At the virtual conference for the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) in March, the ACOM student chapter, Student Association of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (SAACOFP), was awarded the Humanitarian Award for participating in more volunteer hours than any other student chapter across the nation.
ACOM’s SAACOFP chapter offers volunteer opportunities to its members at the Samaritan Clinic on Thursdays, the Spanish-speaking Samaritan Clinic once a month, and the Samaritan Pantry the first 3 Saturdays of the month. The Samaritan Clinic is a free health, eye and dental clinic for the medically underserved in Dothan and Houston County, while Samaritan Pantry works to provide clothes, hygienic supplies, food and toiletries to the homeless community of Dothan.
We are extremely proud of our SAACOFP chapter here at ACOM by taking the time to positively impact the greater Dothan community. As future family physicians, it is important that we emphasize our role as community leaders and volunteers, as it will only further our mission of community outreach and improving the overall health and wellness of the communities we serve.