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

Sunday morning lectures

Max CME Credits: 4

Course Description
  • 8–9 a.m. "Is Osteopathic Scholarly Work Possible?" Robert W. Hostoffer, DO, LhD, FAAP, FACOP, FACOI, FCCP: With the advent of the ACGME–AOA accreditation merger, the call for scholarly work has been intense for both allopathic and osteopathic professions. Is it possible to perform osteopathic research within our recognition programs? Do we have the right stuff to accomplish these goals of scholarly work? Yes, we do! This lecture will review ideas on how to enhance what you already do and what can be added to an osteopathic recognition program.
  • 9–10 a.m. “Multiple Modality Care for Chronic Low Back Pain: A Quality Improvement Project,” Bobby Nourani, DO: This presentation reviews a clinic-based quality improvement study evaluating the effectiveness of multiple modality integrative care for chronic low back pain. The treatments included osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT), perineural injections (PI), and dextrose prolotherapy (P). The three treatment modalities were applied in either step-up or concurrent fashion to address the multifactorial etiology of chronic low back pain. 
  • 10–11 a.m. “DO-Touch.Net Update,” Brian F. Degenhardt, DO: The Institute of Medicine promotes safe, effective, efficient, timely, patient-centered, and equitable health care, an order consistent with the Hippocratic perspective of “first do no harm.” Minimal evidence exists on OMT across these six domains. Practice-based research networks (PBRNs) provide a platform to assess these domains in modern, real-world settings. DO-Touch.NET, the PBRN established in 2010 to evaluate and advance the practice of OMM, has prioritized assessing the safety of OMM. In this session, the incidence and severity of adverse events associated with OMT will be presented, and directions and priorities for future safety-related research within the field will be highlighted.
  • 11 a.m.–noon “State of the Osteopathic Profession: Where Are We Now and How Do We Expand Into the Future,” Brian Loveless, DO: This talk will bring our attention to the current state of osteopathic medicine in a broad sense, review our successes in "improving our present system of surgery, obstetrics, and treatment of diseases generally" and attempt to prognosticate on where we might be heading in the future with an aim to success as a profession.
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Name Start Time End Time Session - 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM 08:00 AM 12:00 PM
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