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1 Student Osteopathic Medical Association PCOC Report October 2007 Jennifer Curry, OMS IV Executive Liaison Task Force Director

2 Osteopathic Education: All osteopathic colleges emphasize primary care as an important part of their curriculum Most students are members of ACOFP membership is free to all Osteopathic students Students are required to perform primary care focused rotations including rotations in rural and underserved areas

3 Three New Osteopathic Colleges! A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona TOURO College of Osteopathic Medicine - New York Lincoln Memorial University- DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine All three new colleges already have SOMA chapters established!

4 Political Involvement DO Day on the Hill, April 24 th 2008 Opportunity for students to lobby legislators Pre-SOMA D.O. Day on the Hill Scholarship Award (New 2006) $1000 for undergraduate member of National Pre-SOMA Encourage undergraduate students to get involved in the politics of medicine before beginning medical school

5 Omega Beta Iota National Osteopathic Political Action Honor Society Provides a level of distinction to OMSs and D.O.s who are exceptionally involved in the political arena Participation in local/state campaigns Completion of Political Action Training Course or membership in OPAC for two years D.O. Day on the Hill participation for 2 years Membership in Membership in Grassroots Osteopathic Advocacy Link (GOAL) program Membership in AOA, SOMA and American Osteopathic Information Association (AOIA) Inaugural Induction ceremony in D.C. in conjunction with D.O. Day on the Hill 10 Osteopathic students were inducted in April of 2007

6 International Health International Health Program Scholarship Encourage students to incorporate international elective experiences into their medical school curriculum Develop an awareness of other cultures medical practice via direct student interaction

7 International Programs Pen collection Assist the education systems in developing countries Send writing utensils to countries like Morocco, Uganda and Tanzania Medical Textbooks to Iraqi Schools

8 Humanism in Medicine Memorial Scholarship Created to honor the health care professionals who dedicate their lives to: Osteopathic medicine Compassion Leadership Love for their community Awarded each fall to two Students reflecting the benevolent character exemplified by the members of our Osteopathic family who perished Oct. 19, 2004

9 The Medically Underserved Ed and Melissa Loniewski Medically Underserved Scholarship $1000 toward elective rotation in a medically underserved location Continue to support initiatives/projects sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Cover the Uninsured Week The Kids and Families Back to School Campaign

10 Preventive Medicine PowerPoint's and Documents available on our web site Topics include: How to start a Preventative Medicine Program AIDS Awareness Minority Medicine Injury Prevention Smoking Prevention

11 “Sports Drive for Kids” April 27 th, 2007 Visited Hardy Middle School in Washington, D.C. SOMA chapters donated over 100 pieces of sporting goods!


13 National SOMA Fall Convention Service Project at the Senior Community Center in San Diego October 1, 2007 Community Center's mission is to provide quality and compassionate services for the survival, health and independence of seniors living in poverty. SOMA students gave a presentation on nutrition and physical fitness for the elderly. 50 Dyna-Bands and 6 sets of free weights were handed out during the presentation. A check for $940 that went towards the Feed A Senior program was presented.


15 SOMA Unity Project 2007 Homeless shelter outreach program in NYC Dec 26th-30 th, 2007 Will be working with Help USA, which helps run many of NYC's shelters. Tasks will include: asthma workshops for children, computer skills workshops for women, maintenance work, etc. More information can be found at:

16 Community Service Activities Medical missions Free clinic work in local communities targeting: Underserved Uninsured Those having difficulty gaining access to healthcare Used to introduce OMI & OMSII to clinical experiences Often is initial exposure to patient care

17 LECOM students in Africa on a medical mission.

18 VCOM students at a medical mission in Honduras

19 Individual Chapter Projects Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Campaign Rural Health Fair Minority Outreach DOs Fit for Life “Fun Run/Walk”

20 Chapter of the Year Award aka “Golden Femur Award” Awarded to the chapter that has been most active throughout the year Based on several criteria including community service, national involvement and local projects 2007 winner Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM)

21 National Primary Care Week: Community-based Primary Care: Promoting Justice in Health October 8 - 12, 2007 A collaboration of American Medical Student Association (AMSA) and Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) chapters. Reports and pictures in the spring meeting!

22 Thank you so much for your time!

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