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Medical Student Organizations & Interest Groups
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.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Charles Willson
President: Nathan McLamb

American Medical Student Association (AMSA) *Not Active*
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.
Faculty Advisor - Dr. Lesly Mega
Co Presidents: Presley Garrison & Claudia Douglas 

Association of Native American Medical Students (ANAMS)

East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine’s Medical Student Council recently approved the beginning of a new Native American Medical Students (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 ANAMS is to provide cultural and academic support and mentorship to students of Native American heritage.
Faculty Advisor - Dr. Richard Marks
President: Hannah Woriax

Christian Medical Dental Association
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.
Faculty Advisors- Dr. Dean Patton / Dr. Frank Gay
President: Matt Gay

Latino Medical Student Association
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 - Richard Fernandez  (

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.
Faculty Advisors - Dr. Roytesa Savage / Dr. Acheampong Co
Presidents: Demetria Watford & Endya Frye

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

Scheduling Activities for Student Organizations

In order to facilitate the scheduling of activities and reduce conflicting times for activities, 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. List all activities are recorded in the Brody Events Google calendar.

Students should complete an on-line ROOM RESERVATION FORM. Questions or concerns should be addressed to the Office of Student Affairs at 744-2278 or via email 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). To see if a room is available, you may contact Debbie Whitley.

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 travel to regional or national meetings. Specific travel guidelines are available from the Office of Student Affairs.
Please use the Medical Foundation Fund Request Form

The student organizations' annual printing budgets are set by the Office of Student Affairs and may be utilized until reaching that limit.

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 Student Affairs Office) along with the Conference Itinerary at least 30 days prior to the conference date.  Excused absence forms should 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 unremediated “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.