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WINTER2015COMMUNIQU11WHENTHERECIPIENTISTHEDONORMSUCOMstudentssupportinitiativesforthepresentandthefuturebySarahMancusoFormostmedicalstudentslookingaheadmeansthingslikethinkingaboutcompletingclerkshipsgraduatingtakingboardexamsplanningforresidenciesanddealingwithnances.Makingdonationstohelpfuturestudentsisusuallynotamongtheirpriorities.ThisisnotthecasehoweverforsomeMSUCOMstudents.Theyhavegivenmoneytosupportscholarshipsandinternationalelectivesineffortsthatwillcontinueinperpetuity.StudentswhosupportthecollegethroughtheirphilanthropyprovidesuchagreatexampletoallalumniandfriendsofMSUCOM.ThesestudentswithverylimitedtimeandnancialresourcesputforthgreatefforttoimprovetheprogramsthattheysostronglybelieveinsaysChrisSurianMSUCOMdirectorofdevelopment.ItsasimpleandpowerfulmessagetoallpotentialsupportersofMSUCOMIfweasmedstudentscandoitsocanyou.Wereinthistogether.Ithinkitalsoteachesourstudentstobethankfulandvaluethesupportwedoreceivefromourgenerousdonors.FaraeldsupportformedicalelectivesTheMedicalServiceElectiveEndowmentallowsstudentstotraveloutsideoftheU.S.exploreotherculturesandhealthsystemsandgainclinicalexperience.Forthepastsixyearssecond-andfourth-yearstudentsfacultyandalumnihavetraveledtoPerutoprovidehealthcaretourbanresidentsandindigenouscommunitiesalongtheAmazonRiver.WestartedtheendowmentbecausethiselectiveisstilldevelopingandwewanttohelpitcontinuetogrowsaysJoeGorzD.O.anMSUalumnuswhosbeeninvolvedwiththeelectivesincehisstudentdays.Thestudentshavesuchgreatinitiativeandcommitmenttothiselectiveitshowstheirinterestanddriveingrowingandbecomingbetterphysicians.Studentsraisefundstosupportthetripandenablethemtopurchasetheneededmedicalsupplies.Themissionalsoprovidesopportunitiesforstudentstodiveintoclinicalcareandresearch.ItwasinspiringitwasawaytogivebacksaysRachelPunkeafourth-yearstudentfromSaginaw.Asstudentswecantdoeverythingwedonthavethepowertogivebacksometimesasmuchaswedliketo.Thisisawayyoucanuseyourtalentstogivebackandinturnyoulearnsomuchfromthepeople.Theirappreciationhelpedmelearnaboutlifeingeneral.ItssomethingIllalwaysparticipateinasmuchaspossibleinonecapacityoranother.AccordingtoGorzduringthepastsixyearsinadditiontothetravelasaresultoftheexperience36abstractshavebeensubmittedandhealthcareservicesvaluedatover1millionhavebeendeliveredtoabout10000Peruvianpeople.EliseCraigasecond-yearstudentwhotraveledwiththe2014electiverecentlywonanationalresearchpostercompetitionforpresentingtheresultsofherworktomonitorarsenicexposureamongchildreninonePeruvianvillage.Thechildrenhadbeenexposedthroughthevillagesonlywaterwell.Craigandhercollaboratorreachedouttotwononprotorganizationsthathavenowinstalledawaterpuricationsysteminthewell.ScribeserviceanotedeffortInanotherefforttheMSUCOMScribeServicewasdevelopedbymedicalstudentstoaidoneanotherthroughschool.Studentscanpurchasedetailedcoursenotesfrommembersoftheserviceandtheproceedsareusedtosupportscholarships.OneexampleistheWilliamM.FallsPh.D.EndowedScholarshipFundwhichgivesascholarshiptoadeservingMSUCOMstudent.The2014-2015recipientofthisscholarshipwasKevinLeikert.SOMAsupportstomorrowsosteopathicphysiciansTheMichiganStateUniversityCollegeofOsteopathicMedicineStudentOsteopathicMedicalAssociationSOMAEndowedScholarshipisgiventoadeservingsecond-third-orfourth-yearmedicalstudentwhoisalsoanactiveSOMAmember.ThestudentafliateoftheAmericanOsteopathicAssociationSOMApartnerswithotherMSUCOMstudentorganizationsbyfundinginitiatives.ThisresultsinleadershipresearchandvolunteeropportunitiesforactiveSOMAmembers.The2014-2015recipientoftheSOMAscholarshipwasLaurenAnastos.MembersoftheSOMAE-boardfromlefttorightSaraLangOliviaRyderEstherLiuSamiWardEliseCraigRyanPowellJessicaJaryHeatherBickSarahHarwoodStephenCovingtonNotpicturedKatieMartinandEileenChang.bit.lyEmpowerMSUCOMMAKEAGIFT