Medical Interest Groups
Anesthesiology Interest Group
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: Alvin Tsang
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Robert Carroll
Brody Gay-Straight Alliance
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Todd Savitt
Cardiology Interest Group
President: Nishika Patel
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: Noel Resurreccion, Alex Reichmeider, Scott Butler, Travis Kauffmann
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: Chris Armstrong, Beth Cherveny, Laura Hanson, Shannon Hicks, Yoon Hie Kim, Katy Mayo, Porshia Underwood
Generalist Physicians In Training (GPIT) Interest Group (Not Active)
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.
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: Scott Butler, Rebekah Jewell
Grimesland Free Clinic
Executive Directors: Landon Allen, Avery Colomb
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. Harry Adams
President: Travis Kauffmann
Med-Peds Interest Group
President: Jordan Pung
Medical Students for Choice
President: Tatiana Acosta
Oncology Interest Group
Steering Committee: Courtland Winborne, Nathan McLamb
Partners in Integrative Medicine
Co Presidents: Aaron Wallace, Andrea Welborn
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
President: Abby Lancaster
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Interest Group (Not Active)
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.
Psychiatric Medicine Interest Group
President: Ian Bryan
Coordinators: Olga Pylaeva, Alex Reichmeider
Spanish in Medicine
President: Amber Heckart
Sports Medicine Interest Group
President: Justin Ray
S.T.E.P. Program *Not Active*
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.
Students Interested in Pathology
Faculty Advisor: Dr. MGF Gilliland
Student Interest Group in Neurology
President: Dustin Spirgen
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Richard Ray
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: Stephen Bracewell
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Danielle Walsh
Editor in Chief: Dylan Suttle