St. George’s University student organizations and associations are centered on different areas of student life: cultural, religious, social, academic, professional, and community service. The Office of the Dean of Students, cognizant of the benefits of active student involvement, offers support for nearly 50 student organizations to St. George’s University students. Students seeking additional information on organizations that support the following categories may contact the Office of the Dean of Students.
Clubs & Organizations
Student Government Association
The Student Government Association (SGA) is a highly developed and active group that has representation on the Faculty Senate committees of the University. It has been organized to provide students at St. George’s University with a structured, democratic body which will represent them in administrative matters and student affairs, and provide representation to the Alumni Association.
The organizational goals of the SGA are to:
Undergraduate Student Government Association
The Undergraduate Student Government Association (USGA) of St. George’s University is representative of all undergraduate students in the School of Arts and Sciences. The USGA acts on behalf of undergraduate students to address concerns and assist in their development in academic and nonacademic matters in an effort to ensure that they are afforded the best experience possible at the University.
American Animal Hospital Association
The St. George’s University Student Chapter of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) was introduced in fall 2002. The club promotes the ideals of this well-known association through informative lectures, hands-on wet labs, and up-to-date demonstrations by qualified veterinarians with concentration on practical small animal care. AAHA offers free national membership for all veterinary medical students, plus many more benefits.
American Medical Students Association
As an international chapter of the American Medical Students Association (AMSA), this group promotes active improvement in medical education, world health care delivery, and the enhancement of social, moral, and ethical obligations of the medical profession. The St. George’s University chapter has approximately 400 AMSA members, making us one of AMSA’s largest chapters.
Business Students Association
The Business Students Association (BSA) has been organized to facilitate student support and professional development through business and social activities. These activities are geared towards the attainment and application of sound moral and ethical practices by all business students. The BSA aims to:
Emergency Medicine Club
Students from a variety of backgrounds choose to join the Emergency Medicine Club (EMC) to learn more about emergency medicine, help the local Grenadian community, and get a jump-start on their clinical years through several hands-on workshops. The club regularly invites guest speakers to talk with students about the field of emergency medicine, getting residencies, and recent advances that have been made in the field. All students are welcome to join.
Exotic and Wildlife Society
The Exotic and Wildlife Society (EWS) works to increase veterinary medical knowledge and experience with unique, non-traditional animals for all levels of veterinary medical students at St. George’s University. EWS focuses specifically on providing opportunities for student learning in the areas of avian, laboratory animal, marine, reptile, wildlife, and zoo medicine. By working with a wide variety of excellent faculty and visiting professors, EWS is able to offer students lectures, hands-on wet labs, and other activities focusing on these diverse categories of veterinary medicine.
Iota Epsilon Alpha Honor Medical Society
Iota Epsilon Alpha Honor Medical Society (IEA) is a student organization comprised of students who have excelled academically, and are willing to participate in various extracurricular activities and international health projects. The mission of IEA is to promote the pursuit of academic excellence and integrity of scholarship and research; to recognize outstanding achievements in the study, practice, and science of medicine; to encourage the highest standards of character, conduct, leadership, and compassion; to improve the overall morale of medical students and graduates locally and worldwide; and to promote, and where possible, provide for the public health and welfare of the underprivileged and medically indigent, locally and worldwide.
International Veterinary Students Association
The International Veterinary Students Association (IVSA) exists to benefit animals and people by harnessing the potential and dedication of veterinary medical students to promote the international application of veterinary medical skills, education, and knowledge. IVSA wants to raise the overall standard of veterinary medical education by increasing the international and inter-cultural exchange of ideas and knowledge by organizing student exchange programs and attending international congresses and symposiums. IVSA also hopes to encourage students to undertake education in important areas outside their normal training.
The Holistic Medicine Club
The Holistic Medicine Club provides a forum for students, staff, and members of the St. George’s University community who are interested in exploring topics in holistic and alternative medicine.
Large Animal Society
The Large Animal Society (LAS) strives to enhance veterinary medical education by conducting hands-on wet labs and lectures significant to the veterinary medical profession. Through student representatives from professional organizations such as the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, the American Association of Equine Practitioners and the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners, LAS remains current on all major topics of large animal medicine. An island outreach project provides care for the diverse population of large animals throughout Grenada.
Management Information Systems and Information Technology Association
The Management Information Systems and Information Technology Association (MISIT) serves as a focus at SGU for all MIS and IT students, and other members of the SGU community interested in technology, its management, and other similarly related affairs. The club is also active in organizing activities aimed at fostering interaction among the technology-based community. In addition, the club also introduces, in depth, the technological field and its surroundings to the rest of the SGU community as well as those outside of SGU.
Orphanage Students Organization
The Orphanage Students Organization (OSO) is a group of volunteers that are committed to providing care and assistance to the abused, neglected, and abandoned children in the Bel Air and Queen Elizabeth orphanages in Grenada. Many of the children suffer from developmental, social, and educational inadequacies. Through volunteer interactions, the children receive needed attention, find a role model, and most importantly, have fun. In addition to hosting beach days and holiday parties, the OSO also helps to address medical, academic, and other basic needs of the children.
Physicians for Human Rights
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is a student organization dedicated to educating its members, future physicians, and members of the community about human rights issues. Members strive to become aware and involved in issues both at a local and global level. They believe that in promising to do their best in healing the sick and helping those in need, physicians have the obligation to become active participants in the establishment of human rights, be it in their own communities or for those across the globe, because we are all a part of humanity. Projects and events include videos, volunteering, working with the local community, student discussions, inviting speakers about current events in human rights, and sign language classes.
The Premedical Club
The Premedical Club is an organization developed with the aim of exposing premedical students to the various medical specialties, as well as to St. George’s University School of Medicine and the Grenadian community. The club hosts a number of activities such as guest lectures, social activities, and visits to local health care facilities. This organization provides a sound pre-professional foundation upon which students can make informed decisions about their career choice.
The Preveterinary Medical Club
The Preveterinary Medical Club aspires to gain basic knowledge and practical experience of veterinary medicine through the experiences of veterinarians around the globe. The club strives to lend a helping hand to the animal kingdom of Grenada, as well as be a support group to fellow preveterinary medical students.
Public Health Students Association
The Public Health Students Association (PHSA) is an organization primarily consisting of MPH, MD/MPH, and DVM/MPH students. Its function is to promote aspects of public health and preventive medicine through education and various activities within the University and broader community. An ongoing goal is to form a bridge between the Grenada Public Health Association and PHSA. Past events have included a Poverty Eradication Forum, Woburn Community Clean-Up, a Carriacou day trip, and more.
Significant Others Organization
The Significant Others (SO) Organization is comprised of spouses and significant others of students attending St. George’s University. The mission of the SO Organization is to facilitate the transition of students and their significant others to Grenada, to provide social and recreational activities for significant others and their families, to act as an informal support group for significant others and their families, to participate in and organize philanthropic activities in the Grenadian community, and to work together with students and administrators of St. George’s University on various projects and activities.
St. George’s University Neuroscience Society
St. George’s University Neuroscience Society (SGUNS) is a student-run organization, with invaluable guidance provided by the Neuroscience Department of St. George’s University. Primarily, it is dedicated to medical, undergraduate, and premedical students interested the fields of general surgery, neurology, psychiatry, neurosurgery, and/or neuroscience research. Secondarily, it is an organization that focuses on providing knowledge and fun activities for local school kids in the field of neuroscience through the Brain Awareness Program. To that aim, as part of SGUNS, we will sponsor and organize events described below, per semester, which will focus on different aspects of neuroscience, and importantly provide valuable knowledge and enjoyment in taking part in a number of activities. SGUNS events include setting up clinical workshops, inviting guest speakers, and the Brain Awareness Program.
Student Affiliate of the American Veterinary Medical Association
The Student Affiliate of the American Veterinary Medical Association (SAAVMA) coordinates chapter functions; organizes special lectures and seminars; promotes the exchange of ideas and information among students in all terms within and outside of St. George’s University; promotes the development of professional knowledge, ethics, and conduct; and represents its members in matters that concern them, both as students and future veterinarians.
Student Clinical Research Society
The Student Clinical Research Society (SCRS) strives to provide selected Basic Sciences students in the Doctor of Medicine program with the opportunity to perform interdisciplinary research in the fields of basic and clinical medical sciences and produce, under the direction of specific faculty principal investigators, quality, and relevant research, while simultaneously emphasizing and fostering academic excellence.
Students for Global Health
The founding methodology behind Students for Global Health (SGH) comes from rising student interest in issues of global medicine, as well as recognition that SGU has a unique diversity that fosters a niche for those of us in the medical, veterinary medical, and public health programs interested in all aspects of international health. Aims of SGH will simply be to provide a forum, networking opportunities, and international experience for SGU students with interest. The rich diversity that defines St. George’s University provides the ultimate setting for training physicians with not only academic excellence, but also excellence in matters of humanism and cultural competency. This club will work to further aspects of our University.
Student Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society
The objective of the Students Veterinary Emergency and Critical Cars Society (SVECCS) is to encourage the education and involvement of veterinary medical students in all aspects of emergency and critical care medicine. The organization features various lectures from guest speakers and hands-on wet labs based on real life emergency situations. SVECCS also offers scholarships, educational reference materials, and provides opportunities for internships in emergency and critical care medicine to members.
The Surgery Club offers all SGU students, regardless of future professional interests, an opportunity to participate in a variety of activities including learning suture techniques, as well as observing surgeries at the local hospital.
Veterinary Student Herpetological Society
The mission of the Veterinary Student Herpetological Society (VSHS) is to improve veterinary medical education in herpetological medicine through the exchange of ideas and educational materials, by educating members about Grenada’s unique herpe to fauna, and by giving members hands-on experience with the club’s live animal collection. Additionally, as the first international student chapter of the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV), the VSHS strives to promote the conservation of the health and humane treatment of all reptilian and amphibian species through public education, captive breeding, and reptilian and amphibian habitat preservation. In March 2008, the VSHS became a registered student organization at St. George’s University.
The student body has become increasingly involved with the community in Grenada through various volunteer projects. Students have donated time, money, and a tremendous amount of energy to projects such as the Dorothy Hopkin Center, the Grenada Health Fair, and the St. George’s University Fund for the Orphans and the Elderly. Information regarding volunteer opportunities can be found by contacting the Significant Others Organization.
Women in Medicine
Women in Medicine (WIM) is a committee that advocates for the interests of women in medicine, particularly physicians-in-training. WIM promotes women’s health, emphasizing well-being and autonomy, and works for the inclusion of women’s health issues in medical school curricula and continued medical education. WIM also works to affirm the basic right of reproductive freedom and to educate women to become full participants in their own health care. For example, as a part of community education, WIM participates in community health fairs and offer breast exam screening, self-exam instruction, resources, and referrals. There are many workshops, guest lectures, and activities planned during each semester to benefit students, staff, and the community.
World Health Organization of Students
Associated with the World Health Organization, the mission of this club is to promote world health and face global health challenges through local awareness and international volunteerism. This organization specializes in creating awareness to health issues in the local community and for students on campus. Lectures that discuss health issues relevant to our community are held during the term. Members will also have the opportunity to volunteer within the community at the local hospital and during local events.
Religious & Cultural Organizations
The goal of these organizations is to support spiritual and cultural growth within the SGU community. Many cultural and religious groups are represented, and there are many places of religious worship throughout St. George’s and the surrounding area. Organizations included are: