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Trent Griner (DO '23) 
Elected as National Chair

June 1, 2022

Trent Griner (DO ’23)After serving as the Southeast Regional Representative and then the National Vice Chair, Trent Griner (DO ‘23) was recently elected as the National Chair of SAOASM — the student section for the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine.

Griner has been involved with the organization since beginning medical school in 2019. Over the last three years, he’s served in different positions with hopes of encouraging and supporting students who are interested in primary care sports medicine. He’s been a crucial member of the planning committee for each annual conference and has planned monthly webinars and workshops with unique speakers for medical students.

He said his goal within SAOASM is to provide exposure, encouragement, resources and access for medical students interested in primary care sports medicine.

“The most exciting thing about my position within SAOASM is getting to work so closely with people doing exactly what I want to do in the future, and I’m helping to excite other students about primary care sports medicine,” he said.

Trent Griner and members of medical staff on sidelines of football gameGriner has actively pursued relationships and experiences in sports medicine for years. He began learning about the specialty in 2012 while working with the athletic medical staff at Brookwood School. While receiving his undergraduate degree at Berry College, he co-created the college’s first comprehensive drug and alcohol abuse prevention program for student-athletes.

Now at PCOM South Georgia, he assists with pre-participation sports physicals for local high schools and works alongside a number of physicians while assisting with sideline medical coverage for Colquitt County Football, the 2022 Big Peach Slam Jam (a basketball tournament for adaptive athletes), Valdosta State University’s football program and All Elite Wrestling.

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