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Region III - Student Osteopathic Medical Association

CCOM SOMA Goes to Gary, Indiana for National Outreach for Diversity in Medicine Month

IMG 2244The Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) chapter at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) at Midwestern University recently held their first National Outreach for Diversity (NOD) in Medicine event at the 21st Century Charter School in Gary, Indiana. Osteopathic medical students spent the day hosting radiology labs for one hundred and twenty 7th and 8th grade students at the school. Students participated in individual study and exercises to learn about x-rays, how they work, and why a physician would order one for a patient as well as interactive group sessions involving reading and describing actual x-rays, handling real bones on loan from the anatomy department at the medical school, and working as a team through several real medical cases. 

In addition the class material, students were encouraged to ask questions about careers in medicine. The medical students leading the sessions opened themselves up to any questions the students have about the various professions in healthcare and explained to the students that a career in medicine is an opportunity that is open to them. This encouragement and mentorship was the goal of the session as SOMA, along with its partner organizations the American Medical Student Associaition, the Latino Medical Student Association, the Association of Native American Medical Students, and the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association, kick of their National Outreach for Diversity in Medicine initiative this month. 

The National Outreach for Diversity (NOD) in Medicine is a first of its kind national coalition of medical student organizations whose mission is to inspire, recruit, and retain Underrepresented in Medicine (UIM) youth to medicine. This coalition was formed in response to the research that demonstrates not only an underrepresentation in medicine of people of color, but that improving this lack of diversity in medicine has direct positive impacts on patient care and the health of our nation. SOMA is proud to be one of the founding partners in this effort and we look forward to continuing to do our part through events like the one in Gary. 

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CCOM SOMA Provides Skills Training in Effective Communications with Patients living with Alzheimer's Disease

IMG 2012 2The Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) chapter recently hosted the Executive Director of the Validation Training Institute (VTI), Vicki de Klerk-Rubin on their campus. De Klerk-Rubin is a master teacher of the validation method, a method that helps people connect and communicate with patients living with Alzheimer's Disease. Through a combination of lecture, role play and interactive exercises, de Klerk-Rubin helped the audience to understand what Alzheimer's Disease looks like and how we as healthcare providers can better engage and empathize with patients living with Alzheimer's Disease. 

MSUCOM SOMA Supports Medical Mission to Peru

Each year in August, the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) sends a contingency of students, faculty, and alumni to South America for their annual Peru Global Outreach Program. This past year 80 participants treated 2,334 patients in all specialties from pediatrics, family medicine, and internal medicine to radiology, neurosurgery, ENT, and everything between. The Santa Rosa clinic, where the mission happened, is located in the city of Iquitos and serves residents living in three remote villages along the Amazon River. 

MSUCOM SOMA sees the value in this endeavor and on August 28th they hosted their first annual Charity Golf Outing to support the Peru Global Outreach Program. The outing brought together students, physicians, and members of the Michigan State University community for a wonderful day of golf and networking at Hawk Hollow Golf Course in Bath, Michigan. Fifty five participants spent the day on the links in support of this amazing medical mission. The proceeds raised from the outing will be used to help purchase medical supplies for the program to benefit medically underserved populations in Peru.

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ATSU-KCOM SOMA and MAOPS Working Together to Advance Professional Involvement

MAOPS PresidentOn September 12th, The Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) chapter at the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine at A.T. Still University welcomed the Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (MAOPS) to campus for a presentation to their members about the legislative process as it pertains to medicine. MAOPS President Dr. Jeff Davis, DO and Executive Director Brian Bowles discussed hot legislative issues currently under discussion in the State of Missouri, such as the Assistant Physician, Medical Marijuana and Midwifery among others.  During the presentation, Dr. Davis and Mr. Bowles also discussed how students can get involved in MAOPS, the weight of the student voice in advocacy efforts, and importance of attending conferences and participating in organized medicine. 

The presentation was well recieved by the SOMA members, many of whom voiced interest in joing MAOPS in it's efforts and further increasing their participation in organized osteopathic medicine and the future of our profession. 

ATSU-KCOM SOMA Joins Forces with the Student Advocate Association

The Student Advocate Association (SAA) at ATSU-KCOM invited the SOMA chapter to participate in their first meeting of the year.  

The Advocates for the American Osteopathic Association (AAOA) President, Pam Kolinski was present via webcam and gave a presentation about the support network the AAOA offers for osteopathic physicians and students alike.  Following the presentation, there was an open question panel with 3 local physicians and their spouses. The panel provided excellent advice to those in attendance on everything from how to tackle the journey through medical school as a couple to how to support each other along the way. 

In addition to attending the meeting, the local SOMA chapter provided babysitting services to help facilitate family attendance at the event.  ATSU-KCOM SOMA looks forward to continuing their partnership with SAA in the near future as they work together to ensure the osteopathic physicians of the future, and their families, spouses, and significant others get through this ordeal we call medical school with the fewest hiccups along the way as possible. 

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Region III Trustee

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Nicholas Tackett, OMS III

Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine