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University-wide Organizations

Alliance for Hispanic Health

The primary goal of Alliance for Hispanic Health (AHH) of MUSC is to facilitate the exchange of information and ideas between students, faculty, and staff of MUSC and community health care organizations in order to promote the health and well-being of the Hispanic community of Charleston.  The AHH was established in January 2005 and meets monthly to discuss new and ongoing projects to promote the health and well-being of the Hispanic community of Charleston, including health care services, cultural awareness, student needs and recruitment, and research.

  • Promotes and sponsors opportunities for cultural competency for health professionals, including lectures, films, and Spanish classes
  • Participates in community health events that serve the Hispanic community
  • Promotes opportunities for volunteering with the Spanish-speaking community
  • Provides regular email communication about opportunities in the community and organization initiatives
Co-Vice PresidentsRebecca Fulmer 
 Elizabeth Ogunrinde 
 Carlos Sanchez 
SecretaryAngelique Mole 
TreasurerLydia Davidson 
Volunteer/ Health Fair/ Outreach CoordinatorsJohn Fisher 
 Frank Salazar 
 Carlos Sanchez 
HistorianKelly McKinley 
Community Connections CoordinatorsMaria Merritt 
 Maya Hollinshead 
Web/ Public RelationsMaria Merritt 
SGA Representative

John Fisher

MSAB RepresentativeAngelique Mole 
Bridging the Language Barrier ChairFrank Salzar 

Coalition for Prevention

Our mission is to provide an interprofessional forum for students to exchange ideas about practical prevention of chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, obesity, neurological conditions, and reproductive disorders. We seek to translate sound scientific and clinical data into accessible and sustainable measures for all members of our community, with an emphasis on plant-based nutrition and avoidance of common toxins.

Determinants of disease are largely set in the womb and during childhood development, making these critically important times for prevention to be a priority. Even once disease has developed, progression can be minimized by counteracting inflammation and strengthening the immune system.

Our activities include discussions of recent research (we encourage students to present at our meetings), hosting guest speakers, creating a prevention pocket guide, organizing community education and outreach projects, cooking preventive meals, demonstrations of DIY non-toxic products, medicinal gardening, and holding social/fundraising events.

By objectively exploring the connections between rising rates of human disease and environmental health, we hope to serve as a local platform for raising awareness and providing prevention-based solutions.

Vice PresidentRebecca
AdvisorDr. Lou

One80 Place

One80 Place (formerly Crisis Ministries) is a non-profit organization which utilizes volunteer services from a myriad of community establishments such as area churches, local hospitals, and various philanthropic groups, to provide safe shelter, nutritious meals, and medical care so that homeless families and individuals may be given a chance to better their lives. 

MUSC plays an integral part in the success of One80 Place. Every Wednesday night, from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., medical and pharmacy students from all classes, medical and pharmacy residents, attending physicians, and pharmacists volunteer their time at One80 Place to provide a variety of medical services. The Wednesday night medical clinics are always in need of new student volunteers. 

Physician Recruiter/ CoordinatorDaniel Ruiz
Physician Recruiter/ CoordinatorBethany Carlos
Treasurer/ LiasonRyan Kane
Student Coordinator (MS-I)Margaret Ball
Student Coordinator (MSII-IV)Kendrick Kennedy
Student Coordinator (Pharm)Kaitlyn Kowalski
Faculty SupervisorsDr. Jeff Cluver
Pharmacy AdvisorsDr. Brittany Cogdill


edLINK is a program that connects MUSC students with local teachers in low-income, underserved public schools. Members of edLINK work directly with students in the classroom at least once a month throughout the school year. Volunteers provide hands on assistance in the same classroom during the year in order to build trust and rapport with students, the teacher, and the school staff. While in the classroom, edLINK participants will typically work with struggling students one-on-one, lead small groups, provide homework help, or even lead whole-class lessons. Many edLINK members have tutored in the past or have considered careers in teaching and have a true interest and passion for education. Members also serve as mentors from a variety of job fields, from future doctors to health care administrators. MUSC volunteers strive to inspire students to see their potential, just as career days bring professionals to the classroom to show students the opportunities available to them through education. As an organization, edLINK strives to assist students and teachers in the classroom but also to provide opportunities for students to engage in workshops at MUSC and attend SM3 sessions.  Student Mentors for Minorities in Medicine (SM3 ) is a mentoring program designed to assist young minority high school and college students prepare for a health professions careerBy participating in this program, MUSC students and TFA teachers have the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of students who are struggling to keep up with their peers academically.

Vice President/ Service ChairKelsey
Co-SecretariesAllison McAlpine 
 Molly Hook 
High School & Middle School CoordinatorsMaddi Kocher 
 Lee Blackmon 

Alliance for Equality

The Alliance for Equality (EFA) is an organization of both gay and straight students of all orientations and identities at MUSC designed to provide a sense of community, support, and advocacy for lesbians, gays, and bisexuals in any medical profession anyone whose real or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, or alliance may put them in an at risk minority group. The EFA works to organize and assist all students in improving their professional education at MUSC regarding lesbian, gay, and bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, asexual and intersex (LGBTQQAI) issues. We also strive to educate policymakers about the medical, social, and personal importance of lesbian, gay, and bisexual LGBTQQAI issues. The EFA participates in events that offer its members community service experience in ways that directly benefit lesbians, gays, bisexuals LGBTQQAI people and their families. We provide a connection to the national network of lesbian, gay, and bisexual LGBTQQAI health professionals who are committed to improving working relations, care quality, health care policy and community service. The EFA at MUSC facilitates the exchange of information between other chapters in the southeast. We meet monthly and sponsor events periodically through the academic year. This is a dynamic organization at MUSC, which is developing to suit the students. Please feel free to send your comments or ideas to the e-mail address below.

If you would like more information or have questions about upcoming events, please email us at, or check out our web page at .

Vice PresidentHeyward
AdvisorsMitchell Hammonds

 Jompobe "Joe"

The Greatest Gift at The Medical University of South Carolina

There are currently 112,000 people awaiting organ transplants. What many people don't know is that more than 25% of the organs deemed eligible for donation in the U.S. every year never end up being donated.  Greatest Gift at MUSC was founded by students with the common passion for organ and tissue donation education. It is our goal to use this passion to teach our classmates, colleagues and fellow students here at MUSC and the surrounding Charleston Community about the processes, myths and misconceptions of donation.

Vice PresidentJack Johnston 
SecretaryBion Howard 
TreasurerLauren Meeks 
Public RelationsJessica Lund 
WebmasterClay Smith 
AdvisorDr. Kenneth


Humanitas, MUSC’s literary journal, is published annually and is a forum for poetry, short stories, song lyrics, art and photography.   All students, faculty, and staff are invited to submit work for consideration.  A call for submissions is made in the Fall with a deadline around early January.  Previous volumes can be viewed at Distribution of Humanitas occurs in Early May.  Anyone interested in serving as editor or on the editorial board is encouraged to contact us.  Faculty serve as advisors to this publication.

Student EditorAshley Smith (COM)
Faculty AdvisorSteven Kubalak,

International Student Association

The International Student Association is comprised of international students from over 20 countries. The purposes of ISA are:

  • To welcome and assist new International students as they arrive on campus. Services include arrival and housing assistance, ESL instruction options, and orientation to assure International students have a rewarding and productive educational program at MUSC.
  • To plan and promote opportunities for cultural exchanges between International and American students through programs that enhance campus-wide understanding of people's differences and similarities.
  • To expose Internationals to American culture and enable them to make a smooth transition into the educational and work environment at the Medical University of South Carolina.
  • To expose Americans to international cultures from around the world.

For a schedule of events call the Center for Global Health at 792-2156 or email

Vice PresidentAnjan

International Association

International Association is comprised of all MUSC students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, staff and their families.  A steering committee assesses programming and makes recommendations on an annual basis.

Co- PresidentsChih-Ying (Cynthia)
Steering CommitteeTanjina Akter 
 Sundus Al Sarraf 
 Layla Alsarraf 
 Madhura Athreya 
 Yunyun Jiang 
 Tanja Kellerman 
 Cynthia Li 
 Jing-Nong Liang 
 Anjan Motamarry 
 Aicko Schumann 
 Shraddha Srivastava 
 Delia Voronca 
 Janina Wilmskoetter 
 Yazhi Xing 
AdvisorRebeca Mueller

Student Medical History Club

The Student Medical History Club meets for a catered lunch and a lecture by scholars on the history of the health sciences. Topics range from history of germ warfare to pathologies represented in pre-Columbian art. These lunches are provided free as an opportunity to meet othersinterested in the history of the health sciences. Students from all six colleges are welcome.

W. Curtis Worthington, Jr., Research Paper Award

This annual prize for undergraduates and graduate papers on the history of health and science is named in the honor of the second and current director of the library. A cash prize and a publication opportunity is awarded to the best undergraduate and graduate papers. Deadline for submissions is May 31st in each contest year.

Topics in the History of the Health Sciences IP 732

This one-credit interprofessional, interdisciplinary course is open to students in all colleges. Students attend lectures by scholars on a range of topics including history of cardiac surgery, pharmacy, and nursing as well as more unique topics such as birth defects in pre-Columbian art. The class meets weekly during the spring semester and is limited to the first 25 applicants.

Senior Rotation Elective

For those students who are looking to expand their academic explorations, the Waring Historical Library offers a senior rotation elective which enables students to examine in depth an aspect of the history of the health sciences.

For information on the above, please contact Susan Hoffius at the Waring Historical Library at 792-2288 or

Multicultural Student Advisory Board

The Multicultural Student Advisory Board (MSAB) is composed of representatives from the minority student organizations in all six of the university’s colleges.  Organizations currently represented on the board include Student Health Professionals United in Recognizing Diversity, Student National Dental Association, Multicultural Graduate Student Association, Student National Medical Association, Multicultural Student Nursing Association, and Student National Pharmaceutical Association. 

MSAB provides opportunities for social activities and strives to improve the recruitment and retention of minority faculty and students.

MSAB meets on the first Monday of each month, except for federal holidays.  All meetings will be held at noon.
For more information, please visit

PresidentJamel Brown 
Vice PresidentAmy Moon 
SecretaryLa'Toya James 
MSAB SGA RepresentativeDenise Kimbrough 
AdvisorTaJuan Wilson, MPA,

MUSC Student Government Association (MUSC SGA)

The MUSC Student Government Association (MUSC SGA) represents students in all six colleges: Dental Medicine (CDM), Health Professions (CHP), Graduate Studies (CGS), Medicine (COM), Nursing (CON), and Pharmacy (SSCP). It works on behalf of the students by performing the following services:

  • Facilitating the exchange of information and ideas among the six colleges and all students attending the Medical University of South Carolina.
  • Serving as a liaison between students and the university administration to represent student opinions, needs, and interests; and disseminating and promoting the exchange of information from the administration to students.
  • Taking action to increase the quality of student services and academic programs to further enhance the education of students.
  • Planning and executing a variety of social, cultural, service, and recreational programs to promote fellowship, personal growth,  and interaction with MUSC students and the university community.
  • Maintaining a budget, within the allocated funds, to serve the MUSC student body most effectively.
  • To encourage and support interprofessional ideas, academic activities, and social events between all six colleges.

A copy of the SGA constitution is available in the Student Programs Office or online at It describes the purpose and membership policies of the SGA, which is composed of 46 representatives (elected/named according to their colleges’ procedures in the spring or early fall) and five executive officers (self-nominated and elected by the student body in the spring).

The SGA works to integrate student opinion into university planning and policy-making. SGA members represent MUSC students on most university-wide committees, and the president represents students at meetings of the MUSC Board of Trustees.  Additionally,  all SGA members serve on one of the five SGA committees: Academic Affairs, Student Welfare, Programs, Service, and Communications. These committees work with the university administration to make improvements in the quality of student life.

Anyone interested may attend SGA meetings, held almost every other Wednesday night starting August 28th, 2013 at 5:15 p.m. in the Harper Student Center Auditorium. Call Student Programs, 792-2693, or go to the SGA’s website for the schedule. The SGA urges you to share your ideas, experiences from other institutions, and suggestions either at their meetings or via email: Student Government represents you. Whether it represents you well is largely up to you and the representatives you elect.

The MUSC SGA annually plans and sponsors a variety of social, recreational, and cultural events and a five-sport intramural program.  Programs and activities sponsored by the SGA include:  Welcome Back to School Party, Cultural Programs, Wine Tasting, Art Walk, Activities Fair, Oyster Roast, Outdoors Programs, Exam Breaks, Service Projects and ALHAMBRA.

Click here to view the Student Government Association Representatives

Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM)

Universities Allied for Essential Medicines has a two-fold mission:

I. To determine how universities can help ensure that biomedical end products, such as drugs, are made more accessible in low- and middle-income countries,

II. To increase the amount of research conducted on neglected diseases, or those diseases predominantly affecting people who are too poor to constitute a market attractive to private-sector research and development (R&D) investment.

III. In both cases, universities are well-placed to make a difference. University scientists are major contributors in the drug development pipeline. At the same time, universities havean avowed commitment to advancing the public good. As members of these universities, our fundamental goal is to hold them to this commitment. UAEM at MUSC strives to work within the community in an ongoing discussion and collaboration between students, faculty, and staff in order to make our goals a reality.

This organization shall be not for profit or non-commercial in nature and is affiliatedwith the international organization referred to as UAEM, Corp.Pre

PresidentJames "Mac"
Faculty AdvisorJoan

MUSC's Organization for Improved Access to Weight Manangement

Our group, Improved Access to Weight Management, is a university-wide group open to all students. The group's central mission is to help members of the community with low-income reach their health goals. This is done through the creation of an interprofessional student group that learns evidence-based weight management interventions from professionals at the MUSC Weight Management Center.  Students will then offer a free student run weight loss education system based on and sponsored by MUSC's Weight Management group. 



Musicians United for Service in Charleston (M.U.S.i.C) is a university-wide organization focused on providing community service through music. Our group consists of students and faculty that are musicians or music lovers who perform and volunteer for charity and philanthropic events. Events include performing for the Service for Gratitude and Remembrance in recognition of the donors for the anatomy lab, volunteering in hospital floors and the Ronald McDonald House by singing holiday carols, and organizing MUSC Live, an annual benefit concert for local Charleston and MUSC charities. We have also volunteered by providing entertainment at university affiliated study breaks, launch parties, and graduation luncheons. We welcome anyone who would like to volunteer and help patients and the greater medical community through a unique means: music.


Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery Interest Group (Oto-HNS)

Oto-HNS is an interdisciplinary group designed to foster student interest in the diverse field of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. Caring for diseases of the head and neckrequires a collaborative team of medical and dental professionals. Assuch, we strive to 1) provide students a better understanding of the vast scope of Otolaryngology, with subspecialities in pediatrics, neurotology, rhinology, head and neck cancer, facial plastics and reconstructive surgery, laryngology, etc. 2) provide the necessary guidance and opportunities for students interested in matching into this competitive field

In addition, we:

  • Serve as a liaison between students and the Otolaryngology faculty to arrange shadowing opportunities and establish mentorships with MUSC Otolaryngologists.
  • Host subspecialty lectures several times each year in order to introduce students to the array of careers within the field of Otolaryngology.
  • For students applying to otolaryngology residency, research is a must. We aim to provide 1st and 2nd year students opportunities to indulge in research projects early on so that they may become more effective clinical investigators later on.
  • Promote awareness of head and neck cancer in the community through collaboration with the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance and participation in events such as Oral Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week (OHANCAW) and community cancer screenings.

For membership information or questions, please send an email to (Andrew Baker) or (Daniel Morrison).

Steering Committee  
Vice PresidentCaitlin Boling 
SecretaryJoseph Ivey 
TreasurerStephen Miller 
Volunteer & Research ChairRobert Borucki 
Facutly AdvisorsDr. Krishna Patel 
 Dr. Judith Skoner 

Public Health Interest Group (PHIG)

MUSC Public Health Interest Group (PHIG) is a university-wide organization for students and faculty interested in promoting public health education at MUSC. It encourages interprofessional participation and communication among members of the MUSC community through activities promoting awareness and involvement in public health and preventive medicine. PHIG also endorses curriculum changes that reflect increased emphasis on public and preventive health issues. Educational modules are available for an introduction to public health, and the group maintains an e-mail list-serve in order to communicate scholarship opportunities, conferences, current issues in public health, and local action. Monthly meetings are held to stimulate in-house discussion of public health topics and for the planning of campus-wide events. Activities or speakers are arranged to promote current topics in health policy, international health, environmental health, and community and population health.

PresidentBethany Carlos 
Vice PresidentMary Brooks 
TeasurerRyan Kane 
SecretaryCate Gasper 
AdvisorsDr. David
 Dr. Anbesaw

MUSC Service Learners International (SLI)

Founded in 2011, MUSC Service Learners International (SLI) is a student-led organization focused on delivering health care to the Central Plateau region of Haiti. The group currently consists of pre-clinical and clinical medical students and pharmacy students. Physicians from MUSC join the group for the trip to Haiti to provide clinical guidance. In Haiti, SLI partners with Project Medishare, who has a long-lasting relationship with the Central Plateau population and provides infrastructure and a health care model to which SLI can partner each year.

In preparation for the trip, SLI hosts a variety of fundraisers to cover the costs of the travel and in country expenses, as well as covering the costs of providing the medical services in country. Pre-trip curriculum focuses on Haitian culture and lifestyle, as well as health care and common disease, preparing students to treat patients practically and successfully. In country, nightly seminars focus on case presentations led by clinical students and physicians.

Currently, SLI provides care via “mobile clinics”: travelling to a different town each day, focusing on primary care services. SLI has a continuing mission to promote awareness of healthcare in Haiti and the developing world, while continuing to provide sustainable, quality health care to the people of the Central Plateau. SLI went to Haiti for the fourth time in June 2015.  Planning for a fourth trip in June 2016 is in progress.

For more information, check us out:

MUSC Center for Global Health - SLI



For questions, email us at or contact Kate Measom,

Executive Board:

Senior DirectorKate Maesom, COM 2017
Faculty AdvisorDr. Preston Church
 Dr. Terry Dixon
FounderLuke Dong, MUSC Class of 2014

Student Interprofessional Society

An aspect of Interprofessional Initiatives is the Student Interprofessional Society (SIPS). SIPS is a campus-wide student group dedicated to promoting the concept of interprofessional education on campus, out the community, and in practice after graduation. As future healthcare professionals, students at MUSC will be expected to collaborate successfully with a wide spectrum of people outside of their specialty. SIPS was created to facilitate interaction between various disciplines throughout professional training. Through such interaction, it is hoped to improve interprofessional collaboration and thus patient care and outcomes. SIPS coordinates a variety of service and social events designed to facilitate students of all colleges at MUSC learn from, with, and about each other. Events include health fairs, a mentoring program, and the CLARION competition in addition to our monthly meetings.

Membership is open to all students.

Please email Jameaka Hamilton at for more information.

PresidentMeshell Maxam
Vice President of ProgramsPhebe Idol
Vice President of Community ServiceRyan Mercer
Treasurer/MarketingAndrea Peterson
Fundraising ChairLee Hewett
SecretaryMattilyn Williams
Public Relations ChairShannon Looney
AdvisorMary Mauldin

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