Dear Pre-SOMA Members,
Welcome back to the spring semester! Read through this IMPORTANT email!
We will have our FIRST meeting of the semester on 2/15 in HJP 1104 at
5:30pm. This meeting will be very important as the Director of AACOM Mrs.
Gina Moses will be presenting on the next Application Cycle. Furthermore we
will be going over meeting dates, membership requirements, upcoming events
Its time to register *for D.O. Day on the Hill and SOMA Spring Convention*!
D.O. Day on the hill is Thursday, March 8th, 2012, and SOMA Convention is
March 9th and 10th, 2012!
*What is D.O. Day on the Hill? *
"This is a prime opportunity to educate Members of Congress and their staff
about osteopathic medicine and communicate our positions on important
health policy issues where legislation is crafted—Capitol Hill."
When you sign up for D.O. Day on the hill, you will be given appointments
with your representatives to discuss issues relevant to patient safety,
physician reimbursement and graduate medical education opportunities. You'll
gather at the Hyatt Regency on the morning of D.O. Day, register, listen to
an issue briefing, and attend various appointments with your
representatives on the hill. It is a fun day which can also involve some
sight seeing- you'll have time for it! REGISTER NOW! D.O. Day is free to
attend, and deadline to register is THIS FRIDAY 1/27!!! If you are
thinking of going but can't commit 100% by Friday, please send me an E-mail
with your full name, home address (in the area of the representatives who
you would like to speak to on the hill), phone number, and birthdate. I
will sign you up and check in with you periodically to see if you'll still
be coming/ how your planning is coming along.
*What is SOMA Convention?*
Spring convention is where SOMA elects our new national board for the
upcoming year. We run our house of delegates using Robert's Rules of
Order- this is where we vote on resolutions regarding the operation of our
organization and our stance on issues that affect our patients and
profession. We have a keynote speaker, workshops such as suturing and OMM,
and a formal reception on Saturday evening recognizing scholarship winners.
REGISTER NOW! $38 until February 24th, after that date the price increases
to $100 per pre-soma member.
Location of D.O. Day Breifing and SOMA Convention:
Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
Next, this is for those of you applying for this 2012 Application cycle.
Please help us share the information on AACOM’s scholarships for
underrepresented minority students. We would like to encourage those
interested 2012 AACOMAS applicants and continuing students, to make
2012 Sherry R. Arnstein Minority Student Scholarship
To be eligible, an applicant must be an underrepresented minority
(African-American; Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian;
mainland Puerto Rican, or Hispanic) student in good academic standing and
currently enrolled in his or her first, second, or third year at an AACOM
member college of osteopathic medicine OR an underrepresented minority
student who has been accepted and is planning to matriculate at one of the
AACOM member colleges. Previous Arnstein Scholarship awardees are
Entries must be post-marked by March 31, 2012. All entries must include the
required Cover Page, with all appropriate signatures, in addition to the
required essay. Incomplete entries will not be considered. Awardees will be
notified by July 21, 2012.
Last, the Health Professions Recruitment Fair will be on March 31st, 2012
in D.C. This is a great opportunity for everyone to talk one on one to
Open to all high school and college students, parents, pre-health advisors,
school guidance counselors, administrators and others interested in
learning more about health professions educational opportunities and
careers. This is a great opportunity to meet a variety of admission
officers from various health professions schools.
*Participants will learn:*
- How to apply to medical school or other health professions education
- How to write a successful personal statement
- What current medical students have to say about their experiences
- Demonstrations on Osteopathic Manual Medicine (OMM)
- Much more that will help in preparing for a career in the health
Have a great spring semester!
Pre-SOMA Club at UMD <http://www.presomaumd.com>