PCOM SAACOFP Chapter Wins National AwardApril 1, 2021
Recently, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (PCOM) Student Association
of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (SAACOFP) Chapter received
the 2020-2021 Student Chapter Communications Award. This award was given to the chapter
that received the highest number of communication points throughout the year. Communication
points are given to chapters for their various communication efforts. These efforts
can include tactics like emails, social media messages, newsletters and more. The
announcement came at the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP)’s
Annual Conference, which was hosted virtually this year due to COVID-19.
“This award is a nice recognition for all the work we’ve done the past year,” shared
Rachel Souza (DO ‘23), the chapters outgoing president. “It can be hard for us to
gauge how we’re doing compared to other chapters, so it’s nice to see that we stand
out nationally. Family medicine is very popular at PCOM and I’m happy that we’re doing
a good job of getting our group’s messages out to the community,” continued Ms. Souza.
With over 100 members, PCOM’s SAACOFP chapter is made up of doctor of osteopathic
medicine students from all four year, as well as biomedical science students. The
goal of the SAACOFP is to help medical students develop skills for patient interactions
with initiatives such as lectures, workshops and mentorship opportunities. Many students
in PCOM’s SAACOFP will go on to pursue a career in family medicine.
“This past year’s executive board has certainly left us with big shoes to fill,” shared
incoming SAACOFP president Steffany Moreno (DO ‘24). “We are very excited about the
upcoming year and the programs we are developing for the club,” continued Ms. Moreno.
As the student association of the ACOFP, SAACOFP has access to all the resources of
the ACOFP. The ACOFP is a community of current and future family physicians that champions
osteopathic principles and supports its members by providing resources such as education,
networking and advocacy, all while putting patients first.
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