ACOI Congratulates 2023-2024 Student Internal Medicine Club Leaders


October 2, 2023

Two Current SOIMA Officers Progress to New Roles; Seven New Officers & Regional Representative Elected  

News For Immediate Release

(October 2, 2023) The American College of Osteopathic Internists (ACOI), a national professional organization representing osteopathic internal medicine physicians and subspecialists, announces the results of the second national election of officers for its Student Osteopathic Internal Medicine Association (SOIMA) held in September. SOIMA chapters exist at more than 38 accredited colleges of osteopathic medicine located at 62 locations in 35 states.  

Two of the last year’s officers remain as organization leaders: Christine Mayuga ascended from the role of President-Elect to President for this academic year, and Joanna Manansala, last year’s President now serves as the organization’s Past President.  

Christine Mayuga, OMS III,  Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Blacksburg, Virginia

Joanna Manansala, OMS III, A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine – Phoenix, Arizona

Representing colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs) spanning from the East Coast to the Northwest, the following students were newly elected to serve in the Association’s leadership roles:

Emily Ranta, OMS III, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Carolinas

Veneeth Antony, OMS III, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Virginia  

Tiffany Sculthorpe, OMS III, Rowan-Virtua School of Osteopathic Medicine 

Erika Lytle, OMS III, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Louisiana

Rayhan Karimi, OMS III, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Carolinas

Cheyanne Izon, OMS II, Kansas College of Osteopathic Medicine

Megan Nelson, OMS III, Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences

The association’s officers are dedicated to helping the chapters across the country work closely to help osteopathic internal medicine students grow and flourish from their shared love for medicine and mutual support of members’ goals.  

President-Elect, Emily Ranta, OMS III, said that she is motivated by the ideas she must increase involvement in school chapters. “I would like to create an opportunity for SOIMA chapters to communicate more freely to share these opportunities amongst schools.” Additionally, during her term, she said she will work to encourage and send more information regarding SOIMA to help other students get involved to expand connections with working physicians within the field.  

The nationwide student chapters are affiliated with the ACOI to establish and maintain the highest educational, moral, and ethical standards in the teaching and practice of internal medicine. Created to connect students from COMs across the country, SOIMA provides a forum for osteopathic medical students interested in internal medicine and its subspecialties to gather and work together through one shared community. SOIMA serves as a liaison with the ACOI for the provision of information on training and career opportunities in internal medicine to osteopathic students.  

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Since 1941, the American College of Osteopathic Internists (ACOI) has represented current and aspiring osteopathic internal medicine physicians and subspecialists. The ACOI provides leadership, networking, and education to help members be successful and stay true to why they pursued medicine. For more information, visit  
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