2014 Annual Meeting

Registration is Open!

The 2014 Annual Meeting and Student Conference will be held in Downer's Grove, Illinois on May 1-4, 2014.

Please CLICK HERE for our Registration Packet for the event.  It includes the schedule for the Annual Meeting and the Student Conference as well all the information you need to register for the event.

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago.


Online Membership

Thank You for Creating Your Online Membership Profile


Files-smThank you for visiting the AMOPS website and creating your online membership profile. A benefit of creating the online profile is that you will receive the AMOPS Weekly Update on a regular basis and be kept abreast of what’s going on in the Association.

As we progress through updating our website, we will be adding a log in feature for our membership and this will contain information that only our members will be granted access to.

Beginning this week, the log in button will be posted on the site and you will be able to log in using the user name and password that you created when you completed the membership profile.

Please help us to expand our network of members by encouraging your peers, colleagues and friends to also visit the site and create a profile.

Thank you again for your commitment to AMOPS. Please visit the website often and look for updates. If you have suggestions to make it better, please send them along.


Flight Surgeon of the Year

COL Salvador Renteria Is Honored by the Army Aviation Association of America as Flight Surgeon of the Year

Renteria AwardWe all send our congratulations and best wishes to COL Salvador P. Renteria for being selected as the recipient of the Flight Surgeon of the Year Award

AMOPS Committees

AMOPS Committees are Underway In the spirit of working together to make AMOPS great, we have begun working through committees. We have established the Membership Committee and the Education Committee. (Please see the website for a full listing of committee members.)

Under the leadership of COL David Towle, the Membership Committee met via telephone conference last week and the work of attracting and retaining members has begun. The first task at hand is to identify our osteopathic military students, residents and physicians. The Education Committee will meet via telephone Thursday, August 8 to begin the task of scheduling the topics and presenters for our Annual Meeting set for next May 1-4 in the Greater Chicago Area. Education Committee Chair COL Salvador Renteria is leading the charge on the Education Committee and is happy for volunteers to join us. Please mark your calendar for those dates in May and plan to join us. Details will be forthcoming. If you are interested in joining the Membership or Education Committee, you are welcome. Please email Stephanie Wilson at Wilson@AMOPS.org of your interest.

From the Battlefield to the Bedside

From the Battlefield to the Bedside:
How Military Medical and Combat Experience Can Help Civilian Patient Care

As witnessed in the Boston bombing, military medical experience has led to dramatic advances in medical care that saved the lives of the bombing victims. (Martin Levine, DO gives account of the Boston bombing: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Boston-Marathon-Explosion-Injuries-Casualties-Limbs-Legs-Severed-New-Jersey-Doctor-Martin-Levine-Medical-Tent-203133461.html )

Given that military medical and combat experience provides physical and emotional benefits to civilian patient care, the AOA has launched From the Battlefield to the Bedside program. The goal is to provide best practice resources to the osteopathic profession in an effort to utilize those benefits in providing patient-centered care.

Currently, the AOA is a partner in the White House’s Joining Forces Initiative to raise awareness within the osteopathic physician community about the medical needs of military veterans. In addition, the nation’s 29 osteopathic medical schools have pledged to grow the body of knowledge leading to the improvement of health care and wellness of our veterans. (www.osteopathic.org/veterans; www.aacom.org/programs/joiningforces/Pages/default.aspx) (www.hsc.unt.edu/orc/research_completed.aspx; www.hsc.unt.edu/orc/research_publications.aspx)

AOA’s Battlefield to Bedside program takes AOA’s participation in Joining Forces to the next level -- to raise awareness within the osteopathic profession about the military medical advances that can be passed on to civilian counterparts. Ten percent of medical officers in the U.S. military are osteopathic physicians. A program that uses the benefits of military experience contributes to the osteopathic philosophy of treating the whole person, not just symptoms which is the cornerstone of patient-centered care. (The Hero Next Door: www.do-online.org/TheDO/?p=140981; In the Field: http://www.do-online.org/TheDO/?p=124561; Training Ground: http://www.do-online.org/TheDO/?p=125791)

In the effort to raise awareness, the AOA has compiled a list of resources for research and best practices involving military medicine.
U.S. Army Medical Department Journal

Trauma and Acute Care Surgery

Military Medicine Archives

Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine Annual Report 2012

Defense Medical Research and Development Program

Military Medicine Journal

U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases

Medical Advances as a Result of War

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Samueli Institute: Center for Military Medical Research

US Army Institute of Surgical Research Clinical Practice Guidelines

MHS (Military Health System) Publication Search - ability to search peer-reviewed articles - subject areas includes TBI

VA Epidemiology Research Listed by Title

VA Research on Military Exposures

Environmental Exposure Pocket Card

List of VA Research by Topic Areas - includes TBI and PTSD

Association of Military Surgeons of the U.S.

Federal Practitioner: A peer reviewed journal for health care professionals

Other Information
Brainline.org - Comprehensive TBI site - contains section for health care professionals which includes research information, fact sheets, and other tools/resources

National Resource Directory - Contains research and health information for health professionals providing care to veterans

The information below references information re: our Joining Forces webpage, but provides direct links to specific information:
VA Patient Treatment

Guidelines and Best Practices for such areas as: Hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS etc.
Clinician Pocket Guides:
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury -Concussion


VA/DOD Clinical Practice Guidelines

Topics listed for chronic disease, mental health, military-related conditions, pain, rehabilitation, and women’s health. Webpage includes pocket card for clinicians on shared decision-making

Webpage also includes link to articles on pain care in military:

VA National Center for PTSD: Website contains information which includes a section specifically for physicians on screening and referring for PTSD, informational research and resources.

Addiction Medicine
American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine Journal:

Other journals and information:

Allergy and Immunology
Allergy and Immunology Resources

Military Advanced Regional Anesthesia and Analgesia Handbook

Chemical Warfare Agents

Emergency Medicine
Advances in pre-hospital trauma care
Evaluation of Junctional Tourniquet Designed for combat, human tissue study
Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Pre-hospital Combat Casualty Care

Family Medicine
Military Family Doctor:

Internal Medicine
History of military contributions to the study of diarrheal diseases

Medical Informatics
Standardizing Medication Error Event Reporting in U.S. Department of Defense

Neurology and Psychiatry
Cortical Thinning in Patients with PTSD
Neuropsychological and neuroimaging findings in TBI and PTSD
Advances in neuroimaging of TBI and PTSD
Enhanced neuro-rehabilitation techniques in the DVBIC Assisted Living Pilot Project
Defense and Brain Injury Information Center: Site contains section for medical providers, which includes: online information on TBI, includes online education information, fact sheets, and webinars.
National Intrepid Center of Excellence
DoD institute dedicated to the evaluation, treatment, and research of TBI and psychological health conditions

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology
Resident Manual of Trauma to the Face, Head, and Neck

Management of Facial Trauma: Lessons of War

Innovations in Military Handling of Facial Trauma

Orthopedic Surgery in the U.S. Army: Historical Review

Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine


Virtual Reality & Interactive Gaming Technology for Obese and Diabetic Children: Is Military Medical Technology Applicable?


Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
New Nerve and muscle interfaces aid wounded warrior amputees
Military Lower Extremity Amputee Rehabilitation
Article from VA Journal on Rehabilitation Research and Development

Colorectal Cancer: Lessons Learned from U.S. Armed Forces

Prolotherapy Regenerative Pain Management
New procedure revolutionizes battlefield approach to Pain
Pain Management Task Force Final Report 2010
Collaborative Effort with U.S. Military
Stereotactic Radiosurgery with Cyberknife
Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute

Rheumatic Diseases

Sports Medicine
Advances in Wound Care: Volume 1
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Plastic Surgery Challenges in War Wounded

Create Your Online Profile

As we move into a new membership management system at AMOPS, we are dedicated to providing the most up-to-date information and we need your help with this project.

Please take a moment to complete your membership profile and ensure that we have your latest contact and professional information.  The profile is short and will only take moments to complete yet it will be a tremendous help towards our continued success.

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