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Organizations On Campus

Click on the organizations below to learn more about their mission, membership, officers, and more! You can view organizations by membership or type by using the links in the column on the right.

Student Organizations

Type: Professional

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement: The Alliance in Internal Medicine (AIM) at UTMB is student organization dedicated to promoting the exciting specialty of internal medicine and facilitating students informed decision to pursue it as a career.

Activities: Our monthly 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. We plan to host an EKG workshop, phlebotomy workshop, guest speakers at meetings, and an internal medicine match panel.

Officer Board:

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

Type: Service, Social, Cultural, Professional

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: To educate faculty, students and staff about topics of sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation and romantic orientation; To spread awareness on LGBTQ+ issues and promote a more inclusive environment for faculty, students, staff and patients at UTMB.

Activities: Hosting specialized trainings on LGBTQ+ patient care, as well as other events to spread awareness and inclusion of LGBTQ+ issues and individuals at UTMB.

Officer Board:

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

Type: Professional 

Membership: By School - SOM

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

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

Officer Board:



Type: Professional

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement: The purpose of AMA is to give students an opportunity to participate in policy making/writing and learning how to better voice concerns and advocate for change in medical education and the future of healthcare. Students will have opportunities for leadership and to interact with other medical students across the country.

Activities: Resolution writing, semester brown bag lunches, community service events, conference opportunities, and interacting with Texas government officials.

Officer Board:

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

Organization Website: AMA/TMA Facebook

Being the largest independent association of physicians-in-training in the United States, AMSA is committed to improving medical education by exposing its members to the social, moral, and ethical implications of the profession of medicine.

Type: Service, Professional

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement: The American Medical Women's Association is an organization which functions at the local, national, and international level to advance women in medicine and improve women's health.

Activities: Volunteering at RCC, Volunteering at UTMB events, Big/Little Program with 1st years, Housing for Interviewees, Hosting speakers for the organization

Officer Board:


Organization Email: 
amwautmb@gmail.com

Type: Professional

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement: The Anesthesiology Student Club at UTMB is a conduit for medical students seeking exciting and educational opportunities beyond the scope of the core clerkships. Our goal is to provide an educational and interactive environment for students interested in Anesthesiology to interact directly with faculty and residents, through our lecture series, resident mentoring, airway workshop, and various social events

Activities: Monthly talks given by residents and faculty along with practical workshops that exemplify skills used in Anesthesiology.

Officer Board:

Organization Email: melhamil@utmb.edu
Organization Website: AIG Facebook

Type: Professional

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement: The Association of Women Surgeons is committed to supporting women medical students in their pursuit of surgical specialties through their medical career.

Activities: Surgical Mixer, Mentoring program, Upperclassmen Panel

Officer Board:

Organization Email: awsutmb@gmail.com

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.
BCSO is an educational and social group for the graduate students in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) and Molecular Biophysics Educational Track (MBET) programs.

Type: Service, Professional

Membership: By School - SOM

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

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

Officer Board:

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

Type: Service

Membership:  University - Wide

Mission Statement: The purpose of this organization is to meet once a week to visit the pediatric floor of John Sealy. On the floor, we dress up like clowns and perform magic tricks for the children who want to see us. We believe that laughter is the best medicine. After our tricks, we give out goodie bags to the children.

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

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: A weekly rosary on Friday's, a general meeting once a month, a Christmas part, and a spring seminar

Officer Board:


Organization Facebook: 
Catholic Medical Association

CSSA promotes Chinese culture across campus and the Galveston community by hosting main events such as the Mid-Autumn Festival and Chinese New Year. We also have social events including, TGIT, Welcome Weekend, road trips, sports and volunteering. We will help American classmates and teachers know Chinese classmates and the culture better.

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: Monthly dinners, mentorship, large group gatherings

Officer Board:

 

Organization Email: cma.utmb@gmail.com

Organization Website: utmb.edu/cma

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

Officer Board:

Organization Facebook:  Christians on Campus

Type: Professional

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: 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.

Activities: Hosting workshops and seminars for the benefit of students. Monthly meetings to plan future events and identify needs of the students at UTMB.

Officer Board:

Organization Website: Committee for Career Development

To promote the skills and knowledge of the culinary arts.

Type: Professional, Social

Membership: By School - SON

Mission Statement: To provide students that are interested in critical care an opportunity to come together and learn more about the field through volunteer opportunities, guest speakers, local conferences, and charity events.

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

Officer Board:

Organization Email: CCCUTMB16@gmail.com

Organization Website: CCC Facebook


Type: Professional

Membership: University-Wide

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:

Doctors for Change, a non-partisan, not for profit, group of physicians, future physicians, and other health professionals, works to increase access to care and improve the health of all Texans through research, education, collaboration, and advocacy. The focus of Doctors for Change is to make Texas a healthier state by ensuring that all Texans have access to high quality health care and that all Texas communities have the resources they need to promote mental and physical well being. Doctors for Change believes that health care should be universal, affordable, accessible, accountable, comprehensive, and just.

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 monthly 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.

Activities: Our Clinical Experiences Committee develops and maintains opportunities for members to explore EM tangibly through a unique mentoring/shadowing program and skills workshops, like laceration repair and airway management. Our organization will also host special guest speakers such as resident program directors.

Officer Board:


Organization Email: 
emig.utmb@gmail.com

Type: Professional

Membership: By School - SOM

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

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

Officer Board:

Organization Email: fmigutmb@gmail.com

Organization Website: Family Medicine Interest Group Facebook

Type: 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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1567630983478445/

Type: Professional     

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: Frontera de Salud is dedicated to bringing healthcare to the underserved.

Activities: Monthly meetings or events (such as workshops, volunteer opportunities, or socials). 2 trips (public health and medical mission) out to Presidio Texas each year for a subset of members who applied to go and were chosen.

Officer Board:

 

Organization Email: fronteradesalud@gmail.com

Organization Website: Frontera De Salud Facebook

Type: Professional

Membership: By School - SOM

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

Activities: We are interested in hosting an endoscopy workshop, guest speakers at each meeting, and providing shadowing opportunities.

Officer Board:

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

Global Brigades is a secular, international student-operated volunteer organization whose mission is to provide sustainable development to underserved communities in Nicaragua, Honduras, Panama, and Ghana. The Global Brigades Association (international) offers 9 Brigade Programs: business, dental, engineering, environmental, human rights, medical, microfinance, public health, and water. Our (local) Global Brigades – UTMB Student Chapter will vote on a specific brigade by current members by October of each school year. We will hold at least one brigade trip per year. Because our chapter is inter-professional, we welcome volunteers from all schools, programs, and disciplines at UTMB. Along with affiliate groups at other distinguished universities, the mission of our UTMB chapter is to mobilize and prepare volunteers to serve in under-resourced communities in brigade programs in ways that uphold the importance of improving health, quality of life, and the environment while also cultivating a cultural humility amongst volunteers for respectful and mutual engagement with local cultures.
The UTMB chapter of GHHS was established at UTMB in May 2005 by the John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine and the School of Medicine. It is part of a nationwide program initiated by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation to promote humanism and professionalism in education and patient care. At UTMB, students entering their fourth year are chosen for this honor by fellow students based on their "demonstration of excellence in clinical care, leadership, compassion and dedication to service." By recognizing those individuals who already serve as role models of professionalism and humanism and by encouraging mentorship among physicians and medical students, the McGovern Chapter of GHHS seeks to instill these qualities throughout the campus culture and beyond.

Type: Professional

Membership: By School - GSBS

Mission Statement: The purpose of the Graduate Student Organization (GSO) is to foster an environment for collaboration between various Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences programs and to encourage professional development through seminars and events.

Activities: Thanksgiving food drive, GSO Crawfish Boil, new GSO student welcome gatherings

Officer Board:

Organization Email: 

Organization Website:

Type: Service, Religious

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: 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: Going to our annual Lima, Peru trip to set up a free clinic. Also experience local medical service via St. Luke's society

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: Social, Professional

Membership: University-Wide

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

Activities: Clinical challenges, Research

Officer Board:

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

Type: Professional

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The purpose of the IRIG is to inform and educate students about the specialty of IR as well as provide shadowing, research and access to clinical skills workshops. With the new approval of the Interventional Radiology Residency it is imperative that students get first hand exposure to maximize opportunities and make them the best applicant they can be.

Activities: Skills workshops, Guest lectures, Medical device presentations

Officer Board:

Organization Email: irigutmb@gmail.com

Organization Website: IRIG Facebook

Type: Service, Fraternal, Social, Professional

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement: Kappa Chi Delta was founded in 2015 to create a strong support system for women in which we can encourage one another during our medical careers through our four founding pillars of service, scholarship, sisterhood and leadership. Through this organization, KXD strives to help members give back, ease the transition to medical school, and meet and grow friendships with like-minded women as well as provide a chance to grow our member's abilities by serving in officer roles, committees, mentorship and through educational leadership programming.

Activities: Monthly meetings, community outreach programs, organized study groups, panels, and social events such as dinners and a formal

Officer Board:

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

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

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

Type: Service

Membership: By Profession - CLS

Mission Statement: The objects of this society are to develop a spirit of cooperation and unity among students entering any of the fields encompassed by medical laboratory science; to stimulate a higher ideal for scholastic effort, to encourage research, and to develop the professional character of the work itself; to interest other students in these fields; to determine and make known the requirements of hospitals and other institutions offering approved testing; and to become better acquainted with medical biology and the professionals in the field to achieve mutually beneficial discussions and associations.

Activities: Service in the Galveston community to the underserved, and teaching opportunities for our members to other professions within in UTMB providing skills from our profession.

Officer Board:

 

Organization Email: utmb.lambda.tau@gmail.com

Organization Website: Lambda Tau Facebook

Type: Social

Membership: By School - SOM

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

Activities: Tentative social activities include bonfire, and car smash. Cultural activities include, Taco-Tamale-Tuesday, Piñata, and Salsa Night.

Officer Board:

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

Organization Website: LMSA Facebook

Type: Social

Membership:  By Profession - MD/PhD Students

Mission Statement: To encourage social engagement between students and faculty in the MD/PhD Program. 

Activities: Socials

Officer Board:

To provide a community of guidance, support, and collegiality for students interested in microbiology & immunology, as well as foster a bridge among students, faculty, and administration from within the Department of Microbiology & Immunology.

Type: Professional

Membership: By Profession - Military

Mission Statement: The purpose of this organization is to establish a community at UTMB for military students (current/former/prospective).

Activities: Meetings to advise fellow students about the military and its relationship with our future profession.

Officer Board:

Organization Website: Military Medical Association Facebook

Type: Religous

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The purpose of this organization is to get to know other fellow Muslims and build a strong Muslim community on campus. This community will also be a forum in which we can share and collaborate on ideas and projects such as community service events, ethical discussions about Islamic issues, helping each other to grow in our faith, and pursuing our academic goals.

Activities: Study group help, STEP prep panels, movie nights, TGIT activities, collaboration with other groups, volunteering, charity work.

Officer Board:

Organization Website: MMA Facebook

The purpose of the NSO shall be a) keep students with an academic interest in neuroscience connected with on-campus professors & research opportunities b) to educate about contemporary issues & advancements in neuroscience and c) to inform about careers and/or alternative careers in neuroscience.
The purpose of the Neurosurgery Student Interest Group (NSIG) is to motivate and educate students about the field of neurosurgery.

Type: Professional

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: OGSS is a recently formed 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 intend to assist and mentor present and future UTMB students interested in OB-Gyn. OGSS connects members with this specialty-specific speakers and opportunities. OGSS executes skill workshops for students across various schools along with other interprofessional events.

Activities: 

-Member meetings

-Connection with mentors in Ob-Gyn

-Specialty-specific skill workshops

- Volunteering events

Officer Board:

Organization Email: obgynstudentsociety@gmail.com

Organization Website: OGSS Facebook

Type: Professional

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: 

The purpose of this organization is to get different schools of UTMB together who share the interest in working in the field of oncology in the future. Our meetings consist of doctors, nurses, physical therapists, etc. who already work with oncology patients, telling us about their on the job experiences and answering our questions about how to get to where they are in their careers today.

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:


Organization Email: 
oig.utmb@gmail.com

Type: Professional     

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement: The purpose of the Ophthalmology Student Organization (OSO) at UTMB is to provide students with an interest in ophthalmology access to faculty and residents for purposes of networking, research, shadowing, workshops, and deciding if a career in ophthalmology is right for them. Guidance, mentorship, and volunteer opportunities such as St. Vincent's will be provided to members.

Activities: Meetings, mentorship, volunteer outreach

Officer Board:

Type: Professional

Membership: By School - SOM

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

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

Officer Board:

Organization Email: oss.utmb@gmail.com

Type: Professional

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement: OIG works to further member's knowledge of Otolaryngology.

Activities: Community service events, meetings, and social events

Officer Board:

Organization Website: OIG Facebook

Type: Social, Professional

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The Pan-African Student Society is a multicultural student group. Our goal is to increase cultural awareness of the diverse African countries.

Activities: Socials, Meetings, Movie Nights, Dance Workshops

Officer Board:

Type: Professional, Social

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement: Pathology Association for Students is a club for any medical student at UTMB interested in leaning more about the field of pathology.

Activities: UTMB Pathology Tour, Post-match talk

Officer Board:

Type: Service, Professional

Membership: University-Wide

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

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

Officer Board:

Organization Email: utmbpsa@gmail.com

Type: Professional

Membership: By Profession - Pharmacology and Toxicology Graduate Students

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

Activities: Outreach, social, meet and greets, student symposiums

Officer Board:

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

Type: Fraternal

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement: Phi Beta Pi is a medical fraternity rich in tradition, fellowship, mentoring, and guidance. It is one of only a few medical fraternities in the nation and thus provides UTMB medical students with the unique opportunity to:
• Network with a broad range of physicians
• Learn the balance between succeeding in medical school and enjoying your life
• Meet classmates and upperclassmen
• Gain a supportive network of mentors that can help navigate the challenges of medical school
• Host social events (including the Beta Bus Pub Crawl, Beta Luau, Crawfish Boil, etc.)

Activities: First Annual Beach Volleyball tournament for charity, Beta Pub Crawl, Beta Luau, Beta Thanksgiving, Beta Formal, Beta Crawfish Bowl, Mardi Gras Parade, Beta 4th of July Party, Founder's Day

Officer Board:

Organization Email: phibetapiutmb@gmail.com
Organization Website: Phi Beta Pi Facebook

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

The purpose of the student society shall be to serve as the official organization for the students of the UTMB Physician Assistant Program, to promote academic achievement and clinical excellence, and to promote the physician assistant as a member of the health care delivery team.
Pi Theta Epsilon (PTE) is a specialized honor society for occupational therapy students and alumni. Its mission is to promote research and scholarship among occupational therapy students. PTE recognizes and encourages superior scholarship among students enrolled in accredited educational programs across the United States.

Type: Professional

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement: The Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Interest Group allows medical students to be exposed to plastic surgery and become more involved in the Plastic Surgery Department. Monthly meetings with faculty and residents, as well as volunteer and social events, allow students to be introduced to plastic surgery and meet members of the plastic surgery team here at UTMB. 

Activities: Monthly meetings, suture workshops, volunteer events

Officer Board:

Organization Email: prsigutmbgalveston@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: Get-togethers, tutorials, socialize

Officer Board:

Organization Email: psautmb@gmail.com

Organization Website: Powerlifting Student Association Facebook

Type: Social

Membership: By School - GSBS

Mission Statement: PMCH GSO fosters the development and growth of graduate students enrolled in the Preventive Medicine graduate program.

Activities: Socials, community service, donation drives

Officer Board:

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

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: Professional     

Membership: By School - SHP

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

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

Officer Board:

Type: Professional     

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: 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 the Society for Neuroscience Galveston Chapter shall be for educational and scientific purposes. 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 each semester. Local community presentations and events, educational events in Shriner's Hospital.

Officer Board:

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

Type: Professional

Membership: By School - GSBS

Mission Statement: The Organization is an educational association, which exists to foster the collaboration, development, and growth of graduate and medical students enrolled in the Graduate Program in Human Pathophysiology and Translational Medicine (HPTM) and the School of Medicine Translational Research Track (SOM TRT) at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). The organization shall serve to disseminate pertinent information among the membership and to further the interests of the membership by promoting participation in the University affairs as well as translational research outreach in the community.

Activities: Activities shall include, but are not limited to, inviting guest speakers, honoring program students, assisting in HPTM program faculty in orientation and recruitment, and mentoring junior students.

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Type: Professional, Social     

Membership: By School - GSBS

Mission Statement: The UTMB Society for Cell Biology includes all current Cell Biology graduate students and serves as a network of support and camaraderie throughout the program.

Activities: 

1. Arrange monthly Journal Clubs

2. Organize Cell Biology graduate program welcome event

3. Host student Work shop

4. Organizing annual cell biology student symposium

5. Organize annual Mason Guest Lecture

Officer Board:

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

Organization Email: scb.utmb@gmail.com

Organization Website: Society for Cell Biology

Type: Social

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: To provide all students, regardless of their backgrounds, interested in learning about and participating in events centered around South Asian culture an opportunity to do. In addition, we hope to connect students and members from different schools and specializations to form connections and strengthen healthcare delivery.

Activities: Holding socials throughout the semester and informing members about cultural events going on in the Houston/Galveston area. We will also be partnering with similar groups from Baylor College of Medicine and McGovern Medical School.

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Type: Professional

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: SMI is an educational 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: Monthly meetings with speakers in the field, volunteer opportunities at athletic events, and various workshops for student members.

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Organization Email: amwautmb@gmail.com
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

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

Type: Service

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

Activities: Monthly meetings, regular service events at community level mental health recovery programs

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Type: Professional

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The purpose of this organization is to share the principals of healing with Interprofessional students studying at UTMB.

Activities: Presentations on topic related to healing.

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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: Monthly speakers from the field of neurology at a lunch meeting.

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Organization Website: SIGN Facebook

Type: Professional

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement: Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students, addressing the needs of underserved communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent and socially conscious physicians. SNMA programs are designed to serve the health needs of underserved communities. In addition, SNMA is dedicated both to ensuring that medical education and services are culturally sensitive to the needs of diverse populations and to increasing the number of African-American, Latino, and other students of color entering and completing medical school.

Activities: Welcome Weekend, SNMA meetings, SNMA Brunch, SNMA Holiday Party, TGIT, Meet the Professors, MLK Walk, Galveston Brown Bag, SNMA hosted Clinical Workshop, GAR LAB Practice Practical, USMLE KAPLAN event

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

Type: Professional

Membership: By School - SON

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

Activities: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Organization Email: theutmbsna@gmail.com

Organization Website: SNA Facebook

SOTA is a student organization whose mission is to foster personal and professional development of occupational therapy students, encourage community service and educational excellence, and advocate for students and professional issues related to occupational therapy.
The purpose of the organization is to provide the framework in which to perform while in the program. The sub-objective within this framework is to help formulate academic achievement and clinical excellence in the Clinical Laboratory Sciences’ student by involving the student in educational process while establishing the CLS student as a competent health professional.

Type: Professional

Membership: By Profession - DPT

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

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

Officer Board:

Type: Professional

Membership: University-Wide

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

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

Community Service events - events that typically involve mental health awareness

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

Officer Board:

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

Organization Website: SPO Facebook


Type: Professional

Membership: By School - SOM

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

Activities: Monthly meetings, social events, volunteer activities.

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The purpose of the organization is to create a collective of students who are interested in bioethics and the humanities as it intersects with medicine. We promote ethical inquiry and humanities research amongst students, and provide opportunities to present said research.

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:

  • Faculty Advisor – Premal Patel, General Internal Medicine (pgpatel@utmb.edu)

Organization Website: SIGHT Facebook

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.

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.

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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: School supply drives, voter registration drives, food drives, general meetings, health fair

Officer Board:

Organization Website: Students Together for Service Facebook

Students Working Against Trafficking (S.W.A.T.) aims to educate and equip students and healthcare professionals alike with the knowledge and ability to recognize the signs of human trafficking in patients and how to offer victims support while raising community awareness about human trafficking.

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.

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Organization Email: 

Organization Website:

Type: Professional

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement: The Purpose of this organization is to promote research at the UTMB campus. It will help to streamline the process of finding new research projects and help students showcase their research abstracts on our webpage. We will be editing the abstracts and short excerpts on people who plan to submit before posting them on our webpage. We will also have guest speakers every 2 months or so in order to give talks on research that they would like to discuss with the student body.

Activities: Publishing the research on the webpage, creating an active list of researchers on campus, and promoting research on campus with short talks with lunch every 2 months.

Officer Board:

  • Faculty Advisor – Lisa Cain, Neurosciences and Cell Biology (ldcain@utmb.edu)

Organization Email: texasmsr@gmail.com
Organization Website: www.utmb.edu/tmsr

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: butterflyproject@gmail.com

Organization Website: The Butterfly Project Facebook

Type: Service, Professional, Social

Membership: By School - SON

Mission Statement: Tiny Toes is a NICU nursing interest group that provides guest speakers and volunteer opportunities to the members. Their mission is to help facilitate an understanding of what it means to be a NICU nurse for the members to decide if this is a field they would like to pursue upon graduation.

Activities: Volunteering at the UTMB NICU, bake sales, academic guest speakers, and volunteering with local hospitals at their preemie reunions

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Organization Email: 
utmbtinytoes@gmail.com

Type: Sport

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: To promote healthy living while enjoying the company of others as one plays Ultimate Frisbee.

Activities: Ultimate Frisbee

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

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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

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