Health Professions Society builds cooperation in the medical field.

Autumn Granza, Community Editor

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Marywood University Health Professions Society (MUHPS) is dedicated to building a spirit of cooperation in the medical field.

This is the second attempt at starting the club after it was established but became inactive after the Pre-Physician Assistant Club was formed. It only recently became active again.

According to its mission statement, the club aims to “encourage the medical professions of tomorrow to work together today.” MUPHS encourages and supports students at Marywood that plan to enter the medical field. This includes: physicians, chiropractors, dentists, podiatrists, optometrists, biotechnologists, and researchers.

This year’s co-presidents are sophomore Mackenzie Smith, pre-chiropractic major, and sophomore Alixandria Fiore, pre-med biology major. The secretary is sophomore Gregory Stein, pre-dental biology major, and the treasurer is junior Cassandra Schwarts, pre-med biology major.

“MUHPS brings unity to those students who are seeking more guidance in their future endeavors,” said sophomore Mackenzie Smith. “Many pre-professional programs are very vague in outlining what classes are required, but Marywood University Health Professions Society will help the vast majority of these science-focused students through peer mentorship and outreach programs.”

The members of the club also want to raise awareness of current events in the healthcare field. They plan to organize guest speakers from medical schools, host volunteering programs, and also act as tutors. The members of the club will be volunteering at clinics and hospitals and informing the community about various medical issues as well.

The club also hopes to bring a number of events to the campus, including health screenings and guest speakers discussing various health topics. Members hope to join with other clubs such as the Nursing Club to create a larger health awareness event. The members will also be visiting many medical schools and museums.

“I am very excited about the future of the Marywood Health Professions Society,” said sophomore Alixandria Fiore. “As the president and a pre-med student, I am going to need all of the support and help I can get.”

Students wishing to pursue a career in the healthcare field as physicians, chiropractors, dentists, podiatrists, optometrists, chiropractors, veterinarians, researchers, and doctors are encouraged to join the organization.

MUHPS meets Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m in the Comerford Theatre. Times may vary.