Welcome to the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA)

We are the student arm of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and represent the nation’s largest network of osteopathic medical students. If you are an osteopathic medical student, there is a place for you in SOMA.

Since its inception in March of 1970, SOMA has represented the voice of osteopathic medical students. We are an organization committed to advocacy within the medical profession, and support of osteopathic medical students through the challenges of medical school.

We are also a home for community outreach, philanthropy, lifelong learning and leadership development. Through our local chapters at Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (COMs), we implement educational and outreach programming, to support students and local communities. Through our national conferences, we are able to bring together passionate student leaders from across the country, to learn from each other, inspire one another, and build lifelong friendships.

In collaboration with our many partner organizations, SOMA also endeavors to offset the enormous debt burden that so many of us face. We do so through exclusive SOMA scholarships, product discounts, and free resources for our members. We know that medical school comes with a unique set of challenges, so we leverage our connections and resources to make the journey just a little bit easier.

On behalf of the SOMA leadership team, welcome to the family.

Kate de Klerk, OMS III
National President