The Health Professions Pathways Program is supported by several student clubs and organizations. Many students choose to gain leadership experience while helping their peers learn more about the healthcare field. Clubs and organizations are responsible for many of the campus-wide efforts related to pre-health programming.
Below are some of the organizations that students regularly participate in:
The Health Sciences Club (HSC)
This community constitutes the largest pre-health club on campus with a membership of more than 800 students and alumni. The HSC includes several different committees that provide leadership opportunities for students. The club puts on several programs throughout the year that range from the integration of the arts and medicine, alumni panels, MCAT tips and preparation, healthcare professional panels, and social justice in medicine. They also produce a monthly newsletter with articles focusing on professional school applications, social determinants of health, different career paths in healthcare, and alumni interviews. The HSC is also responsible for administering the SHAPE mentorship program, which pairs senior/junior students with first- and second-year students to support them along their pre-health journey.
Human Physiology Club
The club provides information and opportunities to students of all majors interested in healthcare careers. They organize speakers and panels of healthcare professionals, provide for healthcare training opportunities, and participate in service experiences in the community. The club also hosts review sessions and facilitates tutoring for Human Physiology students.
This group provides specific programming for the pre-dental community. They engage in programming with local dentists, the UW Dentistry/EWU RIDE program, and service programs educating the public about dental health.
Gonzaga Women in Medicine Club
The Gonzaga Women in Medicine Club provides information and opportunities for discussion for students of all majors interested in health care careers. Its members provide information regarding possible healthcare careers as well as health care graduate schools. They organize speakers and panels as well as volunteer and health care training opportunities to better educate and prepare our members for their future career goals. This club promotes diversity in medicine and encourages women to pursue leadership positions in STEM.
Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
The Gonzaga University SACNAS Chapter is a student-led chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). Gonzaga SACNAS is an inclusive organization aimed at creating a diversity-focused STEM community that works to provide professional and personal development opportunities for students from all groups underrepresented in STEM and their allies. Everyone who is passionate about working to increase diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM is welcome.
They offer social and educational programs for the Gonzaga science community. The club has been regularly involved in activities such as science movie nights, egg drop competitions, Pi Day celebrations, Halloween pumpkin carvings, and scientific trivia nights. In addition, club members participate in outreach activities including Girl Scout Day, Earth Day, the Spokane River Cleanup, and visits to local elementary school classrooms.
Underrepresented in Medicine (URiM)
A University of Washington School of Medicine student group dedicated to recruiting and retaining medical students from underrepresented backgrounds. URiM provides pre-medical workshops and resource fairs for underrepresented students at Gonzaga and other surrounding universities and community colleges. The organization also hosts monthly brown bag lunches, where the Gonzaga community can collaborate with their UW colleagues in learning about different social justice topics in healthcare.