Student Government, Clubs and Professional Societies
The Office of Student Affairs at SOM provides logistical and promotional support for student events and meetings for more than 40 student clubs and the Student Council as well as oversees their financial activities and process student-related expenses or petty cash vouchers.
The following student organizations have active chapters at SOM:
STUCO - Student Council
(STUCO web site)
The elected Student Government Association of the School maintains communications between the student body, the faculty, the administration, the State Osteopathic Society (NJAOPS), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and other relevant professional associations, and the public at large. Each member is commissioned to increase public awareness of Osteopathic Medicine. The organization is a vehicle through which students’ opinions and grievances can be voiced to appropriate authorities. The organization attempts to provide athletic, educational, and entertainment activities for the students.
AAPI - American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin
The AAPI-MSR is a local chapter of the parent organization AAPI-MSR and was established to represent medical students and physicians of Indian origin. The goals of this organization are to assist the AAPI-MSR in promoting the professional, political, and social goals of Indian- American medical students and resident physicians.
ACOEP - American College of Emergency Physicians (Emergency Medicine Club)
The Emergency Medicine Club is dedicated to exposing fellow students to various aspects of emergency medicine through speakers, hands-on demonstrations, presentations, and field trips. Topics generally include an introduction to emergency medicine, career opportunities in this field, and practical skills applicable to both hospital and pre-hospital emergency care. This organization is a student branch of the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP).
ACOFP - American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (Family Physicians Club)
ACOFP is a national organization which is represented by student chapters within each osteopathic medical school. This organization functions in developing interest in osteopathic family medicine among students, promoting an improved understanding of family medicine through education and public service, and supporting the development of educational opportunities in family medicine.
ACN - American College of Neuropsychiatry (Neuropsychiatry Club)
The Neuropsychiatry Club was established for medical students interested in both the psychology of human behavior and the biology of the remarkable advances in brain science and research. Activities attract medical students with an interest not only in psychiatry and neurology, but also those with an interest in a vast array of medical fields.
AGS - American Geriatrics Society
The American Geriatric Society is an organization established to encourage interest in the field of geriatric medicine and to ensure a multidisciplinary interaction between faculty, students, and the community for the advancement of health and well-being in the elderly population.
AMOPS - Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons
The Rowan SOM Chapter of the AMOPS was established in recognition of the unique position osteopathic physicians occupy within the United States Armed Forces. The primary goals of the chapter are to provide information concerning the practice of Osteopathic Medicine in the Armed Forces; information exchange between all class levels, alumni, and AMOPS contacts for prospective and current students interested in military service opportunities; and information concerning military life in general.
AOA - American Osteopathic Association
The AOA is the national parent organization for osteopathic physicians no matter what specialty they are considering. Student membership status may be granted to any undergraduate student in an approved college of osteopathic medicine by the governing board of osteopathic physicians upon endorsement of his/her application by the Dean of the School. Student membership is free and includes most publications of the AOA except the directory. The address is: American Osteopathic Association
142 East Ontario Street, Chicago, IL 60611
The objective of the Anesthesiology Club is to unite all members of the RowanSOM community and to participate in interactive functions pertaining to both the medical and general community as well as to educate the RowanSOM student body on anesthesiology, its practices and the process of becoming an anesthesiologist.
APAMSA - Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association
The SOM APAMSA is affiliated with the national organization that aims to address those issues important to Asian-American medical students. One part of the mission is to bring together Asians and others interested in the health issues that affect Asians so that we may have a strong, collective public and political voice. APAMSA is interested in both directly promoting the health and well-being of the Asian community as well as in helping all health care workers who work with these communities understand how to care for the Asian patient in a culturally sensitive manner. APAMSA provides an important forum for APA medical students to meet, exchange information and experiences and develop personally and professionally.
The purpose of the Cardiology Club is to educate fellow students about the field of cardiology including current issues and advances in cardiology. The club focuses on educational programs for the SOM community along with opportunities to network with faculty and guest lecturers. Choosing cardiology as a specialty is also discussed with opportunities to gain information regarding the pursuance of cardiology as the field of choice provided.
CAMA - Complimentary and Alternate Medicine Association
To provide quality education and accurate information about complementary/ alternative medicine - promoting natural, non-toxic healing, health and consumer empowerment.
CMDA - Christian Medical and Dental Association
CMDA provides resources, networking opportunities, education, and a public voice for Christian healthcare professionals and students.
GSA - Gay Straight Alliance
To create safe environments in schools for students to support each other and learn about homophobia and other oppressions; educate the school community about homophobia, gender identity, and sexual orientation issues; and fight discrimination, harassment, and violence in schools.
Infectious Disease Club
The Infectious Disease Club is an organization open to all RowanSOM students. The purpose of this organization is to educate students about the principles of infectious diseases; raise awareness of current issues, innovation, and advancements in the realm of infectious diseases; to build an allegiance with other existing infectious disease associations; and to provide service to the community by means of education to aid in the prevention of the spread of infectious diseases.
JOMA - Jewish Osteopathic Med Association
The primary goal of the Jewish Osteopathic Medical Association (JOMA) is to unite all members of the UMDNJ-SOM community; educate the UMDNJ-SOM community on Jewish practice as it relates to healthcare; to educate the local Jewish communities about the osteopathic medical profession. Numerous speakers inside the SOM community as well as from the general public are invited to attend meetings and speak on the goals as previously mentioned.
MSFC - Medical Students for Choice
Medical Students for Choice (MSFC) is a national organization representing over 5,000 medical students at 86 medical schools across the country. MSFC at UMDNJ - SOM enriches medical school education with lectures and discussions. The topics range from medical procedures to the historical and current issues confronting physicians and their practice of comprehensive reproductive healthcare. MSFC is dedicated to ensuring that women receive comprehensive reproductive healthcare, including abortion. As medical students and residents, we are committed to ensuring that medical practitioners are prepared to provide their patients with the full range of reproductive healthcare choices.
NBLHO -National Boricua Latino Health Organization
The National Boricua Latino Health Organization (NBLHO) is a Latino student group representing students in the health professions from the northeast region of the United States. Its mission is to recruit Latinos into higher education, educate the public and one another about Latino health issues, advocate for increased Latino representation in health related areas, and promote awareness about social, political and economic issues as they relate to Latino health. It also serves to create a support network for Latino students.
NOWPA - National Osteopathic Women's Physician Association
The National Osteopathic Women Physicians Association (NOWPA) is a professional organization that promotes the strength and growth of women physicians and students. This group works toward the recognition of women osteopathic physicians and acts to address the needs of women within the health care profession.
NJAOPS - New Jersey Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons
The NJAOPS is an official Divisional Society of the American Osteopathic Association. Student membership is available upon application to the Association with endorsement by the Dean of an approved college of osteopathic medicine.
New Jersey Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons
One Distribution Way
Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852-3001
Obstetrics and Gynecology Society
The OB/GYN Society is an organization open to all students interested in primary care for women. This society meets once a month for an informal lecture and discussion presented by a faculty member in either obstetrics or gynecology. Attendance at these meetings offers the opportunity to gain medical knowledge in a casual setting, as well as the opportunity to interact with attending OB/GYN faculty and/or guest lecturers.
The goal of the Orthopedic Club is to educate fellow students about the specialty of orthopedics including current issues and advances in orthopedics. The club focuses on educational programs for the SOM community including their annual “casting clinic”. The Orthopedic Club provides numerous opportunities for “hands-on” instruction provided by the club’s faculty advisor as well as other faculty members. Future opportunities in this field are also an active part of club meetings and discussions.
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Club
The PM&R Club attempts to educate fellow students about physical medicine and rehabilitation. Several outside speakers/lecturers are invited to club meetings to discuss a variety of issues regarding this specialty.
The Radiology Society
The Radiology Society is an organization open to all students of the Rowan SOM community and all of its affiliates. Attendance at these meetings presents the opportunity to learn the various modalities offered by the field of radiology; to build professional skills in learning to identify anatomical structures and certain disease processes and medical illness; and to raise awareness concerning innovations and advancements in the realm of radiology.
SNMA - Student National Medical Association
The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is the nation’s oldest and largest student organization focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of color. Established in 1964 by medical students from Howard University and Meharry Medical Schools, SNMA boasts nearly thirty years of committed service to communities. It continues to advocate for improved, culturally sensitive healthcare services and education for neglected or underserved populations.
SOIMA - Student Osteopathic Internal Medicine Association
This organization functions through interactive educational programs which deal with internal medicine and associated sub-specialties.
SOMA - Student Osteopathic Medical Association
The Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) is the national student organization of the American Osteopathic Association, and was founded in 1970 to promote the ideals and purposes of osteopathic medicine as a philosophy, a science, and an art. This organization’s goal lies in the desire to improve the quality of healthcare delivery and to prepare future osteopathic physicians to meet social, moral, and ethical obligations of the profession.
SOSA - Student Osteopathic Surgical Association
The Student Osteopathic Surgical Association was established to encourage and educate students in surgical techniques and procedures. Various lectures given by practicing physicians are complemented by handson sessions to create an extraordinary learning experience.
SPMA - Student Pediatric Medical Association
The Student Pediatric Medical Association is the student chapter of the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians, and was established to provide an avenue for the advancement of knowledge and understanding of pediatric medicine. This organization focuses on sponsoring, promoting, and encouraging educational programs concerned with pediatric medicine, in addition to the provision of community service and volunteer work to the children of our community.
UASM - Undergraduate Academy of Sports Medicine (Sports Medicine Club)
The Sports Medicine Club is the student chapter of the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine, and was established for individuals interested in entering the field of sports medicine as a career and for those interested in learning how to diagnose and treat injuries common to athletic participants. Activities include taping and casting clinics, guest speakers, on-field/ sideline participation at local high school sporting events, and a series of lectures dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of sports-related injuries.
UAAO - Undergraduate American Academy of Osteopathy
The goal of UAAO is to bring the principles and practices of osteopathy to the students of the RowanSOM campus. This club functions through review sessions aimed at refining the skills of osteopathic manipulation and the provision of workshops led by skilled physicians which may bring new dimensions to osteopathic treatment modalities.