From the Director: From OMED to Convocation

The network has been very busy. In addition to processing data and preparing manuscripts from the OMM Utilization Study completed last September, we have participated in the AOA’s OMED conference last October in Seattle and in the AAO’s convocation this March in Louisville. We are also currently planning for this year’s fourth annual Network Membership Meeting.

Jane Johnson, DO-Touch.NET Associate Director, presented a poster at the OMED Annual Research Conference in Seattle on October 26, 2014. In this poster, additional results from our pilot OMM Utilization Study were presented.  Ms. Johnson compared the somatic dysfunction findings between those with different forms of headache and those with low back pain. The abstract can be found in the JAOA, March 2014, Vol. 114, 154-170. We also announced funding for our third study, Patient-reported Adverse Events from Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment.

The AAO convocation was incredibly successful for DO-Touch.NET this year. The convocation marks the launch our new study, Patient-reported Adverse Events from Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment. Please see page two for an article detailing the current status and how to get involved! Our booth was never empty, enrolling over 40 new members which includes 10 new international members! Due to the enthusiasm of the students at the AAO Convocation, we decided to start a new student component of DO-Touch,NET. We now have over 20 student members (see page 2 for more information).

Our fourth annual Network Membership Meeting is just around the corner. This year we will discuss the cause and frequency of increased complaints from patients after OMT. The  meeting will offer skills labs on localization, diagnosis, and pressure used during OMM. In addition, everyone in attendance will receive 20 hours of category 1A CME credit from the AOA at no cost.  The date for this years meeting has been planned for September 10—12, 2015. Please mark your calendar for this year’s annual meeting dates. We hope you will join us and we look forward to seeing you there!