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Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation, effective July 1, 2017, protects Canadians from receiving unsolicited and/or unwanted email.  Therefore, it requires Canadian residents to express consent to receive email.  

If you are Canadian or have a .ca email address and you have not provided express consent for SOMA to maintain contact with you, please take a moment login to the members only area of the website to express consent.  Update your existing record by checking the express consent box.  

Further, if our database does not contain your complete physical mailing address, we cannot identify if you reside in Canada. Therefore, SOMA's email communication with you has ceased. Please follow the instructions above (or email us) to provide your complete physical mailing address.

Should you have any questions regarding login credentials to express consent, please email us​.


This is a legitimate request from SOMA to learn more about the CASL legislation, click here.
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Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation, effective July 1, 2017, protects Canadians from receiving unsolicited and/or unwanted email.  Therefore, it requires Canadian residents to express consent to receive email.  

If you are Canadian or have a .ca email address and you have not provided express consent for SOMA to maintain contact with you, please take a moment login to the members only area of the website to express consent.  Update your existing record by checking the express consent box.  

Further, if our database does not contain your complete physical mailing address, we cannot identify if you reside in Canada. Therefore, SOMA's email communication with you has ceased. Please follow the instructions above (or email us) to provide your complete physical mailing address.

Should you have any questions regarding login credentials to express consent, please email us​.


This is a legitimate request from SOMA to learn more about the CASL legislation, click here.
  

​Have you been a SOMA member for two years that is looking to further your medical education?

The application period for 2020 SOMA Scholarships has been extended to Friday, Feb. 14.

  • Click here for the eligibility requirements and application.
  • Click here for more information regarding the SOMA Scholarship fund.

Questions? Contact Taylor George, SOMA Scholarship Committee Chair.

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​​Have you been a SOMA member for two years that is looking to further your medical education?

The application period for 2020 SOMA Scholarships has been extended to Friday, Feb. 14.

  • Click here for the eligibility requirements and application.
  • Click here for more information regarding the SOMA Scholarship fund.
Questions? Contact Taylor George, SOMA Scholarship Committee Chair.
  

Deadline: Friday, Nov. 15

The Nominations Committee is conducting the Call for Applications for open positions on the SOMA Board of Directors for the 2020-2022 election slate. The positions that will be elected by the membership in 2020 are: 

  • Military Vice President, 
  • Secretary/Treasurer and 
  • Board member-at-large - two positions. 

The individu­als elected for the offices will each serve a two-year term. 

Click herefor full details about the open positions.

Click he​re to submit your application before Friday, Nov. 15, 2019.

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Deadline:  Friday, Nov. 15

The Nominations Committee is conducting the Call for Applications for open positions on the SOMA Board of Directors for the 2020-2022 election slate. The positions that will be elected by the membership in 2020 are: 

  • -Military Vice President, 
  • -Secretary/Treasurer and 
  • -Board member-at-large - two positions.
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The​ individu­als elected for the offices will each serve a two-year term. 

Click here​ for full details about the open positions.

Click he​re to submit your application before Friday, Nov. 15, 2019.​

  

SOMA is soliciting volunteers to serve on its committees.  Share your expertise; sign up today.

Click here for more information.​

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​SOMA is soliciting volunteers to serve on its committees.  Share your expertise; sign up today.

Click here​ for more information.​

  

Click here for more information on the Open Calls for 2020 SOMSA.  

  1. Call for Proposals (CFP) requests submissions for non-research podium presentations and labs, which will be considered by the SOMA Program Committee. Deadline Oct. 4, 2019
  2. Call for Research Abstracts (CFA) requests submissions for current research, which will be evaluated against different criteria by the SOMA Research Committee for either podium or poster presentation. Deadline Nov. 4, 2019.
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Click here for more information on the Open Calls for 2020 SOMSA.  

  1. Call for Proposals (CFP) requests submissions for non-research podium presentations and labs, which will be considered by the SOMA Program Committee. Deadline Oct. 4, 2019
  2. Call for Research Abstracts (CFA) requests submissions for current research, which will be evaluated against different criteria by the SOMA Research ​Committee for either podium or poster presentation. Deadline Nov. 4, 2019.


  


The Prolonged Field Care work group continues its excellent work.

Don't forget to check out the latest podcast, position papers and more PFC resources.

Click he​re for Podcast Episode 44, "Prep for Flight and En Route Care: The 10th Core PFC Capability"

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The Prolonged Field Care work group continues its excellent work.

Don't forget to check out the latest podcast, position papers and more PFC resources.

Click he​re​ for Podcast Episode 44, "Prep for Flight and En Route Care: The 10th Core PFC Capability"

  

Please click here for the latest information regarding SOMA 2020 Booth space and marketing opportunities.
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Please click here for the latest information regarding SOMA 2020 Booth space and marketing opportunities.​
  

On behalf of the 2019 SOMA Nominating Committee, I'm pleased to report the results of the election for the SOMA Board of Directors.  Please join us in extending congratulations to:

Civilian Vice President (1 position)

Paul Allen, Sr.

Member-at-Large: (2 positions)

Ethan Miles
Ted Redman

The new board members will assume their roles after the Scientific Assembly in Charlotte, North Carolina.     

Also, thanks to our other candidates: Timothy Gibson, James Ross, Elliot Ross and Bret Wood.  We look forward to their continued SOMA service and greatly appreciate their willingness to step forward and run in this election.  We wish them luck in the future should they choose to run again.

Thanks to all SOMA members who participated by voting in this election.  Best wishes to the new SOMA leadership!​

Nominating Committee:

Chair: Master Chief (Ret) Steve Viola, SOCM, ATP
MSG Matt  Sammis
COL (Ret) Russ Kotwal, MD, MPH
Michael Arnold
Christine Nilsson
Elizabeth Barrows
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​On behalf of the 2019 SOMA Nominating Committee, I'm pleased to report the results of the election for the SOMA Board of Directors.  Please join us in extending congratulations to:

Civilian Vice President (1 position)

Paul Allen, Sr.

Member-at-Large: (2 positions)

Ethan Miles
Ted Redman

The new board members will assume their roles after the Scientific Assembly in Charlotte, North Carolina.     

Also, thanks to our other candidates: Timothy Gibson, James Ross, Elliot Ross and Bret Wood.  We look forward to their continued SOMA service and greatly appreciate their willingness to step forward and run in this election.  We wish them luck in the future should they choose to run again.

Thanks to all SOMA members who participated by voting in this election.  Best wishes to the new SOMA leadership!​

Nominating Committee:

Chair: Master Chief (Ret) Steve Viola, SOCM, ATP
MSG Matt  Sammis
COL (Ret) Russ Kotwal, MD, MPH
Michael Arnold
Christine Nilsson
Elizabeth Barrows
  

Just because SOMA 2020 was canceled doesn't mean we don't want to share the fantastic vendors who had committed to exhibiting with us in Raleigh.

Please take a moment to review SOMA's Vendor Directory and support these companies!

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Just because SOMA 2020 was canceled doesn't mean we don't want to share the fantastic vendors who had committed to exhibiting with us in Raleigh.

Please take a moment to review SOMA's Vendor Directory and support these companies!

  

We are pleased to share that the AABB has agreed to provide a major discount for medics/paramedics/EMTs to attend the THOR-AABB Traumatic Hemorrhagic Shock Workshop on Oct. 18 in San Antonio at the Convention Center.  

Medics/paramedics/EMT's will be able to register for 100 dollars for the full day course which includes lunch. To get the discount they should use THOR19 as the discount code. They will also need to show their work ID as proof that they are a medic/paramedic/EMT. 

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​We are pleased to share that the AABB has agreed to provide a major discount for medics/paramedics/EMTs to attend the THOR-AABB Traumatic Hemorrhagic Shock Workshop on Oct. 18 in San Antonio at the Convention Center.  

Medics/paramedics/EMT's will be able to register for 100 dollars for the full day course which includes lunch. To get the discount they should use THOR19 as the discount code. They will also need to show their work ID as proof that they are a medic/paramedic/EMT. 

  

​​Click here for the latest information regarding SOMA 2020 Training, Education, Scientific Assembly and Exhibition.  

Registration is NOW OPEN.

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​​Click here for the latest information regarding SOMA 2020 Training, Education, Scientific Assembly and Exhibition.  

Registration is NOW OPEN.

  

All current SOMA members were sent an email ballot on Feb. 11 for this year's Board election.   Each email contains a unique code that allows you to vote.  

Please take a few minutes to participate in selecting SOMA's future Board leadership by March 11.

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All current SOMA members were sent an email ballot on Feb. 11 for this year's Board election.   Each email contains a unique code that allows you to vote.  

Please take a few minutes to participate in selecting SOMA's future Board leadership by March 11.

  

The SOMA Scholarship and Awards Committee, in conjunction with the SOMA Board of Directors, will select a single recipient as the SOMA Medic of the Year.  The award will be presented during the annual Scientific Assembly.

Click here for more information, including eligibility.

Deadline:  March 2

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The SOMA Scholarship and Awards Committee, in conjunction with the SOMA Board of Directors, will select a single recipient as the SOMA Medic of the Year.  The award will be presented during the annual Scientific Assembly.

Click here for more information, including eligibility.

Deadline:  March 2

  

After careful consideration, the SOMA Board of Directors has made the decision to cancel the 2020 SOMA Scientific Assembly, May 11 – 15 in Raleigh, North Carolina due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Everyone already registered has received an email with information and instructions regarding refunds and hotel reservation cancellations.

We will be exploring options for offering some of our planned content in a virtual format, so stay tuned!

We hope to see you at our next Scientific Assembly, May 24-28, 2021 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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After careful consideration, the SOMA Board of Directors has made the decision to cancel the 2020 SOMA Scientific Assembly, May 11 – 15 in Raleigh, North Carolina due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Everyone already registered has received an email with information and instructions regarding refunds and hotel reservation cancellations.

We will be exploring options for offering some of our planned content in a virtual format, so stay tuned!

We hope to see you at our next Scientific Assembly, May 24-28, 2021 in Charlotte, North Carolina.


  

On behalf of the 2020 Nominating Committee, we are pleased to report the results of the election for the SOMA Board of Directors.  Please join us in extending congratulations to:

Military Vice President (1 position)
John Dominguez

Secretary/Treasurer
Sean Keenan

Member-at-Large: (2 positions)
Regan Lyon
John Knight

The new board members will assume their roles in mid May.     

Also, thanks to our other candidates: Leandro Castro, Richard Clinchy, Edward Hans Whitt Masters, Tim Gibson, Sandro Heinrich, Michael Hetrick, Guyon Hill, Daniel Hull, Aaron Nikolaus, Mark Ocepek, Jonathan Reed, Steven Schauer, Ammundeep Tagore, Jeremy Torrisi.  We look forward to their continued SOMA service and greatly appreciate their willingness to step forward and run in this election.  We wish them luck in the future should they choose to run again

Thanks to all SOMA members who participated by voting in this election.  Best wishes to the new SOMA leadership.

Nominating Committee:

Chair: Master Chief (Ret) Steve Viola, SOCM, ATP
MSG Matt  Sammis
COL (Ret) Russ Kotwal, MD, MPH
Michael Arnold
Christine Nilsson
Elizabeth Barrows


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On behalf of the 2020 Nominating Committee, we are pleased to report the results of the election for the SOMA Board of Directors.  Please join us in extending congratulations to:

Military Vice President (1 position)
John Dominguez

Secretary/Treasurer
Sean Keenan

Member-at-Large: (2 positions)
Regan Lyon
John Knight

The new board members will assume their roles in mid May.

  

​Be sure you've renewed your membership for 2020 so you don't miss a single issue!

The subscription-based JSOM is the only academic peer-reviewed and PubMed indexed journal devoted to unconventional, tactical and operational medicine. Our authors and editors are leaders in their respective fields. In addition to our individual print and digital subscriber base, we have thousands of institutional end-users accessing from universities and medical libraries around the world.

One of the ways the JSOM is celebrating our 20 years in publication is by adding a new section, THEN and NOW.  Our topics are Whole Blood-Spring; Tourniquets-Summer; Prolonged Field Care-Fall; and TCCC-Winter.  We have pulled excerpts and abstracts from our first five years in publication, and from our last five years.  We end the section with an OpEd from a subject matter expert on the section topic to pull it all together. This is a real eye-opening section you don't want to miss

In addition, the JSOM team has recently started bringing you quarterly podcasts with editorial reviews from each edition.  Each podcast includes a guest medic editor and a discussion with one of the authors from a current article.  And to help celebrate our 20th anniversary, we have an ever increasing number of interviews from community leaders who share their opinions and experiences about how SOF medicine has changed in the 20 years that JSOM has been in publication.  Please be sure to listen to these regarded leaders in our field.

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​Be sure you've renewed your membership for 2020 so you don't miss a single issue!

The subscription-based JSOM is the only academic peer-reviewed and PubMed indexed journal devoted to unconventional, tactical and operational medicine. Our authors and editors are leaders in their respective fields. In addition to our individual print and digital subscriber base, we have thousands of institutional end-users accessing from universities and medical libraries around the world.

  

PEC Podcast - Lessons Learned from Seattle

The Prehospital Emergency Care (PEC) journal's podcast team released a special "small-batch" podcast about lessons learned from one of the earliest hit cities by COVID-19, Seattle, Washington.

Click here to access the podcast with NAEMSP physicians Dr. Michael Sayre (EMS Medical Director, City of Seattle) and Dr. Andrew McCoy (EMS Medical Director, Shoreline Fire Department and AMR King County).

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PEC Podcast - Lessons Learned from Seattle

The Prehospital Emergency Care (PEC) journal's podcast team released a special "small-batch" podcast about lessons learned from one of the earliest hit cities by COVID-19, Seattle, Washington.

Click here to access the podcast with NAEMSP physicians Dr. Michael Sayre (EMS Medical Director, City of Seattle) and Dr. Andrew McCoy (EMS Medical Director, Shoreline Fire Department and AMR King County).

  

  • Links have been posted to a COVID-19 training series prepping for ICU support created by PJ Med.  
  • Links have also been posted for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) on a COVID-19 Related Registry and Trial.
For your ease of reference, we have compiled resources on our website to quickly link you to helpful information.  We strive to provide links to resources that are live-feed; be sure to check back frequently for updates.

If you have resources that you think would be helpful to share, please send them to us at soma@kellencompany.com.

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  • Links have been posted to a COVID-19 training series prepping for ICU support created by PJ Med.  
  • Links have also been posted for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) on a COVID-19 Related Registry and Trial.
For your ease of reference, we have compiled resources on our website to quickly link you to helpful information.  We strive to provide links to resources that are live-feed; be sure to check back frequently for updates.

If you have resources that you think would be helpful to share, please send them to us at soma@kellencompany.com.
  

To our awesome colleagues,

BLUF:

  • We have met the initial baseline need for the Columbia field hospital. We will retain everyone's information to begin a backfill/rotate roster. If your skillset meets an open Columbia need, you will be contacted directly.
  • Additional needs have been identified at other medical facilities in the NYC area. We are partnering with Team Rubicon to manage the logistics. If you are interested in one of these additional NYC opportunities, complete this form. We will only share your information with Team Rubicon if you consent ("opt-in") via the linked form.
  • We will otherwise maintain your information internally/confidentially as a roster for potential deployment to other sites in the United States should another epicenter be identified. If you wish to "opt-out" from locations other than NYC please respond on this email with "OPT-OUT" in the subject line.

We now have over 775 volunteers beyond the Columbia Field Hospital project. We are in the process of beginning to plan to offer deployment to NYC hospitals that are still in dire need. Despite the potential decrease in ER visits and hospitalizations, the hospitals that are hit hard are still being pounded and will be for the next few weeks at the very least.

We are partnering with Team Rubicon in NYC for their infrastructure and management expertise. Your information will not be shared with their database without your consent.  To opt-in for your information to be shared with Team Rubicon please complete this form (same link as above).

We apologize for the second form but we do not want to inconvenience people who may have only wanted to be considered for the Columbia Field Hospital project in NYC.

In the meantime we are beginning small deployments day by day to the hospitals and emailing people one by one for interest.

We are looking into the possibility of helping with transportation to NYC. The hospitals will assist with lodging and take care of credentialing. Some, but not all, of the positions may include a salary line on a per diem or temporary basis.

Another hope, if we can make it happen, is that we will create a system to stay on top of the pandemic as it spreads around the country. If other cities become overwhelmed we would like to use this model to support them. We will use the list that we already have to look for people in different parts of the country and proactively determine resources, potential needs, and establish relationships to be ahead of the curve.  If you wish to "opt-out" from locations other than NYC please respond to this email with "OPT-OUT" in the subject line.

Updates on the NYC COVID Response are at PJ Medcast and on Instagram at PJRQMED.  We started a PJ Med YouTube channel which has a series of COVID lectures we did for the PJs.


Thank you all for your engagement, selflessness and compassion, and we hope that you will sign up on the new list serve and support New York City.  Even considering to help is huge and we appreciate it.

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The latest on last week's call to help in New York City - a success story and additional needs identified.

  

Click here to see the 3-minute news report about how the Columbia University athletic complex was turned into a field hospital in just one week thanks to the efforts of SOMA member Melissa Givens and other SOMA members that volunteered to assist.

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Click here to see the 3-minute news report about how the Columbia University athletic complex was turned into a field hospital in just one week thanks to the efforts of SOMA member Melissa Givens and other SOMA members that volunteered to assist.

  

Did you know you can donate to SOMA's general donation fund by linking it to your Amazon account?  Click here to do so now, or find the link under the Donation menu.​

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Did you know you can donate to SOMA's general donation fund by linking it to your Amazon account?  Click here to do so now, or find the link under the Donation menu.​

  

​The Special Operations Medical Association (SOMA) is constantly striving to improve the products and services that we offer to all of our members, especially the SOF medics that are the foundation of our organization. We encourage all SOF and military medics to take this short survey and provide the link to your colleagues so that we can better address your needs. 

Deadline to respond is April 30.

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​The Special Operations Medical Association (SOMA) is constantly striving to improve the products and services that we offer to all of our members, especially the SOF medics that are the foundation of our organization. We encourage all SOF and military medics to take this short survey and provide the link to your colleagues so that we can better address your needs. 

Deadline to respond is April 30.

  
From Dave Callaway, Team Rubicon Medical Director and former SOMA Civilian VP:

"As the Medical Director for Team Rubicon (TR) and former Civilian VP of SOMA,  I know the unique value of the SOF community.  That is why I am excited to have SGM Justin Ball join our team as Team Rubicon continues to deploy volunteers in support of medical and public health operations across the country from New York to the Navajo Nation.
 
If you are trying to get in the fight on COVID 19, we can get you there.  TR will do all the admin work, cover travel and lodging costs, and work with you on credentialing.  We just need your medical expertise. 
 
If you are interested in helping, just follow the link below to volunteer.  The ask is a one-week deployment minimum and chances are, we have a request for assistance in your geographic area.  Please spread the word."
 


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From Dave Callaway, Team Rubicon Medical Director and former SOMA Civilian VP:

"As the Medical Director for Team Rubicon (TR) and former Civilian VP of SOMA,  I know the unique value of the SOF community.  That is why I am excited to have SGM Justin Ball join our team as Team Rubicon continues to deploy volunteers in support of medical and public health operations across the country from New York to the Navajo Nation.
 
If you are trying to get in the fight on COVID 19, we can get you there.  TR will do all the admin work, cover travel and lodging costs, and work with you on credentialing.  We just need your medical expertise. 
 
If you are interested in helping, just follow the link below to volunteer.  The ask is a one-week deployment minimum and chances are, we have a request for assistance in your geographic area.  Please spread the word."
 


  

COVID-19 is impacting the economy and causing significant uncertainty for many industries. Even still there are steps we can take to mitigate our personal and business uncertainty. We will discuss some of these actions as well as some actionable information on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_W_WcZ9FNRa2wSfemJ0eeUA

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COVID-19 is impacting the economy and causing significant uncertainty for many industries. Even still there are steps we can take to mitigate our personal and business uncertainty. We will discuss some of these actions as well as some actionable information on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_W_WcZ9FNRa2wSfemJ0eeUA