The Student Osteopathic Surgical Association (SOSA) is the official students section of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons (ACOS). SOSA was established to provide a means for students interested in the surgical specialties to participate in the activities and governance of the ACOS. The purpose of SOSA is to represent and educate future osteopathic surgeons through local chapters of SOSA. The fundamental principles of student education in surgery include:

  1. Stressing the understanding of osteopathic principles in relationship to disease in the practice of surgery;
  2. Helping to promote education in the field of surgery, including gowning and gloving, scrubbing, sterile technique, suturing and tying techniques, operating room behavior, instrumentation, universal precautions, osteopathic manipulative management of the surgical patient, pre and post-operative management of surgical patients, and surgical documentation; and providing a forum for discussion amongst students and surgeons.

Previous and Current Club Activities:

  • Attending various SOSA sponsored conferences at venues like PCOM, Cesar’s Palace Las Vegas, CCOM, KPCOM, and TCOM
  • Scrubbing classes at local hospitals to learn proper OR techniques
  • Opportunities to shadow both general and orthopedic surgeons in the area
  • White coat sale and suture kit fundraisers
President: Bradley Winegardner
Vice President: Jason Barfuss
National Liaison Officer: Sabrina Libretti
Treasurer: Eric Lemister
Secretary: Thomas Comerford
Fundraising Chair: TBA
Anesthesia Chair: TBA
Orthopedics Chair: TBA
Radiology Chair: TBA
Anatomy Coordinators: TBA
Advisor: Dr. Donald Linville


 

 

The SOSA Spring Conference was held at KPCOM – Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL on March 17-18, 2018. Attendees from LECOM at Seton Hill included President Bradley Winegardner (OMS-I), Vice President Jason Barfuss (OMS-I) and National Liaison Officer Sabrina Libretti (OMS-I). Activities included lectures by surgeons of different specialities (Neurosurgery, Urology, Gynecology, General Surgery, Colorectal Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery), many workshops including OR scrubbing and gowning, suturing, casting, bone drilling, laparoscopy, intubation, lumbar punctures, central line placement, as well as research poster presentations and a panel for surgical residency discussion.