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Region III - Student Osteopathic Medical Association

MSU-COM hosts Monster Dash 5K in support of St.Baldricks

On Oct 24, MSU-COM SOMA hosted over 100 racers and their dogs dressed in their Halloween best for the annual Monster Dash 5K in support of the St.Baldricks Foundaiton for childhood cancer research.  Participants enjoyed the gorgeous fall weather in East Lansing and raced across the Michigan State campus to the finish line near the iconic Sparty statue.  This race was not only a great time for all the runners and attendees, but a very successful fundraising event: the chapter raised over $4,000 to be added to Region III's St. Baldricks philanthropy fundraising efforts.  Keep an eye out for more St.Baldricks fundraising events from Region III as all chapters start to ramp up their efforts in the annual fundraising drive, which will end in the late Spring of 2016.

KCOM Hosts pre-meds with the DO for a Day progam

On October 20th, ATSU-KCOM hosted three undergraduate pre-med students on their campus as part of their DO for a Day program.  The students shadowed second year SOMA members for a full day, including attendence at several lectures pertaining to women's health, two hours of OMM lab, and an hour of breast ultrasound practice on a simulation model!  The students were also given a tour of the A.T. Still Museum of Osteopathic Medicine and had an opportunity to ask SOMA members questions over lunch.
 
This was the second DO for a Day event held by SOMA on the Kirksville campus, with more DO for a Day events coming up in November.  These events are a great way for undergraduate students to get an up close and personal look at what it's like to be an osteopathic medical student.  If you or someone you know is interested in participating in a future DO for a Day event in Kirksville, please get in touch with their SOMA chapter leaders at atsukcom@studentdo.com
 
For more information about Pre-SOMA events and pre-medical programming put on by SOMA, please contact our national Pre-SOMA directors at presomadirector1@studentdo.org or presomadirector2@studentdo.org.
 
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2015 St.Baldricks Fundraiser Round-up

The totals are in for the 2014-2015 St.Baldricks Foundation fundraiser in SOMA's Region III.  This year, the seven SOMA chapters in Region III combined to raise a staggering $141,740 in support of the St.Baldricks Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research.  This year the fundraisers went beyond the recognizable head shaving events to include 5K races, Pie-A-Professor events, and fundraisers at local restaurants.  Every chapter in the region showed ingenuity, endeavor and teamwork to ensure that Region III set a new record for its St.Baldricks fundraising this year.

Region III has again selected the St.Baldricks foundation to be our region-wide philanthropic focus for the next year.  Our mission for 2015-2016 is simple: work harder, work smarter, and raise more.

KCU SOMA joins forces with the Ronald McDonald House

KCU SOMA members teamed up with the Ronald McDonald House and Mercy's Childrens Hostpial in Kansas City to give members a chance to participate in a philanthropic event on October 3rd.  KCU SOMA members prepared the entire meal for over 50 children and family members.  KCU SOMA will be continuing it's partnership with the Ronald McDonald House to continue providing help in its community and to provide future volunteering opportunities for it's members.

St. Baldrick's Day

This is the thrid year that Region 3 has participated in St. Baldrick's Day. Over the last two years we raised over $215,000 and thus far have raised $16,312. Each campus is utilizing different fundraising opportunities specific to their area but some include hosting a 5K Dash, having a student shave their head, and partnering with community members. The upcoming St. Baldrick's Day events are on:

            DMUCOM: Feb. 10th

            CCOM: March 10th

            KCUMB-COM: March 17th

            ATSU-KCOM: March 28th

            OSU-COM: April 18th

            MSU-COM: Held a 5K Monster Dash

            UNTHSC/TCOM: TBA

To learn more about the St. Baldrick's organization visit http://www.stbaldricks.org. Region III is competing against each other to raise the most money. To follow their progress go to: http://www.stbaldricks.org/campaigns/futurehealthprofs. Each event also welcomes community members to participate in their events. If you are intersted in joining a chapter contact the Region III trustee at region3@studentdo.com

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Region III Trustee

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Nicholas Tackett, OMS III

Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

region3@studentdo.org