March 5th-6th | A Virtual Convention
For the second year now, the SOMA Spring Convention was online, due to COVID-19. Our community of resilient leaders was still able to gather, virtually, to learn, connect, and gather materials for their Action & Advocacy Toolkit with excitement and preparedness. This conference is a crucial introduction of the organization to our new leaders and is a time during which we conduct necessary business in our House of Delegates. This weekend also included Empower Hours with our National Leadership, a BEL Mentorship/Advocacy Session, an Advocacy Overview with the AOA Policy Team, Resolutions Workshop, Connect and Communicate Improv Sessions, Coping with COVID Letter Writing Campaign, a Keynote Address with President Biden’s COVID-19 Advisory Board, and a Fourth Year Specialty Panel. We are so thankful for our panelists who provided invaluable insights for our members, and we wish them the best as they pursue their careers. We had many meaningful goodbyes from our outgoing leadership which was a testament to SOMA’s ability to come together as a family that is passionate and active in our profession, no matter the circumstances. Take a look at our conference highlights below!
Bureau of emerging leaders (BEL): Mentorship & Advocacy
Attendees were able to listen and ask questions to Dr Alyssa Cole, Dr Selena Raines, and Student Dr Edie Waskel, all members of the American Osteopathic Association’s Bureau of Emerging Leaders. They discussed what it means to be a leader in advocacy on behalf of osteopathic physicians nation-wide and the importance of finding your voice and using it for the benefit of our current and future colleagues and patients across the country.
Fireside Chat with the Biden COVID Advisory Board
Dr Mike Osterholm & Ms Jane Hopkins with SOMA’s Student Doctor Alana Castro-Gillard.
2021-2022 National Leaders
|Board of Trustees
||National Board of Directors
Thank you, clara hoffman!
SOMA would like to thank our immediate past President, Clara Hoffman for her leadership and strong representation of the organization this year. You built on SOMA’s identity through your commitment to elevating the student voice and engaging our members. We have a lot to learn from your spirit of perseverance, and we know it will serve you well as you continue in your career. Wishing you nothing but the best!
SOMA & SOMA Foundation Awards
Congratulations to all!
SOMA Foundation Awards