University of California, Riverside

Health Professions Advising Center

On Campus Opportunities

UCR Students pursuing careers in medical and health fields have come together to form a variety of organizations and groups. While participation in these groups is voluntary, student organizations are a great way to share interests and goals with others interested in similar paths. The opportunity to network and to build a support network with others is very important for success.

African Americans United in Science (AAUS)

Established to provide a variety of educational programs, support opportunities and resources for students of African descent in the sciences and other majors as well - Opportunities include physician shadowing, mentoring, community outreach, and partnership with various support groups such as the James Wesley Vines Jr. Medical Society.

 American Medical Student Association (AMSA)

National pre-med/medical student organization with opportunities to learn more about a career in medicine, lobby for resident and medical student rights, and fight to solve health care problems facing the US today.

American Medical Women's Association at UCR

We are a pre-med branch of the nationally established American Medical Women’s Association. Our purpose is to bring together those in medicine and health-related fields to promote women’s health and to support members’ professional and personal development. Additional purposes specific to the University of California, Riverside Branch include the following: To aid in sculpting the future generation of female physicians and to bring awareness and support to the female population going into all departments of medicine including but not limited to M.D, D.O, P.A, Pharmacy, and Nursing; To ensure the full commitment of organization members to health-care and health-care delivery; To provide philanthropic opportunities for participants to become active members of the community.

Be a Hero Become a Donor (BAHBAD)

To register as many generous individuals for bone marrow donation for those who are in dire need of a transplant.

Chicanos/Latinos for Community Medicine (CCM)

To inform and motivate Latinos and minorities to pursue a career in medicine and health related fields and to serve the underrepresented communities.

Colleges Against Cancer (CAC)

Colleges Against Cancer is a student organization aimed at unifying students through a shared interest in cancer education. This includes everything from the different types of cancer to the methods used to treat and prevent cancer. CAC also serves as a gathering for those who are battling cancer or know someone that is battling cancer and a place and for those who want to honor those that have survived cancer and those that have lost the battle.

Discover Nursing

An organization for students interested in nursing graduate programs.

Filipinos in Health Sciences

To encourage the Filipino student community to pursue higher education in medicine and health-related fields and provide support in reaching future career goals.

Flying Samaritans

The Flying Samaritans at UC Riverside is a student group within the Palomar Chapter of Flying Samaritans, Inc., a registered non-profit organization dedicated to helping meet the medical needs of underserved communities in Mexico. These communities and families would otherwise have no access to proper medical care. Our club is primarily pre-health students at UCR who will become tomorrow's doctors, nurses, dentists and pharmacists. Once a month, we travel down to a small village called El Hongo, a few miles across the U.S.-Mexico border, and operate a small health clinic.

Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC)

The Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC) is a U.S. based global non-profit organization dedicated to children in need. To date, FIMRC has helped thousands of children by setting up clinics in rural areas of Costa Rica, Uganda, El Salvador, Peru, Haiti, and Nicaragua. These clinics across the world employ the help of doctors, volunteers, and donors who support a healthier global community. However, mobilizing volunteers and funding these clinics is a challenge in itself. To help with this aspect of the program, FIMRC collaborates with concerned students at universities across the country. One of the latest of these universities to establish a partnership with FIMRC is UC Riverside. The FIMRC-UCR Chapter is committed to raising awareness in the local community and providing a link between charitable individuals in Riverside and those in need of fundamental medical resources.

Future Dentists Club

 To provide assistance to UCR pre-dental students in obtaining acceptance to an established dental school - Dedication to the club will provide all members with the ability to show that they are able to succeed in dental school, through participation in school related activities, leadership skills, and the ability to successfully cooperate with other members.

Future Pharmacists Interested in Learning Leadership Skills (PILLS)

 UCR pre-pharmacy club to provide services and opportunities for students interested in the highly demanding career of pharmacy - Throughout its existence, the club has been successful in assisting prospective pharmacy students with valuable information, guidance, and resources to further strengthen their application to pharmacy schools in California and throughout the country. Members receive invaluable information and develop leadership skills that will prepare them in the field of pharmacy.

Global Medical Brigades

The organization's mission is to lead a holistic model for sustainable health care in underserved villages in Honduras that conducts preliminary needs assessment, treats patients to the highest ethical standards, sponsors referrals to those with needs beyond our capability, records data for the production of quantitative reports, and works to improve the water, sanitation, and economic infrastructure.

Global Medical Training (GMT)

The purpose of GMT is to offer pre-health students the opportunity to explore and gain a medical and dental experience, while providing free humanitarian healthcare in developing communities in Central America.

Kindling Intellectual Development Program

seeks to motivate low-income and homeless students in downtown Riverside to achieve healthier lifestyles and to have more over-all wellness. We are looking for dedicated volunteers for long-term projects with the students and for talented individuals to be guest speakers for one time events.

Latinos in Science (LIS)

To encourage a greater number of UCR students to achieve academic excellence and promote community outreach.

Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA)


Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity (PhiDE)

Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity creates physicians of integrity with a lifelong commitment to our guiding principles of philanthropy, deity, and education through fellowship, service, mentoring, and formal training in leadership, science, and ethics. As UCR's only premedical co-ed fraternity, we take much pride in our close comradery and unparalleled diversity. 

Physical Therapy Student Organization

To provide general information about the health care profession in physical therapy as well as guidance and steps to applying to physical therapy schools. Also to promote awareness in physical therapy in hopes to bring a Kinesiology undergraduate program to UCR.

Physician Assistants of Tomorrow (PAT)

To educate students about the role of Physician Assistants (PA) in the medical field, the requirements for PA schools, and what being a PA is about. We aim to bring students closer to becoming a Physician Assistant. 

Precision for Vision

The organization's goal is to improve eye health and eliminate preventable blindness.

Pre-Student Osteopathic Medical Association (Pre-SOMA) at UCR

Pre-SOMA is the undergraduate division of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA), a national organization of students pursing a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree. The Pre-SOMA at UCR chapter strives to educate prospective medical school applicants about osteopathic medicine, as well as discredit the myths between allopathic and osteopathic medicine.

Pre-Veterinary Club (PVC)

Our goal is to provide resources to students interested in veterinary medicine that allows them to connect with their community, develop professionally, and acquire knowledge and experience in their field of interest.

Riverside Free Clinic

 Riverside Free Clinic offers undergraduate students a chance to be a part of a team of undergraduates and medical students who work together with licensed medical professionals in an effort to provide basic medical and social support services to the indigent population of downtown Riverside, CA.

Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM)

To actively lobby for increased access to pharmaceutical drugs in developing countries. We will accomplish this by determining how universities can help ensure that biomedical end products, such as drugs, are made more accessible in poor countries and to increase the amount of research conducted on neglected diseases, or those diseases predominantly affecting people who are too poor to constitute a market attractive to private-sector R&D investment.

Unnatural Causes: Health Equity Advocates (UNC)

The organization's goal is to advocate and take action promoting health equity by screening Unnatural Causes, a documentary exploring racial and socioeconomic inequalities in health, and providing viewers with opportunities to take action.

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Health Professions Advising Center
Rivera Library B03

Tel: (951) 827-6233

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