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Student Organizations

Student organizations and committees are a very important part of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM). The service performed by members of student organizations benefit not only the community and the region, but also the members, as they gain valuable knowledge, skills and experience. Students are encouraged to learn about all organizations and committees and to participate in those that will advance their career and personal interests.

American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP)


Officers: Robert Zehrung, President; Justin Lohmann, Vice President; Shane Xiong, Treasurer; Michelle Baliss, Secretary

The American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP) is a student organization designed to support fellow osteopathic medical students interested in pursuing careers in emergency medicine. The organization promotes opportunities for students to enhance their knowledge of basic medical procedures utilized in emergency room settings.­

Wilderness Medicine Special Interest Group

ACOEP - Wilderness

Officer: Giselle Plata, Committee Chair

The Wilderness Medicine Special Interest Group places focus on medical care administered in the outdoors. “Wilderness” can encompass any setting from hiking excursions deep in forested areas to urban parking lots. Special training is needed to be competent in providing care in a non-clinical or hospital setting when conditions (and resources) can be less than ideal. Emphasis is also placed on wilderness survival/rescue and first-responder training.  Our goal is to be mentally prepared to provide medical care to any patient, no matter where they are encountered.

American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP)


Officers: Tina Chuong, President; Gabriela Cox, Vice President; Nidhi Arashinagundi, Treasurer; Kyle Benda, Secretary

The primary focus of the student chapter of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) is to deliver healthcare and education to surrounding communities while providing students the opportunity to learn and explore the field of osteopathic family medicine.

Geriatrics Special Interest Group

ACOFP - Geriatrics

Officer: Jacob Anderson, Committee Chair

Geriatric Special Interest Group

Geriatric Special Interest Group

The Geriatric Special Interest Group is a specialty committee at VCOM–Carolinas. Our mission is to provide resources for VCOM students to explore the important field of medicine that specializes in the care of our elderly. With the help of our group, students will be better prepared for third year geriatric rotations.

American College of Osteopathic Neurologists and Psychiatrists (ACONP)


Officers: Boone Rountree, President; Mandi Leming, Vice President; Thomas Price, Treasurer; Ambreona Thomas, Secretary

The American College of Osteopathic Neurologists and Psychiatrists (Neuro/Psych) student organization was established at VCOM–Carolinas for those interested in acquiring knowledge and expanding their understanding of the fields of neurology and psychiatry.

American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians (ACOP)


Officers: Jeffrey Rice, President; Jennifer Williams, Vice President; Mara Rivera, Treasurer; Caitlin Basnight, Secretary

The Student Chapter of the American College of Osteopathic Pediatrics (ACOP) works to provide exposure to the field of Pediatrics through educational events and community service. We have also placed a special emphasis on building relationships with community partners in Spartanburg in order to promote both pediatric health and osteopathic medicine. We participate in health screenings, provide physicals and educational activities for parents and children, and in the process, we get to spend time with some awesome kids!

American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOOG)


Officers: Andrea Hughes, President; Felisa Saldutti, Vice President; Matthew Stewart, Treasurer

The American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOOG) student organization, commonly referred to as OB/GYN, works with faculty to foster and develop awareness and interest in the specialty of obstetrics and gynecology among the medical student population. We strive to help our student members develop highly competitive residency applications, increase awareness of women’s health issues, educate students about sub-specialties in OB/GYN and the services provided by women’s health physicians, and to coordinate service opportunities which promote the health and well-being of women and neonates in our community.

American Medical Women's Association (AMWA)


Officer: Sadia Iqbal, Committee Chair

The American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) is a subgroup of the VCOM–Carolinas OB/GYN organization that fosters and embraces awareness and interest in women in medicine.

American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine (AOASM)


Officers: Lauren Munck, President; William Boos, Vice President; Dillard Stephens, Treasurer; Shelby Guile, Secretary

The American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine (AOASM) student organization was created for medical students with an interest in sports medicine. Our organization’s highest priority is to provide students with opportunities to acquire a skill set that could benefit them in their future careers. We strive to provide opportunities in the local community where our members may gain useful experience by partnering with sports medicine physicians. Our group has a passion for service in the community, particularly promoting the health benefits of physical activity throughout the Upstate region.

Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA)


Officers: Jarod Stevenson, President; Benjamin Luce, Vice President; Shelby Nolte, Treasurer; Erika Herrera, Secretary

The Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA) exists for students to serve Christ together and support one another throughout the adventure of medical school. As followers of Christ, we strive to serve and love our fellow students, our community and the world.

Hispanic Community Medical Outreach (HCMO)


Officers: LAdriana Delgado, President; Ofelia Cabrera, Vice President; Nathalie Perdomo, Treasurer; Sandy Perez, Secretary; George Alvarez, Chair

The Hispanic Community Medical Outreach (HCMO) organization at VCOM–Carolinas is dedicated to promoting health in Spartanburg’s Hispanic community through education and increasing access to care.

Islamic Medical Association (IMA)


Officers: Khadija Hussain, President; Mohammad Hassan, Vice President; Sadia Iqbal, Treasurer; Junaid Riaz, Secretary

The purpose of this organization is to promote brotherhood and sisterhood amongst medical students of diverse backgrounds, while educating individuals about the principles of Islam, its influence on medicine, and the importance of community service. The focus of this group is to provide Islamic knowledge to fellow Muslims as well as people with other beliefs, creating a spiritual environment for medical students, and advancing the Quranic principles of healthcare.

Medical Outreach and Volunteer Effort (MOVE)


Officers: Kaleigh Featherstone, President

The Medical Outreach and Volunteer Effort (MOVE) student organization at VCOM–Carolinas strives to improve the overall health and well-being of our local community by providing health services and health education.

Student Advocate Association (SAA)

Student American Academy of Osteopathy (SAAO)


Officers: Jomel Jacinto, President; Bradley Kasper, Vice President; Susanne Bentley, Treasurer

In pursuing a DO degree, one learns that Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) truly sets a DO apart as a physician. The Student American Academy of Osteopathy (SAAO) enthusiastically promotes the use and practice of OMM within our student body.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Special Interest Group (PM&R)


Officer: Kyle Galati, Committee Chair

The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) specialty committee strives to educate students about the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation. PM&R medicine can be described as the intersection between neurological disease management and musculoskeletal rehabilitation. Medical students who participate in the PM&R specialty committee have a wide range of interests including focus areas like sports medicine, neurology, pain management, and neuromuscular medicine.

Student Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (SAMOPS)


Officers: Brianna Goley, President; Alex Champion, Vice President; Matthew Grimes, Treasurer and Secretary

The Student Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (SAMOPS) is a distinguished organization established to recognize the unique position that osteopathic physicians hold within the United States Armed Forces and in the defense of our nation. The organization’s mission is to promote awareness of the profound impact osteopathic physicians have in the United States military and to prepare SAMOPS members for a successful transition into military careers.

Student Government Association (SGA)


Officers: Cristina Valladeres, Class of 2019 Vice President; Eric Bradley, Class of 2019 President; Reid Malcolm, SGA President; Bhavesh Patel, SGA Vice President; Stephen Pillinger, SGA Treasurer/Secretary; Krista Morgan, Class of 2018 Vice President; Micah Thomas, Class of 2018 President

The Student Government Association (SGA) is a student-run organization that serves as the governing body for VCOM–Carolinas medical students. SGA’s function is to handle any issues that may arise within the student body and to ensure students obtain the best college and education experience possible. 

Student National Medical Association (SNMA)


Officers: Ishmail Saccoh and Tarah Henderson, Co-Presidents; Bukola Famikinwa, Vice President; Leah Ishmael, Treasurer; Nana Efua Wilmot, Secretary

The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) was started by minority medical students to address the issues and concerns of both minority medical students and minority communities, both of whom are underrepresented in healthcare.

Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA)


Officers: Kelsey Wilson, President; Lauren Little, Vice President; Aria Behrouzi, Treasurer; Kristen Coleman, Secretary; Sean Johnson, National Liaison

The Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) is the student affiliate organization of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). Our goal is to promote osteopathic ideals and unity within the profession. SOMA works to educate future osteopathic physicians about current issues in healthcare and foster dialogue among healthcare professionals to continually improve the quality of our nation’s healthcare. Furthermore, SOMA encourages student-physician networking through events such as regional and national conferences, DO Day on the Hill, and various campus social events. 

Student Osteopathic Internal Medicine Association (SOIMA)


Officers: Emily Molina, President; Arnav Vasudeva, Vice President; Shreena Shah, Treasurer; Neelam Patel, Secretary

The Student Osteopathic Internal Medicine Association (SOIMA), the VCOM–Carolinas student chapter of the American College of Osteopathic Internists (ACOI), focuses on providing the most important resources and opportunities for those interested in pursuing a career in internal medicine. In addition to promoting student educational advancement, SOIMA promotes general health and wellness in the Spartanburg community.

Cardiology Special Interest Group

SOIMA - Cardiology

Officer: Kory Drake, Committee Chair

The Cardiology Special Interest Group, a specialty organization at VCOM–Carolinas, has recently been established to cultivate student interest in and exposure to cardiology-related fields.

Infectious Disease Special Interest Group


Officer: Kory Drake, Committee Chair

Through collaboration with VCOM–Carolinas faculty members and other physicians in the community, the Infectious Disease (ID) Special Interest Group brings in guest speakers to educate our members and speak on specific topics within the field. Such events create networking opportunities for students who are interested in the specialty of infectious disease.

Student Osteopathic Surgical Association (SOSA)


Officers: Jordan Lakin, President; Elizabeth Ullrich, Vice President; Paige Bell, Treasurer; Robert Brigman, Secretary; Grant Bludorn, National Liaison

The purpose of the Student Osteopathic Surgical Association (SOSA) is to represent and educate future osteopathic surgeons at VCOM–Carolinas. SOSA helps students achieve their goal of pursuing the specialty of surgery through many different activities, which include: helping to promote education in the field of surgery, including gowning and gloving, scrubbing, sterile technique, suturing and tying techniques, operating room behavior, instrumentation, universal precautions, osteopathic manipulative management of the surgical patient, pre- and post-operative management of surgical patients, and surgical documentation; collaboration with our peers and student organizations in providing community outreach; and mentorship from our surgical advisors, as well as providing a platform for surgeons in the community to share with our members.

Anesthesia Special Interest Group (ASIG)

Anesthesia Special Interest Group (ASIG)

Officer: Ian McKenzie, Committee Chair

The Anesthesia Special Interest Group (ASIG) is a division of the VCOM–Carolinas SOSA student organization focused on providing students with a solid foundation for the field of anesthesia. Because students receive little exposure to the field of anesthesiology during the first two years of medical school, our goal is to help students better understand the role of the anesthesiologist, become aware of the available sub-specialty options, and get an early start in practicing procedural skills in this field.

Orthopedics Special Interest Group (ORTHO)


Officer: Eric Yuschak, Committee Chair

The Orthopedic Special Interest Group is a division of the SOSA student organization specifically designed for members with an affinity for orthopedics. ORTHO is a nationally recognized chapter of the Student American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics (SAOAO). The organization’s focus is to help current members pursue their interest in orthopedic surgery by providing access and exposure to different areas of the field.

Sigma Sigma Phi (SSP)

Officers: Heather Jones, President; Bryce Ferry, Vice President; Andrew Brown, Treasurer; Alicia Gadomski, Secretary

Sigma Sigma Phi (SSP), founded in 1921, is the National Honorary Osteopathic Service Fraternity. VCOM– Carolinas represents the Chi Alpha Chapter of SSP, and places great importance on academic excellence, the furthering of science within the osteopathic profession and service outreach within the community. Members are required to maintain a high grade point average, complete clinical rotations in the third and fourth year with high or honor marks, as well as participate in service to their community.

Via Wellness at VCOM–Carolinas

The purpose of the Via Wellness program at the VCOM–Carolinas campus is to promote a healthy mind, body, and spirit. The program provides enrichment to campus life through a wide variety of sports, fitness and exercise, as well as social, cultural and spiritual events. Students, faculty, staff and their family members are welcome to participate in all Via Wellness activities at VCOM–Carolinas and in the community. Fitness awards are provided for those who achieve various levels of participation.