PCOM Represented at Latino Medical Student Association Conferences
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PCOM Represented at LMSA National Conference

March 10, 2022

Members of PCOM's chapter of the Latino Medical Students AssociationPCOM’s chapter of the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) represented the College at the 17th Annual LMSA National Conference and 49th Annual LMSA Northeast Regional Conference in Philadelphia, PA. This two-day event titled “Cincuenta Años de Comunidad: Fostering Service, Health Equity, and Leadership” focused on highlighting the ways in which the LMSA community has leveraged – and will continue to leverage – its strength to address the needs of medical trainees for the improved health of the country’s latina/o/x, Hispanic, or of Spanish Origin + (LHS+) population.

In addition to attending the event, several PCOM representatives gave presentations or spoke at the Conference.

  • Avery Perez (DO `23), Danielle Carvey (DO `22) and Michelle Hobson, DO `80, clinical associate professor, osteopathic manipulative medicine, presented on the DO vs. MD pathways to medicine and demonstrated various osteopathic manipulative medicine techniques for pre-med students.
  • Jose Huergo (DO `23) presented a poster titled “Decolonizing the Medical Curriculum - A Scoping Review of Epistemic Violence in Evidence-Based Medicine,” at the inaugural Promoting Opportunities for Development & Empowerment of Researchers (PODER) research symposium.
  • Arturo Bravo-Nuevo, PhD, associate professor, neuroscience, also participated in the LHS+ Identity, Development, Empowerment, and Resources Seminar (LIDEReS). Dr. Bravo-Nuevo was a co-director for the launch of the Medical Spanish Course at PCOM.
  • PCOM students Jesus Alvadaro (DO `24), Steffany Moreno (DO `24), Manoel Resende Neto (DO `24), Juan Sanchez (DO `24) and Angela Ellis (DO `25) were recognized in the presentation “How Health Professionals Can Improve Latinx Disparities,” for their volunteer efforts with "Unidos Contra Covid", a vaccination initiative for the Latinx community in Philadelphia during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Jenny Ruiz, MD, a physician mentor for the PCOM LMSA chapter, presented, "Bias and Discrimination in Medicine.”
  • PCOM alumnus Diormi Rosario, DO `19, spoke on a residency panel during the event. Dr. Rosario is currently a third-year pediatric resident.
  • Camila Salazar (DO `23) spoke on behalf of PCOM during the Gala’s closing remarks and recognized the efforts of the PCOM’s LMSA student leaders. PCOM was a sponsor of this conference.

In addition to PCOM’s active participation in the Conference, Dianne Mancheno (DO `23) was re-elected as the regional chief development officer for the LMSA Northeast Regional executive board.

LMSA students pose at annual conferenceAs shared on the LMSA website, “LMSA and its antecedent organizations were created to increase the number of Latina/o/x, Hispanic, or of Spanish Origin + (LHS+) individuals in medicine; to provide them and their peers with the educational resources and programming necessary to promote their success; and to increase access to excellent and culturally relevant healthcare for what is now the largest non-white ethnic group in the United States. LMSA’s conferences address these objectives by exposing attendees to critical issues affecting healthcare and medical education, and by providing attendees with opportunities to further develop as physicians, leaders, and advocates for the patients they serve.”

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