Health-Related Student Organizations

The American Physician Scientists Association (APSA) is the largest national organization specifically dedicated to helping physician scientists in their training. The Princeton Chapter of APSA was founded to become a hub for all Princeton students interested in becoming physician scientists or pursuing MD/PhDs. We seek to improve opportunities for mentorship, community building, and support. Throughout the year, we invite physician scientists and current MD/PhD students to speak on campus. We also send several students each year to the National APSA Conference in Chicago, where physician scientists from across the nation speak about their research and own career paths.

Contact: Adam Wang ‘18

Camp Kesem Princeton runs a summer camp for children whose families have been affected by cancer. Students manage all aspects of the camp, from management to serving as counselors. 

Contact: princeton.volunteer@campkesem.org

CONTACT is a Pace Center Student Volunteers Council service project whose volunteers answer phone calls for a local crisis hotline and the national suicide hotline. Volunteers must complete approximately a semester of training on mental health issues and listening skills, which can be done on campus or off campus in Pennington. After that volunteers are free to take shifts answering calls for the hotline at our on campus phone room or crisis chat service whenever they have availability. For more information about CONTACT of Mercer County, our community partner, you can visit http://www.contactofmercer.org or for more information about CONTACT training on Princeton's campus you can email contactprinceton@gmail.com

GlobeMed is a national network that unites students and non-profits from around the world to strengthen the movement for global health equity, empowering students and communities to work together to improve the health of people living in poverty around the world. They are more than just a fundraising organization—they give students the tools they need to be educated and engaged activists and community leaders that challenge social injustices in health and beyond. Founded in 2010, the GlobeMed at Princeton chapter is partnered with COVE Alliance of Uganda, and they support COVE Alliance in its mission to provide education and health care to orphaned and disadvantaged children in Uganda.

Emailprinceton@globemed.org
Co-presidents: Daniel Chen '19 & Diana Ortiz '19

The Minority Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPS) is a program created by the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) to offer guidance and support to undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in medicine.  SNMA is an organization dedicated to people of color and underserved communities.  Through various initiatives, SNMA aims to increase the degree of diversity in the medical profession by promoting levels of minority student recruitment, admissions, and retention in schools training healthcare professionals.  These efforts will work to improve the number of “clinically excellent, culturally competent, and socially conscious physicians” (SNMA.org).  SNMA members work with MAPS chapters at nearby undergraduate institutions to advise them about the medical school application process, the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), and to serve as mentors to undergraduate students to help them successfully matriculate into medical school.  The MAPS chapter at Princeton organizes fundraising activities to benefit health-related causes, publishes newsletters with advice for minority pre-health students, hosts study halls during exam periods, and much more! Everyone is welcome to join, so please feel free to stop by any MAPS meeting or event. 

President: Aaron Gurayah '18
Co-Vice Presidents: Emily Jiang '18 & David Lopera '19
Co-Treasurers: David Landeta '19 & Mo Kouassi-Brou '17
Secretary: Tabitha Lumour-Mensah '18
Co-Academic Liaisons: Rohan Tummala '19 & Mimi Chung '18
Co-Publicity Chairs: Denay Richards '19Nergis Khan '19 & Christopher Umanzor '19
Event Coordinator: Isabel Hsu '19
Recruitment Chair: Soraya Morales Nunez '18
Website Coordinator: Gabrielle Johnson '18
Volunteer Coordinator: Katherine Pizano '18

Princeton Disabilities Awareness (PDA) was founded in 2007 to raise awareness around disabilities. They host annual events that include carnivals for children with disabilities and conferences for parents of children with disabilities. To get involved, email pda@princeton.edu

Princeton Pre-Dental Association (PPDA) The goal of the Princeton Pre-Dental Association (PPDA) is to create a small, intimate community to encourage pre-dents to support one another to become better pre-dental students and share their enthusiasm and interest in dental careers with one another and underclassmen. PPDA plans on having DAT prep sessions and study breaks that encourage manual dexterity. Additionally, they plan to invite distinguished speakers and to organize dental volunteer opportunities.

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Vice President: Aded Yako '17

Princeton Premedical Society (PPMS) The mission of the Princeton Premedical Society is to foster a sense of community among Princeton's aspiring health professionals - undergraduate students with diverse academic interests and a wide range of social and extracurricular experiences.

This student-run, independent Society emphasizes cooperative learning and helps to connect its students with each other, the Office of Health Professions Advising, and alumni who are engaged in medical education and the practice of healthcare or medical research. Activities of the Society typically include providing peer advising, as well as supporting relevant events or trips, determined by members' interests and availability. 

Co-Presidents: Joe Rummaneethorrn '18 and Yash Patel '18
Treasurer: Julia Song '18
Past Presidents: Alex Jow '17 & Shubham Chattopadhyay '17

Princeton Pre-Veterinary Society provides students interested in pursuing careers in the veterinary field with resources, support, and information regarding the veterinary school application process, possible career paths, and other opportunities.

President: Laurel Easterling ’17 

The Prince­ton Pub­lic Health Review (PPHR) is a student-run pub­li­ca­tion designed to show­case the outstand­ing global health research per­formed by Prince­ton Uni­ver­sity under­grad­u­ates and to pro­vide a forum for any health-related discussions.

Editor-in-Chief: Aastha Chokshi '17
Managing Editors: Karmen Rivera '18

The Sexual Harassment/Assault Advising, Resources and Education (SHARE) office is a victim-centered, confidential resource on campus for the Princeton University community. SHARE provides crisis response, support, advocacy, information, and referral services to those who are dealing with incidents of sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, and relationship violence. SHARE also collaborates with other Campus Life, Princeton University, and community partners to develop, institute, and evaluate prevention and education programs in order to enhance safety, strengthen the campus climate and prevent all forms of sexual misconduct in our community. 

The Student Health Advisory Board (SHAB) is a student-run organization committed to promoting health and wellness at Princeton.  SHAB members serve as official liaisons between the student body and University Health Services (UHS) to ensure the quality of healthcare provided on campus and to help design a variety of health promotion projects. 

Members are expected to use strong communication and teamwork skills to design and implement projects of their interest from start to finish.  In addition to working closely with administration and healthcare providers, many SHAB members also serve on and look to engage other campus groups, such as the Healthier Princeton Advisory Board, the Undergraduate Student Government, and Peer Health Advisors.  SHAB has weekly meetings, though individual project groups typically meet more frequently.  New members are selected from freshmen, sophomores, and graduate students in the late fall through a competitive application and interview process.  

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Vice-Chair: Makenna May '17
Communications Chairs: Carol Gu '17 & Tiana Lawson '17
Secretary: Allyson Kim '17

Princeton’s TropicalClinics for Rural Health (TCRH) is the founding student chapter of an initiative led by TropicalClinics, a 501(c)3 U.S. nonprofit with the mission of building one-of-a-kind health centers in rural areas of developing nations, starting in Kenya. Through implementing dedicated fundraising efforts and facilitating frequent rural health activism events, TCRH chapters provide direct support for the mission of TropicalClinics to bring quality health care to underserved rural populations in developing nations, while in the process fostering the development of their members as future leaders in the global health field. To receive more information or to be added to the listserv, email tcrhp@princeton.edu.

President: Cassie Crifase '17

Unite for Sight is an international global health organization dedicated to healthcare delivery in communities around the world to eliminate patient barriers to care. It is a 501(c) (3) non-profit. Partnering with local clinics in Ghana, India, and Honduras, Unite for Sight sends human capital and invests financial resources in the practices of the local healthcare professionals. To date, it has helped sponsor 78,000 sight-restoring surgeries and served over 1.8 million patients. Students can intern over summer at one of UFS's eye clinics in Ghana, India, and Honduras, organize fun on and off campus fundraisers to sponsor cataract surgeries, and attend the world's largest Global Health conference. Meetings are about once every other week and there are 1-2 fundraisers per month.

Contacts:  Justine Hamilton '17  

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Operation Smile is an international medical charity that provides free reconstructive surgeries for children born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities. They are one the world's largest medical charities with over 5,000 volunteers worldwide. Each Operation Smile surgery costs as little as $240 and can take as little as 45 minutes. Operation Smile is one of the few non-governmental organization's that allow high school, university, and medical students to volunteer on missions.

Relay for Life is an organization whose goal is to raise money for the American Cancer Society. This money will be used to fund cancer research, provide better support resources for cancer patients and survivors, and to raise general awareness about cancer and its effects on daily life. This year, Princeton Relay for Life will have a 6-hour finale event this year, on March 27, along with other smaller events (such as an upcoming 5k) throughout the year with the goal of fundraising and spreading awareness.