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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

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

 

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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.

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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. 

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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

and

 “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.

Americans are lonely and our health is suffering for it. Isolation is often an underlying factor in many of the most common health conditions, including chronic pain, substance abuse and depression, according to osteopathic physicians.

Long working hours, increased use of social media—in many cases surpassing in-person interaction—and a mobile workforce traveling or living far from family contribute to high rates of loneliness, noted Jennifer Caudle, DO, assistant professor of family medicine at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine.

“Loneliness is an invisible epidemic masked by our online personas, which are rarely representative of our real emotions,” said Dr. Caudle. “It’s important for patients to understand how their mental and emotional well-being directly affects the body. By taking a whole-person approach to care, osteopathic physicians are trained to address these underlying issues that can quietly erode patients’ health.”

Addressing loneliness

Many of the institutions that once created community, such as schools, churches and neighborhood organizations, have been replaced by online versions or more solitary activities, Dr. Caudle noted, adding to modern day loneliness.

Just over 3 in 10 (31%) Americans reported feeling a sense of loneliness at least once a week, suggesting this condition is widespread and likely affects someone you know.

A survey last year of more than 2,000 American adults found 72 percent report having felt a sense of loneliness, with nearly a third (31 percent) experiencing loneliness at least once a week. The survey was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of the American Osteopathic Association.

In the survey, just over 3 in 10 (31%) Americans reported feeling a sense of loneliness at least once a week, suggesting this condition is widespread and likely affects someone you know. Despite a high quantity of online connections, many people feel disconnected.

The first step in addressing loneliness is to determine whether those feelings are caused by depression. A physician can diagnose any existing mental health conditions and suggest treatment options. To limit loneliness, Dr. Caudle recommends some simple steps to help increase real social engagement:

  1. Consider a digital cleanse. Social networks can offer real connections, but the curated platforms may overemphasize the success of others, which can lead to feelings of inadequacy. For more empowering activities, consider enrolling in a continuing education course or spending time enjoying nature.

  2. Exercise with others. Participating in a running club, group fitness course or team sport can have dual benefits, creating opportunities to meet new people while also improving physical health. Many sports stores, churches and community groups offer free weekly activities including fun runs and yoga.

  3. Buy local. Developing a routine that includes visiting a local shopkeeper, coffee shop, farmers’ market or gym builds roots in the community. Creating relationships with local vendors can lead to a sense of shared history and camaraderie.

  4. Step out of your comfort zone. Introducing yourself to nearby neighbors or engaging with people in the building elevator—while initially uncomfortable—can begin the process of developing community and has the added bonus of alleviating loneliness for others.

  5. Change jobs, schools or cities. This drastic option is not always possible, and certainly not easy, but it may have the most significant impact. Start by identifying the culture that would best fit your personality and work toward a transition.

“Face-to-face communication is critical for emotional and mental health,” Dr. Caudle added. “Seeking out meaningful human interactions makes patients happier and, ultimately, healthier overall.”

Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DOs) focus on prevention by gaining a deeper understanding of your lifestyle and environment, rather than just treating your symptoms. To learn more, visit www.DoctorsThatDO.org.

 

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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