Below is a listing of the School of Medicine approved organizations and interest groups that are active on our campus. If you are interested in joining or need more information, please contact the persons listed with that group. If you are interested in creating a new student organization or interest group, please contact Laura Grayson in Student Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- AHEC SCHOLARS
- ALPHA OMEGA ALPHA (AOA)
- AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
- AMERICAN MEDICAL WOMEN'S ASSOCIATION
- ARTS & HUMANITIES IN MEDICINE
- BREWING INTEREST GROUP
- CAMP TIGER
- CHESS CLUB
- COOKING HEALTHY OPTIONS FOR PATIENTS (CHOP)
- DIABETES ADVOCACY GROUP (DAG)
- EXECUTIVE COUNCIL
- GEAUX BALD
- GOLD HUMANISM HONOR SOCIETY (GHHS)
- JUSTICE EQUITY DIVERSITY & INCLUSION (JEDI)
- LATINO MEDICAL STUDENT ASSOCIATION
- LIFESTYLE MEDICINE
- LSUHS GROWING FOR GOOD
- MEDICINE IN MOTION (MIM)
- MEDICAL STUDENTS AGAINST ADDICTION
- MEDICAL STUDENTS FOR CHOICE (MSFC)
- NW LOUISIANA MEDICAL SOCIETY - MEDICAL STUDENT PARTNERSHIP
- PARS FOR PEDS
- PICKLEBALL INTEREST GROUP
- ROCK CLIMBING INTEREST GROUP (RCIG)
- SAGE HONOR SOCIETY
- SEAM LEADERSHIP GROUP
- SCIENCE MATTERS & IDEAS DAY
- STUDENTS TAKING ACTION IN PUBLIC HEALTH (STAPH)
- STANDING UP FOR SENIORS
- STUDENT NATIONAL MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
- SUPPORT FOR HUMANITARIANISM THROUGH INTERCONTINENTAL PROJECTS (SHIP)
- TENNIS INTEREST GROUP
- TIGER AMBASSADORS
- WINE INTEREST GROUP
- CANCER WALKING GROUP
- CATHOLIC MEDICAL STUDENT ASSOCIATION
The purpose and mission of the LSUHS Area Health Education (AHEC) Program is to improve health status, increase access to care, and assure that the future and current health care workforce is properly trained and practice in medically under-served communities.This is done through community-based training, recruitment and retention of healthcare professionals and workers, developing and implementing continuing education programs to meet the needs of healthcare professionals in rural and under-served areas and to plan and respond to community health needs through population-based health system development and public education. Faculty Sponsor: Wanda Thomas, MD (email@example.com); Contact: Shirley Wilson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Alpha Omega Alpha is the only National Honor Medical Society. Students are elected in their junior or senior year on the basis of their academic performance and must be in the top twenty five percent of their class in order to be elected. Founded in 1902 at the University of Illinois, the chapter at LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine in Shreveport was established in 1973. The society’s main goal is to stimulate academic excellence. The local chapter has been instrumental in bringing outstanding physicians from around the nation to Shreveport as lecturers and visiting professors.
Faculty Sponsor -Dr. James Morris; President - Sara Lauve
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AMA School Chapter: The AMA is the physician's powerful ally in patient care, representing physicians with a unified voice, leading the charge to confront public health crises, removing obstacles that interfere with patient care, and driving the future of medicine.
Faculty Sponsor- Dr. Barhat Guthikonda; President - Brynne Tynes; Vice President - Lily Vincik; Secretary - Madison Casey; Treasurer - Trey Soileau; Diversity and Inclusion Chair - Reese Leonhard; MSOP Leader - Brynne Tynes; MS1 Rep - TBD; MS2 Rep - Amanda Ragland; MS3 Rep -Evan Downs;
MS4 Rep - Ethyn Loren
American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA): The AMWA LSU Health Shreveport chapter is a branch of the non-profit national organization founded in 1915. We strive to serve the field of medicine and the community through advocacy, outreach, professional development, and education with the intention of raising awareness about issues within and outside of the medical profession. Our meetings will include discussions about work-family balance, women’s experiences in male-dominated fields. For more information contact: email@example.com.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Sudha Pandit; President: Ann Marie Barfield; Vice President: Lacie Melder; Secretary: Lindsey Settoon;
Treasurer: Huy Nguyen; Fundraising Chair: Erin Mayeux; External Relations Chair: Jordan Bringedahl; Marketing Director: Angela Nguyen; Girls’ Puberty Workshop Chair: Raegan Abadie; Boys’ Puberty Workshop Chair: Nicholas Jones; Human Trafficking Awareness Week Chair: Emily Dantes; MS4 Class Representative: Natalie Domingue; MS3 Class Representative: Emily Pendarvis; MS2 Class Representative: Sarah Germany
LSUHS Arts & Humanities in Medicine is a group that allows students the opportunity to provide various art forms to patients and their families during their time in the hospital and associated clinics. Through the club, students are able to play music in patient waiting rooms, inpatient communal areas, and even individual patient rooms. In addition, the arts and crafts component of the club has started hosting monthly music and craft nights on the pediatric floor of the hospital. The goal of this organization is to provide both a therapeutic activity for patients and their families, as well as an outlet through which students can connect with patients in a different way.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Jay Marion, MD; President - Morgan Roque; Vice President: Emma Mayfield; Treasurer: Stephanie Provenzano; Secretary: Sandy Nguyen;
PR/Social Media Chair: Vincent Sedminik; Community Outreach Chair: Brianna Rogers;
Volunteer Coordinator: Nicholas Thomas; Craft Committee Chair: Jordan Cross;
Music Committee Chair: Maria Kerrigan; Peds Floor Liaison: Grace Dirks;
Technology Chair: Aimee Rodwig; T-shirt Chair: Sarah Walker;
MS2 Rep: Camila Carrera; MS3 Rep: Diensn Xing; MS4 Rep: Jordan Cross;
Grad Student Rep: Haylie Ahia; Allied Health Rep: Allison Liddle
This group’s primary goal is to support St. Mary’s Place and provide onesies for newborns. St. Mary’s can only provide sheer paper shirts for infants with no clothing, and our goal is to provide them with enough onesies to give to those in need. Secondarily, we plan to grow interest in the effects of alcohol on the brain, the brewing process, and the science behind beer-making.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Hyung Nam; President: Raymond Ohler
Camp Tiger is a free, five-day camp for children and teens ages 5 to 18 years old living with physical and cognitive challenges such as cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, and more. Since 2000, this camp has been organized by first and second year medical students from LSU Health Shreveport. Throughout the week, campers participate in a variety of activities in the Shreveport community such as trips to Hot Wheels of Wonder Skating Rink, Sci-Port Discovery Center, Gators and Friends, Holiday Lanes Bowling, and much more. Most importantly, the campers benefit from the social interaction with one another and the individual attention from camp counselors.
Faculty Sponsor: Student Affairs; Director: Trevor Blackstock; Camper Co-directors: Dylan Scott, Emily Venable, Hannah Barrow, Megan Gremillion; Counselor Co-directors: Alex Hollander, Ben Chanes, Mackenzie Louviere, Maddy Rodrigue; Student Relations Committee : Connor Doyle (Activities Chair), London Todd, Grace Wester (Housing Chair),
The Chess Club's mission is to provide a safe and inclusive environment where members of the LSUHS community can join together tolearn and play chess. This vision of this club is to promote critical thought in its members while fostering sportsmanship, comradery, and healthy competition.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Bruno Alvarez Concejo; President: Brennan Gioe ; Vice-President: Dean Abdehou; Secretary: Annie Schwartz; Treasurer: Evan Trahan, co 2024
CHOP is dedicated to learning how to use food as medicine and promoting evidence-based, affordable nutrition in the Shreveport-Bossier community.
Faculty sponsor: Rupa Mahadevan; Co-presidents: Morni Modi and Mackenzie Louviere;
VP: Morgan Uebinger; Secretary: Hannah Meyer; Treasurer: Holly Dicharry;
Supper club chair: Katelyn Foreman; Cookbook Chair: Sarah Germany; Volunteer chair: Brooke Martin; MS2 rep: Camilla Carrera; MS3 rep: Cameron Robicheaux; MS4 Rep: Claire Robichaux
This is a public awareness group for the increasing prevalence of diabetes, to spread awareness of the effects of diabetes, and to work with health centers to have medical students gain clinical experience regarding diabetes care.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Snigdha Reddy Likki; Co-Presidents: Caroline Hill and Aaron Fernandez; Vice President: Lillian Lauck; Secretary: Prerana Ramesh;
Volunteer Coordinator: Camila Carrera; Treasurer: Madeline Polsen; Medical Research Chair: Chelsea Taylor; Diabetes Walk Chair: Aishu Natarajan and Angela Nguyen;
Publication Chair: Abby Staples; Social Media Chair: Lily Vincik; MS2 Class Rep: Amanda Ragland; MS3 Class Rep: Emily Pendarvis; MS4 Class Rep: Rikki Gilmore
Our mission is to bring awareness to the disparities faced by the LGBTQ+ community, especially in health care, through community service, findraising, and expert lectures. In doing so, we strive to create safe spaces for students a faculty alike, and we aim to foster an enviroment that produces healthcare professionals who are allies.
This organization serves as the student government for both medical and graduate students. Officers are elected and will serve as representatives of the general student body.
Faculty Sponsor: Office of Student Affairs; President – Tyler Tran; Vice President – Elise Thibodeaux; Secretary – Erin Mayeaux; Treasurer – Kelli Broussard; Honor Council Chairperson – Francesca Weis
Geaux Bald raises funds for St. Baldrick's Foundation. Since 2005, St. Baldrick’s has funded more than $286 million in research grants to find cures for kids with cancer. This is all thanks to the generosity of participants, shavees, volunteers, and donors. We are proud to be among the top fundraisers for St. Baldrick’s and to help these children in their unimaginable battles!
Faculty Sponsor: Student Affairs; President: Mary Claire Walker
The Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) recognizes students, residents and faculty who are exemplars of compassionate patient care and who serve as role models, mentors and leaders in medicine. GHHS members are peer nominated and are the ones that others say they want taking care of their own friends and family. The local GHHS chapter began in 2016.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Caitlin Busada; President - Jessica Elliot;Vice President - Amanda Langston;Secretary - Brianna LeBlanc; Treasurer - Katie White; Project Manager - Madison Hoffman; Project Committee Members - Taylor Gaston, Holly Lacour, Bella Fabian, John Campbell & Collyn O'Quin; Student of the Month Chair - Farrah Flattman;
Student of the Month Committee - Deniz Gungor, Sarah Peytavin & Ben Maxey;
Public Relations Chair - Will Mullen; Fundraising Chair - Tanner Ward;
Passio Rounds Committee Chair - Shelby Patti; Passio Rounds; Committee Members - Brennen Murphy, Ross Dies & Laura Nussdorf
The mission of Justice Equity Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) is to exchange and promote sharing of ideas about justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion regarding medical education curriculum to further advance the educational, medical, and scientific standards of the School of Medicine. This group will look to aid students, faculty, and other organizations in the LSUHS institution to advocate for curriculum changes by collecting, organizing, and recording the coice of the students regarding intergating diversity and equity topics within our standard education. The purpose is to provide a continual impact on the evolution of medical curriculum at LSUHS for the betterment of our education and community.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Toni Thibeaux; President: Tanisha Fleming; Vice-President: Kelsey Douangmavongsa
This group unites and empowers medical students through service, mentorship and education to advocate for the health of the Latino community.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Natalie Trujillo-Aguirre
President: Camila Carrera
VP: Nicholas Jones
Secretary: Jordan Cross
Treasurer: Payton Hollenshead
Academic Chair: Carolina Ochoa
Community Service Chair: Maria Kerrigan
Community Outreach Co-chairs: Stephanie Provenzano & Dominique Perilloux
MSIV rep: Carolina Ochoa
MSIII rep: Nicholas Jones
MSII rep: Felipe Palmieri
MSI rep: Catherine Grace Dean
Grad Student Rep: Nahomi Guerra Pilaquinga
Our mission is to provide support and resources for pregnant and parenting women in our community. We want to alleviate any social or structural barriers that these women may encounter. Our vision is to educate expecting mothers in Shreveport and the surrounding areas on their options for prenatal and postpartum care including adoption for those not ready to raise a child. We plan to have monthly meetings, where we will discuss upcoming events and fundraisers and invite guest speakers to promote awareness on multiple aspects of women’s health. We will hold baby-supply giveaways and reach out to pregnant and parenting students both on campus and in the community to offer compassion, encouragement and options. Lifeline will offer opportunities for its members to volunteer at the local CARE Pregnancy Center and other maternity homes around the greater Shreveport-Bossier area. As an organization, we value peace, respect, and understanding above all else.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Cathleen Chang; Presidents: Madison Casey and Raegan Abadie
Lifestyle medicine is a medical specialty that uses therapeutic lifestyle interventions as a primary modality to treat chronic conditions including, but not limited to, cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. Lifestyle medicine certified clinicians are trained to apply evidence-based, whole-person, prescriptive lifestyle change to treat and, when used intensively, often reverse such conditions. Faculty Advisor: Dr. Rupa Mahadevan; President: Camila Carrera, MS2; Vice President: Huy Nyguen, MS2
LSUHS Growing for Good Interest Group was founded to provide medical students with a common interest a way to meet one another in a socially distanced setting during the pandemic. This student organization grew quickly and later went on to construct a raised bed garden on LSU Health Shreveport’s campus. The goal of this organization and campus garden is to grow produce to be donated to a local garden that distributes food to families in need at their weekly farmer’s market. This project and future projects illustrate values of this student organization and the impact we wish to have on both our campus and local Shreveport communities.
- Promote healthier food options in a population at a higher risk for obesity and cardiovascular disease
- Provide members of the interest group and other students/faculty of LSU Health Shreveport to take part in a meaningful break outdoors, which may help prevent day-to-day burnout among students
- Add greenery to our growing campus
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Christopher Schmoutz ; President: Julia Trettin;
Vice-President: Carliss Sampognaro; Secretary: Prerana Ramesh;
Treasurer: Rhian Germany; Social Media Chair: Jasmine Nunley; Community Service Chair: Kristen Adams; Gardening Chairs: Courtlin Naquin / Mary Brent Bankston;
MS4 Rep: Annie Lewis; MS3 Rep: Rachel Cline; MS2 Rep: Camille Petty
To create opportunities and events for LSUHS medical, allied health, and graduate students which address medical burnout through fitness, interdisciplinary community building, and philanthropy.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Naina Bouchereau-Lal; President: Madeline Gautreaux; Co-President – Sylvia Mullen; VP – Adam Zulli; Co-Vice President – Brynne Tynes; Secretary – Kristin Delgado; Treasurer – Elizabeth Armstrong; PR – Morgan Alston; Fitness coordinator – Kylie Dufrene; Volunteer coordinator – Sarah Jones; MS2 rep – Jacob Stevens;
MS3 rep – Aishu Natarajan; MS4 rep – Ross Dies
LSUHS MeSCO Foundation exists to improve the healthcare and well-being of the City of Shreveport and surrounding areas in Northwest Louisiana. Our focus is to assist any and all individuals who face barriers to care and improve the health equity of our workers, neighbors, families, and friends. From the severely underprivileged to those simply under-insured or facing unknown disparity or socioeconomic challenges that prevent them from seeking care under traditional means, we aim to uphold our vision by:
- Overseeing and operating the MeSCO Mobile Health Clinic, an interdisciplinary, collaborative (faculty-precepted), student run free clinic (SRFC)
- Preparing and maintaining a sustainable plan to ensure the long-term outreach of the MeSCO SRFC
- Supporting the advancement and future development of other student-driven clinical service projects
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Dayanand Bagdure; Executive Director: Maria Kerrigan; Sarah Martin, Co-Director The MeSCO Foundation & SRFC Caroline Kirk, Co-Director The MeSCO Foundation & SRFC; Raegan Abadie, Co-Director The MeSCO Foundation & SRFC Hannah Meyer, Administrative Director;Chantel Lee, Director of Inclusion, Diversity, & Engagement; Jordan Bringedahl, Director of Curriculum Development;
Caleb Dodge, Director of Medical Faculty Outreach; Thaksin Kongchum, Director of Educational Programs and Community Health; Courtney Toussel, Director of Donor Relations and Philanthropy; Marjorie Blochousse, Associate Director of Research and Development; Issac Hudson, Associate Director of Research and Development Cameron Kirkendoll, Director of Contracts and Grants; Kamryn Jones, Director of Advocacy and Case Management; Emily Pendarvis, Director of Special Events; Fatima Iqbal, Director of Clinical Operations; Mason Favre, Director of Finance; Jay Manuel, Director of Community Outreach; Abigail Poe, Director of Social Media Communications ; Adelaide Schultz, MeSCO Foundation Historian
Medical Students Against Addiction (MSAA) is an organization created to offer its members volunteer opportunities in the local community and to provide an outlet to increase awareness of addiction. Through this organization we hope to educate the community on the role addiction plays in our society, break stigmatization of substance use disorders and to provide support to those in need. The organization is based in Louisiana in the Bossier/Shreveport area and composed of medical students and faculty of the Louisiana Health Science Center-Shreveport. Guided by compassion and empathy, we commit to advocate for the safety and health those living with substance use disorder.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Nicholas Goeders; President: Sage Herbert, MS2; Vice President: Ashlynn Scheinost, MS3; VP of Community Service: Trevor Blackenstock, MS2; VP of Fundraising: Nicholas Thomas, MS2; VP of Education: Nicholas McComb, MS2;
Social Media Chair: Emily O'Brien, MS2; Secretary: Jordyn Courville, MS2;
Treasurer: Alex Hollander, MS2; Class Reps- MS4: Ross Dies, Laura Nussdorf; MS3: Matthew Thompson; MS2: Vincent Sedminik, Jacob Corrent
The purpose of Medical Students For Choice (MSFC) is to increase education, awareness, and open discussion regarding issues of reproductive health and to support those within the medical community who are working to ensure the availability of all reproductive health care services. The LSU Health Shreveport chapter of MSFC also strives to support and contribute to community advocacy efforts and to provide interested students with family planning and abortion training educational opportunities, both locally and nationally.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Charles Baxter; President: Melanie Green; VP of Internal Affairs: Ameera Kattash; VP of Communications: Kelli Broussard; Social Media Chair: Kirsten Maddox; MS2 Rep: Lindsey Settoon; MS3 Rep: Brooklyn Richard Spears; MS4 Rep: Jordan Cross
The mission of the Northwest Louisiana Medical Society is to establish an organization of physicians in the 4th District of Louisiana for the purpose of assisting in the advancement of medical science and education, elevating the standards of medical practice; improving the health of the community it serves; and by all legitimate means to improve the social, economic, and professional status of its members.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Christina Notarianni; President: Halen Scott
Pars for Ped’s mission, vision, and values revolve around being able to provide a recreational and entertainment environment through age- appropriate equipment that is comforting and enjoyable for children who are hospitalized. Being able to participate in activities that they might experience at home could help to normalize their environment and decrease the stress of being in the hospital. This can have such a positive impact on the children’s hospital stay, and anything that can make their everyday lives just a bit more bearable is certainly worthwhile.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Ryan Jones; Directors - Liz Bryan & Driskell Greene
The mission of PBIG is to give LSUHS SOM students the opportunity and resources to play pickleball with other students and community members of the Shreveport-Bossier community. Our vision is to continue to grow the Pickleball community within our SOM student body and the greater Shreveport-Bossier community. Our values consist of teamwork, networking, improved work-lifestyle balance, and enhance social opportunities.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Debbie Chandler; Co Presidents: Ama Mosieri & Matt Norton; Co Vice Presidents: Preston Wilson & Chase Colvin; Secretary: Connor Doyle; Treasurer: Emily Venable; Event Coordinator: Hanaiah Morris; Social Media Chair: Macie Serio
RCIG was established to allow people who are interested in rock climbing and bouldering to get together and bond over this shared interest. Our goal this year is to expand the club and find more members who share similar interests, as well as introduce more people to this activity that have never tried it before.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Adegbenro Fakoya; President: Ian Hill
The SAGE organization is composed of medical students from all four years, each selected by members of the Curriculum Evaluation Committee, a sub-committee of the Medical Curriculum Council. The purpose of SAGE is to promote the amicable exchange of opinions between the student body and the faculty, with a view to the consistent betterment of the educational, medical, and scientific standards of the School of Medicine.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Christi Ninaudo; President: Rachel Parks
I. ACCESS TO ACADEMIC RESOURCES
The program provides students with dependable and accessible resources for academic guidance, either through mentors or peer tutors. Mentors provide guidance about study resources, effective study and time management skills, and encourage the use of student services on campus. Peer tutors provide 1:1 tutoring on specific subjects or skills.
II. ESTABLISH PEER-TO-PEER RELATIONSHIPS
The program promotes interclass relationships among students by ensuring mentor/mentee pairs involve an upperclassmen/lowerclassmen. While mentors must establish and maintain contact throughout the duration of the program, they are also encouraged to continue their relationship. These matches are often based on academic needs and personal interests.
III. SELF-DIRECTED & PEER ASSISTED LEARNING
The program provides opportunities for students to engage in self-directed and peer assisted learning.
The program will provide opportunities for students to strengthen their leadership, mentorship, and educational skills.
The groups mission is to advocate for the importance of science and science education (STEM) in our daily lives. Through advocacy and outreach efforts we aim to make science more accessible to the local general public.
Faculty Sponsors: Julia Esparza, MLS, AHIP; President of IDEAS Day and VP Education: Holly Lacour; VP Outreach: Lauryn Honore
IDEAS Day is our largest event that we hold every spring. This is a fun-filled, free day of hands-on science fun for children from across the Shreveport-Bossier area. We partner with various clubs from campus as well and local vendors and companies to sponsor booths that will each have their own experiment or demonstration to do with the kids as they make their way through the event. The idea behind this event is to intervene and introduce children to all the fun and wonder of science while they’re still at an impressionable age. Most literature states that kids should be introduced to science by age 10 to end up going into one of the fields of science.
S.T.A.P.H aims to educate students on the importance of public health to their career, make students aware of the Public Health programs in the local community, give students the opportunity to get involved in a variety of Public Health Based volunteer works, to promote community oriented medical practices and volunteerism, and to work in collaboration with other public health oreinted organizations.
Faculty Sponsor: Laura Mackowiak; President: Jessica Rodriguez
The purpose of Standing up for Seniors is to provide care and assistance to nursing home residents on a monthly or bi-monthly basis. Our goal is to coordinate events such as holiday goodie-bag/ gift drop-offs or outdoor fitness classes, in ways that are COVID-safe. We also want to implement smaller events such as grocery drop-offs or visit with residents to allow these individuals to feel a sense of companionship.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Michelle Self; Co-Presidents: Braeden McCutchan and James Bridges
This organization holds as its principal purpose the concerns of the minority medical student, though its programs address issues for all medical students.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Toni Thibeaux; President: Angela Nguyen & Kamian Buggage;
Vice President: Demarcus Drumgo; Treasurer: Melanie Green; Community Service: Corrie Jackson; Social Media Chair: Rikki Gilmore; Fundraising Coordinator: Naadia West;
MAPS Liason LSUS: Lauryn Honore; MAPS Liason LA Tech: Foram Patel;
MAPS Liason Grambling: Ajah Willaims; Conference Coordinators: Chizoba Mosieri, Brianna Rogers
A non-profit organization committed to improving the quality of life of underprivileged populations. Medical students travel to Kenya each year to fulfill this mission.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Michael Harper; President – Corey Moss; Vice President – Taylor Witten; Chair of Operations – Jordan Bringedahl; Directors of Operations – Hailey Tupper and Aishu Natarajan; Director of Finance (Treasurer) – Holly Dicharry;Director of Communication (Secretary) – Jessica Elliot; Director of Public Relations – Madeline Gautareaux; Director of Education – Maria Kerrigan; Directors of Fundraising – Abigail Green and Angela Nguyen; Directors of Community Service – Naadia West and Lily Vincik; Director of Administration – Lexie Dautel; Director of Sustainability – Brooke Martin;MS4 Representative – Hannah Cole; MS3 Representative – Sarah Martin;
MS2 Representative – Michael Quintana
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The mission of the Tennis Interest Group is to promote camaraderie and wellness among students of LSU Health Shreveport through promotion of mental and physical health by playing tennis. Our vision is to include our community by hosting tennis clinics and other outreach opportunities.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Stephen Baker; President: Peyton Wilhite;
Treasurer: Drew Dethloff; Events Co-Chairs: Matt Norton and Jillian Sandoz; Community Outreach Chair: London Todd; Geaux Bald Tennis & Pickleball Mixer: Ally Peters and Hanaiah Morris; PR/Social Media Chair: Macie Serio; T-Shirt Chair: Anna Garret;
MS2 Rep: Connor Doyle; MS4 Rep: Sarah Meyer
Tiger Ambassador is involved in hosting applicants to our school, making them feel welcomed, and giving them hints for their interview. Although Covid19 has changed how interviews are conducted (via Zoom), we still get to participate by joining onto the Zoom interviews to answer questions and ease the stress of the applicants! We will also be planning and hosting Preview Days for accepted incoming Pre-Meds.
Faculty Sponsor: Sonya French; Presidents: Charles Daniel, Ivan Alvarez; Vice Presidents: Ben Chanes, London Todd; Secretary: Morgan Alston; Treasurer: Morgan Roque; Social Media: Chase Colvin
The mission of the group is to afford LSU Health Shreveport students the opportunity to hone their palates for wine, to learn about the production of wine and the factors that influence the taste of wines, and to cultivate a useful skill that will help students throughout the rest of their days.
Faculty Sponsors: Dr. Lucy Robinson ; President: Lexie Dautel; Vice President: Elise Sterling; Secretary: Madeline Gautreaux; Treasurer: Liam Ordoyne; Lead Charcuterie Chair: Lillian Lauck ; Charcuterie Chair (2): Macie Serio and Adam Zulli
To raise awareness and expsoure to cancer patients and their hardships. To acknowledge and learn more about the vulnerable population in the community and through FWCC patients. Students can also contribute to the organization and volunteer at our annual Walkathon, in addition to our weekly walk to promote physical wellness.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Richard Mansour; President: Huy Nguyen
The mission of Catholic Medical Student Association is to support and form the Catholic faith of medical students at LSU Health to live and pursue the principles of the Catholic Faith in the science and practice of medicine to better imitate the life of Jesus Christ as physicians.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Valerie Welch; President: Noah Young
- ANESTHESIA INTEREST GROUP
- CARDIOVASCULAR INTEREST GROUP
- DERMATOLOGY INTEREST GROUP
- EMERGENCY MEDICINE INTEREST GROUP
- ENT INTEREST GROUP
- FAMILY MEDICINE INTEREST GROUP
- GASTROENTEROLOGY INTEREST GROUP
- INTERNAL MEDICINE INTEREST GROUP
- INTERVENTIONAL RADIOLOGY INTEREST GROUP
- LIFESTYLE MEDICINE INTEREST GROUP
- MEDICINE-PEDIATRICS INTEREST GROUP
- NEPHOROLOGY INTEREST GROUP
- NEUROSURGERY STUDENT INTEREST GROUP
- OBGYN INTEREST GROUP
- OPHTHALMOLOGY INTEREST GROUP
- ORTHOPAEDIC INTEREST GROUP
- PEDIATRIC INTEREST GROUP
- PLASTIC SURGERY INTEREST GROUP
- PSYCHIATRY STUDENT INTEREST GROUP (PSYCHSIGN)
- PULMONARY & CRITICAL CARE INTEREST GROUP
- RADIOLOGY INTEREST GROUP
- RHEUMATOLOGY INTEREST GROUP
- SLEEP MEDICINE INTEREST GROUP
- SPORTS MEDICINE INTEREST GROUP
- STUDENT INTEREST GROUP IN NEUROLOGY (SIGN)
- SURGERY INTEREST GROUP
- ULTRASOUND INTEREST GROUP
- UROLOGY INTEREST GROUP
- VASCULAR SURGERY INTEREST GROUP
The Anesthesia Interest Group (AIG) is a special interests group focused on providing information and resources to those wishing to better understand anesthesia and to explore it as a potential career. The aim of this group is to provide students with all of the knowledge, experiences, and opportunities needed to match into an anesthesia residency.
Their goal is to see more opportunities for early exposure to this field of medicine in the early stages of medical school to allow students who become interested to better prepare themselves as both applicants and future anesthesiologists. This will be achieved by providing members with unique opportunitiesto participate in lectures,research,writing, and networking opportunities. If you are interested in anesthesia, please consider joining the AIG.
Dermatology Interest Group (DIG): This group provides a resource for medical students who are interested in dermatology and the steps to take to pursue a residency position in the field.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Sarwat Umer; Co-Presidents: Bella Fabian and Katie Blaise; Vice President: Nicole Eghtesadi; Secretary: Elizabeth Bryan; Community Service Chair: Amanda Ragland
Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG)- This group aims to educate medical students on the field of emergency medicine, supply opportunities to learn procedural techniques, and provide insight on what it takes to be a well-rounded applicant.
ENT INTEREST GROUP (ENTIG) -The ENTIG serves to promote educational interactions between medical students and Otolaryngologists, allowing students to gain a greater insight into the field of Otolaryngology.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Cherie-Ann Nathan; Co-Presidents: Lauren Linquest & Taylor Powell; Vice-President: Sarah Martin; Secretary- Isabella LaBruzzo; Treasurer- Noah Spillers; Community service chairman- Braeden McCutchan; Social chairman- Hannah Usie; MS3 rep- Scott Bulloch; MS2 rep- Amber Cradeur
Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG): The mission of the LSU Health Shreveport Family Medicine Interest Group is to provide students with access to updated information regarding the field of family medicine, exposure to the broad scope of family medicine, contact with upperclassmen and faculty mentors, and volunteer opportunities at our facilities and within the community.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Ammar Husan; President: Will Mullen ; Vice-President: Abigail Poe; Secretary: London Todd; Treasurer:Matthew Cedro; LAFP/AAFP Rep: Chantel Lee; Volunteer Coordinator: Amanda Langston; Fundraising Coordinator: Thaksin Kongchum; MS2 Class Rep: Kamian Buggage; MS3 Class Rep: Ali Faust; MS4 Class Rep: Brianna Leblanc
The Gastroenterology Student Interest Group provides medical students with educational opportunities to learn more about the dynamic field of gastroenterology. Students are exposed to the field through clinical experiences, research opportunities, mentorship, seminars, panel discussions with faculty and fellows, and conferences. We hope these opportunities expand the knowledge of students during their medical training and assist them in their career choice as future physicians.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Sudha Pandit; President: Ross Dies; Vice President: Ahmad Alkurd; Event/Fundraising Coordinator: Trey Soileau; Treasurer: Brennan Gioe; Social Media Coordinator: Dylan Thompson; MS4 Representative: Jacques Thibodeaux
Our goals are to engender a sincere interest in the field of internal medicine in our students, to involve our students more deeply in internal medicine through shadowing opportunities, to promote volunteering opportunities for our members, and to help develop our members into leaders for the field of internal medicine.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Bruno Alvarez Concejo; President - Ajah Williams; Vice-President: Morgan Uebinger; Secretary: Alex Gautreaux; Treasurer: Ahmad Alkurd; Volunteer Chair: Lindsey Settoon; Social Media Chair: Ameera Kattash; MS4 Rep: Ross Dies; MS3 Rep: Mary Melancon; MS2 Rep: Rhodee Toledo
The purpose of the Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group shall be to provide information about the specialty of Lifestyle Medicine, and educate members about evidence-based practice of helping individuals and families adopt and sustain healthy behaviors that affect health and quality of life.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Rupa Mahadevan; President: Camila Carrera; Vice President: Huy Nguyen; Secretary: Annie Schwartz; Treasurer: Carliss Sampognaro; Media Coordinator: Emily Villafarra; Volunteer Coordinator: Claire Crosby; Fundraising Coordinator:Madison Casey Nationals Chair: Elizabeth Armstrong; Walkathon Chair: Victoria Ourso
Medicine-Pediatrics Interest Group (MPIG)- The MPIG's mission is to educate students about a career in med-peds while providing them with support and comradery in their journey towards residency. We strive to provide students with residency advice, volunteer opportunities, and other resources.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Amanda Callegan-Poche'; President- Emily Otken; Vice President- Chelsea Taylor; Secretary- Emily Pendarvis;Treasurer- Nathan Kristof; Community Outreach Coordinator- Hannah Coie; Public Relations Chair- Ameera Kattash; Fundraising Chair- Kirsten Maddox; NMPRA Coordinator- Carolina Ochoa; MS4 rep- Caitlin Smith; MS3 rep- Madeline Walker; MS2 rep- Anna Garrett
The Nephrology Interest Group at LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine is a dedicated community of students passionate about nephrology. Our mission is to promote education, research, and awareness in the field of nephrology, fostering a deeper understanding of kidney health and disease management among our members and the broader medical community.
Faculty Sponsor: President: Marjorie Blochhouse; President: Dr. Bahart Sachdeva
Neurosurgery interest group (NSIG) -NSIG is a student run interest group created for medical students who want to pursue neurosurgery as a career or are interested in the process of applying to residency in a surgical field. The group is dedicated to networking medical students with residents, research opportunities, application help, volunteer work and social events.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Christina Notarianni; Co-Vice Presidents: Scott Beckman and Michael Folse; Community Service Representative: Jenae’ Naquin; Co-Research Representatives: Clay Talbot and Patrick Luther; Treasurer and MS3 Class Representative: Max Wagner; MS2 Class Representative: Elisa Neuchat; MS1 Class Representative: Ben Peco
The mission of this organization is to introduce the field of obstetrics and gynecology to medical students and create a space for students with an interest for the field to learn more about it. Goals of the group include creating volunteer opportunities, specifically in women’s health, having school-wide meetings within the year where students may hear from faculty in the LSUHS OB-GYN Department, and connecting students with residents for research opportunities. It is our hope that this club can provide clarity, guidance, and mentorship among LSUHS medicalstudentsinterested in the field of OB-GYN.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Mila Shah Bruce; President: Taylor Gatson; Vice President: Naadia West; Secretary: Brooke Williams; Treasurer: Reagan Abadie; Community service chair: Katie Self; Historian: Madeline Polish; Mentor Chair: Emily Martinson Dantes; MSIV Class Reps: Layne Laundry and Madison Catalanotto; MSIII Class Reps: Kristin Delgado and Lillian Lauck; MSII Class Reps: Sydney Seastrunk and Ameera Kattash
The Ophthalmology Interest Group (OIG) at LSU Health Shreveport aims to serve as a resource for medical students interested in pursuing a career in Ophthalmology. OIG meets quarterly each year and has been formed to:
- Stimulate medical students' interest in the field of Ophthalmology
- Facilitate clinical and research opportunities in Ophthalmology for medical students by promoting communication between members and faculty
- Provide guidance to students interested in pursuing a career in Ophthalmology
- Provide Ophthalmology related volunteer opportunities for students
- To organize and make available a variety of resources regarding the residency selection process, and to provide students with advice on how to accomplish their goal of becoming an Ophthalmologist
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Marlyn Langford; Co-President: Cole Wilson and Sachin Prem; Evan Falgoust; Vice President: Landon Goodreau; Secretary: Ivan Alvarez; Treasurer: Noah Young; Community Service Chair: John Cerrone; MS3 Rep: Abigail Green; MS2 Rep: Connor Doyle
Orthopedic Surgery Interest Group (OSIG)-The mission of the Orthopedic Surgery Interest Group (OSIG) is to provide students various opportunities to gain exposure to the field of orthopedic surgery and all it encompasses. This is accomplished through meetings, mentorship, and community service events which all strive to help give students the resources and access they need to fully understand this surgical specialty.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Patrick Massey; President - Collyn O'Quinn; Vice President / Research: Ryan Taylor; Secretary: Heidi Ventresca; Treasurer: Cole Debevec; Event / Education Coord: Chloe Duval
Pediatric Interest Group (PIG)-The PIG was established to help medical students explore their interest in pediatric medicine. In addition to quarterly meetings, we host fundraisers and events to benefit the pediatric floor of the hospital, including Fall Fest and a Christmas party. These events teach us about the joyinvolved in pediatric medicine while offering our patients stress relief during difficult times.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Ryan Jones; President- Jessica Elliot
Plastic Surgery Interest Group (PLIG)- PLIG's mission is to immerse and develop interests of medical students who are seeking a career in Plastic Surgery. To forge and strengthen new and current peer mentorship relationships between past, current, and future medical students interested in the field of Plastic Surgery. To grow and develop a community of LSUHS SOM Shreveport campus that aims to expose interested medical students to the field of Plastic Surgery and increase awareness of past, current, and future scientific breakthroughs to the community.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Rodrigo Martinez Monedero; Co-presidents: Liam Ordoyne & Ama Mosieri; Vice president: Elise Sterling; Secretary: Cameron Robicheaux; Social media chair: Erin Mayeux; Research/volunteer chair: Emily Dantes; Fundraising chair: Charles Daniel;MS4 rep: Drew Mack; MS2 reps: Aaron Jackson & Ally Peters
Psychiatry Student Interest Group Network (PsychSIGN)- PsychSIGN is a network of psychiatry interest groups at medical schools internationally
that seeks to:
1. promote medical student interest in psychiatry;
2. further the creation and growth of psychiatry interest groups at medical schools
3. foster connections between students with an interest in psychiatry at medical
schools internationally, as well as connections between psychiatry interest
groups at medical schools internationally;
4. serve as a central hub for information regarding organizing psychiatry interest
groups, planning careers in psychiatry, and other topics relevant to medical
students interested in psychiatry;
5. create connections between medical students interested in psychiatry and
psychiatry faculty members;
6. serve as an intermediary between the APA and medical student leaders of
psychiatry interest groups as well as the American Medical Association (AMA)
Medical Student Section (MSS);
7. provide a professional, respectful, and intellectually stimulating virtual and
physical environment which recognizes the benefits of diversity throughout
populations of patients, trainees, and professionals; and
8. eliminate the negative stigma associated with mental illness while promoting
mental health as an integral part of overall health amongst medical trainees.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Juliana Fort; President: Josh Woo; Vice President: John Sawyer; Treasurer: Melissa Sheth; Secretary: Sandy Nguyen; MS2 Representative: Camille Petty; MS3 Representative: Shadman Yusuf; MS4 Representative: Stewart Lockett; Fundraising Chair: Chris Causey; Volunteering Chair: Trevor Blackstock
Our mission is to educate fellow medical students about the role that pulmonologists and critical care specialists have and the avenues that can be taken within the field of pulmonology. Our vision is to inspire interest in students within the field of pulmonary-critical care and to give back to the Shreveport community. Our values are to promote a safe environment in facilitating a better understanding of Pulmonology and Critical Care and to use the skills and knowledge learned to give back to our community.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Taylor Conrad, President: Dalton CambreVice President: Natalie Roppolo; Treasurer: Raymond Ohler; Service Chair: Jordan Bringedahl;
Secretary: Connor Plaissance; MS2 rep: Kelli Broussard
Radiology Interest Group (RIG)- The RIG's mission at LSUHS is to cultivate a community of aspiring physicians passionate about radiology. We hope to provide comprehensive education resources, networking opportunities, and hands-on experiences to foster a greater understanding of radiology’s role in modern medicine and inspire future leaders in the field. We strive to promote research collaboration, access to resources, and guidance from experienced researchers in the field. Through this mission, we aim to build a new generation of compassionate, knowledgeable, and skilled future physicians who appreciate the pivotal role radiology plays in diagnosis, treatment, and patient care.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Octavio Arevalo, MD.; Co-Presidents:Chance Hebert and Rachel Wieschhaus, Co-Vice Presidents: Annie Schwartz and Londyn Grey; VP of Volunteering: Pedro Simoncini; VP Shadowing: Victoria Bollich; VP of Communications: Cole Weber; VP of Education: Hunter Vienne; VP of Alumni Affairs: Claire Robichaux; VP of Research: Will McLean; VP of University Outreach: Brianna Rogers; Social Media Chair: Spencer Zaheri; MS3 Rep: Abby Staples; MS2 Rep: Jean-Luc LeBlanc
Rheumatology Interest Group- The mission of the Rheumatology Interest Group's mission is to foster a vibrant and inclusive community of aspiring medical professionals passionate about rheumatology and musculoskeletal health. Our group is dedicated to advancing knowledge, promoting compassionate care, and advocating for the well-being of patients with rheumatic diseases. Through educational initiatives, collaborative activities, and outreach efforts, we aim to empower our members with the skills expertise, and empathy necessary to make a meaningful impact on the lives of individuals affected by rheumatologic conditions.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Sarwat Umer; President: Farhan Mohiuddin
Sleep Medicine Interest Group- The mission of the Sleep Medicine Interest Group is to develop, learn about, and advance the sleep and neuro-creativity fields by providing educational, research, and "hands on" exposure to medical students, residents, fellows, and other healthcare providers.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Oleg Chernyshev; President: Michael Folse
Sports Medicine Interest Group aims to create opportunities and experiences for students interested in seeing the field of sports medicine through a non-operative lens. SMIG has allowed students to shadow ringside physicians at the USA National Boxing Championship, shadow sideline physicians with local high school sporting events, and attend workshops led by primary care sports medicine physicians. SMIG students have also been involved in the preparticipation physical process for local high schools, colleges, and the Mudbugs.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Ruikang Liu, MD; President: Shelby Patti / Michael Lieu; Vice-President: Sarah Peytavin; Workshop Coordinator: Will Mullen; Treasurer and Fundraising: Thaksin Kongchum; Secretary: Madeline Gautreaux; MS2 Rep: Jay Manuel; MS3 Rep: Chloe Duval
The Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN) -is a student organization that strives to help medical students interested in neurosciences to understand its application in clinical technique, career, and community. SIGN holds regular group meetings with faculty and residents to learn about the wonders of careers in neurology, the multitude of opportunities within the field of neurology, and how to get involved in neurological research. At the beginning of each year, members participate in the school-wide organizations exposition to introduce incoming students to our organization. SIGN has hosted neuroanatomy demonstrations to introduce students to brain and spinal cord specimens, in addition to various pathologies. The group also hosts a yearly lumbar puncture workshop instructed by neurology faculty and residents, which introduces students to the procedural aspect of neurology. At the end of each academic year, we host a post-match meeting to share experiences and advice navigating residency applications, ranking, and matching within both adult and child neurology residency programs. SIGN focuses on community service with various local neurological organizations, including the Alzheimer’s Association, Epilepsy Alliance, and Muscular Dystrophy Association. SIGN has organized multiple fundraisers.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Rosario Riel-Romero; President: Sarah Kate Roblow; Vice-President: Weldon Furr; Secretary: Alexis Angelette; Community Service Chair: Grace Kennedy; MS4 Representative: Marko Nikolic; MS3 Representative: Brooke Devillier; MS2 Representative: Holly Dicharry
Surgery Interest Group- The Surgery Interest Group serves to introduce students to the field of surgery and its subspecialties, engage in surgical educational activities geared towards medicalstudents, and promote mentorship between staff and students.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Amos Sit; President: Katie White;
Vice President: Tanisha Fleming; Secretary: Michael Folse; Treasurer: Lilly Kamberov; Volunteer Coordinators: Macie Serio & Ethyn Loreno; MS4 Representative: Patrick Juneau; MS3 Representative: Jada Faul;
MS2 Representative: Abigail Fruge; PR Chair: Sylvia Mullens
Ultrasound Interest Group (USIG)- The goals of USIG are to provide medical students with foundational skills and practice in using ultrasonography so that they can apply this knowledge in their future clinical practice. Through collaboration with certified ultrasound technicians and practicing medical professionals from different specialties, we aim to organize opportunities for medical students to learn about ultrasonography techniques and supplement the ultrasound educational curriculum at LSUHSC-S.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Adegbenro Fakoya; President: Stephanie Provenzano
Urology Interest Group- The purpose of this interest group is to support students who are interested in the field of urology. This group will work to provide research, volunteer, and clinical skill workshop opportunities, for its members and the student body at a whole. Additionally, we intend to hold meetings during the semester to provide students interested in urology information on how to be a competitive applicant. As this field is not seen by every student on clinical rotations, we intend to create a larger presence on campus to increase student exposure to this specialty earlier, and before the start of their clinical clerkships.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Alex Gomelsky; Presidents - David Heap & Grace Kennedy; Vice President: Thomas Ford; Secretary: Erin Mayeux; Treasurer: Aaron Fernandez; Research Chair: Evan Trahan; Community Outreach Chair: William Adcock; MSIII Representative: Kyle Maher; MSII Representatives: Camille Robichaux & Gianni Ly
The Vascular Surgery Interest Group mission is to educate students on the field of vascular surgery and provide opportunities to students for research, shadowing, and networking in the field, as well as promoting vascular health in the community.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Chiranjiv Virk and Dr. Paul Perkowski; President: Sarah Lauve; Vice President: Jacob Campbell; Secretary: Tristan Hallbrook; Treasurer: John Cerrone; Discovery & Engagement Chair: Will Davis; Workshop & Volunteer Coordinators: Kristin Delgado & Madeline Gautreaux; MS2 Representative(s): Camille Petty & Michael Folse; MS3 Representative: McKenzie Pugh; MS4 Representative: Matthew Moore