The Student Government Association oversees all student interest groups and recreational clubs in addition to serving as the liaison between the student body and ACOM administration, faculty, and staff. The SGA works diligently to be the voice of the student body, to serve as a model government, and to foster leadership development throughout their time at ACOM.
Student Clubs and Organizations
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.
This committee contributes to the overall goal of the organization by working to ensure that the SIM competition is carried out efficiently. This contributes to AMSA’s mission to train our members in improving healthcare and promoting active improvement in medical education.
Community Service Committee:
This committee is designed to create more community service opportunities for AMSA members, which will serve to make them stronger healthcare leaders in the future. The committee leader works directly with the Directly of Community Outreach to plan and execute all volunteer events.
Public Relations/Fundraising Committee:
This committee helps with AMSA exposure not just at ACOM but also in the community in hopes of increasing knowledge about the medical field and raising future healthcare leaders. The committee leader also helps the treasurer create more opportunities to raise funds for the organization.
Mentorship Program Committee:
This committee helps assign mentors to AMSA members in order to prepare for rotations and residency. This committee helps establish and continue lifelong relationships with upperclassmen.
The American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) is an organization that functions at the local, national, and international levels to advance women in medicine and improve women’s health. This year’s AMWA-ACOM activities will include TOUCH-point-eligible volunteer events like health screenings and mental health coping strategies for residents of Dothan’s House of Ruth. Other events planned include involvement in Diversity Week (with a focus on LGBTQ awareness), Women in Osteopathic Medicine documentary film screening, gender equality breakfast sale, and National Women Physicians Day celebration. AMWA’s goal is to give voice to and learn from the previously silenced perspectives in medicine, among both practitioners and patients.
Are you able to keep your composure during fast-paced and challenging circumstances? Are you stimulated by tasks requiring in-depth analysis paired with advanced technical skills? Do you desire to apply a broad range of clinical knowledge to manage complex clinical situations? And above all, are you a team player? If so, anesthesiology may be your calling.
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.
APAMSA is a national medical student association committed to addressing the unique health challenges of Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) communities. Members have the opportunity to volunteer at various health fairs, attend lectures, and go to national conferences. Most importantly, ACOM’s APAMSA is known for its bubble tea sales. Join for free and don’t forget your bubble tea!
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. CMMA provides opportunities like Winter Weekend Retreat allowing medical students a time to get away to develop spiritually and connect with different medical students in Alabama. Other opportunities include medical mission trips to the Dominican Republic, where medical students have the opportunity to work with doctors to develop clinical plans and perform medical procedures while being able to grow in their faith within the medical field. CMMA offers a weekly bible study that allows anyone an opportunity to bond i a culture of discipleship where we stretch ourselves to grow in our love for God and people.
The ACOM Creativity Club serves as a creative outlet for students. The club provides designated time and space for students to work on their respective creative arts projects. Members are invited to join weekly meetings where they are encouraged to work on a project or share their creative interests with others. Whether you are interested in continuing your creative expression or want to learn more about what other students are doing, there is something to be gained for all.
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.
The mission of 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.
Geriatrics Interest Group (GIG) provides students 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 with SAMC, SARCOA, and in 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 members in the American Geriatrics Society is available to members.
The Obstetrics and Gynecology Interest Group is a branch of the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOOG). Our goal as a club is to provide students with a hands on learning experience about the field of OB/GYN and to help them gain the skills and knowledge to pursue the residency of their choice.
The OB/GYN Interest Group provides student members with various opportunities to learn hands on surgical and procedural techniques applicable to obstetrics and gynecology such as suture techniques, knot tying workshops, and a labor and delivery simulation experience. Our club offers various volunteer opportunities such as educating the community about women’s healthcare topics like breast cancer self-screenings at local health fairs. We also offer our members the opportunity to volunteer at SAMC Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for the entire year. We have/plan to host guest speakers from several sub-specialties as well as ACOM graduates who have matched into OB/GYN to learn about the residency match process, boards, and advice for the future.
Global & Public Health Advocates (GPHA) is ACOM’s DOCARE International chapter. The mission of DOCARE International is to provide healthcare to under-resourced communities around the world. At ACOM, GPHA plans medical outreach trips and hosts public health activities throughout the year, including free HIV testing.
The Gold Humanism in Medicine Interest Group (GHMIG) is an organization that aims to foster students to serve as role models, mentors, and leaders in humanistic medicine. GHMIG encourages this approach to the learning and practice of medicine by focusing on topics of unique healthcare for marginalized populations such as veterans, underserved minorities, refugees and immigrants, LGBT individuals, and others. With ties to the Arnold B. Gold Foundation, GHMIG also recognizes individuals who are exemplars of humanistic patient care through facilitating the induction of ACOM students into the Gold Humanism Honor Society.
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.
Pulmonary/Critical Care Committee:
The goal of the Pulmonary/Critical Care Committee is to be a resource for members of IMIG and the ACOM student body so they can be better informed about the opportunities this field has to offer. Southeast Health has a large ICU with over 20 beds. Since patients do not regularly follow up with their primary physician, their disease progresses to a state that requires hospitalization and, more often than not, critical care. Houston County also has a large population of patients with numerous pulmonary issues ranging from Asthma to COPD. The goal is to let students know that these two fields are very important and relevant not only across the country but especially in the Dothan community.
The goal of the Pathology Committee is to get students and members of IMIG excited about Pathology. Although it is not as fast paced as Emergency Medicine or Surgery, it is still ever changing and no specimen will look exactly like the other. Pathology can provide vital information in diagnosing a patient, and we want student to be encouraged to learn more about it outside of what we see in class.
Sports Medicine/Rheumatology Committee:
The goal of the Sports Medicine/Rheumatology Committee is to provide IMIG members and ACOM students with resources and knowledge about these two specialties. We strive to highlight the highly collaborative relationship between Internal Medicine, PMR, Family Medicine, and Sports Medicine/Rheumatology fellowships and foster interest through guest clinical physicians, informative meetings, community outreach, and 4th year mentorship.
The goal of the GI Committee is to provide IMIG members as well as ACOM students more exposure to the Internal Medicine sub-specialty field of Gastroenterology through community outreach events, guest speakers, journal clubs, and informational meetings on how to become a GI physicians.
The goal of the Cardiology Committee is to provide IMIG members and ACOM students with exposure to the sub-specialty of Cardiology through group events, guest speakers, and informational meetings. The group volunteers at the Ark and holds talks on ways to minimize risk factors for heart attacks and other cardiac emergencies. The committee also hold informational meeting to discuss IM match data, residency tips, and strategies for getting the appropriate fellowship after residency.
The goal of the Hematology/Oncology Committee is to provide IMIG members and ACOM students with exposure to the sub-specialty of Hematology and Oncology through group events, guest speakers, and informational meetings.
The goal of the Radiology Committee is to provide IMIG members and ACOM students with resources and knowledge about the Radiology sub-specialty. We strive to highlight the highly collaborative relationship between Internal Medicine and Radiology specialties and foster interest through guest clinical physicians, informative meetings, community outreach, and 4th year mentorship.
The goal of the Medical Spanish Organization is to help improve the Spanish speaking skills of ACOM students, focusing mainly on useful Spanish medical terminology. The organization is open to everyone, even those who haven’t spoken a word of Spanish. MSO helps students learn and apply knowledge in a way that will improve the quality of healthcare we will provide int he future. MSO also aims to integrate and grow cultural awareness while also serving the Dothan Hispanic community.
The purpose of MedTalks is to provide a forum for students to openly discuss diverse, student-proposed topics in healthcare, medicine, and research. MedTalks events provide a platform for students to improve active listening, communication, and public speaking skills to supplement their learning experience. Students will have the opportunity to raise awareness and educate their peers in a professional setting.
Military Interest Group is an organization geared towards medical students who are currently participating in or interested in military medicine. MIG provides support and guidance for those in the process of applying for military scholarships, preparing for officer training, customs and courtesies, and other aspects unique to military medicine.
Come and learn about the most fascinating organ in the body: the brain! The Neuro/Psych Interest Group provides a great opportunity for students of all backgrounds and medical interests to educate themselves about neurology, psychiatry, and the neurosciences. Through our affiliation with the American Academy of Neurology, the Neuro/Psych group offers opportunities for scholarships, community service projects, and hosts several guest speakers from a variety of sub-specialties.
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 interested medial 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 orthopedics, sports medicine, and physical medicine and rehabilitation.
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. Any active ACOM student interested in a career in Pediatrics or simply with a love of children and volunteering can join!
SAACOFP is a national Family Medicine interest group that fosters the understanding of what it means to be a family physician in today’s world. SAACOFP’s members have an exclusive weekly volunteer opportunity at the Samaritan Clinic which provides free medical, pharmaceutical, and dental care to Dothan’s homeless and other select populations in need of care. Additionally, SAACOFP hosts workshops, general meetings, and guest speakers to gain perspective on the vast variety of career options in family medicine. Through the national organization, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, members have the opportunity to attend conferences, gain leadership experience, and have additional board and osteopathic resources.
The Student American Academy of Osteopathy’s goal is to help the community and student body better understand the philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine and the utilization of osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM). At ACOM, SAAO fosters an awareness of this unique practice of medicine through review and practice sessions for students and by hosting events for members of the community.
The Student National Medical Association is committed to supporting current and future underrepresented medical students, addressing the needs of underserved communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent, and socially conscious physicians. SNMA boasts over forty years of committed service to medically underserved communities and continues to advocate for improved health care services and education to meet the needs of minority and underserved populations. Any ACOM student who has a passion for the medically underserved is welcome and encouraged to join!
The Student Osteopathic Medical Association is the nation’s largest network of osteopathic medical students. We’re committed to represent all Osteopathic students on political affairs, residency placement, public health, research, community service, professional development, and minority affairs by providing a direct partnership with the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), Alabama Osteopathic Medical Association (ALOMA), granting scholarships and member benefits, and engaging in various projects to promote Osteopathic values throughout the community.
SOMA provides valuable access to volunteering opportunities, regional & national conferences, political advocacy and resolutions, and events at ACOM and the community. Members who join in the Fall will receive a complimentary Thieme Anatomy Atlas and can apply for new member scholarships.
The purpose of the ACOM SOMA Resolutions Committee is to prepare resolutions to be presented to the SOMA House of Delegates. Resolutions Committee members actively write and edit resolutions as well as collaborate with other SOMA chapters from across the nation to write resolutions. Members also work with ACOM SOMA students who are interested in writing resolutions. Our activities include monthly meetings to discuss and write resolutions that will be presented at the National SOMA House of Delegates.
The ACOM Surgery Interest Group (ACOM-SIG) is an organization comprised of members in both the Student Osteopathic Surgical Association (SOSA) and the Association of Women Surgeons (AWS): two national organizations dedicated to helping medical students explore the field of surgery. Members of ACOM-SIG will be given the opportunity to attend guest lectures about various surgical sub-specialties and receive advice from medical students who are in surgical rotations and who have matched into surgical specialties. Furthermore, ACOM-SIG conducts suture workshops and surgical skills labs to give members early exposure to the procedural aspects of surgery to better prepare them for future rotations, residencies, and medical careers.
Sigma Sigma Phi is an Honorary Osteopathic Service Fraternity. The Alpha Beta Chapter was chartered in 2015 at ACOM. It’s objectives and purposes are: to further the Science of Osteopathic Medicine and its standards of practice; to improve the scholastic standing and promote a higher degree of fellowship among its students; to bring about a closer relationship and understanding between the student bodies and the officials and members of the faculties of our colleges; and to foster allegiance to the American Osteopathic Association and to perpetuate these principles and the teachings through the maintenance and development of this organization.