ORGANIZATIONS OF INTEREST TO STUDENTS
UNMC’s social, professional, service and advisory organizations are an integral part of life on campus. Membership in many is open to all Medical Center students. Others are open only to students of a particular health professional program or to persons with specified academic achievements.
All organizations invite the interest and attention of students and conduct meetings open to nonmembers.
MEDICAL CENTER-WIDE ORGANIZATIONS
Medical Center Student Senate (MCSS)
The Medical Center Student Senate is the campus-wide student government body for the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The purpose of the MCSS is to provide student leadership and input on issues related to campus life and student development. MCSS also sponsors philanthropic events and social activities. Senate members serve on a variety of committees and meet regularly with the Chancellor and other UNMC administrators. The President of MCSS is also a non-voting member of the University of Nebraska Board of Regents. MCSS business meetings are held on the first Wednesday evening of each month from September through May and are open to all students. Elections for at-large Senate seats and MCSS officers (President and Vice-President) are held each November. The MCSS administrative office is located in the Bennett Hall, Room 6001. Students who have questions about the MCSS should contact David Carver, Ph.D. or Pat Oberlander at 402-559-7276.
Student Association for Rural Health (SARH)
Established in 1979 by UNMC students, SARH’s main purpose is to help maintain an avenue of communication between the Medical Center and greater Nebraska by making students aware of the health care needs of the state and by exposing rural communities to the programs offered by UNMC. Through its New Alliance program, SARH members representing each health care profession visit schools and community organizations in the state. Membership is open to all UNMC students.
Midwest Student Biomedical Research Forum
The Midwest Student Biomedical Research Forum (MSBRF) Committee is comprised of three medical and/or graduate students and a faculty representative from the College of Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center. Committee membership is for a three year period with varying responsibilities each year. The purpose of the Forum is to support and nurture student research in the health sciences.
This annual two-day Forum has been held in February since 1970. The event is designed to give students an opportunity to present their original research in either an oral or poster meeting format. Forum participants compete in one of two tracks designed to complement their research fields. Then, on the basis of judging by UNMC and/or Creighton University faculty, cash awards and/or expense-paid trips to national or regional research meetings are given. The Forum also features an outstanding keynote speaker from a particular health science field. Previously, some of those speakers included Dr. Daniel C. Tosteson, dean of the Harvard Medical School; William Nyhan, M.D., Ph.D., Chairman of Pediatrics, University of California School of Medicine at San Diego; Robert P. Gale, M.D., Ph.D., School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California; William E. Beschorner, M.D., Professor, Department of Surgery, UNMC College of Medicine; and Polly Matzinger, Ph.D., Chief, Division of Intramural Research, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH, Bethesda, Maryland.
Campus Fellowship for Christ
The purpose of the Campus Fellowship for Christ is to bring students, faculty, and staff from all academic disciplines and clinical programs together to share their growth in Jesus Christ. All members of the UNMC community are invited to share in the fellowship at biweekly meetings.
Student Alliance for Global Health
To promote local awareness of cultural and linguistic health issues, to provide more sensitive health services within Nebraska, to educate and inform students from all UNMC programs about global health issues, to promote and facilitate placement of students on international rotations and exchanges.
Whole Medicine: A Holistic Medical Group
This group is open to UNMC students who wish to explore alternative and complementary medical therapies and beliefs.
ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONS ORGANIZATIONS
Nebraska Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
The Nebraska Society for Clinical Laboratory Science is a constituent society of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS). NSCLS is an organization made up of laboratory professionals committed to improving the status of clinical laboratories across the state. To achieve this goal, NSCLS provides members with continuing educational opportunities and up-to-date information on local, state, and federal regulations affecting Nebraska clinical laboratories.
The NSCLS Student Forum group is available for students in Nebraska who are interested in becoming active in the profession. As members of the Student Forum, students can also take on leadership positions within the group.
Nebraska Society of Radiologic Technologists (NSRT) Student Representative
The Nebraska Society of Radiologic Technologists is the state affiliate of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. The ASRT is the member society for all professionals in the Radiologic Sciences. The purpose of the NSRT shall be:
- To advance the professions of radiologic technology disciplines and specialties;
- To maintain high standards of education;
- To enhance the quality of patient care;
- To further the welfare and socioeconomics of radiologic technologists
The purpose of student representatives of the NSRT is to keep students up-to-date on issues facing the profession at the state level. The NSRT student representative is required to attend 2 board meetings per year, along with business sessions held during the annual conference. The student representative is given voting privileges at state society meetings.
Nuclear Medicine Specific Representatives - Great Plains Society of NM Subchapter Student Representative
The Great Plains Society of Nuclear Medicine is a local chapter of the professional association that represents individuals associated with Nuclear Medicine. The local chapter sponsors continuing education meetings throughout the year at which the nuclear medicine professional may learn about the newest innovation in the field and obtain continuing education. The local chapter also acts as a liaison with the Missouri Valley Chapter and the Society of Nuclear Medicine, which is the national professional society.
Student representatives of the chapter will be responsible for keeping other students up-to-date on issues facing the profession at the state level. The GPSNM representative may attend board meetings, and are also given voting privileges. Student representatives are required to attend the GPNM planning meeting held 1-2 times/quarter.
Radiography Specific Representatives – Class Representative
Student class representatives will serve as a communicator between program faculty and their class. Students are expected to attend all radiography student meetings where they will also voice student concerns/issues to program faculty as needed.
RSAC: Radiation Science Student Advisory Council
RSAC is comprised of Radiation Science Technology Education (RSTE) students and faculty. Meetings are held periodically throughout the year to discuss division concerns regarding policies and procedures and to plan community activities and service learning projects within the division. Student members will serve as advocates for fellow students and as a liaison between RSTE programs.
RSTE Alumni Association
The RSTE alumni association promotes fellowship among current students, faculty, staff and graduates. The main duty of the student representatives is to serve as a liaison between alumni and current UNMC students. These representatives will also assist the board members in event planning and activities to support alumni engagement in the association. Student representatives are required to attend 2 board meetings per year.
College of Allied Health Professions (CAHP) Student Ambassador
CAHP Student Ambassadors (SA) create and promote a positive image for all programs. All SAs must be sensitive to the needs, attitudes, and opinions of their audience.
Under the direction of the Office of Student Affairs, SAs will educate the public about CAHP programs and may engage in public speaking, CAHP events, press conferences, meetings, videos, and fundraising campaigns. SAs may prepare a number of materials for these events, such as speeches, presentations, fact sheets, and pamphlets. SAs will engage their fellow students in CAHP recruitment and marketing activities, recruit volunteers, and disseminate information.
Students of the University of Nebraska-American Physical Therapy Association (SUN-APTA).
SUN-APTA is a collective body of student physical therapists at the University of Nebraska Medical Center whose missions is to:
- Develop relationships between members, clinicians, and other healthcare professionals
- Prepare members for career-long, active participation, in professional organizations
- Promote the profession of physical therapy in coordination with the NPTA and APTA.
- Provide educational and professional development opportunities directed toward the unique needs of students
Perform service to positively impact the lives of people in the community.
The University of Nebraska Medical Center Physician Assistant Student Society (UNMC-PASS) of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)
The society is an officially chartered student chapter of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Society membership is open to all students in the Physician Assistant Program with associate membership available to persons interested in assisting the society’s goals and objectives. The main purpose for the society is to keep physician assistant students informed of the medical and social issues confronting their profession and to provide public exposure of the physician assistant profession. The society maintains close ties with the national parent organization and with the Nebraska Academy of Physician Assistants which includes the society Constituent Chapter Student Representative (CCSR) as a voting member. Society members are active participants in state, regional and national professional meetings.
COLLEGE OF MEDICINE ORGANIZATIONS
American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
The American Academy of Family Physicians is a national professional organization which offers student membership to medical students and residents interested in family practice. The AAFP seeks to keep students informed of developments in the profession through national meetings and through its publications. Its Nebraska chapter investigates problems and answers specific questions for family practice students in the state. Membership applications can be obtained from the Department of Family Practice, Dr. Paul Paulman.
Alpha Omega Alpha, Alpha of Nebraska
To be “Worthy to serve the suffering”
Alpha Omega Alpha, “AOA,” is a non-secret national honor medical society in which membership is based upon scholarship and moral qualities. The University of Nebraska College of Medicine Chapter was organized November 2, 1914, and has grown to more than 800 members.
The aim of the society is to recognize qualities of scholastic excellence, integrity, leadership, compassion and fairness. Nominations are limited to College of Medicine students who rank scholastically in the upper one-fourth of their class, but the number of new members may not exceed one-sixth of the class. Elections are held in the fall, with initiation in the spring.
As a major campus organization, AOA sponsors at least one annual convocation by a prominent visiting lecturer, and participates in various other programs.
American Medical Student Association (AMSA)
Over half of the students enrolled in the College of Medicine belong to the Nebraska Chapter of the American Medical Student Association. AMSA addresses itself to the special needs of medical students and to the general goal of improving health care in the United States.
AMSA provides the student with an excellent opportunity to broaden the scope of his/her medical education. The organization provides members with group health and life insurance options as well as its informative publication, The New Physician. The MECO (Medical Education and Community Orientation) project is a nation-wide service sponsored by AMSA which places pre-clinical medical students with physicians and hospitals in communities throughout the state. There is a one-time membership fee of $60.00.
American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA)
The American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) is a national forum for women physicians and medical students. The UNMC student chapter’s role is to bring together medical students and physicians, to promote their training and education, and to encourage women to practice and study medicine. Activities include peer support sessions, guest speakers, discussion groups, social gatherings and educational outreach programs.
Internal Medicine Interest Group
This organization is designed to inform medical students about career opportunities in the field of Internal Medicine, including the many subspecialty options that currently exist. Students are invited to attend monthly lunch meetings with guest speakers from the various specialty areas. The residency selection process may also be discussed.
Neuroscience Medical Student Club
The club is for first- through fourth-year medical students who are interested in neuroscience related fields. Meetings and activities are organized to further the student’s knowledge of the following fields – neurology, neurosurgery, neuro-otology, neuroradiology, neuropathology, and neuro-ophthalmology. Opportunities include meeting with staff physicians in the related fields, participating in on-going research projects, attending special conferences/lectures, and observing in the operating room. The club is sponsored by the UNMC Section of Neurosurgery, and is designed to prepare students for the neuroscience residency of their choice.
Psychiatry Interest Group - PsIG
The purpose of this organization is to:
- Establish and maintain a multi-disciplinary support group
- Act as a vehicle for exploring career opportunities in the field of psychiatry
- Obtain and make available reference materials for medical students and future psychiatry residents
- Provide additional opportunities in exploring psychiatry other than those offered in the medical school curriculum
Organization of Student Representatives (OSR)
The OSR, established by action of the Assembly of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), provides a mechanism for making student opinion known to the AAMC. Students have two votes on the AAMC Executive Council and are recommended to Standing Committees. An elected representative from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine attends the AAMC Annual Meeting and the annual regional meeting of the Group on Student Affairs.
Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
Patterned after the national organization, the UNMC Chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is dedicated to the concerns of ethnic minority health care professionals. It seeks to nurture a general social awareness of these concerns and to develop leadership capabilities and standards of excellence for minority physicians. During the past few years, UNMC members of SNMA have had a strong voice in SNMA policy-making by attending national and regional meetings and hosting the 1989 Region II Convention. The UNMC chapter has shown its commitment to community service by involvement in such programs as the Health Fair of the Midlands, American Red Cross and Omaha Boys Club. Membership in this organization is open to any student interested in issues confronting ethnic minorities in the medical profession.
Student Chapter of the Nebraska Medical Association
The student chapter of the Nebraska Medical Association was organized during the 1971-72 academic year. Students are eligible to serve on state-wide committees and to participate in various aspects of organized medicine in Nebraska. In addition, students are able to elect two voting delegates to the semi-annual business sessions of the Association. Annual dues are $15. Each member receives the Nebraska Medical Journal and the regular mailings of the Association.
Phi Chi Medical Fraternity is the oldest and largest medical fraternity in the nation. Chartered November 6, 1916, Upsilon Nu chapter at UNMC has a rich professional and social tradition. The official objectives of Phi Chi are the promotion of the art and science of medicine and the development of a kindred feeling among those in the profession. The chapter house, located at 3708 Dewey, is the old and elegant Metz mansion and will house 30 members comfortably. Membership is open to all medical students at UNMC and out-of-house membership is encouraged and rewarding. Phi Chi will consider requests of other UNMC organizations to use the house for special functions.
Wilderness Medical Society
The purpose of this organization is to offer medical students and faculty information about the practice of Wilderness Medicine, which is a subspecialty of Emergency Medicine. Monthly meetings include guest lectures, slide shows, and video presentations.
COLLEGE OF NURSING ORGANIZATIONS
Gamma Pi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International
Gamma Pi is a Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and is the one and only honor society of nursing. It has chapters in each of our 50 states and in six foreign countries. Chapters are established only in schools or colleges of nursing which have demonstrated their commitment to knowledge development, knowledge dissemination, knowledge utilization and resource development. Our chapter Gamma Pi strives to foster the purposes of Sigma Theta Tau International, which are to: (1) Recognize superior achievement. (2) Recognize the development of leadership qualities. (3) Foster high professional standards. (4) Encourage creative work. (5) Strengthen commitment to the ideals and purposes of the nursing profession.
University of Nebraska Student Nurse Association (UNSNA)
UNSNA is a branch of the National Student Nurse Association (NSNA). NSNA is the largest independent student organization in the country. It is the only national organization serving nursing students. Membership is open to undergraduate nursing students, including pre-nursing students. UNSNA provides programs representative of fundamental and current professional interests, concerns and scholarship opportunities. Participation in community health affairs is also a goal.
COLLEGE OF PHARMACY ORGANIZATIONS
Academy of Student Pharmacists – ASP
The Academy of Student Pharmacists is the student chapter of the American Pharmacists Association. This national association was organized in 1852 and traditionally represents the broad interests of professionals in pharmacy. Membership in the chapter serves to identify students with their chosen profession and allows them to participate in a number of academic, professional and social activities. All students enrolled in the College of Pharmacy are encouraged to join the Academy.
Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International – CPFI
Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International is an interdenominational ministry made up of pharmacists, in all areas of pharmaceutical service and practice, throughout the world. This international organization promotes Christian fellowship among pharmacists while promoting spiritual growth. All interested students are encouraged to join.
Kappa Epsilon Fraternity – Beta Chapter
Kappa Epsilon is a professional fraternity for students in pharmacy. The purpose of this organization is to promote an active interest in the advancement of women in the pharmacy profession and to provide an avenue for communication among those interested in the profession. Kappa Epsilon stresses high scholastic standards and offers a means of establishing lasting and loyal professional friendships.
Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity – Gamma Epsilon Chapter
Kappa Psi is a professional fraternity for students in pharmacy. The purpose of this organization is for the mutual benefit of the members for the advancement of the profession of pharmacy, educationally, fraternally and socially; and to instill industry, sobriety, fellowship and high ideals in its members and to foster scholarship and pharmaceutical research.
Phi Lambda Sigma – Beta Xi Chapter
Phi Lambda Sigma is the national pharmacy leadership society. The overall mission of the Society is to foster and recognize leaders and support leadership commitment. Students in their second through fourth years of education are eligible for membership. The membership is selected from 10% of the second professional year students and up to a cumulative total of 20% and 25% of the third and fourth professional year students respectively. Activities of the Society include: fund-raising, community service, leadership training programs, and other chapter development projects.
Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society – Alpha Epsilon Chapter
The Rho Chi Society is the national pharmacy honor society. Rho Chi recognizes superior academic achievement and promotes scholarly fellowship in pharmacy. Students qualify for election and invitation to membership in Rho Chi based primarily on their cumulative grade point average and academic standing in the upper 20% of their class. An annual initiation banquet and participation in professional programs to raise funds for an annual scholarship award comprise the major activities of Rho Chi.
Rural Pharmacy Student Association – RPSA
The Rural Pharmacy Student Association is an organization for students admitted through the Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP), the Rural Pharmacy Practice Educational Initiative (RPPEI), and all other pharmacy students interested in rural pharmacy practice. The Association promotes the preparation and training of students for the practice of pharmacy in rural Nebraska. Membership in the Association serves to identify students with an interest in rural practice, and allows them to participate in a number of professional development and social activities.
Student Society of Health-System Pharmacy – SSHP
SSHP is a national professional association that represents student pharmacists who aspire to practice in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, long-term care facilities, home care, and other components of health care systems. The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the parent organization, has a long history of medication-error prevention efforts and is the national accrediting organization for pharmacy residency and pharmacy technician training programs.
GRADUATE STUDIES ORGANIZATIONS
Graduate Student Association
The Graduate Student Association of the University of Nebraska Medical Center (GSA) serves as a voice for graduate students at UNMC by representing them in the Medical Center Student Senate and Graduate Council. While the officers of GSA consist of graduate student representatives that are elected by their peers, all graduate students are welcome to participate. Throughout each semester, the GSA will host seminar speakers, workshops, and social events. Look for flyers hung up in your respective department or program and email notices as these events approach.
COLLEGE OF DENTISTRY ORGANIZATIONS
College of Dentistry Christian Medical Society
The Christian Medical Dental Society (CMDS) is a fellowship of thousands of Christian dentists, physicians, dental and medical missionaries and dental and medical students committed to living their faith through the healing professions. This chapter has regular weekly meetings for fellowship, prayer, and study as well as social events. All Christians including faculty, staff and students are invited to participate.
Sigma Phi Alpha
Sigma Phi Alpha is the national honor society of the dental hygiene profession. Membership in Sigma Phi Alpha is comprised of dental hygiene educators and of graduates of accredited dental hygiene programs with high scholastic achievement. The purpose of Sigma Phi Alpha is to promote, recognize, and honor scholarship, leadership, service, and character among dental hygiene students and graduates of dental hygiene programs.
Student American Dental Hygienists’ Association (SADHA)
SADHA is the national organization of dental hygiene students. Membership dues qualify each student to receive the ADHA Journal and access to some group membership plans as well as having a voice in decision making, policy and the political arena of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association. The local chapter conducts monthly business and professional meetings and organizes fund-raising activities.
Student Chapter of the American Dental Association (ASDA)
The ASDA is the national organization of dental students. As a member of the Association one is entitled to The New Dentist, The ADA Journal, and The ADA News. Membership dues qualify each student for a $25,000 life insurance policy at no extra charge. At the beginning of the school year, the ASDA Handbook for Dental Students outlines the services the Association offers the student, such as: scholarships and loans, insurance programs, national board reprints, research opportunities, international opportunities and the ASDA advocacy program. At the local chapter level, the representative of each class is involved with the communication between the student and the national organization. Periodically, guest speakers are invited to discuss current topics relevant to the student dentist.
American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD)
The AAWD is an organization, established in 1921, to encourage women in the pursuit of a dental career. It sponsors programs designed to emphasize ways for the woman dentist to gain greater recognition in the profession. The AAWD along with Colgate-Palmolive sponsors the Research Award for Women Dental Students each year to encourage women dental students who show promise in the field of research. We have been fortunate in having two of the College’s students win this award recently. The AAWD has several loan and scholarship programs available and publishes a newsletter, the Chronicle, six times per year. Student dues are $5.00 per year.
College of Dentistry Ambassadors Club
The Ambassadors Club was organized in 1985 as the student service organization of the College. It is responsible for assisting the College in its student information activities. The Club is primarily involved with applicants and prospective students who come to Lincoln and the campus to visit the College. The Ambassadors Club helps by taking visitors on tours of the college and the city, visiting with them about experiences in the College and answering questions about student motivation and the processes undertaken to get into the College. Students who might be interested in joining this activity are asked to contact Glenda Cunning or Dr. Curtis Kuster. An organizational meeting is held early in the fall.
College of Dentistry Student Research Group (SRG)
The Student Research Group was formed in 1985 and is composed of students who are interested in research. Students need not have been involved in research prior to professional school and do not necessarily need to be involved in conducting research at the College. The group is intended to provide an informal source of information and encouragement for students who wish to learn more about research methodology and evaluation. The group sponsors research related workshops for students and meets occasionally to discuss specific research topics or opportunities and to take part in research conferences. An organizational meeting is called early in the fall.
Omicron Kappa Upsilon – Alpha Alpha Chapter
The Alpha Alpha Chapter is a component of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the national dental honor society. Membership in Omicron Kappa Upsilon is comprised of dental educators and graduates of accredited dental programs with high scholastic achievement. The purpose of Omicron Kappa Upsilon is to promote, recognize, and honor scholarship, leadership, service, and character among dental students and graduates of dental programs.
UNMC students who wish to form new student organizations and who plan to use campus facilities and services must receive formal recognition and approval. Application forms and guidelines can be obtained from the Counseling & Student Development office, Bennett Hall, Room 6001. For more information, contact Pat Oberlander or Dr. David Carver at 402-559-7276.