Pre-Med/Pre-Health: Pre-Health Student Groups
Pre-health student groups on the UMass Amherst campus
UMass Amherst Pre-Medical Society
The Pre-Medical Society provides information, connections, and activities for pre-medical students and students interested in other health professional fields, such as nursing or physician’s assistant. Email: umass [dot] premed [at] gmail [dot] com (Pre-Med Society)
UMass Amherst Pre-Dental Society
The Pre-Dental Society develops communication among pre-dental undergraduate students. It also offers exposure to dentistry through volunteer opportunities in dental offices in the Amherst area and through guest speakers. Email: umasspds [at] gmail [dot] com (Pre-Dental Society)
SNMA-MAPS is a student-run group that provides support through mentoring and networking opportunities for pre-med and pre-health students from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in medicine (URIM). The SNMA chapter at UMass Amherst helps current students create important professional connections with peers, current medical students, and medical professionals. SNMA-MAPS stands for Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students and is part of the Student National Medical Association. Email: umassmaps [at] gmail [dot] com (UMass SNMA-MAPS).
Club Pre-Physician Assistant (Club PPA)
The goal of Club PPA is to prepare students for applying to PA programs. The club offers tips on how to acquire patient care hours, get CPR training, prepare for the GRE and MCAT, and engage in volunteer opportunities. The club also hosts relevant guest speakers in addition to other activities. Email: clubppa [at] gmail [dot] com (subject: Info%20about%20Joining%20ClubPPA) (Club PPA).
UMass Vision Care Club
The Vision Care Club welcomes all who are interested in vision and eye care, giving students an opportunity to learn about this career area. Through this club, students can get involved in the field, build their resumes, and learn about admission into graduate schools. Email: visioncareclub [at] gmail [dot] com (Vision Care Club)
UMass Kinesiology Club
The Kinesiology Club offers networking opportunities for students and faculty. It also offers guest speakers whose careers incorporate kinesiology and information sessions about graduate schools. Email: Kinesiology Club
UMass Emergency Medical Services
UMass EMS recruits certified EMTs to offer public safety at events across the campus, including sporting events, rock concerts, and more. They also offer CPR trainings to the campus community. Their services are free of charge to patients, and their funding comes mainly from SGA funding. Organization website: EMS.
UMass Hospital-Student Alliance
HSA connects students with volunteer opportunities at Baystate Health, the largest hospital system in Western Massachusetts, in departments that include emergency, nursing, mobility, surgical, and pediatrics. The club also hosts monthly lectures with health-care professionals. Email: UMassHSA [at] gmail [dot] com (subject: Interested%20in%20HSA) (HSA).
Health-related student organizations list
Download the list of health-related student organizations. Find contact information for these clubs and all Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) at UMass. Also check out the DDHS program in the Department of Psychology and Brain Sciences.
Pre-med/pre-health peer advisors
Peer advisors are upperclassmen who dedicate time to helping first-year students select courses and who coach them in both succeeding academically and becoming competitive applicants for health professions schools. Peer advisors are recruited in the spring semester. Those selected go through extensive training in the fall semester, taking a course and shadowing pre-health advisors. They then hold office hours from mid-fall through the spring semester.