UGA Pre-Health Clubs
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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!
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
Rho Tau Pre-Physical Therapy Club
Follow on Twitter: @UGA_RhoTau
Undergraduate Neuroscience Organization
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.