Student Advocates Association (SAA)
The mission of LUCOM-SAA is to support the spouses of student-doctors, establish positive relationships with 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 members. Every month, members attend a general business meeting to vote on fundraising opportunities, philanthropy work, and student-doctor development.
LUCOM-SAA sends at least one of its members 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: Jessica Deuth
Vice President: Lucinda Lariviere
Secretary: Brittany Lutz
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.
- Thursday, Feb. 8, 6:30 p.m. - Business Meeting (CMHS 1047)
- Thursday, March 8, 6:30 p.m. - Business Meeting (CMHS 1047)
- Thursday, April 12, 6:30 p.m. - Business Meeting (CMHS 1047)
*Note: Babysitting will be provided at business meetings.
- Thursday, Feb. 8, 6:30 p.m. - SAA Board Elections (CMHS 1047)
- Monday, Feb. 12, 5-9 p.m. - Valentines Date Night (Free Childcare)
- Email LUCOMSAA@gmail.com for specific locations
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 our Student-Doctors Information 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 by sending student-doctors to conferences and providing coffee and snacks during events. View the current fundraisers and support LUCOM-SAA.
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.