Region II

Welcome to Region II
Melanie Weyers, OMS II
Region II Trustee
Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

Region II is a group of nine schools consisting of schools from Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, and Mississippi. We represent a diverse group of students mostly in the southeastern portion of the United States. We are a very passionate group of medical students and leaders who are eager about the development and maintenance of osteopathic medicine. As a region we have chosen to focus our outreach on furthering mental health awareness, specifically focusing on those with disabilities and preventable diseases, as well as advocating for LGBT issues in medicine. Region II is devoted to promoting osteopathic medicine through advocacy and leadership at their respective schools, in their communities, and on a national front.

Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM)

The Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine is located in Dothan, AL – the peanut capital of the world. The SOMA chapter is the largest organization on campus and is heavily involved in the community. We hold monthly community outreach events at the Dothan Rescue Mission with service to the homeless, underserved, and underrepresented. We are also strong advocates for domestic violence victims and strongly support the local shelter for battered women and children called The House of Ruth. The Dothan community is immensely supportive of ACOM and we truly enjoy giving back to our community through the osteopathic philosophy.

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Pictured above are: front row…Jordan Jay (secretary) and Mayen Gonzalez (Nat’l Liaison Officer); back row, left to right…Justin Cullifer (Dir. of Education and Community Outreach), Vivianna Wu (Dir. of Public Relations), Carlos Garcia Galindo (President), Samantha Gooch (Vice President), and Anthony Picco (Treasurer)

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Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM)

Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine, located in the small town of Buies Creek, was established in 2013 as the first Osteopathic Medical School in North Carolina. Our mission is “to educate and prepare community–based osteopathic physicians in a Christian environment to care for the rural and underserved populations.” Our diverse student body represents over 110 colleges and universities, 54% from the southeastern United States. It is estimated that Campbell Medicine will have a total economic impact of $300 million over its first ten years of operation. As an auto-enrolled campus, students can receive SOMA membership benefits all four years of their medical education. Our SOMA chapter is best known for our medical equipment fundraiser and annual Osteopathic Ball, in addition to the professional development and political action opportunities throughout the year. At CUSOM we hope to expand our reputation to include more regular service projects and socials that bring together students, residents, faculty and staff as great networking opportunities and convenient ways to give back and be involved in our community.

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Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine—Auburn (VCOM-Auburn)

VCOM-Auburn is one of three schools associated with the Via College of Osteopathic Medicine and our school is located in Auburn, Alabama. One of our main events, the SOMA Med Gala, is an annual party thrown for the school to celebrate being in medical school and to enjoy our fellow classmate’s and faculty’s company.

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Chapter President: Landry Shipman
Nat’l Liaison Officer: Emily Chin

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine—Carolinas (VCOM-CC)

VCOM–Carolinas is in Spartanburg, SC, better known as Sparkle City. We host an annual Gala and Leadership Symposium as well as a variety of events throughout the year. Being an organization that represents our entire student body, our other yearly events change to cater to what the students feel they need from us at that time. Our SOMA Leadership Symposium is a highly attended event, where SOMA members have the opportunity to learn various leadership styles, the leadership opportunities available to them in medicine, and how they could ultimately impact their local community as a physician. We also have the VCOM Gala, events during National Osteopathic Medicine Week, and speakers focusing on national medical issues.

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Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine—Bradenton (LECOM-Bradenton)

LECOM–Bradenton is located on the Southwest coast of Florida and is one of the few medical schools to solely offer the Problem Based Learning (PBL) curriculum. SOMA at LECOM Bradenton plays a significant role in introducing students to the political and bureaucratic aspects of medicine and health care with the goal of fostering an engaged, informed, and productive membership. Two recent successful fundraisers include our sale of new white coats to OMS-2s before starting their clinical rotations and the sale of small medical equipment to OMS-1s to be prepared for their Clinical Exam course. SOMA also organizes a Big/Little program for the incoming OMS-1s to be matched with an OMS-2 mentor to whom they can go for questions about the unique, demanding lifestyle of a medical student.

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Chapter President: Fred Stange
Nat’l Liaison Officer: Kevin Cannavina

Lincoln Memorial Univ. DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM)

LMU-DCOM has worked hard this year to promote SOMA and osteopathic principles and practices on their campus. Events at their COM included: A food pantry event which provided food to over 700 people in the local community, an education event providing information about medical school and the osteopathic profession at a local underserved school, a resolution writing workshop, and writing resolutions for the SOMA House of Delegates, and fundraisers for Charity Miles and Doggie Dash 5K.

Nova Southeastern Univ.—Kiran Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-KPCOM)

NSU-KPCOM has gone above and beyond this year, engaging its members in leadership and advocacy at the national level. Events at their COM included: Promotion of mental health through a tile-breaking event, bringing local animals from an animal shelter to the campus, and raising funds for local charities through events such as Cardio for Cupid.

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine—Georgia (PCOM-GA)

The Georgia Campus of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM) is located in beautiful Suwanee, Georgia. The SOMA chapter at GA-PCOM proudly presents the Annual Old Peachtree Road 5k and gifts the proceeds to a local charity. This year the organization is Extra Special People, Inc, which will use the proceeds to sponsor summer camp for participants in their program. SOMA also organizes community service opportunities with MedShare of Atlanta to assist with packing unused medical supplies to be sent to underserved areas.

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William Carey Univ. College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM)

WCUCOM has had a successful year, focusing much of its attention on fundraising for charities and on-campus events. Events at their COM included: A t-shirt selling fundraising campaign, participating in the Charity Miles fundraiser, a tile-smashing event to promote mental health awareness, and they participated in services weekly at a local food pantry.