OOA Student membership is automatically granted on a DUES-FREE basis to each undergraduate student enrolled in the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM). Undergraduate students in other AOA accredited colleges of osteopathic medicine and surgery may enroll for DUES-FREE membership by completing an on-line application. Join Today!
The OOA and AOA strongly believe that mentoring is an essential component of the learning experience for students, interns, residents and young physicians. Mentees, likewise, serve as "reverse mentors" by helping practicing physicians understand the stresses associated with osteopathic education and the ever-evolving changes in the practice of osteopathic medicine.
Most importantly, mentors provide osteopathic physicians-in-training with the support and guidance they need to become compassionate physicians, who will live and practice by the words of the "Osteopathic Pledge of Commitment" to:
Provide compassionate, quality care to my patients;
Partner with them to promote health;
Display integrity and professionalism throughout my career;
Advance the philosophy, practice and science of osteopathic medicine;
Continue life-long learning;
Support my profession with loyalty in action, word and deed; and
Live each day as an example of what an osteopathic physician should be.
Since osteopathic medicine places its emphasis on treating patients, not symptoms, both the OOA and AOA believe mentoring helps students become physicians who are first and foremost dedicated to the importance of quality health care and the patient/physician relationship.
OOA Class Mentor Program
In 2013, the OOA launched a new Class Mentor Program for students at OU-HCOM. The program links the OOA treasurer with the incoming class. The treasurer remains as the professional mentor for that class throughout the students’ four years of medical school while the treasurer progresses through the OOA Executive Committee to become OOA President. The purpose of the OOA Class Mentor is to keep students connected with their professional family and involved in State and District Academy events. Treasurer Geraldine N. Urse, DO, is the Class Mentor for the Class of 2017 and Vice President Robert W. Hostoffer, DO, for the Class of 2016.
Click here to find out more about the OOA Mentoring Program and how to nominate your favorite mentor for the George L. Eckert, Jr., DO, Mentor of the Year Award.
"The Osteopathic Family" Begins With Students
The Ohio Osteopathic Association is an award-winning divisional society (state) of the American Osteopathic Association. The recipient of the AOA's STAR award for two consecutive years, the OOA was responsible for initiating the legislation that created the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. We are the Voice of Osteopathic Medicine in Ohio!
OU-HCOM students have voice at the state and national levels through the President of OU-HCOM Student Government Association, who serves as a voting member of the OOA Board of Trustees, a voting delegate of the OOA House of Delegates, and a voting member of the Ohio Delegation to the American Osteopathic Association's House of Delegates. To ensure students are represented at state and national business meetings, the OOA and it's affiliate, the Ohio State Society of the American College of Osteopathic Physicians (Ohio ACOFP), underwrite the cost of sending the Ohio student delegate and/or alternate to state and national delegation meetings. Click here for more information about services available for students through the American Osteopathic Association. Interested in getting connected with an AOA specialty society? Click here for more information.
Ohio Osteopathic Symposium
OU-HCOM students during the 2010 Poster Competition (left) and OU-HCOM students, during the 2011 Symposium (right), presenting a photo of Grosvenor Hall to State Representative Terry A. Johnson, DO, for his Statehouse office.
Each spring, DOs from across the state gather for the Ohio Osteopathic Symposium and Ohio Osteopathic Association House of Delegates. Students are invited to play an integral role in this respected educational event by entering a poster in the annual research poster contest. Students may also attend lectures and practice management workshops at no cost.
In addition to providing quality continuing medical education for practicing physicians, the Symposium offers students networking opportunities, leadership development and a chance to engage in policy-making activities. For example, the OOA House of Delegates meets during the Symposium to elect officers, debate resolutions and address issues confronting the profession at the state and national level.
OU-HCOM Fall Student Study Break
The Ohio Osteopathic Association's Board of Trustees meets on campus every November and hosts a reception for the first and second year students and their guests. The "OU-HCOM Student Study Break" offers students an opportunity to talk with OOA Board members from all over the state and learn about CORE hospitals and OOA District Academy activities. The Board also interacts with members of the OU-HCOM Student Government through leadership training activities and forums prior to the reception.
DO Day at the Statehouse/DO Day on the Hill
The Ohio Osteopathic Association encourages students to serve as advocates for patients and the osteopathic profession. The association helps to underwrite the cost of student participation at DO Day at the State House in Columbus and DO Day on the Hill in Washington, D.C. by providing charter bus transportiaton from Athens. Click here for more information or to register.
Scenes From DO Days 2012 and 2013
Ohio Student Leadership Opportunities
Ohio Osteopathic Association Board of Trustees
The OOA has a long history of supporting student involvement in the profession. In fact, the OOA was the first state osteopathic association in the nation to add a voting student representative to its Board of Trustees and to seat a student delegate in its House of Delegates. The President of OU-COM's Student Government serves as that voting member. If you have questions, concerns, or an interest in getting involved, please contact your student representative, Austin Moore, OMS II, SGA President and OOA Board member.
Ohio ACOFP Board of Governors
The President of the OU-COM Family Practice Student Association serves as a voting member of the Ohio ACOFP Board of Trustees. The State Society also provides an annual $1,500 grant to support the organization. If you have questions, concerns, or an interest in getting involved, please contact your student representative, Student Family Practice Association President and Ohio ACOFP Board Member.
The 2012-13 Ohio ACOFP Board with Randi Amstadt, OMS III (front row, center), and Kyle A. Hartman, OMS IV (back row, fifth from left).
State Science Day
Each year, the OOA presents six Osteopathic Medical Awards in two grade categories during the Ohio Academy of Science's State Science Day. The competition attracts more than 1,000 junior and senior high school students from across Ohio. In 2013, the OU-HCOM Chapter of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association supplied judges for the 50 or so projects entered in the OOA's category, which covers medical, health, and behavioral research. For more information, contact the OOA Central Office
OOA and AACOM Health Policy Rotations
The OOA Health Policy clerkship is designed as a two to four week rotation for OU-HCOM fourth year students and CORE residents. The elective, which was started in 2013, qualifies for 4, 6, or 8 hours of credit, and introduces students to the state legislative process and public health policy formation.
State Sen. Lou Gentile and Kimbra Joyce, OMS IV, chat after a session of the Ohio Senate in Nov., 2013.
Students spend time shadowing OOA Executive Jon Wills and Ohio Department of Health Chronic Disease Director Andrew Wapner, DO to see state government in action.They have an opportunity to observe sessions of the Ohio General Assembly, attend health related legislative committee hearings, talk with legislators, and participate in state agency, coalition and stakeholder meetings.
Students who complete the rotation learn how to (1) read existing laws and proposed legislation; (2) research health policy issues and draft policy statements; (3) effectively communicate with legislators and state agency officials; and (4) testify before legislation committees to support, oppose, or propose amendments.
Students, who are interested in a less intensive rotation are welcome to spend a day shadowing the executive director at the Statehouse. For more information, contact Jon Wills at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Osteopathic Health Policy Intern (OHPI) Program enables up to three osteopathic medical students to spend two consecutive months in the government relations department at the AACOM headquarters. To the extent practical, every effort is made to identify the two-month period that best accommodates each student's’ schedule. The objective of the program is to allow selected student interns to develop an understanding and operational knowledge of how federal health care policy is developed and how to have an effective impact on public policy formulation.process.
SOMA Unity Project
Each year, the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) sponsors a community service project during the winter holidays. SOMA members from across the country participate, making it a great way to help others while making new friends and seeing new places.
In December 2007, more than 100 osteopathic medical students volunteered at New York City shelters, providing informative and interactive sessions on asthma, nutrition, fitness, stress, STDs, dental hygiene, and other topics. They also performed blood pressure screenings and cooked meals for the homeless. Residents of the shelters were eager to learn more about osteopathic principles and requested that SOMA students return for more sessions in the future. This project was made possible by support from AOA members, the SOMA Foundation, and by a grant from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.
In 2006, students traveled to Kissimmee, Florida, and the Give Kids the World organization to engage in activities with children and families of those children impacted by deadly diseases. Some activities included train conducting, cookie monster cart, pizza delivery, gift giving, and much more.
The Unity project supported Hurricane Katrina relief efforts in 2005. Seventy-three participants from ten osteopathic medical schools went to Mississippi to lend a helping hand.
Enter The AOA History Essay Competition
To encourage osteopathic medical students, interns and residents to study their profession’s past struggles and achievements, the AOA Bureau of Osteopathic History and Identity is conducting its sixth annual history essay competition. As it has done since 2006, the bureau will bestow up to three awards: a $5,000 first prize, a $3,000 second prize and a $2,000 third prize. The bureau is asking contestants to focus their essays on the bureau’s “Core Principles for Teaching the History of Osteopathic Medicine.” For the 2010 essay competition, the bureau has chosen five different core principles than those used in 2009 and those used in 2008. Because the bureau has 20 core principles, it is rotating them so that the competition focuses on different ones each year. For more information click here.