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Student Interest Groups

Below is a list of available student interest groups. Contact the SOM Office of Student Affairs for a student interest group registration form.

Aerospace Medicine

Purpose: To engage all students interested in the medical limitations and possibilities in sub-orbital and space flight. Our objective is designed to facilitate internal/external ideas, projects, and research in Aerospace Medicine. Students will also develop a deeper understanding of the common principles that drive terrestrial medicine while learning aerospace medical topics. Additionally, we find value in sharing ideas and building connections within the small community of Aerospace Medicine.


  • President: Martin McCandless
  • Vice President: Katarina Pittman
  • Secretary: Mackenzie Miller
  • Treasurer: Joseph Alef
  • M2 representative: John Dumas
  • M1 representative: Isabella Pittman

Advisor: Dr. Ritesh Tandon

African American Visit Day 

Purpose: The purpose of this day is to address an article written by the AMA in 2015 that addressed the problem of the decrease of African American males in the medical profession. We are dedicated to doing things to help increase the number of minorities interested/attending medical school. Our biggest event is our AA Visit Days that we hold in the fall and spring of every academic year in which we bring college and high school student to UMMC and introduce them to medicine and assist them in overcoming any barriers that may exist between them and pursuing a career in medicine.


  • Co-Chair: Jamerius Waller
  • Co-Chair: Lorenzo Spencer
  • Co-Chair: Jared Vaughan
  • SNMA Liason: Ariel Wilson
  • BRIM Liason: Gregory Wilson

Advisor: Dr. Demondes Haynes


Purpose: The purpose of the Anesthesiology Interest Group, University of Mississippi School of Medicine Chapter, is to foster interest in the field of Anesthesiology. Additionally, we strive to provide medical students with hands-on experience and shadowing opportunities to let medical students experience first-hand the day in/day out activities that make Anesthesiology one of the most enjoyable and rewarding fields of Medicine.

  • President: Casey Spell
  • Vice President: Taylor Christian
  • Secretary: Tate Crosby
  • Simulation Coordinator: Walker Robinson


  • Dr. Bryan Hierlmeier
  • Dr. Justin Pipkins 

Association of Women Surgeons (AWS)

Purpose: The mission of the Association of Women Surgeons is to inspire, encourage, and enable women surgeons to achieve their personal and professional goals.


  • President: Chelsey Smith
  • Vice President: Hayley Schrock
  • Secretary: Luci Makamson
  • Treasurer: Kathryn Lucas
  • Advocacy Chair: Drew Morgan
  • M1 representative: Mollie Merrell
  • M2 representative: Lora Nason
  • M3 representative: Kelly Bonner
  • M4 representative: Sara Parker 


  • Dr. Felicitas Koller
  • Dr. Shuntaye Batson

Black Representation in Medicine (BRIM)

Purpose: The purpose of the Black Representation in Medicine (BRIM) program is to increase the number of African-American men and women who apply, gain admission, and successfully matriculate into graduate programs related to healthcare professions, specifically medicine.


  • President: Gregory Wilson
  • Vice President: Robert Tatum
  • Treasurer: Jordan Maury
  • Secretary: Hali Peterson
  • Social Media Coordinator: Ariel Wilson

Advisor: Dr. Demondes Haynes 

Blood Drive to Save Lives

Purpose: The purpose of the Blood Drive to Save Lives is to increase blood donations at UMMC and promote awareness and education of the blood bank and why it is so important to give blood. The Blood Drive to Save Lives hopes to form a strong relationship between Mississippi Blood Services and UMMC students. 


  • Chairman: Taylor Ferris
  • Executive Body Member: Helena Qu
  • Executive Body Member: Mari Liza Almand
  • Executive Body Member: Santana Holloway
  • Executive Body Member: Zahara Chowdhury

Advisor: Julian Gilner 


Purpose: The purpose of the Cardiovascular Interest Group is to introduce students to the fields of cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, and vascular surgery and demonstrate how these fields work closely together to better patient outcomes. Students will be introduced to surgeons and cardiologists who will speak on interesting cases and personal experiences in their field. UMMC fellows will be invited to speak on ways for students to better their applications and understand the pathways to each subspecialty. The hope is to prepare students from an early point in their medical school curriculum to both make an informed decision on their career path and have the tools necessary to achieve their goals.


  • President: Haley Jenkins
  • Vice President: Alex Smith
  • Secretary: Zachary Klopman
  • Treasurer: Sam Thomas
  • Socia Media Chair: Jennifer Stapel 
  • Class of 2024 Representative: Chandler Winstead
  • Class of 2023 Representative: Wilson Lutz 
  • Class of 2022 Representative: Clark Martin
  • Class of 2021 Representative: Ben Matthews

Advisor: Dr. Mike McMullan

Club Med

Purpose: To promote communication among members and faculty. To obtain information about careers in internal medicine. To promote the profession of internal medicine. To serve the medical school and campus public. To promote student membership in the American College of Physicians (ACP).


  • President: Edwin Taylor Moore
  • Vice President: Summer Morrisette
  • Treasurer: Benjamin Matthews
  • Secretary: Alexander Knight
  • Special Events Director: Nathan Usry
  • ACP Recruitment Chair: Alexander Banks Carlisle
  • Community Service Chairs:
    • Priyanka Parajuli
    • Bijal Patel
  • Social Media Chair: Dylan Tribolet
  • Shadowing Coordinator: Alexander Rizk
  • M4 Class Representatives:
    • Nathan Usry
    • Alexander Rizk
  • M3 Class Representatives:
    • Brittany Mitchell
    • Jessica Williams
  • M2 Class Representatives:
    • Zachary Klopman
    • Anna Lauren Gathings Winter
    • Ben Thompson
    • Riley Alef

Advisor: Dr. Savannah Duckworth

Dermatology Interest Group (DIG) 

Purpose: To foster interest in dermatology as a career among students, connect students with dermatology faculty and residents as mentors, and educate students about dermatological conditions.


  • President: Hollis Burrow
  • Vice President: Casey Spell

Advisor: Dr. Robert Brodell

Doctors Without Borders Student Chapter

Purpose: The purpose of the student chapter is to mirror the goals of this great humanitarian organization. DWB/MSF has treated tens of millions of people around the world since its inception in 1971. It is a non-partisan, independent humanitarian organization that aims to bring health care to the far corners of the globe where it is most needed. As a student chapter, we will support the mission of DWB/MSF by hosting meetings, fundraisers, educational events, guest speakers, etc., throughout the year. The ultimate goal is to foster in trust in DWB/MSF at UMMC and bring attention to current issues facing global/public health.


  • President: Mark Lewis
  • Vice President: Andrew del Castillo
  • Events Coordinators:
    • Tracey Le
    • Kevin Varghese
  • Treasurer: Henry Nguyen
  • Marketing/Publicity Chairs:
    • Emily Lewis
    • Sarah Dulske
  • Fundraising Chair: Aram Seo

Advisor: Dr. Alan D. Penman

Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG)

Purpose: To educate UMMC medical students about the field of emergency medicine, connect students with faculty and residents, and foster support and mentorship in pursuing a career in emergency medicine.


  • President: Alexander Meyer
  • Vice President: Jazmyn Shaw
  • Treasurer: Will Salaun
  • Sim Coordinators:
    • Ariel Childs
    • Kelsey Kunk Morgan
  • M3 Representative: Taylor Christian
  • M2 Representative: Michelle Basha


  • Dr. Allison Barrett
  • Dr. Jonah Gunalda

ENT Student Interest Group

Purpose: The purpose of the ENT Student Interest Group is to provide UMMC medical students with information about the field of otolaryngology and guide future otolaryngologists through the application and Match process. 


  • President: Nick Bosworth 
  • Vice President: Brad Clifton
  • Secretary: Alex Johnson
  • Treasurer: Hannah Turbeville 

Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Carron

Family Medicine

Purpose: To provide medical students opportunities of engagement in the field of family medicine; to network among fellow students interested in primary care; to offer opportunities of engagement in various philanthropic efforts in our community; to further expand clinic skills through workshops and learning opportunities and to bolster the interest of family medicine among students.


  • President: Weston Eldridge
  • Vice President: Lane Williamson
  • Secretary: Lily Fran McCrory
  • Treasurer: Shelby Swede
  • Community Service Chairs:
    • Richard Easterling
    • Cailey Crawford
  • Event Coordinators:
    • Jordan Jackson
    • Daulton Newman
  • MAFP Liaison: Lauren Billington
  • M4 Representatives:
    • Kaylie Bradshaw
    • Praise Seo
  • M3 Representatives:
    • Daulton Newman
    • Lane Williamson
    • Katie Cranston
  • M2 Representative: Richard Easterling


  • Dr. Sheree Melton
  • Beth Wilson

Food Recovery Network


  • President: Mariam Ebeid
  • Vice President: Catherine Jameson
  • Volunteer Coordinator: Anna Margaret McDonnell
  • Community Outreach Co-Chairs:
    • Alexis Lehman
    • Max Harrigill
  • Social Media Chair: Abby Matthews
  • Leadership Committee:
    • Jasmine Ware
    • Simmi Pal
    • Marc Briscoe
    • Duncan Maxwell
    • Julieta Mendez
    • Karla Velez

Advisor: Dr. Alan Penman

FrancoMed French Medical Student Group

Purpose: To foster French language skills and to enhance the knowledge base of French medical terminology for use in the clinic and in the practice of medicine in Francophone countries of humanitarian need.


  • President: Alex Rizk
  • Vice President: Rachel Myers
  • Secretary: Sam Gearhart
  • Treasurer: Alex Meyer
  • M3 Class Representatives: Courtney Ross and Reya Hayek
  • M4 Class Representative: Walker Robison

Future Doctors in Politics at UMMC 

Purpose: Empowering future physicians to affect structural and political change that centers the patients and the communities we servce. 


  • President: Sunna Savani
  • Vice President: Ian Taylor
  • Secretary: Ivanna Adams-Nelson
  • Policy Director: Seem Murugan
  • Programming Director: Anna Peyton Montesi
  • Advocacy Director: Rachael Pace
  • Communications Director: Davis Rippee 

Advisor: Dr. Claude D. Brunson 

History of Medicine Interest Group (HMIG)

Purpose: The History of Medicine Interest group is a student-led organization that is dedicated to celebrating the history of medicine and its development. HMIG is an academic program that is open to students from any of the university's professional programs. HMIG strives to provide students with an opportunity to attend presentations and lectures by physicians who have had a significant impact on medical history. HMIG is also dedicated to providing interested students with available research opportunities tasked with preserving the history of medicine.


  • President: Abigail Snider
  • Vice President: Sarah Brannan
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Katherine Cranston

Advisor: Dr. Ralph H. Didlake

HomeRun Collaboration

Purpose: The HomeRun program is a student-led collaboration between the UMMC School of Medicine and the Jackson Public School district, creating opportunities for medical students to teach lessons and activities based upon the goals provided by the teachers. This structure allows medical students to use their creativity and experience in their lessons and activities, while meeting the curricular needs of the teachers. The lesson objectives are focused on areas of science, medicine, preventive health, and self-management. The teaching opportunities create bridges into the local communities, giving students an opportunity to interact with young doctors-in-training, and allowing them to see how a love of science, medicine, and scholarship can be applied to their lives and future careers and opportunities.


  • Co-Director: Hollis Burrow
  • Vice President: Chandler Pride 

Advisor: Dr. Michael McMullan 

Internal Medicine Journal Club

Purpose: The Internal Medicine Journal Club is a student led journal club that strives to promote scholarly discussion of new research in clinical medicine as well as foster a mindset of life long learning. 


  • President: Aaron Poole
  • Vice President: Helena Qu

Advisor: Dr. Brett Jeter 

Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

Purpose: Our purpose is to enlighten and inspire careers in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.


  • President: Anna Lauren Winter
  • Vice President/President-Elect: Graham Hodge
  • Secretary: Ellie Carter
  • Treasurer: Brent Ferguson
  • Community Coordinator: Mary Harvey

Advisor: Dr. Jasmine T. Kency

Jackson Free Clinic (JFC)


  • Student Director: Daniel Patterson
  • Secretary: Sarah Tramel
  • Treasurer: Aalaap Desai
  • Edu/Research:
    • JoJo Dodd
    • Tilak Patel
    • Michael Hohl
    • Hali Peterson
  • Grant Writing:
    • Max Harrigill
    • Sarah Stroup
  • Structure: Somto Ngwudike
  • Student Volunteer Coordinators:
    • Monica Nguyen
    • Amira Abbas
    • Wilson Benton
  • Acquisitions:
    • Sally McClung
    • Luke Wojohn
    • Andrew Mahoney
  • Public Relations/Fundraising:
    • Alexis Brantley
    • Yousef Hreish
  • Physician Volunteer Coordinators:
    • Cal Wilkerson
    • Chrissy Miller
  • Information Technology: John Huffman
  • SHRP:
    • Erin Hadley
    • Macy Replogle 
  • Dental:
    • Collin Peterson
    • Katelynn Allen
  • Pharmacy:
    • Maria Gorla
    • Madison Parker
  • School of Population Health:
    • Lauren Steele
  • Medical Director: Dr. Thais Tonore 

Literati Medicus (Humanism in Medicine Book Club)

Purpose: Allow students (M3s and M4s) to meet and discuss issues and have a safe place to debrief about medical issues and questions.


  • Co-Chairs:
    • MariMac Collins
    • Brad Clifton
    • Reid Black
Advisor: Dr. Sharon Douglas

Medical Spanish Interest Group 

Purpose: To educate students of the needs of the Spanish-speaking population, provide Spanish community screenings, and help students become certified interpreters. 


  • President: Aleysh Alejandro
  • Vice President: Alex Fratesi
  • Treasurer: Conner Ball 


  • Dr. Alan Penman
  • Dr. Licy L. Yanes

OB/GYN Student Interest Group

Purpose: The OB/GYN student interest group serves to foster an interest in the field and to facilitate a better understanding of the practice and its subspecialties. This will be achieved through professional contacts, exposure to clinical experience and interaction with the department. The OB/GYN interest group will strive to meet the interests and needs of all medical students at UMMC who are interested in a career in this field.


  • President: Ashtin Beckett
  • Vice President: Darby Whitney
  • Secretary: Anna Bailey Britt
  • Treasurer: Courtney Ross

Advisor: Dr. Rachael Morris


Purpose: To provide students with opportunities to meet and learn from physicians, fellows, residents, and researchers about the different fields of oncology. These include medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgical oncology, orthopaedic oncology as well as clinical and basic research.


  • President: Santana Holloway
  • Vice President: Bijal Patel
  • Secretary: Katherine Thiel
  • Treasurer: Chris Price
  • M4 Representative: Kelly Hill
  • M3 Representative: Joe Pongetti
  • M2 Representative: Erin McDevitt

Advisor: Dr. Srinivasan Vijayakumar

Ophthalmology Interest Group 

Purpose: To promote interest in the field, connect students with residents and faculty, and provide research and service opportunities.


  • President: MariMac Collins
  • Vice President: Max Harrigill
  • Secretary: Kyle Kennedy
  • Resident and Faculty Teaching Award Chair: Katie Webb
  • Ophthalmology Guide Chairs:
    • Samuel Rose
    • Sarah Grace Sobiesk

Advisor: Dr. Jay Craddock

Orthopaedic Preparation Program (OPP) 

Purpose: The aim of this group is to help students gain a realistic perspective of the orthopaedic field early in their medical education. The Orthopaedic Preparation Program will provide a forum where students at UMMC can discuss topics relevant to the musculoskeletal system, obtain current information regarding orthopaedic residency programs, and to connect with mentors to gain advice on pursuing a career in orthopaedic surgery.


  • President: Andrew Day
  • Vice President: Travis Fortin
  • Financial and Event Coordinator: Jacob Mercier
  • Secretary: Daniella Dipaolo
  • Public Relations Officer: Paige Mims
  • Student Research Coordinator: Joe Pongetti


  • Khristina Lang
  • Amy Kraus

Pathology Interest Group

Purpose: To expand awareness and interest among students about the field of pathology. To encourage students to consider pathology as a career and allow interested students to make contacts with faculty and residents. We also seek to raise awareness among students about the crucial role pathology plays in modern medical practice.


  • President: Mary Clay Bailey
  • Vice President: Kristen Roberts
  • Secretary: Jack Culbertson
  • Treasurer: Darius Kennedy
  • M2 Representative: Andrew Biesemier


  • Dr. Neha Varshney
  • Dr. Chase Middleton

Patient P.A.L.S.

Purpose: Patient P.A.L.S. is a student-led program set up for M1 and M2 students in cooperation with UMMC's Office of Patient Experience and Volunteer Services. Patient PALS allows M1 and M2 students to get personal one on one interactions with hospitalized patients in a non-medical aspect here at UMMC. This program not only gives medical students the opportunity to further develop their interpersonal skills but also allows patients to enjoy the company of someone who is not there solely to give them medical treatment.


  • Coordinator: Hunter Berry
  • Coordinator: Baylor Orbert
  • Coordinator: Hayes Walker
  • Coordinator: Ally Elliott
  • Coordinator: Jessica Williams 


  • Dr. Michael McMullan
  • Hillary Basden

Pediatric Interest Group

Purpose: To bring awareness and knowledge of pediatrics to our medical school classes, host fundraisers, toy drives, etc., to help meet the needs of Children's of Mississippi.


  • President: Michelle Mitchell
  • Vice President: Steele Liles
  • Secretary: Lara Lamanilao
  • Treasurer: Ben Thompson


  • Dr. Jeffrey Crout
  • Laura Thigpen

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Interest Group 

Purpose: To expose medical students to the specialty of plastic surgery and provide a forum for engagement with attendings, residents, and older medical students involved in the specialty.


  • President: J.C. Davidson
  • Vice President: Madyson Brown
  • Secretary: Hunter Berry
  • Treasurer: Somer Durr

Advisor: Dr. Benjamin McIntyre

Preventive Medicine and Population Health

Purpose: To increase awareness of and foster interest in preventive medicine, lifestyle medicine, and population health education, research, and career opportunities.


  • President: Kaleb Barnes
  • Vice President: Richard Easterling
  • Secretary: Sarah Stroup
  • Treasurer: Lora Nason
  • Resident Advisor: Bishoy Samuel


  • Dr. Joshua Mann
  • Dr. Josie Bidwell
  • Dr. Paul Burns
  • Dr. Charles Chima

Procedural Simulation Interest Group

Purpose: To better the technical and clinical competency through offering education and hands on experience with important procedural skills. 


  • President: Sam Gearhart


  • Dr. Anna Lerant 
  • Dr. Jeff Orledge

Psychiatry Student Interest Group (PsychSIG)

Purpose: To nurture the psychiatric interests of our membership and to facilitate broader student education and understanding of psychiatry across campus.


  • President: Kelsey Kunk Morgan
  • Vice President: Amanda Kaminski
  • Treasurer: Dax Bushway
  • Secretary: Jeremy Hudson
  • Community Service/Shadowing Chair: Alexis Witcher
  • M3 Representative: Keely Charles
  • M1 Representative: Sophia Maneck


  • Dr. Sara Gleason
  • Dr. Osman Athar 

Radiology Interest Group (RIG)

Purpose: To increase medical student interest and awareness of radiology. The group serves as the liason for students that want to learn mroe about radiology and build a relationship with the department. We help medical students get their questions answered about radiology specialties, discuss the benefits of the department, and connect students with current radiology residents and faculty.


  • President: Kirby Parker
  • Vice President: Neil Shannon


  • Dr. Charlotte Taylor
  • Dr. Brandon Kelly
  • Dr. Evan Blair

Reproductive Health Association

Purpose: 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 availability of all reproductive health care services. We work to address all aspects of reproductive health and its intersections in society on reproductive justice and patient autonomy.


  • President: Gabrielle Chamoun
  • Vice President: Madyson Brown

Advisor: Audra Schaefer


Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN)

Purpose: To make medical students aware of opportunities available in the field of Neurology. To further neurological knowledge of medical students. To provide opportunities for medical students to participate in activities related to the field of Neurology including: discussions by Neurologists, patient presentations, seminars, journal clubs, learning materials, and arranged shadowing of Neurologists in the workplace.


  • President: Catherine Kronfol
  • Vice President: Bismah Hasan
  • Secretary: Joshua Smith
  • Community Service Chair: Ghali Haddad
  • Social Media Chair: Lauren Billington


  • Dr. Christa O'Hana V. San Luis (Nobleza)
  • Dr. Prashant Natteru

Student Physicians for Social Responsibility (sPSR) 

Purpose: Student Physicians for Social Responsibility promotes environmental justice, addresses social disparities and advocates for a peaceful and secure world. Our goals are to increase awareness of the adverse health effects related to climate change and other environmental factors. In addition to promoting a sense of community between UMMC students, faculty, staff and the city of Jackson to clean the environment. 


  • President: Tilak Patel
  • Vice President: Hina Qureshi 
  • Treasurer: Kaval Patel
  • Secretary: Frances Lawson
  • Speaker and Volunteer Liasion: Andrew del Castillo/Shweta Chawla 

Advisor: Dr. Alan Penman


Purpose: To foster an interest in the field of surgery and to facilitate a better understanding of the practice of surgery and its subspecialties through professional contacts, exposure to the operative experience and an accurate representation of the lifestyle of a surgeon. The Surgery Interest Group will strive to meet the interests and needs of all medical students at UMMC's School of Medicine who are interested in the field of surgery.


  • President: Chris Price
  • Vice President: Camille Barbour
  • Secretary: Alexandra Elliot
  • Treasurer: Lindley Williams
  • Researching/Shadowing Chairs:
    • Joe Pongetti
    • Tyler Holm
  • Fundraising Chairs:
    • Rachelle Drygalla
    • Andrew Shine
  • M2 Class Representatives:
    • Somto Ngwudike
    • Conner Bancroft
  • M1 Class Representative:
    • Luci Makamson
    • Drew Shands

Advisor: Dr. Jacob Moreman

Technology in Medicine (TIM)

Purpose: To help students build a groundwork of understanding and familiarity with innovative medical technology; to expose medical students to the evolution of a medical device from idea to invention; to encourage growth in professionalism, networking, and community involvement for our members; to provide hands-on experience through workshops.


  • President: Reed Bigham 

Advisor: Dr. Roy Duhe

Telehealth Education Interest Group 

Purpose: To foster the integration of telehealth and digital health into a multidisciplinary education by providing a pipeline for student involvement and facilitating a broader understanding of telehealth through insights from a continuum of healthcare professionals. 


  • Co-President: Danielle Block
  • Co-President: Steele Liles


  • Dr. Richard Summers
  • Julio Cespedes 

UMMC Biking Club

Purpose: The UMMC Biking Club offers students and faculty at The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) an opportunity to actively learn, participate in and enjoy various types of biking. It will also serve as a body to raise money to provide physical exercise equipment for local underserved schools. 


  • President: Matthew Pinto
  • Vice President: Ruhi Randhawa 
  • Treasurer: Christopher Turley

Advisor: Dr. Robert Hester 

UMMC Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS) 

Purpose: The mission of the UMMC's Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS) is to advance the full and successful participation and inclusion of women faculty and learners within academic medicine. The local UMMC GWIMS chapter supports the mission of the AAMC to improve the health of all by serving as a national forum to promote policies, practices, and programs that advance women's successful participation and inclusion. 


  • President: Dr. Erin Dehon
  • President-Elect: Dr. Hanna Broome
  • Past-President: Dr. Kimberly Bibb
  • Programming Chair: Dr. Denise Cornelius
  • Awards Chair: Dr. Ana Palei
  • Mentoring Chair: Dr. Lorena Amaral
  • Membership Chair: Dr. Michelle Sheth
  • Secretary: Josie Alston
  • SOM Student Representative: Lachelle Hood
  • SGGHS Student Representative: Kadie Nobles 

Advisor: Dr. Juanyce Taylor

UMMC Metaphysicians

Purpose: The purpose of this group is to explore questions and situations pertinent to medicine through the lens of philosophy, both past and present. It is our sincere hope to examine such issues without preconceived answers or foregone conclusions, but rather to pursue topics ranging from epistemology to ethics from an objective and unbiased vantage. 


  • President: Cal Wilkerson

Advisor: Dr. Patrick Hopkins

UMMC Pacemakers

Purpose: To establish a fun and rewarding experience for medical students to engage with the Jackson community. In doing so, this organization aims to bring runners together through competition and camaraderie in hopes of creating a healthy and enthusiastic atmosphere. We will strive to move Mississippi in a positive direction one step at a time!


  • President: Joe Pongetti
  • Vice President: Ahmed El-Sadek
  • Secretary: Andrew Hopkins
  • Treasurer: Alex Rizk
  • Event Coordinator: Lauren Billington

Advisor: Dr. Michael McMullan

UMMC Pride

Purpose: UMMC Pride is an organization that focuses on LGBTQ+ individuals and the issues they face. We strive for education, understanding, and acceptance by promoting outreach, volunteerism, and clinical experience. We teach our members how to give sensitive care, as well as making efforts to prioritize service in our LGBTQ+ community.


  • Co-Presidents: Gracie Hubacek/Gabrielle Chamoun
  • Secretary: Ian Taylor
  • Treasurer: Zachary Kinler
  • Fundraising Chair: Rachel Royston
  • M4 Representative: Reid Black 
  • M3 Representative: Andrew Hopkins
  • M2 Representative: Will Bryant
  • M1 Representative: Kymberlee Evans 

Advisor: Dr. Scott Rodgers

Uniformed Services

Purpose: To keep those who are currently serving in the military updated on tasks they must complete, and also to build a community between our branches and classes. To give those who are not currently serving an opportunity to learn about what the US Military has to offer medical students.


  • President: Bryan Allen
  • Army Officer: Zachary Klopman
  • Naval Officer: Jojo Dodd
  • Air Force Officer: Walker Stayer
  • Community Outreach Chair: Amia Green

Advisor: Dr. Michael Nowicki


Purpose: To introduce medical students to the surgical specialty of Urology. We strive to promote communication among members and Urology faculty. We will discuss careers in Urology, advancements in Urology, and the Urology residency application process. We will also work closely with the Department of Urology to connect students with shadowing, mentoring, and research opportunities.


  • President: Graham Bobo
  • Vice President: Camille Azar
  • Secretary: Lauren Billington
  • Treasurer: Zach Mitchell


  • Dr. Christopher Bean
  • Dr. Charles Pound

Wellness Integration Committee 

Purpose: To organize and promote resources pertaining to the subject of wellness  to UMMC medical students. This includes efforts to improve student experience, promote positive lifestyle changes, and education on the integration of wellness into the practice of healthcare. 


  • President: Matt Donald 
  • Vice President: Clay Moss
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Affan Rizwan
  • Committee Liasion: Emily Cobb 

Advisor: Dr. Danny Burgess

Wilderness Medicine

Purpose: To improve management of remote and improvised care of patients with routine or exotic illness/trauma with limited resources and delayed evacuation to definitive care.


  • President: Will Salaun
  • Vice President: Jeremiah Reese
  • Treasurer: Elliot Taylor
  • Event Coordinator: Sam Gearhart
  • Fundraising Coordinator: Walker Robison
  • M4 Representative: Kirby Parker
  • M3 Representative: Joseph Cook
  • M2 Representative: Luke Wojohn

Advisor: Dr. John McCarter