The 2018 Special Projects Fund
Advocates don’t just meet—they do things. With both national and state programs, the AAOA and its members are making great strides across the Country (probably somewhere near you).
AAOA Sponsors the SOMA New Member Scholarship
The Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) New Member Scholarship was developed for new members of SOMA (i.e. students signing up for SOMA during the fall membership drive). Scholarships are awarded each Fall based on an essay on the topic: “Vision of Osteopathic Medicine.” Five new SOMA members per fall registration are each awarded a $500 scholarship sponsored by the Advocates for the American Osteopathic Association.
Donna Jones Moritsugu Award
The AAOA sponsors and partners with the American Osteopathic Foundation for the Donna Jones Moritsugu Award. The partner of one graduating osteopathic medical student at each COM is honored with this award that exemplifies the role of a professional’s partner by providing immeasurable support of his or her mate, family, and the osteopathic profession, while being an individual in their own right.
Still Fit For Life Fun Run
Each year at OMED, the AAOA hosts the Still Fit For Life Fun Run, a timed 5K run/walk race with the proceeds going towards the AAOA Special Projects Grant Fund. These grants allow osteopathic organizations and affiliates to apply for and receive money toward community projects across the country.
Special Projects Fund
The special project fund supports innovative and interesting projects that support the Osteopathic profession, DOs, students, and the things DOs do across the country and the world. It helps support projects like:
- an effort to expand pediatric osteopathic medicine,
- a DOCARE mission to Guatemala Nicaragua, and
- an awareness campaign to show the dangers of texting while driving.
The money raised to support the fund comes from donations at the Fun Run at each year’s OMED Conference and exposition.
Have a look at a few of our recent Special Projects here:
Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program
Recognizing the importance of promoting good mental health among physicians, the AAOA has partnered with the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program to educate and raise awareness for suicide prevention. We provide Yellow Ribbon Ask 4 Help!® Cards to our affiliates and medical schools & we have recently debuted our signature brooch in yellow, with part of the proceeds going directly to the Yellow Ribbon.
Advocates Fore You Golf Tournament
In the past, the AAOA has hosted a golf tournament the day before the annual OMED conference. This tournament is always a good time, and brings teams of friends, colleagues, and colleges together in a scramble tournament.