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!
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.
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine — Seton Hall Campus
We are one of LECOM’s three campuses located in Seton Hill, PA. We are proud to share recent events where members were able to see delegations on a state level, interact with alumni, see the latest research posters by residents in the area, and attend clinical CME classes. SOMA students attended POMA clinical assembly recently, a 5 day event with lectures ranging from “first line antibiotics to give” to “newest treatments in atrial fibrillation”. The SOMA executive board simultaneously attended the Pennsylvania House of Delegates to watch state level elections and voting on policies. Members also attended Pennsylvania Osteopathic Family Practice Society awards and luncheons as was Alumni dinners for networking events.
New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
We are located in Old Westbury, Long Island New York. Our SOMA chapter holds many meetings throughout the year focusing on research opportunities, hosting guest speakers such as Dr. Fischer, a trauma surgeon, as well as various fundraisers. We aim to raise awareness of the Osteopathic profession within our community as well as educate community members about osteopathic manipulation.
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine—Philadelphia Campus
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine is one of two locations. This chapter is located in Philadelphia, the city of Brotherly Love! Our chapter is very active on campus and within the community. Our most recent event, we got together at Prevention Point Philadelphia. Prevention Point Philadelphia provides harm reduction counseling, syringe exchange, free medical care, support and education groups, and referral to social services and drug treatment. We will be volunteering with them for the next couple of weekends and will continue to do so over the coming year.
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine—Harlem Campus
TouroCOM–Harlem is located in the middle of Manhattan, New York City, in the neighborhood of Central Harlem, on the same block as the Apollo Theater! As medical students in NYC, we enjoy the diversity of backgrounds of our class and the surrounding neighborhoods as much as we can! We have hosted Health Fair events in the past including Hip Hop Dancing with a Future Doc and plan to continue community events in the same spirit!
We recently hosted a Millennials in Medical Politics Fundraising Event in DC leading up to DO Day on the Hill, where we invited past AOA president- Dr. Levine, our current Clinical Dean, as well as Dr. Mikhail “Dr. Mike” Varshavski, to speak on osteopathic medicine political advocacy and what we can do as current students and future providers. Through the same event, we also raised funds for OPAC, the Osteopathic Political Action Committee, and consequently received the OPAC COMpete Award for the year. Also, for Pre-SOMA ShaDO Day, we hosted students and graduates from nearby colleges in the Tri-State Area to introduce them to osteopathic medicine and to our campus!
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine—Middletown Campus
TouroCOM is one of two campuses in the state of New York located in Middletown. As a chapter, we hold and advocate a wide range of events and causes. Our chapter volunteers with Habitat for Humanity regularly! We work with both the Habitat for Humanity based in Middletown, where our school is located, and also in Newburgh, a high poverty/high need area in our county. We host a Research Symposium annually to give TouroCOM Middletown students an opportunity to showcase any of their past research, whether it be recent, during medical school, or in the past, during undergrad. This gives everyone the chance to see the amazing and wide varied of research that students have worked on, ranging from treatments for cancer to the feeding patterns of stingrays! We also have the opportunity to observe our county’s physician-advocates in action as well as advocate for medical student concerns directly to our elected officials. This was made possible through the The Medical Society, County of Orange, Inc. representing Orange County, NY physicians who organized a Town Hall Meeting with our county legislators and opened the meeting to TouroCOM Middletown students. But don’t be fooled — SOMA isn’t all work and no play. We went out for bowling and arcade games with our club’s faculty advisor. It’s really something when you’re beating your advisor at DDR and she suddenly jacks up the difficulty on just your game board!
Rowan Univ. School of Osteopathic Medicine
Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine is located in Stratford, NJ, and we are the ONLY osteopathic medical school in the entire state of New Jersey. Our student body is one of the most diverse, as it reflects NJ’s ethnic diversity. Most of our graduates go on to become practicing physicians in our state. We hold various events throughout the year: Pre-SOMA ShaDO day for pre-medical students, A Mentor of the Year Award, community fundraisers, and a Policy Talk to increase student body interest in political involvement.
Univ. of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
As one of the most active groups at UNECOM, we are proud of the impact we have had in the school community as well as within southern Maine and New England. In the past 6 months, UNECOM SOMA has held 11 events and managed to raise a total of $900.00 to donate to charity. In one year, we have tripled the number of DO Day on Capitol Hill attendees and have founded three new collaborative partnerships with organizations in the local Biddeford community (Heart of Biddeford, THRIVE Biddeford, and Thornton Academy). For the 2017-2018 year, UNECOM SOMA has also put on at least one event that is representative of each Board of Director Position, including a CV/resume building presentation, the Florence House Bake-Off, Music and Memory iPod Drive, National Osteopathic Night Out (NONO), Dodging for Camp Sunshine, a presentation on health disparities, Thornton Academy High School Science Fair Mentoring, Laugh, Imagine, Move, Breathe-o! (LIMB-o!), and a business card fundraiser.