For three years, we have been given the opportunity to hold the DO-Touch.NET Annual Meeting just before the AAO Convocation. This year we left Dallas with tremendous outcomes and energy. At previous annual meetings, we focused on building a research culture in osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM). This year’s program focused on “Breaking News” and I am confident to break the news that DO-Touch.NET has a well-established clinical research culture in OMM that thrives as our membership grows to 500 and the number who have contributed data to the network’s research expands to over 110. Grants are being written, and data is being processed, analyzed, and interpreted. Members are being coordinated into writing teams to help disseminate the numerous outcomes generated by DO-Touch.NET studies. Members are also being recognized for their contribution to DO-Touch.NET studies. They are taking advantage of free or reduced cost CME by participating in the network’s annual research and education meeting and the advanced palpation training programs available to DO-Touch.NET members. The opportunities and potential for OMM clinicians to advance the practice of OMM through the scientific method is unprecedented. We welcome all new members, we congratulate established members for their contributions, and we encourage everyone to get involved!
Brian F. Degenhardt, DO
Director of DO-Touch.NET
Director, A.T. Still Research Institute of ATSU