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 careers 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 a small, vibrant town called Pikeville, situated among the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. Our future doctors thrive from educational and networking opportunities organized by KYCOM-SOMA. Over the past year, our chapter created hands-on Narcan training for the students in response to epidemic levels of drug addiction in Kentucky. Our SOMA members took part in OMED in October and advocated for the healthcare issues they are passionate about. A close relationship with KMA, our state medical association, has provided our students with access to the Medical Student Outreach and Leadership Program. The program is focused on community involvement and learning from the speakers about business, leadership, and law in healthcare. It also provides an opportunity to collaborate and learn from the students of allopathic medical schools of our state. A social mixer with physicians from the Pikeville Medical Center allowed our students to connect with practicing physicians from various specialties in a relaxing atmosphere. We believe that through continuing education, networking events, and working hand-in-hand with the community leaders we can bring about change on the local level, and have a nationwide impact, as well. Our goal is to get more students involved in leadership. Together we can make a difference and continue to follow the footsteps of our school’s mission of “Bringing Medicine to the Mountains.”
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine–Virginia (VCOM-VA)
Edward-Via College of Osteopathic Medicine- Virginia Campus (VCOM-VA) is located in Blacksburg, Virginia. At VCOM, we have partnerships with Virginia Tech that provide us an abundance of partnership opportunities that shine light on the Osteopathic profession. We are an auto-enroll chapter, meaning that every student at VCOM-VA is a SOMA member. This year our goals are surrounding policy resolution training, community service, and engaging in difficult conversation as it pertains to policy. We have a lot of potential that we aim to tap into this year in order to help our chapter members find their voice and the power it holds! In the past we have held events such as Bioethics movie screenings and discussions, ShaDO Week, and Jonesville Clean Up in order to promote the osteopathic profession, bonding, and community service within our VCOM family.
Michigan State Univ.–College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSU-COM)
Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSU-COM) is composed of 3 campus sites with more than 1200 osteopathic students statewide. Our main campus is located near Michigan’s state capitol providing us with a variety of volunteer activities and political involvement opportunities with our state osteopathic association. Every October, we host our signature event – the DO Monster Dash 5k. Historically, this event has raised over $3000 for St. Baldrick’s Foundation. This year, at the Virtual National SOMA Convention, our chapter was presented with the SOMA Sam award recognizing MSUCOM as the most politically active chapter. Want to keep up with MSUCOM SOMA? Follow us on Instagram – @soma.msucom!
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)
OU-HCOM Dublin SOMA is on the Central Ohio campus of Ohio University in Dublin, Ohio. We are a relatively small campus, but pride ourselves in community service, SOMA/osteopathy advocacy, and Pre-SOMA involvement within the state of Ohio! Recently, we prepared dinner for the families at the Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio. Additionally, we have spearheaded efforts for fundraising and participating in the central Ohio American Heart Association Walk, organized a dinner with the OOA and several local osteopathic physicians to educate the Dublin medical students about the upcoming changes to the COMLEX and the GME accreditation system. Finally, we combined our efforts with the local AMSA chapter to host a naloxone training event for the Dublin campus and our local community. We have continued to stay informed on recent health care policy so that we may educate our fellow student doctors in order to better prepare ourselves for our future practice as osteopathic physicians.
Ohio Univ. Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine–Athens (OUHCOM-A)
Ohio University Heritage College of Medicine (Athens) is one of the three branches of OUHCOM located on Ohio University’s beautiful Main Campus. Athens is known for its pristine hiking trails, abundance of cherry blossoms, and several local-favorite restaurants. Though OUHCOM (Athens), SOMA holds several events to support the health of the greater Athens community, and our principal goal is to advocate for the medical students. Our chapter is quite active in creating policy resolutions and plans to hold resolution writing workshops for the entire medical school during the 2020-2021 school year. Our Region III’s Overdose Prevention Task Force through OUHCOM (Athens) SOMA provided both narcan and recovery ally training to all Athens medical students. OUHCOM (Athens) SOMA also promoted osteopathy by holding several events for Ohio University pre-medical students, allowing students to learn about OMM through in-person demonstrations of OMT.
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 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. This past year at MU-COM, SOMA was focused on providing opportunities to the student body. We started a series of presentations and workshops called, “SOMA Stuff You Should Know”. The primary workshop that we hosted was the CV Workshop in which students gained insight into how to create a strong CV as they progress in their medical education. We are also encouraging future medical students through events such as ShaDO Day. Through ShaDO day we were given the opportunity to teach pre-med students in the community about Osteopathy and MU-COM as a whole. Along with SOMA Stuff You Should Know, we put on social events and we volunteer in our community.
Liberty Univ. College of Osteopathic Medicine (LU-COM)
Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine is located in Lynchburg, Virginia. LU-COM’s goal is to train Christ-centered physicians to educate and heal the community and beyond. Recently, SOMA and the ACOFP partnered together to host the first LU-COM Project Linus event. Volunteers made blankets for children in hospitals and orphanages around Roanoke, Virginia! We also attended Summer Leadership Meeting and OMED in order to strengthen our national presence. In the future, we would like to work more with our state societies as well.
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM)
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine is located in Lewisburg, West Virginia. At WVSOM, SOMA’s political mission for student doctor’s political advocacy is paramount, which is why we consistently welcome a large number of students at DO Day on the Hill every year. Recently, WVSOM received the COMpete award, representing our continued support to OPAC, the only political action committee fighting for osteopathic students in Congress. WVSOM students are committed to professional development and osteopathic representation within their community, region, and nation.