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Our Story

SOF to SOM started with a small group of Special Operations Forces service members connecting through social media to help one another prepare for the MCAT. Eventually, the group grew to include SOF service members who were enrolled in or who had already graduated from medical school. This group evolved into a single comprehensive resource that medics could rely on for their pre-medical school mentorship, from the MCAT to their first day of medical school. The organic development of SOF to SOM culminated in 2023, when various SOF veterans came together to scale this social media resource and officially founded the 501(c)3 organization, the first of its kind to cater solely to Special Operators in their medical education pursuits. 

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Our Mission

Special Operations Forces to School of Medicine (SOF to SOM) supports United States SOF
service members in their journey to become physicians.

The Vision

Our vision is to harness the unique SOF culture of excellence to create a cohort of SOF service members physicians that contribute their experience, talents, and traits in service to one another and the field of military and civilian medicine as it takes on future healthcare challenges.

Board of Directors

160th Medic now going to Medical School

Ricky Ditzel, Jr.

Chairman &

Co-Founder

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Justin Anderson 

Vice Chairman &
Co-Founder

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Jessie Milaski

Secretary

Trauma Surgeon

Mark Shapiro, M.D.

Treasurer

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Devin DeFeo

Board Member &

Co-Founder

Physician, MD.

Brian Edlow, M.D.

Board Member

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Noel Sons

Board Member

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Jay Johnston

Board Member

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Matthew Bergens

Board Member

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Our Staff

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Matthew Bergens

Executive Director

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Devin DeFeo

Director of Operations

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Zachary LeBlanc

Director of Marketing

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Diana Dangoor

Director of Finance

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David Cantong

Mentorship Program Director

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Derek Fyksen

Outreach Director

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Bella McKinney

Research Program Director

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Joseph Rangel

Scholars Program Director

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Steele McCulley

Assistant Program Director

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Brandon Moore

Assistant Program Director

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Brentyn Jones

Assistant Program Director

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Wanna see what we're all about?

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, SOF to SOM strives to be transparent and accountable to the public. As such, we have downloadable PDF copies of our organizing documents and financial records. If you would like information, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@SOFtoSOM.org or click the button below!

FINANCIALS & PUBLIC RECORDS
   (All Available Upon Request)

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Articles of Incorporation

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Org Chart (2023)

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Bylaws (2023)

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Mission & Vision

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990EZ (Pending)

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