Medical Interest Groups
Family Medicine Interest Group
The Family Medicine Interest Group is an affiliate organization of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians, which aids its members in the understanding of the multidimensional health care system, especially at the primary care level. The ECU group emphasizes community service and participation in projects such as community health fairs. Students are active at the state and national level in family medicine.
Faculty Advisors: Dr. Susan Schmidt, Dr. Jason Foltz
Leadership: Jon Hodges / Stephanie Carrier, Katy Kirk / Bradley Propst / Nirma Khan
Generalist Physicians In Training (GPIT) Interest Group
The GPIT Interest Group is committed to fostering student interest in medical generalism; developing a community-responsive physician workforce; and increasing the number of medical students entering primary care fields through information dissemination, advocacy, student outreach, innovative programming, research and peer support.
Emergency Medicine Interest Group
ECU-BSOM has much to offer within the field of emergency medicine. Advanced Trauma and Advance Cardiac Life Support certification is offered to all medical students. A nationally recognized residency program in emergency medicine is headed by department chairman, Dr. Nick Benson. Many faculty members are involved in emergency medicine research, and student involvement is encouraged. The Emergency Medicine Interest Group was formed to stimulate interest in the field of emergency medicine. Monthly meetings usually consist of lectures on current topics within the field.
Faculty Advisors: Dr. Kori Brewer, Dr. Kraigher O'Keefe
Leadership: Kevin Via, Philip Leisy, Jason Lomboy, Jonathan Scott, Justin Foster, Amanda Pugh, Jon Winter
Greenville Community Shelter Clinic
In January 1989, ECU medical students became involved with the Greenville Community Shelter
, a non-profit organization, by offering free medical care to the homeless and indigent. All students are encouraged to volunteer their services each Monday from 7:00pm to 10:00pm and alternate Wednesday and Thursday evenings, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm for special clinics. First and second year students help by obtaining an extended history, taking vital signs, and learning the chief medical complaint. They may also observe and assist with the physical diagnosis and participate in constructing a medical plan for the final approval of the attending physician. This past year, a"Women's Clinic"opened to address the specific needs of female medical care. Most recently, a Pediatrics Clinic was added on Wednesday evenings to further extend the services offered by the Greenville Community Clinic. The Operations Committee of the clinic is exclusively run by students.
Faculty Advisor - Dr. Gary Levine
Co-Directors: Ranson Witt / Colin Smith
Internal Medicine Interest Group
The Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG) is a group organized by students and faculty to provide information about the field of internal medicine, both the primary care aspects and the various subspecialties. IMIG is open to all students regardless of their chosen specialty. Monthly lunch meetings feature guest speaker clinicians. Students who want to learn more about all branches of internal medicine are invited.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth McNeill-Byrd
President: Jason Lomboy
Pediatric Interest Group
The Pediatrics Interest Group was formed so that students interested in the field could meet informally with pediatricians from the community. The group meets every month, either at lunch or in the evening at a physician's house in order to hear a speaker affiliated with Pediatric Medicine. Topics discussed in the past include the future of pediatrics, ADHD, child abuse detection and child advocacy, anticipatory guidance, and child development. The organization also works on a variety of community projects that include hands-on interactions at the Pediatric Clinic of the community shelter as well as volunteer work on the hospital pediatric units.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Eldridge
Officers: Adam Frank, Lindsay Allred, Nithin Bhagwandass
S.T.E.P. stands for Students Teaching Early Prevention. The program consists of medical students who volunteer their time and creativity to teaching various health related issues to the children of Pitt County. Currently, S.T.E.P. functions primarily as a smoking cessation program, but also includes AIDS awareness. The S.T.E.P. program began as the M2 class project for the Class of 1996. The program is now under the auspices of MSC (Medical Student Council) and receives support from all ECU-BSOM students. Currently, S.T.E.P. provides a 45 minute anti-smoking presentation for Pitt County elementary schools. The presentation includes a slide-show, pathology specimens, demonstrations, and a question/answer session with the children. The goal is to reach children at a young age to promote healthy life choices.
Surgery Interest Group
(Charles G. Robb Student Surgical Society)
The Surgery Interest Group is composed of students who are interested in the art and science of surgery. Meetings are held four to five times per year. Speakers from various departments of surgery are invited to discuss a variety of topics such as career opportunities, surgical residency programs, and surgical sub-specialties.
President: Hunter Mehaffey
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Interest Group
It was established to provide students with exposure to the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. With an aging population that continues to survive conditions that once would have been fatal, the field of Physical Medicine is moving to the forefront of the medical profession. Associated with the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, PMRIG welcomes interested students. Meetings are open to all.