Student Org Saturdays: A.E.D.

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For anyone who dreams of going into a career in the health field—whether it’s as a doctor, dentist, pharmacist, or nurse – getting involved in A.E.D, short for Alpha Epsilon Delta, may be the perfect way to prepare for the journey ahead while still having the chance to give back to the community.

Colin Jones, President of A.E.D., and Vice President Paula Morgan have the inside scoop on what students in the organization and hopeful participants may do as a member of A.E.D.

“This year we’ve been really focused on doing outreach and doing community service,” Jones said. “Stuff that we routinely do in the organization… is something called ATP day, which is called Admissions Task Prep Day where all the students have to take the MCAT, GRE…[or] DAT. They all take the entrance exams to [see] what that will be like.”

He also mentioned a recent trip to Liberty’s medical school and a monthly guest speaker, such as alumni and professors, to speak about “how med school is going or what medical missions are like. We [also] have general assemblies once per month.”

There also are field trips and of course an induction ceremony in the spring for new members.

The overall goal for having these events and speakers is to help students to see “a vision of what our future might look like,” according to Paula Morgan.

She sees the overall goal of the organization as a way to “equip pre-health students in preparing for the graduate vocation school and what comes after.”

“The major we’re in is hard. The application process for med school and dental school is hard,” Morgan said. “[A.E.D. helps] just to have community and to encourage each other.”

The community and care of A.E.D. do not stop with group members only. The student organization has also been invested in others around the area.

“Once a month we work with a clinic [and] we provide a meal for the workers there,” Morgan said. “What they’re doing is volunteer, and [this] is a way to support them and what they’re doing.”

The organization is also gearing up for its first-ever event open to all Regent students—the DKMS Bone Marrow Registry Drive.

“You just learn the procedure for what it is like to donate,” Jones said. “If you’re comfortable with that, you just do a quick cheek swab, and then you’re added to the list of people who could donate for people either with blood cancer or for people who need new bone marrow.”

Morgan continued with why this could be so important for many people, explaining that with bone marrow a person must be similar to another genetically, so there are few matches per person out of a large group of people who are registered to donate.

The cheek swab can be checked for genetic similarities and then a match will be contacted to see if they are willing to donate for a person in need of bone marrow.

With so many opportunities for students to gain experience in preparation for entrance exams and a better understanding of the health field while helping those in need, this truly is an organization that all science majors should consider joining.

The DKMS Bone Marrow Registry Drive will be this coming week, December 3rd and 4th from 10 am-3pm in the student lounge, and December 4th and 5th in the Robertson Hall lobby. If you would like to read more about DKMS, click here. If you would like more information on blood cancer, click here.

Abby Trivett

Abby Trivett

Abby Trivett is the senior editor for The Daily Runner.