WCUCOM Student Osteopathic Association Wins Young Chapter of the Year

Hattiesburg, Miss., March 21, 2013 - The William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM) Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) is the recipient of the “Young Chapter of the Year” award and was presented with the coveted Golden Tibia at the Spring SOMA Convention in Washington, DC, March 16. This award recognizes the chapter’s achievements over the past year as a relatively new chapter, including their efforts in political advocacy, osteopathic awareness and community service.

The mission of the WCUCOM chapter of SOMA is to provide students a voice in shaping the future of their chosen profession; to improve the quality of health care delivery to the American people with special focus on the Gulf South region; to contribute to the welfare and education of osteopathic medical students; to familiarize its members with the purpose and ideals of osteopathic medicine; to establish lines of communication with other health science students and organizations; and to prepare its members to meet social, moral, and ethical obligations of the osteopathic profession.

Pictured are the WCUCOM SOMA chapter officers with the “Golden Tibia” and certificate they received for winning the “Young Chapter of the Year” award at the Spring SOMA Convention in Washington, DC, March 16. Officers are (front row, left to right) Erin Johnston of Norman, Okla., secretary; Alexis Cates of Mandeville, La., president; Jamie Bishop of Prattville, Ala., national liaison officer; (back row, left to right) Nandini Mehta of New York, NY, treasurer; Kristin Campbell of Pensacola, Fla., public relations director, and Evan Harsh of Fayetteville, Ark., vice president.