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 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 insights into healthcare professions, regardless of their area of study.

MAPS organizes, hosts, and participates in a multitude of meaningful community and professional development opportunities each year including:

  • Annual pre-health mixer with MD, MD/MPH, DO, DPM, PA, DDS/DMD students from UM, Nova, FAU and Barry as well as admissions personnel and practicing professionals
  • Members serve as Spanish and Creole translators at community health fairs organized by UMDOCS
  • Visits from admissions personnel from various graduate and medical programs
  • Medical school application tips from MAPS alumni
  • CPR Training
  • Annual Pink Campus Day raising awareness of breast cancer statistics, detection and available treatments
  • Ongoing Campus-wide Box Tops for Education Drive with CCSI benefitting two local elementary schools

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, The Scientific Research Honor Society (Barry University Chapter)

Minority Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPS)

Founded in 1998, the Barry University chapter of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society has inducted almost 200 faculty and students who have conducted original research in the pure and applied natural sciences. Our chapter is actively engaged in the promotion of scientific inquiry, sharing resources and tools with which to accomplish these endeavors, and the dissemination of said research findings.

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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