The Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM) is pleased to announce several recent student achievements.
Two ACOM students were recently elected to serve national leadership positions for the American Medical Student Association. OMS-III student Ankita Mahajan was elected Chair of Professionalism and Ethics. OMS-II student Sam Foldy was elected Medical Regional Director of Region III.
OMS-II student Frank Abene, ACOM’s Student National Medical Association (SNMA) 2015-2016 Vice President, was elected as the National Osteopathic Schools Committee Co-Chair for the 2016-2017 academic year and was appointed to the national SNMA Board of Directors. Part of Frank’s role will be integrating osteopathic principles into the SNMA vision by creating SNMA projects at other osteopathic schools around the country.
ACOM’s chapter of the Student Association of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (SAACOFP) was recently presented two awards at the 2016 ACOFP national conference in Puerto Rico. ACOM’s chapter was recognized with the DOCARE SAACOFP Fundraising Award for their event “Are You Smarter than a First Year?”, as well as the award for Most Improved Chapter.
A group of ACOM students were recently inducted into the Omega Beta Iota (OBI), National Osteopathic Political Advocacy Honor Society. The four ACOM students inducted were: OMS-III student Anne Washofsky, and OMS-II students JC Gonzalez, Shawn Hamm and Matt Nimmo. This society was founded in 2007 to emphasize the importance of the work osteopathic physicians and medical students do for the political system and profession. OBI values the necessity of being involved in local, state and national political arenas on behalf of the DO profession and our patients. The induction ceremony was held during the 2016 DO Day on the Hill event in Washington, DC.
ACOM students recently presented research posters at the Medical Association of the State of Alabama (MASA) conference in Montgomery, Ala. OMS-III student Ankita Mahajan presented a poster with co-authors OMS-III student Garrett Harrison, OMS-II student Sam Foldy, and ACOM faculty member Dr. John Giannini, entitled “Competitive Clinical Case Simulation: An Effective Learning Model.” The poster reflected the very positive feedback received about the ACOM Simulation Olympics event last November through the American Medical Student Association. The group won third place in the state for their poster presentation.
Congratulations to all of our students and student organizations!