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 UTMB Academic Journal Club allows medical students to meet and discuss current published scholarly literature as well work on their presentation skills and receive feedback in a comfortable environment. Journal article presentations are a very common practice across all specialties as well as in medical school training. Monthly meetings allow students to work on their presentation and literary comprehension skills and research topics of interest.

Activities: Monthly meetings to discuss academic topics of interest, practicing presentation skills and receiving constructive feedback on how to improve.

Officer Board:

Organization Website: Academic Journal Club Facebook

Type: Professional

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement: To promote interests in Internal Medicine at University of Texas at Medical Branch (UTMB) through interactive meetings, networking with Internal Medicine faculty, fellows, residents, and students, and through Internal Medicine centered skill development workshops.

Activities: We will host workshops for relevant IM skills such as reading EKGs, inserting IVs, and performing a standardized physical exam (OSCE workshop), as well as having general meetings for students with speakers such as the Chief IM Resident and Match Panels with fourth year students.

Officer Board:

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

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: 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

Type: Service, Professional

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: 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: Anesthesia Overview, CT lecture, intubation workshop, Christmas Party, St. Vincent's, 4th year match panel and elections

Officer Board:

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

Type: Professional

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement: The purpose of the Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology Interest Group is to promote all fields of radiology and intervention, make aware of the imperative nature of radiology in medicine, and allow for student/faculty collaboration.

Activities: The DIRIG will create shadowing opportunities for students, allow research opportunities with faculty/fellows/residents, meet on a monthly basis with guest speakers, and continually provide learning opportunities for students interested in radiology.

Officer Board:

Organization Email: irigutmb@gmail.com

Organization Website: IRIG Facebook

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: Social, Professional

Membership: By School - GSBS

Mission Statement: The purpose of EPSO is to unite Experimental Pathology students through offering opportunities to network professionally and socially with faculty and students.

Activities: Social gatherings, seminar series

Officer Board:

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: Professional     

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: To aid disadvantaged patients, and as evidence of our commitment to our fellow Texas, UTMB students founded Frontera de Salud, an educational and non-profit service organization. Working through area health centers, Frontera conducts special clinics, bringing basic services to residents in Galveston and in previous years, the Valley, e.g. gynecological exams, diabetes screening and pre-natal counseling. Previously having focused our efforts on the valley we have expanded our commitment to Presidio, TX. We have as our mission a straightforward and essential goal: to alleviate the burden on public health clinics in Presidio, TX, thereby freeing providers for more complicated cases and – most importantly – making available the most cost-effective and beneficial disease prevention measures: pap smears, breast exams, diabetes and pre-natal screening and practical health counseling.

Activities: Rural health activities to West Texas and Houston based Health fairs.

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

Type: Professional

Membership: By School - GSBS

Mission Statement: The Graduate Student Organization is an educational organization, which exists to share information among graduate students, to foster their development and growth, and to further the interests of graduate students. Other purposes shall include, but are not limited to, inviting guest speakers, honoring graduate students and graduate faculty members, helping with orientation programs for new students, and social service projects.

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

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: Service, Fraternal, Social, Professional

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement: Kappa Chi Delta was founded in 2015 to create a support system for women in which we can encourage one another throughout our medical careers. With monthly meetings and mentorship, you'll be sure to have support that ensures a comprehensive medical school experience. Our four founding pillars are service, scholarship, sisterhood and leadership.

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

Officer Board:

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

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

Type: Service, Professional

Membership: By School - SON

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

Activities: We will be holding fundraising throughout the year for The Sunshine Kids of Houston and other organizations. The Sunshine Kids is a non-profit organization committed to providing a variety of programs and event for kids to attend who are receiving cancer treatments in and outside Houston hospital and all over the country. We will conduct fundraising events at least once a month to raise money for the different non-profit organizations like The Sunshine Kids that fuel our passion for helping others.

We will also have other "pop-up" volunteer opportunities such as VBS with local churches, partnering with Jennie Sealy Hospital for pediatric floor visits, and bringing in guest speakers to educate club members about the pediatric nursing profession.

Officer Board:

Organization Email: thekidsclub.utmb@gmail.com

Type: Social, Professional

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement: To prepare students for their surgical clerkship, and surgical residencies by providing opportunities in research, networking, and surgical skills.

Activities: Meetings with guest speakers to learn more about research and specialities and residency, LSTAR suture workshops, LSTAR robotic and minimally invasive simulations.

Officer Board:

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


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

Type: Social, Professional

Membership: By School - GSBS

Mission Statement: The Neuroscience Student Organization (NSO) is a student run organization. The NSO fosters the development and growth of graduate students enrolled in the Neuroscience graduate program at UTMB.

Activities: Monthly meetings with the neuroscience graduate students, conducting the annual Beall Lectureship, helping with our local SfN chapter and coordinating an event during Brain Awareness Week with Dr. Summerly.

Officer Board:

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:

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:

  • Faculty Advisor –Dr. Sandra Hatch, Radiation Oncology (shatch@utmb.edu)

Organization Email: 
oig.utmb@gmail.com
Organization Website: Oncology Interest Group Facebook Page

Type: Professional     

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement: The purpose of the Ophthalmology Student Organization (OSO) is to introduce Medical Students to the world of Ophthalmology and the basics of comprehensive ophthalmic exam. Students will learn about the basics of slit lamp exam, identification of common ocular pathology, and a chance to actively work on ophthalmic research.

Activities: Slit lamp examination, Corneal suturing, Residency application mentoring, Ophthalmic research participation

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:

  • Faculty Advisor – Dr. Kathryn Gwinn, Orthopedic Surgery (kgwinn@utmb.edu)

Organization Email: oss.utmb@gmail.com
Organization Website: Orthopedic Student Society Facebook Page

Type: Professional

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement:

1) To promote interest in Otolaryngology

2) To provide fellowship among students and faculty

3) To represent student needs and wants in regard to entering into Otolaryngology Residency Programs

4) To provide a forum for the presentation of innovative ideas to benefit UTMB and the Department of Otolaryngology

Activities: Meetings to further student's knowledge about the field of Otolaryngology. Organize, oversee, and help coordinate the first year POM-1 Ear Nose Throat fall workshop with Dr. Harold Pine.

Officer Board:

Organization Website: OIG Facebook

Type: Social, Professional

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: Pan-African Student Society strives to build a network of students across the African diaspora and serve as a source to educate other students about our culture. 

Activities: Afrofest, Auction, Crushgram, Dinner w/ Faculty Advisor

Officer Board:

Organization Email: pass2k1718@outlook.com

Type: Professional, Social

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement: To further educate students about the profession of pathology and assist students to pursue their interests within the field in a nonprofit manner. Students will establish professional contacts with pathologists on staff at UTMB and have an understanding of resources available.

Activities: Activities will include informative sessions by UTMB faculty and residents within the Department of Pathology to educate interested students about the diverse field of pathology. In addition, a Match Panel Meeting will provide students with information on pursuing a career in pathology. Other activities will include guided tours of the Department of Pathology laboratories.

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: 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: Professional

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement: The purpose of this organization is to expose students to the wide array of surgeries that can be done in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as allow students to effectively learn about plastic surgery, shadow plastic surgeons at UTMB, and find research opportunities on campus for those interested in the field of Plastic Surgery.

Activities: Monthly Research meetings (with Faculty), Monthly Service Projects, and Monthly General Meetings

Officer Board:

Organization Email: prsigutmbgalveston@gmail.com

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: 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: 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.

Officer Board:

Type: Professional, Social     

Membership: By School - GSBS

Mission Statement: The Society for Cell Biology includes all current Cell Biology graduate students and serves as a network of support and camaraderie throughout the program. Our society gives the opportunity to students of the Cell Biology program to participate in both University-wide and Cell Biology specific events that will allow our students to become well-rounded students.

Activities: Plazapalooza, Cell Biology welcome event for new incoming Cell Biology students, UTMB's Annual Fall/Halloween Carnival, various workshops held by UTMB faculty, Cell Biology journal clubs, The Cell Biology Symposium and 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: 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: Meetings, Blood Drive, Casting/Suture workshops, Houston Marathon, meeting with Houston Dynamo, United to Serve event, having lectures given by sports medicine physicians, and physical therapist.

Officer Board:

Organization Website: SMI Facebook

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 within the Galveston and Houston area.

Activities: Meetings among members and officers, Community service/volunteer work in Galveston and Houston

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: Informational / Research meetings, Service opportunities, Workshops

Officer Board:

Organization Website: SIGN Facebook

Type: Professional, Service

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.

Activities: Faculty Brunch, Mock Anatomy Lab Exam, Kaplan and Firecracker Events, Black History Month TGIT, Networking Events, Community Service Projects

 Officer Board:

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.

 

Officer Board:

 

Organization Email: theutmbsna@gmail.com

Organization Website: SNA Facebook

Type: Service, Social, Professional

Membership: By Profession - OT

Mission Statement: The Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) is an educational, professional, and social organization that promotes occupational therapy through education, service, and fundraising throughout the community. SOTA acts as a liaison with the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the Texas Occupational Therapy Association (TOTA) as well as other professional organizations on UTMB's campus.

Activities: 
-Various fundraising events in and around campus

-Social gatherings to promote camaraderie among our peers within and without our program

-Participation in community service events with UTMB and throughout the Galveston community

Officer Board:

Organization Email: utmbsota@gmail.com

Organization Website: SOTA Facebook

Type: Service, Social, Professional

Membership: By Profession - CLS

Mission Statement: 
1: To serve as the official organization of the students at the University of Texas Medical Branch-School of Health Professions at Galveston Clinical Laboratory Sciences curriculum.

2: To promote the Clinical Laboratory Scientist as a member of the health care team.

3: To instill in the Clinical Laboratory Sciences student the importance of keeping abreast of current medical developments.

4: To act as a service organization for the Clinical Laboratory Sciences students and graduates of the University of Texas Medical Branch-School of Health Professions at Galveston Clinical Laboratory Sciences curriculum.

5: To assist in defining and achieving the goals of the Clinical Laboratory Scientist with in the heath care system.

Activities: Fundraisers for organization and for TAACLS, community service/service projects, social events

Officer Board:

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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Organization Email: utmb.sss@gmail.com
Organization Website: Student Surgical Society 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

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Organization Email: StudentsforChoiceUTMB@gmail.com

Type: Professional

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement: The purpose of this organization is to showcase the research being done at UTMB by medical students and to give medical students who aren't involved in research an opportunity to contact and reach out to other students who have been doing research and may have openings on their project. We want to promote research at UTMB and student participation in said research.

Activities: Publishing of a journal highlighting the research being done by students here at UTMB and brief background of why they chose to do that research.

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: Professional

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement: The Urological Student Association (USA) at the University of Texas Medical Branch is an educational, nonprofit organization, which recognizes urology as a broad, challenging, and exciting area of medicine.

Activities: To encourage medical student interests in urology:

* To increase exposure of medical students to the field of urology;
* To foster a sense of collegiality among students interested in urology’
* To help students find mentors in the field of urology;
* To provide information about urology events at UTMB, locally, regionally, and nationally;
* To give interested students and opportunity to learn about the American Urology Association;
* To promote attendance at national and regional urology conferences;
* To teach people in the Galveston community about preventative measures for urological diseases;
* To create and disperse an electronic newsletter which will form a link between students, faculty, residents, and alumni. This news letter will contain information regarding opportunities in research, community involvement, and experience in urology.

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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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