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
Make hotel reservations now: physician link, student link
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

Friday morning lectures

Max CME Credits: 4

Course Description
  • 8–9 a.m. “Anatomy and Pathophysiology of Head Trauma,” Frank H. Willard, PhD
  • 9–9:45 a.m. “Concussion Research Update: Why OMT Is Necessary for Our Athletes,” P. Gunnar Brolinson, DO: Osteopathic medicine has taken an active role in promoting participation in athletics and exercise at all levels as a means to a healthy lifestyle. Its role in the recreational and competitive athletic population may be of particular importance for improved performance, recovery from injury, prevention of injury, and ultimately successful outcomes in competition. Regarding concussion, each patient-athlete; should be evaluated and treated on an individual basis, including comprehensive evaluation of both structure and function and when appropriate implementation of manual medicine. There is mounting evidence regarding the use of OMT as part of comprehensive concussion management.
  • 10:15–11 a.m. "Research Update: OMT in the NICU," Gianfranco Pizzolorusso, DO (Italy): Historically in osteopathic medicine, very little attention has been paid to the treatment of hospitalized preterm infants. Recently. interest in the profession has grown and the use of osteopathic manipulative treatment in neonatal intensive care units has progressively increased in the last decade, especially in Italy where it was first introduced in 2006. The use of OMT has been studied in multiple groups of preterm infants in both single and multiā€center clinical trials. Results of the effect of osteopathic medicine applied to this unique group of hospitalized patients will be presented in order to show that osteopathy can be a fruitful modality based on the presenter’s clinical experience and evidence available in the medical literature.
  • 11–11:45 a.m. “Exploring the Neurobiology of Mind-Body-Spirit Unity,” Stacey L. Pierce-Talsma, DO, MS-EdL, FNAOME: This presentation will review current literature of the neurobiology behind the unity of the mind, body and spirit. We will discuss advances in understanding how mood, stress and support systems affect our health and wellbeing or bring disease and illness. We will explore topics that will benefit current patient care practices, including processing and treating trauma, the benefit of the placebo effect, meditation practices and the power of touch.
  • 11:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m. “Innovations in Education: How Our Students Are Learning,” Forum: Jesus Sanchez Jr., DO; Eric J. Snider, DO; Yein Lee, DO; Kevin D. Treffer, DO: Conventional osteopathic principles and philosophy courses are generally focused on identifying specific somatic dysfunctions and learning how to apply osteopathic manipulative treatment to those dysfunctions. In this short presentation, the participants will argue for an integrative, functional-anatomy focused approach to teaching the upper limb region to pre-clinic osteopathic medical students. They also will demonstrate a few innovative technologies to enhance students’ learning processes.
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Name Start Time End Time Session - 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM 08:00 AM 12:30 PM
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