Are you interested in pursuing a career in medicine or another health profession? Do you enjoy volunteering and community service? Are you interested in meeting new people and making new friends?

If you said yes to any of the above questions, then the Pre-Medical Association may be for you! Let us be a part of your incredible journey of becoming a healthcare professional. It's going to be an amazing adventure. And with the Pre-Medical Association, it's a decision you won't regret.

Benefits

There are many benefits to becoming a member of the Pre-Medical Association. Some of these include:

- experience and education in the health field 

- community service and volunteer opportunities 

- socials and other networking opportunities 

- access to guest speakers at General Meetings 

- opportunities to meet with healthcare professionals

- advice, resources, and up-to-date information on your journey to professional school

- close ties with the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) 

- sister organization of the Medical Student Mentorship Program (MSMP)

Requirements

PMA membership is offered exclusively to students who are currently enrolled in the UH system. To become a member of PMA, you must also do the following:

MEMBERSHIP FORMS

Prospective members should complete the Application and Waiver forms, which can be found at Records. These forms may be submitted to an officer at a General Meeting, or to the Pre-Health/Pre-Law Advising Center (PAC).

MEMBERSHIP DUES

Prospective and current members must pay membership dues each semester. For Fall 2015, dues are $25. Upon payment of dues, members will receive a PMA shirt (t-shirt or polo). Members also have the option of paying $35 up-front for the entire school year, in which case they will receive both a t-shirt and polo. Certain funded events, such as the PMA Appreciation Banquet, are offered either exclusively or at a subsidized cost to paid members. Membership dues may be submitted to an officer at a General Meeting, or to the Pre-Health/Pre-Law Advising Center (PAC) in Sinclair 108.

For members, alumni, honorary members, faculty, and staff who have dedicated their time and have shown a commitment to the organization at a level that rises above the expected standard, the Pre-Medical Association would like to thank you for your hard work and would like to take this time to recognize you. It is your support which continues to move this organization forward in a new direction. A toast to the past and the present, thank you for all you have done and we hope that PMA can continue to offer its tradition of excellence to its many future members in the upcoming years.

Service Awards

The Pre-Medical Association provides its membership with numerous events throughout the year. Members whose consistently display outstanding dedication and commitment to service are awarded at the Pre-Medical Association's Appreciation Banquet, held at the end of each semester.

Platinum Member

The Platinum Member distinction is the most prestigious distinction awarded by the Pre-Medical Association, and is awarded to the PMA member who has the highest amount of points at the end of each semester. There may only be one recipient of this award. 

Gold Member

The Gold Member distinction is awarded to the PMA member who has the second highest amount of points at the end of each semester. There may be more than one recipient of this award. 

Silver Member

The Silver Member distinction is awarded to the member who has the third highest amount of points at the end of the semester. There may be more than one recipient of this award.

Bronze Member

The Bronze Member distinction is awarded to the member who has the fourth highest amount of points at the end of each semester. There may be more than one recipient of this award. 

 

Leadership Awards

The Pre-Medical Association recognizes outstanding leadership qualities displayed by its membership. Two leadership distinctions are reserved each semester for individuals who display exemplary traits in both leadership and service. These individuals are recognized for inspiring greater change in the organization, the community, and the world through their actions.

 

The Christopher E. Chow Distinguished Leadership Award

Chrisptopher E. Chow, Biology, B.S., class of 2009, helped to build the current infrastructure of the Pre-Medical Association. His tireless efforts include the implementation of the current points system, the creation of standardized forms, the creation of a uniform database for PMA information, and the modification of the old election system. Chris was also a member of the Biology Club and the Golden Key International Honour Society, and served as a Senior Peer Advisor at the Pre-Health/Pre-Law Advising Center. He is currently a first year medical student at Loma Linda University in California.

The Christopher E. Chow Distinguished Leadership Award is reserved for an individual who has served as a role model for his or her peers in both leadership and service. The executive board selects the recipient of this prestigious award.

 

The Michael J. H. Chan Excellence in Servant Leadership Award

Michael J. H. Chan, Biology B.A., class of 2009, initiated and launched the very first CPR for the Professional Rescuer course for the Pre-Medical Association. As an instructor, Michael volunteered his services to the organization and helped over 50 students receive their CPR certification from the Red Cross. Michael then launched a CPR Instructor Certification course and helped over 15 students receive their CPR Instructor's Certification. Because of Michael's efforts, the Pre-Medical Association was able to offer its members these CPR Certification Courses free of charge. A member of the Biology Club, a Lifeguard, and a CPR Instructor, Michael's leadership and service in educating members of the community in vital life-saving skills, has helped to make this community and world a safer place.

The Michael J. H. Chan Excellence in Servant Leadership Award is reserved for an individual who has served as a role model for his or her peers in servant leadership. The membership selects the recipient of this prestigious award.

 

The Kellie Kurasaki Top Fundraiser Award

Kellie Kurasaki, Molecular Cell Biology B.S., class of 2015, helped to bring the club out of debt and into a new era of prosperity. Kellie helped PMA by leading the club through car washes, bake sales, and Bubbies fundraisers. The money that has been fundraised goes back into the club to sponsor many of the events that members enjoy. Kellie is currently attending the John A. Burns School of Medicine and stiriving to become an excellent physician.

The Kellie Kurasaki Top Fundraiser Award is reserved for an individual who has gathered the most fundraising points for the semester.

 

Point System

Every event you attend hosted by the Pre-Medical Association will award you points. The purpose of the point system is to measure member participation in PMA events. The currently point system awards points based on an "hour" system rather than a "per event" system, which ensures that members who achieve Active Status have invested the same amount of time in the club, and helps the organization to distinguish and recognize members who have risen above and beyond the expected amount of service.

To reach Active Status, a member must accumulate at least 2500 membership points (MP) and 80 fundraising points (FP) in a given semester. Members who significantly exceed the required amount of points to achieve Active Status may qualify for further recognition.