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Get Involved In Extracurricular Activities

Professional schools are looking for highly-motivated, committed, enthusiastic, thorough and well informed applicants. They strongly prefer people who have looked into the details of the profession and know the shortcomings, demands, and rewards of the profession through direct experience. Such people will be more realistically motivated to go through the pre-professional program, and are more likely to be accepted, all other things being equal.

Find out for yourself what the doctor-patient relationship, working conditions, life-style, and nitty gritty of health care is like. Pre-health students are also encouraged to seek experience on their own. Involvement in any activity that develops and demonstrates your interest, motivation, and experience in your chosen professional field will generally be helpful. Health-related jobs or volunteer experiences may be found in hospitals, clinics, dentist's or physician's offices, nursing homes, day care centers and a variety of other settings. They provide experience beyond the superficial aspects of the profession.

Talk to your Advisement Dean about getting involved in any of the student activities on campus for pre-health and pre-medical students. If you would like to learn more about any of the organizations below or about on-campus volunteer opportunities and community service programs, please call the Office of Student Leadership and Activities at (516) 463-6914.

Pre-Professional Organizations on Campus

  • Association of Pre-Professional Health-Oriented Students (APHOS)
    • This club is dedicated to educating future health professionals. It places emphasis on the professional or graduate school application process and helping members gain acceptance to graduate schools through guest speakers and programs. It seeks to represent all aspects of the health field, including allopathic and osteopathic medicine, physician assistant and nursing fields, physical therapy, occupational therapy and chiropractic.
  • Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (SAACS)
    • The purpose of this organization shall be to get students excited about chemistry and to inform students of potential careers available to students with chemistry and biochemistry degrees.
  • Health Professions Scholars Program (HPSP)
    • The Health Professions Scholars Program gives students the opportunity to participate in experiences usually available only to advanced  medical students, interns, and residents—including access to special seminars and participation in the North Shore-LIJ Health System's Center for Learning and Innovation and the Patient Safety Institute.  These opportunities will provide students a competitive edge in the application process. HPSP members will be eligible to apply for Summer Fellowships at the Feinstein Institute, as well as for select volunteer opportunities, and will have the opportunity to work as peer teachers in the interdisciplinary science seminar program.  Finally, HPSP members will serve as student leaders, coordinating outreach and volunteer activities for Hofstra pre-health professional students.

        There are two levels of membership in the HPSP:  Associate and Full.  The only requirement for Associate membership is interest in the health professions and completion of the membership application. Full membership is available to students who meet the following requirements: successful completion of 16 credits in the basic science courses of the pre-health curriculum at Hofstra with a 3.3 GPA; completed application; references from two faculty members; interview with the program directors; 20 hours of documented community service; and attendance at a minimum of half of pre-health workshops and events.

Student Organizations on Campus

  • Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Med Honor Society (AED)
    • Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) is a national Pre-Med Honor Society. Hofstra's chapter of AED inducts new members every spring. the international premedical honor society open to students seeking a career in the health professions. Requirements for membership include a cumulative average of 3.0 and a science grade point average of 3.0 after completion of at least three semesters at Hofstra. Transfer students, with at least one year completed prior to attendance at Hofstra, must complete at least one semester in residence. Associate Professor Clendening, Adviser.
  • Phi Delta Epsilon (PhiDE)
    • Hofstra University's chapter of Phi Delta Epsilon is a fraternity that unites students who are pursuing careers in the health professions. This organization is a gateway for students to get involved in the medical community and it serves as a great base for students to network amongst peers with similar interests. Phi Delta Epsilon has ties to various organization such as "The Children's Miracle Network". First-hand experience with such organizations enables the pre-health student to build strong ties to officials in the medical community. These experiences will help the pre-health student grow on a personal level and professionally these experiences will enhance their candidacy when applying to graduate school.
  • Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC)
    • FIMRC is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving pediatric and maternal health in the developing world through the implementation of innovative and self-sustainable health improvement programs. Through its network of outpatient clinics and partnerships, FIMRC asserts a multidimensional strategy that includes clinical services, extensive community outreach efforts and health education programs. Students from the Hofstra University chapter of FIMRC fundraise around campus to raise money for international relief trips to countries such as Costa Rica, El Salvador, India, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, and Uganda.

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