Below is a list of available student interest groups. Contact the SOM Office of Student Affairs for a student interest group registration form.
Purpose: The Academic Medicine Interest Group (AMIG) is a student-run organization that seeks to educate UMMC medical students about careers in academic medicine, generate student interest in academics and research, and encourage students to incorporate academic activities into their careers as future physicians. AMIG will hold monthly meetings during which students will have the opportunity to listen to speakers from various specialties and engage in discussions exploring concepts of the triad of academic medicine - education, patient care, and research. AMIG will also focus on providing resources such as career planning, shadowing/research opportunities, and developing relationships with faculty through mentorship programs. Other benefits for members include various workshops, journal clubs, and opportunities to travel and work with students and faculty at other organizations and institutions who share our interests in promoting careers in academic medicine.
Purpose: The mission is two-fold: 1) Help students gain a better understanding of the exciting field of anesthesiology, including the skills involved and the spectrum of practices within the field; and 2) provide students who have decided to pursue anesthesiology as a career with resource to maximize their competitiveness as they enter the residency application process.
Purpose: AWS is an organization with international membership whose mission is to inspire, encourage, and enanble women surgeons to realize their professional and personal goals. The AWS Medical Student Committee is charged with developing resources to support, educate, and inspire women medical students pursuing a career in surgery. The organization's goals are: to promote professional growth and development; to enhance and facilitate interaction among women surgeons throughout the world; to foster an environment supportive of personal values and individual diversity; to advance the highest standards of competence and ethical behavior.
Advisor: Dr. Christopher Anderson
Purpose: The purpose of this organization 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 students 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.
Advisor: Dr. Manuel
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.
Purpose: To educate rising medical students about the practice of Cardiology and to garner interest and demonstrate the importance of the organ system in every field of medicine.
Advisor: Dr. Thomas Skelton
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).
Advisor: Dr. Savannah Duckworth
Purpose: To foster interest in dermatology as a career among students, connect students with dermatology faculty and residents as mentors, and educate students about dermatologic conditions.
Advisor: Dr. Nancye McCowan
Purpose: Relief of stress through any form of crafting, primarily crocheting and/or knitting. All creations should be donated to the VA CLC.
Purpose: The organization aims to enhance exposure to emergency medicine by providing medical students with shadowing opportunities, skills labs, and guest speakers.
Purpose: To advise and guide future otolaryngologists through the application and Match process.
Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Carron
Purpose: To inform medical students about the practice of family medicine and to have a central organization that allows students interested in the field of family medicine to meet and encourage one another.
Advisor: Dr. David Norris
Purpose: Enhance the knowledge base and proficiency of French medical terminology for clinical use and the practice of medicine in French-speaking areas of humanitarian need.
Advisor: Dr. JR Colvin
Purpose: To promote a more welcoming and supportive environment at UMMC for LGBT students. To address healthcare disparities in the LGBT community through education initiatives and volunteerism. To foster the development of a social and support network for LGBT and allied students, faculty and staff through on- and off-campus activities and events.
Purpose: To educate medical students, residents and faculty about health disparities in our local community and around the world by hosting a monthly lecture series. GHIG also seeks to connect students to mission opportunities and to provide financial support to students engaged in medical missions work.
Advisor: Dr. Alan Penman
Purpose: To foster interprofessional relationships and understanding, as well as learn about alternative views and professions in the medical community.
Advisor: Dr. Alan Penman
Purpose: To give medical students an opportunity to incorporate the humanities (history, art, literature, philosophy, etc.) into their study of medicine and inspire them to consider the comprehensive human experience of each patient in their future practice of medicine.
Advisor: Dr. Tarif Bakdash
Purpose: To foster interest in the language and culture of our Spanish speaking population. To teach basic Spanish speaking skills and medical terminology. To equip medical personnel with the language skills necessary to become Spanish translators for UMMC and any futurehospital/medical team they may work for.
Advisor: Dr. Jerry Clark
Purpose: Promote interest in cancer care, research; Promote communication among members and faculty; Obtain information about careers in medical oncology and malignant hematology; Promote the profession of medical oncology; Serve the medical school and campus public.
Advisor: John Clark Henegan
Purpose: To foster professional growth and career development of members of the University of Mississippi School of Medicine who are interested in the field of neurosurgery.
Advisor: Dr. Chad Washington
Purpose: The OBGYN Interest group exists to bring medical students interested in women's healthcare together, along with providing opportunities for other medical students to learn topics concerning women's healthcare. We also strive to do volunteer work in the community, especially in areas that would benefit women and women's healthcare. The OB/GYN Interest group works closely with the OB/GYN department at UMMC to ensure medical students interested in OB/GYN have access to advice and support from the department residents and staff. We are affiliated with the AL-MS ACOG section and attend events sponsored and supported by AL-MS ACOG.
Advisor: Dr. John Preston Parry
Purpose: To increase the knowledge and understanding of the practice of ophthalmology for the interested medical student while providing opportunities to meet department faculty, residents, fellows, and other students interested in the field.
Advisor: Dr. William Watkins
Purpose: The aim of this group is to help students gain a realistic perspective of the orthopedic 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 orthopedic residency programs, and to connect with mentors to gain advice on pursuing a career in orthopedic surgery.
Purpose: To expand awareness and interest among students about the field of pathology and encourage more students to consider pathology as a career; to allow interested students to make contacts with faculty and residents; and to raise awareness among students about the crucial role pathology plays in modern medical practice.
Advisor: Dr. William Daley
Purpose: To provide interested medical students with a base understanding of the field of pediatrics as well as opportunities to assist Batson Children's Hospital.
Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Crout
Purpose: The purpose of the Peer Assisted Learning Society is to enhance the existing medical school curriculum through "wear-peer" instruction and to establish a diverse community of role models who aim to participate in meaningful social interactions that create a sense of community and belonging amongst medical students and educators.
Advisor: Andrew Notebaert
Purpose: We are dedicated to nurturing the psychiatric interests of our membership and to facilitating broader student education and understading of psychiatry across campus.
Advisor: Dr. Sara Gleason
Purpose: This is an interest group designed to help students explore pulmonology and critical care as potential fields of specialization. This will give students an opportunity to hear about the specialty and hear from physicians who have pursued careers in the field.
Advisor: Dr. Avani Mehta
Purpose: The UMMC Quality Improvement Student Interest Group (UMMC QISIG) is an interprofessional chapter of the Cambridge Massachusetts Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). The purpose of our organization as an interprofessional chapter is to work towards advancing patient safety and quality improvement.
Adivsor: Dr. Kathleen Young
Purpose: The Radiology Interest Group (RIG) was created to increase medical student interest and awareness of radiology. The group serves as the liaison for students who want to learn more about radiology and build a relationship with the department. Typically, group meetings are comprised of around 50 students ranging from year one to year four of medical school and consist of overviews of the field delivered by residents and faculty combined with hands-on demonstrations which offer students the opportunity to perform ultrasounds, biopsies, etc.
Purpose: The committee's purpose is to encourage wellness among medical students (with a particular focus on M1 students) through regular programming and promoting other wellness initiatives (from UMMC Wellness Committee and ASB Wellness Committee). The group will also work with Dr. Burgess and Dr. Meredith to provide the Student Counseling and Wellness Center with feedback on their services.
Purpose: SIGN fosters medical student interest in neurology by providing opportunities to participate in clinical, research, and service activities in neurology, and increasing the student's neurologic knowledge. Student members of SIGN are eligible for free AAN membership and may also apply for national SIGN scholarships.
Advisor: Dr. Christa Nobleza
Purpose: To promote an interest in the field of surgery while providing students at UMMC the opportunity to interact with surgical physicians and to foster opportunities to improve surgical skills and techniques.
Advisor(s): Dr. Jacob Moreman
Purpose: To help students gain a better understanding of the field of urology and its various subspecialties and to provide insight from practicing physicians as well as current residents.
Purpose: To advance health care, research and education related to wilderness and outdoor-related medicine.
Advisor: Dr. John McCarter
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