Student Club News
Every year, at the annual Spring Conference, the ACOP recognizes a student organization from across the nation as the Student Club of the Year. Reviewed by the ACOP Board of Trustees, the recipients must demonstrate significant contributions in the realms of community service, student body education, fundraising, and research, as well as other attributes that make the chapter unique. Each year there are numerous outstanding applications submitted, but this year, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Carolinas Campus and Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine both had incredible accomplishments and tied for 2019 Student Club of the Year!
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Carolinas Campus inspired us with the numerous volunteer opportunities, educational experiences, and international outreaches. Over the 2018-2019 school year, VCOM-Carolinas held several community events to help support and nourish their surrounding community. The first of these included a hearing screening and general physical exam for elementary students at Meeting Street Academy and an additional elementary school in Spartanburg. During these exams, students were able to address any concerns with their attendings Dr. Sahhar, Dr. Rishwami and Dr. Worster. Their commitment to the pediatric world doesn’t just stop there though. VCOM-Carolinas turned their campus into a Halloween Themed Pediatric Wellness Fair for families to come interact with different community organizations. All of their volunteers dressed in costumes and, by the end of the day, were able to educate over 40 families! These are just two of the diverse community events they held throughout the year.
In addition to their work close at home, members of VCOM-Carolinas chapter participated in three different study aboard programs to the Dominican Republic, Honduras, and El Salvador! These trips allowed students to become exposed to international health problems and provided hands on opportunities for treating patients. Their commitment to community involvement and the pediatric community is applauded and greatly appreciated. We look forward to seeing where the next year takes them!
Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine made a huge impression as well with their significant community service. Over the 2018-2019 school year, Burrell’s ACOP chapter hosted over five different health fairs and festivals and provided Southern New Mexico with a variety of educational experiences for children and their families. In addition to their health fairs, one of BCOM’s most successful events were the Mini Medical Schools that they hosted in collaboration with Enrich the Kids. This fantastic afternoon school program allowed elementary-aged kids to rotate through stations that have activities geared to educate them on different health issues, including learning anatomy with “Bob” our anatomy model, practicing CPR on mannequins, preventing bullying at school, mustard handwashing for proper hand-hygiene, playing with doctor tools, GI tract tracing, cardiovascular system coloring and splinting education.
In addition to their work with elementary aged health education, BCOM’s members volunteered in the Las Cruces Cleft Palate clinic. During their time at the clinic students were able to help provide extensive screening to identify issues related to either cleft palates, cleft lips, or both to bring a high-level standard of care for cleft patients. Additionally, this education experience allowed students a first-hand view of longitudinal care management. From attending visits with the surgeon to visiting the social worker as well as everything in between, this was truly an impressive volunteer experience. BCOMs presence within their community was inspiring and we hope to see much more to come!
Congratulations to our two Student Clubs of the Year! We are truly in awe of your accomplishments and look forward to working with you over the upcoming school year.