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MUSC Student Handbook

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 PresidentsBrielle Weinstein 
 Caroline West 
 Camilo Mateus 
SecretaryRebecca Fulmer 
TreasurerTariq Rashid 
Volunteer CoordinatorRebecca Fulmer 
Health Fair/Outreach CoordinatorsJonathan Motts 
 Selina Juarez 
HistorianJonathan Motts 
Community Connections CoordinatorsMaria Merritt 
 Maya Hollinshead 
PR CoorindatorBrielle Weinstein 
Web/ Social Media CoordinatorMaria Merritt 
Reps (SGA, MSAB, OLOM Migrant Task Force, CON HHI) 

Camilo Mateus
Brielle Weinstein
Rebecca Fulmer

Bridging Language Barriers CoordinatorSelina Juarez 
¡Hablemos! CoordinatorMaria Merritt 
ResearchThomas Larrew 

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

Crisis Ministries

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 Crisis Ministries. Every Wednesday night, from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., medical students from all classes, as well as residents, attending physicians, pharmacy students, residents and pharmacists volunteer their time at Crisis Ministries to provide a variety of medical services. The medical clinics are always in need of new student volunteers.

Physician RecruiterBrett Tomashitis
Physician CoordinatorLindsey Bressler
Treasurer/Clinic LiasonAndrew Renaldo
Student Coordinator (MS-I)Constants Adams
Student Coordinator (MSII-IV)Kathryn Oelsner
Student Coordinator (Pharm)Megan McGugan
Faculty SupervisorsDr. Jeff Cluver
Pharmacy AdvisorsDr Brittany Cogdill


edLINK connects MUSC students with teachers in local public schools. We currently have a partnership with Teach for America, a national organization that recruits, trains, and supports teachers to work in public schools serving low-income or disadvantaged populations. Members of edLINK work directly with students in the classroom at least once a month throughout the school year. By participating in edLINK, MUSC students have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of students who are struggling to keep up with their peers academically. You will volunteer in the same classroom throughout the year in order to build trust and rapport with students, the teacher, and the school staff. While in the classroom, students will typically work with struggling students one-on-one, lead small groups, provide homework help, or even lead whole-class lessons. Below are the expectations for participation:

  • Be willing to visit the classroom at a consistent time during the school day at least 1 time per month.
  • Be enthusiastic about working with students and willing to follow and model school rules and expectations.
  • Be consistent with communication between edLINK officers as well as your assigned teacher.
Vice PresidentJamie
Secretary/TreasurerDanielle Wright 
GroundskeeperKaighn Morlock 

Gay Straight Alliance

The Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) 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 GSA 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 GSA 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 GSA 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 PresidentAllison Perry 
SecretaryChris Attaway 
Community LiasonBritney Nesbit 

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 EditorRobert Drutel (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.
  • To offer American students international travel information and assistance.

For a schedule of events call the Office of International Programs at 792-2156 or check out

Vice PresidentChih-Ying (Cynthia)

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.

Steering CommitteeLayla Alsarraf 
 Madhura Athreya 
 Yunyun Jiang 
 Tanja Kellerman 
 Cynthia Li 
 Delia Voronca 
 Janina Wilmskoetter 
 Bo Wang 
 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

Vice PresidentChristopher
MSAB SGA RepresentativeLavern Keitt,
AdvisorWillette Burnham,

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


Every year, a number of medical students volunteer to go on different medical trips to aid in the health relief efforts in impoverished areas worldwide. We are fortunate that MUSC students show a great deal of interest in helping eradicate poverty and preventable health problems. As we all know, medical students have very little time or money, so ONE is the perfect way to maximize your efforts to fight poverty and disease, both locally and internationally.

Even though many of us would like to get the opportunity to travel abroad and do some hands-on work, ONE caters to those who are unable to make that time commitment. Our long-term goals include taking steps in order to raise millions of dollars and public policy awareness to help rid the world of poverty, and to provide quality healthcare to the suffering. Furthermore, ONE gears efforts in providing sustainable long-lasting solutions to ending extreme poverty and disease.  You can use your cell phone or laptop to help create change in Washington D.C. by affecting public policy, and in turn, help change the world.

Campus LeaderAzka
PresidentGuilherme Porto 
Vice PresidentAndrew Baker 
SecretaryShalika Whig 
Campus LiasionsSarah Mushtaq 
 Azza Abdalla 
Faculty AdvisorJoan Graesch 

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 (David Young).

Steering Committee  
Vice PresidentsTanisha Hutchinson 
SecretaryCaitlin Boling 
TreasurerKeith Orland 
Volunteer ChairBen Murphy 
Research ChairAlex Wharton 
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.

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 third time in June 2014.  Planning for a fourth trip in June 2015 is in progress.

Executive Board:

DirectorMelissa Hite
Senior ChairsKaighn Morlok
 Jillian Amick
 Margaret Brown
 Destine Hoover
 Sylivia Lee
 Laura Franko-Tobin
Junior ChairsSharbel Elhage
 Rali Peneva
 David McCabe
 Jenna Hislop
 Eliza Barnwell
 Kate Measom
 Brice Reynolds
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.

PresidentJameaka Hamilton
Vice President of ProgramsPhebe Idol
Vice President of Community ServiceRyan Mercer
Treasurer/MarketingAndrea Peterson
Fundraising ChairLee Hewett
SecretaryMattilyn Williams
Public Relations ChairShannon Looney
AdvisorDavid Howell

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