By Angelo Mascia
COSGP National Chair
New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
Greetings, and welcome to the COSGP family! I am honored to
have the opportunity to serve as your National Chair of the COSGP for 2016-2017. I am a fourth-year osteopathic medical student at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, where I serve as Immediate Past President to the Student Government Association and as Class of 2017 President.
I am honored to be a member of a profession that includes, respects, and listens to its students. Serving on COSGP for the past two years and being appointed as National Chair this year has been the highlight of my medical school career. Being exposed to health policy topics over the past two years has sparked my interest in the political side of the healthcare profession. As a result, I have joined Omega Beta Iota, the National Osteopathic Medical Student Political Action Honor Society, and have become politically active in my local and state societies. I am honored to have the opportunity to help guide student leaders during the course of the next year and to advocate for all osteopathic medical students. I hope that you find your positions on the general council similarly fulfilling; I look forward to supporting each of you as you provide leadership to the student bodies at your respective schools.
COSGP inspires personal and professional growth. While at meetings I encourage you to embrace every moment with your peers, and when you return to your respective schools I highly recommend that you continue to develop these relationships. I am constantly inspired by the hard work and dedication of
fellow COSGP members; I have no doubt that you will be similarly inspired by your peers this year. As a council member you will have the opportunity to meet many leaders within the osteopathic profession, each of whom cares deeply about your success. These outstanding men and women are paving the way for future osteopathic physicians, and I encourage you to learn from them, listen intently, and ask questions.
COSGP is a dynamic group with abundant energy and talent that actively promotes the osteopathic profession across the nation and the globe. With that in mind, I offer the 2016-2017 COSGP Theme: “Empowerment.” This theme reflects the goals of COSGP for the coming year, which include reaching out to COSGP alumni, developing student leadership skills, and increasing student advocacy efforts while giving our students the tools they need to become successful and impactful in their medical careers.
As Dr. Karen Nichols said at my first COSGP meeting, “Osteopathic medical students are not the future of the osteopathic profession: they are the osteopathic profession.” COSGP will continue to work diligently to shape the future of osteopathic medicine and promote the best interests of all osteopathic medical students in the coming year.
Once again, thank you for the opportunity and honor to serve as your National Chair. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.