Student Organizations

American Medical Student Association (AMSA)


The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) is a national organization of medical students and undergraduate pre-medical students.  The pre-med chapter at Barry is concerned with helping students to prepare for medical school by:

  • Exposing them to different medical environments by participation in volunteer activities and contact with practicing physicians;
  • Engaging them in discussions about current topics in medicine;
  • Providing them with information about various medical programs and schools through presentations by invited speakers;
  • Guiding them through the admissions testing, application and interview process.

Major Events

  • Physician shadowing
  • AIDS Walk Miami
  • Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) presentation
  • American Medial College Application Service (AMCAS) presentation
  • Special Olympics
  • Guest speakers from: Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at FIU, College of Osteopathic Medicine at Nova Southeastern University, Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami, School of Medicine at St. George’s University and Kaplan Test Prep

For more information, contact Michael Bill, instructor of biology, at

Minority Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPS)

Minority Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPS)

The Minority Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPS) is a multicultural pre-health organization. As a student group, MAPS serves as a pipeline and mentorship program to bridge gaps for underrepresented students who wish to enter medical school or other health-related fields. MAPS provides knowledge, skills and experience to students with aspirations of entering a health-related profession. While the primary focus of MAPS is preparation for medical school, participation in its professional development programs and community service, such as mock interviews and health fairs, can be equally beneficial to all. Established in the fall of 2011, MAPS is Barry’s newest pre-health student organization and has members from both undergraduate (biology, chemistry, nursing) and graduate (biomedical sciences) programs. Membership is open to all students who are interested in gaining clinical experience and medical school insight, regardless of their area of study.

In the past academic year (2014-2015) MAPS has organized or participated in many meaningful activities:

MAPS organized/hosted:

  • 3rd Annual Kickball fundraiser for AHA with Lambda Theta Phi and other student organizations
  • CPR Training provided by One Beat CPR
  • 2nd Annual Pink Campus Day benefiting the American Cancer Society
  • 2nd Annual MAPS mixer with MD, MD/MPH, DO, DPM, PA students from UM, Nova, and Barry
  • First-year experience in medical school presentation from Barry alum
  • Ongoing Campus-wide Box Tops for Education Drive with CCSI
  • Medical school application tips from MAPS alum
  • The International Medical School Experience (co-sponsored by AMSA)
  • Diversity Dialogues: Haitian Culture and Healthcare

MAPS participated in:

  • 2014 Miami-Dade Heart Walk
  • 2014 Barry Miniconference: The Promise and Peril of Personalized Medicine
  • Little Haiti Health Fair (served as Creole translators)
  • Hialeah Health Fair (served as Spanish translators)
  • Founder's Week
  • 2015 MLK Day of Service
  • Liberty City Health Fair
  • Career Symposium, University of Miami

For more information, contact MAPS at

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Pre-Dental Club

The Pre-Dental Club is open to students who plan to apply to dental schools after graduation, as well as students whose majors are to be decided. The club hosts regular meetings that provide club members with important information about preparing for dental school. In addition to its meetings, the club offers various activities, such as trips to dental schools, summer learning programs, on-campus activities and social events. The club also hosts guest speakers (general dentists, admissions officers and students) from several dental schools in Florida and out-of-state.

For more information, contact Dr. Tang Hu, professor of biology, 

Pre-Physician Assistant Student Association (Pre-PASA)

The Pre-Physician Assistant Student Association (Pre-PASA) provides students with quality information, social activities and volunteering opportunities that will prepare its members for a smooth transition from undergraduate school to any graduate physician assistant program.

During a typical academic school year, several volunteering opportunities are organized and run by club members (e.g. “adopt-a-floor” at nearby hospitals, fundraising walks, senior citizen center outreach, etc.). Furthermore, the club invites speakers to make presentations about PA graduate programs, the PA profession or related topics. Social and service activities are sometimes organized jointly with other Barry student associations such as the Tri-Beta Honor Society or the American Medical Student Association (AMSA).

For more information, contact Dr. Christoph Hengartner, assistant professor of biology, at   

Pre-Veterinary Club

The Pre-Veterinary Club is open to all animal-lovers, not just Pre-Veterinary students. The club meets monthly to discuss and share experiences regarding the veterinary school application process.

For more information, contact Dr. Brenda Schoffstall, associate professor of biology, at

Sigma Xi National Honor Society (Barry University Chapter)

Founded in 1998, the Barry University chapter of the Sigma Xi National Honor Society has inducted 51 Barry faculty members and 105 Barry students who have contributed original research in science, math and engineering; of these inductees, 19 faculty and 17 students are currently active in Barry’s campus chapter. Barry’s chapter co-hosts and co-sponsors research conferences, such as the Annual Meeting of the Florida Academy of Sciences and the Annual Barry University STEM Conference.

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Tri-Beta Honor Society

The Tri-Beta Honor Society is a student tutoring organization. Its members tutor science majors one-on-one during weekly scheduled hours.

For more information, contact Dr. Leticia Vega, associate professor of biology, at