COM Student Clubs

American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians/Family Medicine Interest Group (ACOFP)

The student ACOFP chapter is one of the most active clubs on campus offering a variety of opportunities to learn more about the importance of primary care. The club collaborates with Central Washington Family Residency, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians and Washington Academy of Family Physicians. The chapter offers volunteer opportunities, workshops, panels, and guest speakers with an emphasis on Family Medicine.

Activities: (free) National memberships to ACOFP and WAFP, Primary Care Week, Family Medicine Residency Panels, Punch Biopsy Clinic, Dinner with a Doc, Collaboration with Central Washington Family Residency, WAFP Student-Resident Retreat,  Red Cross Blood Drive, Volunteer opportunities with Memorial Hospital, regular monthly meetings, and many more!

Dues: Free!

Open to Non-Medical Students? No, but we occasionally invite Pharm, PA and Nursing students to some of our events at no charge

Contact: Hannah Udell


Contact Amanda Rawson for further information

Association of Women Surgeons Student Chapter (AWS)

The AWS Student Chapter was created to unite female PNWU students with a desire to enter any specialty involving surgery. However, the club is open to all PNWU students. As a member of the AWS, mentorship with local surgeons is offered. We host the world-famous Bale Breaker Poster Presentation in the spring, so don't miss out on joining!

Activities: AWS Bale Breaker Poster Presentation, Surgery Panel, Female Physician Panel, and more to come!

Dues: None

Open to Non-Medical Students? No.

ContactCharly Jensen

Biomedical Ethics Club

To establish and maintain a designated public space for the discussion of moral questions relevant to the osteopathic medical profession.

Activities: TBA

Dues: None

Open to Non-Medical Students? Yes

Contact: Elliott Van Allen

Christian and Medical Dental Association (CMDA)

The purposes of The Christian Medical and Dental Association are:

  1. To create opportunities for fellow students to consider the claims of Jesus Christ
  2. To deepen one's growth in Christ through Bible study, prayer, and Christian lifestyle
  3. To present opportunities for students to consider domestic and/or international mission opportunities
  4. To develop a Christian worldview on bioethics issues
  5. To create a Christian community on campus with a climate of mutual accountability, discipleship, and support.
  6. To motivate the integration of one's faith into the professional arena through role models and mentors.

Activities: BBQ, Worship Nights, Physician Speakers, Outreach at UGM

Dues: None

Open to Non-Medical Students? No.

ContactBoone Rhinehart

Dermatology Club

This program was designed to form a bridge between osteopathic medicine and dermatology, in order to create a holistic functioning system to provide all of the members with the opportunity to be informed, participate and enhance their interest and knowledge of dermatology and osteopathic medicine.

Activities: TBA

Dues: None

Open to Non-Medical Students? Yes.

Contact: Katie Kim

Emergency Medicine Club

PNWU's Emergency Medicine Club is a student chapter of ACOEP. Emergency Medicine club is one of the most active groups on campus and organizes events throughout the year that focus on essential Emergency Medicine skills and knowledge development.

Activities: Guest Lectures (Airlift Northwest Critical Care Flight Teams, Local EM Physicians, EM alumni, PD/FD/EMS, and other Allied Health Professionals), Focused Radiology Teaching Sessions, Skills Labs (splinting, management of the trauma patient, airway labs, MCI provider training, resuscitation team dynamics), Suture clinics/competition (with surgery club), Group events, chest tube lab (cadaver lab), community education events, Critical Care Simulations, EMS ride-along, Ultrasound training, journal clubs.


  • New member - $30
  • Renewal Membership - $20
  • Allied Health Student Membership - $20 (some events will be limited to D.O. students)

Open to Non-Medical Students? No.

ContactAshley Penington

Geriatrics Interest Group

This program was designed to enhance awareness and provide additional educational opportunities to healthcare professionals in order to provide better quality of care to the rapidly growing aging population.

Activities: TBA

Dues: None

Open to Non-Medical Students? Yes.

Contact: Sara Couch

Global Health Interest Group

The mission of PNWU Global Health Club is to offer medical professional students a comprehensive introduction to global health issues and to present our members with opportunities to become more culturally & universally sensitive physicians.

Activities: World Wise Wednesdays, Summer International Travel Event, Run For Your Life, Guest Speaker

Dues: $10

Open to Non-Medical Students? Yes. $10 dues apply

ContactJustanjot Kaur

Health Equity Club

A place to discuss health equity issues and solutions in an approachable, collaborative environment.

Activities: Biweekly discussion on Health Equity issues, Barge Lincoln elementary school outreach, Health Equity Week in Spring

Dues: 0

Open to Non-Medical Students? Yes. No fees

Contact: Jeff Sterritt

Infectious Disease Club

Microbiology is a subject that has captured the imaginations, and been on the forefront of disease for humans since the dawn of time. We at the PNWU Infectious Disease club hope to raise awareness of this important, ever changing field. From the latest discoveries in drugs, to the newest emerging infections, we hope to provide PNWU students with a way to understand the world of infectious disease.

Activities: Yakima Trolley Tours, Case Discussions, Review Papers, Speaker Series, a TBD Fundraiser, PPD Clinic, Flu Clinic, and more!

Dues: 10

Open to Non-Medical Students? Yes, and no special dues for non-medical students

ContactAaron Marble

Internal Medicine Club

Activities: - Guest speaker events with local Internal Medicine subspecialists. We currently have contacts for GI, hem/onc and endocrinology. I plan to add other specialties such as general internist and pulmonologist. - Mentorship program connecting current medical students with school alumni in internal medicine residency - Holiday food donation campaign for Northwest Harvest - 2 EKG events, one for review of EKG interpretation and another for a more clinical perspective on EKG - Plan for systems based review or case study sessions - Hypertension awareness health booth at Run for Your Life Health Fair

Dues: None

Open to Non-Medical Students? No.

ContactCourtney King

Latter-day Saint Student Association (LDSSA)

The LDSSA helps students and their families attending PNWU have a balanced secular and spiritual educational experience during their years of formal education emphasizing mind, body, and spirit. Weekly meetings brings constant nourishment to the draining healthcare studying experience.

Activities: We host a weekly meeting to provide spiritual balance for club members. We also host an annual Trunk-or-Treat event for the campus community.

Dues: No dues

Open to Non-Medical Students? Yes, no dues

ContactRyan Ostler

LGBTQ Alliance for Health

We are a club dedicated to identifying and providing education about the acute and long term factors that contribute to LGBTQ health and how physicians can advocate for this patient population, particularly in the rural primary care setting.

Activities: We are a new club this year and programs are still being designed. We will have guest speakers and workshop sessions.

Dues: None.

Open to Non-Medical Students? Yes, no fees

ContactJennifer Bryan

Multi-Faith Club (MFC)

The purpose and mission of the PNWU MFC is to form a bridge between osteopathic medicine and spiritual care, in order to create a functioning system to provide all the members with the opportunity to learn and enhance their knowledge about the various faiths and religions in our community.  It also will help students be prepared to provide care that embodies the entire osteopathic philosophy of caring for the mind, body and spirit of our future patients.

Dues: None

Open to non-medical students: Yes

ContactChristopher Shawl

Neuroscience Club

Neuroscience Club is dedicated to bringing opportunities to PNWU students that will enrich their understanding of neurological disorders. We will provide alternative perspectives of illness and integrate opportunities for empathy and education.

Our mission is to bring forth issues in medicine that with knowledge thereof will make us better physicians by having a deeper understanding of the implications of illness.

We will work with community members and professionals who have lived or worked with neurological disorders. We will reach out to individuals who can share with us their stories and experiences within the healthcare system.

Activities: Case Discussion Series, ALS Walk, TBI night, Mini-Med School

Dues: Completely Free

Open to Non-Medical Students? Yes

Contact: Leanna Scheck

Pediatrics Club

We are dedicated to exposing you to the countless opportunities in pediatrics. Our focus is to increase student awareness of the pediatric population's needs and what life is like as a pediatrician through bringing guest speakers and discussion panels to PNWU. We have a strong connection with our community and plenty of volunteer opportunities where we interact with kids. These opportunities and interactions will undeniably add purpose and joy to your journey through medical school.

Activities: Mini medical school, Jane's House gingerbread house building, Pediatric OMT clinic, PNWU Easter Egg hunt, YMCA ASPIRE, Lynchpin

Dues: It's free! (unless you want to join the National Organization, ACOP, which is $30).

Open to Non-Medical Students? Yes. It's free!

ContactJustine Lawson

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Club (PM&R)

The purpose of the PM&R Club is as follows:

  • To raise awareness of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation's role in patient care.
  • To educate the PNWU student population on PM&R and to increase their knowledge of the specialty.
  • To create opportunities for student participation in PM&R activities and facilitate placement of first-year members into related PM&R summer opportunities.
  • To serve as a resource for students interested in pursuing PM&R and to increase successful matches into PM&R residencies.

Activities: TBA

Dues: $5.00

Open to Non-Medical Students? Yes.

Contact: Jonathan Mai

PNWU Developmental Medicine Club

The mission of the PNWU Developmental Medicine Club is to bridge the gap between osteopathic medicine and developmental medicine in order to create a holistic functioning system to provide all members with the opportunity to enhance their interest and knowledge of how to provide quality healthcare to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Activities: TBA

Dues: None

Open to Non-Medical Students? Yes.

Contact: Sarah Tucker

PNWU Sports Medicine Club

Sports Medicine Club is designed to give students insight to the life and practice of a sports medicine physician. We work alongside athletic trainers and community physicians to educate coaches on sports injuries and provide care to local athletes at school sporting events.

Activities: Assist school sports events, Taping clinic, Concussion recovery info session, First aid at RFYL 5k

Dues: None.

Open to Non-Medical Students? Yes

ContactAshley Folkers

PNWU Surgery Club (S.O.S.A - Student Osteopathic Surgery Association)

The PNWU Surgery Club was established as an avenue for the students of PNWU to gain insight and exposure to the world of surgical specialties. Yearly club events include national conference attendance, suture clinics, guest speakers, and community outreach events. PNWU Surgery Club is also a chapter of the Student Osteopathic Surgery Association. SOSA represents and educates future osteopathic surgeons. SOSA stresses understanding of osteopathic principles in relationship to disease in the practice of surgery and provides a forum for discussion among students and surgeons.

Activities: Suture Clinics, Suture Competition, Surgeons Panel, Speakers, Run For Your Life First Aid Booth

Dues: $30

Open to Non-Medical Students? No. S.O.S.A is exclusive to Osteopathic Medical Students, however other programs are more than welcome to attend club events.

ContactPaul Vance

Prevention & Lifestyle Medicine

Prevention & Lifestyle Medicine club is the SGA affiliated club that promotes fitness, nutrition, mental health, and happiness on and off the PNWU campus.

Activities: Fitness Fridays, helping the SGA movement toward improved osteopathic mental health.

Dues: zero

Open to Non-Medical Students? No

ContactHunter Wright

Psychiatry Club

Contact Logan Noone for further information

Radiology Club

Radiology club is a fun an low-key club to reinforce your knowledge of all systems, eat pizza and just have fun! We meet monthly to discuss fun radiology cases related to each classes current system, eat FREE pizza and other low-stress radiology related learning. We also host awesome pool parties and host a yearly trip to the Washington state radiologic conference in Seattle for anyone who is interested. Remember, you will all be sometimes-radiologists in whatever field you enter so might as well start today!

Activities: pool party, Washington State Radiologic Society field trip, monthly radiology discussion/pizza night

Dues: None

Open to Non-Medical Students? Yes

Contact: Sarah Blau

Reproductive Health Club

We focus on reproductive health for men, women, LGBTQ and more of all ages. This includes education about contraception, options on pregnancy including abortion, cancer screening, vaccinations, healthy relationships, and more. We love teaming up with other clubs including OB/GYN, Family Med, and the Health Equity forum.

Activities: Our annual events take us to Naches High School where we help with the Sex Ed curriculum, as well as bringing in an OB/GYN to talk about the logistics and procedures of abortion care.

Dues: None

Open to Non-Medical Students? No.

ContactLindzey Faust

SAAO - The OMT club

SAAO is a national organization that promotes osteopathic principles and OMT.

Activities: Meet and Treat, Staff demos for interviews, OMT at the Eagles and other community events, OMT speakers (OMT in the ER, OMT in Pediatrics, Visceral OMT) Booth for Run for Life, Auction at Kana Winery

Dues: $40- National, $10- local = $50 Total

Open to Non-Medical Students? No

ContactMegan Haughton

SACAP (Student Association for Clinical and Anatomical Pathology)

The mission of the SACAP is to form a bridge between osteopathic medicine and pathology in order to educate and provide all members with the opportunity to change the future of osteopathic orthopedic medicine by being well educated and experienced health care practitioners

Activities: TBA

Dues: None

Open to Non-Medical Students? Yes.

Contact: Tara Kronen

SAMOPS (Student Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons)

Our club serves as a resource for current and past military members. Our events focus on bringing information to students with regard to Medical Military careers and the HPSP scholarship.

Activities: Lunch discussions with Dr. Isaacs about Military Medicine, Networking with past and present HPSP members, Volunteering with local veterans

Dues: None

Open to Non-Medical Students? Yes

ContactAlicia Latta

Sigma Sigma Phi Gamma Delta Chapter

Sigma Sigma Phi is an Honorary Osteopathic Service Fraternity. The PNWU Gamma Delta Chapter's goals are to encourage academic excellence and fellowship among our student body, cultivate relationships and understanding between the student body and faculty, bring awareness and appreciation to the osteopathic profession within our community, and develop and continue relationships with our community, promote service, and inspire education within the surrounding areas.

Activities: OMS I Mentorship Seminars, Be The Match, Take Back Your Meds Event, Homeless Outreach (clothing and food drive)

Dues: $50.00

Open to Non-Medical Students? No

ContactCharly Jensen

Student National Medical Association (SNMA)

SNMA is an interdisciplinary group of PNWU-COM students working together with the local and academic community to serve as a credible and accurate source of information relevant to minority issues in the field of medical education.  To encourage and foster the development of minority faculty in order to increase the presence of minority mentors and biomedical researchers in academic health centers.  To evaluate and cultivate the necessary measures to eradicate practices in the field of health profession education that compromises the goal of providing quality education to minorities and women.  To empower those in the community who feel less privileged and may not feel that they may be able to receive higher education.

Activities:  TBD

Dues:  None are required except at the national level

Open to Non-Medical Students? Yes

ContactLynda Nthiga

Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA)

The Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA), is your portal to the greater Osteopathic community and the best way to get your voice heard on issues that affect you and your future career! SOMA has much to offer the ambitious osteopathic medical student. From fantastic discounts and membership benefits to virtually limitless leadership opportunities, allowing you to nurture your leadership skills, build life-long bonds with your colleagues from across the US and leave your mark on the Osteopathic profession!

On and off campus, SOMA is the student arm of the AOA. We use our club as a way to have our student voice heard on the national level. This includes attending AOA conferences, OMED, and lobbying congress, both in Olympia and in Washington DC.

If you are passionate about medicine and passionate about policy decisions that effect public health and the health profession, then become active in SOMA and make a difference!

Activities: Public Health Week

Dues: No additional fees!

Open to Non-Medical Students? No

ContactCourtney King

Spanish Club

Somos un grupo de estudiantes que quieren desarollar y practicar nuestros habilidades en español para que podamos mejor servir nuestros pacientes futuros. Y también nos gusta comer tacos!

Activities: Casa Hogar volunteering, translation practice, and Cinco de Mayo festival

Dues: None

Open to Non-Medical Students? Yes

ContactMaycee Gielow

Student Advocate Association (SAA)

The Student Advocate Association (SAA) exists to provide support and education for spouses, family, and significant others of PNWU students. SAA hopes to provide both educational and social programs for members, as well as organize fundraisers for students, the Yakima community, and the University. Serving as a major outlet and resource for those supporting a medical student, SAA membership serves to form friendships, find support, build networks, promote and contribute to the community, and discover the exciting things Yakima has to offer. Please feel free to direct membership inquiries to

Student Osteopathy Obstetricians and Gynecologists Association (SOOGA) - OBGYN Club

The SOOGA Club is a safe and nurturing club open to everyone. Some of the events sponsored by the SOOGA Club include: IUD insertion workshops, Essure Clinic, Sexual Health and Education, OMT for OB Patients, BLSO (Basic Life Support Obstetrics) Certification, and much, much more!

Activities: IUD Clinic, Essure Clinic, OB Simulation Activity, Caesarean Suture Clinic, and much much more!!

Dues: none

Open to Non-Medical Students? Yes

ContactChelsea Clarke

Veteran's Club

Contact: Richard Iverson

Wilderness Medicine Club

Our purpose is to provide an avenue for leaning about wilderness medicine and general outdoor skills. Topics include triage, first aid, search and rescue, survival, and environmental concerns such as altitude, hypothermia, and weather.

Activities: Guest speakers (critical incident stress management, high altitude cases, unique career paths in remote medicine, etc), on-site training opportunities and workshops (improvisation techniques, MCI training with EM, etc), plus member meetings, community events, other social/recreational events throughout the year.

Dues: $5

Open to Non-Medical Students? Yes (same as above)

ContactThomas Barker

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