Skip Navigation
MUSC mobile menu


College of Medicine

AMA/SCMA Student Group

Interest Group

The American Medical Association/South Carolina Medical Association Student Group goal is to engage students in health policy, advocacy and current health affairs.

For more information, email:

Harry Rockower, President,
Christopher Pelic, Advisor,


American Medical Women's Association

Professional Development Group, Community Outreach Group, Social Group

The American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) is a national organization of 3,000 women physicians and medical students. AMWA was founded in 1915 and is dedicated to promoting women’s health, improving the personal and professional well-being of its members, and increasing the influence of women in the medical profession.     The MUSC local AMWA branch provides positive role models for female medical students by putting them in contact with women physicians in the area and provides service to the community by supporting programs that emphasize women’s health needs. AMWA invites speakers and holds panel discussions throughout the year to promote awareness of women in medicine, to inform students of current issues in health care, and to provide ways for students to become involved within the community.

For more information, email:

Allyson Hill, President – Pre-Clinical,
Sarah Grace Engel – Clinical,
Gweneth Lazenby, Advisor,


Anesthesia Interest Group

Interest Group

We are an organization dedicated to exposing students to the field of anesthesiology through meetings with attendings, residents, and matched 4th years as well as intubation workshops and combined meetings with other interest groups.

For more information, email:

Hannah Hollon, Co-President,
Billy Ellison, Co-President,
Dr. Tobin, Advisor,


Association of Women Surgeons (AWS)

Interest Group, Professional, Educational Group, Community Outreach

We are a group dedicated to learning about surgery and the experience of women in the field. We hold an educational conference for college students in the spring, during which club members will have the chance to teach surgical techniques to the younger students. There will be several hands-on workshops, presentations by surgeons, and opportunities for community outreach.

For more information, email:

Emily Green, Co-President,
Michaela Close, Co-President,
Jean Ruddy, Advisor,


Cardiovascular Science Interest Group (CSIG)

Interest Group

The Cardiovascular Science Interest Group (CSIG) is open to all students in the College of Medicine interested in gaining additional knowledge of the fields of cardiovascular science including Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Pediatric Cardiology, Cardiac Anesthesiology, and Cardiac Imaging. CSIG strives to encourage cooperation among different disciplines of medicine pertaining to the treatment of cardiovascular disease, a necessary multidisciplinary approach to the care of patients with such diseases. The organization strives to accomplish its goals through regular meetings hosting faculty from the different disciplines of cardiovascular science, some of which are co-sponsored with other organizations sharing a common interest. Additionally, CSIG strives to increase knowledge by providing students a way to access shadowing opportunities in the different cardiovascular disciplines.

For more information, email:

Mira Patel, President,
Alex Canova, Vice President,
Salvatore Chiaramida, Advisor,


Emergency Medicine Interest Group

Interest Group, Community Outreach Group

The Emergency Medicine Interest Group at MUSC is a student run organization with the purpose of promoting interest in Emergency Medicine as a specialty and career choice. We hold regular monthly meetings that include both hands-on clinical skills labs and interactive presentations with Emergency Medicine Faculty and Residents (from surrounding areas). We also include topics such as: the history of Emergency Medicine, lifestyle choices of EM physicians, and issues of importance to Emergency Medicine (e.g. litigation and overcrowding).

For more information, email:

Alex Cocca, President,
Bastien Bacro-Duverger, Vice President,
Simon Watson, Advisor,


Family Medicine Interest Group

Interest Group

The Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) provides opportunities for students to meet and share ideas with attending physicians, resident physicians, and other students interested in this specialty. Activities throughout the year include clinical skills workshops to develop skills relevant to family medicine, guest speakers who discuss the different facets of the specialty, and clinical case discussions. The FMIG offers great opportunities to explore the many aspects of family medicine, to ask questions, and to learn from others who may already be in practice.

For more information, email:

Yuko Gruber, Executive Board Member,
Trevor Morris, Executive Board Member,
Christopher Bunt, Advisor,


Global and Tropical Medicine Interest Group (GTMIG)

Interest Group

The mission of the Global and Tropical Medicine Interest Group (GTMIG) is to stimulate interest in the area of global health through lectures, student interaction, and a developing network through which to find opportunities to be active abroad. GTMIG is open to all students in the College of Medicine who are interested in learning more about global health and/or tropical medicine. We hope each year to provide a series of lectures and discussions that will inspire and empower students to confront the diseases, disparities, and environmental health concerns of nations around the world. We hope to raise awareness of the complex health problems facing people of underdeveloped nations and serve as a resource to enable students to tackle these problems.

For more information, email:

Shannon McGue, President,
Helen Martin, Vice President,
Andrea Summer, Advisor,


Gold Humanism Honor Society

Service Group, Professional Development Group, Educational Group, Social Group

The Paul B Underwood Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) recognizes MUSC students, residents and faculty who are exemplars of compassionate patient care and who serve as role models, mentors, and leaders in medicine. GHHS members are peer nominated and hold a responsibility to model, support, and advocate for compassionate, patient-centered care throughout their careers.

For more information, email:

Spencer Staub, Co-President,
Bethany Carlos, Co-President,
Leonie Gordon, Advisor,


Internal Medicine Interest Group

Interest Group

The Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG) is an organization open to all medical students. Because the field of internal medicine is vast, IMIG strives to provide education and information regarding not only general internal medicine, but also the internal medicine subspecialties (cardiology, gastroenterology, nephrology, endocrinology, hematology, rheumatology, oncology, pulmonology, infectious diseases, allergy/immunology, and geriatrics). This is achieved through presentations by experts in various internal medicine-related specialties and subspecialties, as well as through workshops, career fairs, and monthly meetings. Students who choose to participate in the Internal Medicine Mentoring Program gain valuable insight from current MUSC internal medicine residents regarding residency applications, the match, and careers in internal medicine. Students are able to network and build valuable relationships with MUSC Department of Medicine faculty.

For more information, email:

Dena Rhinehart, President,
Josh Mixson, Vice President,
Mary Ann Snell, Advisor,


Medical Student Ophthalmology Society

Interest Group, Service Group

MSOS is an interest and service group open to any medical student who is interested in the field of ophthalmology. We have several meetings each semester and participate in two main philanthropies. The Storm Fight for Sight Clinic is run by our organization and occurs 2-3 times per semester at clinics out in the community. With Storm residents and attendings, we provide free ophthalmic care to those in need. This is a great opportunity to improve your interviewing skills and to practice your ophthalmic exam. We also participate in ReSpectacle, which is a web-based organization that connects people in need of glasses with an accurate prescription free of charge.

For more information, email:

Katherine Wood, Co-President,
Sam Feldman, Co-President,
Edward Cheeseman, Advisor,


Medical Student Alumni Council

Professional Development Group

The Medical Student Alumni Council is a group of medical students who serve as liaisons between the College of Medicine and MUSC medical alumni. They are an extension of the MUSC Alumni Association and help to prepare medical students for their lifelong relationship with MUSC and the College of Medicine. They also aid in enhancing relationships between students and alumni.

For more information, email:

Shari Wise, Office of Alumni Affairs,


Medical Students for Choice

Interest Group, Professional Development Group, Educational Group, Community Outreach

Medical Students for Choice is dedicated to ensuring that women receive the full range of reproductive healthcare choices. MSFC recognizes that one of the greatest obstacles to safe and legal abortion is the absence of trained providers. As medical students and residents, we work to make reproductive health care, including abortion, a part of standard medical education and residency training.    Our goals include:  • bolstering MSFC's grassroots network of support and activism • reforming medical school curricula and residency programs to include reproductive health and abortion care • expanding our knowledge base through hands-on training

For more information, email:

Marissa Bass, Clinical President,
Julia Nelson, Pre-Clinical President,
Angela Dempsey, Advisor,


Military Medicine Interest Group (MMIG)

Interest Group, Service Group, Professional Development Group, Educational Group

Military Medicine Interest Group (MMIG) is an inter-professional group for students with military obligations or those who are interested in learning more about what the US Military can offer medical professionals. This group seeks to offer support to involved students, provide unique learning opportunities, and bring in speakers on different aspects of military medicine as well as military lifestyle.

For more information, email:

Jane Ma, Clinical President, 
Clark Noble, Clinical Vice President,
Christopher Bunt, Advisor,


Oncology Interest Group

Interest Group, Educational Group

The Oncology in Medicine Interest Group's focus is to build interest in and raise of awareness of the many specialties within oncology and the ways in which patients with malignancies are cared for by physicians. Additionally, OMG seeks to broaden perspectives amongst those interested in the oncological sciences on how patients are impacted by treatment, how the field is changing, and promote understanding of the interdisciplinary approach practiced in the treatment of cancer.

For more information, email:

Sam Andersen, Clinical Co-President,
Olivia Co-President, Clinical Co-President
Michelle Hudspeth, Advisor,



Interest Group

PATHOS is the student interest group for pathology and laboratory medicine. We hold meetings and host guest speakers throughout the year about specialties and careers within pathology. We also have hands on activities such as a frozen sections lab. Our annual mock tumor board is also a popular event that highlights how pathology works with other specialties to provide collaborative healthcare.

For more information, email:

Chris Attaway, President,
Evelyn Bruner, Advisor,


Pediatric Interest Group

Interest Group

The Pediatrics Interest Group is an organization for students in the College of Medicine who are interested in a career in Pediatric medicine. The group holds monthly meetings featuring physician guest speakers from various subspecialties within Pediatrics to allow students to explore the numerous career opportunities available within the field. Our group holds workshops throughout the year with attending physicians and residents to allow students to gain hands on experience with various aspects of patient care before beginning clinical rotations in the 3rd year. The group also volunteers regularly at the Children's Hospital and with organizations and schools in the surrounding community.

For more information, email:

Abby Lewis, 3rd Year President,
Lauren Gabriel, 2nd Year President,
Patricia McBurney, Advisor,


Phi Chi Medical Fraternity - Sigma Kappa Chapter

Service Group, Social Group

Phi Chi Medical Fraternity provides a meeting ground for students with common interests and goals, providing a wide variety of social and service opportunities to participate in throughout the year. Membership offers a wide latitude of benefits which range from an active and closely knit fraternal association with educational, personal, social and student professional relationships available throughout one's lifetime.

For more information, email:

Tristan Young, President,
Casey Chubb, Vice President,


SAWBONES: Orthopaedic Interest Group

Interest Group

Sawbones, formed and approved by COMSC in 2006, is a Student Interest Group for those who are interested in Orthopaedics as a career. Sawbones usually meets about 7-8 times per year at which time we have speakers from the field of Orthopaedics address various topics. We also provide a casting/splinting workshop that is usually held once a year, as well as a suture lab at least once per year.

For more information, email:

Hunter Matthews, Co-President,
Matthew Akelman, Co-President,
Lee Leddy, Advisor,


Students Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN)

Interest Group

SIGN is a group for students interested in gaining exposure to the field of neurology.  We host educational, networking, and volunteer events throughout the year with the help of the American Academy of Neurology and MUSC's wonderful neurology faculty and residents.  We also connect students with relevant research and scholarship opportunities in neurology.  Some of our favorite events have been our specialty topic presentations, resident case presentations, and volunteering at the Dream Center free neurology clinic.  Don't hesitate to contact us to get more involved!

For more information, email:

Philip Lee, President,
Sahil Patel, Vice President,
Sarah Schmitt, Advisor,


Student National Medical Association

Interest Group, Service Group, Professional, Educational Group, Community Outreach

The MUSC chapter of SNMA is committed to addressing the health care needs of the minority populations in Charleston, SC through actively participating in and sponsoring local health fairs, bone marrow drives, sickle cell testing, and a large number of other community service activities. We are also committed to informing minority students, on both the secondary and college school level, of the many employment opportunities available to them in the health care profession.

For more information, email:

Ka’la Drayton, Co-President,
Christina-Lin Brown, Co-President,
James Tolley, Advisor,


Student Psychiatry Interest Group

Interest Group, Educational Group, Community Outreach

We host a variety of lectures and other activities throughout the academic year to introduce students to the exciting field of psychiatry. These activities include an annual soiree, a brain stimulation lab tour, and local school outings to educate people about mental illness, drug abuse, and suicide. 

For more information, email:

Hussam Alsarraf, Co-President,
Sam Howard, Secretary,
Christopher Pelic, Advisor,


Translational Research Interest Group

Interest Group

Physicians play a critical role in medical research, and the goal of the Translational Research Interest Group is to connect medical students with research exposures and opportunities throughout their training. MUSC research efforts span the diversity of medical specialties from neurosurgery to family practice, and we draw on this expertise to introduce students to academic medicine. Each semester TRIG will host talks by physicians with active research programs. Other activities include sessions focused on presenting your work and finding research-compatible residencies, linking first year students with second years who have completed summer projects, panel talks from clinical students involved in long-term projects, and volunteer opportunities involving public education and funding campaigns. Students with interest in medicine of all specialties are welcome to join!

For more information, email:

Hannah Knochelmann, Co-Founder,
Robyn Lottes, Co-Founder,
Paul McDermott, Advisor,


Urology Interest Group

Interest Group, Professional Development Group, Educational Group

UIG is an interest group for students who may be interested in pursuing a career in urology. In the past we have held lectures from experts in robotics, match panels from M4s entering the field, workshops to improve clinical and diagnostic skills, and volunteer opportunities in men's health. Join us to learn about this dynamic and cutting-edge field of medicine!

For more information, email:

Rohail Rashid Kazi, President,
Sam Keane, President,
Lindsey Cox, Advisor,


Vascular and Interventional Radiology Interest Group (VIRIG)

Interest Group

VIRIG informs students of the scope of practice of Interventional Radiology, as well as current practices within the field. This group also works to connect students interested in Interventional Radiology with faculty who are willing to help them pursue their interest.

For more information, email:

Jonathan Pannell, President,
Philip Coffey, Vice President,
Ricardo Yamada, Advisor,



Interest Group

Do you love the great outdoors? Do you love medicine? Then WOLVES is for you! WOLVES stands for Wilderness Medicine Outdoor Learning Via Education and Simulation. Wilderness medicine is defined as the practice of providing care for the sick or wounded when more than two hours away from medical infrastructure. WOLVES activities are aimed at developing skills in its members to prepare them for providing care in rugged environments. Previous activities have included camping trips, paddle boarding outings, hikes, skills workshops, and informative lectures on cool topics like “avalanche medicine”, “dive medicine”, “bites and stings”, and many more. We also do volunteer work and help members learn how to incorporate wilderness medicine into their careers. Come out and join us, we have food at every meeting!

For more information, email:

Phillip Coffey, President,
Trent Pannell, Vice President,
Simon Watson, Advisor,




View MUSC's Facebook page Follow MUSC on Twitter View the MUSC Health Youtube channel Read the MUSC Health blog circle arrow MUSC_TAG_SOLID_1C