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ACOM students to compete in Simulation Competition this November

The Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM) will hold its annual Simulation Competition (SimComp) on campus hosted by ACOM’s chapter of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) on November 20 and 21. Eight teams of first- and second-year medical students will compete against each other in a race to save the patient, with preliminary, semifinal and final rounds to determine one winning team to advance. Student teams have been training for SimComp during the fall 2020 semester. This year, the majority of qualifying teams are composed of first-year students, a unique outcome that demonstrates the growing value of simulation among incoming students.

SimComp is an event designed by ACOM to prepare students to compete in the national SimChallenge competition. Each team is presented with an emergent clinical scenario, which requires medical knowledge, clinical skills, teamwork, communication, and calm nerves to overcome the challenges. One ACOM team advances to the national competition each year. ACOM has risen to success through its students’ participation in simulation competitions beyond the College, earning recognition on both national and international stages.

In 2017, a team of second-year ACOM students won the national SimChallenge event and represented the United States at the international competition in Paris, defeating the French team in the final round to become international champions. Last year, the ACOM team won the first national Virtual Patient Challenge hosted by AMSA and those students were invited to compete in the first International Virtual Patient Challenge at the Somesics – Sociedad Mexicana de Simulación en Ciencias de la Saludon conference. ACOM hopes to continue its storied success and capture another title in spring 2021, with this local tournament serving as an important step in that journey.

In accordance with social distancing guidelines this event will not be open to the public. Masks will be required for entrance into the building and those participating must wear gloves.

ACOM students to compete in Simulation Competition this November2020-10-08T20:07:24+00:00

ACOM AMSA chapter receives award

The ACOM AMSA chapter was recognized at the National Convention in D.C. on April 17th.

OMS II student Roselyn Olorunsogo, the outgoing president, attended the virtual event where the ACOM chapter was presented with the Paul R. Wright Chapter Success Award.

This annual honor is awarded to chapters that have promoted AMSA’s mission of inspiring future physicians through local events, innovative programming, leadership development or calls to action. The emphasis of this award is chapter commitment to improving member solidarity by increasing awareness, recruitment, and involvement in their chapters.

 

ACOM AMSA chapter receives award2020-09-17T16:25:17+00:00

ACOM Students Represent at SOMA Summer House of Delegates

OMS-II students Melanie Weyers, President of the ACOM Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA), and Balpreet Sidhu, ACOM SOMA National Liaison Officer, served as voting delegates at the SOMA Summer House of Delegates.

The ACOM chapter submitted two resolutions to this year’s meeting;

S-20-26: SUPPORT THE BOLSTERING OF VETERAN HEALTH ADMINISTRATION RESOURCES THROUGH PROVIDER PAY REFORM 

 S-20-27: ADDRESSING SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH THROUGH DATA COLLECTION AND IMPROVED ACCESS TO SOCIAL SERVICES.

These resolutions were extracted on Saturday for discussion in the open forum meeting where they were approached with overwhelming support from many other SOMA chapters and SOMA National leaders.

After consideration by the National SOMA Resolutions Committee, both Resolution S-20-26 and S-20-27 were recommended to be approved as written.

On Sunday during the closed House of Delegates, both resolutions were voted unanimously to be approved as written in the consent agenda.

This is the first time in the history of the ACOM SOMA chapter that all resolutions submitted were approved as written on the consent agenda.

ACOM is excited for the impact our local chapter is having on the national level as our students continue to inspire change within Osteopathic medicine.

ACOM Students Represent at SOMA Summer House of Delegates2020-09-23T20:21:08+00:00

ACOM SOMA Chapter Participates in Advocacy Day

ACOM Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) Chapter president Melanie Weyers, OMS-II, participated in Advocacy Day, hosted by the national SOMA organization and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), on Friday, July 24, 2020.

Weyers and two SOMA members from VCOM-Auburn were able to speak to five Alabama Senators and Representatives to advocate for three important items on the agenda. Those issues included increased funding and access to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), accurate data collection to address health disparities highlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic and student loan debt relief. The three students had the opportunity to speak with Sen. Richard Shelby, Sen. Doug Jones, Rep. Martha Roby, Rep. Mo Brooks and Rep. Terri Sewell.

“As a student at ACOM, I was excited that when I introduced myself to many of these legislators, they were already very familiar with ACOM,” Weyers said. “I appreciate the relationships and history that ACOM has with Alabama legislators as it has made it easier for SOMA and me to maintain these relationships and establish increased advocacy efforts. I look forward to continuing to build these relationships and continuing our advocacy efforts.”

The SOMA and AOA Advocacy Day took the place of DO Day on the Hill that was previously scheduled for March.

ACOM SOMA Chapter Participates in Advocacy Day2020-09-17T16:17:50+00:00

ACOM AMSA chapter receives award

The ACOM AMSA chapter was recognized at the National Convention in D.C. on April 17th.

OMS II student Roselyn Olorunsogo, the outgoing president, attended the virtual event where the ACOM chapter was presented with the Paul R. Wright Chapter Success Award.

This annual honor is awarded to chapters that have promoted AMSA’s mission of inspiring future physicians through local events, innovative programming, leadership development or calls to action. The emphasis of this award is chapter commitment to improving member solidarity by increasing awareness, recruitment, and involvement in their chapters.

ACOM AMSA chapter receives award2020-09-17T16:09:26+00:00

Dr. Fernandez named to the ACOM board

The Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM) is pleased to announce that Stephen L. Fernandez, MD, has been appointed to the college’s board of directors as an at-large member.

Dr. Fernandez is a board-certified physician in Diagnostic Radiology and he specializes in Vascular and Interventional Radiology. He has practiced for more than 20 years at Radiology Associates of Dothan. Dr. Fernandez is a past president of the Southeast Health medical staff. He has also served on Southeast Health’s medical executive committee as chairman of the Department of Radiology.

Dr. Fernandez earned his medical degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville and completed his residency and fellowship at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Dr. Fernandez named to the ACOM board2020-10-02T03:08:46+00:00

A message from the Dean

A Message from the Dean of ACOM:

I believe that I speak for the entire ACOM community in expressing the pain and sadness we all share in the death of George Floyd.  We recoil from the images of his death because they are directly contrary to our core values as humans – the core values proclaimed in ACOM’s mission statement.

At ACOM, we strive for a life of integrity, compassion, and positive action. Our core values include Respect and Diversity. ACOM stands strong in support of all people who face discrimination because of the color of their skin, or on any other basis.

I stand with the entire ACOM community now in reaffirming our core values. Thanks to all ACOM students, faculty, and staff for your ongoing and unwavering commitment.

James C. Jones, DO, FACEP

Dean, Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine 

A message from the Dean2020-10-01T17:43:11+00:00

Team Cotard’s Delusionals wins National Virtual Simulation Competition

A team of ACOM students competed recently competed in and won the 2020 national Virtual Patient Challenge hosted by the American Medical Student Association (AMSA). The team, Cotard’s Delusionals, won the ACOM simulation competition in the Fall and was selected to move forward to represent the college at the AMSA event.  SIM competition was transitioned to a Virtual Patient Challenge. The national event transitioned to a virtual format, requiring a restructuring of teams, which two teams of three students each. The teams were Cotard’s Delusionals, with Kyle Cohen, Jessica McLean and Alyssa Pace-Patterson, and Still Cotard’s Delusionals with Sophia Jaffri, Alexandra Sappington and Joseph Bernhard. The two teams competed on Friday, April 17th against 14 other teams from around the country. The first round consisted of completing two 20-minute cases, with scoring based on the accuracy of examination, diagnosis and management of a virtual patient. Cotard’s Delusionals qualified for the final round, competing against three other teams, again with two 20-minute cases.  Following the case completion and a debrief, AMSA announced the winners, with Cotard’s Delusionals taking top honors.

Team Cotard’s Delusionals wins National Virtual Simulation Competition2020-10-05T16:07:12+00:00

OMS II student elected as Region II Trustee for SOMA

ACOM OMS-II student Amir Khiabani was elected as Region II Trustee and appointed into his role onto the National Board of Trustees for the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA): the student branch of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

As Region II Trustee, Khiabani will oversee one of the largest SOMA regions nationally, comprised of 11 medical schools from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Louisiana and Mississippi. He will help newly-chartered Osteopathic medical schools have a presence at their respective campuses while also serving as a resource to provide pre-existing chapters with anything they need to improve their presence on campus. The Region Trustee also acts to guide chapter leaders in implementing national and regional initiatives on their campuses, as well as be involved in voting regarding the policies and the operations of the organization on a National level.

OMS II student elected as Region II Trustee for SOMA2020-10-05T01:50:14+00:00
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