AMOPS 1st Meeting – Minutes

On September 26, 2011, in Organization News, by AMOPS (Military Physicians)

What other organization can promise to keep you physically fit, help you earn you TOUCH points, and promote shooting things (inanimate objects in a controlled environment, of course)? No other group can do this except those military-supporting future doctors of the Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons (AMOPS)!

For the past month, every Tuesday & Thursday morning at oh-dark-thirty (6:30 AM), a small group of soldiers and civilians has been gathering to keep each other from falling out of shape. Lead by recently trained officers in the various military branches, these physical training (PT) sessions are designed to help everyone who wants to stay in shape. The PT sessions last an hour (give or take) and provide judgment-free and primarily self-paced workouts that include a strength component and an aerobic cardiovascular component. As future physicians, we know how important it is to maintain peak physical condition, so come support your fellow medical students and
yourself—join us for our next PT session!

In addition to looking out for the student body’s bodies, AMOPS has decided to look out for the bodies that once protected us. Throughout the course of the year, sponsored volunteer trips to a Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital will allow NYCOM students to reach out to former service members in order to show them that we care. AMOPS also plans to look out for future veterans. Via Operation Shoebox, AMOPS will demonstrate its support for currently deployed troops overseas by sending out personalized care packages in shoeboxes. These will provide a warm message to the women and men serving on the front lines that they are appreciated and will give them a taste of home.

While not serving others, AMOPS serves its own desire to have a blast (in the name of education). During its first organizational meeting on Friday, September 16, members discussed numerous activities to promote military ideals and medicine, including trips to the U.S.S. Intrepid and the World Trade Center Memorial in Manhattan, as well as lectures by military healthcare leaders such as Major General Philip Volpe and Dr. “Hank” Chaudhry, internist extraordinaire.

In order to be kept abreast of AMOPS activities, feel free to add nycom.amops@gmail.com to your Google calendar, or come to our next meeting on Wednesday, October 26 where there will be a raffle for a few special prizes! We, the officers of AMOPS, are looking forward to an exciting and productive year, but we can’t do it without your
support.


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