Groups & Clubs

ACOM Addiction Information Coalition, AAIC, is the organization working toward an ACOM community free of drug and other addictive substance misuse, addiction, and related problems

President: Abigayle Hall

ACOM Green Club (AGC) intends to promote sustainability, recycling, and environmental stewardship. It encourages responsible environmental behaviors and awareness of human actions on the ACOM and Dothan communities.

President: Hersh Patel

AMSA’s mission is to equip medical students to become passionate advocates for their future practice and for the collective culture of medicine. When you become a member, you will have access to resources that will allow you to network with other professionals, workshop your clinical skills, develop as a leader, partner with mentors to explore medical careers, and prepare for the residency match. Through the Scholars Program and various health policy teams, you can learn about social barriers to medicine and how you can work to make a difference. With participation in the simulation challenge, you can hone your clinical skills and apply critical thinking outside the classroom. As the oldest and largest independent association of medical students in the country, AMSA has the power to transform student idealism into meaningful public service, innovation, and institutional change. Leadership opportunities are offered through various committee chairs including: SIMComp Committee Chair, Community Service Committee Chair, Public Relations/Fundraising Committee Chair, Mentorship Program Committee, Gender and Sexuality Action Committee, and other committee chairs based upon need.

President: Stephanie Gonzalez

American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) is designed to bring together those in medicine and health-related fields to promote women’s health and to support members’ professional and personal development.

President: Zainab Imami

Anesthesiology is a dynamic field in medicine that provides a variety of practice options and sub-specialties with which many medical students are unfamiliar. The Anesthesiology Interest Group is a student organization dedicated to promoting familiarity with and understanding of the field of anesthesiology through educational opportunities for students including community service activities, skills workshops, shadowing opportunities, conference participation, first-year student leadership, and more.

President: Vik Doppalapudi

Arts In Medicine (AIM) intends to broaden the knowledge of medical students to include a focus on the interest, diversity, and therapeutic use of arts in the field of medicine.

President: Mariana Dajac

The Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA) is a national organization of medical and pre-medical students committed to addressing the unique health challenges of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, & Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities.

President: Mirza Baig

Christian Medical Ministry of Alabama (CMMA) offers students a chance to interact with local medical professionals in the healthcare world while finding a place for community, support, and growth both spiritually and professionally. Our purpose is to help students know Christ more through discipleship, relationship, and strive to send them out well equipped into an ever-changing world.

Points of Contact: 

Jurian Edelenbos

The Dermatology Interest Group (DIG) is a student organization at the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine. Our mission is to provide a means for students to learn about the field of dermatology and to form a community for discussion and education about the specialty. The Dermatology Interest Group also aims to educate the Dothan community about prevalent dermatological issues, including skin cancer and sun safety. This year’s goals of the organization aim to encourage medical students’ interest in the specialty of dermatology by holding educational meetings with guest speakers, faculty, and dermatology residents; highlight the multifaceted aspects of dermatology; and raise awareness about skin cancer and promote sun safety among students and staff of ACOM and the surrounding Dothan community.

President: Margaret Russell

The mission of Disability Awareness in Medicine is to raise awareness and education about disabilities in society as well as provide opportunities to volunteer in the community with individuals with disabilities

President: Jaclyn Feely

The mission of Emergency Medicine Interest Group, EMIG, is to provide meaningful exposure, hands on experience, and preparation for rotation/residency application in Emergency Medicine.

EM is a multi-faceted, fast paced, cutting edge field which treats anyone with anything, anywhere, and anytime. It includes hospital, pre-hospital, wilderness, and tactical medicine as well as many diverse sub-specializations. It is a front-line specialty that interacts with the community heavily. As such, we also seek to facilitate that community education and involvement for our club members. Resourcefulness, decisiveness, and teamwork are defining virtues in EM. Through skills workshops, simulations, and guest lectures we seek to give students hands on experience in developing these traits highly sought by residency program directors. In addition, we provide exposure and experiences through our affiliations with national EM organizations, ACOEP and EMRA.

Wilderness Medicine Subcommittee:

This subcommittee organizes events and discussions that are designed to foster students’ interests and passions in wilderness medicine. The subcommittee will work to coordinate events that challenge its members to try new things as they experience a unique opportunity to deliver emergency medical care in demanding and remote regions.

President: Megan Lytus

Geriatrics Interest Group (GIG) provides students with experiences in geriatric medicine, hospice medicine, and palliative care. With the rapid increase in the elderly population nationwide, elder care will be a major focus of many specialties. We have many TOUCH point eligible volunteer opportunities throughout the year within the community. Members previously held a bake sale to provide fans for SARCOA seniors, hosted a Senior Prom at Wesley Place, participated in ACOM’s annual health fair, tabled for SAMC during National Health Decisions Week, helped education the hospice healthcare community about osteopathic medicine, provided the elderly Wiregrass population blood pressure checks during Older Americans Day (a SARCOA event), and spent time with Covenant Hospice patients to improve their quality of life. Information on free national membership in the American Geriatrics Society is available to members.

President: Ruby Ramos

The purpose of GPHA is to cultivate an awareness of and appreciation for global and public health topics, as well as preventative medicine topics among ACOM students and faculty. To highlight the impact that osteopathic physicians and the osteopathic ideology are having on global and public health issues, promote the collaborative exchange of current research, practice, and advancements in global and public health. To educate and promote healthy living to students and the community and facilitate opportunities for health service in medically underserved areas locally, as well as globally. Promote and support the outreach programs of DOCARE.

President: Debora Ferrato

GHMIG carries a vision to build a culture in which students, faculty, and staff can learn the interpersonal skills and attitudes essential for nurturing humanism in both themselves and in others. By placing human interests, values, and integrity at the core of medicine, healthcare and its experience can be dramatically improved in the community. GHMIG’s mission is to foster students to serve as role models, mentors, and leaders in humanistic medicine.

President: Kevin Keyes

Internal Medicine Interest Group is an organization committed to empowering student physicians with the experience, connections, and skill set necessary for a career in a wide variety of medical specialties. Through volunteer opportunities, shadowing opportunities, networking events, and skill workshops, this organization’s primary goal is to equip each and every ACOM student with what it takes to find success within the field of internal medicine and its many sub-specialties.

IMIG subcommittees include the following: Cardiology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Hematology/Oncology, Palliative Care, Pathology, Pulmonary Medicine/Critical Care, Sports Medicine/Rheumatology, and ARK House

ARK House is our newest subcommittee. It is a residential program in Dothan for men and women seeking to overcome homelessness, addiction, or achieving a successful transition from prison. This program offers people a safe space to stay and receive the necessary training and tools to successfully re-enter society.

President: Matt Schriefer

The Jewish Medical Student Association (JMSA) provides a welcoming space for Jewish students at ACOM to connect with each other and share their faith. JMSA also provides a great place for all ACOM students to learn about and experience the Jewish religion and culture through services, holidays and events. Members of JMSA will get the opportunity to learn more from various Jewish healthcare providers and be able to connect with their local community.

Point of Contact:

Alex Bennett

The Latino Medical Student Association exists to unite and empower current and future physicians through service, mentorship, and education to advocate for the improved health of the Hispanic & Latina/o/x community in the United States. We strive to envision a world with increased representation and support of healthcare professionals from backgrounds underrepresented among the medical workforce; Increased awareness of critical issues affecting the health of the Hispanic, Latina/o/x, and other marginalized communities; and Increased efforts to reduce disparities in the ways patients of color experience the American healthcare system.

President: Johann Roncal

The ACOM chapter of Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group seeks to incorporate therapeutic lifestyle interventions as the primary modality in the treatment of chronic conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and inflammatory conditions. The goal of our organization is to educate and empower the members of the Dothan community to take control of their own health via lifestyle modifications.

Medicine in Motion

Medicine in Motion aims to form connections between ACOM medical students, various healthcare professionals, and the local Dothan community to enhance overall community wellness. In addition, Medicine in Motion will promote the benefits of physical fitness for medical students to incorporate into their lives and be better equipped to prevent burnout. Lastly, Medicine in Motion plans to organize fun, physically engaging activities for ACOM students to participate in and enjoy. Overall, MIM seeks to prevent medical burnout through fitness, community building, and philanthropy.

President: Sarah Van Daele

The goal of Medical Spanish Organization is to provide a starting point to improving medical encounters in Spanish speaking environments.

President: Adriano Perez

Our mission is to foster an environment of spiritual growth, strengthen the networking efforts between Muslim students and promote awareness of Islam through community service, prayer and education at the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine.

President: Muhammad Awan

Our mission is to guide the specialization and development of ACOM students interested in pursuing a career in the field of Neurology or Psychiatry by facilitating opportunities for outreach, education, and leadership. We are committed to promoting awareness of topics in neuroscience and psychiatry throughout the Dothan community. This organization also aims to provide resources and information regarding residency requirements and professional development.

President: Tahnin Bluangtook

The Obstetrics and Gynecology Interest Group is a branch of the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOOG). The goal of our organization is to help students explore the many aspects of the field while helping them gain the skills and knowledge to pursue the residency of their choice. Through guest speakers, mentorship, hands-on simulated medicine, and community outreach, GOBIG gives unique experiences to students and empowers those in the community through women’s health and preventive care education.

Our organization also has multiple subcommittees, EASE into Motherhood, The Perinatal Committee, and Medical Students for Choice. These groups respectively focus on support for new mothers, perinatal loss, and education about family planning.

President: Anishaa Patel

The mission of the Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Interest Group is to promote the fields of orthopedics and sports medicine as it pertains to research, clinical practice, and graduate medical education. OSMIG will provide a forum for ACOM medical students to discuss pertinent topics, engage in educational activities, and meet guest speakers representing orthopedics, sports medicine, and other related fields. Our goal is to provide exposure and a wide array of experiences to interested students to better prepare them for a potential future in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine.

President: Tristan Sypula

The Pediatrics Interest Group is a group for ACOM students who are interested in the Pediatrics specialty, want to become active in the Dothan community, and enjoy serving the healthcare needs of local children. Members volunteer locally to benefit patients young and old while working to further our medical knowledge through speakers, workshops, and engaging in additional medical training.

President: Shelby Barron

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), also known as physiatry, is a medical specialty that emphasizes the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of people disabled by disease, disorder or injury. The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Interest Group aims to introduce ACOM students to the field and enhance their musculoskeletal and neurological clinical skills. We provide educational lectures and workshops, as well as guidance to those interested in pursuing the specialty.

President: Taylor Nakashima

The purpose of RIG is to promote communication among group members regarding radiology. RIG will obtain accurate and up to date information regarding the profession of radiology, including diagnostic radiology, interventional radiology and radiation oncology. RIG will provide information to its members regarding residency and ideal candidacy for resident placement. RIG will hold informational sessions with local radiologists and hold meetings to relay any and all information regarding the medical advancements in the field of radiology.

President: Nikoleté Hurrinus

The objectives of the SAAO are for its members to acquire a better understanding of osteopathic principles and practices; to attain maximum efficiency in osteopathic structural diagnosis and manipulative treatment; and to foster, in themselves and others, a clear concept of the clinical application of osteopathic principles and practices in health and disease. Membership serves to broaden and expand students’ understanding of osteopathic concepts in practice.

President: Ryan Lushington

The ACOM chapter of the Student Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (SAMOPS) is an organization for ACOM’s military community; those currently serving, interested in commissioning, or arriving as a student veteran. SAMOPS provides support and guidance for those in the process of applying for military scholarships, preparing for officer training, learning customs and courtesies, and many other aspects unique to military service and medicine. As part of a national organization, we have access to an incredible network of military physicians and residents eager to teach students about military medicine, rotations/auditions, mentorship, research, and the military MATCH.

President: Ethan O’Boyle

SAACOFP is for students interested in family medicine. Members regularly volunteer at the Samaritan Clinic and Samaritan Pantry. SAACOFP strives to help students explore the field of family medicine through speakers, shadowing, and volunteer experiences.

President: Aesha Shah

SNMA is 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. The goals of SNMA are to serve as a credible and accurate source of information relevant to minority issues in the field of medical education, to encourage and foster the development of minority faculty in order to increase the presence of minority mentors and biomedical researchers in academic health centers, and to evaluate and cultivate the necessary measures to eradicate practices in the field of health profession education that compromises the goal of providing quality education to minorities.

President: Susana Giraldo

The mission of the Student Osteopathic Association for Research (SOAR) is to inform medical students at all stages of training about the rewards and opportunities of participating in research during their medical education and as future physicians. SOAR seeks to (1) engage medical students to participate in different types of research opportunities during their medical education; (2) equip medical students with resources and guidance to find success in future endeavors; and (3) serve as a platform of communication between students, faculty, and alumni to share experiences, find mentors, and encourage greater participation in the field of medical research.

President: Mary Fabbrini

The Student Osteopathic Medical Association is the nation’s largest osteopathic medical student-run membership organization. We are dedicated to transforming motivated osteopathic medical students into dynamic health-care leaders who advance patient-centered health care within the United States and abroad.

President: Amy Chiou

The Surgical Interest Group (SIG) at ACOM is a student-led organization dedicated to the academic and professional enhancement of its members who are interested in surgery. SIG is composed of two national organizations: 1) American College of Osteopathic Surgeons-Medical Student Section (ACOS-MSS) and 2) Association of Women Surgeons (AWS). Both are invested in helping medical students explore the field of surgery. Members of SIG will be given the opportunity to attend various surgical specialty lectures, create mentorships with medical students who are in surgical rotations, and develop rapport with physician-surgeons. Moreover, SIG conducts surgical skills workshops to provide its members with early exposure to the procedural aspects of surgery. The mission of SIG is to better prepare its members to succeed in future rotations, residencies, and surgical careers.

Surgical Skills Committee

The Surgical Skills Committee includes surgical skills, laparoscopic surgery and surgical scrub chairs. These chairs function to educate and prepare SIG members to excel while on surgical rotations during clinical years.

Surgical Specialties Committee

The Surgical Specialties Committee facilitates communication between the SIG executive board and the various subspecialty committee chairs, to provide support to committee chairs with regards to events, and to represent the interests of each surgical specialty committee chair.

President: Nathan Jacobsen