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You can make your life rich with possibilities beyond the classroom at Midwestern University. Clubs and organizations, student government, recreational activities. Find whatever fits your interests and enhances your life.

Student Government
Recreational Activities
University-wide Student Organizations
Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) Organizations
College of Pharmacy–Glendale (CPG) Organizations
College of Health Sciences (CHS) Organizations

Student Government

At MWU, student government provides a forum for discussing and resolving student concerns, initiating recognition of new student organizations, and conducting reviews of student organizations. Student government functions at two levels: (1) the University and (2) the College.

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University Student Senate

All students at each campus are represented through a campus-wide Student Senate. Each Student Senate is composed of 12 members. Three members represent each college within the campus. The remaining three members are the Speaker of the Student Senate, Vice Speaker, and the Secretary. Meeting every other month, each Student Senate provides a mechanism for governance of campus-wide activities and functions. It also provides a vehicle for the exchange of ideas and perceptions concerning student issues that cross college lines. Each Student Senate is required to develop and publish bylaws that describe: (1) the name of the senate; (2) purpose; (3) objectives of the senate; (4) operation and relationship with the College Student Councils; (5) membership and procedures for the election of officers/liaisons and their terms of office; (6) duties of senate members; (7) meeting schedules; (8) parliamentary procedure selected; (9) procedure considerations (quorums, role of individual class officers, etc); and (10) adoption and amendment procedures.

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College Councils

Individual college student councils function to provide governance for student issues related to the individual colleges, as well as conducting all-class and college-wide elections. Adoption of bylaws governing the individual college student councils is at the discretion of the elected/appointed officers of these councils. College student councils are encouraged to adopt bylaws that are consistent with the bylaws of the other college student councils.

Individual college student councils are required to develop and publish bylaws that describe: (1) the name of the student council; (2) purpose; (3) objectives of the council; (4) operation and relationship with other college student councils; (5) membership and procedures for the election of officers/representatives and their terms of offices; (6) duties of student council members; (7) meeting schedules; (8) parliamentary procedure selected; (9) procedure considerations (quorums, role of individual class officers, etc); and (10) adoption and amendment procedures.

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Recreational Activities

Committed to the osteopathic concept of wellness, Midwestern University encourages you to use the recreation/fitness facilities located on the Glendale Campus, including a weight room, sand volleyball court, an outdoor basketball court, a ping-pong table, and, for resident students, a swimming pool and onsite volleyball area. You are eligible for a discounted membership at LA Fitness, located near the campus, which provides aerobic exercise classes and equipment, racquetball and basketball courts, a swimming pool and sauna, and a variety of weight machines and programs. You may also participate in a variety of University-sponsored activities, such as volleyball, soccer, basketball, ping-pong tournaments, softball competitions, martial arts training, yoga, running, and hiking.

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University-wide Student Organizations

The following student organizations are recognized by the appropriate campus Student Senate, respective Student Councils, and the Dean for Student Services and have been approved by the Dean of the respective College. For more information about any of these organizations or if you have any questions about how to apply for membership, contact the president(s) of the respective organization(s). A list of organization officers is available from the MWU Office of Student Services.

Alternatives/Rainbow Network

Alternatives/Rainbow Network promotes awareness and understanding of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and heterosexual issues, and educates the University on health care issues related to the gay, lesbian, and bisexual community.

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Jewish Student Union

The Jewish Student Union's goal is to increase awareness and understanding of the Jewish faith in an effort to promote religious and cultural diversity.  In addition, the Jewish Student Union works to unite Jewish Students at Midwestern University and serve as a resource on Jewish issues for the Midwestern community.

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Latter-Day Saints Student Association (LDSSA)

The Latter-Day Saints Student Association, an approved program of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, is open to all students regardless of race, color, or creed, who are willing to maintain church standards.

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Midwestern University International Student Health Association (MISHA)

Open to all students, MISHA promotes international diversity in healthcare issues seen worldwide and celebrates the cultural diversity of its members with various educational and social events.

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Muslim Student Association (MSA)

The Muslim Student Association increases awareness and understanding of the Islamic faith to promote religious and cultural diversity. Serving the community by presenting the religion, beliefs, and rituals to all students, MSA aids global understanding of the world's religions.

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Residence Hall Association (RHA)

RHA fosters recognition of on-campus students' rights; facilitates communication between campus residents and campus administrators; provides educational, social, cultural, and representational benefits of individuals; and establishes and executes policies for the advancement of MWU housing facilities.

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Sports Medicine Club

The Sports Medicine Club offers students interested in athletics and medicine a way to combine these activities and stay up to date on the latest medical approaches in this field by attending guest lectures. You can use what you learn by shadowing a collegiate athletic physician or by performing athletic physicals. Sporting events are offered throughout the year to raise club funds and test your athletic abilities.

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Other University-wide Organizations

Athletics Club
Catholic Student Organization
Running Club

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Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) Organizations

American College of Osteopathic Family Practitioners (ACOFP)

ACOFP (formerly ACGP) is the largest college of the American Osteopathic Association and continually strives to improve the standards and training of family medicine physicians. The CCOM chapter of ACOFP encourages interest in family medicine by providing lectures, primary care information, and paid externships for its members. All osteopathic medical students are encouraged to join.

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American Medical Association/Medical Student Society (AMA/MSS)

MSS connects the American Medical Association (AMA), the Illinois Association of Osteopathic Physician and Surgeons (IAOPS), Chicago Medical Society (CMS), and Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) to expand new roles and increase the awareness of osteopathic medicine in the medical field. The organization helps members increase contact with other Chicagoland medical students to provide a support network for coping with the challenges of medical school.

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American Medical Student Association (AMSA)

The American Medical Student Association is committed to improving health care and health care delivery to all people; promoting active improvement in medical education; involving members in the social, moral, and ethical obligations of the profession of medicine; assisting in the improvement and understanding of world health problems; contributing to the well-being of medical students, interns, residents, and post-MD/DO trainees; and advancing the profession of medicine.

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American Medical Women's Association/National Osteopathic Women Physicians Association (AMWA/NOWPA)

AMWA/NOWPA is a national organization of female osteopathic physicians that provides the common link to achieving personal and professional goals, primarily through networking with role models. Members meet and talk with female medical students, interns, residents, and attendings. Monthly meetings for first- and second-year students are held on campus. Bimonthly meetings for the general membership on special topics are held off campus. All women are urged to join in order to represent and address the needs of female osteopathic physicians. Male osteopathic physicians and medical students are always welcome at meetings and as members.

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Association of the Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (AMOPS)

AMOPS recognizes the unique position Osteopathic Physicians occupy within the United States Armed Forces by providing information about rotations, internships, and residencies in military medical centers and hospitals; the practice of osteopathic medicine in the armed forces; and by supporting the tradition of osteopathic medicine in the armed forces. AZCOM-AMOPS invites guest speakers, shares information about the National AMOPS convention, and sponsors events to promote chapter fellowship.

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Christian Medical and Dental Society (CMDS)

CMDS, an interdenominational affiliation of Christian students and faculty, comes together in small and large groups to encourage spiritual growth. Bible or topical study groups meet once every other week and fellowships meet once per month. Other activities are planned throughout the year, with special emphasis on serving the underserved in practical ways. Any student is welcome to participate.

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Emergency Medicine Club

Emergency Medicine Club's activities include advanced first aid certification, an introduction to advanced cardiac life support, an ambulance ride-along program, and guest lecturers from the field of Emergency Medicine.

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Integrative Medicine Club

Integrative Medicine Club enhances medical education by introducing complementary modalities used in the art of medicine. Through awareness of alternatives to osteopathic medicine that may be incorporated into treatment, physicians are better able to appropriately counsel patients should they inquire about other forms of treatment.

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Internal Medicine Club

Internal Medicine Club-AZCOM represents aspiring osteopathic internists by: (1) providing osteopathic medical students with an early exposure to the field of internal medicine; (2) stressing the understanding of osteopathic principles in relation to disease in the practice of internal medicine and its subspecialties; (3) affiliation with the American College of Osteopathic Internists to establish and maintain the highest educational, moral, and ethical standards in the teaching and practice of internal medicine; (4) serving as a liaison with the AOA, ACOI, and SOIMA to provide information on training and career opportunities in internal medicine to osteopathic students; and (5) keeping members informed of the latest developments in the field of internal medicine.

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Medical Spanish Club

In addition to promoting healthcare education and participating in health fairs for the under-served hispanic community in the Phoenix metropolitan area, Medical Spanish Club provides continuing Spanish language and cultural education for members and others on campus.

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Pediatric Medicine Club

Designed to promote awareness and understanding of pediatric medicine within the university community, Pediatric Medicine Club offers education on the role of physicans and physician assistants in the care of children, increases the comfort level of AZCOM and CHS students during interactions with the pediatric population, sponsors speakers and activities where members meet and connect with the pediatric population, and promotes discussion and learning of health-related issues relevant to the pediatric community.

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Sigma Sigma Phi

Sigma Sigma Phi, an honorary osteopathic service fraternity, offers membership to students who have shown a high degree of scholarship and service to AZCOM and/or the profession. The fraternity furthers osteopathic medicine and its standards of practice as it promotes fellowship, scholastic achievement, and the betterment of AZCOM and the fraternity as a whole.

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Sports Medicine Club

The Sports Medicine Club offers students interested in athletics and medicine a way to combine these activities and stay up to date on the latest medical approaches in this field by attending guest lectures. You can use what you learn by shadowing a collegiate athletic physician or by performing athletic physicals. Sporting events are offered throughout the year to raise club funds and test your athletic abilities.

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Student Association of the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians (SAACOP)

SAACOP fosters and stimulates improvement in all aspects of the health and well-being of children by providing quality education for those interested in pediatric medicine; maintaining and promoting the highest possible standards in pediatric care, the dignity of the ACOP, and the osteopathic professions; and cooperating with other organizations having similar goals.

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Student National Medical Association (SNMA)

The Student National Medical Association is the nation's oldest and largest student organization focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of color. SNMA programs serves the health needs of under-represented communities, educate people about important health matters, assure medical education and services are culturally sensitive to the needs of diverse populations, and assist students in enrolling in and successfully completing their studies in U.S. medical schools.

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Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA)

SOMA improves the quality of the health care delivery system for all people and contributes to the welfare and education of osteopathic medical students. It shares the purposes and ideals of osteopathic medicine and establishes lines of communication with other health science students and organizations. SOMA also prepares members to meet the social, moral, and ethical obligations of the osteopathic profession.

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Student Osteopathic Surgery Association (SOSA)

SOSA, a national organization affiliated with the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons (ACOS), represents and educates future osteopathic surgeons. Through local chapters, SOSA stresses understanding osteopathic principles in relation to disease in the practice of surgery and provides a forum for discussion among students and surgeons. SOSA also promotes education in the field of surgery, including gowning and gloving, scrubbing, sterile techniques, suturing and tying techniques, operating room behavior, instrumentation, universal precautions, osteopathic manipulative management of the surgical patient, pre- and postoperative management of surgical patients, and surgical documentation.

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Undergraduate American Academy of Osteopathy (UAAO)

UAAO, the collegiate arm of the American Academy of Osteopathy, develops the art and science of osteopathic medicine. At monthly meetings, students join faculty and guest lecturers in exploring the principles and practices of osteopathic medicine.

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Other AZCOM Organizations

American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP)
DOCARE
Health Outreach through Medical Education (HOME)
Neurology Club
Obstetrics and Gynecology Club
Oncology Club
Radiology Club
Spirituality in Medicine Club
Unite for Sight
Wilderness Medical Society – Student Interest Group

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College of Pharmacy–Glendale (CPG) Organizations

American Pharmacists Association ::: American Students of Pharmacy (APhA-ASP)

ASP is the student branch of America's largest and oldest association of pharmacists, the American Pharmaceutical Association (APhA). Within APhA, ASP has its own standing committee on educational programs, publications, awards, and policy. Each member of ASP also receives the full benefits of membership in APhA and, through periodic publications and meetings, can keep up-to-date on the developments and events that affect the practice of pharmacy. At the local level, student members can participate in service projects that benefit both the College and the community, as well as social activities that foster school spirit. Any pharmacy student can be a member of ASP and still be eligible for participation in any other campus organization.

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American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) ::: Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP-SSHP)

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) is the national professional organization representing more than 30,000 members who serve patients in organized health care settings. Health-system pharmacists practice in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, long-term care facilities, home health care, clinics, research, and managed/ambulatory care. Over 5,000 student members of the ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum receive career information, resources, residency information and matching, Studentline (the Forum's quarterly newsletter), discounts on books and supplies, opportunities to be involved in councils and committees at the national level, as well as the ever-important networking.

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Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity ::: Delta Sigma Chapter

Kappa Psi, the world's largest and oldest professional pharmaceutical fraternity, fosters industry, sobriety, and fellowship that supports high ideals, scholarship, and pharmaceutical research. Kappa Psi actively participates in and supports projects within the College, University, and the community that advance the profession of pharmacy. Any pharmacy student is qualified to be a member of Kappa Psi.

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National Community Pharmacist Association (NCPA)

The NCPA serves the pharmacist owners, managers, and employees of 25,000 independent pharmacies across the country by providing important announcements, resources, and news for those interested in independent pharmacy practice.

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Phi Delta Chi Pharmacy Fraternity

Phi Delta Chi, a professional pharmacy fraternity, develops academic, leadership, and interpersonal communication skills necessary to become a competent pharmacist through meeting management, professional projects, social events, fund raising activities, alumni involvement, and interaction between members, other chapters, and the national office.

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Rho Chi

Rho Chi is the national pharmacy honor society. Membership is by invitation only.

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Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA)

SNPhA, a national organization of pharmacy students, focuses on pharmacy issues, professional development, and minority representation in pharmacy and other health-related professions. SNPhA plans, organizes, coordinates, and executes programs geared toward improving the health, educational, and social environment of the community. All pharmacy students are welcomed to attend meetings and activities and to become members.

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College of Health Sciences (CHS) Organizations

Physician Assistant Program

American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)

Chartered in 1968, AAPA is the national organization representing physician assistants. The AAPA is dedicated to improving the availability and quality of health care in the United States through its constituent members. The Academy promotes the interests of the profession by providing representatives to other medical associations, state governments, the Federal government, and the public at large. Students are encouraged to join. Applications for membership are available in the PA Program Office. For more information, contact the AAPA national office: American Academy of Physician Assistants, 950 North Washington Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; 703/836-2272.

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Arizona State Association of Physician Assistants (ASAPA)

The ASAPA is a state organization and constituent chapter of AAPA for graduate physician assistants in Arizona. Activities include public relations and liaisons with state government. For more information, contact the PA Program Director and the ASAPA: Arizona State Association of Physician Assistants, 810 West Bethany Road, Phoenix, AZ 85013; 602/246-8901.

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CHS/AAPA Student Association

The Student Association of Midwestern PA Students (SAMPAS) in the Physician Assistant Program of the College of Health Sciences is a chartered chapter of the Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (SAAAPA). For more information, contact the PA Program Director.

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Rural Medicine Club

Rural Medicine Club promotes issues and health care concerns affecting people who live in rural communities through visits to rural sites and by attending conferences and lectures.

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Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants (SEMPA)

SEMPA enhances and explores the role of the Physician Assistant in the field of emergency medicine. Activities include guest lectures, introduction to advanced life support, and orientation to various aspects in the field of emergency medicine. For more information, contact the PA Program Director.

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Occupational Therapy Program

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

The AOTA is a national professional organization representing over 55,000 occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and occupational therapy students throughout the United States. Students are eligible and encouraged to join. Applications for membership are available in the Occupational Therapy Program Office. For more information, contact the Occupational Therapy Program Fieldwork Coordinator and/or the AOTA national office: American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc., 4720 Montgomery Lane, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220; 301/652-2682.

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American Student Committee of the Occupational Therapy Association (ASCOTA)

The American Student Committee of the Occupational Therapy Association offers a voice for student concerns and a vehicle for student input into the affairs of AOTA. For more information, contact the Occupational Therapy Program Student Liaison/Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and/or the AOTA national office.

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Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA)

SOTA, a service organization for occupational therapy students, promotes the profession of Occupational Therapy by providing opportunities to participate in volunteer services, additional educational experiences, and social interactions within the university and the greater community.

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Other CHS Organizations

Club Biomed

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