Welcome to the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA)
Founded in 1970 as the student arm of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), SOMA is our nation’s longest standing and largest independent network of osteopathic medical students. SOMA advocates for the collective interests of our more than 15,000 members. Our organization holds direct representation within the AOA House of Delegates and works tirelessly to advocate on behalf of our members’ interest to stakeholders such as the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME), Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA), and the American Medical Association (AMA). SOMA seeks every opportunity to engage affiliates in order to ensure advocacy efforts such as these are as impactful as possible. For example, our annual work with Omega Beta Iota (OBI) that mobilizes hundreds of osteopathic medical students in order to engage lawmakers on both State and Federal levels.
In complement to our advocacy work, SOMA is committed to creating programming for our chapters and members. Some of our accomplishments over this past year have included raising thousands of dollars in support of childhood cancer research, educating hundreds of potential D.O. candidates on principles of osteopathic medicine, hosting multiple osteopathic-centered research symposiums, conducting opioid overdose prevention training, in addition to providing necessary training supplies to hundreds of members across the country. Other areas of SOMA programming have emphasized service, professional and personal development opportunities, community health disparities, strengthening of the osteopathic identity, and creation of partnerships which provide substantial discounts to our members.
Just as we have done for the past 50 years, SOMA will continue to work tirelessly to improve the lives of our members and create positive outcomes on national and local chapter levels. It is important to acknowledge that success on these fronts is only possible because of efforts made by movers and shakers who make up our SOMA family. These leaders are members and alumni with different backgrounds, values, and experiences who are unified by a dedication to improving the lives of others. I invite you to join our family by becoming a member, alumni, business partner, or affiliate organization. Together, we will continue our organization’s legacy by even further elevating the osteopathic profession and the voice of its students through acts of advocacy, service, and personal growth.
I look forward to all we will accomplish together,
Nicholas C. Harriel, OMS III