Student Organizations

AUC students are exceptional inside and outside of the classroom. Explore the variety of ways you can get involved.

Alpha Omega Phi – Honor and Service Society

We are a non-profit organization whose goals are to promote community awareness, support and education through community service while maintaining a high academic standard. The organization is designed to encourage and recognize academic excellence, character, morality, and conduct befitting the field of medicine.  Members, inducted at the beginning of their fifth semester, have earned a cumulative GPA of 85 or higher, have a demonstrated record of school/community service, and exhibit qualities of leadership, excellence, and dedication to the community.  
Faculty Advisor: Pranaya Mishra, Ph.D.

American Medical Student Association (AMSA)

We are a student-governed and student-run organization dedicated to giving students experiences outside of the standard medical curriculum here at AUC. We draw on the diverse background and training of our members to provide these opportunities, through the format of seminars, workshops, and forums. A few examples of events that AUC AMSA has hosted include suturing workshops, EKG clinics, phlebotomy workshops (drawing blood), case studies, diabetes workshops, and much more. 
Faculty Advisor: 
Hans Behrisch, Ph.D. 

American Medical Women Association (AMWA)

The American Medical Women Association is an organization of over 10,000 physicians and medical students dedicated to improving women’s health and advancement of women in medicine.  AMWA was founded by Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen in 1915, at a time when women physicians were an under-represented minority.   Over the past 90+ years, AMWA has taken an active role in addressing problems and issues related to women’s health.  The AUC chapter of AMWA strives to promote the goal of improving women's health through a variety of activities throughout the semesters.  Upcoming events include the mentorship program, a lecture series, and community outreach programs. 
Faculty Advisor: Sarah McCarty, M.D.

Anatomy Teaching Assistants (TAs)

The Anatomy TAs is a select group of students who excelled in Anatomy during their 1st semester and were individually chosen by department faculty to participate in the TA program.  The TAs, though treated as junior faculty, are colleagues who volunteer their time because they enjoy the subject material and want to teach others. It is their hope to be able to pass on to you a few “pearls” of wisdom that may make your transition as a 1st year medical student a successful one. 
Faculty Advisor: Lance Nash, Ph.D.

Asian Medical Students Association (ASMA)

The Asian Student Medical Association aims to provide fellowship and community service opportunities for AUC students interested in Asian culture and all students of Asian descent. Our organization hopes to promote awareness of Asian culture, while also serving the St. Maarten community at large. ASMA’s fundraisers benefit the local branch of the international Tzu Chi Foundation- a widely recognized charitable organization founded upon Buddhist principles with aims to serve through charity, medicine, education, and humanistic culture. With the support of AUC’s diverse student body, we hope to make ASMA a successful organization of fellowship, community service, and cultural awareness.  
Faculty Advisor: Vivian Braciale, Ph.D.

Black Medical Students Association (BMSA)

The primary mission of the Black Medical Student Association (BMSA) is to serve as an academic, social, and professional support network for its members, as well as a service organization for the community. We are committed to addressing the special health needs of the Black community, educating ourselves and the greater medical student community on issues of minority health and the elimination of racial/ethnic health care disparities. BMSA is a special unique community in which we support, motivate, inspire, encourage, and uplift one another as we simultaneously work toward achieving our goals.
Faculty Advisor: Wandikayi Matowe, Ph.D.

Canadian Medical Students Association (CMSA)

CMSA is a student-run organization with three goals: to help and support the Canadian students at AUC in their pursuit of medicine, to share and celebrate Canadian culture with other students and to respect and give back to the community of Sint Maarten. Canadians at AUC face unique challenges and obstacles in their journey from medical student to practicing doctor; CMSA aims to aid them as much as possible in this respect. CMSA consists of Canadian students from across Canada but also strongly encourages students of other nationalities to join the association. CMSA has events celebrating Canada Day, Thanksgiving, and other Canadian holidays. Also, CMSA holds fundraising events such as the road hockey tournament. CMSA strongly encourages all students at AUC to join and experience Canadian culture and all it has to offer. 
Faculty Advisor: Hans Behrisch, Ph.D.

Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA)

The Christian Medical and Dental Association, founded more than seventy years ago, functions as a network for information, training, and fellowship in an effort to integrate faith into the practice of medicine. The national organization offers mission opportunities as well as mentor match programs during residency. The AUC chapter provides an opportunity for community service events, ethical and current event symposiums, as well as social events. 
Faculty Advisor: Ijoma Nwosu, M.D.

Dr. Dale Van Wormer Student Judiciary Committee (SJC)

We are a student run organization that deals with student-to-student conflicts and issues related to the AUC Honor Code, professionalism, and ethics. Our goal is to promote an environment at AUC that is not only conducive to learning, but also trustworthy, respectable, and is in accordance with the values established by the medical community. Members are selected from students in the second to fifth semesters.
Faculty Advisor: Gregory Plochocki, M.D.


Emergency Medicine Student Interest Group (EMSIG)

The purpose of the Emergency Medicine Student Interest Group is to expand understanding of emergency medicine and develop skills to prepare students for clinical rotations. Group meetings focus on skills and concepts geared not only toward emergency medicine but also transferrable to all areas of medicine to contribute to development of well-rounded, compassionate and highly competent physicians.
Faculty Advisor:  Bill Hayden, M.D.

Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG)

The mission of the Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) is to create a network of current and future practitioners of family medicine within the AUC community. FMIG strives to support professional development, cultivate interest in family medicine, provide opportunities for serving community, and promote social activities for our members. FMIG is affiliated with the American Academy of Family Practitioners and strives to increase interest in and understanding of family medicine through seminars with current family physicians and workshops.
Faculty Advisor:  Ron Gagne, M.D.

Jewish Medical Students Association (JMSA)

JMSA at AUC is a growing, enthusiastic community of students and faculty members who meet regularly to support Jewish life at AUC. It is a student run association that functions to bring Jewish awareness to the campus unite students of Jewish and other faiths, as well as interacting with the local community in St. Maarten. JMSA plans to implement activities and network with other religious, cultural, and political, community and social organizations. JMSA performs community service, holds information sessions, as well as social and holiday gatherings. JMSA looks forward to educating students on the integration between medical and Jewish religious values. We are looking forward to another exciting academic year, and invite anyone who is interested to join us- all are welcome! 
Faculty Advisor: Phillip Pearson, Ph.D.

Journal Club

The Journal Club provides a forum for students to keep abreast of new developments in the medical field. Our goal is to equip students with competencies related to literacy in medical research/science. We provide a venue for students and faculty to interact, discuss, and question ideas. The journal club is also involved in fostering interest of scientific pursuits in the island's youth through its volunteer activities. 
Faculty Advisors: Hans Behrisch, Ph.D. and Hiroko Yoshida, Ph.D.

Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA)

We are a chapter of the National Latino Medical Student Association. The purpose of LMSA is to promote the Latino culture in the field of medicine and in the AUC community, to educate medical students on Latino health issues, to be a lobbying force for Latino medical students, to assist in the recruitment and retention of Latino medical students, to inspire members of the organization to achieve academic excellence, to enforce awareness of the need for bilingual medical doctors, to make AUC students, faculty, and staff aware of the Latino culture, concerns, issues and future in medicine, to provide a bridge between the Latino community and other cultures that populate AUC, and to promote outreach to the Latino community in the surrounding area.
Faculty Advisor: Beatriz Finkel-Jimenez, Ph.D.

Muslim Student Association (MSA)

The Muslim Students Association (MSA) was established to serve the best interests of Islam, develop Islamic awareness on campus, and educate AUC students on Islamic customs and values. MSA participates in community-based projects and programs to enrich Islamic understanding.
Faculty Advisor: Saleem Farooqi, M.D.

Pediatric Interest Group (PIG)

The Pediatric Interest Group provides support and information for American University of the Caribbean (AUC) medical students with an interest in pediatric medicine. PIG seeks to contribute to the greater St. Maarten community through service and service-learning activities with a focus on pediatric populations and issues and to increase the number of pediatric-related professional development opportunities at AUC. PIG collaborates with other student organizations in pediatric-related events and programs.
Faculty Advisor: Golden Jackson, Ph.D.

Phi Chi

Phi Chi is AUC's community service fraternity. It is a national medical fraternity with many chapters throughout the United States.  Phi Chi works every semester with a local soup kitchen, an orphanage, and is currently working with an elementary school in Phillipsburg to provide the supplies that they need.  Phi Chi hosts events and parties throughout the semester as well.  If you are interested in pledging for this fraternity, please come to the Welcome Back party hosted by Phi Chi at the beginning of the semester (signs are posted in the Rotunda).
Faculty Advisor: Hans Behrisch, Ph.D.

Pride Med

We are a group of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) medical students and heterosexual Allies who have a firm commitment to embracing diversity on this campus. Our mission is to ensure a safe and friendly academic environment for LGBT, Intersex and Questioning students, staff and faculty in the medical community at AUC. We work to foster understanding and tolerance of all sexualities, cultures, and ethnicities among our entire student body. Furthermore, we aim to provide LGBT-related training to our fellow students in order to improve the healthcare of our LGBT, Intersex, and Questioning patients.
Faculty Advisor: Daniel Quinn, Ph.D.

South Asian Medical Student Association (SAMSA)

The South Asian Medical Student Association is a student-run organization designed to bring together those who are interested in health issues affecting the South Asian community as well as educational and social issues pertaining to South Asians in medicine. SAMSA seeks to provide resources and education for improving St. Maarten communities at large while fostering participation in both community service and outreach programs.
Faculty Advisor: Ranu Boppana, M.D.

Spouses Organization

This organization is designed to provide fellowship and community involvement to couples and families associated with AUC through its activities, finance, and education committees.  Those accompanying a student to AUC are encouraged to contact the Sponsor Program in advance for personal assistance in transitioning to island life. For more information visit:
Faculty Advisor: Cindy Schmidt, Ph.D.

Student Government Association (SGA)

The Student Government Association is a student run organization that works closely with the administration at The American University of the Caribbean to address student issues and serve as the interface between the student body and the faculty. SGA offers resources to make students’ educational experience a success. The SGA council is made up of an executive council and student representatives for each semester class as well as a representative from each AUC student organization. Becoming a class representative is a great way to be involved and use your leadership skills while at AUC. The SGA would like to take this time to welcome you to AUC. We look forward to having you as part of our family as you begin your medical school education.  
Faculty Advisor: Golden Jackson, Ph.D.

Student Volunteer Committee (SVC)

The mission of the Student Volunteer Committee is to promote health in medically underserved communities through outreach, education and fundraising programs. SVC provides leadership for Community Action Day and coordinates an ongoing fundraising program in order to provide school supplies for children through the Back to School Program, and breakfast at three St. Maarten schools through the St. Maarten Breakfast Club.
Faculty Advisor: Golden Jackson, Ph.D.