The Student Osteopathic Medical Association is a remarkable organization led by enthusiastic students. It is an organization that recognizes we all live in a diverse world where we will all encounter the global issues of ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation and gender. These topics will also impact our professional lives and the need for cultural diversity and awareness in medicine needs to start with us.

First our medical community needs to be diverse in order to satisfy the diverse population it needs to serve. Working with Pre-SOMA and chapter leaders we encourage people of all different backgrounds to join our medical community in efforts to make our medical population more representative of the world population.

Our osteopathic principles remind us to look at a person as a whole. The workings of ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation, and gender in society are all components impacting an individual’s health. As future physicians we need to be culturally competent in order to better understand our patients and serve them with best care possible. This can be accomplished by incorporating the cultural topics into programming and events.

 

PROGRAMS

National Outreach for Diversity (NOD)


NOD is a series of outreach events organized by SOMA as well as a coalition of numerous other medical organizations designed to encourage K-12 students from underrepresented in medicine (UIM) demographics to pursue degrees in science and medicine.

 

DOCARE International


DOCARE International is a medical outreach organization dedicated to providing much-needed healthcare to indigent and isolated people in remote areas around the world. The membership is comprised of professionals from a wide range of backgrounds, disciplines, and locations, and new members and volunteers are always welcome. To learn more about the organization and find out what upcoming mission trips you may join in on, please visit docareintl.org.

 

International Trip Scholarships from the SOMA Foundation


This scholarship is designed to meet the needs of those students who participate in international medical missions and relief trips. Each student selected for the scholarship will receive up to $500 to cover transportation, room, board and essential expenses related to an international medical mission/relief trips. The completion of this trip may take place during any part of the four years of study.

This scholarship comes at the request of so many of you who take international relief trips each year and are looking for another source of financial support. This scholarship can help fund trips discovered through religious organizations, volunteer groups, non-governmental organizations, etc. Recipients will be selected at the discretion of the scholarship selection committee. Any questions should be brought to the SOMA Foundation Director of Scholarships and Grants.

Requirements for consideration:

  • SOMA membership
  • Demonstrate a strong interest in international medicine
  • The trip does not have a length requirement but must take place in a country outside of the United States

The awards will be distributed each year at the annual spring SOMA convention in Washington D.C. Awards may be applied to rotations that have previously occurred or are yet to occur as long as the applicant is still a student at an accredited college of osteopathic medicine at the time the scholarship is awarded.

 

Public Health Awareness


MONTH INFORMATION WEBSITE
January Cervical Health Awareness Month http://nccc-online.org
February American Heart Month http://www.americanheart.org
American Heart Association
March National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month www.preventcancer.org/colorectal
April Alcohol Awareness Month ncadi.samhsa.gov
May National Physical Fitness and Sports Month (“Fit For Life Campaign”) www.fitness.gov
June Home Safety Month www.homesafetycouncil.org/homesafetymonth
  National LGBTQ+ Pride Month Check your local city calendar for events
September National Sickle Cell Month www.sicklecelldisease.org
  National Suicide Prevention Month www.suicidology.org
www.yellowribbon.org
October National Breast Cancer Awareness Month www.nbcam.org
  Domestic Violence Awareness Month www.ncadv.org
November American Diabetes Month www.diabetes.org
December Safe Toys and Gifts Month Safe Toys
www.preventblindness.org
  World AIDS Day www.unaids.org/en/default.asp
http://www.worldaidscampaign.org/

 

Yellow Ribbon Campaign


Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine are physicians who treat the whole person, not just symptoms. We emphasize prevention and wellness in maintaining good health care and consider all aspects of a patient’s condition, history and lifestyle before making a diagnosis.

Because D.O.s emphasize prevention and wellness to maintain good health, we support the work of the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program in its effort to stop teen suicide. Teens and youth who appear to be happy can be screaming silently in the deepest emotional pain. The Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program can save lives. For more information on this program visit the website at www.yellowribbon.org.