Student Organizations VCOM-Carolinas
Who are recognized by VCOM and meet on VCOM Campus
Student organizations are open to all students and typically have educational and outreach programs that promote cultural awareness, diversity and inclusion, as well as community-building or educational outreach for medically underserved communities or populations or in socio-economically reduced areas.
The following organizations are nationally recognized medical organizations that also have local student chapters. While they are not sponsored by VCOM, their chapters meet on the VCOM campus and perform community service.
American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA)
The American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) at VCOM-Auburn Campus fosters and embraces the interest in women’s health issues and the role women have in healthcare.
Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) was started to address the issues and concerns of both minority medical students and minority communities, both of whom are underrepresented in healthcare. While being an underrepresented student is not a requirement for membership, the organization focuses on creating opportunities for VCOM students to engage medical minority populations through community health initiatives.
Hispanic Community Medical Outreach (HCMO)
The Hispanic Community Medical Outreach (HCMO) organization at the Virginia Campus is dedicated to promoting health to the Hispanic community through education and increasing access to care. HCMO’s medical outreach initiatives involve health screenings and osteopathic treatment for Hispanic populations. In addition to community outreach activities, HCMO also works to promote cultural awareness by organizing fun social events. Finally, HCMO is dedicated to improving the Spanish language skills of the VCOM student population, as well as encouraging involvement and preparation for medical mission trips to Spanish speaking countries to increase the capabilities of VCOM’s future physicians.
Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA)
The Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA) at VCOM provides students with opportunities to grow in their faith, connect with Christian physicians locally, participate in service, and develop an awareness of Christian resources related to health issues. The CMDA holds Bible studies and meetings in which local Christian doctors share their experiences in medicine and life. All students, regardless of their faith or belief system, are welcome to attend meetings and to participate in events sponsored by the CMDA. The organization exists to serve Christ together and support one another throughout the adventure of medical school. As followers of Christ, CMDA strives to serve and love fellow students, the community, and the world.
Medical Muslim Student Association (MMSA)
The aim of the Medical Muslim Student Association (MMSA) is to bring awareness to the medical community about healthcare issues unique to Muslim patients and to connect students with upperclassmen, VCOM alumni, and medical professionals. The organization also provides outreach through health education and provides resources to the local community to enhance the delivery of healthcare.
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 benefits not only the community and the region but also the members, as they gain valuable knowledge, skills, and experience about patient care.