Student Organizations

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: 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: 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

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. Setup and clean up would be simple and efficient; apron and gloves would be provided to minimize messiness if appropriate.

Officer Board:

  • Faculty Advisor – Dr. Jeff Temple, Behavioral Health and Research, Obstetrics and Gynecology (jetemple@utmb.edu)

Organization Email: utmbartinhealthcare@gmail.com

Organization Website: ART in Healthcare 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: Service

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: Binding Generations is an educational, non-profit organization for students pursuing a career in the healthcare field who are interested in geriatrics and wish to bring the young generation and the elderly generation together. As an organization, we will accomplish this through community service and building relationships.

Activities: Community service and building relationships.

Officer Board:

Organization Email: bindinggenerationsatutmb@gmail.com

Organization Website: Binding Generations Facebook

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

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 (apthomps@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: 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: Professional, Service

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The Committee of Career Development (CCD) at the University of Texas Medical Branch was established to benefit graduate students in their long-term careers. The goal of this organization is to expose students to the career opportunities available to them as well as offering them the skills they need to make the most of their professional lives. The CCD strives to promote traditional and/or novel career options to all graduate students by scheduling workshops, inviting guest seminars, and continually seek other opportunities that expose students to different career paths as well as helping to equip students with the tools required to succeed.

Activities: The CCD will host at least two career development seminars each semester, open to all students. Previous topics have included networking, work-life balance, CV and resume formatting, social media for scientists, and alumni career panels.

Officer Board:

Organization Website: Committee for Career Development

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: 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: 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

Officer Board:

Organization Website: Fishing Club Group Me

Type: Service

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: Offer nutrition counseling, and home-cooked meals to patients at St. Vincent's Hope Clinic. Food for Thought also participates in health fairs, Holland House events, and other similar events to promote nutrition information and a nutrition meal.

Activities: Cook and serve healthy meals at St. Vincent's Hope Clinic and at other similar health events.

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 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, 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

Officer Board:

Type: Service

Membership: University

Mission Statement: The purpose of this organization is to provide volunteer services through Habitat for Humanity in the name of UTMB for the greater good of Galveston and the surrounding bay area.

Activities: Volunteering at Habitat for Humanity build sites, volunteering at Restore Webster, advocating on behalf of Habitat for Humanity, recruiting members, and special event hosting.

Officer Board:

Organization Website: Habitat for Humanity at UTMB Facebook

Type: Service, Religious

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The purpose of this mission is to provide students of all health professions to participate in a medical mission trip to Peru. Students have the opportunity to see their own patients in a team-oriented manner and practice writing history and physicals, medical decision making, and diagnosing patients under the supervision of an attending physician.

Activities: Hands and Feet brings UTMB volunteers every year to help run a free community clinic in Santa Rosa Baja called Iglesia Evangelica Bautista. Students/volunteers will work on a care team of 2-3 health care professionals and see patients throughout the entirety of clinic. There are a variety of stations to rotate through, including triage, medical visits, PT/OT stations, and eyeglass fitting stations.

Officer Board:

Type: Service

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: HPCO brings attention to issues of death and dying in healthcare and offers students opportunities to learn about end-of-life care.

Activities: Volunteer training, film screenings, dinner discussions

Officer Board:

Type: Professional

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The purpose of this group is to expose medical, graduate, and allied health students at UTMB to the clinical, research and epidemiological opportunities that the field of infectious disease offers.

Activities: The activities of the group will fall under three broad categories which include guest speaker presentations, student research presentations, and recreational activities. The guest speakers will include, but are not limited to, physicians, researchers and social scientists. The research will include both novel research and journal presentations. The social aspect will center around movies related to infectious disease and informal get-togethers.

Officer Board:

Organization Email: utmb.idig@utmb.edu

Organization Website: Infectious Disease Interest Group Facebook

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: 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

Officer Board:

Organization Website: Military Medical Association 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: 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.

Officer Board:

Organization Website: MMA Facebook

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 – Sarah Baxley, Obstetrics & Gynecology

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, 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: 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: 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: 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: Sport

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The Powerlifting Student Association at UTMB is an educational and non-profit organization meant to teach and enhance man and woman of mankind’s primal state of physical dominance, ensure physical and mental wellness, and form camaraderie.

Activities: Mentoring, Educating, Lifting in Groups, and Having Fun

Officer Board:

Organization Email: psautmb@gmail.com

Organization Website: Powerlifting Student Association

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

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: We aim to understand public health issues in communities and how we can address them as future physicians. We plan to engage the community through service opportunities and teach those that are interested in the principles of Public Health!

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: Sport

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: To provide a fun, safe, stress-free environment for UTMB students and faculty to come together and play the sport of racquetball while promoting social interactions and friendly competition.

Activities: 
-Tutorials of how to play racquetball to promote new members
-Weekly games against members of similar skill level
-Annual Racquetball tournament
-Season games and playoffs
-Will offer volunteer events to promote helping community

Officer Board:


Organization Email: UTMBRacquetball@gmail.com

Type: Professional

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The goal of RIG is to promote student interest in Rheumatology at UTMB through interactive meetings, networking with Rheumatology faculty and fellows, and through community service events focused on supporting patients with autoimmune and rheumatology related diseases.

Activities: Interactive meetings with faculty and fellows, community service projects (ex. Walk to End Lupus Now)

Officer Board:

Organization Website: Rheumatology Interest Group Facebook

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: 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

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: The purpose of our organization is to bring awareness and promote neuroscience to Galveston and the community. We hold annual brain fairs for the local middle and high schools to show students different aspects of neuroscience and promote the benefits of pursuing advanced degrees in the sciences.

Activities: Brain Fair, Walk to End Alzheimer's

Officer Board:

Organization Email: sfngalveston@gmail.com
Organization Website: sfngalveston.org

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.

Officer Board:

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: 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.

Activities: Running and maintaining a free clinic that serves under and uninsured adults in Galveston County and the surrounding areas

Officer Board:

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

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

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: 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: Service

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The purpose of SIGHT is to encourage students to have a global mindset and work to address international humanitarian issues.

Activities: Activities will include fundraisers, hosting speakers and conferences.

Officer Board:

Organization Website: SIGHT Facebook

Type: Service

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: Students Serving Shriners is an educational organization developed to serve the patients and families being treated at Shriners Burn Hospital for Children and to foster a sense of compassion and dedication between UTMB students. It is an opportunity to serve the community while providing students the opportunity to work together and mentor/guide each other on how to cope with emotional cases in a primarily Spanish speaking setting through projects and events.

Activities: Arts and crafts with the Shriners Burns Hospital for Children patients, movie nights with popcorn, and special holiday activities.

Officer Board:

Organization Email: studetnsservingshiners@gmail.com

Type: Service

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: Students Together for Service (STS) serves to promote and to facilitate the student service culture at UTMB while optimizing opportunities for students to put their service ideals into practice. In accordance with this purpose, STS participated and organized events that benefitted not only the UTMB student community but also the Galveston community.

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

Officer Board:

Organization Website: Students Together for Service Facebook

Type: Service

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: Our mission is to educate and equip health professions students and professionals alike with the knowledge and ability to recognize the signs of human trafficking in patients, to provide quality and specialized care for these patients, and to spread awareness.

Activities: We partner with local organizations and have volunteer opportunities regularly to allow members to make an impact in the community. Activities include guest speakers, trainings, van tours, and rallies.

Officer Board:

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

Organization Email: swatutmb@gmail.com

Organization Website: SWAT Facebook

Type: Service

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: Syncope Acapella Group strives to provide music for the Galveston community and the UTMB community by uplifting their spirits and drawing people to an experience of music.

Activities: Each year, we volunteer by singing for patients in the hospital, people in nursing homes, and students at multiple school-run events. We also express gratitude in the form of song to the families of those who have donated their bodies to science for our learning.

Officer Board:

Organization Website: Syncope Facebook

Type: Service

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The Butterfly Project, through the University of Texas Medical Branch, practices interprofessional 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: Volunteering at the UTMB Preemie Reunion in Fall, March of Dimes in Spring, and Ronald McDonald House throughout the year. Building Bereavement boxes to be donated to the ISCU to be given to families who have lost their infants.

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 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.

Officer Board:

Type: Sport

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The Ultimate Frisbee Club offers a stress free environment for students to play ultimate frisbee so that they can exercise and socialize with others that share similar interests.

Activities: Bi-weekly games

Officer Board:

Organization Email: utmbultimate@gmail.com

Organization Website: Ultimate Frisbee Club Facebook

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:

Type: Religious

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: Willie T's is a ministry that serves students in the Galveston area. We are a mission of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. We provide a 24/7 student center, and every Wednesday at 6pm we host a weekly student fellowship dinner!

Activities: Weekly fellowship dinners for students, Outreach projects and events to meet student needs

Officer Board:


Organization Email: 
wtecgalveston@gmail.com
Organizations by Membership
Organizations by Type

Doodle of a lightbulb that is lit up

HOW TO START A NEW 
STUDENT ORGANIZATION

Facebook Logo - Black

UTMB Student Life 

Office of Student Life

Second Floor
Lee Hage Jamail Student Center 
Galveston, TX 77555-1316
(409) 772-1996

Twitter Logo - Black

@utmbstudentlife