2016 Annual Conference

















31st Clinical Conference

May 4-7, 2016 (Pre-Conference Workshops May 2-3, 2016)
Tempe Resort Palms Hotel
Tempe, Arizona

A Special Thank You

A special thank you to all 2016 speakers, moderators, planning committee, judges & panelists for helping make the Annual Conference this year a complete success.

In addition, many thanks to this year’s sponsors and exhibitors, who lend valuable financial support to the AOASM Conference.

2016 Sponsors

A.T. Still University
Duke Sports Medicine
Sonosite Fuji Films

2016 Exhibitors

At.T. Still University
Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Medical Books by Success Concepts, LLC (Elsevier)
MSK Ultrasound Training, LLC
[pH]fuel 5.0
Sonosite Fuji Films
Skeletal Solutions


Pre-Conference Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Workshops

Monday, May 2, 2016
Workshop Lead by: Blake Boggess, D.O., FAOASM

Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound for the Upper Extremity
5 p.m.-9:30 p.m.*

The Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound for the Upper Extremity Course is designed for those who would like to gain more experience with diagnostic scanning and have a practical hands-on experience with highly experience faculty. This course will review the commonly used protocols take an advanced approach for examining the upper extremity including shoulder, elbow, writs, and hand.

Note: Space is limited to 40 participants and registration will be on a first come, first serve basis.

Workshop Fee: $295
(This workshop is available at a separate fee from the Clinical Conference registration fee.)

Your Workshop Registration Fee includes:
Refreshment breaks
Workshop materials
Receive up to 4.0 AOA Category 1-A CME credits
(Approval for AOA credits are currently pending at this time.)

*Pre-Conference Workshop on-site registration will be open from 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. on Monday, May 2, 2016.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Workshop Lead by: Blake Boggess, D.O., FAOASM

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Procedures Course
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon & 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.**

The Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Procedures Course is designed to help participants gain more experience in injecting and improving ultrasound guidance skills.  It is designed to briefly review basic ultrasound principles and provide an opportunity for participants to expand their knowledge and skills. 

Note: Registration will be on a first come, first serve basis. Space is limited to 40 participants (Pre-registration to attend both the Diagnostic and Procedure Courses is welcomed.)

Workshop Fee: $550.00
(This workshop is available at a separate fee from the Clinical Conference registration fee.)

Your Workshop Registration Fee includes:
Continental breakfast
Refreshment breaks
Workshop materials
Receive up to 8.0 AOA Category 1-A CME credits
(Approval for AOA credits are currently pending at this time.)

**Pre-Conference Workshop on-site registration will again open from 7:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 3, 2015.

Clinical Conference Information

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 – Saturday, May 7, 2016

Registration Fee includes:

  • Daily continental breakfast
  • Refreshment breaks
  • Welcome Reception (cash bar)
  • Meeting materials
  • Access to the Exhibit Area
  • Up to 26.0 hours of Category 1-A CME credits
  • (Approval by the AOA is currently pending.)

Registration on site will be open from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. Registration will open again on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at 7:00 a.m. and continues to be open throughout the conference. The Clinical Conference will commence on Wednesday morning, May 4, 2016, at 8:00 a.m. and includes an evening welcome reception, special interest luncheons, general session, breakout sessions, exhibits, networking opportunities, and social events.

AOASM Accommodations

Tempe Mission Palms Hotel & Conference Center, A Destination Hotel, is the only full-service, AAA Four Diamond rated hotel in downtown Tempe, Arizona.  Where Midwestern charm meets the warmth of the Southwest, Tempe Mission Palms hosts spacious guest rooms, a welcoming serene courtyard, 24-hour room service, as well as the Mission Grille restaurant, Harry’s Place Lounge, and the poolside Cabana Bar & Grill.  Guests enjoy the convenient location within 20-30 minutes of the Sky Harbor International airport, and proximity to Arizona State University (ASU) and the historic Mill Avenue district. Hotel offers complimentary airport shuttle to and from hotel for all guests that stay at the property.  For more information, visit www.missionpalms.com  

The hotel reservations cut-off deadline is April 10, 2016. (Room rates cannot be guaranteed after that date and are subject to availability.) The AOASM discounted room rate this year is $174 per night for single and double occupancy, excluding current hotel’s tax rate.

A nightly Hotel Hospitality Fee has been discounted to all AOASM attendees at a discounted price of $10.95 per room, per night, which includes the following services:

Provided by the Hotel: Phoenix Airport transportation available every ½ hour, between 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Hotel is located 4-miles (20-30 minutes) from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.)
Valet service for your automobile at the front entry of the hotel
In-room coffee and tea service
High-speed wireless Internet connection in your guest room
Local and 1-800 telephone calls made from your guest room
Receipt of faxes through the hotel's front desk
Use of the hotel's workout facility between the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Complimentary USA Today newspaper available Monday through Friday
Check-in is 3:00 p.m.; checkout is 12 noon. (Early check-ins and late departures are subject to availability.)

Valet parking and Self-parking are included in the Hotel Hospitality Fee. Parking is available for non-registered guest for a fee of $2.00/hour or $12.00/day.

Hotel Reservations

AOASM works diligently to provide attendees with the most convenient hotels at a good value. AOASM contracts with the hotel to hold sleeping rooms for use by our attendees. If AOASM does not meet the room block, penalty fees could be incurred. Please help AOASM keep costs down by making your reservations at Tempe Mission Palms Hotel; 60 E 5th St.; Tempe, AZ 85281; Main Phone: +1-480-894-1400 or Reservations Toll-Free: +1-800-547-8705. When reserving your room via phone, please use the toll-free number and refer to the AOASM Clinical Conference in order to be eligible for the discounted rate. We encourage all attendees at the Clinical Conference to book their reservation at the headquarters hotel by April 10, 2016.

To reserve your room online, please go to the AOASM annual conference website and click on the Clinical Conference direct reservation page labeled: American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine Hotel Reservations. In order to confirm a room assignment for attendees, the hotel requires a (first or last) night’s pre-payment deposit when reserving your room, however your credit card will not formally be charged until check-in.

Hotel Cancellation Policies:
Guest must notify Hotel forty-eight (48) hours prior to the day of arrival to not forfeit the one-night room rate plus tax deposit.

Conference Highlights:

AOASM Guest Keynote Speaker

The AOASM has the pleasure to have Ann Meyers-Drysdale as their 2016 Keynote Guest speaker on Wednesday, May 4, at 5 p.m.
One of the first Women to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, currently the Vice President of the Phoenix Suns (NBA) and the Phoenix Mercury (WNBA), Ann Meyers Drysdale has been one of the greatest stars in the history of basketball.  To learn more about our keynote speaker, check out her website at: http://annmeyersdrysdale.com

Welcome Reception

Join your colleagues at the Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening, May 4 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., in the Exhibit Hall. Take this opportunity to visit with colleagues, attend the Poster Sessions, and meet the Exhibitors. Everyone is invited to attend.

Zumba or Insanity Anyone?

Show off your moves with Zumba or go crazy with Insanity. New this year, the AOASM will be offering some fun and exciting exercise classes during the Annual Meeting. Mark your calendar to join fellow attendees and Dr. Priscilla Tu for a quick 30-50 minute exercise class this year. Tentative class schedule:

  • Zumba……. Wednesday, May 4, 12:15 p.m.
  • Insanity…. Thursday, May 5, 7:00 a.m.
  • Insanity…… Friday, May 6, 1:30 p.m.
  • Zumba…….. Saturday, May 7, 7:00 a.m.

ZUMBA- Zumba is a total workout, combining cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility. Get ready to mix low-intensity with high-intensity moves for an interval-style dance fitness party!

Insanity Live- Brought to you by Shaun T and Beachbody, Insanity Live is a series of high-intensity body-weight exercises designed to improve your cardiac fitness and conditioning! Get ready to Dig Deeper and push your limits!

Student/Resident/Fellow Luncheon

Back by popular demand, a student/resident/fellow luncheon hosted by the AOASM will be held on Thursday, May 5, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.

The Cinco De Mayo Obstacle Challenge Race

We are going to up the ante this year from your standard 5k “fun run” at 6 a.m. to a fun, but challenging obstacle race around the Tempe Town Lake. Participants of all fitness levels are invited to race alone or with a team before sundown on Cinco de Mayo, Thursday, May 5, 2016  from 5:45 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Prizes will be awarded at the Cinco de Mayo pool party reception later that evening. The obstacle race fun will consists of 3.3 miles of obstacles and challenges of: bodyweight squats, push-ups, burpees, planks, lunges, jumps, dips, and bicycle crunches. If interested in more details and participation, sign up today. Participation is complimentary and guests are welcome to pre-register to participate.

The AOASM Cinco De Mayo Pool-Party Reception

Join fellow AOASM attendees on the pool-deck at the Tempe Resort Hotel for a fun reception to include a cash bar and appetizers to celebrate Cinco De Mayo at this year’s Annual Meeting. Cost of the event is $10 per person. Guests are welcome to attend.

The Russell M. Wright Memorial Keynote Luncheon

The Rusty Wright Memorial Lecture will be held on Friday, May 6, 2016. This year, the luncheon will be located at the Tempe Mission Palms Resort and the guest speaker will be Craig Phelps, D.O., FAOASM (President of A.T. Still University, former team physician of the Phoenix Suns.) This keynote luncheon is scheduled from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Pre-registration and an additional fee of $10 per person are required. This fee includes: a ticket to the luncheon, and CME for attending the lecture.

Fellowship Fair

This year we will be hosting a Fellowship Fair during the afternoon refreshment break on Friday, May 6, from 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. so prospective students and residents will have a chance to interact with fellowship programs at the meeting. This will give both the Directors and potential applicants a chance to interact and foster interest for everyone involved.

Award of Fellow Banquet

Please make every effort to attend the AOASM Award of Fellow Banquet on Friday, May 6, 2016, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The banquet will include a ticket to a cash bar from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., the dinner event, an award ceremony, an induction of the AOASM officers, and an AOA update. Tickets are $50 each and guests are welcome to register and attend. You will need to purchase a ticket for each guest attending the banquet.

Conference Related-Information:

Case Presentations & Research Abstracts

It is the Committee's goal to have all Sports Medicine Fellowship Programs participating with a poster presentation, a case podium presentation, or a research podium presentation. 

All participants will receive a certificate of participation. There will be a monetary prize for the first and second place research presentations, a separate monetary prize for first and second place case presentations, and a separate monetary prize for the best poster presentation. Abstracts chosen for presentation will be accepted for publication in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine.

The deadline for case presentations is Sunday, February 21, 2016, and research abstract submissions are due Sunday, February 28, 2016, no later than 10:00 p.m. PST. Instructions and submission forms can be found on the AOASM website at http://www.aoasm.org/annual-meeting/2016-case-research/.

Educational Credits

AOA Credits*
AOASM has requested that the AOA Council on Continuing Medical Education approve this program up to 26.0 hours of AOA Category 1-A CME credits. Approval is currently pending. Register for continuing education credits by checking ALL of the applicable boxes on the registration form. 

BOC Credits*
The American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine is recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for certified athletic trainers. The AOASM has requested this program be approved for up to 24.0 hours of continuing education credits. Approval is currently pending.

Physical Therapy Credits
Continuing education (CE) requirements for physical therapists vary from state to state. Most states that mandate CE for renewal of licensure have a process in place where an individual PT/PTA licensee may petition directly to the State licensing agency for acceptance of a continuing education course. Check with your state licensing board for the proper procedures and forms.


Sports Medicine Examination for Certification of Added Qualifications (CAQ)
AOASM will be offering the Sports Medicine Examination for Certification of Added Qualifications (CAQ) from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. The Recertification Exam will also be offered from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. You must pre-register with the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to sit for either exam. AOASM does not coordinate the registration for the exam. On-site check-in will begin at 12:00 noon and seating/instructions at 12:45 p.m. For more information, please visit the AOASM website at http://aoasm.org/boardcert.cfm.


The AOASM understands the importance of student members and has asked physician members for scholarship contributions to cover the $100 registration fee for this conference. Each contribution will go into the “support-a-student” fund. The $100 student registration scholarships will only be awarded to students who present posters or are scheduled to give a presentation during the conference, demonstrating his or her interest and initiative in the field of osteopathic sports medicine. Check the box on the registration form if you are interested in participating.


AOASM truly values its Sponsors. Your support is genuinely appreciated! This year’s conference offers many opportunities for sponsorship and showcasing your company. If you are interested in sponsoring and showcasing your company at the 2016 Conference, please contact Susan Rees, AOASM Executive Director at: +1-608-443-2477, ext. 138 or email at: srees@aoasm.org.

Exhibit Area

The 2016 Exhibit Prospectus is now available for downloading. Come join this informative and interactive conference this year! Visit the AOASM website for more information. If you have any questions call Brooke Miller, AOASM Meeting Planner at +1-608-443-2477, ext.148, or email at: bmiller@reesgroupinc.com.

Local Area information:

Phoenix, Arizona, USA

The Greater Phoenix (metropolitan Phoenix) is the cosmopolitan heart of Arizona and is surrounded on all sides by mountains with the sun shining during 85% of daylight hours. Phoenix encompasses more than 20 cities and towns, which makes getting around easy and only 12 miles (20 minute drive, 15 minutes METRO Light Rail) to Tempe. The airport is located 3-miles (5 minutes) from the downtown that is compact and walkable. The city offers the nation’s newest METRO Light Rail that connects Phoenix to Tempe and Mesa with 28 stops and a car every ten minutes to connect attendees to shops, dining, and attractions in the surrounding areas. A one-way pass costs $2 or an all-day pass is $4, which can be purchased at the ticket vending machines at each station. To learn more about the Greater Phoenix area, go to: http://www.visitphoenix.com/

Visitor’s Guide: (also, available for iPad)

Trail Guide:

Greater Phoenix Map:

Other useful Phoenix local links:

Tempe, Arizona, USA

A vibrant urban oasis in Metropolitan Phoenix, Tempe exudes its own personality. Refreshingly offbeat, Tempe’s a fun town that hosts family-friendly festivals, welcomes outdoor activities and is the proud home of Arizona State University. Tempe cares about community, stresses an active lifestyle and emphasizes a laid-back atmosphere. ?To check out travel tips, events, maps of the downtown area, maps of the surrounding areas, discounted coupons, restaurant/bar options, tourist attractions, and much more go to: http://www.tempetourism.com/

Useful Tempe local links:
http://wx.tempe.gov/ (weather)

Ground Transportation

The Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (https://skyharbor.com/) has a wide variety of transportation options. Options include charter bus, shuttle services, limo, and taxi. Contact the individual services for exact prices, destinations and schedules.

Tempe Mission Palms Hotel Airport Shuttle:
Phoenix Airport transportation available every ½ hour and is provided complimentary by the hotel, between 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Hotel is located 4-miles (20-30 minutes) from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.)

Tempe Mission Palms Hotel Shuttle Directions (PDF)

Taxicabs Options: https://skyharbor.com/ParkingTransportation/TaxisAndShuttles
Taxi service can be accessed at Terminals 2,3, and 4 on the Commercial Transportation Roadway. All taxi rates remain the same regardless of the company or number of passengers.

Car Rental Options:
There are several companies to choose from when renting a car at the Phoenix International Airport. Please contact the company of your choice for more information prior to arriving the Annual Meeting.

Phoenix Car Rental Agencies






















Driving directions from the airport to Tempe (with map)


From Sky Harbor International Airport

Follow airport signs to East Exits

Continue to follow signs for AZ-202 E and merge onto E Sky Harbor Blvd

Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Priest Dr/Center Pkwy

Turn right onto Priest Dr

Turn left onto W Rio Salado Pkwy

Continue onto S Ash Ave

Turn left onto W 5th Street, hotel will be on your left.


From Sky Harbor International Airport Rental Car Center:

Head south toward E Sky Harbor Cir S

Turn left onto E Sky Harbor S

Turn right onto E Buckeye Rd

Merge onto I-10 E via the ramp to I-17N

Take exit 153 for 48th St toward AZ-143/Broadway Rd

Keep left at the fork, follow signs for AZ-143N/Broadway Rd

Turn left onto S 48th Street

Take exit 2 for University Dr

Turn right onto University Dr

Turn left onto S Mill Ave

Turn right onto E 5th St, hotel will be on your left