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Cultural & Advocacy

Clubs & Organizations

American Medical Women's Association (AMWA)

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

National Affiliation: American Medical Women’s Association

Note: This is not a group that is exclusive to women. AMWA 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.

Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA)

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

National Affiliation: Christian Medical and Dental Association

Global Health Club/DOCARE

Mission Statement: Advocate 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.

National Affiliation: DOCARE

Health Equality Alliance (HEAl)

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.

Jewish Medical Student Association (JMSA)

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.

Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA)

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.

National Affiliation: Latino Medical Student Association

Muslim Student Association (MSA)

Mission Statement: The MSA works to uphold the Osteopathic principle of promoting a holistic approach to health and medicine through holding cultural sensitivity workshops with fellow faith groups on campus to facilitate dialogue, awareness, and understanding. Additionally, the MSA will combat the media narrative about Islam and educate those interested regarding the true teachings of our religion through interfaith discussions. The MSA will also ensure the facilities and services can adequately accommodate religious obligations, such as having places for prayer and providing halal food on campus.

National Affiliation: MSA National

Medical Students for Choice (MSFC)

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.

National Affiliation: Medical Students for Choice

Physicians for a National Health Program/Health Policy Club (PNHP)

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.

National Affiliation: Physicians for a National Health Program

Student National Medical Association (SNMA)

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.

National Affiliation: Student National Medical Association

Student Physicians for Social Responsibility (SPSR)

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.

National Affiliation: Physicians for Social Responsibility

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. Events in 2016 made it abundantly clear that racism is still ingrained within all structures of society, including the profession of medicine. The new White Coats for Black Lives club will serve to illuminate overt systemic racism and implicit racial bias during the formative years of student-doctor education and support the COM administration in improving student diversity and diversity training. Together we can work toward eliminating racism and discrimination in the practice of medicine and achieve healthcare equity for all.

National Affiliation: WC4BL National Working Group