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May 9, 2013

Physicians’ conference one of the largest in the country to address veterans’ medicine 

Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine to co-sponsor

 

The 2013 Ohio Osteopathic Symposium will be held on May 17. A collaboration of the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) and the Ohio Osteopathic Association (OOA), the symposium will feature a special block of sessions dedicated to veteran’s health. Symposium organizers expect approximately 500 physicians to attend the event in Columbus, making it one of the largest continuing medical education (CME) programs devoted to veterans’ health in the country. 

More than two million U.S. service men and women have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since Sept. 11, 2001, according to a report issued by the White House last year. After more than 10 years of war, nearly 50,000 military members have been wounded, many of them severely. In addition to the visible injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury affects roughly 1 in 6 veterans. 

“There is a great need to educate civilian health professionals about the deployment-related health issues of veterans, service members and their families,” said Kenneth H. Johnson D.O., dean of OU-HCOM. “More and more our primary care doctors are treating veterans in civilian facilities and it is imperative that our annual CME programming address their issues. This training will greatly improve the quality of care for veterans in Ohio.” 

The sessions were developed through collaboration between OU-HCOM, Consortium for Health Education in Appalachia Ohio CHEAO/Area Health Education Center (AHEC) and the OOA as part of the National AHEC Organization’s nationwide effort to mobilize their networks to educate civilian health professionals about deployment-related health issues. This effort directly supports the White House Joining Forces Initiative, a project chaired by First Lady Michelle Obama and Second Lady, Dr. Jill Biden to call attention to the education, employment and wellness of U.S. veterans and their families. 

“At the national and state level, the osteopathic profession signed onto the Joining Forces initiative to support efforts that connect physicians with the necessary tools and training to treat veterans and their families,” said OOA President John F. Ramey, D.O., who currently serves as medical director of the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky. “With so many receiving care outside of the Veterans Administration, it is important that we ensure all physicians have the medical competencies to effectively treat military service members. There are unique clinical challenges in their care, and we owe it to them to strengthen our community of physicians dedicated to improving their health and well-being.” 

Topics being presented include suicide prevention, diagnosis and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury assessment and rehabilitation and stories from the frontline. 

J.D. Polk, D.O., principal deputy assistant secretary for health affairs and deputy chief medical officer of the Department of Homeland Security, will give the keynote address for the sessions. 

Presenters include some of the leading experts in the fields of veteran medicine: 

• Col. Matthew Moorman, M.D., state air surgeon for the Ohio Air National Guard 

• Edgardo Padin-Rivera, Ph.D., chief of psychological services at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center and co-chair of the Ohio VA Network Mental Health Leadership Council 

• Ronald C. Moomaw, D.O., a flight surgeon and psychiatrist with NASA at the Johnson Space Center 

• Terry A. Johnson, D.O., a senior-rated flight surgeon and colonel in the Ohio Army National Guard currently serving as state representative for Ohio House District 90, a former commander of the National Guard Medical Detachment and veteran of three tours of duty in Afghanistan 

• Col. Christopher J. Loyke, D.O., who served in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army Medical Corps in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 2012-13 

• Todd R. Fredricks, D.O., assistant professor of family medicine at OU-HCOM and veteran of two tours of duty in Iraq 

For more information on OU-HCOM, visit http://www.oucom.ohiou.edu/. 

For more information on CHEAO/AHEC, visit http://www.oucom.ohiou.edu/AHEC/index.htm. 

For more information on OOA, visit http://www.ooanet.org/aws/OOSA/pt/sp/home_page.

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