Welcome to Region I
Region I is comprised of eight osteopathic medical schools from Maine, New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey representing a diverse group of students hailing from across the nation and abroad. Our region is comprised of students with a dedication to community service, excellence in student leadership, and a passion for healthcare advocacy. Region 1 SOMA members strive to advocate for the osteopathic profession, community service within underserved communities, mental health advocacy, political advocacy, and much more! Want to learn how to become active in a chapter near you? Read more about each of Region I’s SOMA Chapters below!
Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Hello from RowanSOM’s chapter of SOMA! We are dedicated to helping the community within and surrounding our campus. We also provide information about national events, such as DO Day on Capitol Hill, OMED, available national SOMA scholarships, and more.
This year, we held De-Stress Fest during an exam week! Several campus organizations came together to provide calming activities to do or delicious food to eat to help our students relax. It was a great school-wide event that allowed students to take a much needed break from studying!
We also held our first ever Narcan Training through the initiatives of the SOMA Opioid Task Force at Rowan. We were excited to have an overwhelming turnout and are looking forward to holding more of these trainings in the future!
Given the unique COVID-19 circumstances, it is unfortunate that several of our national and campus SOMA events have been cancelled. However, that has not stopped us from planning virtual events with other RowanSOM clubs and thinking ahead to the events that we can hold once we can all return to campus!
NYIT-COM Old Westbury
Our goal is to introduce medical students to the Student Osteopathic Medical Association. We aim to educate students about their role in health advocacy, inform students of the opportunities available to them through community leadership, and promote meaningful involvement opportunities.
2019-2020 Community Outreach
Soup Kitchen Volunteer: Ladles of Hope
SOMA partnered with Ladles of Hope to help prepare and serve breakfast and lunch to those in need. We also helped sort new and gently used clothing and distribute the items. Showers, towels and toiletries were also provided. We were very lucky to spend some time outside of studying- giving back to our community. Overtime, these became in high demand, and we had to cap the number of volunteers which was amazing how active our members are! We hope to continue this into next year.
Implicit Biases Discussion:
Members engaged in team building exercises regarding implicit biases with guest speaker, Desiree, the associate director from the Glen Cove Boys and Girls club. In conjunction with Physicians for Human Rights, we wanted to educate individuals of NYITCOM on the implicit biases that we have and how we can overcome them when interacting with our patients.
Halloween for the Hungry:
Collaborated with Physicians for Human Rights and LGBTQ+ Organization on this event. Members went around to local neighborhoods to trick-or-treat for canned goods instead of candy. There was also a collection box placed in front of our lecture hall throughout the week.
NYIT-COM SOMA students had the opportunity to perform basic physical exams on those with special needs at their annual hockey event. We also were able to talk about healthy lifestyle and practices with patients.
Spearheaded by our opioid overdose taskforce, SOMA collaborated with ACONP and the AMA to provide training hosted by the Nassau County HHS.
Blood pressure screenings:
Taking place through January- February in gurdwaras, mosques, and synagogues. We were able to provide blood pressure & blood sugar screenings for different religious groups to combat the white coat fear. We were very lucky to get great feedback from the religious sites, and were able to practice our skills under the guidance of a physician.
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Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine — Erie Campus
We are located in Erie, Pennsylvania where it never stops snowing! Our SOMA Chapter hosts a variety of events including Bingo night at the Senior Center, the Big-Little Program and SOMA Suppers! We also put on a variety of fundraisers that include selling gloves for anatomy lab, small equipment for our history and physical course, and flowers at the commencement ceremony! One event we hold within our community is Craft Night at the Senior Center. LECOM is very lucky to have an associated Senior Living Center and SOMA has developed events to encourage students to volunteer with the residents. We have multiple events at the Senior Living Center each month including craft nights. Not only do the students enjoy a break from the grind of medical school, but the residents also look forward to the events and we have received plenty of positive feedback with a desire for more events. We also hold Bingo Night and Manicure Night and we have started doing Board Game Saturdays with the residents.
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Chapter President: Mikaela Wadding
Nat’l Liaison Officer: Lauren Hibshman
LECOM at Seton Hill
Our chapter provides meeting space for discussion of policies that affect osteopathic practitioners and our future patients. Each year we have a medical equipment fundraiser and Be the Match Drive. We also represent our school at the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association Clinical Assembly.
We are striving to supplement our medical education with additional resources in preparation for boards and practicing of clinical skills. This calendar year we will be holding many events to get other osteopathic students on campus involved and reach out to the community, while we continue our education on the path to physicians.
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PCOM SOMA in Philadelphia, PA
Every year, PCOM is proud to host many events on and off campus. Our community service chair is currently working on setting up monthly events for members to participate in. Previous events include MANNA, Prevention Point, and Habitat for Humanity. This October, students at local schools with special needs came to PCOM to trick or treat. Each club on campus decorated a spooky halloween table and welcomed children with special needs to enjoy some candy!
We also hosted several talks for cultural competency and social medicine. Our speaker this year was delighted to talk about the role of culture in death and dying and how we as healthcare providers can better communicate with our patient’s needs. We are currently working on our yearly projects including a professional white coat sale for our M2 and M3’s to have for clinical rotations. In addition, we are preparing an equipment list for our incoming DO class. We are excited to host a 5K in September with all the proceeds going to our local PCOM Student Run Clinic shelters. PCOM SOMA is looking forward to another successful year serving our community!
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TouroCOM NY opened its doors back in 2007, located in the heart of the Harlem community. Every year, our SOMA Chapter hosts the orientation week BBQ, participates in two local health fairs hosted by all of the organizations at the Harlem TouroCOM, and we usually end the year off bringing over 70 students to D.O Day in Washington DC. D.O day is the highlight of the year as we take students to learn about the many policies being battled for by our representatives in the state capital. It is truly an eye opening event for many students who are not familiar with the policy process. It also is an experience that inspires many students and gives them an opportunity to meet individuals from across the nation.
Due to the recent switch to online learning, we were forced to celebrate National Osteopathic Medicine Week from home. We refused to let social distancing be our excuse for not celebrating the one week of the year that celebrates us as students and us as future physicians. We decided to find another way around it. Together as a Chapter, we planned an initiative to empower and encourage ourselves! We planned a D.O week event where students will be given a topic of the day and have the opportunity to post their responses on Facebook. One of the days even included a “#tbt” where students are encouraged to post old pictures from their premedical years. We wanted to use this time, that has been given to us, to learn about what makes each of us great individually and with that, we can understand what makes us an unstoppable force together.
TouroCOM Middletown is one of two TouroCOM schools in NYS. Our campus is located in the Hudson Valley, by the foothills of the Shawangunk Mountains.
At TouroCOM we are passionate about osteopathic medicine, and the impact we have on our community, both locally and nationally.
Our Social Medicine Program continues to challenge students to think about issues that aren’t necessarily taught in the classroom. These ranged from discussing the challenges and rewards of practicing rural medicine, the opioid crisis in the Hudson Valley, the legal aspect of medicine provided by a local attorney, as well as the role religion plays in patients’ spiritual health.
We also like to get down and dirty with our politics! This past year we attended the Medical Society of New York House of Delegates where we participated in discussions relating to medical marijuana legislation, universal healthcare and vaccination rights. We also hosted a legislative roundtable with the Orange County Medical Society, senator James Skoufis, Assemblymen Colin Schmitt and Karl Brabenec, and Orange County DOH Commissioner Dr. Irina Gelman where we discussed the vaping crisis and the future of telemedicine.
This past year we revamped our Pre-SOMA Liaison chair position and established strong ties with some of our affiliate Pre-SOMA chapters. In November we hosted our COM’s first ever Open House which was attended by over 40 prospective medical students from the Tri-State area. We even had the Cornell Pre-SOMA chapter attend! These eager pre-meds enjoyed their day with a tour, Q&A sessions from administration and students, as well as OMM and virtual Anatomy demonstrations.
On days when we aren’t working hard, we enjoy having group outings such as apple picking and horseback riding at the dude ranch – just a few of the small-town charms of Middletown! Our newly elected chapter got to dance the night away at our COM’s formal which was a nice opportunity to get our heads out of the books and dress to the nines for a change!
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Univ. of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hello from UNECOM-SOMA! We are the only osteopathic medical school in New England, as well as the only medical school in the beautiful state of Maine. Our campus sits along the Saco River and is a wonderful place to learn, study, and grow. We’re proud to be osteopathic student doctors and love welcoming new members! Our main goals are education and advocacy. Every year we put on many events including a CV writing workshop, a fundraising bake sale, Pre-SOMA day, and have strong attendance at DO Day on the Hill. This past year we’ve worked with other clubs and organizations to host educational seminars on human trafficking, female physicians in WW1, and many more. Additionally, we held a community outreach event on cardiovascular health that was very successful. We are always looking to follow the passions of our members and cannot wait to see what this year has in store!