The many branches of GT AMSA, lead by our amazing board, allow us to offer a diversity of events and activities for our members, to both better prepare them for medical school admissions as well as bring everyone together in our pre-health community here on campus. Here's a look into what we do:
Nicknamed "The Heart of AMSA," Advocacy is the largest branch of GT AMSA, in charge of community outreach and networking events. Events this past year (2016-2017) include:
Representatives from the Grady Memorial ER Department hosted a special emergency first-response training course. Members learned how to identify wounds and injuries as well as how to properly fasten a tourniquet. Everyone left with their own personal tourniquet and the skills to respond to accidents before help arrives.
A professional dinner hosted by GT AMSA invited physicians, nurses, and representatives of the medical community to discuss their careers. After their speeches and presentations, members mingled with the guests in a relaxed atmosphere. This was an amazing opportunity for members to network and get their foot in the door for their pre-med journey.
Premeiring just last year, the Patient Panel involved patients discussing their [the patient] side of health care in an interactive panel. Highlights include a neuroendocrine cancer survivor engaging the audience to brainstorm what exactly patients are concerned about when they're admitted and what kind of care they would most appreciate. The experiences of these patients can positively influence your future as doctors.
A relatively new "tradition" within GT AMSA is the Global Health Fair. Health-based both on and off campus were invited to reach out to Georgia Tech students about opportunities. Oranisations included Georgia Tech Health and Wellbeing Counsel, the CRC, Meditation Club, MAPs, and more. It was a fun afternoon for students to grab free T-shirts and learn about the various health opportunities on campus.
The newest addition to Advocacy was the start of our education outreach program to local middle and high schools in Atlanta. Members volunteered to visit schools and introduce them to medicine and foster interest in becoming pre-med students. A highlight of the program this past year was taking students of Padeia Middle School on a field trip to the CDC at the end of the year.
One unique feature of this branch of GT AMSA is the AMSA Advocacy Committee. General members can apply to interview for leadership positions within the committee. Advocacy Committee Chairs will work with AMSA's two Advocacy Coordinators to help plan and execute events for the 2018-2019 year. As a committee chair, you will have the opportunity to develop valuable communication and leadership skills. Past committee chairs have went on to become members of the executive board as well! Here is the link to the application:
We look forward to a great year (2018-2019) of more Advocacy with our Advocacy Chairs, Kelly and Pratima! They did stellar work as Advocacy Committee Chairs and will continue the wonderful legacy of Advocacy!
The Fundraising Committee is a committee of AMSA members who work to help raise money for AMSA's various events. As part of the Fundraising Committee, AMSA members will meet with local businesses and help raise money for AMSA events and other causes. Our chairs and committee members apply for funding from SGA and Buzzfunds, among others, in order to make GT AMSA's events possible! This is especially important for our larger events like the GT AMSA Spring Health Fair and Conference.
Past committee members have also went on to become members of the executive board! Applications are open now! Here is the link to the application:
Minita and Aparna are our new chairs and they are doing a wonderful job! Contact them if you have any suggestions for fundraising events or if you have questions about applications!
Membership Engagement serves to "engage members" through social and informational events held throughout the year to help you connect with fellow members. Previous events include:
Typically the first event held in the year, the Freshmen Social was held at the Curran Parking Deck as a relaxed get-together with snacks, and drinks, meant to introduce freshmen into the club, although it's open for all members. Introduce yourself, play some volleyball, ask questions, and enjoy free food! This year, the Social has transformed and been adopted by Mentorship as the "Down and Dirty"
Look out on Facebook, our emails, or our newsletter for updates on all our events!
A formal event, the Fall and Spring Banquets serve to wrap up the semesters by gathering members to showcase what AMSA has done that semester. It's a great way to see what each branch of AMSA has accomplished and to enjoy a dinner with both fellow members and Executive Board members. The Spring Banquet will announce AMSA Point awards and new Executive Board members for the upcoming year.
For the 2017-2018 year, your Membership Engagement Coordinators, Kirthi (me) and Abrar, have a few additional ideas.
Held in October, Team Buzz is a campus-wide community service activity hosted by Georgia Tech in which groups, "teams", pick projects to work on in the community. This is a great way to get community service hours while also having fun with members! Look out for more information on this page, or on Facebook!
Many freshmen and sophomores interested in pre-med have many questions about what classes to take, how to get shadowing and volunteering to strengthen their applications, and how to prepare for the MCAT. Membership Engagement would like to answer as many as those questions as possible. The Pre-Health Office has a lot to offer! Look out for the dates at our general meetings or on our Facebook page!
We've hosted low-key study hours at multiple times throughout the semester at various rooms and locations, though mostly at CULC, where you can drop by and study with other members. In the past, study groups have formed between members of the same class and sometimes other members can tutor/help you out when you're stuck on a problem! Look out for dates for study sessions in the future!
We look forward to a great year with our amazing chairs, Neevi and Holt! Contact them on our Contact page, or say "hello" to them at our many tabling events throughout the year!
Our Mentorship branch works hard to foster an environment of community within AMSA, where we mimic Greek life's "big" and "little" traditions by pairing freshmen and sophomore general members with upperclassmen. Mentors include our entire executive board as well as senior members that are open to helping out and giving advice to our newer members! We can offer advice on which classes to take or how to get involved with research or volunteering, and so much more. If you're feeling lost as a pre-med, take advantage of our amazing mentorship program to get personalized help and make friends! Look out for applications to be a mentor or a mentee!
Previous Mentorship events have Trivia Night at the Tech Rec and a variety of Mentor-Mentee meet-up events! Our Mentorship Chairs, Abrar and Kevin, are available to you for questions or ideas for Mentorship events! Feel free to contact them on our "Contact Us" page!
A note: Membership Engagement and Mentorship often work together and collaborate on events! This semester, they're partnering on offering information sessions. It'll be a way to meet both your mentors/mentees and guest speakers for advice!
GT AMSA has a long history of providing mission trip opportunities to our general members. We have established programs with local hospitals in the Dominican Republic and Peru and have successfully volunteered throughout the region. Our Mission Trip Coordinator, Brady, has offered a multitude of information sessions where you'll learn all about the trips (dates, costs, fundraising, and itinerary). Feel free to drop by:
9/6 DM Smith 304 6pm- 7pm
9/19 053 College of Computing 6pm- 7pm
10/4 053 College of Computing 6pm- 7pm
10/11 DM Smith 304 6pm- 7pm
Conference has it's own page, but it deserves a shout-out. Planning one of the largest pre-health conferences in the South is no easy task. Our Conference Chairs, Rachit and Sara, started planning this past summer and will continue working until March 2019 to plan and coordinate a complex event. They'll be working on planning workshops, contacting guests, and handling logistics to make our Annual Spring Pre-Health Conference a success!