In February, The Islamic Medical Association (IMA) at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM)-Carolinas hosted a free Health Screening at Spartanburg Masjid. The student organization chose that date to coincide with the mosque’s bi-weekly potluck, which traditionally follows the third prayer of the day.
Medical students from IMA and the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) conducted routine health screenings such as blood pressure and blood glucose checks, medications consolidation, heart, lung, ear, nose and throat exams, as well as Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM).
39 people registered and received free health screenings, and two students from the Student American Academy of Osteopathy (SAAO) performed OMM. In addition to the medical students, Michael Tillirson, DO, Assistant Professor for Family Medicine at VCOM-Carolinas was in attendance, and met with each patient to discuss their health concerns.
The IMA at VCOM-Carolinas is open to both Muslim and non-Muslim members, and is based on Islamic ideals of brotherhood, sisterhood and community, promoting kindness, giving back to the community, and recognizing people’s humanity. The student organization hopes to make the free health screening an annual event, and would also like to expand the project to the mosque in nearby Greenville, South Carolina.