Students Section

Student Osteopathic Surgical Association (SOSA) / ACOS Students Section

The Student Osteopathic Surgical Association (SOSA) is the official students section of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons (ACOS).  SOSA was established to provide a means for students interested in the surgical specialties to participate in the activities and governance of the ACOS. The purpose of SOSA is to represent and educate future osteopathic surgeons through local chapters of SOSA at colleges of osteopathic medicine. The fundamental priniciples of student education in surgery include:

  • Stressing the understanding of osteopathic principles in relationship to disease in the practice of surgery;
  • Helping to promote education in the field of surgery, including gowning and gloving, scrubbing, sterile technique, suturing and tying techniques, operating room behavior, instrumentation, universal precautions, osteopathic manipulative management of the surgical patient, pre and post-operative management of surgical patients, and surgical documentation; and providing a forum for discussion amongst students and surgeons.