Oct. 20, 2010
(CHICAGO) – Osteopathic physicians (DOs), medical students and guests from across the country will hear about the latest developments in health care and medical research when the American Osteopathic Association’s (AOA) 115th Osteopathic Medical Conference & Exposition, known as OMED 2010 Unified, convenes in San Francisco. The largest meeting of the osteopathic medical profession in the country will be held Sunday, Oct. 24, through Thursday, Oct. 28, at the Moscone Center. The theme for this year’s conference is “Bridge to OpportUNITY.” Conference highlights include:
Free Health Care Screenings
What: DOs and osteopathic medical students will offer the San Francisco community free health care screenings for conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes. Children also will be given wellness physicals.
Who: The health fair is hosted by the National Osteopathic Medical Association, an organization representing the minority DO population; the Student Osteopathic Medical Association; and the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents.
When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23
Where: The San Francisco Rescue Mission, 140 Turks Street, San Francisco
Women’s Health Seminar: To Screen or Not to Screen
What: This presentation addresses the need for heart disease screenings for women as well as recent mammogram recommendations.
Who: Richard L. Theriault, DO, AOA board-certified oncologist
Suzanne Steinbaum, DO, board-certified cardiologist and internal medicine physician
When: 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24
Where: Moscone Center, Conference Rooms 134 and 135
Keynote Speaker Lou Holtz
What: Legendary Notre Dame Football coach Lou Holtz will share strategies for success in his keynote address during the opening session. Who: Lou Holtz, ESPN analyst, best-selling author and former Notre Dame Football coach who led the Fighting Irish to nine consecutive New Year’s Day bowl games.
When: 8 to 9:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 25
Where: Moscone Center, Exhibit Hall A
Barefoot vs. Shoe Running
What: This presentation focuses on the concepts, biomechanics and implications of running both with shoes and barefoot.
Who: Robert S. Gotlin, DO, AOA board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physician
When: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 25
Where: Moscone Center, Conference Room 310
The Psychological and Social Prevalence of Tattooing
What: This presentation explores the fascination with tattoos, why people choose to become tattooed and what messages are communicated through tattoos.
Who: L. Mark Bell, DO, AOA board-certified psychiatrist
When: 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25 Where: Moscone Center, Conference Room 300
Grandma/Grandpa Under the Influence
What: Addresses the growing problem of substance abuse in the elderly population.
Who: Stephen M. Scheinthal, DO, AOA board-certified psychiatrist
When: 1 to 1:50 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25
Where: Moscone Center, Conference Rooms 200-212
Hoarding as a Manifestation of Anxiety Disorder
What: This presentation will explore the symptoms and treatment of options for people who excessively acquire possessions to the point it interferes with their daily lives.
Who: Gerald G. Osborn, DO, AOA board-certified psychiatrist
When: 2 to 2:50 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25
Where: Moscone Center, Conference Rooms 200-212
Nutrition in Allergy
What: This presentation focuses on the role nutrition can play in preventing and treating allergies.
Who: Denis J. Yoshii, DO, allergist
When: 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Oct. 26
Where: Moscone Center, Conference Rooms 228-230
Killer Sore Throats
What: This presentation addresses the overuse of antibiotics in treating sore throats caused by viral infections and explores the causes of sore throats.
Who: William Gluckman, DO, emergency physician
When: 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26
Where: Hilton Union Square Hotel, 333 O’Farrell Street, Continental 6-9
What: Commercial vendors and scientific exhibitors will provide information about the latest innovations and services for health care providers. In addition, hour-long product theaters will feature presentations about the latest in health care services, products and technologies.
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24
9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26
Where: Moscone Center, Exhibit Halls B and C
The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) proudly represents its professional family of more than 70,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs); promotes public health; encourages scientific research; serves as the primary certifying body for DOs; is the accrediting agency for osteopathic medical schools; and has federal authority to accredit hospitals and other health care facilities. More information on DOs/osteopathic medicine can be found at www.osteopathic.org.
OMED 2010 Unified is open to the media. To register in advance, contact Nicole Grady at (312) 593-6897 or email@example.com
. Beginning Sunday, media can also register on site in the AOA press room, Conference Room 274 at the Moscone Center. The press room will operate from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 24-26, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 27. Media will need a badge to enter the exhibit floor and to attend presentations. AOA media relations staff can provide information about conference activities and arrange interviews with DOs and AOA leaders.
Dates and times of events are subject to change. Daily alerts will be sent from the press room throughout the meeting and post-event news releases will be posted to the OMED 2010 Unified Media Kit, available online in the AOA’s Media Center at www.osteopathic.org/mediacenter