Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine Student Have the Opportunity to Charter and join established student organizations. Many of these clubs are osteopathic in nature and focus on specific medical specialties, while other clubs focus on broader topics. These clubs are very active, and offer speakers, service projects, and outreach, while helping students to lean important lessons in a non-academic setting. See Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine’s list of student organizations below:

  • Familiarize and education osteopathic medical students about the Mission, Vision and Core Values of the ACOOG.
  • Provide and opportunity for fellowship among osteopathic medical students interested in osteopathic obstetrics and gynecology.
  • Educate osteopathic medical students of opportunities for post graduate education and research in the field of women’s health.
  • Foster communication between the ACOOG and locally sanctioned OB/GYN student interest groups at accredited COMs.

Advisor: Dr. Traci Groening | tgroening@burrell.edu

President: Love Opoku Afrifa | love.opokuafrifa@burrell.edu

ACOP is an organization for students interested in pediatrics as a potential future specialty. Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine ACOP is focused primarily on working with children in the community to promote health sciences.


Advisor: Dr. Scott Cyrus | scyrus@bcomn.org

President: Mackenzie Blackburn | mackenzie.blackbur@burrell.edu

Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine’s American College of Osteopathic Surgeons’ purpose is to represent and educate the future osteopathic surgeon. ACOS-MSS stresses understanding of osteopathic principles in relationship to disease in the practice of surgery and provides a forum for discussion among students and surgeons.

Advisor: Dr. Kamran Kamali | kkamali@burrell.edu

President: Oscar Hernandez | oscar.hernandez@burrell.edu

AMSA is a student-governed national organization that encompasses thousands of medical students, pre-medical students, interns, residents and physicians from across the country. AMSA provides education and leadership training, networking, resources, and a platform for students to share their knowledge and experiences in hopes of enhancing the quality of the medical profession. The goal is to help medical students think beyond drugs and diagnoses, in order to promote physicians that can make a difference. AMSA offers mentorships, leadership programs, and scholarships for chapters. For example, AMSA has an annual event for National Primary Care Week to help promote primary care by emphasizing its importance. They also have a Health Equity Week of Action to help bring awareness to health disparities that exist across racial, ethnic, cultural, and social groups. Their events are geared towards the holistic betterment of all medical students.

Advisor: Dr. Muhammad Khan | mkhan@burrell.edu

Co-President: Zayna Abdulla | zayna.abdulla@burrell.edu

Co-President: Ayah Ibrahim | ayah.ibrahim@burrell.edu

The American Medical Women’s Association is an organization which functions at the local, national, and international level to advance women in medicine and improve women’s health. We achieve this by providing and developing leadership, advocacy, education, expertise, mentoring, and strategic alliances.

As a local chapter, our goal is to provide support and fellowship for members, as well as give back to our community through service.


Advisor: Dr. Victoria Chang | vchang@burrell.edu

President: Lauren Mackell | lauren.mackell@burrell.edu

The national chapter of sports medicine at Burrell is focused on advancing a mutually respectful relationship among dedicated sports medicine specialists, and to educate AOASM members, allied health sports medicine professionals, and the public.

Advisor: Kris Vaudrey | kvaudrey@burrell.edu

President: Thomas Baez | thomas.baez@burrell.edu

The American Society of Clinical Oncology Student Group at Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine is committed to spreading awareness, knowledge, and passion for the study and practice of Oncology. The organization accomplishes its mission through research, seminars, and community events.

Advisor: Dr. Sheeba Varughese Tano | vstano@burrell.edu

President: Cody Bartlett | cody.bartlett@burrell.edu

Animal Helpers is an organization that works with local shelters, like Animal Service Center of the Mesilla Valley, to bring awareness and opportunities for students to help the shelters find permanent, loving homes for its current furry residents. We would also like to help the school coordinate Pet Therapy Days, so that students can take a break from their schedules and focus on their mental health.


President: Julia Wong | julia.wong1@burrell.edu

Arab-American Medical Association at Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine works to share Arab culture with the surrounding community and highlight the medical struggles of Arab patients within the United States and globally. We strive to introduce the culture and traditions with the goal of increasing cultural competency and advocacy for this community while providing a space for our Arab students.

Advisor: Dr. Muneer Assi | massi@burrell.edu

President: Haneen Hamie | haneen.hamie@burrell.edu

This organization unites Asian American medical students and people interested in helping the APIA community face in healthcare. Additionally, this club provides a space where minority students can share their experience or struggles they may have face/d to become a medical student and as a medical student. This organization is a way for students of similar backgrounds to connect and uplift each other.

Advisor: Dr. Victoria Chang | vchang@burrell.edu

President: Maria Guadalupe Escano | mariaguadalupe.esc@burrell.edu

To provide students of Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine with insight into anesthesia and perioperative medicine as career options through educational lectures, guest speakers, and clinical skills workshops

Advisor: Dr. Harald Stauss | hstauss@burrell.edu

President: Lauren Mackell | lauren.mackell@burrell.edu

Our goal is to expose students to more practice with biochemistry related content. On a monthly/bi-monthly basis we practice biochemistry questions related to the medical curriculum in a team based learning style and facilitate discussion among students about important concepts in biochemistry.

Advisor: Dr. Vanessa De La Rosa | vdelarosa@burrell.edu

Co-Presidents: Jessica Stephens | jessica.stephens@burrell.edu

Advisor: Brett Newcomer | bnewcomer@burrell.edu

Co-President: Allison Nanez | allison.nanez@burrell.edu
Co-President: Jacob Hollis | jacob.hollis@burrell.edu

Burrell Befikre is a fusion fitness dance club designed to share Desi/ Bollywood culture with our classmates. Befikre is an Urdu/ Hindi word that means carefree. Thus, the goal of this club is to allow students to leave their worries at the door, join with friends to learn new dance forms, and burn calories in a healthy and fun environment.

Advisor: Dr. Sheeba Tano | stano@burrell.edu

Co-Presidents: Shreya Tumu | shreya.tumu@burrell.edu

Co-Presidents: Shaha Aziz | shaha.aziz@burrell.edu

The mission of Burrell’s Christian Medical Association is to tend to students’ spiritual wellbeing, serve the Las Cruces area, and assist local churches through community outreach events.

Advisor: Norice Lee | nlee@burrell.edu

Co-Leader: Carter Cunningham | carter.cunningham@burrell.edu
Co-Leader: Rebecca Nika Tsai | rebeccanika.tsai@burrell.edu

Burrell in Brevard is a youth mentoring program between Burrell Medical Students and elementary, middle, and high school students in Brevard County. Our goal is to promote health education as well as provide students who are interested in pursuing medicine with advice and healthcare experience through various volunteer and learning opportunities.

Advisor: Dr. Rooney-Otero | Kathleen.Rooney-Otero@nemours.org

President: Brooke Ortiz | brooke.ortiz@burrell.edu

Advisor: Dr. Steven Ontiveros | sjontiveros@burrell.edu

President: Kendra Barker | kendra.barker@burrell.edu

Advisor: Dr. Steven Ontiveros | sjontiveros@burrell.edu

President: Jennifer Phan | jennifer.phan@burrell.edu

Dermatology Club’s purpose here at Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine where our main goal is to educate and provide resources about skin care, cancers, and diseases. We participate in health fairs and will be looking to provide dermatology related resources to those interested.

Advisor: Dr. Debra Bramblett | dbramblett@burrell.edu

President: Shaichi Sen | shaichi.sen@burrell.edu

Our groups goals are to provide guidance and mentorship to local high school students so they can succeed in undergraduate studies and medical school. Another goal of our group is to broaden students interests and knowledge via medical and scientific workshops. We also aim to provide medical and healthcare related volunteer opportunities to students.

Advisor: Dr. Karen Vaillant | kvaillant@burrell.edu

President: Tianna Sell | tianna.sell@burrell.edu

ACOEP Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine chapter is a group of students interested in the field of Emergency Medicine with views in line with the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians. The American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP) promotes patient-centric, holistic emergency care consistent with the osteopathic philosophy, practiced by all emergency medicine professionals.


Advisor: Dr. Oliver Hayes | ohayes@burrell.edu

President: Kyle Essex | kyle.essex@burrell.edu

The mission of the American Academy of Family Physicians is to engage, foster, and support Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine’s medical students and their interest in family medicine. The group will facilitate this mission in a variety of ways such as, community engagement, mentorship, and focused clinical experiences.

Advisor: Dr. Karen Vaillant | kvaillant@burrell.edu

President: Carl Brayton | carl.brayton@burrell.edu

The Financial Success Club will promote understanding of basic financial and business skills with an emphasis on giving student doctors the necessary knowledge for success in their personal and business finances.

Advisor: Dr. Anthony Levatino | alevatino@burrell.edu

President: Tommy Tsang | tommy.brennantsang@burrell.edu

Gifted Hands is a club dedicated to serving the families and individuals with intellectual, physical, and developmental disabilities in Las Cruces and the surrounding area. We aim to interact with and learn more about the special needs community while educating future physicians on how to care for and treat individuals with special needs.

Advisor: Dr. Cindy Funk | cfunk@burrell.edu

President: Renee Crick | renee.crick@burrell.edu

Advisor: Dr. Michael Woods | mwoods@burrell.edu

President: Huda Abughannam | huda.abughannam@burrell.edu

Advisor: Dr. Muneer Assi | massi@burrell.edu

President: Heather Jao | heather.jao@burrell.edu

Health and Wellness Club exists to monitor and improve the physical and mental wellness of the student body at BCOM, providing the resources, activities, and experiences to promote students’ health.


Advisor: Brett Newcomer | bnewcomer@burrell.edu

President: Cedar Edell | cedar.edell@burrell.edu

To unite and empower medical students through service, mentorship and education to advocate for the health of the Latino community.

Advisor: Dr. Pedro Del Corral | pdelcorral@burrell.edu

President: Vanessa Escolero | vanessa.escolero@burrell.edu

Advisor: Miley Grandjean | mgrandjean@burrell.edu and Karen Provencio | kprovencio@burrell.edu

President: Ashley Stumpf | ashley.stumpf@burrell.edu

Advisor: Dr. Daniel Dodson | ddodson@burrell.edu

President: Divya Bhatia | divya.bhatia@burrell.edu

Advisor: Dr. Nancy Minugh-Purvis | nminugh@burrell.edu

President: Spencer Cook | spencer.cook@burrell.edu

Medical Students for Gun Safety is a group started in 2018 that addresses the growing issue of gun violence in our country. Fellow medical students from several other institutions have joined together to advocate for responsible gun ownership, better gun safety curriculum in medical education, and increasing funding for public health research on the topic. We would be one of several chapters that meets regularly to discuss how we can further the movement given our unique position as future doctors. Our main goal for this year would be to establish a chapter base and to discuss implementing training on gun safety into BCOM’s current curriculum. Activities would include regular meetings and potential community outreach/educational events.

Advisor: Dr. Robert Goldsteen | rgoldsteen@burrell.edu

President: Hannah Lancaster | hannah.lancaster@burrell.edu

Advisor: Dr. Kristin Gosselink | kgosselink@burrell.edu

Coleader Contact: Kevin Dwyer | kevin.dwyer@burrell.edu

Coleader Contact: Evan Juntunen | evan.juntunen@burrell.edu

Advisor: Dr. De La Rosa | vdelarosa@burrell.edu

President: Katherine Ripley | katherine.ripley@burrell.edu

Advisor: Dr. Joseph Benoit | jbenoit@burrell.edu

President: Brandon Cunningham | brandon.cunningham@burrell.edu

Our mission is to expand the interest of pathology and its subspecialties to the BCOM student body. We hope to engage our fellow colleagues through community outreach, possible shadowing experiences, and learning opportunities.

Advisor: Dr. Jon Jackson | jjackson@burrell.edu

President: Ashley Rocks | ashley.rocks@burrell.edu

The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Club (PM&R) at Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine is charged with educating future physicians on pathways to restore and improve functional ability and quality of life for patients with disabilities or physical impairments. In efforts to holistically develop our members, we take part in community service, clinical opportunities, and mentorship.

Advisor: Miley Grandjean | mgrandjean@burrell.edu

President: Ryan Keller | ryan.keller@burrell.edu

Advisor: Dr. Kamran Kamali | kkamali@burrell.edu

President: Walker Toohey | walker.toohey@burrell.edu

Advisor: Dr. Nancy Minugh-Purvis | nminugh@burrell.edu

President: Kristine Oines | kristine.oines@burrell.edu

Burrell PsychSIGN is affiliated with the national organization of the Psychiatry Student Interest Group Network or PsychSIGN within the American Psychiatric Association (APA). PsychSIGN is a psychiatry interest group which intends to encourage student interest in the field of psychiatry, foster networking between students with an interest in psychiatric medicine and allow a platform with which to exchange information concerning planning a career in the psychiatric field. The club aims to foster connections between students and psychiatry faculty while also working to eradicate the negative stigma associated with mental illness. PsychSIGN seeks to promote the importance of mental health among students and future medical professionals as well as provide students with leadership and community outreach opportunities.

Advisor: Dr. Kristin Gosselink | kgosselink@burrell.edu

President: Tessa Marandola | tessa.marandola@burrell.edu

Advisor: Dr. Jon Jackson | jjackson@burrell.edu

President: Izik Goldman | izik.goldman@burrell.edu

Reflection, Empowerment, Action, & Collaboration through Humanism (R.E.A.C.H) is brought to you by the highly esteemed Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) here at Burrell COM. Our mission is to encourage humanism as leaders in medicine by engaging and uplifting our local community through service. R.E.A.C.H is open to all students who are interested in actively participating in community service projects, including GHHS sponsored projects. Although participation does not guarantee induction, it will provide insight into GHHS and what we represent as a national organization.

Advisor: Dr. Muneer Assi | massi@burrell.edu

Coordinator: Jasmin Espinal | jasmin.espinal@burrell.edu

Sigma Sigma Phi (SSP) is an honorary osteopathic service fraternity that aims to further the science of osteopathic medicine, improve scholastic standing and bring about a closer relationship and between the students and community.

Advisor: Dr. Scott Cyrus | scyrus@bcomn.org

President: Marina Sasnau | marina.sasnau@burrell.edu

Provide mentorship and tutoring for local elementary students;
Aid in improving the medical student experience by providing community service opportunities;
Provide basic age appropriate health education for the elementary students;
Build relationships between BCOM and the community.

Advisor: Christa Vaudrey | cvaudrey@burrell.edu

President: Marina Sasnau | marina.sasnau@burrell.edu

Advisor: Dr. Steven Ontiveros | sjontiveros@burrell.edu

President: Jessica Szasz | jessica.szasz@burrell.edu

The South Asian Medical Student Association (SAMSA) is a national organization dedicated to unifying medical students and promoting South Asian health initiatives across the United States of America. We aim to provide support and guidance to South Asian medical students and others who wish to support and uplift our community.

Advisor: Dr. Sheeba Varughese Tano | stano@burrell.edu

President: Anusia Mansukhani | anusia.mansukhani@burrell.edu

Advisor: Student Affairs | studentaffairs@burrell.edu

President: Emily Kenny

The Student American Academy of Osteopathy (SAAO) has been organized by students of the accredited American osteopathic medical colleges under the auspices and guidance of the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) for the purposes of helping osteopathic medical students:

1. Acquire a better understanding of osteopathic principles, theories and practice to include:

  • Helping students attain a maximum proficiency in osteopathic structural diagnosis and treatment.
  • Fostering a clear concept of clinical application of osteopathy in health and disease.

2. Improve public awareness of osteopathic medicine so the community may better take advantage of the benefits provided by osteopathic medicine.


Advisor: Dr. Adrienne Kania | akania@burrell.edu

President: Osama Hashmi | osama.hashmi@burrell.edu

SAMOPS Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine chapter is a group for students interested in military medicine that seeks to provide osteopathic education, mentorship, and advocacy to the United States Uniformed Services.


President: Joseph Sammarco | joseph.sammarco@burrell.edu

Advisor: Brett Newcomer | bnewcomer@burrell.edu

Executive President: Alberto Velasco | alberto.velasco@burrell.edu

Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students, addressing the needs of underserved communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent and socially conscious physicians.

Advisor: Dr. Steven Ontiveros | sjontiveros@burrell.edu

President: Abena Poku | abena.poku@burrell.edu

The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine Student Osteopathic Internal Medicine Association’s (SOIMA) goals are to promote interest among osteopathic medical students in the practice of Internal Medicine and its subspecialties. We aim to educate and inform on the path towards becoming a Doctor of Internal Medicine and or subspecialties while allowing members to practice and learn applicable skills for future practice.

It is the purpose of the Student Osteopathic Internal Medicine Association (SOIMA) to represent aspiring osteopathic internists. This is accomplished through the following activities: 1) Providing osteopathic medical students with an early exposure to the field of internal medicine; 2) Stressing the understanding of osteopathic principles in relationship to disease in the practice of internal medicine and its subspecialties; 3) Affiliation with the American College of Osteopathic Internists as well as the American College of Physicians to establish and maintain the highest educational, moral and ethical standards in the teaching and practice of internal medicine. 4) Serving as a liaison with the AOA, the ACP, and the ACOI for the provision of information on training and career opportunities in internal medicine to osteopathic students. 5) Keeping members informed of the latest developments in the field of internal medicine.

Advisor: Dr. Muneer Assi | massi@burrell.edu

President:  Erin Nolte | erin.nolte@burrell.edu

SOMA strives to provide its members with an independent, cohesive voice and the power to effect

relevant change. BCOM SOMA is particularly concerned with supporting its student’s development as osteopathic physicians, and implementing policy that will improve healthcare in New Mexico.


Advisor: Dr. Scott Cyrus | scyrus@bcomn.org

President: Miranda Willis | miranda.willis@burrell.edu

Advisor: Dr. Harald Stauss | hstauss@burrell.edu

President: Mahssa Rezaei | mahssa.rezaei@burrell.edu

Advisor: Miley Grandjean | mgrandjean@burrell.edu

Co-President: Mikaela Zufelt | mikaela.zufelt@burrell.edu
Co-President: David Le | david.le@burrell.edu

The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine Youth Medical Explorers, Tucson Chapter (Burrell COM Tucson YME, Tucson YME, TYME) will serve to connect high school, middle school, and elementary school students with experiences in medicine and exposure to careers in medicine.

Advisor: Olivia Karroum | okarroum@burrell.edu

President: Chloe Anne Liu | chloeanne.liu@burrell.edu

USIG is a registered, chartered organization at BCOM that explores the utility of point-of-care ultrasound, a tool that is useful regardless of the specialty you are pursuing! We are currently in the works of partnering with national affiliates as well as exploring research avenues to publish, all while furthering our understanding of how ultrasound can benefit your scope as future provider.

Advisor: Kristopher Vaudrey | kvaudrey@burrell.edu

President: Gary Rupp | gary.rupp@burrell.edu

White Coat for Black Lives focuses on safeguarding the lives and well-being of our patients through the elimination of racism. The mission of the organization is to dismantle racism in medicine and promote the health, well being, and self-determination of people of color.

Advisor: Dr. Kristin Gosselink | kgosselink@burrell.edu

President: Madonna Anya | madonna.anya@burrell.edu

Advisor: Dr. Michael Woods | mwoods@burrell.edu

Co-President: Anna Fuller | anna.fuller@burrell.edu
Co-President: Cedar Edell | cedar.edell@burrell.edu

Advisor: Dr. Robert Goldsteen | rgoldsteen@burrell.edu

President: Lauren Mackell | lauren.mackell@burrell.edu

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