Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine has a variety of student organizations to meet the interests, needs and desires, of all students.
The student council president is LUCOM representative on the Council of Student Government Presidents (CSGP) of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM). CSGP is an organization composed of the student government presidents from each of the osteopathic medical schools.
Each class will elect a class president, vice-president, secretary/treasurer and two class representatives to the student council during the first month of the academic year. All officers will serve as representatives for the student council.
All officers may serve for more than one year and may succeed themselves in office.
The officers elected for the OMS-3 class shall serve as the officers for the class during the OMS-3 and OMS-4 years and will be elected during last month of the OMS-2 academic year.
The Director for Student Services must first approve all extracurricular activities as well as recognize all on-campus and off-campus organizations that are identified with LUCOM. Requests for permission for off campus speakers, student meetings or activities and other individual or group activities on campus should be made on forms provided by the Office of Student Services.
A variety of clubs and organizations are approved on campus, a non-inclusive listing of organizations is below.
The student chapter of the ACOFP
objective is to advance the study of familypractice in the field of osteopathic medicine and surgery. The organization works toward the advancement of family medicine and the family practitioner's role and scope of practice, the advancement of access to quality, patient centered, cost effective health care for the patient and the principles of preventive and primary care. The chapter recognizes the fact that the family practitioner is the backbone of modem medical practice. The Virginia Society of the ACOFP is the state division of the national organization and maintains a direct liaison with the LUCOM chapter. Membership in this organization entitles students to benefits such as seminars, educational programs, and financial support to various family practice conferences.
The student chapter of this national
organization is open to all College of Osteopathic Medicine students in the
military or public health service.
The chapter serves as liaison between on-campus military students, those on rotations, military alumni and organizations.
The objective of this organization is to promote and advance the discipline of orthopedic surgery and operative sports medicine and to instruct students who are interested in orthopedic surgery, sports medicine, and structural relationships to health and disease.
The Christian Medical Dental Society
is a national organization that began
in 1931. The chapter is composed of osteopathic medical students and other health care professional at Liberty
University who are committed to living
out their faith through their profession and the example of their lives while providing support for medical students and their families. Benefits of the club include local events as well as regional and national seminars, journals, and newsletters.
DOCARE, a national organization founded by concerned osteopathic physicians, is dedicated to providing medical care to underserved people in any geographical area of the world. Student participation is welcomed, and the LUCOM chapter offers exciting and unique opportunities to student physicians to participate in these medical missions across the globe.
The Emergency Medicine Society is
devoted to developing students' interests
in emergency medicine.
Since emergencies present themselves to the physician at any and all times, this club seeks to instill those precepts necessary for handling an emergency properly and appropriately.
The National Osteopathic Women Physician Association/ American Medical Women Association are a professional organization composed of female students. The purpose and objective of the organization is to further the study of women's interests and concerns in to the field of medicine and to promote osteopathic medicine as a philosophy, a science, and an art.
Psi Sigma Alpha is the national osteopathic medical honor society established to uphold standards of professionalism and community service. Members of high professional and ethical standards in the top 10% of their class are eligible for membership on recommendation of the faculty and vote of the membership.
The Rural Medicine Associations purpose shall be to promote student awareness of and participation in rural and underserved service and to expand care for underserved populations. The organization provides information on programs designed to reward such service through loan payback programs, scholarships, stipends, etc.
Sigma Sigma Phi is the original national osteopathic scholastic honor and service society that through its student affiliates,
fosters student fellowship, scholarship,
service to the college and the profession,
and a commitment to the principles of
Student Associate Auxiliary (SAA)
The College of Osteopathic Medicine Chapter of SAA was organized for those who support the students at LUCOM and is chartered by the Advocates to the American Osteopathic Association (AAOA). The primary objective of the SAA is to further the goals of the College and the osteopathic profession and to support the students of LUCOM and those that support them, and to promote fellowship, goodwill, and unity within the school.
The Obstetrics and Gynecology Club fosters an enhanced interest among students in obstetrics and gynecology and provides information and opportunity for enhanced experiences and knowledge in the discipline
Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
The Student National Medical Association
was created to produce sensitive, qualified
physicians to serve minority and indigent
SNMA focuses on (1) providing its members with avenues that help foster an obligation to practice medicine within minority communities; (2) instituting programs for the dissemination of health care information and the empowerment of minority communities; and (3) serving the fraternal needs of minority medical students.
Student Osteopathic Internal Medicine Association (SOIMA) and American College of Physicians (ACP)
SOIMA is the student affiliate of the American College of Osteopathic Internists, the national certifying board for osteopathic internists. SOIMAs purpose is to educate osteopathic medical students about the opportunities open to osteopathic physicians specializing in internal medicine. ACP has both a Virginia and national chapter in the state that provides support for medical students interested in the discipline of internal medicine and its sub-specialties.
This is the official student organization
of the American Osteopathic Organization and the representative body for Osteopathic Medicine in the U.S.A.
The Student Osteopathic Medical
Association is one of the largest student groups on campus of the Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, representing more than 90 percent of most student bodies. SOMAs national affiliations with similar groups at other schools provide the largest network for information exchange and interaction available today. Membership in SOMA brings many benefits including free subscriptions to Student Doctor and Medical Student and discount prices on diagnostic equipment, the Preceptorship Program, SOMA scholarships, life insurance programs, and more. Locally, SOMA is involved in the school, hospital, and citizen communities through various service projects and socials.
Student Osteopathic Surgical Association (SOSA)
Osteopathic medical students interested in surgery or its subspecialties are welcomed to acquire additional knowledge and skills surrounding the practice of surgical specialties.
The Student Pediatric Association fosters students' interest in pediatrics.
The club isopen to those desiring to specialize inpediatrics or those interested in family medicine and other fields in which pediatric patients will be encountered.
The Student American Academy of Osteopathy is a professional organization dedicated to serving osteopathic medical students. It is the COM's extension of the American Academy of Osteopathy, a national association established in 1937. The academy maintains the goal of developing the science and art of total health care, with an emphasis on palpatory diagnosis and the use of osteopathic manipulative medicine. Membership in SAAO allows students to receive the AAO publications and to attend the annual convocation, both at reduced prices.
VOMA student chapter is the student division of the state osteopathic association. It is open to all osteopathic students and deals with those medical and political issues unique to the state of Virginia. Benefits include invitations to a variety of conferences and educational programs, as well as financial support to these programs and scholarships.