Phi Rho Sigma Medical Society is a national social and community service organization represented by the Alpha Upsilon Chapter at Boonshoft School of Medicine. The objectives of Phi Rho Sigma are to establish a sense of fraternity among members to foster stronger relationships with other colleagues in the future, provide a strong support system for students, and most importantly, promote the idea that the profession of medicine is rooted in service.
Along with our extensive service programming, our goal is to provide more opportunities for social interaction between members in the hopes of building a stronger link between students within each biennium and across Biennium 1 and Biennium 2. Traditionally, our events have included biannual Blood Drives, Clothing Drives, Halloween, Caroling and the community canned food drive, a large-scale event where medical students go door-to-door in various Dayton communities to collect goods for the local food bank.
In 2012, we organized our activities to provide multiple service events during each term. In the fall, we plan a Halloween party at the St. Vincent DePaul homeless shelter. This has been nicknamed “Trick or Trunk” because the children dress up in costumes we donate and move from car to car to collect candy. In the spring, we participate in the citywide Day of Caring Pancake Brunch. All benefits support The Foodbank in Greene County.
Every other Saturday from September to May, Phi Rho members coach a Special Olympics Roller Skating program. We not only help people learn how to skate, but also help improve their skills and confidence on the rink.
This year we are planning to add some new service opportunities to our members. These include volunteering at Habitat for Humanity, playing soccer with local refugees, and tutoring children weekly at the St. Vincent DePaul Woman’s Shelter.
Several of our activities help to strengthen class pride and provide opportunities for members to reconnect, including our Field Day and Happy Hour events, where we provide food for our members. Our Organ Week event, now in the fall term, provides more students with a chance to participate. This week brings awareness to Organ and Tissue Donation while presenting students with a fun break from classes.
Currently, members are charged $65 to join Phi Rho, $45 of which is a mandatory lifetime membership fee paid to the national organization. The remaining $20 is used to offset costs from lunch programming and to partially subsidize ticket prices for chapter events.
Phi Rho Sigma Medical Society is dedicated to the enhancement of medical education, service to humanity, and fellowship among its members.