Welcome to Region IV!
Region IV is comprised of ten chapters from the states of Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. We are really proud of the work we have accomplished this past year, and we are looking forward to all we can achieve in the coming one. In Spring 2018, we raised over $100,000 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a non-profit with the aim of raising funds to help find cures for children with cancer. We advocated for policies we believe will improve the U.S. healthcare system at DO Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, and we passed several resolutions in the SOMA House of Delegates. We taught underserved children in their schools, and we ourselves learned by participating in the SOMA Social Medicine Certificate Program. In 2018–19, we are excited about expanding our efforts in advocacy, policy, philanthropy, community service and addressing health disparities.
Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine (ARCOM)
ARCOM is located in Fort Smith, Arkansas on the west side of the state. After only its first year as an inaugural campus, it has done extremely well. The ARCOM SOMA Chapter has had a really great first year, focused on establishing a solid foundation as the ARCOM Inaugural Class of 2021 and networking at the national level at conferences like OMED in Philadelphia and the SOMA Spring Conference in Washington, DC. Events at their COM included: Mental Health and Wellness Day, St. Baldrick’s Foundation Event, Social Medicine Certificate Program, and SOMA Socials. They also successfully managed to recruit 77 founding members to their local SOMA Chapter during the membership drive.
A.T. Still Univ. Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM)
AT Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine is the founding Osteopathic Medical School and is located in Northeastern Missouri. We are home to the Museum of Osteopathic
Medicine and have on display a completely dissected and preserved nervous system!
The ATSU-KCOM SOMA Chapter has had a solid year, focused on charity and mentorship. Events at their COM included: St. Baldrick’s Foundation Event, Pre-SOMA National Osteopathic Night Out (NONO), Mock Medical School Interview Day, Opioid Overdose Education, DO for a Day Event, and raised money for the hurricane victims in Texas.
For their St. Baldrick’s event, they partnered with Truman State University and raised $7000, more than doubling their goal of $3000. They helped organize an Opioid Overdose education lecture for students and residents. One of their members received a grant from the AOA allowing them to purchase 12 doses of Narcan given to students trained at their human patient simulator lab event. They held 3 “DO for a Day” events where students came from as far as Hawaii to learn about Osteopathic Medicine and ATSU. They held Mock interviews for pre-medical students from Truman State University and the University of Missouri, while also demonstrating OMT and giving them a campus tour, and a session on medical school applications. They have created mentorship programs with two universities: University of Northern Iowa and Marquette University where they pair pre-meds with current students as mentors to help them through the application process. They also held a National Osteopathic Night Out (NONO) event through National Pre-SOMA and met with pre-med students from Truman State University and the University of Missouri.
Des Moines Univ. College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM)
What a truly amazing year it has been for the DMU SOMA chapter. With the leadership of the past President, Valeriya Korchina, past National Liaison Officer, Pat Gilson, and the rest of the 2017-2018 SOMA board, the DMU chapter of SOMA accomplished so many great things. Because of their efforts, Des Moines University was awarded the “Golden Femur” – the award given to the best chapter for that year.
In the past year, membership in SOMA rose from 55% to 75%, totaling 165 of 221 of the class of 2021. This makes the Des Moines chapter one of the largest SOMA chapters in the nation. They also reestablished a working relationship with the state society Iowa Osteopathic Medical Association (IOMA). They also had representatives from DMU participate in DO Day on the Hill, speaking with politicians and their staff to help further the issues important to us as students and future physicians. SOMA was a large part of campus events this past year, being incorporated into several different events, as well as being the primary planner and sponsor of the following events: World AIDS Week: HIV Diagnosis and Treatment OSCE, their Annual Diagnostic Equipment Sale, creation of a new Pre-SOMA Chapter at Simpson College, St. Baldrick’s Foundation event, National Outreach for Diversity-Brody Middle School, NOM Week-Osteopathic Awareness Among Seniors Event, a US Healthcare 101 Series and many other impressive events.
Kansas City Univ. College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCU-COM)
KCU-COM is under new leadership, and we are excited for what they are going to accomplish this year. We are working closely with their new Chapter Leaders to launch a successful membership drive in the fall and to plan programming for the new academic year.
Midwestern Univ. Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (MWU-CCOM)
The Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) was founded in 1900, and is currently located in Downers Grove, Illinois. SOMA’s chapter at CCOM is engaged both on campus and in the community and hosts various yearly events including St. Baldrick’s fundraiser for childhood cancer research and a new annual fundraiser for Martha’s Village which provides winter necessities to homeless children. In addition, we collaborate with various clubs on campus such as Student Government Association and Internal Medicine Club. While these are only a small sampling of things SOMA members are passionate about, we continue to strive to educate, engage in service, and prepare students for their future careers as osteopathic physicians.
The CCOM SOMA Chapter has had yet another amazing year, focused on mental health, health disparities and many other important topics. Events at their COM included: “Stop the Crazy Talk” Campaign, 3rd Annual Student Interventions in Health Inequities Conference, Pre-SOMA High School Osteopathic Outreach, National Outreach for Diversity in Medicine Campaign, Scholars de Salud, and another successful St. Baldrick’s Foundation Event. They successfully managed to recruit 98 new members to their local SOMA Chapter during the membership drive. They also won the Region IV Excellence in Community Outreach and Service Award.
NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine—Arkansas State (NYITCOM)
The NYITCOM at A-State SOMA Chapter has had a fantastic first year as a chapter, focused on a variety of items ranging from osteopathic education, Pre-SOMA outreach, and community service. Events at their COM included: 1st Annual NYITCOM at A-State St. Baldrick’s Foundation Shave to Save Event where they raised over $11,000, Pre-SOMA COM Day, SOMA Social Medicine Certificate Program, Pre-SOMA National Osteopathic Night Out (NONO), Arkansas Osteopathic Medical Association (AOMA) Event, and Hospice Christmas Carolling. They successfully managed to recruit 86 new members from the Class of 2020 and 74 from the Class of 2021, totaling 160, to their local SOMA Chapter during the spring and fall membership drives. They also won the National SOMA Golden Tibia for Young Chapter of the Year! Considering this is their first full year as a chapter, these were some pretty amazing accomplishments.
Oklahoma State Univ. College of Osteopathic Medicine (OSU-COM)
Located along the beautiful Arkansas River in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine is Oklahoma’s original and only Osteopathic Medical School. Founded in 1972 as the Oklahoma College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery, it became a part of the Oklahoma State University System in 1988. To date, the college has graduated 2,928 physicians, more than half of which practice in Oklahoma.
OSU COM’s SOMA chapter has had an excellent year. Events at their COM included: OOA Mentor/Mentee Dinner, Rural Health Fair (Perkins, OK), St Baldrick’s Benefit Dinner Night, St Baldrick’s Head Shave Event (over $7000 raised), and DO Day on the Hill OKC. They successfully managed to recruit 85 new members to their local SOMA Chapter during the membership drive. This year’s SOMA Region IV Promoting Osteopathic Medicine award was also given to OSU-COM SOMA Chapter.
OSU-COM SOMA aims to promote exposure and awareness of the osteopathic profession, encourage complete health and well-being, and benefit the community and charitable organizations. This year they aim to do even more with a couple of new outreach programs they are working on. Keep your ears open, and your eyes peeled!
Rocky Vista Univ. College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVU-COM)
RVU-COM SOMA has had a successful year starting to grow and establish a strong SOMA Chapter. Events at their COM included: St. Baldrick’s Foundation, political advocacy efforts, brought engaging speakers, and participated in the National Outreach for Diversity (NOD) in Medicine to inspire young people of color to consider medical fields as their future profession. They successfully managed to recruit 44 new members to their local SOMA Chapter during the membership drive.
Univ. of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine (UIWSOM)
“Howdy! We are the UIWSOM SOMA chapter! We are located in San Antonio, Texas, the home of the Spurs and some amazing Mexican food. We are the inaugural class at UIWSOM, so we are just getting started on creating our traditions and yearly events. Make sure to follow us on Instagram to keep up with all of our events and fundraisers!”
The UIWSOM SOMA Chapter is our youngest chapter, and as you can see in their introduction, they are full of spunk and passion. They have been busy establishing a presence at their young School of Osteopathic Medicine (SOM). Events have included: SOMA Suppers, Pre-SOMA Mixers, “How to Succeed in Medical School and Residency” Forum, Healthy Eating and Childhood Obesity Event, and DO Day on Capitol Hill. UIWSOM is one of our “auto-enroll” chapters. The auto-enroll program allows the school administration to purchase SOMA memberships for all of its students. So they are at 100% for their membership drive already!
Univ. of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC-TCOM)
UNTHSC-TCOM is under new leadership, and we are excited for what they are going to accomplish this year. We are working closely with their new Chapter Leaders to launch a successful membership drive in the fall and to plan programming for the new academic year.