Community Service & Leadership Experience

Involvement in community service experiences is an important factor considered by admissions committees. The health profession is a helping industry, and participating in volunteer experiences shows your initiative and commitment to your community. These experiences can help polish up your communication and leadership skills and develop empathy and compassion. It is important to be involved in meaningful volunteer and service opportunities unique to you.

Involvement in Emory student organizations and/or other extracurricular activities are a way to show your passions and interests. Involvement in activities should be meaningful to you. Leadership in extracurricular positions provides evidence of competency in leadership ability, team building, communication, and much more.

You can learn more about the benefits of participating in community service and leadership experiences on the AAMC's website.

Use these questions to help guide the type of volunteer experience or leadership opportunities you choose:

  • What causes are meaningful to me (i.e. cancer research, feeding the poor, building homes)?
  • What populations are meaningful to me (i.e. children, adults, animals, cancer survivors, low-income, etc.)
  • What regions are meaningful to me (i.e. my hometown, Atlanta, United States, global, etc.)?
  • How much time am I willing to commit (i.e. one weekend, a few hours a week, a whole week, etc.)?

Logging your volunteer and leadership experiences throughout your time at Emory will make it much easier to recall your accomplishments when you are applying to professional or graduate programs. Utilize  Volunteer Log and Volunteer Journal to help you.

Volunteer Opportunities

Local, National, and International Service Opportunities:

Clinical Volunteer Opportunities on Campus and in the Atlanta Area: Visit the Clinical Experience section of the PHMO website to see the many clinical volunteer opportunitites for pre-health students.

Emory Student Organizations

You can search through ALL student organizations using OrgSync.

Looking for ways to get involved? Stop by the AMUC (former DUC) and meet with a member of the Student Training, Education, and Engagement Resource (STEER) Team. The STEER team is very knowledgable about the student organizations and service groups on campus and in the community , and they will help you get connected with opportunties based on your interests.

Below is a list of current student organizations with a health or healthcare focus.

Emory Club

Brief Description

Membership Eligibility

Alpha Epsilon Delta Premedical Honor Society

Encourages and recognizes academic excellence among premedical students

Students with 3.2 overall and science GPAs, least 3 semesters of courses

Association for Women In Science (Emory Chapter)

AWIS Overview on YouTube

Female undergraduate and graduate students


Conducts programs to increase awareness of science in our everyday lives

All undergraduate students

Emory American Student Dental Association (EASDA)

Provides the necessary tools and resources for the pre-Dental students of Emory

All undergraduate students interested in a career in dentistry

Emory Bioethics Society

Explores a multitude of perspectives in the study of bioethics

Inclusive of the entire Emory Community

Emory Emergency Medical Service

Serves the Emory community 24/7 during the academic year; also provides medical standby services

Emory University students, staff, faculty or alumni

Emory Pre-Nursing Club

Provides the necessary tools and resources for the pre-nursing students of Emory

Check out the Emory Pre-Nursing Club Website

All undergraduate students interested in a career in nursing

Emory Pre-PA Society

Provides the necessary tools and resources for the pre-PA students of Emory

All undergraduate students interested in a career as a physician assistant

Emory Strong Kids

Aims to teach young children about maintaining a healthy lifestyle

All undergraduate students

Emory Undergraduate Research Journal

Chronicles the research achievements of Emory University undergraduates

All undergraduate students in one capacity or another, pending positions available

Emory Global Health Organization (EGHO)

Facilitates engagement in global health outside the classroom

All undergraduate students

Global HEED (Health Education & Economic Development)

Addresses poverty and social issues in a manner that promotes servant-leadership and collaboration

All undergraduate students

Global Medical Brigades (VIDA)

Develops sustainable health initiatives and provides relief where there is limited access to healthcare

All undergraduate students

GlobeMed at Emory

Partner with grassroots organizations around the world to improve the health of people living in poverty

All undergraduate students

Minority Pre-Med Society

Provides the necessary tools and resources for the pre-Med students of Emory, emphasizing the needs of minority students

All undergraduate students

Pre-Pharmacy Club

Collaboration of students interested in the field of pharmacy; serves as an informational resource for students interested in pharmacy; facilitates students' understanding of the pharmacy profession

All undergraduate students interested in pharmacy

Pre-Physical Therapy Club

Provides the necessary tools and resources for the pre-PT students of Emory

All undergraduate students interested in a career in physical therapy

PreVet Club

Provides the necessary tools and resources for the pre-Vet students of Emory

All undergraduate students interested in a career in veterinary career

Project Medishare

Sends teams of medical workers to Haiti to assist local staff to set up clinics and train local healthcare workers

All undergraduate students

Project Sunshine

Provides free educational, recreational, and social programs to children facing medical challenges

All undergraduate students

Science and Society

Aims to instill the thrill of science in Emory students, especially non-science majors, and in the Atlanta community

All undergraduate students


Delivers handmade cards to hospitalized children at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as well as those in foster care

All undergraduate students

Student Alliance for Health Involvement (SAHI)

Provides the necessary experiences and resources for the pre-Med students of Emory, originally emphasizing the needs of south Asian students

All undergraduate students


Advocates for the protection of children's rights, to help meet their basic needs, and to expand their opportunities

All undergraduate students


Helps provide free basic medical, dental, and veterinary assistance to needy communities in Central America

All undergraduate students

Volunteer Emory

Operates out of the Office of Student Leadership & Service, offers students the chance to engage through weekly service trips, alternative breaks, large scale special events, and social justice dialogues

All undergraduate students