Pre Med Clubs on Campus: Why You Should Join One!April 9, 2014
As an aspiring doctor, you’ll want to find like minds who share your motivation and passion for medicine, to build a network to support you through your pre medical undergraduate studies and into medical school acceptance. Pre med clubs on campus have the ability to expose you to a diverse group of students who also aspire to a career in medicine. Pre med clubs also allow you a unique opportunity to enhance your medical school applications through clinical experiences and internships. Here’s why you should join the pre med club on your college campus!
The Big Names
There are several big name pre med clubs that you can join as an undergraduate; these clubs have chapters at college campuses across the country and are nationally recognized organizations. These include:
-Delta Delta Sigma Pre-Dental Club (DDS)
-American Medical Student Association (AMSA)
-Alpha Epsilon Delta Club (AED)
-Omega Delta Pre-Optometry Club (OD)
-Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)
-Minority Association of Premedical Students (MAPS)
In addition to these nationally recognized pre med clubs, college campuses also host a wide range of local pre med groups, so check the club listings at your college campus to see what selections are available to you.
Benefits of College Pre Med Clubs
The primary goal of nearly all pre med clubs on college campuses is to connect students to experiences and volunteer opportunities so that they can begin to explore a career in medicine and provide service to those who may not otherwise have access to medical care. Sometimes it is difficult, as an individual, to find these types of clinical experiences and volunteer opportunities, and the pre med club facilitates the communication between hospitals and clinics and students.
Pre med clubs also provide assist to students in the process of completing their medical school applications, acting as a mentoring and support group to each member going through this process. Another aspect of the mentoring component of a pre med club includes undergraduate academic support. First and second year pre med undergraduates are often paired with upperclassmen to learn the ropes of pre med studies at their university. This support includes tutoring, career advising, and mentoring.
Pre med clubs also have access to scholarship opportunities to offset the cost of both undergraduate studies and medical school. This is especially true for pre med clubs that are nationally recognized.
Finally, pre med clubs have the ability to organize workshops and bring in guest speakers. These activities can help pre med students learn directly from practicing physicians what it takes to become a doctor and sustain a medical career. They can also help pre med students prepare for the MCAT, solicit letters of recommendation for their medical school applications, and write their very personal statements.
Taking Full Advantage of a Pre Med Club
A club is nothing without the participation of its members. As a pre med club member, you have the opportunity to assume a leadership role within your group, as either the president, vice-president, treasurer, or secretary. Sometimes these are elected positions, sometimes they are self-appointed. In any of these roles, you’ll take on a leadership responsibility that will allow you to showcase your talent for making decisions, mentoring others, and building a vision.
There are so many reasons to join, or even start, a pre med club on your college campus. Reach out today and make that connection to other motivated aspiring physicians on your campus. — Post by Madelaine Kingsbury.