Extracurricular Activities for Medical School

Community Service

Given its urban location, Penn offers innumerable opportunities to get involved in community service projects.  As a physician, you will aim to make a positive mark on the world around you. As an undergraduate, contributing to the betterment of the urban neighborhoods around this university is a wonderful way to begin outfitting yourself for this role.

Civic House, the main umbrella organization for community service at Penn, maintains an excellent web site with information on ways to volunteer. The Netter Center for Community Partnerships also offers many community service opportunities.

 The activities that many pre-med students undertake include:

  • Tutoring at inner-city schools
  • Providing peer education
  • Volunteering at a homeless shelter
  • Staffing a crisis hotline
  • Building homes through Habitat for Humanity
  • Raising funds for charitable organizations

Campus Extracurricular Activities

Many pre-med students are involved on campus. Whether you choose to devote time to playing on a sports team, singing in an a cappella group, or writing for a student magazine, it is important that you demonstrate leadership and commitment to activities that genuinely interest you. To learn more about student activities at Penn visit the Office of Student Affairs.

Here is a non-exhaustive list of pre-health related student groups:

Active Minds

Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative (AUNI)

Alpha Iota Gamma (AIR)

Alternative Spring Break

American Students Opening New Eyes (AsOne Global)


The Condom Pledge

Consciousness Club

GlobeMed at Penn

Global Medical Brigades


MedX Program

Penn AIDS Awareness (PAA)

Penn American Red Cross

Penn Bioethics Journal (PBJ)

Penn Cares for Kids

Penn Childhood Cancer Coalition (Penn CCC)

Penn College Diabetes Network (CDN)

Penn Colleges Against Cancer (Relay for Life)

Penn Drug & Alcohol Peer Advisors (DAPA)

Penn Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC)

Penn Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT)

Penn Health Initiative

Penn Initiative for Minority Mental Health

Penn in Medical Missions (PiMM)

Penn Minority Association for Pre-Health Students (MAPS)

Penn Pre-Medical Association (Penn PMA)

Penn Synapse

Penn for UNICEF

Penn Undergraduate Health Coalition

Penn Vegan Society

Penn Women's Biomedical Society (PWBS)

PennScience Journal of Undergraduate Research

Reach-A-Peer Helpline/Online (RAPLine)

Student Health Advisory Board (SHAB)

Student Hospice Organization of Penn (SHOOP)

Student National Medical Association (SNMA)

Student Nurses at Penn (SNAP)

Wharton Undergraduate Healthcare Club (WUHC)