Region III Kicks Off the Academic Year on a High Note
|TCOM Chapter Leaders anxiously awaiting the new OMS Is at their organization fair!|
A new school year is upon us and that means Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine across the nation are welcoming over 3000 new Osteopathic Medical Students (OMSs) to their campuses. As these students begin this journey of a lifetime, our Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) chapters and their leaders are working hard to also welcome these students to the osteopathic profession!
From day one our local chapter leaders have been present to answer any questions these wide-eyed freshman might have, be it who the nicest professors are and where the best cup of coffee, or what it means to be an osteopathic physician and why it is so important to be involved in organized medicine.
|OSU-COM SOMA at the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association Dinner learning about the importance of being involved in organized medicine|
It is vital that our students get involved not only in the classroom, but in the house of osteopathic medicine from day one of their education for a variety of reasons. First and foremost is the sense of family that exists in osteopathic medicine, and as newly inducted members of that family they need the guidance and compassion that comes from those who have come before and those who represent our profession well. They are looking for answers to questions they dont even have yet and we want to connect them with their SOMA and AOA colleagues and mentors so they can get the right answers, and the real answers, as those questions form.
|CCOM SOMA co-hosting a bowling social event with their SGA to allow OMS Is some social time together as well as time to pick the brains of their OMS II colleagues|
Second we want our students to feel the importance of having a voice and show them that SOMA and the AOA are the vehicles which will allow them to shape the future of the profession in which they will someday practice. Students today come to medical school with a passion, for some it is advocacy for under-served communities, for others its a burning desire to push the scientific envelope, for many it is one of a hundred other things, but we know that without organized medicine to advocate for those causes, to protect those who practice, and to build a network that will allow them to succeed, many will struggle to achieve what they set out to accomplish. We want these new, passionate, bright students to feel the need to #DOmore and be involved today, establishing their commitment to our profession and to working to advance medicine as a whole today!
|DMU students interact with their professors in a social atmosphere at DMU SOMA's Meet the Faculty night|
Finally, our leaders are working tirelessly to demonstrate that there is a whole world of medicine beyond the books, note cards, and lectures they will be buried in for the next 24 months. Each of our chapters has a whole year of fantastic programming for these new OMSs, everything from CV writing to LGBT awareness, from hours of volunteer work to social events that make you feel like a real person again, from suture clinics to osteopathic principles and practices workshops.
Much like the AOA offers DOs more resources than they can use, SOMA supports its members growth and development like no other organization and it is our chapter leaders that make that happen on every College of Osteopathic Medicine across the nation. So far the leaders in SOMA's Region III (ATSU-KCOM, DMUCOM, KCU-COM, MSU-COM, MWU-CCOM, OSU-COM, and TCOM) have convinced almost 50% of the newest members of our family on their campuses that being a part of organized medicine is important. Together, we cant wait to help develop and support the next generation of Doctors that DO.