Health-Related Student Organizations

See also Clinical Experiences: Local Opportunities and Service for additional student organization listings.

ODUS Registered Student Organizations

These groups have been officially recognized by the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students.

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.

President: Briana Macedo '22
Vice President: Chirag Kumar '23
Treasurer: Abdul-Bassit Fijabi '24
Secretary: Daisy Bissonette '23

The Black Pre-Medical Society of Princeton University seeks to empower the Black pre-medical community to tackle the unique issues that face underrepresented students in medicine, cultivate long-lasting connections between Black pre-med students, address community health challenges affecting the Black community, and provide necessary support and resources tailored to the specific needs of Black students as they ascend to medical school. As a member of our society, one can look forward to professional networking opportunities, premed specific academic resources, a welcoming community of aspiring medical professionals, among other opportunities.

President: Arianne Smith ’22
Vice President: Persis Baah ’23
Contact: blkmed@princeton.edu

Princeton HOSA: Future Health Professionals: HOSA hosts over 55 competitive events from Health Professions to Leadership events at Regional, State, and International Leadership Conferences. HOSA also offers internships, scholarships, and service recognition at the state and international levels.

President: Akash Kotian '24
Treasurer: Colby McArthur '24
E-mail: akotian@princeton.edu

Ivy League+ Pre-health Society: Founded by Rachel Kulchar '23, this club spans every Ivy League university, MIT, Duke, U Chicago, and Johns Hopkins. This club promotes networking opportunities between students at top universities who wish to pursue a career in health, medicine, or research. Students will learn about health and research-related opportunities, hear from renowned and distinguished speakers, and receive personalized mentorship. Fill out this form to learn more.

The Latino Medical Student Association, Princeton Chapter The purpose of the LMSA+ PU is to acknowledge the health needs of the Latino community, as well as to promote the interests and support of those undergraduate premedical students who identify themselves as Latino students of Princeton University through social, cultural, educational, political and other activities. We're a part of LMSA Northeast (https://www.lmsane.org/).

President: Martin Mejia '21
Vice President: Emily Chavarria '22

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 prehealth 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. 

Our Health Matters (OHM) strives to foster and maintain insightful conversations regarding personal, mental, and professional health in the Black community. We focus on promoting self-love and self-confidence in an inclusive environment that values individual experiences. Through [online] programming and resource distribution, we aim to establish a supportive network of shared experiences to ultimately encourage personal growth amongst those in our community. Programming of this nature will help improve the overall well-being of our constituents with a particular focus on the most vulnerable population due to racism and sexism: Black women. We hope to be a dependable backbone that catalyzes necessary change on Princeton’s campus and beyond in the continuous fight for equality. Learn more at @ohmprinceton on Instagram and on our website, ourhealthmatters.squarespace.com.

Contact: ohm@princeton.edu

Princeton for Palliative Care is a student group advocating for increased awareness around palliative care, through organizing fundraisers for palliative care organizations, inviting webinars/speakers in the field, and promoting local hospice volunteering

President: Varun Devraj '23
Treasurer: Katie Cappola '23
Contact: ppalliat@princeton.edu

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: Phia Kim-Brookes '23
Vice President & Treasurer: John Bullock '23

The Prince­ton Pub­lic Health Review (PPHR) is Princeton University's only journal that provides a forum for all health-related discussion. A student-run journal, PPHR showcases the outstanding public health research performed by Princeton students and faculty members, and editorializes on relevant local, national, and international events.

Contacts: Roshini Balasubramanian '22 & Cecilia Kim '23

Students vs. Pandemics Princeton seeks to alleviate the burdens posted by COVID-19 and make a positive impact in times of crisis;

Contacts: David Eniola '23 and Paulina Przygonska '22.

Pace Center Registered Student Organizations

These groups have been officially recognized by the Pace Center for Civic Engagement

American Red Cross: coordinate and run blood drives throughout the year

Ascend Hospice & Princeton Hospice: assist in hospice care by providing comfort and support to patients at local nursing homes. 

Best Buddies: provide social interaction with individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Camp Kesem: run a summer camp for kids whose lives have been affected by cancer.

Student contact: Adelina Rolea '22

Cards for Courage: create and send hand-made cards to patients and healthcare workers

CONTACT Princeton: answer calls and texts on a local crisis and suicide prevention hotline.

Email contact: contactprinceton@gmail.com

Creative Minds: spend time one-on-one with a resident at Merwick Care and Rehabilitation Center in Plainsboro.

Finding the Match: raise awareness of leukemia/lymphoma

Email contact:  ftmatch@princeton.edu

Health in Princeton Schools: increase health awareness in local elementary schools

Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness: facilitate and assist with kidney health screenings and awareness events.

Meals on Wheels: provide social interaction and meals for seniors in the area.

Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center: spend a weekly shift volunteering at the local hospital.

Princeton Disability Awareness: connect with young people with disabilities

Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad: serve on the local emergency medical response squad

Princeton Students for Reproductive Justice: educate University community about reproductive health and rights

TigerTAILS: volunteer at a local no-kill animal shelter

Additional Student Groups

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Princeton Health Initiative (PHI) is a student organization that partners with the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF), a grassroots nonprofit organization committed to serving the low-income Latino immigrant communities of the Mercer County region. Adults have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 and are facing financial distress and a lack of resources. Students are now forced to learn virtually in difficult home environments while also taking on the burden of caring for their families, especially younger siblings. PHI is committed to helping these students and adults by, respectively, creating mental health wellness lessons and providing education about resources that are available to them that can help in these difficult times.

Co-Presidents: Jen No '22

Health-Related Campus Leadership Opportunities

HPA Peer Advisers (HPA PAs) are selected from among the residential college Peer Academic Advisers (PAA) to provide advice and guidance to students interested in the health professions. Interested students should participate in PAA selection through their residential college and indicate their interest in becoming an HPA PA.

Peer Health Advisers (PHAs) are an on-campus group of students, who are supervised by University Health Services staff and:

  • serve as contacts for students seeking support,
  • provide referral to UHS and other wellness-related campus resources,
  • stimulate awareness of and decrease stigma around health issues by implementing health promotion programs,
  • work to reduce disparities in health and wellness outcomes, and
  • help students to navigate UHS' services.

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. 

 

Currently Inactive:

  • The Princeton Journal of Bioethics, established in 1997, is the oldest undergraduate journal of bioethics in the world. The primary goal of the Journal is to provide undergraduates an arena for the discussion of current issues in bioethics including genetic engineering, reproductive rights, stem cell research, and euthanasia. The Journal serves as a resource for students and professors of bioethics, as well as a representation of undergraduate work in bioethics. Working with a Technical Review Board of leaders in education, medicine, science, and ethics, the Journal strives to provide material of the highest quality. The Journal's readership extends throughout the globe, and it is distributed at national bioethics conferences and associated committees.
  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • Princeton Varsity Athlete Pre-Medicine Society (PVAPS): A supportive community aiming to bring athletes together who are premed, provide resources that may be hard to access outside of HPA office hours, and connect premed athletes with student-athlete alumni now in medicine.