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Welcome to the official site for the Delaware State Osteopathic Medical Society (DSOMS). The DSOMS is a non-profit professional organization comprised of osteopathic physicians, residents, interns, and medical students who meet the membership requirements of the DSOMS Constitution and Bylaws. We are affiliated with the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

News, Business & CME Meetings

The DSOMS is sad to announce the passing of our member, Charles Depfer, DO.  Information about Dr. Depfer and memorial events are available from the News-Journal at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/delawareonline/obituary.aspx?n=charles-a-depfer&pid=181591554.  The Society extends its condolences to the Depfer family on Charles' passing.

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Our next meeting will be October 18th.   Members have received invitations by email.   If you are a member of DSOMS and have not received an email invitation, please contact Michele at 302-543-4767.   Residents, students and DOs who are not members and are interested in attending should contact DSOMS using the contact information on this website.   Thank you

Harry's Savoy Grill and Ballroom
5:30pm - Hors D'oeuvres and Cocktails,
6:00pm - Presentation
 
Our speakers and support for the evening are provided by The Lankenau Heart Institute.
 
Topic:  Advances in Cardiovascular Care
Presenters:
Eric Gnall, DO Interventional Cardiology
Vincent DiGiovanni, DO Vascular Surgery

A Look Back

Dr. Andrew Taylor Still is credited with starting the Osteopathic medical profession when he founded the American School of Osteopathy (now A.T. Still University) in Kirksville, Missouri in 1892.

Dr. Still was born in Virginia in 1828, the son of a Methodist minister and physician. At an early age he decided to follow in his father's footsteps and become a physician. After studying medicine and serving an apprenticeship under his father, he became a licensed MD in the state of Missouri. In the early 1860s, he completed additional coursework at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Kansas City, MO and went on to serve as a surgeon in the Union Army during the Civil War.

After the Civil War and following the death of three of his children from spinal meningitis in 1864, Dr. Still concluded that the orthodox medical practices of his day were frequently ineffective, and sometimes harmful. He devoted the next ten years of his life to studying the human body and finding better ways to treat disease.

His research and clinical observations led him to believe that the musculoskeletal system played a vital role in health and disease. He concluded that the body contained all of the elements needed to maintain health, if properly stimulated. Dr. Still believed that by correcting problems in the body's structure, through the use of manual techniques now known as osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM), the body's ability to function and to heal itself could be greatly improved. He also promoted the idea of preventive medicine and endorsed the philosophy that physicians should focus on treating the whole patient, rather than just the disease. 

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 Welcome to the official site for the Delaware State Osteopathic Medical Society (DSOMS). The DSOMS is a non-profit professional educational organization comprised of osteopathic physicians, residents, interns, and medical students who meet the membership requirements of the DSOMS Constitution and Bylaws. We are an affiliate of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).  The DSOMS has represented the needs of the Osteopathic physicians in our state since our incorporation in 1945.   We provide Category 1-A educational opportunities throughout the year. You can learn more about us and the history of the Osteopathic profession in Delaware on our website.   Please feel free to contact us by clicking on the Contact tab on this page.

Points of Contact

Delaware State
Osteopathic Medical Society
P.O. Box 2693
Wilmington, DE 19805
Phone: 302.543.4767
Email: dsomsoc@gmail.com

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