Welcome to Region IV!
Region IV comprises eleven chapters from the states of Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. The chapters in our region are passionate about being involved in their local communities through hosting health fairs, volunteering in various capacities, and engaging with kids of all ages to increase awareness about healthcare and the osteopathic profession. We also seek to provide educational opportunities for medical students in addition to what they receive from the traditional school curriculum. Many campuses in our region also host a St. Baldrick’s event which fundraises for pediatric cancer research. We invite you to get to know each chapter better through their various highlighted events below. The Chapter Leaders are looking forward to implementing new ideas and goals this upcoming year, and we can’t wait to see all the great things that will be accomplished!
Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine (ARCOM)
We are Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine, and we are located in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Despite all the confusion the spring has brought us, with COVID-19, we have still had a great year. We have worked hard to get our facility, students, and community members involved with events, such as: Diversity Week, Social Med Talks, Walk with the Docs, St. Baldricks, National Outreach for Diversity, Two-Step CPR, Halloween Costume Contest, Cost of Poverty, and many more. Also, we started Pre-SOMA this year. We are excited for this upcoming year and to continue to grow within SOMA and as a future DO.
Walk with a Doc: Monthly walk in a nearby park with community members, faculty and students. Different health topics are addressed at each walk too!
World Down Syndrome Day
Walk with a Doc
Cost of Poverty Experience
National Outreach for Diversity: Northside High School – The program included one-on-one mentoring sessions with the high school students, and four hands-on activities that included OMT and stations that trained students how to take a blood pressure and listen to heart and lung sounds.
Cost of Poverty Experience: Participants learned the hardships of day to day life living in poverty through role play. We were assigned roles and put into respective families and assigned tasks to complete within one month with the goal of paying off monthly rent, grocery bills, utilities etc.
A.T. Still Univ. Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM)
A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine was the first Osteopathic Medical School. Every year our SOMA chapter participates in trunk or treat for Halloween, hosts many DO for a day events, and raises money for St. Baldrick’s Foundation. While in the past we helped plan a local St. Baldrick’s event, we were proud to have held our own St. Baldrick’s on campus for the first time ever this year.
Valentine’s Day Packages & Bake Sale for St. Baldrick’s Event: We hosted a Valentine’s Day Bake Sale at our school to raise money for St. Baldrick’s event. Many students volunteered their time and baking skills to donate baked goods and help us raise money for St. Baldrick’s. All proceeds from that also went towards St. Baldrick’s.
Be The Match: We were able to hold a Be The Match registry for a week, which allowed students, faculty and community members to register for the national bone marrow registry. As this was the first year doing this, we were unsure of the outcome, but were pleasantly surprised that we ran out of kits and had more than 60 people sign up.
Vital Signs Clinic: We hosted a Vital Signs Clinic at the local University. We brought our medical equipment/black bags and taught premed students how to evaluate the heart, lungs, BP, deep tendon reflexes, eye exam & otoscopic exam. This was a great way to inspire our juniors to keep working towards the goal of being a physician! This event was super successful. Would plan this event again.
Des Moines Univ. College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM)
Des Moines University (DMU) is located in the state capital of Iowa of the same name. Despite having many of our spring events cancelled due to COVID-19, such as our St. Baldrick’s day, we have still had a great academic year. Our organization has been working hard to establish and maintain a vaccine administration program that we hope to expand upon next year. This year we hosted a flu vaccine administration training session, which allowed students to practice giving vaccinations while also receiving their flu shots. We have engaged with our local community by hosting an informational booth regarding vaccination and we demonstrated how to prepare healthy meals at our senior health fair.
Trivia Fundraiser for St. Baldrick’s
Vaccine Administration Training: SOMA members hosted an event for vaccine administration training for DMU students. We watched a lecture on administration and then practiced giving shots to oranges. When we finished practicing we administered flu vaccines to our classmates under the supervision of a nurse.
Senior Health Fair: SOMA held two events during the DMU Senior Health Fair. The first event was a table to provide information regarding the importance for senior citizens to receive their vaccinations. The second table was a demonstration on how to prepare healthy meals. We provided recipes and cooked samples for the attendees.
What’s in a Doctor’s Bag: DO students visit elementary school classrooms and one family day at the YMCA to talk to them about what doctors do and show them the equipment we use. This is also an opportunity for them to ask questions to people in white coats in a setting that is familiar to them to help them feel comfortable asking questions about their health throughout their life.
Kansas City Univ. College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCU-COM)
We had a successful virtual St. Baldrick’s Event this spring. We have also been working with the SOMA Opioid Task Force and hosted a Naloxone Training on campus through the MO-Hope Project. We look forward to returning to campus in the fall and start planning more service and on-campus events!
Resolutions Writing Workshop with AMA: SOMA worked with the KCU AMA Chapter to host this event.
OMED: Members attended the OMED conference in Baltimore, voting on resolutions in the House of Delegates.
Kansas City Univ. College of Osteopathic Medicine—Joplin (KCU-Joplin)
Opened in 2017, the Joplin campus of Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences founded its SOMA chapter in the fall of 2018. Joplin, located in the southwest corner of Missouri, is the medical hub of the south central U.S. Joplin has two major hospital systems in the area, Mercy Hospital Joplin and Freeman Health System, and provides healthcare to a quarter of a million people daily.
Midwestern Univ. Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (MWU-CCOM)
Midwestern University’s Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine is located in Downers Grove, IL. We have had a great academic year, with events on and off-campus for students and community members. Larger events include “Stop the Crazy Talk” mental health campaign, a Student Interventions in Health Inequalities Conference, Pre-SOMA outreach, Scholars de Salud, lunch talks, and a Poverty Simulation during Welcome Week. We also hosted an IL State Representative to discuss Healthcare for All and fundraised for St. Baldrick’s Foundation as well as Martha’s Village.
Hosted the American Osteopathic Association: AOA CEO Dr. Kevin Klauer and President Dr. Ronald Burns met with CCOM SGA and SOMA leadership, and all our students to discuss recent changes in healthcare in addition to how we may utilize the AOA as students.
Holiday Drive 2019: With SOMA’s contribution, this year’s Margaret’s Village Holiday Drive raised over $4300, which means each of these 58 kids will get a new coat, hat, gloves, book, and at least two items on their wish lists this Christmas AND we will be able to add some much needed updates to the residents’ rooms at the Believe Shelter!
Scholars de Salud: SOMA Student Volunteers met with local high school students interested in the health professions in educational sessions designed to further their knowledge of and passion for healthcare. Specifically, we work with an underprivileged high school in Chicago, The Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy (IHSCA), educating Latino immigrants and their families.
NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine—Arkansas State (NYITCOM)
NYITCOM at A-State is located in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Our chapter was awarded the 2020 Golden Femur Chapter of the Year Award. We participate in fundraisers for St. Baldricks and placed 3rd overall in our region for Charity Miles. The Social Medicine Certification program continues to be one of our most popular programs, as well as our NOD program for underserved youth. Our largest achievements this year include the HIV Symposium and work to send 26 members to attend DO Day on Capitol Hill.
Delta HIV Symposium: The Delta HIV Symposium was created to bridge the gap in provider education concerning the HIV diagnosis and patient care. 109 attendees were presenting including speakers from across the nation.
National Outreach for Diversity: The NOD program implements training sessions for members to teach our medical/science NOD curriculum to underserved youth within our local community. This program involves ~32 students during bi-monthly, 1 ½ hour sessions.
National Osteopathic Night Out
Past and Present Research Symposium
Oklahoma State Univ. College of Osteopathic Medicine (OSU-COM)
Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine’s SOMA chapter is located in Tulsa, OK. On campus, our yearly events are the Rural Health Fair and the mentor/mentee dinners with the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association (OOA). Last year we held collaborations with the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse for Naloxone Training and with the OOA on legislative activism. Also, we participate in volunteer work with our local community and St. Baldrick’s on the national level. As a dynamic and engaged chapter we always strive to become better physician leaders through political activism and community service.
Rural Health Fair: Organize 60 volunteers, 8 student organizations, and external donations for one of our largest events of the year. Services provided include hypertension screenings, education via breast models, mental health resources, osteopathic manipulation, as well as education on PrEP and anatomy.
Rocky Vista Univ. College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVU-COM)
RVU-COM is located in Parker, CO, just south of Denver. We are the first school in the country to utilize a cut suit, which allows for realistic surgical simulations. RVU-SOMA’s big yearly event is the National Outreach for Diversity, but we also host NOD events and charity fundraisers for the St.Baldrick’s Foundation for Childhood Cancer. Most recently, in March-April of 2020 we raised over $500 for Help Colorado Now, an emergency aid relief organization for Denver citizens affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
National Outreach for Diversity: Visited an inner-city middle school with 11 volunteers and brought ultrasound machines, games, and pig organs to introduce the students to medicine.
Hosted Guest Speaker: Hosted guest speaker Dr. Vince Markovchick from the Healthcare for All Colorado Foundation at RVU. Dr. Markovchick gave an excellent presentation about the “Health of our Healthcare System” and the importance of establishing a Medicare For All program in this country.
Univ. of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine (UIWSOM)
UIWSOM is located on Brooks campus in south San Antonio, Texas. Our medical campus buildings formerly comprised the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine. It was one of the WWI army air installations. It was also the last place JFK gave a speech before his assasinatiton. We plan to have St. Baldricks, Charity miles and SOMA Cenas yearly. SOMA Cenas is an event where we teach the community how to prepare healthy meals and also teach them about healthier meal options.
Med Panel/ OMT intro combo: UIWSOM SOMA together with our OMM club organized a med panel and OMT training session at the University of Texas San Antonio. The goal was to enlighten the undergrads about medical school life and osteopathic medicine.
SOMA Master Narcan training: With help from the UTH School of Nursing, we trained 30 students and locals EMT and police force to become master Narcan training. Allowing those who came to the training and received certification to be able to train other on how to identify and reverse opioid overdose with Narcan.
Brunch with Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee 
Brunch with Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee 
SOMA Charity Miles: Students all joined in to run towards change and track their miles using the Charity Miles app, running collectively 4,384 miles! The goal was to get all students active and also to gain SOMA engagement.
Univ. of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC-TCOM)
Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine is located in Fort Worth, Texas. This year is a huge one for us because we are working on re-launching our SOMA chapter on our campus. We have worked to engage our faculty, administration, and student body in the importance of support for education, advocacy, and leadership within our osteopathic medical community. This spring we are hosting a virtual ShaDO Week in coordination with our SGA, National Osteopathic Medicine Week, and a resolution writing workshop. We cannot wait to come back next year and share memories of our events!