Dear SGA Council Members and Fellow Students,
We are embarking on quite an exciting and historic time in our school and osteopathic medicine as a whole. With the new name of the school and proposals in graduate medical education, one can be overwhelmed by what is happening and lost in the mix. Change can be difficult, however it is necessary when progressing forward into the future to create a better tomorrow for those behind us. I am hopeful that all these changes will benefit us and our future students in more ways than we see now.
There are so many things going on at a local and national level that it is hard to decide where to begin. Along with all of the amazing organizational activities that normally goes on, NYCOM has initiated NYCOM CARES which is a clothing and supply drive to help those that were hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. NYCOM students are always there to help those in need with all of the charity work that they do and NYCOM CARES exemplifies this point. It is also evident that our students go above and beyond what they are expected; as of now the amount of TOUCH service hours are double than they were all of last year. This is an amazing accomplishment but not surprising given the caliber of students we have at our school.
As for national news, there are many resources for information and opportunities for scholarships, grants and travel.
If you have any questions regarding the AOA/ACGME GME policy changes, check out http://www.osteopathic.org/inside-aoa/Pages/acgme-frequently-asked-questions.aspx
I mentioned during the SGA meeting that there are a lot of people working very hard advocating for our profession in Washington. The following link provides a presentation about some of the efforts that are going on to help us in our careers. What also helps, which few people know, is filling out Action Alerts. You probably receive emails with the subject “AACOM Action Alert,” right? These emails and their content are more important than most people realize. They not only provide you information of advocacy efforts in Washington, but also give you an opportunity to make a difference. And it really does make a difference. They have made it extremely easy for anyone to get involved; all you have to do is click the link that says “Take Action,” provide your name and address and that is it! The message is already typed up for you and is sent to the appropriate congress person once you hit submit. It’s hard for a congress person to ignore a message that is coming for many of his/her constituents, so please participate! https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7jsthvpm1b1pem3/R31L1KdE6b/Presentations/AACOM%20Goverment%20Relations%20Update.pptx
NYCOM is huge on global health! During our trip to OMED in San Diego, our very own Dr. Gilliar came to speak to the COSGP and the NYCOM students who attended OMED for the annual COSGP National Osteopathic Student Seminar (NOSS). During the NOSS, Dr. Gilliar spoke about his experiences in global health and we all gave our opinions on what global health means to us. We came to the conclusion that participating in global health does not always mean traveling abroad and helping others, but can be local as well. There can be people that live not to far from us who need similar help as do others in different countries. I am proud to say that NYCOM students participate in both local and global affairs and truly encompass what it means to be involved in global health. There are many opportunities out there, check out this presentation to find out one that may be of interest to you! It also provides a 10 step method to planning your own medical mission trip. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7jsthvpm1b1pem3/WkcpNAPX5i/Presentations/Global%20Health%20Presentation%204.0.pdf
The DO and JAOA magazines are always looking for writers. If you have something interesting you want to share, Osteopathic related research, letters to editors, corrections to articles, etc, do not hesitate to submit them to these magizines (and the NYCOM Pulse =)). Keep in mind The DO 2013 History Essay Contest that is due Monday August 5, 2013.
For those interested in statistics regarding AACOM research and VSAS, https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7jsthvpm1b1pem3/-xjnyB5mXY/Presentations/VSAS.pptx
For the Annual GME Match report, http://www.aacom.org/DATA/Pages/default.aspx
Lastly, the American Osteopathic Foundation provides scholarship and grant opportunities for students. Check out their website to see if anything may be of interest to you. The 2012 HumanTouch Leadership project deadline is soon on December 1st and there are also other grant applications that are due December 12th. So if you are planning to apply, get on it!. http://www.aof-foundation.org/
Thank you very much for your time, hope to see you at the next SGA meeting on January 15, 2013!
Student Government Association President, 2012-2013