Welcome to Region IV!
Region IV is comprised of 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. This is accomplished by inviting guest speakers with knowledge on topics ranging from the business of medicine to political advocacy to the intersections of mental health and medicine. Many campuses in our region also host a St. Baldrick’s event which fundraises for pediatric cancer research. Thus far this year, our region has raised almost $95,000! 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 (ARCOM) located in Fort Smith, AR and we are proud to present some of our events and our social information!
World Down Syndrome Day: On March 21st we celebrated by wearing crazy socks and listening to the Buford’s speak about their son Cooper.
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!
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.
L to R: World Down Syndrome Day, Walk with a Doc, and Cost of Poverty Experience
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, host many DO for a day events, raises money for St. Baldrick’s Foundation and helps to plan a local St. Baldrick’s event.
Taco Lunch Fundraiser & St. Baldrick’s Event: We hosted a taco lunch fundraiser at our school to raise money for St. Baldrick’s event. Many faculty and students attended the lunch! We also helped to plan and host a successful St. Baldrick’s event with Truman State University APO chapter.
Des Moines Univ. College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM)
Des Moines University (DMU) is located in the capital city of Des Moines, Iowa, and we are the number one average producer of family physicians in the country (AAFP, 2017). Some of what the SOMA chapter at DMU does every year includes putting on a St. Baldrick’s fundraiser, as well as What’s in a Doctor’s Bag events, World Aids Week, a Meet the Faculty Night, a diagnostic equipment sale, and we also participate in the DMU Senior Health Fair, DO Day on the Hill, and Charity Miles every year. We have 12 club board members and about 75% of our class signed up for SOMA membership. We plan to expand the roles of some of our board positions this year and compete for the Golden Femur!
Trivia Night Fundraiser for St. Baldrick’s Day: Participants put together a team and attended trivia night! We held the trivia night to help reach our St. Baldrick’s fundraising goal. The winning team chose from prizes and there was free food for all participants.
St. Baldrick’s Day: Our annual fundraiser for St. Baldrick’s Day includes several events during the day including pieing professors in the face and having people raise money to shave their heads or donate their hair. The St. Baldrick’s foundation raises money for childhood cancer research, some of which stays in Iowa.
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.
L to R: Trivia Fundraiser for St. Baldrick’s, St. Baldrick’s, and What’s In a Doctor’s Bag? (click pictures to enlarge)
Kansas City Univ. College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCU-COM)
We are excited to partner with KCU-COM to work on building membership for the upcoming year. They want to share about SOMA at their fall club fair and are brainstorming how to best utilize social media to get the word out.
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.
St. Baldrick’s Rock the Bald: We hosted our first St. Baldrick’s event on April 27, 2019. We are excited to be a part of the fight against pediatric cancer.
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 a 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 to promote SOMA to incoming classes. We also fundraise for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and Martha’s Village. Efforts given by the outgoing E-board and Board of Directors were truly admiring and did not go unnoticed; National SOMA presented CCOM the ‘Golden Femur,’ an award given to the best chapter of the year. While this is only a sample of what SOMA members at CCOM are involved in, we continue to find new ways to engage with one another and our community, working towards best preparing our students for future careers as Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine.
SOMA Auction: To raise money for DO Day on the Hill expenses, SOMA hosted an event for students and family members. Raffle items included a signed basketball from the Bulls, a Bears signed photo, a free month of yoga class, gift certificates, and more. A live auction was also held for tickets to sporting events, dinner with professors, bowling with our Biochemistry department, and free OMT treatment!
ISMS Lunch Talk with President Dr. Tynus: Dr. Tynus, President of the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS), came to campus to discuss the role of ISMS in advocating for physicians and presented pieces of policy that will be included in discussion at the upcoming ISMS meeting. We learned what ISMS does for us as future physicians, protecting our practicing rights, and what we can do now to be involved in policy.
L to R: Welcome Week bowling activity, SIHI Conference; and SOMA Auction (click pictures to enlarge)
NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine—Arkansas State (NYITCOM)
NYITCOM at A-State is located in Jonesboro, Arkansas. This year our chapter was awarded the Excellence in Community Service award due to the expansion of community outreach; including, work at the NEA Food Bank and the growth of our NOD program in the local elementary schools. Our chapter participates in St. Baldricks Shave to Save event and Charity Miles annually. Pre-SOMA outreach included National Osteopathic Night Out and National ShaDO week. The Social Medicine Certification program continues to be one of our most popular programs. Finally, we voted in an LGBT+ action committee in order to address and educate our community about the healthcare disparities experienced by the LGBT+ community. Charity miles
National Osteopathic Night Out (NONO): Finding Your Match in Medicine: The Pre-SOMA chapter from ASU spent an evening “speed dating” the different aspects of applying for medical school. We had 5 stations set up (Letters of recommendation/Personal Statements, MCAT, Interviewing, Required coursework, and Osteopathic Medicine and Me) with medical students leading discussions at each station.
Past and Present Research Symposium: SOMA members were able to practice their presentation skills by presenting research they had worked on in the past, or are currently working on, to the rest of the chapter.
Mini-House of Delegates: SOMA members spent time reviewing, discussing, and voting on resolutions in order to see what the House of Delegates is like. The outcomes of the mini-HOD votes determined how the delegates voted in the spring House of Delegates.
L to R: National Osteopathic Night Out, Past and Present Research Symposium, and E-Board (click pictures to enlarge)
Oklahoma State Univ. College of Osteopathic Medicine (OSU-COM)
Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine’s SOMA chapter is located in Tulsa, OK, and we tend to be the largest organization on campus. Our yearly events are primarily our Rural Health Fair and mentor/mentee dinners with the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association, but last year we held collaborations with our school’s SNMA chapter for the MAPS conference as well as their Pipeline Project. We also take part in charity miles and St. Baldrick’s on the national level. Fun fact: Previous OSU-COM SOMA NLO Alex Smith influenced our national leader John Rajala and his involvement with SOMA!
Legislative Update with Lana Ivy, CEO of Oklahoma Osteopathic Association: As an advocacy organization, it is imperative that we keep our students updated about the bills that are being passed on the state level. Enter Lana Ivy; she introduced the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association to our members and its role in osteopathic medicine advocacy. She also informed us about bills being passed and what their effects on our future profession would be.
L to R: Legislative Update , and Legislative Update  (click pictures to enlarge)
Rocky Vista Univ. College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVU-COM)
RVU-COM is located in Parker, CO just south of Denver. A fun fact about our school is 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, which details about can be found below.
National Outreach for Diversity: RVU-SOMA visits an underserved middle school and spends the day teaching disciplines such as anatomy, tourniquet technique, and ultrasound.
Univ. of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine (UIWSOM)
Hi everyone, We’re from University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine in San Antonio, TX. We are essentially a brand new chapter and hope to have successful yearly St. Baldrick’s events and mini DO day Events! Here is our most recent event—
Brunch with Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee: We held a brunch with Dr. Ross-Lee that included an intimate sit-down with her and SOMA leadership to discuss who we are as individuals and as a school, as well as discuss leadership in osteopathic medicine etc. We also had her as guest speaker for the entire student body and faculty, as she discussed her journey into osteopathic medicine and gave words of wisdom and encouragement.
L to R: Brunch with Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee , Brunch with Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee , and DO Day (click pictures to enlarge)
Univ. of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC-TCOM)
UNTHSC-TCOM is going through its leadership transition, and we are looking forward to partnering with the incoming Chapter Leaders to build up membership over this next year.