Student Advocates Association (SAA)
The mission of LUCOM-SAA is to support the spouses and partners of student-doctors, establish positive relationships among members and promote the osteopathic profession and LUCOM within the community.
The organization consists of parents, spouses, students, faculty, administrative staff and others. Currently, there are more than 50 LUCOM-SAA members. Every month, members attend a general business meeting to vote on issues like fundraising, philanthropy work and student support.
LUCOM-SAA sends at least one member to the American Osteopathic Association (AOA)-OMED conference every year. The organization also attends the Advocates for the American Osteopathic Association (AAOA) conference and the National SAA Workshop annually.
- Advisor: Staci Engel
- President: Raychael Ramos
- Vice President: Amy Lindsey
- Secretary: Ashley Avondet
- Treasurer: Leslie Duncan
- Sponsor Liaison: Donna Wells
LUCOM-SAA plans, organizes and hosts events for members and student-doctors. The goal is to encourage fellowship, educate members/student-doctors on issues, support local non-profit organizations and raise money for student-related causes like conventions.
|Welcome Event||TBA||TBA||Hancock Welcome Center|
|Back to School Swim Party||TBA||TBA||Vista Acres Pool|
|Monthly Business Meeting||Aug. 10||6:30 p.m.||CMHS 1047|
|Monthly Business Meeting||Sept. 14||6:30 p.m.||CMHS 1047|
|OMED||Oct. 7-10||All Day||Philadelphia, Pa.|
|Monthly Business Meeting||Oct. 12||6:30 p.m.||CMHS 1047|
|Monthly Business Meeting||Nov. 9||6:30 p.m.||CMHS 1047|
|Monthly Business Meeting||TBA||6:30 p.m.||CMHS 1047|
*Note: Babysitting will be provided at business meetings.
LUCOM-SAA gives members and student-doctors plenty of opportunities to unwind and connect with one another throughout their journey. The organization believes fellowship among members and student-doctors helps to uphold the Christ-centered values of Liberty University and LUCOM.
Members hold "Student Exam Snack" events on exam days. Student-Doctors can enjoy treats on campus right after they finish their exams.
The organization works directly with the LUCOM-Office of Student Services to coordinate events throughout the year to encourage the students and offer support.
LUCOM-SAA also holds monthly and bi-weekly socials that are tailored to each individual’s needs. This allows LUCOM-SAA members to connect with other members that are in similar circumstances and share similar interests. Group activities vary each year based on the needs of the members but include Coffee Chats, Play Groups and Hospitality Committee.
Even small gestures of encouragement, like a meal train for new parents or student-doctors in need, is organized by LUCOM-SAA. Members stay connected with each other and the LUCOM family to make sure help is available to those who need it. Welcome Baskets are available to incoming students who will be arriving with a spouse and/or family. If you are interested in a welcome basket, please fill out this form.
The purpose of some events is to educate LUCOM-SAA members and student-doctors.
The organization held an event called "Hot Cocoa with the Dean" in 2017. More than More than 50 student-doctors, spouses and family members heard from LUCOM professors about issues like board exams, rotations and residencies.
LUCOM-SAA also promoted and organized a Medical Marriage Seminar. Student-Doctors, faculty and administrative staff heard about ways to commit to a healthier marriage, even during times of stress like medical school.
Participation in LUCOM-SAA fundraisers helps support the organization and its operation: from sending student-doctors to conferences to providing coffee during events.
Active Fundraiser: LUCOM-SAA t-shirt and tumbler sale. Purchase items on Square.
LUCOM-SAA is often involved in philanthropy projects involving local children and non-profit organizations.
This summer LUCOM-SAA will work in conjunction with Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center to help offer physical exams and health products to women in the area. This outreach provides students with the opportunity to apply their medical knowledge while serving the community.