University of South Alabama

Specialty Interest Groups

Class Officers for 2014-15

NAME OF GROUP: Ob/Gyn Interest Group (ACOG)
ADVISOR/SPONSOR: Drs. Altermatt and Holliday;
CONTACTS: Presidents ~ Megan Missanelli
Heather Fishel
PURPOSE: To provide a support group and community for students interested in a career in Ob/Gyn. As a group, we will explore the specialty including lectures, simulations, and workshops pertinent to the field. All interested students are welcome to attend.

NAME OF GROUP: Anesthesiology Interest Group (AIG)
ADVISORS/SPONSORS: Dr. Robert Watson: -
Dr. Kai Rodning

M4 Contacts:
Justin Freeney

Monica Kumar
A. Jenna Strother

PURPOSE: The Anesthesiology Interest Group is a relatively new group that seeks to give students information about a field to which they may otherwise have little exposure. Anesthesia is a great field for those who enjoy doing some hands-on procedures but desire some flexibility in their practice. Anesthesiologists may treat patients of all ages and have the opportunity to manage some very complex patients. It is a rapidly evolving field, and Anesthesiologists are no longer limited to the Operating Room, as the focus is shifting toward perioperative medicine.


NAME OF GROUP: Dermatology Interest Group (DIG)

PURPOSE: To provide a support group and community for students considering a career in dermatology.


NAME of GROUP: Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG)
ADVISOR/SPONSOR:(Chair) Dr. Edward Panacek :
M4 Course Master & Interest Group Leader: Dr. Sternberg:
CONTACTS: (President) Kiyoshi Scissum:
(Vice President)  Thomas Baker:

PURPOSE: To provide opportunities for students with a potential interest in the specialty to explore EM as a career. For medical students planning to enter the field, it serves as a forum to share information and organize EM oriented activities. Sessions on the history of the specialty, current important issues, residency application strategies and preparation for EM residency are common topics covered. Sometimes simply a chance to socialize with current faculty, or even learn how to write scripts for the TV show “ Untold stories from the ER”.

NAME OF GROUP: Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG)

CONTACT: (President) Abby Rowland:

(Vice president) Jay Scarborough:
PURPOSE: To promote and encourage Family Medicine as a specialty by broadening medical students' understanding of a Family Physician's scope of practice and by teaching, via lectures and hands-on workshops, common skills used in the field.


NAME OF GROUP: Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG)
CONTACT: (President) Kyndal Sonnier
VP: W. Jacob Thomas:
Treasurer: Mike Grant :
Secretary: Bryn Culpepper :
PURPOSE: IMIG seeks to foster interest in Internal Medicine as a career choice. During the year, the organization invites speakers ranging from general internists to a wide variety of subspecialists, including doctors that practice in both academic and private settings, to speak to students about their career, lifestyle, residency, etc. The organization also provides food for these meetings, which are typically held either at lunch or dinner. Additionally, each year, the IMIG holds a simulation lab geared toward the 1st and 2nd year medical students to teach valuable clinical skills such as intubation, IV placement, central line placement, lumbar puncture, Foley catheter placement, paracentesis and pericardiocentesis. The simulation lab is taught by Internal Medicine faculty and residents. This year, the IMIG will be sponsoring a mentoring program between medical students and undergraduate pre-medical students at USA for the first time. We are excited to meet the incoming class of 2016 and we look forward to a great year with many events and meetings planned.

NAME OF GROUP: Oncology (Multidisciplinary)

PURPOSE: To foster and promote medical student interest in the diverse fields of Oncology and to provide an enriching extracurricular experience for those students.

NAME OF GROUP: Ophthalmology Interest Group (OIG)
Premier Medical Group, University of South Alabama College of Medicine Alumnus

CONTACT: (Co-Presidents) Gavin Reed ~  
Jeffrey St. John ~

PURPOSE: Our purpose is to help medical students develop an interest and understanding of Ophthalmology as a career choice.  Through informal meetings with community physicians and hands on eye exam teaching sessions, we desire to increase medical students’ knowledge of the field.  We also serve as a resource for students needing help in the application and interview process as well as looking for opportunities to work along side local Ophthalmologists to gain experience.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have.


NAME OF GROUP: Orthopaedic Surgery Interest Group(OSIG)
ADVISOR/SPONSOR: Dr. Frederick Meyer ~ EMAIL:
CONTACT: (President) William Tucker -
(Vice President)  Hunter Upton

WEBSITE: COM Orthopaedic Surgery
PURPOSE: To develop & expand the University of South Alabama's medical students' knowledge in the field of Orthopaedic Surgery, via lectures and skills workshops, while also making USA COM students more competitive for Orthopaedic Surgery residency training.

NAME OF GROUP:  Pediatric Interest Group (PIG)
Events Coordinator: Rita Harper ~

Gretchen Vandiver – President
Becka Frazier – Co Vice President
Olivia Butters – Co Vice President
Sarita Wagle – Secretary
Hannah Kinard – Community Outreach
Sarah Mayberry – Community Outreach
Jennifer Black – Community Outreach
Courtney Ochoa – Leadership Council
Mathew Coghill – Leadership Council
Megan Benak – Leadership Council

PURPOSE:  The Pediatric Interest Group is a student organization aimed to serve the pediatric community and promote interest in Pediatrics as a life-long rewarding career. Our members are able to gain hands-on experience and exposure to careers in pediatrics by shadowing local physicians in academic and community-based medical facilities. The group serves Mobile's pediatric community through its continued participation in various community service events. The interest group is open to all USA COM students who are interested in Pediatrics and who want to learn about the variety of career options in the specialty. There will be at least two meeting per semester with opportunities for students to gain community service hours credited toward the requirements for their Behavioral Science class.

NAME OF GROUP: Psychiatry Student Interest Group Network (PsychSIGN)
COM Psychiatry
Lindsey Stewart:
VP:Kelly Andersen
Treasurer: Viney Hardit
Sec.: Z. Susan Ye
Social Chair/Activities Coord. Keri Metcalf
Community Service Chairs: Brandon Newsome
Basci Sciences Liaison: L. Elaine Duffy 

PURPOSE: To foster interest in and educate about the specialty of Psychiatry.


NAME of GROUP: Radiology Interest Group (RIG)
ADVISOR/SPONSOR: Dr. Samuel McQuiston ~ EMAIL:
Charles Gaston:
Website: COM Radiology
PURPOSE: To promote and encourage Radiology as a specialty and educate students on the various subspecialties within Radiology. Meetings are held three times per year and involve introductory lectures by Dr. McQuiston and reviews of the residency application process.  

NAME OF GROUP: Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN)

Daniel Dees, MD
Andrew Manley, MD
CONTACT: ~ (President)  Bradley Edmonds
(VP) William Thomas
(SEC) Meagan Thomas
WEBSITE: COM Neurology Website

PURPOSE:  SIGN is an excellent opportunity to introduce medical students to the field of neurology through discussions by neurologists, presentations, journal clubs and shadowing of neurologists in the workplace. SIGN brings interested medical students together, so they can become aware of opportunities and participate in activities related to the field of neurology. The chapter is student-run and guided by a faculty advisor. The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) provides limited financial support to sponsor getting together expenses.


NAME OF GROUP: Surgery Interest Group (SIG)

CONTACTS: Allison Beckett Co-President
Cole Bahakel Co-President 

PURPOSE:  To develop & expand the USACOM medical students' knowledge in the field of General Surgery and other surgical subspecialties, via lectures and skills workshops.


Student Organizations:

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NAME OF GROUP: Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS)
Chapter ADVISORS: Dr. Susan LeDoux and Karen Braswell

CONTACTS Class 2016
Gabrielle Hood
Treasurer/Sec.: Dheepa Sekar
Social Coordinator: Gretchen Vandiver
National GHHS Brochure
PURPOSE:  Recognizing excellence, promoting role models: medical students, residents, faculty who promote humanistic values are eligible for selection and induction into the GHHS. The USA GHHS chapter members are nominated in the Spring of the M3 year by their classmates. They are pinned and inducted in the Summer at the next White Coat ceremony. The GHHS seniors will also be honored wearing a gold cord during Honors Convocation and Graduation their senior year. Please take a moment to look over the recent articles and GHHS photos.

NAME OF GROUP: American Medical Association - Medical Student Section (AMA-MSS)
CONTACTS: Pres. Kristen Schultz
V.P.: Peter Soh
Trea: Jelaina Scott
PURPOSE: To educate our members on issues that pertain to them as medical students.

NAME OF GROUP: American Medical Student Association (AMSA)

CONTACTS: Pres. William Blake Tennant
V.P.: G. Paterson Graham
Treas. Sean Carter
Sec. Laura Cauthen

PURPOSE: The American Medical Student Association is committed to improving health care and healthcare delivery to all people; promoting active improvement in medical education; involving its members in the social, moral and ethical obligations of the profession of medicine; assisting in the improvement and understanding of world health problems; contributing to the welfare of medical students, premedical students, interns, residents and post-MD/DO trainees; and advancing the profession of medicine.  AMSA has four strategic priorities: quality, affordable health care for all; global health equity; enriching medicine through diversity; and professional integrity, development and student well-being.


NAME OF GROUP: American Medical Women's Association(AMWA)

CONTACT/S: Laura Cauthen
L. Elaine Duffee

 PURPOSE:   AMWA membership is comprised of physicians, residents, medical students, and health care professionals. AMWA is the only multispecialty organization dedicated to advancing women in medicine and improving women's health. As a member of AMWA, you have access to many benefits including student loans and scholarships, research awards, a subscription to the Journal of the American Women's Association (JAMWA), a bi-monthly newsletter, and the AMWA Bed and Breakfast program (especially useful during residency interview trips). This year, the USA chapter of AMWA has one dedicated goal: to help medical students - female and male alike - learn to live healthier, more balanced lives during medical school. Lunch meetings will focus on improving mental and physical health and bettering time management and study skills. As a group, we will participate in the "GO Run" 5K benefiting gynecological oncology research. In addition, this year's evening socials will be casual get-togethers geared towards caring for yourself, both mentally and physically. Most importantly, they are about taking time off from medical school for a fun night with friends! AMWA is open to all medical students, regardless of gender, so join us!



NAME OF GROUP: Catholic Student Association (CSA)
ADVISOR/CONTACT: Fr. Alex Valladares, Campus Minister

PURPOSE: To assist Catholic students to live their faith more deeply and to welcome and catechize those interested in the Catholic Faith.  To provide a faith-based community for Catholic students to meet like-minded people and to provide a place to socialize and study.
Same contacts listed above: PURPOSE: To promote and uphold the sanctity of all human life from conception until natural death through prayer, service, and education, and to help women in crisis pregnancies find alternatives to abortion through service and support.

NAME OF GROUP:  Christian Medical Ministry of South Alabama (CMMSA)
ADVISOR/SPONSOR: Dr. Keith Peevy ~ EMAIL:  Duane Baxter  
CONTACT: Gavin Reed,
PURPOSE: Christian Medical Ministry exists to glorify God by training a new generation of health-care providers to bring the healing of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world.  CMMSA is a discipleship-based interdenominational ministry focusing on sharing the good news of Jesus to students at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, establishing new believers in the faith and equipping believers to bring the gospel to the world through health-care.

NAME OF GROUP:  COM Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) 
 Franklin Trimm, MD 
Kevin Green, MD 
PURPOSE: The College of Medicine Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) is dedicated to ensuring a safe and friendly academic environment for LGBT students, residents, and faculty in the medical community at the University of South Alabama.  As a group of LGBT students and allies, we are committed to embracing diversity on our campus by providing resources, support and a friendly community for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons in medical education.

NAME OF GROUP: Student National Medical Association (SNMA)

CONTACT: Pres. Christopher Hoffman:
VP: Anna Crutchfield - Secretary: Lindsey Stewart - Treas.: Charquincy Hollowell - Historian/PR: Domonique Crain - Social chair: Jalaina Scott - Community service chair: Vantel Phillips
PURPOSE: SNMA is dedicated to addressing the needs and concerns of minority medical students and, by extension, the healthcare needs and education of medically under-served communities.


NAME OF GROUP: Wilderness Medicine Student Interest Group (WMS)
Dr. Jeff Sosnowski:
CONTACTS: President: Tyler Goldbach 
Vice President: R. Miller Wright
Treasurer: Jordan Nickols
Resources logistics: W. Johnson Hardy
Meagan Thomas, M2
Patty Wang: 

PURPOSE: To provide students with an outlet for building medical skills related to events that arise in the outdoors through lectures and outdoor activities. There is also a OASIS M4 course for credit that can be taken in the final year.


Susan P. LeDoux, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Medical Education & Student Affairs


For more information, please contact Ms. Karen Braswell, at 251-471-7145.








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