Recently, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) student Dianne Mancheno (DO ‘23) was elected to the Latino Medical Student Association’s (LMSA) Northeast Region Leadership Board. Ms. Mancheno will serve as chief development officer and will lead the organization’s new chapter development and serve as a mentor for new campus leaders. She is currently studying to become a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine.
“As president of the PCOM chapter of LMSA, I knew I wanted to continue to be a part of this great organization when my term ended,” shared Ms. Mancheno. “When the opportunity arose to be considered for a role in regional leadership, I knew I wanted to pursue it. Though balancing this role and studying for my board exams will be tough, I am happy that I will continue to be involved and that I will get to support the mission of the organization and my community,” shared Ms. Mancheno.
To be considered for this position, Ms. Mancheno filmed a video outlining her capabilities and goals for the position. That video was then aired during the organization’s annual conference in January, which was held virtually this year. After seeing each candidate's videos, audience members were given the opportunity to ask candidates specific questions related to the position. Two representatives from each school cast their votes online.
Ms. Mancheno will begin her role as LMSA NE Region chief development officer this spring and will hold the position for one year. When asked what her goals for this position are, Ms. Mancheno shared, “I hope to keep communication between the chapters open and serve as a mentor for any new chapters. I also hope to grow the PCOM chapter and serve them to the best of my ability.”
LMSA NE Region comprises over 40 medical schools and 400 student members. According to the organization’s mission statement, LMSA works “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.”
Founded in 1899, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has trained thousands of highly competent, caring physicians, health practitioners and behavioral scientists who practice a “whole person” approach to care—treating people, not just symptoms. PCOM operates three campuses (PCOM, PCOM Georgia and PCOM South Georgia) and offers doctoral degrees in clinical psychology, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy and school psychology, and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences, forensic medicine, mental health counseling, organizational development and leadership, physician assistant studies, school psychology, and public health management and administration. PCOM students learn the importance of health promotion, research, education and service to the community. Through its community-based Healthcare Centers, PCOM provides care to medically underserved populations. For more information, visit pcom.edu or call 215-871-6100.
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