Students who wish to keep up to date with medical news can now join the new student health and medical news organization. The organization holds discussions on current health and medical events aimed at spreading awareness and understanding.
The organization’s president, Gabrielle Gappy, a pre-med student at OU, started the organization to get involved in the campus community.
“So I first had the idea [for the organization] at the start of the semester around September,” Gappy said. “I had thought of different things I could do this summer, but in the end this is what I chose to do. I always wanted to get involved in student organizations and start one, so I really wanted to thinking about what mattered most to me — that’s what finally happened. It became official at the end of October.
Another reason for the club’s formation was the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Gappy cited the constant coverage of the pandemic and the confusion surrounding it as another factor that helped her choose her idea for an organization to carry out.
In meetings, members discuss the latest medical news, such as the Astroworld tragedy and how to deal with a surge in crowds, or how some people might be more likely to lose their taste when infected with COVID-19 . The group also plans to invite guest speakers from the medical field to speak at meetings. A speaker that the organization will invite is their adviser, Dr. Florence Dallow, epidemiologist.
According to Gappy, their next meeting is the perfect time to enroll new members.
“We plan to have a meeting very soon. This will just be an introductory meeting where we will talk about plans for the semester. We will start with Zoom, then if it improves [COVID-19 wise], we can hopefully move on to the person,” Gappy said.
While the organization is geared towards those considering entering the medical field, everyone is welcome to join.
“I feel like people who want to get into health fields would be drawn to this club, but it’s really for anyone interested in health news,” Gappy said. “We’re pretty low on limbs right now. It’s been hard, I haven’t been on campus for very long. I wanted to go to GrizzFest this winter but unfortunately it was cancelled. [Things like that happen] —where we plan to go out and advertise, then COVID-19 [or other things] hinder”
If you want to join the Actualités Santé et Médecine association, you can get more information about the club and contact Gappy via their GrizzOrgs page for information about upcoming meetings.