OMED 2023

OMED 2023 was held on Oct. 6-8, in Orlando, Florida (WDW Dolphin/Swan Hotel) and virtually.  The AAO program at OMED 2023 topic was Dynamic OsteopathyThe recordings and on-demand CME through AAO are available for viewing and purchase.

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:
Review the history and goals of the Still-Hildreth Sanatorium
Review research regarding patient records at SHS and what osteopathic psychiatry encompassed there
Discuss what the future of osteopathic psychiatry could look like
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:                                                                                                                                


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. 
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: 


To introduce the participants to the background of using LAS 
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:     


Develop empathy for attendee’s spheres of influence (family, friends, coworkers, staff, other doctors)
Exploring how trauma plays a role in osteopathy
Addressing trauma, osteopathy, and sports medicine 
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


Review cranial anatomy in the newborn
Review common ailments in the newborn population 
Discuss osteopathic treatments, goals, considerations, and safety
Demonstrate osteopathic techniques


Saturday, October 7
9:00-11:00 a.m.
Robyn Young, DO, Promoting Resiliency through Osteopathic Cranial Manipulative Medicine
Learning Objectives:


Be able to assess and treat a patient using primarily balanced membranous tension techniques during a twenty minute time constraint
Be able to give a cranial treatment seated, standing.
Define groundedness as it relates to the patient's polarity
Be able to ground and rebalance the patient
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:


Discuss basic traditional Chinese medicine principles relating to the flow of Qi (energy), emotions, and internal organs
Discuss the coherence between the principles of osteopathic medicine and traditional Chinese medicine
Explore patient engagement and palpating various emotional and energetic dysfunctions
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


Review growth of Osteopathic Medicine in US over past 50 years.
Highlight major changes in medical education in the US
Describe challenges which can be viewed as opportunities to education and patient care
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:


Define Dynamic Strain and discuss how it manifests from a palpation perspective in dysfunctional tissues.
Describe and demonstrate treatment of somatic dysfunction using Dynamic Strain-Vector Release.
Define the Bioenergetic Model and discuss it in context to the 5 Classic Osteopathic Models.
List at least 5 other osteopathic manipulative techniques that may be explained mechanistically using bioenergetics.
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


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


Provide a basic review of Osteopathic Principles. 
Provide a basic review of common Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) modalities.
Describe and discuss techniques for specific neurological diseases of the head and neck.  
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


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