April 16-19, 2015 in San Diego, California

We have designed a series of excellent CME offerings revolving around a conceptual patient that we will call G.I. Joe . . . .  understand that he can be any branch of the warrior class.  We will follow the care of this young American warrior from the moment of IED impact to his full recovery through the modern military health care system.  You will get a dynamic feel for how far military medicine has evolved and to what extend our capabilities compare favorably to any health care system in the world.  The topic specific lectures all involve the critical elements of his holistic care and optimal recovery.

As is our tradition, you will get up to the minute briefings from our various Flag officers and celebrate in a formal military mess [banquet] event.  Mark your calendars now for some outstanding CME and even better, for meaningful networking, comradery, and the true fellowship in the brotherhood of arms.  Share the news with friends and colleagues, and let’s make this the best AMOPS conference yet!

Medical Education

Conference Schedule

THEME: A Tradition of Exceptional Care: The Medical Saga of GI Joe

COURSE AGENDA (Subject to Change)

Thursday, April 16, 2015
0800-0845 Registration at the Handlery Hotel
This immersive demonstration will occur at one of the most unique training facilities in the country (formerly one of the largest independent movie/TV studios in America). You will be on a battlefield where rocket propelled grenades and IEDs will go off all around you, and a wounded G.I. Joe will receive tactical combat casualty care under fire. You will see tourniquet application, chest need decompression, and a chest tube inserted into a live person. And you may be asked to provide assistance. G.I. Joe will then be transported to an emergency room and then into an operating room where you will witness surgery performed on this live patient (who is wearing the latest “Cut Suit,” a human worn surgical simulator).
1200-1300 Lunch On Your Own at the Award Winning Studio Diner (
1300-1345 Registration at the Handlery Hotel
1345-1400 Welcome and Opening Remarks by COL (Ret) Salvador Renteria
1400-1430 Greetings From AOA President-Elect John W. Becher, DO
1430-1830  OMT Workshop: Fascial Distortion Model by Eugene Lenard, DO
1900 AMOPS Board of Directors Meeting

Friday, April 17, 2015
0645-0800 Membership Meeting Breakfast
0800-0845  Introduction to Battlefield Medicine by COL (ret) David W. Towle
0845-0930  Formal Forward Deployed Medical Assets by LTC Benjamin A. Hill, Jr.
0930 Exhibit Hours
0945-1030  Forward Surgical Capacity by COL (ret) R. Todd Dombroski
1030-1115 Critical Care in the Air (CCAT) by Patricio Bruno, DO, Lt Col, USAFR, MC, SFS
1115-1200 Viral Diseases Affecting Military Operations by Capt (ret) Dennis Amundson
1200 Sponsored Luncheon
1330-1430  Burn Care at Point of Injury by Todd R. Fredricks, DO, COL MC SFS WVARNG
1430-1630  Vascular Surgery Intervention by COL (ret) Salvador Renteria
1630-1730  Rehabilitation of Combat Trauma by Capt J. Thomas Scholz
1730-1800 Current Trends in Veterans Research at Ohio University: Interdisciplinary and Institutional Collaboration Projects by Todd R. Fredricks, DO, COL MC SFS WVARNG

Saturday, April 18, 2015
0800-0900  Genitourinary Trauma by by Sean P. Stroup, MD, CDR, MC, USN
0900-1000 Environmental Medicine Effects by Capt Matthew Puderbaugh
1000-1015  Exhibit Hours
1015-1115  Legal Medicine by David B. Canton, DO, MPH, JD
1130-1215  Bio Terrorism on the Battlefield by COL (ret) Charles A. Holt
1215 Lunch On Your Own
1330-1430  IEDs by COL (ret) Salvador Renteria
1430-1530 Facial Injuries by COL (ret) Salvador Renteria
1530-1630  Flag Officer Briefing

  • Douglas J.Robb, DO, MPH
    Lieutenant General, USAF, MC, CFS
    Director, Defense Health Agency
  • Richard Jeffries, DO, RADM (retired), Medical Corps, USN
  • Clinton Adams, DO, MPA, FACHE
    Rear Admiral (retired) United State Navy

1630-1730 2nd Annual Poster Competition
1830-2100 Presidential Banquet, Conclave of Eagles, Installation of New Officers

Sunday, April 19, 2015
0800-0900  Military Cardiology Prevention and Screening by  LCDR Mark P. Tschanz, FACP
0900-1000  Podiatry for the Primary Care Physician by Jennifer A. D'Amico, DPM
1000 Break
1015-1115  Nutritional Requirements of Life by Eva Brzezinski MS, RD, CDE
1115-1215  Update on Synthetic Agents of Abuse by Anthony Dekker, DO
1215  Closing Remarks
1230pm Program Concludes

Course Director & Faculty

General Information

The Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons has requested that the AOA Council on Continuing Medical Education approve the following CME activities for 28  AOA Category 1-A CME credits. Approval is currently pending.

Navy: Service Khakis
Army: ACU
Air Force: Class B
Presenters May Wear the Uniform of the Day

Navy: Mess Dress Blues
Army: Class A
Air Force: Class A
Students May Wear a Suit and Tie


Airport Information
Attendees are encouraged to fly into the San Diego International Airport.

Shuttle Information
Super Shuttle offers airport shuttle service. Please click for the discount link:

Or call 1-800-BLUE VAN and mention the Handlery Hotel to receive the discount ($10 per person/one-way).

Handlery Hotel San Diego
950 Hotel Circle North
San Diego, CA  92108
(619) 398-8334


Exhibitor Information


Please join us in beautiful in San Diego, CA  this April 16-19, 2015. Your participation as an exhibitor connects you with a network of leading military physicians from across the country.  Exhibiting with the Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons provides a terrific opportunity to interact with our physicians in a casual setting allowing you to introduce yourself and familiarize them with your products and services. Our physicians are on the cutting edge of technology and are engaged in the marketplace while eager to learn how to help and best serve their patients. Exhibit space is limited to maintain an intimate atmosphere and provide quality and friendly in-person and relationship building time with the doctors. We invite and encourage you to review the attached materials detailing the opportunity to exhibit with and/or sponsor our organization by clicking on the link: Exhibitor Prospectus 2015.

For more information or to reserve your space, please contact Stephanie Wilson via email ( or by dialing (908) 387-1750.