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..  The Society extends its condolences to the Depfer family on Charles' passing.


Our most recent meeting was held on October 18th.   

Our speakers and support for the evening were provided by The Lankenau Heart Institute.
Topic:  Advances in Cardiovascular Care
Eric Gnall, DO Interventional Cardiology
Vincent DiGiovanni, DO Vascular Surgery
The DSOMS thanks Lankenau Hospital for its continuing support and educational opportunities



Edward R. Sobel, DO

Executive Director

Representation at this national meeting had two parts. The first part was the UFOS meeting, the second part the HOD.

On the evening of July 21, the United Federation of Osteopathic Societies (UFOS) (formally the Small States Federation) held its meeting. UFOS is composed of forty states, Washington, DC and the military and was conceived to balance the needs of the small states and divisional groups within the AOA.

While it is probably useful to belong to the UFOS, the reality is that most of the decisions and procedures are determined before the actual meeting by the board.

The major focus of UFOS this session was to:

  • Petition that several of the resolutions which would be considered by the HOD be modified.   One concerned the duplication of effort to maintain CME while at the same time having to maintain maintenance of practice and that the need to simultaneously maintain both registries.
  • Recommend that the AOA require CME to be maintained since this is already a function of societies, states, etc.   If a physician maintained one of these alternate registries, this would be considered sufficient.

The meeting of the AOA HOD occurred on July 22-24. Among the reports during the morning House meeting:

  • A report by Dr. Nasca from ACGME on the progress of the transition to a unified program for residency and fellowship training by DOs and MDs.   The program is underway and anticipated to take 5 years to transition the many individual training programs into a single unified ACGME. Among things that will be achieved:
    • The ACGME will accept the AOA program directors on an even footing with the MD directors.
    • AOA Board certification pass rates will be accepted by ACGME
    • All DOs and MDs will be eligible for fellowships
    • MD residents will need to demonstrate readiness to enter DO training programs
    • DO program size (many residencies, especially in rural areas are small) will not matter
  • The JAOA will begin to work on scholarly activity with residents, students and doctors They will be given tools to submit articles for publications.       We may want to encourage our Delaware residents to submit manuscripts.
  • Andy Slavitt, the acting administrator for CMS gave a presentation
    • He presented a vision of the future of Medicare and Medicaid
    • He anticipates a move to a better payment system now that we’ve moved away from SGR.
    • The better payment system will encourage better patient care.
    • CMS is working to have a better focus on patients
    • CMS is working to reduce physician reporting
    • Make technology more user friendly to reduce the burden on small practices by putting pressure on EHR vendors
  • Dr. O’Shea noted that the AOA is
    • Encouraging research and development by increasing funding from $300K to $1M
    • Work on programs to decrease opioid misuse and abuse through an education program
    • Develop a national empathy study
  • The AOA is on sound financial footing and passed its last audit completely and successfully
  • The AOA is working on a strategic plan for the future.   Currently there are 5 phases and 5 more will be added in the future.

On the afternoon of July 22, the various reference committees met to consider a plethora of resolutions. The committees were:

  • The Ad Hoc
  • Constitution and Bylaws
  • Educational Affairs
  • Public Affairs
  • Professional Affairs
  • Committee on Resolutions
  • Joint/Board House Budget Review

On Saturday morning, July 23, the whole HOD met to review the Reference Committee reports. Each report was individually reviewed by the entire House.

The A.T. Still Memorial Address was given by Martin S. Levine, DO of New Jersey, a 3rd generation DO in a 4 generational family of 20 osteopathic physicians.

At a House of Delegates Awards Luncheon, the following awards were given:

  • “STAR”      Strategic Planning Partnership Award
  • Excellence in Journalism Award
  • Northrup Award
  • Presidential Citations.

Following lunch, the House continued to meet to review the Reference Committees’ reports.

On Sunday, July 24, the House met once again to review final reports and elect officers of the AOA. The officers of the AOA for the coming year are:

  • Boyd R. Buser, DO, President
  • Mark Baker, DO, President Elect
  • Robert Pacinnini, DO, 1st Vice President
  • Bruce Wolf, DO, 2nd Vice President
  • C. Michael Ogle, DO, 3rd Vice President
  • Elected to the Board of Trustees:
    • James Lally, DO
    • Barbara Walker, DO
    • William Mayo, DO
    • Richard Thacker, DO
    • Ernest Gelb, DO
    • Thomas Ely, DO
    • Sorbol Shalid-Salles, DO
    • James DeMeo, DO
    • Jordon Hitchens, OMSIV

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. 

Learn more about Osteopathic Medicine by clicking on the Osteopathic Medicine tab on this page.

 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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