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: Service, Social, Cultural, Professional

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: Allies in Medicine is an organization dedicated to educating faculty, students and staff about topics of sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, romantic orientation and other LGBTQI+ health care topics. We spread awareness on LGBTQI+ issues and promote a more inclusive environment for faculty, students, staff and patients at UTMB. We host specialized trainings in LGBTQI+ inclusive healthcare as well as community and social events.

Activities: Trainings in LGBTQI+ inclusive care, special topic lectures, Pride activities, community events, socials, and Diversi-Tees.

Officer Board:

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

Type: Service, Professional

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: We seek to empower women in medicine by: listening to the stories of female physicians who have gone before us, helping women in our community through difficult times, forming connections between upper and lower classmen to ease the transition into medical school, serving UTMB by facilitating affordable housing for interviewees, and maintaining active connections within our community to help women through a difficult time in their lives.

Activities: Social events related to our Big/Little Program and fundraising events for the Resource and Crisis Center (RCC), cooking at the RCC shelter weekly, weekly meetings, and other volunteer events around Galveston.

Officer Board:

Organization Email: amwautmb@gmail.com

Type: Service

Membership: University-Wide

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

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

Officer Board:

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

Organization Email: utmbartinhealthcare@gmail.com

Organization Website: ART in Healthcare Facebook

Type: Service

Membership: University-Wide

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

Activities: Community service and building relationships.

Officer Board:

Organization Email: bindinggenerationsatutmb@gmail.com

Organization Website: Binding Generations Facebook

Type: Social, Service

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The purpose of BCSO is to bring graduate students in the biochemistry and molecular biology department together to represent the department at seminars and when meeting prospective students.

Activities: Invite and coordinate seminar speakers, Plan journal and club meetings, Coordinate social events for members, Participate in campus wide events and community service projects

Officer Board:

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: Service

Membership: University-Wide

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

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

Officer Board:

Organization Email: foodforthought.utmb@gmail.com

Organization Website: Food for Thought Facebook

Type: Service

Membership: University

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

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

Officer Board:

Organization Website: Habitat for Humanity at UTMB Facebook

Type: Service, Religious

Membership: University-Wide

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

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

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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

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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: 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:

  • Faculty Advisor – Julie Soder, Clinical Laboratory Sciences (jksoder@utmb.edu)

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

Organization Website: Lambda Tau Facebook

Type: Service, Professional

Membership: University-Wide

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

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

Officer Board:

Organization Email: utmbpsa@gmail.com

Type: 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: 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: Sports, Social, Service

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The Running Club is recreational sports organization whose objectives are to raise awareness of the sport of running at the university, to promote running with the goal of improving fitness and physical health, to provide a welcoming and educational environment for running, to encourage teamwork and camaraderie between students at UTMB, and to foster interest and participation in local, national, and international races.

Activities: Weekly group runs and participation in local/national races

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Type: Professional, Service

Membership: University-Wide

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

Activities: Brain Fair, Walk to End Alzheimer's

Officer Board:

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

Type: Cultural, Social, Service

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: SAMSA is a UTMB based student/resident/faculty association that will provide a channel of networking, support, and open communication. Members will have the opportunity to learn and participate in events centered around South Asian culture as well as to engage in service events and socials. We hope to provide students and professionals from different schools and specializations the opportunity to form connections and strengthen healthcare delivery.

Activities: SAMSA will be celebrating major cultural events, engaging in community service events, and holding socials. We hope to keep members informed about cultural events in the Houston/Galveston area. We also plan to partner with similar groups from McGovern Medical School and Baylor College of Medicine.

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Type: Service

Membership: By Profession - Occupational Therapy 

Mission Statement: St. Vincent's Occupational Therapy Clinic is designed to promote health, wellbeing, independence, and engagement in meaningful occupations in the underserved population of Galveston, TX.

Activities: Participating in fundraising efforts to support clinic operations; treat clients in a non-profit setting

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Type: Service

Membership:  University-Wide

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

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

Officer Board:

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

Type: Service

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

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Type: Service, Social, Professional

Membership: By Profession - OT

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

Activities: 
-Various fundraising events in and around campus

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

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

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

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Type: Service, Professional

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The purpose of this organization is to increase awareness, educate, and facilitate an open discussion regarding issues related to women's reproductive healthcare and autonomy, and to support individuals within the medical community who are working to ensure availability and equal access to reproductive healthcare services.

Activities: Host workshops (i.e. IUD insertion workshops), guest speakers (physicians, lawyers from the ACLU), documentary screenings, host educational events in conjunction with pro-choice organizations at medical schools in Houston, community service projects that relate to women's reproductive healthcare

Officer Board:

Organization Email: StudentsforChoiceUTMB@gmail.com

Type: Service

Membership: University-Wide

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

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

Officer Board:

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

Organization Website: SIGHT Facebook


Type: Service

Membership: University-Wide

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

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

Officer Board:

Organization Email: studetnsservingshiners@gmail.com

Type: Service

Membership: University-Wide

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

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

Officer Board:

Organization Website: Students Together for Service Facebook

Type: Service

Membership: University-Wide

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

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

Officer Board:

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

Organization Email: swatutmb@gmail.com

Organization Website: SWAT Facebook

Type: Service

Membership: University-Wide

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

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

Officer Board:

Organization Website: Syncope Facebook

Type: Service

Membership: University-Wide

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

Activities: Volunteering at the UTMB Preemie Reunion in Fall, March of Dimes in Spring, and Ronald McDonald House throughout the year. Building Bereavement boxes to be donated to the ISCU to be given to families who have lost their infants.

Officer Board:

Organization Email: butterflyproject@gmail.com

Organization Website: The Butterfly Project Facebook

Type: Service, Professional, Social

Membership: By School - SON

Mission Statement: Tiny Toes is an organization dedicated to enhancing the knowledge of students interested in the neonatal field through volunteer efforts and educational opportunities.

Activities: Volunteering in the UTMB NICU and Pediatrics floors, as well as throughout the Galveston Community. Have speakers discuss the roles of nurses, PA's, and RT's on the neonatal and pediatric units.

Officer Board:


Organization Email: 
utmbtinytoes@gmail.com

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