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Medicine Organizations

American Medical Association (AMA)/SCMA Medical Student Section

Educational Group, Interest Group, Professional Development Group

The AMA/SCMA Medical Student Section is dedicated to connecting students across the state and country in political activism. We work each year to create policy for both the SCMA and AMA on a large variety of topics, as well as traveling to conferences. We provide an excellent opportunity for leadership development, as well as a platform to meet hundreds of like-minded students from medical schools across the nation.

For more information, email:

Anesthesia Interest Group

Interest Group

The Anesthesia Interest Group will aim to provide educational activities in anesthesia for medical students enrolled in the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) College of Medicine. We will provide service opportunities for members as we see fit in the Charleston community.

For more information, email:

American Medical Women's Association

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

American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) is a group dedicated to the personal and professional development of our members. We hold group meetings throughout the year with female physicians in a variety of specialties to discuss challenges or differences as a female in their field. We also organize mentor pairs, group exercise, and other social events to bring our members together. In addition to this, we have a robust volunteering and fundraising component to our group. Currently our members serve as volunteers and labor coaches for young women at Florence Crittenton Home, a group home for pregnant teenage girls. For more information, please reach out to Sarah Smith, Clinical President. We look forward to meeting you soon!

For more information, email jcrex@g.clemson.edu or:

Association of Women Surgeons

Interest Group

The Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) is a national organization committed to supporting women surgeons at various stages in their career. Our chapter supports medical students interested in any field of surgery. Events include guest speakers, suture workshops, and other hands-on learning opportunities. We also host an annual Surgical Education Conference for regional college and high school students.

For more information, email:

Cardiology Student Interest Group

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

The Cardiology student interest group promotes medical student interest in the field of cardiology through educational events as well as social events that promote interactions between medical students and cardiology residents and faculty. The group seeks to support and foster an interest in cardiology. It also provides career guidance for students considering a career in Cardiology.

For more information, email:

CARES Medical Clinic

Community Outreach Group, Educational Group, Service Group

The CARES Clinic is a non-profit organization providing free medical care to uninsured patients aged 18 and older in the local Charleston area since 2005 (those insured under Medicare or Medicaid do not qualify). It is operated and managed by professional students of MUSC for the opportunity to learn about medicine and the inter-workings of a free clinic. At CARES, medical, pharmacy, and PA students follow licensed physicians who are volunteering their time to care for our patients.

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

Delta Sigma Delta

Community Outreach Group, Educational Group, Service Group, Social Group

Delta Sigma Delta is an organization of dentists and dental students brought together with the common goal of promoting excellence in the dental profession. We are a social fraternity that provides networking opportunities throughout the school, gives back to the community through volunteer work, and promotes leadership opportunities for its members.

For more information, email:

Dermatology Interest Group

Interest Group

The purpose of this organization is to facilitate student interest in dermatology as well as student-physician relationships in the field. In addition, our goal is to create philanthropic events to bring greater awareness to skin disease and the principles of sun protection to the Lowcountry.

For more information, email:

Emergency Medicine Interest Group

Interest Group

The Emergency Medicine Interest Group at MUSC is a student run organization geared towards those interested 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). Third year medical students benefit from information sessions focused on planning their fourth year, choosing the time and location of their EM rotation, and choosing an EM residency. 1st and 2nd years have the opportunity to shadow physicians in a level 1 trauma center during the school year, and rising 2nd years can gain more exposure to EM through summer experiences.

For more information, email ashlyncooperr@aol.com or:

Family Medicine Interest Group

Interest Group

Our mission is to promote awareness of the scope of Family Medicine and demonstrate the passion of students and faculty involved in Primary Care through interactive educational activities, invited speakers and inter-professional experiences. We seek to do all of this while dealing with the challenge of working in a research/subspecialist-geared environment. We are working daily to build a more solid foundation of core members/activities in order to continue our growth as a club.

For more information, email:

Financial Literacy Interest Group

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

This Financial Literacy Interest Group is a resource for MUSC students from all colleges to learn more about financial topics. Topics discussed include: financial independence, student loan management, basic investing, budgeting, and retirement planning. This is a great opportunity for students to discuss financial topics with their peers and to learn from experts in various fields. Whether you have a personal interest in learning more about financial independence or you simply do not want feel trapped by your debt we are here to help!

For more information, email:

Global Health Interest Group

Interest Group

The mission of the Global Health Interest Group is to stimulate interest in the area of global health via student interaction, guest speakers, and outreach opportunities abroad. 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.

For more information, email:

Internal Medicine Interest Group

Interest Group

The Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG) aims to educate medical students interested in Internal Medicine and foster interest in the field at Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). This will be done primarily via meetings in which Internal Medicine physicians and residents participate in discussions on internal medicine topics and provide information concerning career trajectories in Internal Medicine. The members of IMIG will have the opportunity to join the American College of Physicians – American Society of Internal Medicine (ACP-ASIM). This organization will provide additional opportunities for other meetings and conferences to attend. IMIG will promote involvement of students and professionals from various disciplines concerned with the care of the internal medicine community, with the purpose of enhancing the multiple dimensions of internal medicine care.

For more information, email:

Med-Pediatrics Interest Group

Interest Group

The Med-Peds Interest Group (MPIG) is dedicated to students who desire to treat patients of all ages and have an interest in internal medicine and pediatrics. Our meetings include hosting Med/Peds residents and physicians to discuss the benefits of being involved in this specialty, what makes it different, and how it helps improve patient care. We host different activities and discussions on caring for patients with unique health concerns such as congenital heart disease, which can uniquely be suited for those trained in internal medicine-pediatrics.

For more information, email:

Medical Innovation Group

Interest Group, Professional Development Group

The Medical Innovators student interest group's purpose is to build an entrepreneurial environment for students that are seeking to work on, or simply learn about, innovative projects in the medical space, including developing new medical device, pharmaceutical, and health information technology. We hope to connect students with resources to make their innovative ideas a reality, and as a result, build a collaborative framework at MUSC.

For more information, email:

Medical Student Alumni Council

Alumni Council

MSAC is a student-run organization that is made up of medical students representing each of the medical school classes. Our goal is to help strengthen relationships between current MUSC students and our alumni. Working closely with the Alumni Association, we plan programming aimed at fostering relationships. Programs include student networking events, Alumni weekend, and more.

For more information, email:

Medical Students for Choice

Educational Group, Interest Group, Service Group

Our Medical Students for Choice chapter is part of an internationally known non-profit organization committed to the de-stigmatization of and education on abortion provision for medical students and residents. With a focus on family planning care and reproductive justice, its activities include hands-on workshops, discussion with local political activists, and participation in annual national conferences.

For more information, email:

Medical Ultrasound Interest Group

Interest Group

Increasing COM student opportunities for exposure and hands-on practice with ultrasound.

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

Military Medicine Interest Group (MMIG)

Interest Group

The Military Medicine Interest Group serves as a resource to current and potential Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) recipients, other military members and their spouses and families. We volunteer with local veterans throughout the Charleston community. We encourage anyone interested in a career within the military to join!

For more information, email:

PATHOS

Interest Group

PATHOS is the pathology interest at the Medical University of South Carolina that seeks to provide medical students exposure to the diverse professional opportunities available in the field of pathology and laboratory medicine. The group holds multiple meetings throughout each semester which can include faculty panels, tumor boards and other discussions pertaining to pathology residency.

For more information, email:

Obstetrics & Gynecology Interest Group (OBIG)

Interest Group

OBIG is a student run organization geared towards those interested in OB/GYN as a specialty and career choice, or anyone who wants to learn more about the field. We hold regular monthly meetings that include both hands-on clinical skills, volunteering and interactive presentations.

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

Oncology Interest Group

Interest Group

A group of medical students interesting in learning more about the practice of Medical, Radiation, and Surgical Oncology. We organize meetings and have speakers on subjects, such as Pediatric Oncology practice and how to prepare for an Oncology Fellowship. We are also involved in outreach for various Cancer societies and recruiting people for the Bone Marrow Registry.

For more information, email:

Paul B. Underwood Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society

Community Outreach Group, Service Group

The mission of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) is to recognize individuals who are exemplars of humanistic patient care and who will serve as role models in medicine throughout their careers. The power of the Society brings them together to sustain their own humanism and to inspire and nurture humanism in others.

For more information, email:

Phi Chi Medical Fraternity

Service Group, Social Group

Phi Chi Medical Fraternity is a group of medical students who value philanthropy, academics, and social experiences. Phi Chi recruits students who show a passion for making the world a better place via service that helps our community. We have worked with Ronald McDonald House, Charleston Animal Society and Habitat for Humanity in last couple of years - to name a few. Phi Chi strives to provide opportunities for students to be leaders at MUSC as well as providing philanthropic projects, academic assistance and social events, such as trivia nights, group dinners etc. that students can enjoy while in medical school and beyond. Our main social event each year is a dinner boat cruise on Charleston Harbor, which is always enjoyed by all!

For more information, email:

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Interest Group

Interest Group

The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Interest Group exists to promote interest in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R). PM&R focuses on restoring functionality and quality of life to individuals experiencing debilitating conditions affecting the nervous and musculoskeletal systems. Physiatrists utilize their expert diagnostic skills and technological advancements in rehabilitation medicine, regenerative medicine and interventional procedures to get patients back to living their lives to the fullest degree possible. We hold regular meetings featuring presentations and interactive sessions led by attendings highlighting important information including information on residency programs, fellowship opportunities, and various aspects of clinical practice. We also host volunteer activities and offer additional opportunities for those seeking further career exploration and guidance. We hope you will join us at our next event!

For more information, email:

Physicians for Human Rights

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

MUSC PHR is a student-run organization at the Medical University of South Carolina. MUSC PHR runs an Asylum Clinic that provides pro bono forensic evaluations for asylum seekers and other immigrants and connects clients to local organizations that can offer medical and social support.

For more information, email musc.asylum@gmail.com or:

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Interest Group

Educational Group, Interest Group, Professional Development Group

The Plastic Surgery Interest Group (PSIG) provides opportunities for students within the College of Medicine to explore plastic surgery as a specialty and career option. At regular meetings throughout the year, the PSIG provides an opportunity for students to meet with attending physicians, hear lectures on current trends in the field, learn about different residency programs, and even practice basic suturing techniques. Plastic surgery is an incredibly diverse and dynamic field, and we encourage anyone who might be interested to come learn more.

For more information, email:

Public Health Interest Group

Interest Group

The Public Health Interest Group exists to educate, equip, and empower the medical scholars of today to be the public health leaders of tomorrow, in whatever specialty they eventually find themselves, by exploring the intersection between public health and clinical practice.

For more information, email: 

Radiology Interest Group 

Interest Group

The Radiology Interest Group at MUSC is a student run organization that strives to foster interest in the field of Radiology within the student body by hosting interactive sessions and lectures, thereby enabling students to better understand what radiologists do, in addition to learning about subspecialties and imaging modalities. We also have many meetings with other interest groups on campus, demonstrating the breadth of Radiology and how it is important to the multidisciplinary care of patients. As an organization, part of our mission is to assist students who are interested in a career in Radiology and get them connected with mentors to organize research opportunities, as well as to provide guidance about the residency application process. We hope to see you at our next event!

For more information, email rig.musc@gmail.com or:

SAWBONES: Orthopedic Interest Group

Interest Group

Sawbones, formed and approved by COMSC in 2006, is a Student Interest Group for those who are interested in Orthopaedics as a career. Sawbones usually meets about 7-8 times with speakers Sawbones, formed and approved by COMSC in 2006, is a Student Interest Group for those who are interested in Orthopaedics as a career. Sawbones usually meets about 7-8 times with speakers from the field of Orthopaedics who address various topics. We also provide casting and suturing workshops once a year. We host various volunteer events throughout the year and host a meeting to help students prepare for Step 1, set their MS3 year schedule, and help MS4s apply for away rotations.

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

Sports Medicine Interest Group

Interest Group, Service Group

The Sports Medicine Interest Group (SMIG) is a student run organization to promote sports medicine in specialties such as orthopedics, PM&R, internal medicine, etc. Activities throughout the year include presentations from faculty, joint meetings with other interest groups, as well as volunteer and shadowing opportunities in the community.

For more information, email:

Student National Medical Association

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

Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students, addressing the needs of underserved communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent and socially conscious physicians.

For more information, email musccm@snma.org or:

Student Team Enrichment Mentors (STEM)

Mentoring Group

We are a mentoring group that pairs pre-clinical first year students with 3rd year medical students in their clinical year! We hope to foster relationships and be a link between students in the classroom and students in the hospital! Your mentor can serve as someone to ask any variety of questions to, from how to study for your first test to how to decide "what you want to be when you grow up." We also host panels throughout the year on topics such as Step 1, research opportunities, and post-match panels about different specialties!

For more information, email:

Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN)

Educational Group, Interest Group, Professional Development Group

The Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN) promotes medical student interest in the field of neurology through educational events as well as social events that promote interactions between medical students and neurology residents and faculty. SIGN is a nationwide organization affiliated with the American Academy of Neurology, and it provides numerous opportunities for students to develop and foster an interest in neurology. It also provides potential career guidance for students considering a career in neurology.

For more information, email:

Student Psychiatry Interest Group

Interest Group

The Student Psychiatry Interest Group (SPIG) hosts a variety of activities to introduce students to the field of Psychiatry. Along with lectures and meetings, we encourage all who are interested to participate in our annual soiree, brain stimulation lab tour, and local outreach programs teaching middle-school students about mental illness, drug abuse, and suicide. In addition to learning more about the field, this group is a great starting point for further involvement in various academic opportunities throughout the department.

For more information, email polcyn@usc.edu or:

Surgery Interest Group

Interest Group

The Surgical Interest Group (formerly known as the Surgical Training Awareness and Residency (STAR) group) was founded in 1998 to inform and educate medical students about the various surgical specialties and residency programs. STAR hosts speakers from various surgical disciplines on a monthly basis. We also provide opportunities for medical students to learn surgical techniques including knot-tying, scrubbing, and suturing. In the spring, we offer a residency workshop where speakers provide information on the process of applying for, and securing a position in the residency program of your choice.

For more information, email:

Urology Interest Group

Interest Group

The Urology Interest Group at MUSC strives to provide medical students with early exposure to urology. Urology is a unique field that blends clinical medicine and surgery along with a friendly atmosphere. Urology continues to build upon its impressive work with minimally invasive robotic and laparoscopic surgeries, yet is a field that very few students know about when entering medical school. The Urology Interest Group works with the Urology Department at MUSC to increase exposure to this exciting field by providing opportunities to learn about it through talks, shadowing and research opportunities.

For more information, email:

Vascular Surgery Interest Group

Interest Group

VSIG has a goal of increasing medical student awareness of the field of vascular surgery at MUSC. The group will serve to connect interested students with faculty for the purposes of career exploration, research opportunities, and mentorship.

For more information, email:

Vascular and Interventional Radiology Interest Group (VIRIG)

Interest Group

VIRIG is an interest group dedicated to informing and educating medical students about the exciting field of Vascular and Interventional Radiology. This includes holding meetings with various attendings to learn more about the field, educating students about the options for training, and connecting interested students with faculty mentors at MUSC.

For more information, email:

  • James Ngoyi, President, ngoyi@musc.edu
  • Madalyn Snoddy, Vice President, snoddym@musc.edu
  • Marc Heincelman, Advisor, heincelm@musc.edu
  • Vertical Integration Grand Rounds

    Educational Group, Interest Group

    An interactive teaching session in which we link concepts from the pre-clinical curriculum to the clinical experiences of third and fourth- year students in order to promote clinical reasoning as early as possible during medical education. The organization will prioritize audience interaction and active application of knowledge to solve clinically relevant problems.

    For more information, email:

    W.O.L.V.E.S

    Educational Group, Interest Group, Service Group

    The purpose of this group shall be to provide opportunities for learning and advancing members' skills in wilderness medicine. This includes: the scope of survival and field medicine, environmental physiology, high-altitude medicine, dive-medicine, tropical/travel medicine, and other emergency services in remote settings, as well as, in the context of unique environmental issues and factors.

    For more information, email: