Student Organizations

Organization Contact Person Email Address
Active Minds Saidat Sola-Rufai solarufai@ marshall.edu
AMA-MAA Gabriella Casinelli casinelli@ marshall.edu
AMA-MSS Wes Urian urian2 @marshall.edu
AMSA Mohit Harsh harsh3 @marshall.edu
AMWA Maggie Blackwood blackwood4 @marshall.edu
Anesthesiology Interest Group Drew Vess vess1 @marshall.edu
AOA Jeremy Adkins adkins716 @marshall.edu
Association of Women Surgeons Katie Parks parks44 @marshall.edu
Business in Medicine Chris Blackwell blackwell25 @marshall.edu
CMA Andrea Hart hart77 @marshall.edu
Community Service Organization (CSO) Shirin Azadi majidi @marshall.edu
Dermatology Interest Group
Emergency Medicine Interest Group Jenna Kerby vance168 @marshall.edu
Family Medicine Interest Group Kelsey Ash ash31 @marshall.edu
Herd For Honduras Erin Fankhanel fankhanel @marshall.edu
Gold Humanism in Medicine Honor Society Amy Smith smith305 @marshall.edu
Health Care Policy Forum
Health Spectrum Alliance (HSA) Lee Mendenhall mendenhall10 @marshall.edu
Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG) Adam Shaver shaver34 @marshall.edu
International Health Interest Group Mayowa Dayo dayo @marshall.edu
Integrative Medicine Interest Group Christian Adams adams265 @marshall.edu
Let's Get Moving Adee Elhamdani elhamdani2 @marshall.edu
Marshall Medical Outreach Katie Rollins marshallmedicaloutreach @gmail.com
Medical Spanish Interest Group Sashi Yasuda
Taylor Cater
yashuda2 @marshall.edu
cater @marshall.edu
Medicine-Pediatrics Interest Group
Men's Health Organization (MHO) Akash Sharma sharma8 @marshall.edu
Military Medicine Interest Group Chase Chambers chambers89 @marshall.edu
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Kelsey Cowen cowenk @marshall.edu
Obstetrics & Gynecology Interest Group
Orthopaedic Surgery Interest Group
Ophthalmology Interest Group Chris Warner warner71 @marshall.edu
Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Interest Group
Pathology Interest Group Heath Blakenship blankenship160 @marshall.edu
Pediatric Interest Group (PIG) Lacey Chambers martin592 @marshall.edu
Phi Delta Epsilon John Winalski winalski @marshall.edu
Psychiatry Interest Group Tam Murphy trout @marshall.edu
Radiology Interest Group (RIG) Brent Smith smith2211 @marshall.edu
Sports Medicine Interest Group (SMIG) Cody Stover stover91 @marshall.edu
SIGN (Student Interest Group in Neurology) Christopher Bird bird63 @marshall.edu
Surgery Interest Group Reagan Stafford stafford34 @marshall.edu
Topics in Healthcare Mohit Harsh harsh3 @marshall.edu
Wilderness Medicine Interest Group Alex Vance vance197 @marshall.edu

 

American Medical Association - Medical Student Section (AMA-MSS): The AMA-MSSismore than just a student group; it is a professional organization that youcanbelong to throughout your entire medical career. When you become part of the AMA, you join other students,residents, and physicians in shaping the future of our nation's healthcare. The AMA-MSS offers multiple opportunities for participation in community service, advocacy, and leadership roles at the chapter, regional, and national levels. By becoming a member of the largest medical student organization, you can contribute solutions to issues such as medical liability reform, reducing medical student debt, and improving health care access. To learn more, please visit www.amaMedStudent.org.

American Medical Student Association (AMSA): The American Medical Student Association (AMSA), with more than a half-century history of medical student activism, is the oldest and largest independent association of physicians-in-training in the United States. Founded in 1950, AMSA is a student-governed, non-profit organization committed to representing the concerns of physicians-in-training. With nearly 60,000 members, including medical and premedical students, residents and practicing physicians, AMSA is committed to improving medical training as well as advancing the profession of medicine. To learn more, please visit:http://www.amsa.org/

American Medical Women's Association (AMWA): The American Medical Women’s Association focuses on women’s health as well as the unique role of the female physician in medicine today. With a membership consisting of both physicians and medical students, men and women alike, AMWA provides an opportunity to unite with peers in advocating women’s health topics on a national, regional and local level. Members receive such benefits as a subscription to the Journal of the American Medical Women’s Association, opportunities to influence legislation pertaining to women’s health issues on a national level, scholarship and loan opportunities, a bed and breakfast program for interviewing fourth year students, the opportunity to attend regional and national meetings and more. Within our chapter, members have the opportunity to contribute to community service projects relating to women’s health, plan and play a role in presentations to our chapter and the medical school, assume leadership positions, interact with female physicians from the Huntington area, fellow students and our community as well as many other activities. To learn more, please visit www.amwa-doc.org.

Anesthesiology Interest Group: The Joan C. Edwards Marshall University School of Medicine Anesthesiology Interest Group is a group of students seeking to explore and learn about the field of anesthesiology. The goal of this organization is to provide information and awareness about anesthesiology as a medical field and as a possible career. As a member, medical students will have an opportunity to: interact with physicians in anesthesiology through lectures and panel discussions, obtain information about securing a residency in anesthesiology, have learning opportunities to develop skills necessary for the practice of anesthesiology, and examine current topics and subspecialties in anesthesiology through physician luncheons and dinners. All students, regardless of their desire to enter the field of anesthesiology, are invited to join and learn about this important and necessary field of medicine. Dr. Hosny Gabriel MD (Dept. of Anesthesiology, CHH) will oversee and advise our group.

Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA): Alpha Omega Alpha is a medical honor society founded to encourage leadership and scholarship in medical education. Per the official AOA website: "Those students chosen from the top quartile for election are picked not only for their high academic standing, but as well for leadership among their peers, professionalism and a firm sense of ethics, promise of future success in medicine, and a commitment to service in the school and community. By adherence to these criteria it has happened that one or more of the highest ranked students by grade point average have not been elected to the society." At Marshall, AOA membership is awarded twice a year for each class. Junior membership, in the Spring of the third year, has traditionally been awarded to four students per class and the remaining number of awards (totaling up to 1/6 of the graduating class size) are inducted as senior members in the Fall of the fourth year. To learn more, please visitwww.alphaomegaalpha.org.

Association of Women Surgeons (AWS): AWS is a national organization composed of more than 1,400 women surgeons within the United States and abroad.  Our mission is to inspire, encourage, and enable women surgeons to realize their professional and personal goals. The Marshall University Chapter of Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) is a new organization focused on introducing female medical students to the dynamic careers within General Surgery and various surgical subspecialties.  Our theme this year is “Finding Your Mentor,” with the goal of creating long lasting relationships between leading women surgeons and the next generation that aspires to follow in their footsteps.  We invite you to visit our website www.WomenSurgeons.org for other valuable online resources.

Business in Medicine: The Business in Medicine Interest Group is a multidisciplinary group designed to prepare students from a variety of educational backgrounds about the complexities of the healthcare financial landscape. Whether your goal is to learn more about the Affordable Care Act, how to design and patent a medical device, start a private practice, leverage your skills in the workforce, or how to ethically distribute the limited resources without compromising patient care, this group has a topic for you. Through presentations from physicians, hospital administrators, insurance companies, and pharmaceutical representatives, we hope to teach you how to navigate and thrive in the business of medicine.

Christian Medical Association (CMA): The Christian Medical Association (CMA) allows medical students the opportunity to challenge and encourage one another. Opportunities for students to learn about international medical missions and participate in Bible studies will be provided. Most importantly, the CMA is an organization which aims to introduce students to Jesus Christ and help them to grow in a personal relationship with Him. To learn more, please visitwww.cmdahome.org

Community Service Organization (CSO): In light of Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine's commitment to our community and to the greater good, the Community Service Organization (CSO) was established to make available, promote, and encourage opportunities for medical students to participate in service-learning activities. The CSO is composed of representatives from each year of medical education. Students are elected as Community Service Liaisons by their peers each year and are responsible for making their classmates aware of service opportunities as well as taking leadership roles in the development and implementation of service learning.

Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG): The purpose of the EMIG is to provide the students of the School of Medicine at Marshall University an opportunity to learn about the specialty of Emergency Medicine prior to their 4th year electives. EMIG provides exposure to Emergency Medicine through discussions with experts in the field of emergency medicine and opportunities for shadowing and research. EMIG acts as a resource to its members in the residency application process by providing advice from 4th year medical students, residents, and faculty in regards to residency selection, competition, locations, and how to make oneself a strong candidate. In addition, EMIG seeks to aid its members in networking and building valuable relationships with MUSOM faculty and staff.

Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG): The Family Medicine Interest Group offers students with opportunities to discover the diversity of family medicine, its interests and its values. We accomplish this through providing opportunities to provide care for the underserved and to develop personal skills for future practice. One specific opportunity is participation in the Marshall Medical Outreach, which provides monthly medical care to the homeless of Huntington, WV on the Ohio Riverfront. We also offer information about the broad scope of family medicine, including an annual panel of community family physicians to represent the diversity that family medicine offers. In keeping with the mission of American Academy of Family Physicians our overall our goal is to improve the health of patients, families and communities with professionalism and creativity.

Global Medical Brigades: Global Medical Brigades is a secular, international network of university clubs and volunteer organizations that provide medical relief and health education to the world's poorest countries. The current emphasis of this national grassroots movement is Central America where, in 2006, more than 30,000 patients in 70 villages were provided aid. The mission of the organization is to lead a holistic model for sustainable health care in underserved villages by conducting preliminary needs assessments, treating patients to the highest ethical standards, sponsoring referrals to those with needs beyond our capability, recording data for the production of quantitative reports, and working to improve the water, sanitation, and economic infrastructures. Global Medical Brigades Mission Statement & Guidelines

Healthcare Policy Forum: The MUSOM Healthcare Policy Forum is an interest group dedicated to educating medical students on relevant state and federal healthcare policy, with emphasis on how policy affects rural health. We aim to create a forum for those students to discuss their interests and concerns. Students will be able to learn about and discuss the process of healthcare legislation and opportunities to be involved in the process in the future. The forum will also collaborate with fellow student interest groups to cover a wide variety of topics.

Health Spectrum Alliance (HSA): The Health Spectrum Alliance (HSA) of JCESOM is dedicated to cultivating a healthy, inclusive environment where medical students and professionals of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions are able to collaborate in order to optimize the delivery of healthcare in the Tri-State area. We seek to educate the community and healthcare providers regarding the unique healthcare needs of LGBT-identifying individuals and their families to help minimize the disparities they experience and to promote awareness of LGBT culture.

Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG): The Joan C. Edwards Marshall University School of Medicine Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG) is a group of students exploring and learning about the field of internal medicine. The goal of this organization is to provide students with information about internal medicine as a medical specialty and as a possible career. As a member, students will: interact with physicians in internal medicine via panel discussions, have exposure to information sessions and panel discussions addressing what to expect in third-year medicine rotations, as well as how to obtain a residency in internal medicine, and examine the multitude of subspecialties in internal medicine via physician luncheons and dinners.

International Health Interest Group: The International Health Interest Group was created to increase the exposure of students to the health issues those living around the globe face.  Activities include awareness days and monthly articles sent to the group, as well presentations and discussions on various topics from students, residents and faculty.  This group also serves as an opportunity to network in order to find opportunities for learning and experiences both domestically and abroad.  Everyone is welcome to attend meetings, even without any previous background in international work. View International Health Opportunities

Let's Get Moving (LGM): The goal of Let’s Get Moving (LGM) is to raise awareness and decrease the rate of childhood obesity by providing elementary students with knowledge to make healthy lifestyle changes. Many factors such as unhealthy eating, lack of exercise, sedentary behavior, and poor role modeling increase the rate of childhood obesity. Throughout the school year LGM organizes health fairs at 10 local elementary schools to promote healthy eating and exercise habits. During the health fairs, medical students from Marshall University School of Medicine lead the elementary students through a variety of stations such as an obstacle course, basketball, jump rope, and fitness. To encourage a lifelong habit of making healthy lifestyle choices, each elementary student receives a water bottle and a piece of sports equipment such as a basketball, soccer ball, football, etc.

Marshall Medical Outreach: In our third year of operation, Marshall Medical Outreach (“MMO”) is a medical student-led free mobile health clinic that takes place one Saturday per month at 9 AM in the Parking lot of Trinity Episcopal Church, 520 11th Street, Huntington, WV. The purpose of MMO is to provide medical care for the homeless and at risk for homelessness in our city. Through partnerships with the Center for Rural Health, Marshall University School of Pharmacy, Cabell-Huntington Coalition for the Homeless/Harmony House, the Cabell-Huntington Health Department, Ebenezer Medical Outreach, and the Bright Clinic, we have treated nearly 1,000 patients to date. Under the supervision of Family Medicine Physician, Dr. Charles Clements, the MMO goal is to establish primary care as well as take care of other minor medical problems for the patients that present each month. Throughout the past three years, we’ve expanded services to meet the needs of those we serve. In addition to over-the-counter medications, prescriptions are filled under the supervision of Pharmacist, Dr. Robert Stanton, and patients receive these free of charge.  Last year, an eye screening station was added under the supervision of Ophthalmologist, Dr. Russell Fry. The screening station is run by students in the ophthalmology interest group. Patients are screened for eye changes caused by diabetes and hypertension, minor eye problems are treated, and patients are examined and provided free reading glasses or prescription glasses to meet their needs. Recently, we’ve expanded to add Dermatology services (including biopsies) under the supervision of Dr. Charles Yarbrough.

Beyond providing a necessary service, MMO is a chance for students to develop leadership skills that they can take with them into their careers as physicians. Medical students, pharmacy students, residents, and attending physicians provide clinical services while long-term volunteers register the patients and provide needed items like coats, blankets, snacks, water, and hygiene items. Building rapport and meeting their immediate needs is important in gaining the trust of this population. Missy Browning, MMO Coordinator (known to the students as the “MMO Mom”), coordinates monthly MMO events, as well as special events MMO within the community, at the Mission, Harmony House, and the Cabell Breast Health Center. She acts as the liaison between the collaborating agencies, working closely with community members and city officials to share the goals and needs of the MMO to better serve Huntington’s homeless. Many of the items donated for MMO to distribute are collected through Facebook and email requests as well as a monthly collaboration with Qdoba Mexican Grill where the community is invited to provide needed items in exchange for a free entrée. Our medical van driver, Ron Hackworth, is instrumental in seeing that setup and equipment run smoothly.  His efforts are invaluable to our successful and continued operation. Visit our website for more information.

Medical Spanish Interest Group: The Medical Spanish Interest Group (MSIG) is a student-run organization committed to providing lessons in basic medical Spanish, as well as an environment for students to practice and strengthen their Spanish language skills. In addition, the MSIG hosts a variety of guest speakers who discuss issues and medical practices unique to the various cultures of South and Central America as well as Hispanic communities in the United States.

Medicine - Pediatric Interest Group: The Medicine Pediatric Interest Group consists of the Medicine Pediatric Program Director, Medicine Pediatric Faculty and Residents. Our purpose is to foster interest in a future career as a Medicine Pediatric physician. The Department of Medicine Pediatrics participates during the annual Primary Care Week by providing lunch and an in depth description of the Medicine Pediatric program. Students are also invited to attend selected Medicine Pediatric meetings throughout the year.

Men's Health Organization (MHO): Men’s Health Organization (MHO) is committed to increasing student opportunities in both the promotion and education of men’s health. We hope to expose students to the various fields related to issues that plague men’s wellness. We will facilitate conversations between students and forefront leaders of the MUSOM community to empower members to better the lives of men everywhere and develop skills today to treat men more effectively tomorrow. To reach these goals, we work collaboratively with diverse groups both on and off campus through instructional efforts, community service events, fundraising initiatives, a quarterly newsletter, and a variety of social events. We envision MHO as a building block for Marshall medical students to add to their foundation of a complete medical training.

Military Medicine Interest Group: The Military Medicine Interest Group (MMIG) is an organization designed to help Marshall medical students who are currently attending medical school under the Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) or those who are interested in the HPSP. Additionally, the MMIG provides information to medical students about opportunities in military medicine across the various branches of the US Military to include the Army, Navy, and Air Force. Topics discussed at meetings include how to prepare for officer basic training programs, how to get reimbursed for health insurance and board exam fees, how to approach and navigate the Military Match process for residency, how to arrange away rotations for 4th year, and what to expect as an active duty military officer. The MMIG also attends annual military medicine conferences at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to get a chance to see a military medical center first hand in addition to meeting HPSP students from other schools. All students are welcome to attend.

Obstetrics & Gynecology Interest Group: The Obstetrics and Gynecology Interest Group here at MUSOM is a student run organization created to cultivate interest in the field of OB/GYN as a career. We aim to give our students the opportunity to meet and build relationships with our faculty members, advise and guide students on applying to OB/GYN residencies, and allow students to learn with "hands-on" activities such as use of the laparoscopic surgery simulation lab. We also host numerous social functions involving students, residents, and faculty allowing further opportunity for fellowship among our group. Our group encourages all of our students to join, first through fourth year, regardless of your level of clinical experience. We hope that we can encourage each of you to explore all that a career in OB/GYN has to offer, and we welcome each of you to attend one of our meetings/functions anytime!

Orthopaedic Surgery Interest Group: The Orthopaedic Surgery Interest Group serves to provide Marshall medical students with the opportunities to learn more about the field of orthopaedic surgery. Our goal is to provide early exposure to orthopaedics and its sub-specialties, help students learn about the orthopaedic resources available at MUSOM, and guide students through the process of becoming strong residency applicants. Meetings will be held 1-2 times a semester with faculty who will share their insight and experience. Once a year we host a panel of 4th year students, interns, and residents to answer any questions and give their insight into away rotations and the applications process. Various other events include learning to splint with the residents and observing surgical approach practice in the anatomy lab. Visit our Website for more information.

Ophthalmology Interest Group: The MUSOM Ophthalmology Interest Group is a medical student run organization dedicated to preparing future doctors for careers in the specialty of Ophthalmology. The purpose of this organization is to give education and guidance to MUSOM students interested in Ophthalmology, empowering these students to promote the best practices in eye care, public health, volunteerism, and social entrepreneurship while enabling a goal of high quality eye care for all at both the community and global levels. The MUSOM Ophthalmology Interest Group allows senior members the opportunity to mentor junior members in the rigors of pursuing Ophthalmology residencies so these students can pass this knowledge along to the next generation of interested MUSOM students.

Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Interest Group: The Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery student interest group is focused on informing others and educating ourselves in regards to the vast possibilities of career paths within this exciting field. An additional goal of this group is to gain early exposure for interested students to this competitive and relatively under recognized surgical subspecialty.

Pathology Interest Group: The Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine Pathology Interest Group is a group of students exploring and learning about the field of pathology. The goal of this organization is to provide students with information about anatomical and clinical pathology as medical specialties and as possible career options.  As a member, students will gain exposure to the field of pathology while interacting with physicians in the various pathology specialties during career conversations and other activities.  Students will also receive guidance and information about what to expect in fourth-year pathology rotations or post-sophomore fellowships, should they choose to pursue these options.  Finally, faculty will be available through both formal and informal activities to guide students on how to obtain a residency in pathology and what to consider when evaluating subspecialty options.

Pediatric Interest Group (PIG): Marshall's Pediatrics Interest Group (PIG) brings together medical students interested in a future career in pediatrics and pediatric subspecialty. Through interaction between students, residents, and attendings, Our mission is to foster mentoring relationships, provide instruction in pediatrics, and give guidance on the residency process. Members of PIG are actively involved in numerous pediatric projects within MUSOM and the surrounding community. We are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers!

Phi Delta Epsilon: Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity is an organization that creates physicians of integrity with a life-long commitment to our guiding principles of philanthropy, deity, and education through fellowship, service, mentoring, and formal training in leadership, science, and ethics.

Radiology Interest Group (RIG): The Radiology Interest Group provides second through fourth year medical students with the opportunity to learn more about the field of radiology. The goal of the group is to provide exposure to both diagnostic and interventional radiology so students can make an educated decision about their future. Through small group discussion, information is presented for learning purposes with open Q&A. Members also support each other and provide advice and tips on applying to residency programs. Dr. Peter Chirico is the faculty adviser for the group. He oversees the meetings and provides individual mentoring for students interested in pursuing radiology as a career.

Radiology Interest Group (RIG): The Radiology Interest Group provides second through fourth year medical students with the opportunity to learn more about the field of radiology. The goal of the group is to provide exposure to both diagnostic and interventional radiology so students can make an educated decision about their future. Through small group discussion, information is presented for learning purposes with open Q&A. Members also support each other and provide advice and tips on applying to residency programs. Dr. Peter Chirico is the faculty adviser for the group. He oversees the meetings and provides individual mentoring for students interested in pursuing radiology as a career.

Sports Medicine Interest Group: The Sports Medicine Interest Group is for those interested in the acute and long-term care of injuries in individuals participating in sports of all ages and skill level. The knowledge provided can be utilized in obtaining Sports Medicine fellowships after residency, taking care of your own patients coming into your clinic or Emergency Department, or as a spectator at a local sporting event. Some of the activities organized by the group are semesterly journal club events led by Marshall University Sports Medicine Team Physicians, service event such as the Marshall Marathon, and hands-on clinics, such as what to do when an injury takes place on the field.

Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN): The Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN) brings together medical students who are interested in exploring the practice of neurology. The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) supports each SIGN chapter along with the Neurology Department at our institution. As a member, students will have the opportunity to: shadow a neurologist, be matched with a mentor, meet professors, meet neurologists in private practice, meet attendings, and be involved in ongoing research at this institution.

Topics in Healthcare: MUSOM and its affiliated schools has many of the region’s foremost academicians and researchers.Topics in Healthcare is an avenue open to medical students, residents, faculty and staff members to have thought-provoking, enlightening, and sometimes controversial discussions. We facilitate a monthly seminar series that brings together professors, physicians, and leaders of the community to engage in intimate, provocative discussion. By bringing members together in discussions focused on challenging, medically relevant topics, Topics in Healthcare hopes to cultivate interdisciplinary thought and dialogue, holistic perspectives on medicine, potential research interests, and networking with faculty. By inviting students, residents, faculty and staff to events, we aim to increase inter-professional connections and understanding.  We also host outside speakers and events, including politicians in the area, invited professors, and any artistry relevant to healthcare.

Wilderness Medicine Interest Group: The MUSOM Wilderness Medicine Interest group is for individuals that are interested in having fun in the outdoors. In addition to having fun, we will be learning new skill sets that will not only be taught but applied during weekend adventures. Whether you are an old pro looking to hone your craft or a novice just looking to have a good time while learning some new skills, we welcome you to attend any and all of our meetings and outings.