Registration for the 2017-2018 Student Council is open!
Please apply by 11:59pm ET on April 19, 2017!
The American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (AOCPMR) is seeking candidates to run for a position on the 2017-2018 AOCPMR Student Body Executive Committee (informally known as “national student council”). We can tell you from experience that this is a tremendously rewarding leadership opportunity. Your responsibilities on the student council are important and valued by the organization as a whole. We are looking for motivated students who take initiative and work well with others. You can expect to work as a team toward improving the resources and opportunities for AOCPMR student members. The positions offer so much in return for your time and commitment. Many of us have formed friendships, honed networking skills, and built strong connections with the resident council. For many of us, these experiences and connections have helped us match our top residency programs.
We encourage you to seriously consider a Student Council Executive Committee position and to ask questions of current officers listed on the AOCPMR website. Conference calls and the midyear meeting are described below. Positions are also listed below with brief descriptions of involved projects, responsibilities, and expectations. This should help give you a sense of what to expect. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions!
Conference calls for the executive student council take place monthly. The frequency of the calls is determined by the individuals in the executive positions. All are welcome to attend. It is expected that the following positions attend: the 4 executive positions, at least 1 chair position representing each of the 6 committees, the 6 regional membership representatives, the public relations position, and the bylaws position.
The committees also hold their own conference calls. The frequency of committee meetings is determined by the committee chairs and usually averages one call per month. These calls provide opportunities for members to discuss various projects and voice their opinion in order to improve our council and our organization.
Because you are running for a leadership role within the AOCPMR, we hope that you will put your best foot forward to represent our organization and attend the annual midyear meeting. The midyear meeting will be held May 4-7, 2017 in Hollywood Beach, Florida. Please mark your calendar now for the meeting which we promise will be an educationally valuable, fun, networking opportunity! At this meeting we will transition our new council over and being present will allow a smooth transition for all parties involved.
Executive Positions: 1 President, 1 Vice President, 1 Secretary, and 1 Treasurer
Each month during the conference call, the president/vice president will keep the meeting on track. The secretary takes role call and notes during the meeting. The treasurer gives a financial report. The president sets the agenda for the call sending out notice to each individual committee in advance with important topics to be discussed.
Aside from facilitating the monthly student call the president also attends both the monthly executive call, and residents call. During the executive call the president will be given a chance to give updates from the student council and discuss important topics with the executive leaders of AOCPMR. During the residents call the president will give updates on the student council and any projects that are ongoing with the student and resident councils.
The 4 executive positions have regular communication with one another and serve as mentors to the committees. It is presumed that by applying for an executive position, you have an interest in taking a direct approach and that you will have regular communication with the committee chairs via phone/email/text. It is also presumed that you will: attend committee conference calls, help problem-solve/remove road blocks to aid in the successful completion of projects, and help bridge communicate with the residents council/attending physicians.
Public Relations Chair:
It is the Public Relations Chair’s responsibility to be “in the know.” Regular communication with the council, and an understanding of what is going on is expected so that you can play an active role in brainstorming/advertising the value of membership to potential medical student members. This is a huge asset to our council and organization. Some of the committees you will likely have the most contact with include: the website committee, conference committee, and membership committee. The Public relations chair also plays a large role in maintaining the AOCPMR social media presence via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube.
Social Media Committee: 1 chair, 2 committee members
The social media chair is responsible for maintaining the AOCPMR social media presence on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Youtube. They will oversee a committee which gathers media from various members of the AOCPMR and uses our social media vectors to promote education and research. They will work hand-in-hand with public relations to promote the AOCPMR organization and outreach via social media.
As the Bylaws Chair, you will understand the in’s and out’s of the student council and it will be your responsibility to keep abreast of changes as things evolve. Communication with the council, and an understanding of what is going on is expected. The Bylaws Chair makes regular, necessary changes in the bylaws manual, and informs everyone of those changes on the conference calls.
Student Conference Committee Positions: 2 Chairs, 3 Committee Members
The midyear meeting will be held May 4-7, 2017 in Hollywood Beach, Florida. As you probably guessed, the conference committee plans the student’s portion of the annual midyear meeting and recruits medical students to attend the conference. Since the conference committee starts with a blank slate and plans the meeting from top to bottom, we are looking for reliable self-starters who can work as part of a team. In the past this committee has recruited excellent speakers, organized Q&A sessions with program directors, hands-on workshops, and planned residency fairs, and mock residency interviews for 3rd year medical students.
Student Website Committee Positions: 2 Chairs, 2 Committee Members
The website committee maintains communication with all council members and plays a supportive role to update information that the committees want posted online. The website committee is responsible for making sure the students’ portion of the website is up to date, user friendly, and timely. The website committee also monitors traffic and implements methods of increasing site visits and utilization of the website. The committee is seeking individuals who have enthusiasm and are willing to ask questions and meet deadlines. Experience using WordPress and google drive are a plus, but certainly not a requirement.
Education Committee Positions: 2 Chairs, 4 Committee Members
The education committee currently has 3 active projects, and is open to ideas for additional ones. 1) Journal Club. In a collaborative effort, the education and research committees alternate in producing summaries of PM&R journal articles. There are a total of 12 individuals involved, so each person takes one month/topic area. The summary/discussion questions are posted on the website and distributed to medical school chapter presidents and/or research liaison. The intent of these summaries is to assist medical school chapters in holding journal club meetings to learn the evidence based medicine. 2) Clerkship Survey. This survey was created with the intention of collecting detailed information about “audition rotation” clerkships in the field of PM&R. The 10-question survey is currently undergoing beta testing. 3) Q-bank. This is a collection of cited, board-style questions that focus on PM&R related topics. Each year the council contributes to this growing bank. There are currently 60 questions written from scratch by the council and some of the questions are being published in the AOCPMR journal publication.
Research Committee Positions: 2 Chairs, 4 Committee Members
The research committee’s projects are currently summarized below. The committee is open to new ideas for additional projects. 1) Journal Club. In a collaborative effort, the education and research committees alternate in producing summaries of PM&R journal articles. There are a total of 12 individuals involved, so each person takes one month/topic area. The summary/discussion questions are posted on the website and distributed to medical school chapter presidents and/or research liaison. The intent of these summaries is to assist medical school chapters in holding journal club meetings to learn the evidence based medicine. 2) Maintain/Update Lists. A list of journal club schedules for different residency programs was started and posted onto AOCPMR’s student research webpage. A list of various student research opportunities was also developed and posted onto AOCPMR’s student research webpage. It is the hope that future research committees will update this list by a) reaching out to more residency journal clubs who are open to having student attendees, and b) identifying more research opportunities. 3) Research Protocol. A step-by-step research protocol for students to use as a model/aid for conducting systematic reviews is currently in development. It is the hope that future research committee members will take what has already been developed and complete this project. 4) Student Research Paper Competition. An annual student/resident research poster competition already exists. Steps have been taken to implement a co-existing annual student/resident research paper competition starting 2017. This will encourage academic writing and provide participants with the chance to be published. It is the hope that future research committee members will assist with the implementation of both the paper and the poster competitions. 5) Student Research Project Grant A research grant proposal was created by the committee to award to 1 student on an annual basis. With the awarded grant, the student would be expected to conduct a research project over the course of 1 year, and present their findings at the annual mid-year meeting. It is the hope that future research committee members will assist with obtaining the necessary approval and funding to implement this project.
Mentorship Committee Positions: 2 Chairs, 2 Committee Members
The major focus of the mentorship committee is on the mentorship program, which is summarized below. The committee is also open to new ideas for additional projects. Through our mentorship program student members have access to the AOCPMR mentorship network and are able to request a mentor through the website. The mentorship committee works on advertising this program and on creative outlets for doing so. They also intercept student requests for mentors. The committee then links students with a resident physician and/or attending physician mentor. The decision to link a particular student and mentor is based on location, specific interests, or residency program. During the 2016-2017 year, the committee linked over 70 students with a resident or physician mentor.
Membership Committee Positions: 2 Chairs, 6 Regional Representatives
We consider the membership committee to be our most crucial committee to our success because our membership is the sole basis of our organization. We are looking for outgoing people who want to connect with medical students from around the country. We welcome new ideas for improved communication with medical school chapters, better outreach and consistency among chapters, and increased national recruitment/membership.
The membership committee starts the year by contacting medical school chapter presidents via phone to answer questions and offer resources. A packet is sent out to each chapter for their fall club fair day. Information is provided to club presidents regarding availability of $150 in seed funding to their club to cover events costs during the year. Throughout the year, the membership committee connects the student clubs with nearby or former graduate PM&R residents willing to speak, and works with the AOCPMR Resident Council to pair schools with residents. The membership committee tracks student membership monthly within each region and tracks graduates who match into PM&R at the end of the year to pass along to the residents council.
Regional representatives are the local point of contact for AOCPMR chapters at osteopathic medical schools. The regions align with the regions of the residents council, and there are opportunities to collaborate with them for regional events. If a medical school is new and/or does not have an active chapter, the regional rep assists with connecting them to the national organization and assists with the development of their chapter. The amount of schools overseen per region varies from 4 to 8. For the heavier regions, the chairs assist the regional rep with the workload when needed.
Applications are due April 19, 2017.