The Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) is the official and exclusive student arm of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). We are a medical student advocacy organization that works to effect health policy change as well as to create opportunities for medical students in research, community service, and education.
We hold a research symposium annually, where students can compete with posters from all past and present research from any field of study. We are extremely active in the community, partnering with Habitat for Humanity offices in both Middletown and Newburgh, to help rebuild homes and give back to the community that has been so welcoming of our school. We also offer a Social Medicine Program, aimed at providing humanistic education to complement our medical school coursework; past talks have been on topics like triage during Hurricane Katrina, end-of-life considerations for both patients and healthcare providers, and the effects of unconscious bias in healthcare.
In addition to advocating for healthcare policy changes affecting the entire osteopathic medical profession, we particularly promote policies affecting medical students, such as increasing the number of residency training programs, protecting medical student loan forgiveness programs, and lowering loan interest rates. We meet with both federal and state legislators at D.O. Day on Capitol Hill and Physician Advocacy Day, respectively and work with both of the state medical societies- the New York State Osteopathic Medical Society (NYSOMS) and the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY).
Members who join in the fall receive a free Thieme Anatomy Atlas and are eligible to apply for member-exclusive scholarships through the SOMA Foundation throughout the year. Benefits also include discounts on board prep resources and subsidized costs to major medical conferences like OMED.
Faculty Advisor - Dr. Stephanie Zeszutek
President - Jesse McIlwaine
Vice President - Camilla Ramezanzadeh
NLO - Jennifer S. Lee
Secretary - Jarin Prasa
Treasurer - Andrew Oligney
Community Outreach Director - Shriman Balasubramanian
Cultural and Health Disparities Director - Anna Tran
Political Affairs Director - Bahadar Srichawla
Pre-SOMA Director - Mia Thomas