Health – Clubs and Organizations
Join these fun and educational clubs of your choice! As a pre-health student, there are many clubs that can help you learn more about your dream profession, to get you involved on campus and in the community, and to help you network with your peers with similar interests! There are many more clubs at UHM than the ones provided below. For more clubs, please visit UHM’s Student Life and Development.
Volunteers for Intercultural and Definitive Adventures (VIDA) at UHM
VIDA is a non-profit organization that focuses on providing free medical, dental, and veterinary healthcare to rural communities in Central America. The chapter at UH Manoa completed the first trip to Costa Rica over spring break (Mar. 18 – 31, 2015). The students worked with talented doctors and translators to help diagnose and/or treat patients as well as provide spay/neuter clinics.
Planning next year’s trips are currently in progress. The club is looking for a dedicated group of PRE-MED, PRE-DENTAL, and PRE-VET students to join them during Spring Break 2016 and Summer 2016. Tentatively, the Spring Break 2016 group will travel to Costa Rica and the Summer 2016 group will travel to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Guatemala.
For more information, visit the organization’s website at http://www.vidavolunteertravel.org; check out the videos and photos of the first trip poster on Instragram, @vidahawaii; and email the Executive Board with any questions or concerns: email@example.com.
“The Biology Club offers its members opportunities no other organization has yet presented. Such activities include snorkeling, hiking, and camping trips across Hawaii, visits to medical and scientific research facilities, community service projects (including the Great Aloha Run, Relay for Life, beach cleanups, Kaupa Stream Clean-up, Waimea Audubon Conservation Project), zoo trips, and various socials with other health and science organizations to name a few. The Biology Club is a GREAT way to get to know the island of Hawaii…
Biology Club is also a great way to get experience in the field of biology. The club often has special speakers including professors, doctors, conservationists, and researchers from various fields. The club also offers mentorship for new UH Manoa students from all majors, and provides valuable resources in test-prep, class scheduling, and more. Some notable alumni members of the Biology Club include doctors, researchers, future professors, and many graduate students in various research fields…
→ Great way to experience and explore different aspects of biology
→ Opportunities to explore the distinctive landscape and oceans of Hawai’i
→ Visit great medical and research institutions
→ Speak directly to professionals in any biological/medical field of interest
→ Connect with students that share the same interest
→ Enjoy exploring “LIFE” through events such as snorkeling and hikes” - quoted from Biology Club’s website
“The American Chemical Society Student Affiliates of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, also known as the Chemistry Club at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHMCC) is an undergraduate run organization whose mission is to cultivate and enrich the interests of students studying chemistry at the university, and promote chemistry education in the local community.
As a member of the UHMCC, you have the opportunity to become an American Chemical Society Student Affiliate, joining thousands of chemistry students across the nation.” - quoted from UHMCC website
Food Science and Human Nutrition Council
“The Food Science Human Nutrition (FSHN) Council is a student organization at the University of Hawaii at Manoa that strives to nurture students’ interest in dietetics, research, community wellness, and nutrition.
The Council provides the opportunity for students to network with other students, faculty, and professionals in food science, nutrition and other health-related fields. In addition to enhancing fellowship and facilitating communication, members are exposed to career information, scholarships opportunities, and community service activities. Our members are involved with the Hawaii Dietetic Association (HDA) and the American Dietetic Association (ADA) which gives us access to the latest news in nutrition and an exceptionally valuable professional network.
We welcome anyone in the nutrition program to join us, and also anyone interested in learning more about this field. To learn more, explore our website to see what the FSHN Council is cooking up at the University of Hawaii and in the community!” - quoted from FSHN Council’s website
HOSA at UHM- Health Occupations Students of America
“HOSA is a national student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education Division of ACTE. HOSA’s two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. HOSA’s goal is to encourage all health occupations instructors and students to join and be actively involved in the HSE-HOSA Partnership.
HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation, and recognition exclusively for secondary, postsecondary, adult, and collegiate students enrolled in HSE programs. HOSA is 100% health care!” - quoted from HOSA’s website
HOSA has a large variety of competitive as well as recognition events that students can participate in. To learn more about HOSA’s events, please follow this link: http://hosa.org/node/116
Facebook: HOSA at UHM
Medical Student Mentorship Program
“Founded in 2002, The Medical Student Mentorship Program (MSMP) is a student-run organization that pairs current medical students John A. Burns School of Medicine with undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in medicine. Through these pairings, our goal is to help foster relationships between undergraduates and medical students and faculty. Over the years, we have paired more than 600 mentees with medical student mentors via an extensive matching process. Mentor-mentee pairs contact each other regularly and participate in a variety of activities throughout the year.” - quoted from MSMP’s website
“Interested in applying to dental school? Join PDA!
- Application Process
- Personal Statement Workshops
- Mock Interviews
- DAT Preparation
- Community Service
- Visits from Dental School reps” - quoted from PDA’s flier
“The Pre-Medical Association (PMA) is the largest pre-health organization at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. PMA strives to expose students to the medical field that they plan to work in, and foster collegiality among peers with similar interests by providing its members with numerous networking and service opportunities. As a member of PMA, a student has access to valuable resources that may not be available to them as individuals.The Pre-Medical Association goals:
- Provide its members with events and activities related to community service, medical education, and socials
- Introduce members to professionals in the healthcare community
- Expose members to underserved areas, academic institutions, and organizations related to healthcare
- Help members meet other students with similar interests and goals
- Have a good time!” - quoted from PMA’s website.
“PPA does many things! We volunteer in the community and focus on events that are of course, pharmacy related. PPA members have volunteered at health fairs, toured hospitals and have learned about the entire pharmacy school process. Every year, PPA also visits the Big Island of Hawaii to tour the UH Hilo School of Pharmacy! PPA is full of great people and good times!” - quoted from PPA’s website
“Our mission is to provide a forum for promoting the introduction of students to opportunities and information related to animals and veterinary medicine. In addition, we strive to support our community and encourage student involvement on campus.
We are dedicated to
- providing members with valuable animal experience opportunities
- Helping members establish a solid curriculum
- Giving members the opportunity for campus and student involvement
- Presenting a chance to participate in community volunteer events
- Networking with individuals interested in animals and the veterinary profession
- Obtaining valuable leadership opportunities” - quoted from Pre-Vet Club’s website
Public Health Hui Ola Pono
“Hui Ola Pono is the student group of the University of Hawaii at Manoa Department of Public Health Sciences.
The Hui provides a vehicle for public health students to present the ideas, interests, and concerns of the members of the student body. It serves as a liaison between the students, faculty, and administration. The Hui facilitates communication and involvement among students through scheduled meetings, coordination of social and educational activities, and dissemination of necessary information. It is an organization that provides students with opportunities to promote Public Health within both the university and Hawai’i community at large through outreach, education, and fundraising. This group provides support and guidance for incoming students and links students in the Public Health program with other students and Public Health professionals locally, nationally, and internationally. “ - quoted from Hui Ola Pono’s website
Social Work BSW Organization
“MISSION STATEMENT: The BSW Student Service Organization enhances awareness of social work principles to positively impact on the micro, mezzo, and macro levels through advocacy, service projects, mentorship and family-oriented activities.
The objectives and general purpose of the organization shall be:
- To create a sense of community among BSW students and the staff of the UHM School of Social Work through social/recreational gatherings.
- To provide BSW students the opportunity for development through interface with professional practitioners in the Social Work professional community through workshops and seminars.
- To provide BSW students the opportunity to participate in service projects which will benefit the greater community through organized activities.
- To enhance the educational experience of BSW students by providing voluntary peer academic support.”
-quoted from Social Work BSW Organization’s website