Student Government Association
The SGA website provides additional information.

The Student Government Association (SGA) is a diverse organization that represents more than twelve hundred students enrolled in the college. It is advised by the Office of Student Life and administrated by six elected officers who make up the SGA Executive Board. In addition to providing a student voice to the faculty and administration, SGA oversees a large operating budget, which provides funding for the nearly 34 student organizations and interest groups on campus. SGA essentially consists of seven standing autonomous committees, each chaired by a member of the SGA Executive Board and taking on their own unique responsibilities. Membership to these committees consists of class officers and student representatives from each academic class who vote and put forth their own initiatives. Each of these entities eventually make up the SGA General Council, which is made up of the SGA Executive Board, all class officers, all committee representatives, and the president of each student organization. The General Council meets a minimum four times a year and directs the over policy of SGA.

The Objectives of the SGA

  • To promote the highest academic, professional, and ethical standards;
  • To provide official representation on behalf of osteopathic medical students to the profession at all levels of organization;
  • To promote student involvement and participation in academic, professional, and co-curricular activities that enhances the quality of life and benefits the College community and the profession at large.

The Components of the SGA

  • The Executive Board consists of the President, 1st Vice President –Executive, 2nd Vice President –Administrative, Secretary, Treasurer and Parliamentarian. The Immediate Past-President of the previous Executive Board along with the new Executive Board form the SGA Executive Committee. Oversee daily operations of all committees, organizations, and class officers. Responsible for large-scale programming, student advocacy to local and national organizations, and the financial health of the Association.
  • Class Officers: (1st, 2nd, 3rd/4th Year President, VP, Secretary and Treasurer) - Responsible for daily operations, programming and advocacy to College Administration and Faculty for constituent class issues and obligations.
  • Organizations: Responsible for daily operations and programming pertinent to each Organization and their Constitution.
  • Committees: Responsible for advocating student voice per the goals and orders of respective committee obligations.

Roles of the Executive Board and the Committees of the SGA
                The president's role is to oversee the operation of the Student Government Association in its entirety by chairing the Executive Board and Committee, as well as, the SGA General Council. On the state and national level, the president is a delegate to the AOA House of Delegates and is a member of the Council of Student Government Presidents (COSGP), which convenes quarterly. The president is also the student representative to the New York State Osteopathic Medical Society and attends meetings and conference calls throughout the year.

1st Vice President –Executive
As chair of the Committee on Academic Affairs, the 1st Vice President's role is to facilitate the student opinion on academic issues. The scope of the committee includes: curriculum, judicial ethics and honor, policies and bylaws, education, internship and residency, and technology. Each class president and three other representatives from each class sit on the committee. The 1st Vice President also serves as the Alternate Delegate to the AOA House of Delegates and the alternate to the COSGP. In this capacity, he or she attends these meetings along with the President.

2nd Vice President –Administrative
The 2nd Vice President chairs the Committee on Student Affairs, which covers issues pertaining to legislative affairs, community service, conventions, admissions, public relations, Big Brother/Big Sister Pulse newspaper, and program among others. As with the Committee on Academic Affairs, there are seventeen members including the Vice President of each class and three other representatives from each class.  He or she is a resource for student organizations to develop programming. Finally, the 2nd Vice President is the student representative to the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine Admissions Committee.

An essential role the Secretary plays is ensuring proper communication throughout SGA. He or she is responsible for maintaining proper records of Executive Board minutes as well as archiving minutes from student organization minutes. The secretary chairs the Committee on Morale, which is also made up of seventeen members and encompasses the following areas: social/ special events, sports, new student organization orientation, and new student orientation. As students' extracurricular lives play an important part of their medical education experience, the secretary along with the Committee on Morale organizes school-wide community-oriented events to promote a positive atmosphere on campus.

The Treasurer administrates the financial side of SGA. He or she serves as chair of the Committee on Finance as well as the Budget and Audit Committees. The Committee on Finance has eleven members who set policies regarding: financial aid, audit and standard operating procedures, banking relations, and facilities SGA budgetary maintenance. Once a week, the treasurer and the Director of Student Life hold banking office hours to work with student organization treasurers on providing funding for their programming.

The Parliamentarian administrates, promotes, update, maintains and upholds the bylaws; serve as a voting member of the General Council. He or She serves as the Chair of Rules Committee Serve He or she is a voting member of the SGA Executive Board. Serve as a voting member of the SGA Budget Committee. Every year an evaluation of the By-laws are done by the committee to presented and voted on at the last SGA meeting for the next year.  He or she maintain parliamentarian procedure at SGA meetings as described in the most current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised, including the hierarchy of SGA rules (e.g. national and state laws, charters and accreditations standards, bylaws, rules of order, standing rules, and customs).

SGA sponsored Student Organizations:

  • American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine: AOASM offers our members the ability to gain information, opportunities, and experience in the various aspects of sports medicine and surgery by offering activities such as sporting events, mentoring, lectures, workshops, and review sessions. As the oldest primary care based sports medicine specialty, the AOASM take pride in creating an amalgam between the health professional and the athlete.
  • American Osteopathic Association of Orthopedics Mission: The AOAO group began in 2006 and stems from the vision of a student run organization under the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics (AOAO, Academy). This organization works to bridge the gap between orthopedic physicians and student physicians in order to provide experiences and opportunities to better influence students in the field of orthopedics. We will achieve this through guest speakers, a journal club, hands-on demonstrations and workshops, unique networking opportunities, and volunteer and fundraising initiatives.
  • American Osteopathic College of Anesthesiologists: AOCA chapter offers opportunity to study and practice various aspects of the field, including, but not limited to the practice and pharmacology of Anesthesiology.  Between the hands-on workshops with training in intubation and IVs, to case studies and lunchtime lectures with our advisor, students gain valuable insight into the specialty.  Students gain access to researching opportunities, with some members even taking part in FAER, a Medical Student Anesthesia Research Fellowship. Additionally, our chapter is active in the community with members gaining many TOUCH hours at fundraisers, such bake sales with proceeds going to Island Harvest hunger relief organization on Long Island.
  • American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation: AOCPMR is medical student is a group that aims to increase awareness of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation’s role in patient care.  We are committed to educate the medical student population on current PM&R topics, create opportunities for student participation in PM&R activities, and serve as a resource for students interested in pursuing PM&R as a specialty. We run workshops on EMG and Ultrasound in which student get to explore advanced diagnostic techniques. We participate in community service events: community plunge at the Glen Cove Boys and Girls Club, Taste of the Nation and many more.
  • American Osteopathic College of Radiology: AOCR strives to educate all medical students on the clinical aspects of radiology and the systematic methods involved in radiological diagnosis. Information sessions, lectures, and networking opportunities are also planned for members that are interested in Radiology as a career choice.
  • American College of Osteopathic Family Practitioners: ACOFP advocates education, philanthropy and outreach regardless of one’s future specialty. Events include various entities, from community outreach:  working with nursing homes to equestrian volunteer groups workshops in splining and ingrown nail removal, to speakers about residency matches and geriatrics to our annual convention.
  • American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians: ACOP aspires to provide unwavering service to both local and underprivileged children and their communities. Activities include Swim-a-thon, Adopt a Class, Ronald McDonald House dinners, Mini-Med School with Citizen Schools of NY, St. Baldricks fundraiser for children with cancer, Boys and Girls Club Community Plunge, community outreach in schools and hospitals, lectures, clinical enrichment, and more.
  • American College of Osteopathic Obstetrics and Gynecology: ACOOG throughout the year, this organization organizes lectures with guest speakers who share their experiences with various topics pertaining women’s health, breast cancer, how to get into a OB/GYN residency programs and other educational and informative topics. We participate in ultrasound and laparoscopic workshop as well as the breast cancer walks, the Vagina Monologues and fistula campaign.
  • American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians:  ACOEP Our mission is to approach emergency medicine from an osteopathic viewpoint by educating students about the work and life surrounding the specialty. Through lectures: on Trauma Management, the Role of EMS, the relationship between Global Health and Emergency Medicine, workshops: in Ultrasonography, out-of hospital emergency management, and outreach, we educate, offer networking opportunities, and a sense of community.
  • Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons: AMOPS to apply the military principles of organization and self-discipline to enhance student-physician achievement. The chapter organizes expect lectures on military opportunities for military and civilian physician, send care packages to deployed troops overseas, work with the Wounded Warrior Project, collect  food and coats for veterans, honor veterans for their service throughout the community.
  • American College of Osteopathic Neurologists and Psychiatrists: ACONP Our mission is to showcase and highlight the various aspects of the Neurology and Psychiatry specialty through offering College of Osteopathic Medicine students direct contact to the field. Activities include lectures, group discussion, networking possibilities and the Out of the Darkness Walk for suicide prevention.
  • American Medical Student Association: AMSA provides medical students various opportunities for further study in health policy, medical education, advocacy and leadership training. Events include HIV workshops, primary care specialties speakers, participate in a community Breast Cancer walk and conventions
  • American Medical Woman’s Association: AMWA’s is a global effort to provide assistance for women in medicine; both advance the careers of female medical professionals and to improve women’s health. Through education and advocacy, AMWA seeks to achieve these goals and improve healthcare for all. Activities include speakers, workshops, Living Water for Women a series of panels and presentation focusing on the experience of female physicians and the hosting of the annual Vagina Monologues every February.  
  • Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association: The APAMSA at the College of Osteopathic Medicine is dedicated to educating all students on the history, culture, and medicine of Asian Pacific Americans.  Activities include speakers, workshops, and outreach and group discussion.
  • Cardiology Organization: The mission of the Cardiology club is to increase the awareness of NYITCOM students to cardiology and its subspecialties, while providing useful and focused tools during their medical education. We foster an interest in the field of cardiology by promoting mentoring, and research opportunities between faculty and students Speaker Series –physicians are invited to speak at lunchtime about their practices, their fields, and their views of different topics. EKG workshop, Echo workshop, heart sounds workshop, vital signs workshop for the first year students, and cardiac arrest simulation workshop to help prepare the second year students for ACLS.
  • Christian Medical and Dental Association: CMDA to be a dynamic, accountable community of medical students who are nurtured, equipped and encouraged to fulfill their God-given calling in the health professions Activities include working with other organization on interfaith programming, prayer, retreats, volunteer work, and international medical missions.
  • Disaster Relief Partnership Group: DRPG under guidance from the American Red Cross are trained as volunteers to assist in times of natural or man-made disaster. Student members are required to complete the training regimen as put forth by the American Red Cross. We participated in the Safety Frist Community Plunge at the Boys and Girls Club. We have speaker s that have done global recovery work in Haiti and South American. Presentation addressing everyday emergency situations such as diabetic emergencies, baby deliveries, coking emergencies and seizures. These presentation, workshops and trainings gave DRPG members both insight and opportunity to learn about disaster medicine. 
  • Global Health Organization – GHO Mission: The NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine Global Health Organization is a student group that primarily aims to raise awareness about and help students get involved in health issues across the globe. Under the guidance of Dr. Michael Passafaro, the group helps interested students stay up to date on current affairs in global health and sponsors faculty and guest speaker lectures on tropical medicine/infectious disease and emerging health issues and threats. Additionally, the club organizes donation drives for underserved communities, hosts events to discuss cultural considerations in medicine, and serves as a forum in which students can learn about working and studying abroad in the global health field as a medical student and/or professional.
  • Latino Medical Student Association: LMSA is geared towards promoting unity, voice, recruitment and retention, awareness of Latino health issues and their rights, leadership and volunteerism. LMSA focuses on recruitment, community outreach, fundraising, volunteer work, and promoting healthcare education to under-served communities.  It provides students with a support network as well as mentorship.
  • Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, and Transgender Organization: LGBT chapter of New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine aims to provide a safe and nurturing environment for all students and members, regardless of their sexuality. The organization focuses on raising awareness about key issues that affect the LGBT community including HIV/AIDS awareness, increasing support for individuals who wish to come out, implementing proper education and training on LGBT issues into the medical curriculum at NYIT-COM, among many others.
  • Maimonides Society: Our mission is to offer College of Osteopathic Medicine students and staff of all faiths and religions an opportunity to experience Jewish religion and culture and it’s relation to osteopathic medicine. Events and activities include speakers, workshops, prayer, and outreach.
  • Muslim Student Association: MSA The mission of the MSA is to provide students of all faiths and religions an opportunity to learn more about Islam and it’s relation to osteopathic medicine. Special events include opportunities for prayer, lectures, outreach, and more!
  • Physicians for Human Rights:  PHR aims to disseminate, defend and strengthen the precepts of medical ethics. To this end, we educate fellow students and colleagues about human rights abuses, torture, the failings and successes of public health policies, and everyday moral problems faced by physicians. We also engage in fundraising for organizations that share our vision. We have done a discussion on healthcare reform, global health inequities, the relationship of water to disease, impact of the environment on public health, World AIDS Day, torture, healthcare in the prison population, and elderly abuse. .
  • Student American Academy of Osteopathy (previously known as UAAO) : The SAAO, a national organization dedicated to nurturing the development of osteopathic principles and practice, offers students discounts on books, review lectures, the chance to attend the national convention . SAAO offers mock practical’s before OMM exams, summer preceptorship on campus at the academic health center with OMM doctors, and community service events.
  • Student Organization for Hematology and Oncology: SOHO is to increase awareness in the osteopathic community about cancer and promote prevention through community service and education, to educate students about relevant osteopathic approaches to treating cancer patients, to provide a forum for students to learn about opportunities and network within the specialty, and to discuss the latest research and literature related to the fields of hematology and oncology. SOHO two big programs and fundraisers are Movember -movement for men's health: a global charity raising funds and awareness and St. Baldrick’s for children with cancer.
  • Student Osteopathic Internal Medical Association: SOIMA exposes osteopathic medical students to the field of internal medicine, and its subspecialties demonstrate how osteopathic principles are used in the field of internal medicine and its subspecialties maintain a strong relationship with the American College of Osteopathic Internists (ACOI) in order to attain proper education, morals, and values represent our chapter well, as well as the entire national organization wherever we are provide information about new research and discoveries in the field of internal medicine  One way to help students learn about the field of internal medicine is through guest speakers. We often had physicians come to speak about their internal medicine occupation and the steps they took to earn their current position. Our organization along with the Cardiology, Emergency Medicine, and Family Medicine clubs organize EKG workshop.
  • Student Osteopathic Medical Association: SOMA is the student affiliate organization of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). This organization intends to unite osteopathic medical students throughout the country and promote osteopathic ideals. There are many opportunities for leadership within the organization, and SOMA has a direct link to sharing information with the AOA, the governing body of osteopathic physicians. SOMA also provides scholarships, discounts, and many other member benefits. SOMA also aims to unite osteopathic students for the future of osteopathic medicine, and promote continuing unity and communication amongst osteopathic physicians.
  • Student National Medical Association: SNMA is the nation’s oldest and largest independently student run organization. SNMA has a focus to address the needs of minority medical students, as well as promote healthy living and life style choices in under-served communities, through community service events, and workshops.  SNMA has a commitment to encourage and increase the pipeline of minority students interested in pursuing medical and scientific careers through mentoring programs and local community involvement at all academic levels, with the involvement of our pipeline program; Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (MAPS).  With over 5000 members in SNMA, ranging from Attending Physicians, Residents, Medical Students, and pre-Medical students, also to add with a presence in allopathic and osteopathic medical schools, our organization promotes education of health care issues, abroad as well as domestic. SNMA promotes building connections with all members to gain a better understanding of health care on a whole, through our regional and national conferences, which all members are encouraged to attending. Throughout the school year NYITCOM Chapter of SNMA puts on the Taste of The Nations Talent Show and Dinner, A series of Events for black history month, various workshops educating students on the Health Care system and bake sale fundraisers.
  • Student Osteopathic Surgical Association: SOSA aims to stress the understanding of Osteopathic principles in relation to the practice of surgery, along with educational workshops in surgical technique, suturing, instrumentation, patient management, and OMM for the surgical patient. We offer workshops in: central lines, suturing, and chest tubes. We have guest speakers that talk about subjects like general surgery, Otolaryngology, Oncology and Plastic Surgery.  We are part of the community service outreach doing Breast Cancer Walks and Community Plunges.
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