Knoxville Clubs & Organiza

Anesthesiology Club

Club Leadership: Ben Statham (President), Jason Sabio (Vice President of Clinical Outreach), Sean Sullivan (Vice President of Student Education), Parker Greenway (Treasurer/Secretary) Advisor: Club description: The purpose of the Anesthesiology Clubis to promote the study of anesthesiology and the applicability and utilization of various techniques and interventions with a particular emphasis on ultrasound imaging and common interventions such as intubation, airway maintenacne, and ultrasound-guided vascular access. The group will also focus on providing information regarding residency and practice, including application, training, and scope of practice.

Internal Medicine Club

Club Leadership: Jessica Bradley (President), Brittany Kenny (Vice President), Camille Charles (Secretary), Arisa Gonzalez (Treasurer) Advisor: Dr. Teanna Moore, Assistnat Professor of OMM & Family Medicine Club description: The purpose of the Internal Medicine club is to foster and stimulate interest among osteopathic medical students in the practice of internal medicine while cultivating a fun learning environment through the promotion of hands-on experience, shadowing opportunities, guest speakers, and other activities. The internal medicine club will give back to the community through philanthropy and community service with a specific focus on well-being and health.

International Medicine Club

Club Leadership: Talal Khan (President), Nathan Wilson (Vice President), Hannah Roland (Secretary), Bethany Outen (Treasurer) Advisor: Dr. Debasis Mondal, Assistant Professor of Microbiology & Infectious Disease National Affiliate: DOCare International Club description: The LMU DCOM-Knoxville Chapter of DOCARE International is established in recognition and support of DOCARE global health outreach programs and the effort to provide primary healthcare to undersearved people worldwide. The primary goals and objective of the chapter are to become knowledgeable about global health and primary care to resource-constrained communities in low- and middle- income countries and provide opportunities for students to explore areas of medicine through DOCARE.

Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Club

Club Leadership: Zachary Thier (President), Brendon Williams (Vice President), Emily Lemchuk (Secretary), Alireza Zaravar (Treasurer) Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Martin, Associate Professor of Physiology, Associate Dean of Basic Medical Sciences & Chair of Physiology National Affiliate: Student American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics (SAOAO) Club description: The Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Club strives to keep its members up to date with related conferences, innovations, research, and residency information. We hope to bridge the gap between orthopedics and the osteopathic profession by proving in-depth knowledge and resources from multiple perspectives, with the goal of helping our members successfully match into Orthopedic Surgery.

Student American Academy of Osteopathy (SAAO)

Club Leadership: Clay Coppinger (President), Amar Bukvic (Vice President), Andrew McManus (Secretary), Christine Sniffen (Treasurer), Megan Rochford (National Representative) Advisor: Dr. Veera Motashaw, Assistant Professor of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine National Affiliate: Student American Academy of Osteopathy Club Description: SAAO's mission is to acquire a better understanding of osteopathic principles, theories and practice to include helping students attain a maximum proficiency in osteopathic structural diagnosis and treatment; fostering a clear concept of clinical application of osteopathy in health and disease. SAAO intendes to do this by improving public awareness of osteopathic medicine so that the community may better take advantage of the benefits provided by the complete health care concept of osteopathic medicine.

American College of Osteopathic Surgeons - Medical Student Section

Club Leadership: Caleb Adkins (President), Hannah Anderson (Vice President), Caroline Welsh (Secretary), Matthew Uyeda (Treasurer), Michael Roberts (Community Events Chair) Advisors: Dr. Adam Kolatorowicz, Assistant Professor of Anatomy National Affiliate: American College of Osteopathic Surgeons - Student Chapter Club description: The DCOM-K Surgery Club has been designed to assist osteopathic medical students in gaining the tools to achieve GME residency in a surgical specialty. It has also been designed to increase community awareness of DCOM-K, especially to local surgeons. This is the local chapter of the Medical Student Section of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons.

Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA)

Club Leadership: Spencer Jefferies (President), Pream Kadevari (Vice President), Junaid Salah-Esa (Treasurer), Caleb Adkins (National Representative) Advisors: Dr. Jan Zieren, Associate Professor of Family Medicine National Affiliate: American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Club description: The nation's largest network of osteopathic medical students. SOMA educates and prepares osteopathic leaders and advocates. SOMA will advance collaborative relationships that promote osteopathic medicine in the greater healthcare community. SOMA will utilize and direct affiliation with the American Osteopathic Association to advance the interests and viewpoints of osteopathic medical students.

Student Government Association (SGA)

Club Leadership: Lauren Flores (President), Blaine Coyle (1st Vice President), April Alexander (2nd Vice President), Hannah Davis (Secretary), Alex Rodriguez (Treasurer) Advisors: Dr. Justina Hyfantis, Assistant Dean of Students; Laura Painter, Student Activites Coordinator National Affiliate: Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP) Club description: The purpose of SGA is to act as the official representation to voice the concerns and opinions of LMU-DCOM students, to allocate funds for student activities, clubs, and organizations that are funded by Student Government, and to assist with extracirricular education for LMU-DCOM students.

Wilderness Medicine Club

Club Leadership: Taariq Imami (President), Priscilla Tubbs (Vice President), Andrew McManus (Secretary), Sarah Balkcom (Treasurer), Sam Tweedie (Activities Coordinator) Advisors: Dr. Gina DeFranco, Professor of Family Medicine & Chair of Family Medicine National Affiliate: Wilderness Medical Society Club description: The goal of this club is to provide students with resources and knowledge to perform life saving measures in suboptimal conditions. WMS hosts hands-on skills labs and activities to teach students wilderness medicine and rescue techniques, as well as workshops on survival skills. In addition, this club is involved in the Knoxville outdoors community and will provide education for other outdoor enthusiasts in the area. Through all these activities, we want to foster a love and respect for the natural world around us.

Women's Health Club

Club Leadership: Isabelle Sico (President), Sarah Daabies (Vice President), Shohreh Kahhal (Secretary), Hannah Anderson (Treasurer), Faizah Jeelani (National Representative) Advisors: National Affiliate: American College of Osteopathic Obstetrics and Gynecologists Club description: The Women's Health Club's mission is to familiarize students with the opportunities in the field of women’s health with an emphasis on fellowship. As we establish roots in our local community and the Appalachian region with a focus on service, we strive to educate students and community members about women’s health.

Simulation Club (SIM)

Club Leadership: Marina Ciarmella & Spencer Jefferies Advisor: Kirk Wallace, Assistant Director, Center for Simulation and Training Interest group description: The simulation club’s purpose is to give students more experience in the sim lab. We will participate in simulation competitions, and hope to meet monthly to apply what we learn in the classroom with hands-on experience.

Emergency Medicine Club

Club Leadership: Marina Ciarmella (President), Christine Sniffen (VP of Skills), Alvin Brenk (VP of Events), Shayna Tye (Secretary), Hannah Roland (Treasurer), Gianna Liao (Guest Coordinator) Advisor: Dr. Danielle Darter, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine Club description: The Emergency Medicine Club's goal is to expose members to emergency medicine and related topics through a variety of guest speakers, skills labs, and other events.

Christian Medical & Dental Association

Club Leadership: Parker Greenway & Sarah Balkcom (Co-Presidents), Grace Willoughby (Vice President), Priscilla Tubbs (Secretary), Candace Thomas (Treasuer) Advisor: Dr. Randy Gregg, Associate Professor for Immunology & Director of Research Club description:

Pediatrics Club

Club Leadership: Hannah Davis (President), Ashley Roberts (Vice President), Jessica Braun (Secretary), Isson Tayidi (Treasurer), Matthew Daugherty (National Liasion) Advisor: National Affiliate: American College of of Osteopathic Pediatricians Club description: In Pediatrics Club we hope to represent and educate future osteopathic pediatricians while serving children in the Knoxville community. As a student chapter of the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians, we focus on understanding osteopathic principles in the treatment and care of children and provide a forum for discussion among students and local pediatricians.

Student National Medical Association (SNMA)

Club Leadership: Zurriat Syed (President), Riccesha Hattin (Vice President), Elika Samiei (Secretary), Michael Anjorin (Treasurer), Ngozi Ofobuzo (National Liasion) Advisors: Cody Harrison, Director of Academic Support National Affiliate: Student National Medical Association Club description: Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students, addressing the needs of underserved communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent and socially conscious physicians. SNMA is dedicated both to ensuring that medical education and services are culturally sensitive to the needs of diverse populations and to increasing the number of African-American, Latino, and other students of color entering and completing medical school.

Neurology Club

Club Leadership: Jessica Sponaugle (President), Candace Thomas (Vice President), Keaton Brown (Treasurer) Advisor: Dr. Ji Eun Kim, Assistant Professor of Anatomy Club description: Neurology Club seeks to provide opportunities for students to learn and engage more in the lives of those considered atypical neurologically. We hope to provide testimonials from practitioners and others in the field to give students the platform to ask questions and follow interest in the subject.

American Medical Association

Club Leadership: Alex Cattran (President), Amar Bukvic (Vice President), Shayna Tye (Secretary), Ryan Mobley (Treasurer), Priscilla Tubbs (Policy Chair) Advisors: Dr. Noah National Affiliate: American Medical Association Club description: Coming soon!

Dermatology Club

Club Leadership: Razan Sheikh (President), Nanki Udhwani (1st VP), Elizabeth Potts (2nd VP), Shayna Tye (Secretary), Bhavik Patel (Treasurer), AliReza Zaravar (Physician Outreach Coordinator) Advisor: Dr. Jun Wang, Associate Professor of Pathology Club description:

Palliative Care Club

Club Leadership: Ashley Roberts (President), Kristine Gilligan (Vice President), Bethany Outen (Secretary), Michael Roberts (Treasurer) Advisor: Dr. Debasis Mondal, Associate Professor of Microbiology and Infectious Disease Club description:

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Club

Club Leadership: Ryan Mobley (President), Emily Lemchuk (Vice President), Folarin Onifade (Secretary), Harrison Walls (Treasurer) Advisor: Dr. Jerry Wieting, Senior Associate Dean & Professor of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine & Athletics Physician National Affiliate: American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AOCPMR) Club description:

Community Health Alliance

Leadership: Madison Grindstaff, April Alexander, Hannah Roland Club description: Community Health Alliance is a partnership between DCOM and Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries (KARM). We provide medical programs based on the current needs of the community. The pilot program, “Health Talks,” involves having discussions with KARM Berea Program guests about medical problems commonly found in the homeless community. Additional programs include “Health Talks” with Serenity, KARM’s emergency women’s shelter, and training sessions on responding to medical emergencies.

Community Wellness Program (DCOMKWP)

Leadership: Troy Kendrick (Director of Communications), Devika Menon (Director of Marketing), Pinak Patel (Director of Administration), Tico Perez (Director of Finance), Nanki Udhwani (Director of Operations), Brooke Martin (Director of Schools) Club description: The Mission of the DCOM Knoxville Community Wellness Program (DCOMKWP) is to bring awareness of LMU DCOM to the Knoxville area. While also serving as a liaison between students and various community organizations, providing DCOM students with volunteer opportunities to help impact the underserved greater Knoxville population.

Student Asian American Society (SAAS)

Club Leadership: Pinak Patel (President), Alyzeh Orakzai (Vice President), Muhtasham Sifaat (Secretary), Nanki Udhwani (Treasurer), Avinash Khorran (Events Coordinator), Bhavik Patel (Liasion) Advisors: Dr. Syed Quadri, Associate Professor of Pharmacology & Chair of Pharmacology, DCOM-Knoxville Club description: The goal of SAAS is to foster and stimulate interest among osteopathic medical students in Asian American culture outreach and to provide social & academic connections to incoming students of the same or similar background.

Ultrasound Interest Group

Interest Group Leadership: Frances Ganem (President), Seif Hanbali (Vice President), Cason Still (Secretary), Shannon Hayes (Clincal Skills Lab Coordinator), Alissa Hendricks (Coordinator of Guest Speakers) Advisors: Dr. Jeffrey Chesnut, DO, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine Club description: USIG's purpose is to promote bedside ultrasound in undergraduate medical education, raise medical student awareness about the application of bedside ultrasound in machine, assist medical students in pursuing bedside ultrasound learning, and facilitate ultrasound integration into the medical school curriculum. USIG encourages leadership and development of skills on how to best utilize ultrasound in medicine through structured mentorship and example to best prepare future clinicians for rotations, residency, and future practice.


Club Leadership: Chris McCloud (President), Kathleen Kind (Vice President), Sarah Reamy (Secretary), Bernadeta Joksaite (Treasurer), Alexandra Haver (Marketing Manager) Advisor: Dr. Leah Snodgrass, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Chair of Psychiatry National Affiliate: PsychSIGN - Psychiatry Student Interest Group Network Club description: PsychSIGN is the national network of medical students interested in psychiatry, from those with a rough interest in the brain and mind to those already in the residency application and match process. We connect students across the country to their peers, to psychiatry residents, and to practicing psychiatrists from a broad range of subspecialties. We provide mentoring opportunities, resources for your health and career, and ideas for expanding your interest group.