MOA Student Membership  

The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) has a strong connection to osteopathic students, particularly the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. In 1959 the MOA declared its primary goal was to establish a College of Osteopathic Medicine. Through the 1960's, the MOA worked to find a location for the college, lobby legislators for funding and generate funds from MOA members. Some of those first students have spent their careers as MOA members.

Student membership in the MOA is FREE! 

Join the MOA online form

What are the benefits of student membership?

• MOA Events at MSUCOM Campuses
The MOA hosts two free luncheons at the MSUCOM East Lansing, Macomb and DMC campuses during the year: "Meet the MOA" and "MOA Legislative Advocacy Luncheon."

• Student Track Program

Each year the MOA Student Liaisons host a "Student Track" program during the MOA Annual Spring Scientific Convention. The program offers presentations and panel discussions

• Scientific Research Exhibit Competition 
Each spring and fall, the MOA hosts a Scientific Research Exhibit (SRE) Competition with poster and oral presentations. Cash awards and the opportunity for fame await! 
For more information, visit the SRE Competition webpage.

• Legislative Advocacy 
The MOA advocates for osteopathic medical students and physicians for positive health care legislation at the Capitol in Lansing. Decisions made today will affect your practice tomorrow!

Mini Medical SChool• Stay Connected
The MOA keeps you connected with important information regarding the osteopathic profession and community health issues through The Pulse, our e-newsletter, our award-winning journal, TRIAD, social media and the website.

• Volunteering Opportunities
The MOA is an active advocate for community health issues, hosting various events throughout the year.

• Continuing Education
The MOA continues your education through discounted Continuing Medical Education (CME) programs because your education does not stop upon graduation from medical school.

Student Representation on the Board of Trustees

The MOA maintains a Student and Intern/Resident Trustee on the Board of Trustees. This tradition ensures that the voice of the next generation of physicians is represented in the board's decision making process.

Briana Cervantes


Elizabeth Cowdin
Student Trustee, Co-Director Department of Education
Ms. Cowdin is currently an OMSII at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM). Ms. Cowdin received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the University of Michigan.  She is a Medical Assistant at the Michigan Institute of Urology in Utica Michigan.




Student Liaisons

As a student liaison, you are able to attend and assist with promoting all MOA-hosted events. You are also invited to exclusive networking opportunities with the MOA Board of Trustees. 

Student Liaison Committee / Students Apply to become a member of this MOA Committee

As a student liaison, you attend and assist with promoting all MOA-hosted events. You are also invited to represent MOA at various community events throughout the year.

The MOA Student Liaison Committee is dedicated to communicating student needs and planning outstanding events to keep students in osteopathic programs across the state connected with the MOA and each other.  The committee includes student liaisons from all three Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine campuses (East Lansing, Detroit Medical Center and Macomb University Center).


1.)   What is the Michigan Osteopathic Association?

 The MOA is YOUR state association! MOA represents more than 7,000 osteopathic physicians and medical students. Learn more at

2.)   What does the MOA D.O. for you?

  • • Educates through continuing medical education (CME) programs
  • • Advocates for osteopathic physicians and positive health care legislation
  • • Communicates through the email newsletter, the quarterly magazine (TRIAD), social media (Facebook & Twitter) and website (

3.)   What are student benefits of membership? In addition to the benefits listed above, students enjoy several more targeted benefits of membership:

  • The MOA hosts free luncheon and dinner lectures throughout the year
  • Attend the free MOA Student Program and Reception at the Annual Spring Scientific Convention in May
  • One of the most prestigious awards for MSUCOM students is the MOA Outstanding Graduating Senior Award, presented with a monetary award to one student each year. 
Application for Student Liaison

MOA MSUCOM Class of 2026 Liaisons

 Emily Cleary, DMC Sameera Mahimkar, DMC  Moriah Maunu, DMC  Swathi Sampath, DMC
 Misha Brown, EL  Zahra Jiwani, EL  Lauren Kapushion, EL  Geil Schock, EL
Aria Trager, EL Emily Ubbens, EL    
 Yezen Anabtawi, MUC  Kyra Goeller, MUC Maria Rollinger, MUC  Jeffrey Sarazin, MUC

MOA MSUCOM Class of 2025 Liaisons

   John Karns  Hadel Faraj Sweilem  
 Sriakhila (Toni) Akula John Karns Hadel Faraj Sweilem  
 Kiley Flynn Samuel Kepes Risa Lugo  
Kiley Flynn Samuel Kepes Risa Lugo  
East Lansing East Lansing East Lansing  
 Miles Menuck  Anmol Pardal  Syed Rizvi  Monica Sun
Miles Menuck Anmol Pardal Syed Rizvi Monica Sun
East Lansing East Lansing East Lansing East Lansing
Zachary Tepper Nadya Herfi Jared Lutsic Urja Parikh
Zachary Tepper Nadya Herfi Jared Lutsic Urja Parikh
East Lansing MUC MUC MUC



MOA MSUCOM Class of 2024 Liaisons

Katie Balfour, DMC
Katarzna (Kat) Purzycka, DMC
Neena Singhal, DMC
Alisha Ungkuldee, DMC
Valerie Benedict, East Lansing
Rozzie Bloch, East Lansing
Hailey Katulski, East Lansing
Mikaela Vitug, East Lansing
Sami Abdelaziz, MUC
Jimby Tongson, MUC


MOA MSUCOM Class of 2023 Liaisons

Anh Dao Tran, DMC
Meghan Grossmann, DMC
Polo Kostecki, DMC
Erica Nanni, East Lansing
Erica Razon, East Lansing
Kathrine Yacoo, East Lansing
Miranda Hunt, East Lansing
Suruchi Dash, East Lansing
Tanner Hewitt, East Lansing
Blake Beauchamp, MUC
Courtney Merlo, MUC
Puja Laroia, MUC
Rachel Semaan, MUC


MOA Student Liaison Committee Members

Beth Courey, MSUCOM Faculty Advisor

Terry Trombley, MOA Administrative Assistant


AOA Statement and Updates on Single GME Accreditation System

Link: Statement and Updates on Single GME Accreditation System

Osteopathic medical students without a training position match can now search for AOA postdoctoral training programs with the free AOA Post Match Web service. Check this site often, as new programs may be posted later. Students can also find information about training programs at the AOA Match website or AOA Opportunities.

Osteopathic programs offer three separate options as choices of OGME-1 approved training, while focusing on the student’s ultimate goal of residency training in a specialty. Click here to read important Match information!

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