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

 The DSOMS Fall Dinner and CME Course

was held on November 9th 
at the
Ammon Center, Christiana Hospital.
Topics and Speakers:
James Ziccardi, DO - Physician Burnout - An Epidemic?
Victor Rendon, DO - American Opiod Crisis
Sean Neal, VP- AOA & Julie Sees, DO, Advocacy & Political Action: Making an Osteopathic Impact
Michael Vest, DO - Non-Invasive Positive Pressure Ventilation (NIPPV)
Caitlin Halbert, DO - Bariatric Updates and Care for the Post Bariatric Patient
Coming soon:
The DSOMS Instagram website.
Watch this space for more information
Watch this space for information on our future CME and meeting events.
The DSOMS congratulates 
Andrea DeSimone, DO 
for being named Delaware's State Emerging Leader
by the
American Osteopathic Foundation's Board of Directors
as a new physician who leads her peers through exceptional service to others and an ongoing commitment to patient-centered care.   Dr. DeSimone has been recognized as fully embodying Osteopathic tenets and principles and dedicated to community service
and a deeply philanthropic spirit. 
More Information or to Join the DSOMS,
Contact our Executive Secretary,
 Jeni @228-547-3412

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.

While getting adequate rest is essential for our health, we all have nights when logging seven to eight hours of shuteye just isn’t possible. Jedidiah Ballard, DO, knows a few things about sleep deprivation. The former U.S. Army Ranger, emergency room physician and educator has had his share of sleepless nights. As a physician and fitness enthusiast, he also knows how to rise to the challenge.

Dr. Ballard, an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Augusta (Georgia) University, shares his tips to keep pushing forward when you’re behind on sleep whether you’re a college student, busy parent or just a harried human. Keep in mind that adequate, restorative sleep is essential and these tips are to be used sparingly, not on a daily basis.

Here are Dr. Ballard’s tips to power through when you’re tired.

1. Cold shower

“You don’t need to stay in there forever, just 30 seconds or so. What that’s going to do is a big rushing thing. It’ll spike your hormones a little bit. It honestly works better than a cup of coffee.”

2. Exercise

“You don’t need to really kill it, get a really intense workout like when you’re well-rested, but a short bout of exercise is again going to spike your hormones, get your energy up, get your blood flowing, and that can carry you throughout the day.”

3. Power nap

“If you have the luxury, a power nap—even 10 to 20 minutes—can recharge those batteries.”

4. Proper nutrition

“If you’re eating small, balanced meals throughout the day, some proteins, some fats, some complex carbs, you get a very steady energy surge versus starving yourself while getting too busy to eat, and then packing down a couple of doughnuts, getting a sugar spike and crash. That’s going to absolutely wipe you out.”

5. Mental preparation

“Decide that whatever it is you’re doing, be it school, work, taking care of the kids, whatever, is just more important than sleep that day. Tell yourself you’re going to be fine and power through it. People have done it before you, people are going to be able to do it after.”

Points of Contact

Our Contact Info is new as of 7/19/22:

Delaware State
Osteopathic Medical Society
4142 Ogletown-Stanton Rd. #127
Newark, DE 19713-4169
Phone:  228.547.3412
Email: dsomsoc@gmail.com

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