Student Services & Organizations
The primary function of Student Services, located in the Office of Student Affairs, is to ensure that students enrolled at ARCOM receive the support they need to achieve a high quality of life, both academically and personally.
Medical school requires intense dedication and discipline in order to become successful. Sometimes these demands may throw life out of balance for students as well as for their families. At ARCOM, we maintain an open-door policy to assist and guide students in myriad matters including issues related to personal or social well-being, financial counseling, academic achievement and advising, or emotional and physical health.
Our mission relies upon the commitment of service to the underserved and underrepresented. Through the Office of Student Services, students will find connections to community as they become engaged in service projects, community outreach events, and academic programs and presentations that will serve to enrich their ARCOM experience. Furthermore, through the Student Government Association (SGA) and other student organizations, the Office of Student Affairs will also provide programs to assist students as they navigate their way toward a successful medical career.
Student organizations and clubs are an essential component of the medical school experience as they provide social interaction and professional development. Through the Office of Student Services, a host of organizations are available to enrich the student experience at ARCOM. A brief description of these groups are available in the ARCOM Student Handbook & Academic Catalog, and students are encouraged to visit the websites of the organizations of interest. For additional information, please contact the Office of Student Services, located in the Office of Student Affairs.
- American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP)
- Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (AMOPS)
- Sports Medicine Club
- Christian Medical Association (CMA)
- DOCARE Student Chapter
- Emergency Medicine Club
- National Osteopathic Women Physician Association (NOWPA)
- Rural Medicine Association
- Student Advocate Association (SAA)
- Student Association of Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
- Internal Medicine Club
- Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA)
- Arkansas Osteopathic Medicine Association (AOMA)
- Student Osteopathic Surgical Association (SOSA)
- Student Pediatric Association
- Student American Academy of Osteopathy (SAAO)
- Community Garden Club
- Culinary Arts Club
- BBQ Club
- Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Club
- Radiology Club
- Student Osteopathic Association for Research (SOAR)
- Wilderness Medicine Club
- Neuro Psych Club
- Muslim Medical Student Association (MMSA)
Student Government Association (SGA)
The Student Government Association is the official voice for all osteopathic medical students on the campus of ARCOM. SGA meetings are open to all students in ARCOM, and proposals and participation from the entire student body is welcome. Responsibilities of the SGA include:
- Collecting and expressing student opinion
- Assistance with the administration of funds for student clubs/organizations/activities
- Acting as a liaison for the student body to the faculty and administration
- Promoting osteopathic medicine
- Supporting club and class activities
- Working to improve the quality of life for all students at ARCOM
The SGA executive board members are elected before the end of the spring semester from the rising OMS-II or OMS-III class. These elected representatives include the President, Vice President, Vice President for Curricular Affairs, Treasurer, and Chief of Staff. In addition, a Student Senator from each ARCOM Academy will be elected by the Academy to serve in leadership role with the SGA. All elected officers must maintain eligibility as with other registered student organizations. Vacant offices during the academic year will be filled by special election. Officers will serve until the end of spring semester each year and assist the elected e-board during the final weeks of spring semester to allow for transition.
The student government president and vice president are the ARCOM representatives on the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP) of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM). COSGP is an organization composed of the student government presidents from each of the osteopathic medical schools.
The ARCOM Office of Student Affairs is responsible for providing support for the SGA and other student organizations. The Associate Dean of Student Affairs will appoint an advisor.
Each Academy will elect a senator to serve with the Student Government Association. Academy Senators will be OMS-I students and will be elected after the first exam each fall semester. SGA will oversee Senator elections and will work closely with Academy advisors during the process. Academy Senators will serve for one academic year ending their seat at the conclusion of spring semester. Academy Senators will mentor newly-elected Senators in the next academic year. All elected senators must maintain eligibility as with other registered student organizations. Vacant offices during the academic year will be filled by special election.
All SGA Executive Board Officers may serve for more than one year and may succeed themselves in office. The rising OMS-III class shall elect a class representative during the last month of the OMS-II academic year. This class representative will hold this office during the OMS-III and OMS-IV years.