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.
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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