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Region III - Student Osteopathic Medical Association

Region III Kicks Off the Academic Year on a High Note

Region III Kicks Off the Academic Year on a High Note

TCOM Chapter Leaders anxiously awaiting the new OMS Is at their organization fair!
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 at the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association Dinner learning about the importance of being 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
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
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. 

Refugee Panel at DMU-COM

Megan Kittleson, OMS II, DMU-COM SOMA's Health Disparities chair organized an amazing number of events this year, with the final event being a Refugee Panel Discussion titled “Refugee Well-Being: Health, Law, and Resettlement."

 

This panel included 2 local physicians, 2 individuals working with refugee well-being/mental health as part of the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, an immigration lawyer, and the manager of refugee resettlement at Catholic Charities.  The event allowed DMU-COM SOMA members a unique opportunity to understand the reality behind refugee resettlement in the United States and how future physicians can play a role in supporting refugees as they seek a better life here in the United States.

 

KCOM SOMA partners to host Hunger Banquet

Kirksville's SOMA chapter partnered with Student National Medical Association to put on the annual Hunger Banquet.  The event simulated world hunger with accurate, eye-opening scenarios.  It was followed by a meal correlating to each person's level of wealth; the low income group (making up the majority) ate rice on the floor, the middle income had rice and beans at a table, and the high income group was served a full meal at a nicer table. As most of us go about our days not wondering IF we'll be able to have dinner, but rather WHEN, it was great to have students and faculty come together for 90 minutes to learn about the alarming statistics on an issue that plagues so many worldwide.  Resources and scenarios were designed and provided by OXFAM America, a "global organization working to right the wrongs of poverty and hunger".

DMU SOMA prepares its members for the Iowa Caucus!

To help encourage political action and interest in politics among it's members, DMU-COM SOMA hosted "Iowa Caucus 101".  The talk was kicked off by the President of DMU-COM and featured a staffer from the Democratic Party and a staffer from the Republican Party to talk about the importance of the Iowa Caucus and what happens at the caucus itself.  The event drew over 100 attendees including high school students, medical students, PT students, podiatry students, deans, faculty, staff!

 

DMU-COM SOMA helps host World AIDS Awareness Series at DMU

December 1st marked the 2015 World AIDS Day, and DMU-COM SOMA helped to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS with their participation in planning the World AIDS Awareness Series at DMU-COM.  DMU-COM SOMA collaborated with DMU's Global Health Club, Multicultural Affairs, and Infectious Disease and Public Health Club to host this series.  This collaboration also involved teaming up with the Iowa Department of Public Health and Primary Health Care in Des Moines to bring in speakers and community members for the World AIDS Day Panel Discussion on December 1st.

The events of the series included a lecture on the clinical management of HIV/AIDS, a screening of “Monologues: Addressing Stigmas and Biases”, a screening of "Blood Brothers", a documentary about HIV positive orphans in India, a panel discussion featuring public health experts and individuals living with HIV/AIDS, and a candlelight vigil.

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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