The Bryn Mawr tradition of self-governance promotes students as leaders for extracurricular activities and organizations and this is evident in the prehealth community. Undergraduates direct several organizations related to the health professions. In recent years prehealth students have been instrumental in organizing volunteers for hospice programs and visitors for nursing home residents and inpatient hospital units.
The Prehealth Society is for all students interested in careers in the health professions. In recent years Prehealth Society activities have included student panels to discuss summer internships, fundraisers for the American Cancer Society and talks by outside speakers who work in health care. There is no official procedure for joining the Prehealth Society; if the organization plans an event that interests you, you are welcome to participate. The Prehealth Society announces their events over the prehealth listserv so be sure to sign up for these email announcements.
Focus groups are informal student groups that meet during the academic year looking to explore a specific area of medicine or health care that interests its members. Bryn Mawr undergraduates and postbaccalaureate premedical students participate in focus groups and collaborate in leading them. Focus groups provide a great opportunity for the prehealth students on campus to get together and share perspectives and expertise.
Each focus group organizes its own activities; some activities are only for group members whereas others are open to the entire college community. The focus group leader training session provides leaders with access to resources and information to help them have a successful year.
All Bryn Mawr undergraduates and postbac students are welcome to be members of any of the focus groups. Students can participate in more than one group. Students can join a focus group by emailing one of its co-leaders.
The topics of the focus groups vary from year to year depending on the interests of the students involved. The list of 2014-2015 focus groups is posted to the Focus Group web page. We will post the 2015-2016 information to this site during the first week of the fall semester and send it via our listservs.