Combat & Casualty Care

Q2 2016

Military Magazines in the United States and Canada, Covering Combat and Casualty Care, first responders, rescue and medical products programs and news\Tactical Defense Media

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Page 10 of 39 Combat & Casualty Care | Summer 2016 | 9 SOMSA 2016: NEW VENUE, SAME TARGETED EVENT The first Special Operations Medical Association (SOMA) Scientific Assembly (SOMSA) in its new location of Charlotte, NC was absolutely stellar. At the registration desk there was a wooden coin to welcome everyone as an official "plank owner". Plank owners have bragging rights of attending the first conference held in the new location. This year marked the 28th annual SOMSA, and it was a stand out in many categories. With such a successful event, it's difficult to select just a few highlights to include here. From the main session we had an over the world strategic view of the issues facing tactical medicine and the global health engagement. There was outstanding dialogue during a Tactical EMS stakeholder meeting held during SOMSA from the 17th Surgeon General of the United States, Dr. Rich Carmona, from the Department of Homeland Security's Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Kathy Brinsfield, as well as, from past SOMA president, COL (Ret.) Craig Llewellyn, MD regarding the belief that, "Unity of belief does not always mean uniformity of expression." In terms of sustainability and strengthening our numbers, we are making a concerted effort to offer the right speakers and professional development experiences, facilitated by the right people and making sure this is continuous and ongoing. The overall feedback for this assembly was that we nailed it. The best part of being in Charlotte is that when they say, "We support our troops," it's not just a catch phrase, and it was greatly appreciated. For those that were able to attend this year's SOMSA thank you, and we hope to see you and your friends next year. If you are interested in joining, check us out at Respectfully, SOCM Steve Viola, ATP, NREMT-P SOMA President SOMSA 2016 Global Health Engagement

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