63rd MidWinter Conference Recap

TOMA welcomed more than 350 participants to its 63rd MidWinter Conference in Dallas in late January. Osteopathic physicians from across the state and surrounding areas as well as residents, fellows and medical students joined together to learn, engage, and collaborate on the latest scientific findings, research and innovation in osteopathic medicine.

The Dallas setting was cold outside and warm inside, providing an ideal cozy place to learn and connect. Participants could be seen listening to medical topics ranging from Antibiotic Resistance to Medical Cannabis to the latest updates from the Texas Medical Board.  

One of the highlights of the conference was the 2019 Student/Resident Poster Competition. 17 students and residents competed in each category (original research and case report) where they were evaluated on their research and presentation skills. Congratulations to the following award recipients:

Original Research Winners

  • 1st Place – Karolina Kata; UNTHSC – TCOM
    Comparing motor milestone delays in Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developmental Coordination Disorder
  • 2nd Place – Claire Kunkel; UNTHSC – TCOM
    Retrospective Analysis of Unintentional Pediatric Gun Injuries Presenting to Cook Children's
  • 3rd Place – Megan Anthony; UNTHSC – TCOM
    Polypharmacy and Potentially Inappropriate Medications in the Geriatric Patient Population

Case Report Winners

  • Kelly Sanders; UNTHSC – TCOM
    Open Radical Nephrectomy and en bloc Resection of the Colon in a 42 Year-Old Male with Renal Cell Carcinoma
  • Aman Patel, DO; Medical City of Fort Worth
    Dilated non coronary cusp mimicking as right atrial mass in patient presented with CVA


Finally, TOMA President, Dr. John McDonald, gave a ‘State of TOMA’ address during the Town Hall Meeting. Attendees were updated on the building sale; new initiatives launched by TOMA, including the roll-out of a new website and a new CME Reporting Tool, as well as the introduction of TOMA’s new Executive Director, Jill Sutton. Dr. McDonald also informed the membership about BCBS’ Modifier 25 and encouraged physicians that have experienced reimbursement issues to notify the AOA. In addition, Drs. Heather Aguirre and Katarina Lindley gave an in-depth review of TOMA’s legislative priorities for the 86th Legislative Session.

In addition to dedicating time for learning, networking remains a core focus during all TOMA conferences. This year was no different.

Miss the conference? You can access the sessions through our on-demand webcasts and audio files by going to the following link.