Coordinate a certification program
AMSA’s Student Well-Being resources are almost all inclusive and well organized. Use tools like Integrative, Complementary and Alternative Medicine – Programming Ideas, Yoga, Nutrition and much more!
You can also invite a counselor from your university’s health and counseling services to speak about student wellness and stress management techniques.
Ask students to sign up at meetings, via e-mail, on a website, or even on a Facebook group, to join your chapter’s MCAT prep group. Make sure interested students provide their availability, e-mail address and phone number, MCAT subject(s) of most difficulty, review method (i.e. course type, book, tutor), and when they’re planning to take the MCAT.
Also, consider asking an involved member to coordinate the weekly meeting times, locations and maybe subject specific sessions. You and this member may choose to have guest tutors from your school, a MCAT review company, or a professor.
Pre-medical members may prefer one, or both, of two mentoring options, including 1) shadowing a physician, or 2) staying in contact with a medical student.
Contact a local AMSA medical chapter officer and plan an evening where a few of their members can come socialize with your members at a med-pre-med student mixer. Also consider pairing undergraduate upperclassmen, who have already gone through the preliminary medical school application process, with underclassmen who may only be considering a future in medicine.
If your chapter is interested in connecting pre-medical students with physicians, use an internet search engine to find medical specialty organizations (i.e. to find pediatricians, search “pediatric organization” to find the American Academy of Pediatrics). Compile a list of physician mentors from different specialties that are willing to be contacted (take a look at the to-the-point e-mail you can send to potential physician mentors).
Also, consider asking your school’s pre-medical advisor to screen potential shadows (i.e. require attendance at a pre-medical introductory session, register with the pre-medical office and/or have a short interview with a pre-medical advisor).
Dear [physician name],
I am compiling a database of physician mentors. Would you be willing to provide, at your convenience, an opportunity for a Northeastern University pre-medical student to shadow you in your practice? Only students registered with the Premedical Advising Office who have been interviewed by the Chief Premedical Advisor will be recommended for shadowing.
If you are willing to participate, please respond to this e-mail with your
Special interests/requirements for a potential shadow:
Thank you for your time.
Beyond pairing shadows and mentors, allow the teams to create their own agenda.
Pre-medical students’ lives are often controlled by grades and extracurricular activities that will “fluff” their med school applications. However, the benefits of spending time with other pre-medical students may outweigh the cost of the lost study time. Networking can lead to medical connections and opportunities and the chance to help and be helped by fellow med school applicants.
Consider drawing members to a social event at a local venue (i.e. bowling alley, billiards, speed dating, dance) by auctioning off your semester’s Kaplan course to the highest bidder.