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, 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 Liaisons

As a student liaison, you are able to attend and assist with promoting all MOA-hosted events. 

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 eventsStudent Liaisons 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 DO for you?

  • Advocates for osteopathic physicians and positive health care legislation
  • Communicates through the email newsletter, 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

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.

Maria Rollinger, OMS-II - MSUCOM

Student Trustee, Co-Director Department of Education
Maria Rollinger is part of the Class of 2026 at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Maria serves as the president of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA). She is also the Liaison and Education Committee Lead for the Michigan Osteopathic Association. Some of her honors and awards include Multicultural Heroes Hall of Fame Case Competition for a case about Dr. William G. Anderson, DO in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Black History Month, and she was awarded the Education Abroad Need and Merit Award for Study Abroad to a medical mission trip to Guatemala.

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, DMC Maria Rollinger, MUC  Jeffrey Sarazin, MUC

MOA Class of 2027 Liaisons 

 Jia Yi Koh, DMC  Hussein Saleh, DMC  Mardin Tawfig, DMC
Lauren Jernstadt, EL Michael Khaghany, EL Brieanna McFarren, EL
Yasir Mehmood, EL  Paige Stearn, EL  
Mabintou Darboe, MUC Cooper Myer, MUC  Rameesha Shaheen, MUC



 MOA MSUCOM Class of 2025 Liaisons

Sriakhila (Toni) Akula, DMC
John Karns, DMC
Hadel Faraj Sweilem, DMC
Kiley Flynn, EL
Samuel Kepes, EL
Risa Lugo, EL
Miles Menuck, EL
Anmol Pardal, EL
Syed Rizvi, EL
Monica Sun, EL
Zachary Tepper, EL
Nadya Herfi, MUC
Jared Lutsic, MUC
Urja Parikh, 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 Student Liaison Committee Members

Jennifer Miller, 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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