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Thanks for getting fat with us last night

September 3, 2014

I think we all enjoyed the delicious popsicles at Steel City Pops.  Thanks for coming out everybody!

Formal Dinner and New Officers

Hey everybody,

Just a reminder that our big event is this weekend, May 3rd at 7pm at the MET 109 (on campus).  The evite is here.  Babysitting will be available, Seniors are free all others are $5.

Also, we've create a new bio page for our new officers that we're introducing.  Come out this Saturday and meet them!

Welcome New Officers

April 14, 2014

Welcome to SAA's new board of directors for the upcoming 2014-2015 year:

President: Crystal Pulvino

Vice-President: Kimberlee Lowry

Secretary: Ryan Shillington

Treasurer: Lisa Smathers

Officers at the Ballpark

May 2, 2013

Our 2012-2013 executive board (pictured (l-r): Caitlin, Lauren, Becky, Jake, & Micah), went to the Ballpark in Arlington this week for their last executive board meeting to watch the Rangers play the Chicago White Sox!  It was a such a fun evening, and the Rangers won!  I really appreciate all of the hard work our officer team has put in this year, and have really enjoyed working with them!  Don't worry, in between innings there was a lot of official talk about next week's dessert social and Senior Dinner!  So many fun things coming up in May!

Have a great day!

Happy NOM Week!

April 16, 2013

Happy National Osteopathic Medicine Week!  According to the AOA, "NOM Week brings the osteopathic medical profession together to focus on one common goal - increasing awareness of osteopathic medicine and DOs in communities across the country."

In honor of NOM week, here are some fun facts about DOs (courtesy of the AOA):

For more than a century, osteopathic physicians have built a tradition of bringing health care to where it is needed most:

  • Approximately 60% of practicing osteopathic physicians practice in the primary care specialties of family medicine, general internal medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynecology.
  • Many DOs fill a critical need for physicians by practicing in rural and other medically underserved communities.
  • DOs practice a "whole person" approach to medicine. Instead of just treating you for specific symptoms or illnesses, they regard your body as an integrated whole.

In addition, these modern-day pioneers practice on the cutting edge of medicine. DOs combine today's medical technology with their ears to listen caringly to their patients, with their eyes to see their patients as whole persons, and with their hands to diagnose and treat patients for injury and illness. 

SAA is so proud to support our Osteopathic Medical Students!

Meet the New Officer Board!

April 8, 2013

This month we elected our new officer board to serve in the 2013-2014 school year.  I have truly enjoyed working with Caitlin, Becky, Micah, and Jake (2012-2013 officers) so much!  I am excited to see the direction our new board will take this year.  Here is a short introduction by each of our new officers!
President: Lauren Griffin - married to Will, class of 2015.

"I am so excited to be serving as president of SAA again this year!  My husband, Will, and I were new to Fort Worth for med school, and SAA was so important in helping me meet a great group of friends.  Will is starting his third year and rural clinical rotations, and I work at the Health Science Center as a Career Services Coordinator!  We love trying out new restaurants in Fort Worth and taking our dog, Lily, to the dog park."

First Vice President: Victoria Martinez - married to Trent, class of 2016.

I'm so happy to be serving on the board this year! My husband is Trent, and will be starting his second year of med school. I'm currently working on my Bachelors in Fine Arts. I'm fairly new to Texas and we're both new to Fort Worth. SAA has helped me deal with living so far from family and friends and find people who really understand being married to a med student. I'm extremely thankful for the support everyone in the group offers. I hope to bring the same support to new members

Second Vice President: Leah Hanson - married to Gabe, class of 2016.

Secretary: Micah Casterline - married to Emily, class of 2016.

Treasurer: Chelsea Myers - married to John, class of 2016.

"I’m happy to be serving as this year’s SAA treasurer. My husband John is starting his second year and I am finishing up my second degree in nursing as well as working at Cook Children’s Hospital! This organization has been and continues to be a great support for me during this crazy medical school ride that we are all on!"

2012-2013: A Year in Review!

Bread Making at Caitlin's!

SAA and ATOMA - Delegation from Texas!

Kiddos of SAA passing out candy on Halloween!
Wow!  I can't believe it has been nine months since our last SAA update - admittedly, I am not much of a blogger!  I am going to make it a point to update this more often with all of the fun things we have been up to in SAA.  Since our last post, we have had lots of monthly meetings, hobby nights, and fun events!  Here is a monthly breakdown of our year in SAA:

August: In addition to our picnic-themed meeting, we also had four socials in August!  Our "Honeymooners" group (members without children) met at Pacuigo in the West 7th Development for some yummy gelato, our Kid's Social group met at the Children's Museum, and the men of SAA had a "Man-cial" at Gingerman Pub!  We also had a wine & dessert party at my house - we squeezed about thirty SAA members and their delicious dessert contributions into my living room!  It was a great way to kick off the year!

: Our September meeting brought in our new treasurer, Jake!  We were excited to have him on the board.  At this meeting we also got to know each other by sharing a challenge that we have experienced related to medical school.  It was a great way to learn from some of our third and fourth year members!  September was a packed month event-wise - we had something every week!  Our kiddos met at Chik-fil-a to run off some energy, we served our students breakfast on campus (they are always excited when we show up with food!), we learned how to make bread at Caitlin's (our VP-1) house, and we met at Reata downtown for some delicious Texas-themed desserts.  Can you tell we like our dessert in SAA?!

October: This month I traveled to San Diego, CA along with one of our other second-year members, Oumama, for the 2012 OMED Convention!  We had a great time meeting other SAA delegates, getting to know ATOMA members, and learning more about supporting the osteopathic profession.  We are looking forward to 2013's convention in Las Vegas!  Back at TCOM, the kids of SAA dressed up for Halloween and came up to campus to pass out candy to the OMS-I and OMS-II students!  They were so cute and the students loved it!

November:  We held our annual Thanksgiving Potluck in the Atrium on campus and had over 70 SAA members, students, and kids show up!  WOW!  The SAA exec board provided the turkey and ham, and our awesome members contributed yummy side dishes and desserts.  Everyone was well-fed and had a great time together.  In addition to our potluck, the Kid's Social was at the Fort Worth Zoo, and we also had a Christmas Craft night at Oumama's house.  Some of our crafty members showed us how to make fun items to give as Christmas gifts!  We learned how to make fringe blankets, jewelry, silk flowers, canvas prints, and Christmas decor!
December: We closed out 2012 with our annual SAA Christmas Party!  Dr. and Mrs. Baker hosted 65 SAA members and their TCOM student in their home and served us a delicious dinner of jambalya and red beans and rice.  We also had a white elephant gift exchange where people brought everything from coffee mugs to the ever-coveted port-a-potty calendar!  ATOMA President, Kathy Brown, was also in attendance to hand out scholarships to a few lucky members.  It was a great night!  Our last event of the year was a Member Social at Tillman's Roadhouse.  We had tableside s'mores and they were delicious! 
Scholarship winners with ATOMA President, Kathy Brown!
The gorgeous ladies of 2013!
(l-r) Jordie, Rosanne, Ashley, Megan, Amanda, Sarah, Jordan, and Summer!

(l-r) Lisa, Caitlin & Jared, Kyle & Audrey, Wade & Sarah, and Jordan at the Baker's for the Christmas Party!
January/February: The cold, winter months were a little slower for SAA but we did battle the cold for a Saturday kickball game in January!  In February, we passed out Valentine's day treats to the TCOM students and had a chocolate-themed social at Micah's house!  Caitlin brought her chocolate fountain and everyone brought goodies to dip in the chocolate.  Vickie's homemade pretzels were definitely the highlight of the night!  We ended the month at Sarah's house making modge-podged coasters for hobby night!

March: This month we set out to welcome our newest class, TCOM 2017, at the school's "Discover myHSC Day."  Vickie and Jake gathered names and email addresses of new students and significant others so that we are better able to contact them for our fun events this summer and fall!  Our March meeting was focused on learning from the 3rd and 4th year spouses - they were so great in outlining what to expect for board studying, clinical rotations, and the residency process!  We also hosted our annual Match Day Celebration for the Class of 2013 who all matched into amazing residency programs!!  We met at Blue Mesa for Happy Hour drinks, quesadillas, and nachos - muy bien!  We are so proud of our TCOM students and their spouses for an awesome match!!

April: Here we are!  Phew - typing all of that out makes me realize what a GREAT year we have had in SAA!  Last night was our monthly meeting - we had an ice cream social and elected our executive board for the 2013-2014 school year!  We will officially induct them at Senior Dinner next month, which I promise to write all about after! 

If you have made it this far - bless you!  I promise not to be so wordy with my next update...

Have a great day!

First SAA Meeting of 2012-2013!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

While TCOM students have been off and running for two weeks into a new semester, SAA met together to kick off a new year of fun and fellowship.

The group gathered on picnic blankets, sharing a meal and sharing each other's unique experiences in their med school journey of support - whether it is just beginning or almost over. It was a pleasure to see so many new faces, including some more gentlemen among the crowd! We look forward to a successful and fulfilling year full of sharing and growing together, as well as social opportunities, service experiences, and overall self enrichment as we move forward in support of our individual TCOM students.

Fun in the Sun! Annual Baker Pool Party

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Welcoming the Class of 2016!

With a warm and welcoming spirit, Dr. Mark and Rita Baker graciously opened their home (and their pool!) during Orientation Week to welcome a new class of TCOM students and spouses to a new year.

It's been a scorching summer, so it was a great way to cool off, enjoy some delicious BBQ and also meet new friends.

To top off the night, several scholarships - totaling $1,000 - were awarded to students by ATOMA (Advocates for the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association). What a treat!


Wine and Dessert Night

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Jordie Roitsch opened her home for members to relax and enjoy wine and other beverages provided by SAA. Guests brought a variety of desserts to satisfy their sweet tooth. It was a unique and simple idea to entertain on a spring night.

While our spouses are busy studying away in the evenings, it's refreshing to join together to connect with people who are going through the same things. Also, get-togethers like this are a great way to kick-off the week! 

Above: Lauren and Kim


Jordie and Audrey


Senior Dinner - Masquerade!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

SAA members gathered for a semi-formal "masquerade"-themed evening of dinner and celebration honoring fourth year members. The new 2012-2013 board members were also honored. It was definitely a night to remember.

I wonder what the theme will be for next year's senior dinner...

In the meantime, we have a full year ahead of us to get to know each other, support our significant others, and get involved in the great activities SAA has to offer. Here's to 2012-2013!