Research Symposium

The Arkansas Colleges of Health Education (ACHE) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) are hosting the ACHE Semi-Annual Research Symposium, featuring a medical research poster competition and continuing education lectures on April 14, 2023.

8:30-8:45 a.m.            Welcome by ACHE President & CEO, Kyle D. Parker, JD
8:45-9:15 a.m.            Epidemiology of the Opioid Crisis and the CDC Recommendations by Jim Turner, DO, MPH
9:15-10:15 am            Balancing Pain with Substance Use Disorders – Options for Complex Cases by Kristin Martin, DO
10:15-10:45 a.m.        Manual therapy: a hands-on option for non-narcotic and non-surgical pain management by Rance McClain, DO
10:45-11:00 a.m.        Break/Exhibits
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  Lunch time presentation of faculty research
12:00-1:00 pm            Break/ Poster Presentations/Exhibits      
1:00-2:00 pm              Occupational Therapy’s Unique Contribution to Chronic Pain Management by Jennifer Moore, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, CLA
2:00-3:00 pm              Osteopathic Approach to Low Back Pain by Joseph Queeney, DO, FACOS
3:00-3:15 p.m.             Break/Exhibits
3:15-4:15                    An Active Approach to Non-Opioid Pain Management by Tony Varela, PT, DPT, PhD
Poster Agenda
10:45 a.m.    Judges and Poster presenters arrive
11:00 a.m.    Poster Judging
12:00 p.m.    Poster Presentations
4:15 p.m.      Awards
Research Posters & Participation

This is a community event open to all participants ranging from students in middle school to individuals in professional clinical practice/academia. Participants do not need to have an affiliation with Arkansas Colleges of Heath Education.

Abstract submission will open on January 15, 2023. Abstract submission deadline for faculty is January 31, 2023. Abstract submission deadline for all other participants is March 1, 2023.
*All research projects must have IRB review and approval, or a letter of exemption and a signed conflict of interest form.
(For IRB Questions contact Ginger.Sutliff@achehealth.edu)

Please complete the following abstract submission to have your research considered for presentation at the event.
 Individuals may only submit 1 abstract as a presenting author but may be co-authors on several abstract submissions.

All middle school and high school students will need to complete the Teacher/Mentor and Parent Permission Form.

Resources & Forms

Submit Abstract

Commercial Support & Exhibitors
Important Dates
  • 1/13/23: Open abstract submission
  • 1/31/23: Deadline for Faculty (who want to present on stage) to submit abstracts
  • 2/6/23: Decision on approval of faculty abstracts and notification to faculty
  • 2/15/23: Presenters deadline to submit PowerPoints (CME presenters and faculty research presenters)
  • 3/1/23: General deadline to submit abstracts
  • 3/8/23: Decision on approval of abstracts
  • 3/15/23: Deadline for poster pdf submission
  • 4/14/23: Research Day Event
Continuing Education Lectures


Opioid related deaths continue to be a significant public health issue. Opioid prescribing rates in our region are higher than then national norm. Our keynote speakers will give providers non-opioid treatment options for their patients with chronic pain.


Keynote Speakers





Kristin Martin, DO









Jennifer Moore, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, CLA




Joseph Queeney, DO, FACOS





Tony Varela, PT, DPT, PhD




Learning Objectives

After completing this activity, learners will be able to:

  1. Be able to identify levels of opioid use disorders/substance use disorders
  2. Recognize the approaches and strategies used by multi-disciplinary teams in the treatment of persons with chronic pain.
  3. Describe interprofessional team strategies for improving patient care in populations with opioid use disorder.
  4. Discuss ideal situations for referral to a manual therapist

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Accreditation Statements

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Osteopathic Association and Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine. The American Osteopathic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement – Physicians

The American Osteopathic Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AOA Credit Designation Statement

The Arkansas Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. The Arkansas Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine designates this activity for a maximum of 7.00 AOA Category 1-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.

APTA Credit Designation Statement

This course has been pre-approved by the APTA for 7.0 Contact hours for Arkansas PTs and PTAs. The approval # is APTA-AR 1385.

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