Convocation Information:

The AAO’s 2019 Convocation will highlight how technology and research are demonstrating the importance and efficacy of osteopathic medicine. Osteopathic medicine has never been as relevant as it is today.  Despite the many changes in the landscape of health care, osteopathic medicine continues to emerge and expand as a crucial component of comprehensive patient care everywhere.

The 2019 Convocation’s lectures will present cutting edge research, a way of reimagining Osteopathic Principles and Practice with dynamic imaging and the innovative ways that our students are learning.  Breakout sessions will provide an opportunity to learn new techniques and protocols for managing common medical conditions in a variety of different environments. Overall, the 2019 AAO Convocation hopes that the participant will leave invigorated with a sense of where the profession is heading and how they are a key part of this dynamic and evolving field.

If your new membership application has not been approved, you will be charged the nonmember rate for Convocation. It may take a full business day for applications to be approved.


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Rosen Shingle Creek, 9939 Universal Blvd., Orlando, FL 32819
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To make your reservations by phone, call 1-866-996-6338 and use booking code 35809 for physicians or 66537 for students. 

About the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort
On 255 acres along Shingle Creek, the headwaters of the Everglades, rises Rosen Shingle Creek. The luxury hotel breaks above the horizon and fills the sights of anyone traveling the southern end of Universal Boulevard, off which it is located. As you approach the property, you realize how close it is to the Orange County Convention Center North/South expansion and the Orlando International Airport. All of Orlando’s best attractions, restaurants, shopping, and entertainment venues are within a short distance of this ideal location.

The hotel’s 1,501 guestrooms offer luxurious first-class settings wrapped in Spanish revival architecture. Capitalizing on Rosen Shingle Creek’s elevation, every single room offers a stunning view of the area’s incomparable setting. The perfectly manicured fairways and greens of Shingle Creek Golf Course, the picturesque creek lined by magnificent cypress trees, and lush natural vegetation seem to enter the room through oversized windows. This immersive experience is what guests love the most about staying at Rosen Shingle Creek.

Yet the beauty of it all is receiving the lavish experience without paying resort prices, and you never pay a resort fee. Rosen Shingle Creek’s profound dedication to outstanding service is what makes us unique in the tourist capital of the world. In addition, hotel guests receive complimentary self-parking. 

Occurs from 05:00 PM on 3/13/2019 until 12:00 PM on 3/17/2019

Thursday morning lectures

Max CME Credits: 3

Course Description
  • 8–8:05 a.m. Welcome and Introduction, Rebecca E. Giusti, DO, program chair
  • 8:05–8:45 a.m. “Effects of CV4 on Rodent Model of Alzheimer's Disease,” Blaise M. Costa, MPharm, PhD: In the aging brain, reduction in the pulsation of cerebral vasculature and reduced fluid circulation cause impairment in fluid exchange between different compartments that pave a foundation for neuroinflammation that results in Alzheimer's disease. The role of the central nervous system’s lymphatic vessels in clearance of brain-derived metabolic waste products opens an unprecedented capability to increase the clearance of macromolecules such as amyloid beta (Aß) proteins. However, currently, there is no physiological or pharmacological mechanism available to increase fluid circulation in the aging brain. Researchers recently demonstrated a significant improvement in spatial memory, after seven days of osteopathic cranial manipulative medicine (OCMM), in a naturally aged rat model of Alzheimer’s. Immunoassay analysis and live animal PET imaging reveal that OCMM treatment reduces Aß levels, activates astrocytes and improves excitatory neurotransmission in the aged rat brain. These findings for the first time illustrate a mechanism of OCMM treatment that has been clinically practiced for decades. This study and further investigations in this direction will help clinicians promote OCMM as an evidence-based adjunct treatment strategy for Alzheimer’s.
  • 8:45–9:30 a.m. “Visceral Motion: The Evidence,” Kenneth J. Lossing, DO: This lecture will be an update on the scientific evidence that the viscera all move with respiration. We will look at meta-analysis and individual studies. These studies will provide the basis for "evidence-based physical diagnosis."
  • 9:30–10:15 a.m. “Update on Research in Plagiocephaly,” Hollis H. King, DO, PhD, FAAO, FCA: The research on plagiocephaly has been very sparse. Recent research done at the Osteopathic Center for Children has shown benefit of OMT in the treatment of infants and children with plagiocephaly. This presentation will cover the typical etiology and course of treatment for children diagnosed with plagiocephaly and related conditions. A review of relevant literature will be presented as well as the contributions of Viola M. Frymann, DO, FAAO, founder of the Osteopathic Center for Children, to the treatment of plagiocephaly.
  • 10:15–11 a.m. “In-Patient OMT,” Brian Loveless, DO: This presentation will describe a process for developing an evidence-based treatment plan on hospitalized patients with a variety of disease states. Specific attention will be paid to integrating osteopathic philosophy with current research on inpatient care. The approach developed will also be generalizable to be used for outpatient care as well.
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Name Start Time End Time Session - 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM 08:00 AM 11:00 AM
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