The Brody School of Medicine
Office of Student Affairs/Registrar

Printer Friendly


Medical Student Organizations & Interest Groups

Additional Information is found in OrgSync

Medical Student Council

The Medical Student Council (MSC) is an elected organization which serves as the medical student body government.  Membership is comprised of the following from each class:
  • Three students and one alternate serving as MSC representative
  • The class president
  • The Organization of Student Representatives (OSR)
This organization's purpose is to represent the entire medical student body and serve as a unified voice in the education, political, and social interests of BSOM medical students.  The function of the MSC is:
  1. to promote and support the medical school in the continued advancement of its standards.
  2. to provide medical student representation in the decision-making processes of the medical school.
  3. to provide a forum for the discussion of issues raised by the medical students.
  4. to foster inter-class communications.
Five standing committees are organized to update the student body on academic affairs, student affairs, student health, student information, and diversity.  Participation in these committees is open to the entire student body.

A variety of fundraising projects are organized by the MSC in order to host many of the various activities it sponsors.  The activities include the:
  • Spring Formal/Dinner Dance
  • String of Pearls lecture series
  • Hamstring Hustle (5k road race)
  • campus wide talent show
The MSC meets monthly.  The meetings are open to all medical students.


Professional Organizations

American Medical Association - Medical Student Section (AMA-MSS) and the North Carolina Medical Society
The ECU Student Chapter of the North Carolina Medical Society and the American Medical Association promotes student participation in the professional organizations. Since 1979 the School of Medicine has been represented at state and national meetings by student members. Students continue to be active in the Pitt County Medical Society, the North Carolina Medical Society, and at the national level of the American Medical Association.
President: Sophie Austin
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Charles Willson

American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA)
The ECU Chapter of the American Medical Women’s Association promotes the cause of women in medicine and provides a forum for discussion of issues of special interest to professional women. The chapter offers members opportunities to exchange ideas and concerns with women in medicine from the ECU and the Greenville community as well as nationally.
Co-Presidents: Jinal Desai and Becca Mann
Faculty Advisor - Dr. Folashade Jose 

Association of Women Surgeons (AWS)
President:  Meagan Evangelista
Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Danielle Walsh

Christian Medical Dental Association (CMDA)
In 1980 a group of medical students, physicians and nurses organized the Christian Medical Association to explore the application of the principles of Christianity to medicine and medical education, to provide fellowship in the health care field and to serve as an evangelistic tool within the medical center and community.
President: Taylor Sears
Faculty Advisors- Dr. Dean Patton, Dr. Frank Gay, Dr. Cindy Christiano

Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA)
In 2009, a consortium of regional leaders from the National Network of Latin American Medical Students (NNLAMS) decided to establish what is now known as the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA).  The Latino Medical Student Association unites and empowers medical students through service, mentorship, and education to support the health of the Latino community.  Our chapter at the Brody School of Medicine has set out to advocate for the rights of Latinos in healthcare, promote the recruitment and retention of Latino/a medical students, and engage the Latino community in learning about ways to achieve and maintain optimal health.
President - Drew Gardner
Faculty Advisors - Dr. Maria Clay and Dr. Guillermo Hidalgo

Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
The Student National Medical Association was founded in 1964 as a result of a need to produce an increasing number of physicians to serve minority and indigent communities. Organized in 1979, the ECU Chapter of SNMA emphasizes leadership development, social awareness, service to humanity and excellence as physicians. The chapters projects include an annual scholarship award to a deserving member of the organization.
President:  Joshua Jackson
Faculty Advisor - Dr. Roytesa Savage

Student Groups

Medical Interest Groups

Anesthesiology Interest Group (AIG)
The Anesthesiology Interest Group is an affiliate of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, which is an organization with a mission to raise and maintain the standards of practice in the field of anesthesiology. AIG at Brody was formed to educate interested students in the field of anesthesia and provide opportunities to network with anesthesiologists in the region. Group activities include shadowing, physician lectures, and anesthesia-specific simulation labs. All health professional students are welcome.
President: Syed Jaffery
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robert Carroll

Brody Ambassadors
President:  Yousef Mohsin
Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Jim Peden

Cardiovascular Interest Group (CVIG)
President: Zachary Blom
Faculty Advisor: Dr. John Rose

Dermatology Interest Group (DIG)
President:  Jacob Subash
Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Charles Phillips

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.
President:  Wooten Jones
Faculty Advisors: Dr. Kori Brewer, Dr. Kraigher O'Keefe

Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG)
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.
President:  Allyson Mentock
Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Richard Barker

Greenville Community Shelter Clinic (GCSC)
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.
Co-Directors: Drew Crenshaw and Zach Williams
Faculty Advisor - Dr. Gary Levine

Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School Chapter at East Carolina University (IHI Open School)
President:  Shalina Patel
Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Elizabeth Baxley

Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG)

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.
President:  Drew Crenshaw
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Harry Adams

LGBT/Ally Organization
President:  Katie Goulah
Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Karen Kelly

Med-Peds Interest Group (MPIG)
Presidents:  Anthony Mayen and Rachel Jonas
Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Mary Brake

OBGYN Interest Group (or Leopold Society) (OBIG)
President: Shelby Powers
Faculty Advisors:  Dr. Keith Nelson and Dr. Edward Apetz

Oncology Interest Group (OIG)
President:  Dan-Thanh Nguyen
Faculty Advisors:  Dr. Darla Liles and Dr. Ann Schreier

Partners in Integrative Medicine (PIM)
President:  Ryan McLaughlin
Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Janice Daugherty

Pediatric Interest Group (PIG)
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.
President:  Paige Driver
Faculty Advisors:  Dr. Dave Eldridge and Dr. Coral Steffey

Pitt County Care Clinic (PCCC)
Co-Presidents:  Brandon Winfrey and Talia Horwitz
Faculty Advisors:  Dr. Harry Adams and Dr. Tom Irons

Radiological Sciences Interest Group (RIG)
President:  Asem Rahman

Co-Presidents:  Nikki Hadley and Matheson Williams
Faculty Advisors:  Dr. James Coleman and Dr. Harry Adams

Serve Greenville
President:  Matheson Williams
Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Kelly Harrell

Spanish in Medicine
President: Drew Gardner
Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Harry Adams

Sports Medicine Interest Group (SMIG)
President: Kody Pratson
Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Brock Niceler

Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN)
Co-Presidents:  Jim Eubanks and Zachary Sutton
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Richard Ray

Students Interested in Pathology
Students Interested in Pathology (SIP) is a group organized by students and faculty to provide information about the field of pathology in general. Lunch meetings feature talks which are chosen to (1) discuss topics of general interest to students, (2) illustrate the role of the pathologist in various clinical settings, and (3) provide information about potential career niches. SIP meetings are open to all students: students who want to learn more about the topic being discussed or/and career options in pathology are invited to attend.
President: Caroline Early
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Philip Boyer

Surgery Interest Group (Charles G. Robb Student Surgical Society) (CGRSSS)
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: Jonathan Dvorak
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Danielle Walsh and Dr. Pories

President:  Tamoore Arshad
Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Todd Savitt

Scheduling Activities for Student Organizations

In order to facilitate the scheduling of activities and reduce conflicts, please observe the following procedures if you are responsible for your organization’s activities. The fundamental principle to observe when scheduling an activity is to try NOT to schedule an activity that will conflict with those of another organization’s. Activities are listed in OrgSync calendar.

Students should complete an on-line reservation through 25 Live. Questions regarding room availability may be sent to Debbie Whitley at .  This applies to all rooms (including the large and small classrooms, auditorium and dining areas), at all times, (including lunchtime and evening activities).

Funding for Student Organizations
Student organizations may be eligible to receive support from the Office of Student Affairs if a copy of By-Laws or Constitution or Goals/Objectives is on file in the Office of Student Affairs and with the Medical Student Council (MSC)
  • An updated officer list and advisors name should be provided each year to the Office of Student Affairs, and
  • A budget of requested funding is submitted to the Office of Student Affairs in April of each academic year.
  • Student organization budget requests are considered on an individual basis, and decisions related to support are based on available funds each year. 
  • Funding can be used for officers and/or presenters who must travel to regional or national meetings. Additional travel guidelines are found in the section below.
  • Annual printing budgets are set by the Office of Student Affairs and may be utilized until reaching that limit.

    Funding Guidelines
    Funding Request Form

    Travel Funds for 2018-2019

Medical Student Organization Travel Policy

ALL TRAVEL MUST BE PRE-APPROVED BY STUDENT AFFAIRS. Students must be in good academic standing in order to participate in university-funded travel*. Student should turn in a Student Travel Request form (available in OrgSync) along with the Conference Itinerary at least 30 days prior to the conference date.  Excused absence forms must also be submitted at this time. Remember: exams cannot be rescheduled to accommodate student travel.

Travel Reimbursements - Travel reimbursements are available three to four weeks after all required receipts are turned in to the Office of Student Affairs.  Original receipts must be turned in to the Office of Student Affairs by ten working days after the completion of the trip.  If deadlines are not met, expenditures will not be processed.

Travel Reimbursement Checklist

    1. Departure date and time and return date and time
    2. Airline itinerary, receipt and boarding passes (cannot be reimbursed without boarding passes)
    3. Original hotel bill including itemized statement, showing payment in full (-0- balance)
    4. Meeting itinerary with dates, times and places.
    5. All original receipts for expenses claimed (taxis, parking, registration, etc.)(Reminder: There is no reimbursement for food)

Transportation - Student will be reimbursed at the rate of thirty cents per mile when using own car to drive to and from the destination.  If flying from an airport other than Greenville, students will be reimbursed for personal car use and reimbursed for the airport parking fee (must have receipt for parking fee). Rental Car fees cannot be reimbursed.

Taxis and Shuttles - The actual cost of taxi fares is reimbursable when required for travel to and from the conference site.  Student must have the name, address and phone number of the Cab Company as well as the driver’s signature on each receipt, along with the student’s name. Shuttle service can be reimbursed with a receipt showing the Shuttle Company’s name.

(*) A student in good standing: 1) must have a passing average in all currently enrolled courses, 2) must have no un-remediated “F’s” in coursework, 3) must be current with enrollment requirements, e.g. health insurance, immunizations, fees, and 4) must have a passing score on USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 where applicable.