Organizations and Interest Groups
The AMA/SCMA chapter at UofSCSOMG works to connect our students with opportunity to engage in advocacy at both the national and/or state levels through the AMA & SCMA. We also help get connected to resources and learn the process if they are interested but aren’t sure how to get started.
The addiction medicine interest group aims to enhance the education of substance use disorders (SUD) and increase student exposure to the field of addiction medicine. It is meant to provide context of the psychosocial factors, environmental factors, and various models that should be considered when treating patients with SUD. Students will also learn about advocacy and other barriers to care for this patient population.
AMSRO is dedicated to advance the science and art of aerospace, undersea and hyperbaric medicine among medical students. AMSRO participates and hosts aerospace medicine field specialists for lectures and panels. We also communicate the AMSRO quarterly newsletter, AMSRO and AsMA scholarships and awards, and participate in research and mentorship opportunities. We will communicate program information for the UTMB Space Medicine Short Course, clerkships and rotations with NASA and SpaceX.
The anesthesiology interest group is dedicated to educating medical students about the current and future direction of the field. Anesthesiology has been undergoing changes with the recent rise of CRNA popularity, and as such we hope to provide honest and open information during lunch-and-learns and other opportunities so that UofSC School of Medicine Greenville students can make informed decisions regarding their career choices moving forward..
The purpose of the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association is to promote the dissemination of information relative to Asian Pacific American issues in the field of medical education, explore and possibly resolve the unique challenges, obstacles, and responsibilities specific to Asian Pacific American medical students and physicians, provide opportunities for Asian Pacific American medical students to give back to their community(i.e.) through service and represent Asian Pacific Americans as a group within the health care community at University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville..
BESO was founded in order to discuss biomedical ethics, ethical/moral dilemmas, case studies, etc. that clinicians have encountered over the courses of their careers, in an open forum atmosphere. It is meant to provide context that would help students understand where and how ethics coalesces with medicine in everyday patient encounters.
The Cardiology Interest Group is focused on providing UofSC School of Medicine Greenville students with detailed information about the world of cardiology as a whole, along with the "super-specialities" of interventional cardiology and electrophysiology. In addition to frequent lunch-and-learns, we are coordinating with GHS and Carolina Cardiology Consultants to provide exciting shadowing opportunities in the cath lab and EP lab throughout the year. Furthermore, we are working on a STEMI project to allow students to follow a STEMI patient from the emergency department through their catheterization.
The Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) is made up of the Christian Medical Association (CMA) and the Christian Dental Association (CDA). CMDA provides resources, networking opportunities, education and a public voice for Christian healthcare professionals and students.
The Dermatology Interest Group is looking forward to hosting lunch and learns this semester. We are excited about getting to know dermatologists at Prisma Health–Upstate and in the community to learn more about dermatology as a specialty.
The purpose of this group is to provide students with an introduction to the field of Otolaryngology. We wish to offer useful opportunities and resources for those wishing to pursue a career in ENT.
This group is for those interested in Emergency Medicine. We will have several speakers this year come and share their experiences and stories with us. Among those speakers will be the new Emergency Medicine Residents from Memorial. We will also have some lunches where we will learn some clinical skills.
e-NABLE is a new interest group at the UofSC School of Medicine Greenville that is partnered with the organization "Enabling the Future," a global network of volunteers that use 3D printers to make and provide prosthetic hands to children.
The Family Medicine Interest Group functions to expose medical students to the role of the Family Medicine physician. The group activities include social outings, lunch and learns, and skills sessions. This group welcomes anyone who thinks they may be interested in primary care, including but not limited to Family Medicine, Sports Medicine, Pediatrics or OBGYN.
The purpose of this organization is to increase education, awareness, and open discussion regarding issues of reproductive health and to support those within the medical community who are working to ensure the freedom of choice. Programs and events include an IUD workshop, lectures and workshops by local and nationally known lecturers on topics like: Sex Workers and Reproductive Healthcare, Reproductive Justice, Crisis Pregnancy Centers, No-Scalpel Vasectomy Workshop, Incarceration and Reproductive Health, Early Pregnancy Loss, First Nations and Native Reproductive Health, and more!
The Global Health Interest Group aims to promote student interest in health advocacy and aid for the developing world. In addition to providing lunch-and-learns, this year our group aims to increase fundraising for global health relief and volunteering.
The Hematology Oncology Interest Group serves as a resource for students to learn more about the fields of adult and pediatric Hematology/Oncology, radiation oncology and surgical oncology. Our group is dedicated to providing students with opportunities to interact with and learn from medical professionals within this field as well as to raise cancer awareness through various volunteer and fundraising opportunities.
The High Value Care Interest Group serves to educate student doctors on evidence based treatments that reduce medical waste and cost. We empower students and clinicians to engage in conversations surrounding reducing unnecessary tests and treatments in healthcare.
The infectious disease interest group aims to provide engaging discussion, opportunities, and events within the field of infectious disease. Additionally, we aim to provide resources to better understand what infectious disease means both as a specialty and how it is utilized and impactful to all physicians no matter what specialty they are a part of.
The purpose of the Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG) is to facilitate student learning about Internal Medicine and the various specialties of the field. The goal of IMIG is to be student oriented - not only to help students network and connect with physicians of Internal Medicine, but also to connect with each other to share resources and ideas. In addition, the IMIG will have a presence in the community and dedicate ourselves to improving the lives of those around us.
We strive to better understand both ourselves and our future patients in order to improve our knowledge about the field of Internal Medicine and to enhance our clinical and diagnostic skills. IMIG will strive to become aware of the cultural and economic barriers in medicine in order to work towards educating the community on preventative health and disease maintenance towards the improvement of public health.
The purpose of the Jewish Student Union is to provide religious, cultural, and philosophical education for its members, with an emphasis on educating its members for future Jewish patient encounters. The organization is also meant to provide a sense of support and community to the Jewish students of the school.
The John Snow Society is an international organization that celebrates the memory and legacy of physician John Snow, father of modern epidemiology. The society is based in London, and lifetime membership is open to all who are interested. Our chapter aims to involve the whole community, and that includes you. We want for the medical community, the academic community, and the lay community to come together and learn from, and alongside, each other.
The purpose of Journal Club is to provide students with opportunities to analyze new literature and articles emerging in the medical community. We aim to give students a chance to practice looking at evidence, understand statistics, and think critically about updating their practices and teaching patients about new topics in our fields.
Juntos, which means “together” in Spanish, will be a partnership project between UofSC School of Medicine Greenville students and a patient and their family from the Center for Pediatric Medicine (CPM). Complex diagnoses are challenging and require substantial medical and social attention. Juntos aims at providing social support to these pediatric patients and their families.
Our goals are: 1) to aid patients develop trust within the healthcare system and 2) to provide families with resources that can help them better navigate the healthcare system. This includes empowering and educating patients/families regarding medication refills, scheduling their upcoming appointments, etc. Students will be required to spend at least one hour per month with their paired patient. This can be divided in different ways and may include going with patients to their office visits, phone calls/video chats to check in, or doing activities with them.
The purpose of the Juvenile Detention Center interest group is to to engage with and educate persons of Juvenile Detention Center (JDC) in health-related activities. The goal of the group is to improve the experiences of adolescents at JDC by learning about health in a socially interactive manner. Interest group members are expected to attend some or all of our community engagement events at JDC, which usually occur monthly during the fall semester and spring semesters on Friday afternoons for roughly an hour and half.
The mission of the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) is to "unite and empower Latino (and non-Latino) medical students through service, mentorship, and education to advocate for the health of the Latino community." As such, we hope to engage and empower Greenville County's Latino community through volunteerism, advocacy, and health promotion, among other things. Furthermore, LMSA plans on pairing with several organizations that share our goal in order to more actively and holistically improve the lives of those we serve.
The purpose of the LGBTQ interest group is to promote the health and well-being of LGBTQ patients by educating future and current healthcare providers via focus groups, panel discussions, literature reviews and/or other events. The group aims to foster healthy dialogue between colleagues of all backgrounds, and we encourage everyone to join.
Our mission is to educate students on how to effectively and efficiently counsel their patients toward adopting and sustaining healthier behaviors. Lifestyle medicine includes exercise, nutrition, behavioral change, and self-care.
If you like kids and/or adults, MPIG is for you! We focus on learning more about Med Peds and all the different specialties available in this field. Join us for a lunch-and-learn or a volunteer activity.
The Medical Roots Garden is an organic garden operated entirely by students at the University of South Carolina, Greenville School of Medicine. Our garden provides fresh, seasonal produce year-round for free to students, staff, and members of the Prisma Health community. In addition, this natural space provides a change of scenery for patients and their loved ones during their time at the hospital. Throughout the year, students and community members come together to maintain and harvest vegetables and fruits. We hope to share our excitement about the garden with the greater Greenville community in order to promote and break barriers toward healthier lifestyles.
MSIG believes it is important for medical students to develop their language and cultural competency skills to provide patient-centered care for our Spanish-speaking patients. MSIG provides opportunities for members to improve their fluency in medical Spanish and to enhance understanding of Hispanic culture to reduce healthcare disparities. MSIG is open to students of any level of Spanish language knowledge. Programs and events include speakers to teach Medical Spanish Lessons, discuss matters related to the Hispanic population, and provide opportunities to engage in the community.
The MSA plans events to enhance student life at the UofSC School of Medicine Greenville.
Physicians occupy a uniquely privileged position of trust and respect within our community. This honor comes with a responsibility to actively pursue improvements in the physical, spiritual, and emotional health and well-being of all members of our society, beyond the immediate physical health of those patients we personally and individually care for.
This broad view of the physician's role necessarily implies that physicians have a responsibility to identify and to challenge the systemic social structures, trends, and ideologies that give rise to the inequities around us.
The mission of the Medical Student Pride Alliance is to allow LGTBQIA+ identified medical students and allies to unite both professionally and personally. Through networking events, guest lectures, and discussions with queer medical professionals, MSPA hopes to foster diversity of gender and sexuality at UofSC SOMG and advocate for LGBTQIA+ healthcare students in Greenville and beyond.
Our goal as a chapter of Medicine in Motion(MiM) is to address medical burnout through fitness, interdisciplinary community building, and philanthropy. Our MiM chapter will facilitate various athletic competitions and other events to support wellness and charitable initiatives for students and community healthcare providers.
The Military Medicine Interest Group exists to provide support for military medicine students, promote leadership development through talks from active military physicians and veterans, and engage with the military community in South Carolina to improve awareness of how to care for and interact with this specific population of patients and their families.
The Mindfulness and Wellness Group aims to provide a setting where members can meet, practice, and share mindfulness techniques, as well as help individuals relieve stress and focus on healthy practices and personal goals.
The purpose of the Musicians in Medicine interest group is to grow, and share in, a passion for music and musicianship with patients, healthcare workers, and students alike.
The purpose of this group is to prepare students for success in medicine, research, and clinical work related to nervous system function and dysfunction. We wish to expose students and faculty to this fascinating and broad field of medicine. We strive to provide useful opportunities, resources, and a collaborative environment to learn about and engage with diverse neurological specialties, evolving best-clinical practice, novel research, and facilitate mentorship and shadowing with practicing physicians.
The OBGYN Interest Group hosts lunch and learns, special events, and volunteer opportunities during the school year. This year we are excited to bring in several specialists and generalists to talk about their experiences in OBGYN. We also hope to have a panel for OBGYN residents to speak and get to know students better to build rapport with doctors we will be working with as M3s.
The Orthopedics/Sports Medicine Interest Group focuses on providing students with information about different specialties within orthopedics and different fields to practice sports medicine through lunch-and-learns, volunteer opportunities, workshops and presentations. A variety of physicians speaks to the group, including pediatric orthopedic surgeons, emergency medicine and primary care physicians who specialize in sports medicine and orthopedic residents.
The Pathology Interest Group is dedicated to promoting the field and specialty of Pathology among the students of the UofSC School of Medicine Greenville.
The Pathology Interest Group exists to inform students about and foster an interest in the fields of Clinical and Anatomic Pathology. We have great mentors from Pathology Consultants who will lead our Lunch & Learns, provide Forensic Pathology Shadowing opportunities and tours of the Clinical Pathology Lab.
The goal of our organization is to expand upon medical students' knowledge of and interest in the field of pediatrics. Members are exposed to a variety of local volunteer and shadowing opportunities, and are encouraged to take part in the events we host for patients from Marshall Pickens Hospital and the GHS Children's Hospital. In addition, we invite a variety of pediatric-related speakers to visit the UofSC School of Medicine Greenville campus for informative Lunch-and-Learn presentations.
The purpose of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Interest Group shall be to increase awareness of the field of PM&R at USCSOMG and support students interested in this specialty. We aim to inspire medical students and provide resources throughout medical school to increase awareness of the role of a physiatrist in the healthcare team and the impact of PM&R in the larger healthcare delivery system.
The mission of Positive Exposure is to support, encourage and enlighten medical students to become empathetic and compassionate health care providers. Utilizing Positive Exposure multimedia education, the arts, and community involvement, USCSOM Greenville Chapter of Positive Exposure will create innovative opportunities for physicians in training to see beyond a diagnosis, celebrating the humanity of our patients. Please visit positiveexposure.org or watch https://vimeo.com/161851872 for more information.
The Psychiatry Interest Group aims to provide educational events for students interested in psychiatry as a specialty, to show the importance of psych in all other specialties by collaborating with other interest groups, and to promote overall emotional health in our own student body.
The purpose of the pre-hospital & disaster medicine interest group is to learn about pre-hospital and disaster medicine as it pertains to patient care, providers' experience and training, and further exploration of how interested students can train and prepare for such moments of critical mass patient care.
Our mission is to inform students about, and foster interest within, the fields of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology.
We are the UofSCSOMG Campus Chapter of Remote Area Medical (RAM). RAM is a national non-profit organization founded in 1985 that organizes weekend-long clinics that provide high-quality free medical, dental, and vision services to anyone in attendance. They work with local host groups to address health care disparities in their communities and equip these communities with the strategies and resources necessary to confront these issues head-on. As the UofSCSOMG Chapter of RAM, we are working to organize a weekend-long RAM clinic here in the Upstate. By custom-making glasses and dentures on site, proving dental cleanings and extractions, and offering specialty medical services and health screenings completely free of charge, we believe that we will help to prevent pain and alleviate suffering in the surrounding community by bringing in resources that help to fill a gap in terms of what services are currently offered to uninsured and low-income families. We plan on hosting an Upstate SC RAM Clinic in the next 12 months, which will require a large student volunteer involvement. We plan on raising awareness for other RAM clinics throughout the Southeast and getting UofSCSOMG students plugged in to volunteer opportunities at these clinics.
The Simulation Interest Group aims at integrating clinical knowledge and skills that students learn in the classroom and on rotations into real-life medical scenarios using the USCSOMG Simulation Center. Using state-of-the-art simulation technology and an interprofessional educational framework, students will get to experience collaborative and interactive learning through the guidance and teaching of faculty who will present clinical scenarios that will reinforce key concepts, procedures, and situations that students will likely encounter in their future.
We also focus on providing one-on-one personal workshops on all the clinical skills learned in IPM1 and 2 from history taking, to suturing and intubating.
The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority students, addressing the needs of the underserved communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent and socially conscious physicians.
The purpose of Supporting Women in Medicine (SWiM) shall be to create a presence of students, both male and female, who recognize the unique challenges females face within the field of medicine both as medical providers and patients. With this in mind, SWiM aims to educate and mentor future providers in tackling these challenges.
The Surgery Interest Group exists to promote the education of the field of surgery to the students of the UofSC School of Medicine Greenville. We hope membership in the group provides students an avenue through which to gain a better understanding of surgical treatment and explore interests in various surgical fields.
The purpose of Suture For The Future shall be to combine the efforts of faculty and medical students together in order to educate and inspire the next generation of healthcare providers. This task will be accomplished by holding events geared towards teaching valuable skills medical professionals use every day, such as but not limited to suturing, and to educate learners on what career paths in medicine specialize in these skills. This group is designed to inspire soon-to-be medical, nursing, technician, and physician assistant students as well as give the opportunity for current medical students and faculty to volunteer their time and pay-it-forward in a meaningful and fun way.
Transforming Medical School is a UofSCSOMG student-run blog open to all students to express themselves and their journey in medicine towards becoming exceptional physician leaders. It is open to all types of writing whether it be prose or poetry.
The mission of the urology interest group is to meaningfully and thoughtfully expose students to the surgical subspecialty of Urology through attending-student activities, mentorship and research.
Wild Med IG serves to expand knowledge, interest and support for medicine in rural situations. We promote skills and knowledge via presentations and programs that will allow medical students as future residents and physicians to be comfortable practicing in austere environments.
The Women in Surgery (WiS) Interest Group was created to foster and support the increasing interest in surgical careers by female medical students and to enhance the exposure of UofSC SOMG’s medical students to female surgeons within the Greenville community. Our organization works closely with the local residents and attending physicians by providing networking and mentorship opportunities, as well as serving as a forum for open discussion on topics related to professional development and challenges unique to women in surgery.