SGA-Sponsored Student Organizations
As an NYITCOM student, your education takes place outside our labs and classrooms. We have local chapters of many national medical organizations that provide you with experience and networking opportunities. Here are some options:
Student chapter of American Osteopathic Colleges of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery (AOCOO-HNS) at NYITCOM was formally established in 2019, also commonly referred to as the "Eye and ENT Organization" on campus, serves as a platform for the NYITCOM medical students to get involved in the fields of ophthalmology and otolaryngology as early as during their pre-clinical education. The organization raises awareness among the students about the match process, and plans events to provide them an early clinical exposure and research opportunities in these competitive specialties and promotes ocular and aural health among the regional communities through medical students. It also serves as a liaison between the students, faculty, residents, attending physicians and the national organization.
As the oldest primary care-based sports medicine specialty, the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine (AOASM) takes pride in bringing together the health professional and the athlete. We provide our members with valuable opportunities and experience in sports medicine and surgery through activities that include sporting events, lectures, workshops, mentorships, and review sessions.
The Student American Osteopathic Association of Orthopedics (AOAO) works to bridge the gap between orthopedic physicians and student physicians in order to provide experiences and opportunities to better influence students in the field of orthopedics. We achieve this through hosting guest speakers and providing a journal club, hands-on demonstrations and workshops, unique networking opportunities, and volunteer and fundraising initiatives.
The American Osteopathic College of Anesthesiologists (AOCA) chapter offers students the opportunity to study and practice various aspects of the field including, but not limited to, the practice and pharmacology of anesthesiology. Students can gain valuable insight into the field through activities that include hands-on workshops, case studies and lunchtime lectures. Research opportunities are also available, with some members even taking part in FAER, a medical student anesthesia research fellowship. Our chapter is also active in the community, participating in fundraisers that benefit local organizations.
The American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AOCPMR) is an organization that aims to increase awareness of the role that physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) play in a patient's care. We are committed to educating the medical student population on current PM&R topics, create opportunities for student participation in PM&R activities, and serve as a resource for students interested in pursuing PM&R as a specialty. We run educational workshops and also participate in fun community service events.
The American Osteopathic College of Radiology (AOCR) strives to educate all medical students on the clinical aspects of radiology and the systematic methods involved in radiological diagnosis. Information sessions, lectures, and networking opportunities are also planned for members that are interested in Radiology as a career choice.
The American College of Osteopathic Family Practitioners (ACOFP) advocates education, philanthropy, and outreach, regardless of one's future specialty. Activities include community outreach events, group workshops, guest speakers who discuss relevant topics such as residency matches and geriatrics, and an annual convention.
The American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians (ACOP) aspires to provide unwavering service to local, underprivileged children and their communities. Our members participate in outreach initiatives in schools and hospitals, attend lectures, and receive continuous clinical enrichment. Some events we participate in throughout the year include a Swim-a-thon, Adopt-a-Class, Ronald McDonald House dinners, Mini-Med School with Citizen Schools of New York, St. Baldrick's fundraiser for children with cancer, and the Boys and Girls Club Community Plunge.
Throughout the year, the American College of Osteopathic Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOOG) organizes lectures with guest speakers who share their experiences on topics pertaining to women's health, such as breast cancer, how to get into an OB/GYN residency program, and other educational and informative topics. We also participate in ultrasound and laparoscopic workshops as well as breast cancer walks, a fistula campaign, and the " Vagina Monologues."
The mission of the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP) is to approach emergency medicine from an osteopathic viewpoint by educating students about the work and everyday life involved in this specialty. We do this through lectures, workshops, and community outreach. We also provide our members with a sense of community and a platform for networking opportunities.
The Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (AMOPS) aims to apply the military principles of organization and self-discipline to enhance student-physician achievement. The chapter organizes lectures on military opportunities for military and civilian physicians, sends care packages to deployed troops overseas, works with the Wounded Warrior Project, collects food and coats for veterans, and honors veterans for their service throughout the community.
The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) offers medical students opportunities for further study in health policy, medical education, advocacy, and leadership training. Events include HIV workshops, speakers on primary care specialties, and participation in fundraising events, including a community Breast Cancer walk.
The American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) is dedicated to providing assistance for women in medicine by advancing the careers of female medical professionals and improving women's health through education and advocacy. Activities include speakers, workshops, a series of panels called "Living Water for Women," a presentation focusing on the experience of female physicians, and the hosting of the annual "Vagina Monologues" every February.
The Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA) is dedicated to educating all students on the history, culture, and medicine of Asian Pacific Americans. Our activities include speakers, workshops, outreach, and group discussion.
The mission of the Cardiology Organization is to introduce our students to the exciting field of cardiology and its subspecialties. Our organization promotes mentoring and research opportunities, and hosts workshops and a Speaker Series, where physicians are invited to speak about their practices and personal insights on the various aspects of cardiology.
The Christian Medical and Dental Association is a dynamic community of medical students who are encouraged to fulfill their God-given calling in the health professions through various activities that include: retreats, volunteer work, group prayer, interfaith programming, volunteer work, and international medical missions.
Members of the Disaster Relief Partnership Group (DRPG), with guidance from the American Red Cross, are trained as volunteers to assist in times of natural or manmade disaster. Student members are required to complete the training regimen as put forth by the American Red Cross. With the help of presentations by guest speakers, workshops, trainings, and community outreach initiatives, DRPG members are given versatile opportunities to learn about disaster medicine.
Global Health Organization
NYITCOM's Global Health Organization (GHO) is a student group that aims to raise awareness about and help students get involved in health issues across the globe. The group helps interested students stay up to date on current affairs in global health and sponsors faculty and guest speaker lectures on tropical medicine, infectious disease, and emerging health issues and threats. Additionally, the club organizes donation drives for underserved communities, hosts events to discuss cultural considerations in medicine, and serves as a forum in which students can learn about working and studying abroad in the global health field as a medical student and/or professional.
The Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) is geared toward promoting unity among the Latino community, recruiting and retaining Latino medical students, and creating awareness of Latino rights and health issues. LMSA focuses on recruitment, community outreach, fundraising, volunteer work, and promoting healthcare education to underserved communities. It also provides students with a supportive network and mentorship.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Organization
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Organization (LGBT) chapter of NYITCOM aims to provide a safe and nurturing environment for all students and members, regardless of their sexuality. The organization focuses on raising awareness about key issues that affect the LGBT community including HIV/AIDS awareness and implementing education and training on LGBT issues into the medical curriculum at NYITCOM.
Our mission is to offer NYITCOM students and staff of all faiths and religions an opportunity to experience the Jewish religion and culture and its relationship to osteopathic medicine. Events and activities include speakers, workshops, prayer, and outreach.
The mission of the Muslim Student Association (MSA) is to provide students of all faiths and religions an opportunity to learn more about Islam and its relation to osteopathic medicine. Special events include opportunities for prayer, lectures, outreach, and more.
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) disseminates, defends, and strengthens the precepts of medical ethics. To this end, we educate fellow students and colleagues about human rights abuses, torture, the failings and successes of public health policies, and everyday moral problems faced by physicians. We host discussions related to health issues, including global health and healthcare reform, and engage in fundraising initiatives for organizations that share our vision.
The Student American Academy of Osteopathy (SAAO), a national organization dedicated to nurturing the development of osteopathic principles and practice, offers its members opportunities for growth, including: review lectures, the chance to attend the national convention, summer preceptorships with OMM doctors, mock practicals before OMM exams, and the opportunity to participate in community service events.
Student Organization for Hematology and Oncology
The Student Organization for Hematology and Oncology (SOHO) aims to increase awareness about cancer within the osteopathic community and promote prevention through education and community service. Our organization also aims to educate students about relevant osteopathic approaches to treating cancer patients and provide a forum for students to learn about opportunities and networking within the specialty. SOHO also serves as a platform to discuss the latest research and literature related to the fields of hematology and oncology. Soho's two main fundraisers are for Movember and St. Baldrick's for children with cancer.
The Student Osteopathic Internal Medical Association (SOIMA) exposes osteopathic medical students to the field of internal medicine and its subspecialties, highlighting how osteopathic principles are used in internal medicine. Through guest speakers and workshops, we provide our members with the latest information, research, and discoveries in the field of internal medicine. Our close relationship with the American College of Osteopathic Internists (ACOI) supports our goal to represent our chapter's values of proper education and good principles in the practice of medicine.
The Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) is the student affiliate organization of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), the governing body of osteopathic physicians. Our organization intends to unite osteopathic medical students throughout the United States and promote osteopathic ideals and strong communication among our members. There are many opportunities for leadership within the organization, and SOMA provides a direct link to sharing information with the AOA. SOMA also provides scholarships, discounts, and many other member benefits.
With over 5,000 members, the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is the nation's oldest and largest independently student-run organization. SNMA aims to address the needs of minority medical students and--through community service events and workshops--promote healthy living and lifestyle choices in underserved communities. With the help of our pipeline program, The Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (MAPS), SNMA also encourages and increases the pipeline of minority students interested in pursuing medical and scientific careers through mentoring programs and local community involvement at all academic levels. Through regional and national conferences, SNMA promotes building connections with all members to gain a better understanding of healthcare. SNMA also hosts workshops, events, and fundraisers.
The Student Osteopathic Surgical Association (SOSA) aims to stress the understanding of osteopathic principles in relation to the practice of surgery. We do this by hosting educational workshops and inviting guest speakers to discuss various topics such as general surgery, otolaryngology, oncology, and plastic surgery. Our members also participate in community service and outreach programs.