Student Groups and Clubs

Post-Baccalaureate Society (PBS)

All students in the Penn Pre-Health Post-Baccalaureate Programs are members of the PBS. The Post-Baccalaureate Society Executive Board is a group of seven student-elected representatives serving as the student government for the Pre-Health Post-Baccalaureate Programs in the College of Liberal and Professional Studies. The board is comprised of a president, vice president, and chairs of communications, community outreach, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), mental health, and social activities. PBS oversees the development of resources, events, and other programming for the Pre-Health Programs student body, frequently liaising with other student-led organizations. Elections to the executive board are held at the end of each academic year.

Affecting Social Justice in Medicine (ASJM) 

ASJM aims to empower their members to advocate for culturally competent care by creating a platform for education on the social determinants of health. Through professional lecture series, lists of resources, and open-dialogue discussions, ASJM adds meaningful experiences to students' pre-professional training.

In 2022, ASJM students collaborated to tackle health disparities and social determinants of health by building a peer-to-peer enrichment course, going beyond traditional health education to make better doctors and a better world. The course was honored with the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) Mid-Atlantic 2022 Outstanding Program Award. Program Director Jackie McLaughlin and the development team gave a presentation about the course at the October 2022 UPCEA Mid-Atlantic conference, and the group plans to complete an evaluation research paper for publication after fully assessing course feedback. Read more about the course Social Determinants, Disparities, and Preparing for the Future of Health Care and the team of students who developed it.


UPenn AMWA is the official division of the American Medical Women’s Association at the University of Pennsylvania as a Region 3 branch. UPenn AMWA supports Penn students’ personal and professional development as they become healthcare professionals. With an exciting calendar of events, the organization offers panels and roundtable discussions, networking, mentorship, hospital shadowing, and social events. AMWA also provides insight into the myriad resources offered at the University and its hospitals. All fall speaker events will be held via zoom due to the ongoing pandemic. 

The Pre-Health Programs team is thrilled to share that UPenn AMWA has been presented the 2022-2023 AMWA Premedical Outstanding Branch Award. Read full story »

Spanish in Medicine

Spanish in Medicine is a group of like-minded students who meet once weekly for casual conversation and learning activities (¡en Español!) aimed at building vocabulary for use in healthcare settings. All fluency levels are encouraged and welcome. 


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- Dominique Alexis, Pre-Health Specialized Studies ’17