UCB GMMA Officers
President | 4th Year
I still tell the same story every time we share how and why we joined GMMA: that during my freshman year, I felt as though I found a hidden gem at Berkeley, mixing two communities I was looking for. And I still feel that way 3 years later. GMMA has taught me so much about what it means to pursue medicine as a student whose primary priority is to love God and His people. I’m so grateful to have met people who are learning through similar struggles and that we can point each other to Jesus again and again!
Vice President | 4th Year
The most important thing that I’ve learned through GMMA since joining during my freshman year is how to seek first after God’s Kingdom. In a highly competitive environment with various distractions all around, it’s extremely difficult to live out our identities as children of God. But through everything that GMMA has to offer, this community kept me grounded and accountable to hold fast onto the gospel and to remain in His Word. Being a healthcare professional is great and all, but GMMA taught me just how much more valuable I am in the eyes of God when I am simply His child. And from that place of recognizing my identity in Christ, I saw just how powerfully God can use healthcare to not only heal people physically, but also spiritually.
Inreach | 4th Year
Before coming to Berkeley and joining GMMA, my faith and academic interests were two unrelated aspects of my life. With GMMA, however, I was able to combine these two passions into something greater than each individual part. This group has not only taught and helped me apply my faith, but also introduced me to a wonderful community of like-minded individuals with similar goals and beliefs. Whether it is interacting with older healthcare professionals or becoming friends with other students, both within the Berkeley chapter and from other campuses, I am glad to grow in God’s community. GMMA is an organization that I never planned on joining coming into college, but I am so blessed to have it in my life and I can’t imagine not having it be part of my college experience.
Secretary | 3rd Year
GMMA is the intersection point between my two worlds: passion for healthcare and passion for Christ. I remember walking into Dwinelle 109 alone with an anxious heart. At the time, I had no idea that GMMA would one day become an integral part of my college years. I discovered my passion for dentistry here and even more amazing, I found driven and compassionate brothers and sisters in Christ who spur each other on as iron sharpens iron. Networking with both current and future health professionals, I saw one thing that was common between all of us: a heart that desires to glorify God, unwavering by circumstance… God led me to GMMA that first day and every meeting afterwards so that I could clearly see and experience what God can do with even just our small Berkeley chapter.
Missions Coordinator | 3rd Year
It feels like I grabbed that GMMA flyer on Sproul by chance, but it was truly by God’s providence that I was led to join a medical organization with the Gospel at the very center. During the first semester of my freshmen year, I had many unexpected contemplations; I frequently imagined how nice it would be to have a big house, a fine car, and a comfortable life with a family, as a practicing surgeon. But what would that mean at the very end of my life when I stand before the Lord or when Jesus returns? Is living out my passion in my career all there is to life? GMMA personally redefined what a Christian pre-med student and medical professional meant: Christians living for the Gospel, who happen to be interested in medicine and whose careers are not their calling. And how encouraging it is to run with friends and mentors who love Jesus.
Public Relations | 2nd Year
GMMA stumped me. GMMA got me real good. In just this short time with this community, my image of what a healthcare professional is was completely revamped. When Dr. John placed his own hands on top of the weathered hands of his patient and recited a prayer that was longer than the medical procedure itself, I knew that there was something I didn’t understand. It wasn’t the doctor that healed. It was God who healed. A doctor was someone who simply translated God’s almighty love into healing. And yet, I’m still slowly discovering the role of a true doctor. But where I first made this realization, where I’m fostering this curiousity, and where I’ll continue to dig a little deeper into God’s purpose for me all intersect at one point, at one community. And that’s GMMA.
Treasurer | 2nd Year
As a college freshman, I was so blessed to have been introduced to the GMMA community right from the start. GMMA unites people intergenerationally who seek to bring glory to God in their work as healthcare professionals. This community has provided me with a deeper understanding of how my work and faith are intertwined as well as a community of brothers and sisters I can share all of life’s uncertainties with. I am challenged by and seek to pursue the faith journey of my GMMA mentors and peers to build God’s kingdom together through missions (local and global) as well as forming God-centered relationships with one another. I am so excited to see how God uses GMMA to transform faiths and bring us closer to Him!
Dr. Alex Chang
Dr. Chang has been serving as the GMMA Berkeley mentor since 2019. He enjoys going on medical mission trips with the students and encouraging them in their faith. As an internal medicine and pediatrics physician, he loves teaching the students about medicine and investing in their personal and spiritual growth.
UC Berkeley Alumni
GMMA is my favorite community. I love surrounding myself with diligent, God-fearing, mission-minded individuals who continue to strive for excellence both in this world and the heavenly one! I believe GMMA is a great platform to explore one’s faith in the immediate workplace and in the global community to which we are all connected to. I believe there is a place for me in GMMA no matter what life-stage from college and beyond. I love getting to know new people in GMMA!
About UC Berkeley Student Chapter
GMMA Student Chapter at Berkeley is committed to:
- Providing a network among Christian students and health professionals to bring about healing towards all nations.
- Fostering a unique community and fellowship among peers and mentors committed to medical mission and healing ministry.
- Inspiring the next generation of healthcare professionals to passionately give back to the community for the gospel
Contact us with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are excited to collaborate with other organizations or professionals who also share our same vision to expand God’s kingdom through our careers as health professionals.
Our general meetings (GM) are held every other Monday @ 7-8 PM PST on Zoom. Our meetings will usually last about 1 hour consisting of, but not limited to: health professional speakers, mentorship, workshops, and fellowship.
Meeting Link: www.tinyurl.com/berkeleygmma
Fall Semester 2020
Aug 31 GM #0 | Info Session
Sept 14 GM #1 | Speaker: Dr. Paul Jo
Sept 28 GM #2 | Speaker: Dr. Alex
Oct 12 GM #3 | Joint GM with UC Davis Oct 26 GM #4 | Speaker: Austin Lee
Nov 9 GM #5 | Dr. James Yoon Nov 23 GM #6 | TBD
Aside from our regular general meetings, we will be announcing fellowship/outing, outreach, fundraising, and other GMMA related events. We have a lot of exciting opportunities for this fall semester! For more details, please visit our GMMA Berkeley Facebook group page or our instagram page @berkeleygmma.
Currently due to the COVID-19 pandemic, international travel as been made difficult and all mission trips will be postponed until an unspecified time.
However, we will continue to foster our mission mindset through local missions in a respectable approach.