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2020 Pre-Health Kick-Off

The UF Pre-Health Advising Team offered our annual Pre-Health Kick-Off event in a virtual format this year! Below, you will hear from our Pre-Health Advising Team and UF Professional Schools (Dentistry, Medicine, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, and Veterinary Medicine). Each UF professional school hosted a live Zoom session during the week of September 14th – 17th, 2020. We also featured a virtual Involvement Fair highlighting student clubs and community organizations to get involved with.


Professional School Presentations

UF College of Dentistry: Established in 1972, the University of Florida College of Dentistry is the only publicly-funded dental school in the state and ranks as a national leader in dental education, research, patient care and community service. The college is housed in the Dental Sciences Building located on the UF Health Science Center campus. Website: https://dental.ufl.edu/. View the recorded Zoom session.

UF College of Medicine: As the largest college within the UF Health academic health center, the UF College of Medicine is home to thousands of faculty, students and staff committed to improving the health and well-being of people across the globe. Website: https://med.ufl.edu/. View the recorded Zoom session.

UF College of Pharmacy: Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the No. 1 pharmacy college in Florida and in the Top 5 nationally, the University of Florida College of Pharmacy has been developing future leaders in pharmacy practice and science for nearly a century. At campuses in Gainesville, Jacksonville and Orlando, award-winning faculty aim to improve the health of Floridians and people across the world through pharmacy education, high-impact research and clinical innovation. Website: https://pharmacy.ufl.edu/

UF College of Veterinary Medicine: As the state’s only College of Veterinary Medicine, we are committed to educating the veterinarians of the future. We provide state-of-the-art care to animal patients from throughout Florida and the Southeast through the UF Veterinary Hospitals and offer key programs in biomedical research to advance the science of animal, human and environmental health. Website: https://www.vetmed.ufl.edu/. View the recorded Zoom session.

UF Occupational Therapy: The UF Department of Occupational Therapy is nationally renowned for its excellent programs in occupational therapy education and research, and is ranked 10th among all public universities in the nation. Website: https://ot.phhp.ufl.edu/. View the recorded Zoom session.

UF Physical Therapy: The Department of Physical Therapy, located within the College of Public Health and Health Professions, consists of a dynamic and growing faculty dedicated to excellence in education, research, and service. The Department is committed to: Preparing entry-level students to become practitioners of evidence-based physical therapy; Training Ph.D. students to perform basic science and clinical research; and Advancing the science of physical therapy and rehabilitation through innovative interdisciplinary research, and professional and community service. Website: https://pt.phhp.ufl.edu/. View the recorded Zoom session.

UF Pre-Health Advising: The UF Pre-Health Advising Office offers valuable services for students pursuing a variety of pre-health professions. Students can meet with professional pre-health advisors to assist with academic preparation and pre-professional planning to prepare to be competitive applicants for professional programs. Website: https://www.advising.ufl.edu/pre-health/. View the recorded Zoom session.

UF School of Physician Assistant Studies: The University of Florida School of Physician Assistant Studies is a continuous 24-month, full-time educational program that accepts new students once a year to begin in late June. The program strives to prepare physician assistants in a broad range of medical and surgical knowledge and skills and educate them to provide high-quality and compassionate health care to diverse patient populations under the supervision of a licensed physician. Website: https://pa.med.ufl.edu/. View a recorded information session.

Student Club and Community Organization Involvement Fair

The 2020 Pre-Health Kick-Off Involvement Fair is here! Access the student club and community organization pre-recorded informational videos below. For additional involvement opportunities, please see the Volunteer Resources on the UF Pre-Health Website, or visit GatorConnect at https://orgs.studentinvolvement.ufl.edu/Organizations.

Student Organizations

Alpha Epsilon Delta

Alpha Epsilon Delta (Florida Alpha Chapter) is one of the University of Florida’s most respected organizations and most renowned chapters in the U.S. We are a pre-health honor society dedicated to providing unique community service opportunities and guidance throughout the undergraduate process. Email Cole Ferguson.

Food Science and Human Nutrition Club

The Food Science and Human Nutrition Club welcomes all students to share love for food and education. Members have the opportunity to interact with faculty and staff within related departments and have access to a variety of volunteer, scholastic, and leadership opportunities throughout the UF community and beyond. Email Lily Tucciarone.

Friends for Life

FFL is a non-profit organization at the University of Florida that strives to make a difference in the lives of children with cancer and their families. Email Madison Burns.

Gator Against Poverty

Email Courtney Dougherty.

Global Medical Missions Alliance (GMMA)

GMMA was founded under the guiding principles of fellowship, mentorship and medical missions. Our desire is to spread the healing message of God through medical missions work, whether it is in a different country or here at home. We want to mobilize like-minded individuals united through the love and grace of Christ, to provide medical and spiritual assistance to those who need it most. Email Joanne Lee.

Health Career Showcase

Hosted at UF, HCS features various Medical, Dental, and Physician Assistant programs across the US, with over 25 schools in attendance during the event’s first year. HCS offers the opportunity to hear from admissions directors about getting into these programs, as well as network with individuals.

Health Educated Asian Leaders (HEAL)

HEAL (Health Educated Asian Leaders) is an organization of students representing various health-related fields at the University of Florida. We are here to bring together students pursuing a career in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, veterinary medicine, nursing, and physical and occupational therapy. Email Deepali Singh & Emily Angelis.

Multicultural Association of Pre-Health Students

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

NAMI Gainesville is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing education, support, and advocacy with the goal to empower individuals living with mental illness and their families, and to eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness. Elimination of the stigma attached to mental illness is essential to achieve the goals of empowerment, social inclusion, and recovery. Email Marcos Damian-Noyola.

Pre-Professional Service Organization (PSO)

A student-run, non-profit organization that provides exceptional undergraduate pre-health students with a glimpse of this interconnected future. PSO uniquely caters to students of all pre-professional tracks, including but not limited to (pre-) medicine, physician assistant, nursing, veterinary medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, pharmacy, and more. By fostering such a distinguished atmosphere of diversity and inclusivity in pre-health, PSO promotes the same connectivity found between healthcare fields. Email Jordan Poe.

Sigma Alpha – Professional Agricultural Sorority

Sigma Alpha is a professional agricultural sorority that promotes scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship among its members. Sigma Alpha has become a national organization consisting of more than 80 chapters, comprised of undergraduate and alumnae members. Today, more than 11,000 members have been initiated into Sigma Alpha Sorority. We’re growing steadily as others in agriculture learn about us. Email Emilee Stump.

UF American Physician Scientist Association (APSA)

APSA fosters research, training, and career development for students interested in building part of their career around basic, translational, epidemiological, or clinical research. Our local chapter is interested in providing opportunities for students interested in research at all levels to meet and learn from successful physician scientists and others here at UF who could serve as advisors and mentors. We are also interested in giving students who are actively conducting research an opportunity to present their findings to their peers. Email Audrey Daugherty.

UF American Student Dental Association (ASDA)

We are a diverse student led and run organization that provides a platform for sharing and discussing knowledge and topics affecting dentistry and students. We foster a sense of pride and belonging in the field of dentistry by encouraging members to become active in its advancement. Email Vrinda Shah.

UF Medical Honors Program (MHP)

Formerly Junior Honors Medical Program (JHMP), MHP is an accelerated 7 Year B.S./M.D. program offered by UF. Admission is open to United States citizens or permanent residents. Intended for undergraduate students who have demonstrated superior scholastic ability, commitment to serving others and personal development during their first two academic years of enrollment at a 4-year, accredited science-degree-granting institution, and who are dedicated to pursuing medicine as a career. When accepted to this program, a student secures a place in medical school at the UF College of Medicine as long as the MHP requirements are completed and academic standards are maintained. Email Danielle Thomas.

UF MEDLIFE

UF MEDLIFE is a pre-health service organization that stands for Medicine, Education and Development for Low Income Families Everywhere. Our mission is to help families achieve greater freedom from the constraints of poverty by empowering them to live healthier lives in both Gainesville and abroad.

UF Minority Health Professional Mentorship Program

Pre-health club at UF that seeks to foster mentorship between minority undergraduate students and minority professional students. Email Monica T. Echagarruga.

UF Pre-Dental Society

The UF Pre-Dental Society (UFPDS) is a registered student organization at the University of Florida. We are dedicated to providing professional development to students interested in careers in dentistry through education, service, socialization and professional standards. 

UF Pre-Pharmacy Society

Pre-Pharmacy Society is an organization for students that share an interest in a career in Pharmacy. We are here to bring together pre-pharmacy students at the University of Florida and provide them with information about the different fields that make up Pharmacy. We serve to provide the resources and opportunities for service and leadership to our members. Email Darla Khouri.

UF Pre-Physician Assistant Association (UF PPAA)

To educate University of Florida students about the profession of physician assistant, the process of applying and being admitted into physician assistant school, and volunteering/shadowing opportunities available to students accomplished through educational workshops, academic speakers, and presentations offered by physician assistants, faculty members, and current physician assistant students. Email Tiana DiMarco.

UF Pre-Veterinary Medicine Club

SAVMA is the largest veterinary club at the University of Florida. SAVMA funds a variety of social and veterinary functions every year. Email Samantha Kalman.

UF Undergraduate American Medical Women’s Association (UF UAMWA)

UF Undergraduate American Medical Women’s Association: Pre-Professional Organization for Women interested in a Medical Career or supporting women’s health. Email Kelcey Hernandez.

UF Virology Club

The Society for Viral Studies has been established to promote education of students and the community in the field of viral studies and their impact on public health through guest lectures, travel, and community service. Another purpose of the Society for Viral Studies is to network with authorities in viral studies and public health. Email Karen Yung.

Undergraduate Physical Therapy Association (UPTA)

UPTA is an organization at UF, geared towards students interested in physical therapy. Anyone is welcome to join and attend meetings and events. Email Regan Giordano.

Xtraordinary Joy

Email Logan White.


Community Organizations

Alachua County Humane Society

The goal of the ACHS is to make North Central Florida a sustainable no-kill community where we strive to act as advocates for pets and pet owners, match pets and people for a lifetime, and promote the spaying and neutering of companion animals through education and outreach. Email Lilo Couch and Joshua Sexton.

Camp Kasem

Kesem is a nationwide community, driven by passionate college student leaders, that supports children through and beyond their parent’s cancer. Kesem’s flagship program, Camp Kesem, operates free summer camps for children who have been impacted by a parent’s cancer. Founded at Stanford University in 2000, Camp Kesem has since expanded to 131 chapters in 44 states across the country. Email Riley Perozo.

Days for Girls

Days for Girls increases access to menstrual care and education by developing global partnerships that shatter stigmas and limitations for women and girls. Together, we’re creating a world with dignity, health, and opportunity for all. Website: http://www.daysforgirls.org. Email Alachuafl@daysforgirls.org.

Lubee Bat Conservancy

Lubee Bat Conservancy is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving bats and their habitats through research, conservation, and education, with a focus on children and community engagement. Email Alex Kepley.