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Students Raise Money for PPE, Volunteer to Help Struggling Parents, and Build Hand-Washing Stations for the Homeless

May 07, 2020
Read more about what other initiatives our students are taking around the country to support their communities and health care workers.

PCOM Students pose in front of fundraising marketing materials

PCOM Students form “Medical Students for Masks” Initiative 

Students from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) have responded to the growing need for personal protective equipment and formed Medical Students for Masks, a group of medical and nursing students in the Philadelphia area dedicated to raising funds to secure FDA-approved N95 respirator masks for local health professionals. To date, they have raised almost $50,000 to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) for local healthcare professionals on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about the initiative.

Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine Students Call Struggling Parents to Help Them Cope During COVID-19 Crisis

Pediatricians are working with University of North Texas Health Science Center-Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC-TCOM) students who are reaching out to families through phone calls and telemedicine visits. The students are connecting parents to licensed social workers, resources such as Healthy Steps specialists, and scheduling telemedicine visits with a pediatrician. More information is available through the UNTHSC newsroom.  

National Volunteer Week poster - April 19-25

RVUCOM Students Redefine What it Means to Be a Volunteer

In honor of National Volunteer Week, April 19-25, Rocky Vista University (RVU) sought to spotlight the efforts of four students who have dedicated themselves to serving their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this blog article, the students share their stories of how they are helping: setting up an alternate care facility, launching the CovidLine program, and assisting clinics with telehealth appointments. Be sure to read about these important initiatives.

Virtual classroom shows students ghosted over classroom seats

On-campus to Online: WVSOM Adjusts to Virtual Educational Environment

West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM)’s medical students have moved from a hands-on learning approach to manning keyboards in a virtual educational environment. The decision to do so was made by WVSOM President James W. Nemitz, PhD, in response to the pandemic and in abiding by West Virginia Governor Jim Justice's stay-at-home directive for the state. Learn more about how WVSOM has made this transition.

MSUCOM Students Build Hand-washing Stations in Detroit for the Homeless during COVID-19 Pandemic

After businesses have closed, finding a place to wash your hands is nearly impossible if you are living on the street. Detroit Street Care, a group of students from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) who serve the homeless population, teamed up with Wayne State's program called Street Medicine Detroit, and built six hand-washing stations around the city in areas frequented by those who may need them. Here’s more on how they did it.

Kelly Parling-Lynch, DO

ATSU-KCOM Alumna Treats Her Community with Actions and Words

Kelly Parling-Lynch, DO, wrote a message to her community during the coronavirus pandemic, hoping to help calm fears. And what began as a Facebook post expanded to become a column in Michigan's Holland Sentinel newspaper. Read more about it on ATSU’s iConnect news.

NSU-KPCOM First-Year Class Board and SGA Executive Raise Money for COVID-19 Initiative

The first-year Class Board and SGA Executive at the Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-KPCOM) Fort Lauderdale/Davie and Tampa Bay Regional campuses has raised more than $14,000 through its COVD-19 initiative to purchase FDA-approved personal protective equipment for Florida hospitals in need. You can view the group’s clever TikTok video to learn more about the initiative.

Screenshot of PPE and Food fundraiser for Health Care Workers

LMU-DCOM Students Raise Over $5,000 in 48 Hours for PPE and Food for Health Care Workers

Three first-year medical students at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) at LMU-Knoxville launched a fundraiser for personal protective equipment (PPE) and meals for area hospitals. They reached their initial goal of $1,000 in less than 24 hours. The students have begun purchasing meals and PPE and will soon be distributing them locally. Follow their progress.