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SOMA Scientific Assembly (SOMSA) – Special Operations Medical Association
May 23, 2016 - May 26, 2016$625
SOMSA is co-sponsored by the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). Co-sponsorship of this event does not imply endorsement of SOMA, its services, or products by the United States Government, the Department of Defense, or U.S. Special Operations Command.
This activity has been planned and implemented in agreement with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of The UT Health Science Center San Antonio School of Medicine and the Special Operations Medical Association (SOMA).
The Special Operations Medical Association Scientific Assembly will be planned and implemented in agreement with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.
As combat operations wind down in Afghanistan for conventional forces, special operations forces face sustained conflict in immature theaters and address asymmetrical threats to stability that are outside declared theaters of active armed conflict now and for the foreseeable future. Many battlefields medical advances currently used today had their origins in the special operations community. The majority of the concepts currently prescribed in current Tactical Combat Casualty Care guidelines are salient examples of SOF medical techniques, tactics and procedures adopted by conventional forces.
Historically, combat medical lessons learned are often forgotten following the end of wars, only to be re-learned at enormous human costs at the outset of the next war. Only by collecting, synthesizing, disseminating and incorporating combat medical lessons on an on-going basis, we will be able to prepare for and maximize combat casualty survival at the onset of future large-scale armed conflicts.
This Symposium provides a low-cost forum for SOF and conventional forces’ medical leaders and providers to meet, exchange ideas, concepts and medical lessons learned on an annual and recurring basis. The aim is to improve the survival, minimize the suffering and maximize the functional recovery of Soldiers, Sailors, Airman and Marines serving in harm’s way.
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The exhibit area will be located near the plenary and breakout sessions for high clarity. Most refreshments and meals will be served inside the exhibit hall to promote traffic inside the exhibit hall.