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.

Healthy Living

When you’re shopping for something, it’s good to have options to help you decide on the best choice for you.

This remains true when shopping for health care providers. However, determining which of the numerous health care options is right for you can be difficult. Like what’s the difference between a doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) and a medical doctor (MD), or the difference between a physician assistant and a nurse practitioner?

If such questions have you confused, this article is a handy guide to help you understand your options and choose the right health care professional for you.

Doctor of osteopathic medicine

As mentioned above, DO stands for doctor of osteopathic medicine, and while DOs receive equivalent training to a medical doctor (MD), they also receive 200 hours of training in osteopathic manipulative medicine, which is used to diagnose and treat structural and functional issues in the bones, joints, tissues and muscles of the body.

DOs, like MDs, are found in all medical specialties, such as emergency medicine, neurology and pediatrics. The difference that sets DOs apart is mainly philosophical. DOs are trained to take a whole-person approach to patient care, not just focus on treatment of a disease. They also focus on wellness and prevention, while considering the patient’s mental, physical and emotional status, which contribute to overall health.

Medical doctor

MDs and DOs are the most highly trained health care professionals. This training teaches them to not only treat symptoms but to view the body as a system and link those symptoms to an underlying condition. Both MDs and DOs prescribe medication and can perform surgery, something others on this list cannot do.

The current market has seen a shortage of doctors in some areas and in some cases people who believe they are being treated by a doctor are actually seeing a person in another role like one of the next three professions.

Physician assistant

PAs are able to perform many of the same functions as MDs and DOs, including ordering X-rays, conducting physical exams and even prescribing medication. However, a PA’s training is limited and these professionals work under the supervision of a licensed MD or DO.

Nurse practitioner

Perhaps the least widely known of the five on this list, a nurse practitioner is a registered nurse who has advanced their education and training—via a master’s or doctorate degree—to specialize in a given area, such as women’s health or pediatrics.

In addition to diagnosing conditions, nurse practitioners also prioritize counseling and health education in their work. NPs can practice independently in some states while others require them to work under an MD or DO.

Registered nurse

The most common medical professional on this list, RNs generally have a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. They have experience assessing symptoms, offering patient support and recording medical histories. As with nurse practitioners, patient education is a vital component of an RN’s role.

Yet, while RNs are skilled medical professionals, they are not allowed to work independently and cannot write prescriptions. In all cases an RN must work under the supervision of a DO or MD.

Finding the best solution for you

So, which health care professional is right for you? Start by matching your needs to the qualifications of the professionals above and from there, search based on what is most important to you. Be diligent in your search, because finding the perfect solution for your medical needs will make it worth the time spent considering all those options.

To find a practicing DO in your area, visit doctorsthatdo.org.


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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