Hosted by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), OMED is an annual medical conference bringing together thousands of osteopathic physicians, medical students and other health professionals from across the country. OMED offers learning and networking opportunities to suit every schedule, lifestyle and specialty. 


When you register for OMED23, you receive access to attend the in-person or virtual conference set for Oct. 6-8, plus extended on-demand access to all OMED CME sessions and programming through Dec. 31, 2023.

Note that all cancellation requests must be emailed by Friday, September 8, 2023. A refund will be issued less a $100 administrative fee if the cancellation request is received by Friday, September 8, 2023.  After September 8, 2023, no refund will be issued.

OMED 2023

OMED 2023 will be held on Oct. 6-8, in Orlando, Florida (WDW Dolphin/Swan Hotel).

President: Millicent King Channell, DO, MA, FAAO, FNAOME
Program Chair: Amy Joy Selwach, DO, MBA

Program Title: Dynamic Osteopathy
Location: Northern Hemisphere DE (WDW Swan Hotel)

Program Description: Many physicians struggle with appropriately providing osteopathic care for special populations, such as athletes, pediatric patients, those with pelvic floor issues (including obstetric patients), and those with other conditions limiting what type of treatment (including OMT) they can tolerate. Physicians are often unaware of additional lenses or modalities that can be used to give their patients the best care possible. This includes knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture, the McKenzie method, and pelvic floor therapy. Very few physicians are aware of the potential benefits and the appropriate utilization of these services. Use of such modalities can drastically improve patients’ quality of life, decrease opioid use, improve pain relief, improve patient and physician satisfaction.

After this session, physicians will be able to appropriately identify populations with particular treatment needs. They will be able to choose the appropriate OMT modality to best address the patient and the concern at hand and provide competent treatment that may include OMT. Physicians will have a broader knowledge of complementary and therapeutic options to better enhance patient care. They will be able to appropriately identify which patients would benefit from these services and refer out to them. They may also provide some basic care using these modalities in their practice or pursue further education regarding these topics.

Joint sessions with American College of Osteopathic Neurologist and Psychiatrists (ACONP) and American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine (AOASM). 


Thursday, Oct. 5 -- AAO Virtual Only

1:00-4:00 p.m.

Ralph C. Walsh, Jr., DO, Col, TXANG, MC, CFS (moderator), Still-Hildreth Sanatorium and the Future of Osteopathic Psychiatry 

        Learning Objectives:

  1. Review the history and goals of the Still-Hildreth Sanatorium
  2. Review research regarding patient records at SHS and what osteopathic psychiatry encompassed there
  3. Discuss what the future of osteopathic psychiatry could look like
  4. Review OMM approaches that could be used in psychiatric contexts

Friday, October 6

9:00-10:30 a.m.

William Stager, DO, MS, MPH, FAAFP, FAAMA, FAAO, FACOFP dist., The History and Philosophy of A.T. Still, MD, DO, and Osteopathy

        Learning Objectives:                                                                                                                                

  1. Providing the attendees with an understanding of the history and philosophy of several Osteopathic leaders, as well as an understanding of relevant neurology, OMT, and Somatic dysfunction, including references, literature and website resources. 
  2. An understanding of the above and information to enhance and deepen the attendees' appreciation and use of OMT, and encourage further study and practice. 

10:30–12:00 p.m.

Wm. Thomas Crow, DO, FAAO, Ligamentous Articular Strain

        Learning Objectives: 

  1. To introduce the participants to the background of using LAS 
  2. To teach how to apply LAS to the patient

Joint Session with the American Osteopathy Academy of Sport Medicine (AOASM) and the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO)

1:30-3:00 p.m.

Allison Bardowell, DO, Osteopathy in Sports Medicine

        Learning Objectives:     

  1. Develop empathy for attendee’s spheres of influence (family, friends, coworkers, staff, other doctors)
  2. Exploring how trauma plays a role in osteopathy
  3. Addressing trauma, osteopathy, and sports medicine 
  4. Demonstrate osteopathic techniques including cranial techniques for the extremities

Joint Session with the American Osteopathy Academy of Sport Medicine (AOASM) and the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO)

3:00–4:00 p.m.

Stephanie Aldret, DO, Paralympics

4:00-5:30 p.m.

Mehar Ghei, DO, Osteopathic Management and Treatment of the Newborn

Learning Objectives

  1. Review cranial anatomy in the newborn
  2. Review common ailments in the newborn population 
  3. Discuss osteopathic treatments, goals, considerations, and safety
  4. Demonstrate osteopathic techniques

Saturday, October 7

9:00-11:00 a.m.

Robyn Young, DO, Promoting Resiliency through Osteopathic Cranial Manipulative Medicine

Learning Objectives:

  1. Be able to assess and treat a patient using primarily balanced membranous tension techniques during a twenty minute time constraint
  2. Be able to give a cranial treatment seated, standing.
  3. Define groundedness as it relates to the patient's polarity
  4. Be able to ground and rebalance the patient
  5. Define functional entropy as it relates to the end goal/ ideal fluid state

11:30-12:30 p.m.

Josephine Shen, DO, Osteopathy with a TCM lens

        Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss basic traditional Chinese medicine principles relating to the flow of Qi (energy), emotions, and internal organs
  2. Discuss the coherence between the principles of osteopathic medicine and traditional Chinese medicine
  3. Explore patient engagement and palpating various emotional and energetic dysfunctions
  4. Discuss and explore different ways to potentially treat emotional and energetic dysfunctions in the patient

1:30-2:30 p.m.

AAO Northup Lecture: David Mason, DO, FAAO, Dilution of a solution?: Opportunities to reform healthcare

     Learning Objectives

  1. Review growth of Osteopathic Medicine in US over past 50 years.
  2. Highlight major changes in medical education in the US
  3. Describe challenges which can be viewed as opportunities to education and patient care
  4. Discuss what could be next for Osteopathic Medicine

2:30-5:00 p.m.

Jan Hendryx, DO, FAAO, FAAMA, Dynamic Strain and the Bioenergetics Model of Osteopathic Care

       Learning objectives:

  1. Define Dynamic Strain and discuss how it manifests from a palpation perspective in dysfunctional tissues.
  2. Describe and demonstrate treatment of somatic dysfunction using Dynamic Strain-Vector Release.
  3. Define the Bioenergetic Model and discuss it in context to the 5 Classic Osteopathic Models.
  4. List at least 5 other osteopathic manipulative techniques that may be explained mechanistically using bioenergetics.
  5. List at least 5 comprehensive scientific resources to assist yourself in researching and further understanding the bioenergetics of living systems in health and disease.

Sunday, October 8

9:00–11:00 a.m.

Mark Fersch, DO, Facilitating Authenticity

  1. Review the physiology of touch and identify how it influences the patient experience and personal relationships.
  2. Identify evidence-based strategies to facilitate positive patient interactions and open communication.
  3. Recognize aspects of one’s own body language and communicative habits that may influence personal and professional interactions.
  4. Identify the importance and utility of authenticity in our personal and professional interactions.

Joint Session with the American College of Osteopathic Neurologists and Psychiatrists (ACONP) and the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO)

11:00–12:00 p.m.

Ryan Lynch, DO, A Practical OMT Review of Common Neurological Disease of the Head and Neck

        Learning Objectives:   

  1. Provide a basic review of Osteopathic Principles. 
  2. Provide a basic review of common Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) modalities.
  3. Describe and discuss techniques for specific neurological diseases of the head and neck.  
  4. Provide a practical review of craniosacral therapy for neurological diseases of the head and neck.

Joint Session with the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine (AOASM) and the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO)

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Christopher Rogers, DO, McKenzie Method

2:30-5:00 p.m.

Kristina Cole, DPT, Pelvic Anatomy and Transitional Treatments to Pelvic Physical Therapy

    Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the anatomy of the pelvic floor
  2. Understand how the surrounding anatomy of the hips/spine affects the Pelvic floor
  3. Understand the role of pelvic physical therapy
  4. Understand when to refer and how to transition patients to physical therapy
  5. Learn and be efficient in manual techniques to assist patients: such as bowel massage
  6. Learn and be efficient in use tools such as Kinesotape and dilators and how to introduce them to patients
  7. Learn basic exercises and stretches to give to patients.
  8. Learn when Kegels and exercises are appropriate


Previous OMED Programs

Read more about the AAO's program at previous OMEDs:

OMED 2022 - Boston, MA

OMED 2021 - Virtual

OMED 2020 - Virtual

OMED 2019 - Baltimore, MD

OMED 2018 - San Diego, CA

OMED 2017 - Philadelphia, PA

OMED 2016 - Anaheim, CA

OMED 2015 - Orlando, FL

OMED 2014