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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 serves to provide information about the field of anesthesia to current medical students, as well as provide volunteer opportunities and technical skills workshops to its membership.

For more information, email:

American Medical Women's Association

Community Outreach Group, Professional Development 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

Women interested in any field of surgery. Events include guest speakers, suture labs, and other group events. We also put on the annual Surgical Education Conference for high school and college 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:

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:

ENT Interest Group

Interest Group

This group provides mentoring, skills training, and advising for students interested in otolaryngology (ENT).

For more information, email:

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, Social Group

This group is meant to be a resource for students to learn more about important financial topics beyond what is traditionally taught in medical school. This group is an outlet for students to discuss topics that they are interested in such as: student loan management, basic investing, budgeting, retirement planning, etc. This group is a great opportunity for people to discuss financial topics with their peers as well as learn from experts in various fields. Whether you have a personal interest in learning more about financial independence or you simply want to not feel trapped by your debt this group is for you!

For more information, email:

Global and Tropical Medicine Interest Group (GTMIG)

Educational Group, Interest Group

The mission of the Global and Tropical Medicine Interest Group (GTMIG) is to stimulate interest in the area of global health through lectures, student interaction, and a developing network through which to find opportunities to be active abroad. GTMIG is open to all students in the College of Medicine who are interested in learning more about global health and/or tropical medicine. 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. We hope to raise awareness of the complex health problems facing people of underdeveloped nations and serve as a resource to enable students to tackle these problems.

For more information, email:

Gold Humanism Honor Society

Community Outreach Group, Honor Society, Service Group

The Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) is a national honor society that recognizes peer-nominated medical students and physicians who support humanism in medicine. The Paul B. Underwood, Jr. Chapter at MUSC hosts and participates in various events throughout the school year including Solidarity Week, Thank a Resident Day, the White Coat Ceremony, Clinician's Eye, and the Charleston Clemente Course to name a few. GHHS members demonstrate excellence in clinical care, leadership, compassion, dedication to service, and are advocates for patient-centered, humanistic care.

For more information, email:

Internal Medicine Interest Group

Interest Group

Internal Medicine is a fantastic discipline that relies on a strong knowledge base and reasoning skills. IMIG meets regularly to connect medical students with internists, hospitalists, or sub-specialists in the field of Internal Medicine. Challenges, options, and how best to reach success are themes commonly explored. Got questions about the field? We hope to get them answered while fostering your interest.

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 and cystic fibrosis, which can uniquely be suited for those trained in internal medicine-pediatrics.

For more information, email:

Medical Innovation Group

Interest 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 Ophthalmology Society (MSOS)

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

MSOS is an interest and service group open to any medical student who is interested in the field of ophthalmology. We have several meetings each semester and participate in two outreach organizations throughout the year: Storm Eye Institute’s Fight for Sight free clinic & ReSpectacle. We hold clinics 2-3 times per semester at local clinics in our community. Along with the Storm Eye Institute residents and attending physicians, we provide free ophthalmic care to those in need. Attending these clinics offers medical students a great opportunity to improve interviewing skills, practice ophthalmic exam, and get exposure to the field of Ophthalmology. MSOS also participates in ReSpectacle, which is a web-based organization that connects people in need of glasses with an accurate prescription free of charge.

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, Homecoming weekend and more.

For more information, email:

Medical Students for Choice

Educational Group, Interest 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:

Military Medicine Interest Group (MMIG)

Interest Group, Service Group, Social Group

The Military Medicine Interest Group is a group for current military students, prior service students and any student interested in military healthcare opportunities. We organize volunteer opportunities with local military and veterans, group workout sessions and get together to discuss our common interests and questions about the life of a military healthcare professional. We welcome all students who are interested!

For more information, email:

MUSC Ultrasound Interest Group (MUSIG)

Interest Group

The MUSC UltraSound Interest Group (MUSIG) is a cohort of students with a shared goal of improving patient care through bedside ultrasonography. With faculty contribution from various specialties including Radiology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, and Internal Medicine, this group seeks to educate students about image acquisition, interpretation, and incorporation of ultrasound findings into patient care. Members have the unique opportunity to participate in a series of hands-on labs covering topics such as procedural ultrasound, echocardiography, abdominal ultrasound, and musculoskeletal ultrasound. Additional benefits include access to portable and hand-held ultrasound units. Membership is annual with officer election in the spring of each year.

For more information, email:

Nutrition in Medicine

Community Outreach Group, Educational Group, Service Group

We live in a time when rates of childhood obesity and diabetes are growing rapidly. These lifestyle-related diseases need to be addressed by future health professionals that understand proper nutrition and diet. The aim of this club will be to bridge that gap for students and expand education regarding basics and applied nutrition as well as various aspects of lifestyle medicine.

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:

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:

PATHOS (Pathology Interest Group)

Interest Group

Pathos (Pathology Interest Group) is a student run organization that is open to any student interested in the field of pathology. We typically host 2-3 meetings a semester covering different fields within Pathology and the residency application process. Other activities include tours of the MUSC pathology museum and clinical skills workshops involving frozen sections and FNA practice sessions. Lastly we collaborate with Radiology and Oncology interest groups to host mock tumor boards that allow students to observe and participate in these faculty driven educational opportunities.

For more information, email:

Pediatric Interest Group

Interest Group

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

For more information, email pediatric-interest-group@musc.edu or

Phi Chi Medical Fraternity

Community Outreach Group, Service Group, Social Group

Phi Chi Medical Fraternity is a service-based organization with a two-fold mission. First and foremost, we seek to be a positive asset to our community by offering our time to benefit a variety of causes. In the past, we have worked closely with the Charleston Animal Society, the Ronald McDonald House, and Habitat of Humanity and have arranged several fundraisers for a multitude of causes. Second, we realize the importance of building and strengthening relationships among our fellow colleagues in the medical profession. We achieve this by hosting monthly social gatherings, which in the past have included trivia nights, bowling, dinners, etc. Our main social event each year is a dinner cruise on Charleston Harbor, which is always enjoyed by all!

For more information, email:

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Interest Group  

Interest Group

We are an interest group formed with the intention of bringing awareness to the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Being a lesser known specialty around campus, our goal is to help educate students on the services offered by PM&R providers through a series of lectures as well as workshops which may include prosthetics, orthotics, ultrasound and other modalities. We will also have joint events with other specialties throughout the year. Escape the stress and come see what we are about!

For more information, email:

Physicians for Human Rights

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

Physicians for Human Rights promotes the idea of health as a human right and is dedicated to creating a generation of globally-focused and human rights conscious physicians. Through training sessions, guest-speakers, and educational opportunities we hope to promote a better understanding of global health and human-rights issues. 

Our student-run asylum clinic offers students the opportunity to participate in medical evaluations of asylum-seekers in South Carolina, allowing students to gain experience as advocates for health and human rights.

For more information, email:

Plastic 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 (PHIG) seeks to explore the diverse field for public health within the context of clinical medical practice. PHIG hopes to stimulates interest in public health and help students recognize how public health service can be incorporated into their diverse careers. We provide a monthly lecture series focused on current public health issues and events, opportunities to support MUSC'S World AIDS Day and National Public Health Week celebrations, and a chance to meet students interested in public health from other colleges on campus.

For more information, email: 

Radiology Interest Group 

Interest Group

The Radiology Interest Group 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. We have a variety of meetings, from lectures and speakers to hands on experience like US labs. We also have many joint meetings with other interest groups on campus, demonstrating the wide and fascinating breadth of Radiology and how it is an important aspect in 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 faculty members and mentors to organize research opportunities, as well as to provide guidance about the residency application process.

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 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

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:

STEM (Student Team Enrichment Mentors)

Mentoriing Group

The goal of STEM is to provide first-year medical students with a tailored, one-on-one mentor relationship with a student in their clinical years (M3) that will last throughout medical school. Because of the nature of our chosen profession, mentorship will play a significant role throughout our careers, and we want to foster these relationships early on. Students are matched up with a mentor on the basis of interests and potential specialty and are able to use that mentor as a resource for advice on study methods, wellness, and more. Larger group events and student panels throughout the year focus on specific topics of interest to the first year class. We hope you will join us this year!

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

We host a variety of lectures and other activities throughout the academic year to introduce students to the exciting field of psychiatry. These activities include an annual soiree, a careers in psychiatry meeting, and discussions at local schools to educate young people about mental illness, drug abuse, and suicide.

For more information, email:

Surgical Training Awareness & Residency (STAR)

Interest Group

Surgical Training Awareness and Residency (STAR) 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: 

  • Tara Sweeney, Co-President, sweeneta@musc.edu
  • Jacob Balmer, Co-President, balmerj@musc.edu
  • Pickney J Maxwell, Advisor, maxwelpj@musc.edu

    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 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:

  • Hubert Smith, Co-President, smithhu@musc.edu
  • Baxter Williams, Co-President, willibax@musc.edu
  • Ricardo Yamada, Advisor, yamada@musc.edu
  • Vertical Integration Grand Rounds

    Interest Group

    VIGR is an interactive teaching session in which we link concepts from the pre-clinical curriculum to clinical practice. We strive to take the topics and concepts from the pre-clinical curriculum (1st and 2nd-year students) and link it to the clinical experiences of third and fourth-year students. All of this is in the effort to promote clinical reasoning skills as early as possible. We prioritize audience interaction and active application of knowledge to solve clinically relevant problems – your participation and engagement are key to making this a successful and useful event!

    For more information, email:

    WOLVES

    Interest Group, Social Group

    Our mission is to provide programs and activities that advance our members' knowledge in the prevention, recognition, and treatment of medical problems away from hospital-based care. We host lectures, training, and scenario-based learning simulations centered on the practical application of wilderness medicine. We also seek to provide a forum for research, education, and exploration of careers related to wilderness medicine.

    For more information, email: