Get Involved

Jenn, Andrew and Mike at TerryTalks 2008

Why Join?

UAEM stands out from other student organisations due to our unique scope and the experience we provide.  Unlike other non-profits, we use a grassroots approach that is based on campuses.  As students, we work directly with universities to make a lasting difference.  This means that you can have the chance to interact directly with UBC faculty and staff, understand how universities play a part in drug development, and learn about the social, legal, and political issues surrounding global access to medicines.  We will equip you with all the skills and knowledge needed to make a real and positive impact on campus and abroad. By joining, you can be a part of a dynamic, interdisciplinary student organization.

Are you interested in helping UBC-UAEM change the world? We’ve got lots to do and there are not enough of us to do it, so we would love some help! You can get involved in direct advocacy, policy development, public outreach, research, writing, proofreading, fundraising, chapter administration… all kinds of stuff!

Meetings are weekly, held every Tuesday from 5PM to 6PM in Irving K. Barber 191.

Read on to learn how you can help:
Current Structure
Resources you should be aware of
Getting involved at other schools

Current Structure


We at UBC-UAEM believe that the best way to tackle any problem is to divide it up into small, manageable parts and have each member of our team, contribute to what ever he or she feels comfortable in doing. That is why UBC-UAEM boasts a great number of diverse positions, some of which may appeal to you! The club organization is as follows:

 The Advocacy Team

Members focus on building awareness for access to medicine in the community. While many people are aware of the average cost of medications, and the average wages of third world peoples, the realization of the sheer magnitude of discrepancy between these two is not often realized. Neither so are the existence of generic medications, in some cases, an exact duplicate of the brand name pharmaceutical. We work on bringing these issues to light, and to the forefront of people’s minds.

Leaders: Henry LuTim JouGilbert QinAngela Choi

Current work:

  • The project of focus for this term is the Trans-Pacific Partnership, members are to coordinate with UAEM leaders on both national and international level to gain awareness regarding the TPP on campus. You can learn more about the trans-pacific partnership and access to medicine at

 The Research Team

Neglected tropical diseases collectively afflict over 1 billion people in the poorest and least developed countries around the world. The poverty of those affected leads to a dearth of resources to find treatments for, and otherwise combat, these diseases.

Leaders: Sneha Sheth (E-mail them:

Current Members: Sam SongBenny Sio, Julia Badayeva

Current Work:

  • Developing or supporting new opportunities to increase research activity for neglected diseases, including the Neglected Global Diseases Initiative at UBC.
  • Doing research into current gaps in ND research opportunities in Canada, especially funding availability.

The Member Learning & Cohesion Team

Shahla Yekta presenting at the 2008 Introductory SeminarStudents, and a society at large, that are aware of neglected diseases and the lack of access to essential medicines is the first step in effecting change. We hope to pique interest on and off of campus, and support the in-depth education of our own members. Our goal is to increase the number of people capably advocating for research that reflects global need, and equitable access to appropriate medicines and technologies. In addition, the building of team cohesion
is vital in helping the group work towards a common goal, members of the member learning team will work closely with the social events officer in the planning of social events for the club. Communication with fundraising team is also key in ensuring the event is appropriate in cost.

Leaders: Kartik Suri (E-mail them:

Current work includes:

  • Organizing the annual UBC-UAEM Introductory Seminar
  • Bringing access to medicines and neglected diseases innovation issues to university classrooms
  • Uploading educational resources, especially for new members
  • Event promotion
  • Organizing monthly speaker series
  • Organization of professional skill development workshops
  • Organization of other events for members of UBC-UAEM

The Fundraising Team

Many of the events UBC-UAEM puts on require high costs, and thus the presence of a fundraising team is a must. Members are exposed to the many grants and bursaries available and encouraged to apply on behalf on UBC-UAEM. This is a great introduction to the economic side of UBC-UAEM and a great position for number-orientated persons.

Leaders: Andrea Marshall (E-mail them:

 The Communications and Advertising Team

Communication not only among club members but across faculties and disciplines is key. In addition UBC-UAEM events must be advertised throughout the school and community in order to obtain a large turnout. The communications and advertising team consists of several parts:

  • Webmaster-will gather information on the weekly work of each team, as well as the work of the administration and issue a weekly bulletin to all club members. In addition, the job of recording weekly club minutes usually falls to the webmaster.
  • Faculty Representatives-Representatives from different faculties to facilitate communication between UAEM and the students from your faculty. This is crucial in terms of faculty outreach and advertisement for our events.
    • Elaine Chang – Pharmacy
  • Media Officer-Individual with experience in graphic design, to help promote club events through visual design.
    • Current:  Jeffrey Wong
  • Advertising Officer-Individual with interest to help promote club events within the student body, and also the general public. The advertising officer communicate closely with our faculty representatives.

Leaders: None Currently (interested members should contact



Resources you should be aware of

  • For those looking for a comprehensive introduction, we run an introductory seminar every year in September/October; we post all the materials from these seminars online. (2007200820092010)
  • Our internal web site, which includes a calendar, more detailed list of current projects, more detailed educational resources, and more.
  • Our mailing list.

Active members of UBC-UAEM will find these tools indispensable. Contact to request access to these resources.

Getting involved at other schools

  • See the list of existing chapters here.
  • If your school does not have a chapter yet, please contact us for resources, advice and assistance.