San Fransisco CONVENTION
This past year has been a successful year here at the Kirksville College of
Osteopathic Medicine. We served in various areas of our community, including the
Twin Pines Retirement Home, the local YMCA, and the Truman State University
Center for Development of Children. Additionally, we focused on serving our
fellow classmates. This was accomplished through our annual book drive and the
presentation of Glaxo Wellcome's Pathways Evaluation Program.
While we consider last year to be a year of success, we are using this year to further develop our niche within the school and within Kirksville. We are excited about carrying on our traditional projects and are even more elated about adding new, innovative ideas to that list. We will be presenting health and wellness seminars to high school youth, working with the Red Cross, and developing a wellness trail for all of Kirksville to use. As for our colleagues, we will be presenting meetings on residency programs, the business of medicine, and several other subjects of interest to today's medical students.
Submitted by: Craig M. Johnson, President
was another momentous year for the Beta Chapter of Sigma Sigma Phi. We both
successfully continued the many traditional Beta Chapter programs and also were
able to start yet two more successful traditions this year in the Community
Medicine Program and the McKinley School Healthfair. Furthermore, we were able
to set many new records this year in both forum turnouts and chapter time and
money donations to the many programs we are involved in throughout the year. The
Community Medicine Program that was initiated this year was a great opportunity
for SSP members to prepare and deliver topic presentations to a very underserved
population through a new YWCA partnership. The first annual McKinley Healthfair
was also a great success in providing free medical care and health education to
over 100 individuals while solidifying our physical diagnosis skills and serving
the underserved of our community. Another highlight of the year for the Beta
Chapter was the amount of media coverage that we received. We were featured in
newspaper and magazine articles and were seen on television four times
throughout the year. This coverage allowed us to get the word out to the
community with regards to our university, Sigma Sigma Phi, and the entire
osteopathic profession. Overall, Sigma Sigma Phi was once again one of the most
influential organizations on campus with our many educational forums and
community outreach programs that gave the entire DMU community the opportunity
to make the most of their time in Des Moines for both themselves and the
community around us.
The annual Specialty Forum was held on May 1 at the DMU medical
education conference center. The annual goal of this program is to acquaint the
medical students with the incredible variety of choices that awaits them in the
future and to answer their many questions in the effort to separate some of the
fact from the fiction. It is difficult to stay focused on the end goal and stay
updated on current events during the first two didactic years and this program
has historically provided great motivation and insight, especially for the first
years that have such little exposure to clinical medicine until the second year.
The panel of 13 specialists this year included osteopathic representatives from
ophthalmology, plastic surgery, cardiology, psychiatry, surgery, pediatrics,
family medicine, nephrology, emergency medicine and internal medicine. Over 210
students attended the event and enjoyed the extensive, relevant information and
advice received while enjoying a fine catered Famous Dave’s barbecue dinner
for themselves and their spouses. Total expenses for the event were over $1750.
Our sponsors included the COMS Alumni Association, Iowa Osteopathic Medicine
Assoc., Lilly and Medtronic. There were 13 people on this committee who worked
countless hours to put together this very successful event that helped benefit
all of the students who attended.
18th Annual Cancer Conference on Wednesday, February 21 was a great
success once again. SSP and the American Cancer Society presented Cancer
Conference 2001 with the focus on current trends in cancer care. This theme
focused on communication and support during this difficult time for all, which
was a different approach than the mainly scientific one over the past years.
Over 200 people attended the conference this year. Our keynote speaker was Dr. Debra Welker, a local oncologist speaking on
“Communicating with your Patient”. The most popular segment of the
conference was the survivor panel, which consisted of local cancer survivors, as
well as, a spouse of a deceased lung cancer patient. This was an open forum for
survivors to tell their stories and for students to ask questions. One of the
other highlights of the conference was guest speaker Congressman Greg Gansky, MD
who spoke about his experiences as a physician, gave recommendations to students
on how to make their voices known in the political arena, and discussed his
latest congressional project, the patient bill of rights.
Our last speaker, Dr. Tim Steele discussed the latest trends in cancer
treatment and some of his own cancer research. After the panel discussion,
students were encouraged to visit educational booths that were sponsored by
hospitals and pharmaceutical companies that provided educational information and
purpose of this event was to increase awareness of the humanistic approach to
cancer and to educate people regarding the general disease process, prevention,
treatment options, and psychological effects of coping with the disease. The
audience consisted of medical students from DMU, faculty members, cancer
survivors including friends/family members and other interested community
members. We started the daylong conference at 11:00 am and served a box lunch to
everyone that consisted of turkey croissant sandwiches, chips, fruit bars,
water, as well as extra snacks consisting of assorted fruits, yogurt, brownies,
juice, and milk. Our
total cost of the conference was approximately $1200.
This money was provided by AstraZenica, GlaxoSmithKline, and the COMS
Alumni Association. In addition we received food donations from Anderson
Erickson, Capital City Fruits, Capitol Florists and many other local businesses.
The work was provided by a dedicated team of 13 members who held monthly meeting
starting six months before the event and put in well over 150 hours of service
in order to make this years conference a great success.
On Tuesday, February 6, 2001, SSP held our annual
Internship & Residency Forum from 6-9 PM. We invited six Des Moines area
interns and residents to speak about their experiences in their respective
fields. Each speaker was very enthusiastic and provided a variety of experiences
and insight from different points in their careers. Fazoli’s catered the
dinner. Merck Pharmaceuticals, Des Moines University's National Alumni
Association, and SSP sponsored the event. Overall, it was a very successful
evening, as over 200 students and their spouses attended the event. Our total
budget for the program was approximately $1500 and we served a catered dinner of
lasagna, manicotti, veggies, salad, spaghetti, drinks and the all important
raspberry-chocolate cheesecake to finish the meal. We also created a brief
program that students could browse through during the forum. The program
contained basic information about the residency programs represented, Frequently
Asked Questions (FAQ's) from the AOA web site under "Osteopathic Graduate
Medical Education", and a summary about each of our sponsors. We decorated
the medical education building with trees, plants and candy from a local
florist. Fields represented included Osteopathic Rotating Internship, AMA
Transitional Year, OB/Gyn, Family Practice, Surgery, Radiology and Pediatrics.
Overall, the 13 forum committee members involved organized a great experience
for all those who attended and many people felt more informed with regards to
what will happen after medical school. The speakers did a wonderful job to
explain the most up to date information possible as to how the medical training
process works and what the students should expect in the future.
This was the 2nd year for
the noontime case studies for the DMU-OMC community. The program entails case
presentations by SSP members every month throughout the year in the effort to
emphasize the essentials in the diagnostic process and aid in a stress-free
overview for the boards. It is also an opportunity for the first year students
to observe the clinical relevance of the basic sciences that they are learning
and to gain some early exposure to the diagnostic process.
This is also an excellent teaching opportunity for the SSP members so
that they may enhance their presentation skills for the future. We spent
approximately $3300 on this program with over 19
interactive case studies presented by over 38 SSP members. We feel this was a
great new educational experience for all involved and this was one of our most
popular programs again this year. Average attendance was over 175 students over
the nine dates and the interactive portion in the differential diagnosis was a
great learning experience every time. We look forward to continuing this
educational experience for the entire DMU community in the future.
Clinica is a community outreach project that allows students, usually 3 or 4 a
week, to help provide medical care at a free health care clinic dedicated to
serving the underprivileged Latino population of Des Moines, IA. We like to see
it as our very own modified Patch Adams Clinic. With the 2nd year
under SSP sponsorship, we dedicated over 560 volunteer hours and over $500 to
this worthwhile community project to serve the poor and underserved. This also
gave medical students a wonderful clinical opportunity to work side by side with
an incredible team of dedicated nurses and physicians for the common good of the
community with no political questions asked. We also feel the medical Spanish
that the volunteers pick up after a few short times working is a wonderful
benefit that will help them to better serve the fastest growing cross section of
our society in the future as physicians. Based on experience and comfort level,
we do everything from just taking vitals to phlebotomy, vaccinations,
H&P’s and sometimes full consults with supervision.
This was the first year for the community medicine committee and the committee did a great job in starting what we expect to be a strong addition to our community service in the future. The committee started their work this year by forming an alliance with the YWCA of Des Moines. Through this program, the committee worked with the YWCA residence program, which averages about 80 women and 35 children in their care at any one time. The YWCA offers these individuals temporary housing and food while facilitating their reentry as a productive member of the community.
Our chapter offered hour long, interactive discussions on topics that the staff felt were of greatest concern. The topics presented this year were: pregnancy/STDs, food safety/nutrition, lice/pediatric concerns, immunizations, and female/general hygiene. Committee members gathered information about each of the subjects and this information was used by SSP volunteers to give the presentations. Information gathered and/or created included: pamphlets, brochures, posters and other reading material. In the first year, this new program has already benefited many area families and will only continue to do so more in the future as we continually add new programs and improve upon existing ones.
Winter Warmth Clothing Drive
This clothing drive is conducted annually by SSP
during the most crucial winter months of need in Iowa. This year, we set a
record with over 89 full heavy-duty garbage bags worth of items that weighed in
at over 2000 lbs. and consisted of almost anything that could be useful in the
snow and after. This more than doubled our old record! The drive was finished
and items delivered on December 14 in the hopes of making Christmas Day a little
brighter for some of the recipients. We donated all of the items to St. Mary’s
Family Center in Des Moines, Iowa. The items were said to have been very helpful
for the many struggling families of the community.
is commonly called senior follies at high schools and colleges across the
nation. It is held at the end of the didactic two and a half years in the first
week of August and is traditionally both a celebration and a temporary goodbye
for the entire university. Many students take part in skits that represent some
of the lighter times throughout the years and exemplify some of the interesting
traits our wonderful faculty possesses. Everybody had a great time with over 200
people in attendance. We were sponsored by 28 wonderful community businesses and
local individuals who donated services or goods towards a raffle that raised
just under $710 for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa! This
celebration, therefore, both led to a great night of fun for the DMU community
and also helped make some children’s lives much better through the money we
donated as a result of the generosity of the students and the local sponsors.
On March 15, 2001, over 40 first and second
year students got together to provide free medical care at the first annual
McKinley Elementary School Healthfair. This event was a great success as
approximately 100 physicals and 200 immunizations were administered during a
four-hour period in the school gymnasium. Our medical school Community Outreach
Program set up the 10 portable examination rooms and donated the supplies to
perform the exams. Furthermore, our Spanish-speaking medical students helped
translate and our faculty physicians donated their time to help supervise this
event for the underserved Hispanic population of the greater Des Moines area. We
were also pleased with the media coverage that the event received from many
television, newspaper, and magazine sources, especially a feature story that was
aired the same night on Fox News. We felt this program gave us an incredible
opportunity to get the word out about the osteopathic profession and the service
to the underserved that we represent. With the great success of this first
annual event, the Beta chapter looks forward to continuing and improving yet
another tradition of community outreach and service in the future.
Beta Chapter provides campus tours to over 400 interviewing students each year.
Tour guides accompany the interviewing students to lunch and answer questions
with regards to academics, the community, and the interview process itself.
Members also share the various high and low points that they faced through their
first and second years of medical school. We are honored to be the first
contacts, along with the OMM fellows, that represent the university, the
community, and the osteopathic profession.
of SSP’s most lucrative fundraisers comes in its biannual medical pin sales.
We sell engraved nametags to all D.O. and D.P.M. students on campus. The
2000-2001 pin drive sold over 200 pins and raised over $500. This was a great
help towards our bottom line and the support of both our educational and service
Betty Chu Award
award honors Betty Chu, a student at DMU-OMC in the class of 1987. Betty died in
her second year from complications of lung cancer. She was a dedicated member of
SSP and left behind a husband and two children. She demonstrated amazing
commitment to both her family and her academic life. All first year students may
nominate a female class member in good academic standing, who is a mother and
who shows the same qualities that Betty Chu possessed while at DMU-OMC. An SSP
panel interviews each applicant and the winner’s name is engraved and added to
a plaque hanging in our academic center. The recipient receives a check for $250
from SSP and a free book from our campus Matthew’s Bookstore. The student is
also honored at a university ceremony. The 2001 recipient was first year medical
student Angela Haugo.
Kelly died Sunday, Nov. 29th, 1998 from injuries sustained in a car accident on her way back to school after Thanksgiving. Kelly was an SSP member who was committee head of Tiny Tots and frequently helped out with all of our programs when we were short of help. She was an exemplary student, friend and a wonderful addition to our fraternity. Kelly had a special fondness for children and was also an active member of the Pediatrics Club. This fund was established to give an annual donation to benefit local youth organizations. Aside from the annual donation, each recipient’s name will be engraved and added to a plaque in our academic center. Last year SSP made a donation of $250 in Kelly’s name to the House of Mercy Shelter for abused women and children.
Phi- Beta Chapter – Stronger Than Ever
I am proud to say that
we have 19 spring inductees from the class of 2004 that are eager to begin the
worthwhile work of the Beta Chapter. It
has been exciting to watch our two newest programs flourish. Our noontime case studies have been a big hit by providing
free lunch and educational opportunities for all.
Every Monday, the program at La Clinica gives students an inspirational
taste of clinical medicine in addition to serving an underprivileged population
in Des Moines. These two programs
have become as strong as the 13+ other programs we continue to do.
As the new president of the Beta Chapter of Sigma Sigma Phi, I couldn’t
be more pleased to represent a group of my peers committed to hard work and
excellence in and out of the classroom. I
am excited to begin a new year and to accept the challenge of strengthening our
existing programs and seeking out new activities.
Dana J. Messenger
2001-2002 Beta Chapter SSP President
by: Mary Boggs, President
following are activities, which kept the Delta Chapter busy during the 2000-2001
achievement in service to the class and the school
to the practice of the Osteopathic philosophy
of satisfactory scholastic achievement
The award is
presented at graduation.
site. This file is intended to give
2nd year members help in the decision process on rotation site
in the fall and
spring. The tope 30% in the 1st
year class are invited to rush in the spring.
Selection is based upon activities and involvement.
ETA CHAPTER(UNIVERSITY OF
NORTH TEXAS HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER OF FORT WORTH/COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC
by Chapter President: Shawna Wade
of Hope-In March of 2001, several members of the Eta Chapter of Sigma Sigma
Phi in conjunction with the campus chapter of UAAO developed an OMT/soft
tissue clinic under the leadership of fellow Chapter member Catherine
The purpose of the clinic is to provide services to the indigent
population of Fort Worth at the Day Resource Center associated with the
Community of Hope Homeless Shelter.
Ms. Andrews met the needs of the homeless by using osteopathy as an
outreach tool, incorporating the human contact that these people
Last spring, Sigma Sigma Phi members totaled 115 volunteer hours at
This is an ongoing effort, and thus far in the 2001-2002 academic
year, we have accrued 115 hours at the Community of Hope, and we look
forward to continuing to meet the needs of our neighbors.
Health Fair-December of 2000 afforded Sigma Sigma Phi members an opportunity
to participate in the annual Northside Health Fair.
This fair is a collaborative effort from many different organizations
on the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine campus and reaches the
predominantly Hispanic uninsured population surrounding the area of the
Northside Clinic in Fort Worth.
At the clinic, a variety of services were provided, including Pap
smears, manipulative medicine, cholesterol and diabetes screenings, and
education of the public.
The Eta Chapter of Sigma Sigma Phi is looking forward to
participating in the Northside Health Fair again this fall.
Supply Drive-In order to meet the needs of school children in the most
poverty-stricken elementary school in the Fort Worth Independent School
District, the Eta Chapter initiated a school supply drive in the early weeks
of our academic year.
One month and two large boxes later, we were able to deliver the
supplies to these deserving children.
T. A. Sims Elementary School has become a continuing interest of
Sigma Sigma Phi and will be participating in their Career Day in the spring,
bringing a presentation of “What’s In A Doctor’s Bag?” to the school
to peak interest in the medical profession.
Through the Adopt-A-School Program, we will be able to provide this
elementary school with the supplies and motivation to start their
Feet-We have recently established a relationship with a Beautiful Feet
Ministries in Fort Worth; a multi-faceted outreach to the indigent
population of the city.
From providing meals and clothing to food for the soul, our members
sought to meet many needs of the community that relies on the center.
The Eta Chapter dedicated our time to help Beautiful Feet organize
its pantry, clothing closets, and served lunch to nearly 100 needy men and
women of Fort Worth.
We plan to make this a continuing effort with their ministry.
Projects-While we will continue to participate in many of the projects begun
over the course of the last year, we also have a clear vision of what we
would like to accomplish in the future.
One of the projects we are initiating is Adopt-A-Park, which will
require a monthly commitment to clean the facility.
A portion of our fundraising efforts will be dedicated to providing a
sign in the park to indicate our commitment to the area.
Over the holidays, we will be going Christmas caroling at a nursing
At the Northside Health Fair this year, we will be providing
immunization education to the public.
Our involvement with the Community of Hope Soft Tissue clinic
continues to grow, as does our involvement with T.A. Sims Elementary School
and the Beautiful Feet Ministries.
We look forward to continuing these efforts as well as others so that
we may meet the needs of our community.
IOTA CHAPTER(MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE-Lansing, Mi)
Submitted by Chapter President: Christine Park
The Iota chapter of Sigma Sigma Phi at MSU COM is dedicated to scholastic achievement, community service and the osteopathic profession. Each of our members is required to participate in at least 4 hours of community service per semester, with most members exceeding this requirement on a regular basis. Our main focus is the Greater Lansing community, promoting and improving health awareness as well as osteopathic medicine. Within the college, we sponsor lunchtime presentations to both members and non-members involving issues ranging from domestic violence to residency programs.
This fall we aggressively approached the incoming class to consider applying for Sigma Sigma Phi next Spring. We sponsored lunch for the first years during their orientation, promoted interest at the Student Organizations Fair and held a fund-raiser during the first week of school. These events have contributed to an increase in awareness and desire of the incoming class to be involved with Sigma Sigma Phi.
We are continually adding new events as our new members offer new ideas and past experiences. Our current programs include: bread and bagel program, clothing and food drives, cholesterol and glucose screening during National Osteopathic Week, Friendship Clinic, diabetic counseling, MSU COM Monster Dash and the reading people. Sigma Sigma Phi sponsored a blood drive this past month with the Red Cross. The blood drive took place the week after the terrorist attacks on our nation and proved to be a wonderful success and aid to our country.
Upcoming events include: the Valentine's Day party at a senior citizen center, packaging and distributing food at the Red Cross, a thanksgiving food drive, Vegas Night, the first year Spring rush and many more events. The Executive Committee continues to meet and search for ways to improve the Iota Chapter of Sigma Sigma Phi at MSUCOM. We would also like to thank the National Office for their support.
THETA CHAPTER(OKLAHOMA STATE
UNIVERSITY-COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC
by Chapter Secretary: Lisa Roche
August, Theta Chapter inducted 8 new members from the class of 2004, giving us
MSII members who are regularly
involved in service to the school and the community.
Activities in which members have been involved in the last year include
performing physicals for the Girl Scouts and the Boy Scouts, going into local
elementary and middle schools to perform dissections of pig hearts and sharks,
volunteering for Race for the Cure, and volunteering at the annual Osteopathic
Run in the Spring.
projects planned for 2001-2002 include the following:
Episcopal Church-On November 3rd, we will be serving meals to
homeless people in the community.
Toy and Blanket Drive-We are planning to collect blankets and toys in
December. These items will be
donated to local families referred by the Department of Human Services.
Red Cross Blood Drive-Sigma Sigma Phi will again sponsor our annual blood
drive, which is always a big success.
for Humanity-in the spring, we will spend one Saturday helping our local
Habitat for Humanity chapter.
Fair-Sigma Sigma Phi will sponsor a booth at the school health fair in the
spring. Last year Sigma Sigma Phi
performed body fat measurements, calculated BMI, and educated health fair
participants regarding their results.
look forward to an exciting and productive year.
UNIVERSITY HEALTH SCIENCES, POMONA, CA)
by Chapter President: Arnold E. Cuenca
NU CHAPTER(WEST VIRGINIA SCHOOL OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE-Lewisburg, W.Va)
The Nu Chapter of Sigma Sigma Phi represents the student chapter of Sigma Sigma Phi at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.
All current members participate in club
events and almost all hold offices in other campus organizations owing to our
tradition of initiating leaders who serve WVSOM, the Greenbrier County
community, and the Osteopathic Profession.
Chapter meetings are held every third Wednesday for those involved in upcoming events, and once monthly for all members. Projects for the 2000-2001 School Year have included the Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk, What’s in a Doctor’s Bag and the Lecture Series at Monroe Day Care Center, a six-part series for the after-school children of the Monroe Day Care Center. Around Christmastime, we host Heart of the Holidays, a program through which local families are provided with Christmas gifts with emphasis on the children of the household. They are helped with overdue bills, and are provided with a decorated Christmas tree. The Grand Affair takes place in the spring and is a benefit auction that raises money for student scholarships in memory of Fred W. Smith, whose contributions continue to benefit our institution. The long-term goal is to create a self-sustained endowment in honor of Fred W. Smith that will continue to provide scholarships for years to come. Sigma Sigma Phi hopes to continue to foster a community-wide effort to increase interest and attendance of this event, and most importantly to continue the growth of the Fred W. Smith Scholarship Fund.
Last year for the first time Sigma Sigma Phi entered into a partnership with the Greenbrier County United Way. Sigma Sigma Phi took prospective volunteer projects to the Presidents of the other clubs on campus and presented each club with the opportunity to complete them. We hope to continue this partnership with the United Way and annually provide this service to campus organizations looking for new and ever-expanding ways to get involved in the Greenbrier County community.
Although these events are conceived and managed by club members, we encourage both first and second-year classes to get involved in any of the projects we are conducting at any time, as they are a lot of fun and of great benefit to the community.
KAPPA CHAPTER(UNIVERSITY OF
NEW ENGLAND/COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE-Biddeford, Me)
by Chapter President: Ron Brizzie
to the Kappa Chapter of Sigma Sigma Phi at UNECOM!
The Kappa Chapter represents the National Osteopathic Honor and Service
Society, which promotes academic excellence and service to the university,
community, and the osteopathic profession.
This past year has been filled with enriching events.
From a hugh fire to celebrate the first year’s completion of their
gross anatomy course to predicting a fourth grader’s future at the Halloween
party-we are doing it all!
of the events we have organized over the last year are as follows:
gross toast, Halloween Party for the JFK mentoring program, 5K Fun Run, Bottle
and Can Recycling, Hospital Day, Board Review Time, An Ice Cream Social, Annual
Toys for Tots Drive, Clothing Drive, Senior Banquet, and Class of 2001
Postgraduate Training Destinations.
future of the Kappa Chapter here at UNECOM is dependent upon its members. The new members of the class of 2004 are highly motivated and
very enthusiastic about the upcoming year.
Not only are we strengthening our annual events, we have many new
endeavors planned to further aid the community and raise osteopathic medicine
awareness. I look forward to a fund
and rewarding year.
EPSILON CHAPTER (CHICAGO COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE/MIDWESTERN UNIVERSITY - Downers Grove, Il)
by Chapter President: Julie Bian
Epsilon chapter at Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine is undergoing a
renewal this school year. We are
building new traditions, while restructuring old ones.
Due to less new membership, the board has sought service opportunities
that is attainable/doable within our capacity and interests. We have made great headway in reaching this goal, as
indicated by what we plan for the coming school year.
In addition to building traditions, our goal for this year is to increase
awareness of our presence on campus, and thus increase interest/membership in
SSP in the future. This was a major
issue that came up the previous year. Also,
fundraising is something we would like to kick off by the Spring/Summer of 2002
to replenish our funds.
Celebration (Lifelink)-This was Epsilon Chapter’s first event of the new
2001-2002 school year. “Cultural Celebration” is an annual fair (sponsored
by Lifelink-charitable, non-profit org.) designated to introduce and educate
ethnic adopted orphans and their adoptive American families to various cultures,
including their own.
Christmas Shopping (December 2001)
year Lifelink, which is a local community service center, sponsors
underserved/needy children (nearly 400 of ages 3 or 4) to go Christmas shopping
at the local Wal-mart.
Kitchen & Medical Clinic (November & December 2001)
CCOM chapter of Sigma Sigma Phi will be involved with PADS program in Aurora,
Illinois this year in a couple of different ways.
PADS is an organization in the Chicago suburbs that provides shelter for
the homeless during the winter months as well as a meal in the evenings and
limited medical care. PADS works
through a collaboration of various churches and organizations through out the
community that volunteer to provide meals and services to shelters.
Panel (January 2002)
year, SSP at CCOM has held a rotations panel of 3rd and 4th
year students to give the lower classmen insights about their clinical
education. This especially gives
the 2nd year students the opportunity to know where to do what before
the actual decisions are made.
Drive (Winter and Spring 2002)
the end of each quarter at Midwestern University, students from the dorms tend
to clear out their closets with the change of the season.
We would like to take advantage of this behavior by coordinating a
clothing drive on campus.
Fund Raising (Spring/Summer 2002)
Flags Great America in Gurnee, IL offers fund raising opportunities to local
organizations. Basically, members
of a particular organization work in different areas of the park
for a day, earning $7-8 and hour. Great
America then donates the money earned to the organization.
There are 154 members of the Zeta Chapter of PCOM for the 2001-2002 school year. As part of our community involvement, many of our members are mentors to children from the West Philadelphia area. This program's purpose is to provide the children with positive role models and fun activities. We also provide meals to out-of-town families with children undergoing chronic treatment at local hospitals as part of the Ronald McDonald House Meals Program. Other areas of service include renovating homes with Habitat for Humanity, coordinating the West Philly High School Health Fair, and providing campus tours to prospective PCOM students.
The Lambda Chapter at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine has had a productive and entertaining year. Not only were we able to organize the annual Lambda Chapter service activities such as the food and clothing drives, but we were also able to pull ourselves out of debt with fundraisers like candy-grams and Sigma Sigma Phi pins. Furthermore, we teamed up with other OU-COM organizations in some of the activities that students enjoyed the most like Talent Follies, the Medicine Run, and Student Awards Night. With an ambitious group of new members, we look forward to continuing our success and keep the Lambda Chapter moving in the right direction.
On December 21st, 2000, the Student Osteopathic Medicine Association (SOMA) and the Lambda Chapter of Sigma Sigma Phi delivered over 150 non-perishable items to Good Works in our annual food drive. Good Works is a Christian community that has provided a care-community for the rural and recovering homeless and a wide range of community development outreach programs since 1981. All of our members contributed to the collection, sorting, and delivery of these goods over the period of 2 weeks. The program was a complete success and has been for all of the years we've been working with Good Works.
Also in December of 2000, the Lambda Chapter teamed up with the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) in our annual clothing drive. Our members worked arduously over three weeks to collect clothing for the homeless in our area. We delivered the items to the Salvation Army for proper distribution. The collection took place during the Christmas season. Needless to say, the season put all of us in the medical college in a giving mood. The number of clothing items collected was overwhelming.
In attempt to overcome the debt that the current Lambda Chapter officers inherited, the executive board brainstormed for ideas on fundraisers. One of those ideas was the purchase of a pin with the Sigma Sigma Phi insignia on it. We were able to purchase the pins for a little over two dollars each. At induction, we added five dollars to the national dues and presented the new members with the pins. Additionally, we sold candy grams the week of Valentine's Day. For just a dollar, students and faculty could purchase a valentine card and a Hershey's kiss and send it to the person of their choice. Both of these methods helped us climb out of our inherited debt and we are proud to report a much better budget situation. Furthermore, we are currently looking into adding a third fundraiser (t-shirt sales) for the 2001-2002 school year.
The student awards night held on April 12th, 2000, is a huge event at OU-COM. The role of Sigma Sigma Phi was primarily in preparation for the evening. Specifically, we coordinated the selection and presentation of the most prestigious award given that night: the Osteopathic Mentor Award. This award, as well as the other fourteen awards given, was selected by the several recommendations written by the students. Sigma Sigma Phi was the organization selected to sort through the recommendations and then organize the presentation to the winner. The event was attended by nearly one hundred percent of the medical college and was a complete success.
The 20th annual osteopathic medicine run was held on Saturday, May 5th, 2001. Together with the Student Associate Auxiliary (SAA), the Sports Medicine Club, the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), the Lambda Chapter organized one of the largest events of OU-COM. Students, faculty, even members of Sigma Sigma Phi and residents of Athens, Ohio run in a 5K race. Even a wheelchair race was held for those unable to run. With the help of seventeen sponsors, we were able to present prizes to the top five finishers, both male and female. Prizes ranged from two hundred dollar savings bonds to gift certificates and sportswear. The cost of running the race was fifteen dollars. With hundreds of people participating, the event received local media coverage and was a huge success, not only for our chapter but for the entire community as well.
The advent of the new curriculum has brought about many changes with OU-COM. The first class to go through this curriculum has passed on to their third years at the various CORE sites around Ohio. The students seemed pleased for the most part as we move from a curriculum that included rigorous amounts of class time to one that incorporates both self-learning and clinical learning via case based learning groups that meet three times per week. Many of the kinks have been worked out and should benefit the future medical classes that pass through. These changes have offered stability to the college as well as the students, providing a better environment for our various groups, like Sigma Sigma Phi to excel to higher levels.
Another issue that this class has had to deal with is a low budget. Having financial restrictions definitely puts another burden on our members. Planning activities always requires our members to be creative and try different fundraisers to pay for them. Fortunately, our financial situation is progressing due to the focused attention paid to this problem over the last few years. It is, however, still very low comparatively. This years officers will try to keep the progress going by leaving next year's class with even more money than we had.
We are inducting our newest class of members this week and are excited about the number of applicants and the overall interest that this society has generated. With the induction of these new members, the Lambda Chapter will have a great representation and stronger foundation to work on, as we prepare for another busy year here at OU-COM.
Submitted by Chapter President: Jeffrey Lebensburger
The Xi Chapter came back into existence only two years ago and ever since we have been working hard to establish ourselves as a fraternity known for its leadership and community service. Our community involvement is extensive:
1. Doctor’s Bag Program was established last year to help alleviate the fears of under served children in Broward County and has subsequently been extended to Daytona, Orlando, Tamp, and Miami.
2. Pre-Doc Program was created this year to spread osteopathic awareness to inner city high school students while simultaneously giving them a crash course in clinical medicine.
3. Brian Grant Program has us teaming up with Brian Grant from the Miami Heat. Each month we take seriously ill and under privileged children to Miami Heat games where they meet Brian Grant.
4. The Reading Program was created to provide comfort to children who are sick in the hospital. We take enough copies of books so that each child may have one to keep and follow along with as we read to them.
5. Tar Wars is an interactive program in elementary schools to help teach students the dangers of smoking.
6. Breaking Bread and Breaking Barriers is a program that takes the Xi chapter into a Broward County homeless shelter. We sponsor a meal that we help to prepare, serve, and clean up.
7. Thanksgiving Dinner is provided to over fifty families in the area as a result of our heavy campaigning for donations from students and other clubs.
8. Each Valentine’s Day we visit a nursing home with flowers, candy and cards, for an evening of singing, dancing, and playing games.
Our campus involvement is largely in association with other clubs. We help SOMA with AIDS awareness by helping to fundraise for a pediatric AIDS clinic, we team up with ACFOP for a health fair during osteopathic awareness week, and we assist Peds club with a toy drive that provides under privileged children with toys during the holiday season.
In addition, the Xi chapter puts together a rotation luncheon. This year 12 third and fourth years from sigma sigma phi returned from their clinical rotation sites to speak about their experiences and to answer any questions that the second years had.