M.A.P.S. Fall 2015

M.A.P.S. Fall 2015

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

3rd Annual MAPS Mixer

The 3rd Annual MAPS Mixer is Friday, November 20th, 2015 at 6:30PM. We are excited to be hosting an event that brings together students reaching to be future doctors, nurses, physician assistants, and dentists, at different levels in their journey.
The aim is to have a relaxed setting for undergraduate students to network with their future colleagues in the graduate program of their choice at UM, FIU, NOVA, and your very own Barry University.
If undecided, but interested in a health profession, this is a great opportunity for you. Buy your ticket today! Click here to purchase your ticket.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Hispanic Heritage Month Diversity Dialogues

Monday, Oct. 12, 2015 at 5 p.m. in NHS 102
This collaboration between MAPS, Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc. Gamma Xi Chapter, the Latin American Student Association (LASA), and International Multicultural Program is presented in observance of Hispanic Heritage Month.
Join us for this insightful exploration of the effect cultural influences may have on one's healthcare attitudes in terms of patient-physician relationships and treatment decisions, as well as health issues that most affect the Latino community. Also learn Spanish expressions for use in the healthcare setting.
All are welcome! Refreshments will be served.
Monday, Oct. 12, 2015 at 5 p.m. in NHS 101

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Hispanic Heritage Month

In continuation of Hispanic Heritage Month, we recognize Antonia Novello, the first woman and the first Hispanic to serve as U.S. Surgeon General.

As a child, she suffered from a chronic illness of the colon. The inconsistent medical advice and care she received prompted her to help other sick children. Novello completed medical school in Puerto Rico and trained as a pediatrician in Michigan. In 1986, she became deputy director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development where she took a special interest in children with AIDS. As U.S. Surgeon General, Novello made the health needs of women, children, and minorities a national priority. Today she heads the New York State Department of Health, one of the nation's largest public health agencies, and continues to advocate for the underprivileged and under-represented.

Pink Campus Day

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Minority Association of Pre-health Students (MAPS) would like to encourage the Barry community to join in raising awareness of breast cancer and raising funds for breast cancer research during our 3rd annual Pink Campus Day.

Join MAPS and wear your favorite pink clothing item on Wednesday, Oct. 7 to show your support of the fight against this disease that is the 2nd leading cause of death among women. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 1 in 8 women will develop this disease in her lifetime. Men, this fight is for you as well – an estimated 1 in 1000 men will develop the disease in his lifetime.

Members of MAPS will table in Landon Atrium, providing information on breast cancer facts, screening, and resources, and selling pink ribbons, the symbol of the fight against breast cancer. All proceeds from the Pink Campus Day fundraising effort will benefit the American Cancer Society.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Hispanic Heritage Month

Dr. José Celso Barbosa was the first Puerto Rican to obtain a medical degree from a school in the continental United States. He graduated from the University of Michigan medical school in 1880. At this time, the majority of the international students from Latin America coming to the United States were of European descent. Barbosa was of mixed descent. Because of this, he was declined enrollment at the first medical school he applied to. His mentor received a letter dated October 5, 1877 that stated the reason for the school’s decision. It read, "DEAR SIR, – At a faculty meeting held last night it was decided not to receive students of color. I report that under this resolution Mr. Barbosa will be unable to matriculate here.” Dr. Barbosa overcame this obstacle and enrolled at the University of Michigan later that month.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015


We would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to all who participated in Feeding South Florida's Food Sort-A-Thon. The event was a huge success! Between 2 shifts, 65,000 lbs of food was sorted! Great job, MAPS!!

Michael Moore's Sicko

Join us on Monday, October 5th from 5pm-7pm for a viewing of Michael Moore's documentary, Sicko! We will be in NHS room 101, and a discussion will follow the conclusion of the movie. See you there!

Pink Campus Day

MAPS invites everyone to wear PINK on Wednesday, October 7th in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month!! We will be selling ribbons for $1 and all proceeds will benefit our local cancer society. Help us support the search for the cure!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Join MAPS as we host Mr. Sekou Smith from the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. He will be discussing admission requirements for medical school. We will be meeting in NHS room 101 at 5pm. See you there!

Grey's Anatomy Season Premiere

The Grey's Anatomy season premiere is here! Join us this Friday, September 25th in Kolasa's 2nd floor lounge at 8pm and watch it with us!! Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

International Coastal Cleanup Day

MAPS will be participating in the International Coastal Cleanup Day this Saturday, September 19th. We will be at the historic Virginia Key Beach in Key Biscayne. Sign up to join us at barry.edu/service! To learn more about why we, as future health care professionals, should care about this, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6xlNyWPpB8

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

5th Annual Kickball Tournament

The Annual Kickball Tournament hosted by MAPS and Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc Gamma Xi Chapter is Saturday, September 26th from 10AM-4PM to raise funds for the American Heart Association.
The last day to register is September 23rd. The cost is $5 per person, and there are 10 players per team. Depending on the teams confirmed, we will have the schedules by Thursday so you know what time you are playing on Saturday.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

MAPS returns for another academic season! The 2015-2016 e-Board premiers this Monday, September 4th!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Feeding South Florida Food Sort-a-Thon

MAPS will be volunteering at Feeding South Florida's 3rd Annual Food Sort-a-Thon this Saturday, September 12th. There is still time to sign up! Email Mandy at mandy.alhajj@mymail.barry.edu and join us in supporting the cause. The shifts are from 12am-3am, 3am-6am, and 6am-9am. Sign up and join us!!

Hunger Action Day Tabling

MAPS members raise awareness and funds for Hunger Action Month during our "Wear Orange Day" on Thursday, September 3rd, in support of Feeding South Florida. We would also like to extend our gratitude to all who supported this cause. 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Barry University's 7th Annual STEM Symposium

 On Wednesday, April 1st, Barry University held its 7th annual STEM Symposium.  During the symposium, students from Barry and St. Thomas presented their research that included fields such as biology, chemistry, physics, pyschology, and mathematics.  Additionally, there was a lecture by NASA's Russell Romanella entitled "NASA-Exploration for Our Future".




My Medical School Application Workshop



On April 10th, MAPS hosted the "My Medical School Application" Workshop.  This workshop provided students with a summary on how to properly prepare applications for Allopathic (M.D.) professional school programs. Topics covered included FAP, MCAT, letters of recommendations, MSAR, primary and secondary application sections. Additionally, critical tips for mastering the interview process were provided.

The Medical School Experience Presentation



On Tuesday, April 7th, Barry Biology, MAPS and AMSA alum Alec Davila ('13) shared insights into the medical school experience and tips on successfully making the transition from undergraduate studies. He is a 2nd-year medical student at Georgia Regents University and has recently been accepted into their MD/PhD program.  We would like to thank Alec for returning to Barry to share his experiences!

The International Medical School Experience

On Monday, April 27th, Dr. Mariarita Salvitti (Pediatric Urology Fellow; Miami Children's Hospital), an Italian trained physician discussed her day-to-day activities as a physician and her experience trying to find a job in the United States following medical training oversees.  She explained the differences between studying medicine in Italy rather than in America and presented a video of a pediatric surgery that she participated in.  MAPS would like to thank Dr. Salvitti for speaking at Barry University!

Diversity Dialogues: A Look Into Haitian Culture and Healthcare

On Friday, April 24th, MAPS hosted "Diversity Dialogues: A Look Into Haitian Culture and Healthcare".  During this event, MAPS Secretary Kenny Noel explored the effect cultural influences may have on one's healthcare attitudes in terms of patient-physician relationships and treatment decisions.  MAPS would like to thank Kenny for speaking and to everyone who attended!

Mental Health Fair Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed for this event. If interested in signing up, please e-mail us at BarryMAPS@gmail.comwith your name and phone number by Monday May 4. Please put "Mental Health Fair" in the subject of the e-mail.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

UM DOCS Liberty City Health Fair

Members of the Barry chapter of the Minority Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPS) participated in the UM DOCS Liberty City Health Fair on Saturday, March 14th.  MAPS members served as liaisons between healthcare professionals and under-served members of the community, particularly in the area of Creole translation.  

Thank you to everyone for volunteering your time and energy! Special thanks to Miller School of Medicine's DOCS program for allowing Barry University MAPS to serve our community.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

First Spring 2015 General Meeting

Hello Everyone! We held our first MAPS meeting on February 6th and the turnout was great! We announced our Fall 2014 Founding Membership Scholarship Winner, which was Alaina Mitchell, and highlighted the upcoming events for this year. We will definitely keep you up-to-date on meetings and events through email and we hope to see you at the next meeting!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

On January 17th, MAPS participated in Barry University's MLK Day of Service.  Members traveled to Margaret Pace Park to help Volunteercleanup.org eliminate water pollution caused by aluminum and plastic.  Thank you to everyone for your time and energy!!!

Welcome Back!!!

MAPS would like to welcome everyone back and we hope that you have a productive semester!

2nd Annual MAPS Mixer

Thank you!!!

To all who attended and were therefore a part of making the MAPS Mixer a SUCCESS! There were 16 professional students in attendance, which included podiatry, MPH,D.O., MD,MD/MPH,dental,dental hygienist, physician assistant students. The insights gained from our mentors were AMAZING, FUN & INVALUABLE! See You Next Time!