OMED22 highlights include deep dives into bucket lists, gratitude and artificial intelligence

Over 6,500 members of the osteopathic profession participated in the AOA’s first hybrid OMED conference.


OMED22 featured distinguished main stage keynote speakers, over 100 exhibitors, more than 200 hours of continuing medical education (CME) across 18 medical specialties and 20+ learning tracks. Attendees were able to claim up to 60 hours of CME credit.

Highlights from OMED22 include:

  • New York Times bestselling author of “What Do You Want To Do Before You Die?”Ben Nemtin spoke about how a bucket list can help us prioritize what is important to our lives, how to build confidence and self-worth, and how to find our purpose in helping others.
  • Herman A. Taylor Jr., MD, MPH, is a cardiologist and the former director of the Jackson Heart Study, the largest study to investigate inherited factors that affect hypertension, heart disease, and diabetes in the African American population. He spoke on the importance of diversifying the workforce and having sensitivity and awareness for the lived experiences of diverse patient populations. “If we don’t recognize the humanity that needs to be a part of precision medicine, then what we’re doing is finding the latest thing that is already favoring the already favored,” he said.
  • Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton shared his story of resilience and gratitude during his presentation. He marveled at the unique skills of osteopathic physicians and their capacity  to offer patients spectacular whole-person care. “On behalf of professional patients on Planet Earth, I thank you for dedicating your life to making other people’s lives better,” he said.
  • Tom Koulopoulos, business commentator and chairman of the Delphi Group, a global futures think tank, discussed how artificial intelligence can help improve the future of health care. “Ultimately, technology should remove the barriers that stand between the patient and the health care process, the therapeutic part of health care,” he said. “It should eliminate the barriers so that there’s greater continuity of care over the course of the patient’s lifetime.”
  • In-person only events included networking sessions, an exhibit hall and the A.T. Still Fit For Life Fun Run, the proceeds of which will support the osteopathic community through Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) scholarships and grants for special projects across the profession.

The AOA 2022 OMED Award recipients were honored on October 29. AOA President Ernest R. Gelb, DO, encouraged attendees, “Although medicine can be an all-encompassing career, those body, mind and spirit connections are what make us whole. We need to explore and nurture those outside passions to remain strong, focused and balanced.” He shared that OMED23 will be held Oct. 6-8 in Orlando, Florida.

OMED content still available on demand

OMED22 participants can access on-demand content virtually through December 31, 2022. If you haven’t signed up yet, registration is open through December 23. Review the conference program for a full lineup of sessions.

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