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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.

Clammy with a chance of sniffles: New health apps track sickness hotspots

Health surveillance apps are being touted as Doppler maps for disease. Do they live up to the hype?

At the touch of an icon, a smart phone can tell you if light showers or heavy wind gusts are headed your way. In the not-too-distant future, mobile apps designed to track illness could be used to accurately forecast waves of congestion, surges of fever and floods of fatigue.

Several health apps emerging on the mobile market tout themselves as Doppler maps for disease, drawing on data aggregated from search engines and social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter to track sickness hot spots in communities across the nation.

Although the technology is still developing and current data can be somewhat unreliable, such apps could soon play a key role in tracking and even preventing the spread of contagious diseases.

“Social media has really been an underutilized platform for tracking illness,” says Jay Bhatt, DO, chief health officer at the Illinois Health and Hospital Association. “It could potentially identify an illness before it really takes hold in an area.”

Dr. Bhatt and his team enhanced and managed Foodborne Chicago, an award-winning web application that uses Twitter to identify individuals who believe they may have food poisoning. The app flags public tweets for possible follow up from the city’s health department, offering the capability for health officials to track foodborne outbreaks in real time.

“This kind of tracking is a tool that offers tremendous potential for improving public health,” Dr. Bhatt says.

The reliability factor

Although the dependability of mobile apps like Sickweather, FluView and HealthMap continue to improve, many illness trackers rely heavily on self-reported, unsubstantiated data. Contributing further toward unreliability, too few users are engaging or contributing on many of the mobile platforms to make the data conclusive.

Farhad Modarai, DO, a family medicine resident at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, stresses that the number of people using illness trackers plays a significant role when it comes to reliability.

“In an ideal world, you’d want close to one-third, if not one-half of a city’s population reporting their symptoms,” he says.

Cole Zanetti, DO, points out that older surveillance trackers, such as the now-defunct Google Flu Trends tool, relied on search engine activity to predict illness trends. However, the tool’s algorithms weren’t able to discriminate between users who were searching flu symptoms or treatment options and those searching for other reasons.

“The validity of the data used to perform predictions was inaccurate,” he says. “Tools like Google Flu Trends tended to overestimate.”

New flu trackers, like ARGO, do a better job of interpreting user search behavior, resulting in more accurate estimations. Developed by Harvard statisticians, ARGO relies on Google search trends, but also incorporates CDC historical data and seasonality factors. Work is under way to make the tool more widely available.

Putting it into practice

As popularity of sickness trackers continues to increase, patients could potentially misinterpret or overreact to app data, leading to unwarranted health concerns.

“If a patient believes cases of the flu are popping up all over their neighborhood, they might be convinced they need a Tamiflu prescription when they’re really just battling a cold,” explains Aaron George, DO, a family physician in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.

Ultimately, any app that leads to open dialogue between physician and patient is a good thing, Dr. George stresses. “I love when my patients use apps that lead to thoughtful questions about health concerns,” he says. “It gives us an opportunity to have a discussion and partner together on a solution.”

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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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