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Christine Copeland
Nov 16, 2009

New Student Group Liason Letter

Nov 16, 2009 by Christine Copeland

Attention Students:

The American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is interested in creating a student group on campus.  Any interested students may contact the Office of Student Life for more information.  See the following e-mail for more information:


My name is Seth Swank and I am the American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Student President. The AOCPMR is the AOA's specialty college of PM&R, which does things such as the continuing education, licensing, etc. As AOCPMR Student President, I have been working on getting a Chapter at each of the osteopathic colleges in the country over the past year and TCOM seems to be the holy grail that we just can't manage. We even have had physicians in the college try to work through the school and we all seem to end up lost in a phone tree.

We have managed to work out a streamlined process for adopting the Chapters and offer the students who are interested in starting the Chapters a lot of support in terms of information, bylaws, speakers, mentors, etc. It is our hope to help students in their professional development while simultaneously add to the richness of student organization on campuses. We want to make sure that students can come to the national meetings and participate, collaborate and network so that they have the opportunities they need to become outstanding osteopathic rehabilitation doctors early on in their medical careers.

The first step is, of course, to find a few students who are passionate about PM&R and who are willing to work with the AOCPMR to establish a Chapter. Even though we simplify things to get Chapters started, we still need passionate leaders to inspire the other students. We have written a letter and schools have submitted it to their students at the schools with Chapters, and this has turned out to be a very successful approach. We then move on to give the support those students need.

The 15 new Chapters that have been established over the past year have been highly successful and average 40 members each. Because we provide them with mentors and speakers, we have found that there has been a very positive and active presence of PM&R on the campuses.

If you would be willing to send out the attached letter to your student body so that we can help the students at your school have the support system that they need to develop their professional careers in PM&R, we'd be very grateful.

If you have any questions, please let me know. On behalf of the American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, thank you for your hard work and dedication to your students.

Seth Swank