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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

Members, please join us for our next CME and business meeting dinner at:

Harry’s Savoy Grill and Ballroom 2020 Naaman’s Rd Wilmington, DE 19810 on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 6:00pm.

Our guest speaker will be Nicole Albert, DO, Gastroenterologist.  Her presentation is being sponsored by Main Line Health System.  The topic of her presentation will be confirmed on the formal invitation which will be forthcoming.

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

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Our previous meeting of the DSOMS was held at the University & Whist Club on February 22, 2017.

A fascinating and very informative CME program was presented by Caitlin Halbert, DO on the topic of "Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, An Update on Current Practices and Emerging Technologies"

The meeting was sponsored by St. Francis Healthcarel.   We thank St. Francis Hospital for their ongoing support of the DSOMS. 

The DSOMS thanks Lankenau Hospital for its continuing support and educational opportunities
  

 

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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