SOMA is the only medical association in the world that brings together the unique blend of prehospital, tactical, wilderness, austere, disaster and deployed medicine.  SOMA's   2022 Scientific Assembly will provide the opportunity for military and civilian medical providers, academia and industry partners from around the world to meet and exchange ideas. It is the largest gathering of SOF medical providers in the world that includes U.S. military, foreign military, domestic tactical law enforcement and tactical EMS providers.

We look foward to seeing you at the 2022 Scientific Assembly (SOMSA) in Raleigh, North Carolina! 


​2022 Call for Research Abstracts


The call for Research Abstracts for the 2022 Scientific Assembly is now closed.

The SOMA Research Committee seeks innovative, rigorous, original research as focus submissions in topics relevant to the mission of SOMA. The Research concurrent track's goal is to disseminate emerging and ongoing research initiatives, in addition to enabling scholarly collaboration among colleagues and members of prehospital/operational medicine.  The research needs to address important medical challenges and issues, increase the knowledge and skills of SOF and civilian prehospital providers, and promote the development of new best practices and technologies.

Abstract submissions will be considered for the following types of sessions:

  • Oral podium presentation (15-20 minutes)
  • Poster Session (casually discuss your research with attendees at the Opening Reception)

Medics and forward providers are expected to co-author/co-present relevant submissions, and significant preference will be given to submissions with medic collaborators. The use of the English language is expected. Studies in progress are welcome to submit abstracts, provided at least pilot and/or preliminary analyses are complete by May 2022.

In particular, we seek and strongly encourage abstract submissions addressing:

  1. Neuroendocrine and/or physiological influences on mental health and suicidality (in particular, rigorous studies or developed hypotheses that refute, redefine, and/or reframe assumptions and previous findings on resilience, post-traumatic stress disorder [PTSD], biomarkers, neurocognition, etc.)
  2. Practice advancement (in particular, prolonged field care advancements/technologies and virtual health/telemedicine)
  3. Research-driven training (in particular, using internet and social networking platforms, studies examining simulation vs live-tissue training, etc.)
  4. Biomedical/engineering breakthroughs (in particular, proof-of-concept and/or nascent devices, technologies, pharmacotherapies, blood products, etc.)
  5. Research directly aimed at improvements in operational medicine procedures for special operations medic-operators or civilian first responders in austere and hostile environments.

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