Region V

Welcome to Region V!
Sidra Ali, OMS II
Region V Trustee
Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine

Region V is comprised of nine chapters from the states of California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico. While these osteopathic medical students come from diverse backgrounds, they are united in their passion for SOMA and their communities. Our chapters are committed to the mentorship of students interested in pursuing a career in medicine, as well as educating the community about the osteopathic profession. Region V remains active in matters of health policy by leading student advocacy at the local and national level. In the coming year, they plan to expand on their efforts in community outreach, policy, advocacy, and fellowship. Learn more about each of the Region V SOMA Chapters below!

Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine—Midwestern University (AZCOM)

AZCOM is located in Glendale, Arizona, just north of Phoenix. Their chapter encourages new members to be engaged and active within the community. AZCOM welcomes new members by holding a welcome BBQ for first-year medical students and engaging in the professional community by holding “Dinner with Doctors” events. They recently began a new mentorship program with the Desert Mirage School; teaching elementary school children about science and medicine and providing them with guidance in pursuing higher education. Recently they had the students attend a campus tour where they demonstrated knot tying, working with ultrasound machines, and how to work through cases in the simulation lab.

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Chapter President: Meghana Garisa
Nat’l Liaison Officer: Kristen Caine

A.T. Still Univ. School of Osteopathic Medicine—Arizona (ATSU-SOMA)

ATSU-AZ is located in Mesa, Arizona, just east of Phoenix. Their chapter takes an active role in health policy by advocating on the local and national level. Twenty-five of their members attended DO Day on the Hill in Washington D.C. this past March, pushing for continued funding of Teaching Health Centers and the Student Loan Forgiveness Program. Recently, they attended DO Day at the Legislature in Phoenix, AZ, and met with State Representatives and Senators to discuss the Affordable Care Act.

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Chapter President: Melanie De Shadarevian
Nat’l Liaison Officer: Nicole Labban

Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM)

BCOM is located in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and is one of the newest osteopathic medical schools in the country. The campus sits on the New Mexico State University campus, giving BCOM students great opportunities for mentorship with pre-med students. BCOM currently has over 140 SOMA members with 4 students serving on National SOMA. They stay active in mentorship with their DO for a Day program and Pre-SOMA chapter at NMSU. BCOM remains active in health policy at the local and national level, recently developing a relationship with the Alliance of Health Councils in Albuquerque with a focus in public health. Most recently, BCOM worked with other on-campus organizations to host a community health fair that reached over 400 community members. This fair offered health screenings, nasal Narcan training, various health-related presentations, and more.

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Chapter President: Giselle Irio
Nat’l Liaison Officer: Shaun Antonio

Pacific Northwest Univ. of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (PNWU)

PNWU-COM is located in Yakima in the heart of Central Washington characterized by medically underserved and rural populations. Their chapter remains committed to maintaining an active role in health policy, with annual visits to the capitol in Olympia, WA. PNWU-COM continues to work closely with state legislators on behalf of loan forgiveness and residency placement for osteopathic medical students.

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Chapter President: Jonathan Mai
Nat’l Liaison Officer: Jennifer Bryan

Rocky Vista Univ. College of Osteopathic Medicine—Southern Utah (RVUCOM)

RVUCOM-SU is located in Ivins, Utah, with their campus just ¼ mile away from the beautiful 1000ft Red Mountain. They are a satellite campus of RVUCOM in Parker, Colorado, and will graduate their first class in 2021. RVUCOM-SU remains active in the community with its annual Fall Festival and Spring Community Health Fair. Recently they also held 3 ARC blood drives, with a total of 88 pints donated. Working with 9 other student organizations, they hosted their Health Fair for community members that included: information booths, OMT demonstrations, ultrasound and Self Breast Exam demonstrations, as well as presentations on the opioid crisis and “What is a DO?”

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Chapter President: Parker Stocking
Nat’l Liaison Officer: Tyson Oswald

Touro Univ. California College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUCOM-CA)

TUCOM-CA is a 44-acre campus on historic Mare Island, located in Vallejo, California. Their chapter continues their work to engage members to be active in the community, health policy, and leadership. With their Pre-SOMA chapter at UC Davis, members work to engage pre-med students in the field of osteopathic medicine.

Touro Univ. Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUNCOM)

Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine is located in Henderson, Nevada, just outside of Las Vegas. Alongside their community outreach programs, they are also the defending basketball champions against Touro University California. TUNCOM hosts a variety of yearly events including fundraisers at all TUN commencement ceremonies with flower sales along with scrubs and whitecoat sales, monthly “Speaker Series” lunchtime presentations with Dr. Perlotto (our university’s psychologist), weekly volunteering at Shade Tree women’s shelter, and more! Recently, they partnered with the pediatrics club to host a petting zoo with all proceeds going to The Shade Tree, a shelter for women and children. The children in attendance were able to have loads of fun petting alpacas, ducks, chickens, rabbits, goats, sheep, and a donkey.

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Chapter President: Taylor Farish
Nat’l Liaison Officer: Josh Marcum

Western Univ. of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (WUCOMP)

WUCOMP is located in sunny Southern California in the city of Ponoma. They are extremely active in student advocacy and take advantage of the resolution writing opportunity that only SOMA membership can provide. WUCOMP takes pride in giving students a voice and show their support by attending all 3 of the National SOMA conferences each year. This year they are hosting a 1st year/2nd year mixer during orientation week to encourage collaboration between classes. Recently, they hosted 25 pre-medical students from different universities in Southern California and spoke with these students about what a typical day looks like for medical students by having them attend lectures, see an OMM demonstration and observe some clinical skills.

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Chapter President: Hetal Bhatt
Nat’l Liaison Officer: Katie Guadagno

Western Univ. of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest (WUCOMP-NW)

WUCOMP-NW is located in the small town of Lebanon, Oregon, just southeast of Salem. SOMA at COMP-NW has a dedication to fostering the minds of local pre-medical students. All pre-medical students with an interest in osteopathic medicine are invited to join their monthly events, hosted at COMP-NW in conjunction with the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of Oregon (OPSO). Past events have included a personal statement workshop, suturing workshop, ABCs of the medical school application process, and the history and philosophy of osteopathic medicine.

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Chapter President: Matt LaPlante
Nat’l Liaison Officer: Jordan Johnstone