There are a wide variety of student organizations at Carnegie Mellon that are focused on medicine and issues associated with medicine. Participating in these organizations allows students to engage in and learn about the medical field, and connect with others who share their passion for helping to improve the health of others.
Doctors of Carnegie Society (DOCS)
The purpose of the DOCS is to provide students with information related to the health professions and related application processes, to increase health awareness, and to be of beneficial service to the Carnegie Mellon University community. Whether you are planning a career in biomedical engineering, geriatric medicine, or health care policy, DOCs can be a great source of information, networking, and experience for you.
Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
The primary purpose of CMU EMS is to provide professional-level medical treatment for emergencies on the Carnegie Mellon campus. The organization is completely run by students and continues to meet state standards of excellence for patient care. With minimum staffing by at least one EMT and all members certified in CPR and First Aid, CMU EMS provides 24-7 medical coverage and has an average response time of under 5 minutes. Members are committed to serving others and receive no compensation for their time. This includes daily shifts, standby for events, and classes for the community.
Primary Contact: John Langford
Global Medical Brigades
Carnegie Mellon's Chapter of Global Medical Brigades brings together student volunteers who are interested in traveling to Honduras or Panama to establish mobile medical clinics in under resourced communities. The primary goal of the medical brigade is to provide basic medical care to villagers who would otherwise not have access to medical care. Students have the opportunity to learn how to take a patient's medical history, take vitals, shadow medical professionals, and work in the pharmacy under the supervision of Brigade leaders and medical professionals.
Throughout the year, members will recruit medical professionals (doctors and dentists), collect medications, participate in fundraisers, learn about Latin American culture, and participate in Spanish workshops geared toward teaching conversational and medical Spanish. Global Medical Brigades also provides service locally in Pittsburgh neighborhoods, focusing on underserved populations. The goals of the local project are to provide basic clinical screenings, provide health education, and connect the underserved populations to medical resources.
The application and interview process for each year's spring break trip takes place in early-mid September. In order to receive the application, please email email@example.com asking to be added to our contacts.
Global Public Health Brigades
Our mission as the Global Public Health Brigade (GPHB) chapter at Carnegie Mellon is to raise awareness of public health and global awareness in the Carnegie Mellon and Pittsburgh communities, by providing CMU students the opportunity to travel abroad for Spring Break and experience a new perspective of medicine through public health. Not to be mistaken with Global Medical Brigades, GPHB is focused on long-lasting health initiatives in rural communities by working alongside the people of rural villages in countries such as Honduras, Nicaragua and Ghana to improve their infrastructure, educate the local people on healthy lifestyles and teach their youth about different aspects of public health and medicine. The projects we build for families include eco-stoves, latrines, concrete floors and water storage units.
Our past GPHB members have represented all colleges at Carnegie Mellon, and we are proud to see that our alumni have matriculated into medical school, pursued public health degrees at schools such as Mt. Sinai, Tufts and Brown University and are continually inspired by the experiences garnered from this life-changing and culturally enriching experience. Come join us on this enriching short-term study abroad opportunity, participate in international community service and learn more about the public health, medicine and education sectors. For more information, feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heinz College HealthCare Club
The Heinz HealthCare Club organizes professional, academic, and social activities for all enrolled students at Carnegie Mellon University who are interested in exploring opportunities in the health care industry. Members share their curiosity, experiences, and explore interests regarding issues facing health policy, hospital administration, physicians and other health professionals, managed care organizations, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and medical device corporations and the interactions with consumers and patients.
Primary Contacts: Becky Tyrrell M.S. HCPM 2012 and Marc Vacquier M.S. HCPM 2012
Minority Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPS)
The mission of the Minority Association of Pre-Health Students is to prepare students for health professional careers through cultural, leadership and service experiences. MAPS also promotes awareness of healthy practices/lifestyles and medical concerns on CMU's campus through Medical Mondays, blood drives and service projects. MAPS collaborates frequently with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine to organize a mentor program between CMU students and UPitt Med students and with POMS (Pre-Health Organization for Minority Students) from the University of Pittsburgh. MAPS is a section of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) that represents underrepresented students interested in entering the medical field and provides service to underserved communities since 1964. SNMA membership includes more than 8,000 medical students, pre-medical students, residents and physicians.
Primary Contact: Kayla M. Serrano
Peer Health Advocates
The Peer Health Advocates (PHAs) are a diverse group of Carnegie Mellon students trained to educate their classmates about college health and wellness issues in a positive, interactive, and nonjudgmental manner. Comprehensive training prepares the PHA's to provide education sessions, facilitate dynamic outreach programs, encourage physical, mental, and spiritual health, create informative awareness events, and promote community support to create a healthy campus culture.
Primary Contact: Paula Martin MS, RDN, LDN - Director of Health Promotion Programs