LUCOM staff member receives AACOM national appointment
Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM) Associate Director of Student Services, Troy Burnett, has been appointed Vice Chair of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) Council of Student Affairs (CSA).
“Our mission is to promote osteopathic medicine and osteopathic education, to serve as OMS advocates, and provide recommendations for improvement of student service practices in cooperation with the AACOM Board of Deans,” said Burnett. In his role as Vice-Chair, Burnett will support the Chair in their effort to discover the best practices for all colleges of osteopathic medicine and share those practices with others in their field of work.
While he will be in a leadership role, Burnett feels that he is not exempt from learning new things from other student affairs offices. “I have benefited immensely from being a member of the council for the past five years. CSA has done a great job of fostering a family environment that seeks to develop and educate its members. I hope I can continue to carry that torch so that the new and current members can profit from this council the same way that I have.”
He came to LUCOM in 2013 with a desire to serve the student body. “What interests me the most about student services at LUCOM is the opportunity to interact with our medical students,” said Burnett. “In my role, I am able to give support, provide spiritual guidance, celebrate student victories, and console students during difficult times. It is the best part of the job, because I get to be a part of helping our students become well-rounded.”
While serving as associate director of Student Services at LUCOM, it is his vision and hope that students learn it is possible to be professional, personal, and pursue a meaning relationship with God all at the same time and that one element does not have to be sacrificed for the sake of the other two. “Our students are learning medicine for a career, and being able to be personal with patients is vital if they want to make a change. Their faith will keep them humble, because it reminds us that nothing can be done without the help of God. Their faith will also remind them that in life’s failures, God is able to mold us more into his image,” he said.
In his new role, Burnett is excited to discuss the CSA concerns with the Board of Deans, in addition, to planning conference meetings, while also advocating on behalf osteopathic student affairs offices across the nation.