Ohio University

SOMA

Student Osteopathic Medical Association 

Our Mission

SOMA is the nation's largest network of osteopathic medical students and the only direct student affiliate of the American Osteopathic Association. Completely student-driven, SOMA works hard to provide you with quality resources, opportunities and guidance to make you a better future physician. SOMA accomplishes this by remaining committed to its shared priorities of student voice, development, accountability, mentorship and visibility. 

Officers 2020-2021

President

Marissa Wierzbicki

Vice President/National Liaison Officer

Tyler Slone

Treasurer

Matt Collpo

Secretary

Brady Corless

Dues: $75 collected annually

Services Provided

SOMA offers many opportunities to engage in leadership, health care policy and social and volunteer events. Additionally, SOMA is committed to professional networking and friendships. In order to cultivate your leadership skills, SOMA offers members opportunities to serve in local and national organizational positions. SOMA allows the student voice to be heard through writing resolutions and attending national conventions to influence health care policy. SOMA offers you the opportunity to network with your peers while giving back to the community through volunteer events. Finally, SOMA offers members exclusive discounts on board prep materials and study tools, along with scholarships and travel funds.

Tentative Schedule for 2020-2021

  1. Crucial conversations workshop
  2. Lecture on health policy and how to be an ambassador for legislative change
  3. Networking event - interested in exploring the possibility of having alumni of SOMA or other local doctors "sponsor" the fee for new SOMA members and then hosting a networking event where students can meet and thank their sponsors, as well as engage with other professionals and peers (just a brainstorming idea) 
  4. Partner with either PreDOc or Medical Mentors to improve the pre-SOMA chapters at local universities. National SOMA disperses funds, and we are considering the possibility of doing a fundraiser (maybe partnering with Family Medicine Club at some point to try to increase awareness of SOMA and the benefits of being a member).