University of South Alabama

Specialty Interest Groups




NAME OF GROUP: Ob/Gyn Interest Group (ACOG)
ADVISOR/SPONSOR: Drs Altermatt and Holliday caltermatt@health.southalabama.edu; nholliday@health.southalabama.edu
CONTACTS: Presidents ~ Megan Missanelli mem1104@jagmail.southalabama.edu
Heather Fishel hlf401@jagmail.southalabama.edu
WEBSITE: COM OB GYN
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: rwatson@health.southalabama.edu - Dr. Kai Rodning kairodning@gmail.com
WEBSITE: http://www.usahealthsystem.com/Anesthesiology
Dr. James E. Flowers: jepcflowers1967@att.net
M4 Contacts:Hannah Byland: hmb1102@jagmail.southalabama.edu - Carie Ann Foster: caf1101@jagmail.southalabama.edu
Hayden Hundley: heh1101@jagmail.southalabama.edu
M3 Contact: Aaron Coleman: adc1202@jagmail.southalabama.edu
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)
ADVISOR/SPONSOR: Dr. Amy Morris

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: Dr. Frank Pettyjohn ~ EMAIL:  fpettyjo@health.southalabama.edu 
CONTACTS: Brian Buning (President) Btb1103@jagmail.southalabama.edu 
Greg Thompson (Vice President) Gst1102@jagmail.southalabama.edu
EMAIL: EMIG.USACOM@gmail.com

CONTACT
PURPOSE: To expose medical students to the core principles of emergency medicine and provide opportunities to explore EM as a specialty with lectures on clinical topics, simulations, and demonstrations of core skills like intubation, suturing, and casting.

NAME OF GROUP: Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG)
ADVISOR/SPONSOR: Dr. Carol Motley ~ EMAIL: cmotley@southalabama.edu 

Dr. Craig T. Bogar ~ EMAIL: ctbogar@health.southalabama.edu
CONTACT: (President) Abby Rowland: anr1323@jagmail.southalabama.edu

(Vice president) Jay Scarborough: jss901@jagmail.southalabama.edu
WEBSITE:  http://www.usahealthsystem.com/FamilyMedicineInterestGroupFMIG
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.

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NAME OF GROUP: Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG)
ADVISOR/SPONSOR: Dr. TJ Hundley ~ EMAIL: tjhundley@health.southalabama.edu
CONTACT: (President)
Alonso Heudebert  aih1101@jagmail.southalabama.edu
VP: Joe Coffman GJCoffman@gmail.com
Treasurer: Payton Carley PaytonCarley@gmail.com
Secretary: Kyndal Sonnier krs1202@jagmail.southalabama.edu
imig.usacom@gmail.com
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)
ADVISOR/SPONSOR: Dr. Thomas Butler~ EMAIL:  tbutler@health.southalabama.edu

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)
ADVISOR/SPONSOR: Dr. Chris Semple ~ EMAIL: hcsemple@me.com. Premier Medical Group, University of South Alabama College of Medicine Alumnus
CONTACT: (President) Daniel Salisbury ~ drs1101@jagmail.southalabama.edu
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:  freddoc937@mac.com
CONTACT: (President) William Tucker  wat1102@jagmail.southalabama.edu - (Vice President)  Hunter Upton  hbu1221@jagmail.southalabama.edu
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)
ADVISOR/SPONSOR: Dr. Trimm ~ EMAIL:
rftrimm@health.southalabama.edu 
CONTACT: Rita Harper ~ rharper@health.southalabama.edu

WEBSITE: http://www.usahealthsystem.com/PediatricsInterestGroup
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)
ADVISOR/SPONSOR: Dr. W. Bogan Brooks ~ EMAIL: wbrooks@altapointe.org
WEBSITE: COM Psychiatry
CONTACT: 
~ (President)  Chris Buckley jcb1104@jagmail.southalabama.edu
(VP) Stephen Cheek sac1102@jagmail.southalabama.edu  
(Sec.) Natalie Hallmark nnh1101@jagmail.southalabama.edu
Social Chair: Omar Mazher om1101@jagmail.southalabama.edu
Community Service Chairs: Sara Gonzales ssg1102@jagmail.southalabama.edu
Heather Griffin hdl1001@jagmail.southalabama.edu
Lindsey Stewart: las704@jagmail.southalabama.edu

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: mcquiston@health.southalabama.edu
CONTACT:
Charles Gaston: cvg601@jagmail.southalabama.edu
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)
ADVISORS/SPONSORS: Bassam A. Bassam, MD bbassam@health.southalabama.edu
Daniel Dees, MD  ddees@health.southalabama.edu
Andrew Manley, MD atmanley@health.southalabama.edu
CONTACT: ~ (President)  Bradley Edmonds bse1223@jagmail.southalabama.edu
(VP) William Thomas  wjt1321@jagmail.southalabama.edu
(SEC) Meagan Thomas mrt1225@jagmail.southalabama.edu
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)
ADVISOR/SPONSOR: Dr. Jon Simmons   jdsimmons@health.southalabama.edu 

CONTACT:  (President) Timothy Parker  tgp1101@jagmail.southalabama.edu
(Vice President) James Sahawneh jms1226@jagmail.southalabama.edu
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

NAME OF GROUP: American Medical Association - Medical Student Section (AMA-MSS)
ADVISOR/SPONORS:
CONTACT: Dheepa Sekar  (President) drs1203@jagmail.southalabama.edu
PURPOSE: To educate our members on issues that pertain to them as medical students.
 

NAME OF GROUP: American Medical Student Association (AMSA)
ADVISOR/SPONORS:
CONTACT: William Blake Tennant:  wbt1221@jagmail.southalabama.edu

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)
ADVISOR/SPONSOR: Dr. Susan Ledoux  sledoux@southalabama.edu
CONTACT/S: Madelyn King:  mbk1201@jagmail.southalabama.edu - Gretchen Vandiver: ghv1221@jagmail.southalabama.edu  and Katherine Weller: knw706@jagmail.southalabama.edu 

 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
CONTACT: 
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.
2nd GROUP: PRO-LIFE CLUB http://www.southalabamacsa.com/
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: kjpeevy@gmail.com  Duane Baxter  dbaxter@cmmsa.org  
CONTACT: Gavin Reed, gtr1201@jagmail.southalabama.edu
 
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) 
ADVISOR/SPONSOR: 
 Franklin Trimm, MD  rftrimm@health.southalabama.edu  ~ Kevin Green, MD  wgreen@health.southalabama.edu
http://www.usahealthsystem.com/Gay-StraightAlliance 
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)
ADVISOR/SPONSOR: Dr. Hattie Myles ~ EMAIL: HMYLES@southalabama.edu
CONTACT: Christopher Hoffman: cjh1001@jagmail.southalabama.edu 
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)
ADVISOR/SPONSOR: Dr. Lynn Yonge: yongemd@hotmail.com
CONTACTS: President: Wes Edmunds rwe501@jagmail.southalabama.edu
Vice President:
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
sledoux@southalabama.edu

PHONE:
251-460-7174

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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