Guest blogger: Kayla Elder, President of the Charles Drew Minority Pre-Health Society
What is the goal of your student organization? The goal of Charles Drew Minority Pre-Health Society is to provide academic and emotional support to students of color, who aim to pursue a career in any of the pre health disciplines through educational and socially enriching events in order to produce competent applicants. We are a part of the Student National Medical Association, which is an organization that strives to meet the needs and concerns of minority medical students
Who is welcome to join your student organization? Any student is welcome to join, especially those who identify as a minority.
How can students connect with your organization? https://www.instagram.com/bingcharlesdrew/
Why did you first join this student organization? I personally wanted to immerse myself in a community of students who can empathize with the intersectionality of trying to pursue a higher education and being a person of color.
What are some examples of events or programs that your student organization participates in or plans? Outside of our biweekly general body meetings, Charles Drew hosts information sessions on the MCAT and other pre-health graduate entrance exams, the application process and costs of medical school, and an Annual Pre-Health Professional Fair. We currently have a mentorship program with SUNY Upstate Medical University. Our organization also sponsors students to attend the Annual Medical Education Conference (AMEC) hosted by the SNMA.
As a student leader, how important is it for students to get involved on campus? By being involved, one can establish a network to fall back on for years to come and get the opportunity to both give back and receive support from their community. In doing so, an individual develops personal growth.
What skills do you feel members gain from being a part of your organization? Members can gain social and professional skills which includes networking with other students and alumni. They will also learn about organization, time management, pre-health and volunteer opportunities that can help build a resume.