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About Pre-SOMA - Student Osteopathic Medical Association

Pre-Student Osteopathic Medical Association (Pre-SOMA)

What is Pre-SOMA?

Pre-SOMA is the undergraduate division of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) , a national organization of students pursing a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree.  Pre-SOMA is a way for pre-medical students to become a part of this community before getting into medical school.  It’s a way to help decide if osteopathic medicine is for you. Membership is free!

National Pre-SOMA works hard to promote Osteopathic medicine, increase the number of applicants to Osteopathic medical schools, support aspiring Osteopathic physicians at all levels of education, and continue the proud legacy of Osteopathic Medicine. The Pre-SOMA Website is your place for more information on how you can get involved in osteopathic medicine as a Pre-Medical student!  This is your place to learn about osteopathic medicine, keep up to date with upcoming Pre-SOMA events, and a chance to interact directly with current osteopathic medical students.

What is a D.O.?

The D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) degree, along with the M.D., is one of the two degrees conferred in the United States for the full practice of medicine, including surgery. Osteopathic physicians receive an additional comprehensive education in physical and manipulative medicine, enhancing the physician's ability to diagnose, evaluate, and treat while minimizing costs and side effects.Osteopathic medicine is a community of physicians that practice whole-person care and treat patients in a way that allows their body to find health. 

What is SOMA?

The Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) was founded in 1970 as a nonprofit association with the objectives to improve the quality of healthcare delivery, to educate osteopathic medical students, to espouse the ideals of osteopathic medicine, and to establish lines of communication among health care professionals.

With over 10,000 members, SOMA is the largest osteopathic medical student organization in the world. In addition to providing valuable programs and benefits, SOMA plays an active role in portraying the student voice to the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and larger medical community in order to help shape the future of our chosen career field. Volunteer osteopathic medical students run both local and National SOMA organizations. 

You can learn more about SOMA at www.studentdo.org 

You can learn more about the AOA at www.osteopathic.org


PreSOMA holds 4 events every year:

  • PreSOMA at OMED: Held in conjunction with OMED and SOMA Fall Conference, this event provides pre-med students with invaluable opportunities including an address from the AOA president, one-on-one time with med students, meetings with admissions officers, and clinical skills workshops.

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  • National Osteopathic Night Out: A casual wintertime Q&A session with medical students at your local coffee shop.

  • National ShaDO Week: An April event hosted at osteopathic medical schools across the country, this week consists of informative lectures, workshops, and tours. Agendas vary school to school.

  • PreSOMA at DO Day on Capitol Hill: Join hundreds of osteopathic medical students and physicians as they advocate for the osteopathic medicine profession and take part in interactive lectures and workshops in Washington, DC.

That sounds awesome. How can I get involved?

You can begin by becoming a National Member for free and get access to our member exclusive events and . You can also become a member of your local Pre-SOMA chapter. If your school/region does not have one, you can create one. You can be members of both your local chapter and national Pre-SOMA.

Click Here to sign up to be a National Member of Pre-SOMA. 

National Pre-SOMA is run by 2 National Directors and 4 Committee members. You can reach us at any time at presoma@studentdo.com

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Senior Pre-SOMA Director


Gregory Sun, OMS IV

Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine

Junior Pre-SOMA Director


Rachel Abramczyk, OMS III

Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine