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 or pediatric fields through volunteer efforts and educational opportunities. We are an interdisciplinary organization for students who are interested in working with the neonatal or pediatric populations.

Activities: We volunteer in the NICU and PICU in John Sealy Hospital, as well as with organizations that serve families around the community.We have opportunities to hear from professionals who are doing what we hope to do, as well as network within our own disciplines with our future colleagues.

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:

  • Faculty Advisor – Christine Shokrzadeh, Vascular Surgery (cqli@utmb.edu)

Type: Sport, Social

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: Weightlifting Student Association is an educational, social, and non-profit organization meant to promote all forms of strength training in a safe way, ensure physical and mental wellness, and form camaraderie.

Activities: Informational meetings, weightlifting sessions, powerlifting mock meet/competition

Officer Board:


Organization Email: 
wsautmb@gmail.com
Organization Website: Weightlifting Student Association Facebook Group

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