Student Neurology, Ophthalmology and Psychiatry Society awarded Dean’s Choice Grant award
MSUCOM student organizations were once again challenged with this question in the fifth annual MSU Federal Credit Union Dean’s Choice grant competition. The program allows the deans from each MSU college to recognize creativity and support community service allocating funds to a student organization.
This year the College of Osteopathic Medicine Dean’s Choice Grant was awarded to the Student Neurology, Ophthalmology and Psychiatry Society -- SNOPS. The organization’s representatives were presented with the award recently in Fee Hall by College of Osteopathic Medicine Dean William Strampel and MSU Federal Credit Union President April Clobes.
SNOPS members will use the award to work with the Detroit Street Care Clinic to incorporate neurology and psychiatry into its work. The clinic is led by MSUCOM alumnus Richard Bryce and its participating physicians and students provide street and shelter-based primary care for Detroit’s homeless population.
Grant funds will be used to purchase osteopathic manipulative medicine tables, which will be donated to DSC. The SNOPS students plan to help patients with neuromuscular degenerative disorders by detecting, diagnosing and treating muscle spasticity, structural abnormalities and pain using OMM.
In addition, the group plans to fund and staff a listening room at a DSC site, designed to be a safe place for patients to discuss their illnesses, personal struggles and concerns. According to the SNOPS grant proposal, as they begin to learn more about the patients in the clinic via the listening room, the students will “put resources into building a community database that connects patients to local organizations that can help get the psychosocial assistance and care that they need.”
A portion of the grant funds will also be used by SNOPS for securing a space in a local school, church or community center one day a month to facilitate and provide the osteopathic, psychiatric and neurological care.