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OCTOBER 30-31ST, 2009

TABLE OF            


Acknowledgements 2

President’s Welcome 3

Convention Coordinator’s Welcome 5

Agenda and Event Descriptions 6 Board of Trustee Reports 13 National Board Reports 21 Region I Chapter Reports 41 Region II Chapter Reports 51 Region III Chapter Reports 59 Region IV Chapter Reports 69 Board of Trustees 2010-2011 Candidates 78 Humanism in Medicine Winner and Essay 103 New Member Scholarship Winners 104 Robert’s Rules of Order 106 Resolutions 107 New Orleans Attractions 113 Student Osteopathic Medical Association The purpose of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association, the student affiliate organization of the American Osteopathic Association, is to promote osteopathic ideals and unity within the profession, to educate future osteopathic physicians, and to establish and to maintain lines of communication among healthcare professionals in an ongoing effort to improve the quality of healthcare.


New Orleans, LA


Mass Marketing Consultants EXHIBITORS American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists American Osteopathic Association Combank Medical, Inc Falcon Physician Reviews Graduate Leverage Advisor Kaplan Medical Mass Marketing Insurance Consultants Northeast Osteopathic Medical Education Network C.O.R. E.

Samaritan Medical Center SAAAPA - Student Academy of the AAPA Warren Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program WVSOM/Mountain State OPTI


CombankMedical Falcon Physician Reviews GEICO Kaplan Medical Northeast Osteopathic Medical Education network Physician Loans


Decorations donated by the AAOA


New Member Scholarship Sponsor: Advocates for the American Osteopathic Association (AAOA)

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 Welcome to New Orleans, SOMA!

Dear SOMA Chapters, Welcome back to many familiar faces and congratulations to those of you here for the first time! This convention promises to be more interactive than ever before. This year’s board has worked extremely hard to construct a new “work-shop” based convention that will engage students in such topics as healthcare policy, OMM, public health, clinical procedures, professional etiquette, and more! Many of the ideas were suggestions of current National SOMA board members and chapter leaders. We are thrilled to be offering our first ever National Residency Networking event. We’ve worked hard to bring Residency programs to you all to get a taste for what their programs are really like.

In addition, we will also host our popular Foundation Reception and Exhibitor Fair, while celebrating the rich tradition of New Orleans!

This summer/fall has been a very busy one for National SOMA. On July 1st, we expanded our part-time employees from 1 to 3 people. The positions now include our Executive Director, Executive Administrator, and a Marketing/Sponsorships coordinator.

SOMA maintains its independence as a student organization under the guidance of our administrator, Elizabeth Hodor, but gains the expertise of Kristine O’Sullivan.

SOMA is close to completion of our Clinical Clerkship Database that will allow members to share rotation site information from all across the country so interested students can seek out great rotations anywhere in the U.S. SOMA also launched a National SOMA Facebook Group to reach out to students on the web. We finished remodeling our Foundation webpage (www.somafoundation.org) which now allows for online donations, has a list of Foundation members, and an up-to-date list of all of our scholarship descriptions and applications. We started the first online membership drive this year as well as member accounts on our website at studentdo.com. We are also expanding our P.R. efforts by creating a YouTube page. Margaret Hallahan will be recruiting students to film short video clips about their SOMA experiences to post on our page. Please volunteer to share why you are proud to be a student D.O.!

One of my goals has been to increase the visibility of SOMA nationally by increasing our presence online, sharing our stories with The D.O. Magazine and the AOA Daily Report, as well as cultivating relationships with other student health organizations. I have already collaborated with UAAO, COSGP, AMSA, the Council of Interns & Residents, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the Stanford LGBT Med Ed Assessment Survey, and the AMA-MSS. UAAO will be helping with our OMM workshop, COSGP will be helping with our Preventive Med workshop, and CIR has helped with our Residency event! It has been a great experience to work with these other motivated student doctors and young physicians and we will continue to expand our collaborative efforts throughout the year.

I am honored to kick off the festivities here in New Orleans and invite you all to aspire to new heights in New Orleans!

Warm regards,

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Welcome to New Orleans, and welcome to the 2009 Student Osteopathic Medical Association Fall Convention!!!

The Board of Trustees and National Board have been hard at work to put together an amazing Fall Convention for you. As your Convention Coordinator, I have provided you with this booklet to guide you through the weekend. If this is your first SOMA Convention, then Welcome! Please come to me with any questions you may have while you’re here, and do not forget to make the most out of your time while in New Orleans.

On the next page, you will find the Convention Agenda outlining your next few days. This year’s Fall Convention is more interactive than ever, so please check out our new workshops that we have created for you. Other events to highlight are the Foundation Reception’s “Masquerade Ball”, as well as our First Annual Residency Networking Event. You can find more information about these events on the next page.

Following the agenda, you can read reports from the current Board of Trustees and National Board, which will give you an idea of what SOMA has done so far this year, our future plans, and what position you may want to run for next year. Next, you will find the Region Trustee and Chapter reports, emphasizing the accomplishments and plans of each chapter. As SOMA leaders, you should read each chapter’s report, ask questions, and bring back some great ideas to your school! The next section includes Letters of Intent and Curriculum Vitaes from the 2010-2011 Board Of Trustees Applicants. Delegates, please take special note of these pages, as you take part in the voting. The final section of our booklet contains Resolutions written by SOMA members, which will be voted on during the House of Delegates.

We are very lucky to be in New Orleans over Halloween! I have planned amazing social events each evening, which will help you unwind after a long day of meetings. Please look for the handouts explaining our nightly events, and listen up for my announcements during the HOD. At the end of the booklet, I have included just a brief sample of the AMAZING things to do while in New Orleans. Take an old friend (and maybe a few new ones) to take a “Ghost Tour”, grab a drink on Bourbon Street, or try some World-Famous jambalaya!

Please take advantage of all the opportunities SOMA has prepared for you, and try to meet a new person on every break. I hope you have a fabulous week in New Orleans, and a fulfilling Convention experience! If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to call me (219) 730-0889.

I look forward to seeing you all in your costumes!

Lauren Brankle, OMS III Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine National SOMA Convention Coordinator convention@studentdo.com

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*Preventive Health Workshop At the Preventive Health Workshop, students will have the opportunity to hear about the public health efforts SOMA is making on the national level and also ways students are getting involved in their communities across the country. During the workshop, students will have the opportunity to discuss and be recognized for the public health activities going on at their school and also ask questions on other ways they can get involved in their community.

This will be an interactive session designed to stimulate conversation amongst students in order to create and encourage new effective public health programs at osteopathic schools across the country.

* Going Green Campaign Underscoring National SOMA’s commitment to a greener organization, we present our “Green Campus and Community Initiative.” This workshop will focus on ways of creating a more environmentally conscious campus and community. We will focus on the establishment of a Green Committee at each chapter, and discuss organizing such projects as permanent recycling, park cleanups, and campus beautification. Come to this interactive session, brainstorm new Green Initiatives, and learn how to increase campus involvement while reducing your carbon footprint.

*Mixer with Exhibitors Where can you enjoy free drinks, make connections and gather enough highlighters to last you ‘till graduation? At the SOMA mixer, of course! It’s a great opportunity to see what SOMA has to offer you through its partnership with different companies and organizations. Not only is the mixer a time to get lots of free stuff and meet other students, but there will also be great food and a raffle with prizes for you and your schools! Each chapter will buy raffle tickets, the prizes from which you can give away at your school throughout the year. You are welcome to purchase tickets for yourself also and try your luck in the SOMA raffle! So grab your free drinks and join the best pre-party in town! After the mixer, join Lauren Brankle who has an evening of fun planned for all of us in the great city of New Orleans. We’ll see you there!

SOMA 2009 Fall Agenda

*Keynote Speaker: Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O.

This year we are privileged to have Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee as our keynote speaker. Dr. Ross-Lee grew up in Detroit, MI and graduated with her B.S. in biology and chemistry from Wayne State University. After teaching in the National Teaching Corps, Dr. Ross-Lee obtained her D.O. degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1973. She then ran a family practice in Detroit until 1984 when she joined the U.S.

Department of Health and Human Services as a consultant on education in the health professions. In 1991 Dr. RossLee became the first osteopathic physician to participate in the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship.

Then in 1993, Dr. Ross-Lee became the first African American female dean of an American medical school when she took the job at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She remained the dean at OU-COM until 2001 and since then has been the Vice President of Health Sciences and Medical Affairs at NYCOM. Dr. RossLee’s accolades include the “Magnificent 7” Award, the Women’s Health Award, the Distinguished Public Service Award, the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) Trailblazer Award, the Patenge Medal of Public Service, and an honorary Doctorate of Science degree from NYIT. It is an honor for SOMA to have Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee as our fall 2009 keynote speaker.

*Preventive Health Project At this year's fall convention in New Orleans, LA, the students from the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) and the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP) will be working together at a health fair being held by the National Osteopathic Medical Association (NOMA) on Saturday, October 31st from 12:30PM - 3PM at The Harry Thompson Center. At the health fair, the students will assist by giving blood pressure checks, asthma screening, diabetes screenings, well child physicals, and many other activities. SOMA will also be collecting supplies for daily living (toothpaste, soap, shampoo, conditioner, etc.) at the convention to donate to the residents of New Orleans.

*AOA’s Department of Government Relations The AOA's Department of Government Relations (DGR) lobbies the Federal Administration, Congress and the Federal Agencies to improve patient access to quality health care. DGR staff prepares recommendations based on policies set by the AOA House of Delegates, the current political landscape, and the AOA’s mission. The Department also plans and organizes the AOA’s annual “D.O. Day on the Hill” in Washington D.C. and the Osteopathic Political Action Committee (OPAC). Check out http://www.osteopathicpac.org/ to find out how you can make a difference as an osteopathic medical student!

*AOA’s Division of Student, Intern, Resident and Member Affairs (SIRMA) SIRMA is the primary contact at the AOA for students, interns and residents. Keeping abreast of student, intern and resident interests and concerns, advocating for their needs and staying accessible and available during the early years of the osteopathic career are the key components of SIRMA service. The Division of Student, Intern, Resident and Member Affairs has been created within the Department of Membership to provide staff support to the student and postdoctoral committees and their subcommittees.

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