AOA’s Annual Osteopathic Medical Conference & Exposition (OMED 2012) in San Diego, CA

By: Jaclyn Chua, OMS-II

On Monday, August 27th:

  • Return Roommate Selection Form to Joanna Cavallo no later than this day.
  • Mandatory Interest Meeting @12pm in Riland Auditorium. Bring travel receipt for airfare and $100 deposit check which will be shredded if academic obligations at OMED are met. Please bring the completed Deposit Form and the $100 check to this meeting. The travel receipt must simply indicate that the student’s flight returns to New York at any time on October 9th.

Between Sunday, October 7th and Thursday, October 11th of this year, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) will hold its 117th Annual Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition (OMED) in the  San Diego Convention Center.

NYCOM students will attend from Friday October 5th, if partaking in the volunteer opportunity, and fly out Tuesday, October 9th. Otherwise, students will fly in Saturday morning on October 6th. The students selected for the volunteer opportunity described later in this article have been notified.

This conference brings together osteopathic physicians and students from all over the country. Lectures and workshops are provided for the attendees as well as the largest exposition for osteopathic physicians in the world!

The conference will also involve a health fair at the San Diego Rescue Mission on Saturday, October 6th. It will be a rewarding way for the Class of 2015 to obtain TOUCH hours, but this opportunity is limited to the first 24 students who sign up. The chosen students must fly to San Diego on Friday, October 5th in the late afternoon. Hotel accommodations will be provided.

A mandatory interest meeting will be held on Monday, August 27th at 12pm. Further information will be provided regarding the conference and the San Diego Rescue Mission Health Fair. Attendance at this meeting is mandatory if seeking to participate in any of the events including the overall AOA OMED Conference.

Your SGA will be at the meeting to answer any further questions you may have about the conference, but until then we have compiled a list of FAQs that you will hopefully find helpful.

Q: Who is allowed to attend? Am I allowed to invite non-NYCOMers?

A: No, unfortunately the invitation for the OMED conference only extends to NYCOM students.

Q: Is attendance to the conference mandatory?

A: No, attendance is optional.

Q: Will there be food provided? What if I have dietary restrictions?

A: There will be a mandatory brunch on Sunday, October 7th which will be provided by NYCOM. However, additional food costs for the remainder of the trip will be the responsibility of each student.

Q: Is there a requirement for attending particular presentations? Do we get to choose which ones we attend?

A: Students will be required to attend the OMED Opening Session on Monday, October 8 from 8:00 to 9:30 am at the San Diego Convention Center. Two other workshops of the student’s choosing and the Sunday Brunch are also required. The $100 deposit check will be shredded upon completion of these requirements.

Q: How many hotel nights will be paid for by NYCOM?

A: All hotel nights during the conference will be paid for. NYCOM will also pay for the additional night for those students participating in the Health Fair at the San Diego Rescue Mission on Saturday, October 6th.

Q: Do we get to choose our hotel accommodations? 

A: NYCOM students will be residing at the San Diego Marriot Marquis & Marina on 333 West Harbor Drive. Three people will be assigned to each room.

Q: Do we get to choose our roommates?

A: Yes, students will have the choice of selecting the other two students with which they will share a room. Please bring you Roommate Selection Form to Joanna Cavallo no later than Monday, August 27th.

Q: Will transportation be provided?

A: Students are responsible for all transportation costs. According to the OMED website, special rates for flights will be provided by both United Airlines and Delta Air Lines. A 2%-10% discount will be provided by United Airlines simply by using the discount code 550KM. Delta Air Lines will provide a 10% discount on its fares via their Meeting Event Code NM8VN. Please keep in mind that you will also be responsible for transportation to and from the airport.

Q: Do we need to bring any equipment such as a stethoscope?

A: Information will be sent out if students will need to bring any additional equipment.

Q: What attire is required for the conference?

A: Professional attire at all times will be required while attending lectures at the San Diego Convention Center.

Q: How should I manage my budget for this trip?

A: Students should expect to spend approximately $500 to $700 for the entire trip. Additional costs for leisure activities will be incurred by the student.

Q: Will there be a schedule or itinerary provided?

A: A more detailed schedule will be distributed to the students as the conference date approaches. The preliminary program can be found on OMED’s website.

Q: How do I register, and how much does it cost?

A: To register online for free, use thelink to access the online registration form. You will need your 6-digit AOA Member number and your last name.

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The deadline to register for the conference is Thursday, August 30th. We do recommend that you register online even if you are unsure of your ability to attend the conference.

In other news, we hope you are enjoying the new blog format of our NYCOM Pulse. It is clearly still under construction, but we hope you will find it aesthetically pleasing within the next few weeks.

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