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Anyone here a member of the national or a local chapter?

I'm in charge of creating activities for my local chapter. Any good suggestions?
Getting DO to speak and demo OMM. And getting DO's who are specialists to came and talk about how being is/isn't different when practicing medicine, medical school experience, etc. If you located on a campus with a medical school or nearby hospital, I find asking for a dean, department head, etc to speak only takes a letter. See if you can arrange tour at the med school or hospital. If you want someone from national AOA or AACOM to possibly speak, send me a PM and I try to put you in touch with someone.
 

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The Pre-SOMA Director can be reached at [email protected]

Here are some more ideas to try throughout the year...

Ø Partner with a local charity and organize a food, toy or clothing drive for area residents in need

Ø Participate or volunteer at a community health fair

Ø Participate or volunteer at a local run, walk or triathlon. Chapters can make team T-shirts and collect sponsor donations for charity

Ø Offer your chapter’s services at a community food kitchen serving or preparing food.

Ø Partner with a local homeless or women’s shelter. Chapters may offer to “tidy-up” and make necessary repairs as well as donate to the existing decorum to make the shelter more comfortable.

Ø Raise awareness by asking a local store or library to donate their display window. Chapters can create a display that incorporates the osteopathic medical profession’s philosophy into a theme consistent with the season (i.e. Seasonal, Holiday theme, etc…)

Ø .Sponsor a healthy breakfast on campus.. Offer free healthy breakfast options for fellow students before a big exam or finals week (or any other time!). You can hand out informational literature on Pre-SOMA and Osteopathic medicine with the breakfast, as well as healthy eating and lifestyle tips..

Ø .Sponsor a Halloween Fun Night for children with diabetes..
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.This event can provide a night of fun for a group of children who might otherwise be unable to enjoy Halloween given its focus on candy. The party includes games, a costume contest, arts and crafts and appropriate refreshments..
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Ø .Sponsor guest speakers to talk about Osteopathic Medicine, various medical specialties, the business side of medicine, medical legal issues, medical ethics, etc….

Ø .Host a “Dinner with DO’s” where local DO’s join Pre-SOMA members (or anyone who wants to attend, depending on your chapter size) for a dinner (formal or casual, depending on your budget and preferences) where they can casually talk about the profession, how to get in, how to succeed, how to pick a specialty, whatever may be on your minds!.

Ø .Host reception for students accepted to osteopathic medical.school..

Ø .Work with local medical schools (Osteopathic or Allopathic if you don’t have an osteopathic school near you) to have students come talk to your chapter, set up days for your members to tour the school and shadow medical students, etc….

Ø .Start a program with local High Schools (and even middle or elementary schools) where Pre-SOMA members go to the schools and give presentations (tailored to the age-group) about college, medicine, osteopathic medicine, various healthcare issues (esp. prevention i.e. exercise, diet, etc..), or any other relevant topics.

Ø .Volunteer! There are endless volunteer opportunities that your chapter can do as a group, from spending time with nursing home residents to serving food at soup kitchens, perhaps finding some volunteer opportunities at a local hospital or health clinic, etc….
 
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I apologize for the thread hijack, but this thread came up in a search for pre-soma, so I thought I'd ask my pre-soma question here:

I am a member of pre-soma and noticed that the soma website mentions that they will give a recommendation to the osteopathic schools that members apply to, is that something that I would have to contact someone about receiving? There isn't an indication on the website, and a letter to the pre-soma email hasn't turned up a response. :confused:
 

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The Pre-SOMA Director sends a recommendation out to admissions committees in the form of an awareness letter. Please E-mail [email protected] for more details.
 
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Sorry to bring up an old thread, but I was interested in bringing in a charter chapter at my school. I've already done my research, but wanted any advice from anyone who has started one or has had a hand in starting one.
 

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Sorry to bring up an old thread, but I was interested in bringing in a charter chapter at my school. I've already done my research, but wanted any advice from anyone who has started one or has had a hand in starting one.
Hey, that's awesome that you want to start a Pre-soma chapter! I helped start the Rho chapter at Umich. PM me with any questions you may have!
 
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I wish you luck! I tried starting one my institution, but the higher ups told me no.

Edit: Meaning the higher ups at my school.
Sorry to bring up an old thread, but I was interested in bringing in a charter chapter at my school. I've already done my research, but wanted any advice from anyone who has started one or has had a hand in starting one.
 
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What exactly happened? What did they say? 0_0