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Osteopathic Physicians, Business and Health Leaders, Head to Seattle to Examine Growing Role of Osteopathic Medicine in Rapidly Evolving U.S. Health Care Landscape

Sept. 29, 2014                    

(CHICAGO) – The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) next month will host its annual Osteopathic Medical Conference & Exposition, OMED 2014, in Seattle, led by a cadre of business and health industry leaders who will explore heath care trends and the rapid growth and influence of osteopathic medicine in the U.S.

More than 5,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students are expected to attend the conference from Oct. 25 to Oct. 29 at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center, 800 Convention Place. This meeting marks the first time the annual conference will be held in Seattle.

The osteopathic medical profession is one of the fastest-growing segments of health care. In the last 30 years, the DO population has increased by more than 500%. Today, nearly one quarter of U.S. medical students attend one of the 30 osteopathic medical schools offering instruction at 40 locations, such as the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in Yakima.

While DOs comprise only 10% of the U.S. physician populations, approximately 60% of DOs specialize in primary care, helping to fill the nation’s critical need by practicing in community-based settings and medically underserved areas.

Meeting Highlights

  • Speakers — Each morning there will be a lively discussion on osteopathic medicine’s impact on the future of health care in the U.S. Distinguished panelists include:  
  • Eric Topol, MD, Scripps Translational Science Institute
  • Michael Weiner, DO, IBM
  • Jeff Arnold, Sharecare
  • Lou Carbone, Experience Engineering, Inc.
  • Ceci Connolly, PWC, Health Research Institute
  • Presentations and Research Findings — DOs and other experts will share the latest medical research and information on emerging health care trends at a series of workshops and presentations.
  • Faculty from the Cleveland Clinic will present on the importance of empathy in communicating with patients, and how osteopathic medical education incorporates empathy training in its curriculum.
  • Faculty from Geisinger Health System and the American College of Osteopathic Internists will provide new insights on the use of social media by physicians.
  • Other topics include a look at the Affordable Care Act after year one; and opportunities to improve health care for lesbian and transgendered populations, and children and adolescents suffering from food allergies and mental health issues.
  • Injuries in Young Athletes Survey— During OMED 2014, the AOA will release the results of a national online consumer survey examining children in sports and the injuries they may sustain due to increased involvement and overuse.
  • Community Outreach — Members of the osteopathic medical profession will provide free health care screenings at two Seattle locations on Friday, Oct. 24. Men will be cared for from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Seattle Union Gospel Mission, 318 2nd Ave.  A second health fair for women and children will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. at Hope Place, a division of Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission, 3802 S. Othello Street. The health fairs, which are open to the public, will be hosted by the National Osteopathic Medical Association, an organization representing the minority DO population.

  • Exhibits —The OMED 2014 exhibit hall will feature commercial vendors and scientific exhibitors as well as 30 new exhibitors who will provide information about new medical products and developments. The hall will be open Saturday, Oct. 25, through Monday, Oct. 27.

About the American Osteopathic Association

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) proudly represents its professional family of more than 104,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students; promotes public health; encourages scientific research; serves as the primary certifying body for DOs; and is the accrediting agency for osteopathic medical schools. More information on DOs/osteopathic medicine can be found at


Media Registration

OMED 2014 is open to working journalists (editorial staff of newspapers, magazines, medical or health care publications, broadcast or Web-based media, including bloggers) whose attendance at the meeting may result in print, broadcast or electronic coverage of AOA meeting events, the AOA or its individual members. Journalists interested in attending OMED 2014 can pre-register by filling out the media registration form online before Thursday, Oct. 23.

Press badges, on-site registration and additional conference materials can be obtained beginning Saturday, Oct. 25, in the AOA Press Room located in Room 203 in the Washington State Convention & Trade Center. Media relations staff can help arrange interviews in advance of the meeting and on site at the convention center. See the press room guidelines for additional information.

Media Note

Visit the online press kit for the latest information and alerts about meeting activities and follow @AOAforMedia on Twitter for regular updates.

Media Contact:   

Nicole Grady
(312) 202-8038

Twitter: @AOAforMedia


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