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					                                   SOMA
EDITOR:
AMANDA STEPHENS, OMS-II
NATIONAL LIAISON OFFICER




SPECIAL
POINTS OF                          V O L U M E      2 ,   I S S U E   5                                       O C T O B E R      2 0 0 9

INTEREST:







       Fall Conference
       Scholarship win-
       ner announced

       Three new SOMA
                              And The Winner Is . . .
       officers elected       LMU-DCOM SOMA is pleased             to learn more about the organi-     plans to arrive early to the AOA
                              to announce the recipient of the     zation and I want to be able to     Convention and would like to
     LOTS of volun-         2009 Fall Convention Scholar-        interact with other osteopathic     attend the SOMA conference,
       teering opportuni-     ship, OMS-I student Cassandra        medical students to compare our     please contact Amanda Stephens
       ties for the month
                              Renfro. The selection was made       experiences.”                       at
       of October
                              based upon her short answer                                              amanda.stephens@lmunet.edu.
     Generous funds         application. Renfro will accom-
                              pany LMU-DCOM SOMA Presi-                                                Attending the national meeting is
       available to help
                              dent Jessica Barnes and National                                         a great way to learn about the
       students get to
       Kissimmee, FL for      Liaison Officer Amanda Stephens                                          interworkings of the club, net-
       the SOMA Unity         as a voting delegate at the Fall                                         work with accomplished physi-
       Project                National SOMA Convention at                                              cians, participate in valuable
                              the end of this month in New                                             workshops and seminars, and to
                              Orleans, LA.                                                             obtain new ideas to incorporate
                                                                                                       into our school. Renfro is look-
                              The scholarship award includes       Photo from OU Math Club
                                                                                                       ing forward to these things. “I
     INSIDE                   hotel accommodations during the                                          hope that this will prepare me
     THIS ISSUE:              conference, registration fees, and   The conference is being held at     for holding an officer position
                              up to $250 toward travel ex-         the Embassy Suites Hotel on Julia   next semester and being more
     Pre-Interview        2
                              penses. “I’m excited to have the     Street in New Orleans on Octo-      involved in SOMA,” she says.
     Pizza Nights
                              chance to go to the conference       ber 30th and 31st, prior to the     Congratulations Cassandra and
     SOMA Unity           2   and New Orleans,” Renfro says.       Annual Fall AOA Convention. If      thank you to all who applied!
     Project                  “I want to take this opportunity     any other LMU-DCOM student

     Pre-SOMA             3
     Outreach

     What’s In A
     Doctor’s Bag
                          3   September In Review
     Mini Medical
     School
                          3
                              NEW OFFICERS                         gratulations to these students
                                                                   and thanks to everyone who
                                                                                                       ing, and Osborn for presenting
                                                                                                       their materials! For those who
                              At the SOMA chapter meeting          expressed interest!                 were unable to attend, the re-
     Mr. DCOM             3
                              last month, elections were held                                          cording of the workshop can be
                              to fill the vacant positions among   CV WORKSHOP                         found on Mediasite. Go to your
     International        3   the cabinet officers. Members                                            OMS Class Folder, then click
     Research                 voted Dan Pickett and Cassie         Professional Development Direc-     “Additional Videos.” The video
                              Brooks to be the OMS-I Repre-        tor Ryan Rose hosted SOMA’s         is entitled “CV Instruction For
                              sentatives and first-year student    second Curriculum Vitae Work-       Physicians.” Powerpoint materi-
                              Joey Starke as the new Preventa-     shop. We’d like to offer our        als have been made available at
                              tive Medicine Coordinator. Con-      thanks to Drs. Teitelbaum, Wiet-    www.DCOMDO.com.
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                                              Pre-Interview Pizza Nights
                                              While it’s hard to completely      where a table will be reserved      arrive promptly at 6:30PM. If
                                              shake interview anxieties, good    for the group in the side party     the slots are full on the nights
                                              pizza and friendly conversation    room every Sunday and Mon-          you are available, sign your
                                              can certainly help! This year      day evening. SOMA is looking        name to the side as an alter-
                                              SOMA will continue to host         for student representatives to      nate for your date of interest
                                              the informal pre-interview         sign up for these dates to an-      and you will be contacted
                                              meet-and-greet for interview-      swer questions and welcome          should one of the other repre-
                                              ees the evening before sched-      students. If you are interested     sentatives be unable to attend.
                                              uled interview days in an effort   in volunteering for one of the      Also, if you miss out this se-
                                              to casually orient visiting stu-   dates, please sign the sheet        mester, there will absolutely
                                              dents to the area and the in-      outside of the auditoria. Two       be more opportunities through
  Photo from Franklin Now
                                              terworkings of LMU-DCOM.           students are needed for each        next semester. Thanks in
                                              The pizza nights will be held at   evening, in addition to a SOMA      advance for your assistance!
                                              Pizza Hut in Middlesboro           representative, and should




                 “The test of                 SOMA Unity Project
        thankfulness is not
                                              This December will mark            a play place within the center,”    ting loose, and having some
          what you have to                    SOMA’s 4th year of hosting a       says Montenegro. “As you            serious fun!”
                                              Unity Project, where students      walk in and look up, you notice     This year, SOMA will help staff
            be thankful for,                  from osteopathic medical           that the ceiling is covered in      the park on December 27th
                                              schools across the country join    stars, each with the name of a      through the 30th and all mem-
                 but whether                  together toward a charitable       child that has been to the          bers are highly encouraged to
                                              event. This year, the project      park.” Her duties included
            anyone else has                                                                                          attend. National SOMA is
                                              will again take place in Kissim-   ground maintenance and help-        really attempting to make this
                 reason to be                 mee, Florida at the Give Kids      ing with a game of Double           as easy as possible for students
                                              the World Village, a non-profit    Dare. “It saddened me to            by covering the cost of hotel
          thankful that you                   amusement park for terminally      think of how many children          rooms and reimbursing travel
                                              ill children and their families.   and their families have had to      costs up to $250, possibly
                    are here.”
                                              In addition to Robert Cromley      struggle with the burden of a       more for the first 100 students
                   - unknown                  who spoke about this valuable      devastating illness,” she ex-       who sign up. If you are inter-
                                              opportunity at the chapter         plains. “However, I was             ested in taking part of this
                                              meeting last month, OMS-II         quickly reminded by a little girl   memorable event, fill out the
                                              Claudia Montenegro also had        walking in and smiling that Give    application on our local SOMA
                                              the opportunity to attend last     Kids the World isn’t about          website and place it in the
                                              year. “I was very moved walk-      thinking about how sick you         folder outside of the auditoria.
                                              ing into the Castle of Miracles,   are, it’s about being a kid, let-




Photo on left from GKTW; middle and right photos from Facebook
   VOLUME           2,    ISSUE         5                                                                                               PAGE   3




SOMA Wants YOU!
                                                                                                                     Important Dates:

                                                                                                                        October 5th:
Now that you have all the basics        counter on a visit to their doctor.   volunteers for each school visit.      2014 Interviews Begin
of writing your curriculum vitae,       Students demonstrate their medi-      Like What’s In A Doctor’s Bag,
it’s time to build it up! SOMA has      cal equipment for the children and    dates are being finalized, but if         October 6th:
several ways you can get involved       attempt to alleviate anxieties        you are interested in participating    OMS-II ACLS Exam
this month.                             associated with visiting the doc-     in this program, contact Allan
                                        tor. This program has been a          Apostol at                                October 8th:
PRE-SOMA                                huge success in the past and sev-     allan.apostol@lmunet.edu.              OMS-II OSCEs
OUTREACH                                eral additional schools have re-
                                        quested our students visit this
                                                                              Students in good academic stand-
                                                                              ing will be excused from class to         October 9th:
On Wednesday, October 21st at           year. If you are interested in        participate in these events.
noon, Pre-SOMA members, as              participating in this program,                                               OMS-I Block Exam
well as the rest of the LMU un-         email John Venditti at                MR. DCOM
dergraduate community, have             john.venditti@lmunet.edu.                                                       October 12th:
                                                                              Mr. DCOM is a fashion show
been invited to visit DCOM to           Dates are in the process of being     fundraiser hosted by Sigma Sigma
                                                                                                                     OMS-I MGA Practical
learn about our program and the         negotiated with local schools, so                                            OMS-II Block Exam
                                                                              Phi in order to raise money for
application process through tours,      interested candidates will be con-    the Make-A-Wish Foundation. All
a student panel, and lunch with         tacted when details are finalized.    of the participants in this enter-        October 21st:
current students. If you are inter-                                           taining fashion show are men,
ested in giving a tour or sitting on    MINI MED SCHOOL                       who will compete in three cate-
                                                                                                                     Pre-SOMA Outreach
the student panel, please contact                                                                                    SOMA Spaghetti Sale
                                        After great success last year, Mini   gories: spirit, evening wear, and
Brittany Lower at                                                             talent. This year, SOMA intends        OMS-I OPP Exam
                                        Medical School is planning more
brittany.lower@lmunet.edu.                                                    to sponsor a Mr. DCOM candi-
                                        visits to area elementary schools
Student representatives will re-                                              date for the event that will take         October 22nd:
                                        to teach children about various
ceive a free pizza lunch!
                                        medical topics, including bones, X    place in the middle of this month.     OMS-II OSCEs
                                                                              If you would like to nominate a
WHAT’S IN A                             -rays, organs, nutrition, exercise,
                                        hygiene, and medical instruments.     candidate for SOMA to sponsor,            October 23rd:
DOCTOR’S BAG                            Children rotate through the vari-     please contact Jessica Barnes at       OMS-II OPP Exam
                                        ous stations listed above and re-     jessica.barnes389@lmunet.edu.
SOMA will again be visiting local                                             The cost to attend the event is
                                                                                                                     SOMA Spaghetti Sale
                                        ceive a “diploma” once complet-
elementary schools to teach chil-       ing the circuit. SOMA needs 20        $5.
dren about what they might en-                                                                                          October 26th:
                                                                                                                     OMS-II Block Exam



International Clinical Research                                                                                         October 30th:
                                                                                                                     SOMA Fall Conference

                                                                                                                        October 31st:
By Kelsey McAnally, OMS-II              garty International Clinical Re-      matched with a mentor from a           Halloween
                      Many stu-         search Scholars Program (FICRS).      NIH-approved research site and
                      dents are         The FICRS program was designed        provided with a living stipend for
                      looking for-      for students with a strong interest   the year. Applications are re-
                      ward to the       in clinical research and interna-     viewed each December and final-
                      possibility of    tional medicine and, to date, has     ists are interviewed in March for
                      spending one      sent 160 U.S. students to foreign     the program which starts each
                      of their clini-   sites. Each year 25-30 senior         July. For more information about
cal rotations internationally.          medical students and other health     the FICRS program, visit their
                                        profession graduate students are      website:                               Then…
However, if you are hoping to
spend more than four weeks              selected to spend a year conduct-     Fogarty International Research
abroad there is an exciting oppor-      ing clinical research in a develop-   Scholars Program.                      FALL BREAK!!!
tunity to do so through the Fo-         ing country. Scholars are
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