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Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) - Harlem

The purpose of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association, the only student affiliate organization of the American Osteopathic Association, is to promote Osteopathic ideals and unity within the profession, to educate future Osteopathic Physicians, and to establish and to maintain lines of communication among healthcare professionals in an ongoing effort to improve the quality of healthcare.

Why Join? SOMA continues to have the highest active membership of any Student Organization at TouroCOM. Being the ONLY Student Affiliate of the American Osteopathic Association, SOMA members receive amazing benefits that allows membership fees to pay for themselves.

Just for joining you can apply to win one of 5 scholarships worth $500! In addition, we provide deep discounts on exam prep materials for COMLEX that will save you hundreds. Your four year membership to SOMA automatically paves the way for your AOA membership which represents EVERY osteopathic physician. The intimate relationship of SOMA and the AOA allows for exceptional mentorship and guidance as well as a greater opportunity to let your voice be heard within the greater Osteopathic community! Incentives: Membership dues this year are $75 for a four-year membership. This easily pays for itself because you will get a FREE copy of Gilroy Atlas of Anatomy. In addition, you will get access to SOMA Health Insurance, which provides amazing rates compared to what you normally get in NYC. Deep discounts on COMQUEST, COMBANK, First AID, Thieme Anatomy. Further travel, student loan, and software discounts such as STA Travel, Geico, car rentals, GL Advisor; Free access to SOMA’s exclusive Clinical Clerkship Database and multiple scholarships that are easy to access; Access to Career Compass tool -$78 for 4 years. There are many more resources and benefits!

SOMA is committed to representing all Osteopathic students on political affairs, residency placement, public health, research, community service, professional development, and minority affairs by providing a direct partnership with the AOA, granting scholarships and member benefits, and engaging in various projects to promote Osteopathic values throughout the community.

Executive Board
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Garderejeffrey.gardere@touro.edu
President: Brandon Chavez, bchavez@student.touro.edu
Vice President: David Streicher, dstreich@student.touro.edu
Treasurer: Kelvin Soewono, ksoewono@student.touro.edu
Secretary: Julie Lavalliere, jlavalli@student.touro.edu
National Liaison: Hector Zelaya, hzelaya@student.touro.edu