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Student 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.

American Medical Student Association (AMSA)
The ECU Chapter of the American Medical Student Association provides students with current information on many issues concerning medicine. The organization sponsors local service projects and is also active on the national level.

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.

Christian Medical/Dental Society
In 1980 a group of medical students, physicians and nurses organized the Christian Medical/Dental Society 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.

The ECU Medical History Club
The ECU Medical History Club meets monthly during the school year at a faculty members' home. There is no formal membership in the club; rather, interested students may attend meetings that fit their schedules. A wonderful variety of historical topics within the medical profession are presented by a guest speaker each month. Refreshments and stimulating conversation follow. Students, faculty, hospital staff, and anyone from the area interested in the subject are welcome to attend.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Medical Student Council (MSC)
The Medical Student Council includes the president of each class and three other representatives from each class. The MSC represents the educational, political and social interests of medical students. Standing committees include academic affairs, student affairs, student health, student information and minority affairs. Any enrolled medical student may volunteer for committee membership.

Musculoskeletal Interest Group (MSIG)
The Musculoskeletal Interest Group (MSIG) is based in the BSOM Anatomy & Cell Biology Department as an extension of basic science study of the musculoskeletal system. In part, this group was organized to address the May 2003 AMA Resolution #310, stating that the musculoskeletal system has been inadequately addressed by US medical school curriculums. Luncheon meetings include related case presentations by invited speakers as well as opportunities for participating students to evaluate and discuss their own musculoskeletal problems. In addition, shadowing opportunities are offered with community sports injury clinics. Members have attended the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and American Medical Society of Sports Medicine (AMSSM) annual meetings. Dr. Margy Maira, PhD, PT is the faculty advisor.

Native American Organization Interest Group
East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine’s Medical Student Council recently approved the beginning of a new Native American Medical Students (ECU-ANAMS) organization. The organization is open to all students who are interested in Native American health care issues or in support of Native American medical students. A goal of ECU-ANAMS is to provide cultural and academic support and mentorship to students of Native American heritage.

North Carolina Student Rural Health Coalition-Tillery Clinic
The Tillery Clinic is a health screening program offered free of charge to the residents of Tillery, NC. Medical student volunteers from ECU-BSOM cooperate with the NC Student Rural Health Coalition (NCSRHC) to provide quality health screening, health education, and health counseling to Tillery's residents. The clinic is held the second Saturday of every month throughout the calendar year. On site evaluations include blood pressure screening, vital signs, history, physical examinations, including gynecologic exams and pap smears, whole blood glucose, cholesterol/triglycerides, urinalysis, KOH and wet prep microscopy, hematocrit, peripheral blood smear examinations and cell estimates/morphology. A limited amount of medication is available for supplementing the patient's previously prescribed regimens. This clinic provides each student volunteer with the opportunity to learn while providing assistance to a community in need. Senior medical students can earn credit for assisting at the Tillery clinic as an elective. The clinic operations are administered by second year medical students, in cooperation with Dr. Nina Sehgal, Medical Advisor, and the NCSRHC.

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.

Get PHED Up!! - Preventive Healthcare in the Emergency Department
Medical students do not have many opportunities, especially in the pre-clinical years, to work directly with patients on preventive healthcare issues. This program opens the door for them, where the need is great, and as of yet, greatly unmet.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Interest Group
The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Interest Group (PMRIG) is one of the newest organizations at ECU-BSOM. 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.

Physicians for Social Responsibility
Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) is committed to the belief that health is more than a matter of medicine. Healing begins when people have a sense of their place, their connection and power in the community. PSR believes that the health and well being of our community depends NOT only on medical practice, but also on just social, environmental, and racial policies. The heart of PSR is the Big Buddy/Little Buddy program with the children of the Little Willie Center. PSR, in cooperation with AMSA, provide the annual Safe Halloween for the children of the Little Willie Center. PSR also participates in Clean Sweep which is well on its way to becoming an annual environmental event at the medical school. Voter registration, the tree-planting ceremony for Earth Day, and speakers who provide awareness concerning a variety of political/social issues are other good works of PSR. PSR is an active organization committed to saving the world a bit at a time.

Pitt County Care Inc. Grimesland Sunday Clinic
The Grimesland Sunday Clinic is also known as Fountain Clinic or simply the “Sunday Clinic”. The mission of the clinic is to serve those without insurance or access to healthcare with special focus on Latino populations. The clinic is located nine miles from Greenville in Grimesland, NC (population 450) and draws largely a migrant worker patient population from as far as 50 miles away. Our doors are open to the public and we do not ask for payment or documentation of any kind. Most medications are provided free of charge and we also try and arrange referrals for our patients if necessary. We are able to deal with most general medical concerns including diabetes, high blood pressure, viral and bacterial infections, and more. Come join us on Sundays; the clinic runs from 12 to 4pm and is staffed by ECU Physicians and Medical students.

S.T.E.P. Program
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-SOM 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.

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.

Surgery Interest Group
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.

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