School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona


Dean’s Letter

Welcome to the 2016 – 2017 Academic Year!

Whether you are an entering student, a returning student, or an applicant who is looking for more information about SOMA, you will find that SOMA is a unique osteopathic medical school with an important purpose: To prepare excellent osteopathic physicians to serve the healthcare needs of society through high-quality undergraduate and graduate medical education programs.

SOMA’s innovative program combines our clinical presentation curriculum with contextual learning by embedding our osteopathic medical students (OMS) within one of our community health center (CHC) partner sites in years two through four (OMS II – IV).  This early clinical exposure, working with underserved patients as part of the healthcare team, provides SOMA students with an enriched learning experience during the didactic portion of the OMS II curriculum and increases their level of confidence as they move into the clinical training portion of years three and four.

From the beginning, SOMA’s focus has been to train students who have demonstrated an interest in primary care and a passion to work with underserved populations.  Although SOMA’s program is relatively new, we are already seeing significant success with 100% residency match rates with greater than 70% of graduates entering primary care specialties and nearly 90% entering “specialties of need” as identified by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC).  SOMA’s creation, in partnership with the Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education, of an innovative national network CHC-based family medicine residency program at multiple locations across the country is further evidence of our commitment to this focus.

As you begin this academic year, be sure to remember that you are the future of medicine and will play a critical role in being part of the solution to our nation’s healthcare needs.  I wish you all the best for both personal and professional success this year!

Jeffrey W. Morgan, DO, MA, FACOI
School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona
A.T. Still University of Health Science

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