Established in 2010, the Minority Association for Pre-Medical Students (MAPS) is a club that helps minority students interested in pursuing a career in the medical field. Minority Association for Pre-Medical Student’s President Victor Aisogun ’20 is a biology major. His role as president is to appoint and delegate tasks to e-board members and make sure the tasks are done correctly. Aisogun also provides assistance if needed to other members of MAPS.
Q: What is the mission for the MAPS chapter here at Saint Rose?
A: To provide pre-med students that are underrepresented in medicine with ingenuity, skills, and experience that are prerequisites and concomitant to professional interactions in the healthcare field. To also help minority students on their paths to professional health-based programs with an emphasis on medicine. Lastly, to create future physicians who are culturally mindful by increasing awareness of issues surrounding underrepresented minority groups in medicine.
Q: Why is it important that the campus community participates?
A: It is important we support pre-med students as it is very difficult and at times a lonely major, especially those of minority descent who are first-time college students. It is very difficult sometimes to excel as a college student.
Q: What have you learned by joining the MAPS chapter at Saint Rose?
A: By joining this organization, I learned that I am not alone in some of my struggles as a minority student aspiring to become a physician and that there are unlimited resources at my disposal to help me achieve my goal. All I need to do is have the desire to access them.
Q: What do you want people to know about MAPS that they might not already know?
A: I want people to know that this club is open to all minority students that are interested in a career in medicine regardless of major — you do not need to be a science major to be a member of MAPS.
Q: What’s in store this year for MAPS?
A: This year we have a lot of events and medical programs coming to talk to our members as well as a large range of interactive group discussions about medicine in minority communities. This year we’re also attending the 2019 Region IX Medical Education Conference at Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai.
Q: How can students get involved?
A: If a student wants to get involved all they have to do is send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.