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Advocates for Care

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

Advocates for Care (AFC) believes that affordable healthcare is a right ... not a privilege for those who have the financial resources.  Every patient is equal and everyone is a patient at some point. Therefore, we want SC expand affordable care, and we will accomplish this through education, advocacy and direct service to individuals in our community. We invite students and all members of the MUSC community to get involved.  You can participate in direct service by becoming a federally certified Healthcare Navigator. Healthcare Navigators learn how Medicaid, Medicare & insurance works and then help people secure affordable care.  You can also participate in on-campus workshops or join in advocacy campaigns to get the word out and to persuade state-level lawmakers to expand healthcare access.

For more information, email:

Eric Gold, President, golder@musc.edu
James Spearman, Vice President, jvspearman@gmail.com

 

Alhpha Omega Alpha

Alpha Omega, Alpha's mission is to be a voice for advocating the highest ethical standards in medicine, for exemplifying professionalism, for recognizing the importance of optimal patient care, and for emphasizing the need for continuing scholarship and academic achievements.

For more information, email:

Kelsey Wilson, President, derrick@musc.edu
Megan Hohenberger, Vice President, hohenbe@musc.edu
Chris Pelic, Advisor, pelicc@musc.edu

 

AMA - SCMA

Professional Development Group

We are the MUSC representatives for the national and state Medical Associations. Our primary goal is to get students involved as active members and voices in local, state, and national medical policy and legislation. We also aim to provide opportunities for mentoring, volunteering, and wellness for students in the College of Medicine.

For more information, email:

Harry Rockower, Preclinical Vice President, rockower@musc.edu
Elliott Mappus, Vice President, mappuse@musc.edu
Chris Pelic, Advisor, pelicc@musc.edu

 

American Medical Association - Medical Student Section

Interest Group, Professional Development Group, Community Outreach Group

The goal of the AMA-MSS is to be the voice and advocate for all medical students. AMA-MSS provides information and professional development opportunities for medical students regarding medical education, residency training, and medical practice, and also advances issues of public wellness, community service, and health policy.

For more information, email:

Harry Rockower, Preclinical President, rockower@musc.edu
Andrew Kyle, Clinical President, kylea@musc.edu
Christopher Pelic, Advisor, pelicc@musc.edu

 

American Medical Women's Association

Interest Group, Service Group, Social Group

The American Medical Women's Association aims to advance women in medicine and to serve the healthcare needs of women. Our chapter has regular service events (including work with the Florence Crittenton Program); regular meetings with female attending, resident, and M3/M4 speakers; and a peer mentoring program for medical students.

For more information, email:

Sydney Ramsey, Clinical President, ramseysm@musc.edu
Meredith Pritchett, Secretary, pritchem@musc.edu
Gweneth Lazenby, Advisor, lazenbgb@musc.edu

 

Anesthesia Interest Group

Interest Group

The Anesthesia Interest Group is open to all students in the College of Medicine who are interested in learning more about this specialty.  The primary goal of AIG is to offer discussion with current anesthesiologists to define the role of the anesthesiologist, discuss the field and its subspecialties, the daily life, and the future of the profession.  We will provide information on the match process, residency programs, and how to become a stronger candidate.  To help accomplish our goals of what it means to practice anesthesia, we offer shadowing and hands-on workshops.

For more information, email aigmusc@gmail.com or:

Xiya Zhu, Co-President, zhuxiy@musc.edu
Catherine Roach, Co-President, roachca@musc.edu
Catherine Tobin, Advisor, tobinc@musc.edu

 

Association of Women Surgeons (AWS)

Interest Group

AWS is one of two interest groups on campus concerned with the whole of surgery. Formerly WISE (Women Interested in Surgical Experiences), the transition to AWS was done with the purpose of continuing the focus of WISE in promoting women in surgery while also providing members an opportunity to participate in a nationally recognized organization. We aim to sponsor on-campus events, including educational and informal sessions, as well as establish a mentorship program that will match students with surgeon mentors.  Aside from imparting medical and surgical knowledge, we also aim for our students to learn about the realities of life as a surgeon, how to balance personal life with a demanding career, and how to succeed in this competitive field. "Engage, Empower, Excel"

For more information, email:

Caroline Cox, President, coxc@musc.edu
Ashleigh Van Metre, Vice President, vanametr@musc.edu
Jean Ruddy, Advisor, ruddy@musc.edu

 

Cardiovascular Science Interest Group (CSIG)

Interest Group

An interest group dedicated to those interested in all aspects of cardiovascular medicine. We hold regular meetings with MUSC faculty speakers regarding their careers and upcoming advancements in the field. In addition, we provide review sessions and workshops for students.

For more information, email:

Allison Hajec, Co-President, hajec@musc.edu
Deep Sangani, Co-President, sangani@musc.edu
Salvatore Chiaramida, Advisor, Chiara@musc.edu

 

College of Medicine Student Council

The Student Council serves as the official means of communication between the student body of the College of Medicine and the faculty, administration, and MUSC community. The Council encourages the intellectual, social, and personal development of students in the College of Medicine, and above all, promotes the high esteem and ideals of the medical profession. The Student Council sponsors various social and service events during the year, such as COM Prom, orientation for incoming freshman, Careers in Medicine, and Faculty Excellence Awards.

For more information, email:

Kendall Headden, President, headdenk@musc.edu
Rachel Ellyn, Vice President, ellynr@musc.edu
Gabrielle Redding, Advisor, reddingg@musc.edu

 

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:

Adam Sendor, President, sendor@musc.edu
Simon Watson, Advisor, watsonsc@musc.edu

 

Family Medicine Interest Group

Interest Group

The Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) aims to be an outlet and a resource for students to participate in who are considering Family Medicine as a career. We strive to get students interested in Family Medicine, and help those who are to learn more about it. This is done by having a variety of speakers come to speak to students on the different facets of Family Medicine and what the road to a career in Family Medicine may entail.

For more information, email fmig@musc.edu or:

Victoria Way, President, wayv@musc.edu
Alyssa Huggins, Vice President, hugginal@musc.edu
Kristen Hood Watson, Advisor, watsonkh@musc.edu

 

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 gtmig@musc.edu or:

James Segars, President, segarsjm@musc.edu
Jessica Wade, Vice President, feltracc@musc.edu
Andrea Summer, Advisor, summera@musc.edu

 

Gold Humanism Honor Society

Service Group

The mission of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) is to recognize students, residents and physicians who champion and exhibit compassionate patient care. GHHS members participate in numerous service opportunities throughout the school year to promote and foster humanistic patient care at MUSC. College of Medicine students are nominated by their classmates during their second and third year for membership in the society.

For more information, email:

Susan Evenhouse, President, linns@musc.edu
Natalie Johnson, Program Director, jonsong@musc.edu
Leonie Gordon, Advisor, gordonl@musc.edu

 

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:

Rayphael Hardy, President, hardyra@musc.edu
Josh Kwon, Vice President, kwoyo@musc.edu
Jeremy Richards, Advisor, richarjt@musc.edu

 

Life Outside of Medicine

Interest Group, Service Group, Professional Development Group, Community Outreach Group, Social Group

Medical school can be challenging and requires a significant time commitment. However, the other areas of life don’t have to fall by the wayside. Life Outside of Medicine (LOOM) is an interest group for medical students and their families that was begun in 2014 out of a need to support students in their endeavors beyond the classroom. Our vision is to encourage and equip medical students to excel in five main areas of life:  personal, family, community, career, and finances. We have structured our year to target these areas of the medical professional’s life that exist beyond the lecture halls and hospital wards - areas that will make all the difference between surviving and flourishing in your future medical career.

For more information, email:

Daniel Drechsler, President, drechsld@musc.edu
Josh Kwon, Vice President, kwoyo@musc.edu
Thomas Brouette, Advisor, brouette@musc.edu

 

Medical Student Ophthalmology Society

Interest Group

The Medical Student Ophthalmology Society (MSOS) promotes interest for eye care among medical students. A major program established by the MSOS was Fight for SIGHT. Fight for SIGHT is a community-focused organization, established by medical students and residents, dedicated to improving the eye health of medically underserved individuals in Charleston. They are also partnered with ReSpectacle, an organization that collects glasses donations and ships glasses worldwide free of charge.

For more information, email:

Cate Gasper, President, gasper@musc.edu
Katie Wood, Vice President, senf@musc.edu
Ed Cheeseman, Advisor, cheesema@musc.edu

 

Medical Student Alumni Council

Community Outreach Group, Social Group

The Medical Student Alumni Council is a group of medical students who serve as liaisons between the College of Medicine and MUSC alumni. We are an extension of the MUSC Alumni Association and help to prepare medical students for their lifelong relationship with MUSC's COM. We aid in enhancing relationships between students and alumni. Our group is made up of many enthusiastic and community-minded members who are interested in fostering strong relationships amongst the medical student body and our alumni. MSAC members assist in planning events and activities designed to foster a strong student body as well as volunteer with other programs designed to connect students and medical alumni. New students from the first-year class are chosen as new members of MSAC each September.

For more information, email:

Sallie Sistare, Executive Director of Alumni Affairs, hutton@musc.edu
Shari Wise, Special Events Coordinator, wises@musc.edu

 

Medical Students for Choice

Interest Group, Professional Development Group, Educational Group, Social Group

Medical Students for Choice (MSFC) at MUSC is a member of the national MSFC organization that is committed to ensuring that all medical students receive basic instruction in the ethical, medical, legal, and psychosocial aspects of family planning.  Here at MUSC, MSFC works to create a supportive atmosphere for students interested in reproductive health. Projects include sponsoring lectures on the public health aspects of family planning and counseling patients on pregnancy options, discussion of education about reproductive issues, and hands-on training for methods used in family planning. Members may also attend the annual MSFC national meeting where students and physicians have an opportunity to learn about reproductive health topics.  We invite you to take part in this dynamic group.

For more information, email msfc@musc.edu or:

Hannah Hughes, Clinical President, hughh@musc.edu
Marissa Bass, Pre-Clinical President, bassm@musc.edu
Angela Dempsey, Advisor, dempsear@musc.edu

 

Military Medicine Interest Group (MMIG)

Interest Group

MMIG is a university-wide interest group for students who have military obligations once they finish their education, as well as those who are interested in serving their country in the medical core and wish to learn more about what military medicine has to offer.

For more information, email mmig@musc.edu or:

Tom Pittman, President, tjp6@musc.edu
Whit Harvey, Clinical Vice President, harveyw@musc.edu
Christopher Bunt, Advisor, buntc@musc.edu

 

ObGyn Interest Group

Interest Group, Service Group

The ObGyn interest group is for all College of Medicine students who wish to learn more about the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Several times a semester we hold meetings in a lectures series format, where topics are discussed that will inform students about a career in OB/GYN. This includes information about the match process from MUSC's residents and physicians. We also sponsor activities such as social nights at the Florence-Crittenton home with with American Women's Medical Association and suture workshops. We look forward to having you join us!

For more information, email:

Julia Devita, Co-President, devitaj@musc.edu
Cammie Wheeler, Co-President, wheeleca@musc.edu
Angela Dempsey, Advisor, dempsear@musc.du

 

Office of Student Representatives (OSR)

Professional Development Group, Educational Group

The OSR is the student arm of the AAMC and is composed of student representatives from every medical school around the country.  Each school’s OSR representative serves as a link between his or her respective school and the AAMC, bringing student concerns to the AAMC’s attention, as well as distributing information from the AAMC to the medical schools and students.  At MUSC, OSR representatives have additional local responsibilities serving on student council as well as various other ad hoc university committees. MUSC’s OSR representatives are permanent voting members of the College of Medicine’s Curriculum Committee, the Course Evaluation Subcommittee, and other permanent and committees relating to the COM student policies and curriculum. Each class has one representative who serves throughout his or her four years.

For more information, email:

Kemp Anderson, Primary OSR, anderskm@musc.edu
Kelsey Wilson, Secondary OSR, derrick@musc.edu

 

Oncology Interest Group

Interest Group

The MUSC Oncology Interest Group is an organization for MUSC students considering oncology as a future career choice. At our meetings we invite physicians and interprofessional speakers to discuss a variety of topics, ranging from career information to life after cancer. We also hold an annual Q&A panel with oncology fellows and radiation oncology residents. Special events include mock tumor boards with other groups, an annual bone marrow drive with Be The Match, and visiting patients at Hollings Cancer Center.    Although our group is primarily composed of students from the College of Medicine, we welcome attendance by students from other colleges.

For more information, email muscomg@gmail.com or:

Sarah Russo, Clinical President, brices@musc.edu
Samuel Anderson, Preclinical President, anderses@musc.edu
Michelle Hudspeth, Advisor, Hudspeth@musc.edu

 

PATHOS

Interest Group

PATHOS, MUSC’s pathology student interest group, was founded in 2009 by two third year students to educate their peers about pathology career opportunities.  For the upcoming academic year, we have a variety of events and activities planned to further the goals of our founders.  Our first meeting will include a presentation meant to introduce preclinical students to pathology followed by a tour of MUSC’s pathology specimen museum.  Other events being planned for the year include lunchtime resident panels, a talk around the time of the NRMP Match to detail the application and interview process, and a joint mock tumor board with the radiology and oncology interest groups.

For more information, email:

 

Harrison Luttrell, Co-President, luttrelh@musc.edu
Jake Emanuel, Co-President, emanuela@musc.edu
Evelyn Bruner M.D., Advisor, brunere@musc.edu

 

Pediatric Interest Group

Interest Group

This is a group of medical students interested in pursuing a career pediatrics. We have monthly meetings with other interest groups where we listen to a variety of speakers who work in the field of pediatrics. We also host multiple hands-on workshops aimed at refining skills needed for future physicians, including intubations, resuscitation, and newborn exams. 

For more information, email:

Kendall Headden, Third Year President, headdenk@musc.edu
Abby Lewis, Second Year President, lewisab@musc.edu
Patricia McBurney, Advisor, mcburnpg@musc.edu

 

Phi Chi Medical Fraternity - Sigma Kappa Chapter

Service Group, Social Group

As the Sigma Kappa Chapter of Phi Chi, a co-ed, international, professional medical fraternity we strive to uphold the goal of our organization by assisting our members in making the most of their medical school matriculation through service, fellowship and resource sharing.

For more information, email:

Lytani Wilson, President, wilsonl@musc.edu
Charmee Mehta, Vice President, mehtac@musc.edu

 

Radiology Interest Group (RIG)

Interest Group

RIG is an organization open to all medical students. It provides an opportunity to learn more about radiology and further explore what it means to have a career in radiology. There are many benefits of membership in the Radiology Interest Group. The following are just a few:  -through discussions with experts in the different subspecialties, students are exposed to the wide variety of careers possible in radiology   -students gain invaluable advice about preparing for residency from residents and 4th year students, including the facts on residency selection, competition, locations, and how to make yourself a stronger candidate   -students are able to network and build valuable relationships with MUSC Radiology Faculty  -opportunities for shadowing and research can be coordinated for those members who desire these opportunities.

For more information, email:

Scott Landreth, 3rd Year President, landrets@musc.edu
Lauren Snider, 4th Year President, sniderl@musc.edu
Pal Suranyi, Advisor, suranyi@musc.edu

 

SAWBONES: Orthopaedic Interest Group

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

Sawbones Orthopaedic Interest Group was founded by Dr. Eric Angermeier and Dr. Greg Colbath. The goals of Sawbones are:

  1. Exposure to the field of Orthopaedics 
  2.  Mentorship from faculty for research and residency 
  3. Professional Development and Student Networking 
  4. Preparation for Subinternships and Interviewing 
  5. Orthopaedic Outreach and Service

For more information, email sawbones@musc.edu or:

Hunger Matthews, Co-President, matthewj@musc.edu
Leah Nunez, Co-President, nunezlm@musc.edu
Lee Leddy, Advisor, leddyl@musc.edu

 

STAR Surgical Interest Group

Interest Group, Educational Group

STAR stands for "Surgical Training Awareness and Residency." The group schedules surgeons and other speakers to come and expose students to the lifestyle and career opportunities available to those interested in general surgery and surgical specialties. We also hold interactive labs that teach surgical skills and techniques, and we work to assist students in finding mentors and other experiences in the field of surgery.

For more information, email starsurgerymusc@gmail.com or:

Chris McGee, Co-President, mcgeec@musc.edu
Jennie Kwon, Co-President, kwonhye@musc.edu
Pinckney Maxwell, Advisor, maxwelpj@musc.edu

 

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 EMG Demonstration and Deep Brain Stimulation talks.  Don't hesitate to contact us to get more involved!

For more information, email signatmusc@gmail.com or:

Calvin Hu, President, hucca@musc.edu
Philip Lee, Vice President, leepj@musc.edu
Sarah Schmitt, Advisor, schmitts@musc.edu

 

Student National Medical Association

Interest Group, Affinity Group, Service Group, Community Outreach Group

 

For more information, email musc_snma@yahoo.com or:

Toni Stevenson, Co-President, stevento@musc.edu
Makiera Simmons, Co-President, simmomak@musc.edu
Ebony Hilton, Advisor, hiltone@musc.edu

 

Student Psychiatry Interest Group

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

The Student Psychiatry Interest Group is an organization dedicated to both raising awareness of and fostering students' interest in the myriad of professional opportunities available to those that pursue a career in Psychiatry.  The group also has a vested interest in community outreach and promoting mental health awareness within the Charleston community.  Over the course of the academic year, SPIG hosts numerous events including a faculty mixer, community outreach excursions, and lunch meetings featuring faculty and resident speakers who represent a variety of Psychiatric subspecialties. 

For more information, email:

Tommy Hopkins, President, hopkintr@musc.edu
Chris Pelic, Advisor, pelicc@musc.edu

 

Translational Research Interest Group

Interest Group, Professional Development 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:

Robyn Lottes, Council Member, graysonr@musc.edu
Paul McDermott, Advisor, mcdermp@musc.edu

 

Urology Interest Group

Interest Group, Service Group, Professional Development Group

Interest group for College of Medicine students considering a career in Urology, a field on the cutting edge of both surgical and medical science. Members will be afforded the opportunity to interact with faculty and residents, learn about the exciting prospects of a burgeoning specialty, participate in community outreach programs including our Men's Health Fair, and explore the Da Vinci surgical skills simulator with renowned robotics expert Dr. Avery Seifert.

For more information, email:

Matt Newsome, President, newsomem@musc.edu
Michaella Prasad, Advisor, prasadm@musc.edu

 

Vascular and Interventional Radiology Interest Group (VIRIG)

Interest Group

VIRIG aims to provide information to interested students about the field of Vascular and Interventional Radiology. We provide introductory information on this field of medicine as well as how to get involved in Interventional Radiology research and shadowing.

For more information, email:

Jonathan Pannell, Pre-clinical Co-President, panel@musc.edu
Madison Kocher, Clinical Presidnet, kocherm@musc.edu
Ricardo Yamada, Advisor, yamada@musc.edu

 

W.O.L.V.E.S

Interest Group, Educational Group, Social Group

W.O.L.V.E.S. Is MUSC's Wilderness medicine interest group. In W.O.L.V.E.S. we pride ourselves on our hands on learning approach and interesting lectures that combine our love of the outdoors with medicine.

For more information, email Wolvesmusc@gmail.com or:

Janelle Sourbeer, President, sourbeer@musc.edu
Christina Neiger, Vice President, neiger@musc.edu
Simon Watson, Advisor, simonc@musc.edu

 

Women Interested in Surgical Experiences 

Interest Group

Our organization is focused around surgical education and community volunteering.Throughout the year, we have many meetings during which we have surgeons come speak on life and training of academic surgeons, suture workshops, post-match panels and several fundraisers.

For more information, email:

Andra Oprisan, 4th Year Representative, oprisan@gmail.com
Caroline Cox, President, coxc@musc.edu
Jean Ruddy, Advisor, ruddy@musc.edu

 

 

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