In starting a chapter of the HSAFP, you’re not just associating with an organization; you’re becoming a part of a movement. It’s a collective promise, a commitment, and an endeavor to shape the future of healthcare by nurturing its future.

Join us on this transformative journey as we collectively redefine the contours of pre-medical education and mentorship, one student at a time.

The Role of a Chapter Founder

Embracing the role of a chapter founder is both a privilege and a responsibility. It promises growth, unparalleled experiences and networking, and the joy of making a tangible difference. So, as you embark on this exciting journey, remember – at its heart, HSAFP is about passion, knowledge, and the dream of a healthier, more informed tomorrow.

Time commitment: 1 hour per week

The time commitment depends on how much work you’re willing to put in, and how much your school’s chapter needs, locally. It’s different for everyone; however, if all your chapter officers are working efficiently together, we estimate that you, as a chapter President, will need to do around 1 hour of work per week to successfully maintain the chapter.

  • Leadership: Command your team, delegate tasks, and ensure that your chapter’s vision aligns with the HSAFP’s overarching goals.
  • Organization: Be the primary point of contact between the HSAFP’s central body and your chapter, ensuring a seamless flow of information and resources.
  • Flexibility: Every school is unique, and as a founder, you’ll have the freedom to mold the HSAFP’s resources and activities to best fit your school’s needs.

Laying the Foundations

Start a Local Chapter and submit a formal request to start a chapter at your school. Notes:

  • Once a representative reaches out to you and gives you the green light, follow the next steps below.
  • Do not move on without permission from an HSAFP representative, as we can only have one HSAFP chapter per school.

Begin by seeking approval from your school administration and identifying a supportive faculty advisor*. These initial steps are crucial to ground your chapter in institutional recognition and mentorship. Once you have formally established a chapter at your school, you’ll need leadership to help guide the journey of your chapter.

It is the chapter founder’s responsibility to make sure that all local school protocols are followed in the creation of a chapter.

Chapter Officers

Your leadership team will be the backbone of your chapter. From overseeing holistic activities as the Chapter President, assisting and stepping in as the Vice President, managing meticulous records as the Secretary, to overseeing the chapter’s financial health as the Treasurer, each role is integral.

  • Chapter President: Overlooks all activities, represents the chapter, and communicates with the national board.
  • Vice President: Assists the president and takes charge in their absence.
  • Secretary: Manages records, minutes of the meeting, and correspondence.
  • Treasurer: Handles chapter funds, budgets, and financial reporting.
  • Project leads: Identifying and executing workshops, partnership events, and more to provide activities for the chapter, aside from the national HSAFP opportunities.

Tips on Recruiting Members

To breathe life into your chapter, you’ll need enthusiastic members. Consider holding an introductory session to create a buzz. Use social media platforms, school notice boards (in teachers’ classrooms), and personal interactions to reach out to potential members. Remember, it’s not just about quantity but the quality of members who share the HSAFP vision.

Some of our Most Active Chapters

  • Royal High School – Simi Valley, California
  • Mount De Sales Academy – Macon, Georgia
  • Bridgewater-Raritan Regional High School – Bridgewater Township, New Jersey
  • Cumberland Valley High School – Cumberland County, Pennsylvania