AAO at OMED 2018


"Respectful and Mindful Use of Our Hands
Across the Osteopathic Disciplines"

Oct. 6-8, 2018 
• San Diego Convention Center
Robert N. Agnello, DO, FACOFP, program chair

Hosted by the American Osteopathic Association, OMED is an annual medical conference bringing together thousands of osteopathic physicians, medical students and other health professionals from across the country.

The AAO’s program presented various viewpoints on incorporating osteopathic principles into the practice of different specialties. The AAO partnered with several specialty colleges to provide lectures and hands-on instruction from specialists with clinical experience in internal medicine, neurology, psychiatry, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, family medicine and sports medicine. 


22.5 credits of AOA Category 1-A CME anticipated

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


Titles in red indicate presentations available for download.

Time Title Presenter(s)
Sat., Oct. 6  
8-9 a.m. "Still Technique" Richard L. Van Buskirk, DO, FAAO
9-10 a.m. "Applying OMT Based on Position of Function"
Dr. Motyka's video presentation will not be available to download.
Thomas M. Motyka, DO
10-11 a.m. "Muscle Energy" Richard L. Van Buskirk, DO, FAAO
11 a.m.-noon "Facilitated Positional Release: Efficient and Integrative OMT for Diagnosis and Treatment" Charles J. Smutny III, DO, FAAO
1:30-5 p.m. Joint session with the AOA's Bureau of Scientific Affairs & Public Health (BSAPH)
1:30-2:15 p.m. 45th annual Thomas L. Northup Lecture: "Bringing Osteopathy Into the 21st Century" Lisa Ann DeStefano, DO
2:15-3 p.m. "Addressing Health Disparities at a Student-Run Free Clinic and Optimizing Research Opportunities" Melissa G. Pearce, DO, with Chiara Rosenbaum, OMS II, and Timothy Kim, OMS II
Presented in partnership with the AOA Bureau of Osteopathic Clinical Education and Research
3-4 p.m. "The Impact of OMM on Patients With Parkinson's Disease: Lessons Learned and Future Directions" Sheldon C. Yao, DO
Presented in partnership with the AOA Bureau of Osteopathic Clinical Education and Research
4-5 p.m. "Osteopathic Science: From Theory to Practice to Best Practice" Wolfgang Gerhard Gilliar, DO, FAAPMR
Sun., Oct. 7
8 a.m.-noon Joint session with ACONP
8-9:15 a.m. "OPP/OMT in Peripheral Neuropathy" Joshua Alexander, DO, MPH
9:15-10:30 a.m. "OMM and Anxiety Disorders" Teodor Huzij, DO, FACN
10:30-11:45 a.m. "An Osteopathic Approach to Headache" Sheri Anne Hull, DO
11:45 a.m.-noon Panel discussion Joshua Alexander, DO, MPH
Sheri Anne Hull, DO
Teodor Huzij, DO, FACN
1:30-3:30 p.m. Joint session with ACONP and ACOP 
1:30-2 p.m. "Integrative Approaches in Pediatrics: What Is It?" Shawn Kristian Centers, DO, MH, FACOP
2-3:30 p.m. "Integrative Approaches to Pain and Addiction—Hands-On OMT" Shawn Kristian Centers, DO, MH, FACOP
3:30-5 p.m. Joint session with ACOP
3:30-5 p.m. "Osteopathic Techniques for the Hip and Knee in Pediatric Patients" Doris B. Newman, DO, FAAO
Mon., Oct. 8  
8 a.m.-noon Joint session with ACOFP and AOASM: Athlete Wellness and Awareness
8-9 a.m. "Safe Sport and Physician Prep for Events" Rebeccah Rodriguez Regner, DO, FACOFP
Priscilla Tu, DO, FAOASM
9-10 a.m. "Five Ethical Dilemmas Physicians Face in Everyday Practice" Elizabeth Petsche, JD
10-11 a.m. "OMT Sensitive: Treatment/Documentation/Physician Protection" (Additional handout: The Ten Essential Elements of Dignity) Sharon Gustowski, DO, MPH
11 a.m.-noon Panel discussion  Carrie Downing-Larick, MPH
Sharon Gustowski, DO, MPH
Rebeccah Rodriguez Regner, DO
Priscilla Tu, DO
1:30-2:30 p.m. Joint session with ACOFP, ACONP and AOASM  
1:30-2:30 p.m. "Advanced Neuroimaging in Concussion: A Translational Collaboration Opportunity" David Baron, MDEd, DO, DLFAPA, DFACN, FRSM
2:30-5 p.m. Joint session with ACOFP and AOASM  
2:30-2:45 p.m. "OMT on the Field"
Dr. Motyka's video presentation will not be available to download.
Thomas M. Motyka, DO
2:45-3:30 p.m. "Concussion Update Guidelines, Sideline Management, Return-to-play, and Learn Protocol" Jeffrey Bytomski, DO, FAOASM
3:30-3:45 p.m. "OMT in the Office"
Dr. Motyka's video presentation will not be available to download.
Thomas M. Motyka, DO
3:45-4:30 p.m. "In-Office Treatment and Follow-up of the Concussed Athlete and Discussion on Return to Learn and Play Protocols" Jeffrey P. Anthony, DO, FAAFP, FAOASM
4:30-5 p.m. "OMT Return to Play"
Dr. Motyka's video presentation will not be available to download.
Thomas M. Motyka, DO


New Ideas Forum 2019

AAO members who submit the most promising proposals for advancing osteopathic manipulative medicine will be given 15 to 30 minutes to outline their thoughts, demonstrate their techniques and field questions from their peers.

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AAO Recognized for Contributions to Profession

On Saturday, July 21, the AAO was one of four recipients of the American Osteopathic Association’s 2019 STARs (Strategic Team Award and Recognition) for its dedication to advancing osteopathic medicine. The STARs recognize contributions made by state, specialty and regional affiliates, colleges of osteopathic medicine, osteopathic postdoctoral training institutions (OPTIs), and nonpractice affiliates that have advanced the osteopathic profession. The award honors programs and activities that align with the initiatives in the AOA’s strategic plan.