In February, when the call went out for volunteers to help staff the Texas Christian University/Baylor Scott & White Health Community Vaccine Site, the Pre-Health Professions Institute in the College of Science & Engineering jumped at the opportunity to help.
“As future doctors, physician assistants, dentists and pharmacist, students in the Pre-Health Professions Institute are strongly committed to the health and well-being of our community. They have big hearts and a strong desire to serve,” said Matt Chumchal, Ph.D., director of the institute and professor of biology.
Although Pre-Health isn’t a major, with well over 800 students, it represents the second largest constituent of students on campus — second only to business. Some 250 Pre-Health students participated in the vaccination drive, investing approximately 432 person hours for each of the 10 clinics for a grand total of 2,382 hours of service.
“Pulling off a large, mobile vaccine clinic over several months required a large number of volunteers — all playing different roles. Although Pre-Health students weren’t administering vaccines, the vaccine clinic wouldn’t have been possible without the small army of Pre-Health students who showed up every weekend — sometimes in the cold and rain — to direct traffic, check in patients and do a number of other tasks to make the clinic run smoothly,” Chumchal said.
Each clinic day included two six-hour shifts with 36 workers per shift.
The longtime professor was humbled by the student response. “Some weekends we needed close to 150 volunteers — and Pre-Health students usually claimed all spots within 24 hours. I have been inspired by the work ethic and concern for others shown by Pre-Health students throughout the pandemic,” he said.
“The pandemic has been a great tragedy, but I told my students in March 2020 that it would present us all with opportunities to step up and lead. When my students look back on these dark days, they can look back with pride knowing that they stepped up and helped to lead us out of the pandemic,” Chumchal added.
The following is a list of Pre-Health students who participated in the TCU/BSW vaccination hub:
Remington Cole Crossnoe
Rafael do Valle
Anna Katherine Garrett
Maria Grant Villacorta
Kate MyersZoe Najar
Thien An Nguyen
Thien Ly Nguyen
Emily Grace Rodgers
Van Hung Tran