Welcome to Region III!
Region III is comprised of nine chapters from the states of Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Virginia. While these chapters all come from different states, the student leaders all come together with the same goal of bettering their members and communities. Region III leaders excel at mentorship with the creation of new Pre-SOMA chapters, community service through health fairs and community gardens, and professional development with financial and medical workshops to prepare students for their career in medicine. Region III student leaders strive to enhance their members medical school experiences with well-rounded opportunities in political advocacy, research, fellowship, and more.
Univ. of Pikesville–Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (UP-KYCOM)
UP-KYCOM is located in Pikeville, Kentucky, a town nestled in the Application mountain range. Our location makes for beautiful scenery, in addition to inspiring our school’s mission: “Bringing Medicine to the Mountains”. Recently, UP-KYCOM attended DO Day on the Hill in Washington, D.C. and had an awesome turnout with over 40 SOMA members, plus the attendance of professors and deans. It was exciting to see so many passionate KYCOM students marching around Capital Hill in their white coats and advocating for Osteopathic Medicine and healthcare policy.
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine–Virginia (VCOM-VC)
Edward Via College Of Osteopathic Medicine- Virginia Campus is located in Blacksburg, Virginia near the campus of Virginia Tech. VCOM-VC is one of three campuses including Spartanburg, SC and Auburn, AL. The Virginia Campus boasts class sizes of approximately 180 students. Every student at VCOM is a member of SOMA, which makes our chapter incredibly active! As a SOMA chapter we hold annual events such as VCOM Gala, DO Day on the Drill, ShaDO Week, “Crunch and Munch” events with pre-SOMA, Jonesville Leadership Week, and many more! Recently, VCOM-VC student leaders took a trip to Jonesville, Virginia to clean up A.T Still’s birthplace park. It was a great bonding experience for the student organization leaders to come together and help preserve the land of Osteopathic Medicine’s founder!
Michigan State Univ.–College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSU-COM)
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine – located in East Lansing, MI – is a part of a statewide campus system, one of the largest in the nation! Recently, MSU-COM hosted the DO Monster Dash event. This event is held every year by the SOMA chapter at MSU-COM. The event consists of a 5K Race, where participants dress up in fun costumes and walk or run 5K in order to raise proceeds that go to local charity organizations!
Ohio Univ. Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine–Cleveland (OUHCOM-C)
The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine–Cleveland Campus welcomed its inaugural class in 2015. The campus is located in Warrensville Heights, OH, and is adjacent to the Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital. With our premier clinical partner being the Cleveland Clinic, our third and fourth year students have the exciting opportunity to train with clinical faculty throughout the extensive Cleveland Clinic network in the greater Cleveland area. Recently, OUHCOM-Cleveland has been working on preparing their Community Garden. The local SOMA chapter co-sponsors a campus garden and has projects related to it going on continuously. Students compost coffee grounds and organic waste generated on campus to add to the raised garden plots, plant vegetables in the spring, maintain and weed during the summer, and harvest in the fall. The produce is distributed in the lobby on campus.
Ohio Univ. Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine–Dublin (OUHCOM-D>
As one of the three Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine campuses, Dublin is located just minutes from downtown Columbus, OH. With the first class matriculating in 2014, OUHCOM-Dublin provides its students the opportunity to learn from some of Ohio’s most respected health care providers, while living in a city full of vibrant culture. Recently, OUHCOM-Dublin participated in the Head for the Cure 5K Event. This event served to fundraise money for brain cancer research and awareness. OU-HCOM Dublin SOMA Chapter volunteered to help set up and organize the 5K race in order to help make this event possible.
Ohio Univ. Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine–Athens (OUHCOM-A)
Being one of the three Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine campuses, OUHCOM-Athens is located in beautiful Athens, OH. With close connections to the other Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine campuses, OUHCOM-Athens is a wonderful atmosphere and beautiful campus to attend. Recently, OUHCOM-Athens hosted a Can You Make the Cut? event for National Osteopathic Medicine Week at Ohio University. The goal of this event was to educate the public about the Osteopathic Philosophy and all DO physicians can do. There was even a photobooth with surgical attire for individuals to dress up in. An awesome event to share more information with the community about the Osteopathic Profession!
Marian Univ. College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM)
Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine is located in the city of Indianapolis, IN. MU-COM is the first medical school to open in Indiana in the last 110 years, and is the first osteopathic medical school and only the second medical school in the state. MU-COM SOMA has been present since the school’s inception providing professional, social, and civil opportunities to yield the finest osteopathic physicians. Recently, MU-COM SOMA hosted a Donate Life Drive on campus. At the Spring House of Delegates, SOMA passed a resolution written by student doctors at MU-COM encouraging the education and promotion of organ donation at osteopathic medical schools during the month of April. For Donate Life Month, MU-COM SOMA hosted a Donate Life drive where osteopathic medical students were provided the resources needed to consider becoming an organ donor as well as a bone marrow registry drive through the organization Be The Match.
Liberty Univ. College of Osteopathic Medicine (LU-COM)
LU-COM SOMA members’ mission to serve LU-COM and the community demonstrates the goal of the LU-COM to create and mature Christ-centered physicians to educate and heal the community and beyond. Recently, LU-COM hosted a Pancakes for Parkinson’s event. This event was a fundraiser for Parkinson’s research while serving delicious pancakes! LU-COM SOMA chapter raised a significant amount of money able to go towards Parkinson’s research! This is a cause LUCOM-SOMA has become very passionate about and looks forward to making a tradition for years to come!
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM)
WVSOM is located in the heart of West Virginia! WVSOM SOMA is very active in their community promoting the osteopathic profession, community outreach, and mentorship. Recently, WVSOM had a huge turnout for DO Day in Washington, D.C. The students of WVSOM took on Capitol Hill advocating for their profession!