Any ideas to "better" our Pre-Medical club?

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  1. MUN2005

    MUN2005 Miner?

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    We are just trying to attract interest, have more interesting activities for the group, etc. any ideas?

    Thanks.
    Mike
     
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  3. SMW

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    Meet in the computer cluster, and tell them all about SDN! You'll never have to plan another activity!! :laugh: :D :) :D :laugh:
     
  4. SouthernGirl

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    At my school, we have speakers from nearby medical schools (including a mock interview which is really helpful). Local doctors and med students also come speak. Plus volunteer fairs, social activities, etc.
    Does your school have an affiliated medical school, or is one nearby? This could be a good resource.
    Hope things go well!
     
  5. Ninjaboy

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    Free food is always a good idea.
     
  6. Amy B

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    I was the pre-med society lead officer for the past 3 years. Here is what we did

    1. Every Virginia med school had their dean of admissions come and give a talk about their school.

    2. We also had financial aid reps and medical students come and talk about their areas. we had the med students come with the dean and without. If they came alone, students felt more at ease to ask questions. On the tours I set up at MCV I requested that only students show us around, again so pre-meds could talk frankly about the school.

    3. We scheduled tours of each Virginia med school and drove in carpools to each one (except for MCV which is here in town).

    4. We had an army rep come and talk about medical careers in the army. They provided really nice box lunches.

    5. We had podiatry and chiropractic schools come, although this was at their request and the turn outs were usually really bad.

    6. I maintained a bulletin board where I posted all upcomind events, news pre-meds would find interesting, MCAT info, med school info, volunteering info, etc....

    Hope any of this helps.

    :)
     
  7. Stan

    Stan Senior Member

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    In my society we has a service point system for encouraging member participation. Maybe this is something you could adopt.


    Good luck ;)




    Participation Points System

    We believe through participation in our Society, members will obtain meaningful and rewarding experiences. In an effort to promote participation amongst our members, we have devised a service point system. Our goal is to acknowledge those individuals that contribute to the betterment of this society.


    If 150 or more service points are accumulated, we will provide you with an opportunity to purchase a shawl to wear at graduation.
    If over 200 service oints are accumulated, you will recieve an opportunity to purchase a shawl and receive Golden Member status.


    How can YOU earn service points?

    5 points General Meeting (must sign attendance sheet)
    5 points Bring in an eligible guest and becomes a member
    5 points Participate in a committee
    5 points Purchase a club t-shirt
    5 points Publicity Posting*
    5 points Recruiting/Club Awareness*
    5-10 points Commmunity service projects*
    5-10 points Fundraising Activities*
    10 points Attend a Budget Request meeting
    10 points Donate one gift for a boy/girl 5-18 years old
    10 points Attend a social event
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    10 points Donating Blood
    15 points Create, stamp, post fliers
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    60 points Obtain club sponsorship ($100 minimum)


    *Points are based on per hour participation
     
  8. tryingagain

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    I have had nothing but very poor experiences with Med Clubs. The one I was involved in had the poorest leadership I have ever seen in my life. Let me tell you a little story:

    We were volunteering at an elderly home. The club of about 25 people set everything up before hand. As a new member I was eager to attend.

    So on the day of the event I arrive at the elderly home on time. I ask if anyone from the club has arrived. They hadn't. The home had set up a room with about 20 elderly patients who were VERY eager to talk and socialize. It really was the highlight of their week as many do not have any family that visit them. So here I am sitting and talking with all of these patients, many of whom had Alzheimer's. It was very frustrating and taxing on me as I have never talked to multiple people with Alzheimer's at once.

    Anyway, to make a long story short, I sat there for 2 hours waiting for people from the club to show up and help. NO ONE ever did! Not even the "leaders". I was so mad. These people and the institution were counting on us. Just think if I had not shown up - not only would we have looked like even bigger jackasses, but some of the patients might have really had their feelings hurt.

    I guess the point of this post is to show you how NOT to run a pre-medical club. If you are going to be a leader than lead. If you are going to back out of your responsibility than don't do it at all and seriously reconsider your commitment to medicine.
     
  9. CaNEM

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    Make a cool web-site!
     
  10. agent

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    you know, i know you probably think what you did was really hard, but you should be really proud of yourself.

    it means a lot to those people and the rest of your pre-med society should be ashamed.
     
  11. tryingagain

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    Thanks agent.

    I am proud, but I take pride in being responsible and trying to be a good leader. My biggest pet-peeve is when people commit to something (especially as a team) and then don't follow through on their word. It was just really frustrating but it did open my eyes. Just because you are interested in medicine does not make you a "good" or "responsible" person. You have to prove that just like in every other field. You truly are your reputation.
     
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    in this profession i believe that is true..
     
  13. Cerberus

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    Premed clubs are so lame:rolleyes: Geez people you are premeds, isn't that dorky enough????
     
  14. MUN2005

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    Premed clubs are not set up to be "dorky", but to provide students with valuable information they may not have obtained otherwise.
     
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    Save it for your "Magic" club:laugh:
     
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    Righhhht.......
     

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