Special Operations Medical Association Scientific Assembly (SOMSA)

Special Operations Medical Association (SOMSA)
May 23-26, 2016
Charlotte Convention Center
Charlotte, North Carolina
A Special Invitation from the SOMA President
On behalf of the Special Operations Medical Association, I’d like to invite you to the 2016 Special Operations Medical Association’s Scientific Assembly (SOMSA).  Since its formation more than two decades ago, SOMA has endeavored to advance the art and science of Special Operations Medicine.  Click here to continue...


Conference Program & Continuing Education


Continuing Education Credit

The University of Texas Health Science Center is accredited by the Accredita­tion Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education to physicians. This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. ​

Nurses and other healthcare profession­als will receive a Certificate of Atten­dance. For information on applicability and acceptance, please consult your professional licensing board.​​

Important Deadlines & Registration Rates

The 2016 SOMSA has been approved by SOCOM.  Please review the following documents for important details:
If you still need to register for the Scientific Assembly you will need to register on-site.  Kiosks will be available for you to complete your registration and generate a name badge so you do not need to complete a paper registration form in advance.
Registration hours:
Sunday 5/22 -- 1500 - 1900
Monday 5/23 -- 0630 - 1700
Tuesday 5/24 -- 0700 - 1600
Wednesday 5/25 -- 0700 - 1600
Thursday 5/26 -- 0700 - 1400​

Click here​​​​ for fillable registration form
Click here​​ to download pdf​
***If you are required to wait to make payment on-site, we encourage you to pre-register using the downloadable forms above. Write in “on-site” payment in the payment area.  This will enable us to have a name badge and materials waiting for you and allow you to wait to make your payment until you check in at the Scientific Assembly.​​
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Scientific Assembly Highlights

Opening Reception 
Join us as we kick off the Scientific Assembly with a reception in the exhibit hall on Tuesday evening, May 24. The reception provides an excellent opportunity to meet your colleagues and visit with the vendors and our Scientific Assembly supporters. 
Exhibit Hall
Please take the time throughout the Scientific Assembly to visit with over 120 of our vendors and supporters in the exhibit hall which opens on Tuesday morning, May 24, and will remain open through Thursday morning, May 26. Without our vendors and supporters, this Scientific Assembly would not be possible. For updated information on the exhibit hall and the vendors who plan to attend, please click here to visit the SOMSA Exhibitors/Sponsors page.
SOMA Membership Business Meeting
Plan to join the SOMA Board of Directors on Wednesday morning, May 25, 2016, at 7:30 a.m. for the Annual Business Meeting. The meeting will provide you with the opportunity to find out about the exciting changes that have been happening over the past year and learn where SOMA is headed in the future.

 Second Half Initiative Lunch Sessions
This year’s agenda will once again include Second Half Initiative lectures during the lunch hour on Tuesday and Wednesday. Plan to grab your lunch and learn more about this program.
Posters based on abstracts submitted will be on display in the exhibit hall. Stop by to view the latest research.
Appropriate dress for the Scientific Assembly is business casual for civilians and uniform of the day. ACU’s and Duty Uniforms may be worn during the entire SOMSA. Presenters should wear ACU’s or uniform of the day for military speakers. Civilians should wear a jacket and tie. Jeans, T-shirts or athletic attire are not permitted in the assembly venue. Business casual is appropriate for Mess Night.

Hotel & Travel Arrangements

SOMA Scientific Assembly Hotel Reservations is now Open 
Making Hotel Reservations: Reservations for all hotels may be made by phone or via the direct reservation links located below. For reservations by phone, please be sure to request the SOMA Group ID codes noted below to ensure that you are included in our room block and receive the SOMA discounted room rate. There is a limited number of room’s available at all three hotels at the prevailing per diem rate. When making room reservations please do not book more rooms than necessary. Holding a block of rooms that will be cancelled in the last month prior to the meeting may keep many attendees from staying at the headquarters hotel and cause the organization to lose revenue.

Hotels may sell out prior to the cutoff date, so please make your reservations early. The negotiated SOMSA rates will not be available after the cutoff date of April 29.​​
Click here​ for hotel and reservation information.
Click here​ to print hotel and reservation information pdf.
Ground Transportation
The Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) is located approximately 7 miles from Charlotte City Center. Please visit http://tinyurl.com/directionsSOMSA2016 for driving directions.

Taxi cab service is provided curbside from the Baggage Claim Level. An attendant is on duty to assist passengers from 6:45 a.m. – 12:15 a.m. Taxi service to Charlotte City Center is available for approximately $25 (subject to change).


Local Information

Charlotte’s got a lot!
Click here for more information on attractions, events, restaurants, and shopping to help plan your visit.

Call for Abstracts

The Call for Abstracts is now closed. Thank you to everyone that submitted research. 

Upcoming Events

2017 SOMSA
May 22-25, 2017
Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina

2018 SOMSA
May 14-17, 2018
Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina



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.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​