UNE COM Student Clubs and Organizations

Members of Sympathetic Tones, a U N E acapella group, stand singingWith more than 40 active clubs and organizations, the University of New England’s College of Osteopathic Medicine prides itself on providing a holistic out-of-classroom experience. Our co-curricular activities give you the opportunity to put what you are learning in the classroom into practice, while also providing you the space to heighten skills that produce more engaged community members, innovative practitioners and — ultimately — more balanced individuals. By actively pursuing specific interests and gaining new knowledge through diverse, student-driven experiences, you are able to discover and connect with a community of exceptional medical professionals. Involvement, service and community engagement is a part of our culture and as a COM student, you are always evolving and pursuing new opportunities to influence your community. 

If you don’t see a club or organization that aligns with your interests, it is easy to start your own. Email us, and we will be happy to guide you through the process. 

ACOFP—American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians
ACOOG—American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists
ACOP—American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians
Addiction Medicine Club
AGS—American Geriatrics Society
AMA—American Medical Association—Student Chapter
AMOPS—Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons
AMSA—American Medical Student Association
APM—Anesthesiology & Pain Management
CMDA—Christian Medical and Dental Association
Culinary Medicine—cooking club
Dancin' Docs—dance club
Fitness Club
Global Health Club
HEAl—Health Equality Alliance
IMC—Integrative Medicine Club
JMSA—Jewish Medical Student Association
LMSA—Latino Medical Student Association
MSFC—Medical Students for Choice
NERC—New England Research Club
NOWPA—National Osteopathic Women Physicians' Association
NPC—Neurology Psychiatry Club
Oncology Club
Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Club
PM&R- Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Club
PNHP - Physicians for a National Health Program - Student Chapter/Health Policy Club
Public Health Club
SAAO—Student American Academy of Osteopathy
SCACOEP—Student Chapter of the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians
SGA—Student Government Association
Simulation Medicine Club
SNMA—Student National Medical Association
SOIMA—Student Osteopathic Internal Medicine Association
SOMA—Student Osteopathic Medical Association
SOSA—Student Osteopathic Surgical Association
SPSR—Student Physicians for Social Responsibility
SRA—Student Radiology Association
SSP—Sigma Sigma Phi 
Sympathetic Tones—student acapella group
UNEedlers—knitting club
WADEM—World Association for Disaster & Emergency Medicine
White Coats for Black Lives
WMS—Wilderness Medicine Society

American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians

Mission Statement: 
It is the goal of this organization to provide fellow students with a better understanding of what a career as an osteopathic family physician is like. Through the sponsorship of lectures and other community events, this organization strives to present various aspects of family practice.

Activities:

  • Blood Pressure Clinics
  • Community outreach
  • Attendance at National ACOFP Convention
  • Speakers on a variety of topics including family practice, osteopathy, rotations, residency and clinical scenarios

National Affiliation:
COM student chapter of the National ACOFP

American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists 

Mission Statement:
Provide students with greater exposure to health care issues related to OB/Gyn practice.

Activities:

  • Lectures on women's health and pregnancy issues
  • Review sessions on ob/gyn-related topics
  • Breast and cervical cancer fundraising opportunities
  • Hands-on workshops to practice ob/gyn techniques
  • Opportunity to attend national conferences


National Affiliation:
COM student chapter of the National ACOOG

American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians

Mission Statement:
Provide additional education in osteopathy and pediatrics, and promote and maintain educational and entertaining activities in pediatrics.

Activities:

  • Pediatrics-themed Seminars
  • Maine Special Olympics Volunteer Opportunities
  • Holiday Toy Drive
  • Attendance at National ACOP Convention

Addiction Medicine Club

Mission Statement:
To raise awareness among future physicians regarding substance abuse and addiction.

Activities:

  • Community outreach and mentoring young people, fundraising, and hosting guest speakers on special topics regarding addiction medicine.

National Affiliation:
Addiction Medicine Club is part of a national organization, the American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine, which provides networking opportunities for student members

.American Geriatrics Society

Mission Statement:
Provide fellow students with ways to improve the health, independence, and quality of life for all older people.

Activities:

  • Volunteering at Maine Senior Games
  • Humanism in Aging lecture series
  • Senior Buddy program with community elders
  • Research opportunities and national conference attendance

American Medical Association Student Chapter

Mission Statement:
Encourage and support the participation of osteopathic medical students in the AMA and provide a representation of students' opinions and ideas in organized medicine on a political/national level. Additionally, promote osteopathic education programs that enhance the quality of health care in the community.

Activities:

  • Seminars and lectures on health care issues
  • Free JAMA for four years
  • Attendance at national and local conferences

National Affiliation:
American Medical Association and Maine Medical State Association

Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons

Mission Statement:
Disseminate information to members regarding military rotations, and inform members of responsibilities and expectations for eventual military service.

Activities:

  • Lectures/seminars on military medicine
  • Meetings regarding school policy and military rotation requirements 
  • Mentorship program to guide military medical students through their four years of medical school

National Affiliation:
Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons

American Medical Student Association

Mission Statement:
AMSA is the oldest and largest independent association of osteopathic and allopathic physicians-in-training in the United States. Today, AMSA is a student-governed national organization committed to representing the concerns of physicians-in-training. AMSA members are medical students, premedical students, interns, residents and practicing physicians. Founded in 1950, AMSA continues its commitment to improving and enriching your medical training, improving the nation's health, and launching your career as a physician. AMSA is committed to improving the lives of medical students like you, in big ways and small. AMSA also empowers medical students to take action and create change about issues that they care about.

Activities:

  • AMSA Scholars Programs in Cultural Sensitivity, Global Health, Health Equity, Integrative Medicine, Medical Humanities, Patient Safety, and Public Health
  • Speed Networking with local and national physicians
  • COM student Talent Show
  • Sponsorship of speakers and student events related to AMSA strategic priorities
  • UNE COM Cup soccer game between first- and second-year students

National Affiliation:
AMSA National

Anesthesiology & Pain Management

Mission Statement:
Exposure to topics of interest around anesthesia and pain management.

Activities:

  • Guest lecturers: Anesthesiologists and Pain Researchers
  • Workshops: Tracheal Intubation, Use of Volatile Anesthetics
  • Events: Local & National Pain Conferences

Christian Medical and Dental Association

Mission Statement:
Provide resources for members to develop, explore and articulate roles as Christians within the greater medical community.

Activities:

  • Regular meetings to discuss various religious, spiritual and philosophical topics
  • Fellowship among members
  • Support of medical students’ families and partners 
  • Regional retreat/conference

Culinary Medicine

Mission Statement:
Support medical students’ need to express themselves through cooking and establish opportunities for community service related to food preparation for those in need.

Activities:

  • Potlucks
  • Participation in UNE's Dining Services Committee
  • Cooking with youth groups

Dancin' Docs

Mission Statement:
Encourage medical students to maintain healthy lifestyle and self-expression through dance.

Activities:

  • Weekly dance class focused on specific area of dance (hip-hop, ballroom, contemporary, etc.)
  • Community outreach

Fitness Club

Mission Statement:
Provide a fun energetic forum for the COM community to maintain physical health while fostering team building and camaraderie.

Activities:

  • Mixed martial arts, crossfit, running, skiing, bootcamp, core conditioning, swimming, weightlifting, dancing, yoga, hiking, training for events together
  • Fundraising and volunteering for fitness related causes

Global Health Club/DOCARE

Mission Statement:
Advocates for patients in global environments and educates the community about global health. Provide lectures and trainings related to global health such as tropical medicine, infectious disease, cross-cultural awareness and diversity, and medical access in resource-limited settings.

Activities:

  • Volunteer at Partners for World Health
  • Organize lectures and other on-campus events
  • Sponsorship of summer medical mission trip overseas
  • Weekly meetings to discuss global issues

Health Equality Alliance

Mission Statement:
Promote awareness and understanding of the specific needs of LGBTQ patients, fostering communication around issues of interest to LGBTQ care providers and working to infuse such issues into COM curriculum. Open to all students, faculty, staff and alumni and welcomes all identities from queer to straight and everything in between!

Activities:

  • Co-sponsor lectures and workshops on topics such as sexual health, HIV research and elder LBGTQ issues

Integrative Medicine Club

Mission Statement:
IMC exists to promote and support student interest in modern and traditional healing modalities that augment the holistic practice of osteopathic medicine, and to encourage students to regularly engage in activities which bolster their own health and wellbeing.

Activities:

  • Yoga classes
  • Tai Chi classes
  • Meditation sittings
  • Acupuncture, cupping, and gua sha workshops
  • Hypnosis workshops
  • Art therapy sessions Healer's Art training Guest speakers

Jewish Medical Student Association

Mission Statement:
Promote awareness and understanding of the Jewish community at COM and the Osteopathic profession in general. Serve as a resource for Jewish medical students and other students interested in Judaism.

Activities:

  • Lectures on religious ethics in medicine
  • Holocaust Remembrance
  • Passover Seder
  • Purim party
  • Chanukah potluck

Latino Medical Student Association

Mission Statement:
The purpose of LMSA is to address the health needs of the Latino community, as well as to create an environment for academic and social support to Latino students interested in the health professions. LMSA teaches Medical Spanish classes to COM students interested in improving their Spanish-speaking skills, particularly around medical terminology.

Medical Students for Choice

Mission Statement:
Dedicated to ensuring that women receive comprehensive reproductive health care, including abortion. One of the greatest obstacles to safe, legal abortion is the absence of trained providers. Abortion and reproductive health care must be a part of standard medical training and practice. As medical students and residents, we are committed to ensuring that medical practitioners are prepared to provide their patients with the full range of reproductive health care choices.

Activities:

  • Speakers and movies on a wide range of topics designed to widen exposure to, and knowledge of, women's reproductive health issues
  • Workshops
  • Attendance at national MSFC conference


National Affiliation:
Medical Students for Choice

New England Research Club

Mission Statement:
Promotes medical student research, both clinical and basic science, at COM and affiliated institutions.

Activities:

  • Poster Presentation Day (research presentation by current COM students)
  • Journal club
  • Seminar and lecture series

National Osteopathic Women Physicians' Association

Mission Statement:
Learn how to integrate the osteopathic philosophy in the special needs of women, and to promote awareness of women's issues.

Activities:

  • “Women Physicians as Mentors” dinner
  • Yoga/potluck dinners
  • Attendance at national and local conferences


National Affiliations:
American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA)

Other information:
This is not a group that is exclusive to women. NOWPA has male members and they are very welcome in the group. We provide support for one another. We introduce medical students to female physicians in the hopes of forming an alliance/mentorship and sharing experiences. As a group we look to laugh and learn together in the promotion of osteopathy and women’s health.

Neurology Psychiatry Club

Mission Statement:
Promote issues related to neurology and psychiatry to enhance the educational experiences of COM students.

Activities:

  • Participate in the Portland Alzheimer's Walk
  • Brain Awareness Week lecture series
  • Review session
  • Volunteer opportunities

Oncology Club

Mission Statement:
Expose students to the varied aspects of cancer care and research in New England.

Activities:

  • Guest speakers
  • Networking opportunities
  • Community service
  • Fundraising

Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Club

Mission Statement:
Educate students about health issues related to orthopedics and/or sports medicine from an osteopathic perspective.

Activities:

  • Chili Bowl Flag Football game between first and second year students
  • Annual scholarship awarded to local high school student
  • Workshops, lecture series
  • National conference attendance

Public Health Club

Mission Statement:
Provide students with the opportunity to enhance their knowledge around various public health disciplines and allow for involvement in public health issues as they pertain to the local and global community.

Activities:

  • Sponsorship of the Public Health Fair
  • Lecture series

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Club

Mission Statement:
Enhance COM students’ medical education, practice knowledge, leadership skills and research opportunities in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Activities:

  • Information regarding PM&R residencies and practice
  • Lectures on pain management
  • Collaboration opportunities with Neuroscience Center

Physicians for a National Health Program/Health Policy Club

Mission Statement:
Provide opportunities for students to educate themselves on health policy issues surrounding health care in general, and to advocate for passage of an improved system for all.

Activities:

  • Lecture series
  • Documentary screenings

Student American Academy of Osteopathy

Mission Statement:
Foster an understanding of osteopathic principles, theories and practices, while promoting an understanding of the historical and philosophical foundation on which osteopathic medicine is based.

Activities:

  • OPP and OMT workshops
  • Annual auction to raise funds to send students to AAO Convocation

Student Chapter of the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians

Mission Statement:
Promote application of osteopathic principles in the practice of EM and develop skills pertaining to EM.
 
Activities:

  • Closed skill sessions (for members only)
  • Monthly clinical topics and EM related speakers
  • National and local conferences


National Affiliation:
American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP)

Student Government Association

Mission Statement:
Act as a student voice to represent student concerns in curriculum, ethics and legislative affairs. Coordinate special events to help students network and bond with their classmates.

Activities:

  • Acts as the medical student's link to COM administration, as well as state and national osteopathic professional organizations. Through the work of its various committees, the SGA represents student interests in ethics, curriculum and legislative affairs, coordinates special events, and administers budgets. 
  • The SGA is a representative body whose membership is comprised of members of the on-campus COM student body. In addition to the President, Vice-President, Secretary/Treasurer and Alumni Rep. of each class, 15 representatives are elected to a term that spans the academic year. Each member of the SGA serves on at least two of its standing committees. The SGA meets twice monthly and meetings are open to all who are interested in attending. 

Simulation Medicine Club

Mission Statement:
The mission of the Simulation Medicine Club is to build professional and personal expertise in working with medical simulation technology, to help build the clinical skills of its members and our classmates, and to provide interprofessional training experiences and opportunities with colleagues from other health professions schools at UNE.

Activities:

  • The simulation club works on improving clinical skills, preparing for competitions, and also provides a venue for learning how to design and run simulations for medical education.

Student National Medical Association

Mission Statement:
Committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students, addressing the needs of underserved communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent and socially conscious physicians.
SNMA chapters based at allopathic and osteopathic medical schools throughout the nation, and some colleges, implement our programs and activities locally. SNMA programs are designed to serve the health needs of underserved communities and communities of color. In addition, SNMA is dedicated both to ensuring that medical education and services are culturally sensitive to the needs of diverse populations and to increasing the number of African-American, Latino and other students of color entering and completing medical school.

Activities:

  • Co-sponsorship of guest lectures
  • Presentations about medical school to under-graduate students

Student Osteopathic Internal Medicine Association

Mission Statement:
To help students explore the possibilities of a career in internal medicine; the club aims to sponsor regular meetings with local internists and provide opportunities for members to attend national and regional meetings where they can learn more about the practice of internal medicine.

Activities:

  • Visiting lectures presenting topics within internal medicine specialties
  • Collaborative events with local physicians, residents, and other medical students
  • Shadowing opportunities at local hospitals
  • National and local conference attendance

National Affiliation:
American College of Osteopathic Internists (ACOI)/American College of Physicians (ACP)

Student Osteopathic Medical Association

Mission Statement:
Student branch of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). Dedicated to supporting unity within the profession, developing a professional network for students and educating students about their future profession. SOMA members have the opportunity to participate in leadership training, school sponsored ceremonies and professional outreach activities.

Activities:

  • Student DOctor magazine subscription
  • Outreach to pre-med undergraduate students schools
  • Liaison with Northeast State Osteopathic Societies
  • National and local convention attendance


National Affiliation:

Student Osteopathic Surgical Association

Mission Statement:
A club both for those who have an interest in surgery, and for those who just want early exposure to techniques such as suturing. The club provides exposure to the field of surgery by sponsoring lectures, meetings, seminars and workshops.

Activities:

  • Exposure to the field of surgery through lectures by visiting surgeons
  • Emphasis on anatomy through student run SOSA reviews for first-year students before Block exams
  • Suture and knot-tying workshops

National Affiliation:
The official student section for the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons(ACOS)

Student Physicians for Social Responsibility

Mission Statement:
Promote social justice causes such as working to end family violence, improving healthcare accessibility for all, and working with homeless populations to improve health education and quality of life.

Activities:

  • Lectures and seminars on local and national social justice issues
  • Volunteer opportunities with local homeless shelters
  • Local conferences

Student Radiology Association

Mission Statement:
Provide students with information that will lead to a better understanding of what a career as an osteopathic radiologist is like.

Activities:

  • Guest lecturers: Radiology Clinicians & Technicians
  • Events: Radiology Reviews for Block Exams (co-sponsored by SOSA)

Sigma Sigma Phi

Mission Statement:
Osteopathic honor and service society interested in the promotion of academic excellence and the advancement of osteopathic medicine with special attention to serving the University, community and profession.

Activities:

  • Monthly Game Night with seniors at McArthur Retirement Home
  • Weekly clean up of Mechanics Park
  • Trivia Night
  • Box Tops for Education
  • Multiple community service opportunities

Sympathetic Tones

Mission Statement:
Allow students to express themselves and allow for work-life balance by participating in medical student acapella group.

Activities:

  • Concerts for COM population
  • Holiday singing at McArthur Home and St. Francis Convent
  • Performances at undergrad campus events
  • WinterFest Heart 2 Heart event

UNEedlers

Mission Statement:
Build a community of yarn crafters at COM, teach fellow students to crochet and knit; share ideas, inspiration, and techniques, and explore using knitting and crocheting for stress relief.

Activities:

  • Reach out to the community through making hats for babies and blankets/hats for chemo patients
  • Community education

White Coats for Black Lives

Mission statement: One of the primary tenets of osteopathic medicine is the reciprocal relationship of structure and function. This is true for the body as a unit, and also the field of health care. 2016 has made it abundantly clear that racism is still ingrained within all structures of society, including the profession of medicine. The creation of a new White Coats for Black Lives club at UNECOM will serve to illuminate overt systemic racism and implicit racial bias in medicine during the formative years of student doctor education and support the COM administration in improving student diversity and diversity training. Together in solidarity we can work toward eliminating racism and discrimination in the practice of medicine and achieve healthcare equity for all.

Activities: 

  • Guest speakers from WCBL organization
  • Local Minority/Immigrant/Refugee community leaders from the Greater Portland area
  • Organizing and attending local demonstrations/protests
  • Community Outreach

National Affiliation:
WC4BL National Working Group at national@whitecoats4blacklives.org

World Association for Disaster & Emergency Medicine

Mission Statement:
WADEM is an international, multidisciplinary professional association whose mission is the global improvement of pre-hospital and emergency health care, public health, and disaster health and preparedness. WADEM works to disseminate scientific evidence, best practices, and to provide evidence-based input into the development/review of relevant policies and educational programs.

Wilderness Medical Society

Mission Statement:
To augment the experience of COM students through the organization of activities and events that foster awareness of the environment and the application of medical science in remote locations while promoting osteopathic medicine through COM participation and excellence in these endeavors.

Activities:

  • Speakers on assorted topics and wilderness medicine seminars
  • Hands-on workshops to learn wilderness medicine techniques
  • Hiking, rock climbing, etc.


National Affiliation:
Wilderness Medical Society, www.wms.org

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