Student Body Organizations
The following student organizations are currently active on the Baylor College of Medicine campus. To request the addition of your student organization to this web page, please e-mail Alex Bonnel at email@example.com.
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
The membership of this honor medical society is composed of undergraduates who have shown promise of becoming leaders in their profession, graduate members who later have attained such leadership, honorary members consisting of physicians who have attained national distinction, and persons, whether physicians or not, who have gained unusual recognition in fields related to medicine. At least twice a year medical students are elected to membership. To be considered for membership, a student must have completed the pre-clinical sciences and at least four quarters of clinical work and must stand academically in the top 25 percent (based on grades alone) of the class. Generally, one-sixth of the graduating class is elected to membership.
American Medical Association / Texas Medical Association - BCM Medical Student Chapter
The Medical Student Section of the Texas Medical Association is comprised of interested students from all seven Texas medical schools. The TMA has local MSS chapters at each school to increase medical student exposure, participation, and most of all, representation in the TMA. The TMA/AMA-MSS also sponsors activities such as luncheon lectures on various topics, involvement in community activities, and opportunities to interact with local physicians. By joining the TMA/AMA-MSS, each student gains opportunities for grants and loans based on need as well as outstanding professional potential. Other services and benefits which exist include insurance plans, automatic subscriptions to several medical publications such as the state journal, Texas Medicine, and participation in medical conferences and conventions sponsored by the TMA. Membership in the TMA/AMA-MSS is free and is an excellent opportunity to participate in organized medicine and meet a most dynamic group of medical students from across the State of Texas. The TMA/AMA-MSS application requires the signature of two physicians. The administration of Baylor will complete this portion of the application for you. The Harris County Medical Society is the local branch of the TMA and joining the HCMS is a prerequisite to becoming a member of the TMA/AMA-MSS. Completion of a single application, available from TMA/AMA-MSS offices or the HCMS officers, fulfills requirements for joining both organizations.
American Medical Student Association
The American Medical Student Association (not affiliated with the AMA) is the nation's largest national organization representing medical students. AMSA represents medical students in all forms of legislation and lobbies for important issues regarding health care in its delivery to the nation. The organization has programs that range from implementing health care in rural areas, Appalachia, and on Indian reservations, to overseas programs for students to learn about medicine in other nations. The Baylor chapter is very active. A one-time fee entitles membership for four years, and also includes a subscription to the New Physician magazine. Also, many perks are available for members (i.e. a student health insurance policy). [view AMSA website]
American Medical Women's Association
Despite the extraordinary progress women have made in medicine and the sciences over the last 150 years, there continues to be a pressing need for female role models and mentors, specialized professional development programs, and increased study of women's health issues. Women want a forum to learn from each other about how to handle multiple roles, a balanced career, and family. AMWA members share the goal of promoting women's health and taking the steps necessary to assure that these issues are on the agenda at all levels. The BCM Chapter of AMWA seeks to bring together women medical students and physicians, promote their education and training, promote education on issues of women's health, and encourage women to study and practice medicine, and promote equal opportunities to do so. We have events including dessert night a Dr. Eddins' house, annual senior ladies tea, relationships in medicine roundtable, bake sales, and volunteering at various community medical events. [view AMWA website]
Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association
To provide a forum in which to exchange ideas with other medical students and colleagues from around the country through resources such as e-mail, letters and conferences. To promote the awareness of medical problems facing the underprivileged Asian American community in the United States. To address cultural barriers (e.g. belief systems and traditions) as it pertains to their views on health and health care. To address the unique concerns facing Asian Pacific American Medical students and physicians in their role as an ethnic and professional minority in the United States. [view Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association website]
BCM Orthopedic Surgery Society
The mission of the BCM Orthopedic Surgery Society is to cultivate medical students’ interest in orthopedic surgery through interaction and networking with fellow students, residents, faculty, and orthopedic surgeons in the community. In achieving this goal, BOSS provides lectures, resident-run workshops, and advice to students in their preparation for the competitive residency application process. [view BCM Orthopedic Surgery Society website]
BCM Pediatric Student Association
The BPSA is the first student-run organization dedicated to serving the Houston pediatric community and offering medical students career guidance in the field of pediatrics. Activities include vaccine fairs, Parents' Night Out (a night of fun for children with genetic syndromes), speakers, mentor program, and teaching after school science classes. [view BCM Pediatric Student Association website]
BCM Social Dance Club
The Baylor Social Dance Club hosts a series of beginner and intermediate dance classes for all BCM students. Classes include salsa, ballroom, tango, and swing. [view BCM Social Dance Club website]
BCM Global Health
BCM Global Health was started to improve education, create opportunities for students and promote service at the Baylor College of Medicine. We are the student adjunct to the international track. We assist the track with curriculum revision, develop opportunities for student service in global health both locally and abroad, host Global Health speaking events and are currently working on creating a scholarship for students to use for educational experiences abroad.
Cardiology Association for Research, Design, and Instructional Opportunity
CARDIO's goal is to promote cardiology through teaching sessions, research opportunities and public health fairs. We have sponsors from Baylor College of Medicine, The Methodist Hospital, St. Luke's and Texas Children's Hospital, which have helped us establish our organization.
Christian Medical Dental Association
CMDA is an organization of health professionals and students who seek to glorify God through fellowship, bible study, discipleship, service, and prayer. Our goal is to help students have a better understanding of how to integrate faith and medicine through community with other students and learning from the experience and wisdom of Christian doctors. All are welcome to join us at our weekly Thursday lunch meetings.
The Houston chapter of Collegium Aesculapium is part of a nationwide organization of health professionals and students belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. At Baylor College of Medicine, our mission is to provide opportunities for students to serve in the community, network with other LDS healthcare professionals, and achieve spiritual growth to maintain balance in their lives. Any student interested in our service projects, firesides, or social events are invited to attend, regardless of faith." [view Baylor College of Medicine Chapter of Collegium Aesculapium website]
Crawford Long Society
The Crawford Long Society is a student organization for people interested in anesthesiology. The goal of the society is to promote interest in anesthesiology and give students a greater understanding about its practice through information dissemination, meetings and educational activities. Our mission is to generate interest in anesthesiology at Baylor College of Medicine. [view Crawford Long Society website]
Dermatology Interest Group
The mission of the Dermatology Interest Group is to promote and aid Baylor College of Medicine students and members in pursuing a career in the field of dermatology and to provide interesting learning opportunities to both members and students in general. [view Dermatology Interest Group website]
Emergency Medicine Interest Group
The Emergency Medicine Interest Group promotes the specialty of emergency medicine at Baylor College of Medicine through service, education and leadership, but encourages those interested in all other specialties as well. The group runs procedure and suture labs throughout the year allowing students to practice important clinical skills such as blood draws, starting IVs, placing chest tubes, airway management and suturing. EMIG members will also have the opportunity to participate in the work-study program in the Ben Taub Emergency Center where students will gain valuable clinical experience while earning $15/hour in federal work-study funds. In addition, EMIG recruits and manages the AHA BLS and ACLS instructors for Baylors’s curriculum, as well as providing free CPR classes to the great Houston community. Student members of EMIG are eligible to ride along with Houston EMS to experience pre-hospital care, or volunteer their time to help the less fortunate with the Patient Education Initiative in the Ben Taub Emergency Room. [view Emergency Medicine Interest Group website]
The ENTerest Group is BCM's student organization for those interested in otolaryngology. Our goal is to cultivate interest in this specialty among students, and to assist students who decide on ENT in successfully pursuing this specialty. We hold informational talks with faculty and program directors, social events with students and residents, and an annual hands-on workshop on a practical ENT skill.
Family Medicine Interest Group
The Family Interest Group acquaints students with the role and responsibilities of the family physician. Although its major goal is encouraging student selection of family practice as a career choice, the group seeks to support student interest in all primary care specialties. Membership in the American Academy of Family Physicians/Texas Academy of Family Physicians and subscription to the American Family Physician Journal are free. The $15 membership for four years of medical school is paid by TAFP and the Harris County Chapter. Luncheon lectures sponsored by the FMIG and the Department of Family and Community Medicine and Medicine. Social gatherings for students, residents and faculty members. Workshops on clinical procedures and residency selection. Clearing house for information on state and national conferences, residencies and local and national preceptorships. [view Family Medicine Interest Group website]
Gold Humanism Honor Society
The Gold Humanism Honor Society is an international organization that recognizes, supports, and promotes the values of humanism and professionalism in medicine. At Baylor College of Medicine, the Gold Humanism Honor Society recognizes rising 4th year medical students who exhibit characteristics such as integrity, excellence, compassion, altruism, respect, and empathy. The selection process begins with peer nomination followed by faculty review. GHHS members organize and carry out a service project each year that highlights their commitment to caring for patients. [view GHHS website]
Gynecology and Obstetrics Interest Group
The student-run organization dedicated to serving the women of the Houston community. We also strive to increase women's health advocacy and Improve women’s health curriculum at medical schools through faculty and student advocacy. Membership in this group offers members an understanding of what is involved in a career in OB-GYN. Activities include the opportunity for preclinical students a chance to deliver their first baby (Deliver a Baby Weekends). [view Gynecology and Obstetrics Interest Group website]
HOMES (Student Health Clinic)
Houston Outreach, Medicine, Education and Social Services is a student-run clinic program that is a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional effort to provide health care and social services to the homeless of Houston at a local service site. Students from Baylor College of Medicine, University of Texas-Houston School of Medicine, University of Houston College of Pharmacy, and University of Houston Graduate School of Social Work together and with community leaders run the clinic in which medical students get hands-on medical training from the beginning of their medical education and work with students from other institutions in multi-disciplinary teams.
Institute for Healthcare Improvement: BCM Chapter
The BCM Chapter of the IHI Open School aims to further the vision of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) while using their resources in ways that are relevant to the Baylor community. Through a combination of speakers, didactics, discussions, and research opportunities, the BCM Chapter of the Open School aims to direct those who are interested in medical quality, educate students on opportunities to improve the way medicine is practiced, and bring the issues surrounding medical quality to the forefront of undergraduate medical education. Now, with many re-certification and graduate medical education programs beginning to integrate quality improvement projects into their requirements, and with the ever increasing need to reduce error, improve safety, maximize resources and provide quality care, there has never been a more important time to highlight aspects of medical quality in the undergraduate medical curriculum.
Latino Medical Student Association
Our organization of medical students interested in issues relevant to the Latino community was formed with the mission to: Unify all Latino medical students in one organization, Actively promote recruitment and retention of Latino Students at all levels, Educate medical students on Latino health issues, Act as advocates for the rights of Latinos in health care, Provide leadership opportunities for Latinos and Promote volunteerism in the Latino community. [view Latino Medical Student Association website]
Medical Miles Mentor Program
The Medical Miles Mentor Program connects Baylor College of Medicine medical student mentors with middle school students at nearby Cullen Middle School. Through a weekly program we hope to inspire a love for exercise and healthy living in our 6th grade mentees. Each session includes discussion on a health-related topic, active games, and a one hour cardio workout run by Baylor College of Medicine students!
Medical Students for Choice
Medical Students for Choice is dedicated to ensuring that women receive comprehensive reproductive health care, including abortion services. One of the greatest obstacles to safe, legal abortion is the absence of trained providers. Abortion and reproductive health care must be a part of standard medical training and practice. As medical students and residents, we are committed to ensuring that medical practitioners are prepared to provide their patients with the full range of reproductive health care choices. Medical Students for Choice is a national organization dedicated to increasing education and awareness about reproductive health issues and abortion. The Baylor College of Medicine chapter has been organized and operating since March 1994. MSFC was recognized as a Baylor organization in April 1995. [view Medical Students for Choice website]
Medical Students for Life
The Baylor College of Medicine chapter of Medical Students for Life is a coalition open to all Baylor College of Medicine students, regardless of their personal stances on abortion and other life issues. Emphasis includes collegial bioethics discussions and the need for healthcare professionals to provide information and resources to support and protect the lives of both mothers and their unborn children, regardless of race, developmental stage, socioeconomic status, and special needs. We advocate person-centered medicine and the defense of conscience rights. [view Medical Students for Life website]
Med/Peds Interest Group
The Med/Peds Interest Group recruits and supports students interested in a residency in Medicine/Pediatrics. We hold meetings with speakers within the field presenting on various areas of interest. In addition, we provide opportunities for mentorship and career advancement for interested students.
The Ophthalmology Club is a student-run organization aimed at giving medical students exposure to ophthalmology. We host a series of talks by our department faculty on the different subspecialties, hands-on sessions to familiarize students with surgical and clinical exam techniques, and also a few low-key socials with the current residents and faculty members. [view Ophthalmology Club website]
Pathology Interest Group
The Pathology Interest Group at Baylor College of Medicine seeks to provide students interested in pathology the opportunity to learn about what a pathologist does, as well as providing experiences to see this exciting field in action. [view Pathology Interest Group website]
Mission: Provide a forum for students interested in pursuing a career in radiology while helping all medical students develop a working knowledge of the field. [view Radiology Club website]
Remedy: BCM's Journal for the Literary Arts
Remedy: BCM's Journal for the Literary Arts accepts artistic submissions from all Baylor College of Medicine students, faculty, and staff to encourage creative literary expression. We are proud to collect and publish an electronic journal twice a year that includes poetry, short stories, essays, artwork, and photography. [view Remedy website]
Student Interest Group in Neurology
The Student Interest Group in Neurology brings together medical students who are interested in exploring the fields of neurology and neuroscience. The SIGN chapter at Baylor College of Medicine was founded in affiliation with both the American Academy of Neurology and the Baylor Department of Neurology. The SIGN program is a network of 129 chapters in medical schools across the United States and Canada, and intends to foster medical student interest and awareness in neurology and the AAN by providing opportunities to participate in clinical, research, and service activities in neurology. SIGN membership is FREE, and allows medical students to take advantage of free membership with the American Academy of Neurology. [view Student Interest Group in Neurology website]
Student Internal Medicine Society
SIMS organizes speakers, residency workshops, post-rotation receptions, a mentorship program and other events that connect students to other students considering a career in Internal Medicine and faculty who are already members of the field. [view SIMS website]
Student National Medical Association
SNMA is the nation's oldest and largest independent, student-run organization focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of color. We are committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students, addressing the needs of underserved communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent and socially conscious physicians. Community service is indeed at the heart and soul of the SNMA. SNMA is committed to reducing morbidity and mortality in under-served communities. Its programs are primarily focused on educating and empowering local communities to make healthy lifestyle choices. [view SNMA website]
Student Surgical Society
The Student Surgical Society promotes an interest in general surgery and the surgical subspecialties. Increase interactions between students, residents and faculty. Provide services, opportunities, and vehicles for advancement within the field of surgery. [view Student Surgical Society website]
Texas Geriatrics Interest Group
The TGIG organization's mission is to increase the knowledge and involvement of medical students in the field of geriatrics. We also have a geriatrics skills workshop that is given every year to teach students how to take care of their elders and address any geriatrics related concerns. We hold monthly lunch conferences that focus on different aspects of medicine in relation to the geriatric population. We also participate in the community by delivering food to older individuals.
Wilderness Medical Society
The objective of this organization is to facilitate interdisciplinary interaction among students and faculty expressing interests in issues relating to health and the wilderness. [view Wilderness Medical Society website]