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Clinical Health Sciences Students Form New Organization

Students in the Saint Louis University (SLU) Clinical Health Sciences (CHS) department recently formed the newest club in the Doisy College of Health Sciences: The CHS Student Club. The club aims to help students across the department’s nine academic programs pursue opportunities that will help them further their studies and their careers.

CHS Club Founders

CHS Student Club founding members and faculty adviser (left to right): Julia Griffin, Kyrollos Shenouda, Dr. Elaina Osterbur and Madeline Rosebrough

CHS Student Club President Madeline Rosebrough said that she joined fellow CHS students Julia Griffin and Kyrollos Shenouda when they were working to create the club. Rosebrough said the group’s motivation for forming the club stemmed from Griffin and Shenouda noticing that there was not a strong connection between the students of the separate CHS academic programs.

“Our goal is to connect students to each other and build the club to have both academic and personal support,” Rosebrough said.

The CHS Student club prides itself on offering many options for its members to develop themselves personally and professionally, including bi-weekly workshops involving discussions on hot topics in health care, informational sessions addressing academic and student life activities and service opportunities involving Billiken Bounty. The most popular aspect of the club so far, however, has been its mentoring program.

“We pair freshman with juniors and sophomores with seniors according to major and track,” Rosebrough said. “Through this relationship, underclassman have a personal connection with an older student who is further along the same path. Upperclassman have so much more experience with career development, classes, service opportunities, etc. and are always willing to help out the younger students. We can all remember how lost we were as freshman!”

The CHS Student Club has quickly become an active organization within the Doisy College of Health Sciences and the university in general, and they want to maintain that momentum and expand the activities it offers.

“We are currently working on some mental health initiatives that the students and faculty are very excited about,” Rosebrough said. “Moving into the future, we hope to be able to lead mental health awareness activities that positively affect SLU’s student body as a whole.”

The CHS Student Club meets approximately every other Monday in Davis-Shaughnessy Hall Room 173 from 6:00 – 7:00 PM. If a student is interested in joining or learning more about the club, they can reach out to the faculty adviser Dr. Elaina Osterbur at elaina.osterbur@health.slu.edu or to club president Madeline Rosebrough at madeline.rosebrough@slu.edu.

Saint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit institution that values academic excellence, life-changing research, compassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service. Founded in 1818, the University fosters the intellectual and character development of nearly 13,000 students on two campuses in St. Louis and Madrid, Spain. Building on a legacy of more than 200 years, Saint Louis University continues to move forward with an unwavering commitment to a higher purpose, a greater good.