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

Spring CME Meeting; Help Vaccinate your Patients for HPV

The DSOMS Spring CME Conference was held on May 10, 2018.     The conference topics were on Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.  Here were the topics for the CME program:

5:00pm  James Ziccardi, DO – Exercise: the Road to Recovery

6:00pm  William Emanuele, DO – Concussion Management

7:00pm  Bernard King, DO – Performance Enhancing Steroids

8:00pm  Victor Kalman, DO – Physical Examination of the Hip: Indications for Hip Arthroscopy

9:00pm  Nicholas Biasotto, DO – Legislative Update: Gun Control



As part of a contract Quality Insights of Delaware has with the State, QID is working to increase the use of HPV vaccine for appropriate candidates. 

If you are interested, QID can work with your practice to bring resources and create awareness, and hopefully immunization of appropriate patients.

The goal is to have practices enrolled and promoting HPV vaccine before the end of June.   If you are interested, let either Dr Sobel (esobel@qualityinsights.org) or Lisa Gruss (lgruss@qualityinsights.org) who heads this up for QID know, and we will get the ball rolling for your practice.


The most reccent meeting of the DSOMS was on March 14 at the University and Whist Club.

The speaker was Julieanna Sees, DO who presented a presentation on "Gait in Children with Cerebral Palsy."

The meeting was sponsored by St. Francis Healthcare; the DSOMS thanks SFH for their continuing support. 


Our previous membership meeting and CME program was November 7, 2017.   

Our  CME presentations were:

“Clearing Confusion about Breast Density”

presented by Robin Ciocca, DO, Surgical Oncologist/General Surgeon


 “Treating Irritable Bowel” presented by Nicole Albert, DO, Gastroenterologist.  

Their presentations were sponsored by Main Line Health System. 

The DSOMS thanks Main Line Health System for its continuing support of the Society.




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.

Blood Donation Can Save Lives

Blood donations are used for many different procedures including trauma victim care; heart surgery; organ transplants; and treatment for leukemia and cancer.

For patients undergoing these procedures, blood donations can be lifesaving, but fewer than 10% of eligible healthy Americans donate blood each year. That accounts for what the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) estimates as more than 9 million donors each year.

Thirty million blood components are transfused every year.

Approximately 41,000 units of blood are required in hospitals and emergency treatment facilities throughout the country each day.

“As our population ages and medical advancements require blood transfusions, the need for blood continues to increase,” explains Alan Langnas, DO, an osteopathic surgeon practicing in Omaha, Nebraska.

“When blood donations are made, the blood is separated into several components including red blood cells, plasma, platelets and other elements,” Dr. Langnas explains. “Each component serves a different need.”

Who Can Donate Blood?

Those in good health who weigh at least 110 pounds can be donors. Donors should also be at least 17 years old although some states allow donations from 16-year-olds with consent from their parent or guardian. The AABB website offers information about those who should not donate blood.

Potential Side Effects of Blood Donation

You should plan to spend up to an hour for the blood donation process, which includes checking in, donating and having refreshments after you give blood.

Some side effects of blood donation include:

  • Occasional light-headedness or dizziness during or after the donation. Take advantage of the light snack, such as juice and cookies, that you’re offered after you donate. The snack helps to begin restoring fluid and iron levels that may have dropped during the donation process.
  • Possible bruising and soreness around the place where the needle was inserted.
  • Fatigue. If this condition persists after a few hours, contact your doctor.

“The body replenishes the fluid lost from donation in approximately 24 hours,” Dr. Langnas explains, “but it may take up to two months to replace the red blood cells, which is why a blood bank can only accept whole blood from someone once every eight weeks.”

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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