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A heart transplant, an Instagram influencer, an eSports team doc, a mom on a mission: 4 OMED talks

At OMED 2019, many of the profession’s leaders will be digging into the issues of the day in a series of high-energy talks.

Whether you’re interested in becoming a health influencer, hearing the story of a DO who had a heart transplant during residency or learning about eSports athletes, the TED-style talks at OMED 2019, Oct. 25-28 in Baltimore, are designed to engage you.

The 20-minute TED-style talks will take place in OMED Central in the Experience Zone in the main exhibit hall. The full schedule of talks will be available on the OMED app.

Here are a few featured talks:

Learn how to become a health influencer: Family medicine resident Jay Feldman, DO, founded Instelite, an Instagram engagement and content management agency, as a medical student. Today, Dr. Feldman is the chief technology officer for Instelite, which has managed the Instagram accounts of NFL players, CEOs and many performers. Dr. Feldman, who has over 98,000 Instagram followers, will share his top tips on building your brand on social media.

How being a heart transplant recipient is changing my practice: Alin Gragossian, DO, was an energetic emergency medicine resident until she came down with a cold. Mere months later, she was recovering from a heart transplant. Hear Dr. Gragossian’s compelling story at OMED, read more about her in The DO and Doctors That DO, and visit her blog.

Caring for eSports athletes as a team physician: Athletic departments now commonly oversee competitive video game teams. Hallie Zwibel, DO, the team physician for the New York Institute of Technology’s CyBears, will share how to treat these unique players and discuss his latest research on common eSports injuries.

Sudden unexplained death in childhood (SUDC): A personal story of loss: Many doctors are unfamiliar with SUDC, and USA Volleyball team physician Denise Wunderler, DO, wants to change that after losing her 2-year-old daughter, Vienna, in 2017. Following Vienna’s passing, Dr. Wunderler started a nonprofit, Team Vienna 4 SUDC Awareness Inc, that focuses on raising awareness of SUDC. The nonprofit also organizes activities on Vienna’s Day of International SUDC Awareness, held annually on the Saturday between Mother’s Day and Memorial Day.

Dr. Wunderler will share what physicians need to know about SUDC and how members of the osteopathic family can get involved with Team Vienna 4 SUDC Awareness Inc. She will also be running a Team Vienna booth (booth no. 733) at OMED in the main exhibit hall.

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