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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).

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UPCOMING CME AND BUSINESS MEETING

The most recent 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. 

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LETTER TO GOVERNOR CARNEY ON HEALTH CARE ISSUES

January 19, 2017

The Honorable John Carney, Governor of Delaware

Dear Governor Carney:

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and Delaware State Osteopathic Medical Society (DSOMS), representing nearly 130,000 osteopathic physicians and medical students, including over 300 in Delaware, are committed to ensuring a high quality, patient-centered, cost-efficient health care system for our nation. Today, osteopathic physicians (DOs) represent nearly 1 in 5 U.S. physicians, and 1 in 4 medical students. DOs practice in every medical specialty and in every state across the nation. The osteopathic approach to medicine is best expressed as a partnership between physicians and their patients to improve health, promote wellness, and enhance prevention.

It is our understanding that the incoming Administration and Congress are seeking input from Governors as they consider potential changes to our nation’s health care system. As you work with federal policymakers to promote the flexibility needed to address the access, quality and cost issues facing your state, the AOA and DSOMS would like to emphasize that as part of the osteopathic philosophy, it is our priority to ensure access to affordable care and coverage for our patients.

While great progress has been made over the last decade to advance such efforts, we also recognize and support the need to improve the current system. We therefore urge you to promote any approach to reform that maintains the stability of insurance markets, minimizes uncertainty, and encompasses the following priorities. We offer our assistance and expertise as you introduce and debate these efforts:

 Foundation based on prevention and care coordination: Primary care is the cornerstone of effective patient-centered care and coordination. We continue to support the use of health information technology as an important tool for achieving care coordination, but encourage state and federal policymakers to revisit the current mandates which employ flawed systems that interfere in the physician-patient relationship.

With the osteopathic philosophy to care focused on the needs of the ‘whole person’ (mind, body, spirit, and environment), we strongly support delivery models like the patient-centered medical home that enhance and promote the foundational role of primary care physicians and emphasize the provision of coordinated care across the health care spectrum. We strongly support health care reforms that incentivize and broaden opportunities for physicians to participate in more of these models across the payor landscape in order to continue the transformation towards a value-based health care system. Coverage of evidence-based, preventive services without cost-sharing to patients should also be preserved as a requirement of insurance plans. The Honorable John Carney January 19, 2017 Page 2

 The patient-physician relationship must be preserved: The establishment and ongoing maintenance of stable physician-patient relationships is critical to patient adherence and achievement of desired outcomes. Physicians’ clinical judgments, in partnership with their patients, should be the primary driver of care decisions.

 Development of a strong physician workforce is critical: The osteopathic medical profession has long committed to ensuring care for patients in rural and underserved communities, as evidenced in part by the establishment of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine in these very areas. Yet current restrictions on post-graduate training have resulted in shortages in many areas of primary and specialty care. To ensure patients are receiving the best quality care and attention that they deserve, we support new and innovative models for the distribution of graduate medical education funding at the state and federal level. Additionally, payment models should incentivize physicians to provide care in rural and underserved areas, specifically in those specialties of greatest need.

 Coverage and access to care must be ensured: Whether their coverage is through a private or public payor, any patient should have coverage for, and access to, a core set of essential benefits and a broad network of physicians to include primary and specialty care across all aspects of medical and behavioral health. We firmly believe that patients should not be charged higher premiums nor denied coverage based on their pre-existing health care conditions or past medical history, sex, disability, race or ethnicity, family history, or gender. Lastly, there should be a safety net of care that is accessible to the most vulnerable in our nation of all ages who lack the resources to access coverage directly themselves.

The AOA and DSOMS look forward to working with the State of Delaware, the new Administration, and the 115

th Congress to advance necessary changes that increase access to high-quality, affordable health care. Should you or your staff have any questions, please contact Nick Schilligo, AOA’s Associate Vice President for State Government Affairs, at nschilligo@osteopathic.org or (312) 202-8185.

Sincerely,

Anna Marie Sullivan, DO, President, DSOMS

Boyd R. Buser, DO, President, AOA

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RECENT MEETING

Our previous business and CME 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
Presenters:
Eric Gnall, DO Interventional Cardiology
Vincent DiGiovanni, DO Vascular Surgery
 
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.

 

Raising healthy children in today’s supersized and super busy world can be quite the challenge. It’s tempting to give in to the convenience of fast food and sedentary lifestyles, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that obesity affects 1 out of 6 children and teens in the United States, putting them at risk for serious health problems like Type 2 diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.

Organizing active family outings and providing healthy snacks are two ways to model healthy choices for kids.

Stanley E. Grogg, DO, an osteopathic pediatrician from Tulsa, Oklahoma, shares easy tips for parents to help their children make healthier choices, lead healthier lives and combat childhood obesity.

Focusing on preventive care, Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, or DOs, look beyond your symptoms to consider how environmental and lifestyle factors impact your health. DOs can partner with you to help you not only get healthy, but to set appropriate goals by taking your health history into account.

5 Ways to Be Healthier

    • Approach healthy eating the right way.

“When talking about nutrition, explain to kids that healthy foods make their mind and body strong,” says Dr. Grogg. “Kids tend to respond to that competitive edge.” He suggests that you let children choose healthy foods during trips to the grocery store because it gives them a sense of ownership in the process.

    • Stay on track with healthy snacks.

It’s not just about healthy options at breakfast, lunch and dinner but everything in between meals. Dr. Grogg recommends fruits, low-sugar cereals, low-fat dairy products, vegetables, grains, and lean, unprocessed meats as snacks. “Cut up fruit and veggies and store them in containers on a low shelf in the fridge so kids can easily see them and reach them,” Dr. Grogg suggests. 

    • Get the whole family moving.

“Children and teens need 60 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity every day, if possible,” says Dr. Grogg. “Physical activity strengthens bones, decreases blood pressure, reduces stress and anxiety, and increases confidence and self-esteem.” Dr. Grogg recommends scheduling family physical activity time such as hikes, bike rides and even walking on a regular basis. He also advises families to start in moderation so children see the activities as fun rather than punishment.

    • Rethink that drink.

Dr. Grogg recommends limiting your intake of sugary drinks, including fruit juices, which can to significantly reduce caloric intake and risk of tooth decay.

    • Limit the tech time.

“All that inactive time spent texting and playing video games is a huge risk factor for obesity,” says Dr. Grogg. Encourage children to find fun activities to do with family, pets, friends, or on their own that involve more physical activity and less screen time. You’ll also help them avoid mindless snacking. He advises no screen time for kids under 2 years old and no more than two hours per day of screen time, which includes the internet and video games, for older children.

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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