On November 26, 2013, in Organization News, by Daniel Pasternack

Feels like forever since was last spoke! Well, let me get you up to speed with what SOSA has been up to since our first meeting!

October was a big month for us. On October 15th we had Mrs. Elizabeth Byrne come talk. She is a breast cancer survivor and beloved step-mother to our very own vice-president Steve. She spoke about her experience, specifically touching on her interactions with the many physicians and surgeons that helped her get to being now cancer free. It was a very touching and inspiring speech, and we thank her for letting us see what it’s like from the patient’s side when it comes to health care. We thank her for all she has gone through, all she has done, and for coming in to speak with us. We hope that she will come back in the future to inspire and awaken future minds and future physicians.

Following along the theme, later that month was the Breast Cancer Awareness walk down at Jones Beach. But before we walked, we had to carbo load. And what better way to do that than to have a SOSA BAKE SALE?!? Yes, on October 18th we did the SOSA Bake sale for Breast Cancer Awareness. We brought the treats, and you guys donated/ate them. Luckily later that weekend we all went out for a nice, rewarding, and very important Avon Breast Cancer walk (Oct 20th). All in all, we coordinated with Ob/Gyn club (and many others) to hopefully shine light on breast cancer and help bring awareness.

But wait, THERE’S MORE! That very week we had the renowned Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon Dr. Alan Hartman, MD. Here is a quick blurb about him:

Dr Alan Hartman is Chairman of the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery in the North-Shore LIJ Health Care System. He is dually board certified in Surgery and Thoracic Surgery, as well as maintaining the title of Clinical Associate Professor at both NYU and Hofstra’s School of Medicine. He is a fellow of many prestigious surgical societies including the American College of Surgeons, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the American College of Cardiology, the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the American College of Chest Physicians. He is one of the leading surgeons in the country for aortic aneurysm repair, valvular reconstruction, and traditional bypass surgery, Dr. Hartman is consistently ranked in the NY State Department of Health reports, exhibiting some of the best surgical outcomes in the state, year after year. One of his most recent accomplishments in 2010 has been the establishment of the Heart Center at Southside Hospital in Bayshore, Long Island, averaging 300 surgeries per year with excellent outcomes to report. We are honored to have him join us for part of SOSA’s lecture series!

Despite some hiccups with scheduling, the actual talk itself was quite interesting and very informative. Thanks to all those who attended, we had close to 100 people turn up for the event! Hopefully we will get to see him talk next year again. For those of you who missed it, tell the e-board next year to extend the invitation to Dr. Hartman again! Remember YOU CONTROL YOUR GROUP!!

Things to come:

Right now (this week and next week) we are running our Central Line Workshop(s). These were first-come first-serve events with preference to second year students. Sadly due to scheduling conflicts one of the workshops was cancelled, however the other two events (which are now completely full, sorry) will hopefully be going on without any issues. Wait to hear more from the workshops as they occur. If you are a first year and reading this, well wipe that tear off because next year YOU will get first preference and YOU get to do the central line. Oh how beautiful the circle of life…

That’s all I got for you as of now! We will announce at our next meeting the “apparel” which you will be receiving and probably have an image ready to present you for what will go on them!

Till next time,

Nischal Nadig, OMS – II
SOSA Secretary

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