UGA Pre-Health Clubs
Rho Tau Pre-Physical Therapy Club
Rho Tau holds meetings to guide and inform prospective physical therapy students about graduate schools and various professional opportunities. In the fall, representatives from in-state physical therapy graduate programs come to speak about what their school has to offer and their admissions process. In the spring, local physical therapists come to speak about their different clinical settings and personal experiences. At the end of the year we provide guidance on the PTCAS application process and GRE.
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Minority Science Student Association
The Minority Student Science Association (MSSA) is the University of Georgia's student run organization for minority students pursuing undergraduate degrees in the sciences. The mission statement of MSSA is "Bringing excellence and diversity to the sciences by providing resources and fostering relationships between minorities at the university and professionals in the community ". MSSA is dedicated to ensuring that the needs of minority science students are met. MSSA is founded upon the principles of educating and preparing members to be leaders for tomorrow. MSSA serves as a network concerning all aspects of the preparation for various professional programs, etc., medical school, dental school, pharmacy school, and various graduate programs for minorities within science-related disciplines.
UNICEF at UGA
This club is a Campus Initiative chapter of UNICEF USA, where we plan events focused on fundraising, advocacy, and education to provide assistance to millions of children around the world. We believe that this club would be of interest to pre-health students who are looking for a way to learn more about global health, to get involved in improving the wellbeing and health of children beyond the local setting, and to obtain leadership experience.
The Pre-Nursing Society helps pre-nursing students at UGA learn more about the nursing profession, connect with other pre-nursing students, and provide guidance with classes to take as well as the application process for nursing schools.
We host monthly meetings at which we discuss different nursing schools and programs,
common prerequisites for these programs, details regarding the TEAS and GRE examinations,
and volunteering opportunities. We also invite guest speakers. These guests range
from practicing nurses, nursing students, and faculty from nursing schools.
MEDLIFE at UGA
The MEDLIFE Mission: Our mission is to help families achieve greater freedom from the constraints of poverty, empowering them to live healthier lives. Our patients did not choose to be poor, but they have chosen to strive toward a better life; MEDLIFE stands beside them in this pursuit.We stand to provide medicine, education, and development to low income families everywhere.
Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM), Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit professional association for LGBTQ+ people in the STEM community. With over 100 student chapters at colleges/universities and professional chapters in cities across the United States and abroad, oSTEM is the largest chapter-based organization focused on LGBTQ+ people in STEM. We envision a world where LGBTQ+ people in the STEM community are empowered to achieve success in a safe and supportive environment that celebrates their diversity and unique contributions. oSTEM empowers LGBTQ+ people in STEM to succeed personally, academically, and professionally by cultivating environments and communities that nurture innovation, leadership, and advocacy.
Pre-Veterinary Medicine Club
We are a student organization on the UGA campus whose members are interested in veterinary medicine (and gaining admission into Vet School). Our organization meets every other week and all UGA students, faculty, and staff are welcome to join. Our club activities aim to enhance knowledge and experience within the veterinary medicine field. Club activities include guest speakers, volunteer activities, philanthropic events, and field trips. We also help students prepare for the application process into Vet School. The Pre-Vet Club at the University of Georgia is a great way to meet and work with fellow pre-veterinary students.
Alpha Epsilon Delta
The Georgia Alpha Chapter of Alpha Epsilon Delta is the UGA chapter of the National Premedical Honor Society. It aims to encourage and recognize excellence in premedical scholarship, to stimulate an appreciation of the importance of premedical education, to promote communication between medical and premedical students and educators, to provide a forum for students with common interests, and to use its resources to benefit health organizations, charities and the community. The purpose of the organization is to encourage and foster camaraderie among students wishing to pursue careers as healthcare professionals. Georgia Alpha chapter hosts pre-dental and pre-optometry organizations while meeting jointly with the UGA American Medical Student Association.
American Medical Student Association
AMSA is a student-governed, national organization committed to representing the concerns
of physicians-in-training. AMSA members are medical students, premedical students,
interns, residents and practicing physicians. Founded in 1950, AMSA continues its
commitment to improving medical training and the nation's health.
The American Medical Student Association at UGA is the premier premedical development community on campus and the nation's LARGEST medical student organization. They work to empower all students, regardless of their career goals, with medical and volunteer opportunities, as well as cultivate a positive peer network for members based on their specific academic and extracurricular interests.
Be The Match @ UGA
Be The Match Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating an opportunity for all patients to receive the bone marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant they need, when they need it. Be The Match at UGA is an on-campus branch of the national organization. Members help recruit students for the registry & host fundraising events throughout the school year.
The Christian Medical & Dental Associations
CMDA provides resources, networking and community service opportunities, education and a public voice for Christian healthcare professionals and students. CMDA promotes positions and addresses policies on healthcare issues, conducts overseas medical mission trips, coordinates a network of Christian healthcare professionals for fellowship and professional growth, sponsors student ministries in medical and dental schools, and distributes educational and inspirational resources. The University of Georgia CMDA chapter is the first undergraduate CMDA chapter in the nation and is a unique opportunity to network with physicians, medical students, and professors. Our chapter is passionate about giving back to Athens, GA and actively leads community service opportunities for its members. From supplying UGA’s student pantry with healthcare necessities to sponsoring our annual 5K to support Mercy Health Center, we have a strong commitment to giving back to a school and community that has given so much to us during our college experience. We also offer shadowing opportunities for our members at Grace Village Clinic where lab techs, pharmacists, physicians, and nurses provide free healthcare services to uninsured refugees in Clarkston, GA, which is the most diverse square mile in the United States! General body meetings are every other Tuesday of the semester and membership is free. To learn more about our organization and to find out how you can get involved, please email us or follow us on the social media platforms below!
Donate Life UGA
Donate Life UGA is a newer organization on campus that exists to create a community that embraces organ, eye, and tissue donation as a fundamental, life-giving privilege. We encourage UGA faculty, staff, students, and visitors to register as organ donors electronically, either via the iPhone Health App or www.registerme.org. Our organization consists of members from all majors, though we attract many students aiming to enter the healthcare field. We are respectful of our members' time and allow them to be as involved as is desirable. We hold brief meetings once a month, Ice Skating Fundraisers during the Winter, a philanthropy event each month, an Education Event per semester, a Registry Drive per semester, and a few other exciting new opportunities during National Donate Life Month! We have recently strengthened our relationship with LifeLink Foundation, a non-profit community service organization for organ and tissues transplantation, and partnered with Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center to better assist each other in our donor awareness and appreciation efforts. Join us for incredible experiences and multiple leadership opportunities. Be a life saver today!
Foundation for the International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC)
To provide access to medical care for the millions of underprivileged and medically underserved children around the world.
FIMRC-UGA's 3 main goals:
1) Raise funds and supplies to send to FIMRC's 10 international clinics.
2) Send volunteers to work in these clinics.
3) To provide health education to the children here in Athens.
Genetic Education Network and Experience Society (G.E.N.E.S)
G.E.N.E.S. was founded to bring together students and faculty interested in genetics
and its broadest scope across the University. This includes business, law, and humanities
majors as well as all science majors. We will host speakers in patent law, management
of biotechnology companies, as well as physicians and scientist from government, academics
and industry. We also have a mentorship program, where we pair upperclassmen with
new students. The mentorship program is meant to help guide students through academics
and the application process for various professional schools.
HOSA-Future Health Professionals
HOSA-Future Health Professionals at the University of Georgia is the premier healthcare organization for students pursuing a career in healthcare. With a mission to promote career opportunities in the healthcare industry and to better the quality of health services, HOSA at UGA is the foremost leader in preparing the next generation of future health professionals for the challenges that lie ahead.
With the UGA chapter of HOSA-FHP being one of the largest chapters in the country, we regularly host speakers working in healthcare, fundraise for worthy causes, build community within our club, and offer leadership development, but the highlight of our organization is the annual Georgia HOSA State Leadership Conference in downtown Atlanta. Members also have the chance to attend the International Leadership Conference in the summer, held in cities across the country, such as Anaheim, Orlando, Nashville, and Dallas. A variety of internships, test-prep discounts, and scholarships are also offered through the organization that are exclusive to HOSA members.
WIth a network of over 220,000 members and 2.7M alumni worldwide, HOSA prepares students to be competitive applicants for whichever health pathway they choose. Whether you are pre-med, pre-PA, pre-vet, pre-dent, pre-pharm, pre-optometry, pursing a career in public health, biomedical sciences, or anything related to healthcare, we invite you to become a part of HOSA-Future Health Professionals at UGA!
Mito Dawgs is an organization here at UGA looking to raise awareness and funds for Mitochondrial Disease Awareness. Mitochondrial Disease is a dysfunction of the mitochondria where not enough energy (in the form of ATP) is produced for the body and its organs to function correctly. The average lifespan is only 20 years of age. Unfortunately, mitochondrial disease is one of the most common diseases (every 30 minutes a child will be born that will develop mitochondrial disease by the age of 10) that no one knows about. As a club, we have teamed up with the national foundation, United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation. All proceeds raised go directly to UMDF. Our club is not too time consuming, we will try to meet two times a month. In the Spring, we will host an event to raise money for UMDF.
Omega Tau Pre-Occupational Therapy Club
Omega Tau is a network for pre-occupational therapy students. We host monthly meetings in which we host speakers including occupational therapists, graduate program admissions counselors, current students, and others who are knowledgeable about the field to provide insight and advice to members. We also provide opportunities to become more involved on campus and in the community through volunteering and shadowing. Our main goal is to prepare students with greater skills and knowledge useful for pursuing an occupational therapy career.
One Health Club
One Health is the collaborative effort of multiple disciplines working — locally, nationally, and globally — to attain optimal health for people, animals, and the environment.” (One Health: A New Imperative, from the AVMA, 2008). The UGA One Health Club was designed to facilitate open discussion and collaboration between various disciplines studied at the University of Georgia in order to implement positive change in the local Athens, GA community and abroad. These fields include ecology, veterinary medicine, public health, human medicine, microbiology, pharmacy, law, sociology and economics to name a few, and we welcome graduate, professional, and undergraduate students of any fields to join in the discussion!
The purpose of Pre-Dental Society is to provide a forum for students interested in the field of dentistry. Through guest speakers, community service, and camaraderie we will help each other ace the DAT and become the strongest applicants possible.
The Pre-Nursing Society has been created in order to aid pre-nursing students at UGA learn more about the nursing profession, connect with other pre-nursing students, and provide guidance with classes to take as well as the application process for nursing schools.
We host monthly meetings at which we discuss different nursing schools and programs, common prerequisites for these programs, details regarding the TEAS and GRE examinations, and volunteering opportunities. We also invite guest speakers. These guests range from practicing nurses, nursing students, and faculty from nursing schools.
This organization is a pre-professional organization specifically focused on the field of optometry. Our members are those on the pre-optometry track and want to pursue a career in optometry. However, all are welcome to join. Optometry is a growing specialty in health care, and our club is dedicated to promoting this profession as well as providing information to those who are interested. Typical meetings include inviting guest speakers from optometry schools around the country who typically give a seminar on what their individual schools look for in candidates. We also provide tips for those applying to optometry schools, taking the OAT, etc. If you know you want to be in the health care field, but don't know exactly what you want to do yet, come check us out!
Pre-Pharmacy Society of UGA
Pre-Pharmacy Society of UGA is an organization for students who plan on pursuing a career in pharmacy or have interest in pharmacy and wish to learn more. Our monthly meeting are announced via the listserv, Facebook page, and posters ahead of time. During our meetings, the Pre-Pharmacy Society of UGA hosts representatives from a variety of pharmacy schools as well as developmental meetings that prepare students to be strong candidates for pharmacy school. The officers of PPS are also valuable assets to the club, providing information about the application process on PharmCAS, the required classes given at UGA, as well as extras such as the application process for pharmacy technician licenses and access to multiple pharmacy contacts in the area. If you have an interest in pharmacy or would like to learn more, this club is for you!
Pre-Physician Assistant Club
The purpose of the Pre-Physician Assistant Club is to unite Physician Assistant career bound students for the purpose of fostering professional, educational, philanthropic, and social interests. The Pre-PA club will strive to provide:
- Interaction between local area Physician Assistants and members
- Information about Physician Assistant schools and the application process
- Philanthropy in the area of health care
- Social Interaction among members
Undergraduate Neuroscience Organization
The Undergraduate Neuroscience Organization is a group of undergraduate students at the University of Georgia who are focused on the field of neuroscience in undergraduate school, graduate school, and beyond. We aim to serve UGA, the Athens community, and people everywhere affected by neurological diseases by teaching the value of neuroscience and by showing the necessity of excellence in research and in medicine. We were founded in October of 2008 as an official University of Georgia organization, and we have been growing ever since.
We strive to create a sense of fellowship and community among students at UGA who share a passion for learning about the human brain. We hope to also create an association that strengthens the academic and professional needs of those pursuing medical school, graduate school, or other studies in the sciences. We provide opportunities for leadership and for networking among students and between students and faculty. We engage in philanthropic projects to aid basic neuroscience research and to spread awareness of the practical benefits of striving to unlock the secrets of the brain and of pushing back the frontiers of science.
Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO)
Experience in scientific research is highly recommended by many admissions committees for the academically strong student. This type of experience is essential for a person who aspires to a career in academic medicine/research, but it is very useful for any premedical student. Many undergraduates develop an interest in pursuing research as a career while participating in projects in the laboratory of a faculty member. CURO is a great resource for students looking to get involved with research conducted by faculty. CURO offers undergraduates, as early as their first year at the University of Georgia, the opportunity to engage in faculty-mentored research regardless of discipline, major or GPA.
Women in Science
WiSci formally stands for Women in Science. We are this and much more. We are a student organization at the University of Georgia. Our goal is to build a UGA-wide community of scientists interested in promoting equality in the sciences by offering opportunities for mentoring, networking, and career development. Men and women are both welcome.
In addition to the numerous organizations on campus with which students can get involved, there are a variety of off-campus opportunities as well.
Hospitals and Clinics
Beyond test scores, professional schools also want students who have experienced the day-to-day realities of healthcare and evidence of their passion for working with people. Below are resources to help guide you toward volunteer opportunities in hospitals and clinics.
- Athens Nurses Clinic
- Mercy Clinic
- St. Mary’s Hospital
- Piedmont Healthcare
- Gwinnett Medical Center
- Athens Neighborhood Health Center
- Athens Heart Center and Specialty Clinics
- Kindred Healthcare Hospice
- Pruitt Health Hospice
- Bridgeway Hospice
- Compassionate Care Hospice of Northern Georgia
- St. Mary’s Hospice
- Compassus Hospice
- Inspiring Hospice
- Homestead Hospice
- Shifa Clinic
- Bridgeway/Affinity Hospice
- Grace Village Medical Clinic
Below are some resources to connect you with medically related community service opportunities.
- UGA Volunteer Services
- UGA Student Organizations Listings
- Athens Area Habitat for Humanity
- Community Connection Of Northeast Georgia
- Athens-Clarke County Volunteer Guide
COVID-19 has limited access to many in-person service opportunities. Below are a
few that can be done remotely.
Summer Program Opportunities
There are a variety of educational and experiential opportunities during the summer, including fellowships, research programs and internships. Deadlines for these programs typically begin at the first of the spring semester, so early application submission is encouraged.
- Explore Health Careers.Org
- Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)
- AAMC Summer Undergraduate Research Programs
- American Heart Association
- Albert Einstein College of Medicine
- Amgen Scholars Program
- California Institute of Technology
- Columbia University / Barnard College
- Harvard University
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- National Institutes of Health
- Stanford University
- University of California, Berkeley
- University of California, Los Angeles
- University of California, San Francisco
- Washington University in St. Louis
- Baylor College of Medicine
- Brigham and Women's Hospital
- Caltech Student-Faculty Programs
- Case Western Reserve University-Pharmacology
- CDC-Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
- Cincinnati's Children's Hospital Medical Center
- Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
- Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
- Cornell University
- DAAD Research Internships in Science and Engineering
- Emory University (Summer Undergraduate Research Program at Emory)
- Gerstner Sloan Kettering
- Harvard Stem Cell Institute
- HHMI Janelia
- IES Foundation
- Jackson Laboratory
- Mayo Clinic
- MCG Summer Program SEEP
- Medical College of Georgia STAR Program
- Medical University of South Carolina DART Program
- MedServe Fellowship
- New York University Summer Undergraduate Research Program
- Pasteur Foundation
- Pathway to Med School (PTMS) Program
- Rockefeller University
- Rowan University
- UCSF Summer Research Program
- UCSF Pre-health Undergraduate Program
- UNC MED Program
- UNC Pharmacology - Carolina Summer Fellowship Program
- University of Rochester Medical Center Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship
- University of Rochester Pediatrics Summer Training Program
- University of Virginia
- Vanderbilt University LGBT Health Internship
- Vanderbilt University Summer Science Academy
- Virginia Commonwealth University
- Washington University in St. Louis
- Yale University
National Institutes of Health Opportunities
The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the nation’s medical research agency—making important discoveries that improve health and save lives.
NIH’s mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability.
NIH’s main campus is in Bethesda, Maryland. “NIH is made up of 27 Institutes and Centers, each with a specific research agenda, often focusing on particular diseases or body systems.” Their scientists conduct research on the main campus and as various locations across the country and aboard. To learn about NIH see the links below.