Club Description

ACOS-MMS is the official section of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons (ACOS), and the local ACOS chapter at LECOM is one among the COM (Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine) that strive to promote the goals of ACOS at local and national levels. Medical students who obtain membership in LECOM ACOS are encouraged to continue their interest in the surgical specialties, to become proactive in the surgical field, to participate in the ACOS activities and governance, and to promote the fundamental principles:

  1. Stressing the understanding of osteopathic principles in relationship to disease in the practice of surgery;
  2. 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
  3. Providing a forum for discussion amongst students and surgeons.

By becoming a ACOS member, medical students can gain access to national resources, such as research, scholarships, and other opportunities.


President: Duncan Tallman

Vice President: Corey Zimmer

Secretary: Michelle Kaminski

National Liaison: Scott Zanella

Treasurer: Nick Vasil

Advisor: Dr. Risavi

News & Events

  • Hi all, Dr. Fortunato is a colorectal surgeon at Allegheny Health Network and an associate program director at their surgery residency program. He is willing to give us an hour from his busy schedule to speak with ACOS members. This will be…
  • LECOM ACOS-MSS is excited to give members an opportunity to obtain an International Trauma Life Support Certification. It will consist of several lectures as well as hands-on skills stations with a practical at the end. This is an opportunity for members to…
  • Join ACOS-MSS for a casting clinic with. Dr. Eric Goodrich on 2/23/24 at 5:00pm in the OPP Lab!
  • ACOS-MMS Erie campus will be hosting Dr. Bracken Burns via Zoom on January 22nd at 7PM! He will be discussing his journey through trauma and critical care surgery, and his current position at East Tennessee State University.